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To Do List for Homeowners

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

A to do list on a table with a pen, plant, and a cup of coffee Use this to-do list to your advantage!

Homeowners must keep their property in great shape throughout the years.  It is vital to enlist the help of professionals that can help! SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County has provided homeowners with a "To-Do List" of household items that need to be checked for your home's health. 

Once a year:

  • Enlist the help of a plumber or handyman to drain and check your water heater.  This can help diagnose problems.
  • Replace your RO (Reverse Osmosis) filter.  It is best to have a plumber or RO technician to help you with this process.

Twice a year:

  • Clean your faucet aerator/screens.  A handyman can do this, or you can do it yourself.
  • Service HVAC system.  An HVAC company is the best choice for this service.

Four times a year:

  • Replace filters.  A handyman or yourself can do this.  A pro-tip will be to put the size of your filters in the notes section of your cell phone if you have one.  Then, set calendar alerts. 

Every two years:

  • Service your water softener.  A water softener technician or plumber can help.

Every five years:

  • Replace water supply lines with the help of a plumber
  • Replace the RO (Reverse Osmosis) flex tubes


Every ten years:

  • Replace your water heater. 
    Replace p-traps which are located under sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms.  This can help prevent water leaks or significant floods. 
  • Replace angle stop or simply stop valves.  These control the supply of water to the individual fixtures
  • Replace the toilet wax ring
    Your local plumber can help with all of these fixes.


At SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County we want you to keep your home safe and free of any destructive happenings.  However, if you find that you are in a water, fire, or mold situation, give us a call 24/7, we are here to help with any of these emergencies.  Call us today 636-467-5444.

Vacation Time is Here!

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

Family on vacation Be prepared before vacation with this simple checklist.

It is that time of the year when everyone wants to escape and head to warmer weather. You have booked the trip, found the must-see attractions, and charged the electronics! It is time to head to the airport.

But before you leave, make sure your house is ready for you to leave! In order to ensure that your house is going to be the way you left it when you return follow these easy tips!

Checklist:

1. Turn off your main water supply

One should turn this off to avoid water damage if a leak is to occur while on vacation.

2. Unplug electronics

Unplugging the electronics that will not be in use while you are gone will save you money on your electricity bill - will also help prevent an electrical fire.

3. Adjust your thermostat

Cooler Climate: Turn it down between 50 - 60 degrees F

Warmer Climate: Turn it up 5 degrees F higher than normal

4. Pour baking soda down your drains and toilets

By pouring this it will help with clear clogs and keep a fresh smell.

5. Check up on your insurance

Knowing what your insurance policies are will save you the headache when you get home if something does occur.

Once your checklist is all checked off, head out and enjoy that warmer weather on vacation!

All of these are tips that can help prevent matters from occurring, but are not a guarantee.

If an event is to occur while you are gone, SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County will be ready to help! We are available 24/7! Reach us at 636-467-5444!

3 Ways to Keep Your Washing Machine Mold Free

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

Person putting clothes in a washing machine Use these useful tips to keep your washing machine mold free!

You rely on the washing machine in your home to turn your dirty laundry into fresh and clean clothes. However, like all household appliances, your machine needs to be well maintained to prevent problems from occurring. While it may seem unnecessary to clean an appliance that already does the cleaning for you, failing to do so can cause mold to crop up in your unit. Here are some helpful guidelines for taking proper care of your appliance and keeping mold damage at bay.

Leave the Door Open

During a typical wash cycle, your appliance uses multiple gallons of water to thoroughly clean your clothing. This means that there are still traces of moisture left in the machine even after the cycle is over. To prevent this moisture from building up and leading to mold growth, always leave the washing machine door open after you’re done with a full load. This can help the unit dry out faster and more effectively.

Clean the Gasket

The machine’s gasket, which is the circular rubber flap that wraps around the inside of the door, is a major breeding ground for mold. If you ever notice a mold smell coming from your unit, there’s a good chance that it originated from under the gasket. Be sure to clean this part of your machine at least once a month to prevent water buildup that can create mold.

Clean the Detergent Drawer

To keep your detergent drawer free of mold, make sure to do the following:

  • Remove it from the machine
  • Soak it in hot water
  • Thoroughly remove any traces of mold
  • Rinse and let it dry completely

You can use a toothbrush to pry mold out of all the nooks and crannies in the detergent drawer. Make sure the drawer is completely dry and clean before putting it back in place.
If you notice a mold smell coming from your washing machine, don’t wait!

Sewage Backup- YUCK!

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage on concrete floor. A Pevely, MO homeowner called us whenever sewage was found in their finished basement.

If you have a sewage backup to your property, SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County is on standby to assist you. Whether it is the middle of the day or the middle of the night, SERVPRO is here to help. We have trained and certified technicians on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist you with any sewage water cleanup you need to your property. Backups can happen at any time to any property, commercial or residential. SERVPRO is trained and experienced in handling sewage backups of all kinds.  And not only is our production and field work top-notch, but we have the administrative support to handle all the paperwork involved that you will need for your insurance company or any needs regarding your water damage. Call SERVPRO day or night, anytime, at 636-467-5444. We are centrally located, making our response time to your property very quick!

SERVPRO is "Here to Help" during this time of need!

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Petri dish with bacteria. Has sickness taken over your home or business? Call us!

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.

Specialized Training

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
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

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 particular 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 at 636-467-5444.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Because we care!

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Mold behind baseboard. Here is a prime example of mold that you wouldn't typically see unless baseboard is removed.

Did you know that there are multiple types of hundreds of thousands of mold spores floating around outdoors? Knowing the dangers of mold, it is quite frightening thinking about it, but what is more of a concern would be finding mold inside your own home. Mold is known to belong to the kingdom of fungi. It can appear to be plant-like, but cannot create its own food. It absorbs its nutrients from other organic substances. Mold can simply generate with water and something living – or even once living, like wood. Invitations of mold to your own home would consist of poor ventilation, moisture and water damages which were not addressed immediately. In any areas of your home that moisture issues happen to occur, you want to be sure that you have a source of ventilation within that area. The consistent moisture and humidity will eventually cause mold. This is another reason to report any serious water damages right away. You may be able to clean the visible mess but sometimes the affected areas cannot be seen. SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County is here for you, anytime. If you have any questions or concerns due to recent water loss or any visible mold, do not hesitate to call us 636-467-5444. Our team will always be there, ready to help.

Don't let a fire get you down!

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Fire with SERVPRO logo. Call us anytime at 636-467-5444 for all your fire damage needs.

At SERVPRO® our priority is returning damaged property and items to their preloss condition. Whether natural or man-made, a disaster at one of your client’s facilities needs to be handled by professionals who understand the importance of your tenants’ safety. At SERVPRO® our teams are trained in helping manage both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery process while maintaining the security and safety of the facility and tenants. Our professionals work hard and fast to minimize the interruptions for your tenants’ daily operations.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

  • Keep hands clean.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO® professional.
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO® professional.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.

Call SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County at 636-467-5444.

Advice from American Red Cross

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with fire background. Fire damage? We can help!

Great Advice from American Red Cross!

Did you know:

  • Every day 7 people die in the United States due to a home fire
  • You have two minutes- that 120 seconds – to escape a home fire
  • On an annual average, the Ohio Buckeye Region of the Red Cross responds to over 3 home fires per day in 45 counties!

The American Red Cross cares about your safety and encourages you to test your smoke alarms and replace your batteries as needed.  This is a lifesaving action of our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, which rallies communities across the country to protest people from these every day disasters. Don't ignore the beeping sound of batteries going dead on a fire alarm, take a few minutes and go change the batteries right away! Your safety is in your own hands!

Our Storm Damage

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damaged house. When a storm affects your home or business, call us 636-467-5444.

SERVPRO Storm Response

Our team here at SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County is ready for whatever happens, no matter the time of day. Our crews are always on standby. When it comes to fire and water damage, our professionals work tirelessly to make sure our customers are satisfied and are explained each step of the cleaning process.

Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As leading professionals in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, along with a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home or business and restore it back to pre-storm condition.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

If a storm hits your home or business, odds are you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent any secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

Our team has access to resources and personnel of over 1,800 franchises to handle major storms and disasters. Our team also has access to our exclusive Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located to respond to catastrophic storms and events throughout the country.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County is locally owned and operated. We are actively apart of the community with you as well. When you have a storm disaster or flooding emergency, we are in the area and ready to help you.

Lightning Causing House Fires

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Storm over homes. Have no fear, SERVPRO is here!

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.