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A Small Disaster

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage? No matter the size of your disaster, we are here to help.

A little water is no big deal - right?

Not exactly.

There’s no such thing as a small disaster—especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot, and other unseen damage.

Water damage can affect the value of your property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your residential & commercial property.

SERVPRO of Franklin County knows how disruptive water damage can be for your business.

We are trained and equipped to manage the drying process from start to finish. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your home or business will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which will help prevent secondary damages!

With rapid response time and a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Franklin County can help you regain control quickly, by helping to ensure your facility and its contents are properly dried, deodorized and protected.

Before you risk further damaging the value of your residential or commercial facility by attempting to clean the mess yourself, call your Franklin County, MO water damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO®.  

CARBON MONOXIDE: A SILENT KILLER

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Carbon Monoxide. Stay safe with these tips.

You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide (or

CO) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels, like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, and propane burn incompletely.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. It is estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning.

All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups— including unborn babies, infants and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems— being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide.


An excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers or idling cars left running in garages.

Taking some basic, precautionary steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips provided by the United States Fire Administration.

  •  Have fuel-burning appliances, like oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves inspected by a trained professional every year.
  • Open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace. Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home.
  • Make sure all fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueling engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice, or other materials.
  • Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.
  • Only use barbecue grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Some grills can produce CO gas. Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open.
  • Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.

Checking your property for damage

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage? SERVPRO is "Here to Help"!

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

Mold Damage as a Realtor

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold damage as a realtor
Realtors: Dealing with Mold
Mold Remediation Approved  
Mold Remediation for realtors - Call SERVPRO

6/22/2018

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. Give us a call to hear more about our mold remediation services. 636-583-5200

Mold Damage in Washington, MO

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Washington MO, Mold Damage Mitigation

Professional Mold Damage Remediation in Washington, MO

All it takes is excess humidity or a small water leak for mold damage in Washington, MO to form in your home or business. Mold spores can produce harmless allergens, irritants, and other minor health effects. The first step in addressing any growth is to identify and manage the source. If moisture problems are not addressed, then any fungi cleanup or removal will only be a short-term solution. At some point, this type of growth will return.

Here are some interesting mold facts and myths

  • How many types of mold are there?

    There are more than 100,000 types and species of mold. The common types of home and office mold species are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria.

    • Can mold can only grow around pipes, leaks or because of floods?

    Mold does not grow on surfaces that are directly affected by water. Mold spores often occur within the HVAC systems of buildings and homes. They can grow on any surface that has its ideal environment, moisture, and humidity.

    • Is black mold worse than other molds?

    Mold growth comes in a range of colors. Many molds classified black are actually a very dark green. Black mold is not necessarily more dangerous than other species of mold.

    • Can this fungus cause skin rashes?

    The CDC reports that exposure to molds doesn’t contribute to rashes.

    Can I clean mold to eliminate it?

    Mold can become latent and reactivate. Tiny mold spores replicate every 24 hours, thus often growing back. For porous materials, like ceiling tiles, carpeting, wood, paper, and drywall, surface cleaning is often not enough.

If you see signs of mold damage in your Washington, MO home or business don't put out the for sale sign.

Instead, contact SERVPRO of Franklin County.  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.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! 636-583-5200

Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Professionals

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Board-Up Franklin County, MO
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.”

Smoke Odor? Call SERVPRO

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage and Smoke Odor Restoration
Professional smoke odor removal is important not only to eliminate unpleasant smells, but because lingering smoke can pose a health hazard.

Exposure to particles caused by fires can be harmful to one’s health and should be dealt with as soon as possible.

There are a few steps homeowners can take while waiting for professional help.
• When it is safe to re-enter the house, circulate the air as much as possible. Open all windows and doors and use fans to ventilate the area.
• Mop floors and make sure everything dries thoroughly to prevent mold growth.
• Items made of brass and copper should be cleaned within 24 hours to prevent them from etching.
• Vacuum carpets to remove dirt and dust particles that trap unwanted smells.


To completely rid the house, one smoke odor removal process that is utilized is called thermal fogging, which is a procedure used by professionals.

Thermal fog is a process in which a fluid is vaporized and then condenses when it meets a cooler atmosphere temperature. The particles that are created are extremely tiny and mimic particles created by fire, heat and pressure. This technique is one treatment that is proven to eliminate odors.

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Franklin County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors.

These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.
SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.


We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contacts any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.


The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give SERVPRO of Franklin County a call, and leave the restoration to us. 636-583-5200

Water in your basement?

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Basement Water Damage
One of the worst nightmares for any homeowner is finding water in the basement, and in most cases, the only way to deal with such a situation is to bring in a professional. Excess water, especially when it is contaminated, has the potential to cause a great deal of damage, and if the problem is not dealt with properly, the situation can quickly get out of hand. This is especially true when water is pooling in the home and coming in contact with organic materials like drywall or fabric.

Water in the basement can be caused by a lot of factors. The room may sit under the water table, which will slowly push water into the home. A disaster like a flood can quickly fill the room with fluid, as well as a burst pipe or other plumbing mishap. No matter what causes the water to build up in the home, it will take a certified team to remove it and restore the basement effectively.

There are a couple steps, though, that a homeowner can take to minimize damage and make the home safe to navigate through. If a pipe burst or is leaking, then cutting off the supply line into the home can halt the problem. Also, switching off the home’s power may be necessary, as an electrical discharge can make walking through water exceedingly dangerous and cause a fire.

Safety is the primary concern when contending with excess moisture, and a certified crew will be able to get the home restored in while avoiding any dangerous situations.

SERVPRO of Franklin County is water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home or business back to pre-water damage condition. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO of Franklin County uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry.

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

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Within Minutes of a Water Leak

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Franklin County, MO

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”!

Be READY with SERVPRO

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Be READY for summer storms.

Severe weather can happen anytime. 

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