Prevention is key, and it starts with you! Preventing fire damage to your home or business is more than just keeping a fire extinguisher handy. There are many things you can do to help keep your home, and family safe. Having your heating system serviced regularly by a professional is a good way to ensure everything is working as it should. Cleaning around these areas is very important; make sure no dust or flammable items are near the ignition sources. This also applies to your dryers lint trap, it is important to remove the lint after EVERY use. A clogged lint trap is not only a fire risk, but it also reduces the efficiency of your dryer. In addition to keeping vents clean and free, remember to replace old, damaged or frayed appliance cords, and never force a three-pronged plug into a two-slot outlet or extension cord. When possible, it is best to avoid using outlet extenders or Plug-in bars, as they can quickly overload an electrical circuit. Candles, they may smell nice but they are a major fire hazard as well. There are many alternatives available instead of open flame candles. We also advise that you avoid smoking indoors; cigarettes are a known cause of house fires. Cigarettes should be disposed outside in a bucket of sand, or soaked in water prior to throwing them in the trash. Now, on to kitchen! Did you know FORTY ONE percent of home fires start in the kitchen? The number one prevention tip for the kitchen, NEVER leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the room turn off the oven. All it takes is a second for a fire to ignite. When using your oven, use a timer so you’ll remember that the oven is on. Do not cook when you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy. It is also very important that your cooking area is clean from any grease build up, and making sure there aren’t any flammable items near your stove or oven(Pot holders, Oven mitts, Wooden utensils, paper or plastic items, etc.). It is extremely crucial that you never use your oven to heat your home. A big step in prevention is installing smoke alarms near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside of bedrooms. Use the test button to check your alarms twice each month, and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends replacing the batteries twice a year. You can help to prevent fires in your home. In an event where fire damage does occur in your home, don’t hesitate, give us a call. Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Jefferson City will help restore your home, “Like it never even happened.”
Respirator FIT for Safety
This example shows FIT testing for multiple types of respirators. Safety First!
Here at SERVPRO of Jefferson City, many of the situations we come into contact with can be hazardous to the health. We take safety very seriously, and train our employees to properly handle each situation according to OSHA and IICRC standards for our industry. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment ) is used for each job, and in some cases, this includes the use of a respirator. There are multiple types of respirators, depending on the circumstances of the job and the potential hazard. Examples of situations requiring the use of a respirator may include Mold remediation, smoke and heavy soot, Thermal fogging, and sewage clean up, among others. Respirators must be checked regularly to ensure a proper fit. Here you can see one of our technicians being fitted for respirators. Continuous training and safety testing is just one of the ways our team is working to not only keep us safe, but to ensure we can always be there for you.
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.