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Water Damage Hides!

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls. Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals to monitor the drying process. Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized. Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers (pictured below) will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas. Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach. The bottom line? SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties have the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Is No Match For SERVPRO!

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

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. They 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. 

Take Precautions Before Vacation

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

During the summer months families try to take the time and get away for some quality time with each other. It is extremely important to remember the precautions around the home that one should take before leaving for an extended amount of time. It is important to unplug every outlet. This could be as simple as unplugging normal everyday items such as toasters, coffee makers and unused phone chargers. Taking the extra time to turn off water valves could result in a perfect vacation that doesn't end early due to a broken water line. It is also important to make sure you are taking double the precautions during the winter months in case of a frozen pipe. Most homeowners will choose to turn up the air, turn down the heat or turn off the controls completely when gone. These options should only be considered when the weather allows it to be. 

Emergency Water Damage Tips

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

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

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Services

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Worries of Winter Weather

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is cause by back flow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take according the American Red Cross. 

-Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses. 

-Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near the plumbing. 

-When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes. 

-keep your heat set to the same temperature both days and night. 

It Takes Science to Dry!

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know there is actually a science behind the drying process? having knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a 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, your local SERVPRO Professionals are trained in the sciences of drying and follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, your local SERVPRO professionals 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. 

Speeding Up Mother Nature

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO uses the term "Speeding up mother nature" a lot. What exactly does this mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will natural move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while your home or building is drying out.  SERVPRO professionals have the tool and equipment to help mother nature along, including equipment to help help dry hardwood floors, touch to reach spaces inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO also uses state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business. 

Heavy Storms Cause Damage In Troy, MO

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

On Sunday July 23rd, Most of the State of Missouri suffered heavy thunderstorms. This thunderstorm was quite heavy compared to the occasional rain that we have had through out the summer. Around 1:30 am, most residence awoke to heavy and loud winds rebounding off of their homes, mine included. The house shook with every thunder clap causing windows to rattle. As the electric flickered on and off the storm got eerily quiet while the wind picked up. Its moments like this when you wonder if this is the time you need to wake up your family and head to basement. However as I sat in my bed looking at the radar it was just thunderstorms. Waking up in the morning was a whole other story. The neighborhood looked like a tornado had hit it. As calls started coming into our office about water damage from the storm and trees falling on houses, it was not hard to believe that this storm could have been something more than what I had originally thought. When storms like this happen so quickly it is hard for water to dissipate into the ground at the same speed causing back ups into homes and walkout basements to flood. This is where SERVPRO comes in! 

Understanding Water Types

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or  other water sources; rainwater is also considered clean.  The term grey water is used  to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes grey water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive. 

 

Damage from Clean Water: 

-Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so. 

-Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist. 

-Remove as much excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items. 

-Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying. 

-Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place. 

-Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining. Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electric shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner. 

-Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

Damage from Contaminated Water: 

-Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items. 

-Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas. 

-Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. 

-Do not use household fans to dry the structure; airflow could spread contaminants. 

-Discard any food and or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas. 

When you have water damage don't' leave your property to chance. CALL SERVPRO TODAY! 

How to Prevent and Thaw Frozen Pipes

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

  • Water expands as it freezes, which can place  a great deal of pressure on whatever container it is enclosed in, including pipes, causing them to burst. 
  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold will freeze most frequently, such as those connected to outdoor hoses, swimming pool supply lines, and water supply lines in unheated interior areas such as crawl spaces or attics. 
  • There are simple steps that you can take to prevent frozen pipes before the onset of cold weather: 
    • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines and do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. 
    • Remove, drain and store hoses outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs and open the outside hose bibs so water can drain. Keep this valve open so any water that remains in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break. 
    • Locate water supply lines in and around the outside of your home that are in unheated areas and insulate these pipes. There are specific products designed to insulate pipes such as pipe sleeves or heat tape and even newspaper can provide protection to pipes that are exposed to extreme cold.

Is Your Property Ready For The Winter?

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Cold weather can have a huge impact n your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, 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 business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind and 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 lead to a damming effect, that can lead roof damages and interior water problems. 

-inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for property drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 

-inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slips surfaces and post caution signs  where water could be present. 

Its The Water You Don't See!

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. We can answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by our franchise.

-Moisture sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

-Moisture meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings allowing us to monitor the drying process.

-Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.  

The Science of Drying

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

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 pre-loss 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 hard wood 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. 

Happy Customers

1/15/2015 (Permalink)

We love sharing letters and testimonials from our satisfied customers. Here is one we recieve from a family who suffered a water loss right before the holidays.

"Having suffered a flooding catastrophe the Monday before Thanksgiving 2014, my husband and I were in a panic as to how this was to be fixed by Christmas 2014. Our insurance adjusters have us several companies to contact for estimates and SERVPRO was first on their list. It seems that Jacob Kyonka (Crew Chief) dropped everything he was involved in and made a beeline to our home to assess the damage. He gave us an estimate and time frame of completion, both of these seemed resonable and work started within days. His work crew was a young group of fellows who were very considerate of the customer. They had to maneuver basement steps, MANY MANY times and yet would always close the back door behind them (to avoid mice from entering) even thhough they had their hands full of debris and/or new construction. They stayed on task and asked many questions about how we would like things fixed and they always cleaned up any mess that was incurred during construction. They NEVER played loud music (Or any music at all) which was very refreshing. Any questions/concerns we might have were quickly answered/solved by Jake Kyonka even though we were some distance away from their main location. In conclusion, we would highly reccomend SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties to anyone who would choose to use their services. The cost was reasonable, the service was outstanding, and the job was well done. 

Thank you Larry and Jill. We appreciate such a wonderful testimony and we are extremely happy to have great customers such as yourselves. 

Pipes freezing and bursting during falling temperatures:

1/8/2014 (Permalink)

  • Cold weather can have a huge impact on you home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is freezing temperatures, damaging winds,sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage. While you can’t control the weather, you can take the 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 before winter weather hits (again…)

  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. ( Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinets doors open allowing warm air inside o circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucet, consider shutting the 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 the pipe.)