Have a Safe Christmas
Always Keep Safety In Mind
For many families, lights and Christmas trees are an essential part of the holidays, but they can also cause dangerous fires. A dried-out tree, an unattended candle, or a frayed wire can spark a blaze, resulting in considerable fire damage restoration bills and serious injuries. Below are a few ways to keep your family safe this holiday season.
How to Avoid Fires During the Holidays
1. Service Your Furnace
While your furnace sits unused through most of the year, dust accumulates on the burners and coils, increasing the risk of a fire. Before you start running the heater full-time, have a professional examine the system, clean the components, and make any necessary repairs to keep your system safe.
2. Be Careful With Holiday Lights
Many fire damage restoration projects start because the homeowner plugged too many strands of lights together, overloading the outlet. Before plugging in your holiday lights, be sure the outlet can handle the voltage, and always turn them when you go to bed.
3. Water the Tree
Every year, fire departments across the country respond to hundreds of fires caused by Christmas trees, which can ignite in a matter of minutes. Keeping your tree watered throughout the season will make it less flammable, potentially preventing a life-threatening fire.
4. Stay With Cooking Food
Many holiday fires also start in the kitchen, so be especially careful when preparing meals. Don’t leave cooking food unattended on the stove or in the oven, and keep small children out of the area when you’re working.
If your home has a fire this holiday season, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties to restore your house and possessions. Their fire damage restoration professionals use the most advanced equipment on the market and apply proven techniques to eliminate all traces of the unfortunate incident. Visit their website for more on their fire damage restoration services, get more tips and updates on Facebook, or call (636) 456-3422 for prompt, effective service.
Your Fire Damage Restoration Company
Fire damage to home in Lincoln county. We can help if this happens to you.
There’s a fire at your home or business. You realize everything you’ve worked so hard for, everything you’ve saved for, everything you’ve built there may be damaged. You’re overwhelmed and trying to process everything. It leaves you contemplating your next action step. Who do you call? You call SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties. We are Here to Help you and your family throughout the entire journey. We are your professional and experienced fire restoration company. This is what we do. We help put lives back together.
Whether you have residential fire damage or commercial fire damage, you need a company that will be able to respond quickly. And the team at SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties do just that -- and more. With this type of damage, quick response time is vital. You can have confidence knowing that we have the capacity to handle any size job -- residential or commercial. We are faster to any size disaster.
Commercial restoration presents unique challenges, but the team at SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties know how to effectively and efficiently tackle it. We have proven processes in place. We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.
We understand emergencies do not occur at regular business hours. That’s why we are available to respond 24/7 for those emergencies that may happen at 3:07 a.m. or noon or, perhaps, while you’re on vacation. We are here for you.
SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties is your local fire restoration company. We can restore your home or business to pre-fire condition. If you find yourself in need of fire mitigation and restoration services we are here to help. Simply call us at 636-456-3422
Up to the Challenge
When we get called out to a water damage job we never know exactly what we will encounter. There are a few things we run into that complicate the process. That can be something like limited power available for our use with our drying equipment. When that happens sometimes we can use our power box that plugs into the customers 220v dryer outlet and gives us additional power to use. If that's not available we can use a generator. If the job is to far out that can be logistically not productive to make trips to keep the generator fueled up and monitored. So sometimes it extends the dry time because we are using less equipment. It could also be multilayered floors. We have been to jobs were there were 5 layers of different materials on the floor. When that is the case it usually requires additional demolition. When all those layers get wet it usually has to be opened up to get it to dry. Which of course adds to the total cost of the job with the reconstruction that will be needed.
Whatever unique circumstance we find our team will do whatever it takes to get it dry and put back together as soon as possible
Resources to Handle Storm Damage Situations
When Storms or Floods hit Lincoln, Warren, Montgomery, or Gasconade Counties SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties is Ready For What Ever Happens!
SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our team is highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
When storms hit anywhere in our 4 county area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Our Team is Ready for What Ever Happens. Give us a call at (636)-456-3422
Stay Safe on Thanksgiving
Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking-related fires. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.
--Never leave cooking food unattended–stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
--Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
--Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
--Keep anything flammable–pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
--Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. n Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
--If using the deep frying method of cooking your turkey be sure to do this outside, not in your garage, and away from anything that could catch fire. Be very sure your turkey is fully thawed before placing it into the hot oil.
--Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of extinguishers.
--Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
--Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year. SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties wishes you a happy and safe holiday!
Why SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties? Experience.
Why SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties? Experience. Our qualified team is here for your home or business.
Why SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties? Experience in fire damage. Experience in water damage. Experience in mold remediation. Experience in storm damage. Experience in commercial services. Experience in professionalism. Experience in being helpful. Experience in problem-solving. Experience in being efficient. Experience in being effective. Experience in customer service. Experience in creating happy customers.
With many years of combined experience -- and counting -- in the Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration industry, if you have fire or water damage at your home or business, you’ll want a company you can trust and one with a major component: experience. You want a company with credibility, history, a solid reputation and qualified experts. And that’s SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties.
Experience in Fire Damage & Restoration
SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties has experience in fire damage and restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home or business to pre-fire condition. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your residential or commercial property may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. And we’re well-equipped to handle that, too.
Experience in Water Damage & Restoration
SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties has experience in water damage restoration. When your home or business has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help us find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained team will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.
Experience in Mold Remediation & Restoration
SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties has experience in mold remediation and restoration. When a home or business suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and begin to spread in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional who has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. If you suspect that your residential property or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties can inspect, assess and remediate your property.
Experience in Storm Damage & Restoration
SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties has experience in storm damage restoration. Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Lincoln, Warren, Montgomery, or Gasconade County, home or business, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
Experience in Commercial Services
Our team of highly trained restoration specialists has experience in commercial services. Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients.
We can help make it “Like it never even happened” for any of the following:
- Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- Manufacturing & Industrial
Our team has a high degree of professionalism. No matter where you may encounter our staff, we represent the company with the utmost respect. We understand the importance of being professional in all settings. We are extremely helpful to our customers. In fact, being helpful is one word that many of our happy customers expressed in our Certificate of Satisfaction (COS). We are there to help you, to serve you. And when there is a problem with fire damage, water damage, mold damage, storm damage at your home or business, our team knows how to effectively and efficiently resolve that problem. We know how to make it “Like it never even happened.” One of the many things we pride ourselves on is customer satisfaction. We always put our customers first, make them our #1 priority. We are advocates in creating happy customers. To create happy customers is a mantra we firmly stand behind 100%. That’s part of our mission, part of our goal every day.
Our team is our biggest asset. They come to the rescue when your residential or commercial property faces a fire damage or water damage. They even come to the rescue if your home or business needs mold remediation, carpet cleaning or any other general cleaning services. SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties’ is faster to any size disaster.
Fire damage, water damage, mold damage, storm damage, or any type of damage for that matter, at your home or business can be upsetting and destructive. It can leave you feeling stressed, confused, and vulnerable. When it does, you’ll need a caring expert with experience to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties will treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home, business and belongings with care. We’re with you throughout your entire journey. We help to make that unpleasant situation into a pleasant experience. Go with the company that has a diverse portfolio of experience. Experience the SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties’ way. Call us at 636-456-3422
We Can Help With Your Water Damage
The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, we will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing our extensive service plan. SERVPRO will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work. SERVPRO will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. We will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step. MONITORING To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards. SERVPRO will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you. SERVPRO will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.
- 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 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.
- Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water.
- Always avoid electrical shock hazards. Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
This is what a pipe looks like after it has frozen and broken
The most common place we see frozen pipes occur is the outside faucet. These faucets are designed to drain which prevents them from freezing, however for them to drain properly the hose must be disconnected. If the hose is left attached the faucet will not drain which can cause it to freeze. If this occurs it will likely not leak until the faucet is turned on. Pay close attention to these faucets the first use after cold weather to make sure water is not leaking inside the house. The second most common place for pipes to freeze is where the pipes are running in the exterior wall of the home, particularly on the north and west sides, as those sides have less sun and more wind exposure. If you have pipes running in the exterior walls the best way to prevent them from freezing is to expose them to the heat from the interior of the home. Sometimes all it takes is leaving the cabinet or vanity doors open to allow heat to get into the cabinet. If you can't expose the pipes to the heat from the home you can let the faucet drip which will keep the water moving through the pipes making it less likely they will freeze.
If you turn on a faucet and water does not come out you may have a frozen pipe. If this occurs turn off the water supply. These frozen pipes will not leak until the pipe thaws. When the pipes have thawed turn the water back on and check for leaks. If you can catch a broken pipe at this point you have greatly reduced the damage that the water would have caused. You may still have to open up a wall to repair the pipe but you have saved yourself from the hassle of mitigating the water damage.
Can You Get Out Fast Enough
Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. In a matter of moments a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26% of families have developed a fire escape plan. Once a plan is in place it is critical that everyone in the home understands the plan. The best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place. There should be a smoke detector in each bedroom and at least 1 on each floor. Practice your escape plan keeping in mind where, in your home, fires would most likely occur.
The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan.
Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily, and can provide exit to the ground.
Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they have escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the planned meeting space on your map.
Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Make special considerations for everyone in your home with special needs such as the elderly or disabled individuals.
Practice your fire escape plan during the day and when it is dark and the power is off.
Are You Ready For WINTER?
Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather. To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits. Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches, and for branches that may be in danger of falling. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems. Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Take steps to protect people from falling where water could be present. Protect water pipes from freezing by exposing them to heat or simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.