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Choosing the Appropriate Fire Extinguisher for Your Business

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know there are different types of fire extinguishers? And when there’s fire damage, choosing the appropriate fire extinguisher for your business will be vital. SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is Here to Help® if a disaster strikes your commercial property.  

Types of fire extinguishers:  

Class A

This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.

Class B 

Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, and oil.

Class C 

Designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electronically energized or plugged in.

Class D

For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found in factories.

Class K

Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. Generally found in commercial kitchens.

As you can see, choosing the appropriate fire extinguisher for your business is highly important. If you have any questions, contact us. We’re happy to answer any for you. And if there’s any type of damage at your commercial property, remember to call SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties at 573-339-1948. We’ll make the damage “Like it never even happened.”  

Home Fire Prevention Tips

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

A home fire can leave a family devastated. But, there is help and hope that’s just a phone call away, which can help alleviate some of that devastation. Who is that help and hope? The heroes at SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. We’ll be there to make the fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Although you can’t always predict when a fire occurs, there are some home prevention tips you can follow to help prevent fire damage

Here are three (3) home fire prevention tips: 

Cooking 

When you are cooking, we strongly advise you to not leave the kitchen, leaving food unattended. If you absolutely have to leave the kitchen for any given time, simply turn off the oven until you return. It’s better to be safe than sorry. While cooking, it’s always best to wear short, close-fitting clothing or sleeves that are rolled up. This helps prevent the fire from coming in contact with your clothing. And you certainly want to strongly urge children to stay a safe distance away from all the cooking areas. Tip: Keep children at least three-feet or more away.

Electrical and appliance safety

Electrical and appliance safety is vital. For safety purposes, before using, check wires on all your electrical appliances. If there are frayed wires, that can be a fire hazard, so you want to replace any frayed wires immediately. Always ensure you shut off all electrical appliances once you are done utilizing them. Tip: If you are using a three-pronged plug, only use it on a three-slot outlet.  

Portable space heaters

Portable space heaters can be both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good because it provides warmth and makes a room nice and cozy. It can be a bad thing if it causes a fire, so you want to be careful with them. If you have any combustible objects in your home, keep them at least three feet away from portable space heaters. It is recommended to “buy heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL),” according to Ready.gov. Tip: Invest in a portable heater that has a thermostat control mechanism. That way, if it happens to fall over, it will automatically shut off.  

Check out this resource to learn about other home fire prevention tips. 

These home fire prevention tips can be immensely beneficial for you and your family. If a fire results even after following those tips, just remember, SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties, your local 24-hour emergency service company, will be there for you and your family. Contact us online anytime, or give us a call: 573-339-1948. 

Flooding

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding is a big concern in many areas. When your residential or commercial property is hit with storm damage, you need a local storm damage cleanup and restoration company there immediately. Our highly trained and qualified restoration specialists at SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties are quick to respond to your emergency. 

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately 75 percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as: 

  • Flash flooding 
  • River flooding
  • Storm surge and coastal inundation from tropical and non-tropical systems 
  • Burn scars/debris flows (caused by wildfires)
  • Ice/debris jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry wash (caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam breaks/levee failure

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20 percent of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP). 

When flooding or catastrophic water damage happens at your home or business, SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is Here to Help.® We can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible. Our local heroes are always ready (24/7, 365 days a year) to help make the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us for your next flood damage job: 573-339-1948.   

Do You Live In A Potential Flood Risk Zone?

6/27/2020 (Permalink)

Do you live in a potential flood risk zone? If you don’t know the answer to that very important question, check out this resource. It allows you to easily enter your business, home, or other address to determine if your property is at risk for flooding based on a visual flood map. If you happen to live in a flood risk zone and your residential or commercial property is hit with flood damage, SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can come to your rescue and make the damage “Like it never even happened.” 

With more than 1,700 franchises strategically positioned throughout the U.S. and Canada, help is near when you experience flooding at your home or business. When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm other local restoration companies. That’s not the case with us. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can scale our resources by accessing the apparatus and personnel of over 1,700 franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events.   

No job is ever too big or too small for our team. Our heroes have helped rescue the day at a number of storm emergencies, such as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Florence and countless others. And we can do the same for you should you experience such an event. 

SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties offers 24/7 emergency services. Rest assured, we are always prepared and equipped to take on your job. We’re open 365 days of the year. Even if it’s a holiday, you can contact us, and we’ll come to your rescue. We are Here to Help.® Call us day or night: 573-339-1948.   

Emergency Water Damage Tips

6/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen at any given moment, so it’s good to always be prepared. The emergency water damage tips provided below can help salvage your belongings. The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. It’s vital that you act fast. And that’s exactly what the heroes here at SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties do when there’s water damage at your residential or commercial property. We are faster to any size disaster.  

In the event of water damage, follow these tips: 

  1. Shut-off the water source, if possible, or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source. 
  2. Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock. 
  3. Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. 
  4. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. 
  5. Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place. 
  6. Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards. 
  7. Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water! This could cause an electrical shock or damage to the device. 
  8. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

We hope you found these emergency water damage tips useful. Should you have water damage at your home or business, SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has an effective 7-step process to help make the damage “Like it never even happened.” Contact us 24/7, 365 days of the year. Will you choose us for your next restoration job? Call us for all your emergency services: 573-339-1948. 

Why SERVPRO®? Because We’re There For You Before and After The Damage

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage. Water damage. Storm damage. Any of which can cause a highly traumatizing experience. That’s why SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties exists. We’re there for you before and after the damage. We’re here to help give you peace of mind during that experience, to help piece life back together, to help get your home or business back to preloss condition. We’re here to help make the damage “Like it never even happened.” 

No matter if you need residential or commercial cleanup or restoration services, we’ve got you covered, just like this Cape Girardeau, Missouri, homeowner. Check out this before and after photo of a reconstruction job our heroes completed from start to finish. SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties’ professionals provided effective communication to the customer so she was in-the-know during the entire job. 

And here’s another job to demonstrate how we were there for this business owner when he experienced water damage at his commercial property in Kelso, Missouri. We were with him before, during and after his flooded office journey. 

With any job we take on, our heroes walk you through the process and clearly communicate next steps, just like we did for another happy customer. This business had fire damage, which caused severe soot damage. And this before and after photo shows how our heroes got it back to its preloss condition. 

And we were there for another business in Scott City, Missouri, in their dire time of need. This before and after photo depicts how we made the water damage “Like it never even happened.” Our heroes were on-site immediately. Because, as you know, when you’re in business, every hour lost is one hour of lost productivity. And time is money. That’s why we respond quickly. We want to get you back in business as quickly as possible. SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is faster to any size disaster or emergency.

Even for non-emergencies, such as cleaning, we’ll be there for you, just as we were for another local business. This business owner thought new flooring was needed, but this before and after photo demonstrates the difference stripping and waxing can make. We saved this owner thousands of dollars by restoring the floor versus replacing it. We firmly stand behind our restore versus replace mentality. 

Next time you need restoration services at your place of business or your home, why are you going to choose SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties? Because we’re there for you before and after the damage. With us, you don’t have to worry about it being just transactional; we’re focused on building a rapport with you and creating a happy customer. You can always count on us to be there for you. If you keep us at the top of your mind before damage strikes, you’ll know what to do and who to call after one occurs. We’re your solution and Here to Help.® Contact us whenever you need us. Call 573-339-1948.

3 Flood Safety Tips

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. It’s vital that you are always prepared, so we want to equip you with three flood safety tips so you’re prepared. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, near a river, or even in the desert, there is always potential for flood damage. If your residential or commercial property is affected by flood damage, SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your local storm damage cleanup and restoration company.

Fema.gov reports in the last five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past does not mean you won’t in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000 worth in damages. According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips. 

  1. Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet. 
  2. If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water. 
  3. Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. 

We hope you found these three flood safety tips helpful. If you have flood damage at your residential or commercial property, contact the heroes at SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. We are Here to Help.® We’ll be at your home or business to make the damage “Like it never even happened.” We make it easy and convenient for you to reach us. For all your emergency services, we are available 24/7, 365 days of the year. Call us anytime: 573-339-1948. 

Fire Safety Quiz: How Savvy Are You?

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

Fire safety quiz: how savvy are you when it comes to knowing if you are adequately equipped and prepared for a home fire? Are you a pro? An amateur? There’s one easy way to find out. Test your knowledge. Take this quiz to see if you are prepared for a home fire. In the event of fire damage at your residential property, there’s one fact you should be aware of: there is one company that’s always prepared. And that company is SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. Housed there are heroes who are always ready and Here to Help.® 

What’d you score on the quiz? Are you a pro, or are you an amateur? If you’re a pro, awesome! Very nice job! If you’re an amateur, use this quiz as an opportunity to learn from. Practice to ensure you are properly prepared if/when a fire strikes. 


We hope you found this fire safety quiz: how savvy are you helpful. Our One Team MVPs at SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties want you to always be prepared in the event of a fire emergency. Our experienced and qualified heroes can get your property back to “Like it never even happened.” We’ll be your guiding experts to help you through your crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care. Reach out anytime you have questions. For your next fire job, call your local fire damage repair and restoration company at 573-339-1948.

7 Benefits of a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for Your Commercial Property

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

How is your business prepared? Prepared for when a water pipe breaks? Prepared for when an emergency strikes? SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties offers a free effective tool for your business to help ensure you’re Ready for whatever happens.® We’ll explain the seven benefits of a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your commercial property.

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for both residential and commercial property managers and owners. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or 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. It can help minimize how water damage and fire damage can affect your home or business. 

7 benefits of an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your commercial property:

  1. A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  2. A concise profile document containing only the most critical information needed about your business and building structure in the event of an emergency.
  3. Provides facility details, such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
  4. Identifies the chain of command for authorizing work to begin. 
  5. A guide to help you get back into your building quickly following a disaster. 
  6. Accessible electronically. 
  7. Establishes your local SERVPRO® franchise professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your exclusive ERP partner. Now that you’re aware of the seven benefits of a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your commercial property, contact us to have yours implemented. Call us: 573-339-1948. 

Severe Weather Safety Tips

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Your insureds are your number one priority. And, as their agent, you do everything in your power to help ensure they are properly covered. With storm season upon us (March through June), it’s a good opportunity for you to review their policies and reinforce how essential it is to be properly covered. It’s good to be equipped with severe weather safety tips. Should severe weather strike your home or business, the heroes at SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can be there to make the damage “Like it never even happened.” But it’s vitally important to know what steps to take to help keep you, your customers and their homes safe. As a result, it may help reduce your number of claims. 

According to noaa.org, severe weather can happen anywhere and at any time. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms*:

◊ 10,000 severe thunderstorms

◊ 5,000 floods or flash floods

◊ 1,300 tornadoes

◊ 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes

According to noaa.org, approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related resulting in around 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Here are some simple yet helpful tips to follow:

Know your risk

The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather can impact you, your business, and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts in your area. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazard scenarios.

Take action

Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an example

Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story on social media. Your preparedness efforts may inspire others to do the same.

Not only is it a good idea for you to be prepared, but it’s also a good idea for your business to be prepared. And we have the ideal solution: an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your exclusive ERP partner. Having one in place at your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster. Furthermore, here are three additional benefits:

  1. Helps ensure you’re “Ready for whatever happens.” 
  2. Helps save time and money. 
  3. It’s FREE.

Just contact our marketing team, and we can implement yours!  


We hope you found these severe weather safety tips to be beneficial. If severe weather causes water damage and/or storm damage to your home or business, the heroes here at SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can help make the damage “Like it never even happened.” Our team is always “Ready for whatever happens!” We’re available 24/7, 365 days of the year for all your emergency needs. Just call 573-339-1948.