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After the Storm: Checking your property for damage

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After the Storm: Checking your property for damage Franklin County, MO Storm Damage

Storms can bring heavy rains, strong winds and destructive hail. Your home protects you from the elements, so be sure to check it for damage afterward. It’s a good idea to check your property even if you do not suspect damage. This can help prevent more problems later on and determine if you need to make an insurance claim.

Roof
Your roof can be very vulnerable, because so many things can damage it. High winds, downed tree branches or a hailstorm, look for these indicators of damage:

  • Holes in the roof
  • Split Seams
  • Missing Shingles
  • Leaks in roof or ceiling

Exteriors

Siding, stucco and brick are all durable but they can suffer storm damage. Check for:

  • Cracking, chipping or ding and dents on siding. Check in different lighting because you may see something you missed.
  • Holes in stucco
  • Damaged brick and tuck pointing.
  • Detached or damaged trim, gutters, etc.

General Tips

  • Severe storms often will knock down power lines. If this happens on your property, rope off 30 feet in each direction around the line and do not touch it. Call 911 and the power company immediately.
  • Be sure to do a full check of your property, including things such as your air-conditioning unit, fences, vent caps, etc. And don’t forget to check your vehicles if they were not garaged at the time of the storm.
  • Check your crawl space and basement. You need to be sure no water is getting in, and, if it is, make sure it is removed quickly via a sump pump or underground drainage system.
  • Take pictures of all damage from different angles. Finally, knowing the details of your homeowners coverage, your limits and your deductibles can help you during the insurance claims process. It’s a great idea to examine your policy and know what your homeowners insurance covers now, before the storm.

Restoration

SERVPRO of Franklin County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Franklin County, MO home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Need Storm or Flood Restoration Service? Call us today 636-583-5200

Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO Carpet Cleaning Franklin County. MO

It’s completely possible to get affordable carpet cleaning that is also highly effective. While to some extent, you can expect to get what you pay for. It is important to make sure the cleaner you choose is certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). 


With a certified professional, affordable carpet cleaning really means treatment that will preserve the carpeting for much longer, ensuring that the homeowner doesn’t have to waste money on follow-up visits. For example, a cheap crew might do the job for less, but they aren’t going to be as thorough, and they may even cause problems of their own with overwatering or poor soil extraction. In this case, the carpet will accrue new soils much faster, or may retain much of the soil the crew was supposed to remove. Worse yet, if excess water is left behind, it can possibly promote the spread of mold and other microbes, both of which can risk the health of those living in the home.


IICRC certified technicians know how to do the job right the first time, and with sophisticated professional equipment and methodology, the carpeting will be clean and ready to withstand many months of enjoyment before it needs to be cleaned again.

The SERVPRO of Franklin County staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
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Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage Affordable Carpet Cleaning Franklin County, MO

Cheap carpet cleaning services might save a homeowner some money, but it may not save their carpeting. Although we always recommend regular maintenance, often homeowners wait until their flooring is heavily soiled. An untrained technician will be unable to give the service needed. In fact, an uncertified professional can make the carpets condition worse, forcing a homeowner to spend more than they planned.

The major issue with cheap carpet cleaning is their inconsistent quality of treatment. With certification comes knowledge, so when you choose a certified firm such as SERVPRO of Franklin County, you know you are getting someone who knows what they are doing. Inconsistent treatment though, can cause problems once the technician leaves. In addition to poor soil removal overall, improper cleaning can leave the carpeting open for quick re-soiling, forcing additional treatment right away. Also, if a technician doesn’t apply water or cleansing agents properly, it can cause health problems for the home’s occupants. Specifically, excess water will allow molds and bacteria to fester, and it may also attract pests. Untrained crews may also employ low quality cleaning agents as well, and if any residue is left behind, it may cause breathing problems or illness if it is ingested or inhaled.

Saving money can be a good thing, but not when it comes to carpet cleaning. Opting for a cut-rate firm can lead to more problems. 

From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to properly clean your carpets.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Toilet Overflow?

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Toilet Overflow? Toilet overflow; Water Damage Restoration; Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Franklin County.

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Franklin County will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

  • This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.
  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

  • This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

  • This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.  You can contact us 24/7 for your commercial and residential emergency water restoration.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Franklin County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Franklin County, MO community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. 

What You Should Know About Sewage Clean Up

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard What You Should Know About Sewage Clean Up Sewage damage Franklin County, MO

Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings.

It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.

The IICRC has complied guidelines for professional sewage clean-up called the Standard for Water Damage Restoration (S500).

Here are the key principles you should know about sewage back-ups:

  • Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic – disease causing – fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.
  • Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.
  • It is not safe to stay in a building that’s flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.
  • Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water (130°F/54°C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly.  This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too.  There’s simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.
  • Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work. Then, a “third party” indoor environmental professional can provide post-remediation verification or “clearance testing” to ensure that the home or building is safe to re-occupy.

Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Realtors: Dealing with Mold

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Realtors: Dealing with Mold Mold Remediation for realtors - Call SERVPRO

As a realtor, you work hard at finding people a place they can call home. You also work hard at presenting less-than-desirable houses in a way that suddenly appears like home to someone else. In doing so, sometimes mold is one of the battles you pursue. At SERVPRO of Franklin County, we want to help you.

Be an Informed Resource

Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reduce rapidly when moisture is present. An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, causing a public health problem. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth. It is especially important to clean up existing indoor mold growth to increase property appeal and retain its value. If a property has experienced a water intrusion, SERVPRO of Franklin County can inspect the damage to see whether moisture has penetrated materials or is allowing mold growth.

Control Moisture - Reduce Mold

Prior to listing a property, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth. Should a damage event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage--act within the first 24 to 48 hours.

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials
  • Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work
  • Install a ventilation system

If you suspect a listing has mold damage, we can help you. Just give us a call to hear more about our mold remediation services. 636-583-5200

Within Minutes of a Water Leak

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Within Minutes of a Water Leak Water Damage in Union, MO

Within Minutes

Within minutes of a water leak in your home, water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path. The water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings, your furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets. Your photographs, books, and other paper goods will start to swell and warp. Within 24 hours, your drywall will begin to swell and break down, you may even notice a musty odor. Therefore, when you have water damage, you want to call someone that arrives quickly to get started.

Not only does SERVPRO offer 24/7 response time 7 days a week, our goal is to be on site within 4 hours of loss notification. Usually, our response time is even less. For example, at a recent loss in Union, MO, we were on site within 20 minutes. This loss was in the basement of the home with most of the rooms 100% saturated. Drywall had to be removed as it was falling and to find the source. Non-salvageable materials were removed, and a power distribution box was required.  There were also some contents that needed to be moved for the drying process. We used our moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure the home was properly dried. This home was dry within 4 days with our state-of-the-art equipment.

If you have water damage in your home, please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

You should call the water damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Franklin County for your water loss. We are always “here to help”!

Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Be READY: Storms

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be READY: Storms Be READY with SERVPRO - Franklin County, MO

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. Severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and winter storms associated with freezing rain, sleet, snow and strong winds.

Know your risk:
Tornadoes
Floods
Thunderstorms & Lightning

Develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice your plan.

What can you do when your Franklin County, MO home suffers water damage?  Click Here to visit our blog post covering water damage.

If your home or business suffers damage from a storm, know who to call to quickly get help.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial.  You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job.

SERVPRO of Franklin County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. SERVPRO of Franklin County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Franklin County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Union community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (636) 583-5200

6 Summer Cleaning Ideas

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning 6 Summer Cleaning Ideas Summer Cleaning Ideas

These long days and warm weather are great for spending time outside. Kids have a blast playing outside and enjoying the weather. Unfortunately, this can also mean more work for you as kids, pets and guests bring in all sorts of dirt and mess! Although you may find yourself with some extra time with an empty house while everyone is outside, so summer can be a great time for specialty cleaning projects.

Here are 6 cleaning ideas you can accomplish this year:

Pantry & Refrigerator
Start by checking the dates on foods. If its expired, throw it away! With growing kids, there can also be a lot of half eaten items that have spent some serious time on the shelves. Now is the time to purge and organize! If there’s items that you never use, but isn’t expired, it might be a good idea to just get rid of it. You can always donate the food so it doesn’t go to waste!

Clean your upholstery
When was the last time you cleaned your sofa or recliner? With the family outside playing, it can be the perfect time to get your furniture cleaned.

Learn more about upholstery cleaning.

Clean the garage
 If you park in the garage, the winter has probably left it filthy from the road dirt. If you don’t park in the garage “out of sight, out of mind” may be why it could use some serious cleaning. Take items out of the garage and into the driveway. Organize, get rid of things you don’t need or are broken. While putting things back, give everything a place. Consider overhead storage, bins, etc. to keep things tidy.

Rearrange the kids rooms
 This can have a lot of benefits. Most kids will enjoy the excitement of a new arrangement of furniture. You may even consider adding some new items and getting rid of the older furniture. The major bonus of this is finding the hiding spots for dirty clothes and getting the dust and allergens that have been building up in some harder to clean places.

Clean the carpets
It can be a great time to have the carpets cleaned. We recommend cleaning your carpets at least once a year.

Learn more about carpet cleaning.

Air ducts & HVAC Cleaning
 With the summer heat, chances are your air conditioning system will be working hard. Be sure to get it cleaned out so it can work properly and efficiently and so it’s not spreading dust or bacteria into the air.

 Learn more about duct cleaning.

 SERVPRO of Franklin County
 When you decide it’s time to have some extra cleaning done, give the professionals a call. You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Professionals

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Professionals Board up after fire damage

Whether after a fire, storm, or other structural disaster, boarding up damaged property is a burden that no one should ever have to go through— especially if it is your property that has been damaged. Boarding up damaged property incorrectly could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse. The process of boarding up after an unexpected damage can also be as dangerous as the damage itself.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Franklin County provides 24-hour residential and commercial services. As a locally owned and operated business, we’re dedicated to being faster to any size disaster, with the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.

SERVPRO of Franklin County can board up the damaged property and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it “Like it never even happened.”