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Emergency Ready Plan

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan

When a disaster strikes your business, having a plan in place ahead of time for what you will do can make all the difference in whether your business survives the event.  The majority of businesses that come out stronger on the other side of an emergency are the ones that pre-planned for one.

That’s where SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) can help give you, your employees and customer peace of mind. You can trust that whatever might happen to disrupt daily business will only be temporary. 

With our Emergency Ready Plan, your business will be able to minimize interruption because you’ll know what to do and what to expect if any-sized disaster strikes.  This is important to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Don’t let your business be unprepared during an emergency.  Call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood to learn how we can better equip you with the tools needed during an emergency situation.

SERVPRO South Chesterfield/Wildwood

636-537-5400

Education Facilities

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

A commitment to clean is a commitment to confidence.

From elementary schools to college campuses, clean and secure facilities are essential to education. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of learning, SERVPRO® is here to help ensure a safe and comfortable environment for your students, faculty and staff.

With more than 50 years of experience in emergency and proactive cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO is in your community to help schools thrive in times of challenge. Through Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, we’re bringing a specialized viral pathogen-cleaning program to schools across the country. Going beyond standard janitorial practices, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is expert deep cleaning backed by our industry-leading training program and follows all CDC and local guidelines, including the use of EPA-approved hospital-grade disinfectants.

If you encounter a positive case, call the experts you can trust to help you reset and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Get Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned and make the commitment to a higher standard of clean.

Types of facilities

  • Early Childhood - Preschool and Nursery Schools
  • Primary - Elementary and Middle Schools
  • Secondary - High school and Academies
  • Higher Education - College and Universities
  • Athletics - Gymnasium, Sports Complex and Stadiums

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood

636-537-5400

Commercial Fire and Smoke Restoration

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood has the training, experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage emergency. We understand the importance of getting your business back up and going as soon as possible. We will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion—getting your property business-ready.  We will also work hand in hand with your insurance company to ensure it’s a smooth process for you.  Below are a few of the certifications that our crews have to make sure we properly remediate any fire and smoke damage to your property.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood if your business is need of fire or smoke restoration.

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood

636-537-5400

Commercial Mold Remediation

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

What Is Black Mold?

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

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

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

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

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

Understanding Mold

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

  •  Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  •  Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through  windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  •  Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  •  Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  •  Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Commercial Fire Sprinkler Freeze Protections

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Sprinkler Freeze Protections

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

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

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

Getting Back to Business

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Getting Back to Business

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

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

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

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood

636-537-5400

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning for Your Business

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning for Your Business

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

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

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

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

Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

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

Emergency READY Profile

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time.  Water damage can sideline your business regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line.  Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. 

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood can offer your business or property an Emergency READY Profile.  This helps in minimizing business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do, what to expect and who to call in advance is the key to timely mitigation.  We can help you put together an action plan should you face a water emergency.

Call us today to learn more about our Emergency READY Profiles at 636-537-5400.  We’re available 24/7 to take care of the problem.

Cleaning Process After a Fire

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

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

CLEAN

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

RINSE

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

DRY

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

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

Disinfecting your Business

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

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

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

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

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

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

Commercial Floor Cleaning

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Most people don’t really realize how nasty and contaminated floors really are unless it is their own house that has dirty floors. Things such as dirt, debris, and even dust that your shoes can track in affect floors. Another thing to take into account is things that don’t properly get thrown away and usually end up on the floor as well. You are probably thinking this sounds like a very tiny issue, but having a dirty floor can hurt your business!

Commercial floor cleaning services such as SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood can help you avoid dirty floors. SERVPRO does more than just get rid of the dirt; they also include sanitizing the floors to help keep all the germs away. You don’t want your employees to be having multiple sick days, so it is important to put the health of your employees first!

Cleaning floors often require more than just vacuuming, sweeping, or getting the mop out everyone once in a while. SERVPRO has all the equipment, experience, and products your company needs. Call today to schedule your cleaning! 636.537.5400

P.A.S.S. Technique With Fire Extinguishers

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher is one of the most essential pieces of life-saving equipment in your commercial property. While your fire suppression system is excellent for your overall facility and alarms will ensure the safe evacuation of your employees or tenants, extinguishers provide a direct line of defense and allow for immediate response to manageable fires. However, there is a four-step process known as the P.A.S.S. technique.

1. Pull

The first step is to pull the pin from the extinguisher handle. The removal of this pin will allow the handle to be fully compressed, releasing the compressed air and chemical mixture to extinguish the flames.

2. Aim

A fire extinguisher will typically have a short, flexible, rubber hose attached to the nozzle and extending away from the handle. This will allow you to aim the compressed mixture at the fire. However, be sure to avoid contact with the discharge opening as the CO2 can damage your skin.

3. Squeeze

Squeezing the handle will release the extinguishing agent. Its mixture will come out quickly and somewhat powerfully, so be prepared and keep firm aim on the blaze.

4. Sweep

You will want to use a sweeping motion, focusing the extinguishing mixture on the base of the fire. Continue this process until the fire is out. After the fire is out, watch the are and ensure that there are no remaining embers. It is possible for a fire to reignite, causing more fire damage.

This information can be found on the OSHA website https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/portable_use.html

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the proper extinguisher technique, you can contact your local fire department or a fire remediation specialist at SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood! 

Is Heavy Foot Traffic Affecting Your Commercial Carpet?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet cleaning Is it time to schedule your commercial carpet cleaning?

Are customers constantly coming in and out of your doors? Lots of businesses have commercial carpet that gets trampled on every day…and sometimes, you can tell. Banks, restaurants, and retail stores are easy victims of heavy and dirty foot traffic. As a result, the carpets have a visible path that could make a customer cringe. While seeing customers so frequently is great for business, it’s not so great for your carpets.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood offers commercial carpet cleaning. We have specialized chemicals to help lighten those heavy traffic lanes to help you put your best foot forward. We also have various spotting agents to help lighten and remove various stains that may have popped up.

Call us today at 636.537.5400 to get a free estimate for your commercial carpet cleaning. We can get you on a regular cleaning schedule so that you can keep your business looking fresh and clean!

4 Ways Your Eureka Business Can Be Affected By Water Damage

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

When business owners think of water damage, they often picture a storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. While it is true that commercial water damage is usually the result of floods and water that came from bad weather, many people forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are 4 ways your Eureka, MO business can be affected by water damage.

 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 

While 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, documents, and other assets.

2. Damaged appliances 

This cause of flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, but can also happen in a business that uses appliances associated with water such as a refrigerator. 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 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.

Business owners tend to overlook these events, should your business suffer from water damage you can count on SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood, we have your back! We are available 24/7 for your commercial emergencies! 

Is Your Business Prepared For a Disaster?

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Is your Ballwin, MO business prepared for a disaster?

Did you know that 50% of businesses that experience disasters NEVER recover? Of the businesses that do survive, most already had a preparedness plan. A disaster is categorized as any event that disables, interrupts or adversely affects the ability to operate a business in a normal manner.

SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood offers a free Emergency Ready Profile ( ERP) to ensure that you and your business are ready for anything. Pre-planning minimizes loss by having a plan of action. It is essential in increasing the speed of recovery of your business.

Types of Disasters

Natural( Only 5 % of disasters are caused naturally)

·       Flooding

·       Hurricanes

·       Ice Storms

·       Tornadoes

·       Earthquakes

·       Mudslides

·       Windstorms

Internal ( Man made) – Internal disasters can cause just as much if not more damage as a natural disaster.

·       Fire Damage

·       Water Damage

·       Major computer Failures

·       Phone System Failures

·       Major Electrical Outages

 Our Emergency Ready Profile is not a complete contingency plan, but it is a great place to start! Call SERVPRO of South Chesterfield/Wildwood today to schedule your free Emergency Ready Profile appointment! (636)537-5400.

Preventing and Responding to Commercial Pipe Damage

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Broken pipe Commercial pipe damage in Ellisville, MO

When running a business in Ellisville, MO, it is crucial to maintain the foundation of the building. Part of this foundation is the pipes. There are many circumstances that can cause a burst pipe — a problem that can potentially shut down a business and cause lots of damage to the property. One of the most common occurrences is a frozen pipe due to a significant temperature drop or a lack of protection against the elements. Below are some simple ways to protect pipes from freezing and bursting.

Damage Prevention

Stopping a pipe burst essentially comes down to keeping your pipes dry and warm:

  • Moisture or standing water around pipes can be dangerous in the event of cold weather.
  • Removing excess water around pipes can lessen the chance of freezing.
  • Exposed pipes are at a higher risk for freezing.
  • Openings around exposed pipes or cracks in insulation can heighten the chance of a problem. Check to make sure the areas around exposed pipes are properly sealed.
  • The temperature inside the building has an effect on the temperature of the pipes.
  • Maintaining a temperature of above 55 degrees Fahrenheit within a commercial building is crucial to prevent a burst pipe.

What To Do When a Pipe Freezes

If a pipe freezes, there is usually the possibility of thawing it out before any damage is done. Turning off the water at the main point of access will lessen the chances of overwhelming a pipe and causing it to burst.
However, if a pipe does freeze and burst, it is important to get immediate help. The longer a broken pipe goes unresolved, the more damage it is likely to do. A professional cleaning and restoration company should be contacted to fix the problem and take care of any lasting effects or water damage.
Pipe damage can be stressful and overwhelming. Frequently checking on the condition of pipes, especially those exposed to the elements, is consequential in how quickly a problem can be identified and solved. Taking the proper steps to minimize the effects of a burst pipe is advantageous to the overall maintenance and health of a business.

Why Your General Liability Policy May Not Cover Mold Exposure Claims

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on drywall Mold drywall in Wildwood, MO

Why Your General Liability Policy May Not Cover Mold Exposure Claims

A rapid increase in mold insurance claims has prompted many insurance companies to make changes to their general liability policies. As a result, it may be wise to consult an insurance professional in Wildwood, MO, about how mold exclusions may affect your commercial liability coverage.

Existing Exclusions

Before recent policy modifications, several exclusions were sometimes applied to a mold claim. These exclusions include:

  • Pollution
  • Business risk
  • Owned, occupied or rented property

Pollution Exclusion

Courts have often disagreed about whether mold infestations are equivalent to the sort of discharge, dispersal or release of pollutants that pollutant exclusions were written for. There has also been some dispute over whether mold can be considered equivalent to the industrial chemicals and other substances generally considered to be pollutants.

Business Risk Exclusion

Many mold insurance claims involve allegations that mold developed in an enclosed building due to defective workmanship. Business risk exclusions have sometimes been used to exclude mold damage resulting from defective workmanship.

Owned, Occupied or Rented Property Exclusion

Landlords and building owners are sometimes sued by tenants for property damage and mold remediation costs that result from mold exposure in their buildings. Existing exclusions for owned, occupied and rented property are sometimes used to deny these claims, but are not always found to be applicable.

Mold Exclusions

Due to the inconsistent application of existing exclusions, many insurance companies decided to endorse commercial general liability policies to explicitly exclude or severely reduce coverage for claims that arise due to mold exposure. One such exclusion is the Fungi or Bacteria Exclusion Endorsement that was filed by ISO. This exclusion expressly excludes cleanup and mold remediation costs, as well as personal injury arising from mold exposure from coverage in a commercial general liability policy with this endorsement attached.
As a result of these common exclusions, your general liability policy may not cover damages that result from mold exposure. However, you may be able to purchase additional coverage for mold insurance claims.

3 Unexpected Storm Damage Risks

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Roof collapsed in a building, many pieces of ceiling tiles on floor, floor wet Collapsed ceiling in a Ballwin, MO building

The average homeowner has a narrow idea of what storm damage involves. Downed tree limbs or cracked windows are some of the main concerns. But storm damage can be surprisingly varied, and include things like burst pipes and even standing water. Learn more about some of the more surprising types of storm damage - is your Ballwin, MO, home ready?

What Causes Storm Damage?

There are many different storm types, and unsurprisingly, many different types of storm damage. Regardless of the elements of the storm, there are a few features that are almost guaranteed. Those elements include the following:

  • Heavy preciptation
  • High winds
  • Temperature shifts

These and other elements can cause some surprising types of damage.

Plumbing Damage

Plumbing storm damage can be unexpected but highly destructive. Heavy rains can push debris into outdoor drains, blocking them from working and setting the stage for household flooding. On the other hand, low temperatures can cause frozen pipes, which eventually become burst pipes. These are just a few ways a storm can wreak havoc on your plumbing.

Electrical Damage

Lightning strikes can cause thousands of dollars in damage to a home. That’s because a strike can disable the computers, security systems and smart devices that are increasingly common in the average home. In the case of a smart home, a lightning strike can cause particularly debilitating and critical problems.

Roof Damage

Few homeowners consider how vulnerable their roof can be in a storm. But impacts from downed limbs or even hail can create dents and holes in your roof. Meanwhile, wind gusts can blow off shingles or even lift weaker parts of your roof in extreme cases. Each of these can let water in and create a chain reaction of problems.
Storm damage comes in many flavors. Being prepared for all of it - from burst pipes to lightning strikes - is key to keeping your home secure. Work with a local storm cleanup expert to identify your home’s specific storm risks and take action.

Saving Money by Stopping Leaks

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

A small water leak It's a good idea to inspect your building for a water leak

Saving Money by Stopping Leaks

Utility costs often change for various reasons. For example, when it gets warmer outside, your utility bill will likely increase to keep your building at a reasonable temperature. A sudden, unexplained spike in your utility bill for your commercial property in Ellisville, MO, could be a sign of a water leak somewhere in your building. Checking for leaks and getting the proper repairs can save you and your insurance company a lot of money.

Small Leaks

Even a small leak can cost a lot of money over time. Small leaks can come from a variety of sources:

  • Dripping faucet
  • Faulty stopper in toilet tank
  • Loose pipe under a sink
  • Damaged supply line

A small water leak doesn't just waste water and raise your utility bill. It can also cause significant water damage if it leaks onto floors, cabinets, walls or ceilings. Check for leaks frequently and repair any problem that you find as soon as possible.

Large Losses

Sometimes leaks are not subtle at all. Large losses are often caused by sudden issues. For example, a pipe break can cause a large amount of water to suddenly flood your building. When this happens, you will likely need to contact a local plumber to fix the broken pipe and water remediation experts to clean up the mess it leaves behind. After you make those calls, however, you still want to stop water from gushing into your building as soon as possible. To stop the water flow, turn off the main water main. While this may be inconvenient, it can significantly minimize the damage caused by the break.
When your utility bill seems unusually high for no reason, it's a good idea to inspect your building for a water leak. Fixing the leak and any damage it causes as quickly as possible can save you a lot of money in the long run.

4 Steps To Take After an Apartment Fire

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Wildwood, MO

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, there are about 100,000 rental property fires every year. The costs related to property damage are naturally very high. Although property owners have many other concerns that fill their day-to-day calendars, fire safety should be a top priority. In addition to implementing fire safety policies, it's important that property owners understand their responsibilities in response to an apartment fire.

Contact Your Insurance Company

One of the best reasons to call your agent immediately is the ability to avoid interfering with your claim. If you enter the property and add to the fire damage, you could negatively impact the status of your claim. Your insurance agent may provide recommendations for your next steps.


Gather Facts and Details


The fire department and your insurance company will ask for information about how the fire started. Talk to tenants about their activities prior to the fire. The information you gather may help to determine whether the fire was started by an unattended fire or a problem with electrical wiring. The fire department will also conduct an investigation.


Help Renters Find Temporary Housing


If the apartment fire has made the building uninhabitable, your renters will need a temporary place to stay until fire damage restoration professionals have the chance to clean up and repair the building. There should be at least a few Wildwood, MO, organizations to help you find a place for your renters to stay. If the fire was not the result of negligence or fire code violations, your insurance coverage may pay the relocation costs. Remind renters to contact their insurance providers, as well.


Contact Fire Restoration Professionals


In addition to losing out on revenue while your property sits vacant, fire damages increase as they sit. Professionals take immediate steps to mitigate further harm. The sooner technicians can get to your property, the sooner you can move renters back in.

Rental property fires are some of the most common types of losses that affect property owners. Knowing how to respond when an apartment fire breaks out helps you avoid further damages.

Commercial Water Loss

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Is Your Business Prepared for an Emergency?

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

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!

Flooding and Water Damage in Chesterfield, MO

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Smell Natural Gas in Your Business? Here's What You Need To Do To Stay Safe

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Explosions due to natural gas are more common than you might think, which is why you should know how to respond in the event that you hear a hissing sound or smell gas in your home. Though you may panic at the thought of a gas leak, it is important that you act fast and with extreme caution if you want to avoid a gas fire.

Types of Gas You Might Have in Your Home

You may have several different gas sources in your home, each of which uses a different type of substance. The three most common types of gases you may find in your home include the following:

• Carbon monoxide
• Carbon dioxide
• Radon

Carbon monoxide can be found in appliances that burn gas or kerosene. A malfunctioning HVAC system may also produce dangerous levels of this gas. Carbon dioxide may also come from an HVAC system. Radon is typically found in igneous rock and soil but can be found in water.

What To Do if You Suspect a Gas Leak

If you suspect a gas leak, there are certain steps you should take to prevent a gas fire. Those include the following:

1. Check the Stove. Resolving the issue may be as simple as turning off a stovetop burner. It's a common mistake: you accidentally leave a burner on after cooking or someone bumps a knob when walking by.
2. Open the Doors and Windows: Ventilation is key to avoiding a gas explosion. Open all windows and doors you can safely access to get the gas out.
3. Keep the Lights Off: Flipping a light switch could cause a spark, which may be all the gas needs to start a fire.
4. Get to Your Gas Meter: If you know where it's located, go to your meter and shut it off. You may need to use a wrench.

Ideally, if you smell gas in your business, get out as quickly as possible in case of a gas fire. Once you feel as if you are a safe distance away from the danger, call 911 and your Chesterfield, MO fire damage team.

Preparing Employees for Storm Damage at the Workplace

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Severe weather can strike Chesterfield, MO at any time during the year. It is important to be prepared for any storm damage that may occur to a commercial building or office. Managing the well-being of employees in the event of a disaster is crucial for a business to continue running smoothly. Here are three suggestions to help employees be prepared if damage to the workplace is created by a spring storm.

1. Create a Plan

Implementing an effective disaster preparedness plan in case a natural disaster strikes can be very helpful. Ensuring the safety of employees is incredibly important, and an effective plan may include courses of action to take if employees are at work at the time of a storm, as well as having a plan to enact if inclement weather occurs before or after business hours. If a spring storm hits Chesterfield, MO while individuals are at work, the plan may be to shelter-in-place. If disaster strikes when the office is closed, workers may be instructed to work from home.

2. Remember That Communication Is Key

Educating employees about what to prepare for before a storm can be beneficial. Damage to a workplace, such as flooding after a pipe burst, could mean that employees might not have a viable work environment for some time. Talking with employees about their options in the event of a disaster can minimize fear. Communication may also provide an opportunity to prepare employees to work remotely until the commercial property is restored.

3. Ensure That Employees Are Secure All Year Long

Maintaining the security of a commercial building so that it is sturdy throughout the year may help to protect employees and minimize the amount of damage that could be caused by a storm. Encouraging employees to report any repairs that they may notice, scheduling regular building inspections, and addressing any minor structural issues could prevent more damage from occurring.

A disaster can be tough for a business and its employees. However, being prepared for an unexpected spring storm may help restore things “Like it never even happened.” Visit https://www.SERVPROsouthchesterfieldwildwood.com/ for more information on commercial storm damage. 

Preparing Your Business To Survive an Emergency

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding in a Clarkson Valley, MO mall

Preparing Your Business To Survive an Emergency

Many businesses in Clarkson Valley, MO have contingency plans in place for catastrophic events that damage a facility or interrupt operations. However, it’s difficult to assess whether that plan will be effective until a disaster takes place. In fact, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has found that up to sixty percent of small businesses affected by disasters end up closing permanently. Many of these had recovery plans in place, but they were not enough to restore operations. The following steps for establishing an emergency profile can help ensure your business is a surviving one.

1. Register Your Business With a Disaster Recovery Company

Following a large-scale natural disaster, every business in the area will be contacting cleanup and restoration companies. You can be ahead of everyone by calling SERVPRO to develop an emergency profile through the ERP app. You will be given a free, independent consultation to assess your facility. Internally written plans don’t compare to having professionals who regularly clean up disasters identify areas of concern.

2. Work With SERVPRO To Develop a Plan

It’s essential to have professionals involved in recovery plans. They can help you be realistic and keep you focused on prioritizing the essential business functions. They will work with you to develop a list of critical emergency information specific to your company, as well as create an immediate disaster action plan. This process also establishes a relationship with your local recovery specialists, so you know who to contact if a disaster, such as a flood or hurricane, is predictable.

3. Identify Chain of Command

Many companies have a chain of command, but fail to have a plan in place if an owner or supervisor is unreachable. In a disaster situation, some decisions are time sensitive. A good recovery company can save time and money by establishing leaders and points of contact for various situations.
It’s well worth your time to work with SERVPRO to develop an emergency profile. It will keep your company organized and prepared in the event of a disaster. It will also give you peace of mind to know you have professional support ready to help.

Selling Your Home

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

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Selling Your Home

Cigarette Nicotine Removal

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

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

Commercial Mold Remediation in Chesterfield, MO

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mole found behind vinyl wallpaper.

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

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

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of South Chesterfield / Wildwood, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

Commercial Cleaning Services

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Call us today for your cleaning needs.

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
  • Vandalism

Causes of Commercial Water Damage

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

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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. 

Commercial Water Damage Cleaning In Chesterfield, MO

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

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.

3 Reasons to Tackle Mold Quickly

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

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.

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http://www.SERVPROsouthchesterfieldwildwood.com/

Document Restoration Services in Chesterfield, MO

12/25/2017 (Permalink)

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. 
  1. Drying - process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation.
  2. Cleaning - we offer onsite cleaning. This is cleaning each document front and back to remove debris and any surface particulate. 
  3. Sterilization - Gamma Irridation is a process that is used for disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Destruction - we offer destruction onsite.
  6. 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
Dkenagy@SERVPROnet.com