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Difficult Drying Areas

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

All homes and properties have unique challenges when it comes to extracting water and drying. These 4 spaces are the most common and here's why.

  • DUCTWORK - Some duct systems made of fragile, porous materials
  • ATTICS - Hard to get equipment into, electrical hazards and may require moving insulation
  • BASEMENTS - Could be unfinished with lots of porous materials that would need disposing of in Category 2 or 3 water
  • CRAWL SPACE - Hard to get equipment into and low temperatures require supplemental heat to warm the space

SERVPRO professionals will determine the best plan of action and what is needed to properly dry out these hard-to-reach areas.  Call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood at 636-537-5400 to receive a free estimate on any of your water damage needs.

Commercial Mold Remediation

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

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, they will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. They have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

Black mold in particular can be alarming and confusing.  Here are some helpful facts about black mold.

What Is Black Mold?

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Please refer to our Mold Damage Tips to learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives. 

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today 636-537-5400

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  •  Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  •  Mold spores are microscopic, 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 toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  •  Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Cleaning Services

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. The residential cleaning services performed by SERVPRO professionals will not only ease the burden of the constant maintenance of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Residential Cleaning Services include:

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.

Air Duct Cleaning

We all have tasks around the house that don’t make it to the top of our priority list. Properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.

Odor Removal

Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.

Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up

SERVPRO experts are ready to assist in the clean up of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your home. Find out more about our franchise professionals.

Air Fryer Safety

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Air Fryer Safety

One of the most popular trends in cooking right now is the use of air fryers.  People are trying to be more health conscious in their food choices, and this has allowed them to do so.  According to Allied Market Research, “The air fryer market size was valued at $894.3 million in 2018, and is expected to reach $1,425.7 million by 2026, registering a CAGR of 6.1% from 2019 to 2026.”  That being said, there are some safety measures people should take to ensure they don’t cause a fire while cooking.  Below we’ve highlighted some “Dos” and “Don’ts” of using an air fryer.

DON’T – Use cooking sprays with propellants, aerosol sprays or chemical based non-stick sprays.  They might start to break down the coating on many non-stick baskets and trays.

DO – Invest a few dollars in quality oil spray or pump and use quality high flash point oil.

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood

636-537-5400

Replacing Insulation

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Whenever water damage occurs in our homes, our first instinct is to save valuable items and start cleaning up the mess.  What a lot of people don’t realize is the damage that has occurred that you are unable to see.  If you’re unsure about how much damage occurred, give SERVPRO a call.  We’ll be able to survey the extent of the water damage and inspect the premises.  A SERVPRO professional will inspect and test your home to discover the extent of the damage.  Additionally, they will look for safety concerns and explain them to you.  An area people don’t think about is the insulation behind your walls.  When wet, some insulation, like fiberglass or expanded foam can be dried and saved.  Blown insulation that’s wet loses its R-value, or ability to insulate, and should be replaced.  SERVPRO will be able to help determine the best route for you to go. 

Call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood for a free estimate on any water damage that has occurred to your home.

636-537-5400

Preparing for a Tornado

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

As Missouri is starting to approach Tornado season, we need to make sure we’re prepared in case one is in our area.  First, you need to know the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning.  A watch means a tornado is possible in your area.  A warning means there is already one occurring in your area and you need to take shelter immediately.  According to the American Red Cross, these are a few things that can help prepare and protect your family during a tornado.

  1. Talk about tornadoes with your family so that everyone knows where to go if a tornado warning is issued. Discussing ahead of time helps reduce fear, especially for younger children.
  2. Check at your workplace and your children’s schools and daycare centers to learn about their tornado emergency plans. Every building has different safe places.
  3. Ensure that every member of your family carries a Safe and Well Wallet Card.
  4. Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts, either through streaming an online NOAA radio station, downloading a NOAA radio app in Apple Store or Google Play, or purchasing a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA radio in the Red Cross Store.
  5. Check your Emergency Kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications or other medical supplies. Keep it nearby.

Once the storm has cleared and it is safe for your family to come out of shelter, you’ll want to assess any damage that has occurred to your home.  If you find you have water damage, contact SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood and we’ll be able to take care of the problem for you.   

Air Duct Cleaning and HVAC Cleaning

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Air Duct Cleaning and HVAC Cleaning

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the air duct work of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating odors, dust and other contaminants.

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, air duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on air duct cleaning contact SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood today.

Process After a Fire

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

A fire in your home, big or small, can be very scary for you and your family.  The idea of putting your home back together after something like this happens can be an intimidatingly large job.  That’s where we come in.  We’ll take you through the process from cleaning the structure and contents of your home, to helping put it back to its original condition.   One of the first things we’ll do with you is walk through your home and evaluate what we feel can be cleaned and saved and what needs to be replaced.  Our goal is to help make this as easy as possible on you.  We’ll work closely with your insurance company to be able to provide you the best possible service, with constant communication throughout the process.  We hope this is something you never have to deal with, but if you do, call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood.  We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood - Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

636-537-5400

Space Heater Safety

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Space Heater Safety

We all want to protect our friends and family from a fire occurring in our homes; however, according to the National Fire Protection Association, more home fires occur during the winter months than any other season of the year.

They have also stated that heating is the second leading cause of US home fires and home fire inquiries and third leading home fire deaths.  December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires.  One of the largest reasons for this is the increased use of space heaters during the colder months.

Aside from avoiding space heaters all together, there are some things you can do to help avoid a fire.  Below we’ve highlighted some suggestions the NY Times has given to safely use a space heater.

  1. Put your space heater on the floor and leave it there
  2. Keep it away from water
  3. Avoid flammable objects
  4. Never leave your space heater unattended

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood

636-537-5400

Winter Storm and Freezing Pipes

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Winter weather, specifically ice, can cause a lot of damage to your home.  There are some things that can be done to help prevent the damage from occurring. According to the CDC, here are a few recommendations on ways to best weatherproof your home:

  • Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
  • Caulk and weather strip doors and windows.
  • Insulate walls and attic.
  • Install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.

Hopefully you are not someone that has a tree fall on your home; however, if you find yourself in this situation, or even just have a small amount of water leaking in from somewhere, give us a call.  We can help by providing board up and tarping if needed.  Even though this can be a scary and overwhelming situation, SERVPRO is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood

636-537-5400