The Dangers of Floods
Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disaster in the United States. Whether you home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert--there is always potential for flood damage. Fema.gov reports the in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past does not mean you wont in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate to low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000. According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than nay other weather related disaster. For more information you can visit www.fema.gov
Emergency Water Damage Tips
Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power district to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
Place aluminium foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
Move any paintings, art objects, computers, Documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
Do not enter effected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuits, breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
Do not use household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
For any more questions or concerns regarding a water damaged home feel free to contact us 24/7 at 636-456-3422
Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today 636-456-3422
Is Your Home The Perfect Condition For Mold Growth?
It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.
If the right conditions exist, mold will grow. Those conditions include:
- Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.
- Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
- Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.
Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.
If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.
If you suspect mold, call us today at 636-456-3422
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties for mold remediation services.
24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Services
SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 636-456-3422
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties
SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Are Your Employees Ready For A Disaster?
When you started your business did you imagine yourself being present 24/7? Most business owners do not have the ability nor is it practical to think you can be completely involved in your business every minute of every day. We hire employees we hope to trust and try to make sure they represent the ultimate goal of what your business is trying to achieve. However is it possible we might overlook the basic things employees should know? Do your workers know how to shut off the water or the electric? Would they know who to call in case you were out of town or unavailable during a disaster? It is important to discuss a plan with your employees in the case of a water or fire event. These events could be anything from something breaking within your building or an outside force such as a storm or heavy winds. When I was a a high school student working in a local restaurant our owner was out of town. There was a storm in which the roof had blown off causing it to look like it was raining in our restaurant!If we had an ERP, an Emergency Ready Profile from our local SERVPRO we would have been prepared for the situation. In an ERP you will learn all the shut off valves within your building as well as having a compiled list of emergency contacts.
You Can Be Ruined Or You Can Be Ready!
Technology can now be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare your business.
Store Information Online:
- There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer free ways to store different types of files, from a word document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets, if necessary.
- Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and email for communication with family, friends business contacts, and others whom you may need to contact with before , during or after a disaster.
You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO to make your work space look its very best. SERVPRO will get the job done right and get it done quickly!
SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing bio-hazard contaminants. They have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Their cleaning services include the following: Commercial Cleaning, Air Ducts and HVAC, Biohazard, Carpet and Upholstery, Ceilings, Floors, and Walls, Drapes and Blinds, Odor Removal, Sewage, Trauma and Crime Scene, Vandalism
Is There Such Thing As Good Mold?
There will always be somedegree of airborne mold spores through the air in your home.It comes through gaps in doors, open windows, even on our clothes from us being outside. There is also normal mold in a home that can be taken care of with general cleaning such as mildew in the shower and that weird black stuff that stains the insides of our window tracks. These are "normal" because they are growing on non-porous surfaces and do not have a sustainable food source.
Now for the bad mold. Food sources within a home are pretty numerous. It can be anything from drywall to wood frames, debris and storage boxes. With a porous surface mold has something to eat. The removal of bad mold becomes hard for a homeowner to do on their own because not only does the source of the mold need to be treated, the mold itself removed properly, but the air needs to be treated for purity and a potential water source needs to be found. SERVPRO highly recommends using a professional such as ourselves for mold cleanup.
How Can You Prepare For MO Storms?
Living in Missouri makes it hard to prepare your home, your vehicles and your clothing choices. For example, today it is currently 2 degrees. Schools were cancelled by 6:00 a.m. this morning due to the harsh temperatures and buses not being able to keep batteries alive during the cold winter. However, by Sunday it will be back up to 60 degrees. The ground around our home is constantly freezing then thawing. It puts pressures on our foundations and our sump pumps. It makes us think about how insulated our homes are. It makes us worry if we will come home to a frozen or busted pipe. We have seen quite a few homeowners come home from winter vacations to a home filled with water. Luckily for everyone in Missouri, There is SERVPRO! For more general winter precautions check out our previous blog posts and our newslines!