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Keep Your Lawn Looking Its Best!

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial irrigation system Keep your lawn looking it's best!

Keeping a well-maintained landscape and a plush, green lawn makes your business more appealing to clients and customers. You count on your commercial irrigation system to work when it’s needed. To keep your sprinklers in top working condition, however, they require routine irrigation maintenance. There are several steps you should take to keep your lawn looking its best.

  1. Annual Inspections
    Before you start up your sprinkler system in the spring, you must check it carefully. This is the perfect time of year to hire an irrigation specialist to inspect the entire system for broken lines, leaks, and sprinkler heads that are misdirected.
    The water management system should also be checked to ensure you aren’t wasting water.
  2. Monthly Maintenance Checks
    In addition to annual inspections, you should check the sprinklers on a monthly basis in the warmer weather. Foot traffic, bicycles, and even animals can cause a lot of damage to sprinkler heads. Look for cracked, missing, or clogged heads. Clean, repair or replace the problems right away.
    Your irrigation maintenance plan should also look for sprinkler run-off. If an area of the lawn becomes too saturated, you must adjust the direction of the sprinkler heads. If the heads are not adjusted properly, this can create sprinkler flooding. Once this occurs, excess water may seep into the ground and cause flooding within your building.
    If you ever discover flooding inside the premises, contact a water damage repair service as soon as possible to assess the damage and create a water damage remediation plan.
  3. Additional Considerations
    Consider installing water pressure equipment to help regulate your sprinkler system’s water pressure. Some parts of the lawn may also require differing amounts of water. Adjust each zone to meet the needs of that area. A well-maintained lawn depends on a thorough irrigation maintenance system. Following a few simple steps will help keep your landscaping in top shape.

Spring Weather

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with storm in the background Storm damage? We can help, anytime!

Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day.

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. They can bring lightning, tornadoes, and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur. For much of the world, this happens in spring and summer.

Keep an emergency kit on hand. Prepare your family members for the possibility of severe weather. Tell them where to seek appropriate shelter as soon as they are aware of an approaching storm. Practice your emergency plan for every type of severe weather. Show family members where the emergency supplies are stored, and make sure they know how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity in your home.

Often by the time we are aware of an approaching storm, we have little if any time to prepare for it. But we do know that when spring arrives, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods are real possibilities. So why not take the surprise factor out of severe weather and prepare yourself, your family, and your home? If thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods do occur, you’ll be ready for them. Should you need help after a severe storm, SERVPRO of Farmington is a phone call away at 573-756-5191. 

What SERVPRO Does for You

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with communities in the background. Here in your community. Here to help!

SERVPRO of Farmington franchise professionals understand all situations.

As an agent, adjuster, contractor, or manager you have a responsibility to keep costs down while still providing the best services possible for your customers/residents. SERVPRO Professionals are qualified to help. The results we produce speak enough for themselves.

Our Emergency Response to Claims

Restoring property is the SERVPRO of Farmington’s priority. Your customers will appreciate the immediate response we provide. You will know everything is being done to limit the damage and turn properties around. We understand restoring a property is more economical than replacing most properties. SERVPRO will make sure all pretesting is completed on every loss to determine what can be restored and what cannot. 

The professionals with SERVPRO can provide an itemized loss inventory system. This includes a report and pictures of those important items.

Electronic Claims Information Available

Our Claims Information Center provides fast, accurate information you need to make sound decision. These include Notice of Loss, Detailed Estimate, Photos, Forms and Paperwork as well as a Complete Electronic Job File and many more.

What we do on our end?

Effective training and certification are the best way to help ensure your customers receive the service they deserve. SERVPRO of Farmington professionals are trained to IICRC standards in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration. They are also diligent on continuing education classes available to franchise professionals and insurance clients at our state-of-the-art IICRC Approved Training Facility. We continue to only use qualified professional vendors to help service customers as well.

A SERVPRO of Farmington’s main job is to complete work the customer needs and wants. They perform quality service and to report to you quickly and thoroughly. Working together we strive to save you time so you can focus on your priorities. SERVPRO professionals documented, measured performance increases value to you and your shareholders, managers, and customers.

SERVPRO leads the industry in the fire and water cleanup and restoration. The SERVPRO System is geared to achieve customer satisfaction and mitigation results, adding to your company’s competitive advantage.

When you need us. We are here.

Should Discolored Ceiling Tiles Be Cause for Concern?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

moldy ceiling tile Mold damage on ceiling tiles.

Installing ceiling tiles in your commercial property is a sound investment because tiles are durable and require little maintenance. One consideration that should not be forgotten, however, is that tile mold can grow over time. That’s why it’s critical to conduct routine maintenance on your ceiling tiles.

Items To Look for When Inspecting Ceiling Tiles

Set up a routine preventive maintenance inspection to look for signs of wear and other damages, including:

  • Discoloration - If you spot any tile discoloration, it’s time to inspect further. Stained ceiling tiles usually indicate that water is leaking from the roofing materials.
  • Warping - Warped tiles are another telltale sign of water damage.
  • Rusted and bent grids - These signs indicate further damage beyond the surface.
  • Dirt and dust - Dust and dirt are the perfect ingredients to encourage tile mold to grow. Keep tiles clean by wiping them with a wet cloth, along with a small amount of cleaner, if needed.

Situations That Require Repairs
If damaged or discolored tiles are discovered during maintenance inspections, repairs or replacements may be necessary. Before you go about the task of replacing any tiles, however, contact a mold remediation specialist to inspect the entire area for mold growth. Professionals are trained to know what to look for and how to best remedy the situation.
When you are ready to replace the damaged tiles, make sure the same pattern is still in stock. It’s a good idea to order enough replacement tiles for future use. If you don’t feel confident installing the replacements, calling a professional will ensure the job is done right.

Preventive Measures To Reduce Risks
Make sure to keep the air ducts of your HVAC system clean. This reduces the dust and mold emitted into the air from the heating and cooling system.

Benefits of Mitigation from SERVPRO of Farmington

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

An air mover drying out a sill plate. This is a photo of an air mover drying drying a sill plate.

SERVPRO of Farmington promotes restoration rather than replacement when possible to save you from higher damage costs. Our technicians strive to restore your items to preloss condition. The cost to restore damaged contents is a fraction of the cost to replace. Replacing flooring, drywall, and all of your furniture is expensive. Restoring your home is a lot less expensive than replacing everything in your home. Items such as family heirlooms and photographs can not be replaced, so we try to restore all that are savable.  

Why choose SERVPRO of Farmington for your mitigation needs?

Choose us because we are a national leader in the cleanup and restoration services. Our effective results are the result of consistent training and execution. Our trained technicians provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke, and water restoration.

You have a choice when it comes to who to trust with your home. Choose SERVPRO of Farmington and let us help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

When do you need a duct cleaning?

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO background We are highly trained in duct cleaning. You can expect a 5 star experience.

Having periodical air duct cleaning service done is important. Read on to find out when you should engage professional air duct cleaning services!

When Do You Need Professional Air Duct Cleaning Services

Everybody wants a clean house. But what if your house is not as clean as you thought? Even though your floors and surfaces may be dust-free, it does not mean areas that you cannot see, and reach are clean. Unfortunately, your air duct contains a lot of dirt, dust, and allergens as they work frequently to provide cooled or heated air around your home. As air conditioning systems draw in air from the outside world to cool the house, it is easy for contaminants to enter your home.

Cleaning air ducts is a complicated process that requires specific knowledge. As such, you should always engage professionals for cleaning services to help you do a thorough job. If you are unsure of whether your air duct requires cleaning, read on to find out some signs of a dirty air duct.

Presence of Mold in Your Air Conditioning System

Your air conditioning system should undergo maintenance and clean periodically. Professionals recommend your system to be serviced at least twice a year. Due to the condensation that results from cooling air, mold growth is a possibility, especially if the climate you live in is a humid one. If your technician informs you that your air conditioning system has mold, you should ask to see the evidence. Once confirmed, you can contact a mold expert. Air conditioning technicians may not have the credentials to get rid of mold, so you should ensure you get a certified professional to do so.

Even if mold is found, it does not necessarily mean your air ducts are affected. However, it makes it highly possible. It is important to engage professionals to check to make sure.

Your Home is Newly Renovated

Construction sites are very messy. Even if contractors clean up and barricade off areas to keep the rest of the house not undergoing construction tidy, little pieces of debris and dust will find their way in. Unless your air conditioning system is not turned on and kept completely covered up throughout the construction work, it is possible for the dust and dirt to find their way to your air ducts. Furthermore, construction dust contains matter that can be harmful when you breathe it in. You should call professionals to clean your air ducts before any other major problems arise.

Your Home is Dusty Despite Cleaning

Cleaning up dust is not the most exciting activity but is something we have to do often. However, if you notice that surfaces and areas of your house seem to always have a layer of dust even if you just cleaned the area, you probably need to clean your air ducts. You can look at the supply and return vents in your home. Do they look dirty? Go one step further to check by removing the vent cover and looking into the ductwork. If they are covered in dust, it is time to schedule a professional air duct cleaning service.

Increasing Cost for Heating or Cooling Air

Every year, the costs incurred from switching on the air conditioning and heater should be relatively similar and predictable. However, if you notice your bill increasing even though you find your usage to be about the same, you may have a problem. In some cases, the air duct is so dirty that air cannot flow through the system efficiently and freely. As such, the air conditioner needs to work harder to maintain the temperature of the room, thus consuming more electricity and resulting in higher utility bills.

If you are looking for professionals to help clean your air ducts, look no further than SERVPRO of Farmington. Our team of professionals will be able to help you with keeping your air ducts clean. Feel free to contact us for more information about our services today!

4 Things That Mold Spores Hate

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

Technicians in Tyvek suits. Mold remediation in Bonne Terre, MO

If your building has seen some recent water damage, it's a good idea to be on the lookout for blotches of mold growing on walls and ceilings. If you do discover areas of this ugly fungi, there is no need to panic. Though mold can be a tricky adversary, it does have its weaknesses. Here are four actions that stop mold in its tracks and return your commercial building in our servicing areas back to pristine condition.

Quick Action. A professional mold remediation franchise can dispatch certified technicians to your place of business in just a few hours. An experienced company will have all of the tools to deal with just about any situation. Mold growth moves fast, so technicians need to take quick action to contain the problem. A delayed response can lead to the formation of additional mold colonies.

Mold Containment. One key to mold prevention is reducing the possibility of the spores spreading throughout the building. If left untreated, the fungus will colonize new areas that are suitable, such as moist areas of the building. The mold spores can also spread through the HVAC system, so it is best to turn off or limit the use of heating and cooling for a time. Physical barriers and isolation techniques will be employed along with negative air pressure equipment to reduce the spread.

 Water Removal. Effective mold prevention hinges on the reduction of moisture in a building. Any areas of water damage should be dried and ventilated. All rooms should be taken below 45% humidity. Above this level, mold growth is likely to return even after a thorough cleaning

Cleaning and Sanitizing. Effective cleaning agents can kill mold and prevent its return. All affected surfaces should be cleaned, as well as any contents that have been infested.
Mold is not all-powerful. With the treatment of water damage and science-based techniques for mold removal, your mold problem will soon be in the past.

SERVPRO of Farmington is an IICRC Certified Firm

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

IICRC logo IICRC Certified Firm Designation

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, which is commonly referred to as 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, such as manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

As an IICRC Certified Firm, SERVPRO of Farmington is recognized for its expertise, professional excellence and commitment to the cleaning, inspection and restoration industries standard of car. To receive and maintain this certification, SERVPRO of Farmington

  • has pledged to maintain an awareness of and knowledge about the IICRC’s published standards that are relevant to our operations; 
  • will seek and promote educational training for our technicians to enhance proficiency;
  • provide service that results in elevated levels of customer satisfaction;
  • be prompt;
  • conduct business with honesty, integrity and fairness;
  • build consumer confidence in the industry; and,
  • promote good relations with affiliate industries. 

Call SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191 for all of your restoration needs.

Commercial Water Damage

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

Water on tile floor Water damage in your business? Give us a call 573-756-5191.

What happens when those small water damages go unnoticed, or moisture soaks into a building’s structural components where it cannot be detected by the naked eye?  These incidents may sound relatively harmless, but given time, excess moisture can lead to serious problems. 

In as little as 24 to 48 hours, microscopic mold spores, naturally present in all structures, can grow into visible mold.  Fueled by the moisture, these fungi feed on a variety of building subcomponents including wood, paint, paper, carpet padding, and contents. 

While the debate rages on regarding impact mold have on human health, mold and mildew growth are recognized as major contributors to indoor air quality problems.  These nightmares happen every day as a direct result of those small water damages that gradually take their toll on buildings and homes.  The recipe for disaster is the combination of excess moisture, a food source for mold found in organic building materials (such as wood, drywall, some types of insulation), and a time delay in removing the moisture. 

Give SERVPRO of Farmington a call if you have more questions about mold remediation today. Our team is dedicated to help your business!

How Quickly Should Businesses Act When Water Damage Occurs?

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage in a commercial facility A commercial water damage in Park Hills, MO.

An unexpected water disaster can be detrimental to any business, large or small. The key to keeping water damage to a minimum and restoring your business to a functional state again is based on how quickly you react to water damage. While some situations seem minor, even small amounts of water can cause significant damage if left unchecked. See how much damage can happen in a small amount of time without proper water damage remediation.

How much damage can happen over time when a water disaster occurs?

Water damage within minutes

  • Water quickly spreads into floors, drywall, fixtures, equipment, and documents.

Damage in the first 24 hours

  • Drywall swells and breaks from the saturation
  • Hardwoods and furnishings swell and crack
  • Microbial growth begins

Water damage within 5 days

  • Mold growth accelerates
  • Wood is saturated and warped
  • Ceilings collapse
  • Flooring is likely unsalvageable

Unchecked damage after 5 days

  • Structural safety is compromised
  • Contaminants are a serious threat
  • Restoration costs escalate

How your business can be prepared for water damage

To be prepared, you need to develop a contingency plan in case of water damage or any other kind of emergency. SERVPRO of Farmington has an Emergency Ready Profile that is a free assessment of your facility when such disasters strike your business. The SERVPRO ERP identifies prioritized points of contact for authorizing the cleanup and restoration to begin. This saves time which will get your business up and running quicker saving time and money. It also provides detailed information such as water and gas shut-off valve locations and other priority information to accelerate reaction time and keep damage to a minimum. This will provide the crews reacting to your situation a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call…crucial when time is of the essence!

Protect your business by setting up an ERP with SERVPRO of Farmington Contact us at 573-756-5191 to learn more about protecting your business. We’re here 24/7 to assist you with any emergency you may experience.