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How Cities Plan for and Prevent Flooding

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

A common way to stop flooding is the use of barriers such as sandbags

High water from floods is a problem in many areas, especially large cities. Fortunately, engineers and city planners have numerous ways to manage flood waters and save lives and property. These planning techniques fall into two broad categories — preventing floods in the first place and designing flood-friendly cities.

Preventing Floods

Whether excess water results from snowmelt, rainfall or overflowing bodies of water, there are several ways cities can address it. The following are three common ways to avoid flooding:

Blocking In cases of overflowing bodies of water, one of the most common ways to stop flooding is the use of barriers. These can be anything from simple sandbags to high-tech gates.
Rerouting When water cannot be blocked, like in heavy rainstorms, some cities channel the excess water away from buildings. In some cases, the water is directed into vast storage systems and processed to be reused.
Absorbing Cities are especially prone to flooding because of their high proportion of concrete to green space. In rural areas, the natural ground acts as a sponge and absorbs much of the rainfall and river runoff. In more urban areas, however, the water simply collects on top of the concrete. Some cities, such as Chicago, use absorbent paving material to prevent high water levels.

Designing Flood-Friendly Cities

In cases of extreme rainfall, flood prevention may not be possible. In the past few years, the frequency of flooding has increased, and evidence suggests that this pattern will continue for the foreseeable future. Therefore, some engineers have begun suggesting flood-friendly cities which incorporate the following:

Smart Zoning Some city planners, particularly along the coasts, have proposed building new houses at higher elevations.
Floating Structures Large floating barges with hospitals, schools and other buildings would allow cities to continue daily activities even during a flood.

Unfortunately, not all cities are currently prepared to withstand high water levels. If your Eureka, MO, commercial property is affected by a flood, you may need to hire a professional restoration team to get your business back to normal.

4 Steps To Take After an Apartment Fire

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Wildwood, MO

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, there are about 100,000 rental property fires every year. The costs related to property damage are naturally very high. Although property owners have many other concerns that fill their day-to-day calendars, fire safety should be a top priority. In addition to implementing fire safety policies, it's important that property owners understand their responsibilities in response to an apartment fire.

Contact Your Insurance Company

One of the best reasons to call your agent immediately is the ability to avoid interfering with your claim. If you enter the property and add to the fire damage, you could negatively impact the status of your claim. Your insurance agent may provide recommendations for your next steps.

Gather Facts and Details

The fire department and your insurance company will ask for information about how the fire started. Talk to tenants about their activities prior to the fire. The information you gather may help to determine whether the fire was started by an unattended fire or a problem with electrical wiring. The fire department will also conduct an investigation.

Help Renters Find Temporary Housing

If the apartment fire has made the building uninhabitable, your renters will need a temporary place to stay until fire damage restoration professionals have the chance to clean up and repair the building. There should be at least a few Wildwood, MO, organizations to help you find a place for your renters to stay. If the fire was not the result of negligence or fire code violations, your insurance coverage may pay the relocation costs. Remind renters to contact their insurance providers, as well.

Contact Fire Restoration Professionals

In addition to losing out on revenue while your property sits vacant, fire damages increase as they sit. Professionals take immediate steps to mitigate further harm. The sooner technicians can get to your property, the sooner you can move renters back in.

Rental property fires are some of the most common types of losses that affect property owners. Knowing how to respond when an apartment fire breaks out helps you avoid further damages.

Commercial Water Loss

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Interesting historical sites and historic homes are a draw in this area Southwest of St. Louis. The small town feel and semi-rural character of the area are a benefit for your small business. As you offer your products and services online or to residents and other business in the area, turn to SERVPRO if your office suffers water damage. We know how vital it is to keep your clients and employees happy and healthy even when a roof leak damages interior ceilings and walls. Our technicians know precisely how to pinpoint the source of the moisture that is causing plaster or drywall to disintegrate, and we will take all the steps necessary to insure your work continues as we abate the damage the water has done.

If your client or business records suffer commercial water damage within the walls of your Chesterfield operations be sure our technicians are aware of the importance of these documents. When water damages the papers in your filing systems, it is essential that we quickly arrange to have a document water restoration expert from our staff join the team working through the moisture damage issues at your office. Trained in the best industry practices for drying and restoring documents soaked because of the leaking issues in your office, our staff is adept at saving items you might have feared we lost forever. We will use a variety of techniques including freezing the affected paperwork until we determine with you the identification of the documents that need to be restored and the best way to dry them out. Air drying and specialized setups with dehumidifiers or vacuum thermal or vacuum freeze-drying will be considered as methods to restore papers, all in close consultation with you, the business owner.

We also are proficient at restoring the electronics that no doubt form the backbone of your business. Many businesses, perhaps including yours, save much of their critical content online or on computers or mobile devices. Our staff has specialized certification in restoring water damaged electronic devices and can help connect you with specialists in data recovery should the damage be extensive. One important detail when dealing with electronic water damage is to keep ambient temperatures above the dew point so that internal condensation is kept to a minimum.

Check out the professional document and electronic restoration services available from SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood if your business suffers water damage to paper or electronic records. A call to 636-537-5400 will put you on track to save crucial paperwork and virtual documents.

Causes of Refrigerator Leaks

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Causes of Refrigerator Leaks

Maybe your water alarm alerted you, maybe you see a puddle or some dripping, or maybe you see some signs of water damage (corrosion, water stains, etc.). Once you’ve discovered a leak, consider the possible causes.

Blocked defroster. A blocked defroster can stop defrost-cycle water from draining properly. Try clearing out the small drain by pouring hot water into it. Remove any debris with a pipe cleaner.

Drain pan. Sometimes the drain pan itself can leak. Check for cracks.

Filter. Refrigerators with filters can leak if the filter is the wrong size or not installed properly.

Waterline. This is potentially the most problematic. Refrigerators with ice makers or water dispensers have water lines running between the main water supply and the back of the fridge. Feel to see if the water line is wet or dripping. Cracked hoses and loose connections are often the culprits.

Refrigerator leaks can damage the flooring and cabinets in your kitchen.  If you experience a refrigerator leak, please contact us right away to treat and help to prevent any further damage.

Is Your Business Prepared for an Emergency?

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a free assessment of your commercial facility. It is designed to give you all the information you need in an event of an emergency. Our SERVPRO of Chesterfield/Wildwood Marketing Representatives will come to your facility and record the details and information on their iPads such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. It will also identify the line of command for authorizing work to begin as well as establishing who to call in case of an emergency. Our marketing representative will take pictures of all exits, stairwells, elevators, electrical room, alarm location, water and gas shut off locations and many other detailed information.

The ERP can be accessed through the free mobile app that can be downloaded from the app store. We will also print out a copy of the ERP, if requested, so you always have a hard copy in reach at your office. This service that we provide our clients is has proven to be very help in a fire or water disaster.

Call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood today to inquire about an Emergency Ready Profile for your facility! This free assessment of your building will help save you time in an event of a disaster and established SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood as your fire and water mitigation and reconstruction provider!

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood is Here to Help After Storm Damage

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood 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

When storms hit Chesterfield, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.  We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,800 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 1 (636)-537-5400

Air Purification for Smoke Smell

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke smells and smoke damage are present in the air after a fire, which will require removal purifying. A restoration company will employ a variety of techniques to clean and sanitize the air so that the property can be usable once again. Fire damage restoration cannot be complete without a complete purification of the air.

A fire in a business can extensively damage drywall or paint, which will need to be restored last once all other damage is handled. Once the smoke smell is completely removed, fire cleanup and be completed with aesthetic touches. Complete fire damage restoration will leave the property completely usable. Commercial fire damage is reversed to the point where business can resume as usual, "Like it never even happened."

The stability provided by a restoration company after a fire in a home or a fire in a business is incomparable to that of an individual handling the situation by him- or herself. Fire cleanup is a complicated task that requires specialized equipment and multiple technicians depending on the extent of the fire damage. It is almost impossible to reverse commercial fire damage without help. Whether it is just to board up the property or to remove all the water from firefighting, a company takes on a lot of the burden, providing stability to a shaken individual.

What Not To Do When Your Home Floods

7/28/2019 (Permalink)

One broken pipe can cause a lot of problems. When you see the telltale signs of water damage in your home in Chesterfield, MO there are specific steps you should take to start the remediation process. There are also a number of things that are important to avoid.

Don't Ignore Safety Precautions

When you approach standing water in home, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Avoid potential dangers:

Using electrical appliances in the area

Murky water

Structural Damage

The best course of action is to avoid the area altogether until help arrives. If you must enter the area, however, make sure you wear protective gear and flip the breakers to turn off electricity first.

Don't Cause More Damage

A broken pipe will spew water until it no longer has a source. Neglecting to turn off the water main in a timely manner can cause more damage. Newspaper is absorbent, but it can stain your carpet, creating one more mess to clean up. The same thing goes for brightly colored rugs. Take them out of the space as soon as possible so that they don't bleed onto the floor underneath. 

Don't Try To Fix It Yourself

Although your gut reaction to a problem in your home may be to jump in and fix it, resist the urge to do so. Water restoration professionals have the training to fix the flooding problem and restore your home to its former state. They also have the appropriate licensing to ensure that they are following all the right regulations. If you try to address the issue without these credentials, your insurance is unlikely to cover the extra damage you cause in the process.

When a broken pipe causes damage in your home, your timely response is important. Just make sure you are responding in the right way. Enlist professional help and adhere to safety guidelines to ensure prompt and efficient resolution.

How Quickly Can Mold Grow After a Flooding Event?

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Broken pipe causes mold damage in Ellisville, MO

Why Mold Is So Opportunistic?

If your building in Ellisville, MO, is flooded in some manner, water damage is a major concern. Whether the flooding is due to severe weather conditions, damaged water or heating pipes indoors, a leaking roof or from another cause, there can be serious consequences. Mold can grow following a flooding event and can quickly spread. Mold is a type of fungus that is well-suited to take advantage of damp areas inside buildings. Below are the reasons why mold is so opportunistic following a flooding event indoors.

1. Mold Growth Can Be Rapid

It can take as little as 24 to 48 hours for mold to begin growing on a water-damaged surface. This rapid growth rate may leave very little time to clean up the water before mold takes hold.

2. Mold Does Not Discriminate

Mold is a very hardy fungus that can grow on nearly any damp surface. There does not need to be a large flood to allow mold to grow. Even something as simple as a slow leak from a pipe that causes minor water damage nearby can generate enough moisture to support mold.

3. Mold Needs Very Little to Survive

Mold requires moisture, and very little else, to grow and thrive. Because it is so resilient, it is very easy for it to begin growing in areas where it is not expected. Many people believe a serious flood must occur inside a building for mold to appear, but that is not true. This is why mold prevention is key to keeping the fungus from flourishing.

Any level of flooding or water infiltration inside a building is enough to cause concern regarding mold, whether it is a very small leak or a large flood. Hiring the services of mold remediation specialists to help survey the damage and clean up the mess may be a good option. Keep in mind that any time water damage occurs, mold can soon follow.

Maintaining Your Washing Machine

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

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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