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Sprinkler Systems 101

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Sprinkler information photo Call us anytime!

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.

Coffee + Your Business' Carpet

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Coffee 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: 

Step One:

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.

Step Two:

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.

Step Three:

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!

Step Four:

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.

Step Five:

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

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician in PPE Need cleaning? Call us 636-467-5444.

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.

3 Ways to Maintain Your Business' Roof

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling that has collapsed. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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!

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician in PPE Let us help you and your business!

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.

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 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.

Commercial Water Damage

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage on floor Water damage in your commercial business? Call us!

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 are not the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.

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.

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.

Broken Pipes and Plumbing

Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result.

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.

If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at 636-467-5444.

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.”

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.

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.

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

Roof Preservation Tips

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

You probably know that a roof leak is no laughing matter. A roof is designed to protect your company from numerous types of inclement weather, including snow, ice and the blazing hot sun. However, a roof can do its job only if it’s kept in good repair. Here are a few tips you can use to help preserve your roof’s integrity.

1. Perform Regular Maintenance Checks

Many professionals recommend doing a roof maintenance check twice a year. However, if your business has an older roof or is located in an area where you experience frequent bad weather, you may desire to have a check performed more often. A maintenance check can allow you to find and repair any damage early before larger damage occurs. 

2. Look for Signs of a Roof Problem

Maintenance should include looking for signs of rain, snow or wind damage, as well as cleaning out gutters and drains. You may also want to ensure that vents and other equipment are properly sealed and that previous repairs are still intact. If anything is amiss, then it's best to call a professional to conduct repairs before a major problem occurs. If you do experience a roof leak, then a water damage professional can advise you on the proper repair and cleanup procedures.

3. Do Repairs When Damage Occurs

Even wind damage can lead to leaks and other issues with your roof. It's a good idea to have any repairs made as soon as possible after a problem is detected. Having repairs made in a timely manner may save your business from a more costly roof replacement.

You know roof preservation is important. Performing regular maintenance checks and knowing what signs can indicate a problem may allow you to catch a roof leak before major damage occurs. If you do find a problem with your business's roof, it's a good idea to promptly contact a professional to perform any needed repairs. Call our team today! (636) 467-5444

We'll Help You Finish It!

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County helps ensure your finished projects always look their best.

Post Construction Cleaning

Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it's time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint, and decorate. SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.

Dehumidification and Drying 

During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture.Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issues, rely on SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County to provide the help you need eliminating moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth.

Final Cleaning

You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Services include:

  • Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep and finish
  • Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Debris Removal (if necessary)
  • Window Cleaning

When The Unexpected Happens... Call SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County

The last thing you need is a fire damage, water intrusion, or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of one of your projects. SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County provides 24- hour emergency mitigation, cleanup, and restoration services to help you get back on schedule quickly.

You Start It... We'll Help You Finish It

Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines - the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. The bottom line, however, is you are responsible for getting the doors open on time.

SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County can help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services in a timely manner. These services include:

  • Post-Construction Cleaning
  • Dehumidification and Drying
  • Final Cleaning
  • Fast-Track Drying
  • Emergency Response Restoration and Cleanup Services

Rely on SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County to help ensure your post-construction cleanup gets done as quickly as possible.

We make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Make a Emergency Plan for Your Business

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

50% of businesses may never recover after suffering a disaster.

Don't be another statistic.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are you ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile Advantage

A no cost assessment of your facility.

– This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

– It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

– This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

Establishes SERVPRO® of Southern and Central Jefferson County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

– You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.

Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

– This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

– Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Commercial Cleaning Services

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

You don’t have 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, call SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County professionals to make your work space look its very best. SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County will get the job done right and get it done quickly, because the SERVPRO® Advantage includes these benefits:

  • Award-Winning Training
  • Nearly 50 Years of Experience
  • Exclusive Cleaning Products

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. They have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Their cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Floors, Walls
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal 
  • Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene

Attention: Property Managers

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County 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 of Southern and Central Jefferson County we 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.

Our experience with property management companies has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following types of facilities:

  • Multi-Level Commercial Buildings
  • Multi- Tenant Facilities 
  • Shopping Malls
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Hotels
  • Industrial Facilities

The #1 choice in Commercial Cleanup and Restoration!

It's The Water You Don't See

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Any water damage in your facility is bad.

There’s no such thing as a small disaster. Especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria - or causes mold, rot and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. So before you get out the mop bucket and box fan to try and clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property. SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County understands how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your business. For this reason, SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County offers 24-hour emergency response and, under normal circumstances, will have a trained, uniformed Franchise Professional on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing and protecting your facility and contents. So, before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call your local water damage cleanup and restoration specialists at 636-467-5444

Reasons to Choose SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County for Your Commercial Property

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Reason 1: 24-Hour Emergency Response

Timely mitigation is key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. You and those who depend on your facility will appreciate the rapid response, and the training of SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County will help limit damage and get your facility back in operation quickly. You can count on SERVPRO’s nationwide coverage, full line of restoration services, and the 1-4-8 service guidelines to help make you look good.

Reason 2: Communication

You’ll know what’s happening every step of the way. From the first telephone call within the first hour following damage notification, until the job is complete, SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County is dedicated to effectively communicating with property owners and managers. You will be aware of job status and the progress toward project completion. Jobs are documented with itemized estimates, digital photographs, signed work authorization forms and regular progress reports. SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County, utilizing technology developed for documenting insurance claims, electronically collect and store project information which is accessible to you via a secure e-mail link 24-hours a day. Upon project completion, a signed customer satisfaction form is the final piece of information entered into the file.

Reason 3: Reduce Recovery Time

When fire, water or mold damage strikes a commercial facility, it has a negative impact on everyone – the owner, the management team, employees, tenants and even customers. Even small fire or water damages must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage and to lessen business interruption. SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County understands the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. By arriving quickly, mitigating damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Southern and Central Jefferson County will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.