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Sewage Cleanup and Restoration in Chesterfield, MO

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Sewage Cleanup and Restoration in Chesterfield, MO Sewer Backup Cleanup

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment are necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. 

When a sewage backup happens, you need to move quickly. Evacuate young children, elderly, people with asthma and weak immune systems first. Then call a plumber or cleanup specialist. We can help you find a restoration specialist near you.

Sometimes you can manage small sewage spills without professional help. Small spills are typically confined to a bathroom or part of a kitchen. Major spills, however, require professional help. Sewage is a natural delivery method for disease and infection.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (636) 537-5400

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of South Chesterfield / Wildwood will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

Commercial Mold Remediation in Chesterfield,Mo

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Commercial Mold Remediation in Chesterfield,Mo Mold behind wall coverings.

Commercial Mold Remediation

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed to your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield / Wildwood, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

Focus on Prevention

Addressing mold issues in leases of space in multi-tenant buildings should also focus on prevention of conditions that can lead to mold and prompt remediation in the event of a mold problem. If the owner assumes the general repair and maintenance obligations for the building exterior and all building systems, tenants should require the owner to perform periodic mold assessments - whether or not the owner recovers its costs as a common expense. Indeed, because a mold problem could originate in one space but manifest itself in another or other spaces, there is tenant incentive for comprehensive landlord oversight of mold prevention.

Where tenants are responsible for maintenance and repair of their interior space only, owners will want some right of inspection to the extent that the maintenance and repair involve building systems that could lead to moist conditions or mold growth. Additionally, tenants may want the owner to promise to oversee all tenant-performed maintenance to make sure that compliance is reasonably uniform. As with single-tenant buildings, leases should also address responsibility for remediation costs and acceptable times of access.

Dry rot in home in Chesterfield, MO

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dry rot in home in Chesterfield, MO Dry Rot Under Tub

Your home is most likely one of your greatest investments. To protect your investment, it is important to be able to spot small problems before they become major expenses. Dry rot is one of those problems.

Dry rot is caused by a fungus that feeds on wood and weakens it. Wood becomes cracked and brittle and eventually breaks down. Dry rot is particularly a problem in older homes where wood may not have been treated to prevent rot damage.

Here are three things you should know about dry rot:

1) Where to look for dry rot.

Dry rot may sound as though it’s misnamed because fungus needs moisture to grow. Look in areas of your home where there is a water source.

Outside, you may find rot where there are damaged gutters or downspouts. Areas to check for rot include:

  • Wooden window sills.

  • Where water runs off the roof along with a wall.

  • Where a deck attaches to the home.

  • Where a vertical surface meets a horizontal surface.

Look for cracks, splits, and discoloration, which may indicate the presence of rot. Check the roof, especially areas where your home may have had a leak. Dry rot can also occur at points of a structure where wood meets the ground.

Inside, look for dry rot in areas where there may be a leaky pipe, unvented attic space, and damp basements or crawlspaces. Look for areas where drywall is water stained. Other areas to check include:

  • Rim joists, especially on a porch, crawlspace or basement.

  • Where wood meets a masonry floor or wall.

  • The floor around a tub or toilet.

You can check for rot with a pick or screwdriver. If it penetrates the wood or the wood flakes easily, there is rot. There may also be rot hidden behind flooring, drywall or siding, which may only be apparent by some discoloration or noticing the material does not feel structurally sound underweight or pressure.

2) What to do if you discover dry rot.

Dry rot is progressive so you will want to make repairs as soon as possible. You will first need to stop the source of the moisture. Replace wood that has been structurally weakened, possibly with pressure treated wood. Be sure the problem is properly diagnosed and not mistaken for damage done by carpenter ants.

Once you have found the source of moisture, repair the problem. If there is severe damage, pry off and replace the old wood. Be sure to temporarily support any structure before removing the old wood. Small areas of rot can be repaired with epoxy resin. If the wood is still structurally sound and the source of the moisture has been stopped, you can treat the area with borate, a fungicide, to stop the growth of the fungus and protect the wood from further damage.

3) How to prevent dry rot.

Rot occurs when there is wood combined with high moisture. To prevent rot, there are several things you can do around your house:

  • Properly ventilate and insulate your attic.

  • Properly ventilate crawlspaces.

  • Seal basement and crawlspace floors to reduce ground moisture.

  • Check all wall and roof flashing to ensure water is being directed properly.

  • Check deck and porch flashings.

  • Keep wood siding and trims off the ground and away from the roof and masonry.

  • Make sure all windows and doors are properly flashed.

  • Keep up with painting and caulking.

  • Keep drains and downspouts clear.

If there is considerable runoff near the house, consider installing a rain barrel to collect water or connecting your downspout to a drain tile that can move water a safe distance from your home.

Most importantly, treat dry rot as soon as it is discovered! Untreated dry rot can cause major damage to your home.

Maintaining Your Washing Machine

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Maintaining Your Washing Machine Replace Hoses Every Few Years

Your clothes washer offers your household loads of support, so periodically take the time to return the favor. Washing machine maintenance can help you avoid breakdowns that could put the appliance out of commission—or worse, lead to leaks and costly water damage.

  1. Replace the water hoses. Check hoses regularly for bulging, cracking, fraying, and leaks around the ends. Replace the hose if a problem is found or every three to five years as part of a proactive maintenance program. 
  2. Move the machine. Check that there are at least four inches between your washing machine and the wall. This prevents hoses from kinking. 
  3. Keep the machine level. A washing machine that's off-kilter can vibrate, rock, or "walk" across the floor during the spin cycle, which can damage the floor or the machine. Balance the washer by turning the legs clockwise to lower it, and counterclockwise to raise it. 
  4. Clean the lint filter. Depending on your machine, the lint collector may be located in the agitator tube, which is the center column of most machines, or near the top of the washtub. Keep it clean to help your washer run efficiently. 
  5. Wash the washing machine. Rinse away soap residue and buildup by running store-bought washing machine cleaner, or a solution of hot water, vinegar, and baking soda through an empty load. 
  6. Prevent musty odors and mildew. Leave the washer lid or door open between loads to dry out the unit and keep it smelling fresh. On front-loading washers wipe down the rubber seal around the door after doing your laundry. 
  7. Measure your detergent. Read the appliance instruction manual to make sure you use the correct type and amount of detergent for your machine. Too much soap can leave residue on your clothes and cause excess wear and tear on your washer, and high-efficiency washers require a special, low-sudsing detergent. 
  8. Don't overload the machine. Use the appropriate amount of water for the size of the load. Wash heavy or bulky items in small loads since these are harder on the appliance. 
  9. Add a drip pan underneath your washing machine. This is an important addition to an upstairs laundry room since water leaks could damage the floors below it.

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Storm and Water Damage In Chesterfield, MO

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm and Water Damage In Chesterfield, MO Storm Water Intrusion

Protecting Your Chesterfield Wildwood, Mo Home from Storm and Water Damage

Flooding in your home can happen at any time, but your home can be even more exposed to water damage when it rains. As we move into the late Winter and early Spring months here in St Louis, Mo storm damage can become more of a threat to your property. Follow these tips to help protect your home from water damage during the next rainstorm. 

  1. Modify your homes water valves. If the city's main sewer line gets backed up during a heavy rainstorm, you could find yourself standing in a puddle of you-know-what. You may want to consider installing an interior or exterior backflow valve. Backflow valves prevent your water system from being contaminated with water flowing back into your supply lines. 
  2. Clear gutter, drains, and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can end up in a messy flood. Take the time to clean them and clear them of all debris before the rain comes.
  3. Cover air vents. One of the most common ways water finds its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy rain is in the forecast and that you are at risk of flooding, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside. 
  4. Check your sealant surrounding doors and windows. Make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This will help stop rainwater from finding its way into your home. 

If water still manages to find a way into your home and you need assistance for water/mold clean up & restoration, give SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood a call at (636) 537-5400

We're available 24/7 for emergency services. 

SERVPRO State Meeting in Cape Girardeau, Mo

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO State Meeting in Cape Girardeau, Mo Brittany Davenport Sales And Marketing

Missouri Directorship holds the Annual State Meeting in Cape Girardeau, Mo at the New Drury Plaza Convention Center. SERVPRO franchise owners have gathered for this two day event. We are here to learn about upcoming initiatives and how to improve on our customer relationships. 

SUMP PUMP SPRING MAINTENANCE

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SUMP PUMP SPRING MAINTENANCE Example of A SUMP PUMP

Sump Pump Maintenance Checklist

SUMP PUMP SPRING MAINTENANCE TIPS

Is your basement dry? You might want to thank your sump pump.

Your sump pump works hard to keep your basement and the possessions it holds dry all year long. It detects when rainwater and snowmelt are rising and pumps it out before it rises above the floor level.

However, in order for your sump pump to function at its best, it’s important to check up on it yearly. Make it a habit to check your sump pump every spring to make sure it’s working, that way your risk of a surprise puddle in your basement stays low. Cross these four simple tasks off your spring cleaning to-do list and enjoy the year while staying flood-free.

Open it Up: Take the cover off of the sump pump pit or basin and have a look inside. Clear any debris, mud or rocks that you find inside – this helps prevent it from clogging.

Components Check: Peek and make sure the drain hose is connected, and that it’s not blocked or frozen. Also, check the inlet screen and clear it of any debris.

Keep it Afloat: Make sure the float component can move freely and isn’t blocked.

Flow Strategically: Go outside and make sure the water being pumped out is directed away from your home.

Do a Test Run: Fill the pit with a bucket of water, which should trigger the sump pump to be activated. If it doesn’t, make sure it’s plugged in.

Call a Pro: If the pump doesn’t turn on after you’ve plugged it in, call a pro to repair it.

It is always wise to check with your insurance agent to make sure you have Sump Pump Coverage.

Article from American Family Insurance

What To Do After a Building Backup

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do After a Building Backup Sewer system example

What To Do After a Building Backup

  • Safety first 
    Standing water in your building can be dangerous. Do not enter the area if the water level has reached any electrical connection, extension cord, or electrical outlet
  • When in doubt, turn off your power supply 
    When in doubt, turn off the power supply to the affected area of your home. Turn off the gas to your hot water heater. 
  • Call MSD's 24-hour Emergency Hotline at (314) 768-6260 
    We will send a maintenance crew to your home to determine the cause of the backup
  • Cleaning it up
    Raw sewage and flood waters contain bacteria, fecal matter, viruses, and parasites that can cause illness. To protect your family's health, you'll want to remove any contaminated items and clean the affected area as soon as the water recedes. MSD's Building Backup Brochure and Clean Up Guide will show you how to get started. But be careful! If you choose to do it yourself, you'll want to take the appropriate safety precautions.
  • Who pays the bill? 
    Whether or not MSD or your private insurance will reimburse you for your losses depends on the cause of the flooding. 

    If the problem is caused by a public sewer line, an MSD crew will make the necessary repairs to the sewer and arrange for an insurance adjuster to visit your home and verify your damages. We have insurance programs that can reimburse some or all of the costs associated with backups caused by public sewer lines. 

    If the problem is caused by the line from your home to the street: These lines are your private property. MSD's insurance programs will not cover backups caused by them. We suggest you contact your homeowners/renters insurance agent to learn more about the coverage you may have.

    Information from Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer 

Odor Removal and Deodorization

We are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. Our technical expertise and industrial grade air scrubbers and fogging equipment go well beyond simply masking odors and other shortcuts that don’t work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

  •  Odor Removal and Deodorization
  •  Air Scrubbers and Fogging Equipment

Sanitizing Treatments

Depending on the scenario, we may use antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant treatments to clean your property.

  •  Antimicrobial and Antibacterial Treatments
  •  Sanitizing and Disinfectant Treatments

Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning Carpet cleaning heroes.

Did you know that SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood does carpet cleaning. Our crews are IICRC certified to handle carpet cleaning. 

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

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Commercial Cleaning Services

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning Services Call us today for your cleaning needs.

If you are a business owner, or run a particular business that receives a lot of visitors and foot-traffic, you know how important it is to keep your business looking clean and in good shape. A lot of times, you don't have the time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office.

When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism