Sprinkler Systems 101
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Sprinkler systems are commonly installed in commercial and industrial buildings. They save life and structure when a fire occurs. They do cause water damage though when putting out the fire or when the system malfunctions. This is when SERVPRO of Farmington is here to help. We come in and dry the structure when a system malfunctions. Fire sprinklers are activated when the mercury liquid filled bulb bursts between 135 and 165 degrees. It is thought by many that they are triggered by smoke. They are activated by heat. Failures occur with sprinkler heads commonly when the line freezes from cold weather or the head gets hit or pulled on by something. We are here to help when you need it most and want to help prevent issues before they arise. It is always a good idea to know where your sprinkler line shut off valves are located in case you have a malfunctioning system and know who services these systems for your facility.
SERVPRO: Here for You 24/7
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With our community in mind, SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County provides emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County is here for you, 24/7. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
The extreme Missouri weather conditions can cause a mountain of storm damage. If you are caught in an emergency situation caused by a storm, call SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County.
We always respond to your call within 1 hour, begin the remediation process within 4 hours, and notify the adjuster no later than 8 hours from the time of your loss. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
More reasons to choose SERVPRO:
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
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Lightning Causing House Fires
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According to StormHighway.com:
A cloud-to-ground lightning bolt's main objective is to find the path of least resistance from the cloud to deep into the ground. Most houses are filled with many potential routes for lightning to follow in their journey. This can include gas and water pipes, electric lines, phone lines, cable TV/internet lines, gutters, downspouts, metal window frames - anything conductive in a house is 'fair game' for the lightning to follow.
Lightning passing through a house will often 'branch' and utilize more than one path to ground at a time. It can also jump through the air from one conductive path to another in what is called a side flash. For example, lightning may first connect to electric lines in the attic of a house, then jump to better-grounded water pipes on the first or second floor. Lightning can connect to gutters, then jump to a window frame as a 'stepping stone' to the electrical system or water pipes. All or part of bolts have been seen jumping from wall outlets to sink faucets and even across rooms!
The biggest danger lightning poses to a house is fire. Wood and other flammable building materials can easily be ignited anywhere an exposed lightning channel comes in contact with. It is most common for lightning to start a fire in the attic or roof of a house, as the channel usually has to pass through some of the structural material in the roof before it can reach a more conductive path such as wiring or pipes. When lightning current travels through wires, it will commonly burn them up - presenting a fire ignition hazard anywhere along the affected circuits.
SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County helps with water and fire remediation. Give us a call at 636-467-5444.
The Impact of Severe Storms
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Expecting a tornado or other major storm? There are several steps you can take to stay safe. After the tornado passes, SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County can help you clean up storm damage and restore your home.
Look for Storm Warning Signs
Tornadoes typically occur when there is a severe thunderstorm in the area. Rain, hailstorms, and lightning strikes are some of the signs of a possible tornado. Some other warning signs of an oncoming tornado include:
- Rumbling or Roaring Sounds in the Air
- Orange or Green Skies
- Rotation of the Clouds
- Very Calm Conditions after a Storm
- Damaged Power Lines or Debris
Staying Informed During a Storm
Local television and radio stations are your best source for updates on how the storm is developing. However, if you hear a tornado siren, you should immediately head to the nearest shelter.
What is the difference between a Tornado Watch, Warning, and Emergency?
- A Tornado Watch means that a storm could be coming in your area soon because of the current weather conditions.
- A Tornado Warning is a sign that one or more tornadoes are in the immediate area. Look for shelter as soon as you see this signal.
- A Tornado Emergency is the final step in the warning process. A tornado has been spotted near a populated location. Move to the safest possible place if you cannot get to a real shelter in time.
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County is independently owned and operated and we are part of this community, too! When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Jefferson County community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be!
Storm Damage? No problem!
No storm damage is too big or small. Call us anytime.
When your business suffers serious damage after storm events, SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County will work around the clock to clean up any debris and to restore the property to preloss conditions. We understand that commercial storm damage can be very costly in terms of productivity; that is why it is always our goal to get your business back up and running as quickly and as seamlessly as possible.
We have the resources to handle large storm damage.
When a storm hits your area, we can scale our resources to handle large-loss commercial restoration projects. We have access to equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,600 franchises across the country, as well as elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout.
If your home or business is ever damaged by severe floods or storms, call us right away. Disaster can strike when we least expect it, but we will be there to help you weather the storm.
Coffee + Your Business' Carpet
Coffee stain? No problem.
Like most offices coffee is everyone's best friend. But what do you do when a cup slips out of someone’s hand on to the carpet at work? Here are a few steps to make your work carpet like new:
Always start with water! If you catch the spill immediately, take a clean towel and blot, blot, blot. Start at the edges and work your way to the middle. Spray with water and repeat until the coffee is all removed. On a still wet stain, this may be all you need to do.
Still stained? Try foamy white shaving cream. Gently run into the carpet without pressing (you don't want to push the stain in further). Allow to stand for a few minutes, then blot. To rinse, spray with water and blot. Repeat the process until it is completely rinsed.
Got an already dry stain? No problem! Make a baking soda and water paste, run into the carpet, and allow to dry. Once dry, vacuum up the powder. You should be stain free!
Stain a tad more stubborn? Mix one-part white vinegar, two parts water and spray directly to the stained area. Blot with a clean dry towel. Rinse by spraying water and thoroughly blotting. Repeat the rinse until all the vinegar is removed.
Once your stain is gone, take a dry towel and lay it over the still wet area, stomp your feet over the towel to remove excess moisture. Once this area is dry, vacuum to return the carpet to its normal texture.
COVID-19 in Your Business
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The current Coronavirus that countries and communities are currently battling is easy to transmit. One of the means of transmission is by touching infected surfaces. If an employee or client with the virus comes into your building, the virus could be left on doorknobs, tabletops, elevator buttons, and anything else the person touched. The next person to touch that surface could then pick up the virus and become ill themselves and/or contribute to the spread of Coronavirus exposure.
Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Individuals can and should take steps to avoid becoming sick. These steps are simple and effective:
- Wash hands frequently and for twenty seconds, using soap and water
- Wear a mask that covers both the nose and the mouth
- Stay home when feeling sick
- Use a tissue to cover the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
Most people aren’t at risk of becoming seriously ill, but the steps individuals take to reduce the spread of the virus can prevent unnecessary deaths.
Unseen Exposure Increases Numbers of Infected People
Part of the problem with this virus is that people may be asymptomatic carriers for up to two weeks before getting sick or may carry the virus without ever appearing sick. This means that your business could already have been exposed to the virus. For this reason, consistent Coronavirus cleanup must be a top priority. Without routine cleaning, you could inadvertently contribute to rising levels of Coronavirus exposure in your community.
Professionals Are Equipped to Face the Virus
SERVPRO offers COVID-19 cleanup services and is here to help commercial properties. Using FDA approved disinfectants and drawing upon more than 40 years of experience, SERVPRO cleanup professionals are prepared with appropriate personal protective equipment and current training. Trained technicians use modern disinfection practices to provide thorough Coronavirus cleanup.
Concerns about Coronavirus exposure do not have to become fears about the virus. As individuals and companies take steps to minimize the spread of the virus, there will naturally be less cause for alarm.
Kitchen Safety Tips to Prevent a Kitchen Fire
Fire damage from an industrial meat smoker.
We all look forward to cooking a wonderful meal with our loved ones, especially recently when we are spending a lot of time together. You should always practice fire safety in the kitchen so that you can prevent a fire from occurring. Kitchen fires are sadly quite common, and fire damage can be costly; a single fire may cause hundreds if not thousands of dollars in fire damage and can put those you love at risk. Here are some fire prevention tips from SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County for your kitchen:
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Before you even begin to prep for the meal, ensure that the entire kitchen is clean by clearing all grime from the oven, washing the microwave, and making sure the floors are swept. Also make sure that there’s nothing flammable near your stove or oven. Leftover food particles and grease can start a fire before you know it. Towels and potholders too near a flame can catch fire and spread quickly. A clean, uncluttered kitchen is a safe kitchen.
Protect Yourself While Cooking
When cooking, make sure to wear the right clothing. Don’t wear anything with dangling loose sleeves that could catch fire. Oven mitts are a must when you bring things out of the stove, too. Hot pots, pans, and utensils can catch other items on fire, so prepare a place to put them after you bring them out. Clear an area for hot items, and make sure the surface is clean and dry.
Be Careful with Children in the Kitchen
Mealtime brings the kids into the kitchen, and they will enjoy help you by performing simple tasks, such as helping to get things out of the fridge. You can use this time to teach them fire safety and to ensure that they know to keep away from stoves and any other place where there might be live flames. Knowledge is one of the best fire prevention tools out there.
Properly Store Kitchen Items and Cleaners
One of the best ways to help prevent fires in your kitchen is to store all chemicals like solvents away from any heat source. Many people keep cleaning supplies under the sink which is fine (protected from little ones, of course). Or you can keep cleaning fluids on shelving that is protected far away from the stove and range, and make sure that any pots you are using have all handles away from everyone in the kitchen. Knocking a burning pot or pan onto the floor or a person can cause serious injuries and start a fire quickly.
Kitchen fires can happen fast, even when you’re using all the right precautions. If you experience a kitchen fire, contact SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County to help restore your kitchen back to normal. We’re here 24/7 to serve you! Call us at 636-467-5444.
3 Ways to Maintain Your Business' Roof
A leak in a roof lead to this ceiling collapsing.
A roof leak or collapse can be devastating to a business, causing flooding and ruining merchandise. Roof damage, in fact, is a difficult situation, making reopening your store a hassle and expense. Avoiding this disaster isn't impossible, but steps can be taken to minimize the chances.
- Attend to Small Problems Quickly
Don't assume your structure is intact simply because you can't see water stains. Wind damage and harsh rain can wear it down, causing tiny complications. Contact roofing specialists to conduct biannual evaluations, looking for any of the following issues:
- Peeled edges
- Cracked roofing
- Missing shingles
- Flashing issues
Leaving any of these unattended exposes the building to leaks and water damage. Fix things as soon as they come to your attention.
- Tend to Drainage and Debris Early
Are gutters clear? If they become clogged, backups happen, allowing water to build in areas it shouldn't. This pressure could add unneeded pressure to the top, essentially weighing it down. That collapse is not pretty. Have property management look at the gutter system regularly, scheduling clean outs. Trees and brush become an additional hazard. Roof damage often happens when limbs and branches are picked up during storms and then thrown into the roofing. Those smacks punch holes and remove the protective shingles. To avoid this, have someone trim the foliage and, before a major weather event, pick up anything loose on the ground.
- Apply to Insurance Immediately
If you need help restoring the premises, contact a water restoration company to inspect the establishment, looking for mold and flooding complications. Their recommendation may indicate a roof rebuild is needed. Don't underestimate that decision. Work with your insurance company to discuss the need, giving you the comfort of a secure new ceiling. In fact, ask about waterproofing for the future. This sealant might aid in keeping leaks from sprouting up in the future.
Roof damage has preventative measures. By looking at it periodically, management might find the weak areas, offering a chance to stop a major catastrophe. In addition, don't forget that taking care of the landscaping may also ward off potential troubles.
We are here to help during COVID-19!
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SERVPRO is here to help during this time of need!
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of Coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this strain of the Coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County at 636-467-5444.