How Quickly Should Businesses Act When Water Damage Occurs?
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.
This fire started from a candle inside a Bonne Terre, MO home.
When an unexpected fire from a candle starts in your home you can count on SERVPRO of Farmington to assist you in making sure you and your most valuable investment is handled with the upmost of care.
SERVPRO of Farmington has the trained and certified technicians and who's only concern is making sure that your home or business is cleaned to pre loss condition.
SERVPRO of Farmington has our own products that are produced by our chemist at our corporate office. These products have been tested for only one thing and that is for cleaning fire damage losses. We train our crews on the precise use of the products to clean the soot from your walls and ceilings. SERVPRO also has the deodorization skills to help with most of your odors that can develop due to smoke damages.
Give SERVPRO of Farmington a call today at 573-756-5191. We are happy to help 24/7.
Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning
Dirty ducts? Call us!
Is it worth having your air ducts clean? Getting the ventilation systems inspected should be a high priority on your to-do list. In most cases, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has been operating for some time without attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your business or home.
Clean air ducts benefits:
- Eliminates offensive odors
- Reduces potential mold growth
- Remediates bacteria, fungi and mold
- Restore peak energy efficiency
- Lowers indoor air pollution
A routine part of the SERVPRO of Farmington service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may save you money.
Call today to schedule!
How to Prevent Mold from Growing in Your Bathroom
Mold on bathroom ceiling.
While it is true that mold growth can be found just about anywhere, particularly after any sort of water damage, your bathroom is especially prone to mold spores. If you're concerned about mold infiltrating your home, these three preventative measures can help.
- Make Use of Your Bathroom Fan
Bathrooms are humid by default. Unwanted water, both in the air and on porous surfaces, can be detrimental to the state of your home. For example, broken or cracked bathroom tiles, either in the shower or part of the flooring, can lead to mold growth if neglected. An excellent way to prevent this haven for mold spores is by ensuring your bathroom stays dry.
Keep the fan running while you bathe and for at least 30 minutes after. This will help rid the bathroom of abundant moisture, which is prone to lingering in confined areas and causing water damage. Left unattended, this excess moisture can even lead to black mold, which will require remediation experts to rectify.
- Remove Excess Water After Showers and Baths
This step is relatively self-explanatory but extremely important. In fact, removing the moisture clinging to your tiles can rid your bathroom of up to 75% of surplus condensation. Utilizing a squeegee is one of the simplest ways to eliminate remaining water from your shower walls.
- Annually Reseal Your Shower to Ensure Your Tiles Are in Good Repair
Standard grout sealer is your best friend when it comes to mold prevention. This mixture of sand, cement, and lime is used as a filler between tiles after setting. Adding a grout sealer prevents your bathroom tiles from absorbing stains, bacteria, and excess water, decreasing your chances of a mold infestation.
Undoubtedly, the best way to avoid water damage and the potential for mold growth is by preventing it. Utilizing your bathroom fan, keeping tiles free of lingering moisture, and resealing those tiles as needed can all contribute to the current, mold-free state of your home.
Don't let a fire get you down!
Call us anytime at 573-756-5191 for all your fire damage needs.
At SERVPRO® our priority is returning damaged property and items to their preloss condition. Whether natural or man-made, a disaster at one of your client’s facilities needs to be handled by professionals who understand the importance of your tenants’ safety. At SERVPRO® our teams are trained in helping manage both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery process while maintaining the security and safety of the facility and tenants. Our professionals work hard and fast to minimize the interruptions for your tenants’ daily operations.
Emergency Fire Damage Tips
- Keep hands clean.
- Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
- Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO® professional.
- Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO® professional.
- Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.
Call SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191.
Advice from American Red Cross
Fire damage? We can help!
Great Advice from American Red Cross!
Did you know:
- Every day 7 people die in the United States due to a home fire
- You have two minutes- that 120 seconds – to escape a home fire
- On an annual average, the Ohio Buckeye Region of the Red Cross responds to over 3 home fires per day in 45 counties!
The American Red Cross cares about your safety and encourages you to test your smoke alarms and replace your batteries as needed. This is a lifesaving action of our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, which rallies communities across the country to protest people from these every day disasters. Don't ignore the beeping sound of batteries going dead on a fire alarm, take a few minutes and go change the batteries right away! Your safety is in your own hands!
Info about Water Damage
This is our injectidry system we use whenever we are trying to dry and save hardwood flooring.
Now that businesses are beginning to open their doors, the possibility of water damage is much more prevalent. Old pipes that have been sitting dormant during the stay in home order may now be susceptible to leaks. When water damage is present, it spreads quickly, heightening the chances of mold growth and damage to your business or home. It is crucial that the affected areas are properly mitigated as rapidly as possible, and at SERVPRO of Farmington, we have our service professionals ready 24/7.
What is water damage? Water damage is any harm that is caused by water, which includes flooding, leaks, pipe bursts, appliance malfunctions and many more. Not only can the water ruin your carpets, ceiling, and furniture, but it can also destroy precious family possessions, important documents, and irreplaceable personal items. At SERVPRO of Farmington, we understand how important it is to protect your personal belongings and documents, and we will set an immediate plan of action to remove or protect your items, while our highly trained and certified experts mitigate the affected areas to prevent further damage or mold development.
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 Farmington is a team of certified water technician specialists with the proper equipment and training to handle your needs. Our experts will assess the damage, extract, and mitigate the water damage and develop a drying plan to make water damage in your home or business “Like it never even happened.” We will keep you updated every step of the way so you can feel confident after disaster strikes.
We are here to help with any type of storm damage you may have. Call us 573-756-5191.
We all may think we know "enough" about tornadoes; I mean, they are big, scary, and UNWANTED. But, did you know.........
- The winds of a tornado can reach speeds of up to 480km per hour
- In extreme cases, tornadoes can last several hours and cross distances over 150km!
- Tornadoes are measured using the Fujita Scale (or F-scale), ranging from F0 to F5, with F5 being the strongest and most destructive.
- Most of the world’s tornadoes occur in the United States in what’s known as Tornado Alley. Stretching from West Texas to North Dakota, this area can see more than 200 tornadoes each year!
- Tornadoes can be invisible until they pick up dust and debris, or a cloud forms within the spinning funnel.
More facts about tornadoes can be found at https://www.natgeokids.com/za/discover/geography/physical-geography/tornado-facts/.
Our Storm Response
When a storm affects your home or business, call us 573-756-5191.
SERVPRO Storm Response
Our team here at SERVPRO of Farmington is ready for whatever happens, no matter the time of day. Our crews are always on standby. When it comes to fire and water damage, our professionals work tirelessly to make sure our customers are satisfied and are explained each step of the cleaning process.
Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists
As leading professionals in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, along with a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home or business and restore it back to pre-storm condition.
Faster to Any Size Disaster
If a storm hits your home or business, odds are you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent any secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.
We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters
Our team has access to resources and personnel of over 1,800 franchises to handle major storms and disasters. Our team also has access to our exclusive Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located to respond to catastrophic storms and events throughout the country.
Locally Owned and Operated
SERVPRO of Farmington is locally owned and operated. We are actively apart of the community with you as well. When you have a storm disaster or flooding emergency, we are in the area and ready to help you.
Sewage Backups- YUCK!
A Potosi, MO homeowner called us whenever he found sewage in his finished basement.
If you have a sewage backup to your property, SERVPRO of Farmington is on standby to assist you. Whether it is the middle of the day or the middle of the night, SERVPRO is here to help. We have trained and certified technicians on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist you with any sewage water cleanup you need to your property. Backups can happen at any time to any property, commercial or residential. SERVPRO is trained and experienced in handling sewage backups of all kinds. And not only is our production and field work top-notch, but we have the administrative support to handle all the paperwork involved that you will need for your insurance company or any needs regarding your water damage. Call SERVPRO day or night, anytime, at 573-756-5191. We are centrally located, making our response time to your property very quick!