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Cleaning Process After a Fire

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be very costly, especially to a business that needs to get their doors back open to their customers as soon as possible.  We understand the stress this can cause to a business owner and that is why we restore all we can.  If we can restore it, this will cut down on lost revenue as you will not need to allow for additional closed days for reconstruction work. This is how we clean interior walls free from soot and smelly residue caused by the fire.

CLEAN

  • Apply cleaning solution to a rag and work from bottom to top in 3-4-inch circles.

RINSE

  • Apply rinsing solution to rag and work from bottom to top

DRY

  • Fold the towel in quarters. Dry the cleaned area.  Rotate the towel as each side becomes damp.

If you have a fire and need our help, Call us at 636-537-5400.  We’re available 24/7 to take care of the problem.

Tips to Avoid Storm Damage

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mud on floor after storm water entered basement. This is what a basement looked like after 4 inches of water had receded after a storm.

During a storm, it is not uncommon for the St. Louis Metro area to see several inches of rain to fall in a very short period of time.  This tends to cause flash flooding throughout the area and can wreak havoc on people’s homes.  It’s important to make sure you are prepared and your home is protected when these things happen.  Unfortunately, there are times it is completely unavoidable but there are some things that can be done to make sure you are taking precautions.  Below are a few suggestions of things to do:

  1. Sump pump maintenance should occur yearly. We often hear people have flooded basements due to sump pump failures.  Have this checked regularly to ensure yours is working properly.
  2. Make sure your gutters and drains are cleared of debris so water can free flow in the areas it has been directed to go.

Even after taking these precautions, flooding can still happen.  If you have a water emergency, call 636-537-5400.  We’re available 24/7 to take care of the problem.

Learn More About our Disaster Recovery Teams

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

“Our Disaster Recovery Team has been dispatched. Delaware and Pennsylvania, we're on the way.”

This statement was sent out after the folks on the east coast were hit hard by hurricane Isiasis.   SERVPRO is here to help after a natural disaster has come through your town.  In addition to the local franchises in the affected states, SERVPRO has a national network of over 1,800 Franchises across the country and specialized Disaster Recovery Teams that are ready to respond if additional restoration personnel and equipment are needed.  Here are a couple of reasons to choose SERVPRO in your time of need:

They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to hurricane damage with experienced cleanup crews. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

They specialize in water and storm damage restoration, including damage caused by hurricanes, storm surges, and wind damage. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

First Step When a Fire Occurs

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Step One: Find All Smoke Residues in the Home

As experts in fire damage restoration, we use the same thorough process for every job. The first step is locating all smoke residues by inspecting and testing to evaluate what cleaning services are needed for restoration.

Through this process, we’ll help to determine what items in your home are salvageable through our cleaning procedures or if a particular item should be replaced.  We know your home and the items in it are very personal to you and your family.  We have very advanced cleaning processes to help ensure we can save as many items as possible.  Having a fire in your home can be very traumatic and the last thing we want to do is tell you your personal items can’t be saved.

If something like this occurs to you, give us a call.  We’ll come to your home and walk you through what we’ll do to get your home back to its original condition.

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood          636-537-5400

Water Damage Tips

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Here are some helpful tips if you have water damage in your home.  Once you have determined everyone in your home is safe, use this checklist to help prevent further damage until help arrives. 

HAVE A WATER DAMAGE EMERGENCY? CALL 636-537-5400

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Disinfecting your Business

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Servpro employee fogging a business with disinfectant Fogging a business with disinfectant as part of our Certified: SERVPRO Clean program

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

COVID-19 has changed what it means to be clean.  Is your business ready?

Getting back to business relies on getting your customers back through your doors.   That will only happen if they feel comfortable and secure in your space.  Are you ready to be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

Put your trust in the nation’s #1 choice for cleanup and restoration.  Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive program that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.  SERVPRO® professionals have been on the frontlines of proactive COVID-related cleanup and are Here to Help® as your business continues its fight against COVID-19.

At SERVPRO®, we’re committed to bringing a deeper level of clean to your business.  With Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, we’re helping to safeguard our communities with a higher standard of clean for all Americans. We’re Here to Help® - 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call us today to learn more about CERTIFIED: SERVPRO CLEANED  636-537-5400

What to do after a Storm

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

What to do after a Storm

It can be very overwhelming and scary once a storm occurs and you now have an inch of water in your basement. It’s important to locate all areas the water has migrated to.   Just because your drywall might look dry doesn’t mean the insulation behind is.  The longer it stays wet, the higher chance you have of microbial growth.  Below is a list of areas we recommend checking when you have water damage.

  • Ceilings of rooms under the source
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Wet Insulation
  • Duct Systems
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Basements

It’s not always easy to check these things yourself, especially if you don’t have the proper equipment to do so.  SERVPRO® of South Chesterfield/Wildwood is always happy to provide you with a free estimate.  We’ll use the right tools to track what areas have been affected and give you an estimate for mitigating any damage.  We’re here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Preventing Outdoor Grill Fires

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Safety in grilling this summer!

Did you know most outdoor grill fires occur in the month of July?  As many of us are outdoors more and having family barbeques, it’s also one of the most dangerous months for a fire to occur in the backyard.   They are many leading causes for this to happen that can be avoided.  Making sure you have placed your grill in a safe location far enough away from your home structure and deck is an important first step.  Another thing to consider is making sure you’re cleaning and maintaining your grill on a regular basis.  According the National Fire Protection Association, “ grills had not been cleaned in more than one-quarter (29%) of the home grill structure fires”.  Be sure to regularly clean grease and fat off your grill.  A common practice is to use a wire brush to do so.  There are different cleaning agents that can be applied for tougher grease.  The NFPA has many other suggestions and precautions to take in preventing a grill fire at your home.  Please review this before your next BBQ to keep your friends, family, and home safe from an outdoor grill fire.

What You Need to Know About Smoke Alarms

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

Here are a few things you need to know

  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • 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. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
  • 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.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan!

Why PPE?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

3 people wearing personal protective equipment Personal Protective Equipment is worn while cleaning office space.

What is PPE?

The term “PPE” is something we have come accustom to hearing lately due to the recent pandemic that is happening in the world.  Many are asking, “What exactly is PPE”?  PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment.  It is worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. There are many different variations of PPE that can be worn depending on the severity of the situation.  Check out the OSHA website to learn more about the different types that can be worn.

The importance of PPE:

  1. Protect workers from threat of viral pathogens in the area
  2. Protect area from potential contamination by our workers
  3. Protect from harmful contaminants in water or particulates in the air during fire restoration, water mitigation, and COVID-19 cleaning.

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood has safety trainings frequently to ensure our staff understands the proper ways to don and doff personal protective equipment. 

Call us today to learn more about how we’ll be sure to take the proper safety measures in your home!