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Is There Mold Lurking in your Ducts?

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Olympic Speed

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Olympic Speed Even faster than a short-track speed skater - Team SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster.

The 2018 Winter Olympics is underway. We are already seeing impressive performances. So many of the Olympic events rely on incredible speed to achieve the gold.

Just like Olympic athletes, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties trains for crunch-time moments. We know that speed matters when your office building is flooded. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties promises to be onsite of your emergency within four hours of receiving the call. 

Commercial restoration is a job for professionals. We understand the needs of property managers and large facilities. We work with you to help get you back in business. 

Our goal is to restoring over replacing. We are your local restoration company. Give us a call at (573) 339-1948. Don't wait for another contractor to fly in to assess the damage. By the time he or she arrives, you may be dealing with a mold issue. Instead, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties could have water extracted, drying equipment in place, and flood cuts wherever necessary. 

At SERVPRO®, we go for the gold.

National Burn Awareness Week

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

This week is National Burn Awareness Week. Now is the time to educate yourself on heat, fire, and burn safety.

If you do ever find yourself a victim of fire damage, we have provided a list of helpful tips.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives.

  • Limit Movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blacks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties at 573-339-1948 for a peace of mind.

The Super Bowl

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Super Bowl Call the green team that's ready to clean!

You have a bunch of friends over to watch the Patriots play the Eagles in Super Bowl LII. You're all enjoying classic Super Bowl snacks: buffalo dip, wings, BBQ sliders, and maybe a cold one. 

Can't miss the game. Can't miss the commercials.

The only time to go to the bathroom is while they are setting up for the halftime show.So EVERYONE has to go in that small window of time.

That's a lot of flushing in a short period of time.

Right as JT finishes up his last song, the last person runs out of the bathroom saying that the toilet is overflowing and there is water all down the hall.

Well, there goes the rest of the game.

Or not.

Download our SERVPRO Ready App NOW and set SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties" as your preferred franchise. That way all you have to do is "tap, tap, tap," and we'll be on our way, and you can finish the game knowing help is on the way.

Or you can call us at 573-339-1948. Our 24-hour emergency services are ready to take care of that water from your overflowed bowl during the Super Bowl.

An Unwanted Valentine

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Just before you and your significant other head out the door for a romantic Valentine's dinner, a pipe bursts in your wall spraying water everywhere.

Exchange the heels and dress shoes for water boots because your house is a sloppy mess.

OR...

Download our SERVPRO Ready App NOW and set SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties" as your preferred franchise. That way all you have to do is "tap, tap, tap," and we'll be on our way, and you can still go out and have a nice Valentine's date knowing that the water restoration and cleanup professionals are taking care of your house to make it "Like it never even happened."

We are also available at 573-339-1948. Our 24-hour emergency services are ready to take care of your wet, unwanted valentine so that you can still spend time with the one that you love.

Fire Cleanup Professionals

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has the professionals that can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties provide timely response with mitigation services ranging form fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claim inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.

SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your go-to company for fire restoration in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Perryvillle, Sikeston, Gordonville, Scott City, Charleston, and any other surrounding community.

Prepare Your Business for Winter

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties, we know that your business can't afford to be out of business for even a short period of time. Don't let winter surprise you with mahem! We have compiled a list of tips to help you be proactive:

Tips for Preparing Your Business for Winter Weather

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

We are faster to any size disaster. When winter strikes, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties strikes back.

Winter Weather Tips

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Weather Tips Frozen pipes are common in cold weather. Turning up your heat can help prevent that.

Don't we all wish winter just means snow days where we get to stay home and lounge all day in our pajamas, watch movies, and play in the snow?

Too bad that's not reality.

Winter storms can bring all sorts of issues for your home or business, so we have compiled some tips to counter those issues:

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

  • 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.

When winter weather strikes, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties strikes back.

Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Cold-Weather Killer

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used, or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, and engine hyphenated powered equipment, such as portable generators. However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly carbon monoxide fumes. Reduce the chance of carbon oxide exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances they can produce carbon monoxide. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedrooms. Consider having all fuel burning the heating equipment and chimneys serviced by a professional. Use portable generators only in well ventilated areas away from doors, windows, as is, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home. For additional carbon monoxide safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov for OSHA.gov.

Frozen Pipe Winter Problems

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen Pipe Winter Problems Download the SERVPRO Ready App today

It has been unusually cold to start off the new year. This bitterly cold weather often causes water pipes to freeze and then burst, causing a cold, wet mess in your home or business.

SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can take care of your busted frozen pipes. We have a commitment to be on-site within 4 hours of receiving your call, which means the sooner we get to work to restoring your property to preloss condition.

Take the time now to download the SERVPRO Ready Plan App. Create your profile now, so that when disaster strikes, we are just a few quick taps away from helping you in your time of need. Be sure to set SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties as your preferred franchise to ensure a quicker response.

When the cold weather takes control of your life, we help you regain that control. Call us at 573-339-1948.