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Importance of Clean Air Ducts and HVAC Systems

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Importance of Clean Air Ducts and HVAC Systems The importance of clean air ducts and HVAC systems reaps many benefits. Allow SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties to clear the air for you.

How do you know if you should have the air ducts in your home cleaned? Let us clear the air for you. Here are a few reasons: If you or a family member suffers with asthma; if you or a family member suffers with pulmonary health issues; if you or a family member could be at potential risk of a respiratory disease; if you or a family member suffers from allergies; if you or a family member suffers from unexplained symptoms of illness. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, perhaps cleaning your ductwork is a good place to start.  SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has a team of professionals who specialize in air ducts and HVAC cleaning.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ducts are infested with vermin. In other words, infested with rodents and insects. Furthermore, ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris, and particles are released into your home from your supply registers.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business. Keeping your HVAC system clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can, in turn, save you money and give you cleaner, quality air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. The SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties’ heroes always provide the homeowner or business owner with an honest recommendation if you need air duct and HVAC cleaning. We care about your home, your business, your family, your pets and your quality air. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

Benefits of servicing your HVAC unit:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

If you have questions about your air duct or HVAC system, contact us, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions for you. We’re happy to come to your residential or commercial property to provide you with a free quote. Your family, your home, your business, your furry friends, your quality air are all reasons the importance of clean air ducts and HVAC systems matter. These are all reasons that are worth it. Call 573-339-1948 today to get yours cleaned.  

Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Company

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Company SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your professional vandalism and graffiti cleanup company -- for your home and business.

SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is well-known for their Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration services, but did you know we also offer vandalism and graffiti cleanup services? If your residential or commercial property is in need of a professional vandalism and graffiti cleanup company, call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties.

Let us “paint the picture” of these different scenarios for you:

Insurance Agent Scenario

It’s Tuesday. You’ve got all your to-do list items for the week completed (and, remind you, it’s only Tuesday!). You haven’t had any claims. You’ve had five new referrals. Your week is off to a phenomenal start. Then, all of a sudden, three of your clients call you back-to-back because they have been victims of vandalism. Windows have been broken at their residential property, and their brick home is painted with graffiti. What do you do?

Business Owner Scenario

Say it’s Wednesday (hump day)! Thus far, you’ve had a productive week. You’ve met all your goals. Your numbers are in the black. Your team is yielding unprecedented results. It’s just been a winning week. Then, you come in early Thursday morning to a not-so-good day. You pull up at your place of business, and, surprise! Unbeknownst to you, your establishment was randomly selected for malicious destruction of your property. What do you do?    

Homeowner Scenario

Imagine it’s Thursday! You’re going about your day, excited it’s Thursday, because Thursday is basically the new Friday. You had an awesome week at work. Your coworker complimented you on the outstanding job you’ve done. You finished that pressing proposal before the deadline. And to make matters even better, you received a hefty increase in your salary. Now, it’s 5 p.m., and it’s time for the “weekend” to begin. Yeah! So, you’re off to do your normal routine: pick up your children from daycare, head to the grocery store to get some groceries for dinner. On the ride home, your children are voluntarily telling you about their day and everyone is at peace. Everyone is happy. Then, you arrive at home to an unhappy surprise. Your son’s friends thought it would be funny to “egg” your house. Vandalism is never funny! That so-called normal routine turned out to be a not-so-normal day after all. What do you do?

We know what you need to do. You need to call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. Our heroes will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. We can make that vandalism and graffiti mess “Like it never even happened.”

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water damage and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner, but SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can resolve that issue for you, too.

If your home or business needs vandalism and/or graffiti cleanup services, rely on SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. If we can make fire damage and water damage “Like it never even happened,” imagine what we can do for vandalism and graffiti cleanup. Go with SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties -- a professional vandalism and graffiti cleanup company. Just give us a ring at 573-339-1948.

Holiday Cleaning Hacks for Your Home

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

With the holidays right around the corner, you’re, more than likely, in the cleaning mode.

Frantically trying to get your home spic and spac, especially for your holiday company. So, as a gift to you, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties wants to provide you with some holiday cleaning hacks for your home.

Carpet Cleaning Hacks

  • If you have wax on your carpets, place a slightly damp towel on the wax. Next, place an iron on top of the towel for approximately 10-60 seconds (use best judgment). Then remove. Keep checking until the wax is completely removed.
  • Got kiddos? If you do, chances are, you have gum or crayon stains on your carpets/floors. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has effective SERVPRO specialized products designed just for those needs. Contact us to see how we will make it “Like it never even happened.”  

Choose the company that was voted #1 (multiple times) in Carpet Cleaning for the People’s Choice Awards.

Upholstery Cleaning Hacks

  • Need to clean off animal hair from your favorite couch or loveseat? Simply use a squeegee to extract the hairs from the upholstery, then vacuum.
  • To get rid of smelly odors on your upholstery, sprinkle baking soda on it. Let is sit for approximately 20-30 minutes, then vacuum.

Learn about the different specialized cleaning methods we offer for carpets and upholstery cleaning.

Garbage Disposal Odor Cleaning Hacks

  • If your garbage disposal is giving off an odorous smell, simply place an orange or lemon down the drain. And, voila, it’s like the smell never even happened.
  • To get rid of a smelly stench, sprinkle about a half-cup of baking soda into the disposal, followed by a cup of white or apple cider vinegar. Let the mixture bubble up and sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, turn on the disposal and run water to distribute the mixture throughout the unit. This is a great deodorizer.

Get more natural ways to clean your garbage disposal here.  

Whether you need carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, cleaning of your ceilings, floors and walls, drapes & blinds, air ducts & HVAC system, or sewage cleanup, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can make it “Like it never even happened.” Even if you need odor removal at your residential property, we properly handle that, too.

We hope you enjoyed these holiday cleaning hacks for your home. We strongly encourage you to take a load off this holiday season, and don’t worry about the cleaning. Leave it to us. Sit back, relax and be stress-free for the holidays. Being stress-free is a gift that’s priceless. Allow us to take care of your residential cleaning services for you. You’ll be happy that you did. Just give us a call at 573-339-1948.     

Cleaning Services for Your Home or Business

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Cleaning Services for Your Home or Business SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties offers effective cleaning services for your home or business.

Keeping your residential or commercial property clean can help protect your investment and increase the value of your property. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties offers a myriad of cleaning services for your home or business. We have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

You may know SERVPRO as the leader in fire & water cleanup & restoration, but know what else we’re known for? Our professional residential cleaning services. We make a dirty, soiled carpet "Like it never even happened." And that’s one of the many reasons we were voted #1, again, in Carpet Cleaning for the Southeast Missourian’s 2018 People’s Choice Awards. We’ve received this prestigious awards for six years (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). We are so honored and humbled. We thank all of our customers, everyone who voted for us. Thanks for making this award possible.

Here are the residential cleaning services that SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties offers:

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will get out the dirt you see and remove unwanted dust. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.

Air Duct Cleaning

Air duct cleaning is crucial for every home and business. It helps to keep clean air circulating and to reduce allergens, pet dander and mold. Consistent duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.

Odor Removal

We can help you get rid of odor removal in your home or business with our effective, proven process. Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors today.

Sewage & Biohazard Cleanup

SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties does sewage & biohazard cleanup to make your home or business “Like it never even happened.” No task is too big for our specialists. We’re always ready and equipped to assist in the cleanup of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your residential or commercial property.

Anytime you need cleaning services for your home or business, you can trust SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties to get the job done efficiently and effectively. Not only can you rely on the leader in fire & water cleanup & restoration for your home and business needs, you can also rely on us for your carpet cleaning needs. Additionally, we clean ceilings, floors, walls, drapes, blinds, trauma/crime scene, vandalism and graffiti. We’re basically an all-encompassing company. Give us a call today: 573-339-1948.

The “People” Have Voted. Their “Choice” is SERVPRO.

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Well, the People’s Choice results are in, and it’s official. The people have spoken and voted SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties #1 in Carpet Cleaning.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us. We attribute our happy customers for this feat, for this success. And we dedicate this award to you. We are so humbled and thankful for this prestigious award.

The People’s Choice Awards is a local award tradition that affords the people of our beautiful, thriving community the opportunity to vote for their favorite company. There are more than 130 categories people can vote for. We’ve received the People’s Choice Awards for a number of years. We are honored to have received the #1 spot in Carpet Cleaning in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. And we are striving to claim it in 2019 and beyond.

When it comes to carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning or any of the other services we provide, we always strive to create happy customers, and our customers always create happy business owners and heroes here at SERVPRO. Our team of heroes help protect your investment with preventative maintenance for your carpets and upholstery.

Foot traffic, food, drinks, animals, etc. are all causes of dirty carpets and upholstery. It’s inevitable, whether you’re a homeowner or business owner, you’ll eventually need carpet cleaning and/or upholstery cleaning. Because even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. It’s a much more cost-effective option to get your carpets cleaned on a consistent basis than to replace it. Because, as you know, new carpets can cost you a pretty penny. We encourage restoring your carpets or upholstery versus replacing them for a number of reasons. One being protecting your investment. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Here at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties, we offer a myriad of specialized cleaning methods:

- Bonnet Cleaning, which is a less aggressive method for short pile carpets.

- Hot Water Extraction, which is a deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.

- Deluxe Precondition and Rinse, which helps restore deeply soiled areas.

- Showcase Premier Cleaning, which is the most thorough cleaning method in the industry.

- Dry Cleaning, which is a solution when color-fastness is an issue.

Next time you need carpet or upholstery cleaning for your residential or commercial property, go with the company the people would go with and voted #1 in Carpet Cleaning (thank you to our customers, to the people!): SERVPRO. Make the right choice and call us today: 573-339-1948.  

Green Means Clean

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Green Means Clean We perform a variety of cleaning services that will start you off right this spring!

SERVPRO Industries, Inc. is a member of the EPA’s Design for Environment (DfE) program. DfE evaluates human health and environmental concerns associated with traditional and alternative chemicals and processes in a range of industries. These evaluations and analyses empower hundreds of businesses to select safer chemicals and technologies. The EPA/DfE has established a set of criteria for formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products, and has put together a listing of safe cleaning components that can be used in Green cleaning formulations. As a member company, SERVPRO® can access this listing known as CleanGredients. From the listing, a formulation can be derived that incorporates “green” chemistry. SERVPRO® has formulated three Green Cleaning Products: Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean, All Surface Green Clean, and Window Green Clean. Spring is a popular season for some deep cleaning, and our green products allow us to complete almost any of your cleaning tasks.

Odor Removal and Deodorization

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at (573) 339-1948, and leave the restoration to us. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Dog Days of Summer

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

So what exactly are the "dog days of summer?"

National Geographic says this about the dog days of summer:

“…the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens. To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a period that could bring fever, or even catastrophe.”

I think it’s safe to say that most people today aren’t referencing a star when they talk about the “dog days of summer.” No. We mean it’s hot. Really hot. So hot that doing anything outside is almost inconceivable!

Here in Cape Girardeau, MO, we are definitely going through the “dog days of summer” with temperatures into the 90’s almost every day this month! And we won’t even talk about the humidity… It’s easy to feel lethargic in this weather. Nonetheless, our crew members have been out on the road, in and out of buildings, and hauling heavy equipment in this heat because they are restoring buildings “like it never even happened.”

While you may be spending most of your day indoors to avoid the heavy heat, don’t think you can’t be productive! Use the “dog days” to achieve some *much needed* housekeeping tasks.  

Check your washing machine hoses.

We advise that you replace them if you find any cracks or bulges. Ideally, rubber hoses can be replaced with a steel-jacketed hose that can't split open Also check your filter screens to confirm that they are not clogged. If not discovered quickly, hundreds of gallons of water can flood out of a burst hose an hour. 

Sort and Organize the Pantry

How does the pantry always become so unorganized? Pull over your trash can and a box to use for food donations. Pull everything off of your pantry shelves and determine its future. Those opened and half empty boxes of food that were lost in the back are probably destined for the garbage. Food that has been in your pantry for over a year might be better appreciated at a food pantry. Secure open items you plan to reshelf in glass jars or ziploc bags to keep them fresh and bug free. Wipe down your shelves and reload.

Clean out the fridge.

How long has THAT been in there? Use your adrenaline from organizing the pantry to clean out your refrigerator (or take a quick cat nap and give yourself a pep talk to keep going). Pull over the trash can and have at it. Completely clear off all of the shelves, throwing away anything that is old or expired. Wipe down bottles or containers that may have gotten sticky and sanitize the shelves. Reshelf any items that are left, and add an open box of baking soda to act as a deodorizer.

Clean kitchen sink disposal.

We recommend using vinegar ice cubes to clean your disposal. Put some vinegar in an ice tray and let it freeze, then run the ice cubes through the disposal.  Not only does the vinegar clean and freshen the disposal unit, but the ice also sharpens the blades!

Don't forget to take a cue from the dogs - take time to relax and cool down!