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From 1969 to 2019...

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

General From 1969 to 2019... Resolve to be READY in 2019

...SERVPRO® is still "Faster to Any Size Disaster".

Each new year brings the opportunity for new beginnings! Make 2019 a year to remember and resolve to be READY!

SERVPRO of Franklin County wants to help ensure you enjoy a safe and happy new year by helping you be prepared for anything the year may have in store.

While we only hope to see good things come  about in a new year, it is always a good idea to plan ahead for the not-so-good things—fire or water damage—that are always an unexpected  and unwelcome disaster.

Make your resolution one that helps protect you and your business.

Call your SERVPRO® of Franklin County to learn more about how they can help you be “Ready for whatever happens” in the new year!  

Dangers of EXTREME COLD

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Community Dangers of EXTREME COLD Dangers of extreme cold

While your home can get damaged due to winter weather and extreme cold, your personal health is also at risk.

Fifty-three people died and three were injured due to extreme cold in 2015. It is important to be aware of the effect extremely cold temperatures can have on you.

The two main conditions to be aware of are frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms are white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm, or waxy numbness.

Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness.

If someone’s body temperature is below 95°F, seek medical attention immediately. To avoid these conditions, stay indoors if possible. If not, dress warm in layers and try to keep dry.


Source: ready.gov/winter-weather

2019 Resolution: Plan Ahead

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 2019 Resolution: Plan Ahead Be READY in 2019

With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life.

This year, make a resolution to be READY.

No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens”  in 2019. 

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas.

The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Franklin County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 50 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong.

The ERP is a nocost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future.

By downloading the free SERVPRO® READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your  fingertips.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood.

Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

Don’t wait until disaster strikes—resolve to be READY. 

  • Advantages of the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®
  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. 
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. 
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. n
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. 
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County to establish your Emergency READY Profile®, and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2019.  

Weather WORRIES

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Weather WORRIES This image shows the circumstances in which ice dams form on a roofline.

Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and a sidewalk to shovel. If you live where temperatures sink below freezing level, you are also at risk for frozen pipes and ice dams, which can create a major disaster at your home or property.


FROZEN PIPES

Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage.

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

To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross:

  • Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.
  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air circulate near the plumbing.
  • When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
  • Keep your heat set to the same   temperature both day and night.

ICE DAMS

Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season.

They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof ’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.

Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house.

Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.”

Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melter.

If winter weather causes water damage to your property, SERVPRO of Franklin County Professionals are only a call away, 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition.


Source: redcross.org, Travelers.com

Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Cold-Weather Killer

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Cold-Weather Killer Carbon Monoxide detector

We care about your safety. Here is an explanation of what carbon monoxide is and how you can stay safe this winter.

What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Many furnaces, rangers, water heaters, use CO to as a power source.

Why does carbon monoxide poisoning occur?

Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters and engine-powered equipment, such as portable generators.

What can you do to stay safe?

There are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly CO fumes.

  • Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedrooms.
  • Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional.
  • Use portable generators only in well-ventilated areas away from doors, windows, vents, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home. 

For additional CO safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov.

Why Should You Choose an IICRC Certified Restoration Company?

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Should You Choose an IICRC Certified Restoration Company? Water Restoration IICRC Union, MO

When your home or business is damaged by water from a broken pipe, flood, sewage backup, or overflowing appliances you want a professional that is certified by the IICRC and will dry your property back to preloss condition.

The IICRC is an acronym for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, an organization developed in 1972 to set standards for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration service industries.

To obtain certification, future technicians must take a serious of classes in specialized areas of cleaning, inspection and restoration and pass a standardized exam. The IICRC certifications indicates the amount of knowledge in remediation and restoration needed to safely restore a home or business. Although it is not a requirement to function, you can expect a degree of confidence by having an IICRC certified company perform remediation.

If your home is damaged by water and not properly restored, it can cause mold to form which increases the cost of the remediation. Mold can form in as little as 48 hours, so timely restoration is key in properly restoring your home.

You know that by hiring an IICRC Certified company you are hiring a team of professionals that have been trained to the highest standards to restore your home. SERVPRO of Franklin County is IICRC Certified and in operation in Union, MO for over 10 years.

It is our goal to be "Here to Help" when our neighbors here in Franklin County, MO need us. Whether it be the next great flood or simply an overflowed toilet, we will make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Are You Winter Weather Ready?

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Winter Weather Ready? Winter Weather Ready

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather?

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage.

While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather. To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Franklin County about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment to your facility and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO of Franklin County to strike back.

Searching For A Fire And Flood Restoration Service

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Searching For A Fire And Flood Restoration Service Fire Restoration Union, MO

Fire and flood restoration is an arduous process that is best done with the help of professionals, as it is often difficult to understand the aftermath these elements cause. Sadly, the cruelest cut stemming from these disasters usually happens once the shock of the tragedy has subsided, and can claim many other belongings if the lingering effects are not dealt with promptly.

Once the flame has been extinguished, the ash left behind begins to deteriorate things further.  Within hours the acidic nature of ash will discolor plastics and metals, and once several days and weeks have gone by, metals and glass will be corroded or etched beyond repair. This means that appliances, windows and piping will all need to be ripped out and replaced, multiplying the financial costs of the disaster. Wood furniture is also affected at this point, so it is conceivable that nearly everything will need to be replaced if action isn’t taken rather quickly.

It’s hard to imagine, but water damage can be even worse. If fire and flood restoration is not done in a hurry, soaked materials will need to be discarded. Carpeting and the padding under it, insulation, clothing, bedding and important papers will all need to be thrown away if they come in contact with contaminated water. Most people are familiar with the molds that rising waters bring, but fungi, bacteria and parasites are other major hazards that have to be contended with, and once they are allowed to hang around and multiply, they can be nearly impossible to destroy. Because of this, it is best to enlist SERVPRO professionals to handle the clean-up and return the property and personal belongings to their former glory.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

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

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

The Science of Drying

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Science of Drying The science of drying

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying?

The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Franklin County is trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

If your business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of Franklin County will:

  • 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.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material–but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. For this reason, SERVPRO of Franklin County has been trained to use top-of-the line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.

DRYBOOK™ DOCUMENTATION 

SERVPRO of Franklin County uses the latest technology to help ensure your property is dried quickly and efficiently. DryBook™ is a proprietary tool that:

  • Manages industry drying requirements. n Provides real-time documentation on the drying process.
  • Validates that services are executed to standard.
  • Reports to all stakeholders involved. 
  • Allows real-time updates through DryBook™ Mobile integration. This improves results and restores your property at a faster rate, getting you back in your home or business sooner.

SERVPRO® also uses state-of-the-art
monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

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

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

Light the Night: Safely

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Light the Night: Safely Stay Safe this Holiday Season
Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season—however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

SERVPRO of Franklin County wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!