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Controlling Moisture in Your Home

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Example of mold If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (573) 368-5555
Controlling Moisture in Your Home

Extra moisture in your Rolla, MO home can cause damage and encourage potentially harmful mold and mildew growth.

How can you reduce moisture in your home? Learn to keep moisture out and prevent damage and mold.
Activities such as cooking, bathing, and dish washing can add moisture into the air. Even some heating appliances can cause additional humidity in your home, for example: unvented gas or kerosene models. Droplets can accumulate on common cool surfaces during the winter, such as windows, walls, and doors that lack proper insulation. This can cause rot and peeling of paint and is a good environment for mold growth.
If you happen to see moisture accumulating, be sure to dry it promptly. Be sure to take care of the issue that is causing the moisture.
Storm doors and windows can minimize cool surfaces in the winter by separating the interior from cold air outside. Upgrading your windows to double and triple pane can also help insulate the interior glass. This will also make your home more energy efficient.
Opening drapes and blinds in the winter allows warmth to the interior glass. Some condensation can occur, but the improved circulation makes it less probable to accumulate. Insulating cold-water pipes eliminates a common cool surface.
Bathroom exhaust fans, dryer exhaust and ducted kitchen exhaust hoods that vent to the outside remove moisture that some activities create. Keep the devices free of dust, lint, grease or anything that could keep them from working efficiently.


Other ways to reduce air moisture:
•Covering pots while cooking, when possible
•Leaving room doors open to allow good air circulation
•Storing firewood outside
•Covering aquariums

Moisture in the home is not always as obvious as water beading on a window. Poor ventilation in an attic can result in condensation, promoting mold growth in the framing elements of the house. A sealed, unused fireplace creates an opportunity for moisture problems. If air doesn't circulate in the fireplace, condensation can accumulate on the walls and soak into the masonry. If you have a crawlspace, moisture from the soil can enter your home, increasing the level of humidity. A vapor barrier over the bare soil blocks the moisture.
Rain that seeps into your home's foundation can lead to moisture problems. Make sure your gutters work properly and direct water away from your home's foundation.


Some moisture problems require more complex solutions, and sources of moisture may be hidden. It may be time to call a professional like SERVPRO. Extra moisture in your home can cause mold. Mold can produce allergens and irritants so if you suspect you have a mold issue, you should call us to inspect your Rolla, MO area home. We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your Rolla, MO area home (or business) back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs.


If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (573) 368-5555

Two Minutes

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Technicians cleaning ceiling from fire damage Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Rolla

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Fire Safety Tips

  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your Rolla, MO property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Rolla is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Before and after carpet cleaning When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Rolla.

Commercial carpet cleaning is the best way to preserve and extend the life of carpeting, but proper treatment requires training. SERVPRO Professionals are trained by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and it is essential for a professional. We are IICRC Certified.

What can you do to keep your carpet in shape? Carpet care starts with keeping the carpet clean and soil out to begin with. By placing mats in the entranceway and high traffic areas, there will be less dirt inside your business. Be sure to vacuum frequently. Vacuuming ensures deposits soils do not penetrate deeply into fibers and cause damage.

Spot and stain control is essential, even if the flooring is colored in a way to make stain detection difficult. Stains will degrade the integrity of the flooring and alter its texture, so professionals will have to respond quickly to any problem areas. Formulated detergents and targeted agitation will normally do the trick. Finally, deep treatment, usually through hot water extraction or encapsulation methods, will need to be done several times a year to remove soils that have become embedded in the carpeting’s fibers. SERVPRO can help with your carpet stains and regular deep treatment.

We know as a business owner, you don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your business. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Rolla for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Have Questions? Call Today – 573-368-5555

Source: http://www.IICRC.org/

Does Your Home Have Dry Rot?

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Image of Dry Rot We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Would you know if your home had dry rot?

It can happen to any type of wood in any climate. It can ruin the structure of your home. Dry rot is found in attics, basements, and under sinks. Generally, in places with moisture.

What causes dry rot?

Despite the word “dry” in its name the fungus that causes dry rot grows when the moisture in the wood exceeds 20% or when the wood is exposed to sitting water and extreme humidity. Dry rot can leave wood weak and brittle.

The primary clues to look for in dry rot:

  • Yellow tinge to the surface
  • Deep cracks in the wood
  • Wood will crumble

Since moisture is necessary for the fungus to grow, you can typically find dry rot when:

  • After a flood or natural disaster
  • After a plumbing accident or water damage
  • In humid climates
  • When wood is not properly dried

How can I protect my home from dry rot?

  • Inspect your roof annually to check for leaks or holes that can let water in and cause dry rot.
  • Make sure your gutters are installed properly and are directing water away from your home.
  • Check your plumbing to make sure you don’t have any noticed leaks.
  • Make sure your ventilation in bathrooms, kitchen and attics is working properly and can remove excess moisture from your home.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Rolla?

Properly restoring your home after a water damage event requires specialized equipment and products. This advanced equipment helps us to remove the water, even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently. We then dry the structure with powerful dehumidifiers. We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (573) 368-5555

FEMA’s National Preparedness Month Spotlights the Importance of Understanding and Managing Risk

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Black background with green text "be ready". The free SERVPRO READY app allows home and business owners to store essential contact and property information electronically.

SERVPRO of Rolla disaster mitigation specialist urges Rolla, MO area residents to create a disaster management and recovery plan before the unexpected happens.

September is National Preparedness Month, part of the ongoing “Ready” initiative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to FEMA’s “Are You Ready” guide, the first step in effective disaster preparedness is to understand your specific risks—first by identifying the hazards that could possibly affect you and then by evaluating your actual vulnerability to those sources of danger.

Once you understand your risks, you can effectively plan to mitigate them by decreasing your vulnerability and then manage their consequences quickly and effectively if the worst does happen. Of course, individual home or business owners’ risks vary depending on their location, but regardless of where you live or work, FEMA’s guide has some basic steps that everyone can take to prepare for the unexpected.

  1. Create a family communication and shelter plan.
  2. Sign up for emergency alerts, including FEMA alerts
  3. Build your savings if possible and keep a small emergency fund of cash on-hand at home.
  4. Create an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit
  5. Gather and safeguard critical documents like deeds, medical information, insurance policies, and a list of your household belongings.
  6. Create an emergency kit with basic tools and enough food and water to last 72 hours and keep the contents fresh and up to date.

In addition to the planning tools and checklists provided by FEMA, businesses like SERVPRO that specialize in disaster mitigation and restoration offer free tools that make disaster recovery easier. The free SERVPRO READY app allows home and business owners to store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed in seconds with a mobile device. Local business owners who designate SERVPRO of Rolla as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider benefit from a no-cost assessment of their facility along with help completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.

The uncomfortable truth is that no amount of preparedness will prevent disasters from striking, but preparedness can help disaster victims survive and then recover. When disaster strikes, sometimes it’s difficult to even know where to start picking up the pieces. Having critical documents and details at your fingertips helps, but so does having access to professionals who know how to help you return to normal, "Like it never even happened." The disaster remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Rolla know what to do when you don’t know which way to turn. We’re here to help when you need us.

For more information on SERVPRO of Rolla, please contact us at (573) 368-5555. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com.

Source:

  • 2021 Preparedness Calendar | Ready.gov
  • https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2021-03/are-you-ready-guide.pdf
  • https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages
  • https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/ready_emergency-financial-first-aid-toolkit.pdf
  • https://www.ready.gov/kit
  • https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp

About SERVPRO

For more than 50 years, SERVPRO® has been a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, mold mitigation, and biohazard and pathogen remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,900 individually owned and operated franchises spans- the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small – from million-square-foot commercial facilities to individual homes. When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners, and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

September is National Preparedness Month

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles lined up An easy way to prepare this September is by having a free SERVPRO ERP assessment.

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

Here are some ways you can prepare this September:

Make A Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.

Build A Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home.  Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

No-Cost Preparedness

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards.  Check your insurance coverage to make sure it is up-to-date.

Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

Another way to prepare your business to be ready for whatever happens is to schedule a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile. 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. The SERVPRO ERP is a no cost assessment of your facility, even if you have multiple locations. To learn more, visit ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO of Rolla at 636-368-5555 today.

Soda Blasting: A Fire Damage Solution

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged black walls in home After the contents were removed, the next step for this fire damaged home is soda blasting.

When you have a devastating fire in your Rolla, MO home or business, there is much to consider. Water damage can be a concern, but smoke and soot damage will likely be throughout.

It’s important to hire a professional like SERVPRO of Rolla when dealing with fire damage. We are certified in fire and water damage clean up and restoration and can prevent more damage from taking place.

Often affected surfaces are darkened with soot can be restored with a process called soda blasting. It is an effective cleaning solution for residential and commercial fire damage restoration projects. It uses sodium bicarbonate shot from a blaster on all affected surfaces. It removes the visible soot damage and effectively deodorizes the charred smell that lingers after a fire has been extinguished

Soda blasting is a non-destructive cleaning method that is not abrasive and quickly removes ash and soot from walls, stone, and other materials without harming underlying surfaces.

The technique also has the following benefits:

  • Uses non-toxic materials – bicarbonate of soda and air – that carry no risk of exposure or form residue
  • Completely dry system eliminates water damage risks
  • Deodorizes as it cleans
  • Cleans quickly and completely
  • Portable and simple to set up
  • Non-reactive with many materials including metals

The negatives are few, such as shielding nearby plants. Soda blasting is a powerful took for safely restoring residential or commercial fire damage.

If your home or business has been affected by fire, smoke, or soot damage, give SERVPRO of Rolla a call 24/7. We are ready to help.

After The Storm

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

Road closed due to flooding sign with flooded area If you have storm damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of Rolla a call. We are here to help 24/7.

Storms can bring heavy rains, strong winds and destructive hail. Your home protects you from the elements, so be sure to check it for damage once the storm has passed. It is a good idea to check your property even if you do not suspect any damage. This can help avoid more problems later and determine if you need to make an insurance claim.

Roof
Your roof can be very vulnerable, because so many things can damage it. When you experience high winds, downed tree branches or a hailstorm, after the storm ends, look for these indicators of damage:

  • Holes in the roof
  • Split Seams
  • Missing Shingles
  • Leaks in roof or ceiling

Exteriors

Siding, stucco, and brick are all durable, but they can suffer storm damage. Check for:

  • Cracking, chipping or ding and dents on siding. Check in different lighting because you may see something you missed.
  • Holes in stucco
  • Damaged brick and tuck pointing.
  • Detached or damaged trim, gutters, etc.

General Tips

  • Severe storms often will knock down power lines. If this happens on your property, rope off 30 feet in each direction around the line and do not touch it. Call 911 and the power company immediately.
  • Be sure to do a full check of your property, including things such as your air-conditioning unit, fences, vent caps, etc. And don’t forget to check your vehicles if they were not garaged at the time of the storm.
  • Check your crawl space and basement. You need to be sure no water is getting in, and, if it is, make sure it is removed quickly via a sump pump or underground drainage system.
  • Take pictures of all damage from different angles. Finally, knowing the details of your homeowner’s coverage, your limits and your deductibles can help you during the insurance claims process. It is a great idea to examine your policy and know what your homeowner’s insurance covers now, before the storm.

Restoration

SERVPRO of Rolla responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Rolla, MO home or business back to pre-storm condition. We offer emergency board up and roof tarp services, and our goal is to be onsite within four hours. We are available 24/7, 7 days a week.

Give us a call: (573) 368-5555

Residential Cleaning Services

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

The residential cleaning services performed by SERVPRO of Rolla will not only ease the burden of the constant maintenance of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

We understand life happens. Pets have accidents, kids spill drinks, and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Rolla Professionals have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. 

Residential Cleaning Services Include:

Carpet Cleaning

The SERVPRO carpet cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet  may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.

Air Duct Cleaning

Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.

Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up

SERVPRO of Rolla experts are ready to assist in the cleanup of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your home. 

Need Cleaning Services?

Call SERVPRO of Rolla Today 573-368-5555

Allow us to handle your Biohazard cleanup

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Rolla professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, along with state and local health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, our team can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes, and offices.  

Bloodborne Pathogens

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

Crime Scene Residues

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

Arson and Vandalism

SERVPRO professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. SERVPRO 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 Rolla professionals remove the sewage, contaminants and moisture, disinfecting as they clean. Our SERVPRO team helps ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Call SERVPRO of Rolla  today to help with all your Biohazardous cleaning needs 573-368-5555