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Controlling Moisture in Your Home

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

Extra moisture in your Franklin County, MO home can cause damage and encourage potentially harmful mold and mildew growth.

How can you reduce moisture in your home? Learn to keep moisture out and prevent damage and mold.
Activities such as cooking, bathing, and dish washing can add moisture into the air. Even some heating appliances can cause additional humidity in your home, for example: unvented gas or kerosene models. Droplets can accumulate on common cool surfaces during the winter, such as windows, walls, and doors that lack proper insulation. This can cause rot and peeling of paint and is a good environment for mold growth.
If you happen to see moisture accumulating, be sure to dry it promptly. Be sure to take care of the issue that is causing the moisture.
Storm doors and windows can minimize cool surfaces in the winter by separating the interior from cold air outside. Upgrading your windows to double and triple pane can also help insulate the interior glass. This will also make your home more energy efficient.
Opening drapes and blinds in the winter allows warmth to the interior glass. Some condensation can occur, but the improved circulation makes it less probable to accumulate. Insulating cold-water pipes eliminates a common cool surface.
Bathroom exhaust fans, dryer exhaust and ducted kitchen exhaust hoods that vent to the outside remove moisture that some activities create. Keep the devices free of dust, lint, grease or anything that could keep them from working efficiently.


Other ways to reduce air moisture:
•Covering pots while cooking, when possible
•Leaving room doors open to allow good air circulation
•Storing firewood outside
•Covering aquariums

Moisture in the home is not always as obvious as water beading on a window. Poor ventilation in an attic can result in condensation, promoting mold growth in the framing elements of the house. A sealed, unused fireplace creates an opportunity for moisture problems. If air doesn't circulate in the fireplace, condensation can accumulate on the walls and soak into the masonry. If you have a crawlspace, moisture from the soil can enter your home, increasing the level of humidity. A vapor barrier over the bare soil blocks the moisture.
Rain that seeps into your home's foundation can lead to moisture problems. Make sure your gutters work properly and direct water away from your home's foundation.


Some moisture problems require more complex solutions, and sources of moisture may be hidden. It may be time to call a professional like SERVPRO. Extra moisture in your home can cause mold. Mold can produce allergens and irritants so if you suspect you have a mold issue, you should call us to inspect your Franklin County, MO home. We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your Franklin County, MO home (or business) back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs.


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

Ready For Whatever Happens

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Large Loss Team onsite SERVPRO is “Ready for whatever happens”.

“Ready for whatever happens” is one of SERVPRO’s trademarked tag lines. You see it in commercials, you see it in advertisements, on our billboards and trucks, but what does it mean?

“Ready for whatever happens” means we are there whenever you need us. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It doesn’t matter if it’s a holiday, the middle of the night or the middle of a catastrophe. We are here for you.  We know that most disasters do not happen in the middle of a weekday. They happen at the least convenient time, that’s when you need us most. 
When you call SERVPRO you will speak to a live person. We know you can’t describe your emergency to an answering machine! We will get the appropriate crew or crews to you in an average of two hours. We know that when you call, you need help, and you need it now.

“Ready for whatever happens” means that we have the proper training and education to handle any emergency mitigation situation you may have.  If we haven’t dealt with it before, we will figure it out fast.  Our training and education are ongoing from IICRC certifications to SERVPRO Industries certifications, to EPA certifications, we’ve got you covered.  If your business just spilled hundreds of gallons of vegetable oil into landscaping rocks, or your business just had a polymer spill we can help.  (Yes, both are true situations we were called into clean up.)    
We spend a lot of time and expense keeping our employees current on training and education. Additionally, we have a vast network to call on for help for those unique situations.  We have chemists and experts on call and SERVPRO Industries to help, we have 1700 fellow franchises to call on and we always have the IICRC. There is nothing that we cannot handle. 


“Ready for whatever happens” means that we have the equipment for any size jobs. Whether its hundreds of air movers, dehumidifiers, heaters, air scrubbers, hardwood drying mats, generators, or even specialized equipment such as trailer mounted descant dehumidifiers we’ve got it covered. We just took delivery on even more air movers and dehumidifiers to help us expand our coverage even more.  Some of the equipment might sit on the shelves from time to time, but when it’s needed, it’s here and ready.

“Ready for whatever happens” means there is no job too big or too small for us to handle.  Any size fire, any size water damage, any size sewage loss, any size storm loss. We can handle it.  If our franchise needs help, we can quickly call-in reinforcements from neighboring franchises. If we still need help, we can call in SERVPRO Large Loss or Extreme Teams to help. We can have tractor trailers of extra equipment, and hundreds of extra crew members on site within hours. Yes, HOURS.

Lastly, “Ready for whatever happens” means SERVPRO is the mitigation company business, homeowners and Insurance companies rely on to save, preserve, and restore their most valuable assets.

Two Minutes

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Technicians cleaning ceiling from fire damage Fire damage? Call SERVPRO of Franklin County today.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Fire Safety Tips

  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your Franklin County, MO property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Franklin County is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Before and after carpet cleaning When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Franklin County for prompt

Commercial carpet cleaning is the best way to preserve and extend the life of carpeting, but proper treatment requires training. SERVPRO Professionals are trained by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and it is essential for a professional. We are IICRC Certified.

What can you do to keep your carpet in shape? Carpet care starts with keeping the carpet clean and soil out to begin with. By placing mats in the entranceway and high traffic areas, there will be less dirt inside your business. Be sure to vacuum frequently. Vacuuming ensures deposits soils do not penetrate deeply into fibers and cause damage.

Spot and stain control is essential, even if the flooring is colored in a way to make stain detection difficult. Stains will degrade the integrity of the flooring and alter its texture, so professionals will have to respond quickly to any problem areas. Formulated detergents and targeted agitation will normally do the trick. Finally, deep treatment, usually through hot water extraction or encapsulation methods, will need to be done several times a year to remove soils that have become embedded in the carpeting’s fibers. SERVPRO can help with your carpet stains and regular deep treatment.

We know as a business owner, you don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your business. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Franklin County for prompt service. 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.

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.

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

Source: http://www.IICRC.org/

Does Your Home Have Dry Rot?

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Image of Dry Rot We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Would you know if your home had dry rot?

It can happen to any type of wood in any climate. It can ruin the structure of your home. Dry rot is found in attics, basements, and under sinks. Generally, in places with moisture.

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?

  • 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

FEMA’s National Preparedness Month Spotlights the Importance of Understanding and Managing Risk

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

White background with text "be ready" The free SERVPRO READY app allows home and business owners to store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed

SERVPRO of Rolla disaster mitigation specialist urges Rolla, MO area residents to create a disaster management and recovery plan before the unexpected happens.

September is National Preparedness Month, part of the ongoing “Ready” initiative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to FEMA’s “Are You Ready” guide, the first step in effective disaster preparedness is to understand your specific risks—first by identifying the hazards that could possibly affect you and then by evaluating your actual vulnerability to those sources of danger.

Once you understand your risks, you can effectively plan to mitigate them by decreasing your vulnerability and then manage their consequences quickly and effectively if the worst does happen. Of course, individual home or business owners’ risks vary depending on their location, but regardless of where you live or work, FEMA’s guide has some basic steps that everyone can take to prepare for the unexpected.

  1. Create a family communication and shelter plan.
  2. Sign up for emergency alerts, including FEMA alerts
  3. Build your savings if possible and keep a small emergency fund of cash on-hand at home.
  4. Create an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit
  5. Gather and safeguard critical documents like deeds, medical information, insurance policies, and a list of your household belongings.
  6. Create an emergency kit with basic tools and enough food and water to last 72 hours and keep the contents fresh and up to date.

In addition to the planning tools and checklists provided by FEMA, businesses like SERVPRO that specialize in disaster mitigation and restoration offer free tools that make disaster recovery easier. The free SERVPRO READY app allows home and business owners to store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed in seconds with a mobile device. Local business owners who designate SERVPRO of Rolla as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider benefit from a no-cost assessment of their facility along with help completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.

The uncomfortable truth is that no amount of preparedness will prevent disasters from striking, but preparedness can help disaster victims survive and then recover. When disaster strikes, sometimes it’s difficult to even know where to start picking up the pieces. Having critical documents and details at your fingertips helps, but so does having access to professionals who know how to help you return to normal, "Like it never even happened." The disaster remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Rolla know what to do when you don’t know which way to turn. We’re here to help when you need us.”

For more information on SERVPRO of Rolla, please contact us at (573) 368-5555. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com.

Source:

  • 2021 Preparedness Calendar | Ready.gov
  • https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2021-03/are-you-ready-guide.pdf
  • https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages
  • https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/ready_emergency-financial-first-aid-toolkit.pdf
  • https://www.ready.gov/kit
  • https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp

About SERVPRO

For more than 50 years, SERVPRO® has been a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, mold mitigation, and biohazard and pathogen remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,900 individually owned and operated franchises spans- the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small – from million-square-foot commercial facilities to individual homes. When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners, and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

September is National Preparedness Month

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles lined up. An easy way to prepare this September is by having a free SERVPRO ERP assessment.

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

Here are some ways you can prepare this September:

Make A Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.

Build A Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home.  Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

No-Cost Preparedness

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards.  Check your insurance coverage to make sure it is up-to-date.

Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

Another way to prepare your business to be ready for whatever happens is to schedule a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. The SERVPRO ERP is a no cost assessment of your facility, even if you have multiple locations. To learn more, visit ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO of Franklin County at 636-583-5200 today.

Soda Blasting: A Fire Damage Solution

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged home with black walls Contents were removed from this fire damaged home. The next step in the restoration process will be soda blasting.

When you have a devastating fire in your Franklin County, MO home or business, there is much to consider. Water damage can be a concern, but smoke and soot damage will likely be throughout.

It’s important to hire a professional like SERVPRO of Franklin County when dealing with fire damage. We are certified in fire and water damage clean up and restoration and can prevent more damage from taking place.

Often affected surfaces are darkened with soot can be restored with a process called soda blasting. It is an effective cleaning solution for residential and commercial fire damage restoration projects. It uses sodium bicarbonate shot from a blaster on all affected surfaces. It removes the visible soot damage and effectively deodorizes the charred smell that lingers after a fire has been extinguished.

Soda blasting is a non-destructive cleaning method that is not abrasive and quickly removes ash and soot from walls, stone, and other materials without harming underlying surfaces.

The technique also has the following benefits:

  • Uses non-toxic materials – bicarbonate of soda and air – that carry no risk of exposure or form residue
  • Completely dry system eliminates water damage risks
  • Deodorizes as it cleans
  • Cleans quickly and completely
  • Portable and simple to set up
  • Non-reactive with many materials including metals

The negatives are few, such as shielding nearby plants. Soda blasting is a powerful took for safely restoring residential or commercial fire damage.

If your home or business has been affected by fire, smoke, or soot damage, give SERVPRO of Franklin County a call 24/7. We are ready to help.

Why call SERVPRO?

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Calling in a water damage restoration service might not be on the fun side of the to-do list, but when it’s needed, it’s important to not wait. Water can get into just about any place, even a tiny little crack. It does not matter how the water gets in, or even the size, your response should be the same: Call a professional.

It's especially important if your home or business was flooded by a contaminated source, not to handle it yourself. Floods and sewage backflows can contain bacteria, viruses, and fungi that even momentary skin contact can leave you seriously ill. A IICRC trained water damage technician not only has the tools to eliminate moisture, but we have the personal protective equipment that keeps our technicians safe from harm.

SERVPRO of Franklin County technicians have a lot of technology to help make sure all the water is removed from your property. This includes powerful vacuums and pumps, air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture meters, and specially chemicals for treating microbial threats. We will make sure any mold that is present will be cleaned and removed properly. This keeps your home or business safe for everyone.

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 Franklin County, Missouri 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

Are You Prepared for Severe Storms?

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Choose the company that has the resources and equipment to handle your water damage emergency. SERVPRO of Franklin County is "Here to Help."

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. 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.

Knowing the different potential dangers and how to prepare can help keep your property and family safe.

Here are some common threats to your Franklin County, MO home or business:

Once you know your risk, it is important to develop an emergency plan.

What can you do when your Franklin County, MO home or business suffers water damage from a severe 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, IICRC industry certifications, and weekly training at our office, 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 Recovery Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us 24/7: (636) 583-5200