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Frozen Pipes: A Winter Water Damage Emergency

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes Low Temperatures can freeze pipes, make sure you are keeping an eye on your home during winter.

We can’t control the weather frigid winter temperatures are here in the Midwest, the lower temperatures cause a new set of seasonal Missouri property disasters including frozen pipes, ice dams and other frozen water damage concerns.

Every winter our SERVPRO of St. Louis Central professionals help countless homes with the restoration, cleanup and repair of their property following a frozen water property disaster.

Why is a Frozen Pipe a Concern?

  • When water begins to freeze, it expands. This can cause both plastic and metal pipes to burst, possibly leading to significant water damage to your home or business.
  • Since water expands when it freezes, it puts unwanted pressure on pipes.
  • As water freezes, the force exerted from the expansion can cause a pipe to burst, regardless of the strength of the material.
  • You may not know you have a burst pipe as the water has turned to ice. Once the temperature starts to warm and thawing begins, leaking and flooding can occur.

FROZEN PIPE WATER DAMAGE TREATMENT AND RESTORATION

The key to avoiding costly secondary damage is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property with proper mitigation. Our SERVPRO of St. Louis Central team has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. We begin removing the standing water from your property with extraction methods, and rapidly dry your structure and contents with dehumidifiers that lower the indoor humidity levels, so your building dries out quickly. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO of St. Louis Central professionals will answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment.

FROZEN PIPE PREVENTION

Short- and Long-term solutions for low temperature plumbing problems include:

  • Locate and seal cracks and openings in the walls, attic, basement or crawlspace.
  • Weather strip and caulk around crawlspace doors and basement windows.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Pay special attention to areas where pipes are located.
  • Insulate unprotected pipes and don't leave gaps. Pipe sleeves simplify the process. Keep the pieces tight against each other and seal the slits and joints with duct tape.
  • Install storm windows over basement windows or replace the old windows with energy-efficient alternatives.
  • Find your main water shutoff so you can turn off the water quickly if needed. Locations vary — look in the crawlspace or basement where the water supply enters the house, inside a water meter box directly outside the house or near the water heater.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks to let warm air flow around the supply lines. Move any cleaners or other chemicals out of the reach of children.
  • Keep your thermostat at the daytime setting during the night. If you'll be away for several days during subfreezing weather, keep it set above 55° F.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving Turkey Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all we have! Enjoy the holidays!

Safety First 

Studies show that cooking is the main cause for most home fires and burn related injuries. With Thanksgiving being the busiest cooking day of the year.  It's good to know some safety tips to have a safe, and happy Thanksgiving holiday.  

  • Never leave food that is cooking unattended, especially when frying or broiling food. The stove should be turned off if you must leave the kitchen
  • Keep anything that could easily catch fire a safe distance away from flames, or hot surfaces. Examples such as; potholders,towels of any material, paper or plastic bags, and wooden utensils.
  • Cooking surfaces should be kept clean to prevent grease buildup.
  • Always make sure to check the kitchen before leaving the home or going to bed.  Check to see that all ovens, stoves and appliances are shut off and stored correctly. 
  • Have a fire extinguisher near by, and know how to properly use it if needed. Also smoke alarms should be checked monthly to see if properly functioning. 

SERVPRO of SERVPRO St. Louis Central wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!  Gobble Gobble! 

Fire Safety During Thanksgiving

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Turkey on Fire Thanksgiving is the busiest holiday of the year, make sure you stay safe during this busy time!

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for fire departments when it comes to home fires involving cooking equipment? With more home cooks cooking larger meals than they are probably used to, the number of home fires involving cooking equipment spikes to nearly 4 times the daily average on Thanksgiving! Whether you plan to be in charge of the kitchen or are just helping out, be sure to follow these important safety tips when preparing this year's Thanksgiving feast!

  • Start your Thanksgiving with a clean stove and oven! The weekend before Thanksgiving, remove any food or grease buildup from burners, stovetops, and the oven. 
  • Always stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop. While items in the oven may not require as attentive an eye, food on the stovetop should have constant monitoring in case of spillage or splatter. 
  • Stay in the home while cooking the turkey. You don't need to set up camp and keep a constant eye on the turkey once it's in the oven, but you should stay inside and check on it frequently. The last thing you want is a burnt turkey that sets your kitchen on fire!
  • Keep a flame-resistant oven mitt, potholder, or lid near your cooking space so that you can smother any flames before they get out of control.
  • Should an oven fire occur, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. This should allow the fire to burn out on its own. Once the fire has gone out, open your windows before carefully opening the oven door to release the smoke.  
  • Make sure your home has working smoke alarms and that your family knows the fire escape route in the event of a fire. Remember to always plan TWO WAYS OUT of every room. 
  • Avoid using turkey fryers, but if you must, make sure to follow the fryer's instructions. Also be sure to completely thaw the turkey before frying and always fry outside at a safe distance from the home. 

Stay safe this holiday season! Should your home experience any fire damage, be sure to call SERVPRO of St. Louis Central to make that fire "like it never happened." 

Ways to Avoid A Fire

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  A recent fire that caused significant damage to a St. Louis home.

Unfortunately fires can happen.. We hope you never have to experience a fire, incase you do here are some ways to avoid a fire. 

Fires devastate homes and businesses and cause damage in numerous ways. Not only is fire destructive, but it also leaves behind lingering and pervasive odors.. Also not to mention extensive water damage that results from the firefighter’s efforts to extinguish the flames. The professionals at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central have the specialized training, equipment and experience that will restore your home or place of work back to the way it looked before or even better!

To increase the odds that you’ll stay safe, consider these Top 10 causes of fire. This information will help you plan how to make your home or business a safer place to be at!

  1. Cooking: Avoid splattering grease, never leave kitchens unattended and keep flammable materials away from heat sources.
  2. Heating Equipment: Have your furnace checked regularly and keep portable heaters away from combustibles.
  3. Smoking: If you smoke in or near the house, always make sure the cigarette butt is fully put out and make the bedroom off-limits to smoking.
  4. Electricity: Look out for frayed cords, the overuse of extension cords and overloaded outlets, and don’t run electrical wires under rugs or heavy furniture.
  5. Candles: Never leave them unattended and keep them out of the reach of children or pets.
  6. Children: Keep them away from matches and lighters to suppress any curiosity they may have about what happens when different items burn.
  7. Inadequate wiring: It’s often found in older homes and apartments. Have a professional electrician check yours.
  8. Flammable Liquids: Keep fuels, solvents, cleaning agents, thinners, adhesives, and paints away from heat sources.
  9. Holiday Decor: Keep your Christmas tree well-watered and away from heat sources. Check decorative lights for damage and never place candles on or near Christmas trees.
  10. Grills: Keep them away from your home, deck rails, tablecloths and tree limbs. And never use them indoors, including your garage.

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central has the knowledge, professional equipment and ability to eliminate all traces of a fire. Besides the easily accessible areas, we also examine wall cavities, duct work, crawl spaces and plumbing chases to establish whether they also suffered any smoke or fire damage. We will make sure that all fire damage is cleaned, repaired, or removed and leave your home or business as if it never even happened. Because that is the SERVPRO way! 

How Does Mold Spread?

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold spores When water is introduced the colony can grow quickly.

Let's face it.. Mold can happen anywhere, even in your St. Louis, MO home! Much like a cold virus spreads through the air looking for a host, mold spores travel through the air looking for the next hospitable environment to latch onto.. Crazy right? Any damp, fibrous material is a prime breeding ground for mold.

What Causes Mold To Spread?

As mold grows, it releases spores. These spores travel easily through the air, especially when disturbed. When performing cleanup of mold, it is important to minimize spreading mold spores by taking some precautions:

  • Turn off all fans
  • Protect from breezes
  • Lower humidity
  • Isolate the area
  • Isolate moldy objects

Is It Mold?

Mold can grow on any fibrous material when enough moisture is present. This includes carpets, furniture and drywall. Did you know there are at least 35 species of mold, ranging in color, texture and size. If you have any type of water damage or humidity and see something new covering an area, you should suspect mold. Even if you cannot see mold, a musky odor may indicate that mold is present but out of sight. Mold multiplies very quickly! A Very small spot can turn into a large area of mold. If the spores become airborne, you will soon see the same pattern in another area. Once you suspect mold, you should immediately isolate the area and begin cleanup efforts.

How Can Moldy Areas Be Cleaned?

If your moldy area is small, you can attempt to clean it yourself, but be very careful to avoid spreading or breathing in mold spores. If your area is larger, or have black mold we recommend you a specialist to help you out. Specialists are specifically trained to clean mold without spreading spores. They also have specialized protective gear that you may not have access to, such as masks and protective suits.
If you suspect you have mold or spreading mold, you need to hire mold remediation expert to resolve the problem and restore your property to its original condition.

If you have anymore questions don't hesitate to ask SERVPRO of St. Louis Central today! 

October means Halloween

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Orange Halloween Pumpkins Make sure to follow these safety rules for Halloween.

Halloween is for costumes, candy and fun! No one wants their fun to be spoiled by a fire! SERVPRO of St. Louis Central wants everyone to have a fun and safe time this Halloween! We have a list of safety tips below provided by the National Fire Prevention Association.

  • Candles - Refrain from having an open flame. Use battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in your jack-o-lanterns.
  • Costumes - Choose the right costume. Stay away from long or flowing fabric, and skip extraneous costume pieces.
  • Decorations - Avoid flammable decorations including dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper that are highly flammable. Keep decorations away from open flames and other heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Exits - Remember to keep all decorations away from doors so that they are not blocking any exits or escape routes.
  • Smoke alarms - Make sure all your smoke alarms are working and up to date.
  • Visibility - Provide flashlights to children or have them carry glow sticks as part of their costumes. Make sure if a child is wearing a mask that the eye holes are large enough to see out of them.

 SERVPRO of St. Louis Central wishes everyone a fun and safe Halloween!

Where smoke alarms are Installed!

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard of hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan! 
 

Fire Escape Plan

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

flames Have a Fire Escape Plan

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Make sure to install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, level and outside each separate sleeping area. Bring everyone in your household together and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.

Consider drawing a floor plan of your home if you have children. This will help them visually see the exits. Make sure to mark two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.

Escape planning tips:

  • Check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  • Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
  • Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department. That way any member of the household can call from a neighbor's home or a cellular phone once safely outside.
  • Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.

Fires are dangerous and we want to make sure you and your family are prepared! 

Back-to-School Safety!

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

person charging phone Person charging phone

Be Safe When Charing Electronic Devices

Technology is such an important part of our lives today. We often make it a priority to keep them as close to us as possible, and also to ensure that they are charged and ready to use for the day. Because of our need to stay connected, we often forget about the potential dangers of keeping them so close to us, especially at night when we typically plug them in to charge.

Things to keep in mind when charging you phone or tablet: 

1. Electronic devices should not be charged on flammable surfaces. So, don't tuck your phone under your pillow, on your bed, or on your couch while it is charging. 

2. Use the charger and cord that is specific to your device. 

3. Ensure that the charging cord does not have any exposed wires and is working properly. 

4. If possible, charge your device during the day and turn it off at night. 

Keep yourself and loved ones safe by following these fire-safe phone charging practices! 

Accidents do happen, so if you ever need assistance with home restorations after a fire make sure to contact SERVPRO St. Louis Central today! 

National Back To School Month

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Hot temperatures outside and high humidity inside is a disaster waiting to happen for schools. Call us today!

Ready or not, it's August and it is time for the school bells to be ringing again! It's time to dust off those backpacks, fill them up with supplies and plan for a new school year! 

Excitement is an understatement, but sometimes there can be some dampers throughout the school year. A busted pipe or leaky HVAC can put a damper on the school year. 

During those hot summer days, school are left untouched and HVAC systems are usually turned off to reduce the costs! Humidity can be another problem causing mold buildup too. 

For precautionary measures throughout the summer months make sure all systems are left on, because the risk may outweigh the reward! 

Get ready to learn, because school is here!  

Insurance Agents Choose SERVPRO

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

One stop shop for all your needs!

Why Many Insurance Agents And Adjusters Use SERVPRO

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central has worked with many insurance agents and claim adjusters. We understand your situation. As an agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claim costs down while providing the best services possible for your clients. Here are a few reasons why so many insurance agents and adjusters trust us:

Fast Emergency Response
Restoring commercial or residential property is the first priority at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central. Your insurance client will appreciate our immediate response and you will know we’re doing everything we can to limit the damage and the costs.

Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense
Like insurance agents and claim adjusters, we know restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Our goal is always to restore whenever possible and replace only when necessary. That’s why SERVPRO of St. Louis Central performs pretesting on every loss so we can determine restorability.

Claims Inventory Service
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central can provide insurance agents and claim adjusters with an itemized loss inventory. We give you a report and pictures of important items. Your work is made simpler and clearer because we provide you with a complete and accurate picture of the incident.

Serving Adjusters and Your Clients
A SERVPRO of St. Louis Central professional's job is to reassure your clients, perform quality service, and report to you quickly. We know your job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim. We don’t want you to have to deal with problems from vendors. Working with you, we strive to save you time so you can focus on priority files, while having complete control of every loss you’re assigned. We offer you 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file within hours. SERVPRO of St. Louis Central’s documented, measured performance increases value for you, your agency, your managers, and your clients.

Here To Help 
The job of SERVPRO St. Louis Central is to reassure the customer, provide excellent service and communicate with the insurance agents and adjusters quickly. We work together with the agents to provide quick and effective property restoration and make it “Like it never even happened.” We are a one-stop shop for all of your needs!

Call SERVPRO of St. Louis Central.

Expert Help with Water Damage

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Count on SERVPRO for Cleanup

Have you checked under your kitchen or bathroom sink lately? Most people store a variety of cleaners, sponges, and miscellaneous clutter under the sink. It is out of the way, out of sight, but still handy. However, the team at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central knows that this can hide potential problems.

Leaks from pipes under the sink are often the source of water damage. The jumble of cleaning solutions, garbage containers, and hair, bath and shower products conceals drops of water and excess amounts of condensation, signs that your under-sink pipes are leaking. 
 
It is a good idea to completely remove everything in the area under your sink every few months. Then carefully inspect the bottom and sides of the cupboard for signs of warping or staining. If you do notice excess moisture, get the pipes checked right away. 
 
Drip by drip, the leak can cause major damage over time to the floor in your bathroom or kitchen, and the ceiling of the room below. It warps the linoleum and weakens the tile setting and causes ceilings and floors to deteriorate. It ruins your possessions and appliances. The excess water damages everything in its path. 
 
When you notice signs of water leaking, call in the restoration experts at SERVPRO to handle cleanup. We have years of experience returning your bathroom, kitchen or other room to its original condition. In fact, our customers often say it feels  "Like it never even happened.” We are proud of the fact that we focus on restoration, using replacement only when necessary. 
 
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification IICRC, which sets industry standards, certifies our SERVPRO team. We receive specialized training in a range of services, including microbial remediation, drying techniques, and water damage restoration. We use state-of-the-art air movers and dehumidifiers, and the most advanced cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing agents. 

Give us a call today for any water damage you may have! 

Life Expediency Numbers

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let this $10 flexible water supply line cost you thousands in mitigation costs.

Did you know many common plumbing components have a life span? Many of them have expectancies much shorter than we might think. Here is a few that we see quite often. The fix is relatively inexpensive; but neglecting it can cause thousands of dollars in mitigation and drying costs.

Water heaters have an expected life span of about 10-12 years. Most of the time these fail because the rubber and metal components in side the tank are in constant contact with water which will naturally break them down over time.

Sump pumps are a vital tool for anyone with a basement or crawl space that takes on ground water after rain storms. Most of these pumps have a life span of about 7 years.

The average sink faucet has a life span of less than 15 years. Because of the flex hose design of the sprayer component, these may fail sooner. Most flex hoses fail after just 10 years. Also, included in the flex hose category are flexible supply lines for sinks, toilets, and washing machines. It is advisable to have these flex hoses replaced every 5 to 10 years. A $10 replacement hose may save you thousands down the road.

One of these plumbing components beat you to the punch? Don’t worry! We can get you back to normal again “Like it never even happened.”

Deodorizing After A Fire Damage

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Ozone Machine

Things You Should Know

One of the biggest problem after an incidence of fire is the lingering, foul, burnt odor. If the odor is not remedied professionally, it can stay on your property for a long time making it almost impossible to stay there.

Thankfully, professionals can help you get rid of this odor after fire damage to your Lenexa home. The odor after an incidence of fire is a mix of chemical and natural odors due to the burning of wood, plastic, and other building material. Here at SERVPRO, we employ a multi-step process to eliminate odor and get your home smelling like home again- removing, and cleaning. Let's take a closer look at every step.

Removing 
One of the first things that SERVPRO technicians do while tackling an odor problem after a fire is removing the source of the odor. The source of odor after a fire damage can be burnt wood or other building materials. Our IICRC certified technicians dispose of the source in a safely and efficiently.

Cleaning  
The second step during the deodorizing process is cleaning. Smoke and soot residues can deposit on and even penetrate the various surfaces such as walls and ceilings. SERVPRO technicians clean different surfaces depending on the type of the surface and residue deposited on it.

Sealing 
Sealing is not required in most cases, but if the damage is extensive and the removal of the source is too expensive or impractical, it is the best option. Painting walls to seal in the odors is one such case.

We are here to help you in your hour of need. Call SERVPRO of St. Louis Central today! 

April Showers Bring May Flowers

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

April showers help to bring us the most vibrant May flowers and we are so happy with this change of season.

However, when April showers are more like torrential, relentless downpours we could face a flooded basement and other water damage causing costly repairs. Flooding generally occurs in the springtime as the result of heavy rains that cannot be adequately absorbed by the still thawing earth. Particularly formidable are the flash floods resulting from thunderstorms, swiftly melting snow and ice jams in creeks. Consider if more than one of these circumstances happens at the same time, you have the potential for a catastrophe with flooding waters and raging mudslides.

Homeowners you can take some simple precautions to secure your property and keep your possessions safe.

ElevateKeep your furnace, water heater, electrical panels above predicted water levels to protect yourself from costly home replacements.

Install check valvesThese valves close to prevent the backward flow of liquid and prevent water from backing up into the drains in your home.

Build barriers: Use sandbags to create flood walls to prevent or reduce flow of water into your home.

Waterproof the basementUse a waterproofing compound to seal the walls of your basement.

Clean: Clean gutters, drains and downspouts for proper water flow.

Purchase flood insurance: Most standard homeowners' and business insurance policies unfortunately do no cover flood damage. In the event of a flood, you would be responsible for covering the full cost of repairs and replacing items damaged.

We provide 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.

Understanding the P.A.S.S. Technique with Fire Extinguishers

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher is one of the most essential pieces of life-saving equipment in your commercial property. While your fire suppression system is excellent for your overall facility and alarms will ensure the safe evacuation of your employees or tenants, extinguishers provide a direct line of defense and allow for immediate response to manageable fires. However, there is a four-step process known as the P.A.S.S. technique.

1. Pull

The first step is to pull the pin from the extinguisher handle. The removal of this pin will allow the handle to be fully compressed, releasing the compressed air and chemical mixture to extinguish the flames.

2. Aim

A fire extinguisher will typically have a short, flexible, rubber hose attached to the nozzle and extending away from the handle. This will allow you to aim the compressed mixture at the fire. However, be sure to avoid contact with the discharge opening as the CO2 can damage your skin.

3. Squeeze

Squeezing the handle will release the extinguishing agent. Its mixture will come out quickly and somewhat powerfully, so be prepared and keep firm aim on the blaze.

4. Sweep

You will want to use a sweeping motion, focusing the extinguishing mixture on the base of the fire. Continue this process until the fire is out. After the fire is out, watch the are and ensure that there are no remaining embers. It is possible for a fire to reignite, causing more fire damage.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the proper extinguisher technique, you can contact your local fire department or a fire remediation specialist in the St. Louis Central Area! 

We Work Closely with Your Insurance Provider

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to customer service, we make continual efforts to make sure that not only you are satisfied by all parties involved are happy with the services we provide. We stay in constant contact with your insurance adjuster, agent and carrier to make sure all parties involved are informed with the services we provide and the progress that is made during the claim. This is paramount to us! A perfectly satisfied customer is a repeat customer! The relationships that are forged by premier customer service provided to each and every home owner, business owner and insurance agent mean so much to us. It only takes one bad job to cancel out a thousand "great outcomes." We strive to make sure that doesn't happen. 

Can Your Belongings Recover From Mold Growth?

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

How To Recover From Mold Growth?

Moisture and high humidity can attract mold spores into your St. Louis, home, where they can grow across a variety of surfaces. While mold commonly grows on building surfaces like drywall and carpeting, it can also affect your belongings, such as clothing and furniture. Mold cleaning can be difficult; however, before you throw items away, you may want to learn about which could be saved by different types of professional cleansing processes and which cannot. 

1. Throw Away Porous Items 

Most porous surfaces can absorb water and encourage further mold growth. As such, some items like mattresses, thick rugs and stuffed toys that already show signs of mold damage are usually not salvageable. If your child has a favorite stuffed toy that you want to attempt to save, ask your remediation technicians if they have any mold cleaning processes that may help. You may want to remember, however, that porous items affected by black mold are usually considered unsalvageable because this type of fungus is particularly hard to eradicate. 


2. Freeze Documents and Books 

If you have important documents and books that developed mold, place them in sealable plastic bags and store them in your freezer. Freezing these items can inhibit further mold growth and protect them until they can be inspected by an expert mold remediation and restoration company. This can salvage items like original birth certificates, wedding albums and baby books. 

3. Set Aside Moldy Clothing 

If you have favorite items of clothing that have been affected by mold, ask your remediation technicians about what type of options you have for salvaging them. Wet, dry and immersion cleaning may all be possible, especially for leather jackets and shoes. Some companies have access to an Esporta Machine, which cleans soft contents by removing tough odors, dirt and mold in a way that even commercial-grade units cannot. 

Mold can have a devastating effect on your home’s contents. However, professional mold cleaning processes may be able to salvage your treasured possessions, even if you believe they are beyond repair.

Storm Preparedness Steps

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Preparedness

If you are a homeowner in St. Louis, MO, you have probably thought about what might happen if a storm causes your house to flood. Planning is always important where storm safety is concerned, especially if you live in a flood zone. Here are four steps that you can take to prepare your home and family for a potential storm involving flood water.

1. Sign Up for Local Alerts

If your community offers an emergency warning system, sign up for it as soon as you can. Alerts are also provided by the Emergency Alert System and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio.

2. Determine Your Flood Risk

Do you live in a flood zone? If you don't know, it may be time to visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Flood Map Service Center online to find out. If it turns out that floods are a significant concern in your area, you will likely want to purchase flood insurance for your property.

3. Protect Valuables

Valuables can easily become damaged from flood water. Protect yours by keeping gutters and drains cleared, purchasing a battery-operated sump pump and moving said items to higher levels in your house. Important paperwork should be digitized and stored in a waterproof box to protect it from water damage in a flooded building.

4. Plan Your Escape

Having a smart escape route in place is important when a flood is threatening your home. Put a plan for emergency shelter in place, and practice various escape paths with your family on a regular basis. Having supplies such as batteries and medicine on hand is also very important.

Your first priority with flood water is to get yourself and your loved ones to safety. Your property also matters, but storm damage restoration specialists can typically help you resolve any damage that does occur. Planning ahead of time by following the steps above puts you in a better position to keep your family and your investments safer in a flood-related storm.

Staying Safe During and After a Flood

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know how dangerous flood water can be? A depth of 6 inches can sweep you away, and a depth of 12 inches can sweep your car away. Floods are fast-moving and aggressive, and if you didn’t heed the warnings to evacuate, then you need to know how to stay safe not just during the flood but after.

1. Staying Safe During 

During a flood, you should stay in a safe location, and it is best to discuss this location with others so that when/if you need to be rescued your family can give first responders the most accurate information. Your safe place should be an elevated location. If you choose your house, do not go into the enclosed attic. The level you want should have numerous exit points so that the rising waters do not trap you. Additionally, when the flood begins, stay at your designated location. Do not attempt to leave, unless absolutely necessary because you could be at risk of drowning. Essentially, staying safe during a flood comes down to remaining calm and trying to stay above the rising water.

2. Staying Safe After

Standing flood water can be potentially hazardous. Not only do possible downed power lines present the risk of electrocution, but the water itself may also be contaminated from sewage and other debris. While a building was your sanctuary during the flood, a flooded building now presents serious health risks. If it is not possible to stay in a dry area, it may be wise to wear heavy gloves and boots to prevent contact with any potentially hazardous materials, but it is best to avoid contact if possible. When the time comes, seek out restoration specialists SERVPRO of St. Louis Central, to restore your home from any lasting water damage and to help with any hazardous cleanup.

Flooding and the resulting flood water are dangerous. It is never wise to ignore a call to evacuate, but it is not always possible to leave. When you must stay behind, it is essential to find high ground and avoid contact with contaminated materials. 

Give SERVPRO of St. Louis Central a call today! 

Esporta Machine

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

The Esporta Wash System is the disaster restoration industry’s only wet-wash machine designed exclusively to recover “soft contents” damaged in fire and water disasters. Soft contents include items such as footwear, linens, outerwear, leathers, bedding, outdoor items, athletic equipment, survival gear, sleeping bags, life jackets, stuffed toys, and almost all of your personal clothing.

The patented system breaks down unwanted organic materials and kills bacteria, viruses, and mold spores on contact. The system also removes organic and inorganic contaminants without degrading or damaging the materials. It is five times more effective than traditional front-loading washing machines. 

If you have favorite items of clothing that have been affected by mold, ask your remediation technicians about what type of options you have for salvaging them! 

What to do in a Case of a Kitchen Fire

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know what to do when a kitchen fire flares?

Electrical fires? Grease fires? What do you need to do?

Here are some tips to follow to prepare you if you ever have a fire in your kitchen!

Electrical

Fires can happen anywhere in the kitchen- near an electrical outlet, in the microwave, or even in the stove. Here are some tips to go by.

  • Electrical: If a fire starts, use a fire extinguisher, never douse it with water. Always call the fire department for an electrical fire, even if you have already put it out with the fire extinguisher.
  • Oven: Immediately close the oven door and turn it off. If the fire doesn’t go out right away, call the fire department.
  • Microwave: Close the microwave door and keep it closed. Turn the microwave off and unplug it if you can do so safely.

Grease

Grease fires should not be handled like any other kitchen fire. Rule number #1 never pour water on a grease fire. The best way to handle a grease fire it to smother it, if possible, and then let it die out.

  • If grease catches on fire in your cooking pan, quickly put on the oven mitt, then place the lid over the pan to smother the fire. Next try sliding the lid over the flames as opposed to dropping the lid down from above.
  • Turn off the burner and leave the pan where it is at so the pan can cool down.

You should never hesitate to call the fire department. But if it is a small, contained fire, you should follow the above steps to try to extinguish it while waiting for help to arrive. Also remember safety first to keep yourself and your family protected and call for help.

For kitchen cleaning up and fixing make sure to contact SERVPRO of St. Louis Central!

Seal Your Home Before the Rain Starts

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

When the rain starts your home is supposed to keep yourself and your belongings dry. However, some moisture can get in if your home has not been maintained or checked for broken seals.

What to do if you are experiencing moisture in your home:

  • Re-caulk windows seals
  • Re-caulk door seals
  • Consider adding overhangs to doors and windows
  • Check for missing shingles on the roof
  • Metal roofs are expensive but last longer than 30year shingles

Doing or considering adding fixtures to your home will keep the moisture out, and it may even add beauty and equity to your home.

At SERVPRO of St. Louis Central, we take pride in our fast and effective response team, dedicated to getting you back up and running as soon as possible.

Crawl Space Water Damage

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

A crawl space is like that cabinet where you store your tax information. There is important information in there, but you never take a look inside. Further, because you’re so rarely in your crawl space, a problem inside can cause significant damage to essential parts of your home before you notice that anything is wrong.

Where did the damage come from?

-Leaky or broken pipes

-Roof leak

- Excess humidity

How do you dry out a Crawl Space? 

You can call our team of professional experts at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central to fix the problem. Here at SERVPRO they have handled issues like water damage many many times.

For more information check out our website to learn more about water damage. 

https://www.SERVPROstlouiscentral.com/

Mold Damage Tips After A Flood

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

If your home or commercial building recently flooded due to storm damage or some sort of plumbing issues, you're probably unsure of the next step. Not only are you worried about property damage from the water, but you also have to worry about mold in your home or business. Mold can affect indoor air quality, can cause significant property damage and can cause a foul smell that even the best deodorization techniques can't get rid of! Follow these tips if you're dealing with residential or commercial mold. 

Get Rid of Moisture

This is the very first step! Before the mold can be properly addressed, as much moisture as possible needs to be removed. If there is standing water, it can be dangerous to walk into your home or commercial property, so please make sure you can safely enter the building or structure.  

Protect Yourself 

You just never really know what can be floating around in standing water that can hurt you. For example, electrical wiring. You don't want to endure an electrical shock. Once you know you can safely enter, PROTECT YOURSELF by wearing protective clothing, such as gloves and a face mask. 

Hire a Professional

The best thing you can do is leave it to the experts. Rely on a team of professionals to help get your home or business back in tip-top shape. Experts can come in and assess the true extent of the damage and help ensure all of the molds is properly remediated. We promise it could save you a lot of time, money and headaches in the future. 

Visit our website today to learn more about mold. 

https://www.SERVPROstlouiscentral.com/

Power Outages

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Power Outages

Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:

  • Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.

  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services.

  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.

  • Prevent use of medical devices.

PROTECT YOURSELF DURING A POWER OUTAGE:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.

  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.

  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.

  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.

  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.

  • Check on neighbors.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A POWER OUTAGE THREATENS: 

Prepare NOW

  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
  • Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

Prevent Heat Related Fires

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

It’s going to get cold again here soon…

Besides using the fireplace to stay warm some people use alternative sources such as portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. Heating equipment is the cause for many residential fires annually, causing deaths, injury and property damage. Here are some tips to help you reduce the risk of a heating-related fire:

TOP TIPS 

-Keep flammable items at least three feet away from heating equipment

-Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturers instructions

-Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed

-Plug space heaters directly into outlets, never into an extension cord or power strip.

-Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters

-Install and maintain carbon monoxide and smoke alarms inside your home and business.

-Test alarms monthly

-Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional

-Make sure fireplaces have a screen to help prevent sparks

-Make sure ashes are cool before putting them in a metal container.

For more information on safety tips call your local fire department.

SERVPRO Moves to New Location

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

New Building.

 January 31, 2019 (St. Louis, MO) - SERVPRO of St. Louis Central Director of Business Development, Mike Walker, announces the purchase of a 25,708 square foot warehouse facility located at 2118 59th Street in St. Louis, MO.    SERVPRO of St. Louis Central provides cleanup, restoration and reconstruction services for residential and commercial customers in the St. Louis area, as well as responds to commercial large-loss and catastrophic storm disaster events. According to Walker, “The new, larger facility streamlines our operations and allows us to serve both residential and commercial clients from one location.  The St. Louis community has embraced the fact that we not only offer clean-up and restoration services after water or fire damage, but we also offer in-house reconstruction services.  This truly sets us apart from other restoration companies and has helped us more than double in size in the past year.” 

Ice Blasting for Fire Restoration

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Dry Ice

Dry ice blasting is one of the best ways to restore properties that have smoke or fire damage.  Dry Ice blasting is ideal for the restoration of wood, concrete, brick and building materials because it’s fast, dries instantly and leaves little or no residue.  It is very efficient with the removal of smoke, mildew, smell, mold and other damages without causing deterioration of the surface. 

Here is why you should get it done! 

  • It is safe for electrical components 
  • Cleans without surface erosion 
  • No water damage
  • No need for acid
  • Cleans wood, brick, concrete and other things to get rid of the smell 

Ice blasting has many benefits such as faster, cleaners, safer but more important it is very efficient! 

Call SERVPRO of St. Louis Central today! 

Checking your House for Mold?

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Here is an after photo of a case of mold in the kitchen.

There is quite a bit of contradictory advice when it comes to testing for mold in the home; namely, whether it’s a DIY-type job or one that calls for the experts. But as most things are, it’s not a black and white answer. With different circumstances it requires different approaches.

Here are some warning signs..

  • Smell. The musty aroma accompanying mold is the only real tell-tale sign that you have a problem. Never had the misfortune of smelling mold? Well, lucky you! 
  • Allergies. Sneezing, runny nose or sore eyes? Chances are there are some mold lingering in your house.
  • Serious health problems, such as damage to internal organs or mental impairment, can be indicative of toxic mold, which is a serious problem. So get figured out fast!
  • Visible growth. Seeing mold is iron-clad proof that it exists, but often it’s the mold you can’t see that is most problematic. Mold is always hiding.
  • Water problems. If your home has recently been flooded or you’ve suffered leaky pipes, chances are you’re going to have a mold problem. So don't push it off for a tomorrow problem..

Call in the Experts! 

Although mold is an everyday problem that may seem to be more irritating than anything else, when toxic mold enters the equation it’s a whole new ball game. If you have the slightest suspicion about mold in your household contact SERVPRO of St. Louis Central Today! 

(314) 260-7177

Black Mold on your Ceiling?

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold on Ceiling.

If you smell a sour odor in your bathroom, the solution may be above you. The first place that usually develops mold in your household is the bathroom. Few people notice and act on the mold immediately but by the time you do notice it, black mold will look awful, and it may even pose health risks. What do you do when you find it, and is it dangerous? Call SERVPRO! 

So.. What causes Mold? 

The bathroom is a common place for mold to first develop because most bathrooms have all of the risk factors for mold growth including:

  • Water, dampness
  • High humidity
  • Warmth
  • Low air circulation
  • Low lighting
  • Oils

What are the Dangers of Black Mold?

Toxic black mold, can release spores as it feeds on organic materials in common household materials like drywall, carpet, insulation or sub-flooring that have been exposed to moisture. But, severe cases of prolonged exposure, black mold health effects can be more dangerous. Often compounded by allergic reaction to the black mold spores, these symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.

Remember that while you should handle all mold promptly, health effects from mold exposure is very rare. There’s no need to panic. Plus, simply reducing your humidity and increasing air circulation is usually enough to keep mold from returning.

If you do have a reoccurring mold issue be sure to call the specialists at SERVPRO! 

What to do with Belongings after a Disaster

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water and fire damage affect not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of St. Louis Central understands that your home is more than a structure. Your furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are important to you. Your belongings are important to us, which is why we provide the following to help restore and protect your belongings while we are restoring your home.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of St. Louis Central can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including the following:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

On-Site Storage

We have in-house storage where we can keep your belongings safe from further damage, and can provide cleaning and restoration services for your belongings. We have warehouses dedicated to storage where we can keep your items safe and secure. Your items will be placed in clearly identified and secured containers. You can rest assured that your items are being taken care of.

If your home and belongings need restoration services, rest assured that SERVPRO of St. Louis Central has you covered. We can pack out, store and restore your belongings. Give us a call today at 314-260-7177. 

Hurricane Michael

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Michael strenghtened to a CAT 4 strength with sustained winds at 155mph. As Michael made landfall it caused significant flooding and wind destruction in the Northern Gulf areas of the Florida Panhandle. High flood risks flash flooding and widespread wind damage is expected from Florida, across Georgia, North and South Carolina.

Our SERVPRO of St. Louis Central team had been deployed to help with the commercial restoration needs of the area. What we saw as a team down in Florida was devastating, and so unreal. We helped out as many companies, schools and others as much as we could.

Here pictured is some of the condos, and houses that we helped clean up. As you can see the roofs are damaged, siding, stair cases ruined and much more.

Prayers out to the people affected by Hurricane Michael.

Always be Prepared

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities. Learn how to be prepared.

Make and Practice Your Plan Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during and after an incident? Do you have an emergency supply kit? Make sure your family is informed and practiced in your emergency plan. Be sure to sign up for alerts and warnings for your area, and download other necessary apps to stay informed.

Learn Life Saving Skills Do you or someone in your family know CPR? Could you turn off your natural gas if necessary? Do you know how to take cover in an earthquake? Knowing these life saving skills could mean life or death in an emergency situation for you, your family or your neighbors.

 

Emergency Tips

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of St. Louis Central today! 

(314) 260-7177

Commercial Services

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Janitorial services versus commercial cleaning, what is the difference? Although both deal with cleaning and are relatable, they both have different things to offer.

Who wouldn’t want a tidy clean office, that has trashcans cleaned each night. The janitorial services provide regular cleaning maintenance so the office is always ready for anyone to come in. The typical services they offer is carpet vacuuming, floor dusting, removing trash and dusting anywhere else that is needed.

The commercial services take care of the bigger tasks that the janitorial probably wouldn’t do. Some services they offer are air duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, upholstery cleaning and much more. When you need this type of service, ask yourself what needs to be accomplished, and understand the methods used and how they are planned into your schedule. Most of the time SERVPRO commercial cleaning services are dealing with homes or businesses that have had a fire, water damage or a severe storm that has hit.

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central would love to take on the job that is needed by any customer!

Call Us Today – (314) 260-7177

What to do before help arrives

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

In the event of a storm water damage, SERVPRO of St. Louis Central wants our customers to stay safe.   Here are some important emergency water damage tips that SERVPRO encourages our customers to review:

Shut off your water source or contact a qualified person to do it for you.

Turn off circuit breakers when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.

Mop up as much of the excess area as you can.

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

Move paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.

Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  You want to avoid electrical shock hazards.

Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.

Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; and do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Have An Emergency? Call SERVPRO of St.Louis Central! 

 (314) 260-7177

24 Hour Emergency Service

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Is water where it is not supposed to be in your home or business? This is not a situation that can wait. Immediate mitigation services are needed. Our dedicated technicians at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help. You can expect an immediate response and quick action.

A speedy response reduces the migration of the water. That in turn reduced the amount of moisture absorbed by materials and contents in the affected area. These fast actions reduce the drying time, lessens the need for demolition, and keeps cost lower. We want to make sure you feel “Like it never even happened” as soon as possible.

Faster to Any Size Emergency

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 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 St. Louis Central arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Training

We have always put a high priority into educating our team. That need is more important than ever today. SERVPRO is an IICRC certified firm with certified technicians. That means you can expect the very highest in standards and protocol to be used in your home or business.

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.

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

SERVPRO State Meeting

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Columbia, MO meeting room.

Missouri Directorship held a state meeting in Columbia, MO. SERVPRO franchise members gathered for this all day event. They were there to learn about upcoming initiatives and how to improve on their customer relationships.

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is growing and developing customer base by utilizing a systematic process to identify new prospects and to routinely contact and follow up with customers. They are always looking for new ways to build their relationships, so the state meeting was a great learning experience!

Here at SERVPRO we are happy to have employees that are anxious to learn new ways to help each customer individually. We believe each job we get assigned is personal. 

We all learned so much to bring with us through our next jobs with customers. 

Does Your Business Have Dirty Floors?

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning

Most people don’t really realize the floors unless it is their own house that has dirty floors. Things such as dirt, debris and even dust that your shoes can track in affect the floors. Another thing to take into account is things that don’t properly get thrown away properly usually end up on the floor as well. You are probably thinking this sounds like a very tiny issue, but having a dirty floor can hurt your business.

Commercial floor cleaning service such as SERVPRO St. Louis Central can help avoid you from getting dirty floors. SERVPRO does more than just getting rid of the dirt; they also include sanitizing the floors to help keep all the germs away. You don’t want your employees to be having multiple sick days, so it is important to put the health of your employees first!

Cleaning floors often requires more than just vacuuming, sweeping or getting the mop out everyone once in awhile. SERVPRO has all the equipment, experience and the products your company needs.

Holiday Safety

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Even during the holidays SERVPRO will be there!

It is the holidays, so everyone wants to add fun warmth and sparkle to the wonderful season. It is very important to remember that some of our favorite holiday decorations carry a big risk of electrical or a fire if these aren’t used carefully.

Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, but let’s sure hope your Christmas tree isn’t burning. Every year there has been estimated that 200 homes that have had Christmas tree fires. Most of these fires are caused by electrical malfunctions as well as heating equipment.

Safety Tips

  • Always keep candles, heaters and fireplaces away from your tree.
  • Did you know metal stands cause trees to dry out and become flammable? Always remember to check the water level daily or nightly.
  • Inspect lights before plugging them in or putting them up.
  • Never overload a circuit.
  • Before leaving your house or going to bed make sure to turn off all of the lights.

Always remember that SERVPRO St. Louis Central is open 24/7/365! So if you are in a burning situation during the holidays, SERVPRO will be there to help!

Ceiling Water Damage

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Many homes are built with wood; insulation and drywall readily absorb water. All of these materials allow water to leak through in a quick time and to move to other parts of the house. So what is that water stain on your ceiling from? These building materials may absorb too much water and may become discolored or weakened which can cause a huge structural damage. So, don’t ignore the stain, there may be a leak above your ceiling and could cause it to collapse.

Common Causes of Water Stains

  • Gutters
  • Roof Damage
  • Pipe Damage
  • Water Lines
  • Plumbing Fixtures
  • Frozen Pipes

Call SERVPRO St. Louis Central a professional restoration company!

Next time you find a stain on your ceiling, you have to remember it is always revealing that it is water damage. In most cases catching the stain early gives you the best chance to avoid some serious damage that could be done to your house. Our professionals will locate the source of the water and repair the damage done to the building as well as taking care of anything else needed in your home! The worst thing you can do is not call to get it fixed!

Beware of Frozen Pipes

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Winter is on its way, especially here in the Midwest we never know what to expect when it comes to stepping outside. Winter in the Midwest can be sunny, rainy and breezy, but in most cases is freezing cold weather with a lot of snow. During this time of the year frozen pipes become the biggest repair.

It is never a good sign to have a frozen pipe, because they block water flow to outlets. The bigger problem is that when the water freezes in these pipes, it expands which means a lot of pressure is applied and the interior part of the pipe. In most situations with all the pressure being applied to the pipe, it can cause it to burst directing freezing water and ice into other building structures like drywall.

Always be cautious about your outside appliances and make sure the water is shut off outside and double check any pipes that are easy accessible.

Stay warm this winter season, you never know when you’ll need SERVPRO St. Louis Central to come help you fix your pipes throughout this wintery season.

Call Us Today – (314) 260-7177

Common Fire Hazards at Home

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that more than 360,000 home structure fires each year?

The cold weather often means a higher risk of house fires, this is because people are spending more time at home and indoors from the wintry weather!

Common Fire Hazards at Home

  • Candles
  • Cigarettes
  • Electrical & Lighting
  • Dryers & Washing Machines

These fire hazards can be preventable with some forethought and care! The most preventable are are unattended candles and cooking! Be aware of when you light candles or leave the stove on before you leave your home or go to bed. 

The most recent fire damage SERVPRO did was "quick and a job well done" stated from a happy customer. She explained a fire had started in the middle of the night and SERVPRO was there that morning removing the damage and making everything smell and look nice!

If you have fire damage call SERVPRO St. Louis Central!

What to Save When Your Building Gets Flooded with Water

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Nothing is more stressful than facing flood damage or any kind of water damage. Well.. there is, electronics and computers holding all of your important information! Most businesses have a certain plan that prepares them for a situation like this, but does your business have a plan if a situation like this happened?

Depending on the type of the water damage you may be sitting in such as a broken sink, a pipe that may have burst or even a toilet that has flooded, your business may become a huge hazard! So the very first thing you should do is turn off the main power supply to prevent any electronics from being damaged.

-3 Things To Save-

  • Computers have servers that hold all of the data.
  • Shelf Documents are important for a backup, because paper documents are the best way to build everything back up.
  • Printers usually store a copy of every print that you have made since you have bought it. This is another way to help get data back.

 Lets cross our fingers that there isn't much water damage, but if there is the next step is to call a service team of professionals such as SERVPRO STL Central! They have all the right tools to help you in a sticky situation.

Call Today - 314-260-7177

Fast Response to Flooded Basements in St. Louis

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is ready to respond to the flooded basement in your home or office building.

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

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

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 314-260-7177

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

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

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

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

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 314-260-7177

What To Do When You Suspect Mold In Your Home or Office

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of St. Louis Central for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 314-260-7177

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central's Extreme Team Wolfe

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Extreme Team Wolfe - Your Recovery Experts 

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is known for it's unique distinction of being the only certified Disaster Recovery Team in the St. Louis area.  But, that's not all.  

The team at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is often referred to as Extreme Team Wolfe, aptly named after the business owners, David and Angie Wolfe.

We Treat Our Customers As Family!  

Our Extreme Team Wolfe goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that we help you through the difficulty of dealing with your flooded basement, fire-damaged property or large loss disaster.  

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need a trusted expert to guide you through this crisis.

The Extreme Team Wolfe at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central has the experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in taking care of clients like they are our family — in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

Your Large Loss Restoration Specialists

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Our team is ready to respond 24/7 to your large loss disaster project!

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is available 24 hours a day for immediate help with your large loss disaster.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 314-260-7177

A large loss disaster can happen to both residential and commercial properties.  Damage from water, smoke and fire to a property can add up fast.  Large Loss can be a result of a flood, water, soot and smoke damage from a fire, a busted sewer pipe, or even storm damage from a natural disaster.  

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is the only certified Disaster Recovery Team in the St. Louis area.  Our  Extreme Team Wolf crew has the expertise and experience with large loss projects to restore your home or commercial property back to its original condition.  

Commercial Property Managers Trust SERVPRO of St. Louis Central

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Property managers know SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is mobilized and ready to help 24/7.

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for Fire or Water damage to strike your St. Louis commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

Commercial Property Managers know when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

Industrial Facilities, Hotel and Restaurants, Entertainment Venues, Government buildings and Commercial properties benefit from the quality work of SERVPRO of St. Louis Central.  We work together to ensure the value of the property is restored back to its to pre-disaster condition.

Learn more about our commercial services: Commercial Property Restoration

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Do You See Signs of Mold In Your Home or Business?

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central can assess your situation and help to remediate your mold problem!

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (314) 260-7177

Faster IS Better When Dealing With Water Damage In Your St. Louis Property

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is the only designated Disaster Recovery Team in the St. Louis Region!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of St. Louis Central provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of St. Louis Central arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service?

Call Us 24/7 – (314) 260 - 7177

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.

About SERVPRO of St. Louis Central

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

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is ready for stormy St. Louis weather

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is the only certified Disaster Recovery Team in the St. Louis Region!  When storms hit St. Louis, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.  

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in the St. Louis area.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (314) 260 - 7177

Commercial and Residential Smoke and Soot Cleanup in St. Louis area

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • 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.

Different Types 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. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of St. Louis Central will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

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. 

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.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (314) 260 - 7177

Restoring Your St. Louis Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Trust Extreme Team Wolfe with SERVPRO St. Louis Central to handle all of your commercial cleanup and restoration issues!

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

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of St. Louis Central

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event.  We are also the only certified Disaster Recovery Team in the St. Louis area.  

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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