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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

Commercial Fire Sprinkler Freeze Protections

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Sprinkler Freeze Protections

Most commercial buildings have a fire sprinkler system installed in the ceiling of their property.  As the freezing temperatures continue throughout our area, this is something our businesses in the St. Louis area will want to keep an eye on.  If a pipe would burst in your system, it can cause a lot of damage in just minutes.  Here are a few tips to help prevent your sprinkler system from having any problems.

  1. Have your system checked regularly
  2. Make sure it’s properly insulated from the freezing temperatures
  3. Check to make sure there are no major leaks

Checking these things can definitely help but doesn’t mean it still can’t happen to you.  If you find your business in this situation, give SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood a call at 636-537-5400.  We’ll be able to make it “like it never even happened” and have your business back open in no time!

Have you noticed a musty smell?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Have you ever walked into a room of your home and thought it smelled musty? You search and search and can’t find anything?  There is nothing more frustrating knowing you have a problem somewhere but can’t seem to find it. 

A common place for this to occur is in your bathroom.  If you have a musty smell coming from one of your bathrooms, it could be a sign of hidden water damage.  There are three common issues for this:

  1. Cracked shower tile
  2. Leaky seals at the base of your toilet
  3. Damaged of old caulking and grout

These are the first things you should check for.  If you are still unable to find the source or even if you want to find out how much damage the water has actually caused, give SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood a call for a free estimate.

636-537-5400

Water Damage Caused by Frozen Pipes

1/16/2021 (Permalink)

How to Prevent Water Damage Caused by Frozen Pipes

This is the time of year for problems to arise from frozen pipes.  We’ve been very fortunate to have so many days above freezing this winter season; however, as most St. Louisans know, that can change very quickly.   It’s not too late to prepare your home for the cold weather.  According to the American Red Cross, here are some helpful tips to protect your pipes from the cold weather.

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

If your pipes have ALREADY frozen over…

  • Locate the water main shut-off valve.
  • Open the faucet so thawing water can flow freely and relieve pressure.
  • Warm the pipes with a space heater or hairdryer.

If you find your leaks are causing water damage, give us a call right away!

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood

636-537-5400

Carpet Cleaning

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

To properly clean carpet and upholstery, the first thing you need to know is the type of material you’re working with.  There are several different methods of cleaning depending on the material.  Below you will find a few of the different techniques.

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short pile
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

SERVPRO offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment and professionals trained to the highest standards, call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood at 636-537-5400.

Getting Back to Business

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Getting Back to Business

As consumers are getting back out to shop again, it’s important your business is prepared.  Your property’s appearance speaks volumes to your customers and can determine their comfort level in returning to your business. 

Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward to provide your employees and customers ongoing safety as you operate during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.  As America’s #1 cleanup and restoration brand, we have developed a program that is grounded in our 3 C’s – Consult, Clean and Certify.  Visit our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned page to learn more about how we can make your building safer and ready to get back to business.

Call the local office today to learn more about the program and to receive a free estimate. 

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood

636-537-5400

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning for Your Business

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning for Your Business

Even the highest quality items can show soiling over time.  Protect your investment by calling your local SERVPRO to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. 

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair and other soils.  All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet. 

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil.  Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.  Preventative action items include:

  1. Regular vacuuming
  2. Spot removal
  3. Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  4. Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  5. Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto carpet

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.

For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment and professionals trained to the highest standards, call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood at 636-537-5400.

Residential Cleaning

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

Residential Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood offers several different residential cleaning services.   Our crews are trained to do anything from carpet and upholstery cleaning to air duct cleaning.  We have a highlighted a few of the services we can offer below.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

  • The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will 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.

Call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood today to learn more about how we can help you with your cleaning needs at 636-537-5400.

Fire Safety

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Safety and Tips

Did you know according to redcross.org that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape?  This is why it’s so important for you and your family to have an escape plan if a fire would break out in your home.  Below are a few other tips the American Red Cross recommends to help keep you safe.

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside of sleeping areas.
  2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  4. If a fire occurs in your home, get out, stay out and call for help. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

The first call should always be made to 911.  Once the fire is controlled and you need help with clean up, call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood at 636-537-5400.