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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

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

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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