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How to Prevent Your Jefferson City Home From Water Damage

1/31/2023 (Permalink)

Water damage in residential home. Prevent water damage in your Jefferson City home.

There are many ways to help protect your Jefferson City home from water damages. Water losses occur when water finds its way outside of the appliances you rely on to run your household’s daily needs. When we think about the causes of severe water damage to our homes, we usually think about extreme weather like a hurricane or torrential rains. But the unfortunate reality is that extensive damage is often the result of ordinary household plumbing systems and appliances that fail – and these can be just as destructive to your home as an extreme weather event.

Preventative Measures

Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to help prevent water damage from plumbing problem in your Jefferson City home. It is helpful to understand some of the common causes of water damage.

These may include:

• Heating and air-conditioning systems

• Water heaters

• Valves

• Appliances

• Pipes and plumbing fixtures

How to Detect Water Damages

Water damage can often go undetected, even if the telltale signs are there. Plumbing that is housed inside the walls of your home, in less-trafficked areas like a basement or attic, or behind a cabinet or appliance, can easily go unnoticed. That’s why it’s important to check your appliances and plumbing from time to time.

  • Know where the main water supply enters your home, locate the main shut-off valve and make sure it’s functioning properly.
  • If you will be away from home for an extended period, consider shutting off the water supply, but consult with a heating professional first to understand if doing so will compromise any other systems in your home. Maintain a temperature of at least 55 degrees in your home. Also, if your home is protected by a fire sprinkler system, do not turn off the water to this system, and maintain sufficient heat to prevent a freeze-up.
  • Consider having your air-conditioning system inspected regularly by a professional. Check around the unit for indications of leaks. Check the drain lines annually and clean them if they are clogged. Change the air filter annually at a minimum.
  • Inspect water heaters, showers, tubs, toilets, sinks, dishwashers, refrigerators and washing machines annually, and have them repaired if there are signs of leaks or corrosion. Be sure to include supply lines, hoses, connections and fittings in the inspection.
  • Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet bases, and make repairs as needed.
  • If your refrigerator has an ice machine or water dispenser, check the hose between the wall and the refrigerator to determine if it is pinched or stressed. Also look for signs of leaking or wear and tear.
  • Check exposed plumbing (pipes, valves, etc.) for signs of leaking or corrosion. Have any pipe damage fixed immediately to prevent more costly repairs in the future.

For any questions or concerns about water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Jefferson City at (573) 635-5883  We make fire and water cleanup and restoration, "Like it never even happened." 

How to Know If You Have Plumbing Issues in you Jefferson City home

1/31/2023 (Permalink)

Plumber works on pipe. Plumber works on pipe in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Water damage due to a plumbing issue in your home can be life changing. But there are some common signs that homeowners can look for, and steps they can take, to help avoid a major water damage issues at home.

Consider this example:

A homeowner and his family head off for a three-week vacation. While they’re away, a minor toilet leak grows, until it reaches a pace of three gallons of water per minute. By the time the homeowners returned from their three-week vacation, the unaddressed leak had poured more than 30,000 gallons of water into their home. The water ruined furniture, fixtures and irreplaceable family valuables, and rendered the property virtually uninhabitable for an extended period of time.

But this is just a cautionary tale. The following guidance is meant to help you learn about the potential water issues from common plumbing problems and how you can take steps to help prevent disaster.

Causes For Plumbing Problems

Plumbing issues can occur anywhere in your home. Frequently, lack of maintenance is the root cause of these problems. However, other causes can include:

  • Manufacturing and design defects.
  • Installation errors.
  • Exposure to cleaning products (for example, by storing chemicals under the sink or by cleaning surfaces of plumbing components).

If caught early, many plumbing problems can be addressed before serious damage occurs. Issues can range from severe water damage to major mold damage.  For this reason, regular inspection of your home’s visible plumbing parts can be critical. Knowing the lifespan of parts and appliances is also important, as is properly maintaining the other parts of your home and its features and systems.

Signs to Look For

Want to help prevent plumbing complications from damaging your home and potentially resulting in expensive property damage or loss? Start by visually inspecting your plumbing on a regular basis. Look for drips and slow leaks. Be sure to check the areas surrounding your pipes as well. If you see water damage on cabinetry or other nearby materials, there may be an active leak that you’ll want to locate.

Your entire home plumbing system may not be visible, but there are certain places in your home where you can readily inspect plumbing components:

  • Under sinks and washtubs.
  • Inside access panels near showers, sinks or appliances.
  • Attachments to toilets, water heaters and appliances.
  • Basements and crawl spaces.

You will want to look at any piping, valves and fittings in the areas listed above. Leaks are most common at connection points, so pay close attention to the plumbing connections on faucets, washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, water filtration systems, shut-off valves and toilets. Your home’s piping system may also have multiple connections between various sections of pipe. Appliances and fixtures themselves can cause problems, so be sure to inspect those as well, and keep up with any regular maintenance recommended by the manufacturer.

The signs of a problem will vary by component. For example, problems in copper piping may look very different from problems in PEX, a common type of plastic piping. In general, you want to look for signs of corrosion, cracking, hazing, discoloration and mineral deposits from a water leak.

Biohazard Cleanups in Jefferson City

1/31/2023 (Permalink)

Jefferson City home with biohazard. A SERVPRO of Jefferson City technician works on a biohazard job.

When people hear the term “biohazard”, they may ask themselves what this means. SERVPRO of Jefferson City can save you from doing extra work researching this term. Let's help you learn about the basics of biohazards, give you some examples, and explain the importance of a proper clean up. 

The Importance of Biohazard Cleanup

First of all, it’s important to recognize that biohazards need to be eliminated as soon as possible. If not eliminated, human feces and other biological waste can present an unsafe environment for people. Biohazards are transmissible in a number of ways, including the obvious form: touch. When you touch a dirty surface, like a sink that has not been cleaned thoroughly or often enough, you can contact biohazards. Certain biohazards can be ingested (eaten or drank in liquid form), inhaled, or shared in blood-to-blood contact (if biohazards enter an exposed wound, for example). The latter is possibly the most dangerous. 

What Is a Biohazard?

Essentially, a biohazard is a disease or pathogen spread from a living organism (i.e. animals and humans) that is dangerous when ingested. To present a scenario, imagine a bathroom in an office space. This room in an office is in use every day of the week. People expose themselves to the toilets and sinks when utilizing bathrooms. Let’s say the bathroom is never cleaned thoroughly, and an employee uses an unsanitary bathroom. In this case, an employee is at a major risk of developing a disease from a biohazard.

However, biohazards are nearly always dangerous. Here are some common examples of biohazards, including materials you may not realize fall into this category.

Bloodborne Pathogens

While blood is essential to maintain the life of a person or animal, it produces the opposite effect when it escapes the body. To present another scenario, a crime could occur inside a home, leaving unsafe bloodborne pathogens and other bodily fluids in the building. After a crime scene investigation is finished, let’s say that the building is never cleaned afterward. If this were to happen, people would not be able to use the building and it would be called biohazardous. The reason is that blood contains what is known as bloodborne pathogens.

Examples of these pathogens include HIV, HBV, and many other types of harmful diseases. In this same scenario, if a homeowner tries to remove blood and other bodily fluids themselves, they are at a high risk to develop this disease. They can ingest these pathogens from these pathogens entering their body. How could this happen? Let’s say a homeowner has a cut or broken skin still healing; their chances of exposure are very high if bloodborne pathogens are exposed to their skin.

Animal Feces

Finally, human fluids and blood are not the only type of biological hazard that could pose a risk of someone developing a disease in their body. If a person owns a pet in their home, the dog or cat may remain inside for many hours of the day. What can happen, especially when domesticated pets, is that they leave feces or other animal fluids on the floor at any time of the day. It is important to monitor your pets throughout the day to spot an occurrence like this.

This is because animal feces, as mentioned before, presents a biohazard to a home if left unattended. Over time, if not cleaned, the odor and feces begin to accumulate in the home. If left unattended, the home can be uninhabitable for a homeowner or anyone else interacting with the house. That is why a biohazard cleanup is essential to combat the chances of this occurring. 

When your home or office space is exposed to biohazards, you can rely on our professional bio-cleaning services at SERVPRO of Jefferson City. To learn more about what we do, you can send us an inquiry or call us at (573) 635-5883  We make fire and water cleanup and restoration, "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City Commercial Restoration Services

1/31/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO commercial restoration services SERVPRO of Jefferson City helps with all your commercial restoration service needs.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City offers many different services that we offer for commercial properties. We understand that it is difficult at times to schedule services during business hours, so we can work with you to find a time that best fits you and your company's needs.

If needed we can work in one section at a time in order to keep your business open while we work, or we can attempt to schedule it before or after business hours. 

In addition to our emergency water, fire, and storm clean up services we also offer many other cleaning services. These include, but are not limited to:  

  • Air Ducts and HVAC 
  • Biohazard 
  • Carpet and Upholstery 
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls 
  • Drapes and Blinds 
  • Odor Removal 
  • Sewage 
  • Trauma and Crime Scene 
  • Vandalism 

FIRE DAMAGE 

The faster SERVPRO of Jefferson City arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results— including lower claim costs.

Within four hours of a loss notification (and usually much earlier), SERVPRO of Jefferson City will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled properly by utilizing the following services:

Structural Cleaning

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO® will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found within the structure.

Contents Cleaning

All the restorable contents in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO can provide wet or dry-cleaning services. Additionally, all other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more. Finally, SERVPRO of Jefferson City can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items.

Deodorization

SERVPRO of Jefferson City provides specialized services that rid your insured’s home or place of business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. We do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.  

WATER DAMAGE

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.

Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration
Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

If you would like more information on any of the services listed above, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883.

How SERVPRO Spells Help

1/23/2023 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO tech talks to a customer. SERVPRO of Jefferson City is here to help.

You forgot about the chicken dinner on the stove, filling the house with smoke. The water pipe breaks flooding the entire basement. A roof leak has caused mold in your attic space. The fire sprinkler bursts, saturating the floors of your warehouse. 

We all need help at some point in time. Help to clean the smoke off the walls and remove the odor. Help to extract the water and dry the structure. Help to safely remove the mold in your attic. Help to dry out your warehouse and get you back to work.

This is how we spell help:

is for the Service that we provide. 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are always here to help.

E is for the Expert advice that we offer. We are your expert Fire & Water Clean Up and Restoration company.

R is for the Resources that we can bring to every job. Air movers, dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, drying mats, duct cleaning machines, carpet cleaning machines. Residential and commercial. Whatever your job demands.

V is for Value. We value our customers and it is truly an honor to serve you.

P is for the Professionalism that we bring to every job. We are always prepared. Our highly trained staff is here to “Make it like it never even happened”.

R is for being Ready for any sized disaster. Our crews are on call and always ready to answer the call when needed. 

O is for the Outstanding work that we provide. Our work is certified, warrantied and performed by IICRC trained technicians.  

SERVPRO of Jefferson City is always here to help!

Winter Weather Hazards

1/23/2023 (Permalink)

A residential home during winter. Keep your Jefferson City home safe this winter.

Winter weather leads to issues for thousands of people and their homes each year. Since cold weather can cause issues that don’t occur the rest of the year, it’s important to be vigilant about any problem that could arise. 

Here are some potential problems that should be on your radar this winter for your Jefferson City home.


1. Heating System Fire

While most winter fires take place in the kitchen, heating systems can also be a culprit. Thousands of residential fires occur each year due to failure of home heating systems. Fireplaces, chimneys and chimney connectors are responsible for half of the fires. That’s why it’s important to have your heating system checked regularly, especially if you have a gas or electric furnace or heat pump.

Space heaters also cause many fires in the winter, and in total cause 25,000 per year. Space heaters should never be left on unattended, especially after going to sleep. 

Being aware of the potential hazards of your heating system can keep you fire-free this winter. 

2. Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing and bursting can be a nightmare for your home. 

Frozen pipes cause an estimated $400-$500 million in damage annually. To avoid adding to that number, it’s crucial to take preventive measures. Drain water from pipes that are likely to freeze and disconnect any outside hoses. 

If you are still worried that your pipes might freeze, you can also place a 60-watt bulb in areas you’re concerned with. Just make sure none of the materials near the bulb are combustible. 

To keep pipes from freezing, your thermostat should be kept around the same temperature at all times, and your house temperature should never fall below 55 degrees. 

3. Ice Dams

While ice dams can be pretty to look at, they can be a nuisance to deal with. Since ice dams are caused by a lack of uniform roof surface temperatures, this problem must be addressed if you are experiencing ice dams. Making your ceiling and attic air-tight, adding insulation and installing heating cables to the roof are all steps that can create uniform temperatures. 

If you are already dealing with ice dams, you can take a long-handled aluminum roof rake to scrape off snow from the roof. And if you’re experiencing leaking, you can set up a box fan in the attic and aim it at the bottom of the roof where water is leaking in. This will freeze the water and stop the leak.

4. Carbon Monoxide

Cold temperatures can often lead to problems with carbon monoxide in the home. Sadly, 430 people die annually from carbon monoxide poisoning, while approximately 50,000 are hospitalized. 

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs due to faulty heating systems. Whether it’s unvented space heaters, malfunctioning furnaces, clogged chimneys or other heating system issues, it’s important to make sure your system is functioning properly.

That’s why you should have your furnace and fireplace inspected before each winter. In addition, carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in your home (if you don’t already have them), and the batteries should be checked and replaced regularly. 

Also, make sure that if you’re going to use space heaters they are properly ventilated.

Should You Get Your Jefferson City Home Tested or Sampled for Mold?

1/23/2023 (Permalink)

Mold filled residential home. Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson City for mold mitigation

When is time to get a sample for mold? If visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary.

Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results.

Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.

Are there federal regulations or standards regarding mold testing?

Standards or Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for airborne concentrations of mold, or mold spores, have not been set. Currently, there are no EPA regulations or standards for airborne mold contaminants.

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process.

  1. Emergency Contact - (573) 635-5883
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Winter Home Heating Safety Tips

12/26/2022 (Permalink)

Winter home. Keep your home safe this winter.

1. Be Aware of Flammable Materials 

Keep anything that burns easily at least three feet away from fireplaces, wood stoves, furnaces and space heaters. Fires often spread past its origin point because the heat source was too close to something flammable. Make sure nothing is close to your heat sources to prevent a fire from spreading.  

2. Service Your Heating System Annually

Hiring a professional to inspect and clean your heating system and chimneys can help ensure your safety. These checks should be done annually. You should also be active in checking the areas around the furnace and boiler.

3. Don’t Leave Space Heaters Unattended

25,000 house fires and more than 300 deaths are caused each year by space heaters. Never keep space heaters on when no one is around or while you are sleeping. Space heaters should be plugged directly into a wall, as extension cords or power strips can overheat and cause a fire. 

4. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Monthly 

According to a study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first month of the year is the worst for carbon monoxide poisoning. House fires are also common after the holidays. It’s extremely important to regularly check that all your detectors have working batteries. 

5. Fireplace Safety 

Keep a screen over your fireplace to stop sparks from flying out. Let fire ashes cool before putting them into any covered, metal container. Also, ashes should never be kept in plastic containers. Keep all containers of ashes a safe distance away from your home. 

How to Handle Frozen Pipes

12/26/2022 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes at a residential home. Frozen pipes can lead to a disaster in your home.

At SERVPRO of Jefferson City, we often see an increase in water losses during the winter. A major culprit of these losses are frozen pipes. 

When the water inside the pipes freeze, its molecules expand, which causes a blockage of ice that prevents unfrozen water from passing through. When the frozen pipe begins to thaw, the pressure from the water can cause the pipe to burst. 

How Can I Tell My Pipes Are Frozen? 

One of the most common signs that you are dealing with frozen pipes is when you turn on your faucet and no water comes out (similarly, if you flush your toilet and it doesn’t refill). If this happens, you should check your water source to make sure it’s still turned on and that a leak isn’t occurring. 

Another tell-tale sign of frozen pipes is when your water line is coated in frost or is bulging.

If you know that your pipes are frozen, you can either choose to address the issue yourself or call in professionals. 

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes cause an estimated $400-$500 million in damage annually. To avoid adding to that total, there are several steps you can take.

When the weather gets cold, you should drain water from pipes that are likely to freeze, such as sprinkler and swimming pool water supply lines. Outside hoses should also be disconnected and drained, and indoor valves supplying these access points must be closed.

On frigid days, let your faucets drip cold water. Having the water drip out will make it harder for the water in the pipes to freeze. Your thermostat should also be kept around the same temperature at all times, and your house temperature should never fall below 55 degrees. Garage doors should also be kept shut to protect water lines. 

If you are worried about your pipes freezing, you can also place a 60-watt bulb in the areas you’re concerned with. Just make sure none of the materials near the bulb are combustible. 

What If My Pipes Are Already Frozen? 

If you realize your pipes have frozen, the first step is to keep your faucet open. This will help with thawing and allow for moving water to flow through the pipe. 

You can also apply heat to the specific area of the pipe that is frozen. You can do this by wrapping an electronic heating pad around the pipe or heating the area with a hair dryer. Using towels soaked in hot water can help, too. 

Keep applying heat until water flow returns to normal. After the pipe has been thawed, turn on other faucets around the house to make sure you don’t have any more frozen pipes. 

If the pipe is inside an exterior wall, you should immediately call a professional contractor. It is likely that a hole will need to be cut in the wall toward the inside of the house to allow the pipes to be exposed to warmer air. 

Frozen pipes can be a catastrophic problem for your home, but taking proactive measures can help you address the problem before it even starts.



Preventing Ice Dams

12/26/2022 (Permalink)

Ice dams on a residential home. Ice dams can be damaging to your home.

Icicles hanging off the eaves of the roof can create beautiful scenery on a winter day, but those frozen crystals can cause some ugly problems for your home. 

Icicles are formed by the combination of snow-covered roofs and freezing weather. These conditions are what leads to ice dams—ridges of ice that form at the edge of the roof which prevent melting snow/water from draining.

Dams can be a real pain in the ice. 

They can tear off gutters, loosen shingles and cause water to back up, resulting in water pouring into the house. This can lead to paint peeling, floors warping and ceilings getting stained or sagged. 

Moisture entering the home from ice dams can also cause respiratory issues for your family, resulting from mold and mildew growth.

So what can be done to prevent these damn...err..dams?

Clear the Roof

Instead of waiting for warm weather to solve the problem, you can take matters into your own hands.

The first short-term move is to stop any leaking. 

You can set up a box fan in the attic and aim it at the bottom of the roof where water is leaking in. This will freeze the water and stop the leak.

Another effective option is taking a long-handled aluminum roof rake to scrape off snow. 

You can also de-ice your roof with pantyhose.

Seriously. 

By filling the leg of a pair of panty hose with a calcium chloride ice melter, you can melt through the ice and snow to create water flow. Lay the hose so it crosses the ice dam and overhangs the gutter.

Uniform Roof Temperatures 

Ice dams are caused by nonuniform roof surface temperatures. 

For dams to form, the top of the roof must be above 32 degrees, while lower surfaces are below freezing.  

When the snow on the top of the roof melts, water flows down to the bottom of the roof and freezes, creating the dam. 

In most cases, the reason for the lack of uniform roof temperatures is due to heat from the house warming the roof.  

One way to reduce heat escaping is by adding insulation. This will make the top surface temperature of the roof closer to surrounding attic temperatures, creating more uniformity. 

This step should come after making the ceiling air tight so that no warm, moist air can flow from the house into the attic. For an unsealed attic hatch or whole-house fan, you can use weatherstripped caps made from foil-faced foam board held together with aluminum tape to seal.

Heating cables can also create uniform roof temperatures. By heating the roof from the outside instead of blowing in cold air from the inside this tactic can equalize your roof’s temperature. 

More Solutions

There are several additional tactics you can take to solve your ice dam issue. 

Double check that the ducts in your house connected to the kitchen, bathroom and dryer vents all lead outdoors through the roof or walls, but not through the soffit. 

Seal and insulate ducts by spreading fiber-reinforced mastic on the joints of HVAC ducts and exhaust ducts, and cover them with R-5 or R-6 foil-faced fiberglass.

Recessed lights should be replaced with insulated contact (IC) rated fixtures, as old-style lights can’t be insulated without creating a fire hazard. 

Use caulk to seal around electrical cables and vent pipes with a fire-stop sealant. You should also look for spots where light shines up from below or the insulation is stained black by dirt. 

Bridging the gap between the chimney and house framing with L-shaped steel flashing that’s kept in place with unbroken beads of a fire-stop sealant is another possible remedy. 

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

12/26/2022 (Permalink)

Carbon monoxide detector. When the temperature drops in the winter, keep an eye on your carbon monoxide levels.

When the temperature drops in the winter, your furnace has the potential to become a silent killer. 

Oil and gas burning furnaces produce carbon monoxide (CO). CO is an odorless, invisible, poisonous gas that kills at least 430 people each year and sends approximately 50,000 to the hospital. 

Breathing in carbon monoxide fumes prevents the body from using oxygen properly, which can damage the brain, heart and other organs. Breathing in carbon monoxide can lead to a variety of symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath.

People with pre-existing health issues are at greater risk to harm from CO. Children, pregnant women and older adults are also at greater risk.

Where Does Carbon Monoxide Come From?

The most common source of CO poisoning is unvented space heaters in the home. Instead of venting the gases outdoors, they are vented into the room. A space heater that is not installed properly or isn’t working correctly can release CO and use up much of the oxygen in the room.  

Space heaters aren’t the only sources of carbon monoxide, however. Other common sources of carbon monoxide include:

  • Malfunctioning cooking appliances
  • Clogged chimney
  • Malfunctioning water heater
  • Malfunctioning oil, wood, gas, or coal furnaces
  • Malfunctioning gas clothes dryer
  • Wood burning fireplace, gas log burner, or any unvented space heater
  • Gas or fuel-burning appliances in cabins or campers, barbecue grills, pool or spa heaters, or ceiling-mounted heating units
  • Fires

How Can Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Be Prevented?

While carbon monoxide poisoning is a scary thought, it is entirely preventable. 

First, you should have your furnace and fireplace inspected before each winter. CO detectors should be installed in your home, and the batteries should be checked and replaced regularly.

Only use fuel-burning space heaters in well-ventilated areas. If possible, use electrical space heaters, as they don’t pose any danger of CO poisoning. When using a gas-powered generator for electricity, be sure to keep it a safe distance away from the home. 

When it comes to heating your home, it’s vital to be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide. Neglecting your heating system can lead to heartbreak and tragedy for your family. Maintaining your heating system will ensure your family’s safety.

How to Deal With Extreme Cold

12/15/2022 (Permalink)

Stay safe through freezing temperatures. It's important to stay safe as temperatures plunge to freezing levels.

With our area getting ready to experience the extreme cold of winter with temperatures near zero degrees, it’s crucial to protect yourself from frigid weather. 

While most of us try to stay inside during sub-freezing temperatures, there are times where we’re forced to go outside. If you do find yourself having to go outside into frigid temperatures, follow these steps in order to stay warm.

Wear Loose Layers

Dressing appropriately during extreme cold is the most important step you can take. Wearing loose layers of clothing is smart because what keeps you warm is the insulated air that circulates between each layer. Avoid tight clothing, since it reduces blood circulation and cuts off flow to the extremities. 

Protect Ears, Face, Hands and Feet

These are the most important parts of the body to cover, as they are often the most exposed. Gloves, hats, snow boots, extra pairs of socks, and ski masks/face coverings are all vital. 

Keep Moving

Body circulation is the key to warmth. You can wear plenty of layers, but if you’re not moving then you will still be cold. Stay in constant motion to keep your blood pumping.

Drink Warm Fluids and Eat Healthy

 Soup, coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate are great choices on cold days. Eating extra healthy fats during the winter can increase metabolism, which in turn heats the body, according to Columbia Health. 

Check Road Safety

Freezing temperatures can cause dangerous road conditions. If you have to drive somewhere, be sure to check the local news or MoDOT’s website before you go out. 

Be Aware of Signs of Hypothermia

 Prolonged exposure to the cold can result in hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Hypothermia can occur when your body temperature falls below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s important to monitor yourself and be aware when your body is cold. Check the CDC's guide for recognizing hypothermia to help understand if you or someone else is experiencing this affliction. 

Holiday Season Fire Prevention Tips

12/15/2022 (Permalink)

A house that has experienced fire damage. Be cautious this holiday season to avoid fire damage to your home.

For many, the winter holidays are the best time of the year. With family gatherings, light displays and gift exchanges, it’s easy to see why people love it.

But did you know that December is the most likely month to have a house fire?

This holiday season, we at SERVPRO of Jefferson City want to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that the holidays will be filled with cheer instead of nightmares.  

1. Tree Safety

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year between 2014-2018. These fires caused an average of two deaths, 14 injuries and $10 million in direct property damage annually.

That's why it's so important to keep your tree far away from any heat source, such as fireplaces, radiators, space heaters or candles. It’s also necessary to water your tree frequently, as a fire burns more quickly on a dry tree than a well-watered tree. 

After Christmas, it’s best to get rid of your tree immediately, as there’s a greater chance of forgetting to water it once the holiday is over.

2. Dangerous Decorations

While we often think of Christmas trees as the biggest cause for fires as the biggest cause for fires during the holiday season, decorations can actually be more hazardous. 

U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 770 home structure fires per year that began with decorations in 2014-2018, according to the NFPA. These fires caused an annual average of two civilian fire deaths, 30 civilian fire injuries and $11 million in direct property damage.

You can avoid one of these incidents by choosing flame resistant or retardant decorations.

When you’re putting up your lights, connect no more than three strands together, or a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. If you notice any strings of lights with worn or broken cords, make sure to replace them.  

After the holidays are over, bring your lights inside to avoid a potential accident and to make your bulbs last longer.

3. Careful Cooking

Besides Thanksgiving day, Christmas is the peak for home cooking fires. We know you don’t want to contribute to this statistic, so be sure to pay careful attention while you cook. 

If you haven’t replaced your smoke detectors in a long time, remember to check your batteries. Also, be aware of where your fire extinguisher is located.

4. Caution With Candles 

Candles caused a staggering 21 house fires per day from 2014-2018. 

Candle fires take place most often in December, followed by January. Christmas is the peak day for candle fires with almost three times the daily average.

When you light candles, make sure they’re far away from anything flammable. Sixty percent of candle fires start when the candle is close to furniture, mattresses, curtains or decoration. 

To reduce the risk of a fire, you can use battery-powered candles. 



Protect Your Home Against Flooding

12/15/2022 (Permalink)

A home underwater. Protect your home against water and flood damage.

Missouri has experienced many flooding incidents in recent years. Since most homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to know how to protect your home and your finances in the event of a flood. 

If your home is located in a floodplain, your lender should have already mandated you to purchase flood insurance. If you are not in a floodplain but still believe your home is susceptible to flooding, you should purchase additional coverage. 

Regardless of your coverage, there are many things you can do to help protect your house from flooding and reduce potential damage. 

1. Seal Any Cracks in Foundation

Masonry caulk or mortar can be used to seal any gaps in your house’s foundation that allows water to get in.

2. Apply Coatings And Sealants

Sealants can be used on your foundation, doorways, ceilings and walls to keep water from penetrating your home.

3. Buy A Sump Pump

Sump pumps can be great ways to drain water from your house. However, in the case of a power outage, it’s better to get a battery-powered sump pump so you can use it whenever you need it. 

4. Install a Flood Sensor

Many home security systems offer flood sensors as add-ons. These can be vital in detecting small leaks before they turn into huge problems that cost you loads of money.

5. Install Sewer/Septic Line Check Valves

These valves cause waste to only flow one way, protecting against sewage flooding your home. 

6. Have Your Lawn Graded Away From Your Home

If your lawn is tilted toward your house, rain water can pool around the house and potentially seep in. By grading your lawn away from your house, you can ensure that water doesn’t flow inside.

7. Move Important Items to Higher Ground

Keeping your prized possessions in the basement or on the first floor may turn out to be a costly mistake. Move your most expensive or sentimental items to a higher story or the attic to prevent them from being damaged in a flood.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

12/15/2022 (Permalink)

Faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Jefferson City is faster to any size disaster.

Within four hours of a loss notification, SERVPRO of Jefferson City will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled properly by utilizing our services.

The faster we arrive on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results, including lower claim costs.

Fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration services:

  • Structural Cleaning-After a smoke or fire damage, ceiling, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found within the structure.
  • Contents Cleaning-All the restorable contents in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized.  This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery.  SERVPRO of Jefferson City can provide wet or dry-cleaning services.  Additionally, all other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition.  This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more.  Finally, SERVPRO of Jefferson City can provide an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items.
  • Deodorization-  SERVPRO of Jefferson City provides specialized services that rid your insured's home or place of business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage.  We do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek out the sources of the odor and remove  them.

If your business experiences fire or water damage, give SERVPRO of Jefferson City a call.

We are here to help 24/7: (573)635-5883

Fire Preparation

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

soot on cob-webs on a residential wall Soot from a fire can stick to cob webs and be all over your home

Have you or someone you know suffered from a house fire? Do you have a plan for if it happens? Do you have insurance coverage? Do you have the name of your local SERVPRO restoration company? SERVPRO has trained professionals that are ready to help restore your home and belongings. Save SERVPRO of Jefferson City’s phone number (573)-635-5883. Give us a call so we can establish a plan to get started on your fire clean.

Fires are a devastating disaster. Smoke and soot are invasive. They cloud your home with black reside that reek of fire. Fires can affect all home types. Whether that be an apartment complex with multi levels effected or a single-family home. Knowing where to start can be overwhelming. All fires are different, and the severity of loss is different. Some of your contents can be cleaned and restored. Walls can be recovered pending a crew chiefs’ approval. The crew chief of your SERVPRO team will guide you in this process of sorting through what can be salvaged.

We understand the heart ache it can be to have suffered from a disaster such as a fire. No matter the extent of damaged we can help. Call us

Summer deep cleans on college campuses

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

Deep and old grease stains Stains on the wall next to the industrial grill our techs were tasked with cleaning

Schools in mid Missouri ends for the summer around this time of year. College dorms and houses can get messy. Call a professional to get a deep clean. SERVPRO of Jefferson City handles all types of jobs including deep cleans on commercial and residential properties. Give us a call at 573-635-5883 so we can get you on the schedule as soon as possible.

 In the small town of Fulton, Mo there is two very old and small colleges. Kappa House Association called their local SERVPRO of Jefferson City for a deep clean in the kitchen. The building that houses kappa students is nearing the age of 100 years old. The kitchen was an addition in the seventies. We cleaned everything. Our detail-oriented professionals took care of this job fast and efficiently. SERVPRO has top notch chemicals free of harmful ingredients to get the job done. We not only make everything look new but smelling fresh as well using a deodorizer mix. We left our customer pleased with the thorough deep clean we were able to do for this organization.

Commercial Duct Work

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

Tech loading truck When we arrive on a job site we are more than prepared to "make it like it never happened"

Do you know what ducts are? Ducts are passages used in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning HVAC to deliver and move air. This airflow supplies air, exhaust air, return air. Ducts deliver ventilation air as part of the supply air. The give us acceptable air quality, and heating and cooling comfort. The ducts also have a HVAC unit with a motor.

Since this system controls air quality you want to make sure it cleaned occasionally. It can help with allergies. The technicians will also look for mold while they’re in your ducts and motor. If mold is found, we will clean the motor for an extra charge.

There are multiple pros to getting your vents and ducts cleaned. Call SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883. Get a price for your commercial ducts or residential. If you’re calling for a commercial duct cleaning, we can help with that. Have a big commercial kitchen? Have grease build up? Get those ducts cleaned.

Franchise's helping franchises

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Are you a small business owner? Do you support small businesses? SERVPRO of Jefferson City is locally owner and operated. Call us 573-635-5883. When you call us, you’re supporting your community. We take on many clients from franchise owners, management of big buildings and small mom and pop shops. We like supporting the community and go out to lunch often where we have had a job before and really built a relationship with management.

When we talk about commercial business, we are taking about a business big or small. Our highly trained techs are ready for your business needs. We understand the importance of getting your business back up and running after a disaster. Weather its fire, mold or water, our technicians are dedicated to meeting your needs.

No disaster? No worries.

We have a variety of general cleans including covid sanitization, duct cleanings, carpet cleanings even upholstery cleaning. Just got a new space? This is perfect for you. Do you have grease build up in a commercial kitchen? We’ve got you. You have a friend in us.

Storm perpetration in Mid-MO

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

Storms can cause ground dirt and more to wash into your crawlspace Storms can cause Cat 3 water to wash over your space

Storm preparation in Mid Mo

In Mid Mo it is important to be prepared for whatever storm can come. For us that could be, extreme heat all the way to extreme cold. In this season we are focused on the heat. Here are some best practices to stay safe once a storm starts. Heat is the number one weather related killer

  • Stay hydrated and keep a supply of water
  • Stay indoors with ac as much as possible and limit outdoor activities
  • Make sure that if your home has window units they are tightly fitted and secure
  • Be aware that people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than are people living in rural areas
  • Pay close attention to babies, toddlers, pregnant and nursing mothers, adults 65 years and older as well as people with underlying conditions
  • Be prepared to lose power, once a storm is underway it isn’t safe to go out for what you need

Plan for your household so that everyone knows it. This will help keep your family safe in an emergency. Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat

SERVPRO supports churches

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Water coming in due to a flood Water on the floor

A water disaster can happen anytime to anyone. A beloved church in Jefferson City called us in on a water loss. One of their toilets overflowed and caused a lot of water damage. This can be overwhelming and frustrating not knowing where to start. Start with a call to us 573-635-5883. Then you need to call a plumber and stop the source of water. Once the water was stopped our crews got to work right away. We spent countless hours remediating this loss. We extracted the first night and placed drying equipment. Then for the following days we ripped up carpet, tore out drywall and installation that was compromised by the water. Did you know that in commercial buildings there is typically two layers of drywall? Our techs are trained professionals and will have all the tools necessary to complete the job. While closely monitoring the water levels to ensure there is enough equipment and we do everything we can to save the materials that can be saved. It is important to removed anything that is not drying in a timely manner, so that mold isn’t going to be a concern. Mold is a threat to areas that have been saturated and did not dry properly. Call a pro and get it done right the first time. Day or night a tech is on call to help you in your time of disaster. All calls are a priority to us. We want to get your commercial business back up and running as soon as possible.

Water damage preparation

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Water that made paint swell WATER damage to a wall after a flood

Floods and fires can be devastating to a family’s home. SERVPRO of Jefferson City s disaster relief team is here to help. We have a staff of trained professionals ready to assist your needs.

The first thing you need to do is call 573-635-5883.

  • A staff member will take your information
  • Within 4 hours a tech will arrive at your home or business

Next you need to identify the source of water, the water needs to be shut off if possible. A trained professional can help with shutting off the source and fixing it. Depending on the amount of standing water and levels of the unit your circuit breaker may need to be turned off if you have a safe access point. Water and electricity can cause electrical shock so be sure to use extreme caution when dealing with a wet space. Always avoid potential shock hazards.

Depending on the disaster, water will be extracted, and the process of cleaning will begin. Equipment will be placed once the water is gone. A crew member will come by daily to monitor the drying levels until there is no need for equipment. In some cases, drywall and flooring need to be pulled in the mitigation process.

We are here to help with your disaster clean up needs 24/7 365 days a year. We are happy to help!

How To Prevent a Grease Fire.

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

No one wants a grease fire. There are a few general practices you can do to help prevent this disaster from invading your home. In the case that a grease fire does happen there are tips to help you be best prepared for that too.

A few simple daily tasks you can do top keep your kitchen a safe space. One thing you want to do is keep a clean workspace in the kitchen. You can use soap and water to clean up any spill or grease. You never want to pour grease down a drain or into the trashcan unless it is fully cooled. The oils are hot when heated and can cause a fire.

In case of a fire, you need to know a few important things. When cooking always make sure there is an extinguisher near the stove. Grease fires cannot be put out with water. Water makes a grease fire grow and spread. If you do not have an extinguisher, you need to place a metal lid above the fire to deprive it of oxygen. You can also use salt or baking soda in an emergency. You want to be prepared as best as possible for a crisis.

SERVPRO for Veterans

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Marketing manager with our customers at Hardee's in Eldon, Mo Sign for donations to Veterans Marketing manager with our customers at Hardee's in Eldon, Mo Sign for donations to Veterans

SERVPRO is for veterans. SERVPRO understands the value that veterans, veteran spouses and families bring to our community. With the qualities of being proud, determined and dedicated to keeping our nation safe, happy, and healthy for all.

One of our customers, Hardees in Eldon, Mo is also showing their support to our troops. They are running a program called “Stars for Heroes”. This program allows the community to donate $1 or more to these veteran families in need. Once you donate, you’re given a star cutout to write a beloved veterans name down and hang on the wall for the community to recognize this person’s service. This star honors your veterans hard work for this country.

SERVPRO provides opportunities to veterans returning to civilian life. It is important to us to provide these men and women with meaningful work as they reintegrate to the world. We are dedicated to supporting our troops and supporting local business that do the same.

Making a Emergency Kit for you and your family

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

Make a Plan, Be Prepared. 

Being prepared for an emergency event is a very responsible task you can do for you and your family.

Make a Plan
-Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan.
-How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
-What is my shelter plan?
-What is my evacuation route?
-What is my family/household communication plan?
-Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
-Remember, during a disaster what’s good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today.

If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors.


BUILDING A KIT:
To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

-Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
-Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
-Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
-Flashlight
-First aid kit
-Extra batteries
-Whistle (to signal for help)
-Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
-Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
-Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
-Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
-Manual can opener (for food)
-Local maps
-Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

In the event that a storm does happen, call SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883 to make it "Like it never even happened."

Preparing for the next major storm

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

Living in Mid-Missouri you and your family have to be prepared for the crazy weather that we experience- especially in our winter months! Winter storms including blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds.

Things to consider:

  • Check your tires and check tire pressure.
  • Get a vehicle winter maintenance check-up. 
  • Keep your fuel tank full. 
  • Program your radio for traffic reports and emergency messages.
  • Keep a basic winter survival kit in your vehicle: flashlight, batteries, phone charging bank, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, first-aid kit.
  • Load your car with winter travel gear: tire chains, ice scraper/snowbrush, jumper cables, road flares.

If you do end up stranded be sure to engage your flashers, call for help and wait in your car until the help arrives. 

Create a Fire Escape plan for your family!

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.

Make sure to install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, level and outside each separate sleeping area (also be sure to regularly check the batteries in all smoke alarms).

Bring everyone in your household together and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.

Consider drawing a floor plan of your home if you have children. This will help them visually see the exits. Make sure to mark two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.

Escape planning tips:

  • Check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  • Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
  • Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department. That way any member of the household can call from a neighbor's home or a cellular phone once safely outside.
  • Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.

In the event that a fire damage does strike, call SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883, and we will help make it "Like it never even happened." 

Fire Safety Tips for Winter

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

Fires can occur at any time, but there is often an increased risk of fires in the winter. There are several factors that can cause this increase.  

  • Increased candle usage  
  • Winter storms 
  • Improper use of portable generators  
  • Using different methods to heat the home. - This can include using space heaters, fireplaces, or wood stoves 

Some easy tips to prevent fires and practice fire safety in your Mid- Missouri home are:  

  • If you use a space heater or portable heater in your home ensure that it has an auto shut off feature in case it ever tips over or falls.  
  • Plug space heaters or portable heaters directly into an outlet, do not use extension cords or power strips 
  • Turn space heaters or portable heaters off before leaving the room or house.  
  • While using a fire place, place a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from catching anything nearby on fire. 
  • Keep anything flammable or that could catch on fire at least 3 feet away from any heat sources or open flames. 
  • Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in each room of the house and check them monthly to ensure they are working and have working batteries in them. 
  • Have a professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents yearly.  
  • Place candles on a sturdy surface and ensure there is nothing flammable nearby them 
  • Ensure that you extinguish any candles before leaving the room or going to sleep 

If you have any questions about fire restoration or any other cleaning and restoration needs, contact SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883. 

Services we offer for our Commercial Properties

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

There are many different services that we offer for commercial properties. We understand that it is difficult at times to schedule services during business hours, so we can work with you to find a time that best fits you and your company's needs.

If needed we can work in one section at a time in order to keep your business open while we work, or we can attempt to schedule it before or after business hours.  

In addition to our emergency water, fire, and storm clean up services we also offer many other cleaning services. These include, but are not limited to:  

  • Air Ducts and HVAC 
  • Biohazard 
  • Carpet and Upholstery 
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls 
  • Drapes and Blinds 
  • Odor Removal 
  • Sewage 
  • Trauma and Crime Scene 
  • Vandalism 

If you would like more information on any of the services listed above, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883.

Keep your pets safe in the event of a disaster.

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

While developing an emergency plan for your family, it is important to consider the safety of your pets as well. Disasters such as storms, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, or floods can also affect your pets.

There are many different ways that you can prepare your pets for an emergency.  

  • Place a sticker by your front door with all of your pet's information on it. This can include their name, breed, medical information, and any other information that may be needed. If an evacuation ever occurs, you can mark down on the sticker that your pets have been evacuated to alert rescuers.  
  • Ensure that pets can be identified. Attach a physical tag to their collar and ensure that current contact information is included on it. Consider microchipping your pets. This will allow a veterinarian or other rescue group to identify your pet and retrieve your contact information if your pet gets separated from you or lost.  
  • Have an emergency bag prepared with food, water, bowls, and a leash for your pets. Also consider including any medicines or first aid items they may need.  
  • In case of an emergency or natural disaster, be aware of what emergency shelters, kennels and/or vets in the area may accept pets. This list could also include hotels that accept pets or family friends that may be willing to provide care for them.   

All of us at SERVPRO of Jefferson City, want to ensure that your entire family, including pets stay safe.

Having an emergency plan prepared, staying aware, and having a bag packed may help to keep your pets safe and more comfortable in case of an emergency.  

Different Types of Warnings for this Winter Season

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Living in Mid Missouri, we hear the words ‘storm watch’ and ‘storm warning’ many times throughout the year from our trusty meteorologists, but what do they mean? A storm watch means that weather conditions are at a level where a severe storm can easily develop. A storm warningmeans that a current storm that already exists could turn even worse.

According to the National Weather Service(NWS), they issue two types of watches and three types of warnings during the winter season. A Winter Storm Watch is issued when “conditions are favorable for a winter storm event, which is a threat to life or property”, while a Blizzard Watch is issued when “conditions are favorable for a blizzard event” with low visibility and high winds. On the other hand, a Winter Storm Warning is issued when there is a heavy snowfall of at least 6 inches in 12 hours, 8 inches in 24 hours, or ½ inch of sleet. A Ice Storm Warning is issued when there is an ice accumulation of at least ¼ inch, while a Blizzard Warning is issued when blizzard conditions continued for at least three hours or more.

If you have any storm damage to your home or commercial property, call the professionals at  SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573.635.5883 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Are you prepared for driving this Winter?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Driving during a winter storm

Our first bit of advice on traveling during a winter storm, is to not do it! But we know that is not always realistic. When traveling during a snow storm:

  • Slow Down! Higher speeds increase the risk of injury during an accident.
  • Clear your vehicle of snow and ice before embarking on your trip- Make sure to remove that "mattress of snow" on the roof!
  • Be sure to have an emergency road side kit as well as blankets, food, and bottled water.
  • If your visibility deteriorates to the point that driving is unsafe, pull over to the shoulder of the road and turn on your emergency lights.

Should you have to stop your vehicle and wait out a snow storm:

  • Do not leave your vehicle unless to get an item from the trunk.
  • Run the motor in ten minute intervals each hour to retain heat inside the vehicle.
  • Clear snow buildup from the tail pipe if necessary.
  • Turn on your dome light at night while running the vehicle so help can find you.
  • After snow has stopped falling, put up your car hood so your vehicle is easily visible.

For any damage done to your home or commercial business this winter, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City 573.635.5883 today! We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO of Jefferson City?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Pipe burst, mold, fire, home damage... words that no homeowner wants to hear. When something happens to your home, you want a team you can trust and count. Why choose SERVPRO? 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City offers 24 hour emergency service. We are dedicated to your needs, and the needs of the Jefferson City community and the surrounding areas. At SERVPRO we strive to be faster to any size disaster that may happen! We are a locally owned and operated with highly trained technicians, and advanced cleaning equipment.  

Just a few things our team specializes in: 

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Carpet/Upholstery Cleaning
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • COVID19 Cleaning
  • & so much more!

We are also Hiring! Come join our awesome staff of highly trained technicians, restoring our community every day! 

If you have any questions, or just want to learn more about how we can assist you please call us today at 573.635.5883

How to help before help arrives!

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

A house fire can be devastating and leave you in a panic to put things back together. Many people start trying to clean up the mess right away but sometimes trying to clean it can cause more damage.

Here is what you can do until restoration help arrives

  • Limit movement in your home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas.
  • coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs or wet carpet.
  • DO NOT wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • DO NOT shampoo carpets or upholstery.
  • DO NOT clean any electrical equipment.
  • DO NOT send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

The first 48 hours after a fire can make the difference between restoring vs. replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Jefferson City can help prevent fire damage and restore your contents and help you get your home cleaned up and "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Jefferson City professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to content claims inventory and document restoration. SERVPRO has state of the art equipment and highly trained technicians to restore property. 

Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson City for a FREE estimate 573.635.5883

Be Prepared for Winter with these helpful tips!

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Prepare your home

Tips for preparing your home for winter weather:

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Locate the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off”.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris build up, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.

Prepare Your Business

Tips for preparing your business for winter weather:

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Jefferson City professional about starting an Emergency Ready Profile(EMR) for your business.

If any damage from any storms so happen to occur, contact your local SERVPRO of Jefferson City today at 573.635.5883 and we will make it "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO We do it all from Remediation to Rebuilding

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

If you’ve suffered damage to your home due to fire, flood, mold, etc., it’s important to know that SERVPRO of Jefferson City can be your one-stop shop to get your home back to normal. While SERVPRO is known for our remediation services for water, fire, storm, or mold damage, we also offer comprehensive building services too. We have highly trained professionals that are here to help you make your home "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City has been helping homeowners with their reconstruction needs for many years. Our highly trained professionals can handle various jobs from framing to finished carpentry and cabinets, post demolition framing to drywall installation, and flooring and ceilings. We offer it all with our in-house team!

We know there are many companies that can help with reconstruction, but few that hold multiple certifications and advanced training to make sure the job is done right, from remediation through reconstruction as SERVPRO of Jefferson City can. Our experienced staff is highly trained in property damage restoration, following IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning, restoration, and reconstruction.

If you experience damage to your home, contact us to get the job done quickly and professionally, from cleanup to remediation to construction and rebuilding. We’re a 24/7 service so when you need us, contact us, any time day or night! We are ready to help in any kind of disaster, big or small. We have the resources to handle any job you might have. If your home or business experiences any kind of damage, contact SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883!

Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Living in Mid-Missouri, you know that the chances of a pipe freezing or bursting- is high. See how to prevent frozen pipes and what to do if you do experience damage.

Frozen pipes can be a damaging and expensive issue. Extremely cold temperatures of the winter months create a substantial risk for burst or frozen pipes. Being prepared and informed may help minimize the risk of frozen pipes and prevent extensive damage and repairs. How exactly can you prevent pipes from freezing and subsequently bursting? The American Red Cross provides several preventative measures to help reduce the chances of freezing pipes:

  • Drain water from swimming pools and sprinkler supply lines.
  • Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses of any kind.
  • Insulate exposed water pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow for warmer air to circulate around the pipes in your home and garage.
  • Let cold water drip from the faucet that is served by the exposed pipes to make sure they’re empty.

Doing these actions can greatly reduce the chance of pipes freezing. Though not bulletproof, these steps can certainly help! Make them a part of your winterizing activities before cold weather hits.

If you maybe neglected to protect your pipes, or perhaps the weather was more biting than you anticipated, you may still get a frozen pipe, unfortunately, despite your best efforts. Once again, the American Red Cross has suggested steps if frozen pipes are suspected in your home or garage:

  • Keep the affected faucet open. As the pipes begin to thaw, the running water will help melt the ice.
  • Apply heat to the frozen area of the pipe using a hairdryer, heating pad, etc. until the full water pressure is restored.

Following these steps will help thaw the suspected water quickly without causing a mess or worse, damage that requires water damage restoration.

If you experience burst water pipes due to them being frozen, your first priority is to prevent more water from flooding your home.  Find your main water valve and turn off your water supply as quickly as possible and contact SERVPRO of Jefferson City. We’re available 24/7 to assist with any kind of water damage your home may experience, including flooding caused by burst water pipes. We’ll come out, assess the damage, and tell you what we suggest to address the issue and prevent further damage from happening. For any potential damage emergency, keep our number on hand to contact us quickly, and time day or night: 573-635-5883.

Prepare your Furnace for Winter

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Stay safe and warm this winter in Central Missouri by putting some care into maintaining your furnace. Furnaces that don’t work properly may cause fires, which can be a big safety risk and give you the added burden of having to deal with fire and smoke cleaning. You can avoid this by keeping your furnace in great shape.

Prepare for the Cold- One of the best things you can do for your furnace is have maintenance done before the cold season hits. This can help ensure that you will have a working furnace when you need it, which can save you a lot of hassle in the long run. It can sometimes take time to get furnace repairs done, and it’s great to try and catch problems before winter.

Check the Filters- Filters can be vital to overall furnace operation. Filters can become clogged with dust or other debris in the air, causing the furnace to be unreliable or even dangerous. Checking the filter often and possibly replacing it before winter begins can be a good idea. Fire cleaning can be the least of your worries if you find yourself caught in a fire emergency.

Uncover Heating Vents- Blocked vents can defeat the purpose of having a heater, since no warm air reaching the space means the room won’t be heated. Before you use your furnace, make sure to check that all the vents in your house are uncovered. Vents that are covered by furniture or other objects can create a fire hazard, as they can cause the furnace to overheat.

By keeping your furnace in good working condition, you can protect yourself from fire danger while staying comfortably warm. In the event of a fire, your first priority should always be evacuating. Once the emergency has passed, it can be best to get help with fire cleaning from a professional restoration service.

We also offer Air-Duct cleaning to help make your furnace run even better than you expected. Ask one of our highly trained professionals today!

Allow SERVPRO of Jefferson City to help restore any damage "Like it never even happened." Call us at 57-635-5883 we are available 24/7!

Why SERVPRO®? The Same Reason Insurance Agents Choose Us

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Should you happen to have fire damage or water damage at your property, would you know who to call? Would you know who to turn to?  Across Mid Missouri the majority of insurance agents trust one name in the industry: SERVPRO® of Jefferson City. So, why SERVPRO®? The same reason local insurance agents choose us.

In a recent survey, local insurance agents said they are extremely satisfied with the results they received from SERVPRO® of Jefferson City. That is because we are committed to creating happy customers, happy insurance agents, and happy customers of insurance agents.

Fire and water damage can be highly unpredictable. If it strikes your home or business, you can feel confident knowing SERVPRO® of Jefferson City will be there to help you in your dire time of need. We will be there to help you put life back together. We will make the damage, “Like it never even happened.”

You can be equipped with the knowledge that our experienced and qualified professionals here at SERVPRO® of Jefferson City will treat you and your customers with the utmost respect, compassion, and dignity. Integrity is a word that we take seriously here at our local franchise. We are Here to Help.® We will help you get back in business and back to your life.

If you have fire or water damage at your property, would you recommend us? Or, if you knew a friend or family member who had damage, would you recommend us? Many local insurance agents state that they will always recommend SERVPRO® to their clients. Additionally, a majority of local insurance agents say they would recommend SERVPRO® to their clients over any other mitigation and restoration company in the business in water or fire claim situations.

For any damage that strikes your residential or commercial space, rely on the premier cleanup and restoration company that local insurance agents choose; SERVPRO® of Jefferson City. We are available to you and your customers 24/7, 365 days a year for all your emergency service needs. Call us anytime at 573-635-5883.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter..

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Before all the snow and ice come, it’s good for you to know tips on how to prevent frozen pipes. Because old man winter can cause damage to your residential or commercial property. Winter is a prime time for pipes to freeze. And frozen pipes can result in water damage. If this occurs, SERVPRO® of Jefferson City is always Here to Help.® 

One of the number one tips to avoid frozen pipes is by allowing water to drip from faucets while the temperature is below freezing. According to the Red Cross, below are three other ways to prevent frozen pipes. 

  1. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children.
  2. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  3. If you are going to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home; set it to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

It’s also a good idea to detach your outdoor hoses. 


Now that you have some tips on how to prevent frozen pipes, here’s another tip for you: If you happen to have water damage at your home or business, contact SERVPRO® of Jefferson City, where their heroes make the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call today: 573-635-5883.

November is.. Military Family Month

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

We are often reminded to thank active and veteran service men and women. Sometimes, we overlook their support team. Military families feel the repercussions of their loved one's service every day. Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Daughters, and every family member in between honor them by supporting their families while they are off on active duty and training endeavors. Not only do they constantly face the reality that their loved one is risking his/her life, but they are the ones keeping things running at home. They are tracking all the bills, benefits, news, and trying to make a difference in their families' lives while their loved ones are serving.

November is Military Family Month, the time set aside to recognize family at home. An excerpt from the 2020 Presidential proclamation stated, "During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we celebrate the loved ones of our country's men and women in uniform and recognize the sacrifices they have made in support of our Nation's heroes." SERVPRO® is a proud supporter of our active service members and those veterans that have given their all for our country.

Here are ways you can encourage military families and share your appreciation:

  • Create a care package for their spouse at home
  • Adopt a military family for the holidays
  • Visit war memorials with your family
  • Send a simple "Thank You" that will mean so much to them.

To all of the military families in our community, SERVPRO of Jefferson City wants to say thank you for the support and encouragement you provide.

SERVPRO is also proud to be an employer to veterans.

Fall Fire Safety Tips

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fall is such a wonderful time of the year. Vibrant colors. Brisk weather. Football. Camping. And so much more. This season can certainly be a time for fun and good times, but it’s also a time to practice safety. Outlined in this blog, you will learn about fall fire safety tips. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it’s safe from potential fire hazards. In the event that fire strikes your residential or commercial property, SERVPRO® of Jefferson City is Here to Help.®  

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Here are some helpful hints when cooking your fall family dinners:

  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while the food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire, like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, or hand towels, away from the stovetop. 

If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe:

  • Get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the flames.
  • Call 911 or the local emergency number after you get out safely.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear path out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan, and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. 

If you are doing any outdoor cooking around a fire pit, consider the following to keep it a fun, but safe time for all: 

  • Check the wind conditions prior to starting the fire. Wind can make it hard to light the fire or blow embers around to surrounding brush or structures.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher or water source nearby, like a water hose or water bucket. Never leave the fire unattended.
  • Keep all children and pets at least three feet from the fire. 

We hope you found these fall fire safety tips helpful. Should fire damage strike your home or business this fall, contact the professionals at SERVPRO® of Jefferson City. We’ll be there to help make the damage "Like it never even happened."® We’re available 24/7, 365 days of the year for all your emergency service needs. Just call 573.635.5883   

Choosing The Appropriate Fire Extinguisher For Your Business

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know there are different classes of fire extinguishers? It’s important when it comes to choosing the appropriate fire extinguisher for your business, especially if fire damage strikes. In the event that it does, SERVPRO® of Jefferson City is Here to Help.® 

Below is a breakdown of the different classes of fire extinguishers. 

Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics. 

Class B: Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, and oil. 

Class C: Designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electrically energized or plugged in. 

Class D: For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found only in factories working with those metals. 

Class K: Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens but are becoming more popular in the residential market for use in home kitchens as well.

Choosing the appropriate fire extinguisher for your business is critical. If fire damage strikes your commercial property, rely on the leader in the Fire & Water -- Cleanup & Restoration™  industry. SERVPRO® of Jefferson City is Here to Help.® We exist to help make the damage "Like it never even happened."® We’re available and here to serve you for all your emergency service needs 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Call us anytime for all your commercial needs: 573-635-5883.

Why use SERVPRO® for your Duct Cleaning needs

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Allergies are rampant during the Spring. Did you know duct cleaning can help? Duct cleaning can improve the air quality in your home and business. You may wonder, why use SERVPRO® of Jefferson City for your duct cleaning? The SERVPRO® duct cleaning system is proven and cost-effective.  

The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, but our highly trained and qualified technicians here at SERVPRO® of Jefferson City can help you change that! Inspecting the ductwork in your home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your home. 

What might be residing in your ducts:

  • Rodents
  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Debris
  • Bacteria
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Insects
  • Pests 

A routine part of your local SERVPRO® franchise professional’s service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. We will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, your SERVPRO® of Jefferson City professional can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition. 

If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be inspected for proper functioning and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO® of Jefferson City professionals use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime. 

If your allergies persist this season, contact us to come out to provide you a FREE quote for duct cleaning. Call SERVPRO® of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883 to make your appointment today.

What Do You Do When Water Damage Strikes...

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know what to do when water damage strikes your residential or commercial property? SERVPRO® of Jefferson City does! We are Here to Help you and your family in your time of need.

Did you know the first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage? It’s true! Here at SERVPRO® of Jefferson City, we stand behind our 1-4-8 philosophy. 

One hour

Within one hour from notice of loss, one of our heroes will contact you to arrange for service. You’ll know help is on the way!

Four hours

Within four hours of loss notification, one of our professionals will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.

Eight hours 

Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.

It’s critical you know what to do if -- or when -- water damage strikes. We’ll provide you with three tips. 

Tips: 

  1. Shut off the water source, if possible, or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source.
  2. Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  3. Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

Immediate action needs to be taken if you’re experiencing a water or storm event. Fast response time is vital to help prevent further damage. The heroes here at SERVPRO® of Jefferson City are faster to any size disaster. 

When water damage strikes your home or business, contact the Brand leader in the cleanup and restoration industry: SERVPRO® of Jefferson City We’re Here to Help you 24/7, 365 for all your emergency service needs. Just call 573-635-5883.

SERVPRO’s ® 1-4-8 Philosophy for Water Damage

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage. Something you never want to encounter. Something that’s never fun. Something that many may face one day. According to industry estimates, 14,000 people in the U.S. experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day. And did you know 98% of basements in the U.S. will suffer from some type of water damage during its lifetime? If your home happens to fall into that percentage, rest assured, the highly trained water restoration technicians at SERVPRO® of Jefferson City can make the damage "Like it never even happened."® SERVPRO’s ® 1-4-8 philosophy for water damage is a guarantee. 

Our water damage process overview:

One Hour

Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO® of Jefferson City, professional will contact you to arrange for service. You’ll know professional help is on the way.

Four Hours 

Within four hours of loss notification, we’ll be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.

Detailed Explanation

Our trained, uniformed and equipped professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step. He or she will thoroughly explain what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

Pretesting 

Our professionals will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward. 

Eight Hours 

Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person -- normally your adjuster or property manager.

Cleaning & Restoration

SERVPRO® of Jefferson City professionals will work diligently and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.

Final Walk-through 

After the restoration and/or mitigation work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction. Our team always strives to create happy customers.

When there’s a disaster at your residential or commercial property, you don’t have time to waste; you need to act quickly to help prevent secondary damage. You need a quality restoration company that’s fully capable and quick to respond. SERVPRO® of Jefferson City is fully capable and faster to any size disaster. You can fully rely on and trust our experience, reputation, credibility, integrity, equipment, and knowledge. You can also rely on and have faith in SERVPRO’s ® 1-4-8 philosophy for water damage. When it comes to fire damage, water damage, or storm damage, trust that SERVPRO® of Jefferson City has you covered. When you need us, we’re Here to Help.® Make the call today: 573-635-5883. 

Trust the Premier Commercial Company That Understands the Science of Drying

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

When you have water damage at your commercial or residential property, trust the premier commercial company that understands the science of drying. Trust SERVPRO® of Jefferson City.

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. 

While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, the professionals here at SERVPRO® of Jefferson City are trained in the science of drying. We follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages to your property. If your home or business suffers water damage, we’ll thoroughly do the following: 

  1. Inspect your building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  2. Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  3. Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does it mean to help "speed up Mother Nature?" A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material, but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem? Nature often takes too long, and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

We have the tools to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO® of Jefferson City professionals use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help accelerate the drying of your home or business.

It's not only the equipment but the technology, too! We utilize DryBook™, a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process. It helps ensure industry drying requirements are met. With DryBook™ Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process.

Bottom line? Your local SERVPRO® of Jefferson City franchise has the expertise, equipment and history to help make water damage "Like it never even happened."® So in the event of your next water damage, trust the premier commercial company that understands the science of drying. Our highly trained professionals are “Here to Help” you. We’re just a click or phone call away. Make the call today: 573-635-5883.

Stay Safe on the Fourth of July

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

It's that time of the year again.  Long, hot summer days, baseball, the American flag and buntings decorating the front of our homes.  Then comes the Fourth of July.  It's a time of celebration with fireworks, BBQs, friends and family. With all of the fanfare the  most important thing to keep in mind is safety.

Fireworks

Fireworks can be dangerous.  Give yourself plenty of space and find a safe location away from your house or anything flammable.  Supervise children and be sure that first-aid supplies are close by.  Find more fire safety tips from the Federal Emergency management Agency FEMA.

Grilling

While grilling. keep your grill a safe distance from your house tree branches and deck railings.  Keeping your grill free from grease and fat is helpful as well as fat can cause unexpected flames.  

Heat

This time of year we can generally expect hot days.  Stay cool, wear a hat and light clothing, protect yourself with sunscreen, stay hydrated  and find relief in the shade.  

Your friends at SERVPRO of Jefferson City wish for you to have a fun and safe Independence Day celebration.

Summer Commercial Building Maintenance

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

It's important to maintain your commercial business.  Going from the cooler months of spring to the heat of the summer can cause faulty mechanical issues in commercial buildings.  This can affect the efficiency of businesses and often times end up costing you more money than expected to fix.

Keep your commercial business in top condition during summer months with these tips:

1.  Have your HVAC inspected by a professional.  This will ensure the system will be at its top performance level when you  need it most.  

2. Conduct a sprinkler system test.  Look for any hidden water problems.  Run sprinkler and irrigation systems early in the season to make sure none of the sprinkler heads are broken.  

3. Check for roof storm damage.  Damage can lead to leaks that affect your insulation, building structure and allow for critters to enter into your property. Check for missing or damaged shingles.

4. Inspect the outdoor lighting.  Make sure your property's outdoor lights are working.  Check light's wiring screws, and bases to make sure it is watertight sealed and in good repair.

5.  Conduct routine maintenance of safety equipment.  In hotter months there is an increased chance of fire.  Check your indoor sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, fire safety kits and update your business fire evacuation plan. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City is available for any of  your fire or water disasters and we are available 24/7 at 573-635-5883.

Fire Damage - "Like it never even happened."

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Were you aware that a fire in one room can damage belongings and surfaces through your entire home?  Regardless of the size, a fire can also cause odors that may last for year.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City understand how events like fire can affect your life.  Concerns may range from the expense replacing personal belongings to the emotions associated with losing an actual keepsake.  Typically restoring an item will save you money versus replacing the item, relieving your concern of losing priceless treasures.  SERVPRO consists of a 24-hour emergency response team, trained in caring for both the home and the homeowner.  Trained, uniformed technicians are on-site of a fire damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.  By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, your local SERVPRO of Jefferson City professionals can help you regain control quickly and help protect your home and personal belongings.

So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at 573-635-5883.  We can help make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Are You Prepared For The Next Disaster

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex – fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur.  SERVPRO professionals know that there is no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenants and the revenue of the property’s owner. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City has a 1-4-8- SERVICE Response Guideline.  With one hour from notice of loss, someone from our office will contact you to arrange for service.  Within four hours of loss notification, a team member will be on-site to start mitigation services.  Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person. 

  • Our quick response can help you avoid revenue loss for property owners and inconvenience to tenants.
  • Restoration service can help you resume normal business functions quickly while avoiding costly construction downtime.
  • Professional equipment and industry-approved techniques can save you time and money.

Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson City professionals at 573-635-5883.  We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Your Business Needs SERVPRO of Jefferson City

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

On routine route visits as sales and marketing representative for SERVPRO of Jefferson City I visit new commercial businesses, introduce myself, and share our brand and services.  Most of the time folks are familiar with us and our services, but on rare occasion, I might hear this from a potential customer, “I’m not sure we need your services today, or anytime soon.”  At that moment, I will clarify that SERVPRO’s services may not be needed today, but that we want to be there for them in the event of a future emergency.  For example, if they have a water line leak, there is great importance that a restoration team responds to the water damage; or, perhaps their business has suffered a fire and our services are needed for removal of smoke and soot.

Time is of the essence when a business encounters fire or water damage and we want to help get businesses back up and running as soon as possible.  Let SERVPRO of Jefferson City bring our team in to assist you.  We are available 24/7/365 at 573-635-5883.

Commercial Building Maintenance

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Hey business owners.  Are you doing all you can to prevent water leaks in your building?

As a business owner you are probably already aware that an ongoing and proactive building maintenance program is essential to the financial and economic well-being of your commercial real estate.  And, more than likely, you have those steps in place. 

Both exterior and interior building maintenance is crucial and can resolve issues before they become problems.  For preventative care we are suggesting you regularly check the following items for leaks:

Exterior

  • Check roofing for deterioration.
  • Check gutters and down spouts for blockage.
  • Check basements and crawl spaces for moisture.

Interiors

  • Check appliances in break rooms and cafeterias.
  • Check sinks and toilets in restrooms.
  • Check HVAC for leaks and blockage

So rely on the SERVPRO of Jefferson City team  to help you with your unexpected disaster.  We are the professionals that understand water damage.  573-635-5883.

Be Flood Smart

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Springtime brings warm weather, beautiful shrubs, flowers, and unfortunately, heavy rains and the increase for flooding.  

Did you know that floods can cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.  And that's something we in central Missouri are all too familiar with.  Spring rains can bring several inches of precipitation in just hours which can lead to severe flooding by oversaturating the ground, overfilling storm drains, or causing rivers to spill over their bank or levees.  

We would like to offer a few flood safety tips for our SERVPRO of Jefferson City friends:

  • Be sure to step away away from floodwaters.  Anything above your ankles is dangerous.
  • If while driving you come upon a flooded road, turn around.  Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Children, by nature, are curious.  Keep them away from running water

Call the professionals if your home is the victim of a flood.  Floodwater can cause major damage, even if it is just a small amount of water. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City 573-635-5883

What’s in Your Ducts?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Dust, dirt, bacteria, rodents, insects or pests, debris, pollen, mold?  Any one of these contaminants or foreign objects can enter and collect in your air ducts.  All of these can diminish the quality of the indoor air in your home or office, or cause damage to your HVAC system.

Our SERVPRO of Jefferson City team has a duct cleaning system that is proven and cost-efficient. We use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • We begin by using a roto-scraper that conforms to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • A push-pull air delivery and collection system then transfer the debris from the ductwork to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. We use HEPA filters to capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • Additionally, your filter will be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

Call your SERVPRO of Jefferson City to schedule a duct cleaning appointment at 573-635-5883.  Let us remove years of whatever is lurking you your ducts.

Prepare Your Commercial Building for Winter Weather

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Are you a business owner?  Are you prepared for winter?  If so, SERVPRO of Jefferson City would like to offer you some winter maintenance tips for your commercial buildings.  Good tips can be valuable in saving you money in the long run.

  1. Winterize your cooling systems 

Drain and winterize the cooling tower if not in use.  Also, shut down your chiller or empty the condensate drain tap.  If these matters are not taken care of the result could be extreme damage to your equipment. 

  1. Calibrate thermostats

Calibrate your building’s thermostats and lower them to a cooler temperature that is still comfortable for the building occupants.  An easy way to save money and energy.

  1. Inspect your roof

Temperature changes and precipitation can cause problems to building roofs.  Be on the lookout for loose shingles or areas where water could collect, resulting in costly leaks.

  1. Check irrigation systems

Drain your hoses and faucets to prevent broken water lines.

  1. Repair sidewalks 

Seal cracks in sidewalks and paved areas.  

  1. Plan for snow and ice removal

Be prepared for removal.  If you don’t have the proper equipment, hire a professional who does.  This will benefit in keeping your employees and visitors safe along with prevention of damage to your building. 

If winter weather does cause a broken frozen pipe or a leaking roof, be sure to give the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City a call for emergency water cleanup.  We’ll be there… for we are faster to any size disaster.  SERVPRO of Jefferson City 573-635-5883

How to De-Ice Your Drive

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Winter weather is upon us, and here in Central Missouri we have managed to dodge the "big" snow bullet.  However, we still want to be prepared to do the dreaded "shovel snow" chore when a good amount of precipitation falls. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City has researched a few de-ice tips to offer you:

1.  Rock Salt -  The most common way to de-ice your driveway is to use rock salt.  It's inexpensive and available most anywhere.  Be aware that rock salt does contain some substances that make it dangerous for your pets and plants; cyanide and chloride.

2.  Heat Mats - They are very expensive but if it's in your budget, especially when building a new house or replacing your driveway, consider them.

3.  Green Products - There are environmentally friendly products on the market.

4.  Sand - You're going to need traction for getting your vehicle out of the driveway so sand or gravel will be a good choice.  

5. Shovel Often -  When the storm hits be prepared to start scooping.  Shovel shortly after it starts and be prepared to do intermittent shoveling to keep it from building up.

Cold Weather Travel Advice

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

No one likes the idea of driving in dangerous road conditions.  And snow driving is not fun driving.  SERVPRO of Jefferson City would like to offer you some stormy weather tips:

  • Stay off the roads if at all possible
  • If you have to drive make sure you have an emergency road kit for your car
  • Pay attention to the latest weather reports and road closures
  • Before you travel, notify friends or relatives of your route, destination and estimated time arrival

Freezing rain is even more dangerous than snowy conditions as ice can freeze on pavement and cannot usually be plowed:

  • Freezing rain coats everything and leads to falling tree branches and power outages
  • Don't drive if there is, or recently was freezing rain

We hope these tips can help you out when you think about hitting the road on cold weather days.  Be Safe!

Space Heater Safety

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Who doesn't like a space heater to keep their feet warm at your desk on a chilly day.  Or to plug one in to warm up a room.  A supplemental heat source should be operated with a measure of caution. According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters, whether portable or stationary, account for two of every five (40%) of home heating fires and four out of five (84%) of home heating fire deaths. If you're using a space heater, help reduce the risk of fire with these tips:

Radiant space heaters warm whatever is directly in front of them, while convection heaters can help make an entire room feel more comfortable. To use them safely, consider the following tips:

  • Purchase units with an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label.
  • Keep heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn, such as upholstery, curtains, pets or people. Approximately half of fires in residential buildings involving a portable heater occur because the unit is too close to a combustible material.
  • Keep the unit on a level surface and plug it directly into a wall outlet.
  • Never use a space heater to dry clothing.
  • Select a unit that automatically switches off if the unit tips over.
  • Do not leave a space heater unattended, especially when children or pets are in the room. Do not leave an electric heater on overnight or when you're sleeping.

Your friends at SERVPRO of Jefferson City hope these winter weather safety tips are useful to you.  Safety first.  

Stop, Drop and Roll - Fire Drills at Home

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jefferson City will be faster to any size disaster in the event you have a home fire.  But to be completely honest with you, we'd much rather teach you some home safety tips to prevent us from having to clean up what remains of your fire ravaged home. Now is as good as time as any to begin fire drills with your family.  It will get your children interested in the change of routine and keep adults in practice as well. Practice exactly as you'd do it in real time. Define, step-by-step, what you expect your children to do.

  • Start the fire safety training drill by sounding a smoke alarm, so children can recognize the beep as an early warning to fire.
  • Leave everything behind and follow the escape route. They should never attempt to pick up toys and personal possessions, or look for their parents, siblings or pets. Sticking to the evacuation plan to get out safely is most important.
  • Teach them to stay low to the floor, moving on their hands and knees, if there is smoke in their room. To avoid inhalation, instruct them to cover their face with a pillowcase or shirt.
  • Show them how to crawl over to their bedroom door and touch the doorknob first. If it's not hot, they should proceed out the door and exit the house to the safe meeting place outside. If it's hot, they should go to their window and wave a shirt.
  • Stop, drop and roll. Practice this important safety move so you can help prevent serious burns if your clothes are on fire.
  • Repeat the plan until they have mastered it. With enough drills, you can avoid panic and confusion if a real fire strikes the home.

Talk about next steps, like calling 911. After you have gotten to your meeting space, talk to your children about calling 911. Children old enough to understand the phone should know how to call at the first sign of an emergency. But remember, kids can sometimes think it's funny to prank call 911, so stress to them that it is against the law and carries consequences.

Tips for Making a Storm Damage Claim

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Nature sometimes shakes things up a little. If your home didn’t weather a storm as well as you hoped it would, we're sharing some tips to help you file an insurance claim for storm damage and get back on track quickly. Here’s where you should start. 

File a Storm Damage ClaimNeed to report storm damage for a claim?  Call your homeowner's agent or contact the claims center. 

Act quickly. Filing a claim with your insurance company for storm damage in a timely matter is important for a couple reasons. Most insurance policies limit your time to file a claim, which makes being quick to connect essential. You’ll also want to repair the damage to your home or property before it has a chance to get worse, so reporting your claim early is the best approach.

Review your policy. If you know what your homeowners policy and optional insurance covers, how to proceed and what you can expect from the process, you’ll be better prepared to plead your case. Every insurance policy and claim is different. Reviewing your policy gives you information that specifically applies to you.

Document everything. It’s smart to keep a log of the storm and the damage. Save news reports and take pictures immediately after to document any damage. Don’t start cleaning up until you’ve documented as much of the damage as is safe and wait to handle the big messes until after a claims adjuster has assessed the situation.

Get quotes from the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City.  While your personal walk around and assessment is important, a professional opinion will be thorough and may mean more to your insurance provider.  They specialize in finding, assessing and repairing damage from storms and will check your home from roof to basement. 

Be wary of scammers. Unfortunately, storm damage can bring scammers to your area with promises of quick and cheap repairs. Whether you’re filing an insurance claim or not, research anyone who offers to repair your home. 

Mitigate your damages. If the storm affected a large area, you may have to wait awhile before a storm assessor can review your damage and maybe even longer before you can get it fixed. In the meantime, you’ll want to take steps to prevent further home or property damage. This could include tarping your roof, cleaning a wet basement, boarding up holes and more. Document the damage, then document how you’re taking steps to protect your property.

Types of Winter Weather in our Area

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Do you have any questions on how to distinguish the types of winter weather in our area?  Let's start with the basic winter storm.

A winter storm is a combination of heavy snow, blowing snow and/or dangerous wind chills.  They can be life-threatening.

Blizzards are dangerous 'winter storms' that are a combination of blowing snow and wind resulting in very low visibility.  While heavy snowfalls and sever cold often accompany blizzards, they are not required.  Sometimes strong winds pick up snow that has already fallen, creating a ground blizzard.

Ice storms are are a storm which results in the accumulation of at least .25" of ice on exposed surfaces.  They create hazardous driving and walking conditions.  Tree branches and powerlines can easily snap under the weight of the ice.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City hope you are prepared for the upcoming cold weather. And if you're not, we hope after reading this it will serve as a reminder that it's time to prepare your home or commercial business for the damage winter weather can provide.

When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO of Jefferson City to strike back and help make it "Like it never even happened."  573-635-5883

Severe Winter Weather and Your Home

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

If your home winter weather ready?  Here it is the end of December in Central Missouri; we've had the cold temps but only a few flurries.  But don't give up on the big snow just yet, as we have a good three months left of cold weather.  If we are fortunate enough to have a warm weather day pop up, this will be a good time to clear your rain gutters, and clear away tree branches that could fall on your house or other buildings during a storm. Roofing companies still work during cold winter days; hire a contractor to check the structural integrity of your roof.  Heavy snow accumulation on your roof can lead to sever water damage and flat roofs are particularly vulnerable because the snow is not able to slide off, causing the pile to grow and increase in weight.

We hope you don't need our services, but do know that the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City are always here to help you with any water damage you experience from cold winter days.  573-635-5883.

Winter Driving Tips

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Hey, SERVPRO of Jefferson City customers.  Are you prepared to hit the road during these cold snowy days?  Have you winterized your car?  It's not too late to be prepared for the worst that cold winter Missouri days can offer you.  So with that being said, we are happy to provide you with some cold weather tips:

So, before hitting the road, winterize your car with antifreeze, make certain you have a full tank of gas,  and check out road conditions on MoDOT's Traveler Information Map or call 888-ASK-MODOT.

Carry the following in your car:

  • Working flashlight & extra batteries
  • First-aid kit and necessary medications
  • Blankets
  • Gloves, socks, warm cap, waterproof jacket
  • Booster Cables
  • A small shovel
  • A small sack of sand to use for traction under your wheels
  • A brightly colored cloth to use as a flag
  • Non perishable foods
  • Bottled water

We hope these tips help you to stay safe this winter.  

Be Fire Smart

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Temperatures are dropping and as always, we're bound to have some frigid Central Missouri weather days ahead of us.   It's unfortunate that home fires occur at all, let alone that they occur more in the winter months than in any other season. SERVPRO of Jefferson City has some information to provide for your winter weather safety:

  • Be aware that half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February.
  • One in every seven home fires and one in every five home fire deaths involves heating equipment.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.
  • Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away from your home as possible.
  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance (like a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
  • Hire a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year.
  • Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby buildings.

Visit SERVPRO's fire damage repair and restoration page at https://www.SERVPROjeffersoncity.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

And remember we have 24-hour emergency service at SERVPRO of Jefferson City - 573-635-5883

Be Ready BEFORE the Storm

12/26/2020 (Permalink)

It’s just a given that storms are inevitable.  Your friends at SERVPRO of Jefferson City would like to provide you some tips for safety before the storm even starts.

  • Build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Remember the 30/3 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder.  Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades, or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

These are tips provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).  SERVPRO of Jefferson City is just a phone call away if you encounter a disaster after a storm.  573-635-5883.

Why SERVPRO - What You Need To Know About Mold

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Mold spores are everywhere in your environment and can enter homes easily.  Most types of mold grow quickly if they have a water source, an organic food source and temperatures between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Studies have found excessive dampness indoors is a public health problem by encouraging growth of molds, dust mites and other organisms.

Ways to Control Moisture and Reduce Mold

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water.
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
  • Replace washing machine hoses with steel mesh lines.
  • Move large objects away from the walls to provide good air circulation.
  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

Give the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City a call with questions about mold at 573-635-5883 or check out our website at https://www.SERVPROjeffersoncity.com/

The Holiday Season – Staying Safe

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve?

Keeping that in mind, your friends at SERVPRO of Jefferson City want to share some safety tips offered by the American Red Cross to help reduce the risk of fire in your home this holiday.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources.
  • Lights, strings, and other holiday decorations should be at least three feet away from heat sources.
  • Unplug your Christmas tree lights and any other holiday lights before going to bed, and before leaving your house.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate your tree. If you use candles elsewhere in your home, always extinguish them before leaving the room or before going to bed.
  • In the kitchen, keep anything that can catch fire, potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains – away from your stove top.
  • Create a designated person to make certain all candles are extinguished at the end of the day.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season from your friends at SERVPRO of Jefferson  City -- 573-635-5883.

We are a Member of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

As the sales and marketing representative for SERVPRO of Jefferson City I have made it a priority to be active with our local Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.  This is an organization that is well established and beneficial to both our community and our business.

The Chamber has served our community since 1893 when it was first organized as The Commercial Club.  From its advocacy for the construction of the bridges across the Missouri River to its current involvement in riverfront development, the Chamber's mission is to "Grow JCMO."  They work together with our businesses and community leaders to strengthen the local economy and increase opportunities for our residents, not only for our current generation but for generations to come

As a membership organization, the Chamber strives to offer members networking, marketing, and professional development opportunities in addition to an emphasis on Economic Development.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City is honored to be a part of the community and being a member of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce is just one way to show our part in doing so.

Service Response Guidelines and Maintenance Tips

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Are you familiar with the numbers 1 – 4 – 8?  These numbers are very relevant to how our production crew at SERVPRO of Jefferson City works.  They are what we call our Service Response Guideline.

1 - Within one hour from notice of loss, our SERVPRO of Jefferson City professionals will contact you to arrange for service.

4 - Within four hours of loss notification, our SERVPRO of Jefferson City professionals will be on-site to start mitigation services.

8 - Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.

And before you are hit with water damage we'd like to provide you with the follow:

Maintenance Tips:

  • Inspect ceiling tiles regularly for discoloration or leaks. This could be a sign of leaks in the HVAC unit or piping. 
  • Check waterlines in coffee makers, refrigerators and water filtration systems for kinks or leaks, annually. 
  • Remove standing water with a mop and seek professional assistance for complete drying and restoration.

We hope your understanding of our response guidelines and maintenance tips helps you out.  Our franchise is equipped with a full line of cleanup and restoration services to handle water damages caused by leaks and excessive moisture.  If you experience a problem, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883.  We’re available 24/7/365.

WHY SERVPRO - Because We're the Best in the Business

11/26/2020 (Permalink)

You walk into your office early on a Monday morning to find water in your reception area, down two hallways, and into your employee's offices and the break room.  Your first thought is going to be, who do we contact to clean this untimely mess up?  Hopefully the best in the business, SERVPRO of Jefferson City, is at the forefront of your mind and you make the call to 573-635-5883.  Then the process proceeds from here.

  • We will ask that you contact a qualified professional to stop the water source
  • Turn off circuit breakers to prevent electrical shock
  • Move any computers

Then our SERVPRO professionals will arrive and take charge of the job from there.

All our SERVPRO of Jefferson City technicians are IICRC certified and have extensive knowledge about our services and equipment. We have the professional training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened."

Give us a call 24/7 at 573-635-5883 because we are the best in the business.

Have You Prepared Yourself For Winter Weather?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

If you haven't prepared your home for winter weather, now's the time.  It's just around the corner in mid-Missouri.  SERVPRO of Jefferson City would like to provide some helpful tips to help you out.

  • Protect your water pipes from freezing by allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing.
  • Check your roof, water pipes, and gutters; and direct your downspouts away from your home.
  • Inspect your handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas.  
  • If you have downed tree limbs and branches clear them away.  These could cause damage to your property.

You may not be able to control the weather but you can take the necessary steps to be prepared.  As you're preparing be sure to keep SERVPRO of Jefferson City's phone number close by at 573-635-5883l.  We here to help

Water Cleanup

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Did your toilet overflow, or perhaps your water line froze and burst?  If so, then more than likely you immediately headed to your nearest linen closet, grabbed a handful of towels, and began the cleanup process only to realize you’re way in over your head with a mess you can’t clean up alone.  That’s when you call the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City.

Within one hour from notice of loss one of our SERVPRO professionals will contact you to arrange for service.  We will be there within four hours of your loss notification to start the mitigation services and within eight hours provide you a verbal briefing of the scope.  At that time, our technicians will begin drying and if necessary, decontaminating your home. Each of our professionals are trained and understands how to manage the drying process.  By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, you home is quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages.

Don’t hesitate to call our SERVPRO of Jefferson City professionals at 573-635-5883.  We’re always here to help.

Why SERVPRO - Keep Your Home Healthy

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Most of us are concerned about our general health.  We make yearly well-checks with our primary care physician to keep our blood pressure under control, maintain our weight (or at least try), as well as schedule twelve or six month visits to the dentist and eye doctor for examinations. These good health routines may prevent poor health later in life.

If we were to treat our homes with the same preventative care maintenance we provide for ourselves imagine the home repair problems and money that could be saved. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City wants to help you start your "Healthy Home" checklist today:

  • Avoid smoking in your home
  • Have adequate ventilation and exhaust fans in you kitchen, bathroom and laundry room.
  • Change your air filters once a month
  • If you use gas, check your fireplace and/or gas stove yearly for emissions
  • Check for water leaks or standing water
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
  • Replace washing machine hoses with steel mesh lines.
  • Move large objects away from the walls to provide good air circulation.

There may be more items to add to your checklist.  Go through each room of your home and see what additional tasks you can add to keep your home "healthy."

SERVPRO of Jefferson City, we hope your home maintenance routines keep your home healthy, but if a disaster happens, give us a call at 573-635-5883.

Why Fires Start in Commercial Buildings

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

According to the USFA, even though every business is different, commercial fires tend to start for the same reasons. As a business owner, it's important to be aware of these causes, so you can do your best to prevent them. 

  • Cooking- Kitchen fires in restaurants are the most common source of fire in non-residential buildings, often because the grease traps, hood suppression system, and exhaust vents for commercial stoves, broilers, and deep fat fryers are not properly cleaned and maintained.
  • Electrical and Heating Malfunctions– Worn electrical cords and faulty wiring are also a major cause of commercial fires.
  • Arson- Intentional fire-setting in abandoned buildings, especially in the current economic climate, provide an easy target for fire setters. Don't let these hazards kill or injure firefighters.
  • Smoking- Even in a smoke-free building, you can't watch what your employees do all the time. It only takes one cigarette to start a fire. Many historic hotel fires, and the Sofa Super Store fire, were started by someone smoking cigarettes.
  • Improper Storage- Most fires in storage properties are not in warehouses but are in garages, barns, silos, and small outbuildings. Many fires are started when flammable materials are stored too close to a heat source.

Additional Risks

Your business may have fire risks that aren't covered here. Commercial fire sprinklers can protect all types of businesses from fire, making them a worthwhile investment in your building and employees' safety.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City wants to help protect your investment.  Give us a call at 573-635-5883.  We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Keeping Safe in the Workplace

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

wet floor with potential mold hazzard If left setting too long a wet floor, ceiling or drywall can turn to mold.

It's no secret that mold can have serious health consequences.  According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, exposure to building dampness and mold can cause health effects.

Help prevent these symptoms by following some helpful tips:

Inspect your building's HVAC systems for problems and fix any problems that need taken care of.

Clean or replace any building material that shows signs of water damage or mold growth.

Encourage your employees to see their health care provider if they are experiencing any health effects.

Encourage your employees to advise their supervisor if they detect any signs of flooding dampness, musty odors or ventilation problems in their work area.

If mold is detected in your commercial building let the mold cleanup and restoration process begin by calling our SERVPRO team at 573-635-5883.

WHY SERVPRO - Learn About Some of our Friendly Staff

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

As the sales and marketing representative of SERVPRO of Jefferson City I have had the opportunity to see the best side of every member of our team.  Yes, I realize we can’t have the best of days every day, but why would I want to focus on anything besides the best.  Honestly, "the best" is what I see the most in our office.  For example, our office manager, Lisa, no matter how busy her day, she always gives her best.  She answers the phone professionally with a congenial “SERVPRO of Jefferson City, this is Lisa, can I help you?”  Doesn’t get any kinder than that, does it?  Kind and pleasant wins “every time” in my book.  Of course, on occasion she gets dealt the cranky customer card on the other end of the line; but she is good at managing the conversation, she’s a good listener and she doesn’t take their negativity personally. She gives her best.  Give us a call and find out for yourself.  You can even talk to Lisa with SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883.

Call SERVPRO for Your Water Cleanup

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Unseen water.  It can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on sub floors, causing major problems over time.

After you've made that first call to SERVPRO of Jefferson City our crew can be on-site within four hours to begin the emergency mitigation process of drying your home or commercial building and restore your contents.  Keep in mind that the faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your facility.

Our team understands how to manage the drying process.  They are trained to use our state-of-the-art equipment and latest technology assuring your structure will be quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages.  

Our SERVPRO of Jefferson team will remove moisture and any contaminants by disinfecting and deodorizing to safely clean and dry your building and contents.  Call us today at 573-635-5883.  

Equipment for Water Jobs

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

water on carpet An air mover and dehumidifier are shown at this job where a water line broke.

You may know that we are "faster to any size disaster" but are you familiar with some of the equipment required to get water jobs done?  Water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

That's where proper equipment comes in.  It can make a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a water loss.

Moisture Sensors  - They are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

Moisture Meters - used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials.  It provides accurate readings, allowing our crew to monitor the drying process.  

Thermohygrometers - measure temperature and relative humidity.  Our crew can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying.

Stay on top of any water leaks you find and locate the source of the leak.  The source of the leak needs to be taken care of then you can call you local SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883.

WHY SERVPRO - We Appreciate Our Customers and Their Reviews

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO – We Appreciate Our Customers and Their Reviews

SERVPRO of Jefferson City truly appreciates our customers and we also appreciate the wonderful reviews we receive from our customers.  Customer service is important to us and we strive every day to do our best in providing exemplary customer service beginning with that first phone call and ending with the completion of a job.  We like seeing ten’s and the additional comments in the customer service reviews like the ones that follow:

“They were very professional and gave us a great sense of comfort.”

“I really appreciate the expertise and daily communication by team members.”

“The workers are wonderful, hard-working and very professional.”

“SERVPRO is consistently professional, do a great job and are reasonably priced.”

Thank you for choosing SERVPRO of Jefferson City and for letting us be the cleanup team that is there for you.  SERVPRO of Jefferson City - 573-635-5883.

Water Damage To Your Ceiling

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

The professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City know a water spot when they see one.  And if you happen to see one don’t be immediately alarmed that your roof is leaking.  Oftentimes a stain can be the result of drips in the attic from condensation on pipes.  There are many water lines that converge in the attic space: upstairs hot water heaters, plumbing, A/C lines.  Be aware that cracks can allow slow leaks in the attic crawl space which then could lead to stains on the ceiling.

Other signs to be on the lookout for are:

  • Musty odors
  • Discolored growths
  • Stains, streaks, shadows
  • Peeling ceiling or wall surfaces

Even if your ceiling doesn’t look bad now, be aware it doesn’t take much water to create a disaster. A red flag that your ceiling is at risk of failure are depressions around the fasteners; you will see tiny dimples forming on the ceiling because the drywall encompassing the nails or screws droops, leaving an inverted crater.  So, if you feel you might have water or mold damage to your ceilings, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City a call at 573-635-5883.

WHY SERVPRO - Because We Rebuild

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Did you call SERVPRO of Jefferson City for flood damage, fire damage, mold cleanup, or hazardous waste? Or maybe you called someone else and the damage was taken care of and you're not certain what the next step should be.  It's all okay because SERVPRO of Jefferson City can come in after the cleanup is completed and restore your home or business, whatever the case.

We can restore it back to the way it was or even better with our top of the line equipment and our highly trained professionals.

At SERVPRO of Jefferson City we can replace the dry wall, dry or replace the flooring, paint and so much more.  Give us a call 24/7 at 573-635-5883  for your remodeling needs!! 

SERVPRO Takes Pride in its Services

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Heirloom piece of furniture covered with soot An heirloom piece of furniture from a homeowners house that our professionals cleaned and deodorized to "Like it never even happened."

Unfortunately, a lot can be lost by smoke damage after a home or commercial fire.  Give your SERVPRO of Jefferson City team a call and within four hours of loss notification our professionals will be onsite to help ensure a fire damage is handled by utilizing the following services.

Structural Cleaning

SERVPRO of Jefferson City can professionally clean and deodorize. We can restore furniture, rugs and area rugs, draperies and upholstery.  

Contents Cleaning

All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized; your area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery.  We also provide you an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items for the home owner.

Deodorization

We won't leave you with offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.  Our professionals can locate the source of the odor and remove them for you.

You need the best after fire damage and SERVPRO of Jefferson City provides the best.  Call us at 573-635-5883.

SERVPRO is Fast to Work after Flash Floods

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

sludge left in a garage from a flash flood This flooded garage was created by flash floods.

On July 19, 2020, Jefferson City was hit with approximately five inches of severe flash flood waters, maybe better described as sludge, that produced as much as 24 inches in main level garages to just within inches of one homeowner's basement rafters.  Many of these home owners lived in areas that were not declared as flood plains, so needless to say, they were caught off guard by the sudden rush of waters into their homes.  As the phones of Jefferson City's SERVPRO were staying busy with customers, so too was our production team, as they next flew into action inspecting affected areas, extracting excess water and prepping the area for drying.  The monitoring process begins after this and all updates are communicated to the homeowner. 

Be quick to contact your SERVPRO of Jefferson City professionals with any of your water damage needs at 573-635-5883

WHY SERVPRO - SERVPRO of Jefferson City Team Always Ready to Take On Your Disaster

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

I’ve had the opportunity on numerous occasions to see our SERVPRO of Jefferson City production team at work on many disasters. The days begins when the crew arrives early and settle in before their 8 o’clock punch-in-time.  They meet and with their operations manager who instructs each of them on their job(s) for the day and verification is made as to what equipment is needed; cars and/or trucks are loaded and then they set off on their workday.

Our team’s jobs range anywhere from water extraction from a busted water pipe, smoke and soot removal from a kitchen fire, mold from a water intrusion or biohazard cleanup from a suicide.

Our SERVPRO of Jefferson City team is prepared to handle any size job.  We’ll make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Jefferson City – 573-635-5883.

Water-Saving Tips

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that as much as 20% of a household's water usage is in the kitchen?  We have some quick and easy tips for saving water in the kitchen.

  • Purchase a low flow kitchen faucet.  Today's faucets have a flow rate of 1.5 GPM.  Older faucets, 5 GPM.
  • Use your dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes.  Make certain you have your dishwasher full.
  • Soak pot and pans. You'll use more water scrubbing under running water.
  • Steam or roast your vegetables rather than boiling.
  • Use washable spray mops and spot clean floors rather than mopping the entire floor.
  • Save your running water.  How many of us run tap water while waiting for our water to get hot or cold.  Instead, fill a pitcher of drinking water for the fridge or keep a bucket for watering your plants.
  • Fix leaks.  Fifteen thousand drops of water can make a gallon.  A leaky faucet can waste over 3000 gallons of water a year.  

SERVPRO of Jefferson City wants to be the professional you can call at any time for water disasters.  We are available 24/7/365 - 573-635-5883.

Tips for Keeping your Bathroom Plumbing in Good Shape

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that no other room in a house contains as many pipes and plumbing fixtures as the bathroom?  The toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, hot and cold water lines, and drainpipes in any household bathroom handle an immense amount of work. 

Never flush trash into the toilet

It's not a trash can.  Toilet paper should be the only paper being flushed.  Facial tissues are highly absorbent and can easily swell to block the pipes.  And wet-wipes can clump together and turn into a huge and difficult to remove clog - not only for the bathroom plumbing, but in the sewer line and municipal sewer system.  

Protect the drains with drain covers

Basic mesh drain covers in the sink and shower protect the drainpipes from most of the problems leading to clogs.  Clean the covers periodically so they won't cause slow drainage.

Never use chemical drain cleaners on the drains

Store-bought drain cleaners are acidic chemicals and are only temporarily effective.  They can create severe damage to drainpipes, leading to corrosion.  If you can't eliminate a drain clog with a plunger or a hand-cranked drain snake, call for a professional plumber.

Replace Outdated pipes

Do you live in a home built before 1970?  There's a good chance you have outdated piping material in your bathroom.  It is recommended you replace lead, steel, iron and polybutylene pipes pipes, all of which are susceptible to corrosion and/or breakage.  Lead pipes are potentially hazardous for drinking water lines.

Schedule Routine Maintenance and Drain Cleaning

This is a great preventive and maintenance service to help your bathroom plumbing stay in top shape.    Regular cleaning using professional tools removes build-up in the drains, and this not only prevents clogs, it helps to stop pipe decay.  During drain cleaning, plumbers can also find out if there are hidden leaks or components that may need repairs or replacements.

Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson for any of your water troubles 573-635-5883

Does Your Business Have Plan for a Fire Emergency

7/4/2020 (Permalink)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends all businesses have an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency.  They also suggest the following steps when developing such a plan.

Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with your company's emergency plans. Select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.

Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all empoyees.  Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit, wide enough tot accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills.  Designate a safe spot outside the facility where employees regroup, recover, and conduct a head count.  Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.

Call the fire and water restoration professionals you can trust.  SERVPRO of Jefferson  City at 573-635-5883

Celebrate Summer Safety

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

With summer months comes barbecues, parades and fireworks.  

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hundreds are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents.  We all love firing up the grill during the summer months.  So that makes July the peak month for grill fires.  SERVPRO of Jefferson City wants our customers to take proper safety precautions while enjoying your backyard barbecues so please consider the following tips to keep your summer celebrations disaster-free!

  • Only use propane and BBQ grills outdoors.
  • Place grill well away from your home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Let charcoal grills completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
  • Wear protective eyewear when lighting or standing near fireworks.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Attend a public display of fireworks.  It's the safest way to enjoy your 4th of July celebration.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City 573-635-5883

Work Place Water Damage

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

It’s not always storms wiping out power lines, or flooding in offices that can close down your business for days at a time. While it is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms, there are other causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
  
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 

4. Backed up sewer lines
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Jefferson City will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at 573-635-5883.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City - Your Cleanup Team

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

A pipe bursts. A water heater leaks. A bathtub overflows.  Flood waters rush in.  A sprinkler system malfunctions.  Water Damage can happen in any number of ways.  But if your business or home is under a few inches of water, everything else takes a backseat.  Only one thing matters when your business can't operate, and there is just one thing on the mind of the water-logged resident:  A solution.

Your SERVPRO of Jefferson City professionals are that solution.  Equipped with the knowledge, the experience, and the training to help make your water damage "Like it never even happened," SERVPRO of Jefferson City will start helping the moment we receive your call.  

When water damage strikes, give SERVPRO of Jefferson City a call; we will help to make things right, make things dry and make it "Like it never even happened."  573-635-5883

SERVPRO of Jefferson City - Staying Proactive against COVID-19

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

During these difficult times of COVID-19 businesses are having to be extremely proactive in caring for not only their business but their employees.  We are seeing it firsthand in our office at SERVPRO of Jefferson City.  Both our operations and office manager met with our employees to remind us to participate in the following prevention tips

  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • When soap and running water are unavailable, to use a 60% hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet

Our production crew has been instructed to travel one person in a car and they have been informed to practice the above-listed prevention tips at job sites.  SERVPRO of Jefferson City stays proactive in the cleaning and disinfecting of our own office by cleaning high-touch surfaces towards the end of the day.  A member of our production crew sanitizes every office, phone, doorknob, office equipment, tabletop and bathroom.  We hope your business is taking the time to perform a proactive cleanup of your facility.  Your employees will appreciate the extra steps you are taking to keep them safe.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City 573-635-5883

You Can't Beat a Good Water Review

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

There's nothing more pleasing to a business owner than receiving a review from a customer who gives your production crew wonderful accolades such as the ones that follow:

Thankfully we had never had to experience any kind of damage in our home. We had left for the weekend and came home to a valve in our vanity was heavily spraying water all over. We fixed that immediately, but was left with a mess. Our insurance gave us names to call and hearing how SERVPRO came highly rated from my brother, we called them. They got things started drying out immediately and I stressed how important it was to do it fast and furious as we were having company coming from Seattle on Friday.....3 days away. DJ and Jeanne did an amazing job! Jeanne even made a special trip herself in the dark and cold to bring a new dehumidifier. I felt bad, but she was very professional about it. DJ was also very nice. I enjoyed his personality and how knowledgeable he is.  -Rita

It truly, doesn't get any better than this.  Always know that SERVPRO of Jefferson City is just a phone call away for any of your fire, water or restoration need.  573-635-5883

Let our Crew Help You With Fire Cleanup

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire strikes you need to have a trusted company cleanup the damage properly.  Call SERVPRO of Jefferson  City at 573-635-5883 for your fire cleanup. We are a preferred vendor for many insurance companies making the process that much easier for you. We can handle everything from pack out to overseeing reconstruction services. We specialize in fire and smoke restoration and spend time training our techs in the cleaning process.  Also, it is important to remember that no fire is the same. SERVPRO of Jefferson City -  faster to any size disaster and can make your fire loss "Like it never even happened," and we use a restore vs. replace mentality meaning you can get your original items back in most cases and your structure restored quicker. Call SERVPRO of Jefferson City today!  Our crew is available 24/7/365 to help you.

 

We are Cleaning Experts

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Jefferson City - 573-635-5883

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Commercial Roof Maintenance Tips

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

If you are a business owner you are probably aware that a roof is the most critical part of any structure, and keeping your roof in good repair should be a top priority in order to extend its life or prolong the need for full replacement.

Of top importance is keeping all drains clear of debris and to have the name of a reliable professional roof repair company

The following is a list of top preventative maintenance tips. 

1. Don't Avoid Leaks

2. Get Your Roof Inspected Regularly

3. Don't walk on the Roof

4. Only Hire professional Roof Repair Companies

5. Keep Your Roof as Clean as Possible

6. Make Sure Your Roof Equipment is Functioning

7. Get Snow Cleared in Winter Months

SERVPRO of Jefferson hopes these tips are of help to you and it is also our hope that you practice these maintenance tips so you don't need to call us. But if you do need us, remember we are "faster to any size disaster"  SERVPRO of Jefferson City 573-635-5883.

Levels of Commercial Damage

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jefferson City handles not only residential damage and restoration, but commercial as well.

There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:

Level 1 

Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include, but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.

Level 2

Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include, but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.

Level 3

Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”

Once SERVPRO of Jefferson City determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a team of appropriate size is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”®

SERVPRO of Jefferson City - 573-635-5883  

Keeping your Pets Safe During a Storm

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

We love our pets.  They are a huge part of our family.  When you prepare safety tips for your family be sure to keep your furry friends in mind, as well.  ASPCA, the Animal Poison Control Center offers five tips to make storms safer and less stressful for your extended family member.

  1. Shelter - Make sure your pet is acquainted with the room or area you will go to in the event of a storm.  It may be a small interior room or possibly your basement.
  2. Poisons - You may be keeping poison substances in some of your shelter rooms. Eliminate any toxins from those areas.
  3. Anxiety - If your pet is prescribed anxiety medications and you know a storm is headed your way, give them a dose of their medication prior to the storm hitting your area.
  4. Evacuation - Know where your pet's leashes, carriers, food and medication are.  Keep a bottle of water handy for them.  Also, know where your pets' favorite hiding places are in case they decide to sneak off as the storm approaches.
  5. Prepare a pet first-aid kit.

The safety of your pet is as important to us as you.  We at SERVPRO of Jefferson City hope you will take the time to help make your furry friends' time during a storm less stressful.

The Special Olympics Training for Life Campus - SERVPRO's Part in the Cleanup

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

special olympics training facilityi The Special Olympics Training Facility before it was hit by a tornado on May 22, 2019

On May 22, 2019, a tornado ripped through Jefferson City causing major damage to both residential and commercial businesses.  One of the business that was hit was the Special Olympics Missouri Training for Life Campus.

The Special Olympics Training for Life Campus is the worlds largest sports organization with nearly 5 million athletes in more than 10 countries - 16,000 of them here in Missouri.  They are also a global social movement.  Their initiatives are to activate youth, engage kids with intellectual disabilities, build communities, and improve the health of their athletes.  

The Training for Life Campus is a state of the art facility for people with intellectual disabilities to discover their strengths and abilities, skills and success.  These athletes inspire our community.

It was a devastating hit for the Special Olympics and SERVPRO of Jefferson City was proud to be a part of the cleanup process of packing out furniture and storing it until the center is rebuilt.  While being housed at our SERVPRO warehouse our crew takes pride in cleaning the furniture and restoring it to it's original state. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson CIty 573-635-5883. 

Save Lives- Invest in a Smoke Detector

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Thousand of people lose their lives every year in residential fires. In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther and faster than heat.  That's one reason why most five victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not from burns.  A  majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape.  A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm.  This often allows a family the precious, but limited time needed to escape. 

About two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.  Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are considered to be one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce by almost half the risk of dying from a fie in your home. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City wants our customers to keep safe.  If we can be of help at any time give us a call at 573-65-5883.

Smoke Alarm Guidelines

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

If you don't have a smoke alarm installed in your home, purchase one and install it.

It is very important to install smoke alarms according to the manufacturer's instructions.

It is recommended a smoke alarm be installed on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms.

The USFA recommends that every home where people sleep be equipped with either (a) both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms, or (b) dual sensor smoke alarms (which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors).

Do not install an ionization smoke alarm in or near the kitchen because it is more  likely to create a false alarm during cooking.

Test your smoke alarms every month.

Install interconnected smoke alarms.

Install smoke alarms using house wiring with battery back-up.

Staying Safe From Storms in Your Home

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Do you have a safety plan for your family in the event of a severe storm or tornado? Have you practiced your plan at least twice a year? There may be a time when your children may be at home alone.  Do they know what to do and where to go if no adults are present?  This may sound like a lot to prepare for but in the long run it will be well worth the effort, especially in the event of a severe storm.

1. Get as low as possible - completely underground is best.

2. Put as many barriers between you and the outside as possible.

Flying debris is what causes the most harm.

Being underground in a  storm cellar or basement is the best place to be.

A safe room or above-ground tornado shelter can be as good as an underground shelter.

If the above-mentioned safe areas are  not available, choose a small, interior closet; an interior bathroom; a hallway, or under the stairs.

Never leave your home in a vehicle when a tornado threatens.  

Let Us Handle your Content Pack Out and Restoration

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

If your residence suffers water damage after a major storm let the cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO handle your pack out and restoration. We can remove and transport your damaged property to our site for processing and restoration.

Content Pack Out

Our pack out process involves meticulous documentation to insure your items receive the best possible care.  Items will be individually wrapped in bubble wrap and/or paper, boxed, labeled and inventoried with photo documentation.

Storage

At our SERVPRO location we will secure you items in a climate-controlled environment.  They will remain there until the cleaning and restoration process is complete.

Content Pack Back

After content cleaning and restoration, items are returned to your business using the same inventory procedures and documentation employed in the pack-out process.  Your items are loaded, transported and delivered with great care and then reconciled with original pack-out inventories.

We hope you never encounter a storm so great that you require a pack out, but if our services are needed, we are only a phone cal away at 573-635-5883.

Assisting With Pack Outs After a Major Storm

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

The devastation caused after the May 22, 2019, tornado displaced many Jefferson City area homeowners.  It was a challenging time for many folks but after the dust settled our SERVPRO of Jefferson City team was quick to respond to those in need for pack outs of their possessions from the affected area to our onsite warehouse.

Content Pack Out 

During a content pack out our team of trusted professionals take a detailed inventory of the homeowners items which involves photographing what is put into each box, carefully packaging, labeling the box and storing contents in our warehouse.  A decision will be made whether to clean the items or continue storing them until the homeowner is ready to have them returned to their possession.  

Content Cleaning and Restoration

SERVPRO of Jefferson City offers content cleaning and restoration.  The availability and scope of content cleaning and restoration varies by location, job, insurance provider (if applicable) and other factors.

After content cleaning and restoration, items are returned to the homeowner using the same inventory procedures and documentation employed in the pack out process. Your items are loaded, transported and delivered with great care and then reconciled with original pack out inventories.

Call your SERVPRO of Jefferson City team of professionals today for your pack out needs.

573-635-5883

Fire Safety During Winter Storms

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Winter weather is officially upon us and now is a good time to think about fire safety during winter storms.  Did you know that half of all home heating fires happen in December, January and February?  Knowing what to do in the event of a storm may help save your family and your personal belongings.

  • Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in your home at least once a month.
  • Plan two ways out of your home and keep your sidewalk and driveway free of ice and snow.
  • Make sure your house number is visible from the street so firefighters can locate your home.
  • Power can often times go out during high wind or ice storms.  Have battery-powered flashlights and extra batteries. 
  • Keep up to day on winter weather by checking on the radio, television or social media for updates.
  • If your heat stops working bundle up with extra layers of clothing and blankets to keep warm. 
  • Check on your neighbors.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed. 

We hope these tips help keep you and your family safe but when problems arise and the things that matter most are on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well.  Contact  SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883.   

Why SERVPRO - We Appreciate Customer's Reviews

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

We appreciate customer service reviews that come from satisfied customers.  This particular one comes from The Salvation Army of Jefferson City. "We have needed the services of SERVPRO several times in the five years I have been with The Salvation Army. They have done a great job every time I have needed them, at home and at our shelter building."

"Most recently they have worked with us to put together an Emergency READY Profile (ERP), this was a completely FREE document that they put together after meeting with us a couple of times. It records and highlights all the important values, shut offs and connections in our buildings along with contacts and service providers - very handy for both SERVPRO when they come in a crisis and our staff who may not know where things are located."

"SERVPRO are consistently professional, do a great job and are reasonably priced. When we are faced with a crisis, they are the first call we make."

SERVPRO of Jefferson  City would like to send a  big thank you to The Salvation Army of Jefferson City.  We appreciate your kind words and in turn, we appreciate you meeting the needs of our community.  

Storm Damage - Staying Safe in a Tornado

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

home devastated by tornado This Jefferson City home reflects severe damage sustained by an EF-3 tornado that struck Jefferson City on May 22, 2019.

On the evening of May 22, 2019, at 11:43 p.m., Jefferson City was struck by an EF-3 tornado where it destroyed or greatly damaged a warehouse and car dealership.  As it moved into downtown Jefferson City it caused severe damage to numerous  homes and businesses and uprooted or snapped trees.  The path of this storm was 32.63 miles with a maximum path width of 1500 yards.  

If there is any good news to devastation of this nature it is that only 33 people sustained injuries. 

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA)External there is no guaranteed safety during a tornado. Even the possibility of a tornado must be taken seriously.  You can survive a tornado if you follow safety precautions. Your SERVPRO of Jefferson City friends would like to share with you what to do in the event of a tornado or when you hear a tornado warning.  This information is offered by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/index.html

Devastation from storm season requires cleanup and restoration.  Give your friends at SERVPRO of Jefferson City a call at 573-635-5883 to help in the aftermath of any storm and flooding.

Winter Storm Damage

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

winter storm tips Are you prepared for winter storms?

Three of the most common threats of winter weather to the Jefferson City area are snow storms, sleet and freezing rain.  Snow storms range in a light precipitation of snow flurries all the way to blizzards which can produce winds over 35mph with snow and blowing snow, reducing visibility to 1/4 mile or less for at least 3 hours. 

Sleet occurs when snowflakes only partially melt when they fall through a shallow layer of warm air. These slushy drops refreeze as they next fall through a deep layer of freezing air above the surface, and eventually reach the ground as frozen rain drops that bounce on impact.

Freezing rain occurs when snowflakes descend into a warmer layer of air and melt completely. When these liquid water drops fall through another thin layer of freezing air just above the surface, they don't have enough time to refreeze before reaching the ground. Because they are “supercooled,” they instantly refreeze upon contact with anything that is at or below 0 degrees C, creating a glaze of ice on the ground, trees, power lines, or other objects. A significant accumulation of freezing rain lasting several hours or more is called an ice storm.

Make sure you are winter weather ready and prepare your home for the cold conditions.  You don't want to be caught with costly damages due to not being prepared.

Check out these tips to help winterize your home.

https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/winterize-your-home-in-7-simple-steps-48170

And remember, when winter weather strikes, call your SERVPRO of Jefferson City professionals at 573-635-5883 to strike back and help make it "Like it never even happened.

Why SERVPRO - Winter Weather Safety Tips

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO winter weather logo Let SERVPRO of Jefferson City help with your winter weather storm damage. 573-635-5883

Working in the Elements.  How to Stay Safe When Winter Weather Arrives

When the snowing and blowing of cold winter weather arrives our SERVPRO of Jefferson City crew is often called to brave the elements. 

Falls along with injuries can be a result of those winter weather elements.  Some of the most frequent reported injuries are from slips, trips and falls with injuries involving ice, sleet or snow. 

A way to minimize your risk of falling while working outdoors include:

  • Taking extra time to plan your steps. Take a route that provides the best footing when it’s snowy and icy. 
  • Wearing appropriate shoes. Boots with rough or heavy tread are good for walking in the snow 
  • Watching for black ice. After freezing rain or melting snow, black ice often forms on roadways and sidewalks.  Familiarize yourself with black ice conditions and be prepared. 
  • Walking cautiously once indoors. Entrances can become very slippery from people walking in with snowy shoes.

Give SERVPRO of Jefferson City a call to help you in emergency situations 24/7...  even when it's snowing and blowing.  573-635-5883.

Fire Safety for your Family

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire alarm clock Make a plan to keep your family safe in the event of a fire.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City wants to be your number one emergency service for Fire & Water - Cleanup and Restoration.  We also want our customers to know how important it is to us that you are taking the proper steps keeping your families safe in the event of a fire.  There’s no time like the present to make plans for an emergency evacuation.  We’d like to offer these tips:

  • Plan an escape route with your family
  • Know how to exit each room
  • Arrange for a meeting place outside and make sure it is away from the house
  • If there is an emergency, call 911
  • If you don’t have your cell phone, go to the nearest neighbor’s house to call
  • Do not stay in a building that has caught on fire
  • Make sure your children know your home address

Take advantage of this link to FEMA.  It offers a create your family emergency communication plan and family communication plan fillable card.

https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/133447

Also, make sure there is a smoke detector on every floor of your home as well as a fire extinguisher.  Stay diligent in your efforts to keep your family safe.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City 573-635-5883

Commercial Water Damage and Causes - Let SERVPRO restore your business

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in commercial business Let SERVPRO of Jefferson City be the one to help you with your commercial water damage

There are more causes for water damage to businesses than flooding from heavy spring rains or water backup from winter ice dams.  Some of the causes of water damage to commercial buildings occurs right inside the workplace.

  1. Malfunctioning Sprinkler Systems – Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems.  While sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement.  This could easily damage inventory and business assets.
  2. Damaged Appliances and Equipment – This cause of commercial flood damage is common in businesses that have appliances and equipment that make use of water, such as restaurants or catering facilities.
  3. Broken Pipes and Plumbing– Just like in a residence. If the plumbing system in your workplace fails, water damage could be the result.
  4. Backed up Sewer Lines – This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated black water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City hopes you never have to deal with these types of damages, but we want you to know that if damages do occur we're  available to get you back up and running.  Give us a call 24/7 at 573-635-5883.  

Why SERVPRO - The Right Choice

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Make SERVPRO of Jefferson City your choice after a water loss water.

As a customer of SERVPRO of Jefferson City, we want you to know that every SERVPRO technician that enters your home is trained to safely clean and restore your home or business after it's faced a loss.

The following steps are taken to Clean and Restore Your Home or Business after a water loss: 

- Identify the Source/ Type of Water

- Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis

- Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises for Hidden Moisture

- Perform Emergency Water Extraction

- Move and Block furniture and Contents

- Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and Provide Service

- Apply Necessary Treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)

- Utilize Advanced Drying and Monitoring Equipment

- Dispose of Refuse 

All our SERVPRO of Jefferson City technicians are IICRC certified and have extensive knowledge about our services and equipment. We have the professional training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened."

Give us a call 24/7 at 573-635-5883.  You’ll be happy you made the right choice.

When the Water Never Shuts Off

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

orange servpro water shutoff tag Sometimes it seems like the water will never shut off.

While it may have seemed like a season where the rain was never going to stop, SERVPRO of Jefferson City never stopped being available for their customers.  Rain, rain and then more rain plagued the city throughout the spring and summer of 2019 bringing many days of flooding and leaving some residents with their fair share of water damage and mold.

Our SERVPRO professionals handle water damages every day and we take prompt action to prevent mold growth.  If there is an ongoing moisture problem in your home of office, be alert for the following:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors, which may be an indicator of mold presence.
  • Evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

All the above may require a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to offer their expertise to inspect for mold growth and water damage problems.

Don’t let the possibility of mold after a rainy season put you in an unpleasant situation.  Instead, let the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City take charge of the situation.  Call us at 573-635-5883.

Why SERVPRO - Faster to Any Size Disaster

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Let SERVPRO of Jefferson City be your first choice in speedy restoration

SERVPRO - Faster to Any Size Disaster

In the insurance claim process, a speedy restoration company response matters, and that is why SERVPRO with their Faster to Any Size Disaster motto is leading the industry. However, it is more than just a slogan. It is a tagline that the company stands behind and for several good reasons.

1. 24/7 Emergency Response

Adjusters and clients alike, require the services of restoration companies at all hours. Disaster doesn’t set a clock and therefore emergency response shouldn’t either. SERVPRO’s standard of service is built on the idea of 24/7 availability, meaning that they’re out working while the other guy is sleeping. This level of commitment has not gone unnoticed as the company has been recognized nationally for their dependability.

2. Nationally Available

Additionally, they can make it Faster to Any Size Disaster because there are over 1,700 franchises spread across the country. This level of localization means that the company truly can make it to your client’s home sooner than less expansive brands.

3. Preferred Vendor

Also, SERVPRO only works with preferred vendors, meaning that all contractors and suppliers go through a screening process. Every company is expected to meet specific qualifications and comply with the level of care and professionalism outlined in the company’s standard practices.

4. Residential and Commercial Services

Beyond being nationally available, SERVPRO’s services include both residential and commercial properties, allowing a larger client base. This versatility suits insurance companies well because they typically cater to both large and small clients.

Faster to Any Size Disaster is not merely a slogan. It is a reality. It is an honest description of a company’s ability to receive a call and respond to a client in need, regardless of property size or type. Insurance companies depend on these quick responses to mitigate further loss and to make the claims process more manageable.

SERVPRO is a localized company that has a proven reputation of compliance and satisfaction that can provide the level of service both insurers and clients require.

Make SERVPRO OF JEFFERSON CITY your first choice and give us a call at 573-635-5883.

Why SERVPRO - How SERVPRO of Jefferson City Can Help You

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Let SERVPRO of Jefferson City help you

There is never a good time for a disaster to happen and when it does happen chances are you already have a lot on your plate. There’s a very good chance you may be overwhelmed with stress from damages and trying to figure out how to get the repairs started. On top of it all, now you need to contact your insurance agent and see if these particular damages will be covered. 

How SERVPRO® of Jefferson City can help you

When you experience a disaster please call SERVPRO of Jefferson City, the longer you wait to call professionals for disaster relief clean up the more secondary damages can begin to form, like mold. Let us restore while you rest. 

  • Insured parties have the right to choose any contractor or mitigation specialist, not just the one the insurance company suggests. Many people think that the only choice they have is the one company the insurance provider refers to. However, that is not true. The Insured ALWAYS HAS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE. 
  • We will be in direct contact with the adjuster for approvals and updates, so you don’t have to. 
  • We also can schedule any necessary testing, abatement, storage pod, and dumpster deliveries. 
  • Not all people realize how important it is to stay in contact with their adjuster throughout the mitigation process. Your adjuster should be able to give you the information about how the claim process works if you have a deductible and how the payment process works. 

The office works well as a liaison between you and your insurance company. SERVPRO is the preferred vendor for nearly all the large insurance companies. We also go above and beyond insurance protocol. When a disaster happens you need the best, so don’t hesitate to call https://www.SERVPROjeffersoncity.com/ 24/7 at 573-635-5883.

Why SERVPRO - Because We Offer Professional Cleaning Products

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

jugs of cleaning products Just a few products offered by SERVPRO of Jefferson CIty

As your local mitigation, remediation and restoration company, SERVPRO of Jefferso City carries a variety of professional cleaning products. We do not use the same cleaners that you can purchase in a store. SERVPRO® Industries have scientists on staff who formulate products that are designed exclusively for our franchise. You can be assured that the most effective products are being used to take care of your loss.

Our products are used to decontaminate, deodorize, clean leather & wood, general cleaning and much more. Each of our products are labeled and specify proper cleaning use. As our customers, for your knowledge and comfort, our technicians carry the Safety Data Sheets per product.

We ensure thorough cleaning is maintained throughout each job because we think of your property as our own.

SERVPRO® of Jefferson City is available 24/7/365. We are a highly trained water, fire, mold and biohazard restoration company with many services not typically covered by other restoration companies.

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property mitigation, remediation and restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Call SERVPRO of Jefferson City today for your cleaning, mitigation, and remediation needs at 573-635-5883

Commercial Water Damage

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

water damage to office The damage to this office building was caused by a busted water line break in an upstairs business.

As a commercial business owner you know that any type of water damage can be detrimental to your business.  When faced with a water damage loss it is crucial  that you resume normal operations as soon as possible to protect the operation of your business.  If your business is forced to close until water damage repairs are complete, your short-term losses will start to add up and your customers may find somewhere else to go which could cause you to lose their long-term business.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City specializes in commercial water damage repair and can help ensure that damages are kept to a minimum, reducing your total losses.  Commercial businesses have unique needs when it comes to water damage repairs and the best way to protect your business and its assets is to leave water damage repairs to the pros.

So, when your business is affected by water damage, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City a call.  Our team is available 24/7 at 573-635-5883.

Water Damage - What you can do before SERVPRO Arrives

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

We'll for sure be faster to any size disaster but also know that you can begin the process yourself before we arrive.  Read on for some helpful tips.  

1. Shut off your water source. Before water mitigation can begin make sure the situation isn't getting any worse.  If you have a pipe with a leak or a burst pipe, make sure your water has been shut off and if possible, have your pipe fixed.

2. Begin the extraction process.  Grab your mop, mop bucket and plenty of towels to start the process.  SERVPRO will begin the extraction immediately upon arrival, but the sooner you can start the process on your own the less damage you will have.

3.  Remove furniture and contents. If you have a dry area to move your furniture and contents then start the process as soon as possible.  Mold growth can begin if your belongings sit in water for too long.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City knows how disruptive water damage can be for your home or business.  Our team is trained and equipped to manage the drying process from start to finish using professional extraction and drying equipment. Contact us at (573) 635-5883 for any size water emergency.

Water Damage and How An ERP Can Get You Back In Business Sooner Rather Than Later

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Blue tarps protect computers from water damage This business suffered the affects of water damage from an upstairs tenant's water line break.

This Jefferson City business suffered a great deal of water damage from an upstairs business whose water line broke in their walk-in cooler.  Wouldn't you like to be the business owner who is ahead of the game?  The one who gets their business up and running sooner rather than later.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City's Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.” In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas.

A SERVPRO sales and marketing professional will come to your site and walk you through the ERP process. They will collect the necessary information, compile it into the ERP and provide you with your personalized plan of action, both digitally and in print.

Check out our water damage repair and restoration page at https://www.SERVPROjeffersoncity.com/water-damage-restoration to learn more about our highly trained water restoration technicians and the 24-hour emergency services we provide.

Then call SERVPRO of Jefferson City to visit about establishing your Emergency READY Profile!  Let us help minimize how water damage can affect your business.

Fire Damage - Choose SERVPRO to Restore Your Property

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

A basement fire burns through the floor of the upper level Fire and soot damage from a basement fire

Let SERVPRO do the work.

Once the fire department leaves you are left with the cleanup. The cleanup process of soot, smoke and water damage is a daunting task.  Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City to take on the job.  Our crew is IICRC certified in the proper techniques to bring life back to your property.

Soot damage remediation involves a lot more than scrubbing the floor and walls.

1) Be prepared to inspect and address the damage caused by the fire as well as the smoke.

Between the initial fire damage and water damage from the firefighters extinguishing the fire, you may become overwhelmed with the damage. Call in the professionals to quickly and efficiently get the job done.


Smoke damage is not always visible to the eye. Did you know that smoke can seep through drywall impacting the insulation and drywall.

Soot has the ability to migrate into ventilation systems as well as electronics.   

Your local restoration company, SERVPRO of Jefferson City has highly trained technicians and state-of-the-art equipment to return your home or business to preloss condition.

For more on smoke damage visit us at https://www.SERVPROjeffersoncity.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

SERVPRO of Jefferson City technicians are trained to the highest standards.  Call us today (573) 635-5883.

Water Damage from a Broken Toilet Water Supply Line

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Air movers at work to help reduce water damage dry out time

The first 24 hours following a water incident are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent water damage.  Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Jefferson City will be on-site to help ensure water damage is handled properly.  This Jefferson City home suffered damage from a break in the toilet’s water supply line, resulting in water damage to the home’s family room carpeting. 

After a thorough inspection of the property, our SERVPRO professionals took the necessary steps to protect the home from further damage by extracting the excess water, then prepare for drying. 

The water extraction process involved our SERVPRO professionals bringing in air movers, also known as “industrial air blowers”, “commercial blower fans”, or floor drying fans. The air movers were used to increase the air circulation which speeds up the water evaporation and reduces drying time.   Drying time was monitored, with the results consistently communicated to the homeowner throughout the monitoring process.  Air movers are an essential tool mitigating water damage as they reduce the water damage dry out time to the carpet and floors, as well as wall cavities behind the drywall.

If you notice your home or business has water damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883

Why SERVPRO - Choose the Leader in the Restoration Industry

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Technicians extracting water "Like it never even happened."

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, you can depend on SERVPRO of Jefferson City Professionals, whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or your upholstery cleaned. We have the training, experience, and equipment to make your house feel like home again.  Check out these reasons to use SERVPRO:

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • Faster to Any Sized Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

SERVPRO of Jefferson City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jefferson City can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business. SERVPRO of Jefferson City can also perform your duct and carpet cleaning in your home or business. We can even clean up after your construction project is completed.

Choose the leader in the Jefferson City area by calling 1-573-635-5883.  Why SERVPRO? Because we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Flood Insurance May Not Be an Option for Your Business

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

You read that correctly. Flood insurance may not be an option. In some situations, it is a requirement. Financial institutions, investors and others expect you to protect their investments and property. They will not leave the insurance decision in your hands. Sometimes, it’s one of the costs of doing business.  Insurance companies distinguish between water damage and floods. Rising water causes flood damage.

Typical examples are:

  • Overflowing rivers and streams
  • Storm surge on large bodies of water
  • Local Flooding due to heavy rain or blocked storm drains
  • Runoff from melting ice and snow

Weather, plumbing and fire sprinklers are common sources of water damage. A standard commercial insurance policy covers the cost of these repairs. It offers no coverage for floods. The following are situations that may require a business to have insurance.

  1. The Federal Government funded, backed, or insured a business mortgage.

If your business is in a flood zone, the government requires you to have flood insurance. It’s the law. If a flood destroys the business, they want to get paid.

  1. Other mortgage lenders may require the insurance.

Lenders want to protect their investment as well. They may even want the insurance for businesses near flood zones.

  1. Investors may demand insurance.

If there is a flood, the investor’s investment is at risk. It is reasonable for them to expect the protection of their investment.

  1. Certain customers and vendors may require insurance.

A distribution business ships inventory belonging to their customer. Other businesses may hold inventory consigned by a vendor. Both parties may want insurance protection for their inventory.


The Flood Happened and the Damage Is Extensive


That flood insurance sure was a great idea. The water is gone. Now, it’s a race against mold. Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883.  We are fire and  water damage remediation leaders in the Jefferson City, MO area.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City - 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jefferson City provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 573-635-5883

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Jefferson City has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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. 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.

Our crew will make it "Like it never even happened."

What is Performed with a Mold Remediation Protocol

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jefferson City - Here to help you with your mold remediation process- 573-635-5883

SERVPRO of Jefferson City will do a brief walk through of your home or business to inspect for possible mold growth. This is done to help you understand what will need to be done to remove any mold

If we suspect mold is present, we will contact a local trusted vendor to do a complete inspection. The vendor we use is licensed to identify types of mold and the amount of mold that is present.  Our vendor will put together a full protocol which involves the following:

Interview – Review and discussion with the home or business owner of the property of current conditions which has led to the claim.

Site Assessment – A physical site assessment of the Property in the area(s) of concern to: visually assess the damage(s), retrieve temperature and RH readings, take air and direct samples for mold (if applicable), and gather room dimension to create room/floor drawings to identify the location(s) of concern.

  • Air Sampling – The purpose of non-viable spore trap air sampling is to provide an approximation of the airborne microbial (fungal) spore concentrations. A minimum of one control sample is typically taken outside the most common used entrance into the building, then one or more air samples are collected in the areas of concern within the building. Elevated airborne spore concentrations may indicate an indoor microbial reservoir(s), or that cleaning of personal effects or the HVAC system(s), is a necessary component of a microbial remediation plan.
  • Direct sampling – The purpose of direct sampling is to identify the type and concentration of microbial spores present on affected materials identified with suspect visible microbial growth. The sampling results are also used for reference for source contamination when air samples are taken.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips https://www.SERVPROjeffersoncity.com

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarms Can Save Lives.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City wants you to stay safe and according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) smoke alarms, when properly installed, can help save your life.

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement.

Alarms should be tested monthly using the test button.  Alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years.  Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years.  If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately, and never disable or remove the battery from the alarm.

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Keep your family save and create a fire emergency plan and conduct regular fire drills.  More tips on what to do before, during or after a fire are available at this American Red Cross site:   https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire.html

3 Reasons Why Commercial Properties Need Fire Sprinkler Systemsms

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

It is common knowledge that most commercial buildings have fire sprinkler systems that work to prevent fire damage. However, many do not realize how important these fixtures are in the case of fire. In fact, mounting evidence shows that this form of fire protection is more effective than many give it credit for.

If you are thinking about investing in new fire sprinkler systems, consider the ways that commercial sprinkler systems can benefit your building in case of fire:

Sprinkler Systems Are Virtually Fault-Free
In a recent study conducted on fires, the researchers discovered that fire sprinkler systems operated during 91% of all reported structure fires large enough to activate the systems. Ultimately, nine times out of 10, the sprinkler systems worked. Typically, the reason sprinkler systems stop working due to a lack of maintenance. This fact drives home the importance of regularly repairing your commercial fire sprinkler systems and replacing them if necessary.

Fire Sprinklers are Capable of Cutting Potential Losses in Half
It’s no secret that fires can result in devastating damage to both the structure of the building and the people that are trapped inside. Another recent study found that when paired with early warning systems, automatic fire sprinklers help to reduce property damage, injuries, and loss of life by over 50%. Those are numbers you just can’t ignore!

Fire Sprinklers Help Save Lives
Perhaps one of the most important things that fire sprinklers do is help to lower the risk of death and injury during devastating structure fires. According to a study from the National Fire Protection Association, there has been no record of more than two lives lost inside of a building with a full sprinkler protection that was well maintained and fully functioning.

As you can see, having a full system sprinkler system is a crucial part of fire protection for commercial buildings. If you already have a sprinkler system in place, make sure your fire alarm inspections are up to date and your fire protection equipment is functioning properly. Fire alarm inspections can mean life or death — make sure your equipment is working when it counts.

Commercial fire damage?  Call us today -  SERVPRO of Jefferson City - 573-635-5883.

Fire Extinguishers In Your Home

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers can save lives.

Do you need a fire extinguisher in your home?  The answer is yes.  And you must know when and how to operate it.  Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests remembering the word PASS:

Pull the pin.  Hold the nozzle pointing away form you and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out.  Remember, extinguishers do have limitations.  It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your facility.  To find more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at nfpa.org

Why your Business Wants an IICRC Certified Restoration Company

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Choose a restoration company that is IICRC certified.

When water damage impacts your commercial property, you want professionals to help get you back in business. SERVPRO of Jefferson City works closely with insurance companies to get you back up and running in a quick manner.  As business leaders know, contacting a professional water damage restoration company is typically the first step to restoring your property. However, many individuals do not know how to select the most exceptional, ethical company. If this is the case for you, it's important to know that hiring an IICRC-certified company will prove advantageous. Learn more about why this is the case by reviewing this short outline: 

  • What Is The IICRC?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a professional certification organization within the restoration, cleaning, and inspection industries.

  • How Do Companies Obtain Certification?

To obtain IICRC certification, water remediation companies have to conform to specific criteria. Some of the criteria include:

  1. Provide consumers with accurate data
  2. Conduct business processes with integrity and honesty
  3. Ensure that a trained technician is present for all work assignments
  4. Ensure that a continuing education program is in place
  5. Maintain policies for written complaints
  6. Hold liability insurance
  • Why Choose an IICRC-Certified Company?

There is a wide variety of forms water damage can take. Some of them include flooding, a burst pipe, sump pump overflow, and sewage backup. Irrespective of the cause; however, the end-result is substantive damage. In fact, standing liquid can lead to severe property damage as well as mold infestation. For this reason, it's essential that you attain water damage restoration services from a qualified team of professionals.

Doing a Google search for the key phrase "water damage restoration" will produce over 500,000 results. To narrow your selection, it's a good idea to limit your search to companies that have obtained their certification from the IICRC. Because the IICRC is efficient in establishing reference guides and industry standards regarding water damage restoration and mold removal, companies that have been certified by the organization will likely offer you the excellent, effective services you want.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City also offers 24/7/365 service for their customers. You can call 573-635-5883 for your commercial emergency.

Jefferson City Church Suffers Water Damage

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage at Landmark United Pentecostal Church

You never know when the unexpected is going to happen, and when a water line breaks (of course it’s a given that it’s unexpected) it could range from a small trickle to a full-blown disaster.  SERVPRO of Jefferson City received a phone call from the Landmark United Pentecostal Church, located in Jefferson City, that they had discovered water in their church that had extended to the hallway and numerous rooms.  It’s was important to us to help get this church up and running again.  There are many needs to be met in a church and being displaced for too long a time is certainly something a pastor and his congregation want to avoid.  Our crew was quick to load up and take care of the water removal and drying process.  SERVPRO franchises are trained and understand how to manage the drying process.  We provide our state-of-the art equipment and the latest technology to quickly and thoroughly dry carpet and flooring in order to help prevent secondary water damage.  Disinfecting and deodorizing are important process as well.  We’re glad Landmark United Pentecostal called us.

If you own a commercial business, or a home, please don’t hesitate to give us a call when the unexpected comes your way.  Remember, we’re faster to any size disaster.  SERVPRO of Jefferson City, 573-635-5883.

10 Steps To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Call the Cleanup Team

Every spring, we here in the Midwest prep for storm season.

A lot of damage can occur as the result of storms and we at SERVPRO are happy to come to the rescue of your property with any water damage you receive.  However, we'd much prefer you minimize damage to your home and family by following some of these quick and easy precautions.

      1. REPLACE MISSING OR DAMAGED                    SHINGLES

If a shingle is damaged, it’s more likely to break free. If it’s missing, well then you’ve got a gap for wind to get under and do even more damage.

     2.  REPAIR LOOSE SIDING

The same rules as roofing apply to siding: it’s important to ensure your siding isn’t damaged.

   3.  KEEP YOUR GUTTERS CLEAR

Make sure your gutters are free-flowing and your downspouts flow away from your foundation.

Water damage or flooding is one of the quickest ways to devalue your home. So ensuring your gutters are clear is the first line of defense in helping water to flow away from your home.

      4. ENSURE WATER CAN FLOW AWAY                   FROM YOUR HOME

The grade of your lot should keep water flowing away from your home and into a ditch, drain, or some other proper retention area.

  1. KEEP YOUR SUMP PUMP IN WORKING ORDER

Before Spring rains start up, check whether your sump pump is in working order. If you want to feel extra-secure, having a backup sump pump is a sure-fire way to prevent basement flooding.

  1. ENSURE PROPER SEALING OF DOORS AND WINDOWS

Wind only needs a small opening to get underneath something like a shingle or siding and rip it off. And in the event of tornadic winds, a small opening in your windows or doors could enlarge and allow enough wind inside to compromise your home’s roof.

  1. CHECK FOR LOOSE FENCE POSTS

Wind will surprise you. Anything that’s not nailed down is a liability, and that includes fence posts, which are often forgotten or ignored in homeowner’s storm-prep.

  1. REGULARLY TRIM YOUR TREES

Problem tree limbs can damage your home, a vehicle, or even your neighbor’s property. Regularly trimming the trees on your property is an excellent way to protect your roof and windows.

  1. WALK AROUND YOUR PROPERTY

A lot of people don’t have the time or skills to check and/or repair everything on their property before storm season kicks up. But, if you know a storm is coming, there are some very basic steps you can take to minimize its impact.

Like identifying the items around your property that could become projectiles. That means lawn furniture, tools, flower pots, or other yard debris. Do yourself a favor and move those items to a garage, a shed, or indoors.

  1. KEEP A GENERATOR ON HAND

A bad storm could potentially knock out power to your home for a couple of hours — or days. Having a generator on standby could go a long way towards ensuring you don’t lose your food, or the livability of your home until power is restored.

MOST IMPORTANTLY

Don’t forget to protect people.

Your home and the things inside are replaceable. Your family isn’t.

Have a storm safety plan in place, including a safe location to go, like a basement or storm shelter, to ride out the worst mother nature has to offer.

Every year, storm season brings a lot of uncertainty, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it.  It's worth doing the prep work.  We at SERVPRO of Jefferson City want you to stay safe and we want you to keep your home free of water damage.  But if storms hit before you are able to prepare, you can reach us at 573-635-5883. When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of Jefferson City will help you take it back.

Severe Weather Preparedness

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SERVPRO of Jefferson City. Always ready to help with storm damage.

When you live in the SERVPRO of Jefferson City area you know that storms are inevitable and preparing for a storm is important for your safety, whether at your home or business.  Check out the following tips:

Before The Storm:
* Develop a disaster plan for you and your family at home, work, school and when outdoors.
* Identify a safe place to take shelter.
* Have frequent drills.
* Know the county in which you live or visit so you know if your area is under posted bulletins and warnings.
* Keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement from weather bulletins.
* Have a portable Weather Radio with a warnings alarm tone and battery back-up to receive warnings.
* Listen to TV or radio for weather information, or go online.
* Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors. Watch for signs of approaching storms.
* If severe weather threatens, check on people who are elderly, very young or physically or mentally disabled.
* Don't forget about pets.

During A Tornado Warning:

* If you're in a house with a basement: Get into the basement and under sturdy protection (like a work bench or table) or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Avoid being under heavy objects on the floor above you (i.e. refrigerator).
* If you're in a house with NO basement: Avoid windows and go to a room in the center of the building, like a bathroom or closet, under a stairwell or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor facing down and cover your head with your hands. Surround yourself with pillows or couch cushions.
* If you're in a mobile home: Get out! Even tied down, a mobile home is not safe in a tornado.
* If you're outdoors: Find a sturdy building if possible. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back or your head with your arms. Stay away from objects that could be moved by the wind.
* If you're in a vehicle: Park the automobile out of traffic lanes. Get to a sturdy building, or get to low ground and lie flat, face-down. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges.
* If you're at a school: Listen to teaching staff or administration for directions. Auditoriums, gyms and other free-span rooms are not an ideal shelter. Go to interior rooms on the lowest floor but avoid halls that open to the outside in any direction. Stay away from glass. Crouch and cover your head with your hands.
* If you're at a shopping center, hospital or factory: Go to interior rooms and halls on the lowest floor. Stay away from glass-enclosed places or areas with wide-span roofs. Crouch down and cover your head with your hands.

Preparation is key.  Have a plan.  Create a communications plan for your home and business.  Share your plan with family and co-workers.   

SERVPRO of Jefferson City (573-635-5883) can help you be “Ready for whatever happens!”  Check out our storm damage cleanup and restoration page at https://www.SERVPROjeffersoncity.com/storm-flooding-restoration

Fires are Preventable

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This can be prevented

Fires are Preventable

Safety precautions are a must in preventing fires.  The following are a list of tips on home fire prevention suggested by Ready.gov.

  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shutoff, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves

  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

Smoke Inhalation Dangers

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Kitchens are a common place for smoke inhalation.

Did you know the number one cause of death related to fires is smoke inhalation?  Smoke inhalation occurs when you breathe in harmful smoke particles and gases.  Inhaling harmful smoke can inflame your lungs and airway, causing them to swell and block oxygen.  The results can be deadly, leading to acute respiratory distress and respiratory failure.

Smoke inhalation commonly happens when you get trapped in a contained area, such as a kitchen or home, near a fire.  Most fires occur in the home, often from cooking, fireplaces and space heaters, electrical malfunctions, and smoking.

If you or someone else has been in a fire and exposed to smoke or showing signs of smoke inhalation, such as trouble breathing, singed nostril hair, or burns, call 911 for immediate medical care.

According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off “you could have less than two minutes to get out safely.”  Your friends at SERVPRO of Jefferson City want you to stay safe, informed and prepared to help ensure you are ready for any disaster that comes your way. 

Identifying Mold In Your Home or Business

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SERVPRO of Jefferson City Understands Mold
  1. Look for black, clustered growths, especially in warm, moist rooms.  Pay attention to whether you start coughing, sneezing, or wheezing when you enter the room – even if you don’t see mold, the spores or mycotoxins can still cause symptoms.
  1. Look for causes of mold growth, such as a leak, lack of ventilation, or old food, papers, or wood.
  1. Resolve any issues causing mold growth. Throw away anything affected by mold or contributing to mold growth.

Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property.  Your SERVPRO of Jefferson City Professionals handle damages every day.  We have the training, protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to remediate mold in your home or business. 

If you see signs of mold in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883.

Managing Mold In Your Home Or Business

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Managing Mold in Your Home or Business

Here are the do’s and don’ts for keeping mold from growing indoors.

Do’s

  • Clean and vacuum your home or business regularly
  • Leave doors and windows open for ventilation when you bath, shower, or do other activities that can increase moisture.
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep indoor relative humidity below 50 percent.
  • Use an indoor air purifier with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration or install an appropriate high-efficiency filter in your furnace or ventilation system.
  • Keep your rain gutters clean and make sure water drainage is not blocked.

Don’ts

  • Don’t leave old books, newspapers or wood sitting unused for long periods.
  • Don’t’ put carpet in rooms like bathrooms, kitchens, or basements.
  • Don’t ignore leaks from pipes or groundwater – fix them as soon as possible.

Your local SERVPRO of Jefferson City understands mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.  Give us a call at 573-635-5883.

How It Works:  The Mold Mitigation and Remediation Process

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Specialized equipment is used during mold remediation.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City has the training, protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

GIVE US A CALL - The moment you suspect water intrusion call us 573-635-5883.  Our office staff will ask you a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources and personnel needed.

THE INSPECTION AND DAMAGE ASESSMENT - Our crew will arrive at your property prepared to inspect for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. 

MOLD CONTAINMENT - Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated are.

AIR FILTRATION – Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. 

REMOVING MOLD & MOLD-INFESTED MATERIALS – The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears.  Special treatments are used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming

CLEANING CONTENTS & BELONGINGS – SERVPRO will clean your furniture, curtains, decorative items, and other restorable items affected by mold.

RESTORATION – Restoration repairs range from minor repairs to major repairs, depending on the level of mold damage.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City understands mold and mold growth and we have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.  Remember to call the cleanup team that is “Faster To Any Size Disaster” at 573-635-5883.

ERP's - Be Prepared for Any Type of Disaster

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Schedule your ERP today.

When you are the one in charge of daily operations of a Salvation Army shelter the last thing you want, especially during bitterly cold winter temperatures, is for your facility to be unavailable to those in need of warmth and shelter.  The Salvation Army of Jefferson City provides shelter at their Center of Hope, a 31-bed shelter for homeless men, women and families with children.  And no matter the temperature, the Salvation Army wants to make sure they are prepared to accept anyone homeless at any time.

After a few route visits with Lt. Christopher White at the Salvation Army administrative office, we discussed the idea of preparing an EMERGENCY READY PROFILE (ERP) to help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster at their shelter.  He was quickly on board with the idea and a date was scheduled to meet and prepare the comprehensive document containing critical information about his administrative office and shelter, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas.

Preparation is the key and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile will help ensure you and your business are “Ready for whatever happens.””

The ERP is a no-cost assessment that requires a short amount of time.  Call your SERVPRO of Jefferson City, 573-635-5883, to schedule an Emergency READY Profile at your office. 

Help Prevent Winter Storm Damage

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Create A Winter Storm Preparation List

Winter storms can be treacherous. They can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, heavy snowfall, and cold temperatures.   Your home is not only a place for warmth and shelter, it is also an investment.  Taking care of your home for both these reasons is important.

Remove Ice Dams

  • Ice dams can form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. Remove an ice dam as soon as it is found to help prevent damage.

Tips for Plumbing

  • Shut off your water valves on faucets outdoors, drain water from pipes and disconnect garden hoses.
  • Let water trickle through faucets, particularly if pipes are running through unheated areas.
  • Use insulation sleeves on exposed plumbing pipes.
  • Air seal plumbing penetrations and holes in outside walls and the home’s foundations with caulk.
  • Prop cabinet doors open so that warm indoor air helps to keep pipes warm.
  • Set your thermostat to a constant temperature during the coldest days and nights to keep pipes warm.

If winter weather causes water damage to your home, remember that SERVPRO of Jefferson City is a phone call away at 573-635-5883, 24/7.

Transitioning Your Home from Winter to Spring

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SERVPRO Any Day, SERVPRO Any Season

The days are getting longer, the storms of winter are ever slowly creeping past us.  Spring will soon be in the air.  Wildflowers will appear, windows will be opened to let in fresh air, snow will melt, and streams will swell with water.  It sounds poetically beautiful.   However, “swell with water” does not ring quite so beautifully to a homeowner whose home has fared poorly from harsh winter days to spring.   Now is the time to see how your home has fared through the ice and snow and determine if any repairs need to be done.  Here’s your checklist.

  1. Check your gutters for any remaining ice.
  2. Check any and all exterior vents
  3. Check your home’s foundation for any cracks or areas of pooling water.
  4. Inspect your roof for missing shingles, and check roof vents for damage to the spouts or base.
  5. Check visual pipes both exterior and interior for any breaks. Also check around it for any water or water damage.

Winter weather, or spring weather, beautiful days or stormy days,  we’re here to help with any damage.  Call SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883.

Water Pipe Break Under Floor

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Damage caused from a water pipe break

SERVPRO OF JEFFERSON CITY... always faster to any size disaster.  A water pipe break can create a mess in any home but you can be assured that SERVPRO OF JEFFERSON CITY can respond immediately and arrive with the proper equipment to begin properly restoring your property

SERVPRO OF JEFFERSON CITY uses advanced water damage inspection equipment to help them find the  moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible.  Our technicians are trained to monitor and document the drying process.  We want you to have your property back to its' normal state.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

If you have water or flood damage call SERVPRO OF JEFFERSON CITY today at 573-635-5883

SERVPRO of Jefferson City Cares

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SERVPRO of Jefferson City owner David Kirk with Production Manager Drew Call and homeowner.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City is invested in more than cleanup and restoration.  We are invested in our customers.  Our production crew, available for 24-hour emergency services, will arrive at your commercial or residential job prepared not only to tackle the job at hand but prepared to do so in a professional and compassionate manner.  We treat all our customers with the same courtesies and service and arrive prepared for the job.  Our SERVPRO of Jefferson City customers will be assured that everything will be okay and throughout the entire process they will be updated on the job and what to expect next.  SERVPRO of Jefferson City encounters customers daily in some of the worst circumstances but rest assured they are trained to be prepared and to arrive with compassion.  Our Profile.

Why Not SERVPRO of Jefferson City?

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SERVPRO of Jefferson City

If anyone is up for the challenge to answer the question, "Why SERVPRO?"  My answer to them would be, "Why Not SERVPRO?" 

After all, SERVPRO of Jefferson City is always ready to help.  We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry, with over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City professionals have the advanced training and equipment needed to clean or restore your home. We also have the resources to respond faster to any size disaster.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our highly trained technicians can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us.

Any more questions?

One Person Can Make All The Difference

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Tabitha Ferris - Project Manager

In the fast-moving world of real estate, one little glitch can make or break sealing a deal.  And at times, if there is a serious glitch involved, a realtor might be lucky enough to have that one person step in to save the day for all parties involved.

Tabetha Farris (Tabby), SERVPRO of Jefferson City’s project manager, was that one person.  She put an agent’s clients at ease during an incredibly stressful time.  The home they were purchasing was vacant, and within 3 days of closing, a sizable water leak in the basement was discovered.   The agent was so pleased with the work Tabetha did. She shared the fantastic and extremely professional job Tabby did explaining the details of the restoration process to her clients, further complimenting Tabby on her professionalism and putting her clients at ease.  She worked tirelessly communicating between both buyers, sellers and their agents with status updates.  Tabby’s efforts strengthened the realtor’s opinion of SERVPRO of Jefferson City and she truly believes Tabby saved the sale of the house, further stating that SERVPRO of Jefferson City is now listed as a primary contact in her phone.   We at SERVPRO of Jefferson City are so proud to have Tabby on our team.

Providing Service to Local Communities

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A favorite iconic statuary in Tipton, Missouri

If you recognize this familiar icon on Highway 50 at Legacy Statuary, then you will know that SERVPRO of Jefferson City was visiting in Tipton, Missouri.  Tipton is just one of the many wonderful communities in our territory that we service.  The following is a list of local communities that SERVPRO of Jefferson City is proud to provide service to:

  • Jefferson City
  • Fulton
  • California
  • Lake Ozark
  • Eldon
  • Holts Summit
  • Tuscumbia
  • Readsville
  • Iberia
  • Enon 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We're just a phone call away at 573-635-5883, so give us a call when you have a need.  We’re also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which gives us access to more resources for larger cleaning or restoration projects or major storm scenarios.  

Mold Growth - Proper Defense is Vital

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This picture depicts damage that could have been prevented.

Prompt mitigation is vital to avoid mold growth, which can be visible in as little as 24 to 48 hours under certain conditions.  Regular inspection for plumbing leaks could have prevented this homeowner's disaster.  SERVPRO of Jefferson City was called to assist the homeowner with the mitigation.  Most water damage, no matter how small, have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.  Our crew had the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur.  The proper equipment made a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during this water loss. SERVPRO of Jefferson City uses moisture sensor to detect water in the baseboards and walls; moisture meters to determine the moisture content, and thermohygrometers to measure the temperature and relative humidity.

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

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Servpro tech visiting with commercial business owner Commercial Water Damage being assessed.

Commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Jefferson  City

SERVPRO of Jefferson City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Jefferson City area home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Don't Get Swept Away in Missouri Weather

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Be prepared for whatever weather we get in Missouri!
Be prepared for whatever weather we get in Missouri!

We all know how crazy the weather in Missouri can be at any time. There is never a better time to be prepared than before the storm hits! Be sure you know the difference between a watch and a warning.                                              

      Make sure your prepared with these tips from ready.gov

Flood Watch = “Be Aware.” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.

Steps to Take

  • Turn on your TV/radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

Prepare Your Home

  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.

Flood Warning = "Take Action!" Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

Steps to Take

  • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
  • Evacuate if directed.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

After the water recedes and your home has sustained damage don’t forget SERVPRO of Jefferson City is always here to help!

Call us at 573-635-5883

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. 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.

Signs That You Need To Hire A Water Damage Repair Professional

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Avoid entering a room that has a water-logged ceiling.

Your Jefferson City area home was flooded.  There’s little doubt about it. You arrived home from work to find puddles of water on the floor with objects floating about, all caused by a broken pipe. You turned off the water to your Jefferson City home and are about to call in a water damage repair professional to take on the cleanup job. But do you? Or is it something that you can handle yourself? Let’s go over some of the criteria in order to help you make this decision.

Your Jefferson City Basement Is Submerged In Several Inches of Water

A submerged basement can lead to a number of problems, all of which an expert water damage repair company can deal with. They can pump out the water, work with a plumbing company to repair the problem (if it was a damaged pipe), and then restore everything in your basement until it looks just as it did before the flood.  SERVPRO of Jefferson City experts can even identify secondary problems, such as the beginnings of mold before they even begin.

Your Carpeting Is Soaked

It can be tricky to remove water from carpeting. The pad underneath is most likely soaked and will probably need to be discarded. Since mold can easily grow in these waterlogged conditions, you want to call in a water damage restoration company to restore your carpeting back to how it used to be. There’s no need to rip out the carpeting and have a new one installed if SERVPRO of Jefferson City could save it!

Your Ceilings Are Sagging

A sagging ceiling is a sign that water has ruined the structural integrity of your building. You should never go into a room with a sagging ceiling because you don’t want to be underneath if it were to collapse. If you see problems of this magnitude, then you need to call your local water damage repair company SERVPRO of Jefferson City. They will be able to remove the water, shore up the ceiling, and then conduct any necessary restoration.

You Want the Experts to Handle the Job

Sometimes you just don’t have the time to deal with a flooded basement no matter how minor the incident.  If this is the case, then go ahead and call SERVPRO of Jefferson City.  It’s their duty to help. Call for your free inspection today, 573-635-5883.

Water Damage and Its' Source - SERVPRO of Jefferson City to the Rescue

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Water Damage Source - Toilet Water Line Shut Off Valve

SERVPRO of Jefferson City was called in to clean up the water damage caused from this toilet water line shut off valve.  Our crew was quick to respond with their air movers and dehumidifiers, cleaning the bathroom, bedroom, living room and hall areas. Demolition involved taking down a collapsed ceiling, and removing baseboards on insulated walls. SERVPRO had a very pleased owner at the end of this process.

Water damage can affect the value of your property.  Before you try to tackle the job yourself, consider how the damage can affect your property.  SERVPRO professionals know how disruptive water damage can be to your home or business.  They are trained and properly equipped to manage the drying process. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your property will be quickly and thoroughly dried

Water Damage to a Ceiling

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Examining a ceiling after a water leak.

This picture shows our SERVPRO offJefferson City production team at work after tearing down lower level ceiling drywall.  The water from a toilet water line shut-off valve made its' way through the insulation and drywall creating extensive water damage which could have caused serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.  Fortunately our crew has the proper equipment and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur.  As always, when water damage occurs, the first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.  Within four hours of loss notification, our team will be on-site to help ensure damage is handle by completing the appropriate steps of inspection, protection, monitoring and restoration.  For more on information water damage repair and restoration visit https://www.SERVPROjeffersoncity.com/water-damage-restoration

Restoring your Jefferson City Commercial Property After Water Damage

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Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events in the Jefferson City, Missouri, commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Jefferson City

SERVPRO of JeffersonCity specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a pervasive Odor in your Jefferson City, Missouri, Area Home

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This picture depicts soot residue after a home fire.

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?


Call Us Today – 573-635-5883
  

Does Your Jefferson City, Missouri Area Home Have A Mold Problem?

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Jefferson City, Missouri, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 1-800-SERVPRO

Jefferson City area Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If you Suspect Mold

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Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home. This picture depicts a mold containment procedure.

If 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  Jefferson City 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 JeffersonCity 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 – 573-635-5883

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When Storms or Floods hits the Jefferson City area, SERVPRO is ready!

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jefferson City takes on flood waters at the Washington Park Ice Arena.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City 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

Since we are locally owned and operated, 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 the Jefferson City 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 Disaster Recovery Page that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 573-635-5883

Jefferson City Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

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?
Call Us Today – 573-635-5883

Does your Jefferson City area home have water damage?

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

A water main break caused this basement in Jefferson City to flood. SERVPRO of Jefferson City was called in to clean up the aftermath.

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Whether a storm passes or the upstairs toilet overflows, your home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair. There are many things you can do to begin repairing any destruction, but a professional will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats.

Floods can carry pathogens and water damage left alone long enough may become a breeding ground for mold. 

Sewage backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

The main reason why a building is sensitive to water damage is because moisture can be difficult to detect. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall.

Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight. Reacting quickly enough, clothes and furniture may be saved. However, there can be electrical and other hazards when entering a building that has recently been flooded. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage.

Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. (For example, black water losses like sewage backups or flood damage.) These porous items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes. 

Our technicians can locate hidden pockets of moisture using specialized equipment. There are some materials that may not feel wet on the outside.   

When these moisture pockets are found, our technicians will expose them to air by removing any drywall or other materials in the way. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

Read more about the typical water damage restoration process.

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Jefferson City, MO, area property.  We also offer Commercial Services to our local businesses. 

Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.

Do You Have Water or Flood Damage? Give us a call for a free estimate – (573) 635-5883

Water, and their Category-SERVPRO of Jefferson City

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

If your rubber ducky needs rescued, SERVPRO of Jefferson City is just a phone call away at 573-635-5883.

Our approach to treating water damage in Jefferson City, MO homes depends on which category it falls into.

CAT 1 or Clean Water

Clean water is just that- water that has come from a source that is not contaminated. Examples of this would be a pipe bursting or a refrigerator leak. Also, if you have a leak that allows rainwater in through your roof, it is considered clean. Although clean water can cause significant damage, it is not considered hazardous to human health as there are no microbes in the water.  The biggest hazard clean water presents is if the area that has been damaged is not properly cleaned and dried. This can result in mold and fungus growth. 

CAT 2 or Gray Water

Gray water is water that is slightly contaminated, either because of the nature of the source or because of neglect. For example, clean water can become “gray” water if it is left untreated for an extended period time. When a toilet or washing machine overflows, the resulting water would be considered gray because of its source. Toilet overflows containing urine only are considered gray.

CAT 3 or Black Water

CAT 3 water is highly dangerous to human health. Black water can include toxic materials such as bacterial diseases, chemicals, pesticides, microbes and more. Sewage based components such as bacteria, fungi, feces, viruses and parasites. Black 3 water situations are usually caused by sewage backups or overflows and flooding. 

Since the human eye cannot see bacteria, it is not always obvious whether the water in your home is a CAT 2 or CAT 3.  If you experience a flood from a heavy rain, the water may look “clean,” but if there is any ground water that has backed up into your home as a result, there may be invisible microbes lurking in the water. 

Any water damage that is not treated correctly will eventually elevate to the next category. Even a simple pipe burst can turn into a biohazard and mold issue if not treated. If you have any water damage in your Jefferson City area home, call SERVPRO of Jefferson City!

Building Services provided by SERVPRO of JC!

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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.

Don't wait, Get a head start on spring cleaning!

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Spring is right around the corner. One of the best ways to start off the new season, other than stepping outside and feeling the warmth, is spring cleaning.  Everything has a way of becoming dusty, grimy and cluttered in the winter. It's the perfect time to give your business a good cleaning and SERVPRO of Jefferson City can help!   


Carpet  Cleaning: We offer commercial carpet cleaning that effectively removes all of the salt, snow and dirt that has been tracked in over the winter months. Experts recommend that having them professionally cleaned every 12 months extends the life of your carpeting.  


Upholstery Cleaning: We can also clean the upholstery in your Jefferson City office. Have the chairs in your waiting room been sat on for years without being cleaned? Is the office looking a bit dingy? We can remove soil and stains from upholstered furniture and give it new life this spring! If your business has drapery, SERVPRO of Jefferson City has an exclusive process of dry cleaning draperies so that there is no shrinkage or damage to the material. 


HVAC and Air Duct Cleaning: Have your HVAC system and air ducts inspected and cleaned prior to turning on the air conditioning for the summer. Our crew cleans your system to remove dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris as well as other contaminants. Cleaning extends the life of your equipment and gives you, your employees and your customers cleaner air to breathe.  


Industrial Kitchen Cleaning: Your restaurant has worked hard over the winter! While your kitchen staff does a fantastic job cleaning on a day to day basis, we have the training and equipment to degrease and sanitize your industrial kitchen. Have our crew come in and give the kitchen the cleaning it deserves with a top to bottom scrub down. We clean and sanitize freezers, refrigerators, ovens and ranges. Our team can clean your hard to reach places, such as high ceilings and light fixtures.  


Get your Jefferson City business ready for spring with a call to SERVPRO of Jefferson City at (573)635-5883. We will come out and get you ready for another successful year!

Are you using a wood burning stove?

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

With the temperatures so low and the cost of heating so high. Many homeowners have opted to use wood burning stoves to heat their homes. This method is efficient and perfectly safe. As long as you follow a few safety tips:

  • Most importantly make sure you have smoke and Carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home
  • Make sure your stove is properly installed and has been inspected by a professional.
  • Keep all contents the proper distance away from the stove. Per your cities fire safe guidelines. It is usually at least 3ft.
  • Use seasoned wood only and light small bright fires. No paper or trash!
  • Clean your chimney yearly and have it inspected.

Our team of Professionals here at SERVPRO of Jefferson City want you to have a safe warm disaster free winter! Remember, IF disaster strikes give us a call. We are always on standby to rush in and make it “Like it never even happened!”

Fire, Smoke, & Soot

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

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?
Call Us Today – 
573-653-5883

Fire Facts

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

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 .

Emergency Contact
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
Restoration
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (573) 635-5883 - also follow us on Facebook!

Commercial Job Information

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

This is an area of a goverment building that was affected by water damage

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 Jefferson Building, Westminister fire and water clean up and restoration, 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.

Storm Damage doesn't always mean high winds, and rain!

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

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!

Highly trained to help with your Mold Remediation!

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Visible Mold

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.

Protect your business from a Fire!

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As a business owner, examining your risk and taking preventative measures as well as educating your employees on procedures can help reduce the damage to your facility. 

Assess the risk that fire hazards may pose to your business. The National Fire Protection Association offers handbooks and other publications on the fire safety code in place for businesses.  You can also call your local Connecticut fire department and ask the fire marshal if they are available to make a visit and identify any risks.  

Maintain your sprinkler system.  An  automatic sprinkler system will dramatically reduce the spread of a fire in your business as well as keep your employees and customers safe. Have your system properly maintained and inspected so that it works when you need it! 

Check your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Standard fire safety practices call for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on every floor. Your best bet is multipurpose extinguishers, which will douse most small fires with ease, without shorting out your electronics. 

Educate your employees. Make sure all employees are aware of your fire safety plan by conducting a yearly fire drill and educating new employees.  Training in how to use fire extinguishers should also be conducted.  

By following these steps, if your Jefferson City, MO business does experience a fire, the damage to your building should be minimal. SERVPRO of Jefferson City can take care of the water and fire damage that results and get your business back up and running. 

Water Damage in Businesses

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

When a water or mold emergency stirkes your Jefferson City, MO area business, time is paramount in keeping your financial losses down and eliminating the need of having to close your doors for a lengthy period of time.


SERVPRO of Jefferson City has serviced many local businesses over the past several years and we know how to get the job done fully and efficiently so that disruption to your business is minimal.


Whether it be a shopping plaza in which mold behind a shared wall affected two businesses, a new big box store with water damage due to a construction mishap or an apartment complex where a kitchen sink leak damaged 4 apartments, our team is trained and equipped to mitigate the damage. 


Call SERVPRO of Jefferson City immediately if your business experiences a sewage leak, oil spill or burst pipes. Our crew will be on the job and working hard so that your business can keep it's doors open. 

Winter Storms & Freezing Temps

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

We've had a few ice storms over the past few weeks and they present a unique set of challenges to Jefferson City homeowners.  The unpredictable nature of ice and sleet on roads can make it difficult to drive safely for even seasoned drivers.  Sidewalks, steps and your entire driveway may become so slippery that they are impassable.  The weight of the ice on tree limbs can cause them to break and fall, causing roof damage to homes. Ice might accumulate on your roof, and even make its way under shingles- dislodging and breaking them. This, combined with the warm weather that has followed the ice storms, puts homes at risk of water damage from roof leaks.  

There's no escaping the snow, ice and freezing temperatures when you live in Missouri. Hopefully, your home won't be damaged by falling limbs or roof leaks. However, if you do have have a leak or hole in your roof, give us a call. Our team has the experience to handle Missouri winters and will come right out, assess the situation and restore your home from the damage. 

Winter: Myth or Fact

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

In these cold temps, Will your tongue REALLY stick to a flagpole?? Let's bust some of the urban legends about dropping temps without having to try them out ourselves! 

MYTH #1: We lose most of our body heat through our heads. 

FALSE! Although this myth has been commonly accepted as a fact, even being written in the U.S. Army Survival Manual in 1970, modern science disagrees. You are no more likely to lose body heat from your head than from your arm. However, it is a place that often goes uncovered and thus, you may lose heat from your head because of that. So, follow Grandma's advice and wear a hat!  

MYTH #2: Your vehicle tires will go flat. 

TRUE! For every 10 degrees the air temperature changes, your tire pressure will drop 1 psi. So, keep an eye on your tires and be prepared to add some air to your tires if there is a sudden temperature drop! 

MYTH #3: Mice will move in to your house when it gets cold. 

TRUE! You may see signs of them all year round, however when the temps drop mice will go from visitor status to residents inside your home. Seal up cracks, especially where your electrical lines and pipes enter the home to make it a bit harder for mice to get in.  

MYTH #4. If you stick your tongue to a flagpole, it will freeze there. 

And the answer, according to the  livescience webpage is TRUE! They've done an in depth study and you can read the science of why this is true on their webpage. So, the next time someone triple dog dares you, politely decline!  

What can be saved?

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We go through the contents of a home on a piece by piece basis and while each item is a unique case, we do use a few factors to determine whether it gets boxed, sent to our facility for cleaning or put in the dumpster. 

The type of water that has flooded the home is an important factor in determining what stays and what goes. Clean water does not pose as much of a health hazard as potentially contaminated water does. If there is concern that water is contaminated from sewage or chemicals, we are unlikely to suggest it be cleaned. It's not worth the risk.  

Typically, porous fabrics such as mattresses, pillows, carpeting and particle board cannot be salvaged. They absorb water quickly and are breeding grounds for mold spores to grow.  However, there are cases in which we are able to clean area rugs and wood if we are called to the job quickly and the piece has not become oversaturated.  

Our ability to be on the job quickly helps us minimize damage to personal possessions that have water damage. The perfect example of this is wooden furniture. It takes quite a fit of time for it to really absorb and become completely water logged. If you get  personal belongings out of the standing water and begin the drying process right away, you have a good chance of being able to save them. 

Is mold covered on your insurance?

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

visible mold in a structure

With all of the attention on black mold and it's potential to be toxic to the health, many homeowner's don't want to take a chance when they spot mold. Luckily, not every mold job that we look at is in fact black mold.

There are several cases in which there is a mold infestation in the home that requires our services. It can be surprising to some homeowners to discover that their insurance policy does not cover mold. 

Call your insurance agent if the language of the policy is confusing and you are unsure. Some policies contain clauses that exclude mold.  Some will cover mold removal only under certain circumstances.  Typically, if your policy does not include mold remediation it can be added onto the policy. It's a smart preventative measure that can save you thousands in the future.  

Water, and their Category-SERVPRO of Jefferson City

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Taking care of a water emergency is just a phone call away - SERVPRO of Jefferson City 573-635-5883

Our approach to treating water damage in Jefferson City, MO homes depends on which category it falls into.

CAT 1 or Clean Water

Clean water is just that- water that has come from a source that is not contaminated. Examples of this would be a pipe bursting or a refrigerator leak. Also, if you have a leak that allows rainwater in through your roof, it is considered clean. Although clean water can cause significant damage, it is not considered hazardous to human health as there are no microbes in the water.  The biggest hazard clean water presents is if the area that has been damaged is not properly cleaned and dried. This can result in mold and fungus growth. 

CAT 2 or Gray Water

Gray water is water that is slightly contaminated, either because of the nature of the source or because of neglect. For example, clean water can become “gray” water if it is left untreated for an extended period time. When a toilet or washing machine overflows, the resulting water would be considered gray because of its source. Toilet overflows containing urine only are considered gray.

CAT 3 or Black Water

CAT 3 water is highly dangerous to human health. Black water can include toxic materials such as bacterial diseases, chemicals, pesticides, microbes and more. Sewage based components such as bacteria, fungi, feces, viruses and parasites. Black 3 water situations are usually caused by sewage backups or overflows and flooding. 

Since the human eye cannot see bacteria, it is not always obvious whether the water in your home is a CAT 2 or CAT 3.  If you experience a flood from a heavy rain, the water may look “clean,” but if there is any ground water that has backed up into your home as a result, there may be invisible microbes lurking in the water. 

Any water damage that is not treated correctly will eventually elevate to the next category. Even a simple pipe burst can turn into a biohazard and mold issue if not treated. If you have any water damage in your Bethel area home, call SERVPRO of Jefferson City!

Mold Facts

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Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours!

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today at SERVPRO of Jefferson City!

Trauma and Crime Scenes

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will respond immediately and have the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Common Trauma and Crime Scene Scenarios

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Need Trauma or Crime Scene Cleanup? Call SERVPRO of Jefferson City Today 573-635-5883

When winter strikes

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

This picture illustrates a roof with an Ice Dam

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, immediately call SERVPRO of Jefferson City 573-635-5883 for water removal and restoration. We work with insurance companies as well as self pay.   Check us out on FB for more tips and fun!

"The big bear building"

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Pictured is the iconic bear in front of the Jefferson Building

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. 

Our commercial work ranges from restoration, to carpet cleanings, and duct cleanings. Whatever service your business needs, we have got you covered! One of our more recent commercial jobs was the Jefferson Building, right here in downtown Jefferson City. After the freezing temps caused a pipe to burst, they called our team of professionals and we responded immediately, got the water extracted, and thoroughly dried out the affected areas! Our team is always on standby for when disaster strikes, so don’t hesitate to give us a call. Just like SERVPRO’s motto, we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

No job is too little!

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Our team of professionals can handle any type of mess!

In addition to the mitigation, and restoration services we provide, we also specialize in other cleaning services. Do you need your carpets cleaned? We got you covered! Wanting to clean out your duct work to ensure you’re getting the best ventilation possible and cleaner air? We can get that taken care of! Need someone to just come in and give your house an overall deep clean? Yes, we can do that too! Maybe you just want the outside of your home cleaned, we also do power washing! Our cleaning possibilities are endless. No job is too large or too small, for our team of professionals to take on!

  • Duct Cleaning
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Power Washing
  • Dryer Vent Cleaning
  • Nicotine Cleaning
  • Hard Surface Cleaning

Give us a call today to schedule your cleaning services! SERVPRO of Jefferson City (573)634-5883

Fire-Free Fall

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

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

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

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?

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

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

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

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

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

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

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

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

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

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

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

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

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

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 .


Emergency Contact
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
Restoration
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (573) 635-5883 - also follow us on Facebook!

Our Commercial Services

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

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

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

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

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

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?
Call Us Today – 
573-653-5883

For Immediate Service in the Jefferson City area, Call SERVPRO

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

: Mid MO Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Jefferson City provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Mid MO. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 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 – 573-635-5883

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Mid MO commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. 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 to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

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