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Are You Winter Weather Ready?

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Winter Weather Ready? Winter Weather Ready

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather?

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

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

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

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

Are You Winter Weather Ready?

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Winter Weather Ready? Are You Winter Weather Ready?

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather?

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

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

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

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

After the Storm: Checking your property for damage

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

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

Storms can bring heavy rains, strong winds and destructive hail. Your home protects you from the elements, so be sure to check it for damage afterward. It’s a good idea to check your property even if you do not suspect damage. This can help prevent more problems later on and determine if you need to make an insurance claim.

Roof
Your roof can be very vulnerable, because so many things can damage it. High winds, downed tree branches or a hailstorm, look for these indicators of damage:

  • Holes in the roof
  • Split Seams
  • Missing Shingles
  • Leaks in roof or ceiling

Exteriors

Siding, stucco and brick are all durable but they can suffer storm damage. Check for:

  • Cracking, chipping or ding and dents on siding. Check in different lighting because you may see something you missed.
  • Holes in stucco
  • Damaged brick and tuck pointing.
  • Detached or damaged trim, gutters, etc.

General Tips

  • Severe storms often will knock down power lines. If this happens on your property, rope off 30 feet in each direction around the line and do not touch it. Call 911 and the power company immediately.
  • Be sure to do a full check of your property, including things such as your air-conditioning unit, fences, vent caps, etc. And don’t forget to check your vehicles if they were not garaged at the time of the storm.
  • Check your crawl space and basement. You need to be sure no water is getting in, and, if it is, make sure it is removed quickly via a sump pump or underground drainage system.
  • Take pictures of all damage from different angles. Finally, knowing the details of your homeowners coverage, your limits and your deductibles can help you during the insurance claims process. It’s a great idea to examine your policy and know what your homeowners insurance covers now, before the storm.

Restoration

SERVPRO of Franklin County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Franklin County, MO home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Need Storm or Flood Restoration Service? Call us today 636-583-5200

Be READY: Storms

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. Severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and winter storms associated with freezing rain, sleet, snow and strong winds.

Know your risk:
Tornadoes
Floods
Thunderstorms & Lightning

Develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice your plan.

What can you do when your Franklin County, MO home suffers water damage?  Click Here to visit our blog post covering water damage.

If your home or business suffers damage from a storm, know who to call to quickly get help.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial.  You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job.

SERVPRO of Franklin County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. SERVPRO of Franklin County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Franklin County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Union community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

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

Be READY: Storms

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

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

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. Severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and winter storms associated with freezing rain, sleet, snow and strong winds.

Know your risk:
Tornadoes
Floods
Thunderstorms & Lightning

Develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice your plan.

What can you do when your Franklin County, MO home suffers water damage?  Click Here to visit our blog post covering water damage.

If your home or business suffers damage from a storm, know who to call to quickly get help.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial.  You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job.

SERVPRO of Franklin County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. SERVPRO of Franklin County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Franklin County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Union community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

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

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

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winter Preparedness

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Preparedness Be prepared this winter

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

Is Winter Storm Damaged Covered By Insurance?

1/1/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stories From The Storm

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

HARVEY BY THE NUMBERS

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

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

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

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

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

Sources:

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

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

Flood Clean Up Tips

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Rising water is one of the gravest and frightening problems that a business or homeowner may face, and the resulting flood clean-up is both costly and time-consuming. It is a scary prospect watching floodwaters creep slowly toward the home or office. If high water makes an incursion, severe damage and a horrible clutter of muck, debris, and germs may follow.


Below are some useful flood clean-up tips for home and business owners:

  • Be on the lookout for wild animals, including snakes. Floodwaters tend to uproot them from their natural areas.
  • While cleaning up, wear protective gear such as boots and rubber gloves.
    The water is contaminated and can be considered hazardous.
  • Discard food items and drinking water if it has come into contact with the
    flood waters. This includes canned goods and bottled water.
  • Remove all soaked and dirty materials and debris, including wet insulation and drywall, residual mud and soil, furniture, appliances, clothing and bedding.
  • Follow the maxim: When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Remove any standing water and dry out the flooded area. Once the water is gone, use airmovers and a dehumidifier to dry out the area.
  • Disinfect - A disinfectant will help to kill bacteria that may be present.
  • Inhibit mold growth - After applying a disinfectant, apply an anti-mold spray to the area while wearing a mask for protection.
  • Dispose of damaged items - Check with the city’s waste management department to find out where to recycle chemicals such as paint and other toxic liquids, as well as electronics.
  • Flood clean-up after high water ravages a home or business is typically a burdensome and demanding task, this is just a few steps of a extensive process. It may also involve some danger, so safety concerns must take precedence.

If you need help restoring your home or business, we are always here to help.

Flood Clean Up Tips For Homes And Businesses

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Clean Up Tips For Homes And Businesses Flood Cleanup - Franklin County, MO

Rising water is one of the gravest and frightening problems that a business or homeowner may face, and the resulting flood clean-up is both costly and time-consuming. It is a scary prospect watching floodwaters creep slowly toward the home or office. If high water makes an incursion, severe damage and a horrible clutter of muck, debris, and germs may follow. Acting quickly after the water recedes can decrease the damage and perhaps make some possessions and furniture salvageable. Even carpet may be restorable, depending on the extent and the type of the flooding. Unfortunately, many electronics exposed to the water are typically considered a loss. Don’t take water damage lightly. Even if the area only had an inch of water, or is just damp, it can become the ideal situation for mold growth within days. Mold may contaminate walls, carpet, furniture, and flooring. It can lead to breathing issues including asthma, and severe illness.  

Below are some useful flood clean-up tips for home and business owners. Most of the tips are interchangeable. A word of warning, if any mold is suspected, it is earnestly recommended to engage the services of an IICRC-certified mold remediation specialist rather than attempting clean-up.

Clean Up Tips for Homeowners

  • Before going into the house to begin flood clean-up, check for downed power lines, gas leaks, foundation cracks, or other obvious problems.
     
  • If power lines are down near the home, avoid puddles or standing water at the very least. Although calling on professional help is the best way to avoid electrocution.
       
  • Be on the lookout for wild animals, including snakes. Floodwaters tend to uproot them from their natural areas, and it is possible that they have entered the home or are in the general vicinity.
     
  • While cleaning up, wear protective gear such as boots and rubber gloves.
       
  • Waterlogged cleaning products, paint, batteries, and fuel are contaminated and considered hazardous. Find out from the local authorities the best method for disposing of these items.
     
  • Discard food items and drinking water if it has come into contact with the flood waters. This includes canned goods and bottled water. Follow the maxim: When in doubt, throw it out!

Flood Clean Up Tips for Businesses

  1. Disconnect the power - Unplug electric devices and remove them if it is safe to do so. Remove furniture and loose items from the space as soon as possible. The sooner they are out of the water, the better the chances of restoring them. Pull up any carpets and under-padding.
     
  2. Remove the water - If there is no power, use towels, buckets, and mops. If power is safely available, then a wet/dry vacuum may be employed. Note: Be very careful with electricity, and if unsure of whether the building is safe, call in a certified professional.
     
  3. Dry out the flooded area - Once the water is gone, use  airmovers and a dehumidifier to dry out the area. Open windows for air circulation. Exposed wood may be salvageable, but exposed drywall will likely have to be replaced.
     
  4. Disinfect - A disinfectant will help to kill bacteria that may be present.
     
  5. Inhibit mold growth - After applying a disinfectant, apply an anti-mold spray to the area while wearing a mask for protection. If mold is obviously present, it is best to hire a certified mold remediation company.
     
  6. Dispose of damaged items - Check with the city’s waste management department to find out where to recycle chemicals such as paint and other toxic liquids, as well as electronics. A dumpster can be dropped off for non-toxic materials.  Make sure before disposing of damaged items, that your insurance claims representative has had a chance to see them or at a minimum, document all damaged items with multiple photographs.


Flood clean-up after high water ravages a home or business is typically a burdensome and demanding task. It may also involve some danger, so safety concerns must take precedence. Some guidelines should be followed to ensure the security of the clean-up crew and to ensure that restoration is efficient and thorough.

Source: http://www.IICRC.org/flood-clean-tips-for-homes-and-businesses-a-564.html

After the Storm: Checking your property for damage

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

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

Storms can bring heavy rains, strong winds and destructive hail. Your home protects you from the elements, so be sure to check it for damage afterward.

It’s a good idea to check your property even if you do not suspect damage. This can help prevent more problems later on and determine if you need to make an insurance claim.

Roof
Your roof can be very vulnerable, because so many things can damage it. High winds, downed tree branches or a hailstorm, look for these indicators of damage:
-Holes in the roof
-Split Seams
-Missing Shingles
-Leaks in roof or ceiling

Exteriors
Siding, stucco and brick are all durable but they can suffer storm damage. Check for:
-Cracking, chipping or ding and dents on siding. Check in different lighting because you may see something you missed.
-Holes in stucco
-Damaged brick and tuck pointing.
-Detached or damaged trim, gutters, etc.

General Tips

-Severe storms often will knock down power lines. If this happens on your property, rope off 30 feet in each direction around the line and do not touch it. Call 911 and the power company immediately.
-Be sure to do a full check of your property, including things such as your air-conditioning unit, fences, vent caps, etc. And don’t forget to check your vehicles if they were not garaged at the time of the storm.
-Check your crawl space and basement. You need to be sure no water is getting in, and, if it is, make sure it is removed quickly via a sump pump or underground drainage system.
-Take pictures of all damage from different angles. Finally, knowing the details of your homeowners coverage, your limits and your deductibles can help you during the insurance claims process. It’s a great idea to examine your policy and know what your homeowners insurance covers now, before the storm.

Restoration

SERVPRO of Franklin County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Union home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Need Storm or Flood Restoration Service? Call us today 636-583-5200

Preparing For Storms

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing For Storms Storm Damage Clean Up

Taking steps to protect your family and property from storms before they hit can save lives and help minimize damage to your home or business.
Severe storms cause billions of dollars of damage in the United States each year. When big storms hit, many families find themselves disorganized and not well prepared. This is why it is important to have an emergency plan and make sure everyone knows the plan in case of an emergency.

Creating an Emergency Plan

The first step is to create a written disaster plan and review it with your household. Be sure everyone knows where to go and what to do. Have an emergency meeting place, such as a park, building, or other landmark near your home. If you are separated, have everyone meet at the chosen location.

Preparing for a Storm

To prepare for a storm, you should have an emergency kit. Since you may need to evacuate on short notice, pack your emergency kit into backpacks and have them ready to go. Everyone should know where the emergency kits are.

Your emergency kit should contain:

  • Battery powered flashlight
  • Portable battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Prescriptions and essential medicines
  • First aid kit
  • Nonperishable emergency food
  • Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Disposable camera
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Change of clothing
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Important papers, identification and bank information
  • If you have pets make sure they have an emergency kit with 3-5 days-worth of food and supplies, including a pet carrier, leash and current identification tags.

How to Stay Safe If Your Home is Damaged by Storms


After the storm is over, return to your home only after you are cleared to return by authorities. Enter your home with caution.
Check for signs of gas and water leaks and damage to electrical or sewer systems. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, leave immediately, keeping doors and windows open. Call your gas company to report the problem. Stay clear of frayed electrical wires and downed power lines.
Do not drink any tap water or use tap water to prepare food until you have been notified it is safe to do so.
Make sure you take pictures of any roofing, structural damage, flooding, broken windows or other debris, and make notes of anything that is broken or damaged. When it comes time to file an insurance claim, the pictures you take after the storm can go a long way in helping you recover from the storm, prove your claim is valid and getting approved for repairs as quickly as possible.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO of Franklin County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Franklin County, MO home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Need Storm or Flood Restoration Service?
Call Us Today (636) 583-5200

Be READY: Storms

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

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

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. Severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and winter storms associated with freezing rain, sleet, snow and strong winds.

Know your risk:
Tornadoes
Floods
Thunderstorms & Lightning

Develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice your plan.

What can you do when your Franklin County, MO home suffers water damage?  Click Here to visit our blog post covering water damage.

If your home or business suffers damage from a storm, know who to call to quickly get help.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial.  You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job.

SERVPRO of Franklin County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. SERVPRO of Franklin County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Franklin County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Union community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

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

Is Winter Storm Damage Covered By Your Insurance Company?

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Winter Storm Damage Covered By Your Insurance Company? Winter Storm Damage

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

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

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

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

·         Clean your gutters and downspouts so that melting snow can flow freely away from your home

·Inspect and repair roof shingles and flashing to prevent water damage

·Trim tree branches on your property

·Apply weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows and inspect storm doors and windows for broken glass

·Drain water from pipes leading to exterior faucets and remove garden hoses

·Insulate pipes that are susceptible to freezing

·Have your heating system cleaned and inspected. 

Give us a call if you suspect your home has been affected by winter storm damage. We can guide you through the process and make the stressful experience “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today 636-583-5200 we are always available 24/7.

Insurance Tips for Storm and Other Damage

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Insurance Tips for Storm and Other Damage Franklin County, MO Storm Damage

Some insurance policies can be complicated and may not cover all types of damage.

On many polices, flood damage, (an example being run off from a hillside, creek or river) is not covered. It is a good idea to go over these items with your insurance agent before damage occurs to know what is and isn’t covered.

 

What to do before and during a severe storm:

If you live on or at the foot of a hillside, place sandbags around the perimeter of your home. If water is close to entering your home, try placing rolled up towels along the inside of exterior doors to prevent water from getting in.

Keep your gutters clean. If you know a large amount of rain is coming, try to get them cleaned out beforehand.

If you expect your home to flood, move valuables and items up from lower levels and away from doors and windows.

Have a copy of your insurance policy.

Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan App. Learn more.

Take photos of damage if you can safely do so.

 

What to do after the storm:

Review damage to home, take additional photos of damage if it is safe to do so. Try to get an idea of what will need to be repaired.

Review your deductible and policy. If you believe damage to be more than your deductible and damage will be covered, it may be best to file a claim for repairs.

Contact your local restoration company. When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Franklin County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

SERVPRO of Franklin County is proud to serve our local communities: Union, MO, Washington, MO, Pacific, MO, St. Clair, MO, Sullivan, MO, Gerald, MO.

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

Prevent Flood Damage

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prevent Flood Damage Prevent Flood Damage

Not too long ago we saw some major flooding in the Franklin County, MO area during the Dec 2015 flood. Since floods and flash floods can occur anywhere, all homeowners can benefit by making sure their homes are prepared.

Retaining Walls

Residential retaining walls are generally meant to hold soil in place and prevent erosion. When properly placed and designed, retaining walls can also deter flood water and protect your property. However their cost is well of $5,000 and this can be an issue for many homeowners; unless you have experienced a lot of flooding. 

Clean Your Gutters

On the cheaper side of preventing water damage and flooding is gutter cleaning. Gutters, though often overlooked, can be a great benefit but only if they are properly maintained. Gutter systems are designed to carry water to an area where it will create the least damage. Clogged gutters, however, don’t just perform poorly, but also have been linked to erosion, basement flooding, and even foundation damage. 

Permeable Paving

Conventional asphalt and concrete pavement blocks water from naturally seeping into the ground. To counter this effect, consider using permeable pavement, paving stones, or grass pave. If you really want to save some money and reduce runoff at the same time, skip the paving all together and opt for gravel fill instead.

Sump Pumps

Sump pumps are basically the last line of defense against excess water. When ground water rises to a critical point, a sump pump begins to divert that water away from your home where it won’t harm your property. While installing a sump pump is not an infallible defense against flooding, when precipitation threatens property damage, the investment could end up being worth it.

Have A Disaster Supplies Kit

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Have A Disaster Supplies Kit Have A Disaster Supplies Kit

A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.
Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.


When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Franklin County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Franklin County has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.


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

After the Storm: Checking your property for damage

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

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

Storms can bring heavy rains, strong winds and destructive hail. Your home protects you from the elements, so be sure to check it for damage afterward.

It’s a good idea to check your property even if you do not suspect damage. This can help prevent more problems later on and determine if you need to make an insurance claim.

Roof
Your roof can be very vulnerable, because so many things can damage it. High winds, downed tree branches or a hailstorm, look for these indicators of damage:
-Holes in the roof
-Split Seams
-Missing Shingles
-Leaks in roof or ceiling

Exteriors
Siding, stucco and brick are all durable but they can suffer storm damage. Check for:
-Cracking, chipping or ding and dents on siding. Check in different lighting because you may see something you missed.
-Holes in stucco
-Damaged brick and tuck pointing.
-Detached or damaged trim, gutters, etc.

General Tips

-Severe storms often will knock down power lines. If this happens on your property, rope off 30 feet in each direction around the line and do not touch it. Call 911 and the power company immediately.
-Be sure to do a full check of your property, including things such as your air-conditioning unit, fences, vent caps, etc. And don’t forget to check your vehicles if they were not garaged at the time of the storm.
-Check your crawl space and basement. You need to be sure no water is getting in, and, if it is, make sure it is removed quickly via a sump pump or underground drainage system.
-Take pictures of all damage from different angles. Finally, knowing the details of your homeowners coverage, your limits and your deductibles can help you during the insurance claims process. It’s a great idea to examine your policy and know what your homeowners insurance covers now, before the storm.

Restoration

SERVPRO of Franklin County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Union home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Need Storm or Flood Restoration Service?


Call Us Today (636) 583-5200

Preparing for Storms

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Storms Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Taking steps to protect your family and property from storms before they hit can save lives and help minimize damage to your home or business.


Severe storms cause billions of dollars of damage in the United States each year. When big storms hit, many families find themselves disorganized and not well prepared. This is why it is important to have an emergency plan and make sure everyone knows the plan in case of an emergency.

Creating an Emergency Plan

The first step is to create a written disaster plan and review it with your household. Be sure everyone knows where to go and what to do. Have an emergency meeting place, such as a park, building, or other landmark near your home. If you are separated, have everyone meet at the chosen location.

Preparing for a Storm

To prepare for a storm, you should have an emergency kit. Since you may need to evacuate on short notice, pack your emergency kit into backpacks and have them ready to go. Everyone should know where the emergency kits are.

Your emergency kit should contain:

Battery powered flashlight

Portable battery powered radio

Extra batteries

List of emergency phone numbers

Prescriptions and essential medicines

First aid kit

Nonperishable emergency food

Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)

Non-electric can opener

Disposable camera

Credit cards and cash

Change of clothing

Sturdy shoes or boots

Important papers, identification and bank information

If you have pets make sure they have an emergency kit with 3-5 days-worth of food and supplies, including a pet carrier, leash and current identification tags.

How to Stay Safe If Your Home is Damaged by Storms


After the storm is over, return to your home only after you are cleared to return by authorities. Enter your home with caution.
Check for signs of gas and water leaks and damage to electrical or sewer systems. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, leave immediately, keeping doors and windows open. Call your gas company to report the problem. Stay clear of frayed electrical wires and downed power lines.
Do not drink any tap water or use tap water to prepare food until you have been notified it is safe to do so.
Make sure you take pictures of any roofing, structural damage, flooding, broken windows or other debris, and make notes of anything that is broken or damaged. When it comes time to file an insurance claim, the pictures you take after the storm can go a long way in helping you recover from the storm, prove your claim is valid and getting approved for repairs as quickly as possible.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO of Franklin County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Franklin County, MO home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Need Storm or Flood Restoration Service?
Call Us Today (636) 583-5200

Be READY: Storms

4/18/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be READY: Storms Severe Storms

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. Severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and winter storms associated with freezing rain, sleet, snow and strong winds.

Know your risk:
Tornadoes
Floods
Thunderstorms & Lightning

Develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice your plan.

What can you do when your Franklin County, MO home suffers water damage?  Click Here to visit our blog post covering water damage.

If your home or business suffers damage from a storm, know who to call to quickly get help.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial.  You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job.

SERVPRO of Franklin County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. SERVPRO of Franklin County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Franklin County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Union community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

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

Anatomy Of A Disaster

2/24/2016 (Permalink)

Starting on December 26 and lasting though December 28, Franklin County and surrounding areas received historic rainfall.  Depending on the area, reported rain totals in that three day stretch are from 7-9 inches.  The evening of December 26 our phones at SERVPRO of Franklin County began ringing mainly with customers that had wet basements.  We began taking their pertinent information and advising them on the best ways to proceed.  Move furniture, get areas rugs up, unplug electronics, and turn breakers off if needed.  The sad part was that it didn’t make sense for us to start extracting yet, since the rain was supposed to continue for two more days, water would continue to come in.   The customer would have to weather the storm and get us out as soon as the rain stops.  We did have several jobs were sump pumps stopped working and as soon as the sump was repaired we were able to start our mitigation. The remainder would have to wait until the rain stops.
 
As the rains began to end on the afternoon of December 28, we found ourselves with a list of over 100 customers and growing.  All of them required our services right now.  Normally we can handle about 12 jobs in a day so 100 jobs could be a problem.  The good news is that we planned ahead and already had help ready from our storm teams.  These are franchises who at a moment’s notice come to an affected area to help out.  We already had 200 crews in place for a long as we needed them with 20 plus office support people so our excess jobs were dispatched to those crews for handling.   These are the same SERVPRO trained crews, the same green trucks, same professional handling.  Now a crew might have had a southern drawl coming from Texas or Louisiana, or an east coast accent but other than that the process should have been seamless for your clients. 
 
Just as we got a handle on the flooded basements, on 12/29/15 the Bourbeuse River crested in Union. Than on 1/1/16 the Meramec River crested in Pacific.   This left hundreds of businesses and homes flooded in our area and thousands in the St Louis area.   Again our phones kept ringing, now with large commercial businesses needing help.  We handled from our office as many as possible including a large convenience/gas station, a large church, and a large strip center in Pacific.  We are currently working on a fast food restaurant and we also provided estimates and guidance to several other businesses.  As a backup we had 3 SERVPRO Extreme teams in place, and several Large Loss Teams.   To make sure we had all the equipment we needed, we had a loaded 55’ semi-trailer ready to go and waiting in our parking lot.  That’s what   “Ready for Whatever Happens” means.   

We were able to handle all of the commercial flood losses out of our office, but the Extreme and Large Loss Teams did not have any trouble finding work in the St. Louis area.  All Storm Teams, Extreme Teams and Large Loss teams stayed until the last job was complete and every customer was satisfied. You couldn’t drive anywhere in the Franklin County or St. Louis area without seeing a green truck parked at a house or business taking care of our valued customers in their time of need.  This was a proud moment for us.  We hope that if you were touched by the historic floods that you and your family are safe.  Should you need any help or guidance please do not hesitate to contact us.       

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Union property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

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

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

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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

What To Do When Your Franklin County, MO Home Suffers From Water Damage

2/16/2016 (Permalink)

When a major storm passes close to the house, the home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair. There are many things a family can do to begin repairing any destruction, but a certified professional will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats. Contaminated storm surges or floods can carry pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold

 The main reason why a home is sensitive to water damage is because moisture is difficult to detect once the floods recede. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall. Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight. If a family reacts quickly enough, clothes and furniture may be saved. However, people must be careful when entering a building that has recently been flooded. Exposure to wildlife and contaminated liquids can result in serious injury.

Before entering a home affected by water damage, make sure the electrical power is shut off.  Snakes, reptiles or rodents may be hiding under debris and could lash out and bite suddenly. To protect against wildlife and airborne contaminants, wear protective clothing from head to toe, including a vapor respirator, rubber gloves and eye protection. Also, wear thick boots that can withstand puncturing and animal bites.

SERVPRO of Franklin County can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage. Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. These items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes. We will be able to track down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them. Technicians can locate these pockets of moisture using equipment that measures the moisture in hidden pockets and behind tile and other materials that may not feel wet on the outside.  When these moisture pockets are found, the technicians will expose them to air by removing any drywall or other materials in the way.

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Union property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

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

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

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

12/31/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Franklin County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Franklin County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

 

Faster to Any Size Emergency

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,650 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Franklin County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

IICRC Certifications

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

This four-day course covers mold and sewage remediation techniques and how to perform these procedures in the field while protecting the health and safety of workers and occupants on your property.

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)

Technicians learn to dry water-damaged structures efficiently and effectively using monitoring devices, extraction systems, and drying equipment. This three-day course includes comprehensive classroom and hands-on training to develop technical and practical drying expertise.

  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)

This two-day course covers pre-inspection, fabric identification, cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning techniques for residential and commercial applications.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT)

Technicians will learn about types of smoke and fire damage, job planning, equipment, and practical cleaning procedures in fire and smoke settings. This two-day course also includes instruction on odor and deodorization concepts.

  • Odor Control Technician (OCT)

Technicians learn to address odors and deodorization techniques. This one-day course covers odor control caused by biological sources such as decomposition, urine contamination, mold, and other sources.

  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT)

Technicians learn fiber identification and upholstery cleaning methods. This two-day course also covers identifying upholstery cleaning problems before fabrics shrink, bleed, crown, or distort.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)

This three-day course covers the concepts of water damage and its effects in residential and commercial settings. Technicians learn techniques and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Initial Franchise Training

A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new Franchise owners and covers many restoration topics:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation

e-Learnings

All of our staff have access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a Franchise's employees. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.

Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Franklin County offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a storm or major event strike, call (636) 583-5200

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,650 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO of Franklin County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Union community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

12/31/2015 (Permalink)

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a storm or major event strike, call (636) 583-5200

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,650 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Is Winter Storm Damage Covered By Your Insurance Company?

10/30/2015 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Give us a call if you suspect your home has been affected by winter storm damage. We can guide you through the process and make the stressful experience “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today 636-583-5200 we are always available 24/7.