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Disaster Recovery Teams Assist Local Franchises in Large Loss Situations

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams Assist Local Franchises in Large Loss Situations The Disaster Recovery Teams make every effort to support the local franchises.

Disaster Recovery Teams Assist Local Franchises In Large Loss Situations

There is one group of professional water remediation specialists that is well known for it “Faster to any disaster” responses within big cities and small towns of the United States and Canada. But did you know that SERVPRO also has a large loss response program that activates its own Disaster Recovery Teams? These teams are made up of technicians from unaffected franchises to go to communities where major storms or flooding have hit. They helped following 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, for instance, to assess and mitigate situations where the catastrophic loss occurred on a large scale, and they can help the people of Chesterfield, MO as well, should it ever be needed.

Falling victim to storm damage may make business owners feel that all is lost. They may not even know where to start, or whether it is possible to recover from such devastation. SERVPRO teams assist hundreds of overburdened local franchises in the affected areas in order to reach hundreds of more businesses quickly.

What SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams Offer:

  • They educate about how to stay safe around contaminated water from flooding and what can reasonably be done while waiting for professionals.
  • They reach many more businesses that may otherwise have to wait.
  • As a preferred provider, the teams can consult in the process of filing catastrophic losses with insurance companies.

Educating people about the difference between clean, gray and black water and their health and safety implications is a priority, as is recommending things that may need to be done while waiting for help. Wearing protective clothing around floodwater and debris, and keeping people out of any seriously compromised structures may also be advised.

Filing for coverage following storm damage is something that a professional water damage restoration company is trained to do and want both the business owner and the insurance company to be satisfied with services rendered. The Disaster Recovery Teams make every effort to support the local franchises in Chesterfield, MO in reaching the many catastrophic loss situations that accompany a major storm system or rising floodwaters.

3 Reasons a Water Heater May Make Noise

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Reasons a Water Heater May Make Noise In many cases, especially with heaters that have been in use for a while, settlement can get into the unit and settle.

3 Reasons a Water Heater May Make Noise

Most Manchester, MO homes have a water heater. One common occurrence that seems to happen with these units are a variety of unusual sounds. Fortunately, in most cases these sounds can be easily explained. Many professional restoration services agree that the following could cause sounds from a heater, and suggest looking for potential problems before you experience a break resulting in water damage.

1. Sediment Inside the Unit

In many cases, especially with heaters that have been in use for a while, settlement can get into the unit and settle. As this material is stirred, or in some cases as water is pushed through deposits, noises make can occur. A professional can perform a water heater flush to help correct this problem.

2. A Loose Heating Element

Another source of sound from your water heater could be the fact that the heating element isn't fully secured. As water moves around the tank it can cause vibrations in the element which can lead to a possible humming sound. Calling a professional to properly tighten the heating element may help to correct the problem.

3. Improperly Opened Valve

One noise common to water heaters is a high-pitched whistling type sound. In many cases this is caused when water is forced through a partially open valve, much the way steam tries to escape through the tiny opening in a teapot. In many cases you can look at your heater to ensure that all the valves are properly open in order to correct the sound.

When inspecting your water heater for the source of any unusual noises, try looking to see if there is an improperly open valve, a loose heating element, or any sediment inside the unit. The professional can perform a flush of your heating unit in order to clean out any of the elements, as well as replace or repair any damage parts.

SERVPRO in St. Louis helps make a difference in Kenya

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest St. Louis County is excited to be a part of helping children in Kenya. 

Kevin and Rachel Thole, along with others decided to pursue buying land and constructing a building for 18 children. With this facility there are opportunities to provide ongoing support and resources. This has been an incredible opportunity to serve and help so many in need. 

Visit https://www.servantunited.com/missions and learn how you can be a part of the mission to change lives and make an impact. 

Preventing and Controlling Mold Growth in Home

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Preventing and Controlling Mold Growth in Home Prevention is the best way to avoid large-scale mold damage in your home.

Preventing And Controlling Mold Growth In Home

Mold exists everywhere. It's in the air, in the soil, and on surfaces you touch every day. When you walk into your home, you're almost certainly carrying new spores into the house. Although molds have existed on earth for millions of years, you probably don't want to encourage their growth in your own home. Naturally, you'll worry about cleaning up water damage, but for the best protection, you need to know where it's likely to develop into colonies, how to prevent mold growth, and how to treat existing colonies.


Any moist, warm corner could be home for a new colony of mold. You may be vigilant about cleaning up spills but unaware of the mold growing under the bathroom sink. Some other common hiding spots include the following:

  • Lint traps and drip trays
  • Chimneys
  • Air conditioners
  • Under laminate flooring

A burst pipe in the basement attracts a lot of attention and cleanup, but a sweaty concrete crawlspace is as susceptible to water damage and the growth of mold.


Fortunately, there are some straightforward mold prevention steps you can take without too much time and effort:

  • Reducing levels of humidity
  • Fixing leaky windows, pipes, and roofs
  • Cleaning and drying any area affected by moisture
  • Increasing ventilation in vulnerable rooms, such as the laundry and bathroom

Prevention is the best way to avoid large-scale mold damage in your home.


When you do find mold growth in the home, you have two choices to resolve the problem. You can either clean it up yourself or you can contact mold remediation professionals. According to the CDC, if the affected area is less than ten square feet and if you cannot smell the mold, you can do the cleanup yourself. Otherwise, you should contact professionals.

Remember to reduce humidity, check out-of-the-way spots, and complete routine home maintenance to protect your Chesterfield, MO home and family from mold and water damage. Your work today could prevent expensive repairs tomorrow.

How Do Experts Restore a Residence After a Fire?

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How Do Experts Restore a Residence After a Fire? Fire mitigation in a Chesterfield, MO residence

A fire may result in minor to severe damage at a residence in Chesterfield, MO. Homeowners should contact mitigation and restoration experts as soon as possible and schedule a consultation to prevent damage from worsening. Mitigation can begin after the assessment. A one-stop fire restoration company can support homeowners throughout the damage remediation process.


After a fire has been extinguished, homeowners should contact damage mitigation and restoration specialists and arrange for a home visit. Experts can identify which of the following cleaning and rebuilding services will be necessary:

  • Fire restoration
  • Smoke remediation
  • Water damage cleanup

A mitigation and restoration company can provide all of these services. Experts should be able to provide a verbal briefing within eight hours and follow up with an estimate and timeline. 


Mitigation will start with damage cleanup and may include preparatory measures for a fire rebuild. Professionals are likely to take the following measures:

  • Extracting any standing water from extinguishing efforts
  • Tearing out damaged building materials
  • Disposing of damaged contents
  • Cleaning and disinfecting

All of these steps can clear the way for a successful restoration once the affected area is dry. Professionals may provide additional ventilation or dehumidifiers to accelerate the drying process.


The final stage of fire damage remediation involves rebuilding services. Restoration professionals may replace any torn out materials and take additional measures to prevent smoke damage from surfacing on repainted walls. Cleaned contents can be returned to the location once this phase is complete.

All of these stages are necessary to complete a fire restoration project. For the best results, homeowners should rely on experienced professionals in Chesterfield, MO. Experts can accurately assess damage, ensure that mitigation is handled properly and complete a fire rebuild. An all-in-one mitigation and restoration company can complete this process as quickly as possible and will stand by the quality of all work done.

Water Cleanup After Flood Damage

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Cleanup After Flood Damage Air movers drying floor and drywall area

Water Damage Restoration After Flood

If you have water in your home, what could be the results of the water damage? If you have flood damage that has left you with water in your business, what can you do? Mitigation of the water cleanup is of the utmost importance if you ever want to succeed in a water damage restoration. Here are some tips to keep safe and get to the drying with air movement as quickly as possible.

Safety First

Safety should be your first thought if the water in your home is causing serious water damage. Any electricity should be shut off to avoid any electrocution. If flood damage has left water in your business, evacuate anyone quickly. Customers should not be present during the water cleanup phase.


When removing items with water damage, be aware that they are full of water and heavy. Mitigation is important but keeping your safety is a higher priority. You can easily strain yourself while moving an object full of water in your home. Products ruined by water in your business may need to be saved to show your insurance company.

Water Cleanup

Your water cleanup project requires the use of different tools depending on how much water damage has been done. A pump, a shop vac, or a mop should be able to deal with any size problem including flood damage. Once you've removed as much water as you can, you can begin drying out the water damage.

Natural Air Movement

By opening up all of the doors and windows on a day that is not humid, you can use the air movement to speed up the drying process. If it is humid outside, you can turn on the air conditioner to help with drying. You can create much more air movement by using high-powered fans. These can be positioned as to aid the most areas of water in the home.

Water Damage Restoration

Water damage restoration can be completed once all the water has been removed and everything has finished drying. Mitigation can now be directed toward your water damage restoration project. If the water in your business has been cleaned sufficiently, you can open your doors back up to the public.

It isn't too complicated to try and fix flood damage yourself, but you may be happier that you called a company who deals with the mitigation of water damage, and the effects. After they stop the flood damage from causing any more problems you can likely hire them to do the water damage restoration that will make you place look new again. Contact someone as soon as you see any water damage in your home. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on water damage.

5 Essential Disaster Preparation Steps To Take To Secure Your Company

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 5 Essential Disaster Preparation Steps To Take To Secure Your Company Contact your insurance agent in Creve Coeur, MO

Five Essential Disaster Preparedness Steps

If a disaster ever strikes your company in Creve Coeur, MO, having a plan in place will make it much easier for your business to recover. In the event of an emergency, your employees and customers will be counting on you to quickly get back in business. Be proactive in securing your business by taking these five essential disaster preparedness steps.

1. Identify Potential Threats

This first step in preparing your company for a potential disaster is to identify what types of disasters are likely to affect your company. While some threats, like an active shooter or gas leak can happen anywhere, natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes are specific to different regions.

2. Develop an Action Plan

Develop a business preparedness plan for the different types of disasters you have identified. While evacuation might be appropriate for some events, others might call for a different line of action. Develop plans for each of the major scenarios, educate your employees, and perform drills regularly.

3. Prepare Ahead Financially

It is a good idea to set aside an emergency budget for disaster preparedness that can be used to help your business recover in the case of a catastrophe. If you are not prepared financially for the event, it may delay the recovery process or put you in a rough spot.

4. Know Insurance Coverage

It is extremely important you know what your insurance covers for different types of emergencies. Depending on what kinds of disasters you identified as a threat, you might need to add an extra disaster coverage policy onto your plan.

5. Have a Restoration Company in Mind

Make the recovery process a lot easier on the day a disaster strikes by already completing your research on what restoration company offers the services you need and which emergencies are covered by your insurance ahead of time.

Practice disaster preparedness in your workplace to ensure that if a disaster does strike, you’ll already know exactly what steps to take to protect your employees and start the recovery process!

What Should Be Thrown Away After a Fire?

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Should Be Thrown Away After a Fire? Fire damage in Maryland Heights, MO

What Should Be Thrown Away After a Fire?

When it comes to a house fire, a lot of people only think about the charring and destruction caused by flames. Even small fires that don’t completely destroy your home in Maryland Heights, MO can cause a lot of damage from smoke alone. It’s hard to know what you can keep and what you should throw away when your belongings have been exposed to:

  • Fire
  • Smoke
  • Heat
  • Soot
  • Water 

So, what should you throw away after a fire? That really comes down to your personal safety, which can be divided into two categories: things you eat and things you put on your body.

Things You Eat

You may think that food and drink would be safe to consume if it remained sealed during a fire, but smoke can permeate packaging, and heat can alter the contents inside the package. You don’t want to risk putting anything in your body if it was near a fire, heat or smoke. That includes:

  • Food
  • Medication

Sometimes, food in the refrigerator is spared from the smoke and high heat, but remember to make sure the food wasn’t sitting for more than two hours at a temperature of 40 degrees or more. If it was, throw it out!

Things You Use on Your Body

There are many products people use that may have an impact through body contact or absorption. Here are some things you should throw away if they were exposed to heat, smoke, soot or fire.

  • Toiletries
  • Cosmetics

Charred clothing should be thrown out since it would come in contact with your skin, but you may be able to salvage some smoke-damaged clothing through washing or dry-cleaning. 

When you have fire damage in your home, you can get help from fire restoration experts that will guide you through the cleanup and restoration process. Make sure you use extreme caution and throw out the items highlighted here if they have been exposed to smoke, soot, heat or water from the firefight.

5 Steps To Replace Your Leaky Toilet

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Steps To Replace Your Leaky Toilet Call a professional to replace a leaking toilet

5 Steps To Replace Your Leaky Toilet

Toilet repair or replacement is an important part of home maintenance. A leaking toilet can waste gallons of water each day, meaning that your money is going down the drain, too. Leaks can also cause serious and costly water damage. If your toilet in Creve Coeur, MO, is leaking, following these steps to replace it can save you money and help you avoid further issues.

1. Drain the Water From the Toilet

Shut off the water supply valve, which should be located on the left side of the toilet. Flush the toilet to drain most of the water out of the bowl and tank. Any remaining water will need to be removed with a sponge or mop. The supply line at the base of the tank should also be disconnected.

2. Remove the Leaking Toilet

Loosen the bolts at both sides of the old toilet and then remove all nuts and washers. Carefully lift the toilet straight up and place it on a drop cloth or other protective surface to avoid staining your floor. Clean any remains of the wax ring or putty from the floor.

3. Install the Wax Ring

Center the new wax ring and press firmly to ensure that the gap between the floor and the toilet is completely sealed. Be careful to avoid damaging the wax ring, as it will not function properly if deformed.

4. Assemble the New Toilet

Begin with the bowl, placing it over the drain and then add the tank. You may need to gently rock the toilet to place it firmly on the wax ring. Install and tighten nuts, bolts and washers, and attach the toilet seat and lid.

5. Test Your Work

Turn the water supply back on, and flush the toilet to ensure it is working correctly. Check carefully for any leaks.

If you prefer, you may also call a professional to replace a leaking toilet. If you discover or suspect water damage, contact a residential restoration specialist to safely resolve problems.

Managing and Preventing Mold Growth in Your Home

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing and Preventing Mold Growth in Your Home Mold after water loss on a bathroom in Chesterfield, MO

When your home in Chesterfield, MO is damaged by water, it’s often necessary to restore areas of your home. Unfortunately, mold is an issue that commonly occurs in conjunction with water damage. However, learning more about mold can help you take steps toward mold prevention.

What Are Common Causes of Mold in Homes?

Mold can grow in various environments and can be caused by a myriad of issues. However, there are several common reasons mold tends to grow in homes, including:

  • High levels of humidity, especially in kitchens or bathrooms
  • Leaks from pipes or other appliances
  • Access to organic materials, such as wood, cloth and other items that mold uses for nutrients

How Is Mold Removed?

Removing every spore of mold is impossible due to the size of the spores, and it’s actually not necessary to have each spore of mold removed for your home to be safe. However, the process of mold remediation brings the mold spores down to a safe level. There are often specific steps taken in the remediation process, which may include:

  • Eliminating the source of the water to prevent more water damage from occurring
  • Removing materials that are badly damaged by either water or mold growth
  • The use of air filtration devices
  • Specialized treatments for affected areas

How Can You Prevent Mold from Growing?

Even though it isn’t always possible to prevent mold from growing, there are some steps you can take to decrease the chance of mold growing in your home, including:

  • Quickly removing any standing water in the home
  • Preventing any leaks by doing frequent maintenance on appliances and pipes
  • Making sure the humidity levels in the home do not get too high

Knowing more about how mold grows and how it can be removed can make prevention easier. If your home has experienced mold growth due to water damage, some people find it helpful to receive assistance from mold remediation experts.

How To Perform First Aid After a Fire

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

How To Perform First Aid After a Fire

No place is untouchable from fires. Even established business areas in Maryland Heights, MO, can be at risk. Your workplace should have a plan for building evacuation, as well as a plan for fire damage recovery and restoration. However, you can also prepare yourself by learning how to administer first aid if a coworker has been burned by a fire. Here are the steps you should take if such an event occurs.

1. Prevent Further Injury

If the person is near the source of the fire damage, assess if it is safe to move toward him or her. If it is safe, clear away anything touching the person that may have caused the burn.

2. Examine the Injury

See if the person is still conscious. Check for symptoms of shock such as shallow breathing or paleness. Establish if it is a major burn by looking for these symptoms:

  • The burn is either very deep into the skin or at least three inches in length.
  • The area is a major body part such as the face, hands or feet.
  • The skin is charred, leathery, or covered with dark-colored patches.

3. Get Help

If the person is in critical condition and cannot be transported to get care, call 911 immediately and explain the person’s condition to the 911 operator. Follow any instructions and stay with the injured person until help comes.

4. Apply Burn First Aid

You can temporarily treat the person’s wound while you wait for help to arrive. If he or she has a major burn, carefully remove items wrapped around the burned area such as jewelry. Keep it clean by applying a clean cloth or bandage. You can also moisten the covering with cool water to alleviate the pain.

Witnessing fire damage at your workplace can be devastating, but being calm and taking care of anyone injured can minimize the most harmful effects of a fire.

How To Test a Shower for Leaks

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Test a Shower for Leaks Replace an old shower head

Several shower components may leak and result in water damage. You should test every part of a shower for signs of a bathtub leak or leaky shower pan.

Test the Shower Pan

Signs of a shower pan leak will be evident under and around the shower. Closely examine the surrounding area:

  • In the basement or crawlspace, for a first-floor shower
  • On the ceiling of the floor below the shower
  • In rooms that share a wall

Stop the drain and fill the shower with 1.5 inches of water. Wait eight hours or up to three days to see signs of a leak. Walk around in the shower while someone else monitors the area underneath. Homeowners should replace pans that are more than 30 years old.

Test the Seal

Test the seal of a shower door track or caulking with a spray from the shower head. Allow the area to dry before re-caulking. If you notice gaps in the grout around wall tiles, you should:

  • Look for visible signs of mold or odors
  • Have the area tested
  • Complete remediation before replacing grout or tiles

A bathtub leak can allow water to get behind walls. This may pose a risk of hidden mold.

Test the Head

A clogged shower head or a damaged O-ring can cause a leak. A homeowner should replace worn out:

  • Cartridges
  • Gaskets
  • Stems
  • Washers

Seal around the escutcheon with caulk or putty. Cap the shower head to check for leaks between the head and valve.

Test the Drain

Have someone monitor the area beneath a shower as you pour water down the drain. Drain leaks may be caused by a:

  • Leaky drain body
  • Cracked flange
  • Damaged gasket
  • Worn rubber sealing ring

Any of these components can be replaced. Make sure that the leak is due to the drain and not the shower pan.

These tests can detect a bathtub leak or a shower pan leak. If you discover a problem that you cannot fix, contact a plumber and water damage mitigation company in Maryland Heights, MO.

Can Fire-Damaged Contents Be Cleaned?

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Can Fire-Damaged Contents Be Cleaned? It may be possible to clean items that are only exposed to smoke, ash and soot

A fire can destroy many contents, but it may be possible to clean items that are only exposed to smoke, ash, and soot. Damage mitigation professionals provide a variety of content cleaning methods. These methods range from dry-cleaning to foam and wet cleaning. Learn more about the best treatments for different types of items.

Non-Porous Contents

Hard, non-porous items and surfaces can stand up to heavy-duty cleaning processes. Some of the most effective methods include:

  • Abrasion or blasting
  • Immersion
  • Ultrasonic waves

Immersion and ultrasonic waves are often combined for maximum effect. These methods work best on smaller items that can be easily dipped in a bath of cleaning solution and treated with high-pressure waves. Larger items or surfaces may call for wet cleaning.

Porous Contents

Porous items absorb moisture and may not be good candidates for immersion or wet cleaning. The following methods are recommended for these materials:

  • Dry-cleaning
  • Spraying
  • Wiping

Restoration professionals use specialized methods and solutions that may be more effective than consumer-grade treatments. Ask an expert which method is best suited to a particular item.

Delicate Contents

Care must be taken not to damage delicate contents. Books and documents call for different cleaning methods than treatments for textiles or upholstery. The best approaches for cleaning delicate materials may include:

  • Chemical sponges
  • Foam
  • HEPA vacuums
  • Immersion

Books and documents may benefit from being wiped with chemical sponges and carefully cleaned with a HEPA vacuum. Upholstery and furniture are ideal candidates for foam cleaning. Ceramics and glass should be able to withstand immersion.

These are all of the major content cleaning methods used by fire damage mitigation professionals. A service may also provide content storage until on-site restoration is complete. Rely on expert recommendations if you are unsure whether dry-cleaning or another method is the best approach for damaged items after a fire at a residence in Creve Coeur, MO.

How To Lower Your Claim on Business Interruption

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Lower Your Claim on Business Interruption Commercial clean up in Chesterfield, MO

There are Several Ways to Reduce Your Claim

If your business in Chesterfield, MO experiences major flooding, your business may need to temporarily close its doors while the restoration and cleanup process occurs. Though insurance will cover some of the costs, it can be best to have a lower business interruption claim. There are several ways you can reduce your claim.

1. Choose the Best Policy and Make Your Claim Quickly

It’s often helpful to understand what your insurance policy will cover prior to a disaster. Often, business owners can choose from a variety of business interruption policies. Once large water damage has occurred, it’s generally best to make a claim quickly so the cleanup and restoration process can begin. Additionally, reviewing your insurance policy and changing the policy if your space changes can also help to ensure you are prepared to act in the event of a flood.

2. Mitigate the Damage

One of the best ways to reduce your claim is to lessen the amount of damage that occurs in your business. After flooding occurs, it can help to remove items from your business to prevent them from becoming damaged. Though some items may need to be sanitized, it’s generally best to clean what you can quickly. Additionally, make sure your building is as dry as possible can help to prevent mold growth.

3. Begin Restoration Quickly

Once you have filed your claim and have mitigated the damage that has occurred, it’s generally best to start the process of restoring your business. Professionals can often give you an estimate of the time and cost of a complete restoration, and it can be helpful to request receipts for the work so you can provide this information to your insurance company. The sooner your business is restored, the lower your claim will be.

Flooding, be it from a broken pipe or a natural disaster, can cause major issues in your business, but being able to make fixes and reopen your business quickly will help lower your business interruption claim. It can be helpful to contact water restoration professionals if your business has been affected by water damage.

Hiring the Right Fire Damage Restoration Team

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Having a fire loss is a frustrating experience. Whether it's a fire in your home or a fire in your business, the fire damage can cause a devastating impact. After the emergency is under control, fire cleanup for a fire in a home or commercial fire damage is a daunting task. The air quality alone will make this task seem impossible, let alone dealing with the smoke damage and soot damage. 

After fire in the business or experiencing commercial fire damage in a warehouse for example; the insurance company must assess the fire damage to determine its impact on the dwelling(s). The insurance adjuster should provide an estimate to cover the fire damage. This figure should include any soot damage, smoke damage, and any other factors involving restoring the air quality to a normal level. The fire loss amount should also reflect the amount needed to take care of fire cleanup.

It may seem tempting to attempt the fire cleanup without a professional.

It's best to avoid this for many reasons after the fire loss. The smoke damage and soot damage will affect the air quality. This is a health risk for anyone, especially those with asthma, as well as children and seniors. The same applies for commercial fire damage and a fire in a business. Customers and employees may have health concerns the owner may not be aware of. It's always wise to seek the advice of a professional to take care of the fire damage. Fire loss experts have the training and tools to handle the job appropriately.

Fire cleanup is also a messy job. Soot damage and smoke damage can continue to contaminate the space well after the commercial fire has been put out. The air quality can only be restored if the fire cleanup job is done right.

After the fire damage is corrected from the fire in your business, the owner may be surprised with the results. The smoke damage, soot damage, and overall fire damage can be corrected. The air quality may be better than before the fire. Sometimes after a remodeling, the finished product can look like brand new.

After the fire loss from commercial fire damage or fire in a business, things will return to normal. The business owner may be surprised that the dwelling appears to look better and more appealing with a fresh look.

Fire restoration specialists are able to provide a reasonable estimate and time frame until completion. Regardless of whether a professional is hired, the area should not be used before the fire damage is corrected and the fire cleanup is satisfactory. Contact a fire restoration specialist now!

Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on fire damage.

What to Do When Mold is Discovered in a Home

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mildew needs a damp environment to grow. When water damage occurs because of leaks, floods, or even high humidity, this detrimental fungus can fester. When growth becomes a problem, it can ruin a St. Louis, MO, home or business.

There are steps that should be taken immediately to address a fungal and mildew problem. However, to guarantee the situation is corrected properly, an environmental hygienist's expertise should be consulted. Here are some things to do when mold is discovered in a home.

Stop the Source of Water

There are thousands of known species of microbial growth and they all need moisture. The first step in fixing the problem is stopping the source of moisture. If a flood caused the water damage, then a professional water restoration company needs to be brought in to assess the damage. They will have the equipment and expertise to remove all the water and dampness.

When the problem is caused by a roof leak, bring in a restoration specialist to get the damaged areas dried out, plus get a roof contractor assessment of how to prevent future leaks. Water line and sewer damage also need to have the moisture professionally removed, but the source of water can be shut off in these situations.

First objective when dampness or unusual water buildup is detected is to stop the source of water immediately. After shutting off the source, consult with a water damage restoration specialist to completely dry out the area.

Growth Has Started

Even if the water source is shut off and the area dried out, microbial growth may not have immediately started. If the growth is minimal, once the moisture source is removed it will not be able to continue growing. That is why securing the services of a competent restoration tech is so vital.

If a fungal growth has already started, some steps can be taken to retard the spread of these bacteria. The expert opinion of an environmental hygienist is highly recommended, but before that consultation, the air where the growth is present needs to be moved around. Use fans to remove dampness in attics or basements, and open the doors under cabinets for sink leaks.

Again, flood damage in Missouri is a very serious problem and must be attended to immediately. There are other pollutants involved when floodwaters are the source of water damage and they act like a catalyst for microbial growth.

There is usually little margin for error when flooding has occurred. The drying process needs to be started immediately and the project should be turned over to an expert in the field.

Testing for Mold Cleanup

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Even if there are no visible signs of a fungus issue, a home that has experienced some type of water damage should be periodically tested. While mustiness is not always a guarantee there is a problem, it is a sign that professional testing is needed.

Make sure that a reputable testing agency is consulted.

There are scammers who will provide inaccurate results just to get secure a contract for an unnecessary repair job. Trust only environmental hygienists who have a solid reputation. Consult with your Missouri Better Business Bureau, plus research reviews from other customers.

If the tests come back indicating there is a problem, no time should be wasted in setting up an appointment to determine how to begin removal. Often the Missouri based agency that does the testing will have a highly skilled team of experts that can handle the job. Once an issue has been discovered, the next step is to obtain an estimate for removal.

Severe Issues

The testing agency will indicate if the growth problem has escalated to where people occupying the home or building could be at risk. If it is a place of business, all employees must be made aware that there is a problem with mold and mildew present.

Individuals who have respiratory ailments may not be able to safely work in the environment until the problem is fixed. That is why timing is essential if a fungus issue is detected so that the remediation process can be started.

Preventing water damage and unnecessary moisture is the first objective in preventing growth problems. When it is evident that a problem has started, getting a professional test and assessment is important to establish the next step. If mold cleanup is determined to be necessary, consult with a licensed remediation expert in the St. Louis, MO area to get the job done right. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on mold remediation.

3 Things You Need To Know About Business Insurance and Mold

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Things You Need To Know About Business Insurance and Mold Mold damages on wall in a Creve Coeur,MO commercial facility

Commercial Insurance and Mold Damage

When you went into business, you likely thought a great deal about equipment, inventory and customer demands. You may not, however, have contemplated dealing with mold growth. Still, in Creve Coeur,MO, mold removal is often part of doing business. If you have a mold in your factory, warehouse or other commercial facility, you should know a few things about commercial insurance and mold damage.

1. Mold Can Bring Your Business to a Standstill

Black mold has developed a terrible reputation in recent years. Hardly a day goes by when you can’t read about mold contamination in the newspaper. If you have mold in your building, it can bring your business to a standstill. Since mold can damage inventory, equipment, structures and furnishings, you must take it seriously. Fortunately, depending on the severity of your mold problem, professional cleanup usually only takes between three days and one week.

2. Insurance Usually Covers Mold Cleanup

You have commercial insurance to protect your property from damage. While most claims relate to storms, your insurance policy likely covers damage from mold. With mold insurance, you don’t have to foot the bill for professional remediation. When you contract with a mold-remediation service, you take advantage of equipment, expertise and skill to successfully cleanup the mess. While you may have to pay a deductible, many remediation expenses may fall within the terms of your policy.

3. Some Exclusions May Apply

When considering whether you have to pay for mold removal, you need to read through your insurance policy. That is, not all commercial packages cover the cost of mold cleanup. If you aren’t interested in poring over legalese, talk with your insurance agent to see what your policy covers.

With commercial insurance, you have the peace of mind to do business effectively. Before you find mold inside your business, be sure you have sufficient insurance coverage.

Fire Damage Claims: What is Covered

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Fire Damage Claims: What is Covered Fire loss to a Maryland Heights,MO home

Fire Damage Claims

Commercial property fires are stressful situations, but the key concern in the aftermath is understanding what is covered by your insurer. Most coverage will cover fire damage that is the result of the fire and smoke along with any subsequent water damage, occurring while extinguishing it.

1. Fire

Fire is the primary cause of most visible damage: ash, scorched walls, melted siding, etc. Most of the loss is structural, going beyond cosmetic. Obviously, the extent of the damage is dependent on the severity and persistence of the fire. As most of this damage is apparent, an insurance adjuster should have no problem verifying this as part of the claim. However, it might be beneficial to have before and after photographs to prove the property loss.

2. Smoke

While fire damage is often apparent, smoke damage can be subtle, often hidden in areas that aren’t easily accessible. For instance, extensive smoke damage can occur in the ventilation system of your building. Again, depending on the extent of the damage, it may be possible to salvage the system, but you will likely need a thorough inspection after a fire.

3. Water

An issue that may arise after a fire is determining the responsibility of water damage. This determination may not be difficult when the damage has occurred in the area affected by the fire, but when water damage occurs in areas untouched by the fire, possibly due to a malfunctioning sprinkler system, it is a little trickier. This is when before and after photos come in handy.

4. Questions

For any questions or concerns you may have about items that are covered, you can reach out to your insurance, but you can also seek guidance from a fire mitigation specialist in the Maryland Heights, MO, area. These specialty restoration companies have extensive experience with insurance companies and may be able to explain what your coverage is likely to cover in the event of a fire.

Understanding your coverage is critical to reducing stress levels after a disaster. To ensure that you know what is covered in the event of a fire, call your insurer and ask about your fire damage coverage.

3 Basics of Roof Damage Mitigation

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Basics of Roof Damage Mitigation Covered roof by tarp in a Creve Coeur,MO home

Storm Damage Repair

Whether due to storms or other wear and tear, roof damage is common for homeowners in Creve Coeur, MO, and can get worse without intervention on your part. For example, wind and rain can take shingles off your roof and start to damage the materials underneath. You can mitigate this by putting tarps or boards over those sections until you can get a storm damage repair company to fix the roof.

Minimizing your damage is called mitigation, and before you can start taking preventative care of your home, you need to know some roof mitigation basics, such as what it is, when you need it and how to do it.

1. What Is It?

Mitigation for wind damage to your roof can include using boards and tarps to keep the underlying structure of your roof and home dry. This is often done to minimize the damage from a few missing shingles or the destruction from fallen trees and more severe storms. By mitigating storm and elemental injury, you can extend the life of your roof and the home it protects.

2. When Do You Need It?

The best time to start mitigation for roof damage is as soon as you notice the damage. The longer you wait, the more elemental forces — and their effects — can get under the shingles and other roofing materials and into the bones of your home.

3. How Do You Do It?

When you are trying to mitigate wind damage to your roof, your first step should be to inspect the entire roof for problem spots. You can then get those spots covered by tarps or boards until a professional can offer a more detailed inspection and suggest or implement any needed repairs.

Roof damage mitigation can be performed by you in the short term and by a professional repair company in the long term. This can keep you from needing costly roof replacements after a damaging storm and may extend the life of your roof.

How To Keep Your Business Safe During a Storm

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Keep Your Business Safe During a Storm Restoration clean up in a commercial building in Manchester,MO

If you are expecting a rain storm in Manchester, MO, it is important to take proper safety precautions. Doing so will allow you and your employees to feel better prepared and more secure. Here are some tips to keep your buildings, and the people inside them, safe during a storm.

1. Trim trees near your building

During a thunderstorm, high winds can cause trees and branches to slam into buildings and potentially cause damage, especially if they are located near windows. Keeping trees trimmed can lower the risk of this damage.

2. Maintain lightning rods around your building.

A severe rain storm is often accompanied by lightning. Using lightning rods can reduce electrical damage to your building, so it is important to have lightning rods inspected and maintained regularly.

3. Make sure employees are kept away from windows and skylights

Windows can be damaged during a storm, especially if there are high winds that can blow debris into them. Employees should be kept away from these areas to eliminate the possibility of harm from shattered glass.

4. Have a safety plan

If you are unprepared, a severe thunderstorm can turn your workplace into a chaotic environment. It is a good idea to have a plan in place for emergencies and to make sure that all employees are aware of any safety procedures.

What To Do After a Storm

The actions that you take after a storm can be just as important as the ones that you take during a storm. After a storm, your building may have sustained some damage and it is a good idea to repair this damage as soon as possible to prevent it from becoming worse. You can call an emergency repair service to take care of this for you. Keep these tips in mind to stay prepared the next time you are expecting a severe rain storm in Manchester,MO.

The Best Upgrades To Lower Water Consumption

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Best Upgrades To Lower Water Consumption Commercial water clean up in Chesterfield, MO

The most effective method for lowering water consumption depends on the layout of a commercial property. If your property in Chesterfield, MO has landscaping, this feature probably requires the most water and may prove a source of water issues. If a building does not have extensive exterior features, the most efficient water upgrade will involve bathroom fixtures.

Exterior Water Efficiency Upgrades

If your commercial property has a lawn or other plants or trees, you will likely need to provide some irrigation in order to maintain the exterior appearance of the property. There are several upgrades that can improve the overall efficiency of this system:

  • Upgrade spray irrigation systems to drip irrigation
  • Monitor the settings and adjust watering levels based on weather and seasons
  • Rely on sensors to monitor soil moisture levels

Drip irrigation has an efficiency rating of 98%, which is 33% more efficient than spray irrigation methods. This upgrade can make a drastic difference in the amount of water you use and related water issues. If you don't want to replace the system, try watering less and rely on sensors or visible indications of dryness to determine when to irrigate outdoor features.

Interior Water Efficiency Upgrades

Whether you want to upgrade the outside and inside of your property or do not have landscaping, a highly effective upgrade for commercial properties involves bathroom fixtures such as sinks, toilets, and urinals. Lower water consumption in these parts of the property by:

  • Installing aerators and flush valves
  • Switching out conventional urinals for one-pint or water-free models
  • Investing in touch-free faucets

Keep a close eye on the water usage statistics on your bill. Upgrading an irrigation system or bathroom fixtures is likely to pay off over time. If you experience a leak, this may lead to higher usage. Contact a commercial water damage restoration service in Chesterfield, MO to resolve any water issues.

Tips To Stop an Overflowing Toilet

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips To Stop an Overflowing Toilet There a few reason you are having an overflowing toilet in your Maryland Heights, MO home

Toilet overflow is undoubtedly one of the messiest, most disgusting sights. This is especially true when it happens at your home in Maryland Heights, MO, and the responsibility for sewage cleaning falls in your hands. Read below to understand why this problem occurs and what you can do to stop it.

Why Does the Toilet Overflow When I Shower?

There are a few reasons why your toilet may overflow. If you notice that this only occurs while the shower is running or your bath is draining, consider the following:

  • There are pipes that run from the tub to the sewer. In this case, it is likely that there is a clog somewhere along this path.
  • When a clog exists, water going down the drain through the pipe is blocked. The water then cannot continue and comes back up through the toilet.

How Do I Stop the Water From Coming Back Up?

By clearing the clogged pipe, the water from the tub drain will flow freely again to its destination. The best way to clear a clog is by taking the following steps:

  • Use a 25 foot auger, commonly identified as a snake. You can easily locate this item in the plumbing section of a local hardware or home improvement store.
  • The curved design of a closet auger lends itself to fitting through the toilet bowl to the pipe. A straight cable auger works best directly through the floor drain with the toilet removed.
  • If the snake does not work, access the main drain cleanout and repeat the process with the auger. Sewage cleaning is a messy job, so prepare for some overflow during this process.
  • If the toilet overflow continues, or if there is water damage present, contact a water restoration company to assess the situation.

A clogged pipe can wreak havoc at your home in Maryland Heights, MO. If you experience an overflowing toilet when you run the shower, first try to clear the pipe with a snake. If that is unsuccessful, leave the sewage cleaning to the professionals.

How To Mitigate Mold Damage After a Flood

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Mitigate Mold Damage After a Flood Removing moisture with a dehumidifier in Creve Coeur, MO

A home flood is a big problem all on its own. You have a lot of water to remove and many things to clean just to be able to use the space again. If you don't get the problem fixed quickly, though, you may have an additional problem on your hands. Mold growth can occur in as little as 24 hours after a storm floods your home. The best way to deal with mold is to prevent it, but if your home in Creve Coeur, MO, does start to grow fungus, there are also ways to get rid of it.


To prevent mold, you need to dry it out quickly. Water remediation experts may be able to come to your home the same day you call, but even if they can't, you can begin to complete tasks to minimize the excess moisture and bacteria that could lead to mold:

  • Siphon standing water out of area
  • Use dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air
  • Remove wet items from home
  • Rip out wet carpet and carpet pads
  • Tear down waterlogged drywall and dispose of damp insulation

If the damage is extensive, parts of your home may show signs of mold growth by the time you are able to get to them, but you are more likely to arrest the problem at its onset if you go ahead and get the mitigation process started.


Once your home has a mold problem, it is imperative that certified mitigation specialists handle it. They have the tools to test for mold so that they can pinpoint the exact type of mold and its level of concentration in the air. They have the training necessary to take care of the problem completely. Mold is one problem you definitely don't want to see again.

When your home floods, mold growth can happen in as little as a day's time. Fast mitigation is the key to either minimizing the damage it causes or preventing it altogether.

What is the aftermath of fire damage?

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What is the aftermath of fire damage? Commercial Cleaning in St. Louise after fire damage.

Fire damage is the aftermath occurrence that happens after the fire has been extinguished by either the victim of the incident or accident or the firemen of that area. The intensity of the fire damage will depend on the cause of the fire, type of materials used in making of structures or buildings involved in the fire, the kind of objects inside those buildings, the thickness of the smoke, and lastly, the technique used to extinguish the fire.

Commercial Fire Damage

Commercial fire damage is the loss caused by fire on commercial or industrial space and equipment that a business owner rents for business. This kind of harm is assessed by insurance companies and specialized personnel sent by the government. Commercial fire damage is rare since it is the most feared and therefore more sophisticated approaches are enacted to prevent it from recurring or if it happens, caution is taken to hinder the spread.

Fire in a home

The first two days after a fire in the home is the most critical to help restore damaged home property. An efficient fire in home emergency response must rapidly stabilize your home and ownership to guarantee much recovery as possible. Fire in the home often comes with further acidic smoke damage, smoke smell and soot from the extinguished fires. This acidic soot and fumes cause further property corrosion deterioration to vital assets and building components. Restore fire in homes professionals utilize water and other dry chemicals for fire cleanup. Even more, the professionals have to deodorize and neutralize the smoke smell left behind due to the toxic smoke damage.

Fire in a business

While fires in business lead to a lot of property damage, most often, little can be done to save all properties and only the building is saved. Most of the business items are often completely burned by flames, engulfed with soot damage or even smoke smells. Fire in business also affects the walls, through smoke discolorations. Better restoration agencies make sure that your fire in business issue is normalized quickly fire cleanup is very efficient. Combined with specialist cleaning equipment and methods, your fire restoration firm guarantees you a better fire cleanup in business experience.

Fire damage restoration

Fire damage restoration is a process of fire cleanup and reforming a particular environment that was affected by fire back to its previous state or even to a better one. Fires can be devastating to your home or business. Mostly following the departure of the fire trucks, your assets are likely to undergo from not only smoke damage and smoke smell, fire contamination, but also extensive water damage and flooding caused by the firemen and their fire extinguishing types of equipment.

Fire damage restoration involves several steps.

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire damage restoration involves several steps. Soot and Smoke left behind by a fire

Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment; this is vital cause it helps to develop a follow-up action. For instance, Fire damage on clothes storing warehouse is assessed differently from a household that is fully furnished.

An immediate covering of the doors and windows: this ensures security to the undamaged goods. This also makes sure ease of assessment since there will be no or little soot damage contamination of the scene.

Removal of water and Drying (in the case of water damage is present).After putting off the fire, excess water might be left within the vicinity. This water is drained off, and the surfaces eventually dried.

Removal of smoke damage and soot damage assets from all surfaces; here, there are specific chemicals that are non-water-based and can be used to clean soot damage from walls. Rubbing alcohol or paint thinner may work but usually used with caution because of toxicity and fumes. Fire cleanup and sanitizing are one of the last steps of the Fire damage restoration process. In commercial fire damage this stage entails mostly the cleaning of the restorable items back to their pre-fire condition. Advanced techniques are used to remove the bad smoke smell using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Restoration is the final step, turning the fire scene back to its pre-fire condition. Commercial fire damage may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may require significant repairs for instance: the rebuilding of various areas or rooms in your business or home.

Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on fire damage.

What to Do With a Moldy Crawlspace

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to Do With a Moldy Crawlspace Mold growth on wall in a Maryland Heights, MO home

If you recently experienced flooding in your Maryland Heights, MO, home, you may be unhappily surprised to find that your crawlspace or another hard-to-reach area has sustained some mold growth. However, it is important to not get discouraged; mold soda blasting from a reputable mold damage company can usually clear up the mess and get your space back in great shape. Read on to learn all about blasting mold.

What Is Mold Soda Blasting?

Mold soda blasting is an abrasive process that uses baking soda and compressed air in a pressurized spray that eliminates moldy areas from your damp places. Baking soda is an extremely effective cleaner, and the blasting method is extremely fast compared to more traditional cleaning methods. It is also environmentally friendly, as harsh chemicals are not required.

Steps in the Blasting Process

If you are now curious to see how the blasting technique works, take a look at these three easy steps that are involved:

  1. Inspection, when professionals analyze the wetness damage to figure out what can be done to clean out the mold that has grown
  2. Blasting, where the actual baking soda blast discussed above takes place
  3. Cleaning, which includes using a vacuum and wiping down any dirt and debris left over from blasting

Once the whole procedure is completed, your crawlspace or area under your house will likely seem good as new. You might forget you ever had a moisture problem after a while!

Don’t Worry – Just Seek Help

It is understandably easy to get upset when you find mold in your crawlspace or another section of your residential building, and it can be discouraging to not know where to turn. Trust that the right mold cleanup technicians know what’s best for you and your home, and talk to your local specialists about the possibility of using mold soda blasting to restore and preserve your household property.

Protect Your Business from Fire in 5 Steps

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Protect Your Business from Fire in 5 Steps Technicians cleaning after a fire loss in a Chesterfield, MO home

The National Fire Protection Agency reports that there were 475,500 structure fires in 2016. When you are responsible for a business, you need to take all the steps you can for fire preparation and protection in Chesterfield, MO. Not only is a fire life-threatening, but it can also be very costly in loss of property and loss of work.

So here are five steps to protect your business from a fire:

  1. Assess risk. Do you work with special materials that are combustible? Do you have metals that would be difficult to put out if on fire? Do you store or house significant amounts of flammable material, even things as simple as paper, pallets or plastic?
  2. Install protection systems. Be sure to hire specialized contractors to install protection systems like fire alarms and sprinklers, and be sure to keep fire extinguishers at key locations in your building.
  3.  Make disaster preparation plans. Make emergency plans and communicate them to employees. Be sure to train employees for special jobs in case of emergencies.
  4. Purchase insurance. One of the things you can do for fire preparation, is to purchase a good insurance policy. You will want to consider comprehensive coverage with property and building protection as well as some coverage for work loss.
  5. Protect data. Backup important data and records offsite or with a service.

In addition to assessing risk based on your environment or type of business, do a walk through around the building and assess for additional risks. Look for areas where fires are most likely to start, such as kitchens, appliance and industrial equipment. Look for clutter near heat sources and computers. Inspect use of circuitry and electrical cords. Fire preparation also includes making sure exits are free of obstacles so people can evacuate quickly.

Even with all that disaster preparation, you can prevent everything. If you do have fire damage, you can count on a professional restoration company to help you with fire and water mitigation services, so you can get back to work quickly.

Must-haves for Every Company’s First-aid Kit

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Must-haves for Every Company’s First-aid Kit Storm damage in Creve Coeur, MO

As a business owner, you’re focused on running your company efficiently, making profits, and meeting customers’ needs. But you also have a responsibility for the well-being and safety of your employees. One of the easiest ways to prepare for emergencies is to assemble a first-aid kit. If you don’t currently have one of these in your Creve Coeur, MO, office, it’s time to get some supplies together and place one in a prominent area.


One of the most common injuries people suffer at work is a cut. This can happen regardless of the type of work you do. Even in a traditional office setting, a person could cut his or her hand on simple supplies or equipment. Appropriate bandages can control bleeding.

  • Have bandages in your kit of all shapes and sizes.
  • Make sure you have waterproof bandages in your kit as well.
  • As these may go fast, make sure you replace them as people use them.

Gauze Pads

Gauze pads are for more serious bleeding than typical bandages may be able to handle. The pads in your first aid kit should be at least 4 by 4 inches. In addition, it’s wise to have a few larger gauze pads (8 by 10 inches) for larger cuts such as those on the arm, leg or abdomen.

Antiseptic Wipes

Before apply gauze or a bandage to a cut, you should clean it with an antiseptic wipe. This will help reduce the risk of infection.


Serious injuries could send a person into shock. Make sure you’ve got a blanket in your emergency kit to help calm the person and help with blood flow.


Don’t attend to any wounds without first putting on a pair of latex gloves. Make sure you’ve got an ample supply in your kit.

It’s simple to put together a good first-aid kit. Make sure your employees know where it is, and stock it with these supplies.

The Art of Performing Successful Mold Removal

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

The Art of Performing Successful Mold Removal

For years now, mold has been used in wine and cheese production. It's also useful in the medication field as it's used to produce penicillin and other drugs. Like any other organism, mold is essential to the natural environment. It helps balance the ecosystem in one way or another. But this doesn't mean that it's good to have mold in homes. Mold damage can cost homeowners a lot of time, effort, and energy.

When most people hear about mold, the term "mildew" also comes to their mind. These fungi share some similarities. They both grow in moist warm areas and have a smelly odor. So they require deodorization during remediation. However, mold is different to mildew in terms of texture, size, and color.

Mildew is easy to treat with a scrubbing brush and a surface cleaner. What's more, it's easily identifiable because it is forms gray patches. Conversely, mold can either be green on black, depending on the species. Unlike mildew, it can cover large areas, and it's difficult to destroy using basic mitigation methods. With the right tools, anyone can eliminate mold. But sometimes the mold removal process gets tough. In instances like this, one may need to hire reputable companies that deal with commercial mold damage.

It's advisable to apply the right mitigation measures to ensure that mold damage doesn't ruin property. Homeowners can choose to carry out mold removal themselves or hire a remediation expert. Either way, the process will still cost money and time. However, this is the only option to get rid of mold in homes. The following are a few things everyone should know about the mold removal and deodorization.

In cases of commercial mold damage, it's advisable to hire a mold removal company. These companies know the best mitigation measures to take. Additionally, they can easily determine the type of fungus. This is important as it helps them ensure the remediation process is effective. Mold in homes can cause different levels of mold damage. Bathrooms are most susceptible to mold damage. The fungus causes discoloration to bathroom tiles.

Seeing molds in homes, especially on walls and ceilings, is a disgusting sight. Additionally, the smelly odor from the fungus can cause a lot of discomfort to the dwellers. Most people who don't know about mold remediation opt to replace tiles and paint damaged surfaces. To get rid of the smelly odor, it's recommendable to undertake deodorization.

After determining who will remove the mold, the next step should be to inspect the affected area. Mold can grow anywhere, so it would be wise to check under tiles, rugs, and floorboards. Consider checking between cracks too. The person taking care of the mold and the smelly odor needs to ensure no surface is left unchecked.

Next, the commercial mold damage and remediation specialist should work toward neutralizing the fungus. This is one of the most mitigation measures. If the specialist doesn’t neutralize the mold, the spores may spread to the other parts of the house. This will cause more problems as it will lead to further growth. The most common tools used to contain mold are duct tape and plastic sheets. The spores should then be eliminated using an air-filtration system to make the air safe to breathe.

The last step is to begin the actual removal process. When dealing with commercial mold damage, specialists use a special cleaning agent to scrub non-porous surfaces such as plastic and glass. One should be careful when cleaning porous surfaces. The best solution for porous materials is to replace them. Although will cost the homeowner money, it will help him/her save a lot of time and money in the long run.

So, it’s important to seek the assistance of experienced mold removal technicians. They know the best mold remediation and deodorization techniques. When dealing with mold in homes, it's advisable to use high-quality mold removal products. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on mold remediation.

Don’t Be Washed Away by a Kitchen Flood

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don’t Be Washed Away by a Kitchen Flood Air mover on water damage in a laundry room in a Maryland Heights, MO home

As a homeowner in Maryland Heights, MO, even a small flood can seem like a major disaster. A kitchen leak can lead to costly repairs and major damage, especially if not properly cleaned up. Don’t let flooding in your home wash you away! Remembering a few simple steps can help you stay afloat.

Identify the Type

Before you begin any cleanup, you’ll need to know where the water is coming from and what type of water damage you have. There are three types you may encounter:

  • Category One is water that comes from a pipe carrying a fresh supply.
  • Category Two is water coming from a pipe or appliance such as a dishwasher or washing machine that is somewhat contaminated, generally with dirt or detergent.
  • Category Three is water that is heavily contaminated with bacteria or microorganisms and can be extremely hazardous.

Unless you are experiencing a sewage backup, flooding in the kitchen is most likely category one or two. A leaky pipe or a problem with a dishwasher drain are often the culprits.

Remove Excess Water

Once you identify the source of the water in your home, you can begin the cleanup process yourself by removing as much excess water as possible. If possible, turn off the water supply to the area. Mop up as much as you can or use towels to blot water away. Pay special attention to wood and upholstery. Be sure to pick up any colored rugs or fabrics that may bleed and cause staining.

Consult an Expert

Once you’ve stemmed the flow, you will want to contact your insurance company to assist with any major costs, such as kitchen repair, you might experience as a result of the flooding. You may also wish to work with a restoration specialist to ensure a minor flood doesn’t turn into a more serious problem. Professional help can ensure water is dealt with properly and efficiently, reducing the risk of more serious problems such as mold or rot.

If you experience water in your home as a result of a kitchen flood, knowing what to do can be helpful. A professional can ensure the damage is cleaned up properly.

Clearing Drains and Gutters Before a Flood

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Before flooding hits Maryland Heights, MO you have the power to take action and lessen potential harm to your home. It is especially important to ensure excess water can easily drain away in a storm. At any time of year, leaves and debris can pile up in gutters and on top of storm drains, so be sure to always keep them clean. Following these simple steps while the sky is still clear can help prevent the worst of future flood damage.

1. Twice a year, clean your gutters. This approach is a great way to avoid severe flooding. Each spring and fall, remove the covers from dry gutters. Put on gloves, and use your hands or a small tool to brush away debris. With your hose, run water through the cleared gutter to confirm uninterrupted flow. Don’t forget to rake up leaves and debris and put them in a proper container when you’re done.

2. Practice other gutter etiquette. This includes fixing leaky gutters, either yourself or with the help of a professional. You should also direct gutter downspouts away from your foundation and your neighbors’ properties.

3. Keep leaves and sticks in a yard waste bin. Yard debris left lying loose on your land can quickly end up in drains. This will exacerbate any flooding caused by a storm and lead to more problems in the long run.

4. Take time to check storm drains for debris piled on top. If you notice leaves and debris lying on the surface of storm drains, act rapidly to remove them with a rake or broom. As always, put everything you collect into a yard waste bin or other container.

Storm damage in Maryland Heights, MO often includes floods, one of the worst disasters that can strike your home. In addition to taking smart steps after a flood, such as calling restoration professionals, use the above list now to keep gutters and drains clear and ready to do their job in a storm. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on storm damage. 

3 Simple Steps to House Fire Preparation

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

If you have ever seen a home fire, you know how fast it happens. Such an event leaves a lasting impression, so you've taken steps to prevent this disaster from happening to your family in Maryland Heights, MO. You practice good fire safety such as using flashlights instead of candles, keeping lighters and matches where kids can't reach them, keeping space heaters three feet away from anything, and taking fire safety precaution around the stove. You've made all this effort to prevent a fire, but have you prepared your family in the event a fire actually happens? Here are three simple steps for fire preparation:

Have an escape plan. You actually need to have two paths planned for each room in the house and make sure everyone knows them. Keep escape ladders in upstairs bedrooms, and have drills to practice the plan.

Have a communication plan. In your fire preparation plan, designate an obvious location to meet. The place should be just far enough from the house to be safe, but so you can all account for everyone. Also, always have a designated contact for communication. The person should live far away so that she or he is unlikely to be in the disaster area.

Use fire alarms. You should have a fire alarm on every floor, outside each bedroom and inside each bedroom. Make sure children know what they sound like and what to do when they hear the alarm. Replace batteries every year for best fire safety practices.

The American Red Cross advises that you only have two minutes to escape once a fire starts in your home. It's especially important to discuss and practice the plan with kids regularly. During fire preparation drills, teach them to stay low while leaving the house during a fire because the smoke is dangerous. Using fire alarms and having an exit plan paves the way for a better chance of getting your family out safely during a fire. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on fire. 

Is Your Ceiling Tile Discoloration Caused by Mold?

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

If you’re like most business owners, your ceiling may be the most often overlooked part of your building. However, ceiling tile inspection should become a regular part of your maintenance routine. You may be surprised to find tile discoloration or staining, which is often the result of tile mold caused by a water leak. The following tips can help you hold your ceiling to the same high standard as the rest of your business.

1. Inspect your tiles regularly. Sometimes ceiling stains can be the result of the age of the tiles or other internal factors. However, in most cases, a localized discoloration on the ceiling is a result of some type of water leak. What begins as a small leak could lead to larger problems if ignored. Even if a tile discoloration or stain appears small, larger water damage could be lurking on the other side. If the stain is spreading, action should be taken soon to prevent the onset of tile mold.

2. Remove or repair the source of staining. Upon removal of the damaged tile, the source of a water leak is sometimes obvious, but it could also be difficult to detect. If you are unable to properly identify what is causing your discoloration, consider an assessment by a restoration specialist to make sure the problem will not reoccur.

3. Replace or repair the damaged tile. After the source of the stain has been identified and repaired, the aesthetic look of the tile can be addressed. Some tiles are able to be cleaned or painted to match the rest of the ceiling. If this is not possible, the individual tile can be replaced. Either way, as long as the leak has been resolved, your ceiling should not need to be repaired in the same area repeatedly.

Businesses all over Maryland Heights, MO are looking for ways to find a competitive advantage, and sometimes it’s in the overlooked details. Through frequently inspecting, analyzing and addressing your ceiling tiles, you can prevent or reverse damage left by water leaks or tile mold in your ceiling. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on mold. 

What Is Business Interruption Insurance?

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What Is Business Interruption Insurance? Give SERVPRO a call if you experience commercial water damage.

Imagine your commercial property in St. Louis, MO burning, flooding or being swept away in a tornado. Now, picture the devastation caused by loss of income and business operations during the restoration process. Finally, envision the alternative of being financially stable while your livelihood is being repaired. When your business is closed for an extended period of time, you can rest easier with business interruption insurance.

How Does Business Interruption Insurance Work?

Commercial property insurance typically covers cleaning, repairing and restoring your business assets after a fire or large amount of water damage occurs. Protect yourself further by doing the following:

• Before damage happens, talk to your insurance agent about adding on business interruption insurance. This is not a separate policy, but rather an add-on to your current commercial insurance or part of a policy package. Do not assume you have this type of insurance, and do not wait until after fire or flooding occur to look into this preventative measure.
• After damage occurs, such as from a broken pipe or fire, first call a reputable fire and water restoration company. The experts come to your property, assess the damage and immediately make a plan for cleanup and restoration. Second, call your insurance agent. If the restoration plan is covered by your commercial insurance and entails closing your business for a lengthy period of time, business interruption insurance kicks in.
• Look into the details of your insurance plan. This additional insurance typically covers lost wages, including employee pay, and business operating expenses that occur while the property is closed for reconstruction due to damage.
• Keep the timing in mind. Usually, this insurance takes effect two days after the damage occurs and lasts until the business returns to normal operations. Reopening is likely to occur within thirty days from the time restoration is complete.

When disaster occurs and your business in St. Louis, MO is on hold, your life moves on. The restoration expert helps your business return to preloss condition after flooding or flames, while business interruption insurance helps you remain financially stable during this period. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on commercial water damage. 

Tips for Preparing for the Next Big Storm

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes, tornadoes, or even thunderstorms can cause major damage to your business. Flood water can soak into personal belongings, which can cause mold and destroy electronics. Violent wind can cause debris to break windows or damage roofs. This damage can have long-lasting effects that prevent your St. Louis, MO business from getting back up and running after a natural disaster. However, these tips could help mitigate the damage.

Storm Tip One: Scope Your Area

Making sure that your building is prepared for a storm is one of the best proactive moves that you can make to prevent damage. One way of doing this is surveying your building and its surrounding areas for objects that could cause damage:

• Overgrown tree branches
• Loose roof shingles or tiles
• Unsupported trusses or beams

Keeping maintenance up to date may help the restoration process move along more quickly.

Storm Tip Two: Prepare for the Storm Itself

In addition to flying debris, storms can cause water damage to commercial buildings. Along with causing damage to carpet, walls, and upholstery, flood water can wreak havoc on a company’s electrical system. There are some things you can do to prevent this:

• Back up any crucial data onto an external hard drive or data cloud.
• Unplug all electronic devices and move them onto a higher floor.
• Never enter a flooded building if you suspect there is a live electrical current.

Preventative measures could help to save valuable electronic equipment, along with time spent trying to get your business back to normal.

Storm Tip Three: Call a Professional

After a storm, flood water and debris can make for a disheartening sight. However, flood restoration experts can help to make the clean-up process as quick and painless as possible. They can help you by giving a professional inspection of the damage that the storm has caused, and begin a process of water extraction and dehumidification of your commercial building.

If you experience water damage at your commercial location, call in the experts. Their help, along with the right prevention, can provide a speedy recovery from a storm. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on storm damage. 

How You Can Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

There is a popular expression that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and when it comes to preventing the appearance of water in home spaces where it has no place being, no truer words have ever been spoken. Here in St. Louis, MO there are countless examples of homeowners having to hire a water damage repair company to perform cleanup from a broken pipe or a busted hose, yet if you keep an eye out for the signs of a problem by performing routine inspections and periodic maintenance, you can possibly avoid this costly path.

Steps You Can Take To Prevent Water Damage

To help in the prevention of water damage in the home, there are a number of things you should be regularly checking:

• Ventilation systems, heaters and air conditioners
• Appliances
• Whole-house plumbing concerns
• Mold Growth

Water in a home is insidious insomuch as it can sneak into areas you cannot easily detect. A broken pipe cleanup is troublesome enough, but the slow leaks that are hard to spot can lead to damage that could already be quite substantial by the time the problem is finally found.

Check Appliances and Water Fixtures Regularly

You should check your heater and air conditioner twice a year to make sure they are working correctly. You should never see any water coming from these units. Appliances generally cause problems not so much because of the unit itself but rather a broken pipe or hose leading to the unit.

Bathrooms are an obvious location for water leaks because of all the fixtures in that room that use water. If home appliances and fixtures are leaking, mold growth can become a concern.

Things To Remember on a Daily Basis

You should always be on the lookout for any signs of water in home spaces where it does not belong. Even the smallest leak can be contributing to a much bigger problem beneath the surface, yet with some simple, regular maintenance, you can most likely avoid major water damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on water damage. 

Water and Flood Damage in Northwest St. Louis

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

It can happen anywhere and at anytime, all is going well and suddenly you notice a drip into your tub or from your kitchen faucet. You think nothing of it and go on about your day. Soon the drip becomes a steady stream and before too long you have a puddle on the floor or water collected in the tub. Usually this is easily rectified with a few towels and some elbow grease. As long as you ensure proper ventilation of the area and allow for drying time you've likely avoided a more serious water damage problem. Luckily many times a small leak can be fixed without outside help.

However what if your leak is unseen, lying in a wall or within your plumbing. This could cause further water damage and would need to be dealt with by a water cleanup professional. These professional companies have the knowledge and proper equipment to deal with water damage and water cleanup in an effective and efficient manner. They will know proven methods to ensure proper air movement and adequate drying times for water in a home. 

Once you've determined that professionals are needed to solve your water issue there are many factors to consider. You want to make certain that the company is reliable, trustworthy, and knowledgeable. As an example the following services are those provided by a flood restoration company that services the greater St. Louis Missouri area. What this company offers can serve as a guideline when selecting a company whether you're in Missouri or elsewhere. 

The first important step is that you ascertain that they company will provide service to your home. This particular company offers service within a 100 mile radius of downtown St. Louis, MO. This includes a fairly large service area in MO but some companies might not travel that far. Another thing to watch out for is hidden fees. The company may provide service in your area but may charge a fee either in the form of a service fee or a fee for the driver's gas. This would be a question to ask the company you're considering using. 

Another thing a company might provide is free estimates. This means that they will give you a price that they think will cover the cost of your repairs. Make sure you know the terms of this estimate. Some questions to consider:

1. Is the estimate only provided over the phone?

2. Is the estimate only provided via an online questionnaire?

3. Is the estimate provided after a technician visits your home to assess the damage?

It is important to ask about the estimate and make sure that you are clear with what it entails. 

If caught early and professionally treated by a reputable company utilizing the tips above water and flood damage can be rectified. Professionals will effectively and efficiently restore your home or business! Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on water damage.

A major burden in dealing with any home repair is cost.

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to ask about the estimate and make sure that you are clear with what it entails. 

Luckily if you have homeowners insurance you can often get a restoration project covered after water in a home or flood damage. This would be something to check on with your insurance company. Homeowners insurance might cover the job but oftentimes specific flood insurance is required. Apartment and condominium dwellers should not despair as renters insurance may cover a water issue as well. This particular company accepts all insurance claims which will provide some financial relief. They will also work with your deductible which can ease some of the financial strain. When working with any company it is important to establish what they'll accept as far as payment is concerned. Also this particular company will bill your insurance company directly thus saving you time.

In addition to free estimates and working with one's insurance, this company also provides discounts for veterans, seniors and law enforcement officers. This could be of great benefit to many people and should be looked for or asked about when researching a company. 

Another thing to consider is what services the company provides. For instance this company specializes in the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) sewer backups which means that they know how to deal with the specific sewer system in the region. This company also offers rapid response for flood mitigation. Flood mitigation involves minimizing water exposure to walls, ceilings, floors, and the contents within the area. This company will also deal with broken pipes, perform emergency water extraction done by experienced technicians using professional machinery and will ensure structural drying and will clean, sanitize, and deodorize the area. All of these are important to look for in the company you choose. 

When researching a company to use in case of flood damage in a commercial area the steps are similar to that of a residence. You must establish wether or not the company will address an issue of water in a business. Once a company is found they will likely follow these important steps:

  1. They will first ensure that the work area is safe. This may mean that they will remove hazardous materials and will ensure that there are no electrical cords or live wires in the vicinity.
  2. The company will find and inspect the source of the problem.
  3. They will work to keep the affected area well ventilated and dry by increasing the air movement.
  4. They will look to see if any mold and/or mildew has accumulated. If so steps will be taken to rid the area of mold and/or mildew.
  5. They will take steps to ensure that mold and/or mildew does not occur in the future.

Another potentially dangerous problem that can occur in a home or with water in a business is the need for sewage mitigation. This is necessary if sewage, sewer water (often called black water) is present. Black water can be dangerous and cause health problems in children and the elderly. If this treatment is needed the black water is extracted, and the area is dried, disinfected and sanitized. 

Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on water damage.

Smoky Smells and How To Get Rid of Them

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoky Smells and How To Get Rid of Them Give SERVPRO a call if you experience fire damage.

Smoke is both nostalgic and insidious. The benign side of smoke invokes warm memories of campfires and delicious barbeque. When the wafted particles from combustion are unwanted, however, the pernicious odor can linger and cling to almost anything. The difficulty of removing such a stench can be daunting, especially when in the home. That’s why home deodorization is best left to the professionals of St Louis, MO.

Taking Steps To Minimize Cigarette Smoke Odor

Stopping smoky smells from ruining the home begins with preemptive mitigation and ends with cleaning, airing, and replacement. Some actions that can be taken to prevent the need for and the successful implementation of home deodorization are as follows:

• If at all possible, don’t smoke cigarettes inside the home
• If you do smoke, keep cigarettes away from items that easily absorb odors (carpet, drapes, or cushions)
• Clean cigarette smoke from washable surfaces using an appropriate detergent for the item being cleaned
• Enlist the help of a professional with an IICRC

Lessening the Number of Activities That Produce Smoke

A great way to keep smoke from turning your home into a delicious rack of ribs or an ashtray is to decrease the number of activities that produce smoke within the house. Cigarette smoke is the leading cause of unwanted smoke odor, but cooking smells and fires also can be major contributors. Try to refrain from burning meals while cooking and don’t utilize the wood burning fireplace.

Addressing the Smoky Smells

Home deodorization is an unfortunate and sometimes inevitable reality when dealing with smoke. Deodorizing sprays and scents serve only to mask the smoke smell. Your best bet is to thoroughly clean the affected area with soap and water and increase the ventilation in the rooms that have been subject to smoke. When all else fails, call in a cleaning service that specializes in the removal of smoke from home items. Many items and rooms can be completely rid of smoky odor with the right treatment over time. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on fire damage

You’ll Find Mold in These Six Surprising Places

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation You’ll Find Mold in These Six Surprising Places Give SERVPRO a call if you notice mold growing in your home.

You may think you’ve ferreted out all the mold in your St Louis, MO residence, but the odds are you don’t even know all the places to start looking for mold growth in your home. Mold isn’t just a surface issue; did you know if you have mold on your walls, it’s likely you also have mold behind your walls as well? And not just there. Let’s take a look at six places where you might find mold, as long as you know where to look.

1. Behind your walls. Moldy drywall can leave your entire house smelling musty and can let mold spread unchecked and out of sight.
2. Underneath your carpeting. If moisture gets trapped under your carpet, it’s a perfect space for mold to grow – enclosed, dark, with pockets of wetness for it to feed on. It will also feed on organic matter such as carpet glue and carpet fiber.
3. Inside the wood of your floors. Because mold feeds on organic matter, older wood floors can be ripe for this. Mold on wood happens when wood gets old and begins to soften with frequent water absorption.
4. Under sinks. Drips and leaks can slowly accumulate under sinks until you don’t even think to check in this out-of-the-way place when mold growth can be slow – but once it starts, it’s hard to get rid of.
5. Underneath laminate flooring. Laminate flooring has many of the same problems as carpeting, and once moisture is trapped underneath, mold will happily devour the glue on the laminate.
6. Inside your appliances. Refrigerators and air conditioners are the worst culprits when they can often accumulate condensation that feeds mold. Any appliance that attracts condensation can grow mold, though.

Sometimes, you may not be able to identify mold growth in small spaces or have the tools to check for mold underneath flooring. That’s when a mold remediation specialist can come in handy – to help you get your mold problem under control. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on mold

3 Ways Professionals Eradicate Smoke Damage

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

When you think of fire damage, you probably see flames consuming a property, tearing the structure down. However, there is also another large issue in these types of disasters: smoke damage. For this reason, smoke cleaning practices can be imperative in dealing with any fire-damaged property in St Louis, MO. Here are three ways professional restoration experts may tackle this issue.

1. They determine the most effective cleaning method. Different materials call for varied ways of cleaning. For light damage, dry cleaning is often best. For heavier damage, wet cleaning may be required. Although wet cleaning is typically the stronger method of cleaning, it can’t be used for all materials. For everything else, spray-and-wipe cleaning and foam cleaning help. Additionally, there is abrasive smoke cleaning, which involves strongly scrubbing, and immersion cleaning, which involves soaking items in solution.

2. They move damaged items. Moving contents to a smoke-free location can help eliminate odor, giving it a chance to air out in a fresh environment. It can also protect the items from further damage that could occur if they are left in a fire-destroyed building. Finally, it clears space so building restoration can happen quicker.

3. They improve air quality. Generally, the main issue with smoke odor damage is the low quality of air after a fire. The smoke lingers, creating an unpleasant smell. One way to combat this is to change the HVAC filter, but professionals often use an air filtration device, ozone machine, or thermal fogger to improve the air. One thing you shouldn’t do is turn on any ceiling fans, because their wiring could be ruined.

The above practices of smoke cleaning can help move the restoration process along, eliminating stress. Damage from fire doesn’t have to be debilitating if the correct steps are taken to restore a building’s contents. By relying on professionals to correctly clean and move objects and improve the air quality, you can be on your way toward recovery. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on commercial fire damage. 

Handling a Fire Loss in St. Louis, MO

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Handling a Fire Loss in St. Louis, MO Burned Kitchen that needed cleaning in St. Louis

A person can experience the after effects of a house fire anywhere at anytime.

It can be unsettlingly and disruptive. Men, women, and children can be displaced because of fire damage and poor air quality. It can be a remarkably confusing time. However, a person only has to follow five easy steps to gain confidence when handling a fire loss in St. Louis, MO.

Step #1: Where to live?

A person must find a safe place to stay directly after a fire. Soot damage, water damage from the fire, smoke damage, and bad air quality can make a house dangerous to enter after a fire has occurred. A person should not eat or drink anything that was involved in a house fire.

Many people decide to stay in a hotel or motel during the fire cleanup, but this can become expensive. St. Louis, MO offers organizations that will provide aid to families affected by fire damage to their home. These organizations include:

  • American Red Cross 10195 Corporate Square Dr
  • Salvation Army
  • St. Louis City Department of Health-314-612-5100
  • Various Community Groups
  • Local Churches
  • City Emergency Services Office
  • United Way

In this step, it is also important for a person to remember to take care of him or herself and the family around them. Plenty of rest and a sense of security are critical to establish as soon as possible.

 Do not go back into the house until the fire department has said it is safe. The fire department will also make sure the utilities are safe to use. A homeowner should not try to turn the utilities back on after a fire until the fire department says it is okay.

Step #2: Insurance/Mortgage Company

The insurance provider may be beneficial after a fire. A person should ask the insurance company what to do first. The insurance company can guide a homeowner through all of the details in returning the home to regular. The insurance company can also tell an owner whether the cost of a hotel is covered by the insurance policy.

The State of Missouri requires insurance policies to cover fire loss and other natural disasters such as windstorms and hail. Many homeowner's policies in Missouri also include three different types of damage:

  • loss of home
  • loss of the items inside the house damaged by water from the fire, smoke, or soot
  • cost of a temporary place to live while the home is being fixed

The Missouri Department of Insurance advises hiring a Public Adjuster which is a person licensed by the state to help a homeowner with the claim process and to make sure the compensation is proper for the amount of damage.

Another important phone call is to the mortgage company or landlord of the property. It is also important to keep all the receipts for anything associated with the fire because the receipts may be required by the insurance company or for tax returns. The IRS may offer unique benefits for individuals involved in a house fire.

Step #3: Handling the damage

This measure is the hardest step emotionally. A person has to go back to the house and assess all of the damage caused by fire, smoke, and soot. A homeowner should hire a trustworthy company that has experts in restoring items after a fire. These businesses can be found online or in a phone book. The insurance company may even suggest a company or two. Asking for an estimated cost of the restoration should be done as soon as possible. This estimate should be in writing.

The company should take care of numerous items when dealing with the fire cleanup. These elements are as follows:

  • Assess the damage to the house. This assessment includes the extent of smoke, fire, and water damage from the fire. Develop a plan of action from this provided information.
  • Take immediate measures to secure the home and prevent further damage.
  • Remove water and thoroughly dry the house.
  • Remove all smoke damage and soot damage from all surfaces inside the home.
  • Remove all odors from the house by cleaning and sanitizing all items.
  • Restore the home to pre-fire condition which may include repairs, replacements, or total reconstruction.

It is important also to remember the house and items in the house may be a total loss. This term means nothing will be salvaged from the fire.

Step #4: Replacing Documents

 Many people who have never experienced a fire, do not realize the extent of the loss. After the first three steps have been taken, it is time to begin to replace all relevant documents. This process may take a while, but a person should not give up too soon. The following is only a partial list of the documents that may need to be replaced:

  • Driver's License
  • Social Security Cards
  • Tax Returns
  • Passports
  • Health, Life, Auto, and House Insurance Policies
  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Credit Cards
  • Shot Records
  • Deeds
  • Stocks
  • Wills
  • Divorce Papers
  • Death Certificates

 Many of these documents can be replace at various govenment offices. If there is burnt money, it can possibly be replaced. If the money is only partly burnt, take it to the Department of the Treasury.

Step #5: Returning home

The handling of the after effects of a fire can be scary and emotionally draining. The process can be long and new things that need attention will be remembered daily. The effects can last years, but the healing process can begin as soon as the fire department leaves. An individual can take control of an uncontrollable situation and enjoy the security of the family.

Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on fire damage.

3 Reasons Your Ceiling Tiles Are Discolored

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Reasons Your Ceiling Tiles Are Discolored Give SERVPRO a call if you notice mold in your home or business.

When ceiling tiles age, they can lose their original color. As dust accumulates or color fades from exposure to UV light, tiles can begin to look different. Fortunately, the change is usually uniform across all tiles, so it isn’t noticeable. A bigger issue is tile discoloration that stands out from the rest of the ceiling. More often than not, it’s a result of water saturating the tile.

You may want to replace the discolored tiles, but before you do, it’s critical to eliminate the source of the problem. Excess water can weaken building materials and cause the growth of tile mold, requiring a water damage mitigation expert in St. Louis, MO to handle the cleanup. Before you try to replace or clean the affected ceiling area, check to see if one of these issues is causing the problem.

1. Your building is leaking.

If the discolored ceiling is on your building’s top floor, you could be looking at a leak in your roof. If the stain is concentrated next to an outside wall, it could be a leak in the outer wall. Bring in your contractor to see if he or she can locate the source of the leak and make repairs. If you find tile mold or excessive moisture in your attic or wall, call in an expert to remove the moldy materials and dry the area out completely.

2. Water is condensing.

Uninsulated air vents can cause condensation that drips down and seeps into ceiling tiles. Likewise, any place where steam rises can create condensation on the ceiling, leading to stains. Look carefully at the location of the discoloration to see if it’s in close proximity to vents, radiators, stovetops or other likely culprits.

3. There’s a plumbing problem.

A pipe or plumbing fixture located over the ceiling may be leaking. An experienced plumber should be able to locate the leak and make repairs. Plumbing leaks can quickly lead to tile mold, but don’t attempt to clean it yourself. A mitigation expert in St. Louis, MO will know how to do the mold cleanup quickly and efficiently so you can get your new ceiling tiles installed in no time. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on mold. 

Mitigating Water Damage as a Business Owner

4/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Mitigating Water Damage as a Business Owner Commercial water damage due to a flooded toilet.

No business owner wants to think about a flood causing damage at work, but unfortunately, this can be a reality for many leaders. Despite your best efforts, water can leak into your building and cause problems with flooring, walls and furniture. Flooded electronics can be another major concern for business executives in St. Louis, MO. If you’re dealing with this, there are some things you can do to mitigate the damage.

Clean, Clean, Clean

If you’re lucky, the flood or water leak in your building didn’t cause widespread damage to your electronics. For example, if water dripped onto a laptop, desktop computer or copier for several hours or even days, you may be able to salvage the equipment. The best way to prevent complete and permanent water damage in this case is to do the following:

• Remove the equipment from any water source
• Allow the equipment to dry completely
• Use a combination of rubbing alcohol, baking soda and water to gently clean off any corrosion

Blow It Out

If you have a flood or any type of water damage in your St. Louis, MO office, you need to act quickly to make sure your electronics aren’t a total loss. Even the humidity from water issues can cause problems. If your electronics didn’t get directly hit by leaking water, there’s a good chance there is still moisture on the circuit boards. One of the best ways to handle this electronic damage is to take an air blower and gently blow inside the electronic device. This can help remove dust and particles the humidity left behind.

Know When To Replace

Completely flooded electronics might be a lost cause. If water submerged your items, you may want to send the electronics to the manufacturer for replacement parts or replace the devices altogether.

It’s important to address flooded electronics as quickly as possible to help minimize the damage. In many cases, you can avoid major issues, and you may be able to use your device again. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on commercial water loss. 

How To Recover From a Flood Without Insurance

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Recover From a Flood Without Insurance Give SERVPRO a call if you experience flood damage in your home or business.

If you don't have flood insurance, you may have to pay out of pocket for repairs and restoration following a flood. Most standard homeowners' and renters' insurance policies do not include flood coverage; only approximately 12 percent of homeowners carry flood endorsements. However, if St. Louis, MO has been declared a federal disaster area, you also have the option to apply for FEMA grants.

A variety of federal grants are available if you register for federal disaster assistance:

• Rental payments: If your home is not habitable, you may be eligible for a grant to help you obtain temporary shelter. Renters may be eligible for one month of assistance, and homeowners may be able to obtain initial assistance for three months. This assistance may be extended beyond the initial period depending on the severity of flood damage.

• Home restoration: Apply for grants to restore your residence to safe, sanitary, and functional condition. This funding can either be used toward home repairs or the replacement of personal property that is not covered by flood insurance.

• Replacing property: You may be able to obtain grants to meet dental, funeral, medical, transportation or other serious disaster-related needs that are not covered by insurance or other governmental or nonprofit aid programs.

• Low-interest loans: The Small Business Association provides loans for residential losses not covered by insurance for up to $200,000 for primary residences and $40,000 for personal property, including renters' losses. Interest on these loans can be as low as 1.75 percent annually for a 30-year period.

Other options offered by FEMA in some disaster areas or regions situated on a flood plane include crisis and legal counseling, assistance with filing casualty losses on taxes, extended tax deadlines, and veterans' benefits. If you do not have flood insurance, you should find out whether grants cover some of the expense of a certified storm disaster remediation service.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on storm damage. 

How Do I Get Rid of Mold Odor in My Home?

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

A musty odor in a basement or bathroom typically comes from breeding fungi that produce a smell caused by mycotoxins. That is probably what you smell when you notice the mildew odor in your home, on your clothes, or inside your automobile. A mycotoxin is a type of yeast produced by the reproduction process of various mold compounds. To get rid of the mold and its odor, you need to understand what it is and how it grows.

Mold Facts

Mold is a common fungus, but most people know very little about it. Here are some interesting facts about residential mold:

" Mold is a type of bacteria.
" It is a thread-like organism created by thousands of cells.
" It requires moisture to grow.
" It grows in a variety of colors.
" Mold can be detected by smell, even when not visible.
" Each organism can release spores into the air that float unseen.
" A mold spore can grow on almost any natural surface.
" There are five different types of mycotoxin, so not all musty, mildew smells are the same.

Musty Odor

Mold likes to hide between pieces of wood, in damp cracks, and under appliances. Since mildew can easily grow in humid weather, or in moist laundry rooms, it may be very difficult to eliminate. Using boiled lemon peels or a box of baking soda to remove the damp smell can help initially, but removing the yeasty odor is not the same as getting rid of the mold.

Safe Remediation

Consider calling a mold remediation team in St. Louis, MO when you discover mildew or fungi odors. The experts can answer all your questions about safe and effective mold removal. The professionals can also provide advice about ventilation, disinfectants, and colony elimination to permanently alleviate the odor. Specially designed HEPA air filtration devices can be especially effective in removing musty odor caused by mycotoxin growth once the mold is gone, and the team can help you find one that fills your needs. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on mold. 

3 Tips for Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Tips for Preventing Water Damage in Your Home This is the after picture of a laundry room with water loss.

As a homeowner, preventing damage to your St. Louis, MO property is probably a priority for you. Stopping mishaps before they happen helps you avoid thousands of dollars in repairs and lost belongings, and this can be especially true in the case of water damage. Water in the home can be devastating to furniture, electrical systems and your home's structure, but fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to prevent this type of problem from happening.

1. Inspect Appliance Connections and Hoses Often

Your washer and dishwasher can cause considerable flooding if worn hoses or water lines break. Leaks are usually a sign that a hose or valve is failing, so it is important to address any leak right away. Preventative maintenance can keep your water appliances running at top efficiency, stop leaks or sudden floods in your kitchen or basement and may even save you money on your energy bill.

2. Watch for Warning Signs in Your Plumbing

Drips, leaks and discolored joints may point to a faulty or broken pipe in your bathroom or kitchen. Because malfunctioning pipes can burst without warning, this is not an issue to be ignored. Have a plumber replace worn valves, pipes and joints or perform pipe cleanup maintenance on sections that have become narrow inside due to calcium or lime buildup, as narrow pathways can cause water pressure to build and burst your pipes.

3. Check Basements and Crawlspaces

Clogged gutters and poor drainage can cause water to seep into your basement. If you fail to spot it, it can cause mold growth and damage stored items. A professional mold remediation and restoration company can remove water in your home and inspect your basement and crawlspace for signs of excess moisture and mold.

Water damage in your St. Louis, MO home can be costly and take months to repair. However, preventative maintenance might help you avoid the kind of trouble water in a home can cause and give you peace of mind that you are protecting one of your greatest investments. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on water damage. 

How To Prevent Ice Dams

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Every winter, if you live in a snowy area, your buildings are prone to hanging icicles and snowy roofs. While this may seem harmless, an ice dam is not. An ice dam is caused when the roof warms, melting the ice. Icicles and snow push the water back. Given the damage ice dams can cause, it is best to know how to prevent this from occurring.

1. Roof Ventilation

When you have appropriate attic ventilation, the cold air will flush out the warmer air. When it comes to proper aeriation, you will need about one square foot of ventilation per 300 square feet. This is at a minimum. Also, keep in mind that the shape of your roof can determine the sort of ventilation you need. One tip to remember is that it’s very difficult to have too much.

2. Attic Insulation

Not only will insulation help keep the heat in your business, but it will keep your roof from warming and causing ice to melt prematurely. With insulation, you should have at least 12 to 14 inches in your attic space. If you have less than eight inches, it is time to add more. In order to avoid too many gaps in your insulation, keep professionals in mind.

3. No Attic Bypasses

Did you know that a lot of the warm air in your home escapes through the attic? If you have unblocked walls, cracks in the fixtures, open plumbing or gaps in the drywall, you could be at risk of warm air escaping. When it rises, it can then leave through the attic and go straight through your roof. The best things you can do about air leaks are try to plug them with calking or rake your insulation. Heat tape or heat chord can also be used to keep an ice dam from forming.

Ice dams can lead to extensive damage in homes throughout the winter. The water can leak back into your business. This can lead to softening roofs, loose shingles and even mold. These tips should help keep your St. Louis, MO business safe from water damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on commercial storm damage

The Secret Behind Mold Odor, Explained (and What To Do About It)

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Most people are aware that mold has an odor, as the smell is very distinctive. Ask anyone and they’re bound to tell you that mold smells musty and stagnant, like a pool of water that has been allowed to sit and accumulate fallen leaves, mosquito larvae and other filth. However, though most people may be able to describe that musty odor in detail, not many people can tell you why mold smells. A mold remediation team in Maryland Heights, MO however, can. Mold smells the way it does because of mycotoxin and the following other compounds:

• Geosmin, which smells earthy, like the scent after it rains
• 1-octen-3-ol, which has been described as smelling “moldy” or meaty
• Borneol, which smells like camphor
• 1-butanol, which has a smell like alcohol fermenting
• 2-hexanone, which smells like acetone
• 3-octanone, which has a nutty or fatty odor

Each of these compounds contribute to the overall musty odor of mold, but the quantities vary. Though these chemicals can be toxic in large quantities, the amounts produced and released by mold are too small to be of any harm.

What Is Mycotoxin?

This compound is by far the greatest contributor to the musty smell that accompanies mold. Mycotoxins are toxic chemicals released by funguses that, in large quantities, are capable of causing disease in both humans and animals. However, the mycotoxins of many molds are generally harmless. Where circumstances are right, the level of mycotoxins can become high, though it is not quite clear why this is, as they are not necessary for the production of fungi. One theory of why they are present where there’s mold is that they effectively deteriorate materials, thereby creating a better environment for fungi development.

Most mycotoxins produce pungent odors, with the most common descriptors including:

• Cat urine
• Grease
• Mustiness
• Earthiness
• Old cheese
• Wet dog
• Acridity

If you smell a strong, pungent odor that you believe to be mold, reach out to your Maryland Heights, MO mold remediation team right away. The sooner you resolve the problem, the better off you’ll be.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on mold.

After a Commercial Fire Is Extinguished, Water Damage Looms

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Few things in the realm of business can be more difficult than having your building damaged by fire. If a blaze has scarred your commercial structure in Maryland Heights, MO fire cleanup may not be the only task you face. Water cleanup can be equally important. After firefighters have quenched the inferno, you must often deal with extensive water damage. Calling in an experienced fire restoration company can help you get your facility back in working order so you can get back to business. These are common steps many professional fire restorers use to repair destruction from fire and water.

1. Appraise Damage

Firefighters have likely worked hard to extinguish the blaze, and to do this, they used water—lots of water. Anything the fire did not destroy, including walls, floors, ceilings, equipment, inventory and various smaller items, will probably be soggy. Your instinct may be to rush in and plug in fans, but this is where an experienced restoration company can help. Simply drying things is usually not enough. Water cleanup may involve much more.

2. Properly Clean Items

Professionals will often take salvageable items off-site to be cleaned since your structure may not be inhabitable after a fire. If you have a waiting room or lounge area, for example, pillows and upholstery can be removed for cleaning. Fire restorers may bring in special equipment and products to clean and dry internal features and recoverable equipment and inventory. Proper smoke cleanup may also be important, as soot can be oily and should be carefully removed, and the smell of smoke can linger indefinitely unless addressed properly right away.

3. Renovate Walls and Floors

Sometimes walls, ceilings and floors must be completely redone after a fire. You may be surprised at the damage fire suppression techniques can do. An experienced restoration company, however, should know how to remedy structures during water cleanup.

Opening your business after a fire can involve many steps. The wisest decision can be to work with a restoration company that uses specialized equipment and expertise to restore your Maryland Heights, MO structure.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

Benefits of Professional Fire Restoration

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire can be a complete nightmare. For most homeowners following an incident, they wonder what to do next. Not only is there smoke and fire damage to contend with, but the efforts of firefighters can also put your belongings in danger. The cleanup process can be complex, and there is a variety of reasons to have a professional fire restoration team on your side.

1. Trustworthy Assessments

Keep in mind that during the blaze, firefighters will use large amounts of water to fight the fire, water that can then seep into carpeting and drywall. If left for too long, mildew and mold growth can begin to wreak havoc on your home. A professional team will look at all the possible signs of damage. With experience and licensing, you can trust that they will give you an accurate estimate of what it might take to restore your home.

2. Trustworthy Equipment

Specialized equipment may be necessary to fully clean and restore your home. Professionals may use dehumidifiers, special pumps or vacuum cleaners to remove water and soot. Additionally, they may need to utilize air movers and fans to clear out the smoky odors.

3. Trustworthy Restoration

If you choose to restore your home yourself, what happens if you miss mold-infested walls? Do you know how to check for all signs of structural damage? There are aspects of restoration that homeowners overlook. A professional has the know-how to guarantee that your home is ready when finished.

When it comes down to it, a fire in your St. Louis, MO home can be devastating. You have to be on the lookout not only for fire damage, but also from the damage caused by a fire hose. No matter how much or how little damage was incurred, however, a professional service is sure to go a long way in restoring the appearance and overall functionality of your residential property. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on fire damage.

What to Expect After Winter Storm Damage

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

After a winter storm in St Louis, MO you may be at a loss. If your home has been damaged, you may be unsure of where to go from there. The best defense against storm damage is to be prepared in advance, and information is key. From water removal to what you may need to tear out, here are four steps to follow after water damage from a storm:

1. Extract Water

First and foremost, following a winter storm that has resulted in flooding, you need to extract the water. You can utilize the help of a professional service to remove the water from your home so that you can begin the storm restoration.

2. Tear Out Wet Contents

Wet materials cannot stay in your home. Mold grows quickly. Within the first couple days, you could have a serious mold situation on your hands. To avoid that or to guarantee that it doesn’t get worse, you should remove all wet contents as quickly as possible. This could be clothing, furniture or even drywall that is damaged beyond repair. Tear out anything that is wet and will not dry within the house.

3. Dry Out Flooded Area and Contents

You can lay out your contents in the sun to dry, while waiting for the inside of your home to dry up also. Inside, you can utilize fans and dehumidifiers to rid it of moisture. Most people prefer investing in a dehumidifier to help rid the inside of any extra moisture.

4. Restore Home

Once you tear out any of the furniture or components of the house that are damaged beyond repair, you can work on restoring your home.

While laying out the steps seems simple, dealing with an actual flood can be a challenge. With the help of a restoration specialist, you can clean and build your home back to the way it was quickly and efficiently. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on storm damage.

How to Avoid Coming Home to a Flooded Home

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Imagine coming home from a long, relaxing vacation only to find out that a pipe burst and has flooded your home. It’s not the “welcome home” gift any homeowner wants. You can avoid needing water pipe repair from a broken pipe by doing a few things before you leave:

• Shut off water supply
• Check your pumps
• Fix your gutters

These three steps can keep your post-vacation glow going a little while longer. Here is how to fully complete each part.

Shut Off Water Supply

If you can do so safely, shut off the main water supply to your home before you leave. This simple step can help ensure that even if a pipe breaks in the middle of your trip, you can avoid coming home to a flooded home because of it. If you can’t shut the main line off, you can go through the house and close individual valves. Don’t forget about exterior faucets!

Check Your Pumps

If you have a basement in Country Life Acres, MO you need to test your sump pump before you head out. Pour some water down the pit. Watch the water to make sure it goes out the way it should. If everything looks okay, you can feel relieved. If something seems suspicious, give a plumber a call just to be safe.

Fix Your Gutters

All the water pipe repair work in the world can’t stop all floods. Make sure to protect your home against floods that could hit come from a large rainstorm. Give your gutters a once-over to make sure they are in working order. They play a big role in keeping the water outside. Furthermore, you should consider adding downspout extensions if yours do not extend at least 10 feet away from the side of your house.

Doing these three things before you take off can help you relax while you’re away. You can avoid having a broken pipe, flooded home, and water pipe repair bills. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on water damage.

Minimal vs. Extensive Damage After a Sewage Backup

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Sewer cleanup in Maryland Heights, MO requires the assistance of a professional team. A sewer backup will most likely bring in various types of contaminants into your commercial building, which can be dangerous to address on your own. Whether the backup came from a flooded toilet or a backed-up septic tank, a professional will be able to adequately fix the issue regardless of if the damage is minimal or extensive.


Minimal water damage can typically be addressed by cleaning up the water and disinfecting the surrounding area. The steps one can take to handle this problem involve:

* Cleaning the walls, closets and floors
* Disinfecting every area affected by flood water
* Salvaging as many belongings as possible
* Bringing fresh air into the room by opening windows and running fans

When it comes to disinfecting a room requiring sewer cleanup, it is best to leave it to the professionals. The reason is that it is dangerous to mix certain chemicals together, and you do not want to put yourself in any danger. For example, if you mix ammonia and bleach together, then you end up with ammonium chloride and chloramine, which are both extremely toxic. You can create a fairly good cleaning formula by mixing one gallon of water with one-quarter cup of chlorine bleach.


Water damage is classified as extensive if the damage extended into more than one room. In many cases, a simple cleaning and disinfecting will not be enough. Professionals in Maryland Heights, MO will need to remove badly damaged items out of the room and replace them with something else. This is certainly the case with drywall affected by flood water. The longer water is allowed to stand in a room, the greater the likelihood it will create extensive damage that cannot be rectified with normal cleaning procedures. Bring in the experts sooner rather than later to handle sewer cleanup so you can return your commercial building to its pristine quality. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on commercial water damage.

Why Does Mold Smell?

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Why Does Mold Smell?

Many people are familiar with the musty odor of mildew or mold, but fewer are aware of what actually gives mold its characteristic stench. Mold releases strongly-scented microbial volatile organic compounds into the air and mycotoxin is the source of the odor. You can remedy the growth and smell of mold by hiring experts in St. Louis, Missouri who specialize in clean-up and mold remediation.

Does the Smell of Mold Indicate Its Presence?

A moldy smell can indicate that an environment is ripe for mold growth, at the very least, or perhaps that mold is already growing. Other warning signs include evidence of:

Water leaks and damage
Mildew (early stage mold)
Mold growth

Even if you cannot see evidence of mold out in the open, you are not necessarily in the clear. Mold can grow under carpets or behind wallpaper. Avoid hunting for the source of a moldy smell on your own, as disturbing a colony may release spores into the air.

Should You Contact An Expert if You Smell Mold?

It is generally better to be certain and safe than uncertain and sorry. A musty odor resulting from mycotoxin can be a warning sign that immediate measures should be taken to prevent mold from turning into a serious problem. When you hire experts, you don’t run as big of a risk of misidentification or failed attempts to locate, clean, and remediate mold.

What Can You Do About Mold Smells?

Other than having your home or commercial property professionally cleaned and remediated by experts specializing in treating mold, you might also consider running an air filtration device with HEPA technology.

If your home or commercial property has developed a musty odor, you may want to have indoor environmental specialists in St. Louis, Missouri test the structure. They can determine whether mycotoxin or other evidence of mold is present and whether clean-up and mold remediation are needed. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on mold.

How to Properly Use a Fire Extinguisher in Your Home

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

How to Properly Use a Fire Extinguisher in Your Home

Everyone has seen a fire extinguisher hanging on a wall, but few people understand how to use it. This device can save you from calling the St. Louis, Missouri fire department or restoration experts during a small mishap. Educate yourself on basic information about this item and how to operate it properly.

Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

When shopping for an appropriate extinguisher for your home, you have to consider the types of fires you might encounter. There are five common types of extinguishers:

Type A – for use on materials such as cloth, paper and wood
Type B – for use on combustible liquids such as grease, gasoline and oil-based paints
Type C – for use on electrical appliances, tools or anything plugged into a socket
Type D – for use on flammable metals
Type K – for use on cooking oils and fats, and appliances such as stoves or grills

There are also multipurpose extinguishers that can fight several types of fires. The most common one used in homes is a multipurpose A – C device that can quell a kitchen fire or appliance explosion.

The PASS Method

To safely operate an extinguisher, you should remember the acronym PASS. It stands for the following:

P – Pull the pin, also known as a locking mechanism. Make sure the nozzle of the device is pointing away from you.
A – Aim at the fire. Try to shoot for the base instead of the top of flames.
S – Squeeze the lever. Do it slowly and evenly for a steady stream of chemicals to escape.
S – Sweep the nozzle from one side of the flames to another to minimize fire damage.

Owning a fire extinguisher is a great way to protect your home in St. Louis, Missouri. Understanding which type to purchase and how to use it can be beneficial during an emergency. Proper use of an extinguisher can put out a fire faster and prevent a call for assistance. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on fire damage.

Two Dangerous Sources of Odor After a Flood

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Two Dangerous Sources of Odor After a Flood

If your area is in danger of flooding, your primary concern is most likely water damage. But regardless of whether your property sustains any damage, you will likely return to discover another inconvenient reality of floods: odor. Some very unpleasant smells can set into your furniture, walls, and your entire business from the flood water. The odor should not be your only concern. You should also consider mold growth and sewage loss. Of course, the best thing you can do is find a reliable restoration company in St. Louis, Missouri so you already know who to call once the water level goes back down. A restoration company can handle not only damage repairs, but disinfecting and deodorization.

1. Mold Growing

The water from a flood can cause damage by itself, but it can also encourage mold to grow. In some cases, mold can get a foothold in as little as 24 or 48 hours after a flood. Additionally, certain kinds of mold growth can stay in your building for years, slowly weakening the wood, lowering the value, and producing bad odors. If you already smell something unpleasant in your commercial property, it may be necessary for you to hire professionals to eliminate the mold in your building.

2. Sewage Loss

In addition to mold growth, your business is in danger of being contaminated with bacteria after a flood. It is unfortunately a very real possibility that the sewage will back up during a flood. Clean water may pose a danger of growing mold, but sewage creates a worse possibility. Dirty water can contaminate your walls, floors, and belongings with dangerous bacteria. An unpleasant odor could be a sign that your building is contaminated and an extensive and thorough cleaning process is necessary. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on flood damage.

The Most Effective Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Process

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

The Most Effective Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Process

Commercial fire damage is on the rise. For a property owner, it is one of the worst things that can happen to them since an uncontrolled fire will damage their property and everything that they have accumulated for years.

In the event of fire , one should think of fire restoration instead of wallowing in misery and grief. It could be a utility room fire or the entire building could burn down; the commercial fire damage restoration process can reverse the destruction caused by the fire, soot and smoke damage. It is not complicated; all one has to do is make the first step.

Emergency contact

This is the first stage of the fire suppression process. One should reach out to a commercial fire damage restoration company that offers emergency services so that they can prevent the damage from spreading throughout the entire property. One should always make sure that the company they pick is fully equipped to ensure that they get the best. Such equipment includes a fire hose and an efficient fire sprinkler system.

If one hesitates to seek emergency services, it will consequently increase the extent of the fire damage on their property.

Commercial fire damage assessment

This is the second step of the fire restoration process. After the business owner has found a reliable company to help them out, the organization has to make a detailed assessment of the extent of damage that has been made. What caused the fire and soot damage? Was it an electrical fire or something else caused it? How much was lost during the utility room fire? They also evaluate the soot and smoke damage.

After they have understood the extent of fire damage, only then can the company be able to decide on an effective utility room fire plan of action.

They quote an accurate amount of money that it will cost and the time that they need for the fire restoration process to be complete.

Quick property security

Fire damage, soot damage and smoke damage will compromise the strength of the property that has burnt down. It might even be completely impossible to close the doors and windows of the building. Fire restoration involves addressing these problems so as to provide maximum physical safety of the property regardless of whether it was an electrical fire or else. Usually, the company has the necessary tools in their fire truck and fire hose.

Water damage remediation

When a firefighter is extinguishing the fire, they may decide to use water during the fire suppression process. This could be by the use of a fire hose or a fire sprinkler system. That water may permeate the infrastructure or even saturate the furniture that is present. The company must therefore find an appropriate and safe way of extracting the water using effective drying and dehumidifying methods or equipment like a fire hose.

The fire restoration company usually has all the equipment that they require for this fire sprinkler system process in their fire truck. This step also requires the fire sprinkler system firefighter using a fire hose to disconnect the source of the water after they are done using it to prevent causing more damage.

The clean up

Soot damage can worsen the appearance of a property after fire damage. A firefighter can confirm that smoke damage brings about the same results. Therefore, the process of fire damage restoration involves a soot and smoke clean up from all the affected surfaces on the property.

The firefighter will neatly clean and sanitize everything in the building with the use of smoke and soot mitigation techniques as well as products that they might have carried in their fire truck.

Property renovation and repair

The company must have, in their fire truck, the equipment that they will need to completely restore the property. After the firefighter is done with the fire suppression, cleaning up the soot damage and doing away with the smoke damage, they have to renovate the property. This is from the wall reconstruction to the plumbing repairs that the property requires.

The property should be restored to its former condition. The technicians should also repaint the ceiling, replace the flooring and repair the baseboards. If it was an electrical fire, they should tell the owner how to prevent it from happening again.

An electrical fire could destroy one's entire property. A utility room fire can lead to an immeasurable loss. Whenever one seeks fire suppression services, they get a chance to reverse the damage that has been done. The restoration process takes time but is undoubtedly worth it.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

Understanding Fire Damage Restoration Services

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Understanding Fire Damage Restoration Services

Fire damage causes havoc in its wake. Victims are left counting losses with property destroyed as a result of commercial fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage. Recovering from a fire incident may seem impossible. However, a fire damage company could help restore your business or home back to its pre-fire state. This enables you to resume your normal operations in no time.

Services to Expect From a Fire Damage Restoration Company

The impact of the loss is felt after a fire is put out. Whether the incident was a fire in business or a fire in home, there is the risk of soot damage, smoke damage, and fire damage. A timely intervention by the fire damage restoration team is thus critical.

1. Assessment of the Fire Damage

It is important for the fire damage restoration crew to be aware of the extent of the fire damage, the soot damage, and the smoke damage. Details from this assessment inform the restoration company of the methods they could employ to salvage the property, carry out fire cleanup tasks and restore the building to its pre-fire condition. From this undertaking, you stand to get an accurate estimation of the cost of the restoration process. The report will also detail the time it will take the fire damage restoration company to get the job done.

2. Securing the Fire Damage Scene

Those working at the site need a secure and safe environment to operate. This necessitates the need for board up of the scene. Boarding up helps prevent looters from accessing your property. Board up also helps cordon off the scene to preserve material evidence that could be useful to investigators.

Once investigations are done, the restoration company takes over. The team will board up ceilings and walls to prevent them from collapsing and thus hampering the restoration work. Board up of the walls also stops water from flowing to other sections of the premises, therefore, reducing further damage.

3. Fire Cleanup Services

Fire cleanup activities seek to wash off soot from surfaces. Soot damage and smoke damage cause irreversible destruction to walls, fabrics, and furniture if not addressed effectively. Professional restoration teams use industrial cleaners to avoid this. However, despite these efforts, there some possessions that may not be recovered especially if the damage from the fire in business and the fire in home was extensive.

Smoke smell too is a concern. The smoke smell can leave an undesirable odor on the premises. Part of the fire cleanup will involve clearing the smoke smell by using industrial vacuums and air cleaners.

4. Repair and Renovations

Commercial fire damage and cases of fire in business have a more severe impact on buildings than fire in home situations. It then follows that the repair task is more detailed in business premises than it is in residential units. Walls and roofs are reconstructed or wholly replaced depending on the severity of the commercial fire damage. Such construction decisions aim to ensure that the integrity of the structure is not compromised.

Some restoration companies may agree to renovate your premises. The renovations could target to correct structural flaws, introduce safeguards to deal with emergency evacuations or it could be your decision to effect some changes. Whatever the reason, be sure to engage the restoration company.

5. Post Fire Clean Up Consultancy

It is not enough to have your premises back to its preloss state. Follow-ups are necessary to ensure appropriate safeguards are in place to prevent future cases of fire in home and fire in business. The safeguards also address the concern of emergency preparedness and how to deal with the commercial fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage. A professional fire restoration company will help implement these safeguards.

Once you notice any signs of a fire or any smoke smell, do not hesitate. Call the emergency teams as well as the fire damage restoration crew.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on fire damage.

Steps in Professional Storm Remediation after a Storm

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Steps in Professional Storm Remediation after a Storm

As harmful human activities continue to interfere with the natural stability of the ecosystem, disasters in the form of storm damage and hurricane damage have become a common phenomenon in different regions of the world. The most recent was Hurricane Harvey that hit Texas State hard. It was characterized by flooding in major cities and storm damage caused by the strong winds that hit the area. There are different forms of storm damage; roof damage, wind damage, river flooding and flooding, hail damage, ice damage, and ice damming as well as frozen pipes. It is crucial to engage experts to perform processes like professional storm remediation. They are also well versed with different kinds of home restoration procedures after a storm.

Flooding and River Flooding

Hurricanes, overflowing storm drains, torrential rains, or runoff ground water causes flooding. Excessive ground water and river flooding are mostly associated with hurricane damage and are very devastating. River flooding usually occurs in areas where homes and buildings are close to rivers or other water bodies. Flood water leaves lots of mud and contaminants and cleaning up can get very tacky.

Homeowners should hire professional home restoration services to clean up all household valuables and disinfect the area after river flooding. Water restoration experts also make necessary treatment processes where flood water has contaminated a home's sewer system.The home restoration experts may also conduct water restoration procedures where the ground water has contaminated the drinking water.

Hail Damage, Wind Damage, Hurricane Damage, and Roof Repair

Wind damage, hail damage, and hurricane damage are forms of storm damage that cause roof damage. Hail damage causes cracks and large dents on the roof's gutter, hence the need to schedule a roof repair and inspection with a contractor. Older roofs are more prone to roof damage after a hailstorm. It is because, as the roof ages, its base becomes exposed, thus compromising its integrity. The roof damage is not apparent at first, but it becomes visible after a storm.

Strong winds during a storm also cause roof damage. They create weak points that deteriorate the roof over time. Wind damage to a roof often begins on the edge of a roof, according to experts in storm remediation. As such, the wind damage weakens the loose areas of the roof, resulting in leaks. Hurricane damage is more harmful as it can rip off an entire roof.

Much of the work involves inspecting the roof to determine the extent of hurricane damage, wind damage and hail damage on the composition shingles, gutters, wood shingles, and ridge vents, which is done by specialists in storm remediation. The home restoration professionals also inspect the siding and conduct the necessary roof repair to prevent a roof leak. Prompt roof repair after a roof leak or other damage is essential to avoid water damage and the high fuel costs caused by roof damage after hail damage.

Ice Damming, Ice Damage, and Frozen Pipes

Ice damming, frozen pipes, flood water and other kinds of ice damage are common problems that homeowners face during the winter season. Ice damage may cause drainage systems to develop frozen pipes as a result of water freezing in the conduits and the flood pump. The frozen pipes and flood pump may burst and cause a water leakage in a home. Ice damming, on the other hand, is caused by ice buildup on the edges of the roof, which prevents melting snow from draining. The water that accumulates behind the ice dam leaks into the home, causing damage to the ceiling, walls and in some cases, a roof leak. This usually happens if you delay the involvement of experts in storm remediation.

According to storm restoration experts, an ice dam develops when the snow on the roof has a temperature of 320 F or above, and the temperature below the roof is lower than this range. The ice dam grows as it gets fed by the melting snow above it. The winter season may also lead to a power outage that prevents a home's flood pump from functioning properly, leaving the basement swamped with flood water. Ice buildup under the roof lines also accumulates flood water in the attic. Storm restoration and water restoration services help get rid of the ice dam, prevent future ice damming, repair roof leaks,and remove any ground water that has accumulated in the attic.

They will also repair damaged the frozen pipes, the flood pump, and other areas that get damaged during the winter season or after a storm. The storm restoration experts also check hidden areas where flood water and ground water is not visible. If ground water is not removed entirely from the regions, they become potential areas for the development of mold. Where the property has gone through extensive structural damage, the storm restoration professionals also perform the necessary renovations. Water restoration procedures may come in handy where a home’s water system gets contaminated with flooding.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on storm damage.

Steps in Restoring Flood Damage

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Steps in Restoring Flood Damage

Water damage is quite common, so it’s important to know what to do if it ever happens to you. Supply line breaks and pipe breaks affect everyone at some time or another. You’ll be prepared in advance and be able to mitigate the damage and start the restoration process on the right foot if there is water in your home or water in your business.

If you have a flooded home, the first step is to try to stop the flow of water. This means that if the flood originates from a broken appliance, such as a sink or toilet, you should shut off the water valve in that appliance. If necessary, you can shut off the main water valve to your home. If it’s coming from a leak, such as if there is a pipe break of a supply line break, try sealing off the leak. Stopping the water is important before starting the water cleanup and drying process.

Before entering your flooded home, it’s important to close your electric circuits. This is because water that is exposed to electricity can become dangerous and you don’t want to touch it. In addition, watch out for any reptiles in the water.

Your next step is to call a professional restoration company. A water cleanup company will be able to quickly stop any further damage and clean up your flooded home until it’s back to the way it was before the water damage. If there is a supply line break or a pipe break that you can't fix yourself, they will be able to do it for you. Try to call them as soon as you can, because time is of the essence when it comes to the mitigation, drying, and restoration process after water damage occurs. The more your flooded home is left unattended, the greater the risk of flood damage, appliances getting water damaged, and mold and mildew developing. It just gets harder to start the restoration process. In addition, the longer you wait, the greater the chance of the water becoming contaminated.

Another reason why calling a professional restoration company when there is water in your home or water in your business is necessary is because you can’t really clean up water damage and do all the drying by yourself. You may be able to clean up the surface water, but the water in your home or the water in your business will seep into your walls and furniture, and this moisture is hard to clean up. In addition, water can get into your vents and your HVAC system. There are usually pockets of moisture hidden in corners, under tiles, and in various areas of your home or business. Only a professional mitigation company has the tools, expertise, and experience that’s needed in order to do the mitigation process the right way. This part of the water cleanup process can not be done by yourself. If there is a supply line break or a pipe break, you probably won't be able to fix it by yourself either.

In addition, you don’t know which kinds of furniture and items can be salvaged and which are better thrown out. A professional mitigation company has the experience to know what you can clean up and what you’re better off replacing now instead of facing problems with in the future. Some parts of your home may be better off replaced now. A restoration company will be able to help you put in new drywood panels if needed.

What can you expect from a water restoration company? First, they will conduct an inspection to discover the levels of water in your business or the levels of water in your home, and also the extent of the flood damage. They will see what can be salvaged, how seriously damaged your home is, and what needs to be done to start the water cleanup process. They will also take steps to mitigate any further flood damage. Next, they will start the water extraction process and will start getting your home clean of any water. Their next step will be completely drying out your home by removing any excess moisture and pockets of moisture hidden in your home or absorbed in your walls or furniture. Next, they will do another assessment of your home. This is just to make sure that they did not miss anything and to see how to start restoring your home back to normal. Finally, the restoration process will begin, and they will repair any structural flood damage that was done to your home.
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Fire Damage for Home and Business

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage for Home and Business

Dealing with a significant amount of fire damage in the home or business can be problematic. There are many individuals who have recently dealt with commercial fire damage and are finding it difficult to get fire restoration done on their own. After all, after the firefighters have left with their fire trucks and fire hoses, you are left to do the fire restoration on your own. If you do not have the proper fire sprinkler systems put into place, fire suppression can be an issue and this is why you may have a lot more cleanup to do than usual.

Even if the fire damage and Commercial fire damage is quite significant, it is imperative that you hire a fire restoration service to come to your home and get the work done for you. One of the main reasons for this is due to the fact that it can be an issue to get it done all on your own. The expert commercial fire damage professionals take care of the smoke damage and soot damage for you. The smoke damage when it comes to fire damage can be incredibly problematic, and this is why it is imperative that you make the choice to work on this for yourself.

Another wonderful benefit hiring a fire restoration company who's that they come to your house and can install a fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system into the house as well. This is also ideal for business owners who have recently dealt with some type of fire damage or commercial fire damage. The fire might have been the result of an electrical fire or utility room fire, and after the firefighters leave with their fire trucks and fire hoses, it is imperative that you begin to get the smoke damage cleared as soon as possible.

The experts can also install a fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system into your home after an electrical fire or utility room fire. Soot damage and smoke damage me to be handled by a professional because of how much work goes into resolving this issue. It is also nice to know that you can have a fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system put into place when it is most convenient for you. This is an option that you will find to be incredibly beneficial in more ways than just one, especially after dealing with firefighters and their fire trucks and fire hoses.

After the firefighters have left with their fire hoses and fire trucks, it is imperative that you begin to get the work done to clear the damage left by an electrical fire or utility room fire. This is incredibly beneficial for you because of the fact that it helps you to feel confident in the work that is being done, especially when you consider how much soot damage is left behind. The electrical fire and utility room fire can leave behind a lot of soot damage that is difficult to take care of on your own.

There are so many different options available to you when it comes to getting the most out of your clean up crew. Because there are so many professionals out there who will be more than willing to help you out, it is imperative that you work with them after dealing with a fire. This prevents you from having to handle the loss on your own, and you will also be amazed at how quick the work gets done. If you have some type of insurance on your home, you may even find that the cleanup is totally covered so that you do not have to worry about paying for the charges yourself. This is going to be a great way for you to save money and understand that this is something that is going to be beneficial in more ways than just one, so be sure to contact a local company so that they can come to your home or business and begin the work.
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Different Types of Storm Damage

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Different Types of Storm Damage

Even those who watch The Weather Channel and keep an eye on the weather report may face some unexpected wind damage, hail damage and roof damage after a storm. Whether it's a storm that happens in the middle of the summer or the winter, the owner of a commercial business will need to deal with issues ranging from flood water on the first floor and ground water around the foundation to a roof leak and an ice dam on the gutters. Storm damage restoration experts can bring in a flood pump and help with water restoration.

Type of Damage

Looking at the type of damage is the first step in the process that professionals use when doing storm remediation. The type of repairs needed will vary based on whether the business suffers from river flooding, flooding caused by a backed up sewer, hurricane damage that caused a roof leak or hail damage that left holes in the siding on the building. Wind damage and storm damage can also cause significant roof damage that makes minor leaks worse.

Winter Damage

While summer can cause hurricane damage and hail damage from the storms passing through, winter can bring ice dams, frozen pipes and ice damming that all cause roof damage. Ice damming is a dam or channel that forms on the side of a building. The ice dam visible from the street will usually hang from the gutters or from the roof. Ice damage can occur because more water drips down and freezes on that ice dam. It's also possible for some buildings to develop ice damming problems because of ground water or flood water freezing to the sides of the building.

Before installing a new water heater, homeowners will usually look at how quickly it can bring water up to temperature, which depends on the temperature of the ground water. Ground water can cause a variety of different problems that relate to river flooding and other types of flooding as well as frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can happen anytime that the water runs cold. Once frozen pipes freeze solid, there is a risk of the pipes bursting and flooding the building, which will require storm remediation. The ice can eventually melt and become flood water too.

River Flooding

River flooding is one of the few types of storm damage that requires storm restoration that can occur at any point in the year. Ice damming in the cooler months allows frozen water to spill over and reach neighboring homes. That cold water can worsen any ice damage that homeowners already see. The cold flood water can lead to more ice damming on the sides of the home and will require the use of a flood pump to get rid of it. A flood pump may be a necessary tool when doing a roof repair too. Hurricane damage often works in combination with flooding.

Professional Home Restoration Roof Repair Help

A roof leak is a serious problem that can occur because of ice damage, wind damage, hail damage or any type of roof damage. It may require a total home restoration or some water restoration help because of the water that gets inside. A roof leak that occurs because of hurricane damage or storm damage can grow larger because of any wind damage that the building experiences later. If the roof leak causes flooding, building owners can hire a storm restoration company to do a roof repair on that leak, take care of any ice damage seen and use water restoration and home restoration methods to treat the inside of the building. These are just a few of the things that a company can do when helping with storm remediation.

Some of the top reasons to call a storm restoration company is for help with:

-water restoration caused by river flooding or plumbing flooding
-roof damage, including a roof leak or a roof repair
-flood water building up in a basement
-hurricane damage to a roof
-hail damage to siding
-ice damage to gutters

Professionals can bring a flood pump to help with water restoration, do other types of home restoration and provide total storm remediation. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on storm damage.

Recovering From Water Damage Safely

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Recovering From Water Damage Safely

Water damage is devastating. Whether the cause is a pipe break, a supply line break, a completely flooded home due to a weather event, or an appliance or tub overflowing, facing it can be overwhelming. Most people aren’t equipped with the knowledge to handle this situation. When dealing with an issue of water in home or water in business, a restoration company can help owners refurbish their property.

The average restoration company comes out as soon as possible to assess water damage. For critical flood damage, people should look for a restoration company open 24/7. In the meantime, they should take steps for mitigation of the situation until professionals can assess the situation.

The most immediate concern of the restoration company will be identifying and stopping the source of the leak. Causes for a flooded home or business could include a supply line break in a bathroom or kitchen or a general pipe break elsewhere. If the source of the water is a pipe break in the flooded home, the technician will focus on mitigation by closing off the pipe. With standing water in a flooded home or business, the technicians check the level of pollution present. The restoration process for the property, including water cleanup, will vary depending on what level of contaminants are found.

Furniture and any other valuables resting on the floor are placed on blocks. In cases of severe flood damage or a severe supply line break, the furniture is moved out of entirely. This is done for mitigation of damage to the bare floor or carpet. This also helps prevent further damage to the items and increases chances for the restoration of the property. The experts devise a restoration plan addressing the needs of the owner. This differs based on dealing with water in home or water in business. Steps in the restoration process are outlined in the following sections.

Water Extraction

Water cleanup is done for water at home or water in business that can’t drain on its own. For excessive flood damage, some companies offer moving services for client items. The technicians bring in the most effective tools for the water cleanup job. The types of implements used include:

• Infrared Cameras to locate hard to detect water
• Submersible Pumps
• Meters for measuring moisture saturation
• Portable or truck-mounted extraction pumps

Getting Things Dry

Once the cleanup is done for water in home or water in business, the workers inspect the carpet and padding beneath to determine what can be salvaged, then determine the next mitigation steps. From there, the drying process begins. Specialists take into account everything from room measurements to dampness levels in the air bring in the right drying equipment needed to bring building materials to an acceptable level of dryness. Equipment for drying includes:

• Humidifiers
• High-speed air movers

The company may offer services to recover personal and business documents affected by water damage. The business may also be able to recover items such as photographs, credentials, passports, and other objects. This way, personal mementos aren’t lost due to flood damage.

Getting Things Clean Again

After the water cleanup and drying process are done, the restoration company begins cleaning. Any odor is addressed with equipment like air scrubbers and fogging equipment. Various sanitizing treatments are put down. Treatments include:

• Antimicrobial
• Antibacterial
• Disinfectant

Once clean, the next step for owners recovering from water in home or water in business is restoring their property. The restoration company sometimes offers repair services. Others customers choose a different company for rebuilding when the damage is severe from causes like a pipe break or supply line break.

Choosing a professional company to handle water damage can go a long way to making water damage recovery a smoother and less stressful process that gets owners into their home or business at a faster pace.
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What to do in Case of a Fire

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

What to do in Case of a Fire

In case of fire damage to a home or business it is always important to contact a professional fire damage restoration service. Many restoration company will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Fire in business or fire in home will require fire cleanup from soot damage, smoke damage, and smoke smell. Cleaning chrome faucets, towel racks, and other household accessories can be done using detergent and a coat of oil or Vaseline for protection. It is important to board up any windows, walls, and roof areas that are damaged from a fire. Commercial fire damage is taken care of quickly. Any freezers or refrigerators can be emptied and propped open (as long as the electricity has been turned off) in order to circulate the air.

The steps taken to ensure the best possible outcome to fire damage will start with an emergency contact. This will be whatever professional restoration company chosen for the fire cleanup. Once an appointment has been made, whether it is fire in business or fire in home, a technician will assess the smoke damage, soot damage, smoke smell, and any repairs that need to be done to the property. A plan to board up any holes in the structure and other fire damage restoration is made by technicians who have plenty of knowledge and experience in the area of fore or water damage. Security of the premises after a large fire can be crucial, especially when it comes to commercial fire damage. There may be expensive equipment or other important items to secure. Any loose particles of smoke left behind on upholstery, carpeting, and draperies can be blown off or a brush-vacuum can be used. Opening windows for ventilation is a great idea, as long as the weather permits.

In the case of fire damage, many times there is also water damage done to the property. A restoration company will remove any standing water first, before drying the floors, walls, and furniture with a dehumidifier and fans. When there is a fire in home or fire in business the smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell left over from the flames is all taken care of by the fire damage restoration professionals. They have specific equipment and specialized techniques they use for fire cleanup. An assessment of the property will require them to board up any areas of the home that is left open to the elements. Commercial fire damage will be handled in a similar fashion. If the weather is below freezing it may be important to pour antifreeze in the toilet bowl and tank, also the shower drains and sink to avoid freezing. A plumber can drain and blow out the water lines, if necessary, during the winter months. Heavy fire residue is a reason to remove any pets from the property and remain elsewhere, until the property is safe to live. Sending a number of items to be professionally cleaned and deodorized can determine whether or not other items of the house can also be salvaged.

Fire in home and fire in business require cleaning and sanitizing of any items that were salvageable from the fire damage done to the property. Commercial fire damage will benefit from the use of a professional restoration company to assess and restore the property to its original condition. There are unique steps taken to remove smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell from any property that has been in a fire. Fire damage restoration that requires a professional to board up any areas with holes will be repaired in a timely manner. Fire cleanup can be cumbersome and can even make the situation worse, when professionals are not used to simplify the outcome.
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Eradicating Mold Growth in the Home

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Eradicating Mold Growth in the Home

As home and business owners, the livability and workability of these structures can be affected and altered in damaging and often unexpected ways. One of the most common ways in which our most intimate structures can be affected is when mold is found to exist in the home. Mold damage is very common, but it can be so problematic because of the areas that it can affect, and the rate in which the fungus and mildew can increase. Mold damage can occur in any area where moisture is allowed to accumulate unchecked. Mold in the home can often come in the forms of fungus, mildew, and black mold. If there is a fungus, mildew, or black mold buildup, commercial mold damage treatment should be sought out, as disturbing these spores can result in increased damage throughout the facility, lessening the chances for damage mitigation. When dealing with mold damage, specifically black mold, fungus, and mildew, the first step to take is to contact your insurance company.

When contacting your insurance company in regards to mold removal and remediation, it is important to detail the specific circumstances of the incident that you are facing. When detailing the incident, issues such as black mold, the level of mold growth, mold damage, smelly odor, dry rot, and suspected mold growth behind a wall, should all be listed in order to slow down the damaging aspects and increase the chances for mitigation. In the mold removal and remediation process, after the insurance company has been contacted, you should seek a restoration company that can possibly assess and remedy your needs. The insurance company should be able to recommend a restoration company that can take care of your situation, but individual research should always be done when assessing commercial mold damage, as each restoration company may be better equipped to handle a specific set of circumstances. When dealing with mold damage, mold removal, and remediation, consider your circumstances, as a restoration company must be licensed by the state to take on repairs that go beyond mold growth. Your insurance company, as well as the restoration company you hire to complete the mold damage remediation, work for you and the situation should be treated as such. In order to make sure that you are receiving the services that you pay for, it is necessary to understand the responsibilities of each party, including yourself. The mold remediation process is wrapped up once deodorization is completed.

When working with the company that you’ve chosen for commercial mold damage restoration, it is important to understand how mold in the home is created, how it grows, and how it is prevented to ensure mitigation. Many times, mold in the home is not immediately recognizable. On these occasions, mold in the home can be identified by a smelly odor, signaling that deodorization is necessary. When there is a smelly odor, but the mold in the home is not immediately recognizable, it is possible that there is mold growth behind a wall or another barrier. Mold growth behind a wall can lead to a myriad of problems due to the fact that it may have been left unchecked for a long period of time. When there is mold growth behind a wall, it may be due to a leaking or damaged drain pipe, in which case the barrier may need to be removed. It is important to understand whether your restoration company is equipped and licensed to knock down and repair a wall that hides suspected mold growth when mitigation is a priority.

A smelly odor may be a sign of dry rot, which could lead to structural damage and increased costs, or a completely unlivable environment. Dry rot is a very common occurrence when moisture and mold growth are allowed to go unchecked. This can occur when the black mold isn’t recognized and checked in a timely manner. During the mold removal process, after dry rot is ruled out or treated, the deodorization process will begin. Deodorization should be completed by professionals, as many of the commercial products available may only mask the odor. When deodorization isn’t performed in the proper manner, it can become an ongoing issue.
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Water Cleanup: Time is of the Essence

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Cleanup: Time is of the Essence

Flood damage is one of the most common occurrences of unexpected damage to your home or business. The nature of water damage in itself is very unpredictable, striking very often without warning, and leaving an incredible amount of destruction in its wake due to the many ways that standing water can damage a home or business. Water in the home or water in the business may be the result of a supply line break, a pipe break, or even outside occurrences, such as inclement weather or flooding. When there is water in the business or water in the home, there are a few important steps that are necessary to take in order to handle the issues accurately and effectively and to possibly expedite the entire process. The first step to take when facing flood damage due to water in the home or water in a business is to contact your insurance agency in order to hash out the details.

When speaking with your insurance representative, it is important to list the pertinent factors, such as your complete contact information, and the level to which the water damage has affected your home or business.

After contacting your insurance company it is important to get in contact with the proper restoration company to handle the flooded home or business for the mitigation of damages. Many insurance companies will have a list of local restoration companies in your area that will be able to properly accommodate your situation. When choosing a restoration company, it is important to be aware of the job and limitations of that particular restoration company. A restoration company is usually on required to remove the standing water, drying the area after this is complete. If physical repairs outside of water removal are necessary, it may be necessary to contact a separate or alternate restoration company, as a restoration company is usually not required to complete repairs unless otherwise licensed by the state.

For the mitigation of further damage in your business or home, the company that you choose will perform a detailed assessment of the water damage by first locating the source of the problem. A supply line break or a pipe break is usually the source of your flooded home or business when the problem occurs within the home or business. If the source of the flood damage is a supply line break or a pipe break, it is important to understand the duties of the company that you contacted, as they may not be equipped or licensed to handle such repairs. Maximum damage mitigation is only a possibility when the supply line break or pipe break is located and repaired in a timely manner, as costs will only increase as time passes.

The water cleanup and restoration processes begin after the assessment occurs and all potential barriers to the water cleanup process are removed. Flood damage can often lead to a myriad of issues, including electrical issues that can make the flooded home unsafe for those living there, as well as the water cleanup crew. The water cleanup process ends when the drying process begins. Drying is essential to returning the flooded home to its original condition.

Drying not only makes the flooded home livable again, but its importance cannot be understated, as improper drying may lead to toxic mold buildup. When confronted with water in the home or water in the business, implementing a safe and effective restoration plan is essential to get your facility back in running condition, while also helping in the mitigation of future problems and costs. Time is often the most important factor to be aware of, as it affects nearly every area of the restoration process.
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Should You Hire A Professional Fire Restoration Company?

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Should You Hire A Professional Fire Restoration Company?

Are you currently a victim of fire damage and are in need of fire damage restoration?

Experiencing a fire in your home can be a devastating event for a homeowner. Repairing your home is stressful and fire cleanup can be an expensive process if you are not familiar with the proper procedures to perform it correctly.

Fortunately, if you have experienced fire damage, you should be able to find a qualified restoration company that will be able to handle this process for you.

Some commons problems after a home fire include:

Discoloration of home furnishing from soot damage - After a fire in your home, it only takes minutes for plastic materials to turn yellow and hours for home materials such as walls and carpets. Smoke damage can also discolor other areas of your home such as ceilings.

Lingering smoke smells - Unfortunately, to eliminate smoke damage in your home, a special deodorizer is needed to get rid of the odor. A good restoration company will be able to offer services such as upholstery and fabric cleaning.

Broken windows and damaged roofs - If the fire in your home was widespread, unfortunately you will need to board up your home to guarantee safety of your possessions left in the home and

Most companies will perform repairs caused by smoke damage, soot damage, and boarding up broken windows and walls. A proper restoration company should also eliminate smoke smells from your home. If you want a peace of mind after a fire in your home, professional fire damage restoration is really the best way to go.

Fire damage restoration is not only for homeowners. If you have recently experienced commercial fire damage, hiring a restoration company is essential to get your business up and running again. Handling fire cleanup after a fire in your business tends to be a more complicated process and can severely affect your bottom line.

It's recommended to hire professionals avoid problems in the future related to the fire damage. Some common problems after commercial fire damage include:

Boarding up your business - It is essential that you call a fire restoration company immediately after a fire to protect your merchandise after a fire in your business. Fire damage can be expensive to repair and boarding up windows, walls and roofs will be an added security measure until you can get your business running again.

Rusted walls and stained bathrooms - After a fire in your business, soot damage needs to be handled immediately. Ash is acidic and it will rust metals in a few hours. As a business, fire damage restoration should be handled as soon as possible to avoid cosmetic damage to your business.

Smoke smells and offensive odors - Smoke smells in your business can potentially turn off your customers. Soot damage and can leave ash reside throughout the building and create a smokey film. Fortunately, a company performing fire cleanup for commercial fire damage will be able to use special detergents to neutralize smoke damage and eliminate this layer of ash.

Water damage - After a fire in your business, it is very possible that you will experience water damage from broken pipes. Proper fire cleanup should include procedures to eliminate moisture using a dehumidifier and fans. This is necessary to prevent future problems with mold and rust.

After experiencing commercial fire damage, it is important to contact a restoration company to avoid extra costs during the cleanup process. In the end, you will save money as well as gain a peace of mind by hiring a professional company that can be trusted.
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Steps in Professional Mold Remediation

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Steps in Professional Mold Remediation

Mold is a fungus that grows in forms of multi-cellular, and they may live in indoors or outdoors and do well in damp, warm, and humid environments. Although shower stalls and basements are typically moist and dump areas are more prone to the growth of molds,
Mold growth can also take place on Dry Rot(wood decay caused by species of fungi) forming a mildew {whitish coating} since it supports the growth of molds including black mold.
There are several conditions for mold growth they include:
• Available molds spores.
• Available mold food.
• Appropriate temperature.
• Favorable moisture.

Common household molds have a characteristic of which they get identified with “musty” or “earthy” smelly odor. Although most mold colonies appear greenish to black [ typical of mold growing on bathroom floor} in color, the characteristics of mold growth behind walls covering buildings result in pinkish to yellowish staining of the wall covering.
Black mold fungus can spread throughout the property and produce allergens and irritants that have health effects to humans and create irritants effect; they can danger to the health human kind. Deodorization is therefore carried out to neutralize the effects of black mold growth can also, leave an odor in your home primarily a musty, unpleasant, smelly odor throughout your home. Commercial mold damage may lead to the destruction of equipment, lead to food poisoning and increase maintenance costs.

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation is the practices that help to minimize the growth of mold in home or business located in hot, humid climate.

The process includes:

Step 1: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment.
These include a proper inspection of your property for any visible signs of black molds those from household materials and equipment’s, walls, commercial mold damage, mold growth behind walls and hidden plain view. Make preliminary assessment during mold remediation, and an evaluation of mold remediation. Mold damage assessments should also be done.

Step 2: Mold in Home Containment.
These explain control, mold removal, prevention of cross contamination and spread of mold from contaminated area to areas that are not invaded by the mildew or within less contamination.
Several procedures may be employed that use advanced containment procedures which include deodorization to remove the smelly odor, negative air chambers towards the isolation of the contaminated areas with physical barriers and negative air pressure which prevent the mold spores from distributing during the cleanup process
All home fans, heating, and cooling systems may be turned off to avoid the spread of mold.

Step 3: Getting rid of mold and mold infested materials and equipment.
The mold in homes and commercial mold damage remediation and mitigation process depends on the amount of mold/fungus growth and types of surface or dry rot on which mold appears; it may also include the area in which the mold growth has taken place.
Antifungal and antimicrobial treatment methods are used to eliminate mildew colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold infested porous materials like dry rot and carpeting may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 4: Source removal.
The process involves physical mold removal from its sources, either those that have taken place in the walls or the hidden plain view. The mold in home mitigation includes deodorization, cleaning the furniture, decorative items, disposing of dry rot, curtains, and restorable items affected by fungus/ mildew. Mitigating commercial mold damage requires cleaning in areas where machinery is placed. One must be extremely careful when engaging in the process of mold removal and mitigation.
The mitigation process involves generally:
•Getting rid of water-damaged, mold-infested materials so as to prevent cross contamination of the black mold spores.
•Cleaning and disinfection of walls (mold growth behind walls), rugs, and personal home items.
•Removal of drywalls and studs if the mold damage is very extensive.
•Vacuuming with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration by a restoration company.

Step 5: Moisture removal and Air filtration by a restoration company
The process involves using specialized techniques to capture microscopic mold spores and the smelly odor, by use of air scrubbers and restoration company HEPA approved vacuums towards the prevention the spread of these mold spores while the mold removal is in the process.

Step 6: Restoration
It depends on the level of mold damage, mold growth behind walls, drywall, subfloors and other building materials may be removed. It involves minor repair and major repairs.
Restoration company performs other activities which may include replacing drywall, painting and installing new equipment's also the reconstruction of various rooms in a home or business.
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Why Professional Storm Damage Restoration is Imperative

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Why Professional Storm Damage Restoration is Imperative

Flood damage is among the worst type of water damage. Unlike a leak or burst pipe, flood damage is the kind of damage that extends the span of entire homes whereas a leaking pipe or sewer backup is limited to one space or to a few smaller spaces. Flood damage also stands tall where other leaks and water damage tends not to extend upwards of several feet in a home. There is no denying the fact that any type of water damage is devastating to homeowners and business owners alike, but flood damage provides a dangerous and expensive problem.

Water in the Home

Water in the home is dangerous for any homeowner because it causes a myriad of issues. One such issue is the potential for mold to grow and spread rapidly. Mold prefers a moist area with high humidity, and water damage tends to provide just that. Anyone who finds water in the home needs to call for professional restoration and mitigation as quickly as possible. Homeowners know water in the home is dangerous, but they often aren’t aware just how bad the problem can grow when water cleanup and drying aren’t handled immediately and professionally.

Water in the Business

When someone finds water in a business, it means a little more stress than it might at home. Business owners sometimes shut down their business to handle water in the business, and this means a loss of profit, pay, and time to work. When there is water in a business, owners are encouraged to call right away for professional restoration and mitigation. It’s not only the best way to get through the water cleanup and drying process efficiently and quickly, it’s the best way to get business owners back to work as quickly as possible.

The Dangers of Flooding

When it comes to water damage, it’s all bad news. Flood damage, however, provides a bit more bad news. If there is any warning that a flood might occur, business and homeowners might have time to remove their personal belongings from harm’s way. If not, they have even more damage to deal with. Flood damage is dangerous for many reasons, which is why it’s important to call for professional restoration and mitigation prior to entering the building after a flood.

The electricity must be turned off prior to entering. Live wires can cause electrocution. It’s imperative no one assumes a power outage is a sufficient. If power is turned on while someone is standing in flood waters, what could happen is devastating. The other issue that comes along frequently with flood water is the presence of displaced animals. Imagine finding a snake or alligator among the flood waters inside a home near a lake or river. Imagine finding a stingray inside a home near a beach in a low-lying area pushed into the home by the heavy storm surge of a tropical storm or hurricane. Restoration professionals are well-versed when it comes to knowing the dangers and safety factors associated with water cleanup and the drying process, and they can help homeowners and business owners remain safe during cleanup and drying.

Calling professional services to handle the flood or water damage in a home or office is not an option. Forgoing this process means many home or business owners will experience greater damage down the road. A mold infestation could occur. Walls could have more significant damage than originally thought, and it might mean expensive renovations and/or repairs later down the road. It’s not worth ignoring professional help.

The cost to pay for a professional to handle water cleanup and mitigation right away is far less than the cost of waiting too long or attempting a DIY project. It's better to do this right the first time than it is to pay the price later on when damage is far worse from water.
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How to Handle Mold Removal and Remediation in Your Home or Business

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

How to Handle Mold Removal and Remediation in Your Home or Business

Mold damage is one of the most common problems in households throughout the world. Mold damage can be a result of leaking pipes, excessive water use and other water-related or condensation-related problems in the house or office. Mildew and mold are the same thing, so even if you think mildew is innocent enough, it's important to realize that it's still a dangerous fungus that shouldn't be left to fester behind walls and flooring. Expert remediation and mitigation services are often necessary to get rid of a severe fungus problem.

Why Mold Damage is So Problematic

Mold damage can be so problematic because it affects a wide variety of different household items. If it's left to fester in the home, you'll probably have to throw away flooring, insulation and sheet rock in order to replace the materials with brand new products. Remediation and mitigation gets rid of these issues so that you're able to reclaim your home or office and no longer have to deal with the fungus problem. Professionals can even work with commercial mold damage, ensuring that your business is a safe haven for clients and employees.

Choosing Professional Mildew Remediation and Mitigation

While a lot of people might attempt to clean up the fungus on their own, it's crucial to understand how beneficial the professionals can be with this particular issue. The experts use all of their own deodorization techniques, which clears the air of any floating spores and gets rid of the smelly odor associated with fungus. Mold in your home can be annoying and problematic to live around and breathe on a regular basis, so having mold removal done on a professional level is beneficial in more ways than one. These deodorization techniques eliminate the smelly odor completely, and this is something you simply wouldn't be able to do on your own.

How Mildew Mitigation Companies Work to Handle Commercial Mold Damage

If you've recently dealt with mold in the home, you need to consider expert mold removal services. The mold removal experts will come to your home and assess the damage before giving you a price for the project. Once you've accepted this amount, they'll get to work removing the mold in the home and using specialty deodorization techniques to clear the air of the smelly odor and lingering mold spores. Commercial mold damage cleanup is ideal for businesses, as these companies are able to come to your office during off-hours.

Costs of Remediation Services

The cost of dealing with mold in your home or business can be quite high, especially if you do not have any type of insurance. Commercial mold damage and deodorization can be paid for if you have property insurance that covers this type of work. Before you pay to have the remediation done, be sure to contact your insurance agent to see if the costs are covered for you. From there, you'll have your pick of removal company and won't need to worry that the job is costing you an arm and a leg.

Mold Removal Guarantees

Mold removal experts often put guarantees on their work to prevent you from experiencing the smelly odor and fungal regrowth in the future. If you notice that the mold is growing back or you experience a pungent odor, you just need to contact the company in question and they will come back to your home and finish the cleaning. In many cases, the company will need to make multiple trips to your home to ensure that the mildew has been cleaned properly and that there is no chance of regrowth. Despite the fact that it's tempting to try to handle a mold problem on your own, it's important to realize that it isn't always the smartest choice to try to rectify the issue yourself and that an expert company is better equipped to handle the fungus.
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5 Crucial Steps of Fire Damage Restoration Process

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

5 Crucial Steps of Fire Damage Restoration Process

After an inferno, residential and commercial premises will often sustain several kinds of fire damage that not only result from the flames and smoke, but also from the water used in an attempt to stop the flames in business or home from spreading. This is where fire damage restoration comes in handy. It reverses the damage caused by fire in home or commercial fire damage, enabling the building owner to resume their normal living as quickly as possible. Each scenario of fire damage is different, thus requiring a custom battle plan. However, some crucial steps in the fire cleanup process remain more or less the same as explained below.

Assessment of the Degree of Fire in Business or Home

The initial step in the fire damage remediation process involves a thorough examination of the scene to determine the extent of destruction. This includes determination of how far smoke has traveled and how badly the walls and furniture have been affected by soot damage. The step is important in enabling the damage restoration company to come up with an efficient fire cleanup plan and supply the building owner with an accurate quote of the expected refurbishment cost and the estimated date of completion after commercial fire damage or fire in home.

Tarp and Sealing process

After determining the extent of home or commercial fire damage, the restoration company takes the necessary steps towards preventing the destruction from getting worse. For instance, if the fire in business left a hole in the roof or walls, the company will begin by addressing that. Moreover, fire damage often happens concurrently with water damage, necessitating restoration from both calamities. For example, the inferno could have caused a burst pipe or water tank, in which case the fire damage remediation service will be expected to act quickly in stopping the liquid from spreading throughout the building and causing more damage.

Clean Up after Fire in Business or Homes

Fire cleanup entails the removal of smoke smell, dust, and soot damage from the surfaces. Fire cleanup in home will often leave the property looking dark, charred, and stained, tasking the commercial fire damage restoration company with cleaning up the damage and reinstating the property back to its normal state. This is also the stage at which water damage restoration will properly begin; any standing pools of the liquid are removed by the use of submersible pumps, after which drying and sanitization closely follow. Sanitization is useful in getting rid of any contamination that would otherwise cause health problems.

Fire destruction restoration also entails the removal of any odors, especially smoke smell, which is a residue of smoke damage. This will often involve carpet cleaning and addressing adjacent rooms, in addition to those affected by the fire damage. The experts in fire damage restoration will often employ specialized equipment to restore the status of the property before the occurrence of smoke damage, including cleaning soot from ceilings, walls, and floors. The result of smoke damage is also eradicated from all other salvageable items like mattresses, kitchenware, and plumbing. Moreover, fire cleanup involves the removal and subsequent disposal of items that are extremely damaged such that repairing them would be either impossible or too costly. Such items include badly burnt carpets and furniture that have absorbed excessive amounts of contaminated water and smoke smell.

Repair and Renovation

The next stage involves actual restoration of furniture and reparation of the smoke damage caused by fire in home. For instance, cabinets that sustain fire and soot damage are either repaired or replaced with new ones. Likewise, carpets are replaced a new while the walls are restored to their initial states, including repainting and putting the wallpaper back up. Deodorization is also employed to get rid of the smoke smell.

Experienced commercial fire damage remediation companies will even go a step further and renovated the building. This involves executing extensive repair that leaves the property looking better than it did before the fire and soot damage.

Finally, fire damage restoration services culminate with a debriefing and consultation on how to prevent future incidents. It could be that the occurrence of the inferno was avoidable in the first place; a good commercial fire damage restoration company should be able to impart knowledge on the relevant preventative measure necessary to avoid a recurrence. Such measures include installation of smoke detectors and other means of getting timely alerts in case of fire in home or fire in business.
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Seek a Water Removal Company When You Experienced Mold After Flooding

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Seek a Water Removal Company When You Experienced Mold After Flooding

With the amount of rain that has been falling lately, on top of the melt-off of the deep winter snow, many people around are experiencing water damage mitigation and are in need of restoration. Water damage can be especially damaging on your home and water cleanup and drying is necessary in order to prevent mold. Whether it be water in home, water in business or water due to flood damage, it's important you consider water cleanup as soon as you can.

Flood Damage After Long Winter

If you've sustained flood damage after a bad storm or long winter, you'll want to consider drying out the home as soon as you can to prevent mold issues. Water damage mitigation will help to minimize the potential for mold growth.

You may wonder why mold has become such an issue after home experiences flood damage and is in need of water mitigation. These days, homes are built to be more energy efficient, and therefore there is less air circulating throughout the home. When you have water in home and you don't ensure that the water is drying fast enough, you're looking at the potential for mold growth. Even when you experience water in business you need to ensure that drying and water mitigation takes place as soon as possible.

Mold Growth

If you've experienced water damage, you'll want to ensure water cleanup as soon as possible. Mold can grow in ceiling tiles, your duct work, drywall, in carpets, inside a wall and inside other sneaky spaces.

Your first clue you've experienced mold after water in business or water in home damage is that someone in the home or office develops a chronic infection or a cough. This is why water restoration is important and needs to be done early on.

Mold is very invasive and it's persistent. The longer it is left untreated after water in home or water in business without a quick water cleanup solution, the more it persists. There are times when water restoration companies go in to do a cleanup and find mold has covered the basement walls.

Call The Experts

Don't get to the point of no return when it comes to mold in your home after water damage. If you let it go or try to take control with your own home remedies, the worse the problem will get. This is why a professional in water restoration is necessary.

It's also helpful to retain a company that has experience with removing mold. If there is mold in your home, it's strongly suggested that the mold be removed by a professional contractor. Without some type of remediation, mold spores can go dormant, waiting for the next round of moisture to revive them. Despite what people say, pouring bleach on the mold is not as effective has thought, especially when you find mold growing on multi-dimensional surfaces such as carpets. This type of treatment does not work and the only real way to rid your water damaged home of mold is to call on the experts.

Other Tips to Combat Mold

When you find yourself with water issues, consider these mold facts:

-Mold is present just about everywhere - including in and outside.
-Mold spores float in the air and are microscopic so they can enter your home in a number of different ways.
-Mold spores live on moisture and can grow into colonies when they are exposed to water.
-Mold generally produces a strong odor that can lead you to find where the mold is growing.

Contact a water removal company for more information on how they can help you with your water damage needs. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on water damage.

Restoration After Water Damage

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Dealing With Restoration After Water Damage

It is important to be safe while dealing with water damage or flood damage. Wearing protective gear is essential while dealing with water in home or water in business. This would mean wearing rubber boots, rubber gloves, along with a mask or a respirator. These should be worn during water damage restoration too.

Children and pets should always be kept away from any standing flood water as it may be contaminated. Take the pets for drying later.

The mitigation measures would require removal of flooded water. The pump must be placed at the lowest spot on the floor. The pump can be lowered in water by using a nylon rope.

In the case of small amounts of flooding, just air movement may be enough to remove water. Before any water damage restoration, the debris must be cleared. In the case of water in home or water in business, there may be nails or such other sharp materials that may have been left behind by water. Keep this in mind while doing water cleanup.

While assessing flood damage or water damage, pay special attention to the mud that has been left behind by the flood waters as it will contain a lot of toxins. Shovel out this mud. Drying of mud is also an option here through air movement. This will make it easy to clear it off. Wash the walls with clean water. Drying of mud in air ducts is also required as a mitigation measure. Water damage restoration can happen post these activities only. In the case of water in home or water in business, this must be done on an immediate basis.

Flood damage or water damage can lead to snakes and rats entering the home or business premises. Hence pest control becomes essential here as a mitigation measure. Get it done in the case of water in home or water in business. This can happen before initiating any water cleanup.

The best way for drying appliances is through air movement. This will take a long time but is essential. The mitigation measures for flood damage or water damage include not using these appliances till they are completely dry. Their manufacturers can be consulted for recommended action here.

Water damage restoration will require detecting the mold. While doing water cleanup, look for visible mold, as well as the one growing in air ducts, rafters, and even between the walls. Any musty smell means mold growth that is not visible. This is important in the case of water in home or water in business. There may be places where air movement does not happen. Hence this requires special treatment during water cleanup.

Do not delay water damage restoration after detecting any water damage. Flood damage only gets worse when water is allowed to stand. Take these mitigation measures so that water damage is reduced. Allow complete drying to happen before initiating any activity. Air movement will always be the best option here. Hence make it an integral part of any water cleanup. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on water damage.

Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment Restoration Team

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment Restoration Team

When you experience fire damage, soot damage, smoke damage, and a significant issue with air quality, the sooner you can get the fire loss restoration team on site, the sooner you can take back possession of the property and get you life back to some degree of normalcy. Each hour that passes, issues with air quality and fire damage could be making a bad situation much worse.

Here is how the commercial fire damage team is going to work through the complicated process of restoring damage and caring for pressing air quality issues.

Soon as you call for help with the fire loss restoration experts, they will send over a commercial fire damage and air quality inspection team to the location of the fire in home or fire in business. The key here is getting help from the fire in business professionals in a timely manner because they need adequate time to inspect areas with fire loss and get a full understanding as to the extend of smoke damage, soot damage, fire damage, and poor air quality issues. Once all these areas are addressed by the fire cleanup team, they will create a detailed pan of action.

In the event that the fire in home or fire in business is extensive, the fire cleanup team will begin an immediate board-up or roof tarp procedure. When fire damage comprises the roof, windows, or walls, maintaining security in the location is a top priority. This will help to protect against any further loss. The fire cleanup team will also have spoken to your insurance company, so they can start removing everything that was destroyed by soot damage, fire damage, and smoke damage. The remaining items will now be property cleaned by the smoke damage team.

Once all the damaged belongings are removed from the fire in home or fire in business location, the fire cleanup team will focus on water removal and drying if necessary. The fire cleanup and smoke damage team needs to be on scene fast, especially in a business environment, to remove the majority of water before it causes further damage. The commercial fire damage experts will use high powered vacuums to remove the excess water where it is contained outside the property. Then the commercial fire damage team will utilize air movers and humidifiers to get the location dry faster. Once the drying process is complete by the commercial fire damage team, the soot damage team can focus on cleaning.

Now the fire loss team is going to be focused on sanitizing and cleaning all the locations where fire in business or fire in home damage occurred. Any restorable items or structures are going to be painstakingly scrubbed clean so no remains of the soot damage remain. The fire damage team will employ various fire loss cleaning techniques that are designed to restore any belongings to the condition they were before the fire. Once the fire in home cleanup team has finished with fogging and scrubbing equipment, the location is almost ready to be given back to the owner. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on fire damage.

Mold Removal and The Impact it Can Have

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Removal and The Impact it Can Have

If mold is present in a residence or a business, it can spell big trouble for occupants and workers. This is a microbial growth that can look like mildew or fungus, and can even be interspersed within it. It should never be something that people attempt to wipe off or get rid of themselves because by doing so they will be exposed to harmful toxins and spores.

This microbial growth spreads by the spores that it gives off which will then float through the air and when landing in a spot where the growing conditions are favorable that spores will grow. The favorable conditions have to be a dark place, no moving air, and a source of moisture. Without all three of those conditions, it will not grow.

So the places where mold is found would include basements, crawl spaces, attics, behind bathroom walls where a water pipe leaks or is broken and other similar areas. Once the microbial growth is discovered, a concerted mold cleanup and mitigation effort should be initiated. The substance has tiny tentacles or roots that can penetrate nearly all surfaces with the exception of glass. So it will grow on wood, walls, shingles, and other similar substances, and even concrete.

So, just wiping off a surface that looks like it is infected with the stuff will do no good because it will not touch the roots, just the surface part of the organism. When any serious infestation of anything that looks like mildew, fungus or mold, a person should just assume that it is the latter and call for help as soon as physically possible.

When calling for assistance, it is vital to find someone who knows what they are doing. An environmental hygienist should be a part of the package because when it comes to evaluating what the substance is that is inhabiting your walls this person is the one to have. An environmental hygienist will be able to tell if it is more than just mildew and fungus and will also know how to effectively kill it and remove it, so it will not return.

Mold cleanup and mitigation must be handled by experienced professionals who have protective clothing, protective masks and the equipment necessary to get the job done. The environmental hygienist will supervise the process as far as identifying the type of mold and its disposition.

The mold can also still be in very small microbial growth stages, and may not be so viewable by the naked eye, so surrounding areas must be examined and dealt with as well. The mold cleanup and mitigation procedures may even involve the removal and rehabilitation of entire rooms, walls, doors, and floors to totally sanitize an area.

Using the approach that even though it might look like just mildew and fungus, it should be assumed that it is mold. The mold cleanup and mitigation must have an environmental hygienist on board to thoroughly analyze all aspects of the area and how to thoroughly get it sanitized. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on mold removal and remediation.

St. Louis Mold Remediation

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

St. Louis Mold Remediation

Getting Rid of Mold in the St. Louis Area

When a homeowner needs to be sure that they are able to get rid of mold inside of their home, it pays to get in touch with mold rendition experts that can help. There are plenty of companies that offer this sort of work, but it is critical that a person learns as much as they can to get the best service possible. There are a lot of different companies in this area who will gladly provide the assistance that homeowners need most. In this regard, these tips below will explain the benefits of leaning on one of these environmental hygienists in St. Louis, Missouri, in order to keep the home free of mildew and fungus issues.

What are the benefits of hiring a microbial growth contractor?

Before making any kind of hire, it is best to take a glimpse of these benefits below in see why hiring a remediation professional is so advantageous.

#1: These professionals have access to the necessary tools for mold cleanup service

One of the main benefits to getting in touch these professionals is that they have all of the equipment that is useful in quickly and effectively re mediating any bacterial growth issues. Problems tend to spread quickly in areas of dampness and moisture, so it pays to get in touch with contractors who have the equipment to get the most thorough and in-depth inspection. Bacterial growth can hide in hard-to-reach places, so hiring the right professional is a must.

#2: They will get rid of mildew and keep property values high

When this bacterial growth is allowed to get out of hand, it becomes difficult to retain property values. It will break down structure and make it weaker over time. Conversely, getting in touch with the right contractor will make sure that property values remain high and that crises are averted.

How can a person hire the right microbial growth contractor?

In order to be sure that the best work is taken in order to get rid of bacterial growth, it pays to get in touch with a professional environmental hygienist. Before doing this, a person must understand what they should do to get the best service from a company that understands how to handle this sort of work. These tips below will make it easy and will ensure that a homeowner finds the best person or company for the job.

#1: Research the record and background of the Missouri mold cleanup company

Before making a hire, it is very important to look into the company's track record. There are a plethora of companies in the MO area that provide these services, so some serious work must be done in the planning process. This is done by checking the Better Business Bureau, state licensing board and other organizations. Understanding their track record provides people with the opportunity to get all that they can out of remediation service.

#2: Ask contractors for in MO for estimates on the work that they offer

No matter what sort of work is required, it is very important to find out the market rate for these services. To do this, a person would need to begin taking bids on how much this service might cost. Homeowners should get at least five different estimates to make sure that they have truly done their due diligence in finding the right price. This lets people know that they are spending their money as wisely as possible and getting the best deal.

#3: Find out their fungus remediation tools and methods

It is very important to our exactly how each company handles remediation tasks. Get a clear understanding of their equipment and whenever possible, do business with a contractor that focuses on the most eco-friendly methods. This way, the work will be done quickly and cleanly without utilizing harsh chemicals that can have other ramifications. By doing business with a company that uses the best methods, a homeowner will be in good hands and able to make the most use of such an emergency.

With these tips in mind, a homeowner will be in good hands getting rid of bacterial growth. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on mold removal and remediation.

Fire Damage Cleanup in St. Louis, MO

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleanup in St. Louis, MO

When living in the St Louis, Missouri area, there are certain guidelines that should be adhered to when enduring fire damage. Of course, many of the same techniques should be used when dealing with fire loss and the possible water damage from fire. However, the state of Missouri has some unique requirements that are not necessary required in other states:

1. Obtaining insurance for fire damage- one thing that is required in this state that is not necessary required in many states is for homeowners to have insurance policies that cover natural disasters, such as hail and windstorms, and fire loss. In this state, homeowner's policies include the following types of damages: The loss of the home, the cost of temporary lodging while the home is getting restored, and the loss of items within the home that are damaged by soot, smoke, and water damage from fire.

2. Hiring a public adjuster- this state's department of insurance advises homeowner's to hire a licensed public adjuster to assist homeowners with the insurance claim process and to ensure the proper compensation of the damage amount.

Other Vital Steps

Other steps must be done regardless if living in St. Louis, MO or other states:

1. Contacting fire restoration specialists- hiring specialists who are reputable and experience is the best thing to do because they will know all the details to properly perform fire cleanup, restore the home and some items from damage of fire, smoke, and soot. They also have the right equipment and cleaning supplies to handle any amount of damage. These professionals will also test for toxic materials and gases to remove these substances from the indoor environment. These gases will be detected and neutralized, soot will be properly cleaned from machinery, electronics, and other valuable items, and total restoration to the original condition of valuable property will occur.

2. Replace important documents- with all the devastation, shock, and stress of this travesty, it's no wonder if homeowners forget to replace important documents right away. And because it can take a while for some documents to be received, it's important to start replacing documents immediately after the primary steps for the restoration process, filing a claim, etc. The documents can include the driver's license, social security cards, marriage license, tax returns, birth certificates, insurance policies, passports, shot records, deeds, credit cards, stocks, wills, death certificates, and more. Most of these documents and more are replaced at different government agencies. And if money is burnt, it can possibly be replaced at the Department of Treasury office.

3. Contact mortgage company/landlord- the landlord or mortgage company should be informed of this situation right away. They must know the steps that are taken and will be taken to resolve this situation. They may also need to know how to contact the homeowner if his/her mobile phone is damaged due to the fire, or at another location with other contact information. Also, receipts should be kept for the insurance company.

4. Properly handling the damage- with this travesty, it's only normal to feel different emotions ranging from shock to sadness. To scream or burst in tears may be needed at first when this utterly shocking experience just occurred. Nevertheless, it's best to deal with the situation head on after letting out the steam. This is done by assessing the soot damage, smoke damage, and water damage, if any. Secondly, it's best to open windows and doors to improve the air quality. If possible, it's best to place plastic underneath heavy furniture and items to keep damage from water from occurring on those furniture and items. Also, it's not a good idea to try to clean anything because more damage may occur to the counters, furniture, appliances, the walls, and other items and parts of the home. Other than that, the homeowner must develop an action plan, know how to deal with the fire cleanup, and contact the places listed above.

Places to Stay

Of course, when undergoing a fire loss, people are concerned on where to stay while getting the home restored. Living in a hotel or motel can get really expensive. And even though the homeowner's policies in St. Louis, MO cover lodging costs, this funding may not be readily available when needed. And even then, the costs of food may or may not be included. Not to mention, it's not a good idea to take anything from the home to eat due to the air quality, smoke damage, and soot damage.
Nevertheless, there are places to go that cost little to nothing in this state or organizations that can aid with families that went through the damage from fire and other natural disasters. And they include the following:

1. American Red Cross

2. Salvation Army

3. St. Louis City Department of Health

4. Various Community Groups

5. Local Churches

6. City Emergency Services Office

7. United Way

There are normally at least a few of each of these agencies within the state. And when it comes to local churches and various community groups, there are a plethora of them. And furthermore, many of these agencies and other organizations normally will help with food.


Unfortunately, fire loss happens everyday. As a matter of fact, the second leading cause of death in homes is through fires. There are certain guidelines that should be adhered to when enduring fire loss.

The state of Missouri has some unique requirements that are not necessary required in other states, including obtaining insurance for fire damage, and hiring a public adjuster. Otherwise, many of the same techniques should be used when dealing with fire loss and the possible water damage from fire. From contacting restoration specialists to replacing documents, homeowners will be on their way in getting back on track. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on fire loss.

Water Loss in St. Louis, MO

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Loss in St. Louis, MO

It is never pleasant or convenient when water cleanup is required in your home or business. Broken water pipes, leaks, heavy rain or flooding are factors that cause damage and require water cleanup. Damage from water can occur from many different sources. Determining the source and then following specific procedures will help reduce the amount of damage and return your home or business in St. Louis, Missouri as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Water disaster can strike at any time. Most often, water in a home or water in a business occurs suddenly and without warning. Sometimes, the water damage is difficult to see depending on the nature of the water loss. Water loss can occur from frozen pipes, broken pipes, appliance leaks, leaking roofs, sewage backup or heavy rain driven into a building. For residents of St, Louis, Missouri, it is vital to contact professional and experienced water clean-up experts and document the damage to receive insurance compensation for the water or flood damage. A company that specializes in water disaster recovery in MO will be able to properly identify the source and determine how the repairs should be handled.

Once water in a home or water in a business has occurred, emergency mitigation should begin immediately. Mitigation procedures for any type of flood damage in St. Louis, MO includes first contacting your insurance company and making them aware of the situation. Have your policy number ready and be prepared to answer questions to the best of your knowledge. Mold can begin to develop in 24-28 hours. Stopping the source of the leak and commencing clean up immediately will help reduce the chance mold will grow.

Water Loss in a Home

Water cleanup and air movement are the first recovery steps after stopping the source of the water loss. Contact an experienced water extraction and drying expert immediately. The cleanup will involve removing the excess water with professional grade equipment. Any repairs to large structures should not be made until the insurance adjuster has been out to inspect the damage. The facilitation of air movement should begin within 24 to 48 hours and may involve moving rugs, pulling up wet carpet, removal of flooring and wall materials. Air circulation can be increased by opening closet doors and cabinets, running fans and moving furniture away from walls.

During the process, keep any damaged materials for insurance records. Keep receipts from services you employ and photograph the process. The more photos you take and the better your documentation, the more likely you will be to receive full compensation for the damage from your insurance company. Finally, ensure that your cleanup service applies the necessary products to prevent the growth of mildew and bacteria which can become a health hazard.

Water Loss in a Business

Damage from water in a home is less complicated as it only affects you and your insurance company. This type of damage in a business may be more difficult as there can be factors which complicate the cleanup efforts. The insurance carrier for the business may have a list of preferred vendors. Explore your options for bringing in your own water extraction company, water restoration services or dry out business. Their vendors may not be the best possible choice and they may be working under cost constraints which will limit their ability to do the best job. Most importantly, do not sign off on any work to be completed or authorization forms before obtaining an agreement from the insurance company. If need be, contact a public adjuster to help you through this process.

In order to properly assess the extent of the damage in a business, the use of moisture detectors, hygrometers or infrared cameras may be needed. These tools will help determine the exact location of the water. The insurance company should be following this protocol. This information is necessary in order to receive the full amount at settlement. Missing this type of information could greatly impact proper restoration and dry out and put the property in jeopardy of being fully compensated.

The use of proper disinfectants is needed to prevent mold, fungi, and bacteria from causing additional damage. If this step is not completed, the insurance company may deny the claim based on the mold provisions and limitations on the policy. This is a valid concern because of the intricate mold laws that can restrict coverage. These laws vary from state to state so it is vital that your professional cleanup service is aware of the specifications and adheres to them accordingly.

Another consideration is Black Water Loss. This type of loss must be handled differently than the loss of regular water and must receive specialized treatment. The loss of black water occurs from sewage or chemical toxins in the flood water. Drying out this type of water will not address the hazards left behind and there may be health and safety issues. Your professional water clean-up service should be prepared to deal with the proper protocols in dealing with black water.

Flood Insurance Claims

Flood damage is the number one type of insurance loss. Insurance companies are trying to shift costs to the policyholders when possible. For instance, there is a new trend in policies that if water damage is not reported within 14 days of the accident, the damage will not be covered. This greatly impacts homeowners that may be away when a water loss occurs in their home. When issues such as this occur, consumers should contact the Office of Insurance Regulation regarding their rights.

In 1968 the government set up the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which provided homeowners and commercial property owners assistance with their flood insurance policies. Now, most flood insurance is carried by private carriers and floods may not be covered in a standard plan. You may need to purchase a separate flood policy. Be sure to check your policy so you know exactly what will be covered in the event of a water loss in your home or business. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on water loss and restoration services.


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