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Fire Extinguishers

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke/fire damage in an attic. Fire damage? Call us!

Having a fire extinguisher in your home can help you increase your chances of escaping from a fire. With so many products on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Use this guide and talk with a residential fire cleanup expert to figure out which extinguisher you should stock.

Size

This fire preparedness tool comes in a variety of sizes. The size you want to get depends on where in the house you want to keep it.

• 2-pound: This small extinguisher is perfect for on the go. You can keep it in the trunk of your car to help prepare you for any situation. Some small models come with mounting hardware, so you can keep it in one place.
• 5-pound: This rechargeable model works well in fire-hazard areas in the home. Consider keeping it near your kitchen or laundry room, so it's easily accessible.
• 10-pound: This larger fire extinguisher is ideal for parts of the home that are left unattended for periods of time. The size means there's more fire suppressant chemicals, which can help dampen a fire that went unnoticed for a bit. Keep this size in a garage, shed or workshop.

As you consider the size of your extinguisher, you also need to think about your personal capabilities. If you would struggle to lift and use a 10-pound extinguisher, it might not be the right option for you.

Classification

You also have to think about the classification of the extinguisher. Residential products come in three classes: A, B and C. The A classification means the suppressant will work well on trash, wood and paper. B means the extinguisher can help put out a home fire caused by grease or liquids. C usually means it's suited for electrical fires.

Read the label of your fire extinguisher closely to make sure you have a unit that can work well in your home. Consider both size and classification before you buy your next fire dampening tool.

Water Damage + Electronics

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Person working on a electronic board. Water damage on your electronics isn't good.

What Should You Do if Your Electronics Have Water Damage?

If a flood starts in your office, there are a lot of risks to your safety and your company's well-being. Water can damage building materials, documents, and furniture. You could also face the challenge of flooded electronics. You depend on computers, servers, printers, and other devices for your daily operations. Water damage can ruin these items. Fortunately, professional water cleanup teams have the skill and experience to salvage your equipment.

Your Responsibilities
It doesn't take much water to cause problems with electronics. Excessive amounts of water can destroy these items and pose dangers to you and other people in the office. Before flood restoration technicians arrive on the scene, there are some things you can do to mitigate the damage:

  • Move electronics off the ground.
  • Wipe electronics with a cloth.
  • Do not plug in or turn on wet electronics.

Why Hire the Pros?
While you play a key role in restoring your electronics and minimizing electronic damage, professional crews can thoroughly clean them. Professionals have the necessary equipment and supplies to treat wet electronics. They also use proven techniques to safely treat damaged items without causing more issues. When you call a cleanup company, you can count on the technicians arriving on the same day that you call. We can respond at any time of the day, seven days a week.

The Process
Technicians will assess the extent of the damage and clean any corrosion from the electronics. Next, they will thoroughly dry the items in a climate-controlled environment. Restoration companies have advanced water removal and dehumidification processes to ensure that there is no moisture left in the flooded electronics. The teams can also inform you of any further repairs that the items require.
Water and electronics don't mix. It can be distressing to have flooded electronics, but there is hope that you can save this equipment. With the right professional help, you may be amazed by the results.

Always Here to Help!

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo We make it look "Like it never even happened."

Emergencies can happen at any time, on any day. Disasters don't adhere to schedules nor do they observe holidays, so you need to know who to call should a disaster strike. SERVPRO is at the ready any time you need emergency service for a water damage catastrophe. With 24 hour availability, including holidays, SERVPRO has people who can assist you quickly, no matter the time of day or scope of the damage.

How Quickly SERVPRO Responds to Your Emergency:

  • Within one hour, SERVPRO will respond to you with a call.
  • Within four hours, SERVPRO will be on-site to your location.
  • Within eight hours, SERVPRO will prepare and deliver a verbal briefing with a plan for your emergency.

Choosing a team of water damage specialists who guarantee a fast response and fast action is imperative. Take action immediately to counter damage effectively and manage and reduce the costs of remediation and restoration projects. Call us, SERVPRO professionals, who are always open and ready to help, whenever you require emergency water restoration service.

How Quickly Water Damage Can Occur:

Within minutes, water can seep into your property, building materials, and belongings.
Within 24 hours, materials begin to swell, crack, tarnish, and mold can take hold.
Within one week, materials begin to rust, corrode, warp, and mold or mildew grows and spreads.
Over one week, structures can incur significant damage, and remediation costs increase noticeably.

Water damage can set in quickly. When you experience a water emergency, you need help on the scene as soon as possible. To safeguard your property and your belongings, call the experts who will give you a fast response.


With 24 hour availability and over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is a leader in the restoration industry. Don't hesitate to call your local office, any time of day or night, when you need emergency cleanup experts.

Duct Cleaning Experts!

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee speaking with customer. From duct cleanings to catastrophes, we are here to help!

How often do you look at your HVAC system? Like most people, the answer is probably not very often. We are not saying that forgetting about your HVAC system is a bad thing, we all do it, but if you cannot remember the last time you looked it over, then it is the time to do so.

There is not a typical timeline in which your system should be regularly cleaned, but there are a few signs to look for:

Visible mold growth

Ducts are infested or have been infested with vermin

Ducts are clogged with excess amounts of dust or debris

Particles coming out of registers when system comes on

If any of these signs appear in your ducts, there may be an underlying problem that also needs to be addressed with your HVAC. For those solutions, it is best to contact your preferred heating and cooling company to find the reason for these problems.

For cleaning, you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County to effectively clean your duct work. We have the proper equipment and expertise to handle any size job, from a large office building to a residential home.

At SERVPRO we do not just take a vacuum into your ducts and sweep it out. We have a special agitator that kicks up all the dust and debris in your ducts that is then sucked out with our industrial duct air cleaner. There is a reason why SERVPRO is an industry leader, and you can trust us to take care of your home or business!

Insurance Companies LOVE us!

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo We are here to help!

Why Many Insurance Agents and Adjusters Use SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County has worked with many insurance agents and claim adjusters. We understand your situation. As an agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claim costs down while providing the best services possible for your clients. Here are a few reasons why so many insurance agents and adjusters trust us:

Fast Emergency Response
Restoring commercial or residential property is the priority at SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County. Your insurance client will appreciate our immediate response and you will know we’re doing everything we can to limit the damage and the costs.

Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense
Like insurance agents and claim adjusters, we know restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Our goal is always to restore whenever possible and replace only when necessary. That’s why SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County performs pretesting on every loss so we can determine restorability.

Claims Inventory Service
SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County can provide insurance agents and claim adjusters with an itemized loss inventory. We give you a report and pictures of important items. Your work is made simpler and clearer because we provide you with a complete and accurate picture of the incident.

Serving Adjusters and Your Clients
A SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County professional's job is to reassure your clients, perform quality service, and report to you quickly. We know your job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim. We don’t want you to have to deal with problems from vendors. Working with you, we strive to save you time so you can focus on priority files, while having complete control of every loss you’re assigned. We offer you 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file within hours. SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County’s documented, measured performance increases value for you, your agency, your managers, and your clients.

Here To Help 
The job of SERVPRO Southern and Central Jefferson County is to reassure the customer, provide excellent service and communicate with the insurance agents and adjusters quickly. We work together with the agents to provide quick and effective property restoration and make it “Like it never even happened.” We are a one-stop shop for all your needs!

Always Be Prepared!

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

CPR and AED stock photos Do you know how to provide CPR? Are you educated on using a AED?

Join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities. Learn how to be prepared.

Make and Practice Your Plan

Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during and after an incident? Do you have an emergency supply kit? Make sure your family is informed and practiced in your emergency plan. Be sure to sign up for alerts and warnings for your area, and download other necessary apps to stay informed.

Learn Life Saving Skills

Do you or someone in your family know CPR? Could you turn off your natural gas if necessary? Do you know how to take cover in an earthquake? Knowing these life saving skills could mean life or death in an emergency situation for you, your family or your neighbors.

Odors in Hospitality Environments

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

The Holiday Inn hotel. Odors in your business? Call us 636-467-5444.

As a hospitality and lodging provider, you want your guests to be comfortable during their stay. This includes ensuring your guests that their environment is free of the odors and residues associated with cigarettes.

SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County will help eliminate exposure to the harmful effects of third hand-smoke — the residual, carcinogenic components of tobacco smoke that can linger on carpets, walls and other room surfaces long after smoking has occurred. Our technicians have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors.

Nicotine Cleanup and Odor Removal

Upon arrival, SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County will assess the room or rooms that need cleaning and odor removal. Although it may seem that the odor is only in the air, we search for additional sources. Furnishings and carpeting can attract and hold the tiny particles of ash, tar, and other substances that are incompletely burned. We start with a thorough cleaning, including the upholstery and carpet, using our commercial-strength steam extractors and professional cleaning products.

In addition, nicotine and other substances can stain walls and emit smells. Our crews will wash the walls with appropriate cleaners and may even suggest repainting the walls and sealing wooden portions of furnishings and headboards to trap any odor lingering beneath these surfaces.

Oftentimes, each room has a separate heating and cooling system, so we inspect and clean the vents and any duct work to prevent the smoke smells from recirculating. SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County can also eliminate odors by changing the chemical composition of the minute particles floating in the air and embedded in surfaces and fixtures. One option is thermal fogging, a process where air cleaners combust in a heated chamber and then bond with and render any airborne particles odor-free. Other resources include hydroxyl generators and other oxygenation systems. Hydroxyl generators use a form of UV light that creates the hydroxyl radicals, which then react with solid pollutants like cigarette smoke and help destroy them. These processes eliminate the odors, not just cover them up like most air fresheners.

For your hotel to be profitable, you want as many rooms as possible to be available to your guests. Help ensure your guests’ comfort by calling SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County for a consultation at 636-467-5444

Why Choose SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County?

As a locally owned and operated franchise, SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County understands the importance of a clean and fully functioning commercial property. We believe a building’s appearance is often its first impression and take our commercial services very seriously. Whether you require professional cleaning and deodorization to make your business look and smell its best, water remediation following an emergency, mold remediation to prevent health issues, or a disaster recovery team, we have the training and expertise to minimize loss of productivity and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Flooding in Missouri

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Safety Tips During the Restoration Process

When you live in Missouri, flood safety can be very important for yourself, your family and your home. Both before and after the storm. When the rain is gone, you may find that some clean up and repairs are necessary on your property. Here are a few safety tips you may want to follow during the restoration process.

  1. Proceed Safely

Proceed as safely as possible when assessing any flood damage to your home. This means not entering any unsafe areas and taking the appropriate safety steps before beginning work.

  1. Turn Electricity Off

Always turn the electricity off to any flooded area before entering. Doing so can help you prevent any number of safety hazards.

  1. Wear Protective Gear

Another important step for flood safety is the use of proper protective gear. This may include coveralls, masks, gloves, and boots or shoe covers. Any items worn in the flooded area should also be washed in hot water to help avoid contaminating the rest of the home.

  1. Contact a Professional

When possible it's best to contact a water damage restoration service to conduct repairs on your home. These experts will know what is best to be done to get your residence back in livable condition as quickly as possible.

  1. Sanitize Everything

Sanitation is an important step the restoration process. This will help ensure that no bacteria remain on any object touched by the flood water, and that nothing is brought back into the home after restoration is complete.


When it comes to your home and family flood safety is important both before and after the storm. Following these tips may help. Remember to turn electricity off and wear protective gear in any area you are working. It may be best to contact a professional to handle the repairs. You may also want to be sure that everything is properly sanitized.

Winter Weather: Get Prepared Now!

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

The change in season will be here before you know it. It requires a few items homeowners can check to help get ready. Check to make sure hoses are disconnected from exterior faucets, even if they are frost-free faucets.  Leaving a hose connected increases the possibility of a frozen hose bib, which can rupture inside the exterior wall of your business or home and cause flooding. 

Make sure the thermostat is set to an appropriate temperature if you’re planning on being away from home over the holidays.  Open cabinet doors for cabinets that have plumbing, especially on exterior walls to make sure the temperature stays above freezing.  Have a professional check and service your furnace for proper operation and signs of potential failure.

If you are planning on being away from home for an extended period, it is a good idea to have a plumber winterize the plumbing system.  If winterizing isn’t possible, turning off the water main can be a good way to ensure that if a problem does arise, it doesn’t cause too much damage before it is located.

If the unfortunate does happen, be sure to give us a call here at SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County at 636-467-5444. We have highly trained technicians and top of line drying technology to help restore your home or business after a flood. Call us today to see what we can do for you!

SERVPRO + Storm Damage

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County 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.

Faster Response Guaranteed!

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can 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 our servicing areas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,750 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 636-467-5444. We are faster to any size disaster.