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When DIY is Not a Good Idea

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When DIY is Not a Good Idea Water Damage Springfield Missouri

Many people attempt to save money on the expense of water or mold damage restoration by skipping the process of hiring restoration professionals. Instead, they try to handle the tear-out and dry-out processes themselves. For many “minor” spills (those only involving a few gallons of water at most), this can be fine as long as the spill is cleaned up quickly and occurs well away from walls or other places where the moisture from the spill can reach a gap and seep into the subfloor.

But that kind of DIY is usually NAGI (not a good idea). Whenever there's a major amount of moisture damage, it's very important for a professional restoration service like SERVPRO of Springfield Greene County to be brought in to manage the dry-out process. Without the help of a trained and experienced expert, someone who attempts DIY moisture removal may miss pockets of moisture in the building, leading to:

  • Damaged building infrastructure - moisture can seep into the structural materials behind the walls and under the floor, causing damage. But with proper dry-out and moisture remediation, much of the damage can be mitigated or even avoided.
  • Warped flooring - when moisture seeps into subfloor materials, it can cause wooden boards to shift, bend, and cup. This creates an uneven floor and poses a safety risk to the building’s occupants.
  • Mold growth - left unchecked, moisture trapped in a building can promote the growth of mold, particularly in cool, dark places such as basements and in-between walls. As any IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Specialist can tell you, mold spores in the air pose a serious respiratory risk to children and people with respiratory conditions such as asthma.

As a general rule of thumb, if the water or mold damage to your home or business is severe enough to warrant an insurance claim, then you shouldn't try to handle the restoration process on your own. Damage that occurs as a result of DIY restoration efforts is typically not covered by insurance, and restoration work can be hazardous for those who haven't been trained for the risks associated with working with dirty water, mold, and water-damaged structures.

As a character of Clint Eastwood once said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” So, if you don’t have experience making water or mold damage “Like it Never Even Happened”, then give SERVPRO of Springfield Greene County a call immediately!

Our Fleet is Growing Again

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

General Our Fleet is Growing Again SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County newest fleet addition, a New Promaster Cargo Van.

SERVPRO Of Springfield/Greene County recently added additional new equipment to better serve our residential and commercial customers in Southwest Missouri.   We have added a Dodge Promaster commercial cargo van to our fleet complete with a  HydraMaster Dual capacity vacuum and water outlet for steam cleaning and extraction. 

We have added a new mold and duct cleaning trailer with state of the art cleaning tools and industrial air compressor, a cutting edge Invisitag tracking system with GPS tracking and numerous low velocity air moving fans.  The additional equipment better positions us to handle our increasing growth as well as very large commercial building water and fire disasters that require large amounts of equipment and expertise. 

We also have regional large loss connections with other SERVPRO operations in the area to team up with additional large loss equipment and labor so we can handle the largest jobs that happen in Southwest Missouri.

Commercial Fire Damage Southwest Missouri

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Southwest Missouri This is a recent Fire and Water Damage in a Commercial building in Southwest Missouri.

This is a recent Fire and Water Damage in a Commercial building in Southwest Missouri. This building was adjacent to a warehouse that was completely demolished by fire.  SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County was called and we completed emergency services by extracting and cleaning the flooded floors left behind from the Fire Department when putting out the fire. Our employees worked diligently through the night to extract the water left over from the Fire Department.  The floors were also covered in soot as you can see in the photos,  so we steam cleaned the floors, to keep the rest of the plant from getting cross contaminated with soot.

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. Like this situation, in many instances your Southwest Missouri property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home or business to pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Springfield/Greene County Home.

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Springfield/Greene County Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 417-865-7711

Recent Flooding Causes Damage Downtown Springfield Missouri

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Recent Flooding Causes Damage Downtown Springfield Missouri Commercial Water damage that happened during recent flooding in downtown Springfield, Missouri.

Water Damage Springfield, Missouri

This is a Commercial Water damage that happened during recent flooding in downtown Springfield, Missouri.  Crews from SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County worked through the night to get the water extracted and the business operational the next day.  As many as 50% of businesses close after a major disaster.   Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.  Does your business have a plan for a disaster emergency? If not you may contact us today to get started on your Emergency Ready Plan at (417) 865-7711

 Tips for Water Damages

When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County responds quickly to your Springfield business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,650 Franchises.

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County offers professional cleaning and preventative maintenance for your carpet and upholstery that keeps your property looking its best. Our cleaning system offers a number of specialized cleaning options to match your needs. Whether your business needs a deep cleaning or a persistent odor removed, you can trust SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services

SERVPRO of Springfield recognizes Fire Prevention Week

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Springfield recognizes Fire Prevention Week SERVPRO of Springfield recognizes Fire Prevention Week

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

http://www.fpw.org/

Commercial Water Damage in Springfield

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in Springfield Commercial Water Damage in Springfield office

Commercial Water Damage After Major Flooding in Springfield / Greene County

After a recent flooding event this Springfield Commercial building had a sump pump failure in the basement portion of their building resulting in over two inches of water throughout the entire basement level.  Within an hour the SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County crew was on the scene and removed hundreds of gallons of water.  Our crew pumped the water out then extracted the flooring using a truck mounted machine that has 100 pounds per square inch vacuum force.  The baseboards were also removed and the surfaces were prepped to set the drying equipment and dehumidifiers. The structure was dry after about 4 days, our crews reattached the baseboards the carpets were steamed and furniture cleaned and replaced. 

If your Springfield area home or business has a water damage, call SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County at 417-865-7711  

Springfield and Greene County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Springfield and Greene County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Springfield Mold Remediation

f you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene C ounty specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 417-865-7711

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists Can Restore Your Springfield Area Home

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

General Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists Can Restore Your Springfield Area Home We Are an IICRC Firm

SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County

SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Click here to Meet Our Crew

IICRC Certifications

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

This four-day course covers mold and sewage remediation techniques and how to perform these procedures in the field while protecting the health and safety of workers and occupants on your property.

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)

Technicians learn to dry water-damaged structures efficiently and effectively using monitoring devices, extraction systems, and drying equipment. This three-day course includes comprehensive classroom and hands-on training to develop technical and practical drying expertise.

  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)

This two-day course covers pre-inspection, fabric identification, cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning techniques for residential and commercial applications.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT)

Technicians will learn about types of smoke and fire damage, job planning, equipment, and practical cleaning procedures in fire and smoke settings. This two-day course also includes instruction on odor and deodorization concepts.

  • Odor Control Technician (OCT)

Technicians learn to address odors and deodorization techniques. This one-day course covers odor control caused by biological sources such as decomposition, urine contamination, mold, and other sources.

  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT)

Technicians learn fiber identification and upholstery cleaning methods. This two-day course also covers identifying upholstery cleaning problems before fabrics shrink, bleed, crown, or distort.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)

This three-day course covers the concepts of water damage and its effects in residential and commercial settings. Technicians learn techniques and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

SERVPRO of Springfield recognizes Fire Prevention Week

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Springfield recognizes Fire Prevention Week SERVPRO of Springfield recognizes Fire Prevention Week

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

http://www.fpw.org/