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Does your Franklin County, MO home or business have dirty ducts?

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Does your Franklin County, MO home or business have dirty ducts? Duct Cleaning for your Franklin County, MO home

Did you know your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality?

Inspecting the ductwork in your Franklin County, MO facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of SERVPRO of Franklin County's service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO® of Franklin County will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork. In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, we can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO® Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost-efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO of Franklin County uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.

Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.

Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.

As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.

Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact your local SERVPRO® of Franklin County today. 

Destroy Odors with DEODORIZATION

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Destroy Odors with DEODORIZATION Franklin County, MO Fire Damage

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized.

Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO® of Franklin County provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.

SERVPRO® of Franklin County does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

Ask your us to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO of Franklin County. Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage in your Union, MO Home?

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in your Union, MO Home? Union, MO Water Damage
A water damage restoration service is the kind of professional that no one wants to call, but when they are needed, it is important not to delay. Homeowners know that moisture is often the enemy, capable of penetrating into just about any space, and taking advantage of every little crack and structural problem. No matter how moisture gets into the building, the response should be the same. Bring in a certified firm as soon as possible to clean the home, dry it, and ensure there are no lingering health threats once the moisture is gone.

If water has entered the home through a contaminated source, don’t try to handle it on your own. Floods and sewage backflows contain a cocktail of deadly bacteria, viruses and fungi, and even momentary skin contact can leave a person seriously ill. A certified water damage restoration service not only has the tools to eliminate the moisture, they have the protective equipment to remain free from harm.

Restoration technicians have a lot of technology at their disposal. These include powerful vacuums and pumping systems, high volume air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture meters, and a number of detergents formulated for destroying fungi and other microbial threats. While the technicians work on the building, disposing of compromised materials, and drying the rest, they will also destroy all mold and microbial colonies. This is the only way to ensure a home is safe to live, and a business safe to work in; any other cleaning method is a dangerous gamble.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of practical standards that incorporate the field of psychometry, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively.

We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your Union home 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.

The First 48

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The First 48 Fast Response for Fire Damage

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing damaged property and personal belongings.

Rapid response and timely mitigation can help prevent fire damage from creating longterm problems. SERVPRO of Franklin County understands returning to normal is your primary concern.

SERVPRO® Response Teams are trained in caring for both you and your property. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, your SERVPRO Professionals can help you get your home or business back up and running quickly and help protect your property and belongings.

If your home or business suffers a fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Franklin County to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage Emergency Tips

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Emergency Tips Fire and water damage? Call SERVPRO.

These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper action until SERVPRO of Franklin County arrives. Follow these DOs and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth. n Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DON’T: 

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Professional.
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Professional.
  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

When fire and water damage take control of your life, SERVPRO® will help you take it back.

Smoke Alarms: LIFE SAVERS

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement.

In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years.

Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years.

If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA)

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Franklin County today. 636-583-5200

Mold Basics

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Basics Mold Damage Franklin County, MO

Moisture Control: The key to mold control.

If you find a mold problem in your home, you should fix the water problem and clean up the mold promptly.

Typically, mold can grow in 24/48 hours. That is why it is important to dry water-damaged areas as soon as possible.

Why is mold growing in my home?

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips

  • When water leaks or spills occur indoors - ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
  •  Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
  •  Keep air-conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
  •  Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at many hardware stores. 
  •  If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.

Bathroom Tip

Places that are often or always damp can be hard to maintain completely free of mold. If there’s some mold in the shower or elsewhere in the bathroom that seems to reappear, increasing ventilation (running a fan or opening a window) and cleaning more frequently will usually prevent mold from recurring, or at least keep the mold to a minimum. 

Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present.

Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your Union home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Winter Car Preparedness

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Community Winter Car Preparedness Winter Preparedness

Car Winter Safety

Winter isn't over yet!

Have you made a winter preparedness kit for your car?

You may have a few things.. but what if you were stranded overnight in your car?

It happened just a few weeks ago....

Thousands of motorists were stranded over night on I-44 and other highways.

Can you imagine being stuck on the road for that long?

It's a good reason to add a few things to your trunk.

So... What should you keep in your car?

While many things are a duplicate of a general emergency kit, here's a list to check before heading out:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Flashlights
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Blankets and extra winter gear (gloves and hats)

If you have kids, you may also want to include books, games, puzzles or other activities.

If you know there will be winter weather headed your way, fill up your gas task before heading out.

Have a mechanic check the following on your vehicle prior to an emergency:

  • Antifreeze levels
  • Battery and ignition system
  • Brakes
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel and air filters
  • Heater and defroster
  • Lights and flashing hazard lights
  • Oil
  • Thermostat
  • Windshield wiper equipment and washer fluid level

Frozen Pipes? Yes, we're still talking about it!

We're wrote about freezing pipes in homes and businesses before, but with winter in full swing, we'd like to remind everyone. Keep those faucets dripping on cold winter nights and open cabinet doors for pipes that may be susceptible to freezing temps.

As always, we are "Here to Help" 24/7 with all your emergency restoration needs.

24/7 Service

Fire and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We are "Here To Help"

Established in October of 2008, our SERVPRO franchise has been in the Franklin County, MO community for over 10 years.

Is Your Winter Storm Damage Covered by Insurance?

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Your Winter Storm Damage Covered by Insurance? Winter Storm Damage

You’ll want to review your policy or contact your insurance agency to know for sure what is or isn’t covered. However, most standard homeowner’s insurance policies provide coverage for winter related storm damage that occurs as a result of wind, snow, ice, freezing rain and low temperatures.

However, most standard homeowner’s insurance policies do not provide coverage for flood damage. If your home suffers from snow melt or other winter related flooding, you may not have coverage unless you have a separate flood insurance policy in place.

If you have a summer home and leave your home unattended during the winter, you may have some additional coverage issues. Some policies may have exclusions for damage that occurred from not being winterized properly or being left unoccupied for a certain period of time.

While your insurance may provide some coverage for winter storm damage, the best option is to take steps to prevent damage from occurring.

  • Clean your gutters and downspouts so that melting snow can flow freely away from your home
  • Inspect and repair roof shingles and flashing to prevent water damage
  • Trim tree branches on your property
  • Apply weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows and inspect storm doors and windows for broken glass
  • Drain water from pipes leading to exterior faucets and remove garden hoses
  • Insulate pipes that are susceptible to freezing
  • Have your heating system cleaned and inspected. 

Give us a call if you suspect your Franklin County, MO home or business has been affected by winter storm damage. We can guide you through the process and make the stressful experience “Like it never even happened.” 

Give us a call today 636-583-5200 we are always "Here to Help"!

Keep Your Pipes from Bursting

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Keep Your Pipes from Bursting If your pipes burst, call SERVPRO of Franklin County

The cold weather is here! When the temperatures go below freezing, your property is at risk for freezing pipes. This can create a major disaster in your home or business.

Be Prepared

  • Know where your water shut off is located, in case of a frozen water pipe burst.
  • Insulate exposed pipes in your home or business, especially if they are in unheated rooms.
  • Open bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors during cold spells to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • During extremely cold weather, keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets. Running water is less likely to freeze.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets and open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it completely drains and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.
  • If you plan on being away from your property for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set the thermostat to at least 55°F.

Discovered Frozen Pipe

  1. First sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.
  2. Keep the faucet open when treating frozen pipes.
  3. Apply heat to the frozen sections using a heating pad, hair drier, or another safe heat source. Do not use an open flame device.
  4. Check additional pipes and faucets for freezing.

When a Pipe Bursts

  1. Shut off the water at the main valve.
  2. Call your local restoration professionals, SERVPRO® of Franklin County.

A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

If winter weather causes water damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO® of Franklin County.

We are available 24/7/365 in Franklin County, MO and ready to restore to preloss condition.