Recent Storm Damage Posts

Do You Have Storm “Four” Knowledge?

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparation in Springfield

Throughout life, there are many things you plan for. You try to structure your education so you’ll have a fulfilling and well-paying job. You may plan for a vacation weeks or even months ahead. Maybe you planned for the type of home you wanted, gathering blueprints, getting contractors lined up, choosing color swatches, etc.

But unfortunately, many of us don’t plan for disasters, natural or man-made. When they happen, people may say things like, “But I never saw it coming,” and “We didn’t have time to react.” Well, the time for action is long before a tragedy befalls you or your property!

According to FEMA, there are four main ways to prepare for storms you can and should do NOW:

  1. Get informed
  2. Make a plan
  3. Assemble a kit
  4. Maintain your plan and kit
  1. Get Informed - Many areas have local emergency management offices and/or a Red Cross Chapter. These organizations can provide you vital information concerning local emergency response arrangements, evacuation plans and emergency shelters. It’s also a good idea to invest in a NOAA Weather Radio that will alert you during any time of the day or night for when possible destructive conditions materialize.
  2. Make a Plan
  • Conduct a family meeting that will inform everyone what your emergency plans are.
  • Have an out-of-town contact that each one knows the number to. This is who you’ll call to inform where you are after a disaster strikes.
  • Teach your children how and when to call emergency numbers.
  • Have a prearranged location picked out as the place your family will meet in case you get separated from one another. Make sure everyone knows not only the best escape routes but the safe places to go inside your home if a tornado approaches.
  • Know how and when to turn off water, gas and electricity at the main switches or valves.
  • Have fire extinguishers ready and show everyone where they’re located and how to use them.
  • Inventory your possessions and keep that list along with important documents in a safe deposit box.
  • Keep your homeowners or renter’s insurance company’s telephone numbers readily available. (Also, be sure to keep SERVPRO® of Springfield/Greene County’s phone number close at hand!)
  1. Assemble a Kit – this is a collection of basic family needs you’ll need after a disaster. These should be stored in a portable container and enough to last you three days. It should include food, water, a battery powered radio, a flashlight, etc. You can find a full list of items for your survival kit at redcross.org.
  2. Maintain Your Plan – every six months, review your plans with your family, conduct evacuation drills and restock expiring food and perishables in your kit. Also, confirm your fire extinguisher is recharged and smoke alarm batteries are replaced.

Alan Lakein, an author on personal time management, once wrote, “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” That’s very empowering when you think about it. It’s almost like time traveling without a DeLorean or having to mess with all that space-time continuum stuff. Planning ahead for emergencies can also bring you great peace of mind. Think of it as an insurance policy against future disasters without the pesky premiums.

My House is Flooded, Now What?

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

A Flooded Basement After Recent Storms

What you can do until help arrives

Water Tips  |  Fire Tips   |  Biohazard Tips   |  Mold Tips

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (417) 865-7711

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

What To Do After a Storm Hits Your Home or Business

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Recent Storm leaves Flooded Basement

What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Have A  Storm or Water Damage Emergency? Call SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County at (417) 865-7711

Be Prepared for Winter Weather in Springfield Missouri 

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared for Winter Weather in Springfield Missouri 

What you should know about Winter Weather in Springfield, Missouri 

  • Know what to do before, during, and after a winter storm.

  • Listen to local officials.

  • Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.

  • Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.

  • Have a carbon monoxide alarm in place, especially if using alternative heating devices.

  • Use safe heating devices.

  • Have an Emergency plan in place with phone numbers to call in case of disaster such as Fire or Water Damages.  Call SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County 24 hours a day at 417-865-7711.

Emergency Kit

  • Include enough food, water, meds & anything used daily in your emergency kit to last for at least 72 hrs 
  • Before a Winter Storm: Have emergency supplies ready in your home; when the storm hits, stay put and off the roads. WinterSafety
  • Get ahead of winter storms by making sure your emergency kit for your car is fully stocked
  • Keep water, non-perishable food, and an extra set of warm clothes in the car in case you get stranded during winter weather. 
  • Prepare for winter by keeping an emergency supply kit in your car with these extras:
    • Jumper cables
    • Flares or reflective triangle
    • Ice scraper
    • Car cell phone charger
    • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction

Pet Safety

  • WinterSafety Tip: Bring your furry friends inside when temperatures take a dip! 
  • Tip: Wipe dog’s paws after each trip outside. Ice-melting chemicals or rock salt can cause irritation, sickness or be fatal #WinterSafety
  • WinterSafety Tip: Bring your furry friends inside when temperatures take a dip! 
  • Your pet may think antifreeze is sweet, but it can be deadly. 

Heating Safety

  • Space heaters cause 1/3 of home heating fires and 4/5 home heating fires deaths. 
  • Heating is the 2nd leading cause of home fires after cooking. 
  • Winter fires can be deadly. When using your fireplace always keep a metal or heat tempered screen around it to stay safe. 

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater.

  • If you’re running a portable generator, you need to have a working Carbon Monoxide alarm in your home. 

  • Winter Safety Tip: NEVER use a generator, camp stove, charcoal grill, gasoline or propane heater indoors.
  • NEVER heat a home by using the stovetop or oven. 
  • Keep generators outside at least 20 feet away from doors, windows, and vents to avoid accidental CO poisoning.
  • Wear layered clothing and use blankets to stay warm during a Winter Storm.

For more tips visit https://www.ready.gov

If your home is damaged by a winter weather storm call SERVPRO Springfield/Greene County at 417-865-7711.

For Immediate Service in Springfield/Greene County

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County provides 24-hour emergency service.

SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in the greater Springfield and Greene County area. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Whether your Springfield home needs emergency flood damage or your crawlspace has mold, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best.

So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians 

24-Hour Emergency Service
Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
Locally Owned and Operated
Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 
Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 417-865-7711



SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County is Hiring a Production Technician!

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County is hiring!

Do you love helping people through difficult situations?

Then, don’t miss your chance to join SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County as a new Production Technician. In this position, you will be making a difference each and every day. We have a sincere drive toward the goal of helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened”!

 Our Franchise is seeking someone who is comfortable working hard in challenging situations, enjoys meeting new people, has excellent communication skills, and is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Are you highly dependable and super-excited about routinely exceeding expectations? Then you may be our perfect hero!

As a valued SERVPRO® Franchise employee, you will receive a competitive pay rate, with opportunity to learn and grow.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Inventory and load the work vehicle with equipment, products, and supplies needed for each project.
  • Maintain a clean and organized vehicle and clean equipment appearance.
  • Prepare rooms/areas for work activities. Set up staging area and equipment for each project.
  • Leave jobsite with a clean and orderly appearance.
  • Perform production processes following SERVPRO® production guidelines per work order per crew chief directions.
  • Ensure clear two-way communication with crew chief and other technicians (especially regarding customer needs and concerns).
  • Perform end-of-day/end-of-job cleanup and breakdown. Leave jobsite with a clean and orderly appearance.

Position Requirements

  • Effective oral communication
  • Basic math skills
  • Experience in cleaning/restoration preferred
  • High school diploma/GED
  • IICRC certifications preferred
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds regularly, occasionally up to 100 pounds with assistance
  • Ability to climb ladders, work at ceiling heights, work in tight spaces (e.g., crawls spaces, attics)
  • Ability to sit/stand/walk for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to repetitively push/pull/lift/carry objects
  • Ability to work with/around cleaning products/chemicals
  • Ability to travel locally and out of state when necessary
  • Ability to successfully complete a background check subject to applicable law

To apply please click the Contact Us portion of our website and send us your resume. 

SERVPRO® of Springfield/Greene County is an EOE M/F/D/V employer

When Storms or Floods Hit Springfield, SERVPRO is ready!

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Springfield/Greene County.

SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

At SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County  we are local family owned and operated business with 30 plus years of experience, 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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Springfield/Greene 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 http://www.SERVPROspringfieldgreenecounty.com/storm-flooding-restoration that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 417-865-7711