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Fire Damage at Local Bowling Alley

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage at Local Bowling Alley Fire Damage at Bowling Alley in Owensville, MO

When Thunder Alley Lanes in Owensville, MO had a recent fire in their onsite kitchen, Twisters Bar & Grill, they gave SERVPRO a call. We met with the owner within a few hours after the fire. We went over the process with the owner, letting him know how long the restoration would take and what exactly we would need to do to get the bowling alley back to preloss condition.

With an onsite meeting with the adjuster the next day, we brought available staff to get started. We contacted the large loss division, and they helped grow the staff to 12 crew members, two supervisors, and one production manager.

Restoration involved a top down cleaning of the entire 11,000sf building. This involved removing and replacing all the drop ceiling and painting of the entire bowling alley.

We were able to complete the work within 10 days allowing the bowling alley to reopen on a Friday before the busy weekend.

We know that fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

Hoarding in Franklin County, MO

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Hoarding in Franklin County, MO Hoarding in Franklin County, MO

According to The Mayo Clinic, “Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.” Many people with hoarding disorder do not find their habits to be a problem.

Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail or packaging. Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded.

Bugs, fleas, rats and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called. At times, hoarding may spread to outside the home as well, to storage facilities, or even the garage or yard.

SERVPRO® of Franklin County encounter hoarding situations several different ways. Often,
we are called for a fire or water loss and find the hoarding situation when we arrive on-site. We will communicate with the insurance company regarding their contents coverage, and after approval, contents can be packed out and possibly cleaned, dried, and stored, or relocated to a storage facility so work on the fire or water loss can begin.

Another way SERVPRO® can encounter hoarding jobs is through calls from landlords, case workers, real estate agents, or family members, often after the death of a loved one. In these situations, the crew will see if they should look for any items of importance while they clean the job. Sometimes, family members will come and try to help the hoarder sort through their contents as well.

Each case is very different, and hoarding jobs are often sensitive situations, but SERVPRO® of Franklin County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

If you encounter a hoarding situation, call SERVPRO® of Franklin County today. (636) 583-5200

Dry Ice Blasting Your Fire Damaged Home

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dry Ice Blasting Your Fire Damaged Home Dry Ice Blasting in Franklin County, MO

What Is Dry Ice Blasting?

Dry ice blasting is a revolutionary blasting method that uses dry ice pellets (CO2 in solid form) as the blasting material. The process is very environmentally friendly and provides a fast and effective alternative to traditional methods of cleaning industrial production equipment.

Dry Ice Blasting has become the preferred method to remove smoke soot, vaporized synthetic resins and char. Advanced Indoor Air Quality Care uses C02 dry ice blasting can reduce or eliminate the musty burnt smell that results from fire, smoke and water damage.

Dry Ice Blasting Is A Three-Step Process

Kinetic: When dry ice pellets are accelerated in a jet of compressed air and strike a surface at the speed of sound, they crack and loosen the coating of the surface being treated.

Thermal: The low temperature of dry ice pellets (-79oC/-110oF) makes the coating brittle, cracks it and loosens it. This allows dry ice to permeate the coating.

Sublimation: Dry ice penetrates the coating and immediately sublimes (passes directly from solid to vapor state). This results in a 700-fold increase in volume, an explosive effect that lifts the coating off the surface.

The Benefits Of Dry Ice Blasting

A Dry Cleaning Process: Dry ice blasting is a completely dry process because dry ice pellets consist of CO2 and vaporize immediately on contact with the surface to be cleaned.

No Waste Disposal: The system produces no waste products. Only the coating that has been removed remains to be disposed of, and this can usually be swept or vacuumed from the floor.

Environmentally Friendly: Dry ice blasting is completely non-toxic and no hazardous chemicals are used. Costs connected with the disposal of blasting materials and solvents are saved.

No Abrasion: Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive and therefore surfaces are treated very gently. Wear and tear resulting from the use of steel brushes, scrapers and other blasting materials is avoided.

Improved Production Quality: Dry ice blasting often allows for your production equipment to be cleaned while in operation without a need for dismantling or costly downtime.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County for Dry Ice Blasting.

SERVPRO of Franklin County is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. Fire damage can be devastating. You need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat your property with great care.

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Spring is in the air!

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring is in the air! Spring Cleaning your Franklin County, MO home

With the warmer weather comes the tradition of spring cleaning, a time to organize and clean the environments—home, business, office—we encounter on a daily basis.

What are some of the services SERVPRO® can assist you with during spring cleaning—or any season?

Perhaps you are selling a home and want to vanquish years of cigarette smoke odor that won’t go away, or want to see if your ducts or HVAC
system needs to be cleaned.

We also offer the following cleaning services: n

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Upholstery and drapery cleaning
  • Ceiling and wall cleaning
  • Hard floor cleaning

Whatever your spring cleaning needs, SERVPRO® has you covered. Call SERVPRO® of Franklin County today to discuss or schedule your necessary spring cleaning services.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County today - 636-583-5200

Does Your Union, MO Home Have Water Damage?

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Does Your Union, MO Home Have Water Damage? Union, MO Water Damage

When your Union, MO home or business has water damage, you need to call a water damage restoration service. This is the kind of professional that no one wants to call, but when they are needed, it is important not to delayYou know that moisture is often the enemy. It is 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, such as SERVPRO of Franklin County, 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 personal protective equipment (PPE) 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.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County. We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your Union, MO home back to pre-water damage condition. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. 

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

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County 24/7 - (636) 583-5200

Be Flood SMART

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Be Flood SMART Flooding Damage Union MO

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert-there is always potential for flood damage.

Floodsmart.gov reports, in the last five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.

The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

 If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Franklin County. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO® System is prepared to handle any size disaster.

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

Restoring a Fire Damaged Restaurant

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring a Fire Damaged Restaurant Fire Damage Pasta House Union, MO

The worst nightmare for any restaurant is having to deal with a disaster. Statistics show that 50% of businesses that sustain a catastrophe never re-open. Unfortunately, Pasta House in Union, MO had to deal with that nightmare scenario after suffering a kitchen fire on the evening of January 28th. SERVPRO of Franklin County was there to help the next morning.

After seeing a post about the fire on Facebook, our owner, Jerry Alvey, met with the owner of Pasta House and the Union, MO fire chief. Jerry assessed the situation and determined that the kitchen and dining room would need a thorough cleaning, while structural repairs were needed in the kitchen. After speaking with Pasta House’s adjustor, SERVPRO got approval to move forward with the job.

The first step was making calls. Lots of them.

Subcontractors were called to handle electric, mechanical repairs for cooking equipment, repairs to the security and alarm system, and repairs to the acoustic ceiling. An architect, the city of Union, and the Union fire inspector were also called.

SERVPRO also got a dumpster set up immediately to clear the debris and damaged contents in the building.

To help handle such a large loss, SERVPRO called in its Extreme Response Team, Team Wolfe. One of the benefits of SERVPRO’s franchise system is that no loss is ever too big, and there’s always help from groups like the Extreme Team if necessary.

In the meantime, SERVPRO’s employees began removing the damaged ceiling tile in the kitchen and addressed the odor by setting five air scrubbers and four hydroxyl generators.

Jerry also completed the diagram for the building, as the adjustor wanted to see it when they met the next day. He also spent the rest of the day measuring, scoping and estimating.

On day two, the adjustor for the job and project manager Hank from the Extreme Team came out and a plan of action was put into place. Jerry and Team Wolf spent the day developing the scope of repairs and estimating, getting tentative repair costs.

Since the ceilings were 15 feet tall, the group strategized about how best to clean them. After debating between man lifts, scaffolding and ladders, it was determined that ladders would be the best option because they would be the easiest to work around. Ladders create safety issues, and there always needs to be three points of contact (two feet and a hand) with someone on the ground steadying the ladder. The crew members on the ladder were to detail clean from top down, moving left to right. First they HEPA vacuumed the entire interior of the building, then they wet cleaned.

It was also determined with the Extreme Team that there should be 12 crews with two supervisors and a project manager overseeing the cleanup. The crews would be on 10-hour shifts for six days. Every morning, the crew members would line up at 7 a.m. in front of their supervisors and they were checked to make sure they were wearing their personal protective equipment, which included hard hats, safety glasses, respirators, gloves, and steel-toed footwear. They would also hold a daily safety meeting.

They also strategized about what order the cleanup should take place and what the priorities were, with the goal being to open the restaurant back up as soon as possible. For most of the cleanup, the source of the fire damage in the kitchen had to be worked around because the fire inspector was still trying to determine the cause of origin.

After structural cleaning was completed, air duct cleaning began. Pasta House had an extremely large duct system with five units that required detailed cleaning due to the amount of smoke. When the duct cleaning started, SERVPRO also began sealing and painting both the kitchen and the dining room. Both the duct cleaning and the sealing and painting took three days.

While SERVPRO was painting, the alarm company came and replaced what was necessary to re-open, which was the smoke detectors and CO detectors.

Around this time, the architect submitted his sketch of the ceiling and lighting layout which was reviewed by the city. After the sketch was in, the acoustic ceiling company was able to start. They worked in conjunction with the electric company to replace the lighting.

On Feb. 13, SERVPRO was approved to cut out the damaged wall from the source of the fire, with the goal being to re-open the restaurant the next day. The cause and origin folks completed their investigation and turned this area over to us. Once the wall was cut open, the city inspector and fire inspector came and determined there were four circuits in the wall that were burnt and needed repair. The electrician made the necessary repairs late into the night, and the inspector accommodated SERVPRO and Pasta House by coming back at 6:30 a.m. the next morning to approve the repairs and allow the close-up of the wall with fire-rated drywall. The inspector came back again at 12:30 p.m. to approve the re-opening of the building, which was slated for 3 p.m. SERVPRO continued to put the finishing touches on the cleanup until Pasta House’s doors re-opened that afternoon for Valentine’s Day.

SERVPRO was incredibly proud to get Pasta House re-opened in just 16 days. We knew how important it was for Pasta House to get back in business to save them from costly losses from being closed for an extended period, and we worked diligently to make their disaster "Like it never even happened."

Spring Storms are coming... Are you READY?

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Storms are coming... Are you READY? READY for any size disaster.

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. 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 what the risks are for Franklin County, MO:
Tornadoes
Floods
Thunderstorms & Lightning

When you are aware of the risks, be sure to:

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

Flooding Can Happen Anywhere

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding Can Happen Anywhere Water Damage Restoration

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.”

NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future.

In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® of Franklin County can help. We can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP) or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Franklin County is ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Understanding Water Types

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding Water Types Types of Water Damage - Union, MO

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

There are three types of water:

Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.

Gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous.

Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Franklin County.

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.

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!

SERVPRO Honors Everyday Heroes with Sponsorship of SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO Honors Everyday Heroes with Sponsorship of SERVPRO First Responder Bowl First Responder Bowl

Union, MO (Grassroots Newswire) <Date> -- SERVPRO is proud to announce the inaugural SERVPRO First Responder Bowl being played at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. The newly renamed bowl is designed to honor the sacrifice and service of the brave men and women who are the first line of defense in local communities in Franklin County, MO when the unexpected or the unthinkable happens says Jerry Alvey of SERVPRO of Franklin County. Kickoff for the event, televised by ESPN, is December 26 at 1:30 ET.

“It’s a privilege to have the SERVPRO name associated with an event that celebrates the dedication and selflessness of first responders,” said Alvey.  “These men and women are true hometown heroes and first on the scene when disaster strikes, helping to save lives and protect property.”

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl will honor first responders including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue teams, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents, and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide help at the scene of an emergency. Event organizers planned to distribute 10,000 complimentary tickets to verified first responders and their families who sign up at https://www.firstresponderbowl.com/first-responders. These complimentary tickets are possible thanks to corporate sponsors like SERVPRO and individual fans who chose to “Sponsor a Responder” with a $15 donation when they purchase their general admission tickets. 

“The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is a celebration of the commitment to service demonstrated by the everyday people who willingly put themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives and property of their neighbors,” said Sue Steen, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, Inc. “SERVPRO is honored to have this opportunity to shine a spotlight on all of these hard working first responders, and their families, and to recognize them for the heroes they are.”

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About SERVPRO® Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowner.

Holiday safety Tips

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Holiday safety Tips Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Franklin County

As the weather outside gets frightful and your cozy homes become warm and delightful, the holiday season’s aglow, let it snow, let it snow, let is snow.

According to climate.gov, on February 12, 2010, there was snow present in all 50 states, including Hawaii! Five years later in 2015, it almost happened again, when every state but Florida experienced snow.

While it is generally unlikely for certain states to encounter snow, it is still important to know how to be prepared if winter weather strikes at your home, business or while traveling. SERVPRO of Franklin County is dedicated to helping you keep the holidays merry and bright, and keeping your property safe.

But what happens if disaster does strike during the most wonderful time of year? Easy—Call SERVPRO of Franklin County, even if it is the night before Christmas. SERVPRO® is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, ready when you need help the most. We answer the phone – ready to help.

CELEBRATE SAFELY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage CELEBRATE SAFELY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON Celebrate Safely 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, heat vents and candles.

Make sure 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. n Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging and towels or curtains—away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.

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

Are You Winter Weather Ready?

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Winter Weather Ready? Are You 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 help 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 a potential flood hazard.
  • 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 us about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment of your facility and provides you with a plan to get back in business faster following a disaster.

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

Local SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Specialist Offers Union Families Tips on Cooking Up a Safe Holiday Season

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Union, MO (Grassroots Newswire) November 5, 2018 -- Holiday party planning begins now for many families, and Gerald Alvey of SERVPRO of Franklin County offers some important reminders to Union residents to help ensure this season glows with the warmth of good food and good friends, and not with the glare of a devastating home fire.

“The holiday season is a time when many families plan big and elaborate meals for large groups of people,” says Alvey. “But all that cooking creates an extraordinary risk of fire. For a safe and festive holiday season, it’s important to understand that risk and take steps to minimize it.”

Cooking Fire Safety

Research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reveals that in 2017, on average, U.S. fire departments responded to a home fire every 88 seconds.1 Cooking equipment was the leading cause2 of home fires and fire injuries, causing 47 percent of home fires. These fires resulted in 20 percent of the home fire deaths and 45 percent of the injuries.

“Union, MO families should keep these statistics in mind as the holidays approach. According to the NFPA, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve2,” says Alvey. “Families should also be aware that frying poses the greatest risk of fire, in fact, the NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.3  This video graphically illustrates the danger these devices can pose.” https://youtu.be/j3rF8F0JQRQ

Alvey offers these additional cooking safety tips from FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration.4

  1. Keep an eye on what you fry: If you see any smoke or the oil starts to boil, turn the burner off.
  2. Stand by your pan: If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
  3. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so that no one can bump them or pull them over.
  4. Wear short sleeves or pull sleeves up: 18 percent of cooking fire fatalities in 2016 were caused by ignited clothing.2
  5. Keep a pot lid or cookie sheet nearby to cover a pan if it catches on fire.

“Taking common sense precautions like these and keeping kids and pets out of the kitchen during meal prep can help keep your holiday celebrations safe,” says  Alvey. “The precautions you take could help prevent a devastating home fire, a tragic injury, or even the loss of life. While SERVPRO disaster response professionals are fire damage restoration specialists, they know how important it is to keep the focus on fire prevention, because for some types of loss, there is no remediation.”

SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services. For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.

For more information on SERVPRO of Franklin County, please contact Gerald Alvey at (636) 583-5200 or admin@SERVPROoffranklincounty.com.

Citations

  1. https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fire-statistics/Fires-in-the-US
  2. https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fact-sheets/CookingFactSheet.ashx?la=en
  3. https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Cooking/Turkey-fryers
  4. https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

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SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster SERVPRO is "Here to Help"!

The teams at SERVPRO® are ready for any disaster, big or small.

And they understand what may be small in the grand scheme of things may be huge to you, and they’re ready to help you put your life, business, or property back together “Like it never even happened.”

What can you do to be READY? Be prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in your kit:

  • 3-day supply of nonperishable foods Water (one+ gallon per person per day)
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medication
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Hygiene products
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone charger
  • Change of clothes
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Pet supplies
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container

You can also keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well.

For a more extensive list, check out Ready.gov.

Whatever the disaster, SERVPRO® of Franklin County is there when you need help, 24/7/365.

READY

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO READY Are you ready for whatever happens?

We have seen some epic rains that have caused disastrous flooding in Franklin County, MO. This rain and flooding have caused millions and millions of dollars of damages to home and business.  Lives have been uprooted, and businesses have been halted. Some will never recover.  

Ben Franklin famously said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”.  As many as 50 percent of businesses that did not have a disaster plan in place prior to the flooding may never recover.     Of the businesses that survive a disaster an overwhelming amount had a disaster plan in place.  Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or even a 100-year flood.  The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.  The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it now. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at your peace of mind.

Putting a disaster plan together sounds like a lot of work, right? Don’t worry, SERVPRO has you covered!  At no cost we can perform an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business. This is a disaster plan created specifically for your business. We will provide a concise profile document that contains all of the critical information needed in event of an emergency. We provide a guide to help you get back in your building following a disaster. We help you identify the line of command for authorizing emergency work to begin. We provide facility details such as shut off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.  All of this information is compiled in a concise hard copy as well as a smart phone app. You control who sees the information and who you want to share it with.    

One short story shows how valuable an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) can be for you.  Approximately a week before the polar vortex of 2014, one of our marketing representative had completed an ERP for a nursing home in Sullivan.  As the thaw came, so did the broken pipes.  This same nursing home had a sprinkler pipe break but using the ERP that we just completed, they were able to locate the shut off and limited the affected area to just two partial rooms.  Had they not known where to shut off the water, the damage and interruption would have been immense. This is just one of hundreds of examples of how the ERP can help your business. 

If you’re an insurance agent, you should not only ask us to do an ERP for your office, but also all of your business customers.  Can you imagine how beneficial this free service can be for your customers?    If you’re a business, you should be calling us right now to get this done. If not, like our old friend Ben Franklin might say, “You are planning to fail!”.

Give us a call right away to schedule your free Emergency Ready Profile. It will only take a small amount of time and the value is priceless.  SERVPRO of Franklin County where Our Business is Putting you Back in Business.  636-583-5200

Faster to Any-Size Disaster

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Faster to Any-Size Disaster SERVPRO is "Faster to Any-Size Disaster"

Kim and Dan Akers had dealt with flooding before, but they had never seen anything like this. The Akers family’s St. Clair property had flooded before in 2008 and again in 2015, but both of those times they were able to deal with the damage themselves.

After the Meramec River flooded April 29, the Akers family found their residence with close to 6 feet of water. This time, they had to call in outside help to get their home back in order.

“It was pretty devastating, I wasn’t real sure if it was all going to come back together or not,” Kim Akers said about her flooded home. “It was a record flood. Before the most we had was about two, maybe three feet in the living room. This time it was way above my head.”

The Akers family called SERVPRO Franklin County for help. SERVPRO gutted the house, cleaned and sanitized the structure, removed mold, dried out the house and cleaned the air ducts.

Akers said that the mold could have been a result of not properly cleaning after the previous floods.

“My husband and I both have had issues with our sinuses running while we’re in the house, and after seeing what we saw, there was probably mold in the house that we didn’t know was there,” she said.

Though the Akers aren’t back in their house yet, they believe that their decision to use SERVPRO will get them home faster.

“I’d definitely recommend SERVPRO,” Kim said. “You guys did a good job and took a lot of the workload off of us. In the flood of 2008 it took 13 months for us to get back in the house because we did everything ourselves. It’s going to take a little while to get back in this time, but I don’t think it’s going to take near as long.”

The Science of Drying

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

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-theline 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

Document Restoration

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Document Restoration Document Restoration by SERVPRO

As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO® knows timely mitigation is the key to reducing severity and recovering damaged items. Water– or smoke–damaged paper can rapidly deteriorate. Without proper handling, valuable files and irreplaceable documents could be lost forever. Let SERVPRO’s Document Restoration Team help you recover your damaged paper goods before it is too late.

SERVPRO’s technicians are trained to use the most advanced technology available for document recovery and drying; in fact, the Document Restoration Team uses the same technique the Library of Congress uses to dry water-damaged books.

Why choose SERVPRO® Vacuum Freeze Drying?

Vacuum freeze drying is the most efficient and effective way to salvage water-damaged documents. The Document Restoration Team uses sublimation—turning a solid directly into a vapor, skipping the liquid stage to avoid causing more damage to the documents. This process can recover even the most delicate items—from documents to photographs and x-rays, to entire business archives. All employees of the Document Restoration Team are HIPAA Master certified and once your items arrive at the SERVPRO® facility, 24/7 video surveillance is guaranteed.

Digitizing

With the new age of technology, digitizing records and documents has become a standard practice in most industries. This eliminates the need to have massive file storage rooms and allows us to access records at the click of a button. If your file room was damaged by water or smoke and needs to be cleaned, dried or decontaminated, digitizing might be a good choice to eliminate the need to have hundreds or even thousands of documents and records in storage.

Gamma Irradiation

Gamma irradiation is a process used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. In a CAT 3 situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. In most storm situations, you are dealing with CAT 3 water; therefore, most of the affected documents you encounter will be contaminated. If this is the case, decontamination is always a must. In living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photoninduced changes at the molecular level cause the death of the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.

Certified Destruction

Unfortunately, many businesses and government agencies have to dispose of counterfeit, faulty, expired or contaminated materials. All entities need to be certified that their products and materials are destroyed. The guarantee of certified destruction is to protect one’s liabilities, brand image or proprietary information. We guarantee certified destruction to give you peace of mind that your documents are disposed of properly.

SERVPRO’s goal is to make the process as simple as possible for customers. Contact SERVPRO of Franklin County for more information on Document Restoration services.

SAFETY FIRST: Before the Feast

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking-related fires.

Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended–stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Keep anything flammable–pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup. n Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

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

Tips on Cooking Up a Safe Holiday Season

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips on Cooking Up a Safe Holiday Season Have a safe holiday season!

SERVPRO of Franklin County - Fire Damage Restoration Specialist Offers Franklin County, MO Families Tips on Cooking Up a Safe Holiday Season

Startling statistics underscore the need for caution in the kitchen.

Union, MO (Grassroots Newswire) 10/25/2018 -- Holiday party planning begins now for many families, and Jerry Alvey of SERVPRO of Franklin County, MO offers some important reminders to Union, MO residents to help ensure this season glows with the warmth of good food and good friends, and not with the glare of a devastating home fire.

“The holiday season is a time when many families plan big and elaborate meals for large groups of people,” says Alvey. “But all that cooking creates an extraordinary risk of fire. For a safe and festive holiday season, it’s important to understand that risk and take steps to minimize it.”

Cooking Fire Safety NFPA research reveals that in 2016, on average, U.S. fire departments responded to a home fire every 90 seconds. Cooking fires were the leading cause of these home fires and related home fire injuries and the second leading cause of related home fire deaths. Unattended cooking was the leading contributing factor in these fires.1

“Union, MO families should keep these statistics in mind as the holidays approach. According to the NFPA, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve2,” says Alvey. “Families should also be aware that frying poses the greatest risk of fire, in fact, the NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.3 This video graphically illustrates the danger these devices can pose.” https://youtu.be/j3rF8F0JQRQ.

Alvey offers these additional cooking safety tips from FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration.4

  1. Keep an eye on what you fry: If you see any smoke or the oil starts to boil, turn the burner off.
  2. Stand by your pan: If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
  3. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so that no one can bump them or pull them over.
  4. Wear short sleeves or pull sleeves up: 18 percent of cooking fire fatalities in 2016 were caused by ignited clothing.2
  5. Keep a pot lid or cookie sheet nearby to cover a pan if it catches on fire.

“Taking common sense precautions like these and keeping kids and pets out of the kitchen during meal prep can help keep your holiday celebrations safe,” says Alvey. “The precautions you take could help prevent a devastating home fire, a tragic injury, or even the loss of life. While SERVPRO disaster response professionals are fire damage restoration specialists, they know how important it is to keep the focus on fire prevention, because for some types of loss, there is no remediation.”

SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services. For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO of Franklin County, please contact Jerry Alvey at 636-583-5200 or jerry@SERVPROoffranklincounty.com.

Citations

  1. https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics/Factsheets/FireLossFacts.pdf
  2. https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics/Factsheets/CookingFactSheet.pdf
  3. https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Cooking/Turkey-fryers
  4. https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html

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About SERVPRO® Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges Commercial Water Damage Franklin County, MO

Flooding and water damage events at Franklin County, MO commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that 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.

About SERVPRO of Franklin County

SERVPRO of Franklin County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Franklin County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Union home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Are you “Ready for whatever happens”?

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Are you “Ready for whatever happens”?

September is National Preparedness Month. So it’s a great time to make sure you’re prepared in the event of a disaster.


SERVPRO ERP

There are many ways you can prepare, but did you know SERVPRO offers a completely FREE readiness plan?


By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.


To learn more you can visit: ready.SERVPRO.com

Just ask Bella or Mike to set up an appointment or call our office 636-583-5200


Ready.gov

This is a great website helping becoming prepared in the event of a disaster and includes plans family Emergency plans. Visit it here: Ready.gov


Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Be “Ready for whatever happens”

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Be “Ready for whatever happens” Plan for a disaster

National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, business, and family. The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are “Ready for whatever happens.” In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®  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 contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free  Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.The ERP establishes SERVPRO of Franklin County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to 50 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. 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.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.The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it.  The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is  a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call SERVPRO of Franklin County to establish your Emergency READY Profile® today.  636-583-5200
 

Are you prepared?

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Are You Prepared? As a member of the Ready Campaign’s National Preparedness Coalition, SERVPRO® is proud to present the following information.

How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or  flood often depends on the emergency planning done today.  The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. 

The following are common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, the local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival. Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared.

Be Informed

Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your company? Do you know what you will do in an emergency situation?

Develop a Business Continuity Plan

Do you know which staff, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating? Do you have backup plans for those operations? Do you know what you will do if your building or plant is not accessible? Do you know what you will do if your suppliers are impacted by a disaster? Are you ready for utility disruptions?

Prepare Your Emergency Plan

Do you have an evacuation and shelter in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with employees before, during, and after an incident? Do you have copies of building and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked? Are your employees trained for medical emergencies?

Practice the Emergency Plan

Have you practiced your plan recently? Do you practice and coordinate with other businesses in your building or industrial complex? Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?

Review Insurance Coverage

Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster? Secure Your Facility and Equipment Have you secured all the ways people, products, and supplies get into your building? Have you conducted a room-by-room walk-through to determine what can be strapped down?

Improve Cybersecurity

Do you regularly install patches to your software? Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you regularly update your antivirus software?

Promote Family and Individual Preparedness

Do you encourage employees to have a personal emergency supply kit and a family communication plan?


If you answered “No” to any of these questions, visit ready.gov and learn how to better prepare your business.

Handle Your Franklin County, MO Commercial Water Damage with SERVPRO

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Handle Your Franklin County, MO Commercial Water Damage with SERVPRO Commercial Water Damage Union, MO

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage in Franklin County, MO, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.


Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration
Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Services You Can Count On in Franklin County, MO


You can depend on SERVPRO to provide reasonable prices for commercial water damage and other services in the Franklin County, MO area. Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. We also assist with mold remediation, and we're qualified to provide cleaning and building services. Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your restoration. Whether you require cleanup after Franklin County, MO commercial water damage or simply need a carpet cleaning, call us at 636-583-5200.

St. Clair MO, Water Loss - Nathan Chase

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO St. Clair MO, Water Loss - Nathan Chase Nathan Chase St. Clair MO Insurance Agent Water Damage

Nathan Chase is used to dealing with damage to his customer’s homes, but recently he had to experience it firsthand.

Chase, a State Farm agent in St. Clair came home from his vacation in Branson and found water leaking through his hallway ceiling.

“Upon further inspection, the ceiling was so wet/damaged that you could basically just poke your finger through it like it was a wet paper towel,” Chase said. “It was a sickening feeling to see.”

Although Chase has worked in the insurance industry for years, this was his first time going through a loss at his own home.

“Working in the insurance industry, I get to hear about stories like this quite often, but this was the first time I’d actually experienced it myself,” Chase said. “I immediately called Jerry Alvey, the owner of SERVPRO in Union, MO. He had his crew there in no time.”

SERVPRO found that Chase had a leaky pipe from his upstairs bathroom that had caused a crack in the ceiling. There was also a bit of mold inside the ceiling. Chase was impressed that the owner was helping in the cleanup.

“Jerry, the owner himself, was on a ladder cleaning and scrubbing/removing the mold,” he said. Chase also was pleased at how SERVPRO’s crew conducted itself.    

“His crew was so cautious during the work, taking every extra step to keep the surrounding area clean and protected while they worked, even wiping down baseboards/doorways/pictures after every session of work they completed over the last few days,” he said.

“His crew was respectful, always right on time, always over-prepared, and even assisted us in matching the paint color perfectly.”

The phrase “like it never even happened” is synonymous with SERVPRO, and Chase said SPFC lived up to that billing. 

“Without question, my hallway actually looks better than it did two weeks ago,” he said. “They are very true to their SERVPRO motto, ‘Like it never even happened.’ Please take it from me and call them first if you ever need help. They help with fire and water damage, cleanup and restoration, and are also amazing at cleaning carpets and furniture.”

Kicking Germs to the Curb

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Kicking Germs to the Curb Kicking Germs to the Curb

Back to school unfortunately also means back to spreading germs.  I love the recent local campaign by Jim Feighery State Farm Insurance and the Washington School District, “Kick Germs to the Curb” and the national “Germs are Scary” campaign. Both programs highlight how communicable diseases increase when our kids go back to school. 

We all know how quickly viruses spread when schools back in session.  This is true for numerous pesky afflictions from colds to norovirus to strep or even C-diff, and don’t forget lice and scabies too! The “Kick Germs to the Curb” and “Germs are Scary” programs and others like them stress the importance of germ control. The Washington School District’s campaign is collected hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes to be used at the schools to curb the spread of germs. 

An important part of these programs include education on the proper ways to wash your hands, cover your sneeze or cough, and other prevention facts. Prevention education and the right products go a long way in the decreasing of the spread of germs.   

In our line of work, we get called in quite often to schools, nursing homes and businesses to clean up after outbreaks of influenza, scabies and even c-diff.  Prevention and education are key to stopping outbreaks, and it all starts at home.  Now is the time to get that important cleaning done after a long hot summer.

This summer, your home has been more open and susceptible to the outside air and all its allergens. Germs have been brought in from all that increased foot traffic that summer brings. Cleaning floors, carpets and air ducts is a good place to start to zap some of those germs. A thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the rest of the house is the next step.

Give us a call if you need help for any of these services. We currently have back to school specials going on right now.  Help do your part in “Kicking Germs to the Curb.”  


Please have a great school year and remember, we are here to help!  

Like summer never even happened!

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Like summer never even happened! Back to school cleaning

It’s back to school time, which means the kids are finally out of the house! With your nest empty, it’s a perfect time to have restoration services done on your home.

SERVPRO of Franklin County offers several services to get your home back into pre-summer conditions, before it was torn up by your children. Have your kids spent the summer tracking in dirt, mud and other unknown substances into the house?

Then it might be time to get your carpets cleaned. SERVPRO offers a three-room special for $125, and just $25 for each additional room.

If you are noticing the air quality of your home is less than stellar – whether the air circulated is full of dust, dander or other chemicals -- an air duct cleaning may be in order.  According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, it is recommended to have air ducts cleaned every three to five years.

Getting your air ducts cleaned will not only improve the quality of air in your home, but it can also help decrease the cost of energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted.

When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

SERVPRO’s pricing for home duct cleanings are $375 for 1-8 openings, and $475 for 9-17 openings.

Another service you might need is mold mitigation. If you have noticed mold in your home, it’s important to stop the spreading immediately.

Containing mold spores is vital to preventing mold growth, as well as getting wet surfaces dry. Mold begins to set in after two days, so there’s no time to wait.

With the kids out of the house, it’s the perfect time to get your home back in order. Give SERVPRO a call, and we’ll make your house look like summer never even happened!

Marilyn Lakaner - American Family Insurance

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Agent Spotlight

Year Started: Dec 1993
Address: 650 Fisher Drive, Sullivan MO
Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Phone: 573-860-2052
Website:  marilynlakaner.com

  1. What types of insurance does your business specialize in? 
    We primarily insure auto, home, business and life.
  2. What made you decide to become an insurance agent, and how long have you been one?
    I started out in 1988 working as a secretary for another agent in Cuba, MO.  I was offered, seven years later, an opportunity to have my own agency here in Sullivan.
  3. What do you enjoy most about doing business in your community?
    I really enjoy clients coming by the office.  That’s one thing that I love about being in a small town.  We have monthly interactions with so many people.  We know when they get married, buy a home, have children and grandchildren.  I love seeing families grow and succeed.
  4. In what ways does your business support your community?
    I’m involved in the Sullivan Rotary club and currently serve as secretary.  I’m a member of the Sullivan Area Chamber of Commerce as well.
  5. Have you ever needed the services of SERVPRO? If so, what was your experience?
    I have never personally needed the services of SERVPRO, but my clients have. 
  6. Have your clients who’ve used SERVPRO been happy with our services? 
    SERVPRO does a great job in being proactive with my clients and getting the job done!
  7. What is your favorite part about your job?  My job is rewarding because I, and American Family, help our clients through some of the toughest experiences of their lives.  It’s what we do, it’s what we promise.
  8. Share some personal information! Do you have a spouse/ kids/ pets? 
    I’m married to John (for 34 years) and we have 3 grown children.  We also have an 8 year old golden-doodle named Niko.
  9. Outside of work, what is your hobby?  Believe it or not, I also own a fudge shop!
  10. Is there a motto you follow, or words you live by?
    Mom always told us to “always tell the truth and you’ll never have to remember what you said.”
  11. Would you like to add anything else?  I want to thank you for always offering us free continuing education classes close to home!  Living out in the country, we usually have to travel to attend classes, but you have made it more accessible to me and many other rural agencies to get the classes needed, closer to home.

Back to School Restoration

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Back to School Restoration Back to School Restoration

It’s back to school time, which means the kids are finally out of the house! With your nest empty, it’s a perfect time to have restoration services done on your home.

SERVPRO of Franklin County offers several services to get your home back into pre-summer conditions, before it was torn up by your children.

Have your kids spent the summer tracking in dirt, mud and other unknown substances into the house? Then it might be time to get your carpets cleaned. SERVPRO offers a three-room special for $125, and just $25 for each additional room.

If you are noticing the air quality of your home is less than stellar – whether the air circulated is full of dust, dander or other chemicals -- an air duct cleaning may be in order. 

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, it is recommended to have air ducts cleaned every three to five years.

Getting your air ducts cleaned will not only improve the quality of air in your home, but it can also help decrease the cost of energy bills.

According to the U.S Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

SERVPRO’s pricing for home duct cleanings are $375 for 1-8 openings, and $475 for 9-17 openings.

Another service you might need is mold mitigation. If you have noticed mold in your home, it’s important to stop the spreading immediately.

Containing mold spores is vital to preventing mold growth, as well as getting wet surfaces dry. Mold begins to set in after two days, so there’s no time to wait.

With the kids out of the house, it’s the perfect time to get your home back in order.

Give SERVPRO a call, and we’ll make your house look like summer never even happened!

Back To School Cleaning

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Back To School Cleaning Back to school cleaning with SERVPRO

Now that the kids are heading back to school, it presents a great opportunity to get your house cleaned before the cold winter weather sets in. With the kids being home for the summer and coming in and out your house was exposed to dirt and pollen. Now that the kids are back to school, it’s a great time to clean up your home and get ready for fall.

Create a checklist

We tend to get lax on our chores while enjoying summer activities. It’s time to get the household chores in line by creating a list for your children to help get them involved. Start by having them clean their rooms at least once a week to prevent clutter from building up. Then give them a few chores throughout the rest of the house. You can motivate your kids by establishing an award system.

Declutter

Clutter can accumulate quickly and take up a lot of space. Objects you no longer need or use and eliminating it can help your reorganize in a better way.

Clean Your Carpet and Upholstery

Now that the summer activities are over, it’s a great time to get all of that grime, dirt and pollen that have settled throughout your home. Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. 
IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

Doormats

The best way to keep outside dirt out of your home is by establishing a “no shoes” rule in the house. Placing a doormat or shoe basket near the entrances of your home will encourage others to follow the no shoes rules.

Appliances

While we use our washing machines and dishwashers regularly, can you honestly say this is something you clean as needed? These items pick up residue and foul odors and should be cleaned out. It can also help them be more effective. Wipe down these machines and use white vinegar to help eliminate any odors. Be sure to check with your user’s manual to learn more about their regular maintenance.

If your busy schedule prevents you from doing thorough fall house cleaning, you should contact SERVPRO of Franklin County for your cleaning needs. We are always “Here to Help”!  

Give us a call today – (636) 583-5200

New SERVPRO First Responder Bowl to be played at Cotton Bowl Stadium

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

DALLAS – In a joint effort to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s First Responders, the annual college football bowl game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas has been renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl.  Kickoff for the newly christened SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is set for December 26 at 12:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. ET) and will be televised by ESPN.  The agreement between ESPN Events and SERVPRO was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment.

"We are truly grateful for all first responders’ sacrifice and service,” said Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. “It is a tremendous privilege to honor these brave men and women who protect our communities 24/7/365. As this game continues to grow, so do our ties with first responders. Additionally, having a sponsor like SERVPRO who works along-side and supports these community heroes reinforces our goals of recognizing our first responders.”

"We are proud to present the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl dedicated to honoring some of the hardest working men and women in our country" said Sue Steen, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, Inc. "We recognize the dedication and selfless acts of our First Responders and are honored to help highlight and celebrate the commitment of these everyday heroes."

The 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is the ninth edition of the bowl game, formerly known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl, and part of the 89-year history of games being played at Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Dallas’ Fair Park, which features 227 acres of museums, attractions, history, art and performances located in the heart of the ninth largest city in the United States.

First responders to be honored include police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency.

“This is an exciting change, and we are humbled by the fact that an actual bowl game has been named exclusively for the first responders of this country,” Dallas Fire-Rescue Fire Chief David Coatney said.

“We are truly honored to have a bowl game here in Dallas named after the hard working men and women serving and protecting communities across this country.  It always feels great to be recognized, and I know our officers and firefighters are touched by this overwhelming show of support, “said Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall.

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl tickets will go on sale in September.  Tickets for First Responders will continue to be underwritten by our corporate sponsors. Planning for the First Responder Fan Fest in Cotton Bowl Plaza will begin immediately.  Anyone wanting more information on the bowl game can visit www.firstresponderbowl.com.

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is one of 14 owned and operated bowl games by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 32 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 12 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Tampa, Fla.); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Frisco Bowl (Texas); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl (Nassau);  MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Atlanta); Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada);   New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth);  The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta)

Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Fort Bliss, Texas); Charleston Classic (South Carolina); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (South Bend, Ind.); Myrtle Beach Invitational (Conway, S.C.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off; State Farm Champions Classic (Indianapolis) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)

Collegiate Softball

St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational (Clearwater, Fla.)

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

About Impression Sports & Entertainment

Impression Sports & Entertainment (Impression Sports) specializes in providing clients with full-service sponsorship sales representation, sponsorship consulting and venue naming rights services. Founded in 2011, Impression Sports has established itself as one of the leading firms in the industry by working with top brands, including USC, the San Antonio Spurs, Auburn University, the Fiesta Bowl organization, USA Swimming and ESPN Events among others. Its management team provides in-depth experience and results-driven success in venue naming rights, title sponsorships and high-profile sales and sponsorship platforms.

Based in Denver, CO, Impression Sports is owned by Home Team Sports (HTS). HTS is a sales unit of FOX Sports that offers advertisers one-stop shopping for TV and digital media sponsorship of every MLB, NBA and NHL home team across the U.S., reaching 90+ million homes with its platforms.  For more information on Impression Sports, including a complete client roster and testimonials, visit www.impressionsports.com

9th Annual NFL Pool

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

How it works:

Each week pick winners from all NFL games for the week. Pick total points from the Monday night tie breaker.

On Mondays we will email your next week's pick sheet. Each week we will email out the standings. Each correct pick is awarded 1 point.

The cost is $20 per team. You can have as many teams as you like.

  • 1st place winner receives 70% of the pool plus a free air duct cleaning.
  • 2nd place winner receives 20% of the pool plus 2 rooms of carpet cleaning.
  • 3rd place winner receives 10% of the pool.

What you need to do:

  • Sign up by Tuesday, September 4th. To sign up, please call us at 636-583-5200 or email Bella iking.spfc@gmail.com or Mike malvey.spfc@gmail.com.
  • Get your money to us as soon as possible. Drop if off by the office or we can send someone to collect.

Have fun! It was a blast last year!

Call the cleanup team that's "Faster to Any Size Disaster"

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

General Call the cleanup team that's "Faster to Any Size Disaster" Call SERVPRO of Franklin County for disaster restoration

Faster to any size disaster.

This is not just another tag line for SERVPRO®—it is a commitment to be there when you need us most.

Whether you are a small business or home owner facing minor fire or water damage, or a property manager dealing with a widespread disaster, the SERVPRO® System has the resources needed to respond quickly and efficiently. The sooner help arrives, the sooner restoration begins and the sooner you can resume business as usual.

Our SERVPRO of Franklin County franchise is just the tip of the iceberg. Should a major disaster such as a flood or wildfire occur, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is always poised and ready to go where they are needed.

If a fire, water or mold damage strikes, no matter the size, call SERVPRO of Franklin County. Backed by a system of more than 1,700 Franchises strong, we’ll help make your property disaster “Like it never even happened."

Does your Sullivan, MO home have water damage?

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Does your Sullivan, MO home have water damage? Water Damage Sullivan. MO

Whether a storm passes or the upstairs toilet overflows, your home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair. There are many things you can do to begin repairing any destruction, but a professional will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats.

Floods can carry pathogens and water damage left alone long enough may become a breeding ground for mold. 

Sewage backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

The main reason why a building is sensitive to water damage is because moisture can be difficult to detect. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall.

Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight. Reacting quickly enough, clothes and furniture may be saved. However, there can be electrical and other hazards when entering a building that has recently been flooded. 

SERVPRO of Franklin County can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage.

Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. (For example, black water losses like sewage backups or flood damage.) These porous items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes. 

Our technicians can locate hidden pockets of moisture using specialized equipment. There are some materials that may not feel wet on the outside.   

When these moisture pockets are found, our technicians will expose them to air by removing any drywall or other materials in the way. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

Read more about the typical restoration process.

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Union, MO or Franklin County, MO property.  We also offer Commercial Services to our local businesses. 

Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.

Do You Have Water or Flood Damage? Give us a call for a free estimate (636) 583-5200

Does your Sullivan, MO home need duct cleaning?

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Does your Sullivan, MO home need duct cleaning? Duct cleaning Sullivan, MO

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

Inspecting the ductwork in your Sullivan, 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. 

Mold in your Sullivan, MO home or business

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in your Sullivan, MO home or business Mold Damage Sullivan, MO

Do you suspect mold in your Union, MO home or business?

A green fuzzy film on the wall or a stale musty smell. These are all signs that your house or business probably has mold.

When someone suspects mold we suggest a visual inspection first. In addition we will use our moisture meters to search for a moisture source. Often we are successful with this method in identifying the existence of mold and the proper remediation plan. If a visual inspection is not successful or the situation requires additional confirmation we can test for mold. The most common method of testing is air sampling. A canister traps air and than is tested by the lab. This will determine the existence of mold, the amount of mold, and the type of mold. In addition swab or tape lift samples can be taken which are helpful In identifying mold in a more focused or central area. The down side to testing is it can be expensive. Outside testing firms charge at a minimum between $800-$1500. We charge considerably less but it still can be costly.

Once mold has been identified either visually or by test, a mitigation protocol is developed. The protocol outlines the remediation work to be done and the areas that are affected. The protocol is usually followed to the letter. The first protocol requirement is always to set up containment. Heavy 6 mil plastic is used to contain the affected area and protect the unaffected area. Next we place the affected area under negative pressure with air scrubbers. This creates a sort of vacuum keeping stray mold spores from affecting other areas. Later those same air scrubbers are used to scrub the air. Since most porous items cannot be effectively cleaned, they are removed and properly disposed of. An example of porous household items would be carpet, pad, drywall, insulation , upholstered items, mattress, stuffed animals, etc. Porous items can only be cleaned on the surface and mold roots can burrow deeper making it impossible to completely remove all of the mold.

After all of the porous items are removed we can focus on the cleanable non porous items. Some examples of non porous household items are subfloor, hard flooring, floor joists, wall studs, concrete walls and floors, wood furniture, etc. Under negative pressure all of these items are HEPPA vacuumed than cleaned with a EPA approved disinfectant. A lot of time the affected areas will need to be agitated using brushes, sanders, or even multimedia machines such as ice or soda blasting. This ensures that the mold and its root are removed. The process is HEPPA Vacuum, clean and repeat. Usually this process repeats at least three times. Remember this is all performed in contained areas, under negative pressure by highly trained crew members wearing personal protection equipment such as protective suits, eye protection and respirators.
Once the structure and any non porous items are properly cleaned usually the hvac system and air ducts are cleaned. This prevents contaminants from being recirculated throughout the newly remediated building. Lastly as a preventative option, the structure can be sealed with a EPA approved sealer/mold inhibitor. The sealer serves as a final protection against the reoccurrence of mold.

Next to the question “Do I have mold?”, the most popular question is “How much is it going to cost to remove the mold?” The answer is not so simple.
Because every situation is unique there is no square foot price for estimating. Every job has to be inspected and uniquely estimated. On every job we must determine how much labor, how much equipment, how much chemical
and if any specialized equipment or final testing would be required. Based on these factors we put together a time and material estimate and present it to the customer making sure they have a full understanding of what to expect.
Hopefully this short article spreads some light on the mysteries of mold and mold remediation.

If you or your client suspects mold, don’t let it continue to grow. Give us a call we would be happy to inspect, test and provide a estimate if necessary. 

After the Storm: Checking your property for damage

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After the Storm: Checking your property for damage Franklin County, MO Storm Damage

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

Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO Carpet Cleaning Franklin County. MO

It’s completely possible to get affordable carpet cleaning that is also highly effective. While to some extent, you can expect to get what you pay for. It is important to make sure the cleaner you choose is certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). 


With a certified professional, affordable carpet cleaning really means treatment that will preserve the carpeting for much longer, ensuring that the homeowner doesn’t have to waste money on follow-up visits. For example, a cheap crew might do the job for less, but they aren’t going to be as thorough, and they may even cause problems of their own with overwatering or poor soil extraction. In this case, the carpet will accrue new soils much faster, or may retain much of the soil the crew was supposed to remove. Worse yet, if excess water is left behind, it can possibly promote the spread of mold and other microbes, both of which can risk the health of those living in the home.


IICRC certified technicians know how to do the job right the first time, and with sophisticated professional equipment and methodology, the carpeting will be clean and ready to withstand many months of enjoyment before it needs to be cleaned again.

The SERVPRO of Franklin County 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

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
Call Today – (636) 583-5200

Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage Affordable Carpet Cleaning Franklin County, MO

Cheap carpet cleaning services might save a homeowner some money, but it may not save their carpeting. Although we always recommend regular maintenance, often homeowners wait until their flooring is heavily soiled. An untrained technician will be unable to give the service needed. In fact, an uncertified professional can make the carpets condition worse, forcing a homeowner to spend more than they planned.

The major issue with cheap carpet cleaning is their inconsistent quality of treatment. With certification comes knowledge, so when you choose a certified firm such as SERVPRO of Franklin County, you know you are getting someone who knows what they are doing. Inconsistent treatment though, can cause problems once the technician leaves. In addition to poor soil removal overall, improper cleaning can leave the carpeting open for quick re-soiling, forcing additional treatment right away. Also, if a technician doesn’t apply water or cleansing agents properly, it can cause health problems for the home’s occupants. Specifically, excess water will allow molds and bacteria to fester, and it may also attract pests. Untrained crews may also employ low quality cleaning agents as well, and if any residue is left behind, it may cause breathing problems or illness if it is ingested or inhaled.

Saving money can be a good thing, but not when it comes to carpet cleaning. Opting for a cut-rate firm can lead to more problems. 

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 properly clean your carpets.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Toilet Overflow?

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Toilet Overflow? Toilet overflow; Water Damage Restoration; Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Franklin County.

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Franklin County will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

  • This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.
  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

  • This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

  • This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.  You can contact us 24/7 for your commercial and residential emergency water restoration.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Franklin County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Franklin County, MO community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. 

What You Should Know About Sewage Clean Up

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard What You Should Know About Sewage Clean Up Sewage damage Franklin County, MO

Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings.

It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.

The IICRC has complied guidelines for professional sewage clean-up called the Standard for Water Damage Restoration (S500).

Here are the key principles you should know about sewage back-ups:

  • Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic – disease causing – fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.
  • Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.
  • It is not safe to stay in a building that’s flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.
  • Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water (130°F/54°C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly.  This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too.  There’s simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.
  • Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work. Then, a “third party” indoor environmental professional can provide post-remediation verification or “clearance testing” to ensure that the home or building is safe to re-occupy.

Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. 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.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Realtors: Dealing with Mold

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Realtors: Dealing with Mold Mold Remediation for realtors - Call SERVPRO

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

Within Minutes of a Water Leak

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Within Minutes of a Water Leak Water Damage in Union, MO

Within Minutes

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”!

Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Be READY: Storms

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be READY: Storms Be READY with SERVPRO - Franklin County, MO

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. 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

6 Summer Cleaning Ideas

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning 6 Summer Cleaning Ideas Summer Cleaning Ideas

These long days and warm weather are great for spending time outside. Kids have a blast playing outside and enjoying the weather. Unfortunately, this can also mean more work for you as kids, pets and guests bring in all sorts of dirt and mess! Although you may find yourself with some extra time with an empty house while everyone is outside, so summer can be a great time for specialty cleaning projects.

Here are 6 cleaning ideas you can accomplish this year:

Pantry & Refrigerator
Start by checking the dates on foods. If its expired, throw it away! With growing kids, there can also be a lot of half eaten items that have spent some serious time on the shelves. Now is the time to purge and organize! If there’s items that you never use, but isn’t expired, it might be a good idea to just get rid of it. You can always donate the food so it doesn’t go to waste!

Clean your upholstery
When was the last time you cleaned your sofa or recliner? With the family outside playing, it can be the perfect time to get your furniture cleaned.

Learn more about upholstery cleaning.

Clean the garage
 If you park in the garage, the winter has probably left it filthy from the road dirt. If you don’t park in the garage “out of sight, out of mind” may be why it could use some serious cleaning. Take items out of the garage and into the driveway. Organize, get rid of things you don’t need or are broken. While putting things back, give everything a place. Consider overhead storage, bins, etc. to keep things tidy.

Rearrange the kids rooms
 This can have a lot of benefits. Most kids will enjoy the excitement of a new arrangement of furniture. You may even consider adding some new items and getting rid of the older furniture. The major bonus of this is finding the hiding spots for dirty clothes and getting the dust and allergens that have been building up in some harder to clean places.

Clean the carpets
It can be a great time to have the carpets cleaned. We recommend cleaning your carpets at least once a year.

Learn more about carpet cleaning.

Air ducts & HVAC Cleaning
 With the summer heat, chances are your air conditioning system will be working hard. Be sure to get it cleaned out so it can work properly and efficiently and so it’s not spreading dust or bacteria into the air.

 Learn more about duct cleaning.

 SERVPRO of Franklin County
 When you decide it’s time to have some extra cleaning done, give the professionals a call. You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Professionals

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Professionals Board up after fire damage

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.”

What To Do If You Find Water In The Basement?

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do If You Find Water In The Basement? Water in your Union, MO basement?
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

What You Need To Know About Mold

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What You Need To Know About Mold Mold Damage Franklin County, MO

Ten Things To Know About Mold

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: 
    -Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    -Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    -Increasing ventilation
    -Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Source: cdc.gov/mold

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate The SERVPRO of Franklin County process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (636) 583-5200
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Common Mold Misconceptions

It’s easy to understand why many people struggle to grasp the facts and issues surrounding indoor mold because sensational news stories and advertising cloud and obscure the real issues. Educate yourself with the facts about mold and learn about the mold remediation process.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Franklin County is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Franklin County, MO community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

Extreme Heat

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

General Extreme Heat Stay safe in extreme heat

As summer approaches, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat in the coming months. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, elderly, sick, and overweight.

Urban area residents also have a greater chance of being affected than those who live in rural areas due to the heat island effect. According to the EPA, “the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, to temperatures 50–90°F hotter than the air, while shaded or moist surfaces—often in more rural surroundings—remain close to air temperatures.” These surface heat islands are strongest during the day when the sun is shining, while the atmospheric heat islands are more likely after sunset “due to the slow release of heat from urban infrastructure.”

Whether you are in an urban or rural area, there are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible, stay indoors in air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake. If you must go outside, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life-threatening. Signs of heat stroke are a high body temperature (103°+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool. Reduce body temperature with cool, wet cloths or a bath. Do not give a person with heat stroke fluids, and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency (CDC).

If you live in a humid climate, be aware of the heat index. The heat index factors in the humidity, which can make the temperature feel 15° hotter.

Extreme heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit ready.gov or cdc.gov.

Washington, MO Professional Mold Damage

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Washington, MO Professional Mold Damage Washington, MO Mold Damage

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

SERVPRO will handle your Commercial Water Damage

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO will handle your Commercial Water Damage Commercial Water Damage

Handle Your Franklin County, MO Commercial Water Damage with SERVPRO

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage in Franklin County, MO, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.

Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration
Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Services You Can Count On in Franklin County, MO
You can depend on SERVPRO to provide reasonable prices for commercial water damage and other services in the Franklin County, MO area. Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. We also assist with mold remediation, and we're qualified to provide cleaning and building services. Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your restoration. Whether you require cleanup after Franklin County, MO commercial water damage or simply need a carpet cleaning, call us at 636-583-5200.

What Mold Specialists Do After a Flood

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Mold Specialists Do After a Flood Mold Damage Franklin County MO
Have you ever wondered what happens when a mold removal specialist gets called to a mold-damaged facility? The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) shares below five steps a mold-removal specialist takes when conducting mold remediation.

“Many people aren’t aware of the dangers or the difficulty level of removing mold from a facility,” said IICRC Chairman Tony Wheelwright. “Mold remediation is a potentially hazardous process that should only be undertaken by a certified professional.”
Five steps each mold-removal specialist takes when conducting mold remediation include:

1.       Determine the degree of contamination

The first step for a mold remediation specialist may be to bring in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) to determine the extent of the mold damage and test for contamination within the facility.

Because mold spores and other microscopic contaminants can travel easily throughout a building, the IEP may collect and analyze samples from affected, as well as unaffected, areas of the building. Once the IEP has finished the inspection they will develop a remediation plan for the mold-removal specialist with steps to return the home to its preloss condition (Condition 1).

2.       Set up and verify the containment

To make sure mold contamination does not spread to other areas of a facility, the mold-remediation specialist will set up containment by creating isolation barriers.

Once the barriers are set up, the specialist will need to verify the containment with a lower partial pressure differential (negative pressure) to ensure there is no air leakage between containment zones.

Exit chambers will then be used to serve as a transition between the containment and the unaffected area of the building. Once the containment is verified and the correct amount of pressure is achieved, the removal process can begin.

3.       Remove unsalvageable materials

Porous materials and items that cannot be restored or cleaned effectively must be carefully discarded. Unsalvageable items include, but are not limited to, drywall, insulation and other items with visible mold growth.

It is important for the specialist to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), which may include a full face respirator equipped with a P100/OV cartridge, disposable coveralls and nitrile gloves.

4.       Clean surfaces with a high attention to detail

A mold-remediation specialist will likely begin the cleaning process by thoroughly vacuuming the contaminated areas using a HEPA vacuum with a high efficiency filter to catch mold spores. He or she will then begin a detailed cleaning process involving mold removal tools such as a HEPA-filtered sander followed by the damp wiping of surfaces with an effective cleaning solution.

5.       Verify remediation

Once cleaning is complete, the IEP will return to verify the remediation was successful. The area must be returned to the dry standard and should be visually dust free with no malodors.

In addition, an IEP may perform surface or air sampling as part of the verification that the area is back to normal fungal ecology (Condition 1).

“Mold remediation requires mold removal specialists to perform techniques that promote source removal rather than relying on chemicals, paints and coatings as a replacement,” said Rachel Adams, President of Indoor Environmental Management Inc. “Understanding and managing air flow is also critical to the success of a mold remediation project. Working with qualified IEP can also help to reduce the liability for the technician as well as provide a final determination if the remediation was successful.”

Source: http://www.IICRC.org

Getting Started with the Emergency READY Program

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Community Getting Started with the Emergency READY Program Emergency READY Program SERVPRO

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be. 

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. 

Getting Started with the Emergency READY Program

  • STEP 1: Visit SERVPRO.com/ready. Register for an account using your email address as your username and choose a password.
  • STEP 2: Choose your preferred SERVPRO Franchise Representative to contact in the event your home or business experiences water, fire, mold or other type of damage.
  • STEP 3: Begin creating ERPs for all of your properties.
  • STEP 4: Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan Application on your iPhone, tablet, Android or Blackberry device from the respective App Store.
  • STEP 5: Launch the Ready Plan App and sign in using the same username and password from STEP 1.

At this point, it may take a few minutes for the data to sync. All of your ERP information will appear on your tablet or mobile device. You can now access and manage ERP information from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Ask your SERVPRO of Franklin County representative about our Emergency Ready Profiles!

Water Damage in Washington, MO

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Washington, MO Water Damage Restoration Washington, MO SERVPRO

Nobody wants to come home and find their house soaked with water. But unfortunately for Derrick Sullivan, that’s exactly the situation he walked into.

Sullivan’s home in Washington, MO was one of many that experienced a water loss this year due to burst pipes. Sullivan came home around 6 p.m. one night, and found his living room, dining room and kitchen soaked.

“I was in a panic,” Sullivan said. “We had a lake in our house. I had my son with me that night. I put him upstairs, I shut off the water and tried to get everything together.”

Sullivan quickly called his insurance company, and SERVPRO of Franklin County was dispatched to the scene. Sullivan was one of many jobs SERVPRO of Franklin County received that day, but it was still able to respond quickly.

SERVPRO of Franklin County extracted the water and dried the structure, as multiple levels were affected. SERVPRO of Franklin County also removed the baseboards and the flooring underlayment. The house took about five days to get completely dried.

“I would have never thought that it would be done that quick,” Sullivan said.

After getting the house dried, SERVPRO of Franklin County began reconstruction. They also handled all the reconstruction except for flooring, including painting and installing new cabinets.

Sullivan was pleased with how quickly SERVPRO of Franklin County worked.

“I was very excited about the process,” he said. “It was very fast, that's the key. It was great working with you guys. I was a complete stranger and I had no problems trusting you guys.”

Sullivan said he would tell others to use SERVPRO if they had a water loss.

“I would definitely recommend you guys,” he said. “You guys were there on time, you worked fast. I couldn't have been happier.”

SERVPRO of Franklin County is located in Union, MO and serves the entire Franklin County, Missouri area. As leaders in the water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

April showers bring May flowers…….and allergies!

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning April showers bring May  flowers…….and allergies! Spring Cleaning Franklin County, MO

A good way to lessen those horrible spring allergies is to do a little spring cleaning.  There is a lot of helpful cleaning that you can do on your own. A little extra vacuuming goes a long way.  Don’t forget to get into all those hard to reach nooks and crannies. Wipe down those window sills and baseboards and door trim. All of those places that love to collect dust and usually escape routine cleaning. Get those windows and window treatments clean, they love to gather dust. Finally, strip those beds and clean the sheets, comforters and give the mattress a good vacuuming.  All of these things that you can do yourself will greatly help you with your allergies. 

Now for the next step, you’re going to need to call in the professionals with the green trucks.  Air duct cleaning is going to substantially help your indoor air quality, removing dust, debris and mold. These are all things that trigger your allergies.  When we clean duct work we clean both sides of the system, which are the supplies and the cold air returns. In addition, we clean the furnace including the A coil and the squirrel cage.  The process is simple but takes some time.  We set up the vacuum unit outside and connect just above the furnace.  We run plastic “whips” with compressed air down each of the supply and cold air returns, pushing the debris to the vacuum hose and then out to the vacuum bag. At the end of the whips we use attachments based on what is required. These attachments can be brushes or other agitation tools that get all of the built up dust and debris loose so it can be vacuumed out.  Lastly, we HEPPA Vacuum the furnace, A coil and squirrel cage, removing the build up dust.  The result is a much cleaner system and much cleaner inside air.  You will automatically notice the difference in air quality and dust build up after we are complete.  Sometimes there’s an added bonus where we find your lost ring or that beloved child’s toy that mysteriously went missing. 

The next thing you will want to have done is cleaning of your carpets and upholstery. So much dirt, debris, pollen and mold can lie lurking in these textiles.   A good HEPA Vacuuming and a deep cleaning is the best way to combat those allergies.  Our most common method of carpet and upholstery cleaning is the Hot Water Extraction method.  First we HEPA Vacuum, than we address any spots, we than treat all of the surfaces with an emulsifier and lastly extract with hot water and a neutralizer. You won’t believe your eyes how good everything looks and, more importantly, your nose will thank you.  Good bye built up allergens!

If you haven’t cleaned your carpets or upholstery in a while, don’t worry.  The hot water extraction method works really well, or we have other deeper cleaning methods.  One way or another we can handle what you send our way. 

Still have some household odors?  Don’t worry, we have several different services that will work for you depending on the source of the odor.  For smoke odors, the Hydroxyl generator or Ozone works well. 

The Hydroxyl generator is a little more people friendly. It’s breathable, so people and pets can co-mingle while the Hydroxyl generator is in operation. The Hydroxyl generator works best for odors such as smoke, bio hazards, skunk, pet and VOCs.  In short, the Hydroxyl generator uses three bands of UV light to cleanse the air.  We have found them very effective. 

Ozone is not breathable and therefore much more limited.  It is very effective for the same types of odors, but just remember people or pets cannot be present.  In general the Ozone machine converts O2 to O3. O3 is well known for its disinfecting and deodorizing properties.

Lastly, we can thermal fog a room or area.  Both of these methods apply odor counteractive used to neutralize odors in the air. They do a great job for relatively minor to moderate odors and there are a number of counteractives we can use depending on the odor source. 

Performing any or all of these tips will go a long way in combating your seasonal allergies. And best of all, your friends in the green trucks have pricing specials available for you.  All you have to do is ask. 

Until later. Stay Green.

Jerry

Why Commercial Carpet Cleaning Is Essential For Floors

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Commercial Carpet Cleaning Is Essential For Floors Commercial Carpet Cleaning Washington, MO
Thorough commercial carpet cleaning is the single best way to preserve and extend the life of carpeting, but proper treatment requires careful planning and extensive training. It’s the kind of training that a professional would receive through an organization like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and it is essential for a professional. SERVPRO of Franklin County is IICRC certified. 

But how much goes into proper commercial carpet cleaning? It starts with keeping soil and debris from entering the building to begin with. By placing entry mats in entrance and high traffic areas and maintaining the walking surfaces outside of the building, there will be less soil to deal with inside the building. Inside, frequent vacuuming is the first line of defense, and may be needed daily in areas that receive a lot of traffic. Vacuuming ensures deposited soil does not penetrate the deeply into the 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.

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/

Why A Professional Should Clean Fire Damage

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why A Professional Should Clean Fire Damage Fire Damage Franklin County, MO
When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is safe from further destruction, but without professionals to help clean the smoke damage, the building will never return to normal. While the principles behind fire restoration are fairly simple, it requires a lot of experience and manpower to perform adequately.

While fire is always the immediate danger, once it is gone, what it leaves behind will continue to affect the house. Ash and smoke, if left unhindered, will cause extensive corrosion, etching and discoloration, not to mention lingering powerful odors. Professionals that clean fire and smoke damage can stop this before it becomes a major problem, assuming they are contacted soon enough.
Professionals can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but they must be brought to the site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause. The first thing that ash does to the home is discolor most surfaces. Anything that is made of plastic or was close to the fire will start discoloring within minutes, and within several hours, fiberglass and finishes on appliances will begin to yellow. Metals may also tarnish. After a few days’ pass, the ash will cause walls to discolor permanently, along with clothing and upholstery. Wood and vinyl will need to be refinished or replaced, and metal will start corroding.
If a professional isn’t hired to clean smoke and fire damage, the costs for restoration will skyrocket after a few weeks. Metals may need to be replaced, carpet will permanently discolor and glass may be severely etched, which will necessitate replacement. It will also become apparent that the odors caused by the disaster may still be present and intense enough to be distracting. Because ash is acidic, the longer it takes to hire experts, the more destruction it will cause.
This entire process is very detailed, and hiring a professional that can be trusted to do the job right is imperative.

SERVPRO of Franklin County 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. 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

SERVPRO of Franklin County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Union home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?


Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

April showers bring you May flowers

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

General April showers bring you May flowers Be prepared. You never know when disaster may strike. We offer Fire and Water Damage Restoration 24/7

Hopefully the April showers brought your May flowers!

May is a very busy month as school is coming to an end and summer is just around the corner. The same is true for preparedness planning in May.

The following preparedness events take place this month and offer a great chance to educate yourself:

  • Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (May 5, 2018)
  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 6-12, 2018)
  • National Dam Safety Awareness Day (May 31, 2018)
  • National Building Safety Month

May also brings two weeks to show appreciation for first responders:

  • National Police Week  (May 13-19, 2018
  • National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week  (May 20-26, 2018)

Be sure to visit ready.gov for more information and resources.

We at SERVPRO of Franklin County want you to be as prepared as possible since you never know when disaster may strike.

In the event of a fire or water emergency in your home, business, or property, make SERVPRO® your first call to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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

Improve Your Air Quality

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Improve Your Air Quality Improve your air quality; Air Duct Cleaning; Franklin County, MO

Duct Cleaning Can Help!

The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, but you can help change that!

Inspecting the ductwork in your 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, SERVPRO of Franklin County 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. n 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. n 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 SERVPRO of Franklin County today. (636) 583-5200

May is National Building Safety Month

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Community May is National Building Safety Month Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month— in its 38th year—is an initiative of the International Code Council (ICC) and their 64,000 members across the world, as well as their partners in building construction and design and the safety community. Building Safety Month is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals, as well as the general public, on “what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings,” according to the ICC website.


The theme for 2018 is Building Codes Save Lives with a focus on safer communities over the five weeks in May.

One of the topics highlighted during the third week of the month is Protecting Communities from Disasters.

The general public may not be aware how codes and code officials “improve and protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship, and play,” and this month can certainly improve that awareness and educate communities on this topic!

IMPORTANT TIPS FROM THE ICC

Disaster Safety & Mitigation

  • If you live in a high wind or hurricane-prone area and do not have tested and code-approved shutters for protection from windborne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade, 7/16" minimum thickness plywood and fastening it into place. Visit www.flash.org for detailed instructions on how to use plywood for emergency board-up.
  • Consider building or retrofitting to create a tornado-safe room in your home. Follow ICC/ NSSA 500 Standard for detailed construction information and to ensure you achieve the highest level of protection for your family.
  • In wildfire prone areas, remove fine (dead grass, leaves, etc.) and coarse (dead twigs, branches, etc.) fuels within 30 feet of a building to create a survivable space in case of wildfire. Be sure to remove dry leaf and pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks, and walkways. Follow ICC’s International Wildland-Urban Interface Code® for detailed requirements.
  • Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of water to move an SUV-sized vehicle.
  • Source: iccsafe.org

What is "Dry Ice Blasting"?

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What is "Dry Ice Blasting"? Dry Ice Blasting Fire Restoration - Union, MO

What Is Dry Ice Blasting?

Dry ice blasting is a revolutionary blasting method that uses dry ice pellets (CO2 in solid form) as the blasting material. The process is very environmentally friendly and provides a fast and effective alternative to traditional methods of cleaning industrial production equipment.

Dry Ice Blasting has become the preferred method to remove smoke soot, vaporized synthetic resins and char. Advanced Indoor Air Quality Care uses C02 dry ice blasting can reduce or eliminate the musty burnt smell that results from fire, smoke and water damage.

Dry Ice Blasting Is A Three-Step Process

Kinetic: When dry ice pellets are accelerated in a jet of compressed air and strike a surface at the speed of sound, they crack and loosen the coating of the surface being treated.

Thermal: The low temperature of dry ice pellets (-79oC/-110oF) makes the coating brittle, cracks it and loosens it. This allows dry ice to permeate the coating.

Sublimation: Dry ice penetrates the coating and immediately sublimes (passes directly from solid to vapor state). This results in a 700-fold increase in volume, an explosive effect that lifts the coating off the surface.

The Benefits Of Dry Ice Blasting

A Dry Cleaning Process: Dry ice blasting is a completely dry process because dry ice pellets consist of CO2 and vaporize immediately on contact with the surface to be cleaned.

No Waste Disposal: The system produces no waste products. Only the coating that has been removed remains to be disposed of, and this can usually be swept or vacuumed from the floor.

Environmentally Friendly: Dry ice blasting is completely non-toxic and no hazardous chemicals are used. Costs connected with the disposal of blasting materials and solvents are saved.

No Abrasion: Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive and therefore surfaces are treated very gently. Wear and tear resulting from the use of steel brushes, scrapers and other blasting materials is avoided.

Improved Production Quality: Dry ice blasting often allows for your production equipment to be cleaned while in operation without a need for dismantling or costly downtime.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County for Dry Ice Blasting.

SERVPRO of Franklin County is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. Fire damage can be devastating. You need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat your property with great care.

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Does your Union, MO home have water damage?

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Does your Union, MO home have water damage? Water Damage, Flood Damage, Sewage Backups - Union, MO - Water Restoration - Commercial and Residential

Whether a storm passes or the upstairs toilet overflows, your home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair. There are many things you can do to begin repairing any destruction, but a professional will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats.

Floods can carry pathogens and water damage left alone long enough may become a breeding ground for mold. 

Sewage backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

The main reason why a building is sensitive to water damage is because moisture can be difficult to detect. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall.

Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight. Reacting quickly enough, clothes and furniture may be saved. However, there can be electrical and other hazards when entering a building that has recently been flooded. 

SERVPRO of Franklin County can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage.

Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. (For example, black water losses like sewage backups or flood damage.) These porous items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes. 

Our technicians can locate hidden pockets of moisture using specialized equipment. There are some materials that may not feel wet on the outside.   

When these moisture pockets are found, our technicians will expose them to air by removing any drywall or other materials in the way. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

Read more about the typical restoration process.

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Union, MO or Franklin County, MO property.  We also offer Commercial Services to our local businesses. 

Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.

Do You Have Water or Flood Damage? Give us a call for a free estimate (636) 583-5200

April Showers bring May flowers

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

General April Showers bring May flowers Spring Cleaning Union, MO

April showers bring May flowers, and also a good chance to get in some spring cleaning! Spring is a great time to sweep those winter blues away and freshen up your environment.

SERVPRO® of Franklin County can help. In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, SERVPRO® is trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal.

Other services to help with your spring cleaning include upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, and deodorization. A clean environment is a healthy environment. 

Improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, don’t worry! Your local SERVPRO® has all the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time!

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

HOARDING: A Serious Situation

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning HOARDING: A Serious Situation Hoarding in Franklin County, MO

According to The Mayo Clinic, “Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.” Many people with hoarding disorder do not find their habits to be a problem.

Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail or packaging. Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded.

Bugs, fleas, rats and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called. At times, hoarding may spread to outside the home as well, to storage facilities, or even the garage or yard.

SERVPRO® of Franklin County encounter hoarding situations several different ways. Often,
SERVPRO® is called for a fire or water loss and find the hoarding situation when they arrive on-site. The SERVPRO® Professional will communicate with the insurance company regarding their contents coverage, and after approval, contents can be packed out and possibly cleaned, dried, and stored by SERVPRO®, or relocated to a storage facility so work on the fire or water loss can begin.

Another way SERVPRO® can encounter hoarding jobs is through calls from landlords, case workers, real estate agents, or family members, often after the death of a loved one. In these situations, the crew will see if they should look for any items of importance while they clean the job. Sometimes, family members will come and try to help the hoarder sort through their contents as well.

Each case is very different, and hoarding jobs are often sensitive situations, but SERVPRO® of Franklin County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

If you encounter a hoarding situation, call SERVPRO® of Franklin County today. (636) 583-5200

A Salute to FIRST RESPONDERS

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” This famous Mr. Rogers quote comes to mind when we celebrate first responders: those who arrive first on the scene of any disaster or emergency. In the event of a disaster or emergency, there are many different agencies and people in your community who are ready to respond. Whether it’s a house fire or a hurricane, we are thankful every day for these first responders.


Firefighters, EMTs, and Police

Local fire and police departments, as well as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), are often first on the scene of an emergency. In the U.S., there are more than 29,700 fire departments with 1,160,450 total firefighters, according to the National Fire Protection Association’s 2015 U.S. Fire Department Profile. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are almost 245,000 EMTs and paramedics in the U.S. In the U.S. there are about 18,000 federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies, employing more than 750,000 fulltime sworn officers, according to
the Uniformed Crime Reporting Program collected by the FBI.


Military

When events such as natural disasters strike, different branches of the military are often a first line of response. The Army National Guard and Air National Guard, with over 342,000 soldiers, respond domestically when deployed by their state Governor, often during states of emergency from weather-related events. They can also be called upon during terrorist attacks or civil unrest, or called overseas by the President of the United States. Active duty soldiers can also be called upon for certain domestic events as well.


FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

As a part of FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), these volunteers are trained to be prepared for any disasters that may affect your local area in an effort to support professional responders. CERT volunteers are trained in “basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations,” according to FEMA. With more than 2,700 CERT programs, over 600,000 individuals have been trained nationwide. Teams are managed locally, but supported nationally by FEMA.


SERVPRO® recognizes these and the countless other first responders in our communities for keeping our communities safe.

Benefits of Duct Cleaning this Spring

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Benefits of Duct Cleaning this Spring Benefits of Duct Cleaning

Spring is often the most anticipated time of the year. It signals that the long winter is finally over. Flowers are popping up everywhere, grass needs to be cut and the pollen is in the air. To a lot of us spring also means the onset of allergies and the dreaded spring cleaning.

You’re on your own with the grass cutting but we can help you with your allergies and spring cleaning. Consider having SERVPRO of Franklin County clean your air ducts. Some of the benefits of having clean air ducts may surprise you.

1) Improve air quality. When your heating and cooling system is running, airborne contaminants are being drawn into your duct system. Over a period of time, these harmful contaminants will eventually build up inside your air ducts. Indoor contaminants may include: dust mites, tobacco smoke, household mold, chemicals, airborne allergens, bacteria, animal dander and carbon monoxide. These contaminants are then circulated throughout your home or office and effect the health and comfort of you, your family, or your employees.

2) Reduce Dusting. Source removal duct cleaning can help to reduce household dust by removing the dust where it travels most - through your air duct system

3) Save Energy and Money. According to the EPA, a buildup of only .042 inches of dirt on a heating coil can result in a decrease of efficiency of 21%. A clean air conveyance system may help to increase efficiency and therefore may help to reduce heating and cooling costs.

4) Extend Life of Equipment. 9 out of 10 system failures are caused by dirt and dust. One of the functions of the fan, located inside of your air handler, is to keep the heat exchanger cool. Accumulated dirt and debris can reduce the CFM (cubic feet of air per minute) as much as 50%. This is the most common cause of cracks in heat exchangers. By having your system cleaned, you may prevent pre-mature breakdown & aging of your heating and cooling system.

Air duct cleaning for an average size home usually takes 4-6 hours. Our two man crew will set up the equipment outside. The only equipment you will have inside your home is an 8” vacuum hose and a small compressor hose. The vacuum hose is attached at your cold air and supply trunk line just before the furnace. The compressor hose is attached to long flexible whips with various scrubbing attachments. The whips are placed in each register and cold air return of your home and snaked all of the way back to the vacuum hose which carries out all of the debris.

Schedule one of our uniformed and highly trained crews today. We can provide you before and after pictures and you will be amazed with all of the debris that we find in the vacuum bag. Of course there is lots of dirt and dust, but we often find the occasional toy, saw dust, and once even a valuable piece of jewelry, which was of course handed over to its owner.

As always please call SERVPRO of Franklin County for all your clean up and restoration needs. We will make it, “Like it never even happened.” ... Jerry Alvey

Fast Response to Flooded Basements in Franklin County, MO

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fast Response to Flooded Basements in Franklin County, MO Water Damage in Franklin County, MO Basement

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Union, MO basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 636-583-5200

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Franklin County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24/7
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Be READY: Storms

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be READY: Storms Storm damage, Franklin County MO

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. 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

Water Damage In Your Franklin County, MO Home?

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup

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Biohazard Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup Franklin County, MO
Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO of Franklin County offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Franklin County is trained to safely and effectively remove bio hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.


Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Franklin County can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. SERVPRO of Franklin County can help with the following issues:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Trained SERVPRO® Technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.


METHAMPHETAMINE LABS

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine, are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO® follows federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.


CRIME SCENE RESIDUES

From fingerprint powder and evidence gathering chemicals to tear gas and  pepper spray residues, SERVPRO® can clean and restore your property and contents.


ARSON AND VANDALISM

SERVPRO® Professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. SERVPRO of Franklin County also provides general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism, etc.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County today for more information. 

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

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Destroy Odors with DEODORIZATION Deodorization for your Franklin County, MO home or business

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.”

SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster Be READY with help from SERVPRO

The teams at SERVPRO® are ready for any disaster, big or small.

And they understand what may be small in the grand scheme of things may be huge to you, and they’re ready to help you put your life, business, or property back together “Like it never even happened.”

What can you do to be READY? Be prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in your kit:

  • 3-day supply of nonperishable foods Water (one+ gallon per person per day)
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medication
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Hygiene products
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone charger
  • Change of clothes
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Pet supplies
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container

You can also keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well.

For a more extensive list, check out Ready.gov.

Whatever the disaster, SERVPRO® of Franklin County is there when you need help, 24/7/365.

Local Restaurant General Cleaning

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Local Restaurant General Cleaning Commercial Cleaning Services - Franklin County, MO
SERVPRO of Franklin County recently finished a general cleaning at a local restaurant. Due to a corporate visit, the owner wanted everything to be perfect. The business was open during the day so SERVPRO of Franklin County was able to do the general cleaning at night when the restaurant was closed.  SERVPRO of Franklin County did a thorough cleaning which included all the walls, wire racks and shelving, behind the cooking equipment, flooring, bathroom, dining, and additional areas throughout. This restaurant had a fryer, so grease was a major detail that needed to be removed from surfaces.

The owner was appreciative and said that his restaurant team said nothing but good things about the SERVPRO of Franklin County crew. He is also making an appointment to have an SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile done for all of his restaurants. Learn more about the READY profile here: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/readyprogram

This is just one of the many commercial services SERVPRO of Franklin County offers. It is also an example of how willing we are to work around your business’ busy schedule.

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.

SERVPRO of Franklin County offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

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

6 Steps To Follow After Fire Damage

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 6 Steps To Follow After Fire Damage Fire Damage Repair and Restoration Steps for Union, MO Washington, MO Sullivan, MO Pacific, MO Franklin County, MO

Safety is a primary concern when dealing with fire damage. Returning to normal may seem impossible, but thankfully it isn’t. After calling the fire department, home and business owners should be aware that the building may be dangerous. Entering the building should be avoided since the environment could be toxic. No one should enter the house or office until the emergency responders approve that it is safe. Roofs and floors could be unsafe and could possibly cave in without notice. Smoke, soot and water are problems that need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Home and business owners should take the following steps following a fire:

  • Contact local disaster relief. In some cases, relatives will open their home for their families or friends in an emergency. If that is not an option, local services can help families find shelter, food and medication
  • Contact the insurance company. The insurance company can help home and business owners understand what they must do in order to file a claim and receive compensation.
  • Utilities should not be turned on if the emergency responders have shut them off.  They could be extremely hazardous and should only be used if a professional says it is safe.
  • Call the landlord or mortgage company and inform them about the situation
  • Call the police and inform them that the office or home will be vacant until the building is restored.
  • Receipts should be saved to provide information to the insurance company and to claim losses on income tax forms.

After the fire trucks are gone, your home or business likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts.

SERVPRO of Franklin County has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet

Source: https://www.IICRC.org/blog/

You can be ruined, or you can be READY, with the Help of Technology

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

General You can be ruined, or you can be READY, with the Help of Technology SERVPRO® will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Technology can now be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare, the following will help you be ready in the event of an emergency or disaster.


Store Information Online

There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer free way to store different types of files, from a Word document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets, if necessary.


Follow the News

Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed through Twitter.
Mark Yourself Safe The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well check-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where
communication is difficult to establish. Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook if you’re located in the affected area at that time.


Get in Touch

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and e-mail for communication with family, friends, business contacts, and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster.


Charge Up

Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well.


Get an Emergency READY Profile®

SERVPRO® is proud to offer Emergency READY Profiles® (ERP) for free at ready.SERVPRO.com to help prepare you, your property, or your business for an emergency. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® for your property or 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 property or business. Put help in the palm of your hand with the Ready Plan App.

Get in touch with SERVPRO of Franklin County today for more information on developing an ERP for your property or business, and SERVPRO® will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Handle Your Franklin County, MO Commercial Water Damage With SERVPRO

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Handle Your Franklin County, MO Commercial Water Damage With SERVPRO Franklin County, MO Commercial Water Damage

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage in Franklin County, MO, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.


Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration
Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.
Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.
Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.
Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Services You Can Count On in Franklin County, MO
You can depend on SERVPRO to provide reasonable prices for commercial water damage and other services in the Franklin County, MO area. Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. We also assist with mold remediation, and we're qualified to provide cleaning and building services. Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your restoration.

Whether you require cleanup after Franklin County, MO commercial water damage or simply need a carpet cleaning, call us at 636-583-5200

Mold In Your Franklin County, MO Home or Business

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold In Your Franklin County, MO Home or Business Franklin County, MO Mold Damage Remediation

A green fuzzy film on the wall or a stale musty smell. These are all signs that your house or business probably has mold.

When someone suspects mold we suggest a visual inspection first. In addition we will use our moisture meters to search for a moisture source. Often we are successful with this method in identifying the existence of mold and the proper remediation plan. If a visual inspection is not successful or the situation requires additional confirmation we can test for mold. The most common method of testing is air sampling. A canister traps air and than is tested by the lab. This will determine the existence of mold, the amount of mold, and the type of mold. In addition swab or tape lift samples can
be taken which are helpful In identifying mold in a more focused or central area. The down side to testing is it can be expensive. Outside testing firms charge at a minimum between $800-$1500. We charge considerably less
but it still can be costly.

Once mold has been identified either visually or by test, a mitigation protocol is developed. The protocol outlines the remediation work to be done and the areas that are affected. The protocol is usually followed to the letter. The first protocol requirement is always to set up containment. Heavy 6 mil
plastic is used to contain the affected area and protect the unaffected area. Next we place the affected area under negative pressure with air scrubbers. This creates a sort of vacuum keeping stray mold spores from affecting other areas. Later those same air scrubbers are used to scrub the air. Since most porous items cannot be effectively cleaned, they are removed and properly disposed of. An example of porous household items would be carpet, pad, drywall, insulation , upholstered items, mattress, stuffed animals, etc. Porous items can only be cleaned on the surface and mold roots can
burrow deeper making it impossible to completely remove all of the mold.
After all of the porous items are removed we can focus on the cleanable non porous items. Some examples of non porous household items are subfloor, hard flooring, floor joists, wall studs, concrete walls and floors, wood
furniture, etc. Under negative pressure all of these items are HEPPA vacuumed than cleaned with a EPA approved disinfectant. A lot of time the affected areas will need to be agitated using brushes, sanders, or even multimedia machines such as ice or soda blasting. This ensures that the mold and its root are removed. The process is HEPPA Vacuum, clean and repeat. Usually this process repeats at least three times. Remember this is all performed in contained areas, under negative pressure by highly trained crew members wearing personal protection equipment such as protective suits, eye protection and respirators.
Once the structure and any non porous items are properly cleaned usually the hvac system and air ducts are cleaned. This prevents contaminants from being recirculated throughout the newly remediated building. Lastly
as a preventative option, the structure can be sealed with a EPA approved sealer/mold inhibitor. The sealer serves as a final protection against the reoccurrence of mold.

Next to the question “Do I have mold?”, the most popular question is “How much is it going to cost to remove the mold?” The answer is not so simple.
Because every situation is unique there is no square foot price for estimating. Every job has to be inspected and uniquely estimated. On every job we must determine how much labor, how much equipment, how much chemical
and if any specialized equipment or final testing would be required. Based on these factors we put together a time and material estimate and present it to the customer making sure they have a full understanding of what to expect.
Hopefully this short article spreads some light on the mysteries of mold and mold remediation.

If you or your client suspects mold, don’t let it continue to grow. Give us a call we would be happy to inspect, test and provide a estimate if necessary.

Why You Should Hire Professionals for Fire Damage Restoration in Union, MO

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Should Hire Professionals for Fire Damage Restoration in Union, MO Fire Damage Union, MO
 

It takes much experience and personnel to manage a fire damage restoration in Union, MO.

Your home can have water damage from the fire extinguishing that can eventually lead to a mold infestation. Also, smoke and soot damage needs to be removed and cleaned thoroughly. Fire damage restoration operations can be complicated and it is best to not attempt on your own. Soot and smoke and ash pose a new danger to your fire damaged home in Franklin County, MO. They can corrode and coat appliances and other household items, leave a discoloration on fabrics and other materials, as well as linger powerful odors.

Consider only damage restoration companies in Franklin County, MO that are certified and trained according to the standards of IICRC fire restoration techniques. 

SERVPRO of Franklin County is trained in IICRC standards. Our response is immediate and within 4 hours an on-site inspection will be done to judge the fire damage and proper course of action for remediation.

Next SERVPRO will identify all affected materials and the sources of odors. Next, they contain all the smoke and soot residue. HVAC systems will be cleaned and deodorized. Ozone machines, air scrubbers, and various fogging systems are utilized.

Special sponges wipe up and clean the soot residue on hard surfaces. Whatever can be salvaged will be saved. Restoration is preferable to replacement.

The skilled technicians from SERVPRO will remove all damaged debris and items. They restore your home to a pre-fire condition. "Like it never even happened."

When you need a fire damage restoration company in Union, MO or the surrounding Franklin County, MO area, Call SERVPRO of Franklin County today – 636-583-5200.

Should You Hire A Professional Carpet Cleaner?

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Should You Hire A Professional Carpet Cleaner? Commercial Carpet Cleaning

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

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

Protect Your Home From Water Damage

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protect Your Home From Water Damage Water Damage Franklin County, MO

Water damage is one of the most common and costly disasters affecting residences, accounting for billions of dollars in losses annually. Individuals protect themselves from repairs by having insurance. However, do you have the right type of insurance to protect your property?

Generally speaking, standard homeowners and renters insurance cover water that comes from the top down. For example, burst pipes, wind driven rain and damage from ice dams. Some polices cover sewer and drain back up, but many do not. You can sometimes add this coverage to your insurance plan for an additional fee.

Water intrusion from a river or creek is covered by flood insurance. Flood insurance can be purchased from the federal governments National Flood Insurance Program and from some private insurers. The average flood insurance policy costs $540 a year.

Maintaining a home is one of the best ways to prevent damage.

Inside Your Home

  • Inspect hoses and faucets. Check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator ice makers annually. Replace those with cracks or leaks, and replace them all every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs. Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight.
  • Shut off the water supply to the washing machine while away on vacation, and never leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running.
  • Know the location of the main water shut off valve in your home. A damaged hose or a burst pipe can send water racing into your home. By knowing where this valve is located and how to shut off the main water supply, you can save yourself time and money.
  • Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against the increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can help prevent your pipes from bursting.
  • Check pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have the pipes repaired immediately.

Outside Your Home

  • Caulk and seal windows. Preventive maintenance will guard against water seepage.
  • Inspect your roof. Look for missing, damaged, and aging shingles. 
  • Check your downspouts. Remove debris that may have accumulated in downspouts and rain gutters. Position downspouts so that they direct water away from the house.
  • Check sprinklers and irrigation systems. Be sure sprinklers and irrigation systems are not damaging the walls and foundations of the house; turn off and drain outside faucets to protect against frozen pipes.
  • Install gutter guards. Gutter guards are the device used to protect the clogging of the roof gutter so that the water from the roof may flow easily and accumulation of water does not take place on the roof but away from the house.

If you do have a water loss, we are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your Franklin County, MO 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.

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

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

General FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster

The teams at SERVPRO® are ready for any disaster, big or small.

And they understand what may be small in the grand scheme of things may be huge to you, and they’re ready to help you put your life, business, or property back together “Like it never even happened.”

What can you do to be READY? Be prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in your kit:

  • 3-day supply of nonperishable foods Water (one+ gallon per person per day)
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medication
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Hygiene products
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone charger
  • Change of clothes
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Pet supplies
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container

You can also keep a condensed  emergency kit in your vehicle as well.

For a more extensive list, check out Ready.gov.

Whatever the disaster, SERVPRO® of Franklin County is there when you need help, 24/7/365.  

In a disaster, SERVPRO® is “Ready for whatever happens.”

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage In a disaster, SERVPRO® is “Ready for whatever happens.” SERVPRO® is “Ready for whatever happens.”

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.”

With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO® System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, manpower, equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team® assists your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals.

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

2017 Hurricane Harvey: Category 4 Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on August 26 with winds of 130 mph.The hurricane made a second landfall just hours later and lingered over Southeast Texas for about two days, dropping more than 40 inches of rain. On August 29, Harvey made a third landfall in Louisiana. Following the storm, an estimated 550 storm crews were deployed, representing more than 240 SERVPRO® Franchises. Those numbers, in addition to area Franchises, placed more than 1,000 crews in storm-affected areas. Crews traveled from as far away as California, Washington, Wisconsin, and New York. 2016

Houston, TX, Flooding: In April, a nearly stationary mesoscale convective system developed over Houston, resulting in widespread rainfall rates of 2-4 inches per hour. This was a historic flooding event for Harris County, which saw a total of nearly 18 inches of accumulated rainfall. The Storm Team dispatched 81 crews to over 360 jobs, mitigating over $3 million in damages.  2015 Siberian Express: Record sub-zero temperatures caused major problems for a large portion of the country stretching from Florida to Maine. The Midwest also experienced record-breaking low temperatures, resulting in frozen pipes and ice dams causing major problems for residents. The Storm Team dispatched a total of 257 crews from 108 Franchises to assist local SERVPRO® Franchises, completing nearly 2,000 jobs.

2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding: Rainfall rates up to 2 inches per hour caused major flash flooding stretching from Northeast Ohio all the way up to Portland, Maine. Eastern Michigan and Baltimore, Maryland, were also impacted, creating over 1,381 jobs for the Storm Team to produce. A total of 82 SERVPRO® Franchises and 173 crews mitigated over $4.3 million in damages while assisting the local Franchises.   

2014 Polar Vortex: Record low temperatures caused by a break in the North Pole’s polar vortex resulted in an unprecedented freezing event, spanning from east of the Rocky Mountains to as far south as Central Florida, affecting all or part of 39 states and 70 percent of the SERVPRO® Franchise System.

New Year, New Disaster

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

General New Year,  New Disaster Vos family pipe water loss

The new year did not get off to a great start for the Vos family. Just like many in Missouri, the family experienced a pipe breaking in their house in early January.


Their kitchen and basement had water damage, with the basement getting an inch and a half of water. The water also got up about six inches on the walls.


“No one ever wants that,” said Joyce Vos. “The temperature had been so frigid that it wasn’t a huge shock. But it’s still not something you want to have happen.” This was the first time the Vos family had experienced a pipe freezing before. Having moved from California, the temperatures don’t get cold enough there to freeze.


“We’ve never had to deal with anything like this before,” she said. “It never gets cold enough in California to get frozen pipes or anything like that.” 


Joyce and her husband Rodney were thrilled at how quick SERVPRO was able to get to their house and begin drying.


“They took charge,” Joyce said. “They were courteous and professional. I really felt comfortable that they would get the job taken care of.”


The job took a lot of equipment to get the house dried. The house required 31 air movers and three dehumidifiers to get both the kitchen and basement dried.


SERVPRO came over the weekend to monitor the job and pick up equipment to move them to other jobs.


“Nate was just awesome,” Joyce said. “It’s amazing how he was here with his crew for the entire day. We weren’t the only ones going through this that week. He said he would be back every day, and I didn’t believe him because I knew how busy you guys were, but he was back every single day.”


Joyce said she has recommended other people to use SERVPRO already, and would tell anyone who has a disaster give SERVPRO a call.


“The service and professionalism is great, and they are so fast getting out to the job,” she said. “The team worked fast together and everything went really well.”

A RIDE ON THE POLAR PLUNGE

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage A RIDE ON THE  POLAR PLUNGE Polar Plunge bring many water losses

This article is not about the newest ride at Six Flags or even a recent dive into frigid water. It’s a real-time follow of our work as it relates to the recent downturn in  temperatures. News media have referred to it as the “Polar Plunge” and it has gripped most of the country.

The weather had been cold from time to time this winter but it was New Year’s Eve when temperatures dropped to single digits. The low was four degrees that day with a high of 14. New Year’s day was worse with a low of -4 and a high of 10. The temperatures stayed dangerously low until Jan. 7 when the high was 40. 

It was so cold on New Year’s Eve that a lot fewer people went out to celebrate. One could easily get a table at favorite restaurants that are usually packed this time of the year.  Fox news reported that in St. Louis events such as Winterfest, Six Flags, and activities at Westport and the City of Kirkwood all canceled due to the bitter cold.     
Most of us settled in at our homes, staying as warm as possible and waiting out the frigid temperatures.  Being the owner of a mitigation company, my mind was on frozen pipes. Most of you don’t dream about frozen pipes when it gets cold, but when you’re in the business, that’s what you do.  I knew that we would get calls about frozen pipes, the problem is you just can’t gauge how many calls you will get. How many people will be in need of your services? Will we be able to serve everyone? Do we have enough equipment? Do we have enough staff?


Those questions would soon be tested, because on New Year’s Day at about 1 p.m. we received our first call. The loss notes read, “Pipe burst in bathroom, affected basement below. Carpet ceramic and drywall affected.” I got the crew moving and they were on-site in a little over an hour’s time. The crew was ready. We had all discussed our readiness, we have prepared for this and we knew the upcoming week should be very busy.  A normal water loss takes about four hours to complete from start to finish, and this one was no exception. Just as the crew got back to their homes and started to settle in, we received our second call at 5:46 p.m. The loss notes read, “Pipe burst under sink. 2” of water in main level and water ran to the partially finished basement.” I hated to make the call to our on-call crew, but they were willing and ready to go. On this one I told them I’d meet them there, I’d get the paperwork going and figure out what’s needed hoping that would save them some time. I arrived in under an hour and did just that. Met with the customer, walked through the loss. Went over how we are going to handle things, got authorizations signed and diagramed and took pictures. A little later my crew arrived and a few hours later we had gotten everything taken care of. Back at home and in bed by 10:30pm!


Nothing more that night, but the morning of Jan. 2 we received our first job of the day. 2” of water in a commercial restaurant in Union. Commercial jobs are a little different than residential. Typically a homeowner can stay in their home while drying is going on. It tends to be a little uncomfortable at times with the noise and heat, but it’s doable. On commercial jobs, the biggest concern is loss of business.  Our job is to get that business back in business as soon as possible. We were there in 10 minutes  from dispatch and quickly started extracting water and setting drying equipment. If needed, the restaurant could stay open during the drying process with little distraction. While still working on this one, two more new losses got called in. I peeled a couple people off the current job and got them going on the newest one. The other crew was to finish up and head to the other one. Everything worked well and both customers were taken care of. We finished both jobs around 3:30 and just in time for another job. This one was in Leslie and required a total gut of an apartment. At this point, equipment was getting scarce and the crews were getting tired. Myself and Mike, our marketing rep, headed to the Leslie job to see what all it entailed. We did all of the upfront work and waited on the crew to get there, explaining what should be done and handing them off to the customer. Mike and I still had water checks (monitoring) to do on yesterday’s jobs! When we are this busy, it’s all hands on deck. Even marketing reps get dirty!


We all finished up at around 9:00 p.m. that night and thankfully no new jobs were called in. Get some rest, I’m sure there will be no relief tomorrow!  On Jan. 3 we had a couple new jobs called in but plenty of time to get to them. When you’re used to doing four jobs in a day, two seems pretty easy.  We pitched in to get the water checks done for all of the jobs. Except there was one big problem. We were out of equipment and so were all of our neighboring franchises.  No one to borrow equipment from, so knowing that this even is not over, I put a call into corporate and ordered more. If all went right, it would be here by noon tomorrow.  We are so lucky to have the backing of SERVPRO Corporate.  Who else could get equipment mobilized that quickly in the middle of a crisis like this?


Jan. 4 we had a residential loss called in. The good news is some of the earlier jobs were dry so we could move equipment to this one. Approximately 9:30 a.m. a church in Pacific called. “I know you guys are busy, but we need help. A main in our attic burst and we literally had 6 inches of water in our entire facility.”  I instantly redirected myself and headed to the church.  Volunteers had worked all night with multiple shop vacuums to get the standing water up. What a great job they did. Now it’s up to us to complete any demolition needed and set drying equipment.  Drying equipment, what drying equipment I said to myself? I hope corporate comes through with the new equipment that I just bought!  We immediately got going on the needed demolition,  removing drywall and insulation that was falling, removed cove base and set the little bit of equipment we had. Just as we finished Anita in the office called and said, “You have some shiny new equipment here!” 


We ran to the office, uncrated everything. We entered it into our tracking system and off to the church it went.   On Jan. 5 we received a couple more losses but were able to move equipment from other jobs as they dried. Jan. 6 started a warm up that got us to 40 degrees by Jan. 7. The Polar Plunge was over and we had survived! 
The most important takeaway from this is that we are ready and able to handle anything that comes our way.  All of our customers were taken care of and are able to get on with their lives.  We couldn’t have been able to flawlessly handle the Polar Plunge without our great group of employees and the backing of SERVPRO Corporate.


That was our one event for the winter, I guess we can just slide into spring now.

History of the Union Fire Protection District

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Community History of the Union Fire Protection District Union Fire Protection District

The Union Fire Protection District has been a staple of the community for over 100 years. The fire department was created on July 19, 1890, when an ordinance was passed to “Establishment of Fire Department.” It was then that the first Fire Captain, First Assistant, Second Assistant and Secretary were elected. The ordinance remains in the fire department’s by-laws along with additions and some deletions.
The engine house was located northeast of the old jail building, behind Busch’s Hardware Store. In 1906, a fire bell tower was built and completed in 1906. The first fire siren was bought in 1921 and was placed on the roof of Citizens Bank.
The department’s first fire truck was obtained in 1924, when the city contracted with General Fire Mfg. Co.  It was a $4,000 Republic Motor Truck, and 11 volunteer fire fighters who expressed willingness to learn to operate the truck and equipment.
In April 1933, the Franklin-Gasconade Fire Fighters Association was formed in Union. The organization still exists today. On August 14, 1945, after the Japanese surrendered and effectively ended World War II, the Department went out and gathered a band for a street dance.
The Department moved into a new fire house in 1949 on the corner of Church and East Locust. In 1961, the Department joined the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri, and are still members today.
The city of Union passed a bond issue in 1964 for an addition to the fire house, said issue was dedicated in 1965. In 1969 the Department received a 1953 Jeep from the Conservation Department to be used for fighting brush fires.
In September of 1971, the people of Union voted to form the Union Volunteer Fire Protection District.
In January of 1977, the District leased a warehouse from Jim Straatmann in North Union. The warehouse eventually became the North Station.
The Union Volunteer Firefighters helped sandbag, tie down propane tanks, and pump out basements in what was called the “500-year flood” of the Bourbeuse River in December 1982.
The new station 3 was open May 12, 2002.  Today, the Union Fire Protection District consists of 15 full time career firefighters and 30 active volunteer firefighters.
The Union fire department continues its rich history to this day as it selflessly protects and serves our area.

Winter Preparedness

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Preparedness Be prepared this winter

The winter is one of the busiest times of the year
for SERVPRO. Pipes freeze and cause water losses, while house fires hit a peak in December and January. Cold weather is the culprit for these incidents. When the temperature drops, water freezes and expands, which causes pipes to freeze. And when the weather gets colder, people are more likely to spend time inside and have the heat raised, increasing the chances of a fire. Candles, extra electric lighting, Christmas trees and an increase in cooking can all lead to fires. Winter also sees an increase in outside fires caused by open flame−fires ignited by matches, open fires (including campfires), and embers.
The winter also results in pipes freezing. Water expands when it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes, which can cause them to break. Pipes that are more likely to freeze are often exposed to severe cold (like outdoor hose bibs), swimming pool supply lines and water sprinkler lines. Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets can also freeze, as well as pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.
To protect pipes from freezing, it’s important to drain water from swimming pools and water sprinkler supply lines before the cold weather hits. Hoses used outdoors should be removed, drained and stored away. Inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs should be closed and the outside hose bibs should be opened to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break. 
To prevent frozen pipes, keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. When it gets extremely cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposes pipes. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature all day and if you’re going out of town, leave the heat on in your home and set it to no lower than 55 degrees.
You should suspect you have a frozen pipe when you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out. If you have a frozen pipe, apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials) or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
Simply put, you don’t want burst pipes. Burst pipes within the home is the worst thing that can happen to your plumbing system due to the cost the water damage can do. If a pipe bursts in the ceiling or the floor it can be some time before you notice and all too often the first you know is when the bulge appears or the water flows in a torrent. The potential water loss from burst pipes in your house can be as much as 400 liters or two full baths an hour. This means if you were away for a full day, you could have up to 9,600 liters of water or 48 full baths of water in your house.

Have A Professional Handle Your Franklin County, MO Fire Damage

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Have A Professional Handle Your Franklin County, MO Fire Damage Fire Damage in Franklin County, MO

The process of fire restoration can be very involved. Private homeowners and companies can oftentimes be devastated by the damage caused by this kind of event.  One aspect that gives peace of mind involves knowing when the right professional has been hired. That is one of the reasons why it is important to hire a firm that is associated with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. 

SERVPRO of Franklin County is an IICRC Certified Firm, and our employees are trained in handling fire damage restoration. Serving Franklin County, MO areas such as: Union, Washington, Pacific, St. Clair and Sullivan Missouri.

The first step in the process is to clean up as much of the existing area as possible. If the area is not immediately cleaned, soot residue and permanent damage can be left behind.  When cleaning, always use dust masks and open the area for proper ventilation.  Clean from the ceilings to the floors and vacuum all floors and upholstery.  Wash any items that are able to be laundered.  Clean the outside with a pressure washer if available.  

If immediate cleanup is not done, it can lead to devastating effects.  Within minutes of fire and smoke damage, appliances and many items will discolor to a yellow hue.  After a few hours, acid will stain bathrooms and many other areas of the home or business.  Within days, walls will discolor permanently and items will begin to rust due to the acid residue.   Finally, after weeks the cost of clean-up will become substantially more expensive. The building and furnishings can be permanently damaged by the acid left behind.  Soot residue will be layered throughout the home or business.  For these reasons, it is vital to contact a professional associated with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification to utilize fire restoration techniques in an effort to return the home or business to a preloss state.  One company or service provider should be able to handle the damage.  The seal of Certification by the Institute should be shown on any provider’s website.  This shows the customer the reliability and the expertise of the service provider.

Residue and smoky odors need to be removed immediately.  Professionals will use the process of fire restoration to achieve satisfactory results.  These providers will remove the source of the odor, clean any items that can be salvaged, get rid of any lingering odor with an odor counteractant and deodorizing fog.  Finally, the provider will seal salvageable items to encapsulate odor and prevent further recontamination.

Homeowners and businesses that are educated in the fire restoration process are able to minimize the cost of repair.  Professionals can be contacted in a timely manner to return the area to a preloss state.   By hiring the right professionals the victims can have some peace of mind during a very stressful time.

http://www.IICRC.org/have-professional-handle-the-process-fire-restoration-a-4.html

Worries of WINTER WEATHER

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

General Worries of WINTER WEATHER Frozen pipes can be a huge concern during extreme cold.

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 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 you or your business, SERVPRO of Franklin County is only a call away, 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition. 

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

How A Water Restoration Technician Can Your Restore Home or Business

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How A Water Restoration Technician Can Your Restore Home or Business How Water Restoration Technicians Will Restore Your Franklin County, MO Home or Business

A water restoration technician has an extremely important job when a home is affected by excess moisture or fluid. Water restoration technicians can quickly reverse the extensive damage that water damage can cause. And when dealing with contaminated fluids, especially when it has pooled in the home, it's best to let the professionals manage the cleanup. Attempting to perform cleanup efforts without expert assistance can lead to injury or illness, both of which can be severe.

Our certified water restoration technicians are call around the clock. As soon as water restoration technicians are on site, they will assess the situation and determine what items need immediate rescuing. We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

The home will be dried using a configuration of heavy duty air movers and dehumidifiers. The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth. We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business. We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

All of these steps will ensure the home is safe to return to, and with concerted drying efforts, the building will be back to preloss condition once work has been completed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Of course, every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution and a trained technician knows the best solution.

Give SERVPRO of Franklin County a call, we are "Here to Help" restore your Franklin County, MO home or business to preloss condition. 636-583-5200

Mold in your Union, MO home or business

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in your Union, MO home or business Mold remediation Franklin County, MO

Do you suspect mold in your Union, MO home or business?

A green fuzzy film on the wall or a stale musty smell. These are all signs that your house or business probably has mold.

When someone suspects mold we suggest a visual inspection first. In addition we will use our moisture meters to search for a moisture source. Often we are successful with this method in identifying the existence of mold and the proper remediation plan. If a visual inspection is not successful or the situation requires additional confirmation we can test for mold. The most common method of testing is air sampling. A canister traps air and than is tested by the lab. This will determine the existence of mold, the amount of mold, and the type of mold. In addition swab or tape lift samples can be taken which are helpful In identifying mold in a more focused or central area. The down side to testing is it can be expensive. Outside testing firms charge at a minimum between $800-$1500. We charge considerably less but it still can be costly.

Once mold has been identified either visually or by test, a mitigation protocol is developed. The protocol outlines the remediation work to be done and the areas that are affected. The protocol is usually followed to the letter. The first protocol requirement is always to set up containment. Heavy 6 mil plastic is used to contain the affected area and protect the unaffected area. Next we place the affected area under negative pressure with air scrubbers. This creates a sort of vacuum keeping stray mold spores from affecting other areas. Later those same air scrubbers are used to scrub the air. Since most porous items cannot be effectively cleaned, they are removed and properly disposed of. An example of porous household items would be carpet, pad, drywall, insulation , upholstered items, mattress, stuffed animals, etc. Porous items can only be cleaned on the surface and mold roots can burrow deeper making it impossible to completely remove all of the mold.

After all of the porous items are removed we can focus on the cleanable non porous items. Some examples of non porous household items are subfloor, hard flooring, floor joists, wall studs, concrete walls and floors, wood furniture, etc. Under negative pressure all of these items are HEPPA vacuumed than cleaned with a EPA approved disinfectant. A lot of time the affected areas will need to be agitated using brushes, sanders, or even multimedia machines such as ice or soda blasting. This ensures that the mold and its root are removed. The process is HEPPA Vacuum, clean and repeat. Usually this process repeats at least three times. Remember this is all performed in contained areas, under negative pressure by highly trained crew members wearing personal protection equipment such as protective suits, eye protection and respirators.
Once the structure and any non porous items are properly cleaned usually the hvac system and air ducts are cleaned. This prevents contaminants from being recirculated throughout the newly remediated building. Lastly as a preventative option, the structure can be sealed with a EPA approved sealer/mold inhibitor. The sealer serves as a final protection against the reoccurrence of mold.

Next to the question “Do I have mold?”, the most popular question is “How much is it going to cost to remove the mold?” The answer is not so simple.
Because every situation is unique there is no square foot price for estimating. Every job has to be inspected and uniquely estimated. On every job we must determine how much labor, how much equipment, how much chemical
and if any specialized equipment or final testing would be required. Based on these factors we put together a time and material estimate and present it to the customer making sure they have a full understanding of what to expect.
Hopefully this short article spreads some light on the mysteries of mold and mold remediation.

If you or your client suspects mold, don’t let it continue to grow. Give us a call we would be happy to inspect, test and provide a estimate if necessary. 

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

Winter Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes Bursting

1/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes Bursting Frozen pipes? Call SERVPRO of Franklin County

The temperatures have been dropping and the winter weather is here.  When the temperatures go below freezing level, your property is at risk for frozen pipes, which 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

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

When a Pipe Bursts

  • Shut off the water at the main valve.
  • 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.

Halt Winter Heating Hazards

1/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Halt Winter Heating Hazards Stay safe heating your Franklin County, MO home.

The winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves.

Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire.

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot “kid-free  zone” around open fi res and space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen  to stop sparks from flying into the room.  Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel,  specified by the manufacturer, for fuel  burning space heaters.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment  according to the local codes and  manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Franklin County. Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property. 

We will help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Is Winter Storm Damaged Covered By Insurance?

1/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Winter Storm Damaged Covered By Insurance? Franklin County, MO Winter Storm Damage

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

Most standard homeowner’s insurance policies do not provide coverage for flood damage. If your home as suffered damage from winter related flooding (such a snow melt) you may not have coverage unless you have a separate flood insurance policy in place.

Also if you leave your home unattended during the winter, there may be some additional coverage issues. Some policies have exclusions for damage that result from a home not being winterized properly or being left unoccupied for a long 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"!

The Science of Drying

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Science of Drying Franklin County, MO Water Damage Restoration

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-theline 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

Dangers of EXTREME COLD

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Service, $2.84 million dollars of property damage was caused by extreme cold in 2015.

Even scarier? Fifty-three people died and three were injured due to extreme cold the same year. 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

Fighting the Flu

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

The winter months bring family celebrations and holidays, but it also brings the flu. Though the timing of the flu can vary from season to season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu season can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in January or February.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the single best way to prevent the flu. Flu vaccinations are available throughout flu season.  Flu vaccinations are recommended for everyone six months or older. It is especially important people at high risk of flu complications like young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and anyone 65 years or older receive a flu vaccination. If you have questions about getting a flu vaccine, consult your health care provider.

What can you do to stay healthy this flu season?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. n Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Are You Winter Weather Ready?

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

General Are You Winter Weather Ready? Be 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.

Holiday Safety & Preparation

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Lights, candles, action – it’s the holiday season again. Brightly lighted decorations, elaborate meals and large gatherings are all part of traditional holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, these seasonal traditions also cause an average of 230 home fires each year, with an average of 4 deaths, 21 injuries and $17.3 million in property damage.

“Christmas tree lights and candles are just two of the holiday traditions that increase the likelihood of a fire starting in your home,” says Gerald Alvey of SERVPRO® of Franklin County. “There are about three times as many cooking-related fires on Thanksgiving Day and almost twice as many on Christmas Day as there are on non-holidays. It only takes a single distracted or careless action to turn a family get-together into a tragedy.”

Alvey says that homeowners can help keep their homes and their families safe during the holiday season by understanding the dangers and taking some simple, commonsense precautions.

Holiday Cooking Fire Facts

·Thanksgiving Day has three times the average number of reported home structure fires involving cooking equipment.

·The two other peak days for cooking-related fires are Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

·Supervise items on the stovetop. Fifty-eight percent of kitchen fires involve ranges; homes with electric cooktops have a higher risk of fire than homes with gas cooktops.

·Keep flammable items – potholders, packaging, wrapping, wooden utensils, loose clothing – away from the stovetop.

·Don’t let lack of sleep or alcohol consumption affect your ability to concentrate on preparing the meal.

Holiday Decorating Fire Facts

·Half of all holiday decoration fires start because the decoration is too close to a heat source.

·On average, 32 candle fires are reported each day. December is the peak month for candle fires.

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips:

·Keep all decorations away from heat sources like radiators, portable heaters, and fireplaces.
·Use flameless candles.
·If you do use traditional candles, burn them in sturdy candleholders, well away from drapes and other flammable materials. Never leave them unattended and never allow them to burn down to less than one inch in length.

Christmas Tree Fire Facts:

·50% of live tree fires occur between December 22 and January 5.
·31% of tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
·14% involve decorative lights.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips:

·Keep live trees well watered to reduce the chance of a fire.
·Check wiring on lights for breaks and wear, replace worn strings and don’t exceed manufacturer guidelines for connecting multiple strands of lights.
·Don’t leave tree lights plugged in when you are away from home or asleep.

“We hope these tips will be a reminder to Union area families to make fire prevention a priority in their holiday preparations,” said Alvey, “so they can spend the season enjoying family and friends, not dealing with the aftermath of a fire.”

For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, contact Gerald Alvey with SERVPRO® of Franklin County at (636) 583-5200 or jalvey9662@aol.com.  For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.

Statistics used are based on National Fire Protection Association data (http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/project-holiday)

Happy Holidays from SERVPRO

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

General Happy Holidays from SERVPRO Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Franklin County

As the weather outside gets frightful and your cozy homes become warm and delightful, the holiday season’s aglow, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. According to climate.gov, on February 12, 2010, there was snow present in all 50 states, including Hawaii! Five years later in 2015, it almost happened again, when every state but Florida experienced snow. While it is generally unlikely for certain states to encounter snow, it is still important to know how to be prepared if winter weather strikes at your home, business, or while traveling. We are dedicated to helping you keep the holidays merry and bright, and keeping your property safe. But what happens if disaster does strike during the most wonderful time of year? Easy—Call SERVPRO of Franklin County, even if it is the night before Christmas.

SERVPRO® is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, ready when you need help the most. 636-583-5200

Light The Night SAFELY

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Light The Night SAFELY Reduce fire risk with these tips.

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!

Stories From The Storm

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stories From The Storm The SERVPRO® family not only responded to restoration needs, but also helped secure critical donations.

Hurricane Harvey was an extremely destructive Atlantic hurricane, which became the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches of rain as the system meandered over eastern Texas.

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® deployed to assist in the cleanup and recovery efforts, responding to losses across Southeast Texas including Houston, Port Arthur, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Victoria, and Bryan/College Station.

The SERVPRO® family not only responded to restoration needs, but also helped secure critical donations to help provide residents with access to necessary items like diapers (approx. 35,000!) and toiletries.

HARVEY BY THE NUMBERS

  • With peak accumulations of 51.88 inches, Harvey is the wettest tropical hurricane on record in the contiguous United States.
  • Economic losses are preliminarily estimated at between $81 to $108 billion, with a large portion of the losses sustained by uninsured homeowners.
  • Following the storm, an estimated 550 storm crews were deployed, representing more than 240 SERVPRO® Franchises. Those numbers, in addition to area Franchises, placed more than 1,000 crews in storm-affected areas. Crews travelled from as far away as California, Washington, Wisconsin, and New York.
  • 20 local Franchises were impacted.

When fire or water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That’s why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO® is so important.

Just go to SERVPRO.com on your mobile phone or call 1-800-SERVPRO to get the team that’s faster to any size disaster.

We’re a leader in giving control back to homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities after the ravaging effects of water or fire. So whether you’re responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000 – be ready for the worst with the very best: Your trusted, local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County 24/7: 636-583-5200

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey#cite_note-1

2http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-harvey-economic-toll-20170901-story.html

Water In Your Union, MO Home's Basement?

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water In Your Union, MO Home's Basement? Water Damage in basement Franklin County, MO

What To Do If You Find Water In The Basement

One of the worst nightmares for any Union, MO 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.

Learn more about SERVPRO of Franklin County's water damage restoration specialists here, or contact us for immediate help 24/7.

Thanksgiving Dinner Safety Tips

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

 

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the leading day for fires involving cooking equipment, with 3 times the average number?

 Here are some tips to help keep your family and home safe this Thanksgiving:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.

  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.

  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.

  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.

  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.

  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.

  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.

  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit a candle.

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Remember, if the unthinkable does happen: 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.

SERVPRO of Franklin County is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of Franklin County, MO. 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.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

General Faster To Any Size Disaster Cooking safety

November—when cooler temperatures arrive, the leaves change, and family-oriented get-togethers, like Thanksgiving, begin the holiday season.

While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes in the kitchen, it is also important to take time to remember safety. Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home-fire-related injuries in the United States. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports “Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires...and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.”

You can help ensure your holiday plans don’t go up in smoke by taking a few precautions! Staying in the kitchen while cooking and if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stove-top. Be alert!

SERVPRO of Franklin County wants you, your family, and your property to stay safe. If you do experience a fire or water damage during the holidays, or any time of the year, they can help you make it “Like it never even happened."

Kitchen Cautions

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Cautions Safety in the kitchen

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains—away from the stovetop.


If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.


SERVPRO of Franklin County would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. 

Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey Turkey Frying Dangers

A deep-fried turkey: delicious, but worth it? If you’ve seen any of the numerous videos of turkey fryer explosions and fires online, you may have asked yourself this question before. Running the risk of bodily injury or property damage is something to consider when menu planning this holiday season.


  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  • Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

We want you, your family, and your property to stay safe. If you do experience a fire or water damage during the holidays, or any time of the year, they can help you make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Flood Damage Restoration Recommendations for Uninsured Losses

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

It is never too soon to start to consider what steps need to be taken especially when you don’t have adequate insurance for water damage.

The following recommendations assume a flooding situation with horizontally traveling Category 3 (unsanitary) water containing silt and other contaminants have infiltrated into homes and businesses to a depth of a few inches or feet and remained for multiple days.  When structures are completely submerged or remain substantially flooded for several weeks, more elaborate procedures may be required.

  1. Foremost, consider safety:
    1. Evacuatepotentially respiratory or immune-compromised, or non-essential persons (e.g., children, the elderly, pregnant women; those recovering from extended illness or surgery, or those on regimens of prescription drugs or chemotherapy). When medical questions arise, consult with public health professionals.
    2. Before entering a heavily flood-damaged structure, open windows and doors and air it out thoroughly. Ventilation must be maintained during and following the restoration effort. This reduces but does not eliminate, the potential for inhaling pathogenic (disease causing) microorganisms.  Also, allow as much sunlight into the structure as practical, since fresh air and ultraviolet light help inhibit microorganism growth.
    3. Consider the structural integrity of a damaged building before entering. Wear protective clothing, boots with steel or fiberglass shanks, and a hard hat.  Have the building checked by a qualified builder or structural engineer when in doubt.
    4. Ensure that electrical shock hazards have been eliminated. Consult a licensed and qualified electrician when questions arise.
    5. Protect yourself from pathogenic microorganisms.Wear protective gloves before handling contaminated materials.  Splash goggles should be worn to protect and prevent microorganism entry through the eyes.  A vapor respirator (paint respirator) should be worn to prevent inhalation of most microorganisms or spores.
  2. Remove quantities of debris(silt, vegetation, floating objects) with shovels, rakes or any safe means practical. Clean and sanitize all tools when complete.
  3. Remove and dispose of drywall (Sheetrock®), paneling or other wall materialsup to a point 15-24″ inches above the visible water line. If practical, stay within four feet of the floor to salvage as much wall material as practical since drywall is usually installed horizontally in 4’x8’ or 4’x12’ panels.
  4. Remove and dispose of insulation materialsexposed during wall removal. Look for evidence of moisture wicking up insulation materials.  Leave only materials that are durable, dry and minimally porous, and which can be cleaned and decontaminated with relative ease.
  5. Remove and dispose of carpet, cushion, pad, felt and sheet vinyl, or laminate flooring materials. Porous materials may absorb considerable quantities of water and contaminant, and non-porous materials may trap moisture to prolong drying.  The inevitable result will be rapid microbial growth, along with associated odor and potential health hazards.  Solid wood flooring should be removed since contaminants and moisture collect underneath in hollow areas between the wood and subfloor. The following procedures may require the assistance of a professional water-damage restorer, who has specialized biocides, and application and extraction equipment, if available.
  6. While maintaining ventilation and respiratory protection, liberally spray durable salvageable materials (e.g., studs, decking, joists) with appropriate biocides.Household chlorine bleach (e.g., Clorox®) mixed 1 part bleach to 11 parts water (½%) may be used on durable, colorfast surfaces.  Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia or strong acids!
  7. Following application of properly diluted biocides, brush agitate all areasto remove visible soils and to encourage biocide penetration into cracks and crevices. Professional restorers use pressurized spraying to accomplish this step.
  8. When fresh water is restored within the structure, flush contaminants from salvageable surfaces with a water hose or pressure washer.Work from top to bottom and from walls to flooring.
  9. Wet vacuum or mop up excess rinse water from flooring materials immediately.Thoroughly flush all contamination from wall frames.  Pressure washing, if available, is specifically recommended to flush contaminants from hard-to-access areas, following contaminated water removal with industrial wet vacuuming equipment.
  10. Repeat steps 6-9 as necessary, until all surfaces are clean and contamination is physically removed.
  11. Lightly spray a final application of an approved non-chlorinated disinfectant to all salvageable surfaces.
  12. Dry structural components with plenty of air circulation, while maintaining constant ventilation (weather conditions permitting). If practical, take advantage of low outside humidity (check local weather reports).  Use oscillating or box fans, moving them around the structure every few hours.  Avoid temperature extremes that might slow drying or promote microorganism growth (68-86oF/20-30oC is ideal for growth).  Rent high-volume professional drying equipment (airmovers and dehumidifiers) if available, especially in areas where ventilation is not possible (sealed buildings, security issues).  All electrical components that were below the water line should be checked for operational safety by a qualified contractor.
  13. Leave cleaned structural surfaces exposed for several days or even weeks, or until you are sure that they have returned to within four percentage points of normal moisture content (generally the normal moisture content of structural wood is around 10%). Otherwise, subsequent structural damage and health hazards can result after wall and flooring materials have been replaced or painted.
  14. Durable, colorfast contents (e.g., washable clothing, dishes, glassware, furniture) might be salvageable if washed in warm detergent solutions. Common sense and caution should be used in determining contents salvageability.

Where financial resources permit, comprehensive restoration should be accomplished by trained, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) Water Damage Restoration Technicians.  To prevent mold growth on structural materials, property owners should consider hiring a professional restorer to evaluate moisture levels in structural materials before reconstruction.

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

Please call us for more information regarding floor or water damage cleanup.

Choosing A Commercial Carpet Cleaner

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Choosing A Commercial Carpet Cleaner Commercial Carpet Cleaning Franklin County

When it comes time to finally cleaning your office floors, the first step in achieving the best results is contacting a commercial carpet cleaner. These professionals carry a wide range of tools, as well as a wide range of experience that can be invaluable when it comes to treating flooring, something that can suffer permanent damage if done incorrectly.

Aside from these obvious differences, hiring a reputable company that has undergone extensive training will shed some light on the quality of the work that will be done. For instance, vacuuming an area, especially problematic spots, prior to the actual treatment is crucial in eliminating physical residue that may have collected on the surface. This is why it’s important to not only find a well-equipped professional, but one with the experience necessary to wield these tools properly.

Some of the tools that professionals use are much pricier than any rental machines that may be available for an individual to rent or purchase. These machines typically have a much greater suction power, as well as advanced agents that are more efficient than traditional soaps.

When it comes down to time, we know you don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. Our highly trained technicians use top-of-the-line equipment to make your business shine again.

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.

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

Searching For A Fire And Flood Restoration Service

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Searching For A Fire And Flood Restoration Service Fire and water damage restoration

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

Have A Professional Handle The Process Of Fire Restoration

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Have A Professional Handle The Process Of Fire Restoration Washington, MO Fire Loss

The process of fire restoration can be very involved. Private homeowners and companies can oftentimes be devastated by the damage caused by this kind of event.  One aspect that gives peace of mind involves knowing when the right professional has been hired. That is one of the reasons why it is important to hire a firm that is associated with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

SERVPRO of Franklin County is an IICRC Certified Firm, and our employees are trained in handling fire damage restoration. Serving Franklin County, MO areas such as: Union, Washington, Pacific, St. Clair and Sullivan Missouri.

The first step in the process is to clean up as much of the existing area as possible. If the area is not immediately cleaned, soot residue and permanent damage can be left behind.  When cleaning, always use dust masks and open the area for proper ventilation.  Clean from the ceilings to the floors and vacuum all floors and upholstery.  Wash any items that are able to be laundered. Clean the outside with a pressure washer if available. 

If immediate cleanup is not done, it can lead to devastating effects. Within minutes of fire and smoke damage, appliances and many items will discolor to a yellow hue. After a few hours, acid will stain bathrooms and many other areas of the home or business. Within days, walls will discolor permanently and items will begin to rust due to the acid residue. Finally, after weeks the cost of clean-up will become substantially more expensive. The building and furnishings can be permanently damaged by the acid left behind.  Soot residue will be layered throughout the home or business.  For these reasons, it is vital to contact a professional associated with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification to utilize fire restoration techniques in an effort to return the home or business to a preloss state.  One company or service provider should be able to handle the damage.  The seal of Certification by the Institute should be shown on any provider;s website. This shows the customer the reliability and the expertise of the service provider.

Residue and smoky odors need to be removed immediately. Professionals will use the process of fire restoration to achieve satisfactory results.  These providers will remove the source of the odor, clean any items that can be salvaged, get rid of any lingering odor with an odor counteractant and deodorizing fog.  Finally, the provider will seal salvageable items to encapsulate odor and prevent further recontamination.

Homeowners and businesses that are educated in the fire restoration process are able to minimize the cost of repair.  Professionals can be contacted in a timely manner to return the area to a preloss state. By hiring the right professionals the victims can have some peace of mind during a very stressful time.

Give SERVPRO a call today, we are "Here to Help"! 636-583-5200

Source: http://www.IICRC.org/have-professional-handle-the-process-fire-restoration-a-4.html

Drive safely as it gets darker

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

General Drive safely as it gets darker Take Extra Care on the Road

Daylight Saving Time ends every year on the first Sunday in November. This means it starts to get darker earlier. As we set our clocks backward by one hour in most areas of the country, here are some tips for driving at night.

As we 'Fall Back' to Shorter Days, Take Extra Care on the Road

Fatigue, lack of light, compromised night vision, rush hour and impaired drivers all contribute to making driving at night more dangerous than during any other time of day. In fact, the risk of a fatal crash is three times greater at night, according to National Safety Council research.

Fatigue

A National Sleep Foundation poll says 60% of adults have driven while they were tired, and another 37%, or 103 million people, have fallen asleep at the wheel. Of those, 13% say they fall asleep while driving at least once a month, and 4% say they have caused a crash by falling asleep while driving.

The reasons are many – shift work, lack of quality sleep, long work hours, sleep disorders – and it doesn't only happen on lengthy trips.

These staggering numbers are backed up by a report by NHTSA that 100,000 police-reported crashes are a result of driver fatigue. Most crashes or near-misses happen at the times you would expect drivers to be tired: 4 to 6 a.m., midnight to 2 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., according to NSF.

Nov. 6-13, 2016, is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The National Sleep Foundation offers this advice:

  • Get seven to nine hours of sleep a night
  • Don't drive if you've been awake for 24 hours or more
  • Stop every two hours to rest
  • Pull over and take a nap if you're drowsy
  • Travel during times you are normally awake

Darkness

When Daylight Saving Time ends many people will find themselves spending more time driving in the dark. Depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision can be compromised in the dark, and the glare of headlights from an oncoming vehicle can temporarily blind a driver.

Even with high-beam headlights on, visibility is limited to about 500 feet (250 feet for normal headlights) creating less time to react to something in the road, especially when driving at higher speeds.

What should you do to combat darkness?

  • Aim your headlights correctly, and make sure they're clean
  • Dim your dashboard
  • Look away from oncoming lights
  • If you wear glasses, make sure they're anti-reflective
  • Clean the windshield to eliminate streaks
  • Slow down to compensate for limited visibility and reduced stopping time

Compromised Night Vision

Night vision is the ability to see well in low-light conditions. As we age, we have greater difficulty seeing at night. A 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well as a 30-year-old. At age 60 and older, driving can become even more difficult, according to the American Optometric Association. Some older drivers also may have compromised vision due to cataracts and degenerative eye diseases.

The AOA recommends older drivers:

  • Have annual vision exams
  • Reduce speed
  • Take a driving course; even experienced drivers can benefit from a refresher course, and some of the rules have probably changed
  • Minimize distractions, like talking with passengers or listening to the radio
  • Check with your doctor about side effects of prescription drugs
  • Limit driving to daytime hours if necessary

Rush Hour

Evening rush hour (between 4 and 7 p.m. weekdays) is a dangerous time to drive due to crowded roadways and drivers eager to get home after work. In winter, it's dark during rush hour, compounding an already dangerous driving situation.

How can you make it home safely during rush hour?

  • Don't be an impatient driver; slow down
  • Stay in your lane and beware of drivers who dart from lane to lane
  • Even though the route may be familiar, don't go on autopilot; stay alert
  • In unfamiliar areas, consult a map before you go and memorize your route
  • Don't touch your phone, eat, drink or do other things that are distracting

Impaired Drivers

Nearly 30 people die every day in crashes that involve a driver impaired by alcohol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drivers impaired by prescription medicines and other drugs increase that number significantly. Impaired drivers are most frequently on the road after dark – particularly between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. on weekends.

While drunk driving has declined by about one-third since 2007, the number of drivers under the influence of drugs has increased. Between 2013 and 2014, 22% of drivers tested positive for a drug that would cause impairment, according to a roadside survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA also found that the prevalence of THC (found in marijuana) among drivers on weekend nights increased 48% since 2007, from 8.6% of drivers to 12.6%. Many states have not yet updated their impaired driving laws to address this growing problem.

Stay Alert, Stay Alive

While we do only one quarter of our driving at night, 50% of traffic deaths happen at night. It doesn't matter whether the road is familiar or not, driving at night is always more dangerous.

More than 35,500 people were killed in car crashes in 2013, according to Injury Facts 2016. By taking some extra precautions, we can all contribute to reducing these numbers.

Source: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-driving-at-night.aspx

Antique Books? Here’s how to care for them

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

General Antique Books?  Here’s how to care for them How to care for antique books

If you want to keep your vintage books looking better longer, these tips will help:

  • Environment -- Books need to be out of direct sunlight and away from moisture or high humidity. They need a stable temperature (65-70 degrees) and good air flow to prevent mold growth. Attics and basements are not good places.
  • Shelving -- Choose glass or baked enamel shelves over wooden shelving for display. Wood not sealed with epoxy can transfer damaging acids to the paper and bindings.
  • Spacing –  Books that are crammed together will rub against one another as you remove and replace them, damaging the covers and spines. Use bookends.
  • Keep tall books flat -- Protect the bindings of large books by keeping them flat on a stable surface rather than upright.  If stacking large books on top of one another, avoid tall piles, and gently remove top ones first when viewing them.
  • Light – And especially ultraviolet light, can damage old books. To keep printed material vibrant, maintain light levels at a minimum and place ultraviolet filters on windows and fluorescent fixtures
  • Storage -- Antique books are best kept in protective boxes or sleeves made from acid free materials. Look for containers designed to store antique books safely
  • Preservation --If your book needs repair, consult a professional before trying to fix the problem yourself.

Many books produced in the late 19th and early to mid-20th century were made using inexpensive wood pulp paper. Paper made from untreated wood pulp releases acids over time. Acid accumulation yellows and deteriorates the paper, eventually destroying it.

You can extend the life of books made with acidic paper through deacidification. At home, you may find spray-on products that neutralize the acid in wood pulp paper. If you think a book may be valuable, though, it's probably a good idea to consult an antique book conservator before treating it yourself.

Spooky Truths Regarding Halloween Safety On and Off the Road

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Community Spooky Truths Regarding Halloween Safety On and Off the Road Halloween Safety

Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house.

But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.

In 2015, about 6,700 pedestrian deaths and 160,000 medically consulted injuries occurred among pedestrians in motor vehicle incidents, according to Injury Facts 2017, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council.

NSC research reveals about 17% of these deaths occurred when pedestrians improperly crossed roads or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting or dark clothing accounted for about 15% of the deaths. Other circumstances varied by age: Darting or running into the road accounted for about 15% of deaths in kids ages 5 to 9 and 7% for those 10 to 15.

In the U.S., October ranks No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month. NSC data put August first, with 3,642 deaths, followed by October, 3,550, and July, 3,530.

Follow These Ghoulishly Good Best Practices

To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween Safety Tips, including do's and don'ts on the trick-or-treat trail:

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time when children should return home
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat

Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street. NSC offers the following safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:

Safety Tips for Motorists

  • 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

Trick-or-Treating

  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
  • Teach your children to never enter a stranger's home

Costumes

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags to make sure they are visible
  • 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

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

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER Fire Damage

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?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention.

The 2017 theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off “you could have less than two minutes to get out safely,” yet only 8 percent of people surveyed said getting out was the 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. 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. 

Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage Union, MO Carpet Cleaning

Cheap carpet cleaning services might save a homeowner some money, but it may not save their carpeting. Although we always recommend regular maintenance, often homeowners wait until their flooring is heavily soiled. An untrained technician will be unable to give the service needed. In fact, an uncertified professional can make the carpets condition worse, forcing a homeowner to spend more than they planned.

The major issue with cheap carpet cleaning is their inconsistent quality of treatment. With certification comes knowledge, so when you choose a certified firm such as SERVPRO of Franklin County, you know you are getting someone who knows what they are doing. Inconsistent treatment though, can cause problems once the technician leaves. In addition to poor soil removal overall, improper cleaning can leave the carpeting open for quick re-soiling, forcing additional treatment right away. Also, if a technician doesn’t apply water or cleansing agents properly, it can cause health problems for the home’s occupants. Specifically, excess water will allow molds and bacteria to fester, and it may also attract pests. Untrained crews may also employ low quality cleaning agents as well, and if any residue is left behind, it may cause breathing problems or illness if it is ingested or inhaled.

Saving money can be a good thing, but not when it comes to carpet cleaning. Opting for a cut-rate firm can lead to more problems. 

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 properly clean your carpets.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

6 Steps To Follow After Fire Damage

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 6 Steps To Follow After Fire Damage Fire Restoration Union, MO

Safety is a primary concern when dealing with fire damage. Returning to normal may seem impossible, but thankfully it isn’t. After calling the fire department, home and business owners should be aware that the building may be dangerous. Entering the building should be avoided since the environment could be toxic. No one should enter the house or office until the emergency responders approve that it is safe. Roofs and floors could be unsafe and could possibly cave in without notice. Smoke, soot and water are problems that need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Home and business owners should take the following steps following a fire:

  • Contact local disaster relief. In some cases, relatives will open their home for their families or friends in an emergency. If that is not an option, local services can help families find shelter, food and medication
  • Contact the insurance company. The insurance company can help home and business owners understand what they must do in order to file a claim and receive compensation.
  • Utilities should not be turned on if the emergency responders have shut them off.  They could be extremely hazardous and should only be used if a professional says it is safe.
  • Call the landlord or mortgage company and inform them about the situation
  • Call the police and inform them that the office or home will be vacant until the building is restored.
  • Receipts should be saved to provide information to the insurance company and to claim losses on income tax forms.

Fire damage can be severe, but restoration is possible. It is important to proceed with caution to prevent any further damage. With experienced restoration professionals and some time, a house or office can often be restored to its original condition.

SERVPRO of Franklin County has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet. 

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

Why Is Mold And Mildew Such A Big Threat?

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Is Mold And Mildew Such A Big Threat? Mold Damage Restoration

Mold and mildew are some of the most persistent enemies a homeowner can have, and getting rid of them for good can be a major hassle without professional assistance. Fungi is particularly stubborn in humid areas, though they can take root in any home that has issues with moisture buildup. All it takes is a slight, steady plumbing leak, or a slightly cracked window to give the fungi all the moisture and space it needs to operate. And once it shows up, it will spread quickly if not checked. This is why homeowners are often best served by seeking out certified professionals, as they will be able to completely eliminate the contamination without allowing it to spread.

The primary threat that mold and mildew produce is to the building inhabitants. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. This is especially problematic in young children and the elderly, who are susceptible to both. Fungi, though, can also destroy material and necessitate expensive replacements and repairs if not dealt with promptly.

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

Source: http://www.IICRC.org/blog/

How To Clean a Shower Head With Vinegar

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

General How To Clean a Shower Head With Vinegar Clean shower head with vinegar

Pour the vinegar into the sandwich bag and place the open end of the bag over the shower head so that the shower head is submerged in the vinegar.


To keep the bag from falling off the shower head use the large rubber band or bag tie to secure it around the shower head.


You should let the shower head soak for at least an hour, but preferably over night to let the acid in the vinegar do its job, and dissolve the hard water build up.


Once you remove the bag you can just wipe off the shower head with a soft cloth, and all the remaining particles of hard water build up should come off easily.


I’ve found that while the little particles of grit and hard water come off easily, to get in the small holes a gentle brushing with an old toothbrush can also be helpful.

We had excellent results on the shower head we tested!

Source:
http://www.stain-removal-101.com/how-to-clean-shower-head-with-vinegar.html

Renting Home Carpet Cleaners Could Cause More Issues

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Renting Home Carpet Cleaners Could Cause More Issues Carpet Cleaning, Franklin County, MO

Although it may seem like a smart alternative, do-it-yourself home carpet cleaners can’t match professional services. Our certified professionals use a variety of cleaning agents, equipment, and other tools that enable deep and effective cleaning. We also have valuable skills and knowledge that helps us determine when the job has been done right. It is possible for an untrained person to actually damage the carpet further if they are not careful, and also the process can be physically strenuous and stressful. 

Home carpet cleaners are not as powerful, and this does not mean that the DIY varieties are safe to use. A person may not know to select the right detergent for their carpet fibers, leading to discoloration... or worse. An untrained person may leave too much detergent behind, or not extract enough water, and this can possibly provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold to grow.

We will get the job done right. 

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Franklin County have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. 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.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning? Call Today – (636) 583-5200

Advantages of the SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile®

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Advantages of the SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® Be READY for an emergency with the SERVPRO ERP

What is the SERVPRO ERP?

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®  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 contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone  or tablet.

Advantages of the SERVPRO ERP

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile document that contains 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 SERVPRO your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • 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

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. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. 

The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is  a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call SERVPRO of Franklin County to establish your Emergency READY Profile®. 
 

ARE YOU PREPARED?

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Are You Prepared? As a member of the Ready Campaign’s National Preparedness Coalition, SERVPRO® is proud to present the following information.

How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or  flood often depends on the emergency planning done today.  The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. 

The following are common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, the local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival. Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared.

Be Informed

Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your company? Do you know what you will do in an emergency situation?

Develop a Business Continuity Plan

Do you know which staff, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating? Do you have backup plans for those operations? Do you know what you will do if your building or plant is not accessible? Do you know what you will do if your suppliers are impacted by a disaster? Are you ready for utility disruptions?

Prepare Your Emergency Plan

Do you have an evacuation and shelter in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with employees before, during, and after an incident? Do you have copies of building and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked? Are your employees trained for medical emergencies?

Practice the Emergency Plan

Have you practiced your plan recently? Do you practice and coordinate with other businesses in your building or industrial complex? Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?

Review Insurance Coverage

Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster? Secure Your Facility and Equipment Have you secured all the ways people, products, and supplies get into your building? Have you conducted a room-by-room walk-through to determine what can be strapped down?

Improve Cybersecurity

Do you regularly install patches to your software? Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you regularly update your antivirus software?

Promote Family and Individual Preparedness

Do you encourage employees to have a personal emergency supply kit and a family communication plan?


If you answered “No” to any of these questions, visit ready.gov and learn how to better prepare your business.

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

General FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER We can help during National Preparedness Month

Did you know September is National Preparedness Month? In recent years, the United States has been affected by many different types of disasters including flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, blizzards, and more. These natural disasters can threaten your home, business, and community.

During National Preparedness Month, SERVPRO of Franklin County wants you to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature’s worst.

For more information on disaster preparedness, visit  www.ready.gov, or call SERVPRO of Franklin County. We can help your business prepare for the unexpected by creating an Emergency READY Profile® for your facility. The Profile is designed to be a quick and easy snapshot of your business, providing critical facility information needed for detailed emergency preparation. The time to prepare for a disaster is now. Call SERVPRO of Franklin County to make sure your business is “Ready for whatever happens."

Be “Ready for whatever happens”

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Be “Ready for whatever happens” National Preparedness Month - Get an ERP for your Franklin County, MO business

National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, business, and family. The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are “Ready for whatever happens.”

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®  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 contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas.

The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free  Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

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

Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. 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.

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.

The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. 

The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is  a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call SERVPRO of Franklin County to establish your Emergency READY Profile® today.  636-583-5200
 

Handle Your Franklin County, MO Commercial Water Damage with SERVPRO

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Handle Your Franklin County, MO Commercial Water Damage with SERVPRO Water Damage in Franklin County, MO

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage in Franklin County, MO, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.


Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration
Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Services You Can Count On in Franklin County, MO
You can depend on SERVPRO to provide reasonable prices for commercial water damage and other services in the Franklin County, MO area. Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. We also assist with mold remediation, and we're qualified to provide cleaning and building services. Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your restoration. Whether you require cleanup after Franklin County, MO commercial water damage or simply need a carpet cleaning, call us at 636-583-5200.

About Fire Safety & Prevention

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage About Fire Safety & Prevention Fire Damage Restoration Franklin County MO

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 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.

What You Need To Know About Mold

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Ten Things To Know About Mold

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: 
    -Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    -Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    -Increasing ventilation
    -Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Source: cdc.gov/mold

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate The SERVPRO of Franklin County process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (636) 583-5200
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Common Mold Misconceptions

It’s easy to understand why many people struggle to grasp the facts and issues surrounding indoor mold because sensational news stories and advertising cloud and obscure the real issues. Educate yourself with the facts about mold and learn about the mold remediation process.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Franklin County is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Franklin County, MO community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

Cleaning A Kitchen Range Exhaust System

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning A Kitchen Range Exhaust System
The ventilation system above or next to your stove top serves several important functions in the kitchen. It helps remove moisture, smoke and odors, helps improve indoor air quality, and most importantly, helps trap flammable, aerated grease that is creating during the cooking process. Some states or cities require a ventilation hood to be present in the kitchen but even if your area doesn’t require one, you’ll want to make sure one is installed in your kitchen. Regularly cleaning and maintaining this ventilation system will help it function better, remove bacteria and mold, and reduce the risk of a kitchen fire.

Why your kitchen needs an exhaust system
In addition to whisking away odors, steam and smoke, a good ventilation or exhaust system will suck in and trap tiny grease and oil particles that would otherwise end up drifting throughout the kitchen and into rest of the home. Additionally, if you cook with natural gas, understand that a certain amount of nitrogen dioxide may be produced when cooking. These chemicals are bad for the lungs and can aggravate people with asthma or respiratory issues. When cooking, always turn on the exhaust system to help improve the indoor air quality.


How to clean the hood, filters and ventilation system
The exhaust system filters act as a trap for grease and oil and should be cleaned or replaced often. How often depends upon the type of filter system as well as how often you cook. If you wok fry food weekly, for example, a monthly cleaning will be necessary. But most find that a regular schedule of cleaning the filters every 3 months is the best way to keep a routine that you can stick to. Recirculating hoods use charcoal disposable filters and should be replaced every 6 to 12 months. Check with your manufacturer for more specific replacement or cleaning instructions.
To clean the wire mesh filters first remove them from the hood or ventilation system. You can either wash them by hand with warm soapy water (some find that baking soda works great too) or you can place them in an empty dishwasher and run a full cycle. You may need to repeat these methods if they are particularly greasy. Once they are clean, inspect them to insure there is no rusted or broken parts. Let them dry completely before placing them back in the ventilation system.
The rest of the ventilation system, like the hood, should also be periodically cleaned. Most hoods are made from stainless steel so use a cleaning product designed for this material. You’ll want to remove dust, grease and debris and always rub the stainless steel in the direction of the grain.
Commercial kitchens regularly have the entire exhaust system cleaned to remove grease and prevent dangerous fires. Most of the time these need to be handled by a professional.

What happens if you don’t clean the stove ventilation system
The three biggest reasons for keeping the filters and ventilation hood clean are better indoor air quality, reduction of bacteria and mold, and fire risk reduction. As mentioned above, having a functioning and clean ventilation system will help with indoor air quality. This is especially important in the cooler months of fall and winter when many homeowners are cooking inside more and have the windows closed.
The warm and moist environment directly above a hot stove top is perfect for growing bacteria and mold, especially when there is a steady supply of food particles and oils. Dust can also stick to this grease buildup and create a nasty mess, not to mention a bad smell.
Kitchen fires are a very real hazard that you need to be aware of. When cooking on the stove, high heat mixed with oil can create a flame. If this flame is high enough, or near enough a grease-soaked filter, the flames can catch and spread. A grease or cooking fire can be very scary, spread quickly, and is responsible for 50% of reported residential house fires every year. Always keep a fire extinguisher labeled “for cooking fires” or with a “K” to put out a kitchen grease fire. 

Source: http://porch.com/advice/cleaning-a-kitchen-range-exhaust-system

What To Do When You Need Smoke Odor Removal

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

 

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 Damage In Your Franklin County, MO Home?

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage In Your Franklin County, MO Home? Water Damage Franklin County, MO

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.

Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO Carpet Cleaning Union, MO

It’s completely possible to get affordable carpet cleaning that is also highly effective, a homeowner just needs to know where to look. To some extent, a homeowner will get what they pay for, but certified crews, and particularly those certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), know how to price their services fairly. That’s because they know how to approach every job and allocate the needed resources for it.


With a certified professional, affordable carpet cleaning really means treatment that will preserve the carpeting for much longer, ensuring that the homeowner doesn’t have to waste money on follow-up visits. For example, a cheap crew might do the job for less, but they aren’t going to be as thorough, and they may even cause problems of their own with overwatering or poor soil extraction. In this case, the carpet will accrue new soils much faster, or may retain much of the soil the crew was supposed to remove. Worse yet, if excess water is left behind, it can possibly promote the spread of mold and other microbes, both of which can risk the health of those living in the home.


IICRC certified technicians know how to do the job right the first time, and with sophisticated professional equipment and methodology, the carpeting will be clean and ready to withstand many months of enjoyment before it needs to be cleaned again.

The SERVPRO of Franklin County 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

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
Call Today – (636) 583-5200

De-Stink Old Smelly Jars with Two Simple Ingredients

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

It’s so nice to be able to reuse old glass jars for food storage. Occasionally, though, even the sturdiest container has to be recycled because it retains the smell of its previous contents. There is, however, a quick and easy way to get that old stink out of your jar and make it usable again.

You just need two things...

Mustard & Water

Yes, mustard! Turns out basic yellow mustard (no need to get the fancy Dijon or whole-grain kind) or mustard powder (if you’re truly old school) mixed with hot water will get out the smell.
Pour about a teaspoon of the yellow stuff in the bottom, add hot water and swirl or shake the solution with the lid on. Throw out the water, and then wash and rinse your container. It’s like the Ghost of Pickled Onions Past was never even there.


Plastic Containers Need More Time Than Glass


However, the swirl-and-dump method works best with glass. Plastic tends to hold aromas more tenaciously.
If something really stinky was being stored in a plastic container, you may want to leave the mustard-and-water mix in the plastic storage container for a few hours or even overnight.

Source: https://food-hacks.wonderhowto.com/how-to/de-stink-old-smelly-jarswith-
two-simple-ingredients-0154201/

Business Spotlight: ELS Properties

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Business name:
ELS Properties

Year started: 2006


Address, hours and phone:
Physical: 407b Prairie Hill Court, Union, MO
Mailing: P.O. Box 1052 Union, MO 63084
Hours:Monday through Friday 8:30 – 5:00
Phone: 636-744-8585


Website: www.els-properties.com


Your Name: Ed Schmelz


What does your company do?
Provide quality rental properties to the community


What makes your company special?
We are locally owned and operated


What do you like most about doing business in your community?
I was born and raised in Union. I think it is a great town to live in and raise a family.


How do you support the community?
I do a lot of building in the area. I do everything I can to use local suppliers and contractors in order to spend and keep money in Union.


Personal info about yourself, married, kids: I have been married for 12 years to my wife, Cassie. We have two girls, Elliot and Eve, age 11 and 7.


Do you have a motto or words to live by?
If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

Flood Clean Up Tips

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Rising water is one of the gravest and frightening problems that a business or homeowner may face, and the resulting flood clean-up is both costly and time-consuming. It is a scary prospect watching floodwaters creep slowly toward the home or office. If high water makes an incursion, severe damage and a horrible clutter of muck, debris, and germs may follow.


Below are some useful flood clean-up tips for home and business owners:

  • Be on the lookout for wild animals, including snakes. Floodwaters tend to uproot them from their natural areas.
  • While cleaning up, wear protective gear such as boots and rubber gloves.
    The water is contaminated and can be considered hazardous.
  • Discard food items and drinking water if it has come into contact with the
    flood waters. This includes canned goods and bottled water.
  • Remove all soaked and dirty materials and debris, including wet insulation and drywall, residual mud and soil, furniture, appliances, clothing and bedding.
  • Follow the maxim: When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Remove any standing water and dry out the flooded area. Once the water is gone, use airmovers and a dehumidifier to dry out the area.
  • Disinfect - A disinfectant will help to kill bacteria that may be present.
  • Inhibit mold growth - After applying a disinfectant, apply an anti-mold spray to the area while wearing a mask for protection.
  • Dispose of damaged items - Check with the city’s waste management department to find out where to recycle chemicals such as paint and other toxic liquids, as well as electronics.
  • Flood clean-up after high water ravages a home or business is typically a burdensome and demanding task, this is just a few steps of a extensive process. It may also involve some danger, so safety concerns must take precedence.

If you need help restoring your home or business, we are always here to help.

ARE YOU READY?

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

General ARE YOU READY? Schedule your free Emergency Ready Profile

For the second time in less than a year epic rains have caused disastrous flooding in our area. This rain and flooding have caused millions and millions of dollars of damages to home and business.  Lives have been uprooted, and businesses have been halted. Some will never recover.  

Ben Franklin famously said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”.  As many as 50 percent of businesses that did not have a disaster plan in place prior to the flooding may never recover.     Of the businesses that survive a disaster an overwhelming amount had a disaster plan in place.  Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or even a 100-year flood.  The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.  The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it now. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at your peace of mind.

Putting a disaster plan together sounds like a lot of work, right? Don’t worry, SERVPRO has you covered!  At no cost we can perform an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business. This is a disaster plan created specifically for your business. We will provide a concise profile document that contains all of the critical information needed in event of an emergency. We provide a guide to help you get back in your building following a disaster. We help you identify the line of command for authorizing emergency work to begin. We provide facility details such as shut off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.  All of this information is compiled in a concise hard copy as well as a smart phone app. You control who sees the information and who you want to share it with.    

One short story shows how valuable an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) can be for you.  Approximately a week before the polar vortex of 2014, one of our marketing representative had completed an ERP for a nursing home in Sullivan.  As the thaw came, so did the broken pipes.  This same nursing home had a sprinkler pipe break but using the ERP that we just completed, they were able to locate the shut off and limited the affected area to just two partial rooms.  Had they not known where to shut off the water, the damage and interruption would have been immense. This is just one of hundreds of examples of how the ERP can help your business. 

If you’re an insurance agent, you should not only ask us to do an ERP for your office, but also all of your business customers.  Can you imagine how beneficial this free service can be for your customers?    If you’re a business, you should be calling us right now to get this done. If not, like our old friend Ben Franklin might say, “You are planning to fail!”.

Give us a call right away to schedule your free Emergency Ready Profile. It will only take a small amount of time and the value is priceless.  SERVPRO of Franklin County where Our Business is Putting you Back in Business.  636-583-5200

SERVPRO – Faster to Any-Sized Disaster.

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO – Faster to Any-Sized Disaster. SERVPRO – Faster to Any-Sized Disaster

Kim and Dan Akers had dealt with flooding before, but they had never seen anything like this. The Akers family’s St. Clair property had flooded before in 2008 and again in 2015, but both of those times they were able to deal with the damage themselves.

After the Meramec River flooded April 29, the Akers family found their residence with close to 6 feet of water. This time, they had to call in outside help to get their home back in order.

“It was pretty devastating, I wasn’t real sure if it was all going to come back together or not,” Kim Akers said about her flooded home. “It was a record flood. Before the most we had was about two, maybe three feet in the living room. This time it was way above my head.”

The Akers family called SERVPRO Franklin County for help. SERVPRO gutted the house, cleaned and sanitized the structure, removed mold, dried out the house and cleaned the air ducts.

Akers said that the mold could have been a result of not properly cleaning after the previous floods.

“My husband and I both have had issues with our sinuses running while we’re in the house, and after seeing what we saw, there was probably mold in the house that we didn’t know was there,” she said.

Though the Akers aren’t back in their house yet, they believe that their decision to use SERVPRO will get them home faster.

“I’d definitely recommend SERVPRO,” Kim said. “You guys did a good job and took a lot of the workload off of us. In the flood of 2008 it took 13 months for us to get back in the house because we did everything ourselves. It’s going to take a little while to get back in this time, but I don’t think it’s going to take near as long.”

SERVPRO – Faster to Any-Sized Disaster. 

Will Flooding Continue?

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Community Will Flooding Continue? Franklin County, MO - Flooding 2017

For the second time in a little over a year, our state and county were hit hard by flooding. The storms of late April and early May resulted in evacuations, hundreds of road closures, damage to businesses and residences and five fatalities.

When the rain finally let up and the water crested, an estimated $86 million worth of damage was done in Missouri, including $28 million in costs for individuals whose homes and belongings were affected. The number of homes destroyed by the flooding totaled 369, while 848 had major damage.

Unfortunately, major flooding in the region has become more common in recent years. In December 2015, an estimated $56 million in damage was caused by flooding.

 The cities of Franklin County haven’t been immune from the flood damage, as areas along the Bourbeuse, Missouri and Meramec Rivers have been devastated, and at least 12 rivers and major creeks saw record flooding in 2017.

In both the 2015 and 2017 floods, flood water reached up to 5 feet. Currently, codes require new buildings to be built 1 foot above the basic flood level, but some homes that were elevated to 2 feet above the base level still received water on the floor in the most recent flooding.

After two major floods in a 17-month span, the question is, will major flooding become the new norm?

Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States, according to the Insurance Information Institute, and it is the most frequent reason for declaring a federal disaster.

Missouri has two types of ways floods develop – flash floods and overbank flooding. Flash floods are quick rising floods and normally occur as a result of unusually intense rains over a short period of time, usually hours. Overbank flooding is commonly found in the Midwest and occurs when rivers reach their capacity and can no longer hold excess rain water or ice melt.

The recent floodings were of course due to intense amount of rains, but there is another culprit – us. We use levees as a means of protection, but sometimes they can be just as harmful as they are helpful. Levees can disrupt the natural flow of rivers, which result in catastrophic events. As more businesses and houses have been built near rivers in recent years, more levees have been built. Levees narrow and straighten the river which forces water to flow higher and faster, instead of outward which slows the river as it spreads.

And although it’s impossible to say how much of a role climate change played in the flooding, many scientists believe it has caused more unpredictable and vicious storms in recent years.

If the trend continues, we could see flooding be more commonplace. If that is the case, it’s important to have a plan in place to deal with the water.

SERVPRO of Franklin County is here to help in any disaster situation. If it’s a residential loss, we want to have your family back at home as soon as possible. If It’s a commercial loss, our goal is to have your business up and running in no time.

To be prepared, SERVPRO recommends using our free service, the Emergency Ready Profile. By developing a SERVPR ERP for your home or 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 home or business.

.Information in this article was found on moenvironment.com, emissourian.com and stltoday.com

Extreme Heat

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

General Extreme Heat Preparing for extreme heat

As summer approaches, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat in the coming months. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, elderly, sick, and overweight.

Urban area residents also have a greater chance of being affected than those who live in rural areas due to the heat island effect. According to the EPA, “the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, to temperatures 50–90°F hotter than the air, while shaded or moist surfaces—often in more rural surroundings—remain close to air temperatures.” These surface heat islands are strongest during the day when the sun is shining, while the atmospheric heat islands are more likely after sunset “due to the slow release of heat from urban infrastructure.”

Whether you are in an urban or rural area, there are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible, stay indoors in air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake. If you must go outside, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life-threatening. Signs of heat stroke are a high body temperature (103°+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool. Reduce body temperature with cool, wet cloths or a bath. Do not give a person with heat stroke fluids, and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency (CDC).

If you live in a humid climate, be aware of the heat index. The heat index factors in the humidity, which can make the temperature feel 15° hotter.

Extreme heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit ready.gov or cdc.gov.

What To Do After Smoke Damage Has Happened?

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After Smoke Damage Has Happened? Fire Damage Franklin County, MO

Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to personal property and structures. Restoration costs increase and damages escalate when the cleaning process is extended. Quick action is the only way to minimize the destruction. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, IICRC, is a globally recognized organization whose mission is to establish higher industry standards. As a referral source for consumers, IICRC  certified firms are more likely to provide a faster, better service  than non-certified competitors.

The SERVPRO of Franklin County 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


What happens only minutes after the disaster?

Immediately after a fire, soot residue settles onto the property. Discoloration of porous materials is permanent, but other surfaces may be properly cleaned to remove the discoloration. Acidic soot begins staining other surfaces if not treated quickly.

Within hours all surfaces begin to suffer from fire and smoke damage. Wooden furniture may require refinishing. Metal begins to rust, pit and corrode. Painted walls begin to yellow. Clothing  can become permanently stained. And finally, flooring may require refinishing or replacement.

If left untreated, within weeks the restoration process will take longer and cost more.  Prolonged soot exposure permanently harms all surfaces and embeds in fibers. Replacement of property may be the best option at this point. The structure may continue deteriorating if not properly restored.

IICRC suggests the following steps after the incident:

  • Remember safety comes first. Do not enter the property without proper work gloves and  appropriate respiratory protection. Exposure to soot residue causes respiratory distress and other medical emergencies.
  • Bring along a few box fans. Upon entering the property open the windows and place the box fans in the windows to force out the contaminated air and dust. Proper ventilation helps to prevent further smoke damage and reduces potential injury to people.
  • Remove loose smoke contamination with a professional dry cleaning soot sponge.
  • Clean every surface with soap and water. Begin at the top and work down to the floor. Be sure to get inside cabinets and cupboards.
  • Using a high efficiency vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) Filter, vacuum upholstery and carpet. A good filtration system on a high efficiency vacuum prevents the soot from being blown back into the cleaned space. Clean or change the filter regularly.
  • Launder bedding, clothes, curtains, and other washable materials. An alkaline cleaner neutralizes the acid found in the soot. Fine materials should be professionally dry-cleaned by a dry-cleaner who is experienced in smoke damaged articles.
  • Clean the exterior walls and eaves using a water hose attached to the proper cleaner. Agitate and loosen stuck-on soot. The smoke damage to the outside of the property will continue until the soot is removed.

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

SERVPRO of Franklin County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Union home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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

Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Dry Ice Blasting

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dry Ice Blasting Dry Ice Blasting - Franklin County, MO

What Is Dry Ice Blasting?

Dry ice blasting is a revolutionary blasting method that uses dry ice pellets (CO2 in solid form) as the blasting material. The process is very environmentally friendly and provides a fast and effective alternative to traditional methods of cleaning industrial production equipment.

Dry Ice Blasting Is A Three-Step Process

Kinetic: When dry ice pellets are accelerated in a jet of compressed air and strike a surface at the speed of sound, they crack and loosen the coating of the surface being treated.

Thermal: The low temperature of dry ice pellets (-79oC/-110oF) makes the coating brittle, cracks it and loosens it. This allows dry ice to permeate the coating.

Sublimation: Dry ice penetrates the coating and immediately sublimes (passes directly from solid to vapor state). This results in a 700-fold increase in volume, an explosive effect that lifts the coating off the surface.

The Benefits Of Dry Ice Blasting

A Dry Cleaning Process: Dry ice blasting is a completely dry process because dry ice pellets consist of CO2 and vaporize immediately on contact with the surface to be cleaned.

No Waste Disposal: The system produces no waste products. Only the coating that has been removed remains to be disposed of, and this can usually be swept or vacuumed from the floor.

Environmentally Friendly: Dry ice blasting is completely non-toxic and no hazardous chemicals are used. Costs connected with the disposal of blasting materials and solvents are saved.

No Abrasion: Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive and therefore surfaces are treated very gently. Wear and tear resulting from the use of steel brushes, scrapers and other blasting materials is avoided.

Improved Production Quality: Dry ice blasting often allows for your production equipment to be cleaned while in operation without a need for dismantling or costly downtime.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County for Dry Ice Blasting.

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. 

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Why A Professional Should Clean Fire Damage

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why A Professional Should Clean Fire Damage Fire Damage, Franklin County, MO

When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is safe from further destruction, but without professionals to help clean the smoke damage, the building will never return to normal. While the principles behind fire restoration are fairly simple, it requires a lot of experience and manpower to perform adequately.
While fire is always the immediate danger, once it is gone, what it leaves behind will continue to affect the house. Ash and smoke, if left unhindered, will cause extensive corrosion, etching and discoloration, not to mention lingering powerful odors. Professionals that clean fire and smoke damage can stop this before it becomes a major problem, assuming they are contacted soon enough.
Professionals can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but they must be brought to the site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause. The first thing that ash does to the home is discolor most surfaces. Anything that is made of plastic or was close to the fire will start discoloring within minutes, and within several hours, fiberglass and finishes on appliances will begin to yellow. Metals may also tarnish. After a few days’ pass, the ash will cause walls to discolor permanently, along with clothing and upholstery. Wood and vinyl will need to be refinished or replaced, and metal will start corroding.
If a professional isn’t hired to clean smoke and fire damage, the costs for restoration will skyrocket after a few weeks. Metals may need to be replaced, carpet will permanently discolor and glass may be severely etched, which will necessitate replacement. It will also become apparent that the odors caused by the disaster may still be present and intense enough to be distracting. Because ash is acidic, the longer it takes to hire experts, the more destruction it will cause.
This entire process is very detailed, and hiring a professional that can be trusted to do the job right is imperative.

SERVPRO of Franklin County 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. 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

SERVPRO of Franklin County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Union home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?


Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

What Mold Specialists Do After a Flood

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered what happens when a mold removal specialist gets called to a mold-damaged facility? The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) shares below five steps a mold-removal specialist takes when conducting mold remediation.

“Many people aren’t aware of the dangers or the difficulty level of removing mold from a facility,” said IICRC Chairman Tony Wheelwright. “Mold remediation is a potentially hazardous process that should only be undertaken by a certified professional.”
Five steps each mold-removal specialist takes when conducting mold remediation include:

1.       Determine the degree of contamination

The first step for a mold remediation specialist may be to bring in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) to determine the extent of the mold damage and test for contamination within the facility.

Because mold spores and other microscopic contaminants can travel easily throughout a building, the IEP may collect and analyze samples from affected, as well as unaffected, areas of the building. Once the IEP has finished the inspection they will develop a remediation plan for the mold-removal specialist with steps to return the home to its preloss condition (Condition 1).

2.       Set up and verify the containment

To make sure mold contamination does not spread to other areas of a facility, the mold-remediation specialist will set up containment by creating isolation barriers.

Once the barriers are set up, the specialist will need to verify the containment with a lower partial pressure differential (negative pressure) to ensure there is no air leakage between containment zones.

Exit chambers will then be used to serve as a transition between the containment and the unaffected area of the building. Once the containment is verified and the correct amount of pressure is achieved, the removal process can begin.

3.       Remove unsalvageable materials

Porous materials and items that cannot be restored or cleaned effectively must be carefully discarded. Unsalvageable items include, but are not limited to, drywall, insulation and other items with visible mold growth.

It is important for the specialist to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), which may include a full face respirator equipped with a P100/OV cartridge, disposable coveralls and nitrile gloves.

4.       Clean surfaces with a high attention to detail

A mold-remediation specialist will likely begin the cleaning process by thoroughly vacuuming the contaminated areas using a HEPA vacuum with a high efficiency filter to catch mold spores. He or she will then begin a detailed cleaning process involving mold removal tools such as a HEPA-filtered sander followed by the damp wiping of surfaces with an effective cleaning solution.

5.       Verify remediation

Once cleaning is complete, the IEP will return to verify the remediation was successful. The area must be returned to the dry standard and should be visually dust free with no malodors.

In addition, an IEP may perform surface or air sampling as part of the verification that the area is back to normal fungal ecology (Condition 1).

“Mold remediation requires mold removal specialists to perform techniques that promote source removal rather than relying on chemicals, paints and coatings as a replacement,” said Rachel Adams, President of Indoor Environmental Management Inc. “Understanding and managing air flow is also critical to the success of a mold remediation project. Working with qualified IEP can also help to reduce the liability for the technician as well as provide a final determination if the remediation was successful.”

Source: http://www.IICRC.org

Flood Clean Up Tips For Homes And Businesses

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Clean Up Tips For Homes And Businesses Flood Cleanup - Franklin County, MO

Rising water is one of the gravest and frightening problems that a business or homeowner may face, and the resulting flood clean-up is both costly and time-consuming. It is a scary prospect watching floodwaters creep slowly toward the home or office. If high water makes an incursion, severe damage and a horrible clutter of muck, debris, and germs may follow. Acting quickly after the water recedes can decrease the damage and perhaps make some possessions and furniture salvageable. Even carpet may be restorable, depending on the extent and the type of the flooding. Unfortunately, many electronics exposed to the water are typically considered a loss. Don’t take water damage lightly. Even if the area only had an inch of water, or is just damp, it can become the ideal situation for mold growth within days. Mold may contaminate walls, carpet, furniture, and flooring. It can lead to breathing issues including asthma, and severe illness.  

Below are some useful flood clean-up tips for home and business owners. Most of the tips are interchangeable. A word of warning, if any mold is suspected, it is earnestly recommended to engage the services of an IICRC-certified mold remediation specialist rather than attempting clean-up.

Clean Up Tips for Homeowners

  • Before going into the house to begin flood clean-up, check for downed power lines, gas leaks, foundation cracks, or other obvious problems.
     
  • If power lines are down near the home, avoid puddles or standing water at the very least. Although calling on professional help is the best way to avoid electrocution.
       
  • Be on the lookout for wild animals, including snakes. Floodwaters tend to uproot them from their natural areas, and it is possible that they have entered the home or are in the general vicinity.
     
  • While cleaning up, wear protective gear such as boots and rubber gloves.
       
  • Waterlogged cleaning products, paint, batteries, and fuel are contaminated and considered hazardous. Find out from the local authorities the best method for disposing of these items.
     
  • Discard food items and drinking water if it has come into contact with the flood waters. This includes canned goods and bottled water. Follow the maxim: When in doubt, throw it out!

Flood Clean Up Tips for Businesses

  1. Disconnect the power - Unplug electric devices and remove them if it is safe to do so. Remove furniture and loose items from the space as soon as possible. The sooner they are out of the water, the better the chances of restoring them. Pull up any carpets and under-padding.
     
  2. Remove the water - If there is no power, use towels, buckets, and mops. If power is safely available, then a wet/dry vacuum may be employed. Note: Be very careful with electricity, and if unsure of whether the building is safe, call in a certified professional.
     
  3. Dry out the flooded area - Once the water is gone, use  airmovers and a dehumidifier to dry out the area. Open windows for air circulation. Exposed wood may be salvageable, but exposed drywall will likely have to be replaced.
     
  4. Disinfect - A disinfectant will help to kill bacteria that may be present.
     
  5. Inhibit mold growth - After applying a disinfectant, apply an anti-mold spray to the area while wearing a mask for protection. If mold is obviously present, it is best to hire a certified mold remediation company.
     
  6. Dispose of damaged items - Check with the city’s waste management department to find out where to recycle chemicals such as paint and other toxic liquids, as well as electronics. A dumpster can be dropped off for non-toxic materials.  Make sure before disposing of damaged items, that your insurance claims representative has had a chance to see them or at a minimum, document all damaged items with multiple photographs.


Flood clean-up after high water ravages a home or business is typically a burdensome and demanding task. It may also involve some danger, so safety concerns must take precedence. Some guidelines should be followed to ensure the security of the clean-up crew and to ensure that restoration is efficient and thorough.

Source: http://www.IICRC.org/flood-clean-tips-for-homes-and-businesses-a-564.html

Faster To Any Size Disaster

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

General Faster To Any Size Disaster SERVPRO Franklin County

There is no disaster that hits home quite like a disaster to your property, home, or business. When you have suffered a fire, water, or mold damage, you don’t have time to waste searching for a company to fix your property.

When disaster strikes, depend on SERVPRO® and their network of over 1,700 Franchises in North America. Whether the job is big or small, your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened” so you can get back to your home or business and on with your life.

If you’re in need of cleanup and restoration services, call SERVPRO of Franklin County today. 636-583-5200

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process Mold Damage

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property.

Fortunately, SERVPRO of Franklin County has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold  and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. 

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment
captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold &  Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold  growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents & Belongings

SERVPRO® will clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

SERVPRO of Franklin County understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. 

Faster To Any Size Disaster

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

General Faster To Any Size Disaster We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Your disaster may not always be fire and water related, but SERVPRO of Franklin County is Here to Help® when it comes to other situations.


We also handle biohazard, crime scene cleanup, and vandalism services. These are services you many never think of until a related disaster strikes you or your insured’s home, business or property.


Equipped with the knowledge, experience, and training, SERVPRO® of Franklin County will start helping the moment you call. 


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.


When disaster strikes, make sure you have experienced professionals on the line. No matter how big or small, SERVPRO of Franklin County will be ready to help make your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup Biohazard Cleanup

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO of Franklin County offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Franklin County is trained to safely and effectively remove bio hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.
Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Franklin County can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. SERVPRO of Franklin County can help with the following issues:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

 

BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Trained SERVPRO® Technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.


METHAMPHETAMINE LABS

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine, are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO® follows federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.


CRIME SCENE RESIDUES

From fingerprint powder and evidence gathering chemicals to tear gas and  pepper spray residues, SERVPRO® can clean and restore your property and contents.


ARSON AND VANDALISM

SERVPRO® Professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. Your local Franchise Professional also provides general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

Contact SERVPRO of Franklin County today for 24-hour emergency service.  636-583-5200

Handle Your Franklin County, MO Commercial Water Damage with SERVPRO

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Handle Your Franklin County, MO Commercial Water Damage with SERVPRO Franklin County, MO Water Damage

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage in Franklin County, MO, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.

Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration
Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Services You Can Count On in Franklin County, MO
You can depend on SERVPRO to provide reasonable prices for commercial water damage and other services in the Franklin County, MO area. Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. We also assist with mold remediation, and we're qualified to provide cleaning and building services. Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your restoration. Whether you require cleanup after Franklin County, MO commercial water damage or simply need a carpet cleaning, call us at 636-583-5200.

After the Storm: Checking your property for damage

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After the Storm: Checking your property for damage Storm Damage Franklin County, MO

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 Union home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Need Storm or Flood Restoration Service? Call us today 636-583-5200

How Do Professionals Use A Carpet Extractor?

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning How Do Professionals Use A Carpet Extractor? Carpet Cleaning Extraction

To extend the life of carpeting and keep it smelling fresh and looking brand new, professional cleaning services will often use a carpet extractor. But many wonder just how this method works. A cleaning solution is injected into the fibers via a wand. The solution then adheres to the dirt and soil, and the use of pressure and suction brings the soil to the surface. The machine then extracts the remaining water, solution and dirt. Professionals use a carpet extractor in conjunction with other methods for the most effective results.

Dry extraction is a method in which a dry solution is used on the affected areas. The solution brings the dirt to the surface and then is removed through vacuuming.

Dry foam cleaning involves adding a foam detergent to the affected areas. The foam is worked into the carpet fibers and is then extracted, trapping the dirt in the foam.

Steam cleaning, also known as hot water cleaning, uses different rations of water and cleansing agents. Sometimes the carpet is preconditioned and then a cleaning wand applies the solution using high pressure to remove hard to reach dirt. The cleaning equipment then removes the water, solution mixture and the dirt.

Any of these methods can benefit professionals because they produce effective and high-quality results. Using cleaning equipment with proper techniques and cleansing agents can extend the life of the carpet.

Source: http://www.IICRC.org/blog/carpet-extractor-176.html

What To Do If You Find Water In The Basement?

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do If You Find Water In The Basement? Water Damage Restoration Union, MO

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

6 Steps To Follow After Fire Damage

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 6 Steps To Follow After Fire Damage Fire Damage Franklin County. MO

Safety is a primary concern when dealing with fire damage. Returning to normal may seem impossible, but thankfully it isn’t. After calling the fire department, home and business owners should be aware that the building may be dangerous. Entering the building should be avoided since the environment could be toxic. No one should enter the house or office until the emergency responders approve that it is safe. Roofs and floors could be unsafe and could possibly cave in without notice. Smoke, soot and water are problems that need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Home and business owners should take the following steps following a fire:

  • Contact local disaster relief. In some cases, relatives will open their home for their families or friends in an emergency. If that is not an option, local services can help families find shelter, food and medication
  • Contact the insurance company. The insurance company can help home and business owners understand what they must do in order to file a claim and receive compensation.
  • Utilities should not be turned on if the emergency responders have shut them off.  They could be extremely hazardous and should only be used if a professional says it is safe.
  • Call the landlord or mortgage company and inform them about the situation
  • Call the police and inform them that the office or home will be vacant until the building is restored.
  • Receipts should be saved to provide information to the insurance company and to claim losses on income tax forms.

Fire damage can be severe, but restoration is possible. It is important to proceed with caution to prevent any further damage. With experienced restoration professionals and some time, a house or office can often be restored to its original condition.

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.

SERVPRO of Franklin County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Union home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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

Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Source: http://www.SERVPROfranklincounty.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Why Is Mold And Mildew Such A Big Threat?

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Is Mold And Mildew Such A Big Threat? Mold Remediation and Restoration

Mold and mildew are some of the most persistent enemies a homeowner can have, and getting rid of them for good can be a major hassle without professional assistance. Fungi is particularly stubborn in humid areas, though they can take root in any home that has issues with moisture buildup. All it takes is a slight, steady plumbing leak, or a slightly cracked window to give the fungi all the moisture and space it needs to operate. And once it shows up, it will spread quickly if not checked. This is why homeowners are often best served by seeking out certified professionals, as they will be able to completely eliminate the contamination without allowing it to spread.

The primary threat that mold and mildew produce is to the building inhabitants. Fungi contamination can aggravate allergies and respiratory conditions such as asthma. This is especially problematic in young children and the elderly, who are susceptible to both. Fungi, though, can also destroy material and necessitate expensive replacements and repairs if not dealt with promptly.

Remediation firms are experts at halting the spread of fungal contamination, and they know how to seal off the area to keep it from dispersing. And with their commercial grade  products and processes, the contamination can be  eliminated in  short order. This quick response will minimize the damage and ensure the home is healthy enough for a family to live and relax in.

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

Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Professionals

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Professionals Franklin County, MO Board-Ups

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.”

May is National Building Safety Month

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Building Safety Month— in its 37th year—is an initiative of the International Code Council (ICC) and their 57,000 members across the world, as well as their partners in building construction and design, and the safety community. Building Safety Month is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals, as well as the general public, on “what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings,” according to the ICC website.


The theme for 2017 is Code Officials— Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth and highlights managing disasters, specifically natural disasters, in week three of this year’s campaign. Some of the topics and tips shared throughout the month include Disaster Safety and Mitigation, as well as Fire Safety and Awareness. The general public may not be aware how codes and code officials “improve and protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship, and play,” and this month can certainly improve that awareness!

IMPORTANT TIPS FROM THE ICC

Disaster Safety & Mitigation

If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code-approved shutters for protection from windborne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade, 7/16" minimum thickness plywood and fastening it into place. Visit www.flash.org for detailed instructions on how to use plywood for emergency board-up. 

Consider building or retrofitting to create a tornado-safe room in your home. Follow ICC/ NSSA 500 Standard for detailed construction information and to ensure you achieve the highest level of protection for your family. 

In wildfire prone areas, remove fine (dead grass, leaves, etc.) and coarse fuels (dead twigs, branches, etc.) within 30 feet of a building to create a survivable space in case of wildfire. Be sure to remove dry leaf and pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks, and walkways.

Follow ICC’s International Wildland-Urban Interface Code® for detailed requirements. n Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of water to move an SUV-sized vehicle.

Source: iccsafe.org

There is hope for your hoarder

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

General There is hope for your hoarder Hoarding Franklin County, MO

If you or a loved one is dealing with a hoarding situation, especially with a family member who is ill or recently deceased, SERVPRO of Franklin County can help you resolve the situation with understanding and compassion. People who are dealing with a hoarding disorder deserve a trusting cleanup team who can help restore their lives to normal.


A hoarding situation required special expertise in cleaning and restoration. We have dealt with every kind of critical restoration situation and have the depth of resources to handle jobs from a small kitchen disaster to the toughest and most complex estate jobs involving toxic odors and biohazardous materials.


By listening to the family's needs and concerns, we create a plan that everyone agrees upon, whether this involves cleaning, sorting, distributing, communicating, and disposing or donating unwanted items.


The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.


Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Franklin County is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.


Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.


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


Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Preparing For Storms

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing For Storms Storm Damage Clean Up

Taking steps to protect your family and property from storms before they hit can save lives and help minimize damage to your home or business.
Severe storms cause billions of dollars of damage in the United States each year. When big storms hit, many families find themselves disorganized and not well prepared. This is why it is important to have an emergency plan and make sure everyone knows the plan in case of an emergency.

Creating an Emergency Plan

The first step is to create a written disaster plan and review it with your household. Be sure everyone knows where to go and what to do. Have an emergency meeting place, such as a park, building, or other landmark near your home. If you are separated, have everyone meet at the chosen location.

Preparing for a Storm

To prepare for a storm, you should have an emergency kit. Since you may need to evacuate on short notice, pack your emergency kit into backpacks and have them ready to go. Everyone should know where the emergency kits are.

Your emergency kit should contain:

  • Battery powered flashlight
  • Portable battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Prescriptions and essential medicines
  • First aid kit
  • Nonperishable emergency food
  • Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Disposable camera
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Change of clothing
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Important papers, identification and bank information
  • If you have pets make sure they have an emergency kit with 3-5 days-worth of food and supplies, including a pet carrier, leash and current identification tags.

How to Stay Safe If Your Home is Damaged by Storms


After the storm is over, return to your home only after you are cleared to return by authorities. Enter your home with caution.
Check for signs of gas and water leaks and damage to electrical or sewer systems. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, leave immediately, keeping doors and windows open. Call your gas company to report the problem. Stay clear of frayed electrical wires and downed power lines.
Do not drink any tap water or use tap water to prepare food until you have been notified it is safe to do so.
Make sure you take pictures of any roofing, structural damage, flooding, broken windows or other debris, and make notes of anything that is broken or damaged. When it comes time to file an insurance claim, the pictures you take after the storm can go a long way in helping you recover from the storm, prove your claim is valid and getting approved for repairs as quickly as possible.

Storm Damage Cleanup and 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

What You Should Know About Sewage Clean Up

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard What You Should Know About Sewage Clean Up Sewage Clean Up - Pacific, MO
Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.

The IICRC has complied guidelines for professional sewage clean-up called the Standard for Water Damage Restoration (S500).

Here are the key principles you should know about sewage back-ups:

  • Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic – disease causing – fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.
  • Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.
  • It is not safe to stay in a building that’s flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.
  • Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water (130°F/54°C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly.  This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too.  There’s simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.
  • Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work. Then, a “third party” indoor environmental professional can provide post-remediation verification or “clearance testing” to ensure that the home or building is safe to re-occupy.

Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. 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.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Handle Your Franklin County, MO Commercial Flood Damage with SERVPRO

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Handle Your Franklin County, MO Commercial Flood Damage with SERVPRO Franklin County, MO Commercial Flood Damage

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage in Franklin County, MO, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.


Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration


Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Services You Can Count On in Franklin County, MO


You can depend on SERVPRO to provide reasonable prices for commercial water damage and other services in the Franklin County, MO area. Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. We also assist with mold remediation, and we're qualified to provide cleaning and building services. Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your restoration.

Whether you require cleanup after Franklin County, MO commercial water damage or simply need a carpet cleaning, call us at 636-583-5200.

Why Use A Professional Carpet Cleaner?

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Sometimes it can be handy to run up to the store and rent a carpet cleaner or even hire the guy who goes door to door soliciting work for cheap.  But there are several factors you need to consider before using this method of cleaning of your carpets.


Most rental or portable units do not have enough suction or vacuum to adequately do the job.  The worst possible thing to happen in carpet or upholstery cleaning is to over saturate and under extract.   Rentals and portables are usually guilty of just that.  They apply too much moisture and do not have enough suction to remove excess moisture.  This leaves you with a very wet carpet, which in turn can turn into mold or mildew and will also leave the cleaning solution (soap) in the carpet.  Leaving the cleaning solution in the carpet leads to early soiling because the solution attracts instead of repel soils. 


Often time’s small carpet cleaning companies use portables or underpowered equipment and you end up with these types of problems.  A professional carpet cleaning company will utilize truck mounted equipment which heat the water, allow an even flow of solution, allow the operator to control the amount of moisture and have the proper vacuum to extract excess moisture.  Why doesn’t everyone offer truck-mounted services?  The answer simply is the cost.  Each unit costs in excess of $18,000.  That is the machine itself not including the vehicle, chemicals and accessories.  All together with truck mount and vehicle and accessories the overall cost exceeds $45,000. At SERVPRO of Franklin County we are fortunate enough to have two of these units 


So what should you look for in a professional carpet cleaning company? 


1)     Ask if they pre-vacuum. Vacuuming removes 75% of loose dirt.


2)     Make sure they use truck-mounted equipment. 


3)     Are they a certified company? We prefer the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This insures workers are properly educated and trained and are up to date with the latest technology.


4)     Do they have the knowledge and training to handle stains and problem areas? We use specialized cleaning products based on the type of stain such as enzymes for pet odor and urine odors, anti-microbial for mildew and biohazards.


5)     Lastly, be sure employees have a neat appearance, they are uniformed, background checked and drug tested. After all, you are inviting these people into your home. You deserve to feel safe and secure.  


If you have had to replace your flooring lately, you will agree it’s an expensive investment.   Don’t trust your investment with just anyone. Trust the company that Insurance companies, homeowners and business owners trust with their fire, water and clean up needs.  SERVPRO of Franklin County.  We will make your dirty carpet, “Like it never even happened.”

Spring Cleaning

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air! With the warmer weather comes the tradition of spring cleaning, a time to organize and clean the environments—home, business, office—we encounter on a daily basis. 

We  can assist you or your insured with during spring cleaning—or any season. Perhaps you are selling a home and want to vanquish years of cigarette smoke odor that won’t go away, or want to see if your ducts or HVAC system needs to be cleaned.

We offer the following cleaning services:

  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Upholstery and Drapery Cleaning
  • Ceiling and Wall Cleaning
  • Hard Floor Cleaning

Whatever your spring cleaning needs, SERVPRO of Franklin County has you covered. Call SERVPRO of Franklin county today to discuss or  schedule your necessary spring  cleaning services.

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Destroy Odors with DEODORIZATION

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Destroy Odors with DEODORIZATION Union, MO deodorization services

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.”

Vent Cleaning

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Vent Cleaning Dryer Vent Cleaning Franklin County, MO

Have you checked your dryer lately? No, it probably the same as the day you installed it. It’s right there where you saw it last, spinning and tumbling and drying your clothes, towels, coats and blankets, and even shoes. Your dryer is indispensable and most people wouldn’t want to live without one. However, there could also be a hidden danger lurking in your dryer. One that may have never crossed your mind: a dryer vent fire.

Did you know that dryer vent fires are actually rather common, especially this time of year when people use, and wash, much heavier clothing, sheets and coats a lot more often. All that extra lint build up can be a real threat to your home and safety. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission there are more than 15,000 dryer vent fires every year.

So how does it happen? Thanks to all that extra lint, your dryer vent gets clogged. When the lint clogs the vent the airflow to the dryer is inhibited, which prevents the dryer exhaust gases from getting outside. This creates a serious fire hazard. One of the most obvious signs to look for is clothing that isn’t drying all the way with just one cycle.

So, if you haven’t had your dryer vent cleaned in a while, or you’re not sure it’s ever been cleaned, then don’t wait any longer. Call SERVPRO of Franklin County to clean your vents and air ducts. 

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (636) 583-520

Be READY: Storms

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be READY: Storms Storm Damage Franklin County, MO

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. 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

Do You Have Dirty Ducts?

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Do You 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 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. n 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. 

Call the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Call the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster Spring Cleaning for your Franklin County, MO home

Spring is in the air! With the warmer weather comes the tradition of spring cleaning, a time to organize and clean the environments—home, business, office—we encounter on a daily basis. SERVPRO® of Franklin County can assist you or your insured with during spring cleaning—or any season. Perhaps you are selling a home and want to vanquish years of cigarette smoke odor that won’t go away, or want to see if your ducts or HVAC system needs to be cleaned.

SERVPRO® of Franklin County also offers the following cleaning services:  

Carpet Cleaning
Upholstery and Drapery Cleaning
Ceiling and Wall Cleaning
Hard Floor Cleaning

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Whatever your spring cleaning needs, SERVPRO® has you covered. Call SERVPRO of Franklin County today to discuss or schedule your necessary spring cleaning services.

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your or your insured’s home or business, SERVPRO® can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup. Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load, and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird’s nest, or other potential obstacles. For more information on cleaning dryer vents contact SERVPRO of Franklin County. 

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Get Started on Spring Cleaning

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Get Started on Spring Cleaning Residential and Commercial Cleaning

Have you started your spring cleaning yet?

SERVPRO of Franklin County has some great specials to help you get all your tasks done in no time.

From a whole home cleaning, to just your area rugs, with our affordable prices you can sit back and relax.

Some of our Cleaning Services include:

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Smoke Alarms: LIFE SAVERS

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms: LIFE SAVERS Smoke Alarm Safety

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. 636-583-5200

Why do we have the urge to clean every spring?

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Spring is just around the corner and with spring comes the spring cleaning. It’s the time of year when people feel the need to take big cleaning projects, indoors and outdoors. But why? Is it because of the cold and general gloominess of the winter? Is it because we are constantly inside that we feel there is no point in thoroughly cleaning?

It could be because the general idea of spring cleaning (moving furniture, carpets, or even cleaning out the garage) is just rooted in the idea to get the house in order. In our past, our houses became more dirty in the winter. Before the furnace, the house was heated with a wood burning stove or fireplace. Getting the sooty mess out of the home every spring could be a ritual we keep today.

One of the things that most people look forward to with the warm weather is opening the windows and letting the fresh air in and the dust from the long winter out. It could be that with the fresh air we want a fresh home.

While the urge to clean is strong, it’s a good time to get your air ducts and carpet cleaned. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. Possibly sooner if you have children or pets. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

With carpet cleaning being recommended every year, the spring cleaning time is a good way remember to get your carpet cleaned regularly.

The amount of time between air duct cleanings can vary. Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris, or other contaminants. If you notice an excessive amount of dust in your home, it may be a good time to get your ductwork inspected.

SERVPRO of Franklin County can help with your spring cleaning. With a long list of cleaning services, we can help you get through the spring cleaning urge and with much less effort. With services from whole home cleanings, to simply just having your carpet cleaned. We will get the job done right. You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Call us today. (636) 583-5200. 

Ready For Whatever Happens

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

“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 week day. 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 is ongoing from IICRC certifications, to SREVPRO 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, I said 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.

Hiring Rug Cleaning Services Instead Of Attempting DIY

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

 

Choosing to hire certified rug cleaning services rather than opting to tackle a more DIY approach is the best option for any homeowner. While the process may seem as simple as a good vacuum and spot removal job, those alone will not help in prolonging the life of the rug. Many are instead leaving it up to a technician that has been highly educated and trained through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) will ensure the job is done properly. They have the latest tools and skills to carry out the job with the utmost care and detail.

An increasing number of homeowners are finding themselves with area rugs in one or more rooms of their living space. Typically, they take quite a bit of abuse due to the day-to-day wear and tear done by family, pets, and guests. That heavy foot traffic leaves dirt, dust, odors and stains behind. What started out as a useful, yet decorative piece in a room ends up looking worn, dingy, and full of bothersome allergens. Routine upkeep such as vacuuming and minor stain removal can be done, yet it is imperative to have the piece removed and professionally cleaned on a regular basis. The frequency of this process truly depends on the extent of use the piece has.  

Technicians that are IICRC-certified have had the coursework and training necessary to provide superior rug cleaning services. From start to finish they will work tirelessly to restore the piece to its original, vibrant appearance. This attention to detail starts with an initial inspection to establish the type of material that will be dealt with, what debris and allergens are present, and if there is any damage to be addressed. At this time they will be able to give the homeowner an idea of the extent of treatment and time frame required. Typically the piece is removed from the home and brought to the business location, which is fully equipped to complete the job. While the do-it-yourself approach may seem doable to some, a true comprehensive treatment can only be done by those certified to perform these specialized rug cleaning services. It is important for homeowners to do a little investigating prior to choosing the firm to entrust with the job. Personal and online recommendations are a great starting point, as is the IICRC's own website. They provide a database of certified firms that are current on their training and continue to follow the industry standards.

For most, this type of floor covering was an investment in the home's warmth and overall decor. While it is there to be walked upon, it is also important to protect and maintain it regularly.

Why should you choose SERVPRO of Franklin County?
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Franklin County is close by and ready to respond. We are proud to be an active member of the Franklin County, MO community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Give us a call today for an estimate on cleaning your rugs. 636-583-5200

Source: http://www.iicrc.org/hiring-rug-cleaning-services-instead-attempting-diy-a-460.html

What To Do When Your Franklin County, MO Home Suffers From Water Damage

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do When Your Franklin County, MO Home Suffers From Water Damage Franklin County, MO Water Damage
When a major storm passes close to the house, the home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair. There are many things a family can do to begin repairing any destruction, but a certified professional will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats. Contaminated storm surges or floods can carry pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold





 The main reason why a home is sensitive to water damage is because moisture is difficult to detect once the floods recede. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall. Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight. If a family reacts quickly enough, clothes and furniture may be saved. However, people must be careful when entering a building that has recently been flooded. Exposure to wildlife and contaminated liquids can result in serious injury.


Before entering a home affected by water damage, make sure the electrical power is shut off.  Snakes, reptiles or rodents may be hiding under debris and could lash out and bite suddenly. To protect against wildlife and airborne contaminants, wear protective clothing from head to toe, including a vapor respirator, rubber gloves and eye protection. Also, wear thick boots that can withstand puncturing and animal bites.


SERVPRO of Franklin County can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage. Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. These items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes. We will be able to track down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them. Technicians can locate these pockets of moisture using equipment that measures the moisture in hidden pockets and behind tile and other materials that may not feel wet on the outside.  When these moisture pockets are found, the technicians will expose them to air by removing any drywall or other materials in the way.


Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Union property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.


Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.


Do You Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200





FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER Fire Damage Restoration

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 long-term 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 local SERVPRO® Franchise 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.” 

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

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Fire Damage Emergency Fire Damage Tips Fire Damage Tips

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 SERVPRO of Franklin County.
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Franklin County.
  • 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.

We are ready to help, call us 24/7 - 636-583-5200

Why Is Mold And Mildew Such A Big Threat?

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Is Mold And Mildew Such A Big Threat? Mold Damage

Mold and mildew are some of the most persistent enemies a homeowner can have, and getting rid of them for good can be a major hassle without professional assistance. Fungi is particularly stubborn in humid areas, though they can take root in any home that has issues with moisture buildup. All it takes is a slight, steady plumbing leak, or a slightly cracked window to give the fungi all the moisture and space it needs to operate. And once it shows up, it will spread quickly if not checked. This is why homeowners are often best served by seeking out certified professionals, as they will be able to completely eliminate the contamination without allowing it to spread.


Remediation firms are experts at halting the spread of fungal contamination, and they know how to seal off the area to keep it from dispersing. And with their commercial grade  products and processes, the contamination can be  eliminated in  short order. This quick response will minimize the damage and ensure the home is healthy enough for a family to live and relax in.


The SERVPRO of Franklin County crew are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal. 


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


Source: http://www.IICRC.org/

Why Commercial Carpet Cleaning Is Essential For Floors

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Commercial Carpet Cleaning Is Essential For Floors Commercial Carpet Cleaning

Thorough commercial carpet cleaning is the single best way to preserve and extend the life of carpeting, but proper treatment requires careful planning and extensive training. It’s the kind of training that a professional would receive through an organization like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and it is essential for a professional to integrate quality practices into their own firm.


But how much goes into proper commercial carpet cleaning? It starts with keeping soil and debris from entering the building to begin with. By placing entry mats in entrance and high traffic areas and maintaining the walking surfaces outside of the building, there will be less soil to deal with inside the building. Inside, frequent vacuuming is the first line of defense, and may be needed daily in areas that receive a lot of traffic. Vacuuming ensures deposited soil does not penetrate the deeply into the 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.


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/

Upcoming CE Credit Courses

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We have several CE credit course coming up this year.

On 2/28/2017 we will be holding a class on Ethics. This class will be from 9am to 12pm. It is a 3 credit hour course.

On 3/21/2017 we will be holding a class on Understanding Mold. This class will be from 8am to 12pm. It is a 4 credit hour course.

On 4/18/2017 we will be holding a class on Understanding the Restoration Industry: Property Fire Damage Restoration. This class will be from 8am to 12pm. It is a 4 credit hour course.

On 5/16/2017 we will be holding a class on Hoarding in the Insurance Industry (Course topic tentative). This class will be from 10am to 12pm. It is a 2 credit hour course.

All classes will be held at the Union Fire House located at 1401 W. Springfield Ave. Union, MO 63084.

100% attendance is required to receive CE credits for each course.

We will have coffee, water, and soda available. We will also provide a light breakfast and lunch.


Class size will be limited so please RSVP in advance.

To reserve, you may call us at 636-583-5200 or email iking.spfc@gmail.com.

Please remember to include your name, insurance agency, producer/insurance broker number, phone and email.

SERVPRO Urges Franklin County, MO Home and Business Owners to “Resolve to be Ready” in 2017

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO Urges Franklin County, MO Home and Business Owners to “Resolve to be Ready” in 2017 Resolve to be Ready

Union, MO (Grassroots Newswire) December 20, 2016 - With New Year’s Eve rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to think about making some resolutions, according to Gerald Alvey, owner of SERVPRO® of Franklin County. While resolutions typically involve committing to personal changes and reaching goals, Alvey says the single most important resolution both business and home owners can make for 2017 is to “Resolve to be Ready.”

“Preparing in advance to deal with the unexpected can make a world of difference in how quickly and completely property owners can put the pieces of their lives back together,” says Alvey. “Emergency readiness plans are the foundation for effective and timely emergency response.”

Alvey encourages all property owners to take advantage of the no-cost emergency planning tools available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (www.ready.gov/publications), as well as SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile and READY Plan Mobile App (http://ready.SERVPRO.com). 

For homeowners:

  • FEMA resources include guidelines for a creating a Family Emergency Plan and Emergency Supply List, with additional tips for pet owners, seniors, people with disabilities, and even commuters.
  • SERVPRO offers their free SERVPRO READY Plan app, which stores critical contact and property information electronically in advance, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes.

For business owners:

  • FEMA offers materials on topics ranging from creating a Business Continuity Plan to an Insurance Discussion Coverage Form in addition to guidelines for creating an Emergency Response Plan.
  • For businesses, SERVPRO offers a no-cost facility assessment and assistance in creating a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). The ERP includes information about emergency contact numbers, priority and high/risk areas, shut-off valve locations and more that can then be stored in the READY app.

“The time to gather and store information like emergency contact numbers; insurance contacts; and the location of fuse boxes, fire suppression system controls, and such is before an emergency strikes, not during an emergency,” says Alvey. “Having this information at your fingertips can help emergency responders react as quickly and effectively as possible, helping to limit loss of property and even lives.”

SERVPRO of Franklin County specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Franklin County, please contact Gerald Alvey at (636) 583-5200 or admin@SERVPROoffranklincounty.com. For more information on the SERVPRO mobile app and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Post Construction Clean Up - Franklin County, MO

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Post Construction Clean Up - Franklin County, MO Post Construction Clean Up

Whether it’s your home or business, cleaning up after construction can be a lot of work.


Remember when you moved into your newly built home or business? The new faucets sparkled; the light fixtures gleamed; and the appliances shined. More than likely, a cleaning company had come in to ensure that the home was spotless and up to your standards.


When a construction company finishes building a new house or business, all of the beautiful materials and amenities are usually covered in dust, along with footprints on the brand new hardwood floors or tile. A lot of the time, the showers or baths will have dirt and dust from the installation process and aren’t even ready for you to use. The granite countertops that sparkle? They were thoroughly cleaned before you saw them after construction.


As a cleaning and restoration company, we come in and after everyone else has finished. We clean the home from top to bottom; we clean the carpet, floors, counter tops, anywhere that debris has accumulated down to the tiniest detail. We make the construction process “Like it never even happened.”
Post construction cleanup is just as important when it comes to your newly renovated or freshly built facility! When you spend a few hundred thousand dollars (or more!) on a new facility; you want it to look clean.


Post Construction cleaning is essential! It is also very detailed, different from the routine cleaning or maintenance you already have to take care of. As a restoration vender, we know how important your home or business is to you. Give us a call and see how we can make your construction mess “Like it never even happened”.


We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Franklin County is close by and ready to respond. We are proud to be an active member of the Franklin County community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. 


If you have questions or would like to schedule an estimate, please give us a call: 636-583-5200

Is Winter Storm Damage Covered By Your Insurance Company?

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Winter Storm Damage Covered By Your Insurance Company? Winter Storm Damage

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

Most standard homeowner’s insurance policies do not provide coverage for flood damage. If your home as suffered damage from winter related flooding (such a snow melt) you may not have coverage unless you have a separate flood insurance policy in place.

Also if you leave your home unattended during the winter, there may be some additional coverage issues. Some policies have exclusions for damage that result from a home not being winterized properly or being left unoccupied for a long 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 home 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 available 24/7.

What To Do When A Home Suffers From Flooding

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do When A Home Suffers From Flooding What to do during a flood
When a major storm passes close to the house, the home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair. There are many things a family can do to begin repairing any destruction, but a certified professional will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats. Contaminated storm surges or floods can carry pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold. If allowed to fester, these mold spores can spread throughout the building and become even more difficult to remove. In many cases,  governmental agencies could condemn the structure if the microbial threat is too great.
 
The main reason why a home is sensitive to water damage is because moisture is difficult to detect once the floods recede. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall. Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight. If a family reacts quickly enough, clothes and furniture may be saved. However, people must be careful when entering a building that has recently been flooded. Exposure to wildlife and contaminated liquids can result in serious injury.
 
Before entering a home affected by water damage, make sure the electrical power is shut off. Exposed wires or plugged in devices can electrocute people, resulting in major injury or even death. Also, it’s best to move slowly through the building when re-entering it for the first time. Snakes, reptiles or rodents may be hiding under debris and could lash out and bite suddenly. To protect against wildlife and airborne contaminants, wear protective clothing from head to toe, including a vapor respirator, rubber gloves and eye protection. Also, wear thick boots that can withstand puncturing and animal bites.
 
Professional restoration services can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage. Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. These items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes. A family can prepare for professional cleaning by getting rid of these items before the technicians arrive, but be sure to properly record and itemize the items for insurance purposes prior to disposing.
 
Once professionals arrive at the building, they will be able to track down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them. Certified technicians can locate these pockets of moisture using equipment that measures the moisture in hidden pockets and behind tile and other materials that may not feel wet on the outside.  When these moisture pockets are found, the technicians will expose them to air by removing any drywall or other materials in the way. Once the location of the moisture has been determined, the professionals will begin the clean-up process that may include pressure washing the area with powerful detergents. These technicians are also able to speed up the drying process to prevent the growth of any molds or other harmful bacteria. If the professional locate mold or bacteria colonies, they will know how to identify and remove the threat using chemical or mechanical methods.
 
It’s important for a family to hire professionals that are certified through a reputable organization. Technicians trained in this area know how to find compromised areas and do what it takes to restore them.

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.
Do You Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Why Should You Use A Professional Carpet Cleaner?

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Why Should You Use A Professional Carpet Cleaner? Carpet Cleaning Union, MO

There is no comparison between professional carpet cleaners and the kind of equipment a do-it-yourselfer can rent at a hardware or grocery store. Homeowners who opt for rental equipment may believe they are making the pragmatic choice, but it will likely end up costing the homeowner more in the long run. Rental equipment cannot match professional equipment in any way, and it often causes more problems than it solves. Of course, do-it-yourselfers also deprive themselves of the expert technique that professionals have learned during their time in the field.

The major differences between rental equipment and professional carpet cleaners are precision and power. Technicians work with industrial vacuums that can be effective deep within the fibers, and professional hot water extractors use minimal water for the best results. Rental equipment is hit or miss at removing various soils, and it tends to leave behind too much water following the treatment. The result is flooring that gets soiled again almost immediately. It also means an extended drying time. Excess water can also attract pests or molds, both of which can cause health issues in people and pets.

Perhaps most importantly, though, without professional assistance, homeowners will not be able to get rid of tough odors, stubborn stains or physical damage to the carpeting. Certified technicians are prepared to help homeowners in any way possible to restore their flooring to its peak potential, something that rental equipment could never hope to accomplish. (Source: http://www.iicrc.org/blog/category/carpet-cleaning)

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning? Call Today – (636) 583-5200

Halt Winter Heating Hazards

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Halt Winter Heating Hazards Halt Winter Heating Hazards

The winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire.

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot “kid-free  zone” around open fi res and space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen  to stop sparks from flying into the room.  Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel,  specified by the manufacturer, for fuel  burning space heaters.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment  according to the local codes and  manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.


If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Franklin County. Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property. We will help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Safety & Prevention

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety & Prevention Fire Safety & Prevention

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 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.

Dry Ice Blasting

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dry Ice Blasting Dry Ice Blasting Union, MO

What Is Dry Ice Blasting?

Dry ice blasting is a revolutionary blasting method that uses dry ice pellets (CO2 in solid form) as the blasting material. The process is very environmentally friendly and provides a fast and effective alternative to traditional methods of cleaning industrial production equipment.

Dry Ice Blasting Is A Three-Step Process

Kinetic: When dry ice pellets are accelerated in a jet of compressed air and strike a surface at the speed of sound, they crack and loosen the coating of the surface being treated.

Thermal: The low temperature of dry ice pellets (-79oC/-110oF) makes the coating brittle, cracks it and loosens it. This allows dry ice to permeate the coating.

Sublimation: Dry ice penetrates the coating and immediately sublimes (passes directly from solid to vapor state). This results in a 700-fold increase in volume, an explosive effect that lifts the coating off the surface.

The Benefits Of Dry Ice Blasting

A Dry Cleaning Process: Dry ice blasting is a completely dry process because dry ice pellets consist of CO2 and vaporize immediately on contact with the surface to be cleaned.

No Waste Disposal: The system produces no waste products. Only the coating that has been removed remains to be disposed of, and this can usually be swept or vacuumed from the floor.

Environmentally Friendly: Dry ice blasting is completely non-toxic and no hazardous chemicals are used. Costs connected with the disposal of blasting materials and solvents are saved.

No Abrasion: Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive and therefore surfaces are treated very gently. Wear and tear resulting from the use of steel brushes, scrapers and other blasting materials is avoided.

Improved Production Quality: Dry ice blasting often allows for your production equipment to be cleaned while in operation without a need for dismantling or costly downtime.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County for Dry Ice Blasting.

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. 

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

What To Do If You Find Water In The Basement

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do If You Find Water In The Basement Water Restoration Union MO

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.

Water Damage Repair and Restoration

SERVPRO of Franklin County is 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.

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

2017 Resolution: Plan Ahead

12/22/2016 (Permalink)

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 2017. 

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. Th e ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. Th e ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years’ experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost 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. 

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.
  • 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.

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. Call your SERVPRO of Franklin County to establish your Emergency READY Profile®, and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2017. 636-583-5200

Mold

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

A green fuzzy film on the wall or a stale musty smell. These are all signs that your house or business probably has mold.

When someone suspects mold we suggest a visual inspection first. In addition we will use our moisture meters to search for a moisture source. Often we are successful with this method in identifying the existence of mold and the proper remediation plan. If a visual inspection is not successful or the situation requires additional confirmation we can test for mold. The most common method of testing is air sampling. A canister traps air and than is tested by the lab. This will determine the existence of mold, the amount of mold, and the type of mold. In addition swab or tape lift samples can
be taken which are helpful In identifying mold in a more focused or central area. The down side to testing is it can be expensive. Outside testing firms charge at a minimum between $800-$1500. We charge considerably less
but it still can be costly.

Once mold has been identified either visually or by test, a mitigation protocol is developed. The protocol outlines the remediation work to be done and the areas that are affected. The protocol is usually followed to the letter. The first protocol requirement is always to set up containment. Heavy 6 mil
plastic is used to contain the affected area and protect the unaffected area. Next we place the affected area under negative pressure with air scrubbers. This creates a sort of vacuum keeping stray mold spores from affecting other areas. Later those same air scrubbers are used to scrub the air. Since most porous items cannot be effectively cleaned, they are removed and properly disposed of. An example of porous household items would be carpet, pad, drywall, insulation , upholstered items, mattress, stuffed animals, etc. Porous items can only be cleaned on the surface and mold roots can
burrow deeper making it impossible to completely remove all of the mold.
After all of the porous items are removed we can focus on the cleanable non porous items. Some examples of non porous household items are subfloor, hard flooring, floor joists, wall studs, concrete walls and floors, wood
furniture, etc. Under negative pressure all of these items are HEPPA vacuumed than cleaned with a EPA approved disinfectant. A lot of time the affected areas will need to be agitated using brushes, sanders, or even multimedia machines such as ice or soda blasting. This ensures that the mold and its root are removed. The process is HEPPA Vacuum, clean and repeat. Usually this process repeats at least three times. Remember this is all performed in contained areas, under negative pressure by highly trained crew members wearing personal protection equipment such as protective suits, eye protection and respirators.
Once the structure and any non porous items are properly cleaned usually the hvac system and air ducts are cleaned. This prevents contaminants from being recirculated throughout the newly remediated building. Lastly
as a preventative option, the structure can be sealed with a EPA approved sealer/mold inhibitor. The sealer serves as a final protection against the reoccurrence of mold.

Next to the question “Do I have mold?”, the most popular question is “How much is it going to cost to remove the mold?” The answer is not so simple.
Because every situation is unique there is no square foot price for estimating. Every job has to be inspected and uniquely estimated. On every job we must determine how much labor, how much equipment, how much chemical
and if any specialized equipment or final testing would be required. Based on these factors we put together a time and material estimate and present it to the customer making sure they have a full understanding of what to expect.
Hopefully this short article spreads some light on the mysteries of mold and mold remediation.

If you or your client suspects mold, don’t let it continue to grow. Give us a call we would be happy to inspect, test and provide a estimate if necessary.

Have A Professional Handle Fire Damage

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Fire Damage Have A Professional Handle Fire Damage Fire Damaged Home Franklin County, MO

The process of fire restoration can be very involved. Private homeowners and companies can oftentimes be devastated by the damage caused by this kind of event.  One aspect that gives peace of mind involves knowing when the right professional has been hired. That is one of the reasons why it is important to hire a firm that is associated with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. 

SERVPRO of Franklin County is an IICRC Certified Firm, and our employees are trained in handling fire damage restoration. Serving Franklin County, MO areas such as: Union, Washington, Pacific, St. Clair and Sullivan Missouri.

The first step in the process is to clean up as much of the existing area as possible. If the area is not immediately cleaned, soot residue and permanent damage can be left behind.  When cleaning, always use dust masks and open the area for proper ventilation.  Clean from the ceilings to the floors and vacuum all floors and upholstery.  Wash any items that are able to be laundered.  Clean the outside with a pressure washer if available.  

If immediate cleanup is not done, it can lead to devastating effects.  Within minutes of fire and smoke damage, appliances and many items will discolor to a yellow hue.  After a few hours, acid will stain bathrooms and many other areas of the home or business.  Within days, walls will discolor permanently and items will begin to rust due to the acid residue.   Finally, after weeks the cost of clean-up will become substantially more expensive. The building and furnishings can be permanently damaged by the acid left behind.  Soot residue will be layered throughout the home or business.  For these reasons, it is vital to contact a professional associated with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification to utilize fire restoration techniques in an effort to return the home or business to a pre-loss state.  One company or service provider should be able to handle the damage.  The seal of Certification by the Institute should be shown on any provider’s website.  This shows the customer the reliability and the expertise of the service provider.

Residue and smoky odors need to be removed immediately.  Professionals will use the process of fire restoration to achieve satisfactory results.  These providers will remove the source of the odor, clean any items that can be salvaged, get rid of any lingering odor with an odor counteractant and deodorizing fog.  Finally, the provider will seal salvageable items to encapsulate odor and prevent further recontamination.

Homeowners and businesses that are educated in the fire restoration process are able to minimize the cost of repair.  Professionals can be contacted in a timely manner to return the area to a pre-loss state.   By hiring the right professionals the victims can have some peace of mind during a very stressful time.

http://www.iicrc.org/have-professional-handle-the-process-fire-restoration-a-4.html

Be READY: Winter Weather

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General Be READY: Winter Weather Be READY: Winter Weather

With winter just around the corner, it is a good time to start making preparations for extreme cold and winter storms. One of the primary concerns with winter weather is that it can knock out heat, power and communications to your home or office, sometimes for days.
The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm.  Traffic accidents from icy roads and prolonged exposure to cold are common examples. This is why it is important to be prepared before winter weather strikes.

Before Winter Storms and Extreme Cold


Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
-Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
-Sand to improve traction.
 -Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
 -Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
 -Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.
Download FEMA’s Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications at: www.ready.gov/prepare. Free smart phone apps, such as those available from FEMA and the American Red Cross, provide information about finding shelters, providing first aid, and seeking assistance for recovery.
Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
Bring pets/companion animals insideduring winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.


Winterize Your Vehicle
Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:
•Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
•Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
•Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
•Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
•Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
•Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
•Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
•Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
•Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
•Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
•Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

Update the emergency kits in your vehicles with:
•A shovel
•Windshield scraper and small broom
•Flashlight
•Battery powered radio
•Extra batteries
•Water
•Snack food
•Matches
•Extra hats, socks and mittens
•First aid kit with pocket knife
•Necessary medications
•Blanket(s)
•Tow chain or rope
•Road salt and sand
•Booster cables
•Emergency flares
•Fluorescent distress flag

Winterize Your Home
•Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
•Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
•Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
•Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
•All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
•Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
•Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
•Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
•Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.

 Know the Terms
Know the terms used to describe changing winter weather conditions and what actions to take. These terms can be used to determine the timeline and severity of an approaching storm. (Advisory / Watch / Warning). The NWS also issues advisories and warnings for other winter weather, including blizzards, freezes, wind chill, lake effect snow, and dense fog. Be alert to weather reports and tune in for specific guidance when these conditions develop.
Freezing Rain 
- Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.
Sleet 
- Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.
Wind Chill-
 Windchill is the temperature it “feels like” when you are outside. The NWS provides a Windchill Chart to show the difference between air temperature and the perceived temperature and the amount of time until frostbite occurs. For more information, visit: www.nws.noaa.gov/om/windchill.
Winter Weather Advisory -
 Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening. The NWS issues a winter weather advisory when conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is used, these situations should not be life-threatening.
Winter Storm Watch 
- A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for more information. The NWS issues a winter storm watch when severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, may affect your area but the location and timing are still uncertain. A winter storm watch is issued 12 to 36 hours in advance of a potential severe storm. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio, TV, or other news sources for more information. Monitor alerts, check your emergency supplies, and gather any items you may need if you lose power.
Winter Storm Warning -
 A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.
Blizzard Warning -
 Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.
Frost/Freeze Warning - 
Below freezing temperatures are expected.

Carbon Monoxide
Caution: Each year, an average of 430 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, and there are more than 20,000 visits to the emergency room with more than 4,000 hospitalizations. Carbon monoxide-related deaths are highest during colder months. These deaths are likely due to increased use of gas-powered furnaces and alternative heating, cooking, and power sources used inappropriately indoors during power outages.
•Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal¬ burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep these devices at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents.
•The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.
•Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
•If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
•Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

 During Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
•Stay indoors during the storm.
•Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
•Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.
•Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
•Signs of Frostbite: Occurs when the skin and body tissue just beneath it freezes. Loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, earlobes, face, and the tip of the nose.
•What to Do: Cover exposed skin, but do not rub the affected area in an attempt to warm it up. Seek medical help immediately.
•Signs of Hypothermia: Dangerously low body temperature. Uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.
•What to Do: If symptoms of hypothermia are detected take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95°, seek medical attention immediately. Get the victim to a warm location. Remove wet clothing. Warm the center of the body first by wrapping the person in blankets or putting on dry clothing. Give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Seek medical help immediately. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends, if you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. Because frostbite and hypothermia both result from exposure, first determine whether the victim also shows signs of hypothermia. Hypothermia is a more serious medical condition and requires emergency medical assistance.
•Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
•Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
•If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
•Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
•Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
•If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

Stay or Go
STAY:
•If stuck on the road to avoid exposure and/or rescue is likely
•If a safe location is neither nearby or visible
•If you do not have appropriate clothing to go outside
•If you do not have the ability to call for help

GO:
•If the distance to call for help is accessible.
•If you have visibility and outside conditions are safe.
•If you have appropriate clothing.
•Once the storm has passed, if you are not already home, follow instructions from your local transportation department and emergency management agency to determine which route will be safest for you to get home. Drive with extra caution.

Dress for the Weather
•If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
•Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
•Wear a hat. A hat will prevent loss of body heat.
•Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

Stranded in a Vehicle
If a blizzard traps you in the car:
•Pull off the highway. Turn on hazard lights and hang a distress flag from the radio antenna or window.
•Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter. Be careful; distances are distorted by blowing snow. A building may seem close, but be too far to walk to in deep snow.
•Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
•Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion. In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers, and floor mats for insulation. Huddle with passengers and use your coat for a blanket.
•Take turns sleeping. One person should be awake at all times to look for rescue crews.
•Eat regularly and drink ample fluids to avoid dehydration, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
•Be careful not to waste battery power. Balance electrical energy needs - the use of lights, heat, and radio - with supply.
•Turn on the inside light at night so work crews or rescuers can see you.
•If stranded in a remote area, stomp large block letters in an open area spelling out HELP or SOS and line with rocks or tree limbs to attract the attention of rescue personnel who may be surveying the area by airplane.
•Leave the car and proceed on foot - if necessary - once the blizzard passes.

After Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

•If your home loses power or heat for more than a few hours or if you do not have adequate supplies to stay warm in your home overnight, you may want to go to a designated public shelter if you can get there safely. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (e.g., SHELTER20472)
•Bring any personal items that you would need to spend the night (such as toiletries, medicines). Take precautions when traveling to the shelter. Dress warmly in layers, wear boots, mittens, and a hat.
•Continue to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.

Learn From Every Storm
Restock your emergency supplies to be ready in case another storm hits.
•Assess how well your supplies and family plan worked. What could you have done better?
•Take a few minutes to improve your family plan and supplies before the next winter storm hits.
•Talk to your neighbors and colleagues about their experiences and share tips with each other.

Source:
http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

SERVPRO of Franklin County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too.

When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Union community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be. 

How To Protect Your Home From Water Damage

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Water Damage How To Protect Your Home From Water Damage Water Damage Restoration; Franklin County, MO

Water damage is one of the most common and costly disasters affecting residences, accounting for billions of dollars in losses annually. Individuals protect themselves from repairs by having insurance. However, do you have the right type of insurance to protect your property?

Generally speaking, standard homeowners and renters insurance cover water that comes from the top down. For example, burst pipes, wind driven rain and damage from ice dams. Some polices cover sewer and drain back up, but many do not. You can sometimes add this coverage to your insurance plan for an additional fee.

Water intrusion from a river or creek is covered by flood insurance. Flood insurance can be purchased from the federal governments National Flood Insurance Program and from some private insurers. The average flood insurance policy costs $540 a year.

Maintaining a home is one of the best ways to prevent damage.

Inside Your Home

Inspect hoses and faucets. Check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator icemakers annually. Replace those with cracks or leaks, and replace them all every five to seven years.

Inspect showers and tubs. Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight.

Shut off the water supply to the washing machine while away on vacation, and never leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running.

Know the location of the main water shut off valve in your home. A damaged hose or a burst pipe can send water racing into your home. By knowing where this valve is located and how to shut off the main water supply, you can save yourself time and money.

Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against the increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can help prevent your pipes from bursting.

Check pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have the pipes repaired immediately.

Outside Your Home

Caulk and seal windows. Preventive maintenance will guard against water seepage.

Inspect your roof. Look for missing, damaged, and aging shingles. 

Check your downspouts. Remove debris that may have accumulated in downspouts and rain gutters. Position downspouts so that they direct water away from the house.

Check sprinklers and irrigations systems. Be sure sprinklers and irrigation systems are not damaging the walls and foundations of the house; turn off and drain outside faucets to protect against frozen pipes.

Install gutter guards. Gutter guards are the device used to protect the clogging of the roof gutter so that the water from the roof may flow easily and accumulation of water does not take place on the roof but away from the house.

If you do have a water loss, we are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your Franklin County, MO 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.

Mold Basics

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Basics Mold Basics

The key to mold control is moisture control.

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

-It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

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

Is Your Property Winter Ready?

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, 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. Weather, such as 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 lead to a damming effect, that 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.

Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season Celebrate Safely 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 fi replaces, portable   heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  • 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.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fi re—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove   top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.

What happens if a disaster strikes your property during the most wonderful time of the year?

You can’t afford to wait for a restoration company to return from Christmas vacation to begin the cleanup. You need help now—even if it is the night before Christmas. If a fire or water damage strikes your home or business during the holidays, give SERVPRO of Franklin County a call. They are on call 365 days a year, because we know disasters can’t wait. We are dedicated to helping keep your holidays merry and bright.

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

The Holiday's Are Here

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

The holiday season is a time for gathering with friends and family to enjoy fellowship and quality time. As the weather outside turns frightful, we rely on the warmth of our homes to host gatherings with loved ones.

What happens if a disaster strikes your property during the most wonderful time of the year? You can’t afford to wait for a restoration company to return from Christmas vacation to begin the cleanup. You need help now—even if it is the night before Christmas. If a fire or water damage strikes your home or business during the holidays, give SERVPRO of Franklin County a call. We are on call 365 days a year, because we know disasters can’t wait. We are dedicated to helping keep your holidays merry and bright.

Stay Safe This Season: Decorating Safety
-Wear gloves while decorating with spun glass “angel hair.” It can irritate your eyes and skin. A common substitute is non-flammable cotton. 
-When spraying artificial snow on windows or other surfaces, be sure to follow directions carefully. These sprays can irritate your lungs if you inhale them. 
-Small children may think that holiday plants look good enough to eat, but many plants may be poisonous or can cause severe stomach problems. Plants to watch out for include: mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry and amaryllis. Keep all of these plants out of children's reach. 
-When displaying a tree, cut off about two inches off the trunk and put the tree in a sturdy, water-holding stand. Keep the stand filled with water so the tree does not dry out quickly. 
-Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways. 
-Avoid placing breakable tree ornaments or ones with small, detachable parts on lower branches where small children or pets can reach them. 
-If you use an artificial tree, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label. 
-Only use indoor lights indoors (and outdoor lights only outdoors). Look for the UL label. Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections. Replace or repair any damaged light sets. 
-Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping hazards, but do not run cords under rugs, around furniture legs or across doorways. 
-Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. -Unplug extension cords when  not in use. 
-If using a natural tree, make sure it is well watered to avoid dry branches from catching fire from the heat of light bulbs. 
-When displaying outdoor lights, fasten them firmly to a secure support with insulated staples or hooks to avoid wind damage. Never nail, tack or stress wiring when hanging lights and keep plugs off the ground away from puddles and snow. 

If disaster does strike during the holiday season, SERVPRO of Franklin County is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After all, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have been helping keep homes merry and bright for more than 45 years.

 

Winter Weather

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage. While you can’t 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 actions before the harsh winter weather hits.

Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.


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.


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 lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.

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 ProfileTM (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.

Fighting the flu

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The winter months bring family celebrations and holidays, but it also brings the flu. Though the timing of the flu can vary from season to season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu season can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in January or February.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the single best way to prevent the flu. Flu vaccinations are available throughout flu season.  Flu vaccinations are recommended for everyone six months or older. It is especially important people at high risk of flu complications like young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and anyone 65 years or older receive a flu vaccination. If you have questions about getting a flu vaccine, consult your health care provider.

What can you do to stay healthy this flu season?

-Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. n Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. N

-Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

SERVPRO Knows Deodorization

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Knows Deodorization Deodorization

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if 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 periodically resurfacing odors.
SERVPRO of Franklin County provides specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts and more.
SERVPRO of Franklin County does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, we seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Ask your SERVPRO 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 your local SERVPRO. 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."

Understanding The Behavior Of Smoke

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Fire Damage Understanding The Behavior Of Smoke Fire Damage Union, MO

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke—wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO of Franklin County is thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins,

SERVPRO® of Franklin County will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows your local SERVPRO to focus on saving your precious items.

We know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Our knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.

The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and  upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
    • -Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
      -Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood) Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises   therefore smoke rises.
      -Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
      -Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) While “puff  backs” can create havoc for homeowners, we can, in most cases, restore the  contents and structure quickly.
      -Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care. 


SERVPRO® of Franklin County is trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Franklin County to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 636-583-5200

Celebrate Safely With A Recipe For Safety

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Celebrate Safely With A Recipe For Safety Holiday Safety Tips

For many people, November is a time to enjoy cooler temperatures, beautifully colored leaves and family oriented get togethers, like Thanksgiving. While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes, it is also important to take time to remember safety.
Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire-related injuries in the United States. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 357,000 home structure fires each year— forty-five percent of those fires are attributed to home cooking fires.
These fires are also responsible for thousands of injuries and more than $6.9 billion* in property damage each year.
By taking a few precautions, you can help ensure your holiday plans don’t go up in smoke!

DID YOU KNOW? Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times the average number.

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.


-Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have  consumed alcohol don’t use the stove  or stovetop.
-Stay in the kitchen while you are frying,  grilling, boiling or broiling food.
-If you are simmering, baking or roasting  food, check it regularly, remain in the   kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
-Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains—away from the stovetop.
-If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.
-Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
-Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
-For an oven fire turn off  the heat and keep the door closed.
-If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
-Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.


We wish you a safe and happy holiday season. 

Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

 

Frozen Pipes

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Community Frozen Pipes Frozen Pipes

With dangerously cold weather on it's way, SERVPRO of Franklin County would like to keep you informed about the messy and possibily destructive issue of frozen pipes. This article provides information around how to prevent water pipes from freezing, how to thaw pipes should they freeze, and what to do if your pipes burst.

Why do pipes freeze?
Water expands as it freezes, this puts pressure on whatever is containing it, whether metal or plastic pipes. No matter the durability of the container, expanding water can cause pipes in your home to break. Pipes exposed to the severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, water sprinkler lines, and water supplies pipes in unheated or unfinished areas such as basements, crawlspaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. Pipes against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are at risk for freezing.

What can I do to prevent frozen pipes?
Before the cold sets in, you can attempt to prevent freezing by:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines. Be sure to follow your manufacturer’s or installers directions.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open outside hose bibs to let water drain. Keep the outside valve open so any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Check around for unheated supply lines. Check the basement, crawlspace, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold pipes need to be insulated.
  • Consider installing products made to insulate pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or UL-listed “heat tape” or “heat cable” or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Even ¼’ of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.

What can I do during cold weather?

  • Keep garage door closed if there are supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer are to circulate around pluming.
  • Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature more than 55° F.

What can I do if I think my pipes have frozen?
If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.

  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

What if my pipes burst?
When your home is being threatened by water damage from a burst pipe or any type of water damage from flooding or leaks, SERVPRO of Franklin County has the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects water damage can have in order to help preserve and restore your property. We have the equipment and experience necessary to handle the most challenging water damage and removal situations and are available around-the-clock. We concentrate on safely drying, deodorizing and disinfecting the areas flooded or damaged by water. When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back.

Contact SERVPRO of Franklin County Regarding Your Water Damage Emergency (636) 583-5200

Source: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes

Restore Vs. Replace

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The insurance and restoration industry have performed multiple studies that conclude restore has many advantages over replace.  As a preferred mitigation vendor for most major insurance companies we are charged with a duty to restore whenever possible.

The major advantage to restore vs. replace is cost. In almost any situation, restore saves a tremendous amount of money compared to replacement.  One area where we can generate huge savings in a water loss situation is drying of hardwood floors instead of replacing them.  Even after incurring the cost of air movers, dehumidifiers and even specialize equipment usually there is a 45%-75% cost savings over replacement.  Another common example would be the drying of carpet and/or drywall.  Again using air movers and dehumidifiers and following the science of drying we can often save 75%-90% over replacement cost.  You can imagine how quickly these savings add up.

Another advantage of restore versus replace is time savings and business interruption savings. Drying a structure usually takes an average of three to five days.    After our drying is completed, your customer should be back in their house or business right away. Back, as we like to say, “Like it never even happened”.  If you look at the alternative which is replace, your customer will have to wait weeks or even months to get back into their home or business while construction is going on.   This leads to expensive hotel bills for residential customers or catastrophic business interruption costs for commercial customers. Either way you are talking a great deal of money, time and inconvenience! 

For these reasons we at SERVPRO look to restore whenever we can and whenever it makes sense.  We accomplish this by not only using our extensive training, knowledge and resources but also by responding immediately so that the impact of the water or fire damage is reduced. We also help you mitigate your damages before they even happen with our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) and our sponsorship of the Red Cross Ready Rating.  These programs prepare you for the loss before it even occurs. If you or your customers do not have an ERP yet, you need one! Set up an appointment right away. It’s free!

Why Use a Professional Carpet Cleaner?

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Sometimes it can be handy to run up to the store and rent a carpet cleaner or even hire the guy who goes door to door soliciting work for cheap.  But there are several factors you need to consider before using this method of cleaning of your carpets.

Most rental or portable units do not have enough suction or vacuum to adequately do the job.  The worst possible thing to happen in carpet or upholstery cleaning is to over saturate and under extract.   Rentals and portables are usually guilty of just that.  They apply too much moisture and do not have enough suction to remove excess moisture.  This leaves you with a very wet carpet, which in turn can turn into mold or mildew and will also leave the cleaning solution (soap) in the carpet.  Leaving the cleaning solution in the carpet leads to early soiling because the solution attracts instead of repel soils. 

Often time’s small carpet cleaning companies use portables or underpowered equipment and you end up with these types of problems.  A professional carpet cleaning company will utilize truck mounted equipment which heat the water, allow an even flow of solution, allow the operator to control the amount of moisture and have the proper vacuum to extract excess moisture.  Why doesn’t everyone offer truck-mounted services?  The answer simply is the cost.  Each unit costs in excess of $18,000.  That is the machine itself not including the vehicle, chemicals and accessories.  All together with truck mount and vehicle and accessories the overall cost exceeds $45,000. At SERVPRO of Franklin County we are fortunate enough to have two of these units 

So what should you look for in a professional carpet cleaning company? 

1)     Ask if they pre-vacuum. Vacuuming removes 75% of loose dirt.

2)     Make sure they use truck-mounted equipment. 

3)     Are they a certified company? We prefer the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This insures workers are properly educated and trained and are up to date with the latest technology.

4)     Do they have the knowledge and training to handle stains and problem areas? We use specialized cleaning products based on the type of stain such as enzymes for pet odor and urine odors, anti-microbial for mildew and biohazards.

5)     Lastly, be sure employees have a neat appearance, they are uniformed, background checked and drug tested. After all, you are inviting these people into your home. You deserve to feel safe and secure.  

If you have had to replace your flooring lately, you will agree it’s an expensive investment.   Don’t trust your investment with just anyone. Trust the company that Insurance companies, homeowners and business owners trust with their fire, water and clean up needs.  SERVPRO of Franklin County.  We will make your dirty carpet, “Like it never even happened”.

After the Damage

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage After the Damage Water Damage and Restoration

Imagine it’s 8:00 p.m. on a Sunday, and you walk into your home after a relaxing vacation expecting to switch on the lights, put the kids to bed then get some rest yourself.

The only problem? A water pipe has burst over the weekend, dumping thousands of gallons of water over your hard wood kitchen floor, your carpeted living room and your cement utility room. You realize this problem is far beyond the reach of your shop vac. What do you do now?

When it’s your home or business that’s underwater, mitigation can’t wait. You need mitigation to begin yesterday. If water damage strikes you, give us a call immediately.

The cost of water damages can increase exponentially with time. Wood floors warp, dry wall soaks in moisture and mold develops in hard-to reach areas of your home or business. The benefits of rapid mitigation by a SERVPRO® Technician are two-fold: Your costs go down as potential hazards may be avoided, and your peace of mind goes through the roof.

So if the unthinkable happens to your home or business, allow us to help quickly turn your “before” into a “happily ever after.”

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

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

Holiday Safety & Preparation

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

General Holiday Safety & Preparation Holiday Safety & Preparation

Lights, candles, action – it’s the holiday season again. Brightly lighted decorations, elaborate meals and large gatherings are all part of traditional holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, these seasonal traditions also cause an average of 230 home fires each year, with an average of 4 deaths, 21 injuries and $17.3 million in property damage.

“Christmas tree lights and candles are just two of the holiday traditions that increase the likelihood of a fire starting in your home,” says Gerald Alvey of SERVPRO® of Franklin County. “There are about three times as many cooking-related fires on Thanksgiving Day and almost twice as many on Christmas Day as there are on non-holidays. It only takes a single distracted or careless action to turn a family get-together into a tragedy.”

Alvey says that homeowners can help keep their homes and their families safe during the holiday season by understanding the dangers and taking some simple, commonsense precautions.

Holiday Cooking Fire Facts

·Thanksgiving Day has three times the average number of reported home structure fires involving cooking equipment.

·The two other peak days for cooking-related fires are Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

·Supervise items on the stovetop. Fifty-eight percent of kitchen fires involve ranges; homes with electric cooktops have a higher risk of fire than homes with gas cooktops.

·Keep flammable items – potholders, packaging, wrapping, wooden utensils, loose clothing – away from the stovetop.

·Don’t let lack of sleep or alcohol consumption affect your ability to concentrate on preparing the meal.

Holiday Decorating Fire Facts

·Half of all holiday decoration fires start because the decoration is too close to a heat source.

·On average, 32 candle fires are reported each day. December is the peak month for candle fires.

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips:

·Keep all decorations away from heat sources like radiators, portable heaters, and fireplaces.

·Use flameless candles.

·If you do use traditional candles, burn them in sturdy candleholders, well away from drapes and other flammable materials. Never leave them unattended and never allow them to burn down to less than one inch in length.

Christmas Tree Fire Facts:

·50% of live tree fires occur between December 22 and January 5.

·31% of tree fires are caused by electrical problems.

·14% involve decorative lights.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips:

·Keep live trees well watered to reduce the chance of a fire.

·Check wiring on lights for breaks and wear, replace worn strings and don’t exceed manufacturer guidelines for connecting multiple strands of lights.

·Don’t leave tree lights plugged in when you are away from home or asleep.

“We hope these tips will be a reminder to Union area families to make fire prevention a priority in their holiday preparations,” said Alvey, “so they can spend the season enjoying family and friends, not dealing with the aftermath of a fire.”

For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, contact Gerald Alvey with SERVPRO® of Franklin County at (636) 583-5200 or jalvey9662@aol.com.  For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.

Statistics used are based on National Fire Protection Association data (http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/project-holiday)

Why Commercial Carpet Cleaning Is Essential for Floors

10/27/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Commercial Carpet Cleaning Is Essential for Floors Commercial Carpet Cleaning

Thorough commercial carpet cleaning is the single best way to preserve and extend the life of carpeting, but proper treatment requires careful planning and extensive training. It’s the kind of training that a professional would receive through an organization like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and it is essential for a professional to integrate quality practices into their own firm.

But how much goes into proper commercial carpet cleaning? It starts with keeping soil and debris from entering the building to begin with. By placing entry mats in entrance and high traffic areas and maintaining the walking surfaces outside of the building, there will be less soil to deal with inside the building. Inside, frequent vacuuming is the first line of defense, and may be needed daily in areas that receive a lot of traffic. Vacuuming ensures deposited soil does not penetrate the deeply into the 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.

Again, a customized plan works best for a company, and a certified firm will make sure to include these processes in a plan they create for the client.

The SERVPRO of Franklin County 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

We know you don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. 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.

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

Source: http://www.iicrc.org/blog/commercial-carpet-cleaning-168.html

Get Your Washington, MO Commercial Upholstery Cleaned

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Unknown to most commercial end users is the fact that commercial upholstery, unlike residential, experiences a lot more daily soiling, wear and tear. Commercial upholstery should be cleaned at least annually by a professional cleaning service that knows how to remove maximum soil, perhaps semi-annually in heavy use situations. The increased use life of the upholstery and the savings in productivity will pay for the cost of cleaning.

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Franklin County to make your workspace look its very best.

SERVPRO of Franklin County offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Air Ducts and HVAC
Biohazard and Sewage
Trauma and Crime Scene
Carpet and Upholstery
Drapes and Blinds
Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
Odor Removal and Deodorization
Vandalism

We are proud to serve the entire Franklin County, MO community. 

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

Insurance Tips for Storm and Other Damage

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Insurance Tips for Storm and Other Damage Franklin County, MO Storm Damage

Some insurance policies can be complicated and may not cover all types of damage.

On many polices, flood damage, (an example being run off from a hillside, creek or river) is not covered. It is a good idea to go over these items with your insurance agent before damage occurs to know what is and isn’t covered.

 

What to do before and during a severe storm:

If you live on or at the foot of a hillside, place sandbags around the perimeter of your home. If water is close to entering your home, try placing rolled up towels along the inside of exterior doors to prevent water from getting in.

Keep your gutters clean. If you know a large amount of rain is coming, try to get them cleaned out beforehand.

If you expect your home to flood, move valuables and items up from lower levels and away from doors and windows.

Have a copy of your insurance policy.

Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan App. Learn more.

Take photos of damage if you can safely do so.

 

What to do after the storm:

Review damage to home, take additional photos of damage if it is safe to do so. Try to get an idea of what will need to be repaired.

Review your deductible and policy. If you believe damage to be more than your deductible and damage will be covered, it may be best to file a claim for repairs.

Contact your local restoration company. 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 can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

SERVPRO of Franklin County is proud to serve our local communities: Union, MO, Washington, MO, Pacific, MO, St. Clair, MO, Sullivan, MO, Gerald, MO.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (636) 583-5200

Tips for Prolonging the Beauty of Your Upholstery in your Franklin County, MO Property

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips for Prolonging the Beauty of Your Upholstery in your Franklin County, MO Property Upholstery Cleaning for your Franklin County, MO Property

You just bought new furniture for your home or business, so how to you keep it looking fresh and new?

To keep your furniture clean, it’s necessary to conduct routine maintenance, including periodic cleaning by a cleantrust certified technician every one to two years. Furniture and fabric manufacturers recommend that consumers not wait until severe soiling occurs before cleaning because the greater the soiling, the less the likelihood of restoring the fabric's original color, appearance and texture, and the greater adverse effect on indoor environmental quality.

Regular cleaning by a trained, certified professional, like a technician from SERVPRO of Franklin County can help restore your upholstery's appearance, extend its life, and keeping it looking "like new."

Tips to help keep your furniture clean:

Control soil by using arm caps and rotating seat cushions frequently to prolong life and appearance of areas prone to wear and tear.

Remove dry soil by vacuuming and, depending on the fabric, brushing to remove dust and soil particles.

Increased cleaning may be required when fabric is subjected to heavy use, or when it is located in homes occupied with persons with allergies or respiratory sensitivity.

When it is time to have your furniture cleaned, you want a company that is well trained and will take special care of your property. Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
Call Today – (636) 583-5200

Get Your Union, MO Commercial Upholstery Cleaned

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Get Your Union, MO Commercial Upholstery Cleaned Union, MO Commercial Property Cleaning and Restoration

Unknown to most commercial end users is the fact that commercial upholstery, unlike residential, experiences a lot more daily soiling, wear and tear. Commercial upholstery should be cleaned at least annually by a professional cleaning service that knows how to remove maximum soil, perhaps semi-annually in heavy use situations. The increased use life of the upholstery and the savings in productivity will pay for the cost of cleaning.

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Franklin County to make your workspace look its very best.

SERVPRO of Franklin County offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Air Ducts and HVAC
Biohazard and Sewage
Trauma and Crime Scene
Carpet and Upholstery
Drapes and Blinds
Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
Odor Removal and Deodorization
Vandalism

We are proud to serve the entire Franklin County, MO community. 

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

Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO

It’s completely possible to get affordable carpet cleaning that is also highly effective, a homeowner just needs to know where to look. To some extent, a homeowner will get what they pay for, but certified crews, and particularly those certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), know how to price their services fairly. That’s because they know how to approach every job and allocate the needed resources for it.


With a certified professional, affordable carpet cleaning really means treatment that will preserve the carpeting for much longer, ensuring that the homeowner doesn’t have to waste money on follow-up visits. For example, a cheap crew might do the job for less, but they aren’t going to be as thorough, and they may even cause problems of their own with overwatering or poor soil extraction. In this case, the carpet will accrue new soils much faster, or may retain much of the soil the crew was supposed to remove. Worse yet, if excess water is left behind, it can possibly promote the spread of mold and other microbes, both of which can risk the health of those living in the home.


IICRC certified technicians know how to do the job right the first time, and with sophisticated professional equipment and methodology, the carpeting will be clean and ready to withstand many months of enjoyment before it needs to be cleaned again.

The SERVPRO of Franklin County 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

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
Call Today – (636) 583-5200

How A Water Restoration Technician Can Restore your Pacific, MO Home or Business

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How A Water Restoration Technician Can Restore your Pacific, MO Home or Business Pacific, MO Water Damage

A water restoration technician has an extremely important job when a home or business is affected by excess moisture or fluid.
Certified professionals in the industry can quickly reverse the extensive damage that a flood or sewage backflow can cause in your Pacific, MO property, and save as many items as possible in the process. And when dealing with contaminated fluids, especially when it has pooled in the home, only certified professionals should be allowed to manage the cleanup.

Attempting to perform cleanup efforts without expert assistance can lead to injury or illness, both of which can be severe.
A certified water restoration technician will usually be on call around the clock.

As soon as a professional is on site, they will assess the situation and determine what items need immediate rescuing. If fluid has pooled in areas around the home, then pumps will be used to remove it.


The home will be dried using a configuration of heavy duty air movers and dehumidifiers, and while it dries, our technicians will move through the building and look for any evidence of mold or pathogen contamination. If pathogens or mold are present, they will be eliminated using special procedures. This will ensure the home or business is safe to return to, and with concerted drying efforts, the building will as good as new once professionals have completed their work.

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

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Why You Should Hire Professionals for Fire Damage Restoration in Union, MO

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Should Hire Professionals for Fire Damage Restoration in Union, MO Union, MO Fire Restoration

It takes much experience and personnel to manage a fire damage restoration in Union, MO. Your home can have water damage from the fire extinguishing that can eventually lead to a mold infestation. Also, smoke and soot damage needs to be removed and cleaned thoroughly. Fire damage restoration operations can be complicated and it is best to not attempt on your own. Soot and smoke and ash pose a new danger to your fire damaged home in Franklin County, MO. They can corrode and coat appliances and other household items, leave a discoloration on fabrics and other materials, as well as linger powerful odors.

Consider only damage restoration companies in Franklin County, MO that are certified and trained according to the standards of IICRC fire restoration techniques.  SERVPRO of Franklin County is trained in IICRC standards. Our response is immediate and within 4 hours an on-site inspection will be done to judge the fire damage and proper course of action for remediation. Next SERVPRO will identify all affected materials and the sources of odors. Next, they contain all the smoke and soot residue. HVAC systems will be cleaned and deodorized. Ozone machines, air scrubbers, and various fogging systems are utilized. Special sponges wipe up and clean the soot residue on hard surfaces. Whatever can be salvaged will be saved. Restoration is preferable to replacement. The skilled technicians from SERVPRO will remove all damaged debris and items. They restore your home to a pre-fire condition. "Like it never even happened." When you need a fire damage restoration company in Union, MO or the surrounding Franklin County, MO area, Call SERVPRO of Franklin County today – 636-583-5200.

Washington, MO Mold Damage Remediation Professionals

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Washington, MO Mold Damage Remediation Professionals Washington, MO Mold Damage Remediation Professionals

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

About your Franklin County, MO Water Damage

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage About your Franklin County, MO Water Damage Franklin County, MO Water Damage

Water damage in Franklin County, MO can happen for many different reasons, including broken or burst pipes, plumbing leaks, a clogged toilet, washing machine overflow, moisture behind walls, foundation cracks or a leaking roof. In a short time, flooring, walls and personal property can become saturated in water. Water damage can happen quickly, but SERVPRO can help! When disaster hits your home, our primary goal is to restore your home and your peace of mind. Our team of professional water damage technicians are caring and trained, and always ready and here for you and your family. We will be at your property quickly and are ready any day of the week and at any time.

Water Damage is Not All Alike

Three categories of water are involved in a situation with water damage. The category of water helps to determine the right water restoration method that we will use. Category 1 water is known as white water or clean water. It is fresh water which is pumped into your home, meaning Category 1 water damage source can be broken water supply lines such as washing machine and dishwasher malfunctions. This type of water is harmless to people, but after forty-eight hours, it can turn into Category 2 water. Category 2 water is usually referred to as gray water. It can come from wastewater in bathtubs, sinks, and showers, plus water which is discharged by washing machines and dishwashers. It will likely have a good amount of contamination and can pose a health risk. Category 3 water is also known as black water. The main source of this is sewage. It also happens during a flood because of the potential for chemicals in fertilizers, ground debris, animal waste and other areas that have contamination. Blackwater has toxins or organisms that can cause disease.

Since every water damage situation is different and involves various safety categories of water, we offer a complete range of services to cover water damage cleanup projects of any scope or size. When you experience Franklin County, MO water damage of any kind, quickly give us a call at 636-583-5200. We will come to your property, assess your damages and draw up a plan for remediation so that we can restore your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

National Preparedness Month Focuses Home and Business Owners on Advance Planning for Disaster Recovery

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO offers Union, MO property owners no-cost tools for preparing a disaster readiness plan

 Union, MO (Grassroots Newswire) August 30, 2016 — Each September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors an awareness event—National Preparedness Month (http://www.ready.gov/September) —to encourage both home and business owners to review and update their emergency preparedness and business and life continuity plans. Gerald Alvey, owner of SERVPRO® of Franklin County, encourages Union property owners to take advantage of the information available from FEMA, because advance planning is critical in dealing with and recovering from the unexpected. “Most home and business owners have taken basic precautions to protect life and property in the event of an emergency like flooding, fire, wind damage, or even malicious attacks,” said Alvey. “In many cases, building codes require clearly marked emergency exits, fire extinguishers, fire and flood drills, and similar preparations. But the missing link for many property owners is a comprehensive emergency plan that provides first responders with the information they need to deal with the emergency quickly and effectively, like the location of shut-off valves, fire suppression system controls, and emergency contact numbers.” SERVPRO offers tools for both commercial and residential property owners to help address this problem. Business and home owners alike can download the free SERVPRO READY app, and store time-critical contact and property information electronically, in advance, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. In addition, when a business designates their local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider, SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). The ERP includes information about emergency contact numbers, priority and high/risk areas, shut-off valve locations and more that can then be stored in the READY app. “The most effective response to any emergency is a fast response,” says Alvey, “and that means having critical information available and ready to access at a moment’s notice. FEMA statistics* show that as many as 40 percent of businesses never reopen after a major flood disaster. Minimizing downtime and repairs with a quick, effective response effort can help prevent this type of outcome for businesses and can also help families put their homes and lives back on track in less time and with less stress. Creating a READY profile in advance with SERVPRO’s no-cost tools is well worth the time.” SERVPRO® of Franklin County specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO® of Franklin County, please contact Gerald Alvey at (636) 583-5200 or admin@SERVPROoffranklincounty.com. For more information on the SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com. *www.fema.gov/protecting-your-businesses 
About SERVPRO®
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Instead of reaching for one cleaner for this and another for that, this homemade and eco-friendly all purpose cleaner does a great job on just about anything. From dirty sinks to messy counter-tops, this homemade cleaner will leave things spotless with Borax and deodorizing lemon juice.

Borax is a natural grease-buster that also does double-duty as a disinfectant. The addition of vinegar breaks down bacteria, while hydrogen peroxide naturally cleans and shines. And this squeaky-clean concoction only costs pennies per bottle.

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Borax
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Spring of rosemary (optional)
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Spray bottle

Directions:

  1. Gather the ingredients needed for making the all-purpose cleaner.
  1. Measure and add the Borax to a mixing bowl, and cover with the hot water. Whisk until incorporated.
  1. Measure and add the hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and lemon to the bowl. Give the mixture a gentle stir.
  1. Use a spouted measuring cup to pour the cleaner into the spray bottle and top with a few drops of your favorite essential oil or a sprig of rosemary, which gives the all-purpose scrubber a slight scent. Now you're all set to spray on countertops or sinks and then wipe clean.

Source: http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Homemade-All-Purpose-Cleaner-28495713



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Prevent Flood Damage

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prevent Flood Damage Prevent Flood Damage

Not too long ago we saw some major flooding in the Franklin County, MO area during the Dec 2015 flood. Since floods and flash floods can occur anywhere, all homeowners can benefit by making sure their homes are prepared.

Retaining Walls

Residential retaining walls are generally meant to hold soil in place and prevent erosion. When properly placed and designed, retaining walls can also deter flood water and protect your property. However their cost is well of $5,000 and this can be an issue for many homeowners; unless you have experienced a lot of flooding. 

Clean Your Gutters

On the cheaper side of preventing water damage and flooding is gutter cleaning. Gutters, though often overlooked, can be a great benefit but only if they are properly maintained. Gutter systems are designed to carry water to an area where it will create the least damage. Clogged gutters, however, don’t just perform poorly, but also have been linked to erosion, basement flooding, and even foundation damage. 

Permeable Paving

Conventional asphalt and concrete pavement blocks water from naturally seeping into the ground. To counter this effect, consider using permeable pavement, paving stones, or grass pave. If you really want to save some money and reduce runoff at the same time, skip the paving all together and opt for gravel fill instead.

Sump Pumps

Sump pumps are basically the last line of defense against excess water. When ground water rises to a critical point, a sump pump begins to divert that water away from your home where it won’t harm your property. While installing a sump pump is not an infallible defense against flooding, when precipitation threatens property damage, the investment could end up being worth it.

Why Should You Hire A Professional Carpet Cleaner?

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Should You Hire A Professional Carpet Cleaner? Hire A Professional Carpet Cleaner

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

What You Should Know About Sewage Cleanup

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage What You Should Know About Sewage Cleanup Sewage Clean Up

Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.

The IICRC has complied guidelines for professional sewage clean-up called the Standard for Water Damage Restoration (S500).

Here are the key principles you should know about sewage back-ups:

  • Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic – disease causing – fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.
  • Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.
  • It is not safe to stay in a building that’s flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.
  • Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water (130°F/54°C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly.  This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too.  There’s simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.
  • Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work. Then, a “third party” indoor environmental professional can provide post-remediation verification or “clearance testing” to ensure that the home or building is safe to re-occupy.

Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. 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.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

How Can Fire Damage Be Harmful To Homeowners?

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Can Fire Damage Be Harmful To Homeowners? Fire Damage Restoration Franklin County, MO

Some of the biggest challenges associated with fire damage occur after the flames have gone out. During combustion, water vapor and intense heat are generated, both capable of causing extreme destruction. On top of this, smoke and soot will result in ongoing problems as they both contain toxic chemicals and pungent odors.  Just how bad the odors and toxic effects are will depend on the composition of the fuel used for combustion, the intensity of the heat, and the length of time the fire ran before it was extinguished.

Plastics and other synthetic materials can leave behind chemical residues that are harmful if inhaled. Wood smoke, usually the greatest contributor to the amount of smoke in the building, contains methane, carbon monoxide, benzene, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde, formic acid, acetic acid, and traces of heavy metals. This toxic soup will cause major problems for anyone who inhales the smoke or comes in contact with surfaces harboring smoke residue. Soot and smoke particles have a tendency to settle on carpets, furniture, countertops and walls in the hours following combustion. Before the flames go out, they will send smoke throughout the home, into ductwork, and into wall cavities. In short, there  may be no place in the building untouched by smoke, and its presence means trouble.

Smoke particles are incredibly small and may be smaller than .01 microns in size. This is typically too small for standard residential air filters to catch. If the smoke particles are allowed to settle inside the home’s walls, they will create odors that are difficult to track down. Smoke is also acidic in nature, so it will slowly deteriorate various materials within the home. What this means is that a homeowner should contact a professional fire damage restorer as soon as possible. Acting quickly is the best defense in reversing the damage.

Removing smoke and soot requires  the proper machinery and expertise. Homeowners should only consider professionals who have been certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, such as SERVPRO of Franklin County. 

During restoration, the technician will need to remove any items that have been destroyed and address any standing water left behind. Pooled water can foster the growth of mold and mildew in carpets and other textiles, so it must be removed quickly. Neutralizing odors left behind will be more difficult, but new methods, including thermal fogging or ozone treatment can break down smoke particles and force odors to dissipate.

SERVPRO of Franklin County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Franklin County, MO home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County For Water Damage

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Call SERVPRO of Franklin County For Water Damage Water Damage or Flood Cleaning Up

When restoration is necessary for water damage, it’s usually needed right away. Moisture has the nasty tendency to attract all kinds of microbes, and it can destroy nearly anything if given enough time. And it doesn’t take much time for it to destroy anything containing cellulose or other organic materials. In fact, it only needs hours to leave a house in bad shape. We know that time is of the essence when responding and come prepared for nearly any situation. This knowledge will speed the process along and help the technicians salvage as much as possible.

Before a restoration firm can repair water damage, its technicians have to know what they are dealing with. A thorough inspection with moisture meters will allow the us to pinpoint just how much moisture is in the home. Upon finding moisture, the technicians will pump out any standing water and begin the drying process. Heavy equipment like air movers are used during the drying process and it generally takes about 3 days complete the job.

In the aftermath of a flood, burst pipe or other disaster, it may seem like the situation is an impossible one. Not only is this not true, the final step - restoration, is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Franklin County can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial water damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keep costs low. We can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

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

How Can A Homeowner Perform Odor Control?

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard How Can A Homeowner Perform Odor Control? Odor Control

Responsive odor control is key to keeping foul smells from taking over the home, and homeowners can perform many of these tasks on their own. And when a certain stench is proving to be too difficult to deal with, certified professionals can provide ample backup. Certified technicians have access to a variety of commercial products that are designed to neutralize many stenches. And a professional may be necessary if the smell is caused by something like smoke, which is notoriously difficult to neutralize.

However, there are situations where a homeowner can perform some form of odor control on their own. This normally includes smells caused by pet waste and food remnants, and the approach is somewhat simple. To begin with, it is extremely important that a homeowner responds to the source of the smell right away. By washing the area with some hot soapy water, a homeowner can blunt some of the stench, and a homeowner may be able to get rid of it completely by applying white vinegar and water to the area, and by opening windows. Fresh air can go a long way in eliminating repulsive smells, as can vacuuming. Finally, a homeowner can apply baking soda to the carpet to slowly draw the smell out of the flooring. This may take a couple days, but once vacuumed up, it should leave behind a fresher smell.

Again, if these methods aren’t enough, and they often aren’t, then homeowners shouldn’t hesitate to bring in an experienced, certified professional to effectively neutralize the 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. 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 contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

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

Understanding The Fire Restoration Process in Franklin County, MO

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding The Fire Restoration Process in Franklin County, MO Fire Damage Restoration Franklin County, MO

It is imperative fire restoration be implemented as soon as possible after a house fire is out. The longer the delay, the more opportunity there is for damage from water and smoke to intensify. It is surprising just how well restoration works in light of how destructive a fire can be. Depending on the damage, your Franklin County, MO home can often be restored to its before-fire state. It can be a difficult task to perform, but IICRC-approved technicians at SERVPRO of Franklin County are well-equipped to return a home to its original condition. The fire restoration process involves the repair of any structures damaged by smoke, fire, or water. Carpets undergo a chemical process to remove smoke odor. Sub-floor materials undergo inspection for damage and may need to be replaced. Upholstery and curtains are subject to a similar process. The home is aired out for as long as needed to diminish the effects of odor and mildew, and deodorization efforts continue throughout the process. Through the cooperation of the insurance company, the restoration team, and the homeowner, a home can be restored and made safe to live in once again. Damaged caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care. SERVPRO of Franklin County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Union home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions? Call Us Today – 636-583-5200

What To Do When You Need Smoke Odor Removal

8/18/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do When You Need Smoke Odor Removal Smoke Odor Removal

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.

Locate Carpet Cleaning Service in Franklin County, MO

8/18/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Locate Carpet Cleaning Service in Franklin County, MO Carpet Cleaning Services

When a homeowner needs maintenance done on their carpet, it is important to do your research.

Without experience in the industry, homeowners will have to take professionals at their word when discussing the effectiveness of their treatment methods. Because of this, a homeowner should only rely on reputable technicians, like those certified through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). IICRC certified firms are held to a high standard of ethics and use industry best practices when performing treatment. Their reputation is more important than securing a single job.


If a homeowner opts for something other than the best carpet cleaning service possible, they may be left with floors in even worse condition. 

Careless technicians make a common mistake by using too much water, and this can leave the floors damp and using excessive cleaning products can make carpet ready to attract more soil. Excess water also fosters microbial growth and can make the floors unsafe to be around, a particular threat to pets and young children. Poorly trained technicians may also leave soil behind, or neglect to do anything but remove loose soil, something that anyone with a vacuum can do.


IICRC-certified professionals have demonstrated their skills to experienced instructors and must take continuing education courses every year to remain in good standing with the organization.

This level of commitment is something that only a focused professional is capable of and is the kind of technician that homeowners should look for when in need.


About SERVPRO of Franklin County:
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

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial  Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Franklin County, MO commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that 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.

About SERVPRO of Framklin County

SERVPRO of Franklin County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Franklin County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Union home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Have A Disaster Supplies Kit

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Have A Disaster Supplies Kit Have A Disaster Supplies Kit

A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.
Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.


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 can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Franklin County has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.


Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (636) 583-5200

Tips to Control Moisture in your Franklin County, MO Home

8/5/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips to Control Moisture in your Franklin County, MO Home Mold & Moisture Control - Franklin County, MO SERVPRO

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

Learn how to reduce moisture and prevents the problems with these tips.


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 also 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

Renting Home Carpet Cleaners Could Cause More Issues

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

 Although it may seem like a smart alternative, do-it-yourself home carpet cleaners can’t match professional services. Our certified professionals use a variety of cleaning agents, equipment, and other tools that enable deep and effective cleaning. We also have valuable skills and knowledge that helps us determine when the job has been done right. It is possible for an untrained person to actually damage the carpet further if they are not careful, and also the process can be physically strenuous and stressful. 

Home carpet cleaners are not as powerful, and this does not mean that the DIY varieties are safe to use. A person may not know to select the right detergent for their carpet fibers, leading to discoloration... or worse. An untrained person may leave too much detergent behind, or not extract enough water, and this can possibly provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold to grow.

We will get the job done right. 

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Franklin County have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. 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.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning? Call Today – (636) 583-5200

Candle Wax Removal

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

General Candle Wax Removal Remove Candle Wax From Carpet

The following information describes how to remove wax that has dripped from a candle to carpet.

Source: http://www.jondon.com/how-to/technical-tips/spot-and-stain-removal/candle-wax-removal

Option 1

Gently remove any excess wax with a bone spatula.

Apply Matrix Breakdown POG undiluted. Work in with bone spatula.

Rinse thoroughly with water.

Option 2

Gently remove any excess wax with a bone spatula.

Place absorbent towel or Kraft paper on area. Using a steam iron, heat transfer the wax to the towel or paper.

Warning and Cautions: Always test material for colorfastness, follow label directions, and never mix product unless specified in the label directions. Each situation reacts differently and results may vary.

Need a deeper clean? Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning? Call Today - (636) 583-5200

Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage Franklin County, MO Carpet Cleaning

Cheap carpet cleaning services might save a homeowner some money, but it may not save their carpeting. Although we always recommend regular maintenance, often homeowners wait until their flooring is heavily soiled. An untrained technician will be unable to give the service needed. In fact, an uncertified professional can make the carpets condition worse, forcing a homeowner to spend more than they planned.

The major issue with cheap carpet cleaning is their inconsistent quality of treatment. With certification comes knowledge, so when you choose a certified firm such as SERVPRO of Franklin County, you know you are getting someone who knows what they are doing. Inconsistent treatment though, can cause problems once the technician leaves. In addition to poor soil removal overall, improper cleaning can leave the carpeting open for quick re-soiling, forcing additional treatment right away. Also, if a technician doesn’t apply water or cleansing agents properly, it can cause health problems for the home’s occupants. Specifically, excess water will allow molds and bacteria to fester, and it may also attract pests. Untrained crews may also employ low quality cleaning agents as well, and if any residue is left behind, it may cause breathing problems or illness if it is ingested or inhaled.

Saving money can be a good thing, but not when it comes to carpet cleaning. Opting for a cut-rate firm can lead to more problems. 

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 properly clean your carpets.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Understanding the Fire Restoration Process

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding the Fire Restoration Process Franklin County, MO Fire Damage Repair

According to the IICRC, it is imperative that an IICRC-approved fire restoration firm begin as soon as possible after the fire is out. The longer the delay, the more opportunity there is for damage from water and smoke to intensify. Depending on the damage, a home can often be restored to its before fire state. This can be a difficult task to perform, but IICRC firms such as SERVPRO of Franklin county are well equipped to return a home to its original condition. 

Professional fire damage repair will remove the ash and smoke residue left behind. This needs to be done quickly because the ash is acidic and will cause materials to deteriorate if allowed to sit too long. SERVPRO of Franklin County will work hard to provide a through clean up. This will include treatment of every surface that is affected by ash and soot. This includes cleaning down walls, ceilings, furniture and countertops. Ash and smoke are often found in the vents and ducts as well, as they are quickly taken up by the HVAC system. SERVPRO of Franklin County can clean the HVAC system as well, preventing either from entering the home once again.

From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO of Franklin County has the training to help you through this difficult time. 

SERVPRO of Franklin County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Union home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Always Call A Water Damage Service For Repairs

7/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Always Call A Water Damage Service For Repairs Water Damage Restoration Service

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.

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

6 Summer Cleaning Ideas

6/29/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning 6 Summer Cleaning Ideas Summer Cleaning Ideas

These long days and warm weather are great for spending time outside. Kids have a blast playing outside and enjoying the weather. Unfortunately, this can also mean more work for you as kids, pets and guests bring in all sorts of dirt and mess!Although you may find yourself with some extra time with an empty house while everyone is outside, so summer can be a great time for specialty cleaning projects.

Here are 6 cleaning ideas you can accomplish this year:

Pantry & Refrigerator
Start by checking the dates on foods. If its expired, throw it away! With growing kids, there can also be a lot of half eaten items that have spent some serious time on the shelves. Now is the time to purge and organize! If there’s items that you never use, but isn’t expired, it might be a good idea to just get rid of it. You can always donate the food so it doesn’t go to waste!

Clean your upholstery
When was the last time you cleaned your soda or recliner? With the family outside playing, it can be the perfect time to get your furniture cleaned.

Learn more about upholstery cleaning.

Clean the garage
 If you park in the garage, the winter has probably left it filthy from the road dirt. If you don’t park in the garage “out of sight, out of mind” may be why it could use some serious cleaning. Take items out of the garage and into the driveway. Organize, get rid of things you don’t need or are broken. While putting things back, give everything a place. Consider overhead storage, bins, etc. to keep things tidy.

Rearrange the kids rooms
 This can have a lot of benefits. Most kids will enjoy the excitement of a new arrangement of furniture. You may even consider adding some new items and getting rid of the older furniture. The major bonus of this is finding the hiding spots for dirty clothes and getting the dust and allergens that have been building up in some harder to clean places.

Clean the carpets
It can be a great time to have the carpets cleaned. We recommend cleaning your carpets at least once a year.

Learn more about carpet cleaning.

Air ducts & HVAC Cleaning
 With the summer heat, chances are your air conditioning system will be working hard. Be sure to get it cleaned out so it can work properly and efficiently and so it’s not spreading dust or bacteria into the air.

 Learn more about duct cleaning.

 SERVPRO of Franklin County
 When you decide it’s time to have some extra cleaning done, give the professionals a call. You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

The Next Step After Having Fire and Water Damage

6/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Next Step After Having Fire and Water Damage Next Step After Having Fire and Water Damage

Fire and water damage are nightmares for any home or business owner. Such disasters can destroy entire floors of a building, and make it uninhabitable until it is cleaned out. But cleaning it out is something that only professionals should be allowed to handle, especially if there is contaminated fluid or a lot of ash residue present. Certified technicians will have the tools and expertise needed to restore the building to normal and allow people to work or live in it without fear of health issues.

How do professionals perform fire and water damage restoration?

The only way to deal with a flame’s aftermath is to clean the area up thoroughly. Even a small fire can leave behind a good deal of ash and soot, and it will become more than just an annoyance if it is allowed to spread through the building. Smoke is another concern, as it will create noxious odors that penetrate through walls and seemingly last forever. Technicians are prepared to work through the building, scrubbing down all affected surfaces, and surveying the property to find areas where the residue has settled. This includes the ventilation system as well, as ash is readily picked up by the building’s climate control system. In places where the residue has formed a thick, almost lacquer-like substance, technicians have special detergents that can eat through the muck and make it easy to wipe away. As for smoke odors, professionals typically use a device known as a thermal fogger. This device will fill the building with particles designed to neutralize smoke odors, and these particles are small enough to reach through walls, so they can go where the smoke is.

Floods, sewage backflows and plumbing disasters offer their own challenges, and take a lot of equipment that only fire and water damage restoration professionals have access to. For example, if the building is harboring several inches of water, industrial strength pumps will be needed to pull it out, and these pumps are often mounted to a truck. Once this is done, trained professionals will be able to identify what materials can be rescued and what materials are completely compromised. It is essential to get this part right because destroyed materials that are left behind can ferment mold and bacterial growth.

Technicians will then work to dry the building, a process that requires several heavy duty air mover fans and dehumidifiers. This normally takes several days to see through, and technicians will monitor drying progress with moisture meters and regular inspections. Also, if there are any areas infested with mold or other microbes, fire and water damage restoration professionals can eliminate the threat with fungicides or other cleaning solutions.

Certified fire and water damage restoration professionals are the people to call when disaster strikes. They can operate in any environment and ensure a building is as good as new, giving people the peace of mind they need when returning home or to work.

Why choose 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.

· 24-Hour Emergency Service

· Faster to Any Size Disaster

· Highly Trained Restoration Technicians

· A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

· Locally Owned and Operated

· Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

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

Article from: http://www.iicrc.org/the-next-step-after-having-fire-and-water-damage-a-432.html

When Are Water Damage Restoration Companies Needed?

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Are Water Damage Restoration Companies Needed? Water Damage Cleanup

Water damage restoration companies are essential for repairing a home or business affected by a storm, flood or plumbing problem. Water is one of the most destructive forces to affect a building, especially when contaminated with chemicals or organic waste. It will cause mounting concerns in the building if the problem is not addressed expediently, so a professional should be called in as soon as possible.

Why should water damage restoration companies be hired for these issues?

In most cases, floods and sewage backflows will contain dangerous contaminants that people should avoid if at all possible. This includes chemical runoff like oil and fertilizer, and organic waste like animal feces. This provides the ideal environment for bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and other deadly microbes to multiply. Floods often sweep up wild animals, posing another risk. Electrical, structural and fire hazards may also be present, all of which can cause fatal injuries.

Professionals are equipped to handle these environmental hazards and prevent injury. With their hazard equipment and training, industry technicians can quickly eliminate any pressing threats.

Speed is also a major issue when removing excess moisture, as mold could set in within 48 hours if items are not cleaned and dried to some extent. When dealing with extensive destruction, only professional firms have the manpower needed to address the entire building.

When your home or business has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Franklin County uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them 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.

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

What Are The Kinds Of Water Restoration Equipment Used?

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Are The Kinds Of Water Restoration Equipment Used? Water Damage Restoration Equipment

There are several pieces of water restoration equipment needed to complete the job properly. This field is technically complex and requires a lot of technology and expertise to do right. Before entering a job site, workers must protect themselves with special clothing. Technicians must also bring devices for drying out the interior and removing moisture from the air. Chemical cleaners and disinfectants are also needed, and moisture detection devices are invaluable for spotting problem areas. For properties that have sustained heavy damage, some demolition tools may be required to quickly removed compromised material.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, categorizes these jobsites into three groups. If the standing liquid is from a sanitary source, it is placed in category 1. If there are some contaminants present, it is a category 2 situation. If standing liquid is thoroughly contaminated and capable of causing severe illness or death upon ingestion, it is a category 3 jobsite. When working around category 1 liquids, it is possible for a technician to do his job without protective clothing for a short time. However, this is risky because category 1 liquids can become contaminated quickly and without notice. For this reason, it is always best to bring protective clothing in a water restoration equipment kit.

This consists of full body protective clothing, rubber gloves, rubber boots, safety goggles or glasses, and a respirator calibrated for areas with high amounts of moisture. The respirator is especially important because it will prevent a technician from inhaling airborne contaminants like mold or fungi. If damage to the property is extensive or complete, demo tools like sledgehammers or axes may be pieces of water restoration equipment worth bringing. Finally, a pressure washer may be brought in to clean out the areas affected by the liquid. These washers may use detergents, and once done, other compounds might be employed to help dry the area quickly.

Before a technician can get to work repairing the property, he needs to know where the worst of the damage is. In general, the worst effects are in areas where the liquid has thoroughly penetrated materials. However, it’s impossible to detect this just by sight, so a moisture meter is like the technician’s right hand. This piece of water restoration equipment is extremely important and precisely measures the moisture percentage of most material. This is useful for drywall, wood and paper materials. With a moisture meter, a technician will know which areas need the most attention and which areas are safe. As the property begins to dry out, the technician can use the moisture meter to check the progress of the job. In short, this device is the most crucial information gathering tool at the technician’s disposal.

Once the source of the standing liquid is dealt with and the technician has taken stock of the damage, it’s time to dry out the area. There are many pieces of water restoration equipment that are used for this purpose. Most are heavy duty fans that can remove moisture, but some devices function using static electricity to move liquid around. Industrial strength vacuums are also handy for removing small patches of water.

Article can be found at: http://www.iicrc.org/what-are-the-kinds-water-restoration-equipment-used-a-130.html

SERVPRO of Franklin County uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them 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.

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

Why Professionals Should Clean Smoke Damage from A Fire

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Professionals Should Clean Smoke Damage from A Fire Fire Restoration

When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is safe from further destruction, but without professionals to help clean the smoke damage, the building will never return to normal. While the principles behind fire restoration are fairly simple, it requires a lot of experience and manpower to perform adequately.
While fire is always the immediate danger, once it is gone, what it leaves behind will continue to affect the house. Ash and smoke, if left unhindered, will cause extensive corrosion, etching and discoloration, not to mention lingering powerful odors. Professionals that clean fire and smoke damage can stop this before it becomes a major problem, assuming they are contacted soon enough.
Professionals can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but they must be brought to the site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause. The first thing that ash does to the home is discolor most surfaces. Anything that is made of plastic or was close to the fire will start discoloring within minutes, and within several hours, fiberglass and finishes on appliances will begin to yellow. Metals may also tarnish. After a few days’ pass, the ash will cause walls to discolor permanently, along with clothing and upholstery. Wood and vinyl will need to be refinished or replaced, and metal will start corroding.
If a professional isn’t hired to clean smoke and fire damage, the costs for restoration will skyrocket after a few weeks. Metals may need to be replaced, carpet will permanently discolor and glass may be severely etched, which will necessitate replacement. It will also become apparent that the odors caused by the disaster may still be present and intense enough to be distracting. Because ash is acidic, the longer it takes to hire experts, the more destruction it will cause.
This entire process is very detailed, and hiring a professional that can be trusted to do the job right is imperative.

SERVPRO of Franklin County 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. 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

SERVPRO of Franklin County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Union home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Local Restaurant General Cleaning

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Local Restaurant General Cleaning Restaurant General Cleaning

SERVPRO of Franklin County recently finished a general cleaning at a local restaurant. Due to a corporate visit, the owner wanted everything to be perfect. The business was open during the day so SERVPRO of Franklin County was able to do the general cleaning at night when the restaurant was closed.  SERVPRO of Franklin County did a thorough cleaning which included all the walls, wire racks and shelving, behind the cooking equipment, flooring, bathroom, dining, and additional areas throughout. This restaurant had a fryer, so grease was a major detail that needed to be removed from surfaces.

The owner was appreciative and said that his restaurant team said nothing but good things about the SERVPRO of Franklin County crew. He is also making an appointment to have an SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile done for all of his restaurants. Learn more about the READY profile here: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/readyprogram

This is just one of the many commercial services SERVPRO of Franklin County offers. It is also an example of how willing we are to work around your business’ busy schedule.

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.

SERVPRO of Franklin County offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

·         Air Ducts and HVAC

·         Biohazard and Sewage

·         Trauma and Crime Scene

·         Carpet and Upholstery

·         Drapes and Blinds

·         Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors

·         Odor Removal and Deodorization

·         Vandalism

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

Science of Drying – What it means for your business

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Science of Drying – What it means for your business Water Damaged Commercial Building

The science behind the drying process.

Psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged business to pre-loss 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

After the Storm: Checking your property for damage

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After the Storm: Checking your property for damage Franklin County, MO Storm Damage Restoration

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 Union home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Need Storm or Flood Restoration Service?


Call Us Today (636) 583-5200

Mold Damage Tips for Franklin County, MO

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Tips for Franklin County, MO Franklin County, MO Mold Damage

Do you have mold in your Franklin County, MO home or business?

Here are some important things to keep in mind as you start remediation.

  • Take care of any water damage quickly. Mold can occur in just 48 hours, so a fast response is vital. Drying all wet material is also critical.
  • Absorbent or porous materials such as ceiling tiles and carpet may need to be thrown out. It’s almost impossible to remove mold from porous materials completely.
  • Avoid exposing yourself and others to mold. PPE is required.
  • Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces.

Hidden Mold

You may suspect hidden mold if your Franklin County, MO home smells moldy, or if you know there has been water damage and there are been reports of health issues. There can be mold hidden away in places such as the backside of dry wall, wallpaper, paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, carpet and pads, etc. Other hidden places can be the inside walls around pipes, the surface of walls behind furniture, inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles.

Investigating hidden mold can be difficult. It will often require caution when the investigation involces distrucing sites of mold growth. An example of this would be removing wallpaper. This can lead to a massive release of spores if there is mold growing on the underside of the paper.

If you believe you have a mold problem, it is best to have a professional get involved. Mold can produce allergens and irritants and has the potential to cause other health effects.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the SERVPRO “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (636) 583-5200
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

SERVPRO of Franklin County can assess the mold damage in your Franklin County, MO home. We offer highly trained technicians, specialized mold remediation equipment, and are a trusted leader in the restoration industry.  

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

Gross Reasons You Shouldn’t Wear Shoes in The House

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Gross Reasons You Shouldn’t Wear Shoes in The House Shoes off for a cleaner carpet

How many times have you walked through your house with your shoes on? Hundreds of times? Thousands? If so, there are some good reasons why you might want to consider taking off your shoes.

Bacteria.

Some bacteria are good for us, some harmful. A study conducted at the University of Arizona examined germs on shoes and found an average of 421,000 bacteria on the outside of shoes, with nine different strains of bacteria. Some of the harmful strains found on shoes included Escherichia coli, otherwise known as E coli, which can give you intestinal infections, diarrhea and in rare cases, meningitis; Klebsiella pneumoniae, which can cause urinary tract infections; and Serratia ficaria, which can cause respiratory infections.

“We walk through things like bird droppings, dog waste and germs on public restroom floors, all of which are sources for E coli,” says Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., a microbiologist and professor at University of Arizona. “The unique thing about the shoe environment is that other things you walk on like leaves and debris, can serve as food for the bacteria and help them grow.” That means potentially harmful bacteria can survive on your shoes for days or even weeks, Dr. Reynolds says. And that bacteria can be tracked onto your floors and carpets. It’s even worse if you think about resting your shoes on a piece of furniture, or on your bed. Gross! 

Toxins.

Another potential concern: toxins. A study by the Battelle Memorial institute, a nonprofit research group found that toxins from treating your lawn can easily be tracked into the house, and a study from Baylor University found that people who live near asphalt roads sealed with coal tar have an increased risk of cancer from toxins. The toxins, they found, settled inside the house as dust particles. Those particles can be brought in on your shoes. 

“Think about rain water in the street,” says Dr. Reynolds. It can have gasoline in it and chemicals, and those get on your shoes and can be brought into your home.” But, she cautions, the exposure to toxins would be long-term, and you would most likely have to be exposed many times over the course of your life in order to get sick. 

 Dirt.

“Dirt isn’t harmful on its own,” says Dr. Reynolds, but you probably want to keep it at a minimum, especially if you have children who play on the floor. “Kids often put their hands in their mouths, or have toys on the floor and put them in their mouths,” she says. One more plus to keeping your shoes at the door: It can cut down on how often you have to clean. 

Wear and tear

More dirt and grit on hard floors means more wear on their surface; more dirt and muck on carpets means more cleaning and scrubbing. All of this mechanical action on your flooring means more wear and tear, meaning the sooner you’ll need to replace said floor coverings. Kicking off your shoes means spending less money on your floor and ultimately, less flooring in the landfill. Also, although the wear and tear on shoes themselves is relatively minimal when inside, it's still wear and tear.

Getting You Carpet Clean

Wondering what to do after hearing the effects of wearing your shoes inside? Consider getting your carpet professionally cleaned. Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
Call Today – (636) 583-5200

 
Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-you-shouldnt-wear-shoes-in-house_us_55a11558e4b0a47ac15caad1
http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/6-reasons-remove-your-shoes-inside.html

Tips for Cleaner Carpet this Summer

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips for Cleaner Carpet this Summer Professional Cleaning

Carpets can take a beating in the summer. Family visits, BBQ and children home from school all day. SERVPRO of Franklin county can help get your carpet looking great before special events. In-between carpet cleanings in Franklin County, MO you can help keep your carpet clean with these helpful tips.

 Keep Shoes Off Inside
Have family members take shoes off as soon as they come in the door. For social gathers inside, ask guess to remove their shoes. When a majority of the people walking through your home go shoeless, this can greatly reduce the amount of grime, dirt, grass and moisture that gets tracked inside.

 Area Rugs, Runners, & Door Mats
When you’re planning an event which involves people wearing shoes through certain areas of the home, you can put down mats, rugs and runners to reduce dirt and wear on the carpets. Placing a doormat at the entrances of your home gives people a place to wire off and/or remove their shoes.

 Vacuuming
Vacuuming at least once a week helps cut down on dust, dirt and allergens. It also prevents excessive wear on the carpet fibers. If you have pets or children, you may need to vacuum more often.

Hire A Professional
While you could rent or buy a carpet cleaning machine for a deeper cleaning than a vacuum, you will risk damaging carpet fibers with harsh chemical detergents and hot temperatures. Have a professional, such as SERVPRO of Franklin County, clean your carpets twice a year to keep them fresh and extend their use.

Summer should be about having fun. Don’t let keeping your carpets clean keep you from having fun this summer. Trust the Professionals at SERVPRO of Franklin County to get the job done right and keep your carpets and home looking clean. Give us a call - 636-583-5200

What Mold Specialists Do After a Flood

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered what happens when a mold removal specialist gets called to a mold-damaged facility? The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) shares below five steps a mold-removal specialist takes when conducting mold remediation.

“Many people aren’t aware of the dangers or the difficulty level of removing mold from a facility,” said IICRC Chairman Tony Wheelwright. “Mold remediation is a potentially hazardous process that should only be undertaken by a certified professional.”
Five steps each mold-removal specialist takes when conducting mold remediation include:

1.       Determine the degree of contamination

The first step for a mold remediation specialist may be to bring in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) to determine the extent of the mold damage and test for contamination within the facility.

Because mold spores and other microscopic contaminants can travel easily throughout a building, the IEP may collect and analyze samples from affected, as well as unaffected, areas of the building. Once the IEP has finished the inspection they will develop a remediation plan for the mold-removal specialist with steps to return the home to its pre-loss condition (Condition 1).

2.       Set up and verify the containment

To make sure mold contamination does not spread to other areas of a facility, the mold-remediation specialist will set up containment by creating isolation barriers.

Once the barriers are set up, the specialist will need to verify the containment with a lower partial pressure differential (negative pressure) to ensure there is no air leakage between containment zones.

Exit chambers will then be used to serve as a transition between the containment and the unaffected area of the building. Once the containment is verified and the correct amount of pressure is achieved, the removal process can begin.

3.       Remove unsalvageable materials

Porous materials and items that cannot be restored or cleaned effectively must be carefully discarded. Unsalvageable items include, but are not limited to, drywall, insulation and other items with visible mold growth.

It is important for the specialist to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), which may include a full face respirator equipped with a P100/OV cartridge, disposable coveralls and nitrile gloves.

4.       Clean surfaces with a high attention to detail

A mold-remediation specialist will likely begin the cleaning process by thoroughly vacuuming the contaminated areas using a HEPA vacuum with a high efficiency filter to catch mold spores. He or she will then begin a detailed cleaning process involving mold removal tools such as a HEPA-filtered sander followed by the damp wiping of surfaces with an effective cleaning solution.

5.       Verify remediation

Once cleaning is complete, the IEP will return to verify the remediation was successful. The area must be returned to the dry standard and should be visually dust free with no malodors.

In addition, an IEP may perform surface or air sampling as part of the verification that the area is back to normal fungal ecology (Condition 1).

“Mold remediation requires mold removal specialists to perform techniques that promote source removal rather than relying on chemicals, paints and coatings as a replacement,” said Rachel Adams, President of Indoor Environmental Management Inc. “Understanding and managing air flow is also critical to the success of a mold remediation project. Working with qualified IEP can also help to reduce the liability for the technician as well as provide a final determination if the remediation was successful.”

SERVPRO of Franklin County - We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

Mold can produce allergens and irritants and has the potential to cause other health effects. Mold can spread quickly through your Franklin County, MO home or business in as little as 48 hours. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property. 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 SERVPRO of Franklin County Today – (636) 583-5200

Source:

http://www.cleanfax.com/restoration/what-mold-specialists-do-after-a-flood/

Preparing for Storms

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Storms Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Taking steps to protect your family and property from storms before they hit can save lives and help minimize damage to your home or business.


Severe storms cause billions of dollars of damage in the United States each year. When big storms hit, many families find themselves disorganized and not well prepared. This is why it is important to have an emergency plan and make sure everyone knows the plan in case of an emergency.

Creating an Emergency Plan

The first step is to create a written disaster plan and review it with your household. Be sure everyone knows where to go and what to do. Have an emergency meeting place, such as a park, building, or other landmark near your home. If you are separated, have everyone meet at the chosen location.

Preparing for a Storm

To prepare for a storm, you should have an emergency kit. Since you may need to evacuate on short notice, pack your emergency kit into backpacks and have them ready to go. Everyone should know where the emergency kits are.

Your emergency kit should contain:

Battery powered flashlight

Portable battery powered radio

Extra batteries

List of emergency phone numbers

Prescriptions and essential medicines

First aid kit

Nonperishable emergency food

Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)

Non-electric can opener

Disposable camera

Credit cards and cash

Change of clothing

Sturdy shoes or boots

Important papers, identification and bank information

If you have pets make sure they have an emergency kit with 3-5 days-worth of food and supplies, including a pet carrier, leash and current identification tags.

How to Stay Safe If Your Home is Damaged by Storms


After the storm is over, return to your home only after you are cleared to return by authorities. Enter your home with caution.
Check for signs of gas and water leaks and damage to electrical or sewer systems. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, leave immediately, keeping doors and windows open. Call your gas company to report the problem. Stay clear of frayed electrical wires and downed power lines.
Do not drink any tap water or use tap water to prepare food until you have been notified it is safe to do so.
Make sure you take pictures of any roofing, structural damage, flooding, broken windows or other debris, and make notes of anything that is broken or damaged. When it comes time to file an insurance claim, the pictures you take after the storm can go a long way in helping you recover from the storm, prove your claim is valid and getting approved for repairs as quickly as possible.

Storm Damage Cleanup and 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

How Does Fire Damage Cleanup Work?

5/17/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Does Fire Damage Cleanup Work? Residential & Commercial Fire Restoration

Nobody wants to experience a fire, and nobody ever thinks that it could happen to them. It is one of the most devastating events that a homeowner can encounter. A fire can damage the structural integrity of your property and destroy prized possessions.

Knowing what to do when a fire happens is the key to limiting damage, cutting costs and saving your sanity.

Safety


Fires can enable toxic particles to make way into the air. These particles can cause several illness and this is why you should have an environmental expert or fire department conduct testing to ensure it is safe for reentry.

Smoke Odor Removal


Smoke odor after a fire can be challenging to remove. However, at SERVPRO we are restoration experts and possess the equipment necessary to complete this process quickly and correctly. We use techniques such as thermal fogging, filtration systems and ozone treatments. It is also important to change our air filters often. This helps limit the amount of smoke odor particles circulating in the air.

Soot Removal


Fires typically result in your property being filled with soot. Soot particles will often move beyond the area of your home where the fire took place. It will leave oily substances all over your property. Our soot removal services can prevent further damage from occurring on your property.

Avoid DIY

You may want to begin the fire damage cleanup on your own. While you may go online and find articles that explain how to DIY fire restoration clean up, this is a dangerous and difficult course of action. Most property owners will not possess the level of experience and expertise that is required to complete the cleanup process quickly and correctly. This is why the fire damage process should be left to the professionals.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County


When your ready to get your property back in shape, SERVPRO is the company to call. SERVPRO of Franklin County specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Keeping Your Office Neat & Organized

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Why should you keep your workspace organized?

· Avoid stains on work surfaces, furniture

· Easier to find what you need

Why is it so hard to keep your workspace clean?

One reason is due to daily distractions, this causes us to lose focus and have more clutter. Another reason is because time generally made each day to make sure it stays neat. 

Like most of the tasks you have to schedule, it can be just that simple to keeping your work area organized.

What should you do daily?

-Put Items back where they belong

-Get rid of trash (papers, snack wrappers, etc.)

-Wipe down your desk (Bonus to use antibacterial wipes!)

A well-organized office space sends a positive image to your clients. If you have an office that welcomes visitors on a regular basis, the impression they gain of your business will be based on their first perceptions of your premises. Most companies have a regular janitorial staff that comes and cleans as needed to help keep offices tidy.

What do you do when you need more than janitorial staff?

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.

SERVPRO of Franklin County offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism
  • Have Questions? Call Today – (636) 583-5200

    SERVPRO: Your Experts in Commercial Water Damage in Franklin County, MO

    5/6/2016 (Permalink)

    Commercial SERVPRO: Your Experts in Commercial Water Damage in Franklin County, MO Franklin County, MO - Commercial Water Damage

    Handle Your Franklin County, MO Commercial Water Damage with SERVPRO

    If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage in Franklin County, MO, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.

    Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration
    Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

    Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

    Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

    Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

    Services You Can Count On in Franklin County, MO
    You can depend on SERVPRO to provide reasonable prices for commercial water damage and other services in the Franklin County, MO area. Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. We also assist with mold remediation, and we're qualified to provide cleaning and building services. Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your restoration. Whether you require cleanup after Franklin County, MO commercial water damage or simply need a carpet cleaning, call us at 636-583-5200.

    Business Spotlight - Employee Staffing Group - Union, MO

    4/29/2016 (Permalink)

    Business name:
    Employee Staffing Group


    Address, hours and phone number:
    #3 Prairie Dell Road, Suite E, Union, MO 63084

    Website:
    www.employeestaffinggroup.com

    What does your company do?
    Employee Staffing Group is a certified employment staffing agency located in Franklin County, Missouri.  We have over 40 years of combined experience with creating reliable and efficient workforces for our customers.  We do this through superior interviewing techniques, stringent background checks, drug screening, and comprehensive company and position specific testing.  We take pride in being small enough to care, yet big enough to service the needs of our customers entirely. 

    What makes you special? 
    Our 24 hour a day customer service and impeccable placement abilities.


    What do you like most about doing business in your community? 
    The people, I absolutely love helping people find work, and helping someone turn things around and get back on their feet.  Franklin County has some of the best people I have ever met.  I enjoy working daily with my clients to form a partnership to find quality candidates for their facilities.


    How do you support the community?
    Employee Staffing Group and our employees participates in several charities and also donates time to the Ronald McDonald House.  I also have become involved in several community events, and actively donate to our troops, and ALIVE.  I volunteer on several different Chamber of Commerce committees throughout Franklin County.


    Who are your ideal clients or customers?
    Manufacturers


    Personal info about yourself, married, kids:
    Lisa Novotny, has an extensive background in office management and sales.  When Lisa isn't working she enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, bicycling, and camping with her family and friends.  Lisa has a daughter who will be celebrating her 21st birthday in May, they plan taking a girls weekend to Las Vegas to celebrate her birthday. 


    Where did you grow up? 
    I grew up in the Fenton area, and have been a resident of Jefferson County most of my life.  I did spend about 5 years living in Columbia, MO which I did enjoy, but being away from my family was tough and I choose to move back to the Fenton area.


    Do you have a motto or words to live by? 
    Treat people the way you want to be treated

    Continuing Education

    4/29/2016 (Permalink)

    Face it, at some point all agents and brokers and even adjusters need Continuing Education (CE) credits.  Are you always waiting till the last minute to get your credits? This usually results in marathon computer session a few days before your credits are due.  Certainly it’s nice that you can get your CE credits caught up that way, but is it really a valuable experience?  A lot of agents relate to me what a horrible experience it is to cram all of the needed classes into a short time.  Plus the online classes can be quite expensive.
    We can offer a much better and much more pleasant way for you and/or your staff to get their needed credits.  We have always offered a couple CE classes each year but this year we are taking it to a different level.  We are offering various classes every other month throughout the year.  To date, I have already taught three classes and have four more scheduled.  That’s a total of twenty plus available credits this year, including the always popular Ethics Class.  We make sure that these classes take place throughout the Franklin County area to so that it’s convenient for everyone. 
     Everyone has had to take an online class from time to time.  But most people tell me they don’t get much out of them.  I just taught a Water CE class last week were an agent came up to me and said he learned so much more than on line classes. The group discussion was great and he was going back with information he can help his clients out with.     We love to hear that and that is certainly the goal.  Don’t forget that our CE classes are always free and we always feed you!
    Being that the CE classes are regulated by the Missouri Department of Insurance, we have some rules and regulations that are a must.  Typically our class has to be registered within 35 days of the scheduled date.  The class must last at least as long as the amount of credits you are getting.  We will always need you to fill out the roster and provide your agents or broker’s license number.    Of course you must attend the entire class to get your credit.  That’s it, it’s pretty simple.  You’re in and out in a few hours, to get good food and your CE credits are satisfied.  What else could you ask for!
    One thing we want you to know is that we are always willing to set up a private class for you.  Just make sure we have enough time to register it with the state.  We can do it for your office, your company, you and your colleagues.  Pretty much whatever you want.  We would like to have at least a minimum of three or four attendees to make it worthwhile.  If this is something you’re interested in, let me or Hannah know.   We would love to do it for you and we would probably bring you lunch to!
    Below is a list of CE topics that are available.  We also have a 1 hour lunch and learn CE class we have, but it’s not listed.  We hope to see you at our next class in June. Don’t forget to contact us if you want to set up a private class or a lunch and learn.   As always, Stay Green.  Jerry

    Approved Courses - Insurance 
     
    Understanding the Restoration Industry: Property Fire Damage Restoration
    4 Credit Hours

    Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
    4 Credit Hours

    Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry - 2hr
    2 Credit Hours

    Restoring Contaminated Buildings
    2 Credit Hours

    Restorative Drying for Water Damage
    - 2hr
    2 Credit Hours

    Restorative Drying for Water Damage - 4hr
    4 Credit Hours

    Cleaning & Restoring Smoke-Damaged Contents
    2 (1 credit)

    Ethics
    3 Credit Hours

    Biohazard Cleanup
    2 Credit Hours

    Be READY: Storms

    4/18/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Be READY: Storms Severe Storms

    Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. 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

    Restorative Drying CE Class held at Union Fire Department

    4/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Community Restorative Drying CE Class held at Union Fire Department Ce Class Held

    Thank you to everyone who attended our Restorative Drying for Water Damage CE class at the Union Fire Department on 4/14/16.

    Class description was as follows:

    This course has been specifically designed to teach and explain the special procedures used by professionals in drying buildings and contents.  It involves four types of services including inspection of the loss, emergency services, monitoring services and restoration services. You will learn what takes place at a water damage work site during each type of service and the five fundamental principles of water damage restoration which are described by the water restoration industry in an industry standard called the Clean Trust S500 Water Damage Restoration Standard.  We will cover the key questions a restorer asks when inspecting a wet building on the first visit to the loss site and also when the restorer checks on the drying progress of the building during the several days the wet materials are drying.  

    We hold CE classes often, so please check with our office at 636-583-5200 or contact Hannah via email: hannah@SERVPROoffranklincounty.com for more information.

    Recovering Emotionally After a Fire

    4/4/2016 (Permalink)

    Losing your home, or having your home damaged by a fire, can involve not only the loss of your home, but other items valued such as photo albums, important documents and treasured items. Your home is your place and security and safety. After a fire, your since of security can be lost.

    Losing a home can cause significant emotional distress. Here are some self-care strategies that may help:

  • Practicing proven stress-reduction techniques, such as regular exercises, meditation and deep breathing.
  • Allowing yourself to feel bad, cry and release negative emotions in a healthy manner.
  • Giving yourself permission to feel good. You can have periods of joy even when coping with loss.
  • Making small decisions daily in order to feel in control of your life once more.
  • Putting off major life decisions, such as switching jobs, if possible.
  • Lowering your expectations of what you “should be doing.”
  • Not isolating yourself too much. Spending some time with people is healthy in recovery.
  • Talking about your ordeal with friends and family.
  • Taking advantage of community support.
  • Focusing on what you are thankful for in spite of your loss.
  • Staying away from unprescribed mood-altering substances, such as alcohol and other drugs.
  • Getting plenty of rest when possible and maintain a normal sleep/wake cycle.
  • Eating well-balanced meals.
  • It is common for people to experience several stages of adjustment including shock, anger, depression and hopelessness. Ultimately, however, people can reach a stage of acceptance and become able to move beyond disbelief, bitterness and sadness. Positive feelings can begin to re-emerge as the focus shifts towards the future. Safety, security and comfort are regained, and life moves forward once again.

    For children, they can react in a variety of ways including anxiety, nightmares and sleep disorders. Children are influenced by how their caregivers are dealing with crisis. It is important to be a positive role model. Be open to their thoughts and concerns. Let them keep to their usual routine as much as possible.

    At SERVPRO of Franklin County, we understand how much of traumatic time this can be for you and your family. After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

    Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. Here is what you can expect:

    Step 1: Emergency Contact
    The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.

    Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
    We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

    Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
    Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

    Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
    The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

    Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
    We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

    Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
    We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

    Step 7: Restoration
    Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

    Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (636) 583-5200

    Spring Cleaning Sale

    3/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Have you started your spring cleaning yet? SERVPRO of Franklin County has some great specials to help you get all your tasks done in no time.

    From a whole home cleaning, to just your area rugs, with our affordable prices you can sit back and relax.

    Some of our Cleaning Services include:

    You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

    Need Cleaning Services?
    Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

    There is Hope for Your Hoarder

    3/22/2016 (Permalink)

    If you or a loved one is dealing with a hoarding situation, especially with a family member who is ill or recently deceased, SERVPRO of Franklin County can help you resolve the situation with understanding and compassion. People who are dealing with a hoarding disorder deserve a trusting cleanup team who can help restore their lives to normal.

    A hoarding situation required special expertise in cleaning and restoration. We have dealt with every kind of critical restoration situation and have the depth of resources to handle jobs from a small kitchen disaster to the toughest and most complex estate jobs involving toxic odors and biohazardous materials.

    By listening to the family's needs and concerns, we create a plan that everyone agrees upon, whether this involves cleaning, sorting, distributing, communicating, and disposing or donating unwanted items.

    The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

    Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Franklin County is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

    Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

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

    Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
    Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

    Now Hiring

    3/22/2016 (Permalink)

    We're hiring!

    SERVPRO ® Business Development Representative (BDR)

    SERVPRO® of Franklin County is seeking someone who is comfortable meeting new people, with excellent communication skills, and who is a serious multi-tasker. You will be responsible for accelerating sales volume by creating new customer relationships while further developing existing accounts. Working alongside our highly competent service team, you will manage all aspects of the sales process to ensure high customer satisfaction levels while developing long-term relationships. The BDR will have primary responsibilities for compiling and maintaining "Centers of Influence" (COIs) information and conducting Objective-to-Objective marketing. He/she will also participate in professional Associations for networking, provide "lunch and learn" sessions, and promote Continuing Education (CE) courses to the community. In addition, the BDR will understand the basics of production and estimating processes. The BDR will complete marketing file documentation, as appropriate, and assist other departments, when necessary.

    Minimum Requirements:
    2 Year College Degree preferred.
    4 + year(s) of Field Sales or Customer Service experience.
    Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including proper pronunciation, grammar, and a consistently courteous and professional tone of voice at all times.
    Possess polite, confident, and excellent customer service skills, including listening and questioning skills.
    Outgoing and upbeat personality
    Ability to meet people in new or difficult situations and build rapport.
    A passion for "Making the Sales"
    Strong time management and organization skills, along with ability to multi task.
    Proficient in Microsoft Office (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel).
    Professional appearance and demeanor.
    Employment is contingent on successfully passing a background check.
    Must have a valid driver's license.

    Compensation & Benefits:
    Monday -- Friday 7:30am -- 4:30pm, additional time as needed.
    Position does require pursuing potential job leads 24/7. (Catastrophes occur anytime of the day) Base Salary + Commission + Bonuses (Based on qualifications met).
    Paid Holidays and vacation

    If you would like to apply to the open position, please send your resume to jalvey9662@aol.com.

    Illegal Drug Lab Clean Up

    3/17/2016 (Permalink)

    Did you know that Franklin County, MO was considered to be Ground Zero for methamphetamine production? According to KTVI news, busts for the drug are down in Franklin County. However, drug users are switching from one drug to another. Use of Heroin and opiates and the crimes that go with them have also jumped. 

    At SERVPRO, we realize many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. We follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

    Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. We are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

    Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow the