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Common Myths About Fire Damage

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your West Kirkwood or Sunset Hills business or home can fill with smoke and soot so quickly that no one even has time to respond. When hiring a fire damage restoration team to help with the fire cleanup, the owners of those buildings sometimes remember some of the myths or misconceptions that they heard in the past and think that the company will charge them an arm or a leg or make mistakes when cleaning up the smoke damage that will impact the building later. Those owners can take a look at some of these fire damage misconceptions and find out exactly what the restoration company must do.

Fires Strike Older Homes More Often

Many people think that older homes are more prone to fires than newer homes because modern homes have more preventative features like smoke detectors and alarms. The truth is that newer homes are still at risk of fires that lead to soot damage and a thick smoke smell. Modern homes often feature more inexpensive building materials than older houses do. Those building materials can actually help the fire spread much faster.

Never Board Up a Home During the Fire Cleanup

Some building owners will actually fight commercial fire damage and fire damage restoration professionals when it comes time to board up windows. They swear that there is no benefit to boarding up the building and that leaving it exposed can actually help reduce the smoke smell they notice. While it is true that fresh air can reduce the smoke smell after a fire in a home or a fire in a business, it's untrue that using boards doesn't have any benefits. Fire damage restoration professionals board up windows and doors as a way to block off that building. This keeps birds, squirrels and other wild animals from nesting inside and also keeps the home safe from thieves. Robbers often seek out homes with fire damage and steal anything worth value because there isn't anyone living there.

Soot Damage is Easy to Clean

Those who think soot damage is easy to clean are those who never tried to clean it before. They do not realize just how much soot can build up on the walls during a routine fire in a home. The soot damage can look like large and thick streaks that spread from the source of the fire and along the walls or floors. Using ordinary soap and sponges can make those streaks look worse and cause the soot to spread along those walls.

Fire Damage Restoration Takes Months or Years

Though some people think that fire cleanup takes months or even years, the time it takes depends on the severity of the fire in a home or fire in a business. During the initial inspection, the restoration company will check the severity of the fire damage and determine what they need to do, which will help them create a fire cleanup estimate. This estimate will include the cost of fixing any smoke damage, repairing the effects of the fire damage and removing the smoke smell in the building. A residential or commercial fire damage estimate should state how long it will take and the total cost too. Homes or buildings that have limited smoke damage may only need to limit access for a few days.

No one ever expects to live through a fire in a business or home, but this is something that millions of people experience each year. Residential and commercial fire damage experts do inspections to determine the seriousness of the fire and the fire cleanup steps necessary. A restoration company may recommend specific techniques to clean up smoke damage and products that will help with the fire damage restoration process. A top restoration company will employ professionals who can help with both commercial fire damage jobs as well as residential jobs and board up the windows and take other steps to secure the building. Visithttp://www.SERVPROwestkirkwoodsunsethills.com/fire-smoke-damage-restorationfor more information on Fire Damage!

Ice Dam Protection and Prevention Tips for your West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills Home

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Dam Protection and Prevention Tips for your West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills Home This photo shows you what causes ice dams.

What are Ice Dams?? You know those beautiful icicles hanging down from your gutter after it rains or snows? Well those beautiful things are formed from the ice dams! Ice-dam situations have two things in common: They happen because melting snow pools behind dams of ice at the roof’s edge and leaks into the house; also, ice dams and the damage that results from them is avoidable. Three things are required for an ice dam to form: snow, heat to melt the snow and cold to refreeze the melted snow into solid ice. Ice damn can happen with as little as one inch of snow on your home or business’ roof! Water runs down the roof slope under the blanket of snow and refreezes into a band of ice at the roof’s edge creating a “dam”.

So how can you prevent your Kirkwood and Sunset hills home from getting Ice Dams and the damage that comes along with them! Having proper insulation and roof ventilation is the key to an ice dam free house!

Water-stained ceilings, dislodged roof shingles, sagging ice-filled gutters, peeling paint, and damaged plaster are all easily recognized and usually repaired when weather or budgets permit. But other damage is not as obvious and often goes unchecked. The more heat lost – the more ice dams form – the more it leaks – the more the insulation gets damaged – and so on and so forth.

If you have ice dam damage and need help restoring your home or business give SERVPRO West Kirkwood and Sunset Hills a call at 314-858-1688 and well make it “Like it never even happened.”

Don't Let A Dry Tree Ruin The Holidays

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that roughly 200+ homes or business' have caught fire due to dry Christmas Trees?! Although christmas tree fires aren't that common but, in the rare occasion they do occur the fires are deadly. One of the reasons that  dry tree will ignite is by all the lights strung throughout the tree. Make are to water your Christmas trees regularly keeping them nice and hydrated! If your home or business suffers fire damage from a christmas tree our crews here at SERVPRO West Kirkwood and Sunset Hills have the proper training and epuiptment to restore everything back "Like it never even happened." Even if your notice that your precious pictures or family documents have some soot on them, SERVPRO knows exactly how to restore your property! Our Fire crews will work with you whenever needs to provide the perfect service and help our costumers will need! If your home or business has had a type of fire damage give SERVPRO West Kirkwood and Sunset Hills a call at 314-858-1688 and well make it "Like it never even happened." Visit: http://www.SERVPROwestkirkwoodsunsethills.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration for more fire information!

Sump Pump Damage in St. Louis, MO

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Sump Pump Damage in St. Louis, MO In this picture you can see the extent of the failure.

This St. Louis office building suffered serious damages after a recent sump pump failure. Notice the extent of the sump pump failure as the water has spread throughout the whole office. Our crews extracted all the water from the building and made sure the problem with the sump pump was fixed to make sure it wouldn't over flow again. In this picture you can see a green hose and a tool that looks similar to a vacuum. The vacuum and hose are used to extract all the sump pump water from the carpet and into a bucket in the other room. The whole process took our crews a total of seven days to complete. The customers from the office were very happy to have their office fixed and not filled with water anymore. For help restoring your home or office after a sump pump failure, call SERVPRO of West Kirkwood at 314-858-1688 and we'll make it, "Like it never even happened." For more information on water please click the link: http://www.SERVPROwestkirkwoodsunsethills.com/water-damage-restoration

Mold Growth From Water Leaks

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

A leaky faucet in your home can be very annoying, but it has the potential to be much more than an annoyance. The moisture caused by leaks can make your home into the perfect environment for spring mold growth. Mold spores may cause health effects and can grow rapidly if you fail to notice a leak shortly after it starts, especially in humid climates. Knowing the risks that mold presents and quickly fixing your water leaks can help to protect your home from mold growth. 

 If you see black and white spots in the area of the leak, this is a sign that you have mold. Kitchens and basements are some of the areas in your home where there is a high risk of mold growth as these areas are prone to leaks. It is therefore important that you properly maintain your plumbing fixtures.

If you spot any types of mold growth or smell a funny smells give SERVPRO West Kirkwood and Sunset Hills a call at 314-858-1688 and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Different Types and Classes of Fire

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

There are many different types of fires and ways to put out each fire. You might know the types of fires and you may think you know the best way to put out that certain fire. The type of fires are labeled by classes, each class has a certain way to clean each fire, what causes the fire, how it burns and what to use to clean each fire. Down below is a list of fires and their class’.

Classes of fire:

Class A is the most common type fire. Class A fires occur when materials, such as wood, paper, trash, become heated to their ignition temperature. The fire will continue to burn as long as there is heat, oxygen, and fuel to burn. The best way to put out a class a fire is with water. How our crews at SERVPRO West Kirkwood sunset hills will use specific chemicals and sprays to clean up the soot and smoky smell that the fire(s) will leave.

Class B Fires are fueled by flammable or combustible liquids, which include oil, gasoline, and other similar materials. Class B fires burn really easy and produces thick toxic black smoke. The thick toxic smoke makes it extremely difficult to fight the fires. The best way to extinguish a class b fire is by smothering it, which cuts off the oxygen, or you can use a foam fire extinguisher.

Class C fires are electrical fires. Short circuits, overloaded switchboards, faulty equipment, and damaged wiring are causes of Electrical fires. The first thing you do to put out a Class C fire is by de energizing the circuit and use a non conductive agent, example: carbon dioxide.

Class D Fires are combustible metal fires. Magnesium and Titanium are the most common types of metal fires. Once a metal ignites DO NOT use water in an attempt to extinguish it. Class D fire produces a lot of ash. SERVPRO West Kirkwood has the correct tools to safely remove all the ash left over from the fire. Only use a Dry Powder extinguishing agent. Dry powder agents work by smothering and heat absorption.

Class K Fires are fires that involve cooking oils, grease or animal fat and can be extinguished using Purple K, the typical agent found in kitchen or galley extinguishers. DO NOT uses water to extinguish the fire, it will only make the fire worse.

 The best way to remember all of the classes and what each ones is remember this: A leaves Ash. B Boils. C has Current. D has Dense mass. K is for Kitchen. If you or anyone you know has recently had a fire keep in mind to call SERVPRO West Kirkwood and Sunset Hills at 314-858-1688 and we'll make it "Like it never even happened"!

EXPECT BETTER.. STORM AND WIND DAMAGE RESTORATION IN WEST KIRKWOOD AND SUNSET HILLS

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

When mother nature is at her absolute worst, SERVPRO of West Kirkwood and Sunset Hills 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 West Kirkwood and Sunset Hills 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 West Kirkwood and Sunset Hills 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 314-858-1688 or check out our other storm blogs! Our crews will make it "Like it never even happened."

What's comes after the floods.

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Nobody expected that the creeks and rivers could rise that far. They never have before. Now, the house is a muddy mess of debris, water and extensive damage. For some people, moving would be the first thought that came to mind. However, others want to stay in their homes, repair the water damage, and live on in the house they love.

Flood damage is more than just the standing water left after the creek recedes. It's ruined carpets and furniture, wet plaster and more. Water in the home or business is just the start of the problems. Without proper clean-up and sanitizing, mold can grow, floor damage can be permanent and drywall can be ruined. It is imperative to immediately start the restoration process to help limit the damage and mounting costs. A call to a professional water mitigation company should be the first step taken by a home owner after flooding occurs.

Water cleanup begins with bringing in equipment to extract the water in the home. Pumps and specialized vacuums are used to suck up the water. Restoration is a process. Once the puddles have been cleared, the next step will begin. The water damage will be in the walls, floors and furnishings. Drying is imperative to help stop the damage and to prevent mold from growing.

Fans, dehumidifiers and other equipment will be brought in to help dry out the water in walls and moisture from furnishings and floors. Thoroughly drying water in the home will save thousands of dollars worth of damage later.

Restoration from the devastation of flood damage is not an easy process. A professional service should be called to handle the process so that it is done correctly. For instance, not many individuals would know that after the water in their business is removed or the water in their home is dried, more steps are still necessary. Sanitizing the surfaces, furnishings and anything else the water touched should be done.

Water in the business or home could have left a foul odor. Professionals can remove the lingering odors left even after the water cleanup. Mitigation professionals know how to use fogging equipment and industrial air scrubbers to help remove the last traces of the water damage.

After the restoration process of water cleanup, drying, sanitizing and odor elimination, there is still one last step in the water damage mitigation process - repairs. Water in a business can damage walls, carpeting and flooring. Drywall may need to be replaced. Electrical outlets and wiring should be checked for damage. Water in a business may have warped sub-flooring, damaged floor joists and wrecked major appliances. Time is money, so flood damage needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible. Quick yet thorough mitigation will get a business back up and running after flood damage has occurred.

Storms, floods and even appliance malfunctions like a dishwasher overflow can cause homes and businesses the headaches of having to deal with the water cleanup process. Nobody wants to go through it, but when it happens a person shouldn't go through it alone. Our crews here at SERVPRO West Kirkwood and Sunset Hills know exactly how to deal with the devastation left behind after the floods.  Since professional water damage restoration companies have the equipment and training to handle cleaning, drying and even rebuilding homes and businesses, they should be the first choice for mitigation.

Sure, the damage is devastating and overwhelming. Of course, nobody wants to go through flooding and the after-effects. The reality is that these occurrences can and do happen every day. The good news is that there are people specifically trained to restore homes and businesses to their pre-flood conditions.
Visit: http://www.SERVPROwestkirkwoodsunsethills.com for more water information.

You Could Be Spreading Mold Through Your Sunset Hills Home

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold in your Sunset Hills/West Kirkwood 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 West Kirkwood and Sunset Hills 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 West Kirkwood and Sunset Hills 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. Our crews will make your home or business "Like it never even happened." Give us a call at 314-858-1688.

For more mold information visit: http://www.SERVPROwestkirkwoodsunsethills.com/mold-remediation

restoring lives in west kirkwood and sunset hills

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

When the record breaking flooding occurred a couple weeks again St. Louis, MO, we promptly dispatched our SERVPRO of West Kirkwood and Sunset hillsteams to assist in the unprecedented recovery efforts. We were very happy to help many grateful business and home owners during their desperate time of need. Our highly trained technicians are water and storm damage specialists. The goal is always the same, to return your commercial or residential property back to pre-storm condition. Using scientific drying techniques and advanced equipment, we document the drying process to insure the business or home is ready to return to. When water damage happens, a quick response is very important. Night or day, St. Louisbusiness owners and residents can expect our local team of professionals to respond immediately to your water emergency. So give us a call at 314-858-1688.