Have fun and be safe while celebrating Independence Day!
It's fireworks season! According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 18,500 fires are started every year by fireworks. This includes 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. "These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage," says the NFPA.
Do you think sparklers are the safe way to go? Nope: they account for about a fourth of emergency room fireworks injuries.
Stay safe this summer by paying close attention to children at fireworks events, and avoiding the use of consumer fireworks.
And remember, if you do find yourself a victim of a structure fire, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties will help make it "like it never even happened."
Local Fireworks Resources
City of Cape Girardeau
City of Jackson
City of Perryville
City of Sikeston
City of Charleston
Summer Storm Flooding
Our Cape crews are helping Iowa residents because of the severe flash flooding.
Flash Flooding in Iowa
Over the past weekend, Des Moines, Iowa suffered from intense flash flooding. It is reported that cleanup may take months, according to CBS News.
SERVPRO franchises are already there helping people restore their property.
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties sent two crews to help alleviate the mess. On Sunday evening, we sent a team of four people to clean and dry out the houses of Iowa residents.
Here to Help
Whenever a local disaster happens, SERVPRO is the company you can trust to service you and your entire neighborhood.
We have Storm Teams that activate and bring in as many crews needed to service all the customers in a timely manner. So if the 8,000+ residents of Perryville all had water throughout their house all at once, we can take care of them. When storms come through the entire city of Sikeston, we've got you covered. If all of the major employers in the Cape Girardeau area, including St. Francis Medical Center, Southeast Hospital, P&G, SEMO, and The Isle Casino, had feet of floodwater in their facilities from the same storm, we can take care of all of them.
There is only one name you need to remember: SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. We have the equipment, the man power, and all the resources needed to take care of our entire community.
Call 573-339-1948 because we are "Faster to any size disaster."
You might have a mold problem if...
Have a mold problem in Scott City or Benton? We can take care of that.
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties handles water damages every day. We know that prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Water damages are not the only red flags for opportunity for mold growth, though.
When to Suspect Mold Growth
If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:
- The presence of visible mold.
- Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
- Excessive humidity.
That’s me, now what?
These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems. When you’re ready for action, call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties at 573-339-1948, and we will remediate your mold and help give you peace of mind.
As summer approaches, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat in the coming months. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, the elderly, sick, and overweight. Urban area residents also have a greater chance of being affected than those who live in rural areas due to the heat island effect.
Heat Island Effect
According to the EPA, " the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, to temperatures 50-90 degrees (F) hotter than the air, while shaded or moist surfaces--often in more rural surroundings--remain close to air temperatures." These surface heat islands are stronger during the day when the sun is shining, while the atmospheric heat islands are more likely after sunset "due to the slow release of heat from urban infrastructure."
Don't let the heat get to you
Whether you are in an urban or rural area, there are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible, stay indoors in air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake.
If you must go outside, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life-threatening. Signs of heat stroke are high body temperature (103 degrees (F)+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool. Reduce body temperature with cool, wet cloths or a bath. Do not give a person with heat stroke fluids, and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency (CDC).
It's not the heat, it's the humidity.
Since we live in a humid climate, be aware of the heat index. The heat index factors in the humidity, which can make the temperature feel 15 degrees hotter.
Extreme heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit ready.gov or cdc.gov.
Realtors: Dealing with Mold
As a realtor, you work hard at finding people a place they can call home. You also work hard at presenting less-than-desirable houses in a way that suddenly appears like home to someone else. In doing so, sometimes mold is one of the battles you pursue. At SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties, we want to help you.
Be an Informed Resource
Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reduce rapidly when moisture is present. An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, causing a public health problem. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth. It is especially important to clean up existing indoor mold growth to increase property appeal and retain its value. If a property has experienced a water intrusion, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can inspect the damage to see whether moisture has penetrated materials or is allowing mold growth.
Control Moisture - Reduce Mold
Prior to listing a property, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth. Should a damage event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage--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
- Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work
- Install a ventialation system
Lightning Safety Tips
Although lightning can strike anytime, the chance for lightning increases in the summer months. Stay safe with these basic tips.
- Have a lightning safety plan, and cancel/postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected.
- If you do get caught outside, avoid high ground, open spaces, and all metal objects including electric wires, fences, etc. Seek shelter in substantial building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle.
- If you are indoors, stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone. Consider unplugging computers, power tools, and TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric/phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.
If your building is struck by lightning, give SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties a call to take care of any of the damage.
Source: The National Weather Service
Watch vs. Warning
Call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties for your storm cleanup needs.
As we go further into spring, we can expect more storms to come our way. It is important to be prepared for storms. In order to know how to be prepared for storms, we also have to know when to be prepared.
Severe Thunderstorm WATCH
A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the devlopment of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. A watch is issued bu the SPC (Storm Prediction Center).
Severe Thunderstorm WARNING
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 Services, which for us is in Paducah.
How Can SERVPRO Help?
Unexepected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is the professional team near you that knows that immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal.
Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines*, we strive to:
- Contact you within 1 hour from ntoice 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 busiess hours sof on-site arrival.
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can also perform pack-out services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affect area for off-site cleaning and storage.
Call 573-339-1948 for your storm damage needs.
*Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.
Watch vs. Warning information is provided by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
We're the Water Damage Restoration Team Near You!
With our office in Cape Girardeau, we service Cape, Scott, Bollinger, Mississippi, and Perry Counties.
When water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That’s why knowing the easiest ways to contact the SERVPRO® nearest you is so important. Just visit SERVPROcapegirardeauscottcounties.com on your computer, tablet, or mobile device or simply call 573-339-1948 to get the team that’s faster to any size disaster. We’re a leader in giving control back to homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities after the ravaging effects of water. So whether you are responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000—be ready for the worst with the very best: SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. With a network of more than 1,700 franchises ready to help in the even of a water loss, our local team, owned by Richard and Sandy Hastings, has all the resources needed to take care of you. Call on a restoration system serving insurance companies and their insureds, as well of thousands of commercial property owners in North America. SERVPRO® is a brand you can trust…and we’re just down the street.
Moldy March Madness
We know your bracket is probably busted, but has your water pipe ever been busted? Have you ever had a leak? Was it properly restored and dried out? If not, you might have a mold issue. As Spring arrives and warmer weather returns, it’s the perfect opportunity for mold to harvest and grow.
The good news, is that there is a professional mold remediation company near you: SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties.
Mold is no issue for SERVPRO®. We are trained in how to take care of mold on your property.
As if the pollen that comes with spring isn’t bad enough for allergies, mold can also be a contributor. Don’t have a moldy March that leads to April allergies. Give us a call at 573-339-1948, and we will help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Is There Mold Lurking in your Ducts?
Is there a musty smell when you turn on your HVAC system? If so, listen up.
Mold can easily spread through your ducts, vents, and HVAC system, leaving a nasty haze of mold that you can smell all over the house. If you're running a business, your customers could smell it too- which is why you should always call our service professionals to deal with the problem as soon as possible.
How Does Mold Get in The HVAC System?
Mold damage in Scott City is no laughing matter. Mold, fungus, and other bacteria are in their perfect environment when they're trapped in your HVAC system. It's dark, warm, moist, closed in, and humid, meaning that spores can grow practically unabated. You'll notice more and more scent as heat and humidity is generated from outside and pulled through your ducts.
When this moist air gets in your air system, it collects within and above your HVAC units. At this point, the spores of mold and other fungi easily rise through the air, setting up colonies as your condenser forces them up through the duct system. These aren't the only cases of mold that we've seen at SERVPRO; we've seen mold stick to people's clothes or shoes, and it's all brought inside by excess humidity caused by rainfall.
Tips on How to Remove Mold From Your HVAC System
1. Continue to clean and maintain your HVAC system, even when you aren't using it. Check the ducts for wet spots, and regularly check and maintain your HVAC filter.
2. Double check the drainage systems on your HVAC for mold. Allow for "dry-out" areas where the drainage comes out to prevent excess moisture.
3. Get dehumidifiers for your home. They are ideal for collecting excess humidity, and they help with the temperature inside your house, too.
4. Always insulate your pipes, walls, and ceilings. Use caulking for cracks to control cracks and leaks.
5. Contrary to common beliefs, keep your windows closed when it's hot outside. Humidity, dust, and dampness easily travel inside.
Don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. We are the nearest SERVPRO® to your Scott City home and can take care of your mold remediation.