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3 Reasons You Need to Replace Your Pipes

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Reasons You Need to Replace Your Pipes Broken pipes can cause a lot of water damage

3 Reasons You Need to Replace Your Pipes

While the plumbing system in your Ballwin, MO, building is made to last quite a while, whether it’s made from steel or polybutylene, it certainly won’t last forever. It may cost some time and money, but it is a good idea to have these replaced occasionally. Here are a few reasons to upgrade to something new.

1. They Are Old

One obvious reason to have your pipes replaced is simply that they have gotten old. Even the most sturdy system will deteriorate over time. How long your system will last before you need to install new plumbing will depend on the materials used, so it is a good idea to keep this information in mind. Whatever the material, if it has been several decades since your pipes were installed, it is probably time to have them replaced.

2. They Are Damaged

Broken pipes can cause a lot of water damage, so you should have these replaced as quickly as you can. Pipes can break as the result of deterioration, freezing during cold weather or even the growth of tree roots nearby. If your pipes are fairly new, then you will likely not need to replace the whole system and can focus on only the affected area.

3. They Are Made from Polybutylene

If your plumbing system was installed between the 1970s and 1990s, then it is possible it was made with this material. PB pipes were used often because they were easy to install and were relatively inexpensive. However, over time, it became apparent that they broke too easily and could leach chemicals into the water. If you have polybutylene pipes, these will need to be replaced as soon as possible.

While you should try to replace your pipes before they cause any damage, accidents happen, and this is not always possible. If you have suffered water damage to your business, an emergency restoration company can help. They can perform cleanup and repairs to quickly restore your building.

Do You Understand Your Water Damage Insurance Coverage?

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do You Understand Your Water Damage Insurance Coverage? Worn down rain gutter

Do You Understand Your Water Damage Insurance Coverage?

There's a lot of confusion concerning whether insurance policies cover flood and water damage. Some homeowners' insurance coverage seems to cover much more than their neighbors. The truth is a little bit complicated but basically comes down to the wording of the policy and any exclusions. What are some of the words and phrases that could help clarify the situation?

  • Gradual damage
  • Resulting damage
  • Subsequent damage

Negligence

There are two other phrases you should pay close attention to (although they don't affect whether your damage is covered); these are "actual replacement cost" and "cash value." These terms refer to how much money you might get for your damaged belongings.

Gradual Damage

This type of damage is generally not covered by insurance. If wear and tear have worn down your rain gutters, and water has been running down the side of your home, leaving stains down your siding, this damage may not be covered.

Resulting Damage

Before you fix broken pipe damage, take note of the immediate changes. If this initial damage is covered under your policy, the remaining flood damage may also be covered. However, the costs associated with replacing old piping and equipment with new probably won't be covered.

Subsequent Damage

If a pipe bursts, your insurance coverage may provide you reimbursement for damage to the carpet, paint, drywall, and similar materials. If you hire water damage remediation professionals to clean up and restore your home, the costs associated with that work may also be covered.

Negligence

If the insurance agency can show that the water damage occurred because of the lack of maintenance, the company may deny the claim. The damage from a broken pipe is immediate, but if a homeowner doesn't report the burst pipe for a couple of days, the company may cite negligence.
You can avoid a denied policy by making sure you understand the exact terms of your policy. Review your responsibilities with your insurance agent and make sure you are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance on your Chesterfield, MO, home. Learn before you experience a flood what is covered and what is not.

Understanding Your Home Insurance Policy

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Here in Chesterfield, Mo we see so many of our customers who do not understand their homeowner's policy. Here is a quick guide to how your policy may be explained. 

As a homeowner, one of the most important aspects of your home isn’t something you use daily. And it isn’t something flashy you show off to friends. It’s your homeowner's insurance policy, and it protects you in more ways than you may think, helping you rebuild your home or repair damage that results from a covered loss.

But, that’s not all. It can also help cover the costs of a lawsuit, help you pay for somewhere else to live when your home is uninhabitable and much more.

Home insurance is typically very comprehensive, but all policies have exclusions and coverage limits. It’s vital to know what those are so you know what’s covered and what’s not. Fire damage? Typically covered. Flood damage? Typically not.

With this guide, you can begin to understand what a typical home insurance policy covers. Just keep in mind that coverage varies from carrier to carrier, region to region and even policy to policy. Only your individual home policy can tell you the coverage you have and that which you don’t. For an even better understanding of your home policy coverage, review it with your local independent agent.

What Home Insurance Covers The typical homeowner's insurance policy has six types of coverage. They are commonly known as:

  • Coverage A: Dwelling, for damage to your house that occurs due to covered losses, such as a fire. Following a covered loss, dwelling coverage helps you repair or rebuild your home, including the structures, such as a garage or a deck, attached to it.
  • Coverage B: Other Structures, for damage to other buildings or structures on your property that result from a covered loss, such as a tornado. This may include a detached garage, a barn or a fence.
  • Coverage C: Personal Property, for damage to or loss, including theft, of your personal belongings and possessions, such as jewelry, furniture, guns, and other valuables. If you experience a covered loss, this coverage will help you replace items up to the defined dollar limit in your policy. In certain instances, your belongings may be worth more than the typical home insurance policy covers. In this case, you may be able to purchase additional coverage through a process known as “scheduling valuables.” To help expedite a personal property claim, it helps to keep an updated home inventory of your belongings.
  • Coverage D: Additional Living Expenses, for costs incurred, up to your set policy limit, due to “loss of use” of your home, meaning your home has been damaged to the extent that you cannot live in it and you need to live elsewhere. This coverage helps you handle the costs of your temporary housing and related expenses.
  • Coverage E: Personal Liability, for damage to other people’s property for which you are responsible. This coverage may also help you handle legal costs and liability judgments resulting from a lawsuit, up to the defined dollar amounts outlined in your policy.
  • Coverage F: Medical Payments to Others, for bodily injuries to other people, such as a houseguest, that occur in your home or on your property. Like personal liability coverage, this coverage helps with the costs of a lawsuit or legal decision, up to your defined policy limits.

Remember that, despite having all of these different types of coverage, you’re only covered up to the dollar amounts that you select and only for covered losses, as outlined in your policy. Typically, you can change these policy limits at any time if you’d like to purchase more coverage. This is a good idea if, for example, you’ve recently added on to your home, acquired some pricey personal belongings or made other updates to your property. If needed, you can also reduce your coverage, though always ensure you are adequately protected.

What Home Insurance Doesn’t Cover

It’s just as important to know what your homeowner's insurance doesn’t cover as it is to know what your home policy does cover. For starters, your policy does not cover any damage or repairs costing less than your deductible. It also does not cover any costs that exceed the coverage limits outlined in your policy. You are solely responsible for excess costs unless you have an umbrella policy to provide additional liability coverage for a covered loss.

More than likely, your policy also does not cover routine maintenance and repairs, as well as damage due to animals, termites, floods, earthquakes, sinkholes, sewer backups, and other incidents. These are often considered non-covered losses. If you experience a non-covered loss, as outlined by your policy, you will be responsible for the costs.

What Home Insurance May Cover

Outside of the typical home insurance coverage, optional or separate coverage may be available from your carrier or from a different carrier. For example, you may be able to purchase earthquake or flood coverage separate from your homeowner's policy.

Other coverage options are add-ons to your existing homeowner's insurance. These can include identity protection and equipment breakdown coverage, which covers the cost to repair or replace a range of appliances and other equipment, such as pool equipment, in your home. If this sounds similar to an extended appliance warranty, it is. The difference is that you can insure an array of appliances at once through this optional coverage rather than purchasing a separate warranty for each one.

This guide is a starting point for understanding your home insurance policy. Your own policy may vary greatly from the descriptions above depending on the state where you live, your carrier, and the coverage you have selected. So take a close look at your policy by reviewing your documents or viewing your coverage online. Or, even better, sit down with a local insurance agent who can explain your coverage in detail, as well as discuss whether your policy provides adequate protection for your home, property, and belongings.

From our friends at The Insurance Store and Safeco Insurance

Winter Is Coming Advoid A Chimney Fire In Your Home

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Winter Is Coming Advoid A Chimney Fire In Your Home Keep Warm And Safe

Here at SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood we see many of the preventable fire each year.  The Majority of Chimney Fires Go Undetected
Slow-burning chimney fires don’t get enough air or have fuel to be dramatic or visible and they often go undetected until a later chimney inspection, but, the temperatures they reach are very high and can cause as much damage to the chimney structure – and nearby combustible parts of the house – as their more spectacular cousins.Creosote & Chimney Fires: What You Must Know
Fireplaces and wood stoves are designed to safely contain wood-fuel fires while providing heat for a home. The chimneys that serve them have the job of expelling the by-products of combustion – the substances produced when wood burns. These include smoke, water vapor, gases, unburned wood particles, hydrocarbon, tar fog, and assorted minerals. As these substances exit the fireplace or wood stove and flow up into the relatively cooler chimney, condensation occurs. The resulting residue that sticks to the inner walls of the chimney is called creosote.  

Creosote is a black or brown residue that can be crusty and flaky…tar-like, drippy and sticky…or shiny and hardened. All forms are highly combustible. If it builds up in sufficient quantities – and the internal flue temperature is high enough – the result could be a chimney fire.  

Conditions that encourage the buildup of creosote:

  • restricted air supply
  • unseasoned wood
  • cooler than normal chimney temperatures

Air supply may be restricted by closing the glass doors, by failing to open the damper wide enough, and the lack of sufficient make-up air to move heated smoke up the chimney rapidly (the longer the smoke’s “residence time” in the flue, the more likely is it that creosote will form). A wood stove’s air supply can be limited by closing down the stove damper or air inlets too soon or too much. Burning unseasoned wood – because so much energy is used initially just to drive off the water trapped in the cells of the logs– keeps the resulting smoke cooler, then if a seasoned wood is used. In the case of wood stoves, overloading the firebox with wood in an attempt to get a longer burn time also contributes to creosote buildup. Source:Chimney Safety Institute of America

Replace Rubber Washing Machine Hoses

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Replace Rubber Washing Machine Hoses Washer Machine Hoses

What would you guess is the number one cause of water damage to a home? Did you think tornadoes, rainstorms or hurricanes?  It’s hard to believe, but it’s broken washing machine hoses.

Left unnoticed a broken washing machine hose can quickly flood a home. Check your hoses periodically. If there are any signs of bulging or leakage, replace the hoses. Make sure your washing machine has heavy, reinforced hoses. The better quality hoses are reinforced with braided metal on the outside or inside.

Another option is to turn off the water to the washing machine when it is not in use. It may not be practical if your laundry has typical plumbing valves, but it’s straightforward if you install a special valve that allows you to turn off hot and cold with a flip of a lever.

A ruptured washing machine hose is the most frequent cause of household water damage originating in the laundry room. According to a spokesman for a major homeowner’s insurance company, a broken cold or hot washing machine hose can inundate the home with up to 500 gallons of water per hour. Imagine bringing an outdoor garden hose inside the house, turning it on full force and just letting it run. You get the picture.

If you are going out of town, turn off your water supply to prevent water damage while you are not at home. SERVPRO is here to help if you should ever need us. 

Fire Safety Smoke Alarm Tips In Chesterfield, MO

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Smoke Alarm Tips In Chesterfield, MO Check Your Smoke Alarm Often
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should be outside each sleeping areas and on every level of the home. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms. 
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When on smoke alarm sounds, they all sound. 
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure that the alarm is working. 
  • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

*Source: NFPA-Nation Fire Protection Association 

Causes of Refrigerator Leaks

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Causes of Refrigerator Leaks Inspect waterlines often.

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.

Water line. 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.

Source: https://www.erplumbing.com

Selling Your Home

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Selling Your Home Sell your home faster. Cleaned by the professionals.

Selling Your Home

Cigarette Nicotine Removal

Having a home that has been smoked in may as well had a fire. Smoke can be everywhere. If you thinking about selling a home with a smoke smell can be very costly. SERVPRO has the training and knowledge on how to remove the smell of tobacco products from Commercial buildings and Residential properties.

Ceiling and wall cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your home or business. You should also clean walls before painting so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, SERVPRO of South Chesterfield / Wildwood can help. Ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Your heating and air conditioning system can distribute these contaminants throughout your property. Learn more about air duct and HVAC cleaning. Using SERVPRO’s time-tested and industry-approved steps, along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, we strive to restore your ceilings and walls without the need to repaint or refinish and to help the entire property smell fresh. Need Professional Cleaning? Call Today (636) 537-5400

Commercial Mold Remediation in Chesterfield, MO

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Mold Remediation in Chesterfield, MO Mole found behind vinyl wallpaper.

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of South Chesterfield / Wildwood can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition. Learn more about SERVPRO of South Chesterfield / Wildwood training and certifications.

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at 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.

SERVPRO Brings The Right Technology To You

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Brings The Right Technology To You The right tool saves time and money.

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood uses state of the art technology at every job. Dehumidifiers are one of the tools to successfully dry out your home or business in a timely manner.

The Phoenix 250 MAX LGR Dehumidifier

Removing 145 ppd at AHAM conditions, the 250 MAX is our newest Stainless Series LGR dehumidifier.

The Phoenix 250 MAX brings the latest Phoenix technology to our Restoration line. A line going back to the very first LGR (Low Grain Refrigerant) dehumidifier, the Phoenix 200 — the dehumidifier that revolutionized the restoration industry with its deeper drying power.

If your Chesterfield property has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property properly. Our water removal and cleanup process also provide validation and documentation that your property is dry.

Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.

If you should find yourself needing help, Call us at SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood 636-537-5400