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Professional Fire Damage Restoration - Franklin County, Missouri

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Fire Damage Restoration - Franklin County, Missouri Fire Damage Restoration Damage

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. 

SERVPRO of Franklin County can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but it is best that we begin work at 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

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.

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

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."

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.”

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

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

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!

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!

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.

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

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

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.”

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/

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.

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

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.”

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!

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.” 

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

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. 

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

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 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

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

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

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.”

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

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

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

Have A Professional Handle Fire Damage

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

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

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!

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

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

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.

 

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.

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

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.

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

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

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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

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

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

    About Fire Safety & Prevention

    12/17/2015 (Permalink)

    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

    12/7/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Dry Ice Blasting Dry Ice Blast

    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

    Have A Professional Handle The Process Of Fire Restoration

    10/15/2015 (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 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.

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