2022 Winter Weather Can Bring Frozen Pipes!
Now that January is in full swing for 2022 we can see by the thermometer that the tempuratures are falling dramatically. Water damage calls from frozen pipes really pick up in the St. Louis region when the mercury drops! When pipes freeze over, they expand and burst to a major water damage in your place of business.
Here are some great tips to help prevent frozen pipes:
Let your faucets to drip when the weather has extremely cold tempuratures. Letting a very small amount of water flow through pipes at all times during extreme cold weather spells can do a lot to prevent pipes from freezing. A steady drip is all that is needed to keep the pipes free from ice accumulation.
Many pipes do not have proper insulation or may be adjacent to an exterior wall that can cause them to freeze in cold weather. Pipe sleeves and heating tape can be applied to insulate these pipes. It is also a good precautionary measure to caulk around gaps where cold drafts can affect pipe temperatures.
Shut off any outside water sources that you don't need, especially if you are expecting particularly low temperatures. When a building is left unattended, make sure the thermostat is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to allow heat from the room to circulate around uninsulated pipes in cold rooms.
Dealing with frozen pipes
Hairdryer – This is one of the safest and most effective ways to thaw a pipe. Open the faucet and then heat the pipe by working back toward the area where the blockage has occurred.
Space heater – A small heater can work much faster than a hairdryer. Simply direct the heater toward the frozen area of the pipe but use caution when utilzing a space heater. Don't leave it unattended.
Make sure you and your employees know where the shut-off valve is located. If you are dealing with frozen pipes or water damage from frozen pipes in your commercial building call TEAM WOLFE at (314) 260-7177 as soon as possible to minimize secondary damage.
Winter Storm Preparedness is Essential
2022 Winter Storm Preparedness
We are now into January and hopefully St. Louis businesses and homeowners have put a plan in place in the event of a winter storm. However, the middle of a blizzard or major snowstorm is not the time to wonder when your heating system was last serviced. By taking action now, you can head into the winter season comfortable in the knowledge that your home or business will be safe in the event of severe winter weather.
Before those nightly temperatures plummet, you’ll want to take preventative measures to keep your pipes from freezing, and help your home and business to retain heat by weather-stripping doors and windowsills and replacing your heating system’s filters and have your HVAC system checked before it fails you during a long strectch of winter weather. You might consider buying emergency heating equipment (and fuel) or a portable backup generator in the event of a magor snow/ice storm that could potentially knock out power. Also make sure your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order! And in case you’re unable to leave your home for a prolonged amount of time due to weather conditions, having a stock of non-perishable food items on hand is always a great idea.
Try to avaoid venturing out into hazardous road conditions during a major winter storm, and in the event that you’re caught traveling or need to evacuate an area when a storm strikes, you also want to be sure your vehicle is winter-ready. The American Red Cross recommends having a maintenance check and tire evaluation in autumn so that any necessary maintenance can be completed before winter arrives, and having an emergency road kit with the following provisions: a windshield scraper, a small sack of sand (for generating traction), shovel, matches in a waterproof container, tire chains or traction mats, a bright red cloth to tie to your antenna, warm clothing, blankets, bottled water and snack foods, and a battery-powered radio.
Do you have storm damage due to a winter storm? Call the Winter Storm Damage Cleanup Specialists at 314-260-7177.
Do You Suspect Water Damage in Your Home?
A Protimeter/Moister Detecting Device verifying a wwet surface.
Do You Suspect Water Damage?
A broken water line or other types of water damage can wreak enormous damage if undetected in your home or business. Whether it be from a burst line within a wall or a damaged or worn roof leak that has been alowing water to enter in your home running across rafters and pooling into insulation causing extensive water damage and mold. By the time you discover the problem the damage has been done!
Water Damage left unresolved can cause secondary damage to building materials and create the need for mold remediation in your attic, basement, interior walls and crawl spaces.
At SERVPRO, we seek out moisture utizing special devices in our arsenal to combat moister:
- Moisture Sensors - alert us that water is present.
- Moisture meters - generate data on the level of how wet the materials are through data.
- Thermo-hygrometers - measures temperature and relative humidity to monitor drying efforts once remediation has been started.
- Thermal imaging/Thermal Cameras - detect cached water for removal behind structures and substraits that the visual eye cannot detect.
If you detect that you may have a water damage issue call the cleanup team here at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central at (314) 260-7177. Our trained St. Louis Water Damage technicians will seek out the cause and implement a plan of action to rectify the problem.
Does Your Place of Business Need Its Carpets Cleaned?
Freshly Cleaned Carpet!
How Does Your St. Louis Commercial Carpets look?
Are you sending a bad message to your St. Louis customers by having unsightly commercial carpets at you place of business?
The average lifespan of commercial carpeting ranges anywhere from three years to ten years based on the quality of material. Replacing carpeting can be a costly indeavor and is a significant investment, so if you’re a business owner with carpeting you want your customers to be impressed when they walk into your business which is hard to do when your carpet has been neglected. As a business owner you're probably interested in seeing that carpet last closer to ten years too so rather than having to replace it it may be advantagous to have SERVPRO routinely clean your carpets to make them last.
Because carpet is a soft surface that can trap dirt, debri, dander and bacteria, carpet maintenance is about more than just appearances, it’s also about the health of your employees and customers.
According to the International Sanitary Supply Association, one square yard of commercial carpet can accumulate up to a pound of dirt in just one week’s time, and up to twice that much during inclement weather. Dirt isn’t the only thing lurking between those carpet fibers. Dead skin cells, dust mites, bacteria, and pollen grains are also frequent offenders, and if your business is pet-friendly, pet hair and urine will also be a common culprit. Any and all of these particles can become airborne when disturbed, and agitate individuals with asthma or allergies.
Why does you business really need professional cleaning? Isn’t vacuuming sufficient?” While studies do show that frequent vacuuming can significantly lower allergens in carpet generally speaking, a standard vacuum just isn’t able to get deeply embedded dirt and particles. In fact, most carpet warranties require you to have a professional carpet cleaning every twelve to eighteen months. That’s where SERVPRO of St. Louis Central comes in.
TEAM WOLFE offers a wide range of carpet cleaning methods with the use of specialized cleaners and processes to help your St. Louis commercial carpet last longer and protect the health of your customers and employees. For more info on our carpet cleaning services, give our office a call at 314-260-7177.
Smoke & Soot Damage - What You Need To Know
Smoke/Soot Damaged Tile
Smoke & Soot After a Fire
After fire damages your home or business, smoke & soot will be present throughout the structure and affects everything from ceiling tiles to HVAC/Ventilation systems, etc., posing a threat to your health and to the contents within the structure. Learn more about the Fire Damage Restoration process.
Smoke & Soot from Fire, What Should You Know About It
Smoke/Soot damage is tiny carbon particles created by incomplete combustion of fossil fuels (wood, oil, coal, etc.). Smoke/Soot contains lots of acids, as well as chemicals, metals, soils, and dust. These particles leave a charred residue and a pungent foul smell on everything it comes in contact with.
During a fire, smoke and/or soot spreads to throughout the entire structure, attacking surfaces and you contents within the structure. This acidic film will cause secondary damage your home your contents and indoor air quality if it is not remediated by a professional immediately.
Soot can inhabit your home even if there wasn’t a fire such as the case with excessive candle burning. Excessive candle usage can lead to soot buildup especially on your ceilings, so make sure to use them carefully as they are a leading cvause of fires. Fireplaces can release soot as well if they’re not properly ventilated. Furnaces are also a source of soot contamination when a defective operating system is in operation.
The dangers of soot exposure:
Data shows that soot exposure leads to around 20,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Soot-related diseases are the culprit of many of them. Moreover, soot exposure causes 300,000 asthma attacks and two million lost workdays annually due to respiratory problems.
Soot can enter your body through inhalation, ingestion or via the skin and eyes. These toxic particles can cause many breathing problems, including asthma, bronchitis, coronary heart disease, and even cancer. Infants, the elderly, and those who already have breathing problems are the most affected by these contaminates.
To avoid the health risks of soot exposure after a home fire, make sure that all soot-affected areas are properly cleaned and sanitized by a SERVPRO of St. Louis Central professional.
How to clean up soot
Your home or business likely holds many chemicals, such as plastics, foams, carpets, wood products, and synthetic fabrics. Soot derived from these materials leads to health hazards that make fire restoration a dangerous and difficult process to remedy. That's why it's always best to call professioinals like SERVPRO of St. Louis Central! We have the specialized training, PPE and resources to properly remediate Smoke and Soot from your property. Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to protective clothing, helmets, gloves, face shields, goggles, facemasks and/or respirators or other equipment designed to protect the wearer from injury and/or hazardous materials.
A dust mask and a household cleaner are not enough to clean up soot! Removing soot thoroughly requires professional tools, knowledge, and expertise. SERVPRO can properly clean soot and odors from your entire home or business to ensure its safe.
For professional smoke/soot remediation or fire damage repair, contact SERVPRO at (314) 260-7177.
SERVPRO Giving Back to the Communities We Serve
One Stop Community Christmas
Our SERVPRO team was privileged and blessed to participate at an event called "One Stop Community Christmas" on December 11th at one of our franchise locations we service. This charitable event serves families in 7 counties which affects 1000's of our customers! Our Marketing representative Howard Manuel and his wife volunteered their Saturday on behalf of SERVPRO. TEAM WOLFE's donation to One Stop Community Christmas helped reach over 2,500 children and gifted them with new undergarments and socks along with many other businesses who passed out toys, clothes, food baskets to many families in need of support over the Christmas holiday season. What a blessing to participate and to give back to the communities that we serve! One of the main goals of One Stop Community Christmas is to have many local businesses, organizations, and civic groups combine their resources in a collaborative way to help the needs of families in the region so they have a positive experience for them and their children during the Holiday season. Our team is commited to helping support charitable events like the One Stop Community Christmas and others just like it. Giving back feels so good and we feel blessed and privileged to have the resources to give back. We couldn't do it without you (our customers) supporting our business. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Serving the Region for 25 years.
25 Years Strong!
25 Years Strong
Established in 1996, we just celebrated our 25th year in business as a SERVPRO franchise! We are truly thankful and blessed to have had the priviledge of serving the St. Louis region and surrounding communities for those years. It could not have happened without the trust you have put in us to service you in the time of need.
Our team needs more than just work, they need something to work toward, and here at SERVPRO we provide that culture. The satisfaction of helping people is paramount in our culture. Our team understands our mission of SERVPRO of St. Louis Central and its reason for being one of the premier restoration services in St. Louis and the nation. Our leadership team implements a culture that takes great pride in delivering a service that truly encapsulates a "Like it never even happened," experience. all of our divisions from mitigation to large loss to our reconstruction division work in the same direction to achieve the goals of being the best in the industry.
We Are Not Going Anywhere
At SERVPRO of St. Louis Central & SERVPRO of Brigeton/Florisssant, you can count on us being here serving our great community for years to come. We have been herre for 25 years and we are just getting started. Our owners, David and Angie Wolfe have dedicated their lives to serving and have surrounded themselves with like-minded people.
So, when you have the need for a one stop restoration/reconstruction provider look no further. SERVPRO of St. Louis Central & SERVPRO of Bridgeton/Florissant has been here for 25 years and we looking forward to serving you for 25 more! Call us at (314) 260-7177.
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is your commercial restoration experts!
Commmercial warehouse fire damage.
When it comes to St. Louis commercial fires, there can always be a risk of a fire from office buildings to restaurants to factory warehouses. Especially, with the cold weather season gearing up. These types of facilities and structures have not had their heating systems turned on all year long and we all know that the winter months tent to yeld more fire related catastrophes. A fire occurs in a structure at the rate of one every 64 seconds, and a home fire occurs every 89 seconds. This is according to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).
(NFPA) research has found that structure fires accounted for 20% of the fires, but 49% of related deaths, 80% injuries, and 67% of property damage.
A serious fire in a business is catastrophic and costly to the building, the business itself and the customers it serves. Even when the fire is rapidly controlled, there is still likely going to be significant and secondary fire damage. SERVPRO of St. Louis Central and SERVPRO of Bridgeton/Florissant has trained IICRC Certified technicians and resources to respond to your disaster.
There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue, productivity and potential customer loss. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services in addition to reconstruction capabilities, we have the expertise and the knowledge to get your property back in business.
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central and SERVPRO of Bridgeton/Florissant specializes in the cleanup, restoration and reconstruction of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.
We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage to its preloss condition. Call us at (314) 260-7177.
Check Your Appliances / Water Damage Culprits
Unchecked Appliances can cause major water damage
Many household appliances utilize water to operate. Dishwashers, refrigerator ice machines and washing machines just to name a few can wreck havoc if not examined and serviced on a regular basis. Let's discuss refrigerators as an example since this appliance runs continually 24/7, 365 days a year. It can start leaking at the most inconvenient time, resulting in water damage throughout your kitchen. It is important to remain mindful of situations that can cause your refrigerator to leak and catch water damage as soon as it forms.
Most Water Damage Begins Unnoticed behind the appliance.
When you are around your refrigerator, you are probably not looking for leaks. Refrigerator leaks tend to start small and gradually grow to become a bigger problem. You might experience a leak coming from the ice maker, a leaky hose, or the water hookup.
Generally, any leaks coming from an ice maker are the result of built-up condensation and/or a faulty hookup. This can block the draining system and end up leaking through the inside of your fridge and the seals. In addition, a leaky hose can be the result of having the refrigerator pushed up too close against the wall, bending the hose and causing a break and subsequent leak. When connecting water lines to your refrigerator, make sure not to push it as far back as possible to avoid damaging the hose or line. The water hookup can sometimes spring a leak or may drip, which can go unseen for months and eventually cause major problems including a very nasty mold situation.
Overtime, water leaks can lead to very costly repairs. Depending on the type of leak, you can experience rotting floorboards, mold build up, or a flooded basement. A strong indicator of water damage is wood flooring that separates and warps, or tiles that become loose. It is important to repair or replace the floor quickly to prevent mold from growing in the area.
Its important to catch leaks quickly before severe damage occurs. If you suspect a water leak behind your dishwasher, refrigerator or other appliance in your kitchen or basement, call SERVPRO of St. Louis Central and SERVPRO of Bridgeton/Florissant at (314) 260-7177.
SERVPRO can help combat COVID at you business
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
With COVID spiking again and all of its variants, the positive numbers are skyrocketing again in the St. Louis region causing concern and worry of shutdowns and business interruptions. Many St. Louis business owners and community leaders throughout our surrounding region are concerned about the impact this trend could have on their businesses. As leaders in the cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO of St. Louis Central and SERVPRO of Bridgeton/Florissant is here to help clean and sanitize your buildings with our proprietary Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned services providing a safer environment for both your employees and customers in the St. Louis region. To help combat these issues, SERVPRO offers a variety of different cleaning options to best suit your needs. Along with these options, we will also work with you to schedule a cleaning time that fits into your schedule because we care about your business interruptions.
We take great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service to our clients, and we will strive to help your business keep the doors open and business flowing during these unprecedented times. To learn more about Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Services, or schedule service, please give us a call at (314) 260-7177 today!