We Are Ready if Fire Damage Strikes | SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills
Our team is ready to serve businesses and families in the West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills area.
While cases where fire consumes an entire home in the West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills area, there are many times in which the fire damage is minor. However, soot and smoke can damage the entire home, making even a small fire a disaster. You may feel hopeless and without options, but that’s not the case.
Involving a professional is the best way to reduce costs and prevent secondary damage. Depending on the type of fire, and the way it is fueled, may require different techniques. SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills is IICRC certified and has the experience to tackle difficult problems. The level and type of damage will likely require a unique response.
Minor damages typically involve mostly smoke residue damage. The deposits are light to moderate, and restoration mostly involves a deep cleaning of the affected surfaces and fabrics. There are different techniques that are technicians use to remove the smoke odor and residue from your home. In this type, almost all the cleaning would be done onsite.
In more moderate damage situations, there will be smoke and heat damage on different surfaces. Your cabinets, drywall, and contents may have heat damage. Odors will likely be stronger at this damage degree as well. Our technicians will use varying techniques to remove items that are heavily damaged and determine what can be cleaned or will need to be replaced.
In majorly fire damaged homes, there is more severe heat damage throughout the home. Usually this is close to where the fire started, but this can leave parts of the structures framing charred. This often involves making structural repairs and gutting the heavily damaged parts of the home. Smoke damage is often heavy throughout. This requires extensive cleanup and removal of debris from the structure. Content cleaning for majorly damaged homes will need to be completed offsite.
Each fire damage situation is unique, and the process may vary depending on our customers' needs. We will explain the restoration process that is unique to your home upon onsite inspection. We are happy to answer any questions and make the process as stress free as possible.
We also provide board up services to help protect your home from additional damage during extended repair.
As soon as the fire trucks leave, give SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills a call. We will arrive onsite and help determine what your next step will be to reduce damage and work with your insurance company.
Our team is trained to address small and large fire damage projects. Our team is ready to serve businesses and families in the community.
Call us and let us help you, (314) 858-1688)
Should You Get Your West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills Home Tested For Mold?
SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills is here to help with mold remediation.
SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills is here to help with mold remediation.
When is time to get a sample for mold? If visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary.
Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results.
Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.
Are there federal regulations or standards regarding mold testing?
Standards or Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for airborne concentrations of mold, or mold spores, have not been set. Currently, there are no EPA regulations or standards for airborne mold contaminants.
When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic, 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 may 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
The Mold Remediation Process
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process.
- Emergency Contact - (314) 858-1688
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Protect Your Home From Water Damage | SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills
Call SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills for water damage restoration.
There are many ways to help protect your West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills home from water damage. Water losses occur when water finds its way outside of the appliances you rely on to run your household’s daily needs. When we think about the causes of severe water damage to our homes, we usually think about extreme weather like a hurricane or torrential rains. But the unfortunate reality is that extensive damage is often the result of ordinary household plumbing systems and appliances that fail – and these can be just as destructive to your home as an extreme weather event.
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to help prevent water damage from plumbing problem in your West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills home. It is helpful to understand some of the common causes of water damage.
These may include:
• Heating and air-conditioning systems
• Water heaters
• Pipes and plumbing fixtures
How to Detect Water Damages
Water damage can often go undetected, even if the telltale signs are there. Plumbing that is housed inside the walls of your home, in less-trafficked areas like a basement or attic, or behind a cabinet or appliance, can easily go unnoticed. That’s why it’s important to check your appliances and plumbing from time to time.
- Know where the main water supply enters your home, locate the main shut-off valve and make sure it’s functioning properly.
- If you will be away from home for an extended period, consider shutting off the water supply, but consult with a heating professional first to understand if doing so will compromise any other systems in your home. Maintain a temperature of at least 55 degrees in your home. Also, if your home is protected by a fire sprinkler system, do not turn off the water to this system, and maintain sufficient heat to prevent a freeze-up.
- Consider having your air-conditioning system inspected regularly by a professional. Check around the unit for indications of leaks. Check the drain lines annually and clean them if they are clogged. Change the air filter annually at a minimum.
- Inspect water heaters, showers, tubs, toilets, sinks, dishwashers, refrigerators and washing machines annually, and have them repaired if there are signs of leaks or corrosion. Be sure to include supply lines, hoses, connections and fittings in the inspection.
- Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet bases, and make repairs as needed.
- If your refrigerator has an ice machine or water dispenser, check the hose between the wall and the refrigerator to determine if it is pinched or stressed. Also look for signs of leaking or wear and tear.
- Check exposed plumbing (pipes, valves, etc.) for signs of leaking or corrosion. Have any pipe damage fixed immediately to prevent more costly repairs in the future.
For any questions or concerns about water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills at (314) 858-1688.
Water damage due to a plumbing issue in your home can be life-changing. But there are some common signs that homeowners can look for, and steps they can take, to help avoid a major water issue at home.
Consider this example:
A homeowner and his family head off for a three-week vacation. While they’re away, a minor toilet leak grows, until it reaches a pace of three gallons of water per minute. By the time the homeowners returned from their three-week vacation, the unaddressed leak had poured more than 30,000 gallons of water into their home. The water ruined furniture, fixtures and irreplaceable family valuables, and rendered the property virtually uninhabitable for an extended period of time.
But this is just a cautionary tale. The following guidance is meant to help you learn about the potential water issues from common plumbing problems and how you can take steps to help prevent disaster.
Causes For Plumbing Problems
Plumbing issues can occur anywhere in your home. Frequently, lack of maintenance is the root cause of these problems. However, other causes can include:
- Manufacturing and design defects.
- Installation errors.
- Exposure to cleaning products (for example, by storing chemicals under the sink or by cleaning surfaces of plumbing components).
If caught early, many plumbing problems can be addressed before serious damage occurs. For this reason, regular inspection of your home’s visible plumbing parts can be critical. Knowing the lifespan of parts and appliances is also important, as is properly maintaining the other parts of your home and its features and systems.
Signs to Look For
Want to help prevent plumbing complications from damaging your home and potentially resulting in expensive property damage or loss? Start by visually inspecting your plumbing on a regular basis. Look for drips and slow leaks. Be sure to check the areas surrounding your pipes as well. If you see water damage on cabinetry or other nearby materials, there may be an active leak that you’ll want to locate.
Your entire home plumbing system may not be visible, but there are certain places in your home where you can readily inspect plumbing components:
- Under sinks and washtubs.
- Inside access panels near showers, sinks or appliances.
- Attachments to toilets, water heaters and appliances.
- Basements and crawl spaces.
You will want to look at any piping, valves and fittings in the areas listed above. Leaks are most common at connection points, so pay close attention to the plumbing connections on faucets, washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, water filtration systems, shut-off valves and toilets. Your home’s piping system may also have multiple connections between various sections of pipe. Appliances and fixtures themselves can cause problems, so be sure to inspect those as well, and keep up with any regular maintenance recommended by the manufacturer.
The signs of a problem will vary by component. For example, problems in copper piping may look very different from problems in PEX, a common type of plastic piping. In general, you want to look for signs of corrosion, cracking, hazing, discoloration and mineral deposits from a water leak.
For any questions or concerns about water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills at (314) 858-1688.
SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills Commercial Restoration Services
SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills helps with all your commercial restoration service needs.
SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills offers many different services that we offer for commercial properties. We understand that it is difficult at times to schedule services during business hours, so we can work with you to find a time that best fits you and your company's needs.
If needed we can work in one section at a time in order to keep your business open while we work, or we can attempt to schedule it before or after business hours.
In addition to our emergency water, fire, and storm clean up services we also offer many other cleaning services. These include, but are not limited to:
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
- Drapes and Blinds
- Odor Removal
- Trauma and Crime Scene
The faster SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results— including lower claim costs.
Within four hours of a loss notification (and usually much earlier), we will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled properly by utilizing the following services:
After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO® will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found within the structure.
All the restorable contents in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO can provide wet or dry-cleaning services. Additionally, all other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more. Finally, we can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items.
We provide specialized services that rid your insured’s home or place of business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. We do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.
If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.
Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration
Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.
Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.
Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.
Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.
If you would like more information on any of the services listed above, please call SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills at (314) 858-1688.
You Can Depend on Our Professionally Experienced Restoration Crew | SERVPRO® of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills
You are bound to make a few necessary changes inside your Sunset Hills home from time to time. Certain decisions, such as improving comfort or making it more stylish, may be simple, whereas others, such as undergoing major repairs after a severe storm, require careful consideration to ensure your home does not end up in the wrong hands.
When faced with such a major crisis, it's critical to select a trained and competent team that knows what they’re doing to avoid further devastation.
When you work with SERVPRO, we always show up to the scene prepared. Our ongoing and initial training combined with the necessary certifications enable us to complete every restoration or cleanup job with experience, professionalism, and quickness.
We Adhere to Industry Trainings
SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills adheres to the IICRC requirements and abides the methods for cleanup and restoration that have been set. The following are just a few of the courses we provide to our crew:
- water damage restoration
- fire damage restoration
- mold remediation
- carpet and upholstery and cleaning
All staff members receive employee certification training as well, ensuring they have the resources needed to tackle damage of all kinds. Our specialists have the opportunity to learn as much as they can about the standards we’ve established thanks to these self-paced courses.
We Never Stop Learning
These critical learning topics, however, do not end with this initial training! Through ongoing learning classes and online courses, our SERVPRO specialists are always up to date on the most recent practices and guidelines.
SERVPRO will always come prepared with the resources necessary to assist each family and each home in Sunset Hills as they recover from devastating residential damage—and our training is what makes this all possible.
We constantly consider new information, which enables us to alter our methods as required to comply with the most recent guidelines. We want to make sure we have the best tools possible to help you get back on track when you’re dealing with severe damage.
Why This Matters for You
When you are faced with home damage, trusting a professional company like SERVPRO is vital. We can arrive at your home as soon as you contact us to begin the restoration process.
Hiring an inexperienced or untrained restoration team could be detrimental to the safety of your home. For expert services every single time, reach out to SERVPRO to restore your damaged home.
When you need help recovering from a disaster, SERVPRO is here for you. Get in touch 24/7 to start your disaster recovery.
SERVPRO Can Answer These Important Questions | SERVPRO® of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills
You can rest easy knowing you've got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hill
Life is full of surprises, and home ownership definitely follows suit. Pipes burst, water heaters explode; it’s all very unpredictable sometimes, especially when you factor in things like tornadoes and major storms.
When something comes up that requires cleanup and restoration, you’ve got some quick choices to make—who’s going to handle it, and can you trust them to get your home set right again?
Whether you wait until there’s an active need before you think through your options, or you want to get ahead and predetermine, there are some questions you’ll need to ask to put yourself in good hands.
Are They Legit?
There’s a lot going on after a major storm or disaster event, and it leaves doors open for scammers and unscrupulous types, who feed on crisis situations and finding people in distress. If any contractor or company doesn’t have a local reputation for solid work, you should be very wary.
SERVPRO is the industry leader in recovery and restoration because we’ve built and managed a reputation that’s allowed us to grow—no gimmicks or shady tactics, just trustworthy teams and excellent care for homes and businesses. It’s allowed us to partner with prestigious organizations like the PGA Tour, who certainly have an interest in maintaining the highest standards for both facility care and integrity.
Will They Be There When I Need Help?
When a fire breaks out at home or heavy winds damage your roof, you don’t have time to sit around and wait for convenient office hours before you can talk to someone. We’re aware of this, which is why we’re ready all day, every day to get to work on your emergency.
There’s no time you can call us when we won’t be ready to answer—that’s one of the reasons we’re “Faster to Any Size Disaster.”
Where’s a Fleet When You Need One?
SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills is a locally owned and operated franchise, so you get real expertise from people who actually live here and know what local homeowners need.
But when large-scale events occur or sudden surges in service activity call for some extra hands, we call on the massive SERVPRO network for backup, and scads of teams and resources become available to us.
When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.
St. Louis County’s Trusted Commercial Cleaning Service | SERVPRO® of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills
Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills for all your cleaning needs.
When destruction and damage result from fires, floods, mold and natural disasters, Kirkwood homeowners trust SERVPRO to see them through the delicate but crucial process of restoration and recovery—and the same goes for business owners who have been unfortunate enough to experience these same disruptions.
But it doesn’t take a crisis for businesses to benefit from the exceptional service of SERVPRO—no, indeed there’s a custom solution available anytime for businesses who want to set themselves apart and provide ultra-grade cleaning for employees and patrons alike.
Commercial Services for Businesses of Any Size
In the contagion-aware era in which we find ourselves, it’s more important than ever that business maintain a healthy environment. And we can make it happen for businesses of every shape and size, including:
Retailers and grocery stores. Wherever goods and services are being exchanged, we can improve the quality of sanitation and cleaning.
Schools and athletic venues. Regular cleaning in classrooms has been shown to be effective in killing only half the bacteria on student areas, and we can provide a safer, more thoroughly hygienic solution.
Health and patient care facilities. From the OR to the ER and everywhere in between, we can truly sanitize environments in which protecting patients, seniors and immunocompromised individuals is priority No. 1.
Convention centers, resorts and hotels. Areas with a lot of foot traffic and interaction require special care, and nobody provides it better than SERVPRO.
Food preparation, distribution and service. Every step of the foodservice process requires an acute attention to hygiene and cleanliness, and that crucial element of disinfection is one of our specialties.
Commercial complexes, high-rises, and managed properties. We’re a landlord’s best friend. Your tenants will appreciate the effort you put into protecting them and providing a thoroughly clean environment. You don’t have to tell them the actual effort was all ours.
Sickness costs commercial enterprises a quarter of a trillion dollars each year in losses and lost productivity. Let us help you fix that by giving your teams and consumers an environment that helps ensure safety and well-being.
When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.
Practice Fire Safety This Fall | SERVPRO® of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills
Be mindful about the fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.
The sweltering sizzle of summer is subsiding, and the relief of fall that many of us have hotly anticipated is finally here. Football and pumpkin spice are everywhere, the trails are calling and spooky season is around the bend, so it’s time to make the most of the cooler weather.
Every season, however, presents its own fire safety challenges, so let’s make sure we go over a few of the most important ones.
Camping is darn-near perfect this time of year, so get out and enjoy it, but make sure you know the proper and safe way to build and extinguish your campfire.
Fires need a wide berth—give at least 25 feet between your fire and the nearest structure, including your tent. Keep it out from under any low branches as well.
Stick to the old-fashioned method of a handheld lighter or matches and simple kindling; never light or accelerate your fire with kerosene or lighter fluid, which can create a fire problem you’re not ready to deal with.
You’re not finished at your campsite until you’ve fully put out your fire, either. Any leftover embers create a potential spark for wildfire, so make sure you use buckets of water to completely soak the fire, and continue to smother it until no glowing embers remain and the ash is cool to the touch.
Although fire pits and bonfires are allowed in Kirkwood with the proper permits and attendance, burning leaves and yard waste is actually illegal. Certain unincorporated areas of St. Louis County allow leaf burning, however, so it might be worth checking.
Any open burning should be kept 50 feet away from any structure, and all precautions should be taken. Burning of garbage or household waste is always prohibited (and dangerous.)
Fall decor may include hanging lights and decorations, and of course all the pumpkin-scented candles. Be careful, though, as these can all present fire hazards.
Hanging lights should always be unplugged when not in use, and candles should be kept three feet away from anything flammable—especially hanging decorations like nylon or cotton spider webs.
If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.
What's Causing Home Fires?
Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills are here for you if your home is affected by fire.
Fires at home are still a problem, despite years, nay decades, of constant education, advances in technology and regular ad campaigns to try and help us put them to an end. You’d think with so much invested in our homes, and their centrality in our daily lives, we’d be doing more to protect them.
Yet somehow a quarter of all reported fires, and more than 75% of all civilian fire fatalities happen in the home.
How can it be that one out of every four fires starts at home? Let’s look at what’s causing these fires, and the specific things making them spark.
Cooking. This is by far the leading cause of home fires and injuries (but interestingly, not fatalities). Some 49% of all home fires start in the kitchen, and the No. 1 reason is unattended cooking. That’s right, the single best thing you can do to avoid a fire at home? Pay attention while you cook.
Heating equipment. Approximately 14% of all house fires in the U.S. begin with heaters. Portable space heaters lead the charge, aided by equipment malfunctions and fires that start because clothing or furniture are left too close to heating elements.
Electrical fires. Modern homes use a lot of electricity, and some older homes don’t have wiring systems equipped to handle it. This leads to short circuits and overloads. Other causes include excess use of extension cords, over-powering lighting elements, faulty wiring, loose outlets and more.
Intentional fires. It’s hard to imagine, but there are some 28,000 intentional home fires each year in the United States. These are fires that began with the intention of burning something, not simply fires set for some other reason that got out of hand.
Smoking materials. Anytime you’re dealing with hot ash or combustible materials indoors, you run the risk of fire. Cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia are often left burning as individuals fall asleep, leading to 5% of home fires, and sadly, almost a quarter of all civilian home fire casualties.
Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills - 314-858-1688 to see how we can help
Why Kirkwood Home and Business Owners Trust Us | SERVPRO® of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills
When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills is your local restoration expert.
Being a home or business owner means holding a delicate ecosystem in balance. Everything has to be tightly managed, because if something goes off kilter, it throws everything off.
But sometimes an unforeseen event occurs that flips that balance on its side—natural disasters, fires or burst pipes are a few pertinent examples—and you’ve got something on your hands you’re not equipped to deal with.
That’s when you contact us.
We're Always Ready and Faster to Any Size Disaster
When the balance is broken, we’re ready to leap into action. We’ll be onsite faster than anyone else in the industry, because every second counts when it comes to recovery.
Wasted time means more dangerous black mold, more waterlogged carpet or a smoke smell that won’t go away. A rapid response makes all the difference, and having a SERVPRO team right here in West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills means you get the advantage of an agile local team of experts combined with the muscle and resources of the nationwide SERVPRO network.
We're Trained to Handle Residential and Commercial Services
One size doesn’t fit all, and your situation will call for specific solutions.
We’ve spent the last 50-plus years learning and crafting plans to meet the needs of millions of customers, and you can rest assured that we’ll give you exactly what you need and burden you with nothing you don’t.
We'll Make It "Like it never even happened."
While our methods are numerous, our promise is one: We’re determined to leave your home or business better than we found it, with all traces of incident removed, restored and recovered.
We Offer the Services You Need in a Changing World
In the new age of global virus consciousness, part of any business plan is customer safety. Fortunately, we’ve developed the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program so you can safeguard employees and customers alike, and they can walk into your business with confidence, knowing you’ve put their health above all else.
Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO.