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Is Duct Cleaning Worth It?

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

A photo of our office in Union, MO. Call SERVPRO for your air duct cleaning needs.

Did you know, that investing in regular air duct cleaning can reduce indoor allergens like dust, pollen and pet dander? Air duct cleaning is vital to the cleanliness of the air you breathe in.

Why Is Duct Cleaning Important?

The ducts in your furnace / air conditioner constantly collect dirt, dust and danger while in operation and even while idle. When you turn your system on, the particles can spread around in your home or business.

SERVPRO of Franklin County provides residential and commercial air duct cleaning that can improve the air quality in your Franklin County, MO home or business.

How Often Do I Need My Air Ducts Cleaned?

It is recommended to get your air ducts cleaned evert three to five years. However, if you have elderly family, young children, pets, or allergies it may be beneficial to clean your air ducts more often. Typically, if you see a lot of dust gathering on furniture items after just cleaning them, it can be a sign that your air ducts need cleaning.

Signs You Should Clean Your Air Ducts

If you are still uncertain if your air ducts need to be cleaned, here are some signs that you can look for:

  • Mold
    • If you see mold in or near your air ducts, you should immediately call SERVPRO of Franklin County for an inspection. We can seal and clean your air ducts as well as mold remediation to take care of any issues you may have.
  • Dust
    • As previously stated, if you find yourself constantly dusting your home, dust and debris in your ducts could be to blame. This can be a sign that your ducts need to be cleaned soon.
  • Pets
    • While pets are a great addition to any family, they leave dander and fur in your home. The duct system draws in this dander and allergens each time you use your air conditioner or heater. This can cause your air duct system to require cleaning more often.
  • Pests
    • If you find pests in your home, they could be using your duct system to get around. Air duct cleaning can remove the waste that pests leave behind.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County for Your Air Duct Cleaning Needs

If you have additional questions about air duct cleaning services for your Franklin County, MO home or business, please give us a call (636) 583-5200. We are here to help!  We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

When they call you, call SERVPRO®

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire damage technician removing tile ceiling from a fire damaged restaurant in Union, MO. When they call you, call SERVPRO. We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists.

Mitigation requires quick action.

The faster SERVPRO of Franklin County arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results— including lower claim costs.

Within four hours of a loss notification, SERVPRO of Franklin County will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled properly by utilizing the following services:

Structural Cleaning

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO® will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found within the structure.

Contents Cleaning

All the restorable contents in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO can provide wet or dry-cleaning services. Additionally, all other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more. Finally, SERVPRO of Franklin County can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items.

Deodorization

SERVPRO® of Franklin County provides specialized services that rid your insured’s home or place of business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. We do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.  

If your business experiences fire or water damage, give SERVPRO of Franklin County a call.

We’re here to help 24/7, 7 days a week: (636) 583-5200.

Every Second Counts

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicans at work on a commerical fire loss in Union, MO. A fire can happen at any time. Every second counts, so be READY and make a plan today.

Every second counts during a fire. Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.* In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place.

A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families and businesses have developed and practiced a fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home or office understands the plan.

The best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing it.

The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan.

  • Draw a map of each level of your home or business and show all the doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room.
  • Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
  • Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped.
  • Make sure to mark the location of the meeting area on your escape plan. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
  • Plan for everyone in your home or office, with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
  • Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime.

 *Tips and statistics provided by the American Red Cross

Halloween Safety On and Off the Road

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Pumpkin with text "Halloween Safety On and Off the Road" Stay safe this Halloween season with these safety tips!

Kids love Halloween! It’s a fun time of year for trick-or-treating, parties and trip to a neighborhood haunted house. For parents, often there is a fine line between fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.

In 2017, 7,450 pedestrians died in traffic or non-traffic incidents, according to Injury Facts. Non-traffic incidents include those occurring on driveways, in parking lots or on private property.

NSC research reveals almost 18% of these deaths occurred at road crossings or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night also plays a factor in these deaths.

Here's a scary statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. In 2017, October ranked No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,700. July is No. 1, with 3,830 deaths.

Costume Safety

To help stay safe during the holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of safety tips. Before Halloween comes, be sure to choose a costume that won’t cause any safety hazards.

To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips. Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won't cause safety hazards.

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
  • When They're on the Prowl
  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time the kids should return home
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger's home or car
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street

Safety Tips for Motorists

NSC offers these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

Source: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/halloween-safety.aspx

What is Dry Rot?

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Photo shows an example of dry rot Do you have dry rot in your home?

Would you know if your home had dry rot?

Dry rot can happen to any time or wood and in any climate. It can ruin the structure of your home, and is most commonly found in attics, basements, and under sinks.

What causes dry rot?

Despite the word “dry” in its name the fungus that causes dry rot grows when the moisture in the wood exceeds 20% or when the wood is exposed to sitting water and extreme humidity. Dry rot can leave wood weak and brittle.

The primary clues to look for in dry rot:

  • Yellow tinge to the surface
  • Deep cracks in the wood
  • Wood will crumble

Since moisture is necessary for the fungus to grow, you can typically find dry rot when:

  • After a flood or natural disaster
  • After a plumbing accident or water damage
  • In humid climates
  • When wood is not properly dried

How can I protect my home from dry rot?

  • Have a roofing company inspect your roof annually to check for leaks or holes that can let water in and cause dry rot.
  • Make sure your gutters are installed properly and are directing water away from your home.
  • Check your plumbing to make sure you don’t have any noticed leaks.
  • Make sure your ventilation in bathrooms, kitchen and attics is working properly and can remove excess moisture from your home.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Franklin County?

Properly restoring your home after a water damage event requires specialized equipment and products. This advanced equipment helps us to remove the water, even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently. We then dry the structure with powerful dehumidifiers. We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (636) 583-5200

Keep Fall Fire Free

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Pumpkin with SERVPRO carved into the side. Keep fall fire free with these safety tips from the NFPA.

The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free.

  • Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks, are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep emergency exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric. If you are making your costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jacko-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

Information provided by the National Fire Protection Association, nfpa.org. Visit their website for more information on being safe this season.  

Fire Prevention Month

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

"Not every hero wears a cape" image from the nfpa. Visit www.nfpa.org for more information on fire prevention and preparation.

October is Fire Prevention Month and an excellent time to examine the emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan.

  • Do you have a fire escape plan?
  • Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?
  • Are you prepared if a disaster strikes?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention. The 2019 theme is "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice your Escape!"

According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off, "you could have less than one to two minutes to escape safely," yet only 8 percent of people surveyed said getting out was their first thought after hearing a fire alarm.

Creating, implementing, and practicing a fire escape plan for your home or business may be the difference between safety and tragedy.

Make a plan today! Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone in your home or business enough time to get out.

How do you define a hero? Is it a person who is courageous and performs good deeds? Someone who comes to the aid of others, even at their own personal risk? A hero can be all of those things! A hero can also be someone who takes small but important actions to keep themselves and those around them safe from fire.

When it comes to fire safety, be a hero in your household or community. SERVPRO of Franklin County wants you to stay safe, informed, and prepared to help ensure you are ready for any disaster that comes your way. Give us a call to learn about our Emergency Ready Profile. (636) 583-5200.

Where is my Water Shut-off Valve Located?

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water main shut-off valve Do you know where your water shut-off valve is located?

Do you know where your main water shut-off valve is located?

It’s important to know where it is in case of an emergency. If a pipe bursts or a toilet overflows, shutting off the water can help reduce water damage. Sometimes homeowners will shut off their water if they are leaving town or replacing plumbing as a precaution.

The location of your water shut-offs can vary, depending on location, water source and type of residence. Shut-off valves can be hard to find, so grab a flashlight.

More Than One Shut-Off Valve

There are usually more than one shut-off valve in your home – once for each appliance that uses water and a main shut-off for the entire home.

Shut-off valves are usually located near the item that needs the water supply, for instance your valves for your toilet, sink, or washing machine are usually behind the units or under the sink.

For example, if your toilet is going to overflow, don’t waste time running to the main shut-off, use the knob behind the toilet.

Main Valve Locations

If you have well water, you may have two main shut-off valves, one that goes from the well to the pressure tank and another from the tank to your plumbing. If you need to shut off the well quickly, you can trip the circuit breaker to the well to deactivate the well pump.

If you have city water, your valve may be located in your homes utility room, along with the furnace or water heater. It may also be located in a plastic or utility box in the ground in front of your home.

Too late for the shut-off valve?

If your home or business has experienced water damage, SERVPRO of Franklin County can help.

If your home has water damage from flooding, a leaking pipe, or other source, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. We use advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

If you have water damage, give us a call 24/7, 7 days a week. We are “Here to help”. (636) 583-5200.

Should you hire a carpet cleaning for your Franklin County, MO commercial building?

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Franklin County Building Located in Union, MO We are "Here to Help" clean your commercial building, give us a call today!

Carpet cleaning is important to maintaining the overall comfort and monetary value of a property. Any type of flooring is an investment for the business owner. Keeping the investment in the best shape takes a professional  and should be the first choice when dealing with any kind of carpet damage.

The only reason someone would attempt treatment on their own is to save money, and this usually leads to bad results. It will, for example, cost much more to replace carpeting that has been damaged beyond repair, and this is possible if soils are allowed to remain for too long, or if they aren’t adequately removed during the cleaning process. 

If someone attempts treatment without suspending the soil, the results will only be superficial, and may make the situation worse in the days to come. This is just one example.

Do-it-yourselfers often have trouble applying the right amount of water to the affected area, which can lead to leftover detergent residue, or excess moisture below the surface, providing the perfect breeding ground for mold. Business owners attempting treatment on their own frequently cause color or odor damage during treatment as well, usually as a result of using an unsafe detergent. 

There are health concerns that can arise from any unsanitary environment as well, and it can be surprising to learn what survives in and under the flooring. Allergens that are left behind can lead to serious health problems for family members and even household pets. Proper techniques can reduce or eliminate allergens in the environment, improving the health of the occupants.

A carpet cleaning technician should always be trained and educated in proper techniques. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the accepted industry leader in floor maintenance and restoration. The non-profit organization ensures technicians remain competitive and that consumers receive better service. 

While regular maintenance is beneficial to the healthfulness and attractiveness of a home or office, a certified technician is necessary to take care of the really deep jobs regular vacuuming misses. 

Consumers often find it difficult to choose a professional company for those important household chores. The benefits of carpet cleaning are numerous, but knowing who can be trusted is not always easy. The IICRC provides continuing education and demands higher standards for its technicians.

Our staff at SERVPRO of Franklin County 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.

Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best. We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today. 

Have Questions? Call Today –(636) 583-5200

Science of Drying – What it means for your business

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment at a commercial water damage. No matter the size of loss, we are here to help.

The science behind the drying process.

Psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged business to preloss condition. While grabbing a few towels to clean up the mess might be your initial reaction, it doesn’t necessarily resolve all the damage. Our crew is trained in the science of drying and use strict industry approved methods. This can help reduce down time for your business and prevent secondary damage.

If you Franklin County, MO business suffers a water damage, here’s what you can expect:

· Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.

· Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.

· Use professional drying equipment.

At SERVPRO of Franklin County, we know that you need prompt service and want your business to be taken care of – the right way. Commercial cleaning and restoration present unique challenges. You need a company that provides excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. 

There's never a convenient time for water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

We provide free estimates and are happy to go over the drying process with your specific needs

The bottom line? SERVPRO of Franklin County has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Take the Risk? Call SERVPRO of Franklin County today. (636) 583-5200