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Dry rot in home in Chesterfield, MO
Dry Rot Under Tub
Your home is most likely one of your greatest investments. To protect your investment, it is important to be able to spot small problems before they become major expenses. Dry rot is one of those problems.
Dry rot is caused by a fungus that feeds on wood and weakens it. Wood becomes cracked and brittle and eventually breaks down. Dry rot is particularly a problem in older homes where wood may not have been treated to prevent rot damage.
Here are three things you should know about dry rot:
1) Where to look for dry rot.
Dry rot may sound as though it’s misnamed because fungus needs moisture to grow. Look in areas of your home where there is a water source.
Outside, you may find rot where there are damaged gutters or downspouts. Areas to check for rot include:
Wooden window sills.
Where water runs off the roof along with a wall.
Where a deck attaches to the home.
Where a vertical surface meets a horizontal surface.
Look for cracks, splits, and discoloration, which may indicate the presence of rot. Check the roof, especially areas where your home may have had a leak. Dry rot can also occur at points of a structure where wood meets the ground.
Inside, look for dry rot in areas where there may be a leaky pipe, unvented attic space, and damp basements or crawlspaces. Look for areas where drywall is water stained. Other areas to check include:
Rim joists, especially on a porch, crawlspace or basement.
Where wood meets a masonry floor or wall.
The floor around a tub or toilet.
You can check for rot with a pick or screwdriver. If it penetrates the wood or the wood flakes easily, there is rot. There may also be rot hidden behind flooring, drywall or siding, which may only be apparent by some discoloration or noticing the material does not feel structurally sound underweight or pressure.
2) What to do if you discover dry rot.
Dry rot is progressive so you will want to make repairs as soon as possible. You will first need to stop the source of the moisture. Replace wood that has been structurally weakened, possibly with pressure treated wood. Be sure the problem is properly diagnosed and not mistaken for damage done by carpenter ants.
Once you have found the source of moisture, repair the problem. If there is severe damage, pry off and replace the old wood. Be sure to temporarily support any structure before removing the old wood. Small areas of rot can be repaired with epoxy resin. If the wood is still structurally sound and the source of the moisture has been stopped, you can treat the area with borate, a fungicide, to stop the growth of the fungus and protect the wood from further damage.
3) How to prevent dry rot.
Rot occurs when there is wood combined with high moisture. To prevent rot, there are several things you can do around your house:
Properly ventilate and insulate your attic.
Properly ventilate crawlspaces.
Seal basement and crawlspace floors to reduce ground moisture.
Check all wall and roof flashing to ensure water is being directed properly.
Check deck and porch flashings.
Keep wood siding and trims off the ground and away from the roof and masonry.
Make sure all windows and doors are properly flashed.
Keep up with painting and caulking.
Keep drains and downspouts clear.
If there is considerable runoff near the house, consider installing a rain barrel to collect water or connecting your downspout to a drain tile that can move water a safe distance from your home.
Most importantly, treat dry rot as soon as it is discovered! Untreated dry rot can cause major damage to your home.
Maintaining Your Washing Machine
Replace Hoses Every Few Years
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.
- 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.
- Move the machine. Check that there are at least four inches between your washing machine and the wall. This prevents hoses from kinking.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Storm and Water Damage In Chesterfield, MO
Storm Water Intrusion
Protecting Your Chesterfield Wildwood, Mo Home from Storm and Water Damage
Flooding in your home can happen at any time, but your home can be even more exposed to water damage when it rains. As we move into the late Winter and early Spring months here in St Louis, Mo storm damage can become more of a threat to your property. Follow these tips to help protect your home from water damage during the next rainstorm.
- Modify your homes water valves. If the city's main sewer line gets backed up during a heavy rainstorm, you could find yourself standing in a puddle of you-know-what. You may want to consider installing an interior or exterior backflow valve. Backflow valves prevent your water system from being contaminated with water flowing back into your supply lines.
- Clear gutter, drains, and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can end up in a messy flood. Take the time to clean them and clear them of all debris before the rain comes.
- Cover air vents. One of the most common ways water finds its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy rain is in the forecast and that you are at risk of flooding, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside.
- Check your sealant surrounding doors and windows. Make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This will help stop rainwater from finding its way into your home.
If water still manages to find a way into your home and you need assistance for water/mold clean up & restoration, give SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood a call at (636) 537-5400
We're available 24/7 for emergency services.
SERVPRO State Meeting in Cape Girardeau, Mo
Brittany Davenport Sales And Marketing
Missouri Directorship holds the Annual State Meeting in Cape Girardeau, Mo at the New Drury Plaza Convention Center. SERVPRO franchise owners have gathered for this two day event. We are here to learn about upcoming initiatives and how to improve on our customer relationships.
SUMP PUMP SPRING MAINTENANCE
Example of A SUMP PUMP
Sump Pump Maintenance Checklist
SUMP PUMP SPRING MAINTENANCE TIPS
Is your basement dry? You might want to thank your sump pump.
Your sump pump works hard to keep your basement and the possessions it holds dry all year long. It detects when rainwater and snowmelt are rising and pumps it out before it rises above the floor level.
However, in order for your sump pump to function at its best, it’s important to check up on it yearly. Make it a habit to check your sump pump every spring to make sure it’s working, that way your risk of a surprise puddle in your basement stays low. Cross these four simple tasks off your spring cleaning to-do list and enjoy the year while staying flood-free.
Open it Up: Take the cover off of the sump pump pit or basin and have a look inside. Clear any debris, mud or rocks that you find inside – this helps prevent it from clogging.
Components Check: Peek and make sure the drain hose is connected, and that it’s not blocked or frozen. Also, check the inlet screen and clear it of any debris.
Keep it Afloat: Make sure the float component can move freely and isn’t blocked.
Flow Strategically: Go outside and make sure the water being pumped out is directed away from your home.
Do a Test Run: Fill the pit with a bucket of water, which should trigger the sump pump to be activated. If it doesn’t, make sure it’s plugged in.
Call a Pro: If the pump doesn’t turn on after you’ve plugged it in, call a pro to repair it.
It is always wise to check with your insurance agent to make sure you have Sump Pump Coverage.
Article from American Family Insurance
What To Do After a Building Backup
Sewer system example
What To Do After a Building Backup
- Safety first
Standing water in your building can be dangerous. Do not enter the area if the water level has reached any electrical connection, extension cord, or electrical outlet.
- When in doubt, turn off your power supply
When in doubt, turn off the power supply to the affected area of your home. Turn off the gas to your hot water heater.
- Call MSD's 24-hour Emergency Hotline at (314) 768-6260
We will send a maintenance crew to your home to determine the cause of the backup.
- Cleaning it up
Raw sewage and flood waters contain bacteria, fecal matter, viruses, and parasites that can cause illness. To protect your family's health, you'll want to remove any contaminated items and clean the affected area as soon as the water recedes. MSD's Building Backup Brochure and Clean Up Guide will show you how to get started. But be careful! If you choose to do it yourself, you'll want to take the appropriate safety precautions.
- Who pays the bill?
Whether or not MSD or your private insurance will reimburse you for your losses depends on the cause of the flooding.
If the problem is caused by a public sewer line, an MSD crew will make the necessary repairs to the sewer and arrange for an insurance adjuster to visit your home and verify your damages. We have insurance programs that can reimburse some or all of the costs associated with backups caused by public sewer lines.
If the problem is caused by the line from your home to the street: These lines are your private property. MSD's insurance programs will not cover backups caused by them. We suggest you contact your homeowners/renters insurance agent to learn more about the coverage you may have.Information from Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer
Odor Removal and Deodorization
We are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. Our technical expertise and industrial grade air scrubbers and fogging equipment go well beyond simply masking odors and other shortcuts that don’t work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
- Air Scrubbers and Fogging Equipment
Depending on the scenario, we may use antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant treatments to clean your property.
- Antimicrobial and Antibacterial Treatments
- Sanitizing and Disinfectant Treatments
Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning
Carpet cleaning heroes.
Did you know that SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood does carpet cleaning. Our crews are IICRC certified to handle carpet cleaning.
Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.
Our 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.
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Commercial Cleaning Services
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If you are a business owner, or run a particular business that receives a lot of visitors and foot-traffic, you know how important it is to keep your business looking clean and in good shape. A lot of times, you don't have the time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office.
When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.
SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Biohazard and Sewage
- Trauma and Crime Scene
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Drapes and Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
Causes of Commercial Water Damage
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When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.
2. Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
3. Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result.
4. Backed up sewer lines
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings.
Most Common Causes of House Fires
Be prepared for what ever happens.
Here are top 5 most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association.
From 2007-2011, the NFPA says there were an average of 10,630 fires in the U.S. that were started by candles, causing 115 deaths, 903 injuries and approximately $418 million in property damage. That is an average of 29 candle fires per day.
- Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
- Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
- Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they won’t tip over.
- Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep
While the number of fires caused by smoking is trending downward, the NFPA found that there were still an average of 17,600 related fires per year resulting in 490 deaths and more than $516 million in property damage.
- If you smoke, consider smoking outside.
- Use wide, sturdy ashtrays to catch butts and ashes.
- Look for cigarette butts under furniture and between seat cushions to make sure no lit butts have fallen someplace where they can’t be seen.
- Don’t smoke in bed, when you’re tired or around medical oxygen.
- Electrical & Lighting
According to the NFPA, in 2011 approximately 47,700 home structure fires were caused by some sort of electrical failure or malfunction. These resulted in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.
- Don’t overload outlets or electrical cords.
- Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
- Don’t leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
- Consider having an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.
- Dryers & Washing Machines
Clothes dryer fires happen more often than one might think, accounting for 16,800 home structure fires in 2010 and doing more than $236 million in property damage.
- Clean the lint screen frequently and don’t run the dryer without it.
- For gas and propane dryers, make sure there aren’t any leaks in the lines.
- Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
- Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
- Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.
From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.
- Stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
- Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
- Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
- Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm.
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Impact of Fire Damage on Your Property
Fires cause unforeseen damage to your home!
Fire damage can have a detrimental impact on a person’s life. Whether there is a fire in home, or a fire in business, fire loss can be heart breaking. Soot damage and some damage can ruin so much of a person’s home. Not only is the fire itself terrible and devastating, but the actual fire cleanup can be awful as well. If a fire has recently occurred and caused commercial fire damage, or if the fire damage occurred die to a fire in home, this article is here to help you determine the best ways to address the aftermath.
First before any fire cleanup can occur it’s important to make sure that the fire in home or the fire in business is no longer a safety risk, especially if there was commercial fire damage. The local fire department can determine whether there is still a health risk in returning to cleanup the fire damage, the soot damage, or the smoke damage that has occurred. Fire loss is no laughing matter and should be addressed sagely and carefully.
Once you have had the notification that it’s now safe to enter your home to start the cleanup process, the actual soot damage, smoke damage, and amount of fire loss can be appraised. This can help to get the fire cleanup process settled so that you know the extent of the damage and make a plan to combat the fire damage. Before anything it’s important to stat ti our out the building, whether the damage was from a fire in home, or a fire in business. This will help the air quality and allow the prices of the cleanup of the soot damage or smoke damage to begin.
To start cleaning the soot damage and smoke damage it is absolutely crucial to make sure the air quality is fine before you begin, because too much smoke can have a detrimental impact on your heath. To begin this fire cleanup from the fire in home, fire in business, or commercial fire damage, you will need protective frat such as rubber gloves and eye protection. A bucket and spine will also be needed so that the soot damage can be scrubbed off from the walls. There are cleaning solutions that are available commercially to help you with this project. To make extra sure that the air quality is suitable it may be necessary to open a window. This is to ensure the air quality is not impacted by any apsidal smoke, and the air quality is not impacted by the cleaning agents being used.
After the walls have been cleaned the fire cleanup from other areas can being. Now the fire loss impact must be determined, and the items from the fire loss must be cleaned or discarded if they are beyond repair. This fire cleanup hopefully will not be too substantial, but it may be. If there is a large scale of destruction to may be a better idea to call professionals who can evaluate the damage and clean the mess for you. However, even if there was a fire in business or commercial fire damage you may be able to take care to the situation yourself be removing the soot form the commercial fire damage with a vacuum cleaner and rags.
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Keep Mold and Moisture Out of Your HVAC System
Keeping the system clean is a healthy system.
In the warm summer heat, it's easy to build up moisture; especially when it gets sticky, muggy and humid. When this happens, you naturally crank the A.C., reach for something cold, and kick back in your lazy chair. The problem is, when you're relaxing and enjoying the nice cold breeze, the mold is spreading through your ducts, vents, and HVAC system, leaving a nasty haze of mold that you can smell all over the house. If you're running a business, your customers could smell it too- which is why you should always call our service professionals to deal with the problem as soon as possible.
How Does Mold Get in The HVAC System?
Mold damage in Chesterfield is no laughing matter. Mold, fungus, and other bacteria are in their perfect environment when they're trapped in your HVAC system. It's dark, warm, moist, closed in, and humid, meaning that spores can grow practically unabated. You'll notice more and more scent as heat and humidity is generated from outside and pulled through your ducts.
When this moist air gets in your air system, it collects within and above your HVAC units. At this point, the spores of mold and other fungi easily rise through the air, setting up colonies as your condenser forces them up through the duct system. These aren't the only cases of mold that we've seen at SERVPRO; we've seen mold stick to people's clothes or shoes, and it's all brought inside by excess humidity caused by rainfall.
Here Are a Few Tips on How to Remove Mold From Your HVAC System
1. Continue to clean and maintain your HVAC system, even when you aren't using it. Check the ducts for wet spots, and regularly check and maintain your HVAC filter.
2. Double check the drainage systems on your HVAC for mold. Allow for "dry-out" areas where the drainage comes out to prevent excess moisture.
3. Get dehumidifiers for your home. They are ideal for collecting excess humidity, and they help with the temperature inside your house, too.
4. Always insulate your pipes, walls, and ceilings. Use caulking for cracks to control cracks and leaks.
5. Contrary to common beliefs, keep your windows closed when it's hot outside. Humidity, dust, and dampness easily travel inside.
Warning Signs of Mold
Best to keep it dry.
Nothing sends shivers through a homeowner's spine like mentioning the word "mold." Not only can it cause damage to your home and make it hard to sell, it also can be a health hazard to you and your family. Here are three warning signs of this insidious fungus that you don't want to ignore:
1) Water spots
Any wet spot in your home can be a potential sign of fungus growth. This can include water spots on your ceilings or walls, or on floors in your basement or crawlspace. If you find evidence of water spots, you need to find the potential moisture source and get it taken care of promptly. Using a highly-recommended remediation company like SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood is the best option.
If you find a spot on a wall or floor that's discolored, it is a potential sign of mold. Discoloration that is green or black is a definite warning sign of fungus growth. However, any discoloration can mean growth is present, even if it isn't of the tell-tale colors.
3) Bad smell
If you have fungus growth in your home, it can cause a bad smell. Depending on the type of growth and how much of it you have, you could have a very strong smell or one that is faint. It can smell musty or earthy, or it can produce a smell that is more pungent. Any bad smell needs to be investigated.
Mold can be harmful and is not something to be ignored. If you experience any of these warning signs, call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood to investigate. Our staff receives extensive training on how to effectively deal with mold infestations. We also have the equipment and start of the art techniques to carry out remediation tasks and keep your home safe and clean.
Storms: Are You and Your Family Ready
Always Have A Plan
When the weatherman says take cover because there’s a hurricane on its way, the last thing you need to worry about is storm preparation. A little effort now, before disaster strikes, can bring peace of mind and yield big savings in the future. Here are some tips to help you plan ahead, so that you won’t have to face storms unprepared.
- Check your insurance policy to make sure it reflects the present state of your home. Think about adding flood insurance, as well as coverage for extra living expenses in case you are unable to stay in your home immediately after a storm.
- Making a home inventory is a critical component of storm preparation since it will make filing a claim easier and save time. Document the contents with a video camera or some other inventory tool. Retain receipts for any valuable items and consider getting separate coverage for these.
- Make an emergency supply kit containing basic survival items. This should include a 2-week supply of water and non-perishable, ready to eat food for each member of the family, as well as pets. If you need to evacuate your home, you’ll want a three-day supply of the same.
- Storm preparation must also include an evacuation plan.
- Gather important documents to take with you – for example, personal ID or driver’s license, insurance policies, social security cards, marriage and birth certificates, etc.
Contact our emergency restoration specialists at SERVPRO when fire or water damage occurs in your business or home. We’ll start your journey to a full recovery with our vast experience and state-of-the-art equipment, and we’ll work with your insurance company.
When Storms or Floods hit. SERVPRO is ready!
Ready for what ever happens.
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.
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.
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Emergency Ready Profile
Free SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile
Many workplaces always call's on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start?
SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood can help commercial property in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How, with a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO Marketing Department.
By having a plan of action and including it into your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a frozen pipe, fire, or anything.
Some property manager use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location.
Is your business ready for a disaster. Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties.
Make an appointment today to get started!
If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of Chesterfield Wildwood Professionals at 636-537-5400 seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."
Frozen Pipes Tips In Chesterfield, MO
Result of a frozen pipe.
The cold weather is causing a lot of problems in the area. Frozen pipes are causing water damages all over the place. I would advise you to open you cabinet doors and let the heat from you house expose those pipes, Look at the pipes in your home if you see bulging or ice in the pipe, take a good look. If it looks like this one, shut off your water supply and call a plumber. If you need a good plumber here is one we trust. https://www.facebook.com/psrapp/
If you should need help drying out you property, give us a call.
Thawing a frozen water pipe quickly is important. However, it is just as important to thaw the frozen pipe correctly. Here are seven tips to follow to help you get the water flowing and to help you avoid a burst pipe and potentially damaging flood at your property.
Tip 1: Locate the Frozen Pipe
In order to thaw a frozen pipe, you must first determine which pipe or pipes are frozen. Turn on the faucets in your property.
If no water comes out, or only a slight trickle escapes, then a pipe leading to the faucet is likely frozen. If one pipe is frozen, there is a chance others have frozen also.
If the pipes are exposed, such as pipes under sinks, in basements or along the exterior of the house, you may be able to see the frozen portion of the pipe. Frozen pipes often have frost on them or may have a slight bulge. If the blockage is located in part of the pipe that you have access to, you will have more options for easily thawing the pipe than if the frozen portion is enclosed behind a wall.
Tip 2: Open the Faucet
Before you begin attempting to thaw a frozen pipe, you will want to open the faucet that the pipe feeds water into. Make sure to open both the hot and cold handles. This will help to relieve pressure in the system and will allow the water to escape once you begin to thaw the pipe.
Tip 3: Where to Begin the Thawing Process
You should always begin the thawing process near the faucet then work your way down to the blockage.
This will help ensure that the melting ice and steam is able to escape through the open faucet. If you start the thawing process closer to the blockage, the melting ice could get stuck behind the blockage, creating more pressure in the pipe and increasing the chances the pipe will burst.
Tip 4: Thawing Exposed Pipes
If the frozen pipe is located in an area you can easily access, you have several options for attempting to thaw the pipe.
You should continue to apply the heat until the water escaping from the faucet returns to full strength. Here are four options for thawing an exposed pipe.
Hair Dryer- One of the easiest ways to thaw a pipe is by using a hair dryer. Simply turn the dryer on and point the heat at the pipe, beginning with the portion closest to the faucet. As with any electrical product, take the proper precautions and avoid coming into contact with water when operating the device.
Heat Lamp or Portable Space Heater- Another method to thaw the pipe is to use a heat lamp or portable space heater. Position the device so that the heat is able to reach the frozen pipe. This indirect heat can help to quickly thaw a pipe. Again, make sure to comply with the safety measures and precautions on the device you are using and keep the device away from water..
Hot Towels- Another way to thaw a frozen pipe is to wrap towels that have been dipped in hot water around the pipe. This can help to slowly thaw the blockage.
Electrical Heating Tape- A final option is to apply electrical heating tape directly to the pipe. This tape distributes heat throughout the pipe. You can purchase electrical heating tape that you plug in and unplug as needed or you can purchase heating tape that shuts off on its own.
Tip 5: Thawing Enclosed Pipes
If the frozen pipe is located in an area that you cannot easily access, you have three options for thawing the pipe.
Turn the Heat Up in the Property- You can attempt to thaw the frozen pipe by increasing the temperature in the property. Turning the thermostat up may be all that is needed to allow the ice blockage to melt.
Infrared Lamp- If you know where in the wall the frozen pipe is located, you can attempt to thaw the blockage by placing an infrared lamp in front of the portion of the wall where the pipe is located. The heat from the lamp may be able to penetrate the wall and allow the pipe to defrost.
Cut Out a Section of the Wall- If you are comfortable doing so, you can cut out the section of the drywall in front of the frozen pipe so that you can easily access the pipe. You can then use one of the methods for thawing out an enclosed pipe listed above.
Tip 6: Things to Avoid
Never attempt to thaw a pipe using an open flame, such as a propane torch. This can not only damage the pipe, it can also start a fire in your property.
Tip 7: If the Pipe Bursts
If a frozen water pipe does burst, the first thing you should do is shut off the main water line into your property. This will prevent additional water from flowing and damaging your property. You should know where the shut-off valves are for each of your properties and for each unit. There are usually smaller shut-off valves located near sinks and toilets, but the main shut-off valve is often located near the water meter.
Call a Professional
Call a Professional- If you are unable to thaw the pipe, unable to locate the frozen pipe, do not feel comfortable thawing a pipe yourself or if a pipe bursts, you should call a plumber or other professional. They will be able to remedy the problem for you.
Risks of Thawing a Frozen Pipe
There are two main risks you should be aware of when attempting to thaw a frozen water pipe.
Fire- When using any heat source to thaw the frozen pipe, you can run the risk of starting a fire. Make sure to follow all safety instructions and never leave the product unattended.
Burst Pipe- If you do not begin the thawing process correctly, you could cause the pipe to burst. Always start thawing closest to the faucet.
SERVPRO Well-trained in Many Kinds of Water Damage Restoration Techniques
When you have water damage, call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!
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.
Commercial Water Damage Cleaning In Chesterfield, MO
Commercial Water Damage Cleaning
The commercial water damage cleaning services provided by the company that you choose to use for your commercial property restoration are necessary to consider. Improper cleaning techniques or equipment used in your recovery could make the difference between receiving the proper services or services that you just do not need.
Working with the professional commercial water damage restoration team in Chesterfield is well worth your time and money. Get the services that you and your commercial property deserve, while also being able to rest assured that you are getting the services that you need. SERVPRO technicians understand that there are some common wear and tear that presents a specific challenge to clean. There are several odors and moisture control measures that your regular janitorial staff isn't expertly equipped to handle, this is where we come in.
We have experience at SERVPRO in dealing with hard to remove odors, deep cleaning carpet and flooring, providing you with a service that you can rely on to make your working environment a pleasant one. Our SERVPRO technicians handle everything from servicing ventilation hoods to containing significant biohazard contaminants and provide you with the personnel that is specially trained to handle any situation.
Servicing your air ducts, HVAC, or entire ventilation system, sewage and possible biohazards, managing trauma or crime scenes effectively, are all within our realm of expertise. We even go as far as providing professional technicians with the ability to restore or replace carpet, upholstery, drapes, and blinds. Along with the skills to provide you with any ceiling, wall, and hard floor repairs, odor removal, and deodorization services that you may encounter. These are just a few options of the services that we offer to our customers, going above and beyond any of the expectations.
The equipment that we use is specific to your unique situation and always allows our technicians to provide you with a top-notch service. Prevent deterioration caused by atmospheric conditions with our quality cleaning services available to you at a more than reasonable price. Our offices at SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood are available to you every day and are waiting to fulfill the services that you require. 636-537-5400 - Make the call now.
The Professional Mold Remediation Process in Your Home or Business
The Professional Mold Remediation Process in Your Home or Business
Mold occurs naturally in the environment. It's a bacteria that plays a major role in the balancing of the ecosystem. Mold is found almost everywhere (indoors and outdoors) in the form of microscopic spores invisible to the naked eye. That being said, indoor mold beyond a certain level is not acceptable since it can lead to mold damage. This is why homeowners need to call mold remediation experts as soon as they spot mold growth.
Mitigation of Black Mold
As explained above, black mold occurs naturally. It's not possible to completely remove mold from your house or place of business; it can only be restored to natural levels through a process referred to as mold remediation or mold restoration. Complete mold removal is not possible. The term mold removal can also be used to mean mold remediation or restoration.
Attempting to remove the mold by yourself can lead to scattering and further spread. Call a professional. Do not disturb the mold. Turn off heaters and air conditioners to prevent migration of spores. Here's the general process of mitigation for mold in a home or mold growth behind a wall. Take a look.
Locating the Black Mold
Black mold thrives in moisture and can spread very quickly in a short span of time. Mold damage can lead to massive losses in a home or place of business. Mold blackens shower grout lines, leaves drywall discolored, among other damages. The physical mold growth behind the wall, mildew, dry rot, and fungus must be removed effectively.
But to do that, professionals have to locate the mold. Chances are that whatever can be seen isn't the only growth; there is more. Call a mold inspector to locate the mold growth behind the wall, mold growth on the ceiling, and any other hidden places where mold, mildew, dry rot, and fungus thrive. Both home and commercial mold damage can be restored through commercial mold damage restoration.
Assessing and Calculating Mold Damage
Locating the mold in a home is just the first step of mold remediation. Mold restoration company professionals have to assess the level of the home or commercial mold damage before commencing on the mold removal process. For mold, mildew, and fungus to be remediated properly, the professionals from the restoration company will have to find out the level of contaminated space, assess, and calculate the mold damage. This allows the professionals to give you a quote of the costs of mitigation, including deodorization — the process of removing the smelly odor — and any repairs.
Preparing the Damaged Area
Most mold removal professionals will use fungicides to remove mold, mildew, and fungus as well as deodorization. Tapes and sheets of plastic can be used to seal off the areas of work to prevent spreading spores to unaffected areas. During the mitigation of commercial mold damage, negative pressure is applied to the contained areas in order to prevent the spread of mold spores and smelly odor to unwanted areas. The source of moisture has to be addressed at this level.
Cleaning Up and Removing Mold Growth
This is most important part of the mold removal process. The ease of mold growth clean-up process will depend on the extent of the mold growth behind the walls, type of mold (there are many types and strains), and other factors. The dry rot behind the walls and the ceiling will be thoroughly removed and sealed in waste bags for proper disposal. Professionals will use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to avoid dispersing mold spores. The last step of the process will be to remove the smelly odor via deodorization. The restoration company that removes the mold in a home or office will use powerful air scrubbers during the deodorization process to clear any traces of smelly odor.
Professionals will thoroughly vacuum the removed mold in a home to prevent damage, and afterward, the vacuum is cleaned with fungicides to make sure any traces of mold deposits are removed. Fungus, mold, and mildew grow on different surfaces in a home including walls, ceilings, bathtubs, et cetera. The removal of the dry rot leaves some of these surfaces partially or completely damaged, and there is the need for repairs to be carried out by the restoration company to get your home back to pre loss conditions.
3 Reasons to Tackle Mold Quickly
3 Reasons to Tackle Mold Quickly After a Flood at Your Business
When a flood occurs at your business in Chesterfield, Missouri it can cause a variety of problems. This may range from damaged merchandise to company vehicles and equipment that have been compromised by standing water. On top of that, there is another silent but dangerous consequence of flooding you should be aware of - mold growth.
There are different varieties of mold, and most of them can have a negative impact on the building you’re operating in. Having mold removed by a certified restoration company soon after a flood can prevent problems that may be difficult to resolve later.
Mold Can Grow Quickly
Mold can take hold quickly in the floors, walls and basement of your business if it is not targeted and eliminated quickly after a flood. Even if you cannot see evidence of mold, it could be growing in dark corners or behind walls. Many species of mold can start growing in moist wood, standing water or cloth fibers within a day or two once they find the right environment, so having your property inspected and cleaned by a certified mold removal company can prevent them from spreading.
Mold Can Produce Unpleasant Odors
When mold starts to spread, it can create colonies that are large enough to produce an unpleasant odor. This odor can vary depending on how much mold is present, but it is typically musty or may remind you of wet, dirty clothing. This smell can permeate even large indoor areas and become noticeable to your employees and customers. Having your business disinfected and deodorized can remove mold growth and bacteria that cause these terrible odors.
Flood damage to your Chesterfield Wildwood, Missouri business can include mold growth that can be both dangerous and unpleasant. A certified restoration company can target and remove mold quickly to prevent its spread.
How to Get Through Storm Damage
How to Get Through Storm Damage
Storm damage happens to a number of homes every year. There might be roof damage, a roof leak, ice damming, frozen pipes, and other problems. Some things can be handled through storm remediation. By knowing of a home restoration company that can help with hurricane damage and ice damage, it's easier to overcome the issues.
After the Storm
Once the storm has passed, it's important to focus on storm remediation. This will help to get ice damming, roof leaks, river flooding, and more under control. Often, flooding is the biggest issue as it will lead to a lot of ground water. If it's cold enough, there might also be frozen pipes or an ice dam.
It's best to call in a water restoration professional to deal with the flood water. Homeowners should let a home restoration company deal with all of the storm damage. They will have the expertise to deal with hail damage, wind damage, hurricane damage, and more. Making repairs by one's self can lead to various problems.
No one should try and get through storm damage on their own. Home restoration and water restoration professionals can bring a flood pump to deal with ground water. They can also identify roof damage to make a roof repair. They will have the tools to deal with an ice dam, frozen pipes, and other ice damage as well.
Whether a home has suffered from ice damage, wind damage, hail damage, or something else, the professionals can assess the damage and determine how best to make the repairs or replacements. With roof damage, for example, if there is a roof leak, it might require a quick roof repair. If there is enough hail damage, however, it might entail a completely new roof.
The time it takes to complete the storm restoration will depend on the amount of storm remediation. Further, it will depend on the amount of flooding, river flooding or otherwise. If there has been a lot of hurricane damage, resulting in wind damage and ground water, it might also involve waiting for the storm to be completely over. If river flooding continues for several days, the storm restoration will be postponed.
Focus on Restoring the Home
One of the main benefits to working with a home restoration company is that they will be able to handle everything on behalf of a homeowner. They can provide a flood pump to help with water restoration, break up an ice dam, work on flood water, and get started on storm remediation.
Storm damage isn't going to go away on its own. Whether it's in the form of hurricane damage, hail damage, ice damage, or something else, it's imperative to focus on storm restoration. The sooner a homeowner can get the help with flooding, wind damage, and roof damage, the easier it will be to restore the home.
The flooding is perhaps the biggest issue because there is flood water entering the home. Water restoration professionals will show up with a flood pump to get the flood water out. Once the river flooding is over, it's then possible to dry out various materials and start on restoration.
A roof leak should also be fixed quickly. Depending on the roof type and the level of roof damage, the roof repair could be a time-consuming task. However, a roof repair will also prevent additional water from entering the home, especially if there is already ground water to deal with.
Various repairs might be needed due to ice damming, too. Some companies will be able to restore frozen pipes and also ensure that an ice dam no longer forms. If there is any ice damming, the storm restoration company will have the tools and techniques to get everything running properly once again.
From a flood pump to professional teams, it's possible to get through storm damage quickly and effectively.
Understanding Water Damage and the Restoration Process
Understanding Water Damage and the Restoration Process
The country has experienced some storms in the past few months. There are some states where reports of whole houses being submerged in storm waters are the order of the day. If you are a homeowner in one of these places, you might be having a hard time coming to terms with the flooded home and the extent of water in the home or water in a business. However, it is possible to restore your home to the state it was in before the water in the home. All you will need to do is call in qualified water damage restoration experts. Below are some tips and mitigation guidelines that will be of great help.
Evacuating The Home
Experts say that as soon as the water damage or flooded home occurs, your priority should be getting everyone out of the water in the home or water in business to a safe place. At this point, activities such as attempting to salvage equipment or furniture become unimportant. When you are sure that everyone is safe, you can contact emergency services. The same procedure should be followed in case of a pipe break or supply line break leading to water in the home.
Calling in water damage restoration and mitigation experts
The next step should be looking for water damage restoration experts close to you. The benefit of getting a service close to you is that they will respond within minutes or hours of the first emergency contact. Note that water damage, water in the business or a flooded home is a problem that cannot be ignored because when the water is left stagnant in a place, it gets contaminated and becomes category two or three, which creates hazards.The sooner the mitigation starts, the better.
The process followed by flood damage restoration experts
The first thing that the experts do when they arrive at the scene of water in the business, is assessing the amount of flood damage and establish whether it is possible to get into the house. The process involves switching off power at the main switch and testing the firmness of the floor and the walls. They will then try and see if there is a pipe break or supply line break and turn the water off. They will then enter the flooded home and find out the places where most of the water has stagnated. The restoration company then comes up with a plan to do the water cleanup. All the water in the home will be extracted.
After the water cleanup is completed, they will assess the walls, floors, and upholstery for flood damage. A plumber will be called in to repair any pipe break or supply line break which could have happened. The furniture may be taken out of the house for cleaning and drying. There are also special agents that are used to assist in drying the walls and other hidden corners. Note that when drying is not done properly, it could lead to the buildup of mold, which will create serious structural problems. After the water cleanup, drying, and deodorization, the restoration company will start the mitigation repairs to the parts that got ruined by the water. These repairs include repainting the walls where the paint has come off, replacing wooden components that may have started to rot and several other modifications. The ultimate goal of the company is to ensure that the flooded house or other building has gone back to the state it was in before any of the damage took place.
It is important to make sure that the entire water cleanup, drying, and flood damage restoration process is done by a professional restoration company. They are the ones to know whether they should call in experts for pipe break and supply line break repairs. Calling them reduces the chances of shoddy work by the restoration company, which could compromise the structural strength of your home or business in the long run.
Common Types of Storms and the Damage They Cause
Common Types of Storms and the Damage They Cause
Smart building owners know that simply paying attention to the weather can help them keep their buildings in good condition. Every time of storm that comes through town can cause different types of damage, including wind damage, hurricane damage, ice damage and general storm damage that requires storm restoration. Some damage may require a complete home restoration, water restoration or storm remediation. Those owners can look over some of the common types of damage caused by these storms.
Those living in tropical climates never need to worry about winter storms, but those in other parts of the world need to worry about ice damage like ice damming. Ice damming commonly forms large pieces of ice that hang down from both the gutters and the roof. An ice dam may look harmless, but it can cause certain types of roof damage. A single ice dam can poke through the roof to cause a roof leak, tear the gutters off the roof or leave behind holes in wood or vinyl siding.
Winter storms can also cause frozen pipes. Those frozen pipes are even worse than ice damming because the pipes can burst as soon as the temperature starts rising. Any flooding caused by frozen pipes will require the use of a flood pump to remove that water. A flood pump works well as removing water due to river flooding too.
The most common problem facing those who own buildings located near rivers is river flooding. River flooding can occur anytime that the water in the river rises so high that it flows over the banks. While flood water can be an example of clean water, the ground water it brings with it can be dirty in nature. That ground water may carry bacteria with it or even sewer. Drying techniques and using a flood pump will remove all that ground water, and other methods can help with the storm remediation.
Hurricanes like Irene and Andrew showed that hurricane damage can be quite significant. In addition to hurricane damage, these storms can cause wind damage that rips shingles from roofs and causes a serious roof leak and send flood water through a building. Roof repair experts can do a thorough inspection to determine how serious the storm damage and hurricane damage was, if the building suffered any hail damage and what methods will work best in the process of storm remediation.
Flooding and Other Storm Damage
The problem with roof damage is that it is almost impossible to see that roof damage without actually being on the roof. Home restoration and water restoration professionals have the equipment needed to get up on the building and do the roof repair. The roof repair needed after storm damage or wind damage can include replacing missing shingles, fixing a broken gutter or other things that will stop a roof leak. They can also determine whether there is any hurricane damage or flood water on the roof that requires storm remediation.
An ice dam, ice damming and frozen pipes are just some of the problems that require home restoration after a winter storm. Water restoration experts can determine the severity of the flooding, look for any signs of hail damage, get a flood pump out to the property and perform a total home restoration. Storm restoration companies receive calls from commercial and residential property owners each year who need help with water restoration work because of flooding, ice damming and hurricane damage.
As soon as property owners see any storm damage, wind damage or roof damage, they can call about a roof leak or a roof repair. They may call because they see flood water or ground water after a storm caused ice damage or hail damage. Those owners can get storm restoration help that involves both water restoration and home restoration from a company with access to tools like a water pump and experience dealing with an ice dam, hail damage, ice damage, storm restoration and total storm remediation.
6 Ways for Drying Out Water Damage
6 Ways for Drying Out Water Damage
Water damage in the home can cause serious headaches. Problems may arise days, weeks, and months later--you never know what might be hiding. A professional restoration company helps with the mitigation of these troublesome issues. They will come to your rescue whether you experience a pipe break, back up, or supply line break. What do you do about the water cleanup or drying before they arrive to help with the restoration? Here are 6 Tips to Drying Out Water Damage for your next flooded home or water in your business nightmare.
Speed is Everything
The water in the home that has accumulated can become more severe the longer the water sits. Water works quickly and soaks deep into the building components of your home compromising their structure. Once water cleanup has occurred, areas that remain damp are at risk of molding if not properly dried. Mold can begin to develop as rapidly as 48 to 72 hours from the water removal so acting fast towards mitigation is wise.
Connecting with a professional and prompt follow through with your insurance coverage can not only save your home from flood damage that occurs beyond your policies coverage, it may save you money. Especially true if your business experiences a supply line break or pipe break.
Mind the Mold
Any type of mold developing in the home is worrisome and for those who’ve recently experienced flood damage, you’re certain to have concerns.
Mold loves moisture. Combine it with the organic materials used to construct your home--wood, insulation, drywall, carpet, and particleboard, are all susceptible to water damage that can become a breeding ground for mold if mitigation is not pursued quickly.
Mitigation of mold begins by drying the area. Opening windows and placing fans in the house to keep the air circulating can be a great approach. Keep in mind that weather conditions in your local area can impact the effectiveness. Working with a restoration company or other hired professional team is a great choice that will ensure the spreading of the mold is managed.
Take an Assessment
There are a number of ways water damage can occur in the home. A pipe break, supply line break, rainwater, or sewage backup are just a few types of water that can be absorbed into the home. This doesn’t just mean walls and carpets, however--water can seep into furniture, clothing, toys, and many other household goods.
In order to assess the flood damage and the best treatment, a restoration company or other hired professional will want to know the type of leak. From there, they can assist in discovering which items may be salvaged and which must be discarded. Those that can be saved will be dried thoroughly and treated to ensure no residual moisture remains.
Find the Saturation
A number one danger that lurks around every water damage situation is hidden saturation. The water we can see is easy to cleanup, but, underneath the surface layers, liquid pools and leeches. Making a flooded home a perfect place for bacteria, fungi, or any other variety of damaging pests to flourish. If they fully take hold, the wood needs to be discarded immediately.
Professional water restoration companies can pinpoint damaged drywall or wet insulation. They can help with materials that can be saved or need to be destroyed. It’s important that all water is discovered, cleaned, and dried before restoration begins and professionals are great at finding these hidden dangers.
Clean Up Time
The majority of water in the home or water in the business is caused by backed up sewage. This can be the source of many a harmful bacteria, debris, or other tainted materials. A shop-vac or HEPA-filter vacuum is perfect at removing any allergens, mold spores, and asthma-inducing dust. Household cleaners and disinfectants do a terrific job at the mitigation of mold spores and bacteria but they don’t always penetrate as deep as a professional.
Water restoration professionals can assist with heavy duty industrial cleaners to ensure the nasty, intruding bacteria doesn’t spread. This makes choosing a professional restoration company to tackle water cleanup an ideal decision.
Dry It Out
One of the most important things you can do with any water cleanup project comes at the very end. In order for the restoration of your flooded home, pipe break, or supply line break to go smoothly, the entire area needs to be completely finished drying. As long as water exists in an area, it will leech into the wood and spread. Water damage can truly take hold of your recently flooded home and cause a disaster for years.
Taking the step to prevent dry rot or structural damage due to water in the home or water in the business can be the difference of hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. A professional water restoration company can come in and help with the drying. They will also confirm that the area needing to be restored is properly dried before they begin.
A professional water restoration company can help with the mitigation of a variety of flood damage. They can assist with drying, cleanup, and mold control in addition to their extensive restoration capabilities. DIY projects are great on paper, but the reality is that you don’t want to leave this problem to chance. Professionals can get right to the root of the problem caused by water in the home or water in the business.
Control mold growth is to control moisture in Chesterfield, MO
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SERVPRO Of South Chesterfield Wildwood had the training and tools to take care of mold in side our homes.
Molds are part of the natural environment, and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold is not usually a problem, unless it begins growing indoors. The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture.
It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Chesterfield home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
Document Restoration Services in Chesterfield, MO
Hundreds of Boxed Wet Documents
SERVPRO Document Restoration Services
Our Document Restoration Facility:
- Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
- Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
- Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
- Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
- Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization.
- Drying - process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation.
- Cleaning - we offer onsite cleaning. This is cleaning each document front and back to remove debris and any surface particulate.
- Sterilization - Gamma Irridation is a process that is used for disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods.
- Deodorization - once paper has been wet, an odor can begin to form. Letting us deodorize your documents will reduce the odor and sometimes almost completely eliminate it.
- Destruction - we offer destruction onsite.
- Digitization - digitizing documents makes them easier to access as well as easier to store. We use state-of-the-art equipment to turn your paper copy into a digital file.
If you're not in our service area you can contact:
Daniel Kenagy |
Drying Chamber Sales Rep
(615) 451-0200 x1762
Winter weather has arrived in Chesterfield, MO. Are you prepared?
Home Emergency Kit
Check out the resources below.
Ready.gov provides detailed information to prepare, including directions on creating home and auto emergency kits for winter weather.
Make sure you are prepared by completing this checklist:
Winter Weather Preparation Checklist
- Home Emergency Kit
- Home emergency kit includes:
- Rock salt or other ice-melting product
- Sand to help with traction
- Snow shovels or snow removal equipment
- Adequate blankets and warm clothing
- Food and water
- Flashlights and batteries
- Around The House
- Chimney cleaned and inspected
- Fuel-burning equipment vented to the outside
- Fire extinguishers accessible
- Gutters clear
- Tree branches that could fall on the home are trimmed back
- Pipes are insulated
- NOAA Weather Radio available and working
- Car Emergency Kit
- Car emergency kit includes
- A shovel
- Windshield scraper and small broom
- Battery powered radio
- Extra batteries
- Snack food
- Extra hats, socks and mittens
- First aid kit with pocket knife
- Necessary medications
- Tow chain or rope
- Road salt and sand
- Booster cables
- Emergency flares
- Fluorescent distress flag
Information gathered from Ready.gov.
Candle Safety In Your Home in Chesterfield Wildwood, MO
Here at SERVPRO SOUTH CHESTERFIELD WILDWOOD
We have seen many candle fires in our community, Below are some tips how to prevent a fire in your home. Candles are beautiful but they can be devastating as well.
On average 25 home candle fires start every day. The simple nature of candles having an open flame is the key to why they can be so dangerous. CCFR recommends using battery operated, flameless candles.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than half of all candle fires start because candles were too close to things that could catch fire.
If you use regular candles, they need to be:
• At least a foot away from anything that can burn (curtains, walls, lamps, Christmas trees, etc.)
• Attended at all times (never leave a child alone in a room with a candle)
• Used in sturdy, enclosed candleholders
• Placed in areas where they cannot be tipped over
• Avoided in homes where oxygen is used
Avoid using candles in the bedroom, where more than one-third of home candle fires begin, or other areas where people may fall asleep. In the event of a power outage use flashlights or other battery-operated power, not candles to light your home.
Avoid using candles in the bedroom, where more than one third of home candle fires begin, or other areas where people may fall asleep.
Why do I need mold testing if I already know I have a mold problem?
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Why do I need mold testing if I already know I have a mold problem?
Most certified, reputable mold remediation contractors will require you to have a mold inspection with an air sample analysis and corresponding remediation plan prior to providing you with an estimate. The mold report will define the extent and severity of the problem and what the proper remediation plan, procedures and protocols should be from and independent, unbiased person (environmental consultant). It gives a starting point of the environment as it relates to airborne mold spore counts so we can gauge the effectiveness of the remediation contractor at the end of the project for the post-remediation verification aka clearance.
The Mold Remediation Process
Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:
- Emergency Contact - (636) 537-5400
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Commercial Air Duct Cleaning in Chesterfield, MO
Before and After Duct Cleaning
It’s important to keep your heating, ventilation, and air condition (HVAC) units working correctly to prevent the spread of unwanted dust and contaminants at your business. When the duckwork of your HVAC unit becomes clogged or backed up, you might start to notice foul odors coming you can’t get rid of, or find the source of in your home. When it comes to commercial cleaning, our professional technicians can inspect, repair, restore, and replace your HVAC unit so that you can breathe clean, fresh air in your home or office all day long.
Why Should You Have Your HVAC Serviced?
Depending on the age of your HVAC unit, and the quality of the installation related to the ductwork, you might not have to have your air ducts cleaned when we inspect your ductwork. Sometimes, a filter change or tune-up of the unit is all that is necessary. Regardless of the required work, regular inspections should be carried out. In addition to reducing the risk of odors and increasing air quality, having your HVAC unit serviced means that it is likely to last longer, and function appropriately for many years to come. Also, some insurance policies require regular inspection of HVAC units to reduce the risk of fire, damage, or other emergency situations related to the HVAC system itself. We can save you time, money, and help you avoid disaster when it comes to the air quality in your home or office.
Benefits of HVAC
HVAC units are very beneficial for homes and office space. Because they are 3-in-1 systems consisting of heating elements, ventilation systems, and air conditioning units, there is no need to have more than one piece of equipment on your property. While some units are separate, the majority of them are combined. Combined units mean easy cleaning and maintenance as well. HVAC units improve air quality in your home or office and provide a high return on your investment because they provide you with cleaner air to breathe. They'll keep you warm during the colder months, and cool during the heat of summer. Ventilation systems will ensure moisture leaves your home, and that humidity is controlled as well. With equipment that does so much, it's important to make sure it's functioning correctly.
Contact SERVPRO Of Chesterfield Wildwood Today
If you are an Chesterfield Wildwood business owner and you are having trouble with your HVAC unit, contact our offices today to schedule you no-cost consultation; 636-537-5400. We’ll send a qualified and knowledgeable air duct technician to inspect your HVAC unit, and to determine the source of any problems you might be having related to air quality, air exchange, ventilation, heating or cooling. Our commercial cleaning services can help restore function to your HVAC unit, help eliminate foul odors in the air and throughout your home or office, and help reduce the risk of contaminants, such as mold or bacteria in your home or office. Avoid unsightly mold and smells by calling us today to schedule a thorough inspection of your HVAC unit.
Commercial Flooding in Chesterfield Wildwood
Commercial Equipment Desiccant.
If you have a large commercial flood in your building, SERVPRO of Chesterfield Wildwood is here to help! We have a lot of large loss experience and have been family owned for many years.
It is important that every large loss is properly handled with documentation and proper steps taken. Doing the job correct the first time is important to prevent secondary damages from happening.
We strive to be an education company in the disaster restoration industry. With that said if you have any questions on what to do or how to even be better prepared, feel free to reach out to us at anytime. We have several team members that are trained and specialize in different areas of large loss restoration.
You can reach us 24/7 at 636-537-5400 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROsouthchesterfieldwildwood.com
ERP for Your Commercial Building in Chesterfield Wildwood
Get Your Free Ready Plan
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!
Getting Professional Help For Water Removal In Your Chesterfield Home From A Hidden Bathroom Leak
Mold removal is what we do.
Professional Water Removal
A hidden water leak in your bathroom, if left untreated, can cost you, especially if it leads to serious damage to walls, flooring, and paint. There are subtle signs you can look for in your Chesterfield Wildwood home to figure out whether you need a plumber to fix those leaking fixtures and pipes before things get worse. When you have a massive leak, you need a certified remediation company to help you clean up the damage, such as SERVPRO.
One sign of a hidden leak and the need for professional water removal is a wall which has blistering wallpaper or paint. Most of the time, steam from hot showers in your Dallas home should not cause this to happen. When water and moisture get between the paint and the wall, they stop the bond and start to separate the two, making the paint rise from the wall and all off in bits. It is the same case with wallpaper.
A wall which is warped or stained for no apparent reason is a clear sign of a plumbing leak. Drywall becomes soft and starts to bubble when it is exposed to moisture, eventually warping and breaking up into pieces. If the leak reaches your ceiling, it will sag and could leak some of the accumulated water, causing more damage to your bathroom.
At SERVPRO, our technicians have tools like moisture meters to find any hidden moisture and leaks in your bathroom and to remove any accumulation of water from those leaks. We first figure out what is causing the leak, fix the problem, and eliminate the water with industrial pumps, fans, and dehumidifiers. Quickly drying your bathroom out is important to avoid the growth of mold. Once your bathroom is dry again, repairs are made, including replacing any damaged drywall, and the affected area is sanitized.
Sometimes your flooring can be damaged as well if the leak was bad enough, causing cracking, staining or buckling. Moisture can make your floor feel soft or spongy depending upon the material it is made of. In these cases, you often find a damp subfloor as well. If the problem is found quick enough, we can dry it out and salvage it without having to replace it, but we may need to put new sub-flooring in as well where the water damaged it.
FLOOD, FIRE, EARTHQUAKES AND TWISTERS
Be ready for any event.
Article From Our First Responders Monarch Fire Protection Chesterfield, MO
Everyone who has watched the news this year has seen areas flooding from hurricanes and rain; fires destroying forests, crops and homes; earthquakes toppling houses, stores and factories; and tornadoes destroying everything in their path. Fortunately, the worst missed our area this year. Unfortunately, we have seen floods from rain and rivers, fires consuming homes and businesses; earthquakes doing minor damage (the last severe one was the New Madrid earthquake in 1811/1812) and tornadoes with their associated destruction here in Monarch or very nearby. While no one can fully prepare to weather every calamity, the Monarch Fire Protection District is ready to respond to our residents and businesses when misfortune calls. We have five fire houses across the District with more than 100 professionals ready to help. Everyone knows we have fire trucks ready to roll within minutes of receiving a call for help and ambulances staffed with paramedics and excellent equipment to assist with medical emergencies. However, we do much more. Monarch is home to a regional heavy hauler that is designed to provide confined space rescue for victims trapped in collapsed buildings or trenches with about 50 firefighters trained to use the specialized equipment. We also have boats and personnel trained for swift-water rescues. We team up with the St. Louis County Police to provide helicopter rescues using their helicopter and pilots and our rescue personnel. We operate and staff a designated Rescue Truck when the need arises which carries tools to extricate victims trapped in vehicles and other rescue equipment. Then, of course, we participate in area events and in District training to hone the skills needed to perform these duties. However, Monarch, the Department of Homeland Security and the State of Missouri all recommend everyone take a few basic steps to help themselves. Under normal circumstances, Monarch crews and equipment is minutes away, but, what if a major disaster strikes the area. First, everyone should have a minimum of three days of non-perishable food (don’t forget a manual can opener in case the electricity is off) and water for each family member. You should have a flashlight with fresh batteries and you may want to get a few emergency candles and matches. A simple first aid kit is very inexpensive. Make sure you have a few simple tools (hammer, nails, screw drivers, pliers, crescent wrench and, perhaps, even some vice grips or locking pliers). Make sure you know where to shut off the gas and water to your home in case there is a leak. For a few dollars, you can buy a special wrench designed for the gas shutoff. Keep cell phones charged or have an external charging device. A comprehensive list could become quite long but just a few simple items can make a big difference when calamity strikes. To borrow from the Boy Scouts, “Be Prepared”.
Monarch Fire Protection District Chesterfield, MO
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SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood is very proud to help our fire fighters. Without the fire fighters our community would be a ashy mess. Monarch fire department is a bunch of amazing people protecting our community. Monarch fired department is always out in the community educating the public. SERVPRO of South Chesterfield intends to be supportive to the men and women throughout 2018.
TOYS FOR TOTS
Monarch Fire is again is helping the Marine Corps Reserve with Toys For Tots! We are accepting new, unwrapped toys to make sure less fortunate kids have a good holiday season. You may bring your donated new unwrapped toys ot our Headquarters building or any Monarch firehouse! This campaign runs through December! More information about Toys For Tots can be found at https://www.toysfortots.org/.
Faster to The Disaster in Chesterfield, Mo
Be careful not to leave the stove on during the season.
December in Chesterfield—when cold temperatures arrive, the leaves change, and family-oriented get-togethers, like Christmas.
While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes in the kitchen, it is also important to take time to remember safety. Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home-fire-related injuries in the United States. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports “Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires...and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.”
You can help ensure your holiday plans don’t go up in smoke by taking a few precautions! Staying in the kitchen while cooking and if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stove-top. Be alert!
SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood wants you, your family, and your property to stay safe. If you do experience a fire or water damage during the holidays, or any time of the year, they can help you make it “Like it never even happened."
Christmas Safety Reminder Chesterfield, MO
Keep Your family safe during the holidays.
For many of us, the holiday season is a time of joy, celebration and tradition. We look forward to hosting or attending festive gatherings or concerts. We travel near and far to share in the spirit of the season with family, friends and co-workers. We cook more, shop more and decorate more.
However, all that extra cooking, traveling, shopping, celebrating and decorating we do can post potentially serious hazards at home, in the office and on the road. Reports from leading safety organizations indicate that the time from Christmas through the New Year is also one of the most dangerous for homeowners.
Whether you are planning or participating in the festivities, knowing the risks and how to help avoid injury, theft and damage to property through the holiday season are important however you choose to celebrate.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires and home fire deaths peak between December and February.* Cooking is the leading cause of home fires year round, and the increased use of stovetops and ovens for preparing holiday meals can increase the risk. Holiday decorations and the open flames of fireplaces and candles used during the holidays can also pose a threat.
To help reduce the risk of fire, consider using non-flammable or flame-retardant decorations. If you decorate a Christmas tree this time of year, select a quality artificial tree and decorate with only UL-listed lights. If you choose to have a fresh tree, be sure to keep water in the stand at all times. According to the NFPA, even a well-watered fresh tree should be taken down after four weeks. If you celebrate using a menorah, consider lighting using dripless candles. Remember to keep decorations and trees away from candles, fireplaces and heaters. Never leave an open flame or stove unattended.
Decorating the home, office or yard is a popular way to get into the spirit of the season. Planning your displays carefully is important to help reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, trips and falls, and property damage. If a ladder is to be used always use a fiberglass or wooden ladder as they do not conduct electricity should the ladder come in contact with an open power source. Be diligent about everything you do while decorating to help keep your family and friends safe when putting up, playing around or packing away your festive displays.
Winter Driving Safety
Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house, shopping malls and holiday parties we go — all increasing our risk of having to drive in sometimes hazardous winter conditions.
Always check the weather before going out, and avoid driving in snowy, icy or other severe conditions if possible. Take a vehicle survival kit stocked with cold weather essentials on every trip, and try to keep your gas tank from getting far below the half empty level. Following your common sense and basic winter driving tips can help ensure you and your passengers reach your holiday destinations safely.
Consumer Protection Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/; Electrical Safety Foundation International, http://esfi.org/.
Your Professional Water Mitigation Specialists in Chesterfield
Flooded business in 2016. 18000 Square Feet. Ready for rebuilding in 1 week.
Did you know that SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood makes a promise to be onsite to your emergency in your Chesterfield home or office within 4 hours of our initial contact? That means your water damage is a priority for us.
So if your toilet overflows, ice maker leaks, pipes burst, sewage backs up, or a water main ruptures, have SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood on speed dial and give us a call. Or better yet, download the SERVPRO Ready Plan App and set up your account now. Be sure to set SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood as your preferred franchise so that our response time can be even faster. Then if you have a water damage, we are only the push of a button away. Doesn’t that put your mind at ease?
Don’t worry Chesterfield, we’ve got your back. And your basement.
Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at Chesterfield Wildwood commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Chesterfield Wildwood
SERVPRO of Chesterfield Wildwood specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Chesterfield Wildwood Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Severe damage can be cleaned and restored.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of South Chesterfield Wildwood will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience
Air Purification After Fire Damage
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.
BASEMENT FLOODING SERVPRO ADVISES
Quickly Removing Unwanted Water
SERVPRO advises checking sump pump test before rain.
ST. LOUIS – The relentless rain is causing problems for some homeowners this week. Cleanup and restoration service SERVPRO'S have already started seeing a slight increase in flooded basements, and it's expecting a large influx of calls over the next few days.
Rick Bilbrey says most calls are about flooding from failed sump pumps and sewage backups. Homeowners often don't know a sump pump is broken until it doesn't work in wet conditions. And sewage backups occur when the pipes get flooded.
In the case of a failed sump pump, Bilbrey says to call a service immediately to remove the water and replace the pump. But if a sewage backup is causing the flooding, sometimes it's best to wait to call.
"You're just going to have to wait until it stops raining. Because I don't want you to waste your money on trying to suck up water that's just going to come back," said Bilbrey.
Bilbrey says what you can do, is use a wet/dry vac or towels to soak up the water until you get a service to help you. If it is a sewage backup, you should also get the drain cleared before you get your basement cleaned. Bilbrey says most importantly, you should check your sump pump now, ahead of more rain in the forecast, to make sure it's working.