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What To Do if You Find Water in Your Light Fixtures

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water coming out of light fixture Water coming out of your light fixture? No problem.

Your roof is the crowning element of your home and you expect that it will protect your family for the duration of your lifetime there. But sometimes a leak can occur because of lack of maintenance, a broken pipe in the ceiling or damage from a storm. A leak can cause all kinds of damage, but often the first indication of a problem is finding water in light fixtures.

What To Do If You Find Water in a Light Fixture

Discovering that water is dripping through a ceiling fixture can be the start of a nightmare, especially if it is not handled correctly. Here are some guidelines to help you understand some of the steps that need to be taken. If the damage is from a storm, you will need to have the roof repaired and have a water and mold restoration company come and check for wood rot or black mold in the crawlspace and have the roof repaired.

If you have water in light fixtures because of a broken pipe in the ceiling, the first thing you need to do is shut off the water main so it stops flooding. Turn off the electricity to that light fixture so you don’t get electrocuted – electricity and water can be a lethal mix!

What To Do Next

Once the power and water have been shut off, a SERVPRO technician should inspect for ceiling damage and help determine what is needed for repair. The sheetrock will likely need to come down and the crawl space dried thoroughly. Insulation and sheetrock may need to be replaced and the wiring needs to be evaluated for safety. The light fixture may need to be replaced as well, rather than risking electrical danger. Never overlook water in light fixtures, as it is a sign of something that needs to be checked out. Hoping it will just dry out and go away could be a serious mistake. Make sure your roof is in good repair and have your pipes inspected to help prevent future problems.

Commercial Damage Levels

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Sprinkler system failing. Disaster can strike anytime. Call us 573-756-5191.

One of the areas SERVPRO of Farmington has the capability to handle is commercial damage.

There are so many factors that can contribute to commercial damage occurring such as fires due to unforeseen circumstances, facility usage which puts wear and tear on your property, down to the most basic water damage. No matter the source of the damage, this downtime can be costly both to your business and your customers.  When damage at your commercial property happens, how do you know to what level and extent? Below we have a grading system we use to determine the level of which your property is assessed and categorized to begin mitigation. 

Level 1

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

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

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 our team 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.

If you have damage at your commercial property, give SERVPRO of Farmington a call at 573-756-5191.

Commercial Water Damage

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded commercial building Water in your commercial building? No problem. We can help you!

Here are SERVPRO of Farmington, we understand that when a commercial water emergency occurs in your business it is important that the issue is mitigated quickly and efficiently. During these emergencies, it is not just the building that needs to be back up and functioning but the materials and equipment you use daily that allows your business to be successful.  

SERVPRO of Farmington can save things like office furniture, desks, and even sensitive information that may be stored in the office with our document restoration service. We are in the business of restoring these items that may have been damaged during your water emergency. We always attempt to salvage anything damaged because we understand that it can keep the cost down for you and the insurance company as well the value it has to your company. If an item can be saved or restored it is worth the time to do so.  

SERVPRO of Farmington works tirelessly to treat each of your items with special care to protect. Our team is trained to keep your items from damage while we do work. Our content specialists do wonders with your clean-up on all types of materials.  

Trust that SERVPRO of Farmington keeps in mind that time down for your business, is money lost. Our team will work around the clock to make sure it is “Like it never even happened,” and your business is back up and running!

Saving Lives: One Smoke Detector at a Time

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke detector Smoke detectors save lives!

One small device can save lives? YES!

Make sure you replace the batteries in your smoke detector regularly to ensure it works because it could save your life!

According to The American Red Cross:

  • 7 people die daily in a house fire
  • Every 40 minutes a fire injury is reported
  • $7 billion in property damage every year

The National Fire Protection Association strongly suggests installing a smoke alarm in every bedroom of your home. They also highly recommend installing a smoke detector outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home. If your home is larger, you may need more smoke alarms to ensure you will be alerted when the smoke hits the detector. 

Today, many home security systems offer a smoke detector option that will contact your local fire department in the event of smoke detection. This is a wonderful safety tool, especially if you aren't home or are sleeping heavily at the time of a fire occurrence. 

In the event of a house fire big or small, make sure you call SERVPRO of Farmington for your clean up needs.

Also, you can contact your local Red Cross Chapter to help assist with adjusting if you have been temporarily put out. 

Fire Restoration Process

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm with smoke around it. Fire damage is our specialty. Call us anytime at 573-756-5191.

When it comes to fire damage, preparation is the key.

The first 48 hours after a fire often can be the difference between "restoring" vs. "replacing" your property and/or personal items. SERVPRO of Farmington provides timely response with restoration services ranging from fire, smoke, and soot removal, to content claims inventory and document restoration.

If you have experienced fire damage in your home or business, here is what to expect from us:

One Hour: Within one hour from notice of loss, a priority responder will contact you.

Four Hours: Within four hours of loss notification, our certified technicians will be onsite to assess the damage.

Eight Hours: Within eight hours of on-site arrival, certified technicians will be working neatly and efficiently to clean, restore, and deodorization. Pre-cleaning for restoration, to prevent any further damage from soot and smoke.

Detailed Explanation: A trained and uniformed technician will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome. We then use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your home or business is back to normal in an appropriate time frame.

Final Walk-through: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

Commercial Property Services

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Hand shake. We look forward to working with your business!

SERVPRO is well known for the excellence service we provide across the country when disaster strikes. From floods to fires, hail storms and hurricanes, and everything in between, SERVPRO is always there and ready at a moments notice to spring into action and help anyone return their home or business back to normal. However, there are many other times, outside of disastrous situations, where SERVPRO of Farmington can be of service to your commercial property.

A clean work environment is vital to success in any business, and that’s where we come in. Along with our restoration services we also provide many beneficial deep cleaning services that can prolong the life of many aspects within a commercial property. Regular cleanings of both your carpets/floors and air duct systems can save you time and money. Especially when it comes to your HVAC system. We also provide general deep cleaning services, are specially trained in removing everything from difficult stains and bad smells to graffiti, and are licensed in biohazard cleanups.

For more information on our services please call us anytime at 573-756-5191.

Fire, Smoke, Soot Damage

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire caused my stove malfunction. This fire was caused due to a stove malfunction.

It goes everywhere. Smoke and soot are extremely invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Did you know? Here are some facts about smoke and soot:

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 Farmington 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 – 573-756-5191

Introducing: Certified SERVPRO Cleaned

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Technician cleaning in PPE Have no fear, SERVPRO is here!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

COVID-19 has affected all our lives.  Some of our neighbors have lost loved ones and have endured suffering from the illness.  Only during wartime in America; have we all had to mobilize against a common enemy – an invisible enemy with more destructive power than we ever imagined.  Although, some areas of our country have been hit worse than others – no one is exempt from the threat as it continues.  This pandemic has forced countries to take dramatic measures to attempt to save both their citizens and their ways of life.  As the situation hopefully is in decline; we are all left with a common question: How do we know when we are safe again?

SERVPRO is the leading bio-hazard cleaning company in America.  We have over 50 years of experience with over 1800 franchises.  SERVPRO of Farmington is proud to be a part of the SERVPRO nation and we are determined to keep our community safe.  SERVPRO has just announced a proactive plan to provide an ongoing defense against the virus and its spread.  The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is a defensive cleaning plan that goes way beyond standard cleaning practices.  This program will offer three steps to ensure that your property or business is safe:

1.) An initial consultation with a certified trained SERVPRO specialist will investigate and offer information and a plan specific to your needs.

2.) A trained and experienced SERVPRO bio-hazard team will apply anti-viral sanitizing techniques approved by the CDC, OSHA and other groups. This will decontaminate both porous and non-porous surfaces with EPA approved products.

3.) You will be offered written certification as well as a window shield sticker to place for the public to view; offering reassurance that the healthy environment has been professionally maintained to the highest standards. 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned will offer a higher standard of clean for your residence or business and make you, your patrons and staff all feel safe and protected. Please contact SERVPRO of Farmington today to schedule! Call 573-756-5191 today!

Water Damage + Your Commercial Business

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage logo Call us anytime!

Flooding and water damage events in 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 Farmington

SERVPRO of Farmington 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.

Storms

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Radar image. Storm damage? We can help!

Thunderstorms are common throughout our servicing areas. Thankfully, practicing safety during these events can help reduce chances of damage to your property.

Severe thunderstorms can produce high winds, heavy rains, hail, and lightning.

Storm Safety outside your home:

Inspect you roof regularly for missing or loose shingles.

Clean your gutters at least twice yearly.

Bring in or secure patio furniture, potted plants or anything that could become projectiles in high winds.

Trim trees near your property to reduce dead limbs from falling.

Storm Safety inside your home:

Keep a radio, flashlight and batteries handy.

Have an emergency preparedness kit nearby.

Designate a safe room for your family to take shelter, it should be an interior room without windows.

Use surge protectors on every outlet in case of lightning strikes.

Being prepared can drastically reduce the damage severe weather can bring. If damage to your home or business does occur SERVPRO of Farmington is here to help 24/7!

Emergency Kit

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

First Aid logo Being prepared is so important!

SERVPRO of Farmington is no stranger to storms, water damage, etc. The trained professionals there know that the possibilities are endless when it comes to any type of natural disaster or weather emergency, which is why we want to remind everyone in our servicing areas to have their emergency kits stocked and ready to go.

Here are some items that could be included in an emergency kit:

  • Band-Aids
  • Alcohol pads
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Battery-powered radio and batteries
  • Whistle if needed to signal for help

If pets are involved, tweak the emergency kit a bit to include pet food, a spare leash/collar, and other pet supplies that will be needed. Our servicing area is full of tech-savvy people who you could probably call for help if needed, but it is important to be prepared for when technology fails, especially when water is involved. If areas are flooded in any way, make sure to stay out of the water because electricity travel through water. That is why SERVPRO of Farmington urges you to have your kit ready if needed!

SERVPRO of Farmington is independently owned and operated.

Why Is There a Puddle Around My Toilet?

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Puddle around toilet. Leaking toilet in Ironton, MO.

Why Is There a Puddle Around My Toilet?

Happily, for most homeowners, toilets are one of the most reliable fixtures in the home. Sometimes, these essential items in the home will last upwards of 40 years. During all that time, the humble bowl only requires a little bit of care. Occasionally, however, you may run up against one of these situations:

  • The flush handle becomes loose
  • The toilet becomes clogged
  • The flapper valve wears out or gets damaged
  • Water leaks around the base of the toilet

For most of these situations, the repair is straightforward, but what can you do when faced with a leaking toilet?

Act Quickly

No matter what the cause of a bathroom leak, your best defense against extensive repairs and remodeling is acting quickly to correct the situation.

Leaky Wax Gaskets

A leak at the base of the toilet is usually the result of a worn-out wax seal. Use a towel to mop up the water on the floor and watch for water seeping from under the toilet. If the water comes from a different location, the problem could be a cracked tank, sweaty bowl, leaky shutoff valve, or a loose tube somewhere.

Try Tightening the Bolts

Sometimes, it is possible to apply more pressure on the wax ring by tightening up the bolts that hold the toilet in place. Tighten the bolts alternately, using consistent, gentle pressure. If the leak stops, you probably do not have to take any other steps. If the leaking toilet continues to be a problem, you'll need to replace the wax gasket.


This repair generally involves removing the toilet and, unhooking tubes and hardware, replacing the wax seal, and then putting everything back together.

Signs of Storm Damage

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage due to rain Heavy rains caused this Farmington, MO home to take on water.

After a storm rolls through, it is important to inspect your house for damage the storm may have caused. Listed below are areas you should be looking at.

  1. Roof: Look for shingles that have discoloration, tearing, or even holes in them. These can all be signs that your roof has been damaged. Another sign is if there are leaks in your roof or your ceiling.
  2. Gutters: After a hail storm, looking for dents or dings can also give you a better picture of what the storm did to the rest of your home. Your gutters can also give you insight to whether you have roof damage. Check to see if there are granules from the asphalt shingles in your gutter.
  3. Windows: Look at each of the windows on your homes and note any signs of shattered or broken window and frame damage. This is especially important after a hail storm or a strong wind storm.
  4. Exterior: Not only is it important to look at the siding of your home to check for damage, it is also important that you check all appliances. Inspect your AC/HVAC unit as well as items such as an outdoor grill.

After your inspection, if you notice any signs of storm damage follow up by checking the area for signs of mold, mildew, pests or other secondary damage. Our team is able to put an emergency roof tarp to prevent any further damage. Call SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191 for any restoration needs you may have.

Leave Mold Remediation for Us!

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

mold in crawlpace This is some mold damage inside a crawlspace in Ste. Genevieve, MO.

If you see visible mold on your residential or commercial property, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home or business. 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 Farmington 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 Farmington 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 discover mold in your home or business, call our professionals at SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191.

Fires Inside Your Workplace

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Dryer that has caught fire. Here is a photo of a dryer fire at a local apartment complex.

As a business owner, you never want to think about what would happen if a fire or flood should strike. A fire can cause severe damage to business equipment, materials, and structures. As a business owner, focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention, and staff education can help reduce your chance of fire and smoke damage. Here are some tips to help prevent fires in your business.

The first thing is to look around your business and find potential fire hazards. The National Fire Protection Association offers handbooks and other publications on the fire safety code in place for businesses. If your local government offers it, a visit from a fire marshal is a great step for your fire prevention plan. If a marshal visit isn't available, ask for workplace fire risk assessment guidance from your building's property manager.

Having the proper fire protection equipment in your business is essential to prevent fires. Automatic sprinkler systems are a great way to prevent fires from causing too much damage and will provide primary fire protection. Standard fire safety practices call for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on every floor. There’s more than one type of smoke detector, so be sure and do your research to know what type is best for your business. All employees should be aware of the locations of fire extinguishers on each floor in case they should need access to one. The most recommended type of extinguisher is a multipurpose extinguisher, which will douse most small fires with ease without shorting out your electronics. It is also recommended you equip your employees with an emergency kit stocked with items like bottled water, a flashlight, and an escape mask to fight against smoke inhalation in case of a fire.

Not only are your employees part of your team, they’re also essential assets to your business. You want to ensure their safety as best as you can, and that includes in the event of a fire. Make sure your employees know what to do if there's a fire, including calling 911 immediately. Conduct a fire drill at least once a year to keep employees aware of your workplace fire safety protocol. Designate a person as your office’s fire prevention officer. Their duties will include composing escape routes and meeting points for employees, as well as keeping all your safety plans, equipment, and information updated. If your office doesn’t have one, installing a sprinkler system is cost effective and the best way to fight the spread of a fire in a business. Properly installed and maintained systems are 95% effective according to the National Fire Protection Association in stopping and preventing fires. Be sure to leave some room behind appliances that heat up, like coffee machines and computers, to allow them to cool down. Keep all your business appliances away from combustible materials, like paper or cloth. If possible, unplug these appliances at the end of the day as most business fires occur after typical operating hours. Make sure to check cords on appliances and other electronic devices and replace them as needed. Use one extension cord per outlet and follow manufacturer recommendations for maximum wattage when using power strips. Avoid “octopus wiring,” when wires and plugs clutter around one outlet, as it could lead to an overload. In larger buildings, post a fire evacuation plan in several spots around the workplace. Never include elevators in an evacuation plan; always use the stairs. Businesses with disabled employees should develop a detailed evacuation for those employees needing additional assistance in an emergency. In case of fire injuries, your employees should be familiar with the location of the first-aid kit, which should be kept where possible hazards can occur most, such as in the kitchen.

While fire prevention can help cut down your risk of fire, it doesn’t mean they still can’t strike any time. If your business should have a fire strike, trust the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Farmington. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Response Time Matters!

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

24-7 clock We are available anytime, 24/7!

It is a sad fact of life that household emergencies often happen at inconvenient times. Hearing the unmistakable noise of running water from a broken pipe in the middle of the night, coming home from vacation to find two feet of water in your basement...there is no good time to deal with this kind of disaster. At SERVPRO of Farmington, we understand that when these types of situations arise, you need help NOW-and that may not be during regular business hours. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including holidays. It only takes minutes for water to begin damaging structures, contents, and personal belongings. Faster response times help to minimize damage and the costs of cleaning and restoration.  Call SERVPRO of Farmington anytime at 573-756-5191 and let our specially trained restoration specialists make your home "Like it never even happened."

We love our customers!

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

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We love our customers and appreciate your feedback. We strive hard to train our employees to meet the standards in our industry and to communicate clearly with our customers. If we have performed a job for you please take the time to leave us a review on Google, Facebook or Yelp. Many customers have complimented us on our response time and the quality of our work. Many of our employees have been named specifically on our customer satisfaction forms and we appreciate that. Please consider leaving us an online review of our great work at the link below. We are always here to help, anytime. House fire at 3am on a Saturday? No problem. Sewage backup on Christmas Day? No problem. We are ready for whatever happens!

https://www.SERVPROfarmingtonmo.com/customer-reviews/reviews

If you need us anytime please call us at 573-756-5191.

Is Your Business Prepared?

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Business closed sign on door. Call us 573-756-5191 to make your business disaster "Like it never even happened."

How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.

Develop a Business Continuity Plan Your organization's risk needs will vary depending on the specific industry, size, scope, and location. Begin by reviewing your business process flow chart, if one exists, to identify operations critical to survival and recovery. Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures, and equipment are necessary to keep the business operating. You should also establish procedures for succession of management.

Review Insurance Coverage Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to major financial loss if your business is damaged, destroyed, or simply interrupted for a period of time. Insurance policies vary; check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage, and business interruption. Understand what your policy does and does not cover.

Prepare Your Emergency Plan Your employees and co-workers are your businesses' most valuable asset. Communication is central before, during, and after a disaster. Include emergency information in newsletters, on your company intranet, in periodic employee e-mails and/or other communication tools.

Practice the Emergency Plan Some disasters will require employees to leave the workplace quickly. The ability to evacuate workers, consumers, and visitors effectively can save lives. If your business operates out of more than one location, establish evacuation procedures for each individual building. If your company is in a high-rise building, an industrial park, or even a strip mall, it is important to coordinate and practice with other tenants or businesses to avoid confusion and potential gridlock.

Secure Your Facility and Equipment Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and detectors in appropriate places. Secure all entry and exit points and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant, or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment.

Improve Cyber Security Protecting your data and information systems may require specialized expertise, but even the smallest business can be better prepared. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Don't open emails from unknown sources. Use hard-to-guess passwords. Protect your computer from intruders by using firewalls. Back up your computer data and download security protection updates known as patches regularly.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Virus in a petri dish. Has sickness taken over your home or office? Call us!

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 at 573-756-5191.

Sources:

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

Our Mission

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Here to help photo We are always here to help!

Our mission is to develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness, and mutual respect.

With every water, fire, or flood comes a flood of emotions. There is a certain amount of uncertainty, and a loss of control. It can be your home, business, or your belongings that have become damaged. You don't just want things to be clean, you want your life back as well. You look to us, SERVPRO of Farmington, to handle the situation.

And that is where SERVPRO of Farmington comes in. We are a franchise system with over 40 years of leadership in the cleanup and restoration industry.

Our team takes to the streets, every hour of every day. Proving that wherever there's a house full of water, or an office filled with smoke, there is also a van full of clean. SERVPRO of Farmington can make it "Like it never even happened."

Appliances that Commonly Cause Water Leaks

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water coming out of washing machine Washing machine leak or overflow? Call us, we can help!

There are an alarming number of situations that can cause water damage to homes—weather incidents, flooding and burst pipes often come to mind.

However, the source can also be from things we utilize every day, such as appliances that require water to operate. Prevention is key to stopping small, sneaky leaks from becoming a big problem, which is why we put together a guide of what appliances to watch out for and how to check them for drips.

What Appliances to Check for Water Damage

Hot Water Heater

Though hot water heaters can typically last as many as 15 years, they can begin leaking water much sooner due to faulty pipes and seals. Check regularly to avoid this from catching you by surprise and be sure you replace it based on the manufacturer’s recommended time frame.

Refrigerator

The ice maker inside of the refrigerator pulls water in to manufacture the ice, but the tubing it uses to do so can often falter. Add that to the fact that refrigerators are seldom moved, and you have a recipe for water damage to get out of hand before you even realize it has begun. Simply pulling the fridge away from the wall and checking for drips regularly is enough to prevent this from becoming an issue that gets out of hand.

Dishwasher

A dishwasher can be another common culprit for secluded damage because of how they are typically built into cabinets. Pulling them out of their cubby often is wise, especially if you have an older model. It is not uncommon for homeowners’ insurance policies to not cover water damage from older appliances, so this is extra important to note.

Washing Machine

Washing machine leaks are such a common problem that it is recommended to check their hoses as frequently as once a month to guard against wear and tear. Even with regular checks, exercise caution by replacing these hoses every five years regardless of if they appear worn.

 Air Conditioner

All air conditioning units manufacture condensation as part of their operations, but if there is an issue with their draining capabilities, issues can arise. The best way to prevent this is by following your manufacturer’s instructions regarding inspections and maintenance, as well as doing your own visual checks to ensure there is no water out of place in and around the unit.

If your home has been impacted by water damage or you’d like to put a plan in place in case it happens to you, contact us to learn how we can help.

Because we care!

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on lower portion of wall. Here is a prime example of mold that you wouldn't typically see unless baseboard is removed.

Did you know that there are multiple, hundreds of thousands of mold spores floating around outdoors? Knowing the dangers of mold, it is quite frightening thinking about it, but what is more of a concern would be finding mold inside your own home. Mold is known to belong to the kingdom of fungi. It can appear to be plant like but cannot create its own food. It absorbs its nutrients from other organic substances. Mold can simply generate with water and something living – or even once living, like wood. Invitations of mold to your own home would consist of poor ventilation, moisture and water damages in which were not addressed immediately. In any areas of your home that moisture issues happen to occur, you want to be sure that you have a source of ventilation within that area. The consistent moisture and humidity will eventually cause mold. This is another reason to report any serious water damages right away. You may be able to clean the visible mess but sometimes the affected areas cannot be seen. SERVPRO of Farmington is here for you, anytime. If you have any questions or concerns due to recent water loss or any visible mold, do not hesitate to call us 573-756-5191. Our team will always be there, ready to help.

The Importance of IICRC Certification in the Restoration Industry

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of the IICRC logo. We take great pride in the IICRC at SERVPRO of Farmington.

IICRC Certification

Restoration industry standards are set by the Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification Board. It is a non-profit group overseeing the qualification of the restoration, remediation and cleaning trade. When a technician obtains a program mitigation certificate from the IICRC, he or she is held to the highest standards. Not only does this keep industry standards high, but it also establishes a recognized national standard, and that is why insurance agents and adjusters keep the graduates on their preferred vendor's lists. Here are a few of the values the technicians are expected to uphold.

1. Respect

Technicians are taught that working with clients and staff that everyone treats respectfully can elevate the job site. It can also help bring out natural abilities and let inborn qualities shine.

2. Integrity

Valuing integrity, the expectation is that all graduating technicians will have strong ethical principles. Dealing honestly and upholding high values is important in developing an honorable reputation within the cleaning and restoration industry.

3. Responsibility

Once at a job, all IICRC technicians are expected to work as if the property were their own. This includes completing the job promptly and using the best tools available to finish the job.

4. Excellence

Service, leadership, and duty are all part of what the graduate is expected to bring to the office each day. Technicians are also taught to hold high standards in service, on the job and off.

5. Expertise

To keep standards, values, and expertise high, the board continues to hold classes to improve industry knowledge. As new and improved tools become available, they are incorporated into the classes. Also, certification is a lifelong process of self-improvement and gaining professional knowledge. Technicians must obtain 14 hours of education every four years.

The IICRC helps hold trained technicians of the cleaning and restoration industry to a high standard and we take great pride of that here at SERVPRO of Farmington.

Professional Board Ups

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Boarded up building. Need board up services? Call us anytime at 573-756-5191.

Regardless if your home or business has suffered a fire, storm, or other structural loss, let the professionals at SERVPRO of Farmington lift a burden from your shoulders by handling the boarding up of your damaged property.

If done incorrectly, boarding up your residential or commercial property could cause secondary
damages such as moisture or critter invasion, making the already unpleasant situation worse, and causing the cost of repairs to increase.

In addition to the remediation and restoration services we offer, SERVPRO of Farmington can board up your damaged property and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it “Like it never even happened.”

Don't hesitate to call us when you need us - we're here to help! Call us anytime at 573-756-5191.

Fire Damage=Immediate Attention

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Orange flames that occur from a fire. Fire Damage? We can help! Call us anytime at 573-756-5191.

Fire Damage In Your Home or Business Requires Immediate Attention

Events leading to a fire can have many different factors. Even a prevention plan for fire will only reduce the risk of fire, it will not eliminate the potential of a fire hazard. There are ways to limit the possibility of fire. One method is to keep smoking restricted to designated areas. These selected areas also need maintenance to lower the chance of fire damage. In most cases, the preferable area for smoking is outside. Also, electrical wiring should be installed in compliance with OSHA regulations and local codes. Licensed electricians should be the ones to do the maintenance. Other aspects of the home like fuel gas and appliances that produce heat should be up to standard. 

Experiencing a fire in your home or business can be devastating. You don't want to be complacent about taking care of the fire damage. It is imperative to make sure that you react to the necessary cleanup which has resulted from the flame out. In most cases, you are going to need a professional to take care of the fire damage so that you can be sure that your house will not be vulnerable to on-going problems. 

Fire Damage is something that needs to be quickly and thoroughly cleaned up and fixed by professionals from SERVPRO of Farmington. Even after taking care of the fire, it is important to look for any additional damage that may have occurred. Long after the fire is out, certain forms of damage could become visible such as cracked foundations, contamination, toxic fumes, leaking pipes from the heat, or even mold growth. For this reason, it is critical to making sure that every bit of moisture or damage is found in the home and repaired. 

By hiring an experienced team of skilled fire damage restoration technicians, you can be assured that these IICRC trained individuals will utilize industry leading equipment to mitigate the harm caused by the inferno. Fast response to limit secondary water damage resulting from the firefighters' efforts to extinguish the flames is of paramount importance. Our expert service technicians arrive promptly after you call SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191.

Commercial Fire? We can handle it!

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Orange flames that is caused by a fire. Commercial fire? No problem. Call us at 573-756-5191.

When a fire strikes your commercial property, it's quite likely that you feel yourself start to panic. This immediate reaction makes sense given all the economic turmoil and property destruction that a fire can cause. However, knowing which steps to take in the face of a commercial fire can help prevent you from becoming anxious, losing money, and undergoing extensive property damages. To handle a commercial fire successfully and speedily, implement the following four tips:


  1. Contact A Fire Remediation Expert.
    Once the fire department has doused all the flames, be sure to call a fire remediation expert. This individual will be able to equip you with a thorough assessment indicating the extent of the damages. Don't ever attempt to handle any of the cleanups, drying, or restoration processes on your own. Doing so could put you in peril of injury and illness.

  2. Assemble Your Records.
    In addition to contacting a fire remediation expert, make sure that you assemble your business' essential records. You'll want to have this information with you when you start working with your insurance company. To guarantee that you can have all your files ready in a safe place, make a point to buy a fireproof safe where they can be stored.

  3. Call The Insurance Company Immediately.
    Be sure that you call your insurance company once the fire is put out. This step is important because your insurance agent will work with you to file a claim and determine how much coverage you'll attain for the commercial damages.

  4. Get Permission To Reenter The Building.
    Always ask the fire department or another local authority whether you can reenter your building. In some cases, fires can weaken the structural integrity of the commercial property and make it subject to collapse. Therefore, you need to assure that reentry is safe for you and your employees.


Call SERVPRO For Fast, Friendly Fire Remediation Services 
If your business caught on fire, don't worry. Instead, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Farmington and let us start cleaning up immediately. Acting right now is the key to limiting damages and expediting the restoration process. Choosing our team of industry specialists is the secret to attaining the sophisticated services you deserve. All our IICRC-certified technicians will work with diligence and determination to get your commercial property back in pristine condition, so call us now at 573-756-5191.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Farmington is strategically located to respond quickly to your commercial fire emergency event. When commercial fire damage occurs, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! 573-756-5191.

Water Damage? Call us now!

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water in basement. Water damage? No problem.

Water from a leaking pipe or overflowing sink can damage a home quickly with the liquid spreading everywhere. Regardless of the cause, it is essential to shut the source of the water off as soon as you notice spillage in your home. Turn the faucets off if a sink is overflowing. Locate and turn the main water valve off to limit the amount of additional damage caused by a broken water pipe. Always confirm that it is safe to enter your home if there is deep pooling water.

SERVPRO of Farmington can focus on water removal in your home quickly. Before entering the area, we first ensure that it is safe to do so. If there are electrical appliances involved, we ensure that the electricity is turned off before entering. We also want to protect the occupants from any potential hazard.

We understand how important it is to limit the water damage by removing anything that can cause secondary negative effects. For example, books and papers on a wet carpet can cause stain transfer. We remove these materials from the room and the wet carpeting. Furniture can also be relocated or blocked with wood or high-density foam to avoid rusting or warping from the metal feet of couches, chairs, tables or appliances.

SERVPRO of Farmington’s water damage restoration technicians (WRT) understand that extracting as much water as possible before using dehumidification equipment expedites the recovery time. Portable extractors are used in most cases to remove the water. Squeegees can be used on hard surfaces to push away as much water as possible. Elimination of all the standing water allows your home to dry faster.

The best time to eradicate stains is while the carpeting is still damp. SERVPRO of Farmington can attempt to remove the markings on the carpets carefully to avoid further damage to walls or baseboards. We can save a section of the carpet to assist in the selection of new materials for the restoration of the home. All discarded materials are placed in plastic bags to avoid further damage to unaffected areas.

Call SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191 for immediate service!

Storm Facts

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning in the sky. Lightening in the sky.

Are you afraid of storms, or do you embrace them? Whichever side you fall on, we all have some sort of respect for storms. They can cause great damage, paint beautiful pictures across the sky, alter any outdoor plans, and completely turn a day around. Although you’ve probably experienced many thunderstorms in your life, you might not know a whole lot about them. In today’s post, we’re going to share some fun storm facts that you may not have known!

The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter.

The typical thunderstorm lasts about 30 minutes.

About 1,800 thunderstorms are happening around the world at any given moment.

Lightning kills more people than tornadoes every year.

A severe storm “watch” means that a serious storm has the potential to develop but has not developed yet. However, a severe storm “warning” means that a storm has developed and been sighted.

About 10% of storms are classified as “severe”.

If you’re ever heard the term the “four horsemen” of thunderstorms, it’s referring to wind/tornadoes, hail, floods, and lightning.

Thunderstorm clouds grow to heights of above 20,000 feet.

A “derecho” is a type of severe storm that lasts a long time, covers a great distance, and involves serious wind.

Wind speeds can be up to 120 mph in thunderstorms, even without a tornado.

A massive hailstorm in Munich, Germany, in 1984 caused over $1 billion worth of damage.

In 1933, huge hailstones were reported to have fallen around a city in Massachusetts, containing fresh, frozen ducks inside.

Check Your Sump Pumps During Rainstorms

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Basement bathroom that is flooded. Sump pump fail? Call us 573-756-5191.

When the rain pours do you check your sump pump?

A proper working sump pump can save you considerable amounts of money after a significant rainfall event.  Being a proactive owner during rainstorms and checking your home or businesses sump pump will help prevent damage or reduce the damage that can occur. When damage happens SERVPRO of Farmington is here to help.

If you answered no to the first question here are some things to consider checking:

  • Is there power to the sump pump? Check that it is plugged in and the breaker is not tripped.
  • Is the float free of any debris and away from the side wall where it won’t work properly?
  • Is the inlet free of any debris that could prevent it from pumping the water out?
  • Does the pump work? An easy way to test this is by filling the pit with enough water to reach the float of the sump pump to trigger the pump.
  • Check where the sump pump drains. Ensure that it drains far enough from the foundation that the water doesn't leak right back in.

Storms vs. SERVPRO

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

weather radar picture containing green red yellow and orange Storm Damage? We can help!

Every year, SERVPRO of Farmington answers the call to help clean up and restore homes and businesses after storms have taken their toll.  After all, SERVPRO of Farmington is always here in helping make disasters “Like it never even happened.” when your property suffers from storm damage. So, leave the restoration remediation of your home and business to our team. Consider the following to protect your property during a storm:

Myth: If it is not raining, then there is no danger from lighting.  
Fact:  Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from rainfall. 

Myth: Rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car protect you from being struck.
Fact: Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. The steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not toughing metal. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.

Myth: “Heat lightning” occurs after very hot summer days and poses no threat.  
Fact: “Heat lightning” is a team used to describe lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard.

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Farmington is here to help you.  Give our team of professionals a call 573-756-5191!

SERVPRO of Farmington is Ready to Help 24/7!

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Digital clock displaying 24-7. We are here to help you 24/7! Day or night, we are ready to assist you in your time of need.

SERVPRO of Farmington 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 – 573-756-5191

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 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? (Company and Agent)
  • 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 Farmington

SERVPRO of Farmington 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.

Your Local Restoration Company

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Flash Flood Warning Map. Flooding? We are here to make it "Like it never even happened."

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are several reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – 573-756-5191

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Farmington and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill the Insurance Directly – One Less Thing for You to Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help- 573-756-5191

Safety Tips for Commercial Property

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial property clip art. We are highly trained professionals and are capable of handling any size disaster.

Business Safety Tips for Your Commercial Property

Business Owners - This one's for you!

Establishing a business is an exciting venture, but you might not ask yourself, “What if a flood or natural disaster occur?”. Being prepared for anything in life is so important, especially if a lot of money is on the line. Here are important tips for when your commercial property has encountered flooding or storm damage. These tips will especially come in handy if you have a basement in your business.

8 Flood Prevention + Safety Tips for Your Business: 

  1. Develop a Comprehensive Plan – Establishing a simple, straight-forward protocol for when a flood strikes can benefit yourself and your employees. Substantial communication is key.
  2. Consider Flood Insurance – Damages from flooding can get very, very expensive. Damages can cost thousands and thousands of dollars. With insurance for your commercial business, you can have some peace of mind in the case of flash flooding or an unexpected storm.
  3. Inspect Area – Inspecting the area for any signs of water damage during severe rain is a good preventative measure. Looks for cracks and darker spots in the walls, ceilings, and flooring.
  4. Sump pump – Installing a sump pump will prevent water from seeping into the foundation.
  5. Waterproof membrane – Apply a waterproof seal around the areas you think water might enter. Filling in any cracks as well can help.
  6. Back-Flow Valve - Installing this in your main sewer pipe will prevent sewage backup.
  7. Anchor Fuel Tanks – Keep your fuel tanks anchored to prevent them from flowing away, falling over and spilling fuel into the area.
  8. Keep Calm and Call SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191 for your commercial or residential property needs.

First Aid in the Workplace

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Knowing what to do in the wake of a health emergency can literally mean the difference between life and death. That’s especially true in the workplace, where things like fires can lead to devastating injuries and potential liability. Implementing a workplace first aid plan is crucial. Learn the ins and outs of basic workplace first aid following a fire damage and what you can do to keep your staff safe.

What Is First Aid?

First aid involves providing help to a person before medical personnel can arrive to take over.

Types of burn first aid include:

Administering CPR

Applying pressure to a wound

Putting bandages on a wound

CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is among the most important forms of first aid. During a fire, smoke and toxic materials can be inhaled, causing breathing difficulty that can get serious fast.

Businesses should invest in basic CPR training well before a fire to learn how to respond. In general, CPR involves alternating between pushing on one’s chest 30 times and giving rescue breaths. Even without training this can be helpful until help arrives.

Applying Pressure

Bleeding wounds are often an unexpected side effect of fire damage, be it from efforts to put out the blaze or from escaping. First plug the wound to promote clotting. This can be done by applying clean gauze and holding it steady. Next elevate the wound above the heart to slow down blood flow.

Applying Bandages

Burns are vulnerable to infection and need to be cleaned and covered fast. Wash out burned areas with cool water and use clean gauze to cover them. Never break any blisters or apply butter or folk remedies to a fresh burn as it can cause more harm than good.

Fire damage can have impacts well beyond property. When facing fire injuries, call 911 first, then take the above steps to minimize both damage and discomfort.

Fire Sprinklers in the Workplace

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire sprinklers are an excellent safety measure that is most likely required by local building codes, but, while they are a lovely preventative and protective asset, in the case of accidental discharge, they can cause flooding and significant water damage. For most business owners who experience this unintentional disaster, they will typically want to know the process they should adhere to after.

1. Call Your Insurance Company

The first step is to call your insurance company. Most insurance companies will cover damage caused by a faulty or defective sprinkler system, but they will want to ensure that the responsibility lies with the manufacturer and not with the business owner. As the owner, insurers expect you to maintain your equipment, and if there is any sign of persistent issues resulting in the malfunction of the sprinkler system, most insurers will place the financial burden on the property owner.

2. Document the Incident and Any Damage

After you’ve called your insurance company, it is beneficial to document both the incident and the flooding or damage caused by the faulty fire sprinklers. You can document the incident by talking with any witnesses and finding out what occurred before the malfunction. Additionally, you may want to take photos of the area and any damaged merchandise to show as evidence and proof of loss.

3. Cleanup

Once you and your insurance company have determined responsibility, you can begin the cleanup process. SERVPRO of Farmington specializes in water damage and can help you in your restoration efforts. The important thing, however, is to get your business back on track as fast as possible to minimize any significant interruption costs.

Fire sprinklers are essential and often required elements of a business, but, while they do require routine maintenance, they can malfunction, causing flooding and potential business interruption. In case of accidental discharge, it is important to keep the above steps in mind to speed up the recovery process and get back to day-to-day operation.

Pets & Fire Damage

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Pets are family, too!

At any given moment, a fire emergency can take place in our servicing areas, and though unexpected; it can be instrumental to already have a strategy in place for everyone, pets included, in your home to evacuate and meet in a safe location. While you should always be most focused on keeping yourself and your family safe, you can be better prepared to keep your pets safe during a fire emergency by following these safety tips:

Practice Evacuating

In the confusion and fear caused by a fire, it can be hard to think of everything you need to do at that moment. If you already have a plan in place and practice it a couple of times, you can be more prepared to handle a fire emergency. This can not only be helpful for pet safety, but also for the safety of everyone in your household.

Notice Your Pets Location

An important part of the planning process can be knowing where your pets spend most of their time. It can be especially helpful to take note where they hide when frightened, maybe during a thunder or lightning storm. You don’t want to put yourself or your family at risk by spending too much time searching for your dog or cat during a fire emergency.

Keep Any Collars and Leashes Nearby

Fire emergencies can be especially frightening to pets. By keeping their collars, leashes, or carriers handy, you can more easily lead them safely out of the house. If you are unable to find your pets, it can be easier for the fire department to get them out if they are wearing collars. It can be a good idea to hang leashes by the door that you are planning to evacuate through.

Have Fire Damage? Call Us Today 573-756-5191.

Cooking Fire

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Cooking is one of the leading causes of house fires in the United States. Often, cooking fires are ignited by grease, which can be dangerous for both your home and the individuals inside your home. To keep everyone safe, here are our tips for safely containing and putting out grease fires in your kitchen:

  1. DO NOT USE WATER! Trying to extinguish a grease fire with water can be catastrophic. Also stay away from flour, baking powder, or any other cooking powders that resemble baking soda or salt. While baking soda and salt can help (we’ll touch on this later), powders that merely look like them can have very different chemical makeup and will not react well to the grease. They can make the fire worse.
  2. Cover the flames with a metal lid or cookie sheet. Do not remove cover until it has cooled. This will help contain the fire and suffocate the flames.
  3. TURN OFF the heat source! When a grease fire starts, heat fuels it and can make the flames spread and grow stronger. Turning off the heat will cut that main source of fuel.
  4. Here’s where the salt and baking soda come in. If possible, pour some salt or baking soda onto the fire – the substances will help smother the flame and significantly reduce its strength.
  5. If none of the previous steps are successful in putting out the grease fire, spray the fire with a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher.

An important note - IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE GREASE FIRE, GET OUT. Please keep in mind that your safety and the safety of those around you is most important. A grease fire can become very dangerous very quickly. Evacuate, and once everyone is safely out of harm’s way, call 911. Do not re-enter your home until the fire has been contained by firefighters.

If your home is damaged by grease fire or any other type of disaster, SERVPRO of Farmington is ready to help with the restoration process. Give us a call at 573-756-5191.

5 Things about Commercial Water Damage

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage? No problem! Call us day or night at 573-756-5191.

Five Unbelievable Things Farmington Area Commercial Property Owners Do Not Know About Water Damage

Water plays a large role in your commercial property. For instance, cleaning, laundry, pools, restroom, landscaping, kitchen, heating, and cooling. Although water is a useful resource, it is one of the most destructive elements. How? It can cause physical damage to your commercial property. What you need to know is that water damage can interrupt your business operations without warning. This can result in massive losses. Besides, occupants are exposed to mold spores and other health risks.

Commercial water damage in the Farmington area are typically results of an overrun bathroom/sink, faulty plumbing, damaged appliances, malfunctioning sprinkler systems and backed up sewers. To prevent mold spores from spreading and allow occupants to resume their normal operations, immediate action is required. SERVPRO technicians are trained, experienced and equipped to handle any water damage emergency. Our experts respond quickly to mitigate the damage and save your property.

As a commercial property owner, there are five things you must know about water emergency.

1. It Is Unavoidable
Plumbing, sprinkler systems, sewers, and appliances are manufactured and so, they are prone to damage. A surprise leak can soak your floors, walls, basement, and ceiling.

2. Damage Spreads Fast
Depending on the leak and when it started, the amount of water seeping through the walls, floors, and ceiling quickly becomes a big problem. This leads to mold growth and further damage to your property.

3. Getting Electrocuted Is Possible
Chances of getting electrocuted are very high when the floor, carpet, and walls of your commercial property are soaked with water. To prevent this, cut the power by shutting off the breakers to the affected rooms.

4. Slipping on Wet Floors and Stairs Is Also Possible
Getting electrocuted is not the only problem you are exposing your office occupants too. Slipping and falling can lead to serious injuries.

5. Never Wait to Get Help
The moment you detect water damage in your commercial property, contact our experts. The sooner you call, the faster our experienced team of restoration experts will respond and save your property.

SERVPRO technicians can start by clearing and moving out office furniture, appliances, and equipment. Using high powered truck mounted pumps, standing water is removed before drying begins. Cleaning your property using antibacterial products is then done to prevent contamination. Thereafter, office furniture plus equipment are moved back in.

Count on SERVPRO of Farmington for fast, responsive and professional services! Call us anytime at 573-756-5191.

Fire Damage? Call us!

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration Includes Mitigating Aspects You Cannot See

The amount of soot covering every surface near where a fire happened might provide a hint of the odors your family might experience without proper and complete mitigation of all the changes that took place in your business or home. Heat changes things chemically, meaning not all the changes show up to the naked eye.

When your business or home sustains fire damage, you need to consider the invisible changes. They can make your business or home uncomfortable and possibly cause occupants unwanted health effects. At SERVPRO, we understand the causes behind such risks, and the methods needed to rid your property of them, as well.

Electrical outlets in the structure can sustain damage within the walls, even when no other damage to those walls seems apparent. This can happen not only because of the water used to put the fire out but also because of the heat. When smoke gets pushed around by the air currents, it also gets into the cavities within walls, under cabinets, and other dead spaces. Outlets that no longer work are only one aspect of fire damage.

When the hot smoke gets into the hollow spaces in your house, it does not leave. Instead, it settles on the sides and bottom of the area where it got trapped. Smoke contains not only gases from the things that burned but also solid particles. These make up most of the soot you find, and it is also where most of the odors you smell in a home with fire damage.

We can discuss with you the best methods to get rid of the odors in the structure. While we use air scrubbers to clean the air while we work, we can strengthen the effect of this by fogging the home so the mist bonds with these hidden smoke particles. Once bonded, the number of particles that make their way back into the air drastically diminish because they no longer disintegrate into small enough pieces.

Our experience in eliminating the unseen problems of odor-causing soot from hidden spaces leaves our customers' structure not only looking “Like it never even happened,” but also smelling like a fire never occurred.

SERVPRO of Farmington wants to help you recover faster from fire damage by mitigating your fire damage. This includes odors that do not go away without direct mitigation of the problem. Call 573-756-5191 to do more than mask the problem.

Smoke Detector: Which one to buy?

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

In Order to Find the Right Alarm, You Need to Know the Various Types

Finding the right smoke detector for your home is a key part of fire safety. If your home does not have the proper smoke alarm, your house could sustain severe fire damage and require a major fire cleanup.
In order to choose the right alarm, you need to know the various types. They include:

  • Combination
  • Photoelectric
  • Ionization
  • Dual sensor

Combination Alarm


A combination alarm typically includes both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Because carbon monoxide sensors don’t last as long as smoke ones, combination alarms need to be replaced more frequently. However, they are great for homes that include an attached garage or fuel-burning appliances.

Photoelectric Alarm

A photoelectric alarm is ideal for detecting slow-burning fires, specifically electric fires or those in clothes and bedding. These detectors are less likely to go off accidentally, but they can be more expensive.

Ionization Alarm

An ionization smoke alarm detects small particles from quickly igniting fires such as those caused by grease or paper. Since they are sensitive, you may want to avoid using them near kitchens.

Dual-Sensor Alarm

As its name implies, a dual-sensor alarm uses parts of both ionization and photoelectric smoke detectors. They can be costly, but they also provide great protection for the entire home.
There are several other factors you should consider when choosing a detector. If you don’t want to climb a ladder to test the battery every month, look for a device that can be tested via remote control. You may also want to choose a detector that is easy to clean.

Buying the right detector and regularly checking the batteries will help keep your loved ones safe in the event of a fire. The beeping smoke alarm should alert you to the presence of a fire before it spreads.

Business Owners: Are your employees prepared?

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If an emergency were to happen in your business today, would you and all employees be prepared? If your answer is no then don’t be frightened! SERVPRO of Farmington is here to help! We can come out to your business and set up an Emergency Ready Plan for FREE!

What is an Emergency Ready Plan aka ERP? An ERP is a packet for you and your employees to have to help keep everyone calm during an emergency. The packet includes a property overview, building access information, an emergency action checklist, contact information for the local Fire Department, Police Department, and Hospital, pictures of all shut off valves and description of location, and more. We can add any information you think would be necessary for an emergency. For example: we can add photos and locations of all fire extinguishers, add a map for fire routes, and even add where the safe areas are for a tornado or earthquakes.

Give us a call at 573-756-5191 to set up an appointment for you FREE ERP!

We are an IICRC accredited firm!

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SERVPRO of Farmington 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 Farmington

SERVPRO of Farmington 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.

Call SERVPRO of Farmington Today! Reach us anytime day or night at 573-756-5191, we are always here to help!

"Like it never even happened!"

Storm Damage? No problem!

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When lightning strikes, SERVPRO of Farmington strikes back! Storm Damage? Leave it to the pros.

Mother nature is so unpredictable. You never know when a natural disaster is going to strike. Storms are commonly known for destroying one’s home or business and as a normal human being, it may cause someone to panic. But don't  feel under the weather when a storm hits because SERVPRO is faster than any disaster. We will respond and start the restoration of your property quickly and efficiently. A long the way, SERVPRO’S certified professionals will reassure you that everything will be fine with their work ethics.

SERVPRO of Farmington technicians are properly trained and can take on any type of storm disaster. They will inspect the extent of the damages and come up with the proper strategies for the specific damages. As the restoration is in process, SERVPRO of Farmington will keep in mind the distress the customer may be feeling and work diligently to provide the best services as quickly as possible so the customer can go back to living their normal lives.

One thing SERVPRO knows for sure is how to take care of fire, water and mold damages.   

When a storms hit, don't panic!

Call SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191.

Storm Damage? No worries!

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No matter if it's day or night, SERVPRO of Farmington is ready to help.

If you come home to find standing ground water and flooding in your home, chances are you'll feel frustrated. You may think you can handle the ground water yourself.  It's important that you avoid trying to repair your house on your own and let a SERVPRO restoration expert that has the experience and the tools to repair your home. The SERVPRO restoration expert can help you with a variety of issues, including:

  • Flooding
  • Roof damage
  • Roof leak
  • Wind damage
  • General storm damage


Never wait to pursue help for storm damage especially if the damage involves a roof repair. A roof leak is a serious issue that can arise after storm damage or wind damage. Roof damage can also occur as a result of wind damage. Roof damage that leads to a roof leak can cause a variety of issues, including interior damage to your home. The SERVPRO restoration expert can help you with roof repair and other storm remediation. Remember that it's important to get home restoration assistance as soon as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Farmington today if you experience storm damage at 573-756-5191.

“Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO's Water Loss Recovery Service Includes Sanitizing Affected Properties

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The SERVPRO of Farmington Dodge ProMaster is designed to carry all types of equipment use for water restoration.

You have a lot to worry about when your Farmington home is awash with water. Your biggest worry is probably how to extract the water and dry the soaked contents. Contamination is probably the last thing in your mind unless the flooding is from sewage back up or storm water. You are not alone in this line of thinking as most people only realize there is contamination at the very late stages of the restoration. So, how can you eliminate contamination through the steps taken during restoration?

The level of contamination in cases of water damage in Farmington depends on the kind of water that causes flooding. At SERVPRO, we follow industry standards that identify three types of water that floods properties. These types are black (category 3), grey (category 2) and clean water (category 1) and the contamination levels are highest in black water and lowest or nonexistent in clean water. Even potable drinking water can degrade to gray or black water if left unattended.
 
In addition to identifying the water type, our technicians also consider the materials affected by the water. If there was a carpet affected by clean or grey water, we treat it on both sides with an EPA-registered disinfectant. We also use the same disinfectant on the floor after extracting the water. This minimizes chances of further contamination.

Any upholstery in the affected area might also be contaminated. Unlike the carpet, which is easier to clean, upholstery has different nooks and crannies, so it requires special attention. Using tools such as ULV foggers, our team can administer the disinfectant in the form of a mist to reach and remove contaminants even in hidden parts of any upholstery item. Generally, we can group furnishings in a containment chamber for large disinfecting efforts.

 
Cleanliness is a relative state that depends on the percentage of contaminants eliminated. Properties can achieve four different levels of cleanliness depending on the effort put. From the dirty state, cleaning can change the property to sanitary or disinfected. This recovery from a water loss is the states that SERVPRO technicians can achieve. Sterile conditions are beyond our scope and service. These environments are needed in hospitals, labs, and other such structures. Reaching a sanitary state is the goal of most restoration processes.

Our SERVPRO technicians extract the water, vacuum and deodorize any affected areas ensuring they attain sanitary conditions. 
 
Calling SERVPRO of Farmington eases the restoration process for you. You can reach us 24/7 at (573) 756-5191.

How to handle a commercial water loss in Farmington, MO

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If you have a commercial water loss in Farmington, MO, SERVPRO of Farmington is the premier restoration company to help you from start to finish. 

Here is a typical guideline of what will be needed to perform to get your business back to pre loss condition. 

1. Initial Assessment: This can include the initial walkthrough and determine what needs to be done from start to finish. Typically a scope of service will be written, a sketch of the affected areas, and gathering information.

2. Immediate Emergency Services: SERVPRO of Farmington will begin extracting and removing water from the facility. 

3. Drying: SERVPRO of Farmington will place drying equipment throughout your facility. Each day a member of our team will check on the progress until the structure is completely dry. 

After the drying stage, SERVPRO of Farmington can provide Reconstruction to your facility. We are able to reconstruct your facility and return it to make it look "Like it never even happened." After reconstruction, we will clean all of the affected areas, which will complete the entire process. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us at anytime. We are always here to help! 

When the brand counts

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When the brand counts reach out to the local company with the large brand name. Call SERVPRO of Farmington so you can count on a local family owned and operated business that has 50 years of branding behind it. SERVPRO of Farmington is proud to be a member of a large family of franchises that believes in helping each customer experience what it means to have their home or business be "Like it never even happened."

The team at SERVPRO of Farmington takes pride in being a part of something larger than themselves as they strive to achieve larger goals each day. At SERVPRO of Farmington the brand is where it all started, and a rich tradition keeps the brand and the company strong.

Call us today for all your restoration needs: 573-756-5191

Is Your Farmington Home Storm Ready?

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As anyone who lives here knows, springtime in Farmington brings beautiful sunshine as well as strong rain and wind storms. With weather that can switch so quickly between the two, it’s important to make sure your home is storm-ready, prepared to handle and withstand unpredictable conditions.

It’s always a good idea to conduct a home and ground inspection before weather conditions take a turn for the worst. Things like leaky roofs or windows can be very problematic in the midst of heavy rainfall and strong winds, so checking them and making sure they are all fitted correctly is a critical step to take.

Checking for loose shutters and trimming back any trees or shrubbery that may be surrounding your home is another good way to get it storm-ready. Shutters, tree limbs, and other loose debris can get picked up by wind and thrown in any direction, including towards your house. Also inspect any drainage areas near or around your home, clearing them of any debris that may be creating blockage. This will help reduce chances of flooding your property during a storm.

Another thing to consider when preparing your home for a storm is what kind of system to have in place that will allow you to communicate with your loved ones and receive weather updates. In some cases, storms can become strong enough to put your cell phone’s service signal at risk, so it’s good to be prepared and have an alternative form of communication in place.

And as always, in the event of storm damage SERVPRO of Farmington is here to help. We’re available 24/7 and ready when you need us. Give us a call at (573) 756-5191.

Getting Rid of Unpleasant Odors in Your Home

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Odors from smoke, pets, decomposition or mold can cause lingering odors in your home or business. A simple surface clean doesn’t necessarily get rid of these smells. With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of Farmington provides specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by smoke, mold or other sources. Our professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once the source is found, we use SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more. Along with our proprietary line of cleaning products SERVPRO of Farmington uses various techniques and equipment to treat odors. These techniques are capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly. Some of the tools we use include: Ozone Generator: The Ozone Generator is one of the quickest ways to eliminate odors from a home or office. We use the Ozone Generator to oxidize odor and eliminate odors from mold, mildew, pets, nicotine, smoke and more without the use of chemicals. Though the room being treated cannot be occupied while in use, the generator works quickly to clean, sanitize and remove offensive odors. Hydroxyl Generator: The Hydroxyl Generator has several benefits that the Ozone Generator does not. The main benefit is that the room being treated can be occupied during the deodorization process; though it does work slower. The Hydroxyl Generator can be used to treat fire and smoke, as well as biohazard jobs, water damage, crime scene situations, and animal odors. Air Filtration Device: This piece of equipment, also known as an air scrubber, is used to remove airborne contaminants during water, fire, smoke, mold, and sewage restoration work. These work by pulling air through HEPA filtration to remove airborne particles from the air. This helps clean the air and remove odors. Whether you are a building manager who needs an apartment cleaned for the next tenant or homeowner who wants to get your home ready for sale, getting rid of offensive odors is a high priority. Fire, water, or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, SERVPRO of Farmington is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (573) 756-5191 

Why SERVPRO of Farmington? Local Fire Damage Specialists

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmington is your local fire damage specialists. We make fire damage look "Like it never even happened."®

Why SERVPRO of Farmington? Because we are your local fire damage specialists. If your home is hit with fire damage, would you want a company that is specialized in fire damage repair and restoration or a generalist? We believe you’d want a specialist and that’s exactly what the heroes at SERVPRO of Farmington are.   

A fire to your residential or commercial property can cause a serious detriment and stress to your family. But, our highly qualified and trained fire damage specialists at SERVPRO of Farmington can relieve some of that stress by restoring your home or business to make it “Like it never even happened.” ®    

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 7 steps listed below illustrate the SERVPRO of Farmington's’ process for the “typical” fire damage restoration.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

After the fire trucks leave, your home or business likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Farmington has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

If you’re ever faced with fire damage at your home or business and wonder why SERVPRO of Farmington, it’s because we are your local fire damage specialists. And we are there with you throughout your entire journey. If you ever have any questions, contact us online anytime. Or, simply give us a call (573) 756-5191.

Water Damage & SERVPRO

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Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. If you have questions or need help to ensure your property, contact SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191. 

You have so much invested in your home! Choose SERVPRO of Farmington to protect your most valuable asset!

Your home is a reflection of you and makes an impression on all those who enter it. You invest your time, energy, and hard-earned resources to maintain, protect and increase the value of your home. When you need work done on your home, you should expect the very best service at a fair price. That's where SERVPRO of Farmington shines.

Helping Families

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SERVPRO of Farmington is committed to helping families across our servicing area!

Why SERVPRO of Farmington? SERVPRO of Farmington helps families by providing a necessary service. Bereaved families are often unprepared to assume the task of cleaning a residence following an unexpected passing of a family member or friend. Now families have somewhere to turn for help. SERVPRO of Farmington is committed to providing a safe and courteous cleanup and restoration services to protect the health of family members and to help preserve their memories of the deceased. SERVPRO technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Their first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. SERVPRO of Farmington will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

SERVPRO of Farmington: Your One Stop Shop

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We have 50 years of experience and counting!

Why SERVPRO of Farmington? After your property has been restored and replacement of materials is necessary, SERVPRO of Farmington provides general contracting services. Sometimes a damage requires more than just cleaning soot or removing sewage. Some damages require replacement of drywall paint, flooring, or even electrical and plumbing services. SERVPRO of Farmington provides many general contracting services to help return your home or business to preloss condition. When it comes to helping you get your life back to normal, SERVPRO of Farmington can and will make the damage "Like it never even happened." You may be surprised what SERVPRO of Farmington can do for you. Questions? No problem, call our office anytime! 573-756-5191. SERVPRO of Farmington's mission for each customer is to be the "one stop shop". Our Reconstruction Manager, Greg, is more than happy to help get your property back to normal or even better than it was before.

Call the "Cleanup Team" that's faster to any size disaster!

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We are faster to any size disaster!

Why SERVPRO of Farmington? Faster to any size disaster. This is not just another catchy tag line for SERVPRO. It is a commitment from each SERVPRO franchise professional to be there when you need us the most. Whether you are a small business or home owner facing minor fire or water damage, or a property manager dealing with a widespread disaster, SERVPRO of Farmington has the resources to respond quickly and efficiently. The sooner help arrives, the sooner the restoration begins and the sooner you can resume life and business as usual. SERVPRO of Farmington is just the tip of the iceberg. If a fire, water, or mold damage strikes, no matter what size, call us 573-756-5191. Backed by a system of franchises more than 1,700 strong, we'll make your property disaster "Like it never even happened."

Educating Kids About Fire Safety

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Fire Prevention Week was established to remember the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which began on October 8. Use these worksheets, activities, and lessons to teach your students/child(ren) about fire safety and prevention. Prepare your students/child(ren) for emergency situations with worksheets and literature on fire readiness. October is Fire Prevention Month, but any time of the year is appropriate to enjoy these resources.

Please visit: https://www.teachervision.com/emergency/teacher-resources/47554.html

1. Go to a firefighter in an emergency. Young children may be scared the first time they see a firefighter in full gear. Explain to children

  • What firefighters wear and why.
  • How a firefighter can help if there is a fire.

Contact your local fire station to arrange a tour. The children can learn about equipment and become familiar with what firefighters look like and what they do. Or invite firefighters to your classroom so they can put on their gear in front of the children, explain their jobs, and answer children’s questions.

2. Crawl low under smoke.

  • Tell children that some fires make lots of smoke, which is dangerous to breathe.
  • Show them the safe way to respond when a room fills with smoke: get down on your hands and knees, keep your head up, and crawl outside.
  • Ask children to practice with you.  Lead them in crawling across the room with their heads up. Repeat frequently to help children remember this important safety strategy.

3. Stop, drop, and roll. When children’s clothes catch fire, their first reaction may be to run. This can make the fire spread faster. Show children the safest way to respond:  

  • Stop, cover your face, get down on the ground, and roll from side to side until you smother the fire.
  • Ask children to practice with you a few times and then split them into pairs. Children can take turns demonstrating to their partners. Repeat frequently to help children learn to stop, drop, and roll automatically.

4. Tell a grown-up. Emphasize to children that matches and lighters are tools that only adults use.

  • Tell children that they should not play with or even touch these materials.
  • Explain that if they find a match or lighter, they should tell a grown-up immediately.
  • Role-play with children in small groups about what to do when they find these types of materials.

Visit www.playsafebesafe.com to learn about the play safe! be safe!program workshops, access free activities for children, and order a low-cost multimedia kit that includes a teacher manual and a DVD with fire-safety lessons.

Planning for a Fire

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Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you'll have just two minutes to escape? That's why it's important to have working smoke alarms in your home, develop an escape plan and practice that plan. Practice your plan until everyone in the household can evacuate in less than two minutes. Test smoke alarms every month and replace the batteries as needed. Consider placing escape ladders in rooms on upper floors. Identify two exits from every room. Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including inside and outside each bedroom and in the basement.

Tips for creating and practicing your escape plan:

  • Everyone in your household should know two ways to escape from each room in your home.
  • Decide where to meet once you get outside.
  • If a fire starts, you may have just two minutes to get to safety. So time your fire drills and find out: what’s your escape time?
  • Smoke is dangerous. Practice low crawling.
  • Teach household members what to do if their clothes catch fire: stop, drop and roll.

Water Damage Safety

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After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Water Damage Emergency? 
Call 573-756-5191

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Water Damage Assessment

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The water damage restoration process begins with a detailed inspection of your property, including a damage assessment. The SERVPRO Franchise Professional is determining the scope of the damage so he or she can develop an appropriate plan of action.

They Identify and Stop the Water Source

They check for the source of water in your home and business and stop it. The water source must be stopped before the drying process can begin.

  • Stop the Source
  • Check for Contaminated Water

They Identify the Type of Water

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals must identify the category and classification of water to restore your property safely to industry specifications. The type of water contamination will affect the specific restoration processes used to restore your property.

  • White / Category 1 Water
  • Gray / Category 2 Water
  • Black / Category 3 Water

They Survey the Extent of the Water Damage and Inspect the Premises

They inspect and test your home to discover the extent of the damage. Additionally, they will look for safety concerns and explain them to you. If you are aware of any safety issues, such as asbestos or lead, please share them.

  • Survey Damage
  • Complete Safety Inspection

They Move or Block Furniture

They move furniture and property contents and block items to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpet.

  • Block Furniture

Mold in Your Ducts

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Sweeping Away years of Dust and Dirt- Reducing Potential for Damage and Health Risks

Since the ventilation systems is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

The SERVPRO Proven Duct Cleaning System is Cost Efficient 

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling though the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

Give Your Wallet A Break! Call Today to Set Up an Appointment - 573-756-5191

SERVPRO Storm

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give our Professionals a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.

  •  24 Hour Emergency Service
  •  Faster to Any Size Disaster
  •  A Trusted Leader in the Storm and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  •  Highly Trained Storm and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 573-756-5191

The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. 

We make it look "Like it never even happened."

The Restoration Process

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SERVPRO of Farmington has the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition. They use a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end.

Have Water Damage?
Call Today 573-756-5191

Every water damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. 

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

When you call, our representative will guide you through several questions that will help the SERVPRO Franchise Professional respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

They carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. The SERVPRO Professionals start this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

After the bulk of the water has been removed, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO Professionals can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 6 - Restoration

The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

For all your commercial needs

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SERVPRO of Farmington helps ensure your finished projects always look their best.

Post Construction Cleaning

Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it's time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint, and decorate. SERVPRO of Farmington can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.

Dehumidification and Drying 

During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture.Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issues, rely on SERVPRO of Farmington to provide the help you need eliminating moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth.

Final Cleaning

You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of Farmington provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Services include:

    • Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep and finish
    • Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning
    • Deodorization
    • Air Duct Cleaning
    • Debris Removal (if necessary)
    • Window Cleaning

When The Unexpected Happens... Call SERVPRO of Farmington

The last thing you need is a fire damage, water intrusion, or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of one of your projects. SERVPRO of Farmington provides 24- hour emergency mitigation, cleanup, and restoration services to help you get back on schedule quickly.

You Start It... We'll Help You Finish It

Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines - the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. The bottom line, however, is you are responsible for getting the doors open on time.

SERVPRO of Farmington can help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services in a timely manner. These services include:

    • Post-Construction Cleaning
    • Dehumidification and Drying
    • Final Cleaning
    • Fast-Track Drying
    • Emergency Response Restoration and Cleanup Services

Rely on SERVPRO of Farmington to help ensure your post-construction cleanup gets done as quickly as possible.

We make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Animals & Fires

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This information was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in consultation with: American Kennel Club, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association, and The Humane Society of the U.S, and SERVPRO.

If you are like millions of animal owners nation wide, your pet is an important member of your household. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as fire or flood, tornado, or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evaluate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.

If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets. 

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends, and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer. Preparing for the unexpected makes sense. Get ready now.

1. Prepare: Get a Pet Emergency Supply Kit

Just as you do with your family's emergency supply kit,think first about the basics for survival, particularly food and water. Consider two kits. In one, put everything you and your pets will need to stay where you are. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you and your pets have to get away. Plus, be sure to review your kits regularly to ensure that their contents, especially foods and medicines, are fresh.

Food. Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container.

Water. Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets in addition to water you need for yourself and your family. Medicines and medical records. Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.

First aid kit. Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet's emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book.

Collar with 10 tag, harness or leash. Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and 10 tag in your pet's emergency supply kit. In addition, place copies of your pet's registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit. You should also consider talking with your veterinarian about permanent identification such as microchipping, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.

Crate or other pet carrier. If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you provided that it is practical to do so. In many cases, your ability to do so will be aided by having a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting your pet. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down. Sanitation. Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet's sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to purify water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches, or those with added cleaners.

A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.

Familiar items. Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.

2. Plan What You Will Do in an Emergency

Be prepared to assess the situation. Use whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and ensure your pet's safety during an emergency. Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and the information you are learning here to determine if there is immediate danger. In any emergency, local authorities mayor may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet for instructions. If you're specifically told to evacuate, shelter-in-place or seek medical treatment, do so immediately.

Create a plan to get away. Plan how you will assemble your pets and anticipate where you will go. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if practical. If you go to a public shelter, keep in mind your animals may not be allowed inside. Secure appropriate lodging in advance depending on the number and type of animals in your care. Consider family or friends willing to take in you and your pets in an emergency. Other options may include: a hotel or motel that takes pets or a boarding facility, such as a kennel or veterinary hosp ital that is near an evacuation facility or your family 's meeting place. Find out before an emergency happens if any of these facilities in your area might be viable options for you and your pets.

Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Talk with your pet care buddy about your evacuation plans and show them where you keep your pet's emergency supply kit. Also designate specific locations , one in your immediate neighborhood and another farther away, where you will meet in an emergency.

Talk to your pet's veterinarian about emergency planning. Discuss the types of things that you should include in your pet's emergency first aid kit. Get the names of vets or veterinary hospitals in other cities where you might need to seek temporary shelter. You should _---","!A also consider talking with your veterinarian about permanent identification such as microchipping, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database. If your pet is microchipped, keeping your emergency contact information up to date and listed with a reliable recovery database is essential to your being reunited with your pet.

Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment. Make a list of contact information and addresses of area animal control agencies including the Humane Society or SPCA, and emergency veterinary hospitals. Keep one copy of these phone numbers with you and one in your pet's emergency supply kit. Obtain "Pets Inside" stickers and place them on you r doors or windows, including information on the number and types of pets in your home to alert firefighters and rescue workers. Consider putting a phone number on the sticker where you could be reached in an emergency. And , if time permits , remember to write the words "Evacuated with Pets" across the stickers, should you flee with your pets.

3. Stay Informed Know About Types of Emergencies

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an emergency supply kit for yourself, your family and your pets , is the same regardless of the type of emergency. However, it's important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your region as well as emergency plans that have been established by your state and local government. For more information about how to prepare , visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY. Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected. Those who take the time to prepare themselves and their pets will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry. Take the time now to get yourself and your pet ready.

The New School Year & Fire Safety

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Fire Safety and Prevention Teacher and Parent Resources

Fire Prevention Week was established to remember the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which began on October 8. Use these worksheets, activities, and lessons to teach your students/child(ren) about fire safety and prevention. Prepare your students/child(ren) for emergency situations with worksheets and literature on fire readiness. October is Fire Prevention Month, but any time of the year is appropriate to enjoy these resources.

Please visit: https://www.teachervision.com/emergency/teacher-resources/47554.html

1. Go to a firefighter in an emergency. Young children may be scared the first time they see a firefighter in full gear. Explain to children

  • What firefighters wear and why.
  • How a firefighter can help if there is a fire.

Contact your local fire station to arrange a tour. The children can learn about equipment and become familiar with what firefighters look like and what they do. Or invite firefighters to your classroom so they can put on their gear in front of the children, explain their jobs, and answer children’s questions.

2. Crawl low under smoke.

  • Tell children that some fires make lots of smoke, which is dangerous to breathe.
  • Show them the safe way to respond when a room fills with smoke: get down on your hands and knees, keep your head up, and crawl outside.
  • Ask children to practice with you.  Lead them in crawling across the room with their heads up. Repeat frequently to help children remember this important safety strategy.

3. Stop, drop, and roll. When children’s clothes catch fire, their first reaction may be to run. This can make the fire spread faster. Show children the safest way to respond:  

  • Stop, cover your face, get down on the ground, and roll from side to side until you smother the fire.
  • Ask children to practice with you a few times and then split them into pairs. Children can take turns demonstrating to their partners. Repeat frequently to help children learn to stop, drop, and roll automatically.

4. Tell a grown-up. Emphasize to children that matches and lighters are tools that only adults use.

  • Tell children that they should not play with or even touch these materials.
  • Explain that if they find a match or lighter, they should tell a grown-up immediately.
  • Role-play with children in small groups about what to do when they find these types of materials.

Visit www.playsafebesafe.com to learn about the play safe! be safe!program workshops, access free activities for children, and order a low-cost multimedia kit that includes a teacher manual and a DVD with fire-safety lessons.

Mold Services

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About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Farmington specializes in mold cleanup an 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 re-mediate your mold problem quickly and safely. 

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to removed 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 fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores re 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 many 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%.

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 - 573-756-5191

Mold in Your Duct System

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Sweeping Away years of Dust and Dirt- Reducing Potential for Damage and Health Risks

Since the ventilation systems is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

The SERVPRO Proven Duct Cleaning System is Cost Efficient 

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling though the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

Give Your Wallet A Break! Call Today to Set Up an Appointment - 573-756-5191

Do's and Don'ts: Fires

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Most people think that they can clean up the mess after a fire occurs. In fact cleaning yourself without the proper tools can actually make matter worse. SERVPRO of Farmington has all the tools to help you get your home or business "Like it never even happened." Down below are the do's and don't's after a fire. Following these do's and don't's will help restore your valuables as best as possible

What to Do After a Fire

    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
    • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
    • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
    • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
    • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
    • Change HVAC filter.
    • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. 

What NOT To Do After a Fire

    • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
    • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
    • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. Our crews at SERVPRO of Farmington have the right knowledge and equipment to clean all of your valuables the right way with out causing damage.

Our Fire Services

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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 many 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 Farmington 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 soot 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- 573-756-5191

Mold? Call us!

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Mold can occur anywhere in your Farmington or surrounding area home but mainly is concentrated to areas where moisture is present. These moisture areas are common to the bathroom and basements. Mold should be removed if found as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Farmington will search for traces of mold that are not visible.

One of the first places mold can collect and you may not think to check is under the refrigerator. Under the fridge tends to collect moisture and dirt which can cause a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

Another place is the AC unit. AC units are known to collect debris, dust and moisture from the air, which can lead to mold spores.

Mold can even grow in or around a washing machine or its parts. Moisture and lint can cause a presence of mold spores.

Other area in the house include anywhere moisture and dirt may form such as window corners.

If you think you may have a mold problem call SERVPRO of Farmington.

Commercial Needs? Call us!

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At SERVPRO of Farmington 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 of Farmington we 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.

Our experience with property management companies has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following types of facilities:

  • Multi-Level Commercial Buildings
  • Multi- Tenant Facilities 
  • Shopping Malls
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Hotels
  • Industrial Facilities

The #1 choice in Commercial Cleanup and Restoration!

Storms & SERVPRO

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Watch vs. Warning

A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. A watch is issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center).

A severe thunderstorm warning means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler radar information or a reliable spotter report. A warning is issued by the local National Weather Service office.

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Watch vs. Warning and Storm Basics are provided by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). For more information visit their website: www.noaa.gov

Storm Basics

A thunderstorm is a rain shower which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning.

A thunderstorm is classified as "severe" when it contains one or more of the following:

  • Hail (One inch or greater)
  • Winds in excess of 58 mph
  • Structural wind damage
  • Tornado

Tornado Facts

Tornadoes are arguably nature’s most violent storms. Generated from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes generally appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds extending from the cloud base to the ground. With winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long.

  • The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.  
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 miles per hour, but may vary from stationary to 70 miles per hour.
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Before the Storm

  • To begin preparing, you should 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. n Remember the 30/30 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.

During the Storm

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  •  Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

After the Storm

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately. n Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.
  • If you have storm damage to your home or property, call SERVPRO of Farmington. Timely mitigation is key to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.

SERVPRO of Farmington Services

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Farmington knows immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal.

Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines*, SERVPRO of Farmington strives to:

  • Contact you within 1 hour from notice of loss to arrange for service.
  • Be on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.
  • Provide verbal briefing of scope to you within 8 business hours of on-site arrival.

SERVPRO of Farmington can also perform pack-out services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.

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*Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.

Choose the team in green!

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Reason 1: 24-Hour Emergency Response

Timely mitigation is key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. You and those who depend on your facility will appreciate the rapid response, and the training of SERVPRO of Farmington will help limit damage and get your facility back in operation quickly. You can count on SERVPRO’s nationwide coverage, full line of restoration services, and the 1-4-8 service guidelines to help make you look good.

Reason 2: Communication

You’ll know what’s happening every step of the way. From the first telephone call within the first hour following damage notification, until the job is complete, SERVPRO of Farmington is dedicated to effectively communicating with property owners and managers. You will be aware of job status and the progress toward project completion. Jobs are documented with itemized estimates, digital photographs, signed work authorization forms and regular progress reports. SERVPRO of Farmington, utilizing technology developed for documenting insurance claims, electronically collect and store project information which is accessible to you via a secure e-mail link 24-hours a day. Upon project completion, a signed customer satisfaction form is the final piece of information entered into the file.

Reason 3: Reduce Recovery Time

When fire, water or mold damage strikes a commercial facility, it has a negative impact on everyone – the owner, the management team, employees, tenants and even customers. Even small fire or water damages must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage and to lessen business interruption. SERVPRO of Farmington understands the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. By arriving quickly, mitigating damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Farmington will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.

Call us for all your water damage needs!

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help!

Call Today! 573-756-5191

SERVPRO of Farmington is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you area 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 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 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)?

Storm Basics 101

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Watch vs. Warning

A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. A watch is issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center).

A severe thunderstorm warning means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler radar information or a reliable spotter report. A warning is issued by the local National Weather Service office.

_______________________________________

Watch vs. Warning and Storm Basics are provided by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). For more information visit their website: www.noaa.gov

Storm Basics

A thunderstorm is a rain shower which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning.

A thunderstorm is classified as "severe" when it contains one or more of the following:

  • Hail (One inch or greater)
  • Winds in excess of 58 mph
  • Structural wind damage
  • Tornado

Tornado Facts

Tornadoes are arguably nature’s most violent storms. Generated from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes generally appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds extending from the cloud base to the ground. With winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long.

  • The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.  
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 miles per hour, but may vary from stationary to 70 miles per hour.
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Before the Storm

  • To begin preparing, you should 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. n Remember the 30/30 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.

During the Storm

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  •  Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

After the Storm

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately. n Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.
  • If you have storm damage to your home or property, call SERVPRO of Farmington. Timely mitigation is key to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.

SERVPRO of Farmington Services

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Farmington knows immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal.

Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines*, SERVPRO of Farmington strives to:

  • Contact you within 1 hour from notice of loss to arrange for service.
  • Be on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.
  • Provide verbal briefing of scope to you within 8 business hours of on-site arrival.

SERVPRO of Farmington can also perform pack-out services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.

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*Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.

Mold Mold Mold

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

From the Ordinary

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum). Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

To the Unhealthy

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

Help Is Here

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Farmington. A SERVPRO Professional trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. In the event mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed. If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair property. You may wish to consult your adjuster if needed.

Hide 'n Seek: Mold

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can occur anywhere in your Farmington or surrounding area home but mainly is concentrated to areas where moisture is present. These moisture areas are common to the bathroom and basements. Mold should be removed if found as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Farmington will search for traces of mold that are not visible.

One of the first places mold can collect and you may not think to check is under the refrigerator. Under the fridge tends to collect moisture and dirt which can cause a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

Another place is the AC unit. AC units are known to collect debris, dust and moisture from the air, which can lead to mold spores.

Mold can even grow in or around a washing machine or its parts. Moisture and lint can cause a presence of mold spores.

Other area in the house include anywhere moisture and dirt may form such as window corners.

If you think you may have a mold problem call SERVPRO of Farmington.

Reconstruction or Remodeling- We can help!

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmington helps ensure your finished projects always look their best.

Post Construction Cleaning

Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it's time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint, and decorate. SERVPRO of Farmington can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.

Dehumidification and Drying 

During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture.Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issues, rely on SERVPRO of Farmington to provide the help you need eliminating moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth.

Final Cleaning

You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of Farmington provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Services include:

  • Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep and finish
  • Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Debris Removal (if necessary)
  • Window Cleaning

When The Unexpected Happens... Call SERVPRO of Farmington

The last thing you need is a fire damage, water intrusion, or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of one of your projects. SERVPRO of Farmington provides 24- hour emergency mitigation, cleanup, and restoration services to help you get back on schedule quickly.

You Start It... We'll Help You Finish It

Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines - the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. The bottom line, however, is you are responsible for getting the doors open on time.

SERVPRO of Farmington can help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services in a timely manner. These services include:

  • Post-Construction Cleaning
  • Dehumidification and Drying
  • Final Cleaning
  • Fast-Track Drying
  • Emergency Response Restoration and Cleanup Services

Rely on SERVPRO of Farmington to help ensure your post-construction cleanup gets done as quickly as possible.

We make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Flood Water

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Flood Watch

Flooding is possible. Listen to weather radio, commercial radio, or TV for information.

Flash Flood Watch

Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to weather radio, commercial radio, or TV for information.

Flood Warning

Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Flash Flood Warning

A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.

Floods Strike Everywhere!

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. In fact, nearly 25% of last year’s claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities.1 According to the NFIP, houses in the United States have a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage, while businesses face similar risks by flooding.1 On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. The following are a few more little-known flood facts:

  • Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S., making flooding the most deadly natural disaster.
  • More than half of all fatalities during floods are auto related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current.
  • The principle causes of floods in the eastern United States are hurricanes and storms.
  • The principle causes of floods in the western United States are snow melt and rainstorms.

If a flood does strike your home or business, give SERVPRO of Farmington a call. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. SERVPRO of Farmington is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Winter Weather: Coming Soon

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Winter weather will be here before we know it!

Prepare your home!

  • 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. Find 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 accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

Frozen Pipes

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. SERVPRO of Farmington is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Ice Dams

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas. SERVPRO of Farmington can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition.

Puffbacks

A puff back is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, covering an interior in grimy soot, or a puff back can leak soot particles more gradually. Equipped with the training, tools and experience to quickly and efficiently clean and restore your home or business, SERVPRO of Farmington will help make your puff back “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage in Your Business

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Any water damage in your facility is bad.

There’s no such thing as a small disaster. Especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria - or causes mold, rot and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. So before you get out the mop bucket and box fan to try and clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property. SERVPRO of Farmington understands how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your business. For this reason, SERVPRO of Farmington offers 24-hour emergency response and, under normal circumstances, will have a trained, uniformed Franchise Professional on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Farmington can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing and protecting your facility and contents. So, before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call your local water damage cleanup and restoration specialists at 573-756-5191.

Sump Pump: Water Damage

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Basement Sump Pump

If you've explored other ways of keeping your basement dry — examining the grading around your home and repairing any noticeable leaks or broken pipes — and are still having trouble, it might be time to consider a sump pump.

Remember, sump pumps don't prevent water from accumulating, but they can go a long way in controlling water in your basement. Either way, your possessions stay dry, and that's the point.

Many homes have sump pits built right into the basement floor. If this is the case, all you'll need is the pump itself. If your home is not equipped with a sump pit, a drain expert or contractor should be able to tell you if it's possible to retrofit your basement.

Types of sump pumps

There are three types of pumps used in basements or crawl spaces:

  • Pedestal Sump Pump: Also referred to as a "column type" or "upright" sump pump, the pedestal sump pump has an open motor that is supported on top of a column attached to the pump casing. When installed, the motor sits outside the sump and above the basement floor. The motor is not designed to be submerged in water.
  • Submersible Sump Pump: This pump uses a watertight motor designed to be immersed in water, and will typically kick into action when it senses that it's become submerged. The motor is coupled directly to the pump casing and is designed to be completely hidden within the sump.
  • Water-Powered Sump Pump: Water-powered sump pumps are generally much less powerful than pedestal or submersible pumps, but may have some advantage: They run on city water pressure instead of electrical power. However, because they require significant water pressure to function efficiently, they often can't be used if your city water pressure is low or limited, or if your house gets its water from a private well.

A working system

So what does a functioning sump pump system look like? There are usually three key pieces:

  • A Primary Pump
  • An Emergency Backup Pump (Battery- or Water-Powered)
  • An Emergency Backup Pump Alarm

Because homes sometimes lose power during thunderstorms — just when an operational sump pump is critical — many pumping systems employ a backup pump. Emergency battery backup pumps work when the power goes out, when the primary pump does not remove the water fast enough, or if the primary pump fails.

In this setup, primary pumps are powered with electricity, and backup pumps are battery- or water-powered. Using two pumps instead of one makes it unlikely that both pumps will malfunction at the same time. And with the alarm system, you'll be able to tell when the primary pump has failed and the backup pump has to be used.

Is a sump pump right for you?

Installing a new sump pump system — especially if your basement doesn't already have a built-in sump pit - is an extensive, complex job. Make sure you consult with a plumbing expert.

And to find out more about particular pumps for your basement, or to check if a certain pump is certified, consult the Sump & Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association.

Feel free to give the experts a call! Call the #1 trusted cleaning and restoration company in the area! Call SERVPRO of Farmington today! (573) 756-5191

April Showers bring May Flowers

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Watch vs. Warning

A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. A watch is issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center).

A severe thunderstorm warning means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler radar information or a reliable spotter report. A warning is issued by the local National Weather Service office.

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Watch vs. Warning and Storm Basics are provided by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). For more information visit their website: www.noaa.gov

Storm Basics

A thunderstorm is a rain shower which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning.

A thunderstorm is classified as "severe" when it contains one or more of the following:

  • Hail (One inch or greater)
  • Winds in excess of 58 mph
  • Structural wind damage
  • Tornado

Tornado Facts

Tornadoes are arguably nature’s most violent storms. Generated from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes generally appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds extending from the cloud base to the ground. With winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long.

  • The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.  
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 miles per hour, but may vary from stationary to 70 miles per hour.
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Before the Storm

  • To begin preparing, you should 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. n Remember the 30/30 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.

During the Storm

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  •  Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

After the Storm

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately. n Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.
  • If you have storm damage to your home or property, call SERVPRO of Farmington. Timely mitigation is key to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.

SERVPRO of Farmington Services

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Farmington knows immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal.

Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines*, SERVPRO of Farmington strives to:

  • Contact you within 1 hour from notice of loss to arrange for service.
  • Be on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.
  • Provide verbal briefing of scope to you within 8 business hours of on-site arrival.

SERVPRO of Farmington can also perform pack-out services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.

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*Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.

We'll Help You Finish It!

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmington helps ensure your finished projects always look their best.

Post Construction Cleaning

Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it's time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint, and decorate. SERVPRO of Farmington can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.

Dehumidification and Drying 

During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture.Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issues, rely on SERVPRO of Farmington to provide the help you need eliminating moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth.

Final Cleaning

You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of Farmington provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Services include:

  • Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep and finish
  • Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Debris Removal (if necessary)
  • Window Cleaning

When The Unexpected Happens... Call SERVPRO of Farmington

The last thing you need is a fire damage, water intrusion, or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of one of your projects. SERVPRO of Farmington provides 24- hour emergency mitigation, cleanup, and restoration services to help you get back on schedule quickly.

You Start It... We'll Help You Finish It

Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines - the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. The bottom line, however, is you are responsible for getting the doors open on time.

SERVPRO of Farmington can help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services in a timely manner. These services include:

  • Post-Construction Cleaning
  • Dehumidification and Drying
  • Final Cleaning
  • Fast-Track Drying
  • Emergency Response Restoration and Cleanup Services

Rely on SERVPRO of Farmington to help ensure your post-construction cleanup gets done as quickly as possible.

We make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Keep Your Pets Safe!

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

This information was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in consultation with: American Kennel Club, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association, and The Humane Society of the U.S, and SERVPRO.

If you are like millions of animal owners nation wide, your pet is an important member of your household. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as fire or flood, tornado, or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evaluate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.

If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets. 

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends, and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer. Preparing for the unexpected makes sense. Get ready now.

1. Prepare: Get a Pet Emergency Supply Kit

Just as you do with your family's emergency supply kit,think first about the basics for survival, particularly food and water. Consider two kits. In one, put everything you and your pets will need to stay where you are. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you and your pets have to get away. Plus, be sure to review your kits regularly to ensure that their contents, especially foods and medicines, are fresh.

Food. Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container.

Water. Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets in addition to water you need for yourself and your family. Medicines and medical records. Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.

First aid kit. Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet's emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book.

Collar with 10 tag, harness or leash. Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and 10 tag in your pet's emergency supply kit. In addition, place copies of your pet's registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit. You should also consider talking with your veterinarian about permanent identification such as microchipping, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.

Crate or other pet carrier. If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you provided that it is practical to do so. In many cases, your ability to do so will be aided by having a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting your pet. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down. Sanitation. Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet's sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to purify water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches, or those with added cleaners.

A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.

Familiar items. Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.

2. Plan What You Will Do in an Emergency

Be prepared to assess the situation. Use whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and ensure your pet's safety during an emergency. Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and the information you are learning here to determine if there is immediate danger. In any emergency, local authorities mayor may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet for instructions. If you're specifically told to evacuate, shelter-in-place or seek medical treatment, do so immediately.

Create a plan to get away. Plan how you will assemble your pets and anticipate where you will go. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if practical. If you go to a public shelter, keep in mind your animals may not be allowed inside. Secure appropriate lodging in advance depending on the number and type of animals in your care. Consider family or friends willing to take in you and your pets in an emergency. Other options may include: a hotel or motel that takes pets or a boarding facility, such as a kennel or veterinary hosp ital that is near an evacuation facility or your family 's meeting place. Find out before an emergency happens if any of these facilities in your area might be viable options for you and your pets.

Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Talk with your pet care buddy about your evacuation plans and show them where you keep your pet's emergency supply kit. Also designate specific locations , one in your immediate neighborhood and another farther away, where you will meet in an emergency.

Talk to your pet's veterinarian about emergency planning. Discuss the types of things that you should include in your pet's emergency first aid kit. Get the names of vets or veterinary hospitals in other cities where you might need to seek temporary shelter. You should _---","!A also consider talking with your veterinarian about permanent identification such as microchipping, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database. If your pet is microchipped, keeping your emergency contact information up to date and listed with a reliable recovery database is essential to your being reunited with your pet.

Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment. Make a list of contact information and addresses of area animal control agencies including the Humane Society or SPCA, and emergency veterinary hospitals. Keep one copy of these phone numbers with you and one in your pet's emergency supply kit. Obtain "Pets Inside" stickers and place them on you r doors or windows, including information on the number and types of pets in your home to alert firefighters and rescue workers. Consider putting a phone number on the sticker where you could be reached in an emergency. And , if time permits , remember to write the words "Evacuated with Pets" across the stickers, should you flee with your pets.

3. Stay Informed Know About Types of Emergencies

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an emergency supply kit for yourself, your family and your pets , is the same regardless of the type of emergency. However, it's important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your region as well as emergency plans that have been established by your state and local government. For more information about how to prepare , visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY. Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected. Those who take the time to prepare themselves and their pets will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry. Take the time now to get yourself and your pet ready.

Make a Emergency Plan for Your Business

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

50% of businesses may never recover after suffering a disaster.

Don't be another statistic.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are you ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile Advantage

A no cost assessment of your facility.

– This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

– It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

– This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

Establishes SERVPRO® of Farmington as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

– You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.

Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

– This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

– Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Choose SERVPRO of Farmington to Protect Your Home

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mike, our technician, extracting water from a basement family room.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. If you have questions or need help to ensure your property, contact SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191. 

You have so much invested in your home! Choose SERVPRO of Farmington to protect your most valuable asset!

Your home is a reflection of you and makes an impression on all those who enter it. You invest your time, energy, and hard-earned resources to maintain, protect and increase the value of your home. When you need work done on your home, you should expect the very best service at a fair price. That's where SERVPRO of Farmington shines.

Pink Ribbon Day!

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmington group photo.

We went from “Team Green” to “Team Pink” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are dedicating this picture to all those who’ve lost the fight and to those who won’t quit the fight. Together, we’re TOUGHER than cancer. #SERVPROforthecure

Mapping Out Your Escape Plan: Multi- Family Dwelling

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you'll have just two minutes to escape? That's why it's important to have working smoke alarms in your home, develop an escape plan and practice that plan. Practice your plan until everyone in the household can evacuate in less than two minutes. Test smoke alarms every month and replace the batteries as needed. Consider placing escape ladders in rooms on upper floors. Identify two exits from every room. Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including inside and outside each bedroom and in the basement.

Tips for creating and practicing your escape plan:

  • Everyone in your household should know two ways to escape from each room in your home.
  • Decide where to meet once you get outside.
  • If a fire starts, you may have just two minutes to get to safety. So time your fire drills and find out: what’s your escape time?
  • Smoke is dangerous. Practice low crawling.
  • Teach household members what to do if their clothes catch fire: stop, drop and roll.

Teaching Children About Fire Safety

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Fire Safety and Prevention Teacher and Parent Resources

Fire Prevention Week was established to remember the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which began on October 8. Use these worksheets, activities, and lessons to teach your students/child(ren) about fire safety and prevention. Prepare your students/child(ren) for emergency situations with worksheets and literature on fire readiness. October is Fire Prevention Month, but any time of the year is appropriate to enjoy these resources.

Please visit: https://www.teachervision.com/emergency/teacher-resources/47554.html

1. Go to a firefighter in an emergency. Young children may be scared the first time they see a firefighter in full gear. Explain to children

  • What firefighters wear and why.
  • How a firefighter can help if there is a fire.

Contact your local fire station to arrange a tour. The children can learn about equipment and become familiar with what firefighters look like and what they do. Or invite firefighters to your classroom so they can put on their gear in front of the children, explain their jobs, and answer children’s questions.

2. Crawl low under smoke.

  • Tell children that some fires make lots of smoke, which is dangerous to breathe.
  • Show them the safe way to respond when a room fills with smoke: get down on your hands and knees, keep your head up, and crawl outside.
  • Ask children to practice with you.  Lead them in crawling across the room with their heads up. Repeat frequently to help children remember this important safety strategy.

3. Stop, drop, and roll. When children’s clothes catch fire, their first reaction may be to run. This can make the fire spread faster. Show children the safest way to respond:  

  • Stop, cover your face, get down on the ground, and roll from side to side until you smother the fire.
  • Ask children to practice with you a few times and then split them into pairs. Children can take turns demonstrating to their partners. Repeat frequently to help children learn to stop, drop, and roll automatically.

4. Tell a grown-up. Emphasize to children that matches and lighters are tools that only adults use.

  • Tell children that they should not play with or even touch these materials.
  • Explain that if they find a match or lighter, they should tell a grown-up immediately.
  • Role-play with children in small groups about what to do when they find these types of materials.

Visit www.playsafebesafe.com to learn about the play safe! be safe!program workshops, access free activities for children, and order a low-cost multimedia kit that includes a teacher manual and a DVD with fire-safety lessons.

SERVPRO Services Water Damage

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We Answer the Phone Ready to Help!

Call Today! 573-756-5191

SERVPRO of Farmington is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you area 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 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 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)?

SERVPRO of Farmington & Fire Damage

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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 many 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 Farmington 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 soot 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- 573-756-5191

Mold- Oh no!

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About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Farmington specializes in mold cleanup an 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 re-mediate your mold problem quickly and safely. 

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to removed 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 fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores re 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 many 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%.

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 - 573-756-5191

Do you have mold in your duct work?

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Sweeping Away years of Dust and Dirt- Reducing Potential for Damage and Health Risks

Since the ventilation systems is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

The SERVPRO Proven Duct Cleaning System is Cost Efficient 

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling though the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

Give Your Wallet A Break! Call Today to Set Up an Appointment - 573-756-5191

Commercial Cleaning Services

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Call us today for all your commercial cleaning needs! 573-756-5191

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call SERVPRO of Farmington. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Farmington professionals to make your workspace look its very best. SERVPRO of Farmington will get the job done right and get it done quickly, because the SERVPRO® Advantage includes these benefits:

  • Award-Winning Training
  • Nearly 50 Years of Experience
  • Exclusive Cleaning Products

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Farmington offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. They have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Their cleaning services include the following:

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

Attention Property Managers!

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Call us today for all your commercial cleanup and restoration needs. 573-756-5191.

At SERVPRO of Farmington 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 of Farmington we 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.

Our experience with property management companies has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following types of facilities:

  • Multi-Level Commercial Buildings
  • Multi- Tenant Facilities 
  • Shopping Malls
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Hotels
  • Industrial Facilities

The #1 choice in Commercial Cleanup and Restoration!

Tips For Working With Your Insurance

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Call us today! 573-756-5191

Regular life is stressful enough, but if you are surprised with flooding or other water damage in your home, everyone in the household will be stressed. Whether flood damage leaves carpeting soaked and soggy or you have come back to a disaster after evacuation, severe weather and damaged pipes will cause significant worry about how to start putting back together your daily life.

However, you can prepare for these unknowns by knowing what to expect and create a plan in case of emergency. To assist you, SERVPRO of Farmington has put together this mini-guide to help you understand the flood insurance claim process.

The first thing you will want to do is call your insurance provider. Although the U.S. government funds the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), local home and rental insurance companies are the exclusive sellers of Flood Damage Insurance. While you will be working directly with an insurance agent, SERVPRO can also serve as a liaison, helping you to navigate through the claims process.

After your initial call to your insurance company, contact your Farmington SERVPRO at 573-756-5191. We are available every day, all day, to handle your emergencies. Even if you are not able to reach your insurance agent immediately, SERVPRO will take your call and begin to work with you on first response remediation solutions. Have questions about what to do first or what items can be restored? SERVPRO is here to answer those questions and more! Our compassionate team understands your distress and will guide you through the storm damage restoration process.

Now you can begin your water damage restoration. We pride ourselves on having the fastest response time to storm damage in your area. We will arrive at your home prepared to conduct an inspection and moisture readings, create a scope of the damage and provide an estimate for you and your insurance provider. Our team will arrive prepared and ready to start immediately. We can store and access your information easily and quickly.

Our SERVPRO team members are the premier flood and water damage restoration experts in Farmington and surrounding areas. We are also the preferred remediation team for home insurance providers, and the most trusted helper for storm disasters. Storm damage restoration and navigating flood insurance claims can feel stressful, but we are here to assist you with every stage of the recovery process.

For emergencies and other situations, call 573-756-5191 anytime to reach your area flood damage experts, SERVPRO of Farmington. We help residential and commercial property owners when natural disasters, water damage, sewer backups, floods, mold infestations, fires and other events happen.

Storm Damage- Like it never even happened.

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Call us today for all your storm damage needs! 573-756-5191

When mother nature is at her absolute worst, SERVPRO of Farmington is at its best! Immediate response, expert assessment and specialized equipment are paramount in the aftermath of a severe storm or wind damage. As with any of our core services, SERVPRO of Farmington takes extra special care in salvaging and restoring  any property that may have been affected.

Severe weather never sleeps and neither do we! SERVPRO of Farmington is always a mere phone call away when disaster strikes. Our Storm Response Team travels nationally to any area devastated by natural disaster. Give us a call at 573-756-5191 or check out our other storm blogs! Our crews will make it "Like it never even happened."

Do you have storm damage? Call us today at 573-756-5191.

Fire Tips

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Call us today for all your fire redmediation needs! 573-756-5191

Most people think that they can clean up the mess after a fire occurs. In fact cleaning yourself without the proper tools can actually make matter worse. SERVPRO of Farmington has all the tools to help you get your home or business "Like it never even happened." Down below are the do's and don't's after a fire. Following these do's and don't's will help restore your valuables as best as possible

What to Do After a Fire

    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
    • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
    • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
    • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
    • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
    • Change HVAC filter.
    • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. 

What NOT To Do After a Fire

    • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
    • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
    • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. Our crews at SERVPRO of Farmington have the right knowledge and equipment to clean all of your valuables the right way with out causing damage.

Are you spreading mold?

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Call us today for all your mold remediation needs! 573-756-5191.

If you see visible mold in your Farmington or surrounding home, or business, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can then 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 Farmington 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 Service- SERVPRO of Farmington 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. Our crews will make your home or business "Like it never even happened." Give us a call at 573-756-5191.

Is Mold Hiding From You?

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Call us today for all your mold remediation needs! 573-756-5191.

Mold can occur anywhere in your Farmington or surrounding area home but mainly is concentrated to areas where moisture is present. These moisture areas are common to the bathroom and basements. Mold should be removed if found as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Farmington will search for traces of mold that are not visible.

One of the first places mold can collect and you may not think to check is under the refrigerator. Under the fridge tends to collect moisture and dirt which can cause a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

Another place is the AC unit. AC units are known to collect debris, dust and moisture from the air, which can lead to mold spores.

Mold can even grow in or around a washing machine or its parts. Moisture and lint can cause a presence of mold spores.

Other area in the house include anywhere moisture and dirt may form such as window corners.

If you think you may have a mold problem call SERVPRO of Farmington.

A Once in a Lifetime Event: Solar Eclipse

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Call us for all of your fire restoration needs! 573-756-5191

On August 21, 2017, our region will experience a total solar eclipse. This type of eclipse is when the sun, moon, and earth align so that the moon casts a shadow on the earth. We are in its direct path and will have a prime viewing opportunity.

The Great Ball of Fire

According to NinePlanets.org, the temperature of the sun’s surface is about 5800 Kelvin—or 9980 degrees Fahrenheit. That is roughly nine times hotter than the average house fire, which burns at 1100 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Institute of Fire and Safety Training. A lot of damage can occur at that temperature.

Here to Help

SERVPRO of Farmington is your local professional fire restoration team. When the fire trucks are gone and you find yourself stressed and confused, know that SERVPRO® is here to help. More so than even help cleaning up the fire damage, you need someone who cares for your needs during this time of crisis.  We provide 24-hour emergency service so that we are there when you need us the most.

We primarily serve St. Francois County, Iron County, Madison County, Ste. Genevieve County, and Washington County, but are willing to help wherever we get called.

When the 2017 Solar Eclipse makes its way through town, remember the power of the sun, and that a fraction of that heat is all it takes to damage a home. When fire restoration is needed, call SERVPRO of Farmington and we will help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage 101

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Call us today for all your water damage needs. 573-756-5191

Water Damage Restoration Explained

The single most enduring destructive factor in the indoor environment is water. The quality of the structures and other personal properties is affected by excess water in home or flooding. The condition becomes worse when the water cleanup services are not offered on time. Flood damage can be addressed by putting up an efficient water mitigation process on time. Water cleanup and restoration processes have been found to produce amazing results irrespective of the severity of the damage. Most water damage restoration companies use proven methods. When you experience water in home or business, here are the basic steps that should be followed in water damage restoration.

Assessment of the damage

After allowing a company to start mitigation and restoration of water in home or business, the first thing to do is the assessment of the damage. A professional water damage technician is the one who should carry out the evaluation of the flood damage. The technician determines the necessary steps that should be taken. The steps depend on the amount of water in business or home, and the affected things. Restoration begins only after this stage.

Identification of the source of water

The next step is establishing where the water is coming from. Water come from a leaking roof, leaking pipes, crawl spaces, household appliances, air conditioners, overflowing sinks, and basements among others. The magnitude of water and flood damage depends on several factors among them the source of water. For instance, torrential rainfall may bring a lot of water in a house and cause significant damages in a home. If the source of water is a pipe, it should be blocked or shut off. If it is an appliance, it can be turned off and the water drained. If the water is coming from floods, the window or door allowing it should be closed or sealed. This is done to ensure the problem does not recur.

Removal of water

After ensuring that no other water is entering into a building, the next mitigation process is water removal. The necessary tools should be used in this process. Some of the tools used for water cleanup are pumps, fans, and vacuums. Remove the visible water in business or homes. The next step is removing invincible water in the fabrics and hidden places. Water cleanup is critical in controlling the spread of moisture. The carpets and ceiling may be removed if they are wet. There are specialized tools used to minimize damage. Reputable companies should have these tools.

Drying

After the removal of water in business or home, drying follows. This process involves the use of specialized tools such as air movers and dehumidifiers. Heaters are used to produce dry air and enhance the circulation of air in the building and evaporation of water from wet objects. Drying takes between 3 to 5 days. This stage is critical in preventing the growth of mold in the building in the future.

Reexamination

Technicians carry out another inspection to ensure that any source of water or a pocket of moisture is under control. This stage is critical in preventing the occurrence of any water related damage in the future.

Reconstruction

After the mitigation and drying, the replacement and repair of damaged building materials should follow. This process is done with the aim of restoring the building to its initial condition before the flood damage.

It is important to note that the time taken to remove water in home or business and drying time depends on the extent of the damage and time taken to reach the drying standard required. You should contact a water damage restoration company to remove water in business or house as soon as you notice flooding. And that's where we come in!

Call us today! 573-756-5191

Handling a Water Damage

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Call us for all your water damage restoration needs. 573-756-5191.

How to Handle a Water Damage Incident

Flood damage or water damage from other sources is serious business. Water in a business or water in a home that is left standing can not only cause decay and leave foul smelling odors and mold, but it can even leave the property structurally unsound, potentially causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.

Luckily, there are professionals who are expert in water damage restoration and who can almost always effectively combat water damage, restoring the property to its former condition, 100 percent. However, it's important the people know that this is a job that entails doing some difficult work with highly sophisticated equipment in a set order. People without the equipment, experience or extensive knowledge necessary who attempt mitigation of water damage and restoration of the property on their own often end up with disastrous consequences, including the total loss of the property.

The five step flood damage restoration process:


Water in the home or water in the business can very quickly lead to irreversible damage, including structural compromise that can require tearing down and rebuilding entire sections of the structure. But with a professional restoration and mitigation firm, there is an established, five-step process that can ensure an almost guaranteed complete restoration of the property, in all but the most extreme natural disasters.

Emergency call, inspection and damage assessment


The first step is to seek help. Most professional restoration firms have 24/7, on call staff who can immediately dispatch a team to the site of the flood damage. Using sophisticated equipment, including infrared detectors and hygrometers, specialists can assess the extent to which the water has seeped into areas beyond view, immediately ordering in specialized equipment, such as industrial floor drying equipment, that can begin drying any affected areas of the flooring or structural components of the home or business.

Water extraction


The first task with water in the home or water in the business will be to completely remove any standing water from the floor or basement. This can be accomplished with amazing speed, using industrial vacuum equipment and submersible pumps. Again, attempting to remove standing water should never be undertaken by non-professionals. There are serious hazards in doing so and the equipment is likely to be insufficient and subject to failure.

Drying and dehumidifying


Once the standing water in the home or water in the business has been removed, the water cleanup process can move forward. The next step is drying. While it may sound simple, it's far from it. Different materials dry at vastly different rates. Some out-of-sight structural components may absorb water and retain it for months or years. This water must be removed. Failure to do so will certainly result in rotting and structural compromise. Professional firms have both high-power, specialized drying equipment as well as cutting-edge capabilities to dehumidify large spaces, dropping the humidity to almost zero.

The water cleanup company will also remove all furniture, books, artwork and other valuable items that may need to be dried or could be vulnerable to standing water. Drying is one of the most important parts of the water cleanup and damage mitigation process.

Cleaning and sanitizing


When flood damage occurs, part of the water cleanup process is categorizing the water. The damage mitigation team will either classify the water as clean, grey or black. Clean water may not involve much in the way of cleaning. However, grey and black water will involve extensive cleaning of movable items as well as fixed surfaces. The team will also sanitize the entire affected site, ensuring that no harmful organisms are allowed to fester.


Finally, the damage control team will touch up the affected area, restoring it and everything it contains back to exactly as it was before the flood event. In all but the most extreme cases, the property will be completely restored to its previous condition, with a prompt call to a competent water damage company. Call us today 573-756-5191.

When the flood waters rise, so do we!

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This was a customer's basement when the heavy rain happened on 4/30/17. The heavy rains cause heavy flooding throughout our servicing counties.

Flood Watch

Flooding is possible. Listen to weather radio, commercial radio, or TV for information.

Flash Flood Watch

Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to weather radio, commercial radio, or TV for information.

Flood Warning

Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Flash Flood Warning

A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.

Floods Strike Everywhere!

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. In fact, nearly 25% of last year’s claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities.1 According to the NFIP, houses in the United States have a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage, while businesses face similar risks by flooding.1 On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. The following are a few more little-known flood facts:

  • Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S., making flooding the most deadly natural disaster.
  • More than half of all fatalities during floods are auto related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current.
  • The principle causes of floods in the eastern United States are hurricanes and storms.
  • The principle causes of floods in the western United States are snow melt and rainstorms.

If a flood does strike your home or business, give SERVPRO of Farmington a call. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. SERVPRO of Farmington is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it “Like it never even happened.”

When winter weather strikes, we strike back!

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Call us today for all your winter weather needs! 573-756-5191

Winter weather will be here before we know it!

Prepare your home!

  • 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. Find 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 accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

Frozen Pipes

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. SERVPRO of Farmington is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Ice Dams

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas. SERVPRO of Farmington can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition.

Puffbacks

A puff back is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, covering an interior in grimy soot, or a puff back can leak soot particles more gradually. Equipped with the training, tools and experience to quickly and efficiently clean and restore your home or business, SERVPRO of Farmington will help make your puff back “Like it never even happened.”

It's The Water You Don't See

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This business had no idea that water was seeping into their document storage.

Any water damage in your facility is bad.

There’s no such thing as a small disaster. Especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria - or causes mold, rot and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. So before you get out the mop bucket and box fan to try and clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property. SERVPRO of Farmington understands how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your business. For this reason, SERVPRO of Farmington offers 24-hour emergency response and, under normal circumstances, will have a trained, uniformed Franchise Professional on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Farmington can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing and protecting your facility and contents. So, before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call your local water damage cleanup and restoration specialists at 573-756-5191.

Reasons to Choose SERVPRO of Farmington for Your Commercial Property

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This water damage was at a business in Park Hills, MO.

Reason 1: 24-Hour Emergency Response

Timely mitigation is key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. You and those who depend on your facility will appreciate the rapid response, and the training of SERVPRO of Farmington will help limit damage and get your facility back in operation quickly. You can count on SERVPRO’s nationwide coverage, full line of restoration services, and the 1-4-8 service guidelines to help make you look good.

Reason 2: Communication

You’ll know what’s happening every step of the way. From the first telephone call within the first hour following damage notification, until the job is complete, SERVPRO of Farmington is dedicated to effectively communicating with property owners and managers. You will be aware of job status and the progress toward project completion. Jobs are documented with itemized estimates, digital photographs, signed work authorization forms and regular progress reports. SERVPRO of Farmington, utilizing technology developed for documenting insurance claims, electronically collect and store project information which is accessible to you via a secure e-mail link 24-hours a day. Upon project completion, a signed customer satisfaction form is the final piece of information entered into the file.

Reason 3: Reduce Recovery Time

When fire, water or mold damage strikes a commercial facility, it has a negative impact on everyone – the owner, the management team, employees, tenants and even customers. Even small fire or water damages must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage and to lessen business interruption. SERVPRO of Farmington understands the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. By arriving quickly, mitigating damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Farmington will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.

Water Intrusion in One Room Can Mean Water Damage is Other Rooms

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

This was a water damage located in Desloge, MO. A leak in the bathroom cause severe damage throughout the finished basement.

What you see-

It starts out as innocent bath time playfulness, an accidental spill or small leak. Suddenly, water is on the floor, moving towards walls, crevices, and other access points to reach the lowest level of your home. You may feel panic, shock or devastation. You reach for the towels, wet vac, mops and fans to clean up the water. The surface water is now dry and the problem is solved. Or, is it? What happened to the water that traveled into the floor, subfloors and walls? Was all the moisture caused by the incident removed? Water intrusion in a home can linger leaving subtle, yet lasting effects if not completely removed from the structure. Homeowners can remove standing water with appropriate precautions to help prevent further damage. But, how do you remove water and moisture in flooring and walls? You are not alone. SERVPRO of Farmington is trained in the cleanup and care of your home following a water intrusion. Whether the intrusion occurred from a small incident or a major water event, removing excess moisture can prevent more serious damage such as microbial growth. So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the water yourself, call the cleanup and restoration professionals at 573-756-5191.

What you don't see-

Removing surface water can help prevent more extensive damage. However, water intrusions invade floors, ceilings and walls to find the lowest point in your home. Standing water from an overflowing bathtub or other water incident will search for pin hole crevices and cracks in your floors and walls looking for a way to travel downward. Surfaces such as wood, drywall and carpet pull water away from plain sight and into the interiors of your home. Should a water incident occur in your home, remove excess water with mopping or blotting, remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying and place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs. These tips may prevent further damage to your home and belongings. 

When the storm rolls out, we roll in!

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmington is ready to help!

Although Missouri doesn't have hurricanes, SERVPRO of Farmington has assisted SERVPRO franchises on the East Coast to help with hurricane aftermath. 

Storm Response

When the storm is a major event, you need more comprehensive restoration support. SERVPRO is “Ready for whatever happens.”

Time is Money

As the leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO® knows fast mitigation is the key to limiting business interruption. With an unmatched national footprint of over 1,500 Franchises nationwide, SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce the future damage water can cause. We have the right equipment, procedures and training to help ensure the structure is dry the first time, saving you time and money.

Storm Teams

SERVPRO has mobilization teams across the country to travel as needed to support large storm events. Need 1,000 crews for a month? Only SERVPRO can make it happen!

Mold: Don't let it grow!

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold found behind stove in Desloge, MO.

From the Ordinary

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum). Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

To the Unhealthy

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

Help Is Here

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Farmington. A SERVPRO Professional trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. In the event mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed. If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair property. You may wish to consult your adjuster if needed.

Your Home and Indoor Air Quality

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Control Moisture and Reduce Mold 

Act Within the First 24 to 48 Hours

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water.
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used.
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials. 

Proper Maintenance Saves Money

Estimates made by the World Health Organization say that poor indoor air quality costs $60 billion in employee sick leave and lost production. Part of your responsibility to the tenants, workers and students who work and play in your buildings includes proper maintenance and prompt response to any situation that could cause illness or health concerns. A SERVPRO of Farmington is available when it matters.

The SERVPRO Difference

  • Reduce potential for mold growth.
  • Remediate bacteria, fungi and mold.
  • Restore peak energy efficiency.
  • Eliminate offensive odors. 

Improve the Air Quality of Your Business Today! Call us 573-756-5191.

Sump Pumps 101

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

If you've explored other ways of keeping your basement dry — examining the grading around your home and repairing any noticeable leaks or broken pipes — and are still having trouble, it might be time to consider a sump pump.

Remember, sump pumps don't prevent water from accumulating, but they can go a long way in controlling water in your basement. Either way, your possessions stay dry, and that's the point.

Many homes have sump pits built right into the basement floor. If this is the case, all you'll need is the pump itself. If your home is not equipped with a sump pit, a drain expert or contractor should be able to tell you if it's possible to retrofit your basement.

Types of sump pumps

There are three types of pumps used in basements or crawl spaces:

  • Pedestal Sump Pump: Also referred to as a "column type" or "upright" sump pump, the pedestal sump pump has an open motor that is supported on top of a column attached to the pump casing. When installed, the motor sits outside the sump and above the basement floor. The motor is not designed to be submerged in water.
  • Submersible Sump Pump: This pump uses a watertight motor designed to be immersed in water, and will typically kick into action when it senses that it's become submerged. The motor is coupled directly to the pump casing and is designed to be completely hidden within the sump.
  • Water-Powered Sump Pump: Water-powered sump pumps are generally much less powerful than pedestal or submersible pumps, but may have some advantage: They run on city water pressure instead of electrical power. However, because they require significant water pressure to function efficiently, they often can't be used if your city water pressure is low or limited, or if your house gets its water from a private well.

A working system

So what does a functioning sump pump system look like? There are usually three key pieces:

  • A Primary Pump
  • An Emergency Backup Pump (Battery- or Water-Powered)
  • An Emergency Backup Pump Alarm

Because homes sometimes lose power during thunderstorms — just when an operational sump pump is critical — many pumping systems employ a backup pump. Emergency battery backup pumps work when the power goes out, when the primary pump does not remove the water fast enough, or if the primary pump fails.

In this setup, primary pumps are powered with electricity, and backup pumps are battery- or water-powered. Using two pumps instead of one makes it unlikely that both pumps will malfunction at the same time. And with the alarm system, you'll be able to tell when the primary pump has failed and the backup pump has to be used.

Is a sump pump right for you?

Installing a new sump pump system — especially if your basement doesn't already have a built-in sump pit - is an extensive, complex job. Make sure you consult with a plumbing expert.

And to find out more about particular pumps for your basement, or to check if a certain pump is certified, consult the Sump & Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association.

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A Clean Home Sells Faster!

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Before and after mold remediation in Ste. Gen., MO. We make it look like it never even happened.

In today's real estate marketplace, you have have an edge with a reputation for having quality listings. You also want the ability to move a sale through quickly to get your commission. Presentation is everything.

SERVPRO of Farmington will inspect a property- including crawl spaces- to help determine the extent of water or mold damage and remove potentially harmful bacteria and odors.

So before you risk your buyer's health or the opportunity to close the sale of the property, call your local cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Farmington.

Real value is packaged in green.

Call us today at 573-756-5191 or email us at office@SERVPRO9766.com

 

When the severe storm rolls out..we roll in!

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Watch vs. Warning

A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. A watch is issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center).

A severe thunderstorm warning means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler radar information or a reliable spotter report. A warning is issued by the local National Weather Service office.

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Watch vs. Warning and Storm Basics are provided by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). For more information visit their website: www.noaa.gov

Storm Basics

A thunderstorm is a rain shower which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning.

A thunderstorm is classified as "severe" when it contains one or more of the following:

  • Hail (One inch or greater)
  • Winds in excess of 58 mph
  • Structural wind damage
  • Tornado

Tornado Facts

Tornadoes are arguably nature’s most violent storms. Generated from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes generally appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds extending from the cloud base to the ground. With winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long.

  • The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.  
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 miles per hour, but may vary from stationary to 70 miles per hour.
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Before the Storm

  • To begin preparing, you should 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. n Remember the 30/30 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.

During the Storm

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  •  Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

After the Storm

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately. n Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.
  • If you have storm damage to your home or property, call SERVPRO of Farmington. Timely mitigation is key to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.

SERVPRO of Farmington Services

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Farmington knows immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal.

Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines*, SERVPRO of Farmington strives to:

  • Contact you within 1 hour from notice of loss to arrange for service.
  • Be on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.
  • Provide verbal briefing of scope to you within 8 business hours of on-site arrival.

SERVPRO of Farmington can also perform pack-out services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.

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*Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmington onsite a Piramal Glass in Park Hills, MO. Piramal Glass suffered a fire in the "Hot End" of the glass factory.

50% of businesses may never recover after suffering a disaster.


Don't be another statistic.


By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.


Are you ready?


Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.


The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile Advantage


A no cost assessment of your facility.


– This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.


A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.


– It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.


A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.


– This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.


Establishes SERVPRO® of Farmington as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.


– You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.


Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.


– This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.


Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.


– Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies Makes Sense. Get Ready Now!

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Millie (dog) and Dennis (cat) laying in bed at their home. Prepare for the unexpected to keep your pets safe.

This information was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in consultation with: American Kennel Club, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association, and The Humane Society of the U.S, and SERVPRO.

If you are like millions of animal owners nation wide, your pet is an important member of your household. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as fire or flood, tornado, or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evaluate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.

If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets. 

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends, and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer. Preparing for the unexpected makes sense. Get ready now.

1. Prepare: Get a Pet Emergency Supply Kit

Just as you do with your family's emergency supply kit,think first about the basics for survival, particularly food and water. Consider two kits. In one, put everything you and your pets will need to stay where you are. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you and your pets have to get away. Plus, be sure to review your kits regularly to ensure that their contents, especially foods and medicines, are fresh.

Food. Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container.

Water. Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets in addition to water you need for yourself and your family. Medicines and medical records. Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.

First aid kit. Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet's emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book.

Collar with 10 tag, harness or leash. Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and 10 tag in your pet's emergency supply kit. In addition, place copies of your pet's registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit. You should also consider talking with your veterinarian about permanent identification such as microchipping, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.

Crate or other pet carrier. If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you provided that it is practical to do so. In many cases, your ability to do so will be aided by having a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting your pet. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down. Sanitation. Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet's sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to purify water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches, or those with added cleaners.

A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.

Familiar items. Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.

2. Plan What You Will Do in an Emergency

Be prepared to assess the situation. Use whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and ensure your pet's safety during an emergency. Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and the information you are learning here to determine if there is immediate danger. In any emergency, local authorities mayor may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet for instructions. If you're specifically told to evacuate, shelter-in-place or seek medical treatment, do so immediately.

Create a plan to get away. Plan how you will assemble your pets and anticipate where you will go. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if practical. If you go to a public shelter, keep in mind your animals may not be allowed inside. Secure appropriate lodging in advance depending on the number and type of animals in your care. Consider family or friends willing to take in you and your pets in an emergency. Other options may include: a hotel or motel that takes pets or a boarding facility, such as a kennel or veterinary hosp ital that is near an evacuation facility or your family 's meeting place. Find out before an emergency happens if any of these facilities in your area might be viable options for you and your pets.

Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Talk with your pet care buddy about your evacuation plans and show them where you keep your pet's emergency supply kit. Also designate specific locations , one in your immediate neighborhood and another farther away, where you will meet in an emergency.

Talk to your pet's veterinarian about emergency planning. Discuss the types of things that you should include in your pet's emergency first aid kit. Get the names of vets or veterinary hospitals in other cities where you might need to seek temporary shelter. You should _---","!A also consider talking with your veterinarian about permanent identification such as microchipping, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database. If your pet is microchipped, keeping your emergency contact information up to date and listed with a reliable recovery database is essential to your being reunited with your pet.

Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment. Make a list of contact information and addresses of area animal control agencies including the Humane Society or SPCA, and emergency veterinary hospitals. Keep one copy of these phone numbers with you and one in your pet's emergency supply kit. Obtain "Pets Inside" stickers and place them on you r doors or windows, including information on the number and types of pets in your home to alert firefighters and rescue workers. Consider putting a phone number on the sticker where you could be reached in an emergency. And , if time permits , remember to write the words "Evacuated with Pets" across the stickers, should you flee with your pets.

3. Stay Informed Know About Types of Emergencies

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an emergency supply kit for yourself, your family and your pets , is the same regardless of the type of emergency. However, it's important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your region as well as emergency plans that have been established by your state and local government. For more information about how to prepare , visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY. Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected. Those who take the time to prepare themselves and their pets will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry. Take the time now to get yourself and your pet ready.

Post Construction

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmington helps ensure your finished projects always look their best.


Post Construction Cleaning


Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it's time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint, and decorate. SERVPRO of Farmington can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.


Dehumidification and Drying 


During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture.Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issues, rely on SERVPRO of Farmington to provide the help you need eliminating moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth.


Final Cleaning


You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of Farmington provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Services include:



  • Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep and finish

  • Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning

  • Deodorization

  • Air Duct Cleaning

  • Debris Removal (if necessary)

  • Window Cleaning


When The Unexpected Happens... Call SERVPRO of Farmington


The last thing you need is a fire damage, water intrusion, or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of one of your projects. SERVPRO of Farmington provides 24- hour emergency mitigation, cleanup, and restoration services to help you get back on schedule quickly.


You Start It... We'll Help You Finish It


Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines - the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. The bottom line, however, is you are responsible for getting the doors open on time.


SERVPRO of Farmington can help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services in a timely manner. These services include:



  • Post-Construction Cleaning

  • Dehumidification and Drying

  • Final Cleaning

  • Fast-Track Drying

  • Emergency Response Restoration and Cleanup Services


Rely on SERVPRO of Farmington to help ensure your post-construction cleanup gets done as quickly as possible.


We make it, "Like it never even happened." 

When Water Damages Occur, The Wrong Response Can Cost You Plenty.

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage located in Farmington, MO. This room had standing water that was extracted shortly after this photo was taken.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. If you have questions or need help to ensure your property, contact SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191. 

You have so much invested in your home! Choose SERVPRO of Farmington to protect your most valuable asset!

Your home is a reflection of you and makes an impression on all those who enter it. You invest your time, energy, and hard-earned resources to maintain, protect and increase the value of your home. When you need work done on your home, you should expect the very best service at a fair price. That's where SERVPRO of Farmington shines.

Downtown Farmington: Harvest Night

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Farmington area children were given an early opportunity to dress in costume and collect their Halloween candy on Friday, October 28. SERVPRO of Farmington sponsored one of the many Harvest Night games featuring our well known bounce house. 

Teaching Children About Fire Safety

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

This was a fire loss in Doe Run, MO.

Fire Safety and Prevention Teacher and Parent Resources

Fire Prevention Week was established to remember the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which began on October 8. Use these worksheets, activities, and lessons to teach your students/child(ren) about fire safety and prevention. Prepare your students/child(ren) for emergency situations with worksheets and literature on fire readiness. October is Fire Prevention Month, but any time of the year is appropriate to enjoy these resources.

Please visit: https://www.teachervision.com/emergency/teacher-resources/47554.html

1. Go to a firefighter in an emergency. Young children may be scared the first time they see a firefighter in full gear. Explain to children

  • What firefighters wear and why.
  • How a firefighter can help if there is a fire.

Contact your local fire station to arrange a tour. The children can learn about equipment and become familiar with what firefighters look like and what they do. Or invite firefighters to your classroom so they can put on their gear in front of the children, explain their jobs, and answer children’s questions.

2. Crawl low under smoke.

  • Tell children that some fires make lots of smoke, which is dangerous to breathe.
  • Show them the safe way to respond when a room fills with smoke: get down on your hands and knees, keep your head up, and crawl outside.
  • Ask children to practice with you.  Lead them in crawling across the room with their heads up. Repeat frequently to help children remember this important safety strategy.

3. Stop, drop, and roll. When children’s clothes catch fire, their first reaction may be to run. This can make the fire spread faster. Show children the safest way to respond:  

  • Stop, cover your face, get down on the ground, and roll from side to side until you smother the fire.
  • Ask children to practice with you a few times and then split them into pairs. Children can take turns demonstrating to their partners. Repeat frequently to help children learn to stop, drop, and roll automatically.

4. Tell a grown-up. Emphasize to children that matches and lighters are tools that only adults use.

  • Tell children that they should not play with or even touch these materials.
  • Explain that if they find a match or lighter, they should tell a grown-up immediately.
  • Role-play with children in small groups about what to do when they find these types of materials.

Visit www.playsafebesafe.com to learn about the play safe! be safe!program workshops, access free activities for children, and order a low-cost multimedia kit that includes a teacher manual and a DVD with fire-safety lessons.

Mapping Out Your Escape Plan: Multi- Family Dwelling

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

A fire escape plan example.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you'll have just two minutes to escape? That's why it's important to have working smoke alarms in your home, develop an escape plan and practice that plan. Practice your plan until everyone in the household can evacuate in less than two minutes. Test smoke alarms every month and replace the batteries as needed. Consider placing escape ladders in rooms on upper floors. Identify two exits from every room. Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including inside and outside each bedroom and in the basement.

Tips for creating and practicing your escape plan:

  • Everyone in your household should know two ways to escape from each room in your home.
  • Decide where to meet once you get outside.
  • If a fire starts, you may have just two minutes to get to safety. So time your fire drills and find out: what’s your escape time?
  • Smoke is dangerous. Practice low crawling.
  • Teach household members what to do if their clothes catch fire: stop, drop and roll.

Hooray! It's American Red Cross Fire Prevention Month!

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

Everyone knows "Stop, drop, and roll". But does everyone know how to escape their house in less than 2 minutes? To prevent a home fire in your house, please visit the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org/homefires for home fire prevention information. Don't let a home fire affect your family.   

Attention! Insurance Agents: When They Call You, Call Us!

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

You need quick response!

SERVPRO of Farmington is ready to begin restoration and cleanup, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Closer proximity to you means a quicker response to help limit damage to your insured's property.

SERVPRO utilizes a real-time electronic claims information center to provide you with accurate reporting on the progress of the claim.

Faster to any disaster!

SERVPRO's action team can help you become a hero to your insured during their disaster situation.

We make it look like it never even happened - Call Now 573-756-5191

What Is Lurking In Your Ducts?

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Sweeping Away years of Dust and Dirt- Reducing Potential for Damage and Health Risks

Since the ventilation systems is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

The SERVPRO Proven Duct Cleaning System is Cost Efficient 

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling though the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

Give Your Wallet A Break! Call Today to Set Up an Appointment - 573-756-5191

We Know Stains

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Using IICRC standards for carpet as a guide, SERVPRO of Farmington will show you what cleaning option would be best for your carpet's level of soiling and explain the benefits of soil protection.

SERVPRO CARPET CARE OPTIONS

Bonnet Cleaning- Cleaning/maintenance method for light cleaning.

  • Process
    • Carpet is lightly sprayed with cleaning solution.
    • A rotary extractor with a "bonnet" paid is used to pull dirt from carpet
  • Advantage
    • Least aggressive maintenance cleaning method especially for short piled carpets.
  • Benefit
    • Cleans carpet with quick drying time.

Hot Water Extraction- Deep restorative cleaning for light to moderate cleaning.

  • Process
    • Truck mount or portable extraction unit applies cleaning solution with hot water while vacuuming the carpet.
  • Advantage
    • Deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Benefit
    • Helps promote longer carpet life.

Deluxe Precondition and Rinse- Moderate to heavy soiling, pre-treat and rinse.

  • Process
    • Soil emulsifier sprayed on carpet, sitting for 10 to 15 minutes. 
    • Extraction unit removes soil and cleaning agent via a vacuuming carpet wand.
  • Advantage
    • Helps restore carpet piles and remove deeply soiled areas.
  • Benefit
    • Restorative method of cleaning- excellent for water damaged carpets.

Showcase Premier Cleaning- Moderate to heavy soil levels, the most thorough cleaning method. 

  • Process 
    • Two-Step Process
      • Shampooing the carpet
      • Rinse and extract entire carpet for deep cleaning.
  • Advantage
    • Most thorough cleaning method in the industry; cleans when other methods may not work.
  • Benefit
    • Restorative method- excellent for helping restore carpet after a fire damage. 

We Know Stains! Call Today to Set Up an Appointment- 573-756-5191

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Farmington specializes in mold cleanup an 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 re-mediate your mold problem quickly and safely. 

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to removed 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 fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores re 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 many 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%.

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 - 573-756-5191

SERVPRO Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup and Restoration

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmington professionals are trained to safely and effectively removed bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Farmington professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes, and offices.  

Blood-borne Pathogens

SERVPRO of Farmington professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Trained SERVPRO of Farmington technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Farmington professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO of Famrington professionals can clean and restore your property and contents.

Arson and Vandalism

SERVPRO of Farmington professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. SERVPRO of Farmington also provides general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

Sewage Backup

Sewage backups and black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits- these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO of Farmington professionals remove the sewage, contaminants and moisture, disinfecting as they clean. SERVPRO of Farmington professionals help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

SERVPRO of Farmington Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire in Perryville, MO.

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 many 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 Farmington 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 soot 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- 573-756-5191

SERVPRO of Farmington 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

A water main break caused this basement in Farmington, MO to flood. This before picture shows the mess left behind after all the water had receded.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help!

Call Today! 573-756-5191

SERVPRO of Farmington is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you area 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 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 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)?

Look for the new SERVPRO vans!

2/11/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmington recently acquired two new work vans to continue the growth of our business. Keep your eye out for our new green vans in the community and let us know what you think. Thanks for the support.

Bonne Terre Christmas Parade Rescheduled

12/9/2014 (Permalink)

The Bonne Terre Christmas Parade has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 10th beginning at 7:00 pm. Come out and see all the pretty floats and lights and support your community. Be sure to stop and talk with our Marketing Representative, Cindy Barton, for important information and services provided by SERVPRO of Farmington.

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