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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.

Commercial Fire Damage

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be very overwhelming for a business or commercial property. At SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County we understand the importance of getting you back to your pre-fire condition quickly. Not only may you experience fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur, also.

Tasks to expect from the professionals:

  • Detailed Cleaning – to remove excess soot or other contaminants from impacted areas through HEPA vacuuming and dry sponging.
  • Selective Demolition – to remove non-salvageable materials or property.
  • Pack Outs – to remove salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.
  • Air Flow Management – to remove airborne contaminants and soot and to reduce offensive odors
  • Deodorization – to remove or mask offensive odors and return the affected area to a usable space

SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion. We have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage and get your property business-ready.

Summer Vacation Water Damage Prevention

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Summer vacation on the beach!

During the summer months families try take the time and get away for some quality time with each other. It is extremely important to remember the precautions around the home that one should take before leaving for an extended amount of time. It is important to unplug every outlet. This could be as simple as unplugging normal everyday items such as toasters, coffee makers and unused phone chargers. Taking the extra time to turn off water valves could result in a perfect vacation that doesn't end early due to a broken water line. It is also important to make sure you are taking double the precautions during the winter months in case of a frozen pipe. Most homeowners will choose to turn up the air, turn down the heat or turn off the controls completely when gone. These options should only be considered when the weather allows it to be. 

Flash Flooding

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

If the rain ruins your weekend, Call the heroes of Southern and Central Jefferson County (636)467-5444

We are currently experiencing another round of storms that are predicted to last for a couple days during this summer. Flash flooding has been predicted in the area as well. Our area is still in the process of recovering from flood waters that lasted nearly two months. SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County wants to remind everyone to keep a watchful eye out on the weather and flood waters. Flash flooding can happen very quickly especially in areas where water already exceeds its normal limit. We encourage you to not approach or attempt to drive through flooded roadways as they are extremely hard to properly judge the amount of water covering the roadway. We also want you to know we are here if you experience any type of flooding event. Our technicians are prepared to deploy 24 hours a day 7 days a week to handle any of your flooding needs. 

Commercial Water Damage

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County received an emergency call after hours.

This commercial facility experienced water damage that was caused by a faulty sprinkler head. Our crew arrived quickly to the site and started the water mitigation work to prevent additional damage the property.

Our technicians worked with the property manager to guide them through the beginning stages of filing a claim with their insurance, property documentation needed, a scope of work or plan of action outlining the job at hand. 

The following day our office contacted the insurance and took care of claim document saving our customer time and confusion.

SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County is a local company with national resources backing up every water, fire, and storm job we take. Our technicians are available 24/7 to respond to any size disaster. If you need help with water remediation and restoration please feel free to us at (636)467-5444.

SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County team is highly trained and equipped to take care of any size water damage.

Effective Ways to Combat Odors After Fire Damage

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Disasters in your Festus home can be challenging to overcome, even with the most dedicated of work on your part or those that offer to help. Many situations leave their primary effects which can prove overwhelming enough to overcome, but also have secondary effects that can be equally concerning to resolve. In a situation like a fire in your house, you not only have the immediate structural concerns to contend with, but you also have secondary effects like smoke and soot damages. 

Fire damages rarely become the responsibility of the homeowner to resolve. From the moment that the first responders leave the scene, you speak to the insurance provider covering your home and find out the details you need to get in order to file a claim that funds the restoration. Professionals like our SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County team can arrive quickly to begin assessing the damage and determining what needs to occur to make the situation “Like it never even happened.” 

While you might be the most concerned about the pressing structural concerns that occur from the widespread fire that had recently gotten extinguished, several secondary effects could pose a threat to those within the house such as smoke damages. This often presents itself as an odor that spreads well beyond the immediately affected areas of your house and contents, thus requiring specialized equipment from our SERVPRO professionals to overcome.  

Addressing this effect is one of the last steps in the restoration process, and it involves setting up equipment like thermal foggers to break up the odor on a molecular level. The odorless chemical solution removes the harsh scent from the atmosphere, and can also get safely used on embedded odors within fabrics, furniture, and drapery. 

While smoke damages might not top the list of your primary concerns when it comes to dealing with the effects of a fire in your home, this is an essential part of the complete restoration process for our technicians. Our SERVPRO Southern and Central Jefferson County team is ready to help overcome all of the effects of the disaster as quickly as possible. 

Our highly trained technicians are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to assist in any fire emergency you may have. Call us today! (636)467-5444

Commercial Property Mold Inspection

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Buying a commercial building is a significant investment for any businessperson, and there are a lot of moving parts to this type of transaction. Hiring a professional to perform a mold inspection before the sale can head off major problems and remediation costs in the long run. 

Where mold Growth Can Be Problematic

At its best, it makes life better by contributing to the creation of bread, wine, cheese and some medicines, like penicillin. It does, of course, have serious drawbacks as well, though. 

Prime spots in a building for a mold problem are well-known:

• Bathrooms are a place where mold can grow in grout, between wall tiles, and in the tub or shower.
• Windows that have been improperly sealed can allow moisture into walls or ceilings and facilitate mold growth. A mold inspection can reveal this to a potential buyer.
• Exterior doors without effective seals can allow moisture to collect and harbor mold.

Even slightly high humidity can facilitate the growth of mold. Experts recommend the prudent move of keeping indoor humidity levels below 45 percent. 

Why Mold Growth Can Be Problematic

It isn’t only visible mold that can be troublesome to a commercial property owner. Left unchecked, mold can destroy wood because it is an organism that feeds on surface nutrients. Mold that infiltrates drywall cannot be removed, and the affected area must be cut away. Carpets and insulation are also moisture-holding materials that mold can compromise to the point that they need replaced. 

Buying real estate can be a complicated process, and it is impossible to know everything there is to know about a building’s history or future. However, a mold inspection can remove at least one of the unknowns before a business adds a building to its property portfolio. For more information contact us at (636) 467-5444