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Gutter Damage After A Storm Can be Costly

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

Most homeowners in Greene County make the common mistake of not checking out their home’s or businesses' roofs after a severe weather event. That’s an omission that could cost you dearly in the future.

Rain, snow, hail, sleet, and high winds can cause gutter damage. Some of that damage is easy to spot, like downspouts that have detached and tumbled over. But sometimes storm gutter damage is difficult to observe as it can be hidden entirely from ground level. If it goes unnoticed, it can cause problems later to your home's interior.

What is Gutter Damage? 

A storm, wind or heavy rain can loosen and bend gutters and downspouts. Here at SERVPRO, we have seen countless damaged gutters, especially if they’re old, in bad condition, and not securely attached. Heavy rains can also wash leaves and dirt into your gutters, causing a potential clog. Once clogged, they no longer carry water away from the roof. When the gutters stop doing the job that they are designed to do, there is a potential for backup and water damage to the roof or interior of your Greene County home. So after a storm passes, it is vital that you have your gutters and roof inspected.

What Can Happen if Gutters Aren’t Repaired

  1. Weakened foundation: Depending on the size of your home, every inch of rainfall can translate to over 1000 gallons of water pouring down your roof! When gutters function properly, that water will flow through a downspout and away from your home. But when clogged or damaged or the downspout is detached, water will pour down your walls. Pooling water around your foundation can cause erosion, leading to foundation cracks and settling which can weaken the structure of your home.
  2. Additional gutter damage: When your gutters are clogged and the water has no place to go, they can become very heavy. A gallon of water weighs over 8 pounds and just one foot of gutter can hold up to 2 gallons. Add that to the mass of dead leaves and other gunk and you can see how all that extra weight can bend your gutters or tear them away from the roof.
  3. Wall and ceiling damage: Trapped water from damaged or clogged gutters can rot the wooden fascia boards your gutters are mounted to, allowing moisture to enter your home. And during our Missouri winters, clogged gutters can help create ice dams which can drive snow melt underneath your shingles.
  4. Wet basement: If your basement hasn’t been waterproofed, the water pouring down your foundation due to damaged gutters can seep through your basement’s porous walls and floor, leading to a damp basement. And where it’s damp and dark, mold can easily begin to grow, quickly becoming a problem.
  5. Insect invasions: Nobody wants mosquitoes buzzing around in their backyard. But pooling water in broken or clogged gutters is a perfect breeding ground for them. Mud and damp leaves can also be a welcoming spot for bees and wasps to build their nests.

As you’ve probably noticed, severe weather events in Greene County are more than a rare occurrence. Since having secure gutters is essential to protect your home and your valuable assets inside, it’s a good idea to get your gutter system inspected to catch potential issues. When problems are found by a SERVPRO professional, they’ll offer you a detailed plan of action to repair the damage early on to save you money down the road. 

It is always a good time to get your roof inspected even if you do not think there’s an issue. SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County can provide an inexpensive, professional assessment of your roof, rain gutters, attic, and all other related parts that make up the home's protective shield.

Debunking 4 Fire Sprinkler Myths

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

There’s no denying a fire could cause devastating damage to your Greene County commercial property. And without a way to extinguish the flames quickly, some of your workers and customers could be severely injured or killed. That's why having a commercial fire sprinkler system is vital.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), when sprinklers are installed, the chances of dying in a fire are diminished by 80 percent and the average property loss due to fire is cut by 50 to 66 percent, compared to fires where there are no sprinklers.

While it’s unquestionable that sprinklers are crucial tools for defense against fires, there are still many misconceptions about how sprinklers truly work. So, let’s talk about 4 common myths concerning commercial fire sprinkler systems and why they’re wrong.

Myth 1: Water Damage Produced by Sprinklers Cost More Than Fire Damage

FACT:  Sprinkler systems are more cost-effective when compared to the damage caused by other firefighting efforts. Since sprinklers can keep a fire contained within one room rather than allowing flames and smoke to spread through a building, most fire damage cleaning is reduced to one area. Additionally, water damage as a result of fire hoses regularly costs more to restore. Sprinklers discharge only 8-24 gallons of water per minute, while fire hoses gush 50-125 gallons per minute.

MYTH 2: All Sprinkler Heads Discharge During a Fire

FACT: Sprinkler heads are designed to only respond to fire temperatures above 155 °F. A temperature-sensitive glass bulb filled with a liquid or metal alloy hold fire sprinkler heads in place. The glass applies pressure to a pipe cap, stopping water from streaming through the system. So, only sprinkler heads close to a fire will be set off, leaving unaffected areas dry.

MYTH 3: Sprinklers are Too Sensitive

FACT: Although you want your sprinkler system to be sensitive to fires, that doesn’t mean they will be set off by somebody burning their lunch or lighting a cigarette. Only 1 in 16 million sprinkler heads trigger by accident, so their benefits far overshadow any risks.

Myth 4: Smoke Alarms Activate Sprinkler Systems

FACT: Fire sprinkler systems and smoke alarms function separately. Smoke alarms detect smoke particles which causes them to alarm. This is very important, because you want a warning before a fire has extended too far. But sprinkler system heads are only heat activated. The one will not set off the other.

As a business owner, you’re aware that safety is needed to keep your operations running smoothly. To help ensure your Greene County company will be safer from fire damage, it’s a good idea to install commercial sprinklers and mount fire extinguishers throughout your facility.

But if the unexpected does occur, help is nearby. At SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County, we’re both fire damage and water damage clean up professionals. We offers 24-Hour Emergency Recovery Services and are committed to getting your business back on its feet as quickly as possible.

Even Tobacco Smoke Odor is Hazardous

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Have you ever bought or rented a home in southwest Missouri that had been completely restored yet sometimes you could still smell cigarette smoke?  That’s because after years of smoking, even the bones of a house can be infused with tobacco odor, leaving unpleasant smells in all rooms, not just  where someone has smoked. SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County knows how strong these odors can get. We have to work just as hard to eliminate smoke odor as we do house fire malodors.

Why tobacco smoke is such a big problem

Cigarette smoke leaves a yellowish-brown, gluey residue that sticks to all surfaces of a home, making it difficult and time-consuming to remove. If you have ever cleaned walls or windows that have been exposed to cigarette smoke, then you’ve likely seen this residue.

According to the American Lung Association, cigarettes contain over 7,000 chemicals (40 of which are associated with cancer) that not even the strongest air purifier can eliminate from your home. But it’s not just an odor problem.

How tobacco smoke affects your home

Studies conducted by the San Diego State University indicate that third-hand smoke from walls, carpets and curtains can have a significant impact on a person’s health. Toxic and volatile compounds from cigarettes build up in drywall and in soft furnishings. Children, in particular, are at risk of disease caused by exposure to the toxins from third-hand smoke.

“There’s a big illusion that when tobacco smoke disappears, we’re safe,” said SDSU psychology professor Georg Matt, director of the resource center. “Unfortunately, some of the most toxic compounds clinch to surfaces. They get embedded in carpets, they coat walls, they penetrate into walls. They become part of the indoor environment.”

Smoking not only affects the people exposed to smoke, but it also produces odorous substances that stick to every surface of the area where smoking has taken place. The yellowish-brown substance eliminated through smoking bonds to walls, furniture, and plastics, and can permanently change their appearance. Cigarette smoke also penetrates more odor-absorbing objects, such as insulation, carpets, upholstery, bedding, clothes, and many more.

Additionally, a buildings HVAC system carries smoke odor and chemicals throughout the structure. That means that the buildup of dust and debris inside the ducting that absorbed those odors needs to be removed and the entire ducting system will need to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

How professionals remove tobacco smoke odor

There is no magic formula that removes these residues and malodors.

Masking odors with air fresheners only works temporarily and may pose health risks. Moreover, covering up tobacco smell with a fresh coat of paint without cleaning or using a primer first won’t effectively eliminate the odor. Within a short period of time, smoke residue will begin leaking through the paint and spread offensive odors through the room, just like before.

The only effective way to remove tobacco residue and odor is with a very thorough cleaning then sealing of all structural surfaces. SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County, your southwest Missouri restoration specialists, begin tobacco smoke removal by cleaning all surfaces, using deodorizers to eliminate every tiny particle of tobacco smoke. Once we’ve cleaned all visible surfaces, we use specific equipment (such as hydroxyl generators and/or ozone generators) that abolish the odor molecules that are inaccessible, such as inside walls and ducting.

We next use a sealant that locks in stains and odors. After that, surfaces will be made ready to refinish, paint, or apply new coverings. Finally, our team confirms that all surfaces have been sanitized and treated to ensure odors stay away from you and your property.

SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County are professionals at removing smoke residue and odors, no matter their source. So don’t continue to suffer from unwelcome odors and stains. Let us provide your home with a breath of fresh air!

Biohazard Cleanup – What, When and Why?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

When you hear the word “Biohazard”, what comes to mind? You may think of situations such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. But biohazards also stem from traumatic events where blood, human or animal residues, chemical spills, and more are involved. They include these scenarios:

Biohazard cleanup involves cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing areas where such traumatic events have occurred. Cleanup after these events is a serious business that not just anyone can handle. The threats involved caused by bacteria, viruses, and infectious diseases can put your health and safety at risk. Frequently, these pathogens are invisible, making cleanup an even more problematic task for the inexperienced.

You may think that if the police are involved, someone else will clean up the aftereffects. But the state of Missouri isn’t responsible for cleaning up crime scenes. After police investigators collect evidence from a scene, it’s up to the property owner to hire a biohazard remediation company like SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County. But we can arrive onsite only after the police have gathered enough evidence related to the crime.

SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County is trained in the cleanup and remediation of all types of trauma situations. We have a team of highly professional experts who have experience in these matters who follow proper training and safety procedures. We specialize in fast and thorough cleanup work to ensure the safety and security of everyone involved.

Does Biohazard Cleanup Require Certification?

To become a biohazard technician, obtaining certification is not required. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does require biohazard technicians to properly wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when dealing with bloodborne pathogens, because every time technicians handle potentially hazardous materials they’re put at significant risk.

The SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County team employs state-of-the-art protective equipment and cleanup processes that follow strict safety protocols outlined by OSHA and EPA. Furthermore, we provide up-to-date bioremediation training for technicians that includes best practices, proprietary methods, and safety compliance.

The SERVPRO Biohazard Cleanup Process

  • We start cleanup efforts as quickly as possible.
  • We remove all potentially infectious materials from the site.
  • Hazardous medical waste is handled in compliance with OSHA regulations. It’s then processed and sent to a licensed hazardous medical waste incinerator.
  • Technicians remove porous materials like fabric and carpeting following industry standards and Missouri state regulations.
  • Non-hazardous materials are either removed or decontaminated and sanitized if they are considered salvageable.
  • After cleanup and sanitization, affected areas are deodorized, and walls and flooring may be sealed to cover any remaining stains from the incident.

SERVPRO strives to be exceptionally sensitive to these situations by showing extra care and compassion and we do our best to understand that those involved may be emotionally vulnerable.

As with any type of property damage, SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County restoration professionals ensure that their actions don’t worsen the sense of loss of the property owners. Before we’re able to arrive on the scene, follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

How Not to Return Home to Water Damage

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

After what has seemed an eternity, many will finally be able to enjoy a vacation away from home this year. While these are usually enjoyable, happy, calming, and battery charging events, all that good may come crashing down the minute you return home if when you open the door you step into standing water. Discovering water damage in your Springfield or Greene County home is a nightmare you’ll never want to experience.

To avoid this kind of situation, homeowners must be aware of and put into place the following defenses to prevent flooding emergencies and water damage while they are away. The preparation and extra efforts can pay off in the form of thousands of dollars saved and your peace of mind. 

4 Steps to Take Before Leaving Home

  1. Shut Off the Main Water Valve - Before leaving town, shut off the main water line to avoid any chance of water damage while you’re away. Some water meter setups have two valves, one on the street side of the meter and another on the house side. In colder climates, you’ll characteristically find the main shutoff in the basement near the front of the house. In warmer areas, it’ll be outside the home fastened to an exterior wall or in an underground box with a removable cover.
  2. Shut Off Water Supply Valves - If you can’t shut off the main water supply due to having an automatic sprinkler system or somebody is watering the plants while you’re away, shut off the valves to the most common sources of water damage such as washing machines, dishwashers, and ice makers, in case a hose blows or detaches. Supply stops usually have a little round or oval knob you turn clockwise to shut off the flow of water.
  3. Replace Water Supply Lines - To avoid water damage, especially when you’re not home, be sure to install stainless steel braided water supply lines on all your appliances, faucets and toilets. They last far longer than rubber or plastic hoses and are unlikely to leak. They also stop mice from gnawing into the lines. A pair of washing machine hoses will usually cost less than $20. Shorter kinds for faucets or toilets are also available.
  4. Check Your Gutters - A 1,000 sq. ft. roof will shed about 620 gallons of water during a 1 inch rainfall. That’s a ton of water dumped next to your basement. Therefore, before going away on a vacation, check your gutters. Make sure leaves, sticks or other debris are not obstructing the inlet of the downspout and stopping water from flowing down the spout. Also double-check that all downspout extensions are discharging the water far away from the foundation.

Water Damage is More Than a Nuisance

The reasons to take the preceding precautions before leaving on vacation are numerous. Besides the headaches and costs, you may also experience these other problems triggered by water damage:

  • Structural Damage
  • Mold
  • Health Problems
  • Bad Odors
  • Stains
  • Electrical Damage

We’ve all been through a lot recently, so we hope that you will never have to experience water damage, especially after a relaxing vacation. But if the unforeseen arises, let SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County ease your mind by eliminating all traces of such a terrible event. We’ll do all the work so that you can sit back and enjoy your pictures, videos and memories.

Powerful Storms are Here to Stay

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

A tree has fallen onto a house after a strong storm came through the Springfield area A tree has fallen on a home after a strong spring storm came through the Springfield area.

Does it seem to you that Missouri storms are becoming both more frequent and more violent? Well, they are. Actually, there has been a staggering rise in the number of extreme weather events globally over the past 20 years, driven largely by rising global temperatures and other climatic changes.

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has published a report showing that from 2000 to 2019, there were 7,348 major natural disasters around the world, killing 1.23 million people and resulting in $2.97 trillion in global economic losses. By comparison, the previous 20-year period, 1980-1999, had 4,212 natural disasters, claiming 1.19 million lives and causing $1.63 trillion in economic losses.

A recent U.S. government report shows the devastating effects of climate change. The U.S. Global Change Research Program, a team of 13 federal agencies, was put together with the help of 300 leading scientists. It found that if greenhouse emissions aren’t reduced, the annual average global temperature could increase 9 degrees Fahrenheit or more by the end of this century. This will cause more occurrences of fires and flooding.

In areas with forests, the report anticipates that wildfire seasons could burn up to six times more land annually by 2050, damaging buildings in those regions. On the coasts, facilities and infrastructure are threatened by rising sea levels, flooding, and storm surges, which will affect $1 trillion of real estate. Sea levels have already gone up 7 to 8 inches since 1900, with almost half that rise occurring since 1993.

On top of that, a recent study published in the journal Science made known that the frequency of large-scale tornado outbreaks (events lasting one to three days, featuring several thunderstorms along with six or more tornadoes in close succession) have been increasing in the U.S., almost doubling in the last half century.

Why You Should Plan a Course of Action

"These are all things we should expect to see more and more of as climate change takes a deeper hold on our climate and on the extremities that it creates in our weather," Jeff Schlegelmilch, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, told weather.com in a recent interview.

We don’t provide this information to scare you. These are realities of the times we live in. They’re also an important part of the challenges that many in Missouri will face in coming years as we’re forced to prepare for more instances of fires, flooding and wind damage.

What Can Homeowners Do?

Acting swiftly is crucial as this will lessen damage, limit further loss and reduce restoration costs. Know ahead of time who to call for help if storm damage occurs. As a locally owned and operated business SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County is nearby and ready to respond 24/7 to your flooding or storm damage emergency. We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained crews have the specialized equipment and resources to handle the job and get your home back to normal quickly.

What Can Businesses Owners Do?

To eliminate as much down time as possible, it’s important to plan now for disasters. Preparedness planning tools like the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program can help business owners know who to call and what to do when disaster strikes. Under this program, a business owner works with a SERVPRO disaster recovery specialist to create an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for their facility, at no charge. This comprehensive document contains critical information about the business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas.

Having this information in hand helps business owners and SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County react to an unexpected event quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption. And, because disasters are unexpected, there’s a Smartphone app and web version of the Program available to provide business owners with access to their ERP 24/7.

So, whether you’re a homeowner or business owner, small or large, and you’ve experienced storm damage, give SERVPRO a call. Besides having a national network of over 1,700 franchises, we also have access to special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to catastrophic storms and events day or night.

Frozen Pipes in your Southwest Missouri Hotel

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

Exterior of hotel Hotel flooded during recent Polar Vortex due to burst pipes

During a recent Polar Vortex, a Springfield area hotel suffered burst shower line on the 3rd floor causing damage to 6 guest rooms, extending down into all three levels including the main level of the hotel’s common areas, hallways, laundry room, gym and the lobby.

As you can imagine this caused the hotel staff a headache in having to relocate guests to other rooms in unaffected areas of the hotel, this can be a significant concern for hotel staff as this can lead to lost revenue and safety hazards. To compound the issue our area was facing terrible road conditions due to ice and record cold temperatures. SERVPRO teams gathered their tools and safety mad the trek to begin mitigation efforts. Our teams safely completed the demolition that was needed in many of the spaces, including the removal of ceilings, sheetrock and insulation we did minimize demolition as much as possible while still removing what is absolutely needed in order to get the structure safe and try. After 6 days the structure was completely dry and ready to make any repairs that were necessary. A quick demolition, drying response helps minimize damage in the long run and ensure repairs can be made in a timely manner, so your business is not disrupted any further. While we hope this never happens to you, if you ever find yourself in this situation, please call SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County at 417-865-7711, we will act quickly to make sure and take care of your water damaged hotel.

What to do when your Library is facing a Water Damage

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Hundreds of books being packed away into boxes in a library SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County recently packed out hundreds of books in a local library that was damaged by water during a Polar Vortex

When water damage happens, you must react quickly to protect the structural integrity plus the contents of the building.  In the case of a library the sheer number of contents that have been damaged can be stressful and overwhelming to the library staff.  To compound that stress, the longer the water is present the more hazardous conditions can become for the staff and the more damage can be spread destroying the many books, magazines, electronics and many other resources.  This is why choosing the right restoration professionals for a water damage this size is so important. SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County has the expertise and tools to get the job done.  Our team has dried out and restored several libraries in the southwest Missouri area and most recently during the polar vortex helped a local library quickly pack out, and remove hundreds of books, magazines amongst many other paper materials, and also get the job drying to mitigate further damage to their library itself. We were able to save hundreds of books by our quick action. 

It is vital for your southwest Missouri library to have a plan in place to be prepared for a water damage emergency.  By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY  Profile for your library or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Contact Us today to set up your Emergency Ready Profile Plan.  

A Spring Cleaning Checklist for Missouri Property Managers

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Winter is over. (Yay!) But with warmer weather comes a whole new set of concerns and projects for property managers. It’s spring cleaning time! Since there’s so much to do, this time of year can feel daunting. But by creating a thorough plan of action, you’ll have a better handle on what needs to be done.

The following checklist* will help you strategize what needs to be taken care of in, on, and around your properties each spring. While some of these tips are not strictly seasonal, they are good reminders of the maintenance you should be doing on a regular schedule.

  • Reconnect with Your Tenants

If you don’t already publish one, now is a great time to start an email newsletter for your tenants that describes all of the things you’ll be doing for them as well as the actions they can take to make their spring and summer as cool and uneventful as possible.

When giving your tenants maintenance tips, do so in a helpful and considerate way. Don’t tell them what to do, rather, offer helpful spring cleaning tips, such as cleaning their windows and doors to remove soil buildup from over the winter.

A newsletter is also a great way to remind tenants about the things they’re responsible for maintaining. For instance, if you’re renting out a house and the tenant is responsible for cutting the grass, a gentle reminder can be included. It’s also a great place to remind your tenants that they can, and should, let you know about any issues that need to be taken care of.

  • General Maintenance - Outside

For properties where you’re responsible for maintaining the common areas, be sure to keep up with general maintenance tasks, such as cleaning up the landscaping as the effects of winter melt away. Those things should be done as quickly as possible. General maintenance jobs such as the following are especially important in springtime:

  • Maintaining landscaping
  • Cleaning and repairing drainage systems
  • Checking the roof for leaks or problems
  • Ensuring all doors lock properly
  • Checking for cracks in the caulk
  • Checking the fire system

These things should be done throughout the year, but it’s helpful to add them to your spring checklist.

  • General Maintenance - Inside

Now’s a good time to replace the batteries in smoke detectors as well as carbon monoxide sensors (if needed). These tasks should be done twice a year, so schedule them for the first day of spring and the first day of fall. You can also add to your list a reminder to change HVAC filters in your property HVAC systems. By doing so now you can verify that the air conditioning is working in every one of your rental units. But as a general rule, you'll want to replace pleated air filters every 90 days. The longer the filter is in place, the more dirt, dust and allergens are trapped, clogging the filter and decreasing their efficiency and the life of the unit.

While doing those things, why not check that all included appliances at the property are being properly maintained and in working order. They need regular maintenance and cleaning to last as long as possible. Be sure you arrange all maintenance work according to what’s outlined in your lease agreement to prevent any problems or miscommunications.

  • Stock Up on Supplies

Many items turn up missing or damaged when you turn over a property. Others are often requested by tenants. So, stock up on critical supplies such as A/C filters, light bulbs of several wattages, various screws and fasteners, faucet aerators, water filters, shower heads, and water heater heating elements.

This is a great time of year to stockpile these as there are often sales on home improvement items during spring months when so many are concentrating on spring cleaning.

  • Revise Your Budget

People move most frequently during spring and early summer months, so set your budget and calendar for additional carpet cleaning appointments, painters, paint and supplies, as well as general maintenance on move-outs. Cleaning or replacing everything that needs to be turned over in your Missouri property can add up. Furthermore, the costs of supplies and services change each year. So, update your budget and operating costs appropriately. This should be done every year, so why not now?

  • Plan for the Future

You always want to provide for your tenants the safest possible environment. Part of ensuring their security is having a solid Emergency Ready Plan in place. As a property owner or manager, it’s one of your biggest responsibilities.

Now is the time to contact SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County who will help you set one up. They are your Greene County area go-to contact whether your property suffers water or fire damage, storm damage, sewage backup, mold infestation and more. Additionally, they have the tools and experience to clean and sanitize any property that needs disinfection due to COVID-19.

*While this list covers many aspects of your job, it’s important to personalize the checklists you use. Only you know exactly how your business works and what needs to be dealt with at any particular time. Make sure you adjust this checklist to include anything that’s unique or required for your properties.

Polar Vortex affects Area Churches

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Exterior of a local church with bright green SERVPRO trucks parked in front of the building You can prepare your church for potential water damages or other disasters by getting a contingency plan in place call us today at 417-865-7711

The Polar Vortex event of February 2021 greatly affected many Southwest Missouri area churches causing pipes to burst.  SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County was privileged to be able to assist many of them in mitigating their water damage.    When water freezes it expands, this expansion puts pressure on water pipes and they burst.  Our goal at SERVPRO is to get these buildings dried out as quickly as possible to prohibit fungal growth and to allow the churches to be able to continue to hold worship services for their parishioners.

In this particular church building multiple pipes burst flooding and causing damage to around 16,000 square feet of their building including the sanctuary, hallways, classrooms and cafe.   Our crews performed a 2 foot flood cut to all the affected dry wall and removed any wet insulation, set air movers and dehumidifiers and air scrubbers. 

You can prepare your church for potential water damages or other disasters by getting a contingency plan in place.  SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County has an Emergency Ready Profile that is a free assessment of your church or business, when a disaster strikes the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile or ERP identifies prioritized points of contact for authorizing the cleanup and restoration to begin.  We have helped many churches with their disaster and getting a back up plan in place to be able to hold worship services.  The ERP provides detailed information like gas and water shut off valve locations and other information that is nice to have at your fingertips such as utility company information and facility management personnel name and contact information.  You can protect your church or business by setting up an Emergency Ready Profile today.  Contact us at 417-865-7711.