What comes after the fire?
Fires have many different origins, and the damage they cause varies in severity, but is devastating to the people and structures affected .
When a fire happens, the aftermath is very overwhelming. Many times, people are left wondering – what now? Who do I call? Can any of my belongings be salvaged? Soot from fire not only soils surfaces, it is also hazardous to your health. We will work with you and your insurance company to take care of you after a Fire Damage occurs. We inform you of your options, and we are available to call 24/7 to get you help faster. You and your family’s health and safety come first. We can provide you with the information you need to start putting the pieces back together, safely. Soot residue causes headaches, scratchy throat, and dizziness that can be experienced within a short amount of time during contact. The fact is, soot exposer can cause long term effects including cancer and lung problems that can creep up much later. SERVPRO technicians are trained in Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration, and have the expertise needed to put your mind at ease, and help get your life back. From furniture, clothing, nic nacs and collectibles, to important papers and those precious paper projects your kids and grandkids made, SERVPRO of Jefferson City knows how valuable those items are to you. In most cases, we can actually clean those precious items held dear. With our specialized cleaning tools, we are able to remove the soot and odor and return to you safely. For more information on Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration, or to request help now, call the experts who are faster to any sized disaster, and can make it "Like it never even happened." : SERVPRO of Jefferson City 573-635-5883.
Water in Categories
You can prevent illness and minimize secondary damages by contacting your SERVPRO professionals right away!
When dealing with a water loss, it is important to know there is more in the water than just water! As stated in the previous blog, pathogens are carried in water, and the likelihood for microbial growth is greatly increased when coupled with the passage of time, and structural intrusion. In dealing with water damages, there are 3 categories: Category 1, 2 and 3. Water health and safety conditions change with the passing of time, and it is for this reason, the most important factor in mitigating a water loss is response time. When you notice a water leak, whether big or small, getting professional help quickly is key to preventing further damage, minimizing mitigation costs, and to prevent possible illness. As water passes through such things as carpet and building structures, it becomes contaminated. Therefore, even a Category 1, clean water damage, can become contaminated, Category 3 water, in just a matter of time. This type of contaminated water requires increased safety methods for mitigating, and we are highly trained in this area. For health reasons and to minimize loss, a quick response is imperative. We can get to you faster when you call right away!
An Introduction : Water Has Many Faces
We love the joys of water, from recreation to hydration. But here at SERVPRO, we know the damages it can bring as well, and we are here for you.
Water - life’s sustenance, the world’s most valuable resource, accounts for an estimated 70 % of the earth’s surface. According to the USGS Water Science School, the adult human body contains up to 60 % water. It is commonly known that it is necessary to consume a certain amount of water in order to survive and support cell growth as well as promote healthy digestion. Ironically, water is also the leading cause for destruction and damage in North America (RSA, 2015). Excessive amounts of water comes not only in the form of hurricanes, but most water damage actually occurs in building structures due to rain, construction defects, plumbing failures, damage from freezing and even improper maintenance. Water is so very unique because it is the only natural substance that is found in 3 states – liquid, solid, and gas – at temperatures normal to the earth. Often overlooked when it comes to thinking of the dangers of water, according to Restoration Sciences Academy (2015) it is also the single leading carrier of pathogens in the world today. Furthermore, the elements supporting microbial growth are always present; leaving only the addition of excessive moisture to create a destructive chain reaction in which microorganisms can multiply and cause structural deterioration, create odors, and potentially create serious health issues for building occupants. For these reasons, it is very important to properly and professionally mitigate water damage after a loss. All restorers should follow the standard of care for water restoration, IICRC. SERVPRO of Jefferson City has this expertise, and we are here when you need us to help answer your questions and safety mitigate any damages from water that you may experience.
Did you know ? Building and Reconstructive Services
Here Ayrika and Daniel are performing demo after extensive water damage to a local home.
When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris. Keeping you, your family/ customers safe after an emergency is our number one priority. Helping you put the pieces back to preloss conditions, “like it never even happened” is what we are certified and trained to do. A quick response and expert knowledge is imperative to accomplish a safe and successful mitigation, and here at SERVPRO, we have just what it takes to get the job done. The professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.
Winter Weather : What to do before and after
Don't let a winter storm stop you in your tracks! Our Emergency Readiness Profiles are NO COST , and can help get your home or business be prepared.
As you know, winter here in Missouri can be quite unpredictable. We may enjoy milder, fall like temperatures for a couple of days, but before you know it, we are shivering in the snow! Here at SERVPRO of Jefferson City, we understand this, and believe the best defense for your home or business is to be prepared. We are always ready to respond when you find the need arises, however; there are some steps that you can take to prevent or minimize the damage.
Preparedness tips before a severe winter storm
According to SEMA, Missourians can prepare for winter by:
- Creating a family emergency plan, and emergency kit with bottled water, along with canned and dried food that can be prepared without cooking in case of a power outage.
- Add the following supplies to your disaster supply kit: rock salt to melt ice on walkways, sand to improve traction, snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
- Secure an alternate fuel source such as firewood or a generator. Make sure your fireplace functions properly. If you have a generator, make sure you have fuel and that it functions properly. Only operate the generator outdoors. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.
-Create a winter car kit in the trunk of your car. This includes: windshield scraper and small broom, flashlight, blanket, spare radio with batteries, snacks or energy type food, water, jumper cables, flares and matches, shovel, sand or shingles to give tires traction, extra hats, socks, and mittens, first aid kit, and fluorescent distress flag.
- Learn WHERE your water shut off valve is located, and HOW to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.
Some long term preparations include winterizing your home, barn/shed, or business. In order to extend the life of your fuel supply, it helps to insulate walls, attics, caulking and weather stripping doors and windows as well as installing storm windows or covering with plastic. Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on the home or other structure during a storm. Insulate pipes with insulations or newspaper and plastic, and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, and make sure everyone in the home or office knows how to use it. Fires are a risk during winter weather due to holiday activities as well as using alternate heating sources without taking necessary safety precautions.
What to do if you have unmet needs after a winter storm?
Throughout the "recovery period," SEMA states it is important to monitor local radio or television reports, or other media sources for information on where to go for emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing and financial assistance. SERVPRO partners with the American Red Cross, and can assist with contacting local chapters. If you find yourself with structural damage after the winter weather, such as fire, water damage, or other structural damages, call SERVPRO of Jefferson City. We can help with communicating with your insurance and other service providers, clean up, cleaning and storing items, repairs from fire/water, along with many other services. Although we are located in Cole County, we cover many surrounding areas as well. Don't hesitate to call if you have any questions! 573-635-5883, and of course, check us out on our Facebook page!
Emergency Planning to Keep Your Home Dry
If you see this, call us before it gets any worse !
Here at SERVPRO we see a lot of damage. Our crews are out working hard to restore homes from fire, water, mold, whatver the situation may be. With the current winter weather, water damage is on the rise. We would like to share some information to keep homes safe, and in order to do this, having a plan and knowing what to look for is key.
Water damage can occur in homes in a variety of ways. Homeowners should check for leaks throughout their houses, inspect pipes and connections in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Look under and around sinks and around bathtubs for any discolorations. Do not ignore connections to dishwashers or refrigerators with water and ice dispensers.
It is very important to make sure water is flowing properly down drains. If not, try clearing the drain with a plunger or an over the counter solution (there are also home made solutions you can google) . If that does not work, call a professional for assistance. In order to keep drains and pipes clear, follow simple steps such as disposing of cooking oil in a container rather than pouring down the drain, never flush diapers and other inappropriate items down toilets, and be careful of what you put in your garbage disposal. Eggs or potato peelings, for example would not be good to put in your disposal. In addition, backflow valves should be installed in sanitary and storm sewer lines.
Check the floors around water heaters for wet spot. This could indicate you have a rusted tank or other problem, which you would want to take care of right away before the damage gets worse. If necessary, have the tank replaced as soon as possible.
A leak in the roof of your home and clogged gutters or downspouts can also lead to significant water damage inside your home. As soon as you notice a leak in your roof, or even signs of significant wear, have it inspected and repaired immediately. In addition, keep all gutters and downspouts free of leaves and other debris that could cause back up water to leak into your house.
Owners in properties located in areas prone to flooding should give serious consideration to applying a waterproof coating or membrane to the exterior walls and installing watertight sheilds over doors, windows and other openings.
During the winter months, such as now, keep an eye out for snow accumulation on the downside of a higher level roof, where blowing snow will pile up. For safe snow removal, ask a roofing contractor for a referral. Also, remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells, and walls to prevent water or moisture from penetrating walls. Also, keep attics well ventilated to maintain temperatures close to the outside, which will minimize the risk of dams forming.
Ensure pipes do not freeze and burst by keeping the heat in your home at an acceptable level, cover exposed pipes with insulation, sleeves, or wrapping and open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
Or course, if water damage does occur in your home, immedately call SERVPRO of Jefferson City 573-635-5883 for water removal and restoration. We work with insurance companies as well as self pay, and NO out of pocket expenses would occur without homeowners prior approval. Check us out on FB for more tips and fun!
Fire Restoration is Uniquely Taylored
This home shows before and after example of a home specially cleaned, restored and renovated by SERVPRO of Jefferson City after a fire.
Structural fires, such as home fires, can originate from many different causes, and happen very suddenly. Correspondingly, every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process .
Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Cleaning and Repair, uniquely taylored
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Our Commercial Services
This photo was taken at Washington Ice Arena. Crew Chief Tabby and Marketing Manager Tony begin to extract the flood water 9/2016.
Did you know that we do commercial restoration work too? In fact, that’s the fastest growing segment of our business. Cleaning and restoring commercial properties requires a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Jefferson City has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients.
We can take care of any of your commercial business needs! Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation and professional cleaning. SERVPRO of Jefferson City 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.
Some examples of commercial work we have done just this year include the Washington Ice Arena, Westminister fire and water clean up and restoration, JCMG, the Unemployment Building, JC Chamber of Commerce, among many others including restaurants and other government buildings.
We are available 24 hours a day to get your Mid MO business back up and running. Whether your business needs a deep cleaning or a persistent odor removed, you can trust SERVPRO of Jefferson City.
IICRC Certified Firm: Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your home
We work with integrity and take pride in serving you. We have a strong leadership team, with multiple members serving you for nearly a decade.
SERVPRO of Jefferson City 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 Jefferson City
SERVPRO of Jefferson City 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.
Introducing our team dedicated to providing the best services to you, starting from the back left, Jason, Operations Manager ; Drew, Project Manager; EJ, Project Manager- reports ; DJ, Production Technician; Eric, Crew Chief; and Dylan, Production Technician; Tony, Marketing Manager. Starting Front row, left, Lisa, Office Manager; Tanner, Production Technician; Tabby, Project Manager; Rich, Crew Chief; Meghan, Production Technician; and Jeanne, Production Technician; Susan, Marketing Representative; David Kirk, Owner ; and Amy, Account Administrator.
Jefferson City and Mid MO Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your 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 Jefferson City 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?
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