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We Want You To Know That We Care About You!

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Male sitting at a table feeling alone If you're feeling alone, please seek guidance because we want you to know that YOU ARE LOVED!

Recently, mental health has been a hot topic in our society, and rightfully so. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the suicide rate is 25 times greater than the general public for individuals with serious mental illness and mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder.

Listed below are just some of the warnings a friend, coworker, and/or family member may be showing signs of suicide.

Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Losing interest in things or losing the ability to experience a pleasure.
  • They are withdrawing or feeling isolated.

If you know someone experiencing suicidal thoughts, please help guide them to these resources.

Resources

  • Missouri Department of Mental Health - Suicide Prevention
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • The Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-TALK (8255), Press #1
  • 911 or emergency services

Our team at SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties have the mindset of being prepared and looking out for our fellow community members. Missouri Suicide Prevention Project (MSPP) also fully believes in prevention training programs. They primarily target youth-serving organizations and at-risk youth and young adults aged 10 to 24. They have trained more than 75,000 people across the state of Missouri. Those trained include school staff, students, mental health providers, first responders, and community members.

As a community, we need to remember to care for one another and to be KIND. We never know the struggles someone could be going through. As fellow community members, our team at SERVPRO cares about you.

2022 Resolution: Plan Ahead!

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

With each new year, may people resolve to better themselves or so me part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, ERP will ensure you are 'Ready for Whatever Happens" in 2022. 

In the event of an emergency the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a System more than 1700 Franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; and all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get your back in the building following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes-Resolve to be READY. Call SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2017. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile:
-A no-cost assessment of your facility

-A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency

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

-Established your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider

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

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

Frozen Pipe Awareness

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

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.

Are You Winter Ready?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

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. n Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. n 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. n Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. n Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present. n Protect water pipes from freezing by 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. 

Is Your Property Ready For Winter?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

House covered in snow House covered in snow from a snowstorm.

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleep 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.

1.     Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as heavy wind, heavy rain, ice and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.

2.     Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from the home or business. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.

3.     Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

4.     Inspect property especially walkways and parking lots for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

5.     Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potentially slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.

6.     Protect water pipes from freezing by 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 outside faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe. 

The Science of Drying

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Water in home Flooded home

Did you know there is actually a science behind the drying process? Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers water damage, SERVPRO will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment  

What exactly does it mean to help "Speed up Mother Nature"? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material--but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. 

SERVPRO uses equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough to reach spaces inside your walls and much more. We also use state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific drying process to help speed the drying of your home or business. 

"Cents" of Smell

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Create an Impact

You only have one chance to make a first impression with your customers. Using safe and biodegradable products, SERVPRO can create a fresh, clean and long lasting impression. 

Ways to Impress Your Customers:

  • Clean dirty and stained ceilings
  • scrub lobby, furniture and draperies. 
  • Establish maintenance plan for furnishings, carpets and draperies.
  • Clean HVAC and air duct systems. 

Clean Sweep for Ducts: 

Improve the Air Quality  of Your Business

When Addressing the air quality, inspecting the duct-work is SERVPRO's first order of business. Dirty Ducts can work to circulate odors and contaminant like mold and irritating dust throughout the building. 

SERVPRO uses proven Portable Ventilation and Air Duct Cleaning System to examine duct-work and make a clean sweep removing years of dust and grime. 

THE SERVPRO DIFFERENCE

  • Reduce potential for mold growth 
  • Remediate bacteria, fungi and mold
  • Restore peak energy efficiency. 
  • Eliminate offensive odors. 
  • Free written inspections and estimates. 

"3...2...1 Happy New Year"

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Everyone screams as the ball drop before the fireworks go off as pure excitement fills the air. With so many people wanting to be around their loved ones during this particular time, a fire would be the hiccup in that plan. 

Please be Responsible!

It's midnight, and you just got done kissing your special someone as the clocks strike midnight and as the fireworks start exploding in the air. Your SERVPRO professionals are here to remind you of the supervisor's responsibilities. 

Be Cautious About Smoke From Fireworks

When people shoot off many fireworks, the ground can collect a large amount of smoke. People with preexisting conditions can feel the effects of this, so when finding the launchpad site, you should think about where you want these people to sit. The perfect location would be upwind, where the smoke won't travel because the fine particles and gases left behind are hard on the lungs. 

Storing Unused Fireworks

Often, people will save some of their fireworks, and that's okay when it's in a controlled environment. The problem arises when they aren't properly stored, and the fireworks ignite inside the home. Finding the perfect location can ensure that your home is safe all year around.

From your SERVPRO, we want to wish you a Happy New Year!

Winter Checklist for Your Home

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

WINTER CHECKLIST FOR YOUR HOME

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home if you are not prepared. Here is a list of tips and tricks for the winter months.

WINDOWS & DOORS

*Replace weather-stripping around doors and windows to prevent heat loss.

*Make sure your windows are securely locked to prevent cold air coming in or heat loss.

*Inspect windows for cracks, gaps or broken glass.  Replace or repair if needed.

GUTTERS

*Clean out any debris to prevent blockage of water flow and make sure downspouts flow away from house to prevent flooding or foundation damage.

*Make sure gutters are properly fastened.  Ice and snow can pull gutters down and away from home.

*Cleaning out downspouts help with ice dams.

DRAINS

*Cover outside faucets with an insulated cover if not frost free.

*Unhook hoses and drain them before putting them away.

HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING

*Cover air conditioner with a protective cover.

*Replace air filter in furnace.

*Check duct work in attic and or basement for any leaks. 

*Inspect Chimney flue for cracks, creosote and soot buildup before starting a fire.  Also, check damper to see if it is working properly and not rusted, or warped.  This could help avoid a fire hazard.

ROOF

*Check for deteriorating flashing around vent pipes, chimney and sky lights.  Seal or replace where water could seep in.

*Check for any roof damage which could create water damage from snow or ice melting on roof.

What Makes SERVPRO Stand Out

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

As a restoration company, our aim is to be the trusted resource among clients. We ensure that we follow industry standard protocols. Our staff members go through IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration) training to be best prepared for all the services we offer. They are also certified with OSHA, Lead, and Asbestos awareness. We maintain a large inventory of equipment for residential and commercial work. The extensive list was added to this past week with more equipment being sent to our team. Air movers, dehumidification equipment, air scrubbers, specialty drying equipment including desiccants and generators all help complete the work in a timely manner. Lastly, our team members utilize technology and client documentation to make sure that everything is recorded properly. Our proprietary software that documents and records all the essential information is needed to make sure that these pieces are easily accessible.