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Don’t Fear the Thunderstorm, Prepare

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

With the rainy season, comes thunderstorms. Since they can happen during any season of the year, most people don’t fear them in the same way they do a tornado or a blizzard. But it’s because of their commonality that we all need to be prepared for them. A raging thunderstorm can wreak havoc on your home and, if you’re not careful, your family. Take the initiative to protect everything you love with these helpful tips from the government Ready program;

  • If you hear thunder, get inside as soon as you can
  • Pay attention to warnings and alerts
  • Unplug electronics not protected by a surge protector
  • Avoid running water if at all possible
  • Secure outdoor furniture and loose tree branches
  • Avoid flooded roads if driving
  • Do not exit your shelter area until all storm alerts have stopped
  • Call 9-1-1 if in immediate danger

Thunderstorms have the power to create hail, high winds, tornadoes, lightning strikes, and flooding all in a single storm. Any of these natural disasters could critically injure or even kill someone if the proper precautions are not upheld. So do yourself and those around you a big favor and make sure you’re prepared for the next thunderstorm. Because the next one could be right around the corner.

Source: https://www.ready.gov

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Spring Season is Fire Season

4/4/2021 (Permalink)

Contrary to what some might believe, Spring is the season that actually has the highest daily average of fires of the year. The human and nature factors actually line up quite perfectly when it comes to setting accidental fires. So it is important to know the triggers and dangers of a sudden Spring fire should you come up against one. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and United States Fire Administration (USFA) has a helpful list of common Spring fire triggers to help everyone know how to stay safe.

  • Relative humidity tends to be lower
  • Winds tend to be higher
  •  Leaves and other brush material are on the ground as kindling
  •  Sunlight both warms and dries surface fuels
  •  Cooking outdoors begins to increase
  • Areas with lots of trees or brush tend to be very dry from the previous winter

Despite the rain and general wet conditions of Spring, accidental fires can still be easy to set and disastrous to the area. So don’t let your guard down just because the bitter cold has gone and the sweltering heat hasn’t arrived yet. Take the initiative to know the fire triggers near you so an unexpected blaze doesn’t catch you off guard.

Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

The Dangers of the Rain

4/3/2021 (Permalink)

Old sayings get to be old saying for a reason. “April Showers Bring May Flowers” is a classic example. In most areas, April is the month where mother nature typically decides that every other day requires a rainstorm. Unfortunately for those in her path, excessive rainfall can be not only dangerous but also can cause massive damage to your property. And if you’re unaware of the risks you could find yourself in a dangerous situation. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has a list of hazards to keep your eye out for during the rainy season;

  • Flooding can wash away outdoor furniture and plants
  • Standing water will weaken and damage foundations
  • Too much water can weaken the soil and cause landslides
  • Deep puddles on the roads can cause cars to stall if they get caught
  • Animals kept outside can stand in standing water and end up with irritated skin
  • Excessive rain can overflow the sewers, causing backups and leaks
  • Kids outside in cold rain for extended periods of time can catch illnesses much easier

Rain can bring much-needed water to a dry spell or cool down a hot day. And it can be a lot of fun to play in sometimes. But it’s important to remember that just like any other type of weather, too much can be hazardous. And if we’re not careful we could end up in some deep trouble. So stay safe this April and look forward to those May flowers.

Source: https://niwa.co.nz

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Sun, Fun, and Coworkers

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Spring has finally arrived! The weather has finally turned nice and everyone is itching to get outside and enjoy it. Letting your employees outside for some team-building activities once and a while could be just what they need to shake off the COVID and winter energy that built up while stuck inside. But how do you get past the fact that the mere mention of team-building activities brings a groan from most? Luckily, Wrike.com has a great list of games and activities that will both take advantage of Spring weather and be enjoyed amongst your team;

  • Water Cooler Trivia
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Work Outdoors Day
  • 3 Truths and a Lie
  • The Human Knot Game
  • Office Picnic Day
  • The Egg Drop Challenge
  • Blind Drawing Contests

Even those who prefer the indoors sometimes want a change of pace. The same is true for anyone else. Some time to have fun and enjoy the beautiful weather will boost everyone’s spirits and give the team time to become closer. Doing these or other small activities every now and then will help your team in so many ways. And in turn, your productivity might even go up. So consider going out with your team to enjoy the sun. It doesn’t always shine, but when it does it’s beautiful.

Source: https://www.wrike.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

SERVPRO Fights Covid-19

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

As COVID-19 continues to stick around at the beginning of 2021, we at SERVPRO are as committed as ever to keep your business clean so you can stay open. Our “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” is our most recent addition to our line-up of cleaning services. Created after the onset of the pandemic, our specialized viral pathogen-cleaning system prevents the spread of COVID-19 and we use it to clean your business top to bottom. And when it’s combined with our 50 years of cleaning experience, you can rest assured that your business is safe for customers and employees alike. Our cleaning process is rooted in what we call the 5 C’s;

  • Consult - We’ll come down to your business and inspect the layout, determining the best way to handle the business’s unique needs
  • Clean - Once we have our plan, we’ll begin the deep clean of your business, using hospital-grade equipment and cleaning solutions approved by the CDC
  • Certify - We’ll finish with our “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” shield posted in your window, showing all your customers that you’ve protected them and your business from COVID-19.

It could take several more months before our community gets back into the normal routine. And in the meantime, you can count on SERVPRO to be with you in the meantime. Call us anytime to set up a cleaning for your business.

Source: https://www.SERVPRO.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Poinsettias Don’t Have to be Christmas Exclusive

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

If your family is like my family, you probably got a poinsettia or two around the Christmas Season to decorate your home with. They’re beautiful flowers and bring a nice pop of Christmas color to your home. But most don’t last much beyond the Christmas season. This isn’t because potted poinsettias don’t last long. With the right know-how of how to care for them, a poinsettia can last for years. And you can even get them to bloom new flowers around Christmas time every year so you don’t have to buy new ones. Home Beautiful.com has a how-to list about the best way to care for your poinsettia all year round;

  • When bringing a poinsettia home, make sure to wrap it up in paper to protect it from draughts and cold temperatures
  • Always remember that the plant's root bale should neither dry out nor be drenched
  • If leaves are turning yellow or falling off, you're probably not watering it right
  • Water your poinsettia plant when the soil is noticeably dry
  • Mini poinsettias’ soil should be checked every day
  • Poinsettias prefer room-temperature water
  • Mini poinsettias should not be given more than one shot glass of water
  • If in doubt, it’s better to keep poinsettias a little drier rather than too moist
  • Poinsettias need warmth and light
  • Try to place poinsettias in a sheltered spot
  • Sufficient light is important for the plant to grow and thrive, and in the winter months, it is happy by a south-facing window
  • To ensure it survives until next year, you will need to prune the poinsettia in April
  • Repot in May and grow it in a cool and light place over summer
  • In November, give it 12 hours of bright daylight followed by 12 hours of complete darkness to alert it to the shorter days of winter, which will encourage the red flowers to return

You don’t have to buy a new poinsettia every year to get that nice Christmas floral arrangement. With some time and effort, you can get several years of use out of a single poinsettia. That not only saves you money in the long run but also gives you experience in taking care of unique household plants. So give your poinsettia a chance this year and see what you can do with this Christmas plant.

Source: https://www.housebeautiful.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Digging Out of the Blizzard

3/6/2021 (Permalink)

Even though March has arrived, the pounding of harsh winter weather isn’t over yet. Many more blizzards could easily be on their way and bring all sorts of problems with them. It’s important to know what kinds of problems to look for after the storm has passed and how to deal with them. HGTV has compiled a list of a few simple things to keep an eye out for when you finally emerge from your home after the storm;

  • Check for downed power lines from a safe distance and call your electricity provider to shut them off
  • If your power goes out, check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector
  • Check for broken or frozen water pipes to prevent water damage
  • Inspect your windows for damage
  • Inspect your chimney before lighting a fire in your fireplace
  • Examine your roof for leaks or wind damage
  • Start your car at least 15 minutes before driving to warm it up and check for damage
  • Check your news or radio stations for damage reports and road conditions
  • Shovel and salt your driveway before leaving in your car
  • Examine your trees and trim away broken limbs so they don’t fall on property or other people

There’s no doubt that a powerful blizzard can leave your property badly damaged. Even when you’re prepared it is always important to do at least a quick check around your property to make sure that you and your family are safe. Especially when your kids go outside to play in the fresh snow.

Source: https://www.hgtv.com

 As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Maintaining Your Smoke Alarm

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

The smoke alarm is one of the most basic fire safety devices we have today. It has been installed in virtually every building in the United States and requires very little to do its job. Yet despite their relative ease, there are still things that must be done in order to keep these devices working at their peak efficiency. The U.S. Fire Administration has several simple tips they recommend for keeping your smoke alarm working well;

  • Test your smoke alarm monthly
  • If using a nine-volt battery, replace the battery once a year
  • If using a 10-year lithium battery, do not attempt to remove the battery on your own
  • If your system is wired into the electrical system of the building, replace the battery back up once a year
  • Once every ten years, replace your entire smoke alarm unit

It may seem tedious or unimportant to follow these steps, but it is important to keep up the maintenance on your smoke alarms. After all if you have no early warning system when a fire breaks out, the resulting damage from an unexpected fire can rise very quickly from what might’ve been a manageable fire originally. So follow these simple steps to keep your homes and businesses safe.

Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Mask Hacks for an Easier Day

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

As we near the year-long mark of the pandemic, many have gone back to work or school in some form or another. And if they have, there’s no doubt they have new rules that require masks to be worn during the day. While wearing them every now and then to go to the store is one thing, wearing them all day, all week is quite another. The constant pull of the straps on the ears can be painful and could actually develop sores on the ears if done too often. Luckily, a year-long pandemic has given rise to a vast number of tricks to make wearing your mask much easier on your ears. The helpful nurses as Nurse.org have shared their favorite hacks for making masked days easier;

  • Sew a button onto a hat to hook the mask onto
  • Wrap the straps into a high hair bun
  • Wearing a strap connector behind the head
  • Attach the straps to a headband
  • Use rubber bands and a paper clip to extend the strap lengths

Whether you use any of the ideas or your own creative ideas, there can be any number of ways to protect your ears. Face masks are great for protection from the current virus crisis, but sometimes we can forget about the little problems that pop up during a big change such as this. So give these tricks a try and protect your ears.

Source: https://nurse.org

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Things to do While You Wait for the Vaccine

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

Vaccines are finally being distributed in the United States! But even still, getting one to every single person in the country is a slow process. And those who are further down on the list to receive one will most likely be waiting a few months to finally get their turn. Even as distributions continue, many restaurants and family fun destinations are still closed or extremely limited. And even most electronic devices have become overdone. So what can you do while normal life still seems so far away? Well, you can try some of these unique activities courtesy of “The Thirty”;

  • Meditate
  • Offer to help a neighbor
  • Work out
  • Go to the grocery store for someone who has to work
  • Take a bath
  • Donate blood
  • Journal
  • Write letters to friends
  • Take a walk outside
  • Take a nap
  • Read a book
  • Clean and organize your home
  • Sing

These are just a few of the things you can do to not only pass the time but also benefit yourself and others at the same time. No matter what stage of the pandemic we are in, life still marches on. So take it upon yourself to do something productive while you wait for your turn to get the vaccine. 

Source: https://thethirty.whowhatwear.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Stop My Basement From Flooding!

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

Arguably one of the worst disasters that can befall a homeowner is a flooded basement. Because they are underground, all basements are at risk for flooding. Melting snow, rainstorms, burst pipes, and many others are all common causes for the dreaded “wet basement”. The silver lining however, is that because this problem is so common, there are a number of ways that have been developed to combat this problem. 30 year home renovator, Bob Villa, has compiled a list of tips and tricks that can help anyone waterproof their basement;

  • Don’t plant flower beds or bushes that require watering near the edges of your basement
  • Inspect and repair gutters and downspouts so water is pointed away from the house
  • Consider installing a drainage system inside your basement walls
  • Seal the interior of walls with a high-quality waterproof paint
  • Rearrange your storage system so that items you want to preserve are off the floor
  • Make sure all window wells are sealed in the event of a storm or melting snow
  • Fill visible cracks in the cement with hydraulic cement
  • Keep your eyes open for wet spots on the walls that could indicate a leak
  • Consider buying sensors that can detect leaks or wet surfaces
  • Consider investing in a sump pump

These simple things can be the difference between a home disaster or another worry free day. Consider taking these steps to keep your basement and the things in it safe from water disasters.

Source. www.bobvila.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.



Space Heater Safety Tips

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

If you’re like my family, you’ve probably got a space heater in the basement to keep you warm when spending time down there. But like any other device that can produce heat, it can be dangerous if it’s not handled properly. And despite the relatively safe nature of the modern space heater, it is still vitally important to know how to safely heat your home with one. Luckily, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a helpful list of tips they recommend when handling a space heater;

  • Keep your space heater at least 3 feet away from anything flammable, including people
  • Make sure you know if your space heater has any overheat protection
  • Keep your space heater on a solid flat surface
  • Find out if your space heater has an emergency auto shut-off if the unit falls over
  • Never block an exit with the space heater
  • Keep it out of the major foot traffic areas of your home
  • Keep children away from the space heater
  • Only plug into the wall outlets, do not use an extension cord
  • Always turn off the space heater when you leave the room

The space heater is a great way to keep your home warm during these cold winter months. Just remember that like any other heating device, there are still dangers when operating one. So always stay alert, take precautions, and keep warm. 

Source: www.nfpa.org

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.



The Common Mistakes of Salting the Parking Lot

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Often when there’s snow, there’s ice. Because of this, salting the driveway and your share of the sidewalks has become the partner to routine shoveling. Especially at your business where your employees and customers park, it’s vitally important that they are able to walk to your business without fear of slipping on ice. While salting is a normal part of winter for most, there are still some common mistakes that pop up when salting a bigger area such as your company parking lot. Earth Development has a helpful list of the most common mistakes businesses make when dealing with the ice in their parking lots;

  • Do not use only rock salt. It works very well after a storm coats your parking lot in ice, but it still takes time to melt. A layer of magnesium chloride laid down before a storm will keep the snow and ice from sticking to your parking lot in the first place, keeping it safe before, during, and after the storm.
  • Do not use your cleaning ingredients incorrectly. Rock salt should be used sparingly and only when the temperature is above freezing. Magnesium Chloride meanwhile should be applied to the ground sparingly before the snow and ice arrive, producing a protective layer over your parking lot.
  • Do not overuse the products. Both rock salt and magnesium chloride can be harmful to the environment if used in excess. The chemicals melt into the snow and into the sewers, leading to local rivers and lakes. So be sure to only use when needed and sparingly.
  • Do not apply the products before shoveling snow away. While salt’s job is to melt, the fact is that the amount of salt you would have to buy to melt even a small parking lot is much too high. In addition there’s the problem of the chemicals melting into the water and sewers. Shoveling away as much as you can before adding salt is still an essential step.
  • Do not mix sand and rock salt. Even if it might seem like a good idea, two products are not better than one in this situation.  A mix of rock salt and sand will only dilute each other, rendering both less effective. Rock salt is the more effective of the two and sand should only be used as a last resort.

Remember these tips the next time you’re going to clean out your snow covered parking lot. We know you want your customers and employees to be as safe as they can be when coming into and leaving work each day. So take care of the ground they walk on and properly salt your business’s parking lots and sidewalks. After all, no one wants to twist their ankle coming into work.

Source: www.earthdevelopmentinc.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.



Workplace Fire Safety

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Fire drills at work are always a pain to do. They take forever to get over with, thrust everyone out into the cold or heat, and interrupt all the projects people are in the middle of. But despite all the hassle, knowing what to do in a workplace fire can save lives. It’s important that your employees know what to do in case a fire breaks out so they can keep themselves and their coworkers safe. Fortunately, Atlantic Training has a list of ways that your employees can stay informed and ready in the event that something goes wrong and they need to evacuate the building;

  • Immediately call 911, do not try to put the fire out yourself
  • Plan multiple escape routes to increase your odds of escape
  • Periodically check the fire escapes of your building to ensure maximum safety
  • Make sure windows are easy and quick to open
  • Never use the elevator
  • Walk down the stairs, do not run
  • Remain calm
  • Seal openings with wet objects to keep smoke out
  • Practice all techniques every now and then to prepare

Fires are like any other type of workplace accident can be devastating to your business. But when you prepare your employees for the worst, they’ll be prepared and ready for whatever might happen while at work. So try these helpful tips and keep everyone safe.

Source:  www.atlantictraining.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

The Five Classes of Fire

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

A fire in any sense of the word can be disastrous. Whether it happens at the home, in the business, or out in a forest, there’s no doubt that they need to be put out as soon as possible. But what most don’t realize is that not all fires are able to be put out by the same method. According to the Strike First Corporation of America, there are five different classifications of fire;

  • Class A fires are the most common accidental fires. They start typically when a combustible material, such as wood or fabric, accidentally catches on fire. These are the fires that should be put out with water.
  • Class B fires happen when a liquid such as gasoline or oil is lit on fire. When facing this type of fire, the most efficient way to put it out is to cut off its oxygen supply. These fires must be smothered in order to put out the flames.
  • Class C fires are commonly known as electrical fires. As the name suggests, they happen as a result of electrical surges, such as from power cords or motors. These types of fires will extinguish once the power to the electrical object has been cut off.
  • Class D fires occur when a metal such as aluminum or titanium catches on fire. Trying to put out these types of fires with water will not work and could even increase the flames. To put out the flames, a dry powder should be used to smother the flames.
  • Class K fires are more commonly known as cooking fires. They most commonly appear in kitchens when the oils used in cooking, such as grease or animal fat, catch on fire. In these cases, turning off the heat source and smothering the flames is the best course of action.

It is important to know about the different fire types so if confronted with one, one can respond quickly and efficiently. The best thing you can do to protect your home or business is to know which class or classes will be most likely to happen and have the proper extinguishing agents are available. That way the damage can be minimized if a fire ever breaks out.

Source:  www.strikefirstusa.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.



Don't Put That in Your Drain

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

There’s a hidden nervous system of water pipes throughout your house. And as long as the water flows, we don’t think about them much, if at all. But like any other part of the house, pipes can cause problems if not properly maintained. A clogged pipe can back up water and cause major water damage if left unattended. And no matter what type of drain you have, there are some simple tips about what not to put down your drain in order to minimize the chance of a massive clog. HGTV has a list of helpful tips to keep your pipes clean and water flowing free;

Do Not Put These Down Your Drain!

  • Grease
  • Uncooked or unpeeled vegetables
  • Coffee grounds
  • Egg shells
  • Pasta or rice
  • Hair

Tips for Keeping Pipes Clean

  • Minimize the amount of food you put down your garbage disposal
  • Regularly pour a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down the drain
  • Every now and then fill your sink with water then release it down the drain
  • Do not put harsh drain cleaners down the sink, they can corrode your pipes
  • If you notice tubs or sinks filling with standing water when running, the pipe might be getting clogged

Keeping your pipes clean is one of the simplest things you can do to keep your home from water damage. It’s most important to remember that just because something can be put down the drain, doesn’t mean it should. Remember these simple tips and keep that water system clean. 

Source:  www.hgtv.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Preparing for a Winter Storm Power Outage

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

During the winter, one of the most notorious things that can happen is that your home or business loses power during or after a winter storm. With no electricity, most lose heating, electric devices can be damaged, and even food supplies in fridges and freezers can go bad. And there’s often no way to tell when your power will be restored. However there are ways to prevent these disasters before and during a winter storm in order to keep your houses and businesses safe. Backdoor Survival has recommended these simple and effective tips for keeping yourself safe:

  • Make sure you have working flashlights and plenty of batteries ready
  • Have some kind of battery-operated radio so you can keep informed of the weather and storms in your area
  • Make sure you have a handheld can opener
  • If you have a automatic garage door, ensure you know how to use it manually in case you need to leave
  • After the power goes out, unplug any sensitive electrical equipment to protect them from possible power spikes when the power comes back on
  • Keep a supply of books and board games to keep your family occupied and calm during the outage
  • Consider investing in a portable backup generator

  When a storm hits there’s no telling whether or not you will lose power. And in most cases, there’s no way to tell when you will get power back either. So it’s important to be prepared for the worst and to keep a close eye on the weather during the high of winter storm season. Make sure you have a plan and keep your homes and businesses safe during the winter.

 As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Tire Troubles in Cold Weather

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Whether you park your car outside or in a garage during the winter, the cold weather can always affect your tires. And if a problem or leak goes unnoticed, you could end up stranded in the cold waiting for a tow truck. It’s important to prepare your tires for the cold of winter. There are some very easy steps that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends all car owners complete before the cold weather begins:

  • Visit your mechanic for a tune up, making sure that all four tires are secure, have no leaks, and have the optimum amount of air
  • Make sure you know which warning light on your dashboard indicates low tire air pressure
  • Make sure there’s a handheld tire pressure gauge stored somewhere in your car
  • Find out if you have a spare tire somewhere in your car
  • Remember to go over what the best tire pressure for your tires is and how to check the tire pressure on your own
  • If the warning light comes on, check to see if your tires seem sturdy
  • If one of your tires feels less solid then the others, use your tire pressure gauge to check the pressure
  • If you spot something embedded in your tire, check your pressure as soon as you can

Especially during the winter, it’s important to make sure that your tires are prepared for some of the harshest weather of the year. Even if your warning light often comes on during the winter due to the cold, it never hurts to make sure everything is ok. So make sure you’re prepared and stay safe on the road this year.

Source: https://www.nhtsa.gov

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

How to Safely Set a Candlelit Mood

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

As Valentine’s Day creeps closer and closer, the plans of how to celebrate with a special someone begin. And for many, those plans can include a candlelit dinner. But a lit candle, like any other open flame, is one that must be handled with care. To make sure your dinner date doesn’t go down in literal flames, make sure to remember these simple tips from the Carolina Candle Company when setting your table:

  • Make sure all the plastic packaging is removed before lighting the candle
  • Always place the candle on a smooth, sturdy, and flat surface 
  • Keep the candle wick centered to keep the burn even
  • Do not leave candle unattended
  • Never try to move a lit candle
  • If the flame becomes out of control, do not use water to extinguish, use baking soda
  • Do not extinguish the candle by blowing it out, that could splash hot wax. Instead use a candle snuffer

We want everyone to have a happy and safe Valentine’s Day this year. So just remember to keep those romantic candles in check when having your special someone over to dinner. 

Source: https://carolinacandleco.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Five Must-Read Ice Skating Safety Tips

1/3/2021 (Permalink)

Winter isn’t nearly behind us yet here in the Pacific Northwest, which means you still have plenty of time to adopt a new wintertime hobby to get you off the couch, out of the house, and expand your horizons. Ice skating is a fun and challenging activity that is perfect for families, couples, and friends of all ages. Before you lace up your skates, review our ice skating safety tips below. While we value our patients, we’d rather not see you in one of our urgent care centers with a nasty sprain or strain.

  1. Wear a Helmet. Every year about 50 out of every 100,000 Americans suffer a concussion—an immediate and brief loss of consciousness followed by temporary amnesia after a blow to the head. You wear a helmet to ride your bike, rollerblade, or skateboard (we hope!), so why wouldn’t you wear a helmet when you strap blades to your feet and glide across the ice? Ask your neighborhood ice rink if they have helmets for rent. If not, bring your own. Make sure it fits snug, and don’t obsess over what it will do to your hair. What’s most important is that you avoid a potentially dangerous concussion if you slip and fall.
  1. Ensure Your Skates Fit Properly. Whether you are buying, borrowing, or renting ice skates, make sure they fit comfortably. Be like Goldilocks and choose skates that are neither too tight, nor too large. A good-fitting pair of ice skates should support your ankles and feet.
  1. Practice Falling. Seriously. Broken, strained, cut, and dislocated arms are among the most common ice skating-related injuries. Before you step onto the ice, take a few purposeful drops to the ground so that you can practice how to brace yourself. Your goal should be to protect your head and to keep your limbs away from sharp skate blades. Consider wearing wrist pads to make it easier to grip the ice and keep your arms from sliding out from beneath you.
  1. Check Your Blades. Dull ice skate blades put you at a higher risk of a fall, and trust us when we say that a broken coccyx (tailbone) can be extremely painful. A reputable ice skating rink will keep their rental skates in proper condition, but it is always a good practice to check your skates yourself. Properly sharpened blades should have a slight curve. If your blades appear flat, exchange them.
  1. Keep a Space Cushion Around You. Novice skaters can put those around them at risk by grabbing onto them if they start to fall. If you’re a newbie, try not to skate too close to others around you. The last thing you want to do is be the cause of a painful injury for someone else.

If you want to head out for an evening of ice skating that will make you feel like you’re living in a Hallmark original movie, then make sure you take precautions to skate safely. Even though what’s terrific about ice skating is that anyone can do it, don’t take the safety realities for granted. Gear up, stay aware and be safe out there, skaters.

Source:  nova health.com

SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here to help 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Preparing for a Winter Storm

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

During extremely cold weather or winter storms, staying warm and safe can be a challenge. Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads. To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, you should know how to prepare your home and your car before a winter storm hits.

Make a Plan

Be prepared before a winter storm hits by planning ahead. If you are in an area prone to winter weather, be sure to create a communication and disaster plan for your family ahead of time.

Prepare Your Home & Car

Weatherproof your home.
  • Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Insulate walls and attic.
  • Install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.
Have your chimney or flue inspected each year.

If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector or find one online.

Install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector.
  • If you’ll be using a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year.
  • Keep a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher nearby.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside.
  • Each winter season have your furnace system and vent checked by a qualified technician to ensure they are functioning properly.
For older adults, keep an easy-to-read thermometer inside your home.

If you or a loved one are over 65 years old, place an easy-to-read thermometer in an indoor location where you will see it frequently. Our ability to feel a change in temperature decreases with age. Older adults are more susceptible to health problems caused by cold. Check the temperature of your home often during the winter months.

Create an emergency car kit.

It is best to avoid traveling, but if travel is necessary, keep the following in your car:

  • Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries
  • Items to stay warm such as extra hats, coats, mittens, and blankets
  • Windshield scraper
  • Shovel
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Water and snack food
  • First aid kit with any necessary medications and a pocket knife
  • Tow chains or rope
  • Tire chains
  • Canned compressed air with sealant for emergency tire repair
  • Cat litter or sand to help tires get traction, or road salt to melt ice
  • Booster cables with fully charged battery or jumper cables
  • Hazard or other reflectors
  • Bright colored flag or help signs, emergency distress flag, and/or emergency flares
  • Road maps
  • Waterproof matches and a can to melt snow for water

Steps to Take Before the Storm Hits

Listen to weather forecasts, and check your supplies.

Listen to weather forecasts regularly and check your emergency supplies, including your emergency food and water supply, whenever you are expecting a winter storm or extreme cold. Even though we can’t always predict extreme cold in advance, weather forecasts can sometimes give you several days of notice to prepare.

Bring your pets indoors.

If you have pets, bring them indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.

Get your car ready.

Have maintenance service on your vehicle as often as the manufacturer recommends. In addition, every fall, do the following:

  • Have the radiator system serviced or check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester. Add antifreeze as needed.
  • Replace windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
  • Make sure the tires on your car have adequate tread and air pressure. Replace any worn tires and fill low tires with air to the proper pressure recommended for your car (typically between 30-35 psi).
  • Keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Keep your car in good working order. Be sure to check the following: heater, defroster, brakes, brake fluid, ignition, emergency flashers, exhaust, oil, and battery.

FROZEN PIPES: Learn How to Prevent Water Pipes From Freezing and How to Thaw Them if They Do Freeze

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

How to Protect Pipes From Freezing

Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Source:  www.redcross.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Winter Workplace Safety Tips

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

It’s beginning to get brisk and blustery outside! Time to bust out the winter boots and warm beverages. Whether this season’s weather brings massive snowstorms or just the occasional cold snap—if you own a small business, it’s definitely time to winterize your workplace.

Winterizing your workplace is the best way to prevent injuries like slips, trips, and falls. To promote workplace safety during winter, you can take steps to reduce slippery surfaces, train your workers on winter driving, minimize cold exposure, and have a communications plan. To improve morale during the season, bring in some warm apple cider, call a meeting, and ask your team to help design the ideal winter safety plan for your business.

Winter workplace injuries

Each winter, there is a significant spike in work-related injuries. There were 42,480 workplace injuries and illnesses involving ice, sleet, or snow in just one year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number includes only those events that caused employees to miss at least one day of work and that were reported to the bureau. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) predicts a wetter winter with colder than average temperatures in some regions. That’s an ice-cold recipe for weather-related injuries at work.

Implement a winter safety plan

If you operate a business, you know how essential it is to promote safety among your employees. Depending on the size of your workforce and your industry, you may be required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or by your state regulators to have a safety plan in place. However, even if you are not required to show proof of your safety plan you should still have one. As a business owner, not only does practicing workplace safety protect the members of your team, it also protects your bottom line.

When you put together your workplace winter safety plan, don’t forget to consider the additional risks caused by rain, sleet, and snow. Set aside some work time and call a meeting so that all of your employees can help establish, reevaluate, or refamiliarize themselves with your safety plan.

Get buy-in from your employees

OSHA, the U.S. entity that protects and regulates workplace safety, recommends enlisting the help of your employees when you create a plan. Having your team members help is key because they:

  • Know the most about the hazards of their own jobs

  • Have the most to gain or lose based on your safety program

  • Can help create, implement, evaluate, and improve the program

  • May gain a sense of ownership and buy-in with the program

Winter workplace safety tips to get you started

To effectively winterize your workplace, you should gather your employees and ask them to consider all aspects of their workday. Work together to brainstorm potential winter hazards they may experience while at work and on the way to and from the workplace. Write out all their ideas. Next, group the hazards into categories so that you can create a winter safety plan that is catered specifically to your business. Do not forget to consider the different environments your employees work in, such as the office, warehouse, vehicles, roads, or field.

Address slippery areas

  • De-ice parking lots, sidewalks, entryways, and outdoor break areas

  • Reroute people using caution signs, rope, cones, or tape

  • Put mats down over slippery spots

  • Mop up any standing water, especially on tile or marble

  • Set aside a place for wet umbrellas, raincoats, and shoes

Set up a communications plan

  • Monitor severe weather announcements

  • Set up a call tree or send a group text message and email blast with weather updates

  • Consider canceling work, adjusting hours, or asking employees to work remotely

  • Ensure you have a way to connect with workers in the field if severe weather arrives

Promote winter driving safety

  • Train employees who operate work vehicles on best practices for winter driving

  • Supply work vehicles with ice scrapers, tire chains, emergency kits, and shovels

  • When possible, cancel tasks that require driving until bad weather clears

Minimize cold exposure

  • Have outdoor workers take breaks and work shorter shifts

  • Rotate employees to reduce individual time in the cold

  • Set up outdoor heaters

  • Save routine, non-essential tasks for warmer months

Provide education about cold stress

  • Teach workers that cold stress keeps the body from being able to regulate temperature

  • Discuss how cold stress can lead to hypothermia, frostbite, and trench foot

  • Advise that people with diabetes, hypothyroidism, or hypertension are more vulnerable to risk

  • Request that employees dress in loose-fitting layers of clothing

  • Ask employees to stretch and warm-up before working in the cold

Practice office safety

  • Ensure that space heaters are used properly and kept away from flammable materials

  • Unplug all space heaters when not in use

  • Decorate for holidays wisely—don’t use candles or hang decor on fire sprinklers

  • Use caution with ladders and extension cords when decorating

Winterize your building

  • Set faucets to drip to avoid frozen pipes

  • Inspect and repair indoor and outdoor insulation

  • Have your HVAC system checked and maintained 

With some deliberate planning and participation from your whole team, you can successfully winterize your workplace for safety. Use the opportunity to boost morale and refocus as you face the colder weather months.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Everyone Can Make New Year’s Eve Celebrations Safer

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

If you are celebrating the New Year with people outside your household, make sure you follow steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Wear a mask

  • Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19 to protect others and yourself.
  • Wear your mask over your nose and mouth, secure it under your chin, and make sure it fits snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors.
  • In cold weather, wear your mask under your scarf, ski mask, or balaclava.
  • Keep a spare mask in case your mask becomes wet from moisture in your breath or from snow or rain.

Stay at least 6 feet apart

  • Stay 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.
  • Indoors or outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • It is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick to stay 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people.

Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces

  • The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.
  • Avoid gatherings and celebrations with a lot of people that make staying 6 feet apart from those who don’t live with you difficult.
  • Avoid indoor spaces as much as possible, especially ones that aren’t well ventilated.
  • If indoors, open windows and doors. Use a window fan to blow air out, which will pull fresh air in through the open windows.

Wash your hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
  • Make sure to dry your hands completely using a clean towel or by air drying.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home if you are sick

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Isolate yourself from other members of your family and wear a mask.
  • Even if you don’t feel sick, you can still spread COVID-19 to others.

Get a flu shot as soon as possible

  • By getting a flu shot, you can also help lower hospital visits and serious health problems from flu.
  • The flu shot can help protect you and your family, friends, and community from getting and spreading flu.

COVID-19 vaccines

While it is possible that some people may receive COVID-19 vaccines before New Year’s Eve, continue taking steps to protect yourself and others for some time to come.

Safer New Year’s Celebrations with Friends and Family

Staying home and celebrating with the people you live with or celebrating virtually with loved ones is the safest choice this year.  Do not attend large gatherings this year.  If you do host or attend a small gathering, everyone can take steps to make celebrating the New Year more safe.

If you host a celebration

  • Keep celebrations outdoors, if possible.
  • If indoors, open windows and doors. Use a window fan to blow air out, which will pull fresh air in through the open windows.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • Have guests bring their own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Have extra unused masks available for your guests and encourage everyone to wear them inside and outside.
  • Keep background music volume low so guests don’t need to shout.
  • It’s okay if you decide to postpone or cancel your gathering. Do what’s best for you.

If you attend a celebration

  • Talk with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.Limit the number of guests.
  • It’s okay if you decide to stay home and remain apart from others. Do what’s best for you.
  • If traveling for a celebration, know what to do before, during, and after travel.
  • Bring your own food, drinks, and disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs that can alter judgment and make it difficult to practice COVID-19 safety measures.
  • Avoid shouting and singing.
  • Avoid areas where food is prepared, such as the kitchen.
  • Use single-use options, like condiment packets.

Consider Other Activities to Celebrate New Year’s

Have virtual celebrations with loved ones

  • Attend a virtual concert or performance.
  • Plan a virtual countdown to midnight with friends.
  • Enjoy a virtual dinner or dessert with friends and family. 

Plan a New Year’s party for the people you live with

  • Decorate, play music, and have a dance party with the people you live with.
  • Have a pajama party and watch your favorite movies or play games.
  • Plan a special meal or dessert with your family.

Reach out to family, friends, and neighbors

  • Call, text, or leave a voicemail for family, friends, and neighbors wishing them a happy new year.
  • Call friends and family to count down to the new year together.
  • Plan a neighborhood countdown to midnight. People who live with each other can stand in front of their house and cheer together at midnight.

Other ideas

  • Watch a livestreamed firework display, concert, First Night event, or other New Year’s programming from your home, such as the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop. Virtual events are happening across the United States.
  • Take care of yourself and do something you enjoy, such as reading a book or taking a walk.
  • Pick up a special meal from a local restaurant to share with your household.
  • Plan an outdoor activity with people you live with such as a hike or sledding.
  • Set new year resolutions. Find out if your hometown is sponsoring a special social media event and share your resolutions.

Source:  cdc.gov

Five Must-Read Ice Skating Safety Tips

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Winter isn’t nearly behind us yet here in the Pacific Northwest, which means you still have plenty of time to adopt a new wintertime hobby to get you off the couch, out of the house, and expand your horizons. Ice skating is a fun and challenging activity that is perfect for families, couples, and friends of all ages. Before you lace up your skates, review our ice skating safety tips below. While we value our patients, we’d rather not see you in one of our urgent care centers with a nasty sprain or strain.

  1. Wear a Helmet. Every year about 50 out of every 100,000 Americans suffer a concussion—an immediate and brief loss of consciousness followed by temporary amnesia after a blow to the head. You wear a helmet to ride your bike, rollerblade, or skateboard (we hope!), so why wouldn’t you wear a helmet when you strap blades to your feet and glide across the ice? Ask your neighborhood ice rink if they have helmets for rent. If not, bring your own. Make sure it fits snug, and don’t obsess over what it will do to your hair. What’s most important is that you avoid a potentially dangerous concussion if you slip and fall.
  1. Ensure Your Skates Fit Properly. Whether you are buying, borrowing, or renting ice skates, make sure they fit comfortably. Be like Goldilocks and choose skates that are neither too tight, nor too large. A good-fitting pair of ice skates should support your ankles and feet.
  1. Practice Falling. Seriously. Broken, strained, cut, and dislocated arms are among the most common ice skating-related injuries. Before you step onto the ice, take a few purposeful drops to the ground so that you can practice how to brace yourself. Your goal should be to protect your head and to keep your limbs away from sharp skate blades. Consider wearing wrist pads to make it easier to grip the ice and keep your arms from sliding out from beneath you.
  1. Check Your Blades. Dull ice skate blades put you at a higher risk of a fall, and trust us when we say that a broken coccyx (tailbone) can be extremely painful. A reputable ice skating rink will keep their rental skates in proper condition, but it is always a good practice to check your skates yourself. Properly sharpened blades should have a slight curve. If your blades appear flat, exchange them.
  1. Keep a Space Cushion Around You. Novice skaters can put those around them at risk by grabbing onto them if they start to fall. If you’re a newbie, try not to skate too close to others around you. The last thing you want to do is be the cause of a painful injury for someone else.

If you want to head out for an evening of ice skating that will make you feel like you’re living in a Hallmark original movie, then make sure you take precautions to skate safely. Even though what’s terrific about ice skating is that anyone can do it, don’t take the safety realities for granted. Gear up, stay aware and be safe out there, skaters.

Source:  nova health.com

SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here to help 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

SERVPRO Provides More Than Fire & Water Restoration

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is more than just fire & water restoration. When most people hear the name SERVPRO they automatically think of fire & water restoration, however, we are so much more. Did you spill a glass of wine on your favorite chair? Did animals get into your attic causing a mess? Did you find mold in your basement? No worries...we've got you covered!

Our list of services include:

  • Water Damage Restoration 
  • Fire Damage Restoration 
  • Mold Mitigation & Remediation 
  • Air Duct & HVAC Cleaning
  • Carpet & Hard Floor Cleaning
  • Upholstery & Drapes Cleaning
  • Post Construction Cleaning
  • Crime Scene, Biohazard, & Vandalism Cleanup
  • Deodorization
  • Reconstruction Services
  • Storm Damage Cleanup

SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always Here To Help. Contact us today at 217-528-7775 for more information and to answer any questions you may have.

Cold Weather Safety Tips For Your Pets

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Exposure to winter's dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren't the only discomforts pets can suffer.  Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-metling agents are licked off of bare paws.  To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet's health, please heed the following advice from experts

  • Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy flaking skin.  Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes.  Remove any snow balls from between his foot pads.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth.  If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry his skin, and don't neglect the hair between his toes.  If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.  For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
  • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws.  After each walk, wash and dry your pet's feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
  • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells.  Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin.  If your pooch must be bathed, as your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.
  • Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents.  Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation.  Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.
  • Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats.  Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
  • Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime.  Feeding your pet a little bit more during the Cole weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.
  • Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts.  A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
  • Remember, if it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside.  If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed.  In addition, don't leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

Source:  aspca.org

SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are ALWAYS Here To Help. If you have any damage to your home due to winter storm damage please do not hesitate to contact us at 217-528-7775.

Tips to Dispose of Your Christmas Tree

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

One of the best things about the holiday is picking out that perfect Christmas tree at your local tree farm, bringing it home and decorating with the family. Once the work is done there is just nothing better than enjoying the beautiful glow of the lights and enjoying that wonderful fresh tree smell for weeks to come.

We have come up with a few ideas for you to entertain:

  • Create a Brush Pile for Birds and Wildlife
    Use your dead Christmas tree to create a brush pile, you can find twigs, leaves, and logs in your yard, the Christmas tree can be used as a base. The dead tree will not only offer the much-needed protection from chill to the animals but also act as a source of food.
  • Create a DIY bird sanctuary
    It’s a nice idea if you keep the tree at a strategic point in the garden and place some birdhouses and feeders on or in it. This way, the birds can appreciate your tree, too. You can also go a step further and decorate it, and fill bird feeders with edible seeds and hang them from the branches/boughs to attract the birds to their new home.
  • Replant it for the next Christmas
    If you’ve bought a living Christmas tree with the root ball intact, it’s a good idea to replant it for the next Christmas, it might be more than 11 months from now but that only gives us all the more reasons to start early.
  • Edge flowerbeds and walkways 
    Instead of using it for a bonfire, slice up the trunk of your Christmas tree into thin discs and use them to edge walkways and flowerbeds. This is not only a good way to use your Christmas tree but also beautiful and functional.
  • Keep your perennials warm
    You can cut off the boughs from the Christmas tree and lay them around the root of the perennial plants, this mulching will protect them from cold temperature and also reduce the chances of frost heaving.
  • As pot risers
    If you have a decent size Christmas tree, you can cut the trunk into pieces of different lengths and use them as pot risers or you can get creative with it and make a rolling plant stand out of it. If you’re not satisfied with the natural looks and want to protect the wood from deterioration, varnish or paint the tree stump pieces.
  • Suppressing the weeds 
    Instead of sawing and splitting it, you can rent a chipper and mash up the trunk into chips. During the next season, you can spread these wood chips as a mulch under your plants, this will suppress the growth of weeds. Also, remember that when decomposed, this wood chip mulch will enrich your soil.
  • Use it to stake plants
    A majority of dead Christmas tree varieties are typically sturdy in nature. And you can use this to your advantage. Strip away the branches and use them to support your plants.
  • Create habitat for the fishes
    If you or your neighbor has a pond or if you live near a lake, give your Christmas tree a proper send-off by tossing its branches in the water. But before you do this— Remove all the needles and tie something into the middle, like a cinder block, a stone or something as heavy. During the harsh winter months, the fish can find warm refuge beneath the branches. Nonetheless, make sure that the dead tree is chemical-free before throwing it overboard.

Source: balconygardenweb.com

We are always here to help!
Contact SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties at 217-528-7775 for all of your restoration needs. 

Winter Storm Preparedness

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

house covered in snow SERVPRO of Springfield is your restoration professional.

The winter is upon us and with that comes a myriad of possibly less than ideal weather. SERVPRO of Springfield wants you and your family to be prepared and safe. Preparing for winter weather may not 100% prevent disasters in your home caused by snow, wind, or ice but it will certainly help you and your family get through a winter storm more comfortably. 

Making a plan is a great way to get ahead of any weather. You still may need to be among the many many people that flock to the store when a storm is predicted to stock up on bread and milk. Why do we do this, by the way? Is french toast the office “snow day” food? I don’t think I have ever had french toast while I was snowed in but I digress.

Being prepared for a predicted heavy snowstorm will help you and your family to feel more comfortable. Make a plan and be sure your entire family is well aware of your plan for each of them.

Know where to go to stay warm. If you have a certain part of your home you can use to stay warmer in case of loss of power, it’s best to block all drafts, dress in layers, alternate heating sources available.

Stock emergency supplies. It’s a good idea to have an extra supply of extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, bottled water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, medications, and a well working well-maintained fire extinguisher. 

Don’t forget your pets. Please be sure your pets are safe indoors and have access to water and food.

Sign up for emergency alerts through the National Weather System. They are a great resource although we recommend listening to a local radio station that will keep you updated on what is happening in your area.

Protect your home by keeping the gutters cleaned, be sure your home is well insulated, and be aware of any pipes that may be exposed to the elements and need to be covered or warmed.

It’s always a great idea to do some research to find new ways to protect your home from the winter weather. Your home is likely one of your most costly investments so keep it in excellent working order. Our family on the other hand is truly our most precious gift, keeping our family safe by participating in preparing for winter storms is a great way to keep our family healthy and happy.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield is serving Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties and is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Merry Christmas!

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

evergreen trees covered in snow and one with Christmas lights Merry Christmas from our SERVPRO of Springfield family to yours!

December 14th Blog - MERRY CHRISTMAS - Why SERVPRO

Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday. I definitely love the decorating and the lights but what I love most is it’s truly a time for giving and goodwill. It’s a time we can take a step back and find true joy in our giving spirits. A time when we can forgive a little easier and a little quicker. A time when we can reflect on the things that really matter and prioritize our wants vs needs. We tend to be a little more generous with strangers and we appreciate our friends and family even more than any other time of year. This is when we are able to really teach our children and the next generations what it’s like to share our time, our kindness, and our goodwill with others. We show our children how good it feels to know you have helped someone that may not even know you helped them. One of my favorite quotes for Christmas comes from Ruth Carter Stapleton, 

“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.”

This year has been a very difficult year for many of us. I truly hope we can end the year with a determination to find empathy for others, to find the courage to always do the right thing for ourselves and for those around us, to be kind to someone who may not be kind to us because maybe a little kindness is all they need, and to work on growing our own character. Let us be willing to listen to and support each other. Let us be thankful for each other and for the love and care we have received in our lifetime. 

SERVPRO of Springfield is so incredibly thankful for the good people in our organization and for our amazing customers. Merry Christmas to you all and to all a goodnight.

Prepare Your Business with an ERP

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been the kind of year that makes all think, “I need a vacation!” So let's imagine you are able to get away with the family for a few days, you are enjoying some fun in the sun and sleeping great at night…. Until the phone rings. Your right-hand man is on the phone to let you know there is a fire. It has started in the office so he has zero access to any of the contact people or account numbers. Luckily, you had a visit from SERVPRO and we have completed an ERP (Emergency Response Program) for you. All of this information is at the click of a button on the app on your phone. You can give him the information and login information to complete the calls and information the fire department is asking for. We understand this is a stressful situation but we want you to rest assured, you have backup! The professionals at SERVPRO of Springfield are here to help. You can go back to enjoying your vacation while we take care of you until you can get back. 

Our ERPs are a complete electronic file with descriptions of every furnace, water source, exit, blueprints location, and anything else you want to document. Our ERP also includes photos and serial numbers of these items. The only cost to you is simply your time in discussing and filling out the information. We can make this as detailed or as general as you would like. SERVPRO of Springfield will be happy to help you decide what is most important to you and you also do not disclose anything you prefer not to share. This information is housed in an app you can download to your phone, Ipad, or computer. You can make changes anytime. This belongs to you. 

SERVPRO of Springfield wants to get you back to business as usual as quickly as possible. We know our ERP is perfect for your business. 

SERVPRO of Springfield is happy to serve Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties 24/7/365. You can always reach us at 217-528-7775.

Winter Storm Products

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Fall leaves covered in ice SERVPRO of Springfield is serving as your local restoration company.

Not to rush our beautiful fall weather, it’s truly my favorite time of year. The only downside is it is quickly followed by winter weather. Winter weather isn’t all bad, it’s nice if we can be prepared and ready for anything old man winter may throw our way. Let's start with some terminology, the National Weather Service has a great website and is an amazing resource. Winter Storm Products - We have all heard words like “warning”, “watch”, and “advisory”. We hear these things from our meteorologist, on the radio, and even from the sweet lady at our grocery store check out lane. We all chat about the weather but what do these things actually mean? What should we do with this information? The National Weather Service has given us a list with some definitions:

Winter Storm WARNING: Snow, sleet, or ice are expected. Take Action!

Winter Storm WATCH: Snow, Sleet, or ice is possible. Be Prepared.

Winter Weather Advisory" Wintery weather is expected. Exercise Caution.

Freezing Rain: Rain that freezes when it hits the ground; creating a coating of ice on road, walkways, trees, and powerlines.

Sleet: Rain that turns into ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on the road to freeze and become slippery.

The National Weather Service is a great resource to find how to prepare for many types of weather-related storms. When disaster does strike, please know, SERVPRO of Springfield is Here to help. We are serving the Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties in your time of need. Please call the experts in disaster relief, you can reach us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We know mother nature does not take a day off so we don’t either. You can reach us anytime at 217-528-7775.

Resource:  www.weather.gov/safety/winter-ww

Happy Thanksgiving!

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

People sitting around a dinner table SERVPRO of Springfield is thankful for you!

Thanksgiving; what does it mean to you? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary:

thanksgiving noun

thanks·?giv·?ing | \ tha?(k)s-'gi-vi?  also 'tha?(k)s-?gi-  \

Definition of thanksgiving

a capitalized : THANKSGIVING DAY

b a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness

2 the act of giving thanks

3 a prayer expressing gratitude

Being Thankful is one of those beautiful gifts that we all have. It’s something we all have equal rights to, no matter our economic status, no matter our age, no matter our size, color, or where we live. We all have the ability and opportunity to find something to be thankful for in our life. I’m so incredibly thankful to live in a country that celebrates and work for a company that truly lives by this. Here at SERVPRO of Springfield, we are incredibly thankful for our growing business. We have amazing customers that we truly appreciate and feel honored to be able to help in their times of need. We are here to help. 

Please take this wonderful opportunity this year to truly reflect and appreciate the blessings in your life. I know this year has been a very difficult year for many people. I hope we find ways in our day to day lives to help make others thankful as well. I find it doesn't really take a whole lot of time or money to pass on gratitude to those around us. Allow a car to go ahead of you in traffic, open a door for someone going into a store, give genuine compliments to someone, or if you can, pay it forward in a drive-through line. These things really do not take much effort but they may be exactly what that person needs to brighten a really bad day. One of my favorite quotes happens to be by John F. Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

We wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving! 

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield is serving Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties and is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Preparing Your Commercial Building for Winter

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Office Building SERVPRO of Springfield is Here to help!

We understand how important it is for you and your staff to be working and producing. We also fully understand how devastating it can be to have your place of business close because of damage from weather or another source outside of your control. SERVPRO of Springfield is in the business of getting you and your employees back to work. Our technicians are fast and efficient. Our crews will come in and without hesitation, make it “Like it never even happened.”

We want you to be as prepared as possible for common storms in Illinois. Preparedness will likely prevent some damage and hopefully decrease your out of commission times. 

  • Frozen pipes can be disastrous, and oftentimes, very preventable. Please do a sweep of your building and make sure your pipes are insulated.
  • Loss of power can cause a multitude of issues, including frozen pipes, loss of production, and loss of product. It’s a great idea to have a generator. 
  • If you have large trees around your commercial facility, it’s recommended to keep them trimmed and in good health. Tree limbs can easily be tossed around by high winds, it’s a good idea to have them professionally trimmed away from rooftops, any power lines, and windows. 
  • Keeping your facility up to date in general by having it inspected annually, this would include having your furnace/AC checked, making sure general maintenance is being followed, electric lines are in good condition, and roof and guttering are well maintained. 

We are Here to Help! Preparedness and Maintenance are incredibly important to a smooth-running operation. We want you to succeed. 

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield is serving Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties and is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Happy Halloween

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

halloween and fall decor SERVPRO of Springfield, your local water and fire restoration company, proudly serving you for over 35 years.

Halloween is such a fun time for families. It’s been a tradition for most of us and for many years. It has certainly changed throughout the years. When I was a child, growing up in a fairly small town, my brother and I along with several other neighborhood kids would set out on a mission to collect as much candy as we could. I remember the older kids pointing out to us which houses had the “good” candy, which ones were only suckers, and yes, we had a few dreaded homes that had the nerve to just pass out apples. We avoided them altogether, after all, who had time to stop for an apple? The only rules I recall were to stay together and don’t get in cars with strangers. We followed these two simple rules and turned out great. We made some great memories and scored some major candy. It was like heaven on earth for a kid.

Fast forward a few years, ahem, or maybe a few decades would be a better description, Halloween celebrations have slowly changed. We have become much more aware of safety for our children from their costumes to their supervision. We are certainly more careful of the amount of candy they eat in one sitting as well as the packaging of each piece of candy, watching for anything that may have been tampered with by someone else. Of course this year, we are dealing with COVID-19 and trying to do the right thing for our children, our neighbors, and our community. 

The CDC has many recommendations for different counties. I understand in most cities, they have also implemented guidelines to follow. The CDC has set up an excellent website that is interactive and gives some guidelines as to what they recommend in your county based on the number of positive cases in that county. I recommend you check out the CDC website to help you and your family have a healthy, fun, and frightful Halloween.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield is serving Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties and is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Fire Safety

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

firefighters fighting a fire SERVPRO of Springfield is your fire restoration expert.

Most schools teach children about fire safety but have you had the opportunity to discuss the ins and outs with your child about your own fire safety plan in your home? It’s one of the most important discussions we should have and often do not have with our children. It’s actually a conversation that needs to be discussed multiple times, I would recommend once a month. It can be overwhelming and quite frankly a little scary for our children. If you have babies, it's important for you and your partner to have a plan for a child who is immobile. I have put together a few starter points to have with your family to help keep them safe in case of an emergency. Our goal here at SERVPRO is to help you in times of need. We want your family to be whole and happy. 

  1. Create an escape route by mapping out your home on paper. It’s important to know and understand all the possible points of escape.
  2. Have a plan to meet in a specific spot outside the home if your child needs to escape separately from you. If a neighbor or friend's home is close by, I recommend using their property. Again, be sure to use a meeting spot that is close without having to cross a street. Your child may be disoriented or confused from all the smoke and not able to cross a street safely.
  3. Outline the Stop Drop and Roll procedure. This is taught in schools but it’s important to reiterate this information in relation to your home.
  4. Review general Do’s and Don’ts of fire safety. This would include information like having them touch a doorknob to see if it is warm or hot, if so, they should seek escape through a window or know how to call 911. Be sure they are aware of their address and how to explain where their room is to someone from the outside, ie, “my bedroom window is on the second floor on the west side of the house”. If your child is too small to be able to escape on their own, it’s a good idea to teach them to go to a certain corner of their room, tell them not to hide, and stay close to the floor. This will help if you or a firefighter find them easily to rescue them. 
  5. Discuss the importance of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Have your children help you test them. It’s important for your child to hear them and know what to expect. If your child has never heard the alarm, it’s difficult for them to comprehend what is happening if an emergency were to arise at night or when you may not be by their side.
  6. Reassure your child. Family support and emotional support are incredibly important. Having a regular meeting (once per month) will help your child gain confidence in what he or she may need to do to protect themselves. It is a scary situation but being well informed will help you all find safety. 

At the end of the day, SERVPRO of Springfield is Here to Help in any disaster. We are your fire and water restoration company. We will bring our decades of experience to you and your home and make it "Like it never even happened." 

 As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, serving: Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Office Carpet Care

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Office buildings SERVPRO of Springfield is your carpet cleaning expert.

Most offices make it a priority to keep their offices clean, especially where the public is coming in and out. You have someone that comes in and dusts and vacuums at the least. But when was the last time you had your carpets professionally cleaned? SERVPRO of Springfield is your carpet cleaning and water/fire restoration expert. Our carpet cleaning experts will remove stains and dinginess from your carpet that vacuuming just can’t clean, making your office look clean and professional.

  • Keeping your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis will help to extend the life of your carpet. Dirt and dust wear on your carpet and breaks it down quicker.  It’s a deep clean that removes far more dirt and grime than a regular vacuum could do.
  • Removing any stains will help your office look cleaner and more professional.
  • Our carpet cleaning will remove dirt, dust, pollen, and bacteria that we walk through and kick up every day. Vacuuming certainly helps maintain a lower level of dust but having your carpets professionally cleaned will also help improve the air quality in your office. 

Call SERVPRO of Springfield today to schedule your office for a thorough and professional carpet clean today! We know you and your employees will be happier and feel better. 

SERVPRO of Springfield has been proudly serving Springfield and the Springfield area for decades. We are happy to be of service in Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties. Please do not hesitate to call us at 217-528-7775 for any job, big or small, we are Here to Help in water, fire, mold, COVID 19, or smoke damages. We are open and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Winter Checklist

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

checklist SERVPRO of Springfield is your local water and fire restoration expert.

Autumn is such a wonderful time of year. Many times, here in the Springfield IL area, we get to enjoy a variety of temperatures. It is often quite chilly in the morning and evening while still getting into the 70s and sometimes 80s during the daylight hours. This may create a little more laundry for us but it’s so nice to be able to get some much needed fun in the sun before it’s gone for a few months. Just don’t forget to make sure your home is ready for those upcoming winter months. October is the perfect time to mark off some of those to-do list items. I have compiled a list to help you in preparing your home for those cold cold winters.

Weatherproof your home

Weatherproofing your home could potentially save you a lot of stress and money down the road. This type of maintenance is incredibly important to keep your home in good condition and keep you aware of issues that may not necessarily need immediate attention but will, in the future. 
  • Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Insulate walls and attic.
  • Install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.

Autumn is the perfect time to give our homes a little extra TLC and take inventory on jobs that need to be fixed immediately and jobs that can wait until Spring or Summer. 

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield is serving Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties and is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

It's All About Water.... Restoration

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

drops of water splashing SERVPRO of Springfield is your water restoration specialist!

Water is a basic human need for survival. We love water! We need water to drink, we need it to bathe, we use it for cooking and cleaning, we even use it for recreation. We use water daily, all of us. It’s something all living things on earth have in common. We all need water for survival and we think of it, in general, as harmless and quite helpful.

It isn’t until you have a pipe burst, a sewer back up, or a leaky roof that you start to see that water can actually be incredibly hazardous and cause major damage. If you have water damage, it’s important to call a professional like SERVPRO of Springfield for all your water restoration needs. SERVPRO of Springfield has been your local water restoration expert for over 30 years. We have put together a few tips to help guide you in the unfortunate event you have water damage. 

  • If you have water damage, please notify SERVPRO of Springfield as soon as possible. Our staff will help you determine where to go from there. We will help you determine if you need a plumber or any other professional to help stop the source of the water issue. The sooner we can start drying and treating your home, will decrease the possibility of mold growing on the affected surfaces. 
  • Take photos for your insurance company. Taking photos will help your insurance adjuster determine the extent of damage to your structure as well as personal contents.
  • Contact your insurance agent. Be sure to communicate the extent of damage and that you have photos, they may want you to email or text the documentation to them. Be sure to ask any coverage questions you may have as well such as, “What is my deductible?” and “Is there a difference between coverage for my structure and my contents?” Also, it is important to let them know you have hired SERVPRO of Springfield to start the water restoration. SERVPRO of Springfield works directly with your insurance company after your initial call to them to submit the claim. We have a great relationship with insurance companies and adjusters.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield is serving Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties and is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Central Illinois Storm Damage

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Central Illinois can have some nasty weather and sometimes a complete change in temperature in just a few hours or even minutes. We learn quickly to layer our clothing during certain times of the year. It will be cold, requiring a jacket in the morning and by 1:00 pm we are peeling off those outer layers. This is easy to adjust to, it’s the rainstorms, tornadoes, and wind that make us all a little nervous. They pop up sometimes with little warning. 

These storms can wreak havoc on our homes and outdoor structures. Many of us have a plan to protect ourselves and our family but unfortunately, we cannot put our entire homes in a bubble when there are strong winds coming. Recently my own home was very affected but straight-line winds, taking out 4 very large trees. Fortunately for us, those trees did not hit our home or cause any damage other than a mess. It made me think, if those trees were planted even six feet closer to our home, we would have had some major issues. We may not be able to protect our home for these types of storms but we can have a “just in case” plan.

Make sure your homeowner's insurance is covering you for those types of losses. Have a review with your insurance agent and make sure he/she is aware of all the large trees and all other structures on your property and they are covered properly as well as contents. Ask your agent to keep photos on file of your home, all other structures, and any valuable contents such as jewelry, computers, guns, antiques, and anything else that may be out of the normal contents. Review your deductibles as well as when that deductible applies. Many insurance companies are switching to a percentage deductible vs a flat fee deductible. It is better to be aware of these things ahead of time rather than learning something new about your coverage when you already have so much to deal with when handling storm damage to your home.

Be sure to contact SERVPRO of Springfield for all your restoration needs. If you have insurance, we work with that company. Once our CSR has come to your home and reviewed the damage, we work directly with the insurance adjuster, sending them sketches of the damage and detailed reports on what contents and flooring need to be worked on. We are your full-service restoration company. Our goal is to make you happy and less stressed. Depending on the extent of damage, we may restore your belongings in your home or we may bring them back to our shop. If you have structural damage, we will be in communication with the contractor to be kept informed and start on your home as soon as we can. We want you back in your home and back to normal as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO of Springfield is your local restoration company serving Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties, we are Here to Help! Please call us at 217-528-7775 any time of day 24/7 and 365 days a year, we are always open and ready to serve you in your time of need.

After a House Fire - Do's and Don'ts

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Having a house fire can be devastating and quite frankly, overwhelming no matter how prepared you are, you will need help and support. It’s important to contact SERVPRO of Springfield right away. Time is a definite concern when we are dealing with smoke and water damage. I know it seems odd to have water damage during a house fire but it's absolutely true.  We are so very thankful for our fire departments and our firefighters. They have an extremely difficult job and if you are from a small town you will notice most fire departments are volunteer-run. They still risk their lives for their community. KUDOS!

SERVPRO of Springfield has been proudly serving the Springfield and surrounding areas for many years. We are experts in the restoration business with highly trained production technicians proficient in water and fire restoration as well as CDC approved COVID-19 cleaning. 

I asked some of our team to put together a list for you to help decipher what to do in the unfortunate event of a fire. I hope you find these suggestions helpful and please don’t hesitate to call our office if you have any other helpful pieces of information to add. 

DO’s

  • Take Photos of the damaged areas. It is recommended by most insurance companies to take photos of your belongings (especially valuables) prior to a house fire and keep them in a safe place or electronically save them where you would be able to gain access to them outside of your home.  
  • If it is safe for you to be inside the home according to the firefighters, discard all food and drinks that were exposed to water, smoke, and fire. Empty out your refrigerator and deep freezers, unplug them, and keep the doors propped open. These will need to be cleaned and sanitized, there might be potential carcinogens from the fire.
  • Send all clothing and curtains with smoke damage to SERVPRO of Springfield to be professionally cleaned.

We have the Do’s underway, let’s talk about the Do Nots. These may seem a little redundant but they are extremely important for many reasons, mostly being your health and the health of your family. SERVPRO of Springfield is here to keep you safe.

DO NOT

  • Please do not enter your home unless it has been cleared by the fire department and inspected for safety. It may look safe and maybe look like there is very little damage but there could be water damage to the floor making it unsafe and unstable to walk on.
  • Do not try to use water or electricity. The firefighters have most likely turned these off but in the event they did not, it could potentially be extremely dangerous.
  • Do not eat, drink, or breathe in anything that has been exposed to the smoke, soot, or water used to put the fire out. These can all contain carcinogens that are dangerous to you.
  • Please do not attempt to clean or launder anything exposed to the fire, soot, smoke, or water used to put the fire out. Any and all items that are salvageable should be cleaned and treated by the experts at SERVPRO of Springfield. 

When disaster strikes, please call SERVPRO of Springfield for your restoration needs. Our expert team is available 24/7/365, please call our office any time of day at 217-528-7775. We are Here to Help!

Happy Labor Day!

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Many American flags Happy Labor Day from all of us at SERVPRO of Springfield

Labor Day is a celebration for us to take a break from all our hard work. Most of us work 8 to 12-hour shifts, 5 to 3 days a week at our full-time jobs. Labor Day was born after many men and women fought hard for fair wages and reasonable work hours. It was not uncommon in the 1800s for a man to work 12 hour days, 7 days a week and still barely keep a roof over his head or food on the table. As terrible as it was for them, it was more difficult for children working as many hours and at a fraction of the wage. I know we all work very hard and sometimes wonder when that vacation will ever come but thanks to many strong Americans, we have laws and regulations that help each of us. We celebrate those Americans that worked so hard and fought so hard for us to be able to live the way we do today. Thank you! 

During these last several months, we have been shown how lucky we are to have such dedicated workers. Our essential workers have really stepped up and taken care of us. They have powered through and taken risks and in some cases gotten very ill, just to take care of their fellow Americans. We celebrate you. We thank you. We appreciate you. 

I am very proud of our production staff here at SERVPRO of Springfield. As I work primarily on the back end of things, these dedicated workers are on the front lines of water damage, fire restoration, and COVID-19 cleanup. They truly are experts in every job they do, all the while, caring and compassionate towards our customers, who are often in very difficult positions. When our technicians are called out in the middle of the night on a Saturday night, to a commercial building involving a major loss, they understand how important it is for those essential workers to get back to their jobs as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO staff understands the faster we work, the faster someone else can get back to work to serve others. We are your frontlines. We understand hard work and we pride ourselves on the quality of work we do. 

Happy Labor Day! Please remember to thank and appreciate all of our essential workers in our community. They keep us safe, they keep us healthy, they keep us fed. We are so lucky to live in this great country with truly caring people.

When disaster strikes, please call SERVPRO of Springfield for all your restoration needs. We can be reached by phone, 217-528-7775, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are Here to Help.

SERVPRO of Springfield; Your Water Restoration Company

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fish tank SERVPRO of Springfield is your full service water restoration company, we even clean up after broken fish tanks!

SERVPRO of Springfield has been your water restoration company for over 35 years. Our experience and know how will have you back in your home in no time. 
There are many different types of water damage that can occur in your home or work place. We are equipped to handle any water damage, no matter the size of the job. 
if you’ve experienced a broken pipe in your home That floods your base to, a leaking faucet that has ruined your floor, or even a toilet that has backed up. We are Here to Help. Our crews will clean and get you and your family safely back into your home. 
SERVPRO of Springfield truly appreciates you and your business. We are locally owned and operated. Our technicians are extremely proud to serve you in your time of need, we understand that is what we are here to do. 
If you find you are in a position you are dealing with water or fire damage, please do not hesitate to call us at SERVPRO of Springfield. We are here for you.

We can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 217-528-7775. Disasters don’t take a day off and neither do we. 

ERP and Your Business

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Springfield offers a great opportunity to our fellow business owners called an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Most businesses have some sort of disaster plan in place. It usually consists of a map and a book with pertinent information all located in one general area. This is great to have in place and definitely is valuable to you and your coworkers during normal business hours. Our program is a great addition to any program you have in place and if you don't have a program in place, it is an extremely effective way to keep everyone on the same page in case of a loss.

Our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a comprehensive look at your building, photos and descriptions of all possible loss locations as well as the contact information associated with each department. You and anyone of your maintenance crews, boards of directors, supervisors, anyone you trust to take care of your business, will have this information at their fingertips. You will have access to this wherever you are via our app. You would quickly be able to identify which furnace is not working or which water fountain is leaking. Our program is extremely valuable during a water loss or fire. Since our comprehensive program is accessible electronically, you and your staff will be able to log in to your ERP from any laptop, computer, ipad, or even your own phone. 

Our ERP's are designed to help streamline communication for all those involved. We understand that losses happen, the better prepared we are to handle them, the more quickly we can get those losses handled, the quicker you can get back to business as usual.

SERVPRO of Springfield offers this great opportunity to you and your commercial business at ZERO cost to you.

SERVPRO of Springfield is here for you and your restoration needs 24/7. You can reach us at 217-528-7775. 

Tornado Safety Tips

8/22/2020 (Permalink)

If you live in the midwest, you have most likely experienced a tornado in your general area. If you have not, consider yourself lucky. Here in central Illinois, we have had some major damage done to some of our cities that take months or years to recover. The last tornado in our area that caused extensive damage was in Taylorville in 2018. We are incredibly thankful we did not have any major injuries or deaths but we did experience some major structural damage to many homes, personal property, and businesses. SERVPRO was proud to be a leader in restoration during that time of need. Tornadoes are difficult to prepare for because many times we don’t have a lot of notice. What we can do is be prepared as possible ahead of time. We have put together some potentially life saving tips for you and your family to read over and take action.

  • Have a Plan. If you have a basement, please use it. If you do not have a basement or lower level, go to an interior room with no windows or outside doors. Using a mattress to cover your head and body from debris is recommended, if you do not have a mattress, use a blanket, if that is not available, use your arms to protect your head from possible flying debris. It’s also recommended to have an emergency kit with enough supplies to provide for your family for 72 hours.
  • Practice your Plan. Having a plan at home is great but if no one in your family is aware, it’s useless. Be sure to practice your plan using different times of day and while your family is in different areas of the home. Be sure they are aware of the safest areas of your home and the least safest. Explain to small children why it’s so important to be away from windows and doors and the importance of being face down and covering their heads because of flying debris.
  • Talk with your children about their plan at school as well. Again, reiterate the importance of positioning. Communication and practice will help your child to feel more secure and confident in a time of crisis. 
  • Do not bother with your windows. It’s been said to raise windows in order to equalize pressure in your home during a tornado. This is a myth. The fact is if there is a tornado over your home, it’s likely the windows will be blown out anyway so let’s make sure you are nowhere near them. Please do not bother with the windows at all and go straight to your safe room and take cover.
  • Know the sounds and alerts. Make yourself and your family aware of what the tornado siren sounds like in your community. Watch your local news or listen to your local radio. They will likely be keeping you updated on locations and recommending actions to keep you and your family safe.

I have copied the definitions for both tornado warning and tornado watch directly from the National Weather Service website; weather.gov

  • Tornado Watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the storm prediction center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
  • Tornado Warning: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.
  • If you are driving and can find a shelter inside a building, that is best. If there are absolutely no buildings in your area to seek shelter, you should look for the lowest possible land and lie on your stomach covering your head with your arms. If there is no low lying land, your last option would be to remain in your car with your seat belt on crouching as low as your can under the windows covering your head. Using a blanket or any material to cover your face and head to protect yourself from flying debris. Do not shelter under a bridge or overpass.

SERVPRO of Springfield, we are your restoration experts. We are Here to Help you and your family through any disaster.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

SERVPRO of Springfield, Your Water Restoration Specialist

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is a great time to make a checklist of all those fun maintenance projects your home needs. It’s so important to maintain your home in ways to prevent water from entering. If you have a basement, that list gets a little longer but as long as it is well maintained, there’s a good chance you could be saving yourself some hard work in the future. Please keep in mind, if you do have a water loss in your home, it is very important to call a professional. SERVPRO of Springfield has been working in water restoration for many many years. We will come to your home and make sure you understand what type of water damage you have and we will create a plan with you and your insurance company to make sure the water is extracted properly, keeping you and your family safe. I have compiled a list for you to keep in mind to watch for in keeping your home well maintained and easy to keep water out of the wrong parts of your home, preventing potential serious damage.

  1. Check for foundation damage. It’s important to walk around the outside of your home and look for any damage. Catching cracks in the foundation and repairing damage early can help tremendously in preventing water leaks and damage. 
  2. Clean your gutters. Maintaining your gutters and keeping them in good working order will help prevent water leaking into your basement. When gutters are full or not in good working order, water can fall over the sides and cause the ground to wash out in spots causing a low spot next to your foundation. 
  3. Landscaping. Be sure your landscaping is maintained and the foundation is visible and grass/flowers/bushes are not hindering access to visual problems that may be hiding behind them to your foundation. Also, keeping your yard and landscaping maintained and cut will help prevent rodents from wanting to make a home in your home.
  4. Sump Pump Check. If you have a basement, a sump pump is usually recommended. It’s important to make sure it is in good working order and not clogged.
  5. If you do not have a sump pump and rely on drains, be sure to keep them clean and unclogged. Also be sure there is nothing sitting on top of it that may block water from draining.

Summer time is not necessarily the most common time of year to experience water damage but it is a great time to check that everything is functioning correctly and make any repairs necessary to keep things in great working order.

Please know that our experts are always here for you 24/7. SERVPRO of Springfield comes to you with over 35 years of experience and wealth of knowledge and expertise. We are Here to Help!

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Campfire Safety

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Camping is a long time family favorite weekend getaway for many families. It often involves fishing, biking, playing games, and cooking over a fire. My favorite is roasting marshmallows over the campfire and making s’mores. It’s all a great memory-making experience if we are cautious and careful. 

I have gathered some tips for you to make a fun memorable trip by building a proper campfire and abiding by some tips that may save someone from injury.

Preparing and building a Campfire

  1. Check with local authorities to see if they allow fires in your area.
  2. Don’t make a fire too close to homes, shrubs, trees, tents, or other buildings.
  3. Make sure there’s no brush near the fire. Clear an area approximately 10 feet.
  4. When building your fire remember to use dry hardwood.  Pine gives off a lot of sparks.
  5. Make a teepee with a few pieces of hardwood.
  6. Put kindling inside the teepee  (twigs, leaves, newspaper, bark, etc.)
  7. Light the tinder.
  8. Slowly add wood after the fire is burning.

5 safety tips during the fire

  1. Have a hose or bucket of water ready in case you need it in an emergency or when it’s time to put the fire out.
  2. A fire blanket is good to have on hand in case someone catches on fire.
  3. Pay attention to the wind direction and strength.
  4. Keep the fire safe and manageable.
  5. Keep the wood-burning steadily. Don’t make a huge fire.

Extinguishing the fire

  1. Let the wood burn completely to ash if possible.
  2. Pour a lot of water, to drown the embers.
  3. The water will make a hissing sound when it hits the fire. Pour water until there is no more hissing.
  4. Everything should be cool to the touch.

These are pretty simple but always a great reminder. Again, safety should always be the first priority so we can keep the fun going! We all want to create a great memory with our family, following safety tips, and being cautious will help you to keep everyone safe, happy, and looking forward to the next trip with the family.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Services

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles SERVPRO of Springfield is Here to Help.

SERVPRO of Springfield is your local commercial cleaning expert. We have been proudly serving the Sangamon, Macoupin, Montgomery, Morgan, Cass, and Christian counties for over 35 years. We truly appreciate your business and will continue to provide 5-star service to you and your customers. Our office is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We pride ourselves on prompt service, professional and courteous crews, and excellent customer service. We are at your service!

Our commercial cleaning includes a plethora of services to help you and your business operate smoothly and without missing a beat:

* Air Ducts and HVAC cleaning

* Ceilings, Floors, and walls

* Sewage cleanup

* Biohazard

* Drapes and Blinds

* Trauma and Crime Scene

* Carpet and Upholstery

* Odor Removal (including smoke from cigarettes/fire to animal odor removal)

* Vandalism cleanup

Our experience is unmatched. We have the knowledge and experience to deal with any commercial loss. We have helped many, not limited to, property management, hospitals/medical facilities, education facilities, hospitality facilities, food service facilities, and retail facilities. Our goal is to make you whole and happy which makes your customers whole, happy, and coming back.

We invite you to give us a call! I know you will appreciate our caring and knowledgeable staff from your first phone call to our prompt and thorough crews. Our goal is for you to look great! 

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Happy Independence Day

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

fireworks lit in a night sky Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day! The fourth of July is one of my all-time favorite holidays! It’s filled with family & friends, swimming, food, and fireworks. Who doesn’t love a great outdoor party? As a kid, my family and I lived in a very tight-knit friendly neighborhood. We had a great big backyard with a pool so the whole block would gather at our house with their family bringing covered dishes, desserts, and drinks. I often wonder how we survived as kids because looking back the adults were enjoying themselves giving little care to what us kids were up to… Which was mostly trying to outdo each other with trick jumps into the pool or seeing who could hold onto a lit sparkler the longest. Even with our freedom and some poor choices, I don’t remember any major injuries, thank goodness. I am extremely thankful for so many great memories with friends and family and equally thankful for making it out of the 80s unscathed. We are a little more aware, it seems, with our own children's safety. I read that the 4th of July is actually one of the most dangerous holidays and reports the most injuries of any holiday. It turns out there are even more injuries related to fireworks than trying to deep fry a turkey, who would have thought?  Now that we are a little older and hopefully a whole lot wiser with access to much more information than our parents had, let’s try to limit the injury while keeping the fun! 

Here are some safety tips for you and your family to adhere to while staying safe and enjoying the celebration.

  • Always read and follow label directions
  • Always have an experienced adult present
  • Only buy from reliable and reputable fireworks sellers
  • Only ignite fireworks outdoors and away from any structures
  • Be sure to have plenty of water handy, I find a hose is great but also have a few buckets full of water handy too. 
  • Please do not attempt to make your own fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time
  • Never attempt to reignite a firework that has fizzled out or malfunctioned
  • Please keep all children clear of fireworks
  • Fireworks are best stored in a cool dry location
  • Dispose of fireworks properly, it’s best to read the label or abide by the manufacturers' directions
  • Never throw fireworks at another person or try to handle a lit firework
  • It’s best to shoot fireworks from a flat sturdy surface, never shoot them from metal or glass containers

We wish you a safe and happy celebration! HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Downed Power Lines, Do's & Don'ts

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

In central Illinois, we have storms of all kinds from rain with thunder & lightning, hail, to wind, and everything in between. These can all cause damage in their own right to cars, homes, and anything in their path. Power lines can be particularly vulnerable in the path of a tornado, high winds, or lightning strikes. When power lines are knocked down or loose, this can be extremely dangerous. We have done some research for you to guide you in some do’s and don’ts if you see downed power lines in your path. 

DOs

GO AHEAD AND ASSUME. Downed power lines can be deadly. Please go ahead and assume that all downed lines are energized and avoid all contact with them.

KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE. Keeping a MINIMUM of a 30 foot distance (about 3 car lengths) from the downed lines is the first step to staying safe.

SHUFFLE. While moving away from the power lines, you should keep both feet on the ground while moving away from them. Shuffle your feet against the ground without losing contact with the ground and gaining distance between yourself and the downed power lines.

REPORT. Report the lines immediately once you are at a safe distance.

CALL 911. If you see someone injured from a downed power line. 


DON’Ts

HANDS TO YOURSELF. Refrain from touching any downed power line. You should assume all downed lines are active and energized. Refrain from touching any other object that is in contact with the downed power line such as guardrails, fences, and cars.

NO POKING. Although you may have learned in science class which materials are conductive, however, do not use even these types of materials to move or relocate a downed power line. 

NO RUNNING. When moving away from downed power lines, do not allow your feet to lose contact with the ground, instead, shuffle your feet against the ground until you are a safe distance from the downed power lines.

DON’T BECOME A VICTIM. Do not try to rescue an individual that has been injured from touching a power line. The electrical current can travel through them to you and you risk becoming a victim yourself.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned - a defensive cleaning program

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of wooden table top Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high-frequency touchpoints, foot traffic, and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for the cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Springfield today at 217-528-7775 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision-makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

CONGRATULATIONS 2020 Graduates

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

this picture shows a group of young med and women seated from the back wearing graduation caps and gowns Congratulations to all of the 2020 graduates!

SERVPRO of Springfield would like to extend our heartfelt warm wishes to the class of 2020. We understand this has probably not been the senior year you all planned. My hope is that you are able to persevere and overcome the huge challenges and obstacles that have been thrown in your path this year. Getting through this hard time has shown your strength, your compassion, and your ability to adapt. These are amazing characteristics that will continue to get you through hard times in the future. It's also really important for you to see how brave and capable you have been. It truly helps us to realize how blessed we are in the great times and appreciate and savor those good memories.  My hope for you is that you have been able to see the good in yourself and others through this ordeal.

Mr. Rogers said “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping”. This is one of my favorite quotes because it's timeless. When you were a child you needed a lot of help, as you grow older you realize you will always need guidance and will always be able to learn from others but you too are able to help. You become the helper and it's a beautiful thing. No matter what vocation you choose, no matter where you end up in life, you can always be a helper. You will always find a helper when in need. You just have to look around and ask and you will find what you need to succeed and you will be able to help others succeed. 

I hope you continue to grow, I hope you continue to learn, and I hope you continue to celebrate your accomplishments! 

We are so incredibly proud of all you!! Congratulations graduates of 2020!!

When Lightning Strikes

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning Facts

We have put together a few facts about lightning that might shock you. Lightning can be beautiful and humbling. Watching those huge bolts light up a night sky leaves us in awe of its beauty and also how incredibly dangerous it can be. It can be extremely costly both economically and personally. Lightning losses to the United States economy approaches $7 billion per year and kills an average of 47 people per year. 

  • A lightning strike is hotter than the surface of the sun and can reach temperatures around 50,000 degrees
  • A single bolt of lightning hits the ground somewhere in the world about 100 times every second.
  • That’s 8 million lightning strikes per day

Lightning Damage

It is estimated that almost one-third of all US businesses will suffer lightning damage at some point. The insurance industry experiences an average of $15 billion in losses annually due to lightning damage.

  • 30% of power failures due to lightning, annual cost over $1 billion
  • 5% of insurance claims involve lightning
  • Commercial and Military Aircraft costs - $4 billion
  • Lightning causes damage to perhaps 200,00 computers and networks every year

Lightning Protection

Lightning is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere or between the atmosphere and the ground. In the initial stages of development, air acts as an insulator between the positive and negative charges in the cloud and between the cloud and the ground; however, when the differences in charges become too great, this insulating capacity of the air breaks down and there is a rapid discharge of electricity that we know as lightning.

A lightning protection unit provides a specified path or redirection of the lightning potential to less volatile locations. 

Lightning can be extremely dangerous and very destructive. We want you to be safe and sound. It’s difficult to defend against something so erratic and destructive but we can do our best by knowing what is possible and doing some research on different types of surge protectors and rods. 

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Sewer Backup Prevention

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

A sewer backup can be costly and extremely stinky! SERVPRO of Springfield is here to help you with your restoration needs. We specialize in cleaning and sanitizing after water and sewer damage. We want to help you avoid catastrophe so we have put together a few tips to help you in preventing what would inevitably be a huge mess.

  • Maintaining your sewer lines is key. Contact a plumber or specialist to do a routine inspection on your system to be sure it is running properly.
  • Roots can wreak havoc on your sewer lines. Locate your property’s lateral to ensure your line is not at risk of being interrupted by shrub or tree roots. If you find a potential issue, hire a professional to trim the roots or you could replace the line with plastic pipes.
  • As a general rule, avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper. Most products are not designed to deteriorate fast enough and will eventually clog the lines.
  • Avoid allowing any sort of grease or oils down your kitchen sink. These substances will solidify and cause your pipes to clog.

Please know, if you do find yourself in a situation where you are dealing with a water or sewer backup, you are not alone. Call us 24/7 365 days a year and we will be there for you and with you to help you through it step by step. 

Grill Safety Tips

5/3/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is synonymous with grilling and good times! We want to help you and your family keep the good times with some tips on how to stay safe while cooking over the grill. Nearly 60% of all grill fires happen between May and August. Grill related fire damage approximately 9,200 homes per year on average and when your house catches fire it will sustain four principal types of damage:

Fire Damage

Smoke Damage

Structural Damage

Water Damage

With this in mind, the experts have compiled the following grilling safety tips to help you avoid turning your family cookout into a summertime catastrophe.

Charcoal and Propane Grill Safety Tips:

Charcoal:

  • When using lighter fluid or starter fluid, do not use other flammable liquids or objects. Charcoal starter fluid is specifically for this purpose.
  • Keep charcoal starter fluid out of the reach of children and far away from any heat sources.
  • You can dispense with the starter fluid by using a charcoal chimney starter. These allow you to start the charcoal with paper as the fuel.
  • When using an electric charcoal starter, use an extension cord to get the proper distance from your home.
  • Allow coals to cool completely before disposing of them and be sure to use a metal container.
  • It’s a good idea to soak the coals with water. This may be a bit messy but it’s a fast way of cooling the coals before their disposal.

Propane (gas):

  • Read the instructions carefully - every new gas grill should come with a set of instructions. Reading them will help you correctly operate the grill and get your food cooked right while keeping you safe.
  • Be sure to keep an eye (and nose) out for gas leaks.
  • Every season you should check all the gas lines for damage, wear, and leaks.
  • Arrange the hose or hoses so they do not come in contact with the body of the grill.

Any type of grill:

  • Clothing and Utensils - Wear clothing without hanging frills, strings, or shirttails that can catch fire. Long-handled utensils will help you keep a safe distance from the heat of the grill. Do not forget the mitts to handle hot objects and vents.
  • All grills should be at a minimum of 3 feet from your home or any structure or object. You should never grill below awnings or extensions from the house.
  • Never move or relocate a grill while it’s hot. It should be kept in place until the grill is completely cool.
  • Never walk away from a grill. It should never be left unattended while lit.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Tornado Warning vs Watch

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

We have a lot to watch out for, weather-wise, and knowing the difference in the terminology used by the National Weather Service can save lives. Tornadoes are common in our area so it’s important to know the difference between a warning and a watch. 

If you are in an area where there is a Tornado Watch, this is the time to be prepared. This indicates tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. You should review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies. Having a plan and knowing where the safest place is in your area is important. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

If your area has a Tornado Warning, take action immediately. The tornado warning indicates a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid all windows. If you are in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area, around the size of a city or small county that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on Radar or by a trained spotter or law enforcement who is watching the storm.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Fog Safety Tips

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

foggy road Please use extra caution when driving in low visibility.

On my way into work this morning I found myself surrounded by fog. It can be a little eerie and extremely dangerous. I thought I would take the opportunity to learn a little about these clouds that hang around on the ground. Let’s start with the definition:

fog1

/fôg,fäg/

noun

  1. 1.
    a thick cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth's surface which obscures or restricts visibility (to a greater extent than mist; strictly, reducing visibility to below 1 km).

I also came across some really great safety tips to share with you if you must drive in fog.

  1. Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  2. Make your vehicle as visible as possible to others on the road, both ahead of you and behind you by using your low-beam headlights which will keep your tail lights on as well. Of course, if you have fog lights, use them.
  3. Never use your high-beam lights. Using high beams lights causes glare, making it more difficult for you to see what's ahead of you on the road.
  4. Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to account for sudden stops or changes in the traffic pattern.
  5. To ensure you are staying in the proper lane, follow the lines on the road with your eyes.
  6. In extremely dense fog where visibility is near zero, the best course of action is to first turn on your hazard lights, then simply pull into a safe location such as a parking lot of a local business and stop.
  7. If there is no parking lot or driveway to pull into, pull your vehicle off to the side of the road as far as possible. Once you come to a stop, turn off all lights except your hazard flashing lights, set the emergency brake, and take your foot off of the brake pedal to be sure the tail lights are not illuminated so that other drivers don’t mistakenly run into your vehicle.

I hope you find these helpful. Be safe out there!

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Extinguishing Electrical Fires

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

During these cold months, we tend to use a lot more electricity while heating our homes. We use a lot more electricity lighting our homes. We spend more time inside our homes being entertained by our electronics. We do not think twice about flipping a switch or plugging something into an outlet. Electricity is a normal part of our day to day lives, therefore, we sometimes forget that it can be quite dangerous. The dangers of our daily electricity can harm us in the way of shocking or even electrocuting us, it can also cause a fire. Electrical fires need to be handled with extreme care and caution. Our number one concern is for your safety. Please do not try to extinguish a large fire that is out of control. Please be sure to have a fire escape plan for you and your family and immediately call 911. Things are replaceable, YOU ARE NOT. Stay safe and allow SERVPRO of Springfield to take care of you and your belongings.

IF AN ELECTRICAL FIRE STARTS

  1. If the device that is causing the electrical fire is found, and you can reach the cord and outlet safely, unplug it. 
  2. If the fire is small, you may put it out by smothering it with baking soda.
  3. It may also be put out by removing the oxygen source with clothing or a heavy blanket if the fire is small and it is safe to do so.
  4. Don’t use water to put it out. Water is a natural conductor of electricity and if you throw water on an electrical fire, you can get shocked or electrocuted. Also, water may enable fire to spread by conducting electricity throughout the room and potentially igniting flammable materials.
  5. Check your fire extinguisher. Electrical fires are a class C fire, which means you will need an extinguisher that is appropriate for this type of fire. Most residential fire extinguishers are multi-purpose and labeled ABC, but it is crucial to verify this before using it on an electrical fire. 

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE ELECTRICAL FIRE

  1. GET OUT. You and any family members need to leave as soon as you can to prevent injury or loss of life. Do not try to be a hero.
  2. Close the door as you leave to contain the fire.
  3. Call 911 as soon as you are at a safe distance from the fire. 
  4. Do not re-enter your home until the fire has been contained by firefighters. 

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Flash Flood

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Spring is coming and I will speak for myself when I shout, “Hallelujah!” I’m ready to be outside in the warm sunshine planting flowers and my vegetable garden. These are my first thoughts when you mention spring, however, we all know that rain, rain, and more rain is also associated with spring here in central Illinois. Being prepared for rain can be quite difficult. Even with all of our technology, it's still very difficult to predict exactly how much precipitation we will get and even more importantly, how quickly we will get it.  When we experience a large amount of rain in a short amount of time, this could cause a flash flood.

Flash floods can be extremely dangerous. A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low-lying areas: washes, rivers, dry lakes, and depressions. It may be caused by heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane, tropical storm, or meltwater from ice or snow flowing over ice sheets or snowfields.

We need to be ever vigilant in large amounts of rain in a short amount of time. It’s very dangerous to walk around or drive in flash flood conditions.  Water moving at 9 feet per second (2.7 meters per second), a common speed for flash floods, can move rocks weighing almost a hundred pounds. Flash floods carry debris that elevates their potential to damage structures and injure people. If you find yourself in the middle of a flash flood, stay inside if at all possible. If you are outdoors and cannot get inside, go to high ground. Try to stay out of the way of debris. Flash floods are extremely dangerous but fortunately, they don’t last too long. If you find a safe place, stay there until you know it’s safe to move. 

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Springfield, 217-528-7775.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

SERVPRO is Here for YOU!

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire or water loss, you have so much to think about and deal with and we want to put your mind at ease. Our team is filled with experts who are trained to handle any loss, big or small. We work as a team to help you. 

Communication is key! We will gather information and truly listen to your needs and wants during this process. We want you to know you are as important to us as the next customer and we will treat you and your belongings with care. We will stay in constant communication with you as the job progresses and up until it is complete. We know that as long as we are all on the same page with expectations, we will all end up on the same team. 

Our goal is to make our customer comfortable and completely satisfied with the work we do for you. Our crews take great care in cleaning and restoring your belongings as though you were family. They will show you respect and they will also treat your home and belongings with respect. 

We understand when you have a loss, you are in need of help and guidance. SERVPRO of Springfield is the restoration company for you. We are experts in our field and understand the value of our customers. We know that once you have used our company, you will recommend us to your friends and family. We appreciate your business!

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Make Memories in Your Kitchen, not Disasters

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Cooking is one of the most common causes of residential fires. This may be a great excuse for some of us to hang up our apron and never cook! However, that is just not feasible for most of us. I personally really enjoy cooking, especially with my children and family. Cooking is a great way to bond and make memories with our loved ones.

Here at SERVPRO of Springfield, we have seen the unfortunate end to some carelessness in the kitchen. We want you to be safe and make great memories with your family so we have put together some safety tips to help make this happen for you all. 

  • Never leave your range or cooktop unattended while cooking. If you have to leave the room, turn your range or cooktop off.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves. Loose clothing can hang down onto hot surfaces and can catch fire if it comes in contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
  • Keep your cooking area clean and free of combustible materials. Food wrappers, oven mitts or other materials left on or near the stove may catch fire.
  • Be sure to clean up any spilled or splattered grease. Built-up grease can catch fire in the oven or on the cooktop.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher readily available. Having an extinguisher nearby is important, but you also need to have the correct type of extinguisher and know how to properly use it.
  • Never throw hot grease in the garbage as it can ignite combustible materials. Be sure to let grease cool and consider disposing of it in an old can, such as a metal coffee can.
  • Do not store food or other items in your oven. It can be easy to forget there is an item in your oven, and this could catch fire while preheating.

What to Do If a Cooking Fire Flares Up

By exercising caution in your kitchen, you can help reduce the risk of a kitchen fire. But if a fire does flare up, you need to be prepared.

  • Your safety comes first. If you cannot safely extinguish the fire, leave the scene, call 911 for help, and let the fire department control the fire.
  • If a small fire flares up and you are going to try to extinguish it, call 911 for help first. A fire may grow out of control more quickly than you anticipate. It is safer to have help already on the way.
  • Smother a grease fire – never throw water on a grease fire. The water can be super-heated and change to steam, and can cause severe burns. Also, it can cause oil to splash up and spread the fire. If a grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by sliding the lid – while wearing an oven mitt – over the pan. If safe to do so, turn off the heat source. Do not move the pan; keep the lid on until the fire is out and the pan is completely cool.
  • If a fire starts in your oven, keep the door closed and turn off the heat source. Keeping the door closed will help smother the flames. Do not open the door until the flames are completely out.
  • If a fire starts in your microwave, turn off the microwave and do not open it until the fire is completely out. Unplug the microwave only if you can safely do so

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775. We wish you safe, happy, and healthy cooking!

Blackwater vs Greywater

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Without water life would be impossible. It is very important for the survival of all living things. We drink it to quench our thirst, use it to grow our food, to cleanse our bodies and utensils, and for recreation and exercise.

In the daily activities and chores where we use water, most of it is collected as wastewater. When we take a shower or wash dishes, we produce wastewater which is usually collected in tanks.

Wastewater is classified into two categories, blackwater and greywater. They must be kept in separate tanks because although they are both used water, they have different levels of contamination and must be treated differently.

They can be recycled and used for watering plants and cleaning. They can be recycled through filtration, composting, distillation, or several other mechanical or biological treatment systems.

Blackwater is wastewater from bathrooms and toilets that contain fecal matter and urine. Also called sewage or brown water, it can carry disease-causing bacteria that are harmful to humans.

It can also refer to floodwater that usually comes from overflowing bodies of water as a result of heavy rain, typhoon, hurricanes, or tsunamis that combine with sewage water that can be laden with bacteria.

In recycling and treating blackwater for use as fertilizer, it must be processed and decomposed properly to destroy bacteria. Heat that is generated in composting can kill bacteria that blackwater contains.

Greywater is wastewater that comes from sinks, washing machines, and bathtubs. It contains a lower level of contaminants than blackwater and is easier to treat and process.

It can even be used directly in home gardens provided that there are no harmful chemicals like soap and detergents in them that can harm the plants and the soil.

Recycled greywater can be used for irrigation and in constructed wetlands. If the greywater is from the sink, food particles in it can nourish plants. It can also be used for washing and flushing toilets.

People should be properly educated and informed about how to use water in such a way that will help in its conservation. A quick summary for your information:

  1. Blackwater is wastewater from toilets, while greywater is wastewater from sinks, dishwashers, bathtubs, and washing machines.
  2. Blackwater is contaminated with disease carrying bacteria, while greywater has lesser contaminants.
  3. Blackwater can only be recycled as fertilizer for plants, while recycled greywater can be used for irrigation, for flushing toilets, and for cleaning cars and floors.
  4. Blackwater is more hazardous than greywater.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Sleepiness Is A Safety Hazard

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

I think one thing most of us can relate to one another is being tired. Our lives are busy and sometimes we feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get through our to-do lists. One thing I hope we can all learn to agree on is that being sleepy really is a hazard and sometimes can be quite dangerous in the workplace. Lack of sleep can lead to multiple consequences that may have a huge effect on us, our work, and our coworkers. Sleepiness can lead to:

  • Accidents can happen no matter what, this is why they are called “accidents”. However, we put many precautions in place to help prevent accidents from happening. Getting enough sleep is a good way to do your part in preventing an accident.
  • Memory Issues can cause many problems for you in the workplace. Being well-rested and at the top of your memory game will be appreciated by your coworkers and your customers. It’s quite normal to forget once in a while but if you are sleep deprived, your memory loss may very well be affecting your work.
  • Difficulty with Thinking and Concentration this can also be an annoyance to you and your coworkers when you are all trying to do the best job you can do. When you are well-rested, you are more likely to do a better job.
  • Mood Changes can be difficult for you, your coworkers, and can be detrimental to your customers. Being well-rested can limit your mood changes and keep you more consistent.
  • Weakened Immunity definitely affects your workplace. When your immune system is weak, you are likely to get sick more often. This may keep you from work which puts more pressure on your coworkers to pick up the slack. 

Having one, let alone several, of these side effects from lack of sleep can be dangerous in the workplace. Please be mindful of taking care of yourself by resting when your body and mind are tired. This not only protects you but could possibly prevent you from inadvertently making a bad decision or causing an accident that could affect someone else.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Fire Safety Tips

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fire safety is one of the most important ways we can protect our family and home. When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield is here for you. We also know how important it is for you to be as prepared as possible to limit injury and damage to you, your loved ones, and your property. We sincerely hope you find these tips helpful in your home.

  1. Smoke alarms are key to helping you and your family escape a potentially deadly situation, unscathed. Place a smoke alarm on each floor and in all sleeping areas.
  2. Carbon Monoxide alarms should also be placed on every floor of your home as well as sleeping areas. 
  3. Fire Extinguishers should be placed on each floor of the home as well as the kitchen and garage.
  4. Test your smoke alarms on the same day each week. Be sure to clean your smoke alarm weekly with a vacuum cleaner only, it is never recommended to wipe it down or use water.
  5. Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms twice a year. You could do this when you move your clocks forward in the spring and when you move them back in the fall.
  6. Replace your smoke alarm every ten years and replace your carbon monoxide alarm every five years.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

SERVPRO of Springfield at Your Service

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

We talk about prevention a lot. Of course, we all try to be diligent in preventing any damage to our homes but sometimes mother nature does not give us a choice. We might do all of the things on the checklist to prevent water pipes from freezing but it may happen anyway. A burst pipe is a common occurrence, as roughly fifty-million homeowners experience a burst pipe every year. One of the major issues that burst pipes bring is that a ? inch crack can easily lead to over 250 gallons of water flooding your home daily if left untreated.  However, with each flood situation being different, each requires a unique solution. If this is the case and you do experience a burst pipe in your home, I have provided a few guidelines to follow to help reduce any further damage.

Turn off Your Main Water Supply - This is the first and important step for avoiding further water damage to your home.  Shutting down your main water supply stops all water throughout the home and makes it easier to repair the burst pipe. In some cases, you may have to turn off your main power switch of the leak is happening near an electrical source.

Turn Off Valves - If the burst pipe routes from a hot water tank, close off the hot water valve to avoid loss of water and possible injury.

If the Pipe is Frozen - If the pipe happens to be frozen, don’t let it thaw.

Call SERVPRO - Once the water is shut off from the home, call SERVPRO of Springfield immediately.  This avoids further damage to your home and property. Our experts are on call 24/7 365.  We will be on-site to start the drying process, this prevents further damage such as mold and mildew.  Our experts will clean and dry personal property as well as walls and flooring. There is no job too big or too small.

Take Inventory - Take inventory of the damaged property from the burst pipe.  Once this is accumulated, contact your insurance provider.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Know Your Fire Extinguisher

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are common and hopefully, most of us have them on hand. One thing we may not think about is whether we are using the correct fire extinguisher for that fire classification. For example, you would not use the same Class K fire extinguisher (kitchen) in your garage that would likely need a Class B fire extinguisher. I have put together a list for you to quickly assess the right fire extinguisher for you in the appropriate area of your home, work, or garage.

There are 5 classes of Fire Extinguishers. Each class is designed to put out fires depending on the fuel that is being burned.

Class A - Is used to fight a fire burning general flammable materials such as fabric, paper, or lumber.

Class B - This fire extinguisher is designed to fight combustible liquids like motor oil, automotive fuel, and paint devices.

Class C - Electric current and devices

Class D - Flammable metal

Class K - Kitchen flammables such as grease or fat used in a frying pan or deep fryer

Fire Extinguisher Types

Below are the most widely available types of devices used to extinguish fires, along with the class of fire on which each should be used.

Water

  • Class A
    This is the most widely used agent for firefighting. Unfortunately, its extinguishing capabilities are limited to simple fires in which standard combustible materials are burning Foam.
  • Classes A, B
    The agents in these fire extinguisher types are effective on both solids and combustible fluids. Anything sprayed with one of these devices must be cleaned thoroughly. Remnants will then evaporate

Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical

  • Classes A, B, C
    Mono ammonium phosphate is the agent used in this type of extinguisher. This chemical can damage anything it touches, so it is important to wash away all residue of the agent as soon as possible following its use.

Regular Dry Chemical

  • Classes B, C
    This extinguisher uses sodium bicarbonate as its agent. Sodium bicarbonate will not damage your property and is completely safe to use. Cleaning away the chemical is simple, but of course its usability is more limited than the multi-purpose option.


Carbon Dioxide

  • Classes B, C
    The agent in this type of extinguisher sucks away the oxygen that is enhancing the flammability of the environment. These extinguishers do not spray as far as others do. It is unnecessary to wash affected areas afterward because the chemical is safe and no traces remain after its usage.

Halotron

  • Classes A, B, C
    The agent in this extinguisher is a fluid that vaporizes when released from its container. Like carbon dioxide devices, these extinguishers are green-friendly and will not require cleaning after usage.

Purple K Dry Chemical

  • Classes B, C
    This type of fire extinguisher uses the agent potassium bicarbonate. The chemical will not damage belongings or the surrounding atmosphere. It does, however, need to be swept up or flushed away after the device is used.

Wet Chemical

  • Class K
    The agent used in this type of fire extinguisher is a complex agent with the compound potassium acetate as its basis. It mists any inflamed cooking fluids and fats, also affecting any gases that are being released by the fire.

Dry Powder

  • Class D
    There are a range of dry powder devices. If your atmosphere contains metals that can catch fire, be sure you are using an extinguisher specific for the metal in your environment.

Our first priority is your safety. Prevention is key to eliminating or at least reducing your loss. We hope you find this information helpful and useful in preventing loss in your home and work.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery Counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Preventing Ice Dams

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

Ice Dams can cause a lot of damage to your home so we would like to share some tips that may save you some damage to your home.  There are three keys to preventing ice damming; insulate, ventilate, and seal air leaks. Ice damming is caused by the warm air escaping your roof, melting the snow and then it refreezing. When this happens over and over it can cause water to seep into your roof and cause damage to the inside and outside of your home. 

  1. Make sure your attic is well insulated
  2. Close up attic leaks
  3. Add roof & soffit vents for proper ventilation
  4. Check insulation around sensitive areas such as skylights & dormers, wall edges as well as new additions
  5. Add a special adhesive ice and water barrier the next time you re-roof your home.
  6. If conditions are safe, rake the snow off your roof after large snowfalls that have a lot of accumulation.
  7. Cleaning your gutters in the fall is a great way to maintain your home, not only for Ice Dams but also for maintaining your home as well.

Please know that SERVPRO of Springfield is here for you in the unfortunate event you find water damage in your home caused by an ice dam. Our experts here at SERVPRO of Springfield are trained to dry and clean any spaces that may be affected. As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery Counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Preventing Fires in the Break Room

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Microwave fires are no laughing matter.

Keeping your employees happy and safe is an important aspect of owning a productive business. One key place that this principle goes into effect is the Employee Break Room. In making safety a high priority, you can prevent the unthinkable from happening.

Tips for a Safe Break Room:

  1. Review proper microwave and oven operating procedures. As they are both heating elements, they can cause serious fire hazards if left on unattended or if used improperly.
  2. Set up guidelines for break room capacity. By staggering lunch and break times, you can limit the number of people in the breakroom to safe numbers. This will prevent overcrowding and reduce the possibility of a safety hazard in case of an emergency.
  3. Be sure there is a fully operational smoke detector in the break room. Checking the smoke alarm monthly to ensure it is operational may be the first step in proactively preventing an emergency.

Remember, if disaster does strike, SERVPRO® of Springfield is Here to Help!® Give us a call 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Christmas Tree Care

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas time is here! We have brought you some tips to keep your lovely Christmas tree fresh and vibrant, longer.

Be careful during transport. Making sure you take extra care before your tree even goes in your home will be important for keeping it fresh. Use care not to break branches or bend the thin part at the top. Also, you should prepare the truck for water and care. Make a 1-inch slice off the bottom of the trunk where the tree was cut to allow it to soak up nutrients and water when you place it in your home.

Select a longer-lasting variety of trees, to begin with. This means buying as local as possible so that your tree is fresh and grown in an environment that is sustainable and ideal. IF you can, pick a local tree farm to go and select a fresh cut tree if possible. If there are no local tree farms, your next best bet is to cut one yourself by obtaining a permit from the Forest Service. As a last resort, buy from a tree stand but make sure you feel the needles first. They should not fall off when touched or the tree is not fresh and could be more than a week past its cut date.

Make sure to get your tree in water as soon as possible. It needs water as soon as possible and plenty of it during its duration. Make sure the water is not too cold, which can actually “shock” the tree. 

Add nutrients to your tree’s water. There are several tips and tricks for the right nutrients to feed your tree, and there are certainly tree foods you can buy as well. The bottom line is all your tree needs is a sugar source and plenty of water.  This can be as simple as adding a couple of tablespoons of plain sugar in your tree’s water and watching to make sure there is always plenty of fresh water in your tree stand.

Choose a good location for your tree.  Make sure it is far away from anything that could dry it out, not only for preservation's sake but for safety.  This means not placing it near baseboard heaters, fans, vents, or in direct sunlight. A dry location will make your effort to keep it well watered pointless.

Switch to LED lights. Consider using newer LED bulbs for lights on your tree. They produce less heat and therefore, will not be as drying.

Keep a good eye on your water level. Check once or twice a day as some trees tend to be very thirsty. Every time you add water, make sure it is warm and has a tablespoon of sugar dissolved in it.

Try running a humidifier. In the cold and drying months, running a humidifier in the room your tree is in can help prevent your tree from drying out. This is actually really good to do for your own health as well!

We wish you a warm, happy, and SAFE holiday!

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775

Preventing Frozen Pipes

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Preventing Frozen Pipes will Prevent Winter Woes.

Sometimes frozen pipes are unavoidable. If you find yourself in a mess from a frozen pipe bursting, SERVPRO of Springfield are your experts in water restoration, from flooring to drywall as well as your personal belongings. 

When we talk about frozen pipes, this actually refers to water inside the pipe freezing. This can cause expansion within the pipe which in turn causes the pipe itself to burst. 

Draining all outside faucets in a great start to helping to prevent frozen pipes.

Wrapping pipes with heat tape that may be exposed to the elements or that do not have heat access is a great way to help prevent water from freezing inside the pipe.

Insulate and caulk around pipe openings. 

Opening cabinet doors to pipes in your kitchen and bathrooms can expose enough heat to the pipes that this can help prevent water from freezing down the pipeline.

Leaving your heat at a minimum of 55 degrees, even when you are not home, can help prevent freezing water in your pipes as well.

These are mostly small tips to use to help prevent what could be a major disaster. If you do find yourself in a predicament, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery Counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775. 

Duct Cleaning

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning the air ducts in your home or office is often overlooked but often a very important way to maintain a healthy environment. It’s not always needed, that’s why it is important to call in the professionals. SERVPRO of Springfield will come to your home or office and inspect the ducts to determine if they do need to be cleaned. Once our experts have determined the ducts are in need of cleaning, our crew will take great care to clean each duct, air return, and HVAC system.  We have taken the liberty to put together a checklist for you to more easily determine if duct cleaning is needed in your home or office.

Renovation - Has your home or office been recently remodeled? We recommend ducts and return vents to be completely closed off during a renovation but if you have had asbestos abate removed, lead paint removed, or mold we suggest you have your ducts cleaned once the work is complete.

Animals - If you have had an infestation of little critters that crawl or fly, having the ducts cleaned will alleviate any bacteria left behind. Even if you have a house pet that sheds, it’s a good idea to have those ducts cleaned professionally. 

Mold - If mold is visible on or around the vents, it’s usually recommended to have the ducts cleaned.

Contaminants - If there is noticeable debris such as an accumulation of dust or hair or if there is an unexplained odor, it is time to call the experts at SERVPRO of Springfield to have an evaluation.

If any of these are an issue for your home or office, please be sure to call SERVPRO of Springfield.  Our experts are here for you. As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery Counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Fireplace Safety Tips

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Springfield is here for you and your restoration needs. We are your experts and will be here for you in your time of distress. Our crews are trained to take great care in restoring your home and belongings. We are available to you 24/7.  Although our business is to restore your home, we also realize prevention is key to keeping everyone safe this winter. The thought of snuggling up in front of a beautiful fireplace sounds like heaven, right? Let’s take a few minutes to make sure that little bit of heaven is safe for you and your family. Our biggest concern is keeping folks safe and happy so here are a few pointers to help keep everyone healthy.

  1. Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working. Carbon monoxide kills 4,000 people and sickens another 10,000 every year. Keep those carbon monoxide detectors in good shape.
  2. Install a chimney cap. A lot of older homes have flues or chimneys’ without caps. This can cause major issues for you and your family. You can get a number of animal infestations at the top of your chimney and never know it until you start a fire.
  3. Clear the area. Fireplaces get hot enough to scald plants and damage other things. Embers sometimes pop out and can catch carpets or rugs, magazines and other sundries on fire.
  4. Keep the fires small and manageable. Building too big of a fire risks overheating your firebricks and cracking them, causing permanent damage to your fireplace and making it unsafe to use. There should be ample room on all sides for your wood when it’s stacked and ready to burn.
  5. Never use flammable liquids! No charcoal, no lighter fluid, no kerosene, no gasoline. It’s incredibly dangerous and could cause you to get injured or killed or start a fire outside the fireplace.
  6. Don’t throw trash or wrapping paper in the fire. There are all kinds of reasons not to toss random trash in the fire, but we’re going to go with the fact that chemicals may be in it and it’s not safe to breathe. Plastics and foams are especially bad about this. Wrapping paper is just dangerous to burn, it can spark and flame outside your fireplace.
  7. Take advantage of your spark guard. Even the most perfectly seasoned wood will occasionally spark, so be prepared. Always use your spark guard, whether it’s a mesh curtain or a glass door. 

We want all our readers to be as safe as possible.  As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery Counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Snow Storm Prep

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Springfield is all about cleaning and restoring, our first priority is the safety of our customers!  Whether you've got a few weeks before winter hits or the weatherman just said a major blizzard is already on its way, you'll want to hit a few spots outside and inside the house to be truly prepped for the storm. This will protect not only your home itself from costly damages but make life easier on you too!

Turn off outside faucets

Pipes leading to outdoor faucets and hoses are particularly vulnerable to damage when the temperature plummets, so it's crucial that you make turning them all off part of prepping for a snowstorm, even if you have little time to spare. So be sure to shut off the inside valves leading out to them, unhook hoses, and run your outdoor faucets to drain any water that might be hiding within.

 Warm-up your indoor pipes, too

To prevent burst pipes indoors, keep cabinet doors under sinks open so warm air in your home can reach them more easily. This is primarily important if temperatures get so low that your furnace has a hard time keeping up. 

 Clear your gutters

Make sure your rain gutters are clear of leaves. Ice dams can form during winter storms, and if the gutters aren’t clean, they can flood the home at the worst time.

 Keep vents clear of snow

Indoor heating systems can shut down when the outside vents get blocked with snow. It’s important to keep these vents clear using a shovel or broom.

 We wish you a Happy Winter and hope you stay safe! As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery Counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Do You Know the Winter Weather Terms?

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Winter Weather Advisory:  Expect winter weather conditions that could cause severe inconvenience and life-threatening hazards.

Frost/Freeze Warning:  Expect below-freezing temperatures.

Winter Storm Watch:  Be alert; a storm is likely.

Winter Storm Warning:  Take action, the storm is in or entering the area.

Blizzard Warning:  Seek refuge immediately! Snow and strong winds, near-zero visibility, deep snow drifts, and life-threatening wind chill.

For winter storm damage, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is Here to Help! Give us a call 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Toxic Mold

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Springfield are exactly the professionals you need in the unfortunate event you find you have a mold problem in your home or office. Our experts are trained and certified to eliminate mold. We understand mold can be an inconvenience and we also educate our customers, it can be far more serious and needs a highly trained expert to alleviate the issue. Mold is sometimes difficult to detect if it’s not out in the open and clearly visible. If you cannot visibly see the mold, it's best to contact an industrial hygienist to come in a test for mold.

Any mold that produces mycotoxins—the “myco” refers to fungus. One of the more alarming varieties is Stachybotrys chartarum: Dense, black, and usually present where moisture has been a long-term, unresolved issue, like a damp basement or in an abandoned home, this fungus can trigger a suite of health issues.  All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.” These are the signs of mold that you should be looking out for.

  1. Outside of physical symptoms you may be experiencing from mold in your home or office, you may see signs on the walls. Watch for bubbling paint in your bathroom or near windows. These locations notoriously have high volumes of moisture which are a breeding ground for mold.
  2. Keeping your bathroom exhaust fan clean is a great way to keep mold at bay. If your bathroom is still steamy after 10 minutes of running your exhaust fan, it might be a good idea to clean it thoroughly.
  3. If you find a continuous must smell in your home or office, this could be an indication of mold. It’s a good idea to call an expert to professionally clean.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery Counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

10 Things To Do Before The Power Goes Out

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

A lit flashlight A great tip is to keep flashlights and fresh batteries in a safe and consistent location.

We all listen to the weather and MOST of the time have a pretty good idea when there is a storm brewing that will likely cause some inconveniences in our day to day life.  We hope you find some good tips for you and your family on this list to help make time without power a little less scary and a little more relaxing.

  • When the Lights go down...

When the lights flicker my first thought is, “where did I put that flashlight?” One of the first thoughts most of us have are either the flashlights or batteries. Be sure to have a constant safe place for your flashlights and fresh batteries. 

  • Baby It’s Cold Inside

Heat is going to be very important if the power is out for an extended period of time. There are options such as small propane heaters but these are not safe to use for the long term. The best option would be to use a space heater connected to a generator. If you have natural gas, be sure to have a full tank in case of an extended outage. If all else fails, have plenty of blankets and warm clothing. Layering clothing is a must to keep out the cold. 

  • Filler Up

It’s important to keep your gas tank full as well. If you need to get to a family member, friend, or have an emergency, it’s important to be prepared. It’s possible in the case of a power outage for an extended time frame, gas stations may be closed or out of fuel. 

  • Liquid Gold - WATER

Water is an essential part of our day. Most cities and counties have back systems for power outages but if one should fail, or a pipe freezes in your home, you do not want to be without water. Preparing for a scenario where you cannot get water from a faucet is the best way to be prepared. You can fill your bathtub with water to use in a variety of ways such as flushing the toilet, cleaning up, boiling and using for cooking. It’s a good idea to keep bottled water on hand as well as large containers filled with water.

  • Ring the Dinner Bell - Food

Most of us prepare for meals in the short term, one day to a week in advance. It’s vital to keep a variety of non-perishable food in your pantry that doesn’t require a lot of cooking. Foods that you can open and eat are great to have on hand such as granola/protein bars, nuts, jerky, and peanut butter. 

These are great to have, however, if you are enduring a long term power outage it will be nice to have some hot food. Stocking up on canned soups, stews, chilis, and veggies is a great idea when you get tired of the “eat and go” convenience foods.

  • Dinner is Served - Cooking

If you have a gas stove, you probably won’t be too bothered or inconvenienced. There are some alternatives to the electric stove such as your charcoal or propane grill. Also using a camp stove or propane burner is a quick easy way to warm up those meals in a can. Be sure to use these cooking devices in a safe location.

  • Communication is Key

When you hear of a possible storm, one easy way to keep the lines of communication open with your loved ones is to charge your cell phones and laptops prior to the storm hitting. This hopefully allows you to plan and organize any evacuation plans or plans to bring your loved ones together to ride out the storm together. This also allows you to stay informed as to what is happening outside your home. 

  • Medication 

Keeping a two week supply of medication can be a lifesaving tip for those who either cannot get out or in an extended power outage, the pharmacy may be closed. This particular tip is fairly easy for most of us to adhere to on a regular basis. Participating in a mail-order prescription plan is a great way to prepare, they are normally mailed in 3-month supplies. 

  • Clean Clean Clean

Here at SERVPRO, we are experts in this field. Making sure you have all your housework done, prior to a storm is a great way to conserve water while it may not be as readily available. Making sure your dishes and clothes are washed allows you to concentrate on other priorities that may be more important to you.

  • Have a Little Fun

Following these few tips in a storm situation can lead you to some much needed downtime with your family and loved ones. Be sure to plan for some “unplugged” fun with board games and books. Make this a time to enjoy your family and be creative to make this experience a great memory for the whole family.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery Counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Customer Service is Our Priority

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Springfield we pride ourselves on the GREAT service we provide our customers. We understand when our phone rings, it’s likely because you have suffered some sort of a loss. We are always open, when you make that first call you will talk to a real person. Our staff are genuinely caring people that want the best for you and to understand your circumstance and gather all the information so we can get you on your way to “Like it never even happened”. 

We abide by a formula that is designed specifically to provide our customers with the highest quality of service. When we receive your initial call, we gather information and then forward your information to our experts. Our customers will receive a call back within an hour from our experts in the field to make an appointment to walk through and assess the damage. Our expert will be at your home within 4 hours to meet you to create an estimate. Within 8 hours of your initial call to our office, we will have our crew in your home taking care of your belongings. 

Most of the time, we are even ahead of this time frame. Our ultimate goal is to make our customers happy with our service, our work, and our attitudes. 

Great service is a bit of a lost art with most companies these days. Here at SERVPRO we understand and pride ourselves on making this process as easy as possible for our customers. Providing excellent customer service is one way we set ourselves apart in this industry. We are constantly striving to improve and go above and beyond to surprise our customers with the absolute best service. 

Our Customer Service Representatives are experts in their field. Our team has over 60 years of combined experience and are certified in WRT, ASD, Microbial Contamination & Remediation, and many other qualifications. The knowledge and experience our Customer Service Representatives bring to each job are reflected in the work we provide our customers. Our Customer Service Representatives, our crew, and our staff are well trained and work hard to provide excellent results in every task. Hard work is second nature to our team.

Here at SERVPRO of Springfield, our attitude reflects in every job we take. We are of a ONE TEAM mindset. We work hard together to get the job done and done with knowledge and training.  Setting our customers' minds at ease, knowing they have hired a truly professional company with caring people. Our customers appreciate the fact they can relax knowing they have a leader of the industry taking care of them.  

Customer Service is not a lost art at SERVPRO of Springfield. It is practiced in every job we do. Our number one priority is our Customer.

As always, when disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Montgomery Counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.




Preparing Your Business for Winter Weather

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

WINTER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER:  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 can result in damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 
  • Inspect your 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 and/or ice could be present.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Montgomery Counties is always here for you.  We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Ice Maker Tips to Help Prevent Water Leaks

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

When an ice maker is added to an existing home, the installer will use an ice maker valve, a small metal saddle secured to a cold water pipe near the refrigerator. The ice maker kits often come with a small clear plastic water pipe attached to the valve and to the water inlet on the refrigerator.

That piece of flexible plastic tubing is the most likely suspect for a leak. Pinholes in the tubing go unnoticed during installation and remain unnoticed for years, hidden behind the refrigerator. Over a long period of time, hundreds of gallons of water seeping from the tubing can lead to serious structural decay and damage to the wall and floor systems around the refrigerator.

Modern homes usually have a shut-off valve installed in a wall panel behind the refrigerator where soft copper tubing is used to connect the valve to the refrigerator. Pinhole leaks or fractures of copper tubing are possible, but not as likely as in the plastic tubing.

Two things you can do to prevent water damage from an ice maker:

  1. Use copper tubing for the connection.
  2. Install a battery-operated flood alarm. Properly positioned, the inexpensive battery-operated alarm will respond if the unit detects water from a leak. The alarm can be used in the kitchen, in a basement, near water heaters or any other source of water that could leak and cause damage.

Battery-operated flood alarms can be found at most hardware stores or online.

SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is available 24/7 and can be reached at 217-528-7775.

Winter-Proof Your Home

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

WINTER CHECKLIST FOR YOUR HOME

  1. Clean leaves and debris out of window wells, gutters and downspouts to keep water from pooling and freezing.
  2. Install screens on exterior vents and pet doors to keep rodents out.  Make sure garage doors close completely, too.
  3. Clear ground clutter such as sticks and lawn ornaments - tripping hazards come snowfall.
  4. Trim shrubs and trees to keep branches from breaking and blowing onto the house.
  5. Turn off water taps and bring in hoses (water inside hoses might freeze and expand, causing damage).
  6. Ensure stairwell handrails are sturdy and secure.  When it gets slippery, you'll want to grip them.
  7. Clear the chimney of obstructions, such as birds' nests, and any built-up (and flammable) creosote.
  8. Check the roof for loose or broken shingles or flashing and patch if necessary.
  9. Remove window screens and install storm windows for better insulation.
  10. Redo caulking and weatherstripping around doors and windows, and fill any remaining gaps with insulation foam, to seal heat in.
  11. Check the attic, basement, windows and doors for air leaks. Darkened, dirty spots in insulation, or a candle flame wavering in a draft, may signal a leak.
  12. Have your furnace checked by a professional.  Change the filter if needed (do this every 3 months, or sooner if the filter looks dirty).
  13. Install carbon monoxide detectors.  The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases when furnaces are in frequent use and leaks more likely.
  14. Move flammable materials and electric appliances away from heating devices.
  15. Reverse ceiling fans to a clockwise spin to push warm air down from the ceiling, for improved heating efficiency.
  16. Change outdoor lightbulbs and set automatic light timers for earlier hours of darkness.
  17. Test downspouts to ensure proper drainage from the roof.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Montgomery Counties is always here for you.  We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Candle Safety Tips

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Here are a few candle safety tips to review before you light your next candle:

  1. Burning candles should NEVER be left unattended.
  2. Keep candles away from anything flammable.
  3. If your candle is in a candle holder, it should be sturdy enough to avoid being easily knocked over.
  4. Candles should be placed where children and pets can't reach them.
  5. The National Candle Association recommends that candlewicks be trimmed to 1/4 inch each time before burning.  Long wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.
  6. Keep the pool of wax in the candle clear of debris such as wick trimmings.
  7. Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions for candle use.  Most candles should be burned for only a couple of hours at a time.
  8. Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer rather than blowing them out, as hot wax can splatter.

Working smoke alarms greatly increase your chances of surviving a home fire, so be sure to check them every month to ensure they are working properly.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Montgomery Counties is always here for you.  We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

FIRE PREVENTION CHECKLIST

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST

  • Test all fire alarms (test alarm, check batteries and replace expired units)
  • Test all carbon monoxide alarms (test alarm, check batteries and replace expired units)
  • Test all fire extinguishers
  • Plan a family escape route and action list 
  • Practice family escape route
  • Clean dryer vents
  • Clean furnace
  • Clean fireplace & chimney
  • Check to make sure all windows open and close properly
  • Check all wires & cords for damage
  • Store extra batteries in a safe place
  • Test and clean space heaters
  • Create an emergency contact list and display it in a main area
  • Make sure your house number is visible from the street to make it easy for first responders to find you in case of a emergency

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Montgomery Counties is always here for you.  We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

LIGHTNING SAFETY

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning Safety Tips

  • Do not use corded phones.  Cellular or cordless phones are acceptable.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment such as computers, TVs or cords.  Remote controls are acceptable.
  • Avoid plumbing.  Do not wash your hands, take a shower or wash dishes.
  • Stay way from windows and doors and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
  • Protect your pets: Dog houses are not safe shelters. Dogs that are chained to trees or on metal runners are particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Montgomery Counties is always here for you.  We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

The Importance of Maintaining Your Electrical System

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

A fire breaking out from a wall outlet. Faulty wiring is the number one cause of electrical fires.

MAINTAINING YOUR ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

  • Electrical fire can be caused by broken wires, wire insulation drying out, loose switches or receptacles and overheating caused by dirt and oil.
  • Get your electrical system checked by a licensed electrical every four years.
  • Faulty wiring is the number one cause of electrical fires.  The warning signs? Flickering lights, breakers that always trip, fuses that blow, a burning smell when you plug in appliances, outlets and switches that spark and discolored wall outlets.

If there's ever a fire, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Montgomery Counties is always here for you.  We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Fire Safety Tips for Halloween

10/20/2019 (Permalink)

Carved jack-o-lanterns HAVE A SAFE HALLOWEEN.

FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN

  • Keep decorations far away from open flames and other heat sources like light-bulbs and heaters.
  • Try a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards.
  • Choose costumes that don't require long trailing fabric.
  • Talk to your children and remind them to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles inside.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is  always here for you.  We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.  

Maintaining Your Commercial Fire Sprinkler System

10/20/2019 (Permalink)

An activated sprinkler system disbursing water Sprinkler System Maintenance is Very Important.

WEEKLY INSPECTION CHECKLIST FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

  • Gauges – the gauges on dry, pre-action, and deluge systems should be inspected weekly. In this step, you’re looking for a normal read on air and water pressure.
  • Control valves – you should check these weekly to ensure that they are free from leaks, locked, properly sealed, and in the open position. Proper signage should identify what part of your sprinkler they control.

MONTHLY INSPECTION CHECKLIST FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

  • Gauges (on wet pipe systems) – you should check that the water pressure is maintained and that there is no sign of physical damage.
  • Alarm valves – these should be externally inspected each month.

QUARTERLY INSPECTION CHECKLIST FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

  • Alarm devices – every three months, check that these are free from physical damage.
  • Hydraulic nameplate – check that this is secured to the sprinkler riser and legible.

ANNUAL INSPECTION CHECKLIST FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

The National Fire Protection Association requires that you have a licensed technician inspect your fire sprinkler system annually to keep your building safe and up to code. The technician will inspect and maintain all components of your fire sprinkler system, including:

  • Gauges
  • Control valves
  • Alarm devices
  • Hangers/bracing
  • Pipes and fittings
  • Sprinkler heads
  • Antifreeze solution
  • Pre-action/deluge valves
  • Backflow prevention components
  • Main drain
  • Water flow alarm

They will also check for any necessary repairs or obstructions that would prevent the system from protecting your building’s life and property in the event of a fire emergency.

OTHER FREQUENCIES FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS MAINTENANCE

There are other components of your fire sprinkler system that require certain maintenance and replacement at different intervals:

  • Gauges – gauges should be replaced or tested every five years by a licensed fire sprinkler technician to determine the calibration.
  • Sprinkler heads – these should be replaced every 50 years. If your sprinkler heads are “fast response,” they should be replaced every 20 years.
  • Valves – the sprinkler valves should be internally inspected every five years.

If your fire sprinkler system is ever damaged or requires repair, regular maintenance should not be your solution. Call a professional fire protection company—they will be able to fix your system and ensure that your building remains safe and up to code.

Remember, if disaster strikes contact SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties 24/7 at 217-528-7775. We are Here to Help!

How To Stop A Fire Alarm From Beeping

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

A fire alarm that starts beeping when there is no fire or smoke requires maintenance. The specific steps to reset your alarm or change the battery depends on the alarm design. Here are three ways to determine what is wrong with an alarm and ensure that it is functioning properly to limit fire damage.

1. Reset and Clean the Alarm

If you are using an alarm powered by a nine-volt battery, detach the unit from the mounting bracket and remove the battery. Press and hold the reset button on a sealed 10-year model with a lithium battery. If the alarm is hardwired, turn off the power supply at the circuit breaker, detach the detector from the mounting bracket, and disconnect the power supply (if present). Press and hold the test button for 15 to 20 seconds. You can also use an air blower to clean out the vents prior to reinstalling the alarm.

2. Change the Batteries

If a fire alarm powered by a replaceable battery starts beeping again, you probably need to change the battery. Switch out nine-volt or other replaceable batteries every six months to one year.

3. Deactivate and Replace the Alarm

If an alarm keeps beeping after being cleaned and having the battery changed, you may need to replace the unit. Remove the batteries from models that rely on them before purchasing and installing another alarm unit. If the model has a sealed 10-year long-life battery, disconnect the alarm and use a screwdriver to pierce the icon of a straight line next to an arrow on the back. Turn the screw to the off position to permanently deactivate the model and drain the battery.

A functional fire alarm can help you limit the amount of fire damage to your residence. If a fire breaks out, contact SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties at 217-528-7775.  We are Here to Help!!

When Storms Hit, We Are READY!!

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. Lucky for you, the staff here at SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties have both! Since we are locally owned and operated and open 24/7, we can respond quickly which is key. A faster response can limit damage and save you in the long run. Let us make it "Like it never even happened." Contact us for any of your storm damage needs at 217-528-7775.

Let Us Help You Prepare For Disaster NOW With Our Emergency Ready Profile

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruptions by having and immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 50 years of experience and a system of more than 1,700 franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO Ready App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device making help just a few clicks away. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties at 217-528-7775 to establish your Emergency Ready Profile, and be “Ready for whatever happens.”

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Contact us today at 217-528-7775 to schedule your no-cost assessment!

Water Damage?? What To Do Until SERVPRO Arrives

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO professionals arrive:

  • Shut off the source of the water.

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors

  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors

SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is available 24/7 and can be reached at 217-528-7775. 

Preparing Your Home or Business NOW For Cold Weather

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fall will soon be upon us and you know what follows soon after that....WINTER!!  Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it.  From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow.....all can cause serious and costly property damage.  While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before cold weather hits:

  • Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches.  Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order.  Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building.  Clear gutters of all debris.  Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

SERVPRO of Springfield is Here to Help!  We are available 24/7 and can be reached at 217-528-7775

Roof Leaks and Leaking Water Lines Can Lead To Big Problems

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Springfield has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.

Our clean up process begins when you contact us at SERVPRO of Springfield. Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. 

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet. In some cases it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in your home or business.

For more information on the effects of mold click here: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What An ERP Can Do For Your Business

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

According to FEMA, almost 40% of small businesses fail to reopen after a disaster. And to make things worse, the United States Small Business Administration found that over 90% of businesses close within 2 years of a disaster. But despite these alarming statistics, you can mitigate the impact of a disaster if you make preparations in advance. One of the easiest ways you can begin preparation is by creating an Emergency Ready Profile. 

An Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a document that is comprised of your business'  vital information. It includes emergency contact information, utility shut-off locations, and other information you or your employees might need in an emergency situation. 

SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties will create an ERP for your business, free of charge! A representative will come in and ask a few questions, then get the necessary information regarding shut-offs and emergency exit points. After your representative compiles the documents, they will present both a physical and digital copy of the ERP.

After a disaster, your priority should be to get your business back to its normal operations. Fortunately, an ERP allows you the opportunity to quickly respond and take crucial actions. If you are interested in an ERP for your business or commercial building, call SERVPRO of  Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties today at 217-528-7775!

Thunderstorms & Lightning

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms. Thunderstorms are dangerous storms that include lightning and can:

IF YOU ARE UNDER A THUNDERSTORM WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • When thunder roars, go indoors!

  • Move from outdoors into a building or car.

  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings.

  • Unplug appliances.

  • Do not use landline phones.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A THUNDERSTORM THREATENS

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk for thunderstorms. In most places, they can occur year-round and at any hour.

  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.

  • Identify nearby, sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, study, and play.

  • Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.

  • Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.

Survive DURING

  • When thunder roars, go indoors. A sturdy building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of thunderstorms. Be ready to change plans, if necessary, to be near shelter.
  • When you receive a thunderstorm warning or hear thunder, go inside immediately.
  • If indoors, avoid running water or using landline phones. Electricity can travel through plumbing and phone lines.
  • Protect your property. Unplug appliances and other electric devices. Secure outside furniture.
  • If boating or swimming, get to land and find a sturdy, grounded shelter or vehicle immediately.
  • If necessary, take shelter in a car with a metal top and sides. Do not touch anything metal.
  • Avoid flooded roadways. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

Be Safe AFTER

  • Listen to authorities and weather forecasts for information on whether it is safe to go outside and instructions regarding potential flash flooding.
  • Watch for fallen power lines and trees. Report them immediately.

Source: www.ready.gov

Remember, if disaster strikes contact SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Clean Up!

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your  basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line is a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques

Remember, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is Here to Help!  Give us a call 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Mold Damage Caused by Water Leaks

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Leaks Can Cause Mold 

A leaky faucet in your home can be very annoying, but it has the potential to be much more than an annoyance. The moisture caused by leaks can make your home into the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold spores may cause health effects and can grow rapidly if you fail to notice a leak shortly after it starts, especially in humid climates. Knowing the risks that mold presents and quickly fixing your water leaks can help to protect your home from mold growth. 


About Mold Growth

Mold growth will begin in areas of your home that are wet. The mold spores will land on moist surfaces and then start to germinate. The materials on which mold can grow include:
• Sheetrock
• Tile
• Painted surfaces
• Carpet
• Wood

Indications of Mold Growth Due to Water Leaks

If you see black and white spots in the area of the leak, this is a sign that you have mold. Kitchens and basements are some of the areas in your home where there is a high risk of mold growth as these areas are prone to leaks. Therefore, it is important that you properly maintain your plumbing fixtures.

Preventing Mold Growth after Fixing Leaks

If you discover a water leak, have it fixed as soon as possible to minimize the potential for mold growth. After the leak has been fixed, use a mild detergent to wash the area and then allow it to dry completely. After it has dried, thoroughly wipe the area with bleach to kill any spores present. Boric acid is also effective at killing mold spores and can be used as a substitute for bleach. Be sure to keep kids and pets out of the area while handling chemicals.

Get Professional Assistance

If there is a part of your home that is prone to water leaks, contact a plumber. If there are hidden problems that are causing leaks to recur, you may not be able to find them yourself. A licensed plumber who is experienced at finding and fixing leaks will be better able to find and fix the issues. Your plumber will also be able to advise you on how to maintain your plumbing to prevent water leaks and mold growth in the future.

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all molds from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and 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 can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Remember, if disaster does strike, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is Here to Help! Give us a call 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

8 Tips for Avoiding Plumbing Emergencies

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

It pays to know where your water shut-offs valves are located, and if they are operational.

Plumbing maintenance may not be the most exciting topic, but it is well worth your attention! By regularly examining your plumbing system, and performing preventative maintenance, you can save yourself from both costly repair bills and the slow, steady expense caused by drips and leaks. Here is a maintenance checklist to help you stay ahead of common plumbing problems.

  1. Water heater: Many plumbers recommend draining and cleaning your water heater annually. Most people hire a professional to handle these tasks, due to their technical nature, and often they are even included in your plumbing fixture’s service contract.
  2. Valves: Locate all your shut-off valves and turn them off, then back to their original position, to make sure they would not be stuck open in the event that you need to shut the water off. While you are at it, look them over for any sign of corrosion, which could lead to an undetected leak. Replace any valves that are not working properly. Finally, make sure that your entire family knows where your shutoff valves are located, especially the main one, since this is very valuable information in case a leak occurs.
  3. Leaks: Leaks can develop in many different places in your plumbing system and should be addressed immediately to curtail waste and water damage. Periodically check for any of the following signs of trouble: soft flooring near toilets, bathtubs, dishwashers, water heaters or washing machines; dampness inside sink cabinets; soft walls or loose tiles that could signal a leak inside a wall; pipes with rust or mineral deposits; constant dampness around faucets or toilets; and finally toilets that keep running after being flushed. Use water shut off valve or water leak detection systems to alert you when water leaks occur.
  4. Old or malfunctioning fixtures: Generally, toilets, dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, and boilers that are more than 12 years old are good candidates for replacement. New appliances will be more energy and water efficient. Check the item’s serial number, since this often indicates the year it was manufactured. Companies use a variety of coding methods, so perform a quick internet search to find out what to look for. Additionally, replace old faucets with new, washer-less models to save on maintenance costs, and replace any hardened or cracked hoses on washers and dishwashers to reduce the risk of a rupture. The old adage “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” does not always make sense when it comes to plumbing! Keep in mind that by swapping the old plumbing fixtures for new, more efficient models you could save money every month on your energy and water bills in addition to avoiding costly water damage repair bills.
  5. Caulking: Check and re-do any aging caulking around bathtubs, showers, toilets, and sinks that might be allowing water to penetrate the surrounding structure.
  6. Septic: If you have a septic system, any persistently marshy areas in your drainage field may signal a leak in your septic line. Although pumping a septic tank is an essential element of plumbing maintenance, there is no hard and fast rule governing how frequently you should pump the tank. It depends on several factors, like the number of people in your household, whether there is a garbage disposal, the size of your tank, its system design, and even the temperature in your region. Consult a septic expert to find out how often you should pump your septic tank.
  7. Low water pressure: Test for low water pressure by running water from your tub faucet and then opening the kitchen faucet. If the pressure decreases when you open the second faucet, you should get a plumber to analyze the problem. Low water pressure is often caused by a leak or sediment build-up in pipes.
  8. Drains: Clogged drainpipes can often be avoided by regularly cleaning your drains with an eco-friendly drain cleaner. One easy way to clean your kitchen garbage disposal is to send some ice through it to clean out any grease that may have accumulated inside. Also, look for bubbles escaping up from a drain while water is trying to go down, as this could indicate a drain vent problem.

 Whether you perform these maintenance checks yourself or hire a professional to handle them, it is a worthwhile investment of your time or money. By taking preventative measures, you greatly reduce the risk that you encounter costly surprises down the road.

Source:  Water Damage Defense

Remember, if disaster does strike, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is Here to Help!  Give us a call 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

10 Ways to Prevent and Survive House Fires

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

These 10 tips from professional firefighters can help you prevent a fire from damaging your home and help you escape if one does occur.

Many house fires can be prevented and survived. Keep yourself and your family safe with these best practices provided by professional firefighters.

1. Show Us Your Number

Firefighters and first responders need to find your home quickly in an emergency. House numbers  should be at least 4 inches tall, visible from the street, visible at night and unobstructed from all angles.

2. Hold Regular Fire Drills

Make a family escape plan and practice it. Start your drill in sleeping areas with the lights out. Practice staying low and crawling through your emergency exits. Meet at a pre-selected meeting place outside.

3. Inspect Extension Cords

Inspect cords and discard any that get hot with use or are visibly damaged. Make sure your cords are properly rated for the job and aren’t pinched behind or beneath furniture.

4. Cool Your Ash

Treat all fireplace ashes as if they’re still burning. Put them in a metal container, close it with a tight-fitting lid and let the ashes cool outside at least 10 feet from your home or other structure.

5. Avoid False Alarms

Make sure your fire alarm system is installed by a licensed professional, test it monthly and keep it clean of dust and debris.

6. Allow Space for Space Heaters

Give space heaters at least 3 feet of clearance on all sides. Never leave a space heater unattended and keep children and pets a safe distance away.

7. Learn What to Burn

Don’t burn trash or paper in a fireplace. Tiny particles of burning paper can float up your chimney and onto the roof or into the yard, posing a fire risk.

8. Use the Right Extinguisher

A 2.5-pound Class ABC multipurpose dry chemical extinguisher will put out many types of household fires that involve wood, paper, plastics, liquids, electric appliances or electrical outlets.

9. Use That Extinguisher Correctly

Remember a simple acronym: PASSPull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze and hold down the handle, and Sweep from side to side and front to back.

10. Inspect Gas Grills Annually

Check the gas tank hose for leaks by applying a soap-and-water solution to it, then open the valve to the propane tank. If you see bubbles, close the gas valve and have the grill repaired before using it.

We are here for YOU!

If disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is Here to Help!  Give us a call 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Source: Bob Vila

Keep Your Sump Pump Humming

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Regular maintenance of your sump pump will pay off during a storm when your basement doesn't flood.

If you’ve ever had a flood of water in your basement after a storm, you know the value of a sump pump. A sump pump sits either beneath or above the floor of your basement and pumps out water that collects in the sump basin, discharging it to the outdoors.

But a sump pump does you no good if it’s not working when a storm hits and water gushes into your basement. Do these tasks at least once a year to stay dry:

  1. Clean and lubricate the pump. Unplug the pump, disconnect it from the discharge pipe and pull the pump out of the sump. Hose away any debris on the screen at the pump’s base and rinse off its housing. Lubricate the pump bearings, if required.
  2. Inspect the check valve.  If the internal flap doesn’t swing freely, flush it out, and if you see mineral deposits, soak it in vinegar.
  3. Test the float switch.  Pour a few gallons of water into the sump. If it comes on and sucks out the water, the switch (and pump) are good to go. If not, repair or replace the switch.
  4. Press the outlet’s test and reset buttons (per code, a sump pump has to be plugged in to a GFCI receptacle).
  5. Got a backup battery? Top up its cells with distilled water.

Remember, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is Here to Help!  Give us a call 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Clothes Dryer Lint is A Fire Hazard

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Follow these safety tips to avoid dryer fire hazards in your home.

A clothes dryer doesn't look scary or dangerous. Unfortunately, it is the cause of more than 20,000 house fires every year totaling millions of dollars in damage. Regular cleaning and maintenance can protect your family and your home investment.

Get Rid of Dangerous Lint in the Dryer

Whether you use an electric or gas clothes dryer, you will have lint. Lint builds up in the lint trap, as well as inside the dryer vent and duct work, reducing air flow and drying efficiency. Lint can cause humidity levels to rise around vents causing mildew or mold to develop in walls and insulation. But most importantly: Lint is combustible. Lint causes fires.

The first area to clean after every load is the dryer lint trap by removing the lint from the screen and wiping clean the edges. If the screen seems clogged, that is dryer sheet residue. Submerge the lint screen in a sink of hot water and scrub with a soft-bristled brush to remove all the built-up fabric softener. Use a long-handled flexible brush to help you reach areas that you cannot get to by hand. Remove the dryer lint filter and use the brush in the opening to gently loosen the built-up lint. Don't force the brush if you meet resistance but be sure to clean every surface as much as possible. 

Remove the big chunks of lint that come out with the brush. Don't worry about the smaller pieces. Replace the cleaned lint filter. Turn the dryer setting to air only and run for a cycle. This will pull any remaining lint into the filter or blow the loose particles out the outside vent.

How to Clean Dryer Vents

At least once per year, unplug the dryer and check the area where the exhaust vent connects to the dryer. The hose or pipe is held in place by a clip or a steel clamp that can be loosened with pliers or a screwdriver. After removing the pipe, reach inside the dryer opening or use a vent brush to remove as much lint as possible. Use a damp cloth to wipe away remaining lint around the connection. Then look inside the hose or pipe and clean it as well.

If you still have a white or silver vinyl duct hose, it should be replaced immediately. The material is flammable and if lint is ignited by the dryer the hose will burn and cause a house fire. All national and local building codes now require metal duct work for clothes dryers. Ideally, you should use rigid aluminum tubing pieces between the dryer and the outside vent. This type of tubing resists the collection of lint in the duct and cannot be easily crushed. Flexible aluminum ducting is available, however, it is more prone to collecting lint inside. 

One last step is to clean the exterior vent. Again remove as much lint as possible using your hand or a brush. You may need a screwdriver or another tool to hold the vent flap open for easier cleaning. If you live in a high humidity area or use your dryer more than twice weekly, you should clean this vent several times per year.

Reduce Fire Hazards by Installing the Dryer Correctly

A clothes dryer should not vent inside your home or attic. The exhaust contains too much humid air and can cause problems with mold and mildew. A ventless dryer should be used if outside venting is not possible.

The maximum length of a clothes dryer exhaust duct should not exceed 25 feet from the dryer location to the wall or roof termination. The maximum length of the duct should be reduced two and one-half feet for each 45-degree bend, and five feet for each 90-degree bend. The maximum length of the exhaust duct does not include the transition duct. 

Be certain that you have a 220v grounded electrical outlet available for an electric dryer. A professional should always be hired to connect or install gas lines for gas dryers.

Dryer Safety

  • Clothing that has been soiled by volatile chemicals like gasoline, cleaning agents or even large amounts of cooking oil should not be dried in a clothes dryer. If they must be dried in the machine, wash the clothing more than once to minimize the risk of fire. Use the lowest heat setting and shortest drying cycle possible. Use a cycle with a cool-down period at the end of the cycle to prevent ignition.
  • Never leave a dryer running when no one is at home.
  • Never store volatile chemicals or rags near a dryer. Some liquids emit vapors than ignite. The area around the dryer should be kept free of lint, papers, and stacks of clothing.
  • If you suspect a fire, get everyone outside and call 911. Disconnect the power immediately or turn off the breakers if you can do so safely. Keep a fully-charged fire extinguisher in the laundry room. 

Source:  the spruce

If disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is Here to Help!  Give us a call 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Commercial Business Ready

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Property owners and Property Managers are entrusted with keeping their businesses operational. When Disaster Strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Facilities Managers rely on us to be ready for Whatever Happens.

General Adjusters and Consulting firms from around the Central & Southern Illinois areas trust SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties with their most complex claims. Some of our specialties include

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • We are available around the clock to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about all of our  restoration services by calling 217-528-7775.

Preventing Ice Dams on Homes

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Learn how to reduce your risk of ice dams.

During freezing weather, heat from your home or business can escape through your roof and melt snow on your roof. The snowmelt can then trickle down to the roof’s edge and refreeze, creating an ice dam that leaves additional snowmelt with no place to go but possibly under your roof. The following IBHS guidance will reduce your risk of ice dams.

  • Keep all drains, scuppers, gutters, and downspouts free of debris and vegetation that may restrict proper flow.
  • Remove or relocate heat sources that are installed in open attic areas directly under the roof, such as an attic.
  • Insulate light fixtures in the ceiling below an unheated attic space.
  • If you have penetrations into the attic, such as vents, seal and insulate them so that daylight cannot be seen and airflow is minimal.
  • If ice dams form around the drains, connect heating cables to the drains to prevent ice buildup. Heating cables can also be placed on the roof, connecting them to the drainage system so a path is created for the melting ice to follow.

Source:  disastersafety.org

Commercial Duct Cleaning with SERVPRO® of Springfield

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Buildup inside your ducts needs to be taken care of before it becomes a serious problem.

SERVPRO® of Springfield knows that a business owner has a lot of maintenance issues to juggle. Ensuring the building is safe and functional takes continuous diligence and effort. One thing that can often be overlooked is keeping up with the cleaning and maintenance of the air ducts.

Air ducts sometimes don’t get the proper attention they need because they aren’t as noticeable as a leaky pipe or a cracked window. However, just because a problem can’t be seen doesn’t mean that it isn’t there.

Dirt, allergens like dust and mold, and other debris gradually collect in your air ducts and HVAC system over time. This is especially true in areas where the temperature fluctuates almost daily like it does here in Central Illinois. If the air ducts aren’t regularly cleaned, then the air quality within the building could start to suffer. Mold can even develop in the air ducts if left untreated.

Not only can dirty air ducts cause health issues, they can also cost money. Air pollutants can become trapped in air ducts which then will require the HVAC system to work harder to heat and cool the building, resulting in a bigger energy bill.

Ideally, you should have your air ducts cleaned at least once a year. However, this isn’t a job you should try to tackle yourself. To make sure it’s done right, it’s a good idea to hire professionals, like the team SERVPRO® of Springfield.

Curious about the process or interested in an estimate? Contact our duct cleaning technicians from SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

Space Heater Safety Tips

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. More than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year. These fire result in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. 
 
Portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home in cold weather. Unfortunately, they can pose significant fire and electric shock hazards if not used properly. Fire and electrical hazards can be caused by space heaters without adequate safety features, space heaters placed near combustibles, or space heaters that are improperly plugged in.
 
Safety should always be a top consideration when using space heaters. Here are some tips for keeping your home safe and warm when it’s cold outside:

  • Make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.
  • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep, and don't let pets or children play too close to a space heater.
  • Space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.
  • Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
  • Locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.
  • Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

Remember, if disaster does strike, SERVPRO® of Springfield is Here to Help!® Give us a call 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Staying Safe in A Tornado

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Do you have a weather plan and emergency kit prepared?

To stay safe during a tornado, prepare a plan and an emergency kit, stay aware of weather conditions during thunderstorms, know the best places to shelter both indoors and outdoors, and always protect your head.

Tornadoes continue to impact locations across the country every year, bringing massive winds and destruction in their paths.

The 2016 tornado season claimed the lives of 18 individuals and injured another 325. Seventy-eight percent of those victims were in a mobile home or trailer park at the time of the tornado. These storms caused an estimated $183 million in property damage.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA)there is no guaranteed safety during a tornado. Even the possibility of a tornado must be taken seriously. Although the most violent tornadoes can level and blow away almost any house and those within it, extremely violent EF5 tornadoes are very rare. Most tornadoes are much weaker. You can survive a tornado if you follow safety precautions. Here are three important tips to help keep you safe.

TIP 1: Be prepared.

The best way to stay safe during a tornado is to be prepared with:

  • fresh batteries and a battery-operated TV, radio, or internet-enabled device to listen to the latest emergency weather information;
  • a tornado emergency plan including access to a “safe shelter” for yourself and for people with special needs;
  • an emergency kit (including water, non-perishable food, and medication); and
  • a list of important information, including telephone numbers.

Make sure your children know what a tornado is, what tornado watches and warnings are, what county or parish they live in (warnings are issued by county or parish), and what constitutes a location as a “safe shelter,” whether at home or at school.

TIP 2: Stay aware of weather conditions.

To protect yourself and your family from harm during a tornado, pay close attention to changing weather conditions in your area. If you know thunderstorms are expected, stay tuned to local radio and TV stations or an NOAA weather radio for further weather information. Some tornadoes strike rapidly without time for a tornado warning. The following weather signs may mean that a tornado is approaching:

  • a dark or green-colored sky;
  • a large, dark, low-lying cloud;
  • large hail; or
  • a loud roar that sounds like a freight train.

If you notice any of these conditions, take cover immediately, and keep tuned to local radio and TV stations or to a NOAA weather radio or check the internet.

TIP 3: Know where to shelter.

Falling and flying debris cause most deaths and injuries during a tornado. Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations are much safer than others.

  • Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).
  • Avoid windows.
  • For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.
  • Do not stay in a mobile home.

If you are outside or in a mobile home, find a nearby building preferably with a basement. If you are in a car, do not try to outrun a tornado but instead find the nearest sturdy building. NOTE: You may need to change your plans and change locations when the tornado watch is issued.

No one can know a tornado’s strength before it touches down, so keep up with local weather information, especially when thunderstorms are forecast. Prepare your home and family for the possibility of a tornado. Moving to shelter quickly is easier when everyone knows where to go, whether in your home or outdoors. Following these tips will give you the best chance for staying safe in a tornado.

SERVPRO® Service Policy

12/22/2018 (Permalink)

We are Here to Help!®

SERVPRO® of Springfield is here for you! Our highly trained specialists have the training and experience to get you through any size disaster. We know that when the unexpected happens, it is important to have someone on your side that you can rely on for an immediate response. And SERVPRO® of Springfield knows that a quick response time can play a key role in getting things back to normal.

Our service response guidelines ensure that we:

  • Contact you within 1 hour from notice of loss to arrange for your service.
  • Are on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.
  • Provide verbal briefing of services needed within 8 hours of on site arrival.

Exceptions to our service response times may apply if a storm event occurs.

Remember if a disaster occurs, we are here for you! Call us 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO® of Springfield

12/22/2018 (Permalink)

50% of business do not reopen.

At SERVPRO® of Springfield, we offer a unique free service to businesses called an Emergency Readiness Profile. The Emergency Readiness Profile is a great way to gather all of the important information necessary to keep your business ahead of disaster. We will work together with the owner, supervisor and maintenance manager to gather important information such as the location of shut off valves, emergency contact numbers and a list emergency exits. Once the information is gathered we will create a digital and paper copy of the information with photographs to allow easy access for anyone involved with the company. The ERP can be utilized as a key piece of data that can prepare your staff for what to do in case of an emergency.

Remember we are Here to Help!® Call us today to set up your ERP appointment at 217-528-7775.

Content Storage After a Disaster with SERVPRO® of Springfield

12/9/2018 (Permalink)

We will safely box and store your items.

SERVPRO® of Springfield offers content storage services after a disaster occurs. We know that in your time of need, eliminating the stress of the safety of your personal items is essential. We can offer peace of mind by saving you time, providing an all-in-one service as well as a meticulous storage environment. As we are already on site to provide restoration services, we can begin the content storage process at the same time. We will log each and every one of your items into inventory with a photo so you know exactly what is being stored and where. We will then place your items in our climate controlled storage facility that provides a stable environment for your property so you never have to worry about the safety of your property. Remember, we are here for you. If you need our services, call 217-528-7775. SERVPRO® of Springfield is Here to help.®

Tips to Winterize Your Home

12/1/2018 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for when the snow starts falling?

Winter storms can range from a brief period of extreme cold temperatures, to days of snow, blowing wind and white-out conditions. Preparing in advance helps you tackle winter weather before it even begins. Run through these tips to make sure you stay cozy during this winter season.

  • Seal exterior doors with weatherstripping if you feel any cold air leaks. You can use a candle to detect even the smallest of leaks.
  • Door sweeps are an excellent way to stop drafts from entering the home from exterior doors.
  • Seal leaks in the attic paying close attention to electrical outlets, fixtures and pipes. Also check wiring that comes into the home from outside.
  • It is also a good idea to go ahead and add some insulation to the attic that will not only help keep the home warm during the winter but will help keep it cooler in the summer.
  • Close the damper on your chimney when the fireplace is not in use.
  • Heating ducts can leak a lot of the much needed warm air so be sure to make sure they are sealed properly.  Duct cleaning is beneficial as well and is one of the many services provided at SERVPRO of Springfield.
  • Servicing your furnace regularly will help prevent major breakdowns in the future.
  • Replace the filters in your furnace monthly to optimize air flow.
  • Insulate the pipes in the basement or crawlspace to prevent frozen pipes.
  • Window coverings are a great way to conserve heat in the home.

For more information on winterizing your home, visit https://www.moneytalksnews.com/16-low-cost-ways-prepare-your-home-for-winter/

If you would like any information on Duct Cleaning please give us a call at (217) 528-7775.

SERVPRO® of Springfield is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

We are faster to any size disaster.

SERVPRO® of Springfield is open 24/7, 365 days a year because we know that quick response time can make all the difference. Fast response to a damage can make the difference between restoring and replacing your business’ property and belongings. The first 24 hours are the most critical time when a major damage happens as after this first window of time subsequent damage can occur. The sooner an assessment of the damage can be made, the sooner the clean up work can begin and the sooner other problems can be prevented.  

We know that closures for your business don’t just impact you, they also impact your customers and employees. So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean the damage yourself, call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

The Professionals of SERVPRO® of Springfield

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Our crew will work diligently to ensure your needs are met!

SERVPRO® of Springfield professionals are highly trained and qualified to handle your remediation needs. With experience in water, fire, smoke and mold remediation, you can rest assured that every job will be handled with the utmost care. We utilize state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your property so that we can also restore your peace of mind. In addition, we work closely with your insurance company to ensure that all of the necessary work is approved according to the terms of your policy. By placing your trust in SERVPRO® of Springfield, you can be sure that your needs will be met with understanding and empathy. Our high standards of quality means that we will work diligently to ensure that your property will be returned to “Like it never even happened.” condition. We are here for you and your family 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Avoiding Mold in Your Household Appliances

11/10/2018 (Permalink)

Propping doors open after a cycle will allow the machine to dry.

Moisture has the potential to lead to mold and many of our household appliances work with water. If there is poor ventilation, leaks or a clogged drain, your washer, dishwasher and fridge all become susceptible to mold growth.

Here are some tips to help you stay in control of your appliances.

  • Front load washers have two places that mold can grow: the detergent drawer and door seal. Make sure that you leave the door and drawer open when not in use and never let laundry sit!
  • Top load washers can develop mold between the drum and interior walls. Run a Clean Washer Cycle once a month if your washer has one, do not use too much detergent with your laundry and leave the lid open after each use.
  • Refrigerators can grow mold between the door seals and on neglected food. Clean spills immediately and wipe down with vinegar once a month.
  • Dishwashers develop mold in the filter, silverware basket, interior panels and door gasket. Use the heat-dry function and leave the door open for awhile after use.

Taking proactive steps to prevent mold growth will lengthen the life of your appliances and keep your home healthy. Remember SERVPRO® of Springfield is Here to Help!® We are available 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

SERVPRO® of Springfield is Here for You!

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Our crew is always here for you!

SERVPRO® of Springfield is available 24/7; 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Whether disaster strikes at 1 am or even at 1 pm, we are here for you and your business! Your call will be answered by one of our friendly customer care operators and a customer service representative will be in touch with you within 30 minutes. We will work with you to decide a plan of action and get a crew to site as soon as deemed appropriate. Remember when you call SERVPRO® of Springfield, you are calling a local emergency service company that has been in business for over 30 years serving our community. We are Here To Help®. So if disaster should ever strike your business,call us at 217-528-7775.

Vandalism & Graffiti Cleanup with SERVPRO® of Springfield

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Handle vandalism and graffiti promptly!

SERVPRO® of Springfield can help your business if you are affected by vandalism. We know how important it is to keep your building clean and inviting for clients. Time is of the essence when handling graffiti or vandalism in order to ensure there are no long term negative effects to your business.

Top reasons to choose Professional Assistance when Vandalism or Graffiti affects your business.

  1. Maintain a Professional Appearance

Quickly handling vandalism and/or graffiti will demonstrate the high standard of professionalism that you hold your business to. By quickly fixing broken windows you can prevent unwanted water damage or a potential easy access point for a break in. By quickly removing graffiti, you can proactively prevent your building being turned into a regular graffiti “tag” location.

  1. Increase Property Value

Having vandalism issues addressed quickly can pave the way for the future sale of your commercial building. A clean and put together building will help keep the resale value of your building where it should be.

If vandalism does occur at your business, be sure to contact local assistance through SERVPRO® of Springfield. We are available 24/7 at 217-528-7775. We are Here to Help!®

Laminate Flooring During a Water Damage

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Laminate flooring comes with its own set of rules when it comes to water damages.

With all the different types of flooring options we have available in our homes today, it should come as no surprise that the most common concern after a water damage has to do with the flooring. As long as the water damage is caught quickly, most carpet materials can be salvaged though the pads are replaced. And even most hardwood floors can be dried. But there is one type of flooring that can not be restored after a water damage has occurred and that is laminate.

Laminate flooring holds moisture that permanently compromises the material. As soon as it gets wet, it begins to warp and unlike its hardwood counterpart, the warping can not be reversed by drying. Laminate flooring also has a vapor barrier underneath of it that traps water. In order to allow proper air movement, the barrier has to be removed. If the laminate and vapor barrier are not properly handled after a water damage, more damage can occur from mold and mildew.

Be sure to contact local professionals to assist you if you experience a water damage. SERVPRO® of Springfield is available 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Preventing Smoking Related Fires

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Be conscious of where you dump your cigarette butts!

Cigarettes, cigars, pipes and e-cigarettes are a leading cause in preventable home fires in the United States. Here are some safety tips for preventing fires caused by smoking materials.

  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches and other smoking materials up high and out of site of children. Play can quickly turn dangerous if
  • Smoke outside as most smoking related deaths result from fires that start inside the home.
  • Use a deep and sturdy ash-tray that is away from anything that can burn.
  • When disposing of butts and ashes, make sure they are out by dousing them in water or sand. Never throw cigarette butts in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants, dried grasses, leaves or landscaping as they can ignite quickly and easily.
  • Always use caution with e-cigarettes. The batteries can fail and cause mini-explosions that can result in fires.

Remember, fires caused by smoking related materials are always preventable. If, by chance, your home or business does experience a fire damage, reach out to a local professional to assist with clean-up. SERVPRO® of Springfield is available 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Flooding Can Lead to Mold

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to get professional assistance with cleaning up after a flood event!

Flood damaged homes are very likely to experience mold damage as moisture permeates the structure of the building for an extended period of time. Mold organisms are found almost everywhere and damp environments allows it to grow and spread through affected areas such as basements, walls, carpet and wood. If you have a flood damaged home, keep an eye out for discoloration on surfaces and the tell-tale musty odor.

If you notice mold in your home, there are things you can do.

  1. Get the moisture under control. After a flood, the water must be extracted and the structure dried.
  2. All porous materials (drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles) with mold growth should be discarded.
  3. Appliances that contain insulation should be discarded as they may harbor mold spores that cannot be seen.
  4. Heating and air conditioning filters need to be changed. The system will need to be inspected by a professional and may need to be replaced.
  5. Non-porous materials and surfaces will need to be professionally cleaned depending on the extent of the damage. Remember, if clean up is not handled appropriately, it is likely that the spores will spread.

If you experience a water damage and would like to avoid mold call in local assistance, contact SERVPRO of Springfield at 217-528-7775. We are available to help 24/7.

Commercial Carpet Care with SERVPRO® of Springfield

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Keep up appearances with a commercial carpet cleaning!

As a business owner, you probably have your office space cleaned on a regular basis. But how often do you have your carpets cleaned? Even with regular sweeping and vacuuming, carpets get grimy! Let SERVPRO® of Springfield help keep your office space looking presentable. We offer expert carpet cleaning services that can eliminate the stains that sweeping and vacuuming miss.

Top Reasons to Regularly Schedule Commercial Carpet Cleaning Services:

  1. Extend the Life of Your Carpet

Over time, dirt can damage carpet fibers and cause the carpet to wear down quicker than it should. Regular        cleaning removes that dirt and keeps your carpet looking sharp.

  1. Remove Stains

Clients like the look of a clean workplace. By maintaining a clean and stain free carpet you are showing your clients that you hold your business to a higher standard and that you maintain a degree of personal responsibility.

  1. Improve Air Quality

Carpet is a haven for dust, pollen, and bacteria that can cause allergies to flare. If left alone, these contaminants can continuously get back into the air causing lots of sneezing and downtime in the office.

If you are looking for a local carpet cleaning professional to clean your carpets, contact SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775. We are here to help you keep your office carpets clean and looking great!

Tips for Avoiding Electrical Fires

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Always be careful to not overload a power strip or extension cord.

Electrical and heating fires can happen without warning. Wiring, lighting, cords and plugs all pose their own unique fire risk. By actively being aware of your environment and taking necessary steps for safety, you can work to prevent fire damage.

Ways to prevent electrical and heating fires:

  1. Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician and all heating equipment/chimneys cleaned and inspected by a professional. There are no shortcuts when it comes to home safety!
  2. All major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, a/c units and microwave ovens should be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Do not use extension cords or plug strips.
  3. Always turn off major appliances and heaters when you leave a room or go to sleep.
  4. Do not use extension cords as a permanent solution for power for any type of device.

If your home or business experiences an electrical fire damage, please reach out for local assistance. SERVPRO® of Springfield is available 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

National Fire Prevention Week

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

Check out the NFPA's website for more information.

Every year the National Fire Prevention Agency sponsors the public observance of Fire Prevention Week during the week of October 9th. It is the longest running public health observance in the United States. The program began in 1925 when President Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week in order to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire that claimed the lives of more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, and destroyed more than 17,400 structures over 2,000 acres of land.

During Fire Prevention Week, the NFPA sponsors programs that educate communities about fire prevention and safety. By bringing awareness to the topic of fire prevention to people of all ages, races and socioeconomic status, the NFPA is hoping to drastically reduce the amount of casualties caused by fire.

You can learn more about the NFPA and their mission here: www.nfpa.org

SERVPRO® of Springfield is always here in case your home or office experiences a fire damage. Let us help you get your life back on track. We are available 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Cooking Safety Tips to Prevent Fire Damage

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Paying attention while you cook can greatly minimize the possibility of fire damage.

Cooking is responsible for nearly half of all home fires each year. And while it is alarming to think that such a simple task has the potential to have such destructive consequences, it is a very manageable risk to minimize.

Here are some simple ways that we can all use to lower the risk of turning a Tuesday night casserole into a Tuesday night catastrophe.

  1. Always stay nearby when cooking. Never walk away from food that you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling. If you are simmering or baking, check the food regularly. And if you absolutely must step away, set a timer to remind you that you are cooking!
  2. Be alert! Do not cook if you are sleepy or under the influence.
  3. Keep clutter away from the cooking area. Towels, oven mitts, and food packaging can all quickly catch ablaze.

Remember if a fire damage does occur, SERVPRO® of Springfield is available 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Spotting a Hidden Bathroom Leak

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Paying attention to damages early on can save major headaches in the end.

SERVPRO® of Springfield knows it is often the water that you cannot see that causes the most damage. Leaks that go undetected and therefore, untreated, can become a costly mess. They can damage walls, ceilings, and flooring. The sooner a leak can be detected, the less damage it will be able to cause.

Signs of a Hidden Leak:

  • Mold or Mildew
    • Mold thrives in moist, dark areas. If you notice mold or mildew growing on a wall or in corners, you can be sure water is leaking from a nearby pipe. There may also be a stagnant odor that is coming from the affected area.
  • Damaged Walls or Ceilings
    • A wall that is stained, warped or that has wallpaper beginning to bubble usually is telling you there is a moisture problem. When drywall gets wet, it becomes soft and will eventually begin to warp. Similarly, when a leak reaches the ceiling, it causes it to stain and sag.
  • Damaged Flooring
    • If the floor is buckling, cracking or becoming spongy there may be water damage. Tile can become loose and hardwood can bubble.

If you suspect water damage, call SERVPRO® of Springfield to assist with clean up. We are available 24/7 at 217-528-7775. Remember, we are Here to Help!®

SERVPRO® of Springfield is Here for You!

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

We are here for you!

SERVPRO® of Springfield is available 24/7; 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Whether disaster strikes at 1 am or even at 1 pm, we are here for you and your business! Your call will be answered by one of our friendly customer care operators and a customer service representative will be in touch with you within 30 minutes. We will work with you to decide a plan of action and get a crew to site as soon as deemed appropriate. Remember when you call SERVPRO® of Springfield, you are calling a local emergency service company that has been in business for over 30 years serving our community. We are Here To Help®. So if disaster should ever strike your business,call us at 217-528-7775.

Dryer Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Small steps make a big difference!

SERVPRO® of Springfield was recently called to a residential fire clean-up. Thankfully the fire damage was contained to one room and no one was injured. But there is still no such thing as a “good” fire. The culprit for this particular fire damage was the clothes dryer. As we often do not think about the dangers that can come from our household appliances we thought we would offer a few maintenance tips for keeping your dryer safe.

Do’s

  • Have your dryer installed by a professional.
  • Clean the lint filter before and after each load and clean the back of the dryer when it becomes visibly built up.
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
  • Check the outside vent regularly to ensure it isn’t blocked.
  • If you will be away from home for an extended time, unplug or disconnect the dryer.

Don’ts

  • Do not use a dryer without a lint filter or with a filter that is damaged or clogged.
  • Do not overload the dryer.
  • Do not dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic.
  • Do not leave a dryer running if you leave home or go to bed.
  • Do not dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable. Dry those items outside or in a well-ventilated area.

If by chance you do experience a fire damage, contact SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

Source: www.usfa.fema.gov

SERVPRO® of Springfield Can Help With Storm Damage Cleanup

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Stay safe around storm damage!

SERVPRO® of Springfield knows that in Illinois, your home or business can be affected by a variety different storm damages within a single season. From hail to wind, tornado to snowstorm, we get a little bit of everything around here. Knowing what to look for after a storm is crucial for detecting and restoring issues. Below are areas to check for storm damage:

  1. Roof: Look for shingles that have discoloration, tearing, or even holes in them. These can all be signs that your roof has been damaged. Another sign is if there are leaks in your roof or your ceiling.
  2. Gutters: After a hail storm, looking for dents or dings can also give you a better picture of what the storm did to the rest of your home. Your gutters can also give you insight to whether you have roof damage. Check to see if there are granules from the asphalt shingles in your gutter.
  3. Windows: Look at each of the windows at your homes and note any signs of shattered or broken windows and frame damage. This is especially important after a hail storm or a strong wind storm.
  4. Exterior: Not only is it important to look at the siding of your home to check for damage, it is also important that you check any appliances.

After your inspection, if you notice any signs of storm damage follow up by checking the area for signs of mold or mildew. If damage has occurred call a local professional to resolve the issue. SERVPRO® of Springfield is always here to help at 217-528-7775.

Mold in the Ductwork

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Visible mold on a vent.

We at SERVPRO® of Springfield know that mold and mildew can be pesky troublemakers for any homeowner. Since all they need is moisture and a source of nutrients, they can quickly start to grow on almost any surface. One location that is often neglected as a potential “hotbed” for mold growth is the ductwork of a home. The ductwork of the HVAC system interconnects the entire home. Any place where moisture may have gotten in, mold can grow and, as a result, spread quickly throughout the system.

It is a good idea to regularly check your HVAC system to ensure that mold has not developed. By performing routine checks on the drain pan and condensate line to ensure they are not plugged and that other components such as blowers and air handlers are free from moisture, you can help avoid mold growth. If during one of these routine checks, you come across mold or mildew, remember there is a local team of remediation specialists who can help.

No matter when disaster strikes, SERVPRO® of Springfield is here to help at 217-528-7775. #mold #remediation #waterdamage #HeretoHelp #local #SERVPRO #Springfield #Illinois

SERVPRO® of Springfield Provides a Fast Response Time!

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Timing is everything when it comes to disaster mitigation!

SERVPRO® of Springfield is open 24/7, 365 days a year because we know that quick response time can make all the difference. Fast response to a damage can make the difference between restoring and replacing your business’ property and belongings. The first 24 hours are the most critical time when a major damage happens as after this first window of time subsequent damage can occur. The sooner an assessment of the damage can be made, the sooner the clean up work can begin and the sooner other problems can be prevented.  

We know that closures for your business don’t just impact you, they also impact your customers and employees. So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean the damage yourself, call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

Avoiding Sump Pump Failure

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Air movers and a dehumidifiers placed after a sump pump failure.

Sump pumps are usually installed in order to provide peace of mind, however, SERVPRO® of Springfield knows that sump pump failure is one of the biggest culprits for residential water damages. There are several reasons a sump pump can fail:

  1. Loss of Power: When the power goes out during a storm or a heat wave, the sump pump will not be able to drain water. Having a back-up generator specifically for the sump pump will keep water from pooling.
  2. Improper Installation: Following manufacturer instructions when installing the sump pump or bringing in a professional is key! Making sure the sump pump is the correct size and properly installed will make a huge difference with how it functions in the long term.
  3. Age: The average life of the sump pump is about 10 years. As it ages, the efficiency of the pump starts to become reduced.
  4. Clogged Pipes: The discharge pipe can become clogged with debris. Installing a grate or protective cover can keep the pipe clear and prevent overflow.
  5. Maintenance: Regular maintenance on the sump pump is key to keeping performance at peak efficiency. Cleaning the unit 3 to 4 times a year and having the unit checked by a professional bi annually can greatly reduce the chance of failure. Also, be sure to check the position of the float and adjust it as necessary to avoid any jams with the switch.

Keeping these basic tasks in mind can make a big difference in how your sump pump functions and may reduce the likelihood of a future damage. If a sump pump failure does happen, do not face it alone. Contact a local professional with around the clock availability with SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

Preventing Mold in the Laundry Room

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Dry wet clothes quickly to prevent mold!

While mold can grow anywhere, SERVPRO® of Springfield knows that some areas of your home are more prone to mold growth than others. The laundry room is one of those spaces. Between the humidity from the dryer, the damp laundry and the potential for water leaks, a mold infestation can spread quickly in the laundry room. The best way to prevent a problem from occurring is to make a regular routine of checking for damage and taking steps to eliminate moisture.   

Check for Water Damage

Regularly check pipes for leaks and the drywall around the pipes for signs of moisture. If there is any noticeable water, address the issues immediately.

Clean Appliances

Check the owner’s manual for the recommended way to clean and care for your washer and dryer. Both appliances will need to be cleaned regularly along the inside and the seals. Regular maintenance will keep your appliances running well and prevent issues with leaks and humidity levels.

Don’t Let Damp Laundry Sit

Wash and dry damp clothes as soon as possible. The inside of the washer is a prime place for mold to grow. Do not let clothes sit.

Use a Dehumidifier

Place a dehumidifier in the laundry room to keep humidity levels low.

If you do notice mold within your home and would like to have it remediated, please call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Mitigating Commercial Mold Issues with SERVPRO® of Springfield

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Leaky faucets can lead to mold in your building.

Mold is not only a health hazard but a nuisance. It can interrupt production and affect profits when it comes to your commercial business. That is where SERVPRO® of Springfield comes in. We want to help you mitigate any mold problem before it negatively affects your business!

The best way to keep your business and employees safe from mold is to keep moisture out of your building. Mold grows in places with high humidity and with being in Central Illinois, this is not always an easy situation to avoid. Keep an eye on places where moisture will have an opportunity to build up such as pipes, windows, doors, and basements. Checking these spots regularly will help you to keep a handle on the situation before it becomes problematic!

Another way to avoid mold issues is to ensure any spills or water leaks are cleaned as quickly as possible. Being proactive with any maintenance that involves water on your property will greatly reduce the chances of mold occurring.

If you have questions regarding mold mitigation for your business, call us at SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

Heavy Rain Can Cause A Lot of Damage!

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy rains has the potential to cause a variety of problems.

SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind everyone about the hazardous potential of heavy rains. Heavy rains can cause unique challenges as a significant amount of rain can fall in a short amount of time. Flooding can occur quickly as the ground is unable to absorb all of the water that is falling. Not only is there an elevated safety risk there is also a potential for home disaster. As a result of heavy rains basements can flood, crawl spaces can take in water, sump pumps can fail and roofs can leak. If you have water come into your home as a result of heavy rains make sure that you call in a professional to get your home back to “Like it never even happened.” We at SERVPRO® of Springfield have been serving the local community for over 30 years. If you experience a loss due to storm damage, give us a call at 217-528-7775.

Getting Ahead of Mold with SERVPRO® of Springfield

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Getting ahead of mold!

Outdoors, mold growth is a natural part of the cycle of decomposition, but indoors mold spores can grow and develop in enclosed environments and not only cause damage to homes but has the potential to produce allergens and irritants. Mold spores usually grow in moisture filled environments and the longer they are left to grow, the more damage they can cause.

The best way to prevent a mold issue in your home or business is to ensure that moisture is contained. Frequently check plumbing, appliances, basements, bathrooms and along windows and doors is a great place to start. Making sure there are no leaks and checking for current damage is a great habit to get into for prevention. If mold is found, contact a professional immediately. It is important that mold is handled appropriately in order to ensure safety and to prevent further damage.

SERVPRO® of Springfield has a a crew trained in mold remediation. Call us today and let us help you! We can be reached 24/7 at (217) 528-7775.

Let SERVPRO® of Springfield Clean that Smoke Damage!

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

One of our crew cleaning smoke damage in a local residence.

The dangers of a fire don’t stop once the fire has been put out. Smoke and soot can negatively affect your health. They can both cause respiratory issues such as: shortness of breath, asthma, and bronchitis. Those with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.

Because soot and smoke damage can be dangerous to your health, it is important to call a professional cleanup crew if you experience a fire in your home or business. The professionals at SERVPRO® of Springfield are trained in smoke restoration and have the know-how to clean and restore your property safely. Our team has the knowledge and experience to safely and effectively get your home or business back to “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO® of Springfield 24/7, 365 days a year at 217-528-7775.

Source: www.health.ny.gov

Mold Do's & Don'ts

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in the basement of a local residence.

SERVPRO® of Springfield specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Mold spores are everywhere as they are naturally occurring. They generally do not cause a problem unless they attach to a surface and grow. If you notice mold growth in your home or business there are certain things you can do to get the remediation process started.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO® of Springfield for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. Give us a call at 217-528-7775 24/7. We are here to help.

We Can Help With Storm Damage!

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Damage happens. We are Here to Help®.

SERVPRO® of Springfield knows that a storm is not to be underestimated. Here in the midwest we deal with our fair share of all types of weather and wind, water and lightning can cause damage both seen and unseen. Flooding, downed tree limbs and power lines, fire and broken windows are just a few of the dangers of a storm. We have been helping local residents and business owners in the Springfield area for over 30 years navigate the cleanup process and we look forward to helping others for many years to come.

When disaster strikes your home or business, know that we are here to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Hoarding and Fire Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Photo Credit: Newscom Hoarding is a major fire concern!

SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind the community that hoarding can cause a serious safety and fire risk. Hoarding is defined as collecting or keeping large amounts of various items in the home due to strong urges to save them or distress experienced when discarding them. Many rooms in the home are so filled with possessions that residents can no longer use the rooms as designed. The home is so overloaded with things that everyday living is compromised.

When a home is overwhelmed by hoarding, the home becomes unsafe. The large piles of personal belongings make it difficult to navigate around the home and can lead to injury. The piles can also block windows and doors making it difficult to get in and out of a home. Blocked doors and windows can prevent help from being able to enter the home. Fires can also start by having personal items too close to cooking or heating equipment. It takes only a small spark to ignite flammable items. Remember to always keep a clear 3 foot space around cooking and heating equipment.

Keep yourself and those you love safe and be aware of an escape plan for your home and ensure that all fire alarms are in proper working order.

If a fire damage does occur, call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

Source: www.nfpa.org

Water Damage Protocol with SERVPRO® of Springfield

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

A non-invasive moisture meter.

SERVPRO® of Springfield water damage technicians utilize a simple, yet effective system to ensure that the damage is contained and ready to be cleaned and restored. Once a tech arrives on the scene of the damage, they make an assessment. During this assessment, special tools are used to determine how far the water has migrated both horizontally and vertically across any surfaces the water has come into contact with. A non-invasive moisture meter tracks the water on hard finish surfaces while an invasive moisture reader is utilized for carpets/rugs. Ensuring that all water damage is found during this stage is crucial as any overlooked areas will delay drying and has the potential to cause problems later on.

Once a damage perimeter has been established, the tech will create a drying plan. The drying plan will either be “aggressive” or “disruptive”. An “aggressive” method means that warm, direct airflow is used to dry wet items in place. This method is used when contamination and damage are not a concern. The “disruptive” method usually requires affected materials to be removed or perforated in order for drying to occur. Contamination, damage, cost or customer concerns are all factors in determining if a “disruptive” method will be used.

After a plan of action has been established, the SERVPRO® of Springfield crew comes in to extract water, elevate furniture on blocks, and set up equipment. They may perform other actions such as relocating furniture and removing damaged drywall and insulation or spraying an antimicrobial. Each damage is different and as such no plan for drying will ever be exactly the same. The crew will monitor the drying process every 24 hours to ensure that progress is being made. If, for some reason, a change is not noticed. A new plan is put into place until progress is seen. The size of the job determines the overall time frame but a noticeable decrease in moisture and humidity levels should be readily seen once a plan has been put into effect for 24 hours. When the drying process has been completed, the crew removes the equipment and cleans up any mess left behind. We do our best to make it “Like it never even happened.”

If a water damage occurs at your home or business, please give SERVPRO® of Springfield a call at 217-528-7775.

Extraction after a Water Damage

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Carpet and padding can hold gallons of water. When flooding occurs indoors, carpet is one of the first things that attract and trap water. As a result, mold and mildew can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours. It is imperative to extract the water quickly and effectively in order to ensure that secondary damage and microbial growth does not occur.

The quickest way to extract water out of carpet is with a weighted wet/dry vacuum. The water damage technicians at SERVPRO® of Springfield utilize industrial grade equipment in order to accelerate the process. After the water has been extracted, air movers and dehumidifiers are set up in order to remove any excess moisture.

Dealing with wet carpet is not fun, but you don’t have to handle it alone. Call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775. We are Here to Help®.

Over 30 Years of Service to the Springfield Area

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

We take pride in the work we do!

There are several companies to choose from in the Springfield area when disaster strikes. SERVPRO® of Springfield is the team in the local area with over 30 years of experience serving customers like you when disaster hits. We have helped a variety of customers over the years and have always taken pride in the work we do. When choosing what company to have work in your home or office, take your time, do your research and pick the company that is the best fit for you and your family or your business.

We at SERVPRO® of Springfield are dedicated to helping our customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready 24/7, 365 at 217-528-7775 to help you.

Appliances Can Cause Water Damage in Your Home and Business

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

The washing machine on the 1st floor caused damage in the basement!

SERVPRO® of Springfield knows that water damages have a variety of causes. One of the more frequent causes are appliances. Here is a list of the most common culprits when it comes to water damage caused by an appliance.

  1. Washing Machine  - The hoses to and from the washing machine can become cracked or loose. If this happens water can start to leak out. Check your machine monthly for hose damage.
  2. Air Conditioner - The water from the air conditioner can overflow if not drained properly. Check the a/c unit regularly to ensure that water is not leaking out.
  3. Hot Water Heater - It is recommended that you replace your water heater every ten years as corrosion and sediment build up can cause the lines to burst. Getting a yearly inspection on your water heater will greatly reduce the risk of water damage.
  4. Dishwashers - Pay attention to the hoses and valves on your dishwasher. They can become blocked or overwhelmed with sediment or detergent.  

If an appliance water damage does occur, call your local water damage technicians at SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

Keeping Mold out of Your Carpet with SERVPRO® of Springfield

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Completely drying your carpet after a water damage is key to avoiding mold!

Your local mold remediation and carpet cleaning technicians at SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to talk about mold in your carpets. Did you know that once carpet becomes wet, mold can set in? The moisture can cause mold to grow and spread in as little as 48 hours. Once a carpet has become wet it is imperative to dry and clean it as quickly as possible. If all of the moisture is not removed and mold begins to grow, an odor or stain may appear. If this happens, it is important to have the area remediated by professionals as quickly as possible in order to avoid putting anyone at risk for health related issues.  

Once the area has been remediated, future problems can be avoided by keeping carpet out of high-humidity areas. Basements, bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms are better with a sealed tile as opposed to carpet!

If you have any questions regarding possible mold growth in your carpet, contact SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

Summer Storms with SERVPRO® of Springfield

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Keep an eye out for summer storms!

SERVPRO® of Springfield knows that summer storms can be sudden and devastating. The first step to being prepared for a tornado or any other severe storm is to build a Ready Kit with food, water and other supplies to last at least 3 days. A ready kit can include:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Remember SERVPRO® of Springfield is ready to help with any size disaster. Call us 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Source: www.ready.gov

Flooding is a Real Threat!

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Area flooding is a real threat!

We at SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to take a moment to talk about flooding. Floods are the single most deadly natural disaster in the United States. They are indiscriminate and occur in every state and territory. More dramatic flooding occurs in densely populated areas as construction of buildings, driveways, and roadways create runoff. The water is unable to seep into the ground and as a result can surge through properties without hesitation. Underpasses, underground parking garages and basements can become danger zones very quickly during a flood event.

This does not mean that rural areas are safe from the dangers of flooding. Very intense or prolonged rains in these areas can saturate the soil causing flash floods. Mountains and steep hills can produce heavy rain runoff that can lead to flooding. And embankments along rivers and streams can overflow. Always be sure to keep an eye and ear out for warnings when rains become heavy.

Terms to look out for:

FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD WATCH:

Flash flooding or flooding is possible within the designated watch area - be alert.

FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD WARNING:

Flash flooding or flooding has been reported or is imminent - take necessary precautions at once! Get to higher ground!

URBAN and SMALL STREAM ADVISORY:

Flooding of small streams, streets and low-lying areas, such as railroad underpasses and urban storm drains is occurring.

FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD STATEMENT:

Follow-up information regarding a flash flood/flood event.

If a flood does occur, stay safe! Remember that SERVPRO® of Springfield is here to help with the clean up process. Call us at 217-528-7775 24/7.

Gasoline Fire Awareness with SERVPRO® of Springfield

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Remember Fire Safety Starts with You!

With all of this beautiful summer weather, we seem to be mowing our grass a couple times a week at the SERVPRO® of Springfield office. As such we thought we would share some gasoline safety tips to help keep you and your family safe. Remember that fire safety starts with YOU!

Safety Tips:

  • Do not use or store gasoline near possible ignition sources
  • Never use gasoline inside the home or as a cleaning agent
  • Do not smoke when handling gasoline
  • Only fill portable containers outdoors. Place the container on the ground before filling and never fill containers inside a vehicle or in the bed of a pick-up truck
  • Clean up spills promptly and discard clean-up materials properly
  • Always store gasoline outside of the home in an approved container

If you do experience a fire, call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775 to help with the clean up.

Firework Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

Safety starts with YOU!

SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind you to stay safe over the holiday week. While fireworks can be fun they can also be unpredictable and dangerous. “Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 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.” We have to work together to keep our homes and neighborhoods safe. Fire safety starts with each of us. Remember to pay attention to local fireworks ordinances and warnings.

If you happen to experience a fire damage, remember to call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775. We are Here to Help®.

Source: www.nfpa.org

Smoke Alarm Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Monthly tests take just a few moments!

SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind everyone to check their smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are an important part of emergency planning and can make a significant difference in reaction time. Placing smoke alarms on ceilings or high on the wall in each level of the home and in every sleeping area will help protect your home and loved ones. In order to ensure the smoke alarms in your home or business are maintained and working appropriately they should be tested once a month by pushing the “test” button. If the alarm is over ten years old, it should be replaced. Small actions now can have a big impact later on.

SERVPRO® of Springfield is here to help clean up and repair the damage that can come from business and residential fires. Let us help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Let SERVPRO® of Springfield Handle that Mess

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Call your local SERVPRO® of Springfield team!

Did you know SERVPRO® of Springfield specializes in black water damage? Black water damage is a water damage situation that can go from bad to worse when you try to clean it up on your own. Especially when the damage comes from a toilet overflow, sewer back up or other black water source as the water can contain harmful bacteria. Black water is water loaded with feces, grease, pharmaceuticals, and/or food chunks. Extended exposure to black water can lead to infections and illness that can become life threatening over time. These types of damages should be left to the local professionals at SERVPRO® of Springfield as specialized training and equipment are required to clean away black water and black water damage in order to avoid health consequences.

If you experience a black water damage in your home or office, please call the professionals. SERVPRO® of Springfield is here to help 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Avoid a Moldy Bathroom with Tips from SERVPRO® of Springfield

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage can be prevented!

SERVPRO® of Springfield is ready to help you be proactive in the battle against mold. Did you know that the bathroom is one of the most common indoor areas for mold growth? The lingering moisture created by showers and baths can leave behind mold that can leave you feeling less than clean.

Below are a few simple steps to prevent mold in your bathroom:

  1. Properly ventilate your bathroom. If you have a fan, make sure it is on or open a window while you shower or take a bath.
  2. After you are finished, allow the fan to run for at least 30 minutes to allow air to circulate.
  3. Use mildew-resistant shower and window curtains.
  4. Wipe down your shower after use to remove any lingering moisture.
  5. Once a month, wash your shower curtain.
  6. Remove damp laundry from the floor
  7. If you notice any leaks, get them repaired ASAP.

If you suspect mold in your bathroom or any other room of your home, call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775. We are here to help 24/7.

SERVPRO® of Springfield is Here to Help Your Business in an Emergency!

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

We are ready to help you get back up and running!

When disaster strikes at your business you need service fast. We at SERVPRO® of Springfield know that being closed unexpectedly can effect your business drastically. Customers expect consistency!  SERVPRO® of Springfield is committed to getting you back to business after a disaster strikes. We are Here To Help®. If your business suffers a disaster even at 2 am, we are here for you. Your call will be answered by a real person and we are able to dispatch crews to you immediately. SERVPRO® of Springfield has been helping business owners and managers just like you for over 30 years. We will work with you to make sure your business stays open and your customers are taken care of. 

If disaster should ever strike make sure to call us at 217-528-7775. 

Clogged Gutters Equals Water Damage for Springfield, IL Homes

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

All sorts of items can clog a gutter!

SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind everyone that being proactive is the best way to prevent damage. And even though it is one of the more time consuming chores, keeping the gutters around your home in good shape can greatly reduce the chances of a water damage disaster.

  1. Clogged gutters can result in basement flooding, roof damage, erosion and foundation damage. Regularly check and clear the gutter system around your home to ensure there are no problems.
  2. Fixing loose gutters can also mitigate damage. Loose gutters will allow water to flow along the roof which can affect siding, doors, windows and foundation.
  3. Splash blocks are important as they direct the water away from the home. Without a splash block the water can build up around the foundation of the home and cause flooding and mildew.

Hopefully, by checking out the gutter system in your home you will be able to stop disaster before it begins. But if, by chance, something does happen, SERVPRO® of Springfield’s water damage technicians are here to help 24/7. Call us at 217-528-7775

Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO® of Springfield

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

50% of businesses will not reopen after a disaster strikes!
Many workplaces always call's on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start? 

SERVPRO® of Springfield can help commercial property in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How, with a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO® Marketing Department. 

By having a plan of action and including it into your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a frozen pipe, fire, or anything. 

Some property manager use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location. 

Is your business ready for a disaster. Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties. 

Make an appointment today to get started!

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO® of Springfield Professionals at 217-528-7775 seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages.  We will help make it "Like it never even happened."

Grill Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Grill Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield

As the warmer weather beckons more and more of us outside, SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind everyone to keep in mind some general safety information when it comes to those backyard bonfires and BBQ’s.

  • Do not use soft wood such as pine or cedar that can pop and throw sparks
  • Check wind direction before lighting fires
  • Keep flammable liquids away from open flame
  • Place the grill away from lawn games and foot traffic
  • Keep kids and pets in the “safe-zone” - 3 feet from grills and open flame

Fires can spread quickly when the source isn’t monitored. According to the National Fire Protection Agency outside fireplaces or fire pits caused nearly 3,700 grass and brush fires, the total number of injuries have tripled over the last six years and an average of 8,800 home fires involve grills, hibachis or barbecues each year. Let’s work together to keep our friends and family safe this year.

If disaster does strike your home, we are available 24/7 at 217-528-7775. SERVPRO® of Springfield is ready to help with cleanup. #HeretoHelp 

Sources: NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division and www.safekids.org

Staying Safe During a Lightning Storm with Tips from SERVPRO® of Springfield

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning is as beautiful as it is dangerous.

We are on the cusp of storm season here in Springfield, IL and we at SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to pass along these safety tips from the National Fire Protection Agency.

  • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.
  • Do not go under trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter.
  • Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.
  • There is no safe place outside. Places with only a roof on sports fields, golf courses, and picnic areas are not safe during a lightning storm. Small sheds should not be used.
  • If a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1. Get medical help right away.
  • Turn off computers. Stay off corded phones, computers, and other things that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing. You can use a cell or cordless phone.

Stay safe this Spring and remember SERVPRO® of Springfield is always here to help. Call us at 217-528-7775 24/7.

Source: www.nfpa.org

Fire Escape Planning with SERVPRO® of Springfield

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Make a plan together today!

SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to help your family create a disaster preparation plan. Getting the whole family involved in creating a family escape plan can be a fun way to deal with mitigating a potentially serious disaster. Sitting down together to draw an escape map and running drills will help keep the plan fresh in everyone’s minds in case the worst were to ever happen.

Check out www.safekids.org for more tools and tips for keeping your family involved in keeping one another safe in case of disaster. Below are a few tips your family can implement today!

  1. Teach children two things:
    1. The street name and number where you live
    2. How to call 9-1-1 in an emergency from a safe place outside
  2. Draw a map that clearly shows exits and pick a place to meet outside
  3. Place the map where everyone can see it
  4. Keep exits clear, so it is easy to get out quickly

We are here to help if disaster does strike. Call your local SERVPRO® of Springfield 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Happy Mother's Day from SERVPRO® of Springfield

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Happy Mother's Day from SERVPRO® of Springfield.

SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to send out Happy Mother’s Day wishes for May 13th! In honor of all the moms out there, we thought we would offer up some fun and relaxing ideas to get everyone in the right frame of mind.

  1. Be Present! Let Mom know how special she is by putting the phone and remote down this holiday and have fun chatting, playing a game or going for a walk.
  2. Planning on buying Mom flowers? Why not some that you can all plant together? It will be a wonderful gift and the perfect time to make a memory or two.
  3. Going to Mom’s for dinner? Maybe offering to do the clean-up afterward would help take some of the stress off Mom’s plate.
  4. Too far for a visit? A handmade card is quick to make and will remind Mom of all the cards you made her while you were growing up.

Mothers are special people and we are proud to honor them!

We are always here to help at SERVPRO® of Springfield. Give us a call at 217-528-7775.

Safe Family Saturday with SERVPRO® of Springfield, Illinois

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Alicia from SERVPRO® of Springfield at SCHEELS

Last Saturday, April 28, was the 7th Annual Safe Family Saturday at SCHEELS of Springfield and SERVPRO® of Springfield was there to participate in the fun. With coloring sheets and crayons in hand, Alicia, a member of our marketing department, set forth to inform and educate families about the importance of being prepared before disaster strikes. Encouraging children to learn different ways they can help can allow them to feel empowered and responsible for their safety.  

There was a great turn out at the event and Alicia was happy to see the joy on the children’s faces not only as they learned about safety but also as they guessed the amount of Hershey’s kisses in the jar on the SERVPRO® table in an attempt to win a gift card to Glow Golf. After several different guesses, one child guessed correctly and won. He was ecstatic!

Thank you to SCHEELS of Springfield, HSHS St. Johns Children’s Hospital, Capitol Radio Group, Farmers Insurance, the practice of Jacob Hainsfurther and YMCA and Springfield Park District for putting on such a fun and educational event! We look forward to the next one!

Remember we are always here to help at SERVPRO® of Springfield. Give us a call at 217-528-7775 or follow us at facebook.com/SERVPROofspringfield to see other events we will be attending!

Springfield, IL Mold Damage Remediation Experts

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Before and After of a Local Springfield Basement

The impact of mold on a home can be overwhelming. The thought that a microscopic spore needs just a small amount of continuous moisture to grow into a living, growing force is almost unimaginable. However, that is often the case for mold that has been left to its own devices in a home or business. As can be seen from the before photos of a home in Springfield, IL, once mold gets growing, it can take over a space of nearly any size.

Thankfully there is help available for mold remediation. One of the tried and true methods that SERVPRO® of Springfield utilizes is called Sodablasting. Our Sodablasting technicians utilize a self-contained system that includes a blast generator, high pressure compressed air, a moisture decontamination system and a blast hose and nozzle. The system propels baking soda at a high rate to strip mold off of different types of surfaces while cleaning and deodorizing.

While this method is highly effective, it does leave behind a lot of material that will need to be cleaned up and this should be factored into the decision making process when choosing a form of remediation. Remember timing is everything when it comes to staying on top of a moisture and mold problem. SERVPRO® of Springfield’s mold remediation specialists are here 24/7 to help you. Please call us at 217-528-7775 so we can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Have a Professional Handle the Process of Fire Restoration According to the IICRC

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

The process of fire restoration can be very involved. Private homeowners and companies can oftentimes be devastated by the damage caused by this kind of event.  One aspect that gives peace of mind involves knowing when the right professional has been hired. That is one of the reasons why it is important to hire a firm that is associated with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.   

Homeowners and business owners may be in shock from the initial devastation.  It is important to try and follow the proper steps to achieve a complete fire restoration.  Service providers that are associated with the Institute will have the following distinctions:  current training, safety and health certifications, vast amounts of experience in restoration projects and the proper licenses and insurance information.  Customers should also check all references and obtain price quotes prior to hiring anyone.  Any contracts that are presented should be reviewed closely.

The first step in the process is to clean up as much of the existing area as possible. If the area is not immediately cleaned, soot residue and permanent damage can be left behind.  If the homeowner or business owner does the initial cleaning, it is important to follow these steps. When cleaning, always use dust masks and open the area for proper ventilation.  Clean from the ceilings to the floors and vacuum all floors and upholstery.  Wash any items that are able to be laundered.  Clean the outside with a pressure washer if available.  

If immediate clean up is not done, it can lead to devastating effects.  Within minutes of fire and smoke damage, appliances and many items will discolor to a yellow hue.  After a few hours, acid will stain bathrooms and many other areas of the home or business.  Within days, walls will discolor permanently and items will begin to rust due to the acid residue.   Finally, after weeks the cost of clean-up will become substantially more expensive. The building and furnishings can be permanently damaged by the acid left behind.  Soot residue will be layered throughout the home or business.  For these reasons, it is vital to contact a professional associated with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification to utilize fire restoration techniques in an effort to return the home or business to a preloss state.  One company or service provider should be able to handle the damage.  The seal of Certification by the Institute should be shown on any provider’s website.  This shows the customer the reliability and the expertise of the service provider.

Residue and smoky odors need to be removed immediately.  Professionals will use the process of fire restoration to achieve satisfactory results.  These providers will remove the source of the odor, clean any items that can be salvaged, get rid of any lingering odor with an odor counteractant and deodorizing fog.  Finally, the provider will seal salvageable items to encapsulate odor and prevent further recontamination.

Homeowners and businesses that are educated in the fire restoration process are able to minimize the cost of repair.  Professionals can be contacted in a timely manner to return the area to a preloss state.   By hiring the right professionals the victims can have some peace of mind during a very stressful time.

-Source: Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)

Winter Storm Checklist

1/1/2018 (Permalink)

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, winddriven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

- Source: American Red Cross

Being prepared for winter storms can help limit the damage done and make sure that everyone stays safe before, during, and after. Preparedness may not always be able to prevent damage done by the storm but many times it can make a big difference on how much is damaged.

Follow the link to find the "Winter Storm Safety Checklist" the American Red Cross has put together to help educate about what to expect and what to do in a winter storm situation.

Be Prepared for Winter Storms

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Winter storms can be just as damaging to homes as any other.  The American Red Cross offers the following guidelines to help be prepared for them:

  • Learn how to protect pipes from freezing
  • Make sure your home heating sources are installed according to local codes and permit requirements and are clean and in working order.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide an extra layer of insulation to keep cold air out.
  • Consider buying emergency heating equipment, such as a wood- or coal-burning stove or an electric or kerosene heater.
    • Stoves must be properly vented and in good working order. Dispose of ashes safely. Keep a supply of wood or coal on hand.
    • Electric space heaters, either portable or fixed, must be certified by an independent testing laboratory. Plug a heater directly into the wall socket rather than using an extension cord and unplug it when it is not in use.
    • Use a kerosene heater only if permitted by law in your area; check with your local fire department. Use only the correct fuel for your unit. Properly ventilate the area. Refuel the unit outdoors only, and only when the unit is cool. Follow all of the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Consider storing sufficient heating fuel. Regular fuel sources may be cut off. Be cautious of fire hazards when storing any type of fuel.
  • If you have a fireplace, consider keeping a supply of firewood or coal. Be sure the fireplace is properly vented and in good working order and that you dispose of ashes safely.
  • Consider installing a portable generator, following our safety tips to avoid home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance, if you live in a flood-prone area, to cover possible flood damage that may occur during the spring thaw. Homeowners' policies do not cover damage from floods. Ask your insurance agent about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) if you are at risk. More information on NFIP is available at www.fema.gov/nfip.

- Source: American Red Cross

Frozen Pipes

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

With the holiday season getting closer and the temperatures getting cooler the American Red Cross offers these tips to help prevent your pipes from freezing during the winter months.

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

-Source: American Red Cross

If you do have a pipe that freezes SERVPRO of Springfield is only a phone call away at 217-8528-7775

National Fire Safety Week

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

October 8th through the 14th was National Fire Safety Week!

The one of best ways to keep your home safe from fires is through preventing them in the first place.  Check out these statistics and tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) on how to prevent electrical fires in your home or business.

  • AFCI Breakers and Outlets can prevent 50% of residential home fires.
  • Each year 2,400 children in the US are treated for injuries caused by outlets. 1/3 of parents do not have outlets childproofed. Install Tamper Resistant Receptacles.
  • 470,000 counterfeit smartphone batteries were recalled in 2010 due to burn and fire hazards. Purchase electronics at reputable retailers.
  • 3,300 home fires originate from extension cords each year. Heavy reliance on extension cords is a sign to have more outlets installed.
  • The CPSC found 47% of electrocutions could be prevented with GFCI protection in homes.
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or flown fuses and cracking, sizzling or buzzing from outlets can be signs of an overloaded circuit. 47,700 home fires in the US are caused by electrical failure or malfunction each year.

Learn more about how to keep your home safe from fires from the ESFI from their website http://www.esfi.org/

Source: Electrical Safety Foundation International

Air Filtration

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

The goal of every restoration job is to safely and efficiently return the indoor environment to preloss condition for the customer. Part of this responsibility is to address the quality of the air inside the structure.

Any job that involves cleanup of sewage, mold, and/or fire damage will generate significant amounts of particulates and odiferous (smelly) gases. These contaminants are a direct result of the damage itself, as well as the necessary process of treating and cleaning damaged materials. This includes not only damage in the occupied space, but also contaminants in wall or ceiling cavities that may be disturbed and unknowingly introduced into the occupied space. These contaminants can settle on carpet, upholstery, furnishings, and be drawn into the HVAC system.

Because these particles can be easily stirred up and become airborne we usually employ the use of an air scrubber in some capacity.  In the simplest terms, an air scrubber is a portable filtration system. It draws in air from the surrounding environment and passes it through a series of filters. These filters efficiently remove particles from the air to help improve indoor air quality. 

-Source: Dri-Eaz

Mold Remediation

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

"Mold, often referred to as fungi, are primarily recognized as hazards, however, there are molds with important applications and can serve useful purposes in our environment.  Molds are a key component of foods we enjoy, (red wine, beer, mushrooms, and blue cheese). Molds produce by-products that are used in the manufacture of many medications such as antibiotics and anti-rejection drugs for organ transplant patients.  Molds are necessary to complete the process that break down organic waste in our landfills and compost bins."

- Source:"IICRC Approved Applied Microbial Remediation Technician Course Manual" 

Despite the above passage, the mold that has become a large concern in recent years are those types that cause adverse health effects.  It is for these reasons that an indoor environmental professional such as a mold remediation technician is usually employed to correct the problem in order to restore a positive living environment for the inhabitants of the structure.  

If you have a mold problem contact SERVPRO of Springfield at 217-528-7775

Factors that Affect Mold Growth

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

There are 6 general factors that affect mold growth:

  • Temperature
  • Light
  • pH
  • Nutrients
  • Oxygen
  • Water

Of these factors the easiest to control by far are the presence of water and nutrients.  For this reason almost all remediation projects include some component of structure drying (removing water) of source removal (removing nutrients).  

Structure drying could include the implementation of dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air or the use of air scrubbers to filter air and draw moisture out of material through evaporation.  

Source removal is usually some kind of controlled removal of building materials that are easier and more cost effectively removed and than cleaned in order to restore the structure to its original state. It is very important that the removal of material be controlled in order to limit the spread of the affected area throughout the structure.  

If you need help controlling these factors call SERVPRO of Springfield today at 217-528-7775

Securing Structure after Fire

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damages are never a good situation.  In some cases structures are uninhabitable after a fire occurs which can add to the stress of the situation.  From loss of property and the shock of what has happened it can be hard to figure out where to start and what to do. 

One of the first considerations for the immediate future directly following the fire department's departure is making sure that the structure is secure. 

Making sure the structure is secured serves multiple purposes. First, making sure that the interior is protected from the elements, this can mean tarping a roof that has been compromised or boarding up windows that were broken out. 

The next reason for securing is deterring burglars or vandals.  It is a sad consideration but when you have a fire and there are trucks outside the house for multiple hours it can be a big flashing light for burglars that there is a structure with nobody home and easy access. Using boards and screws to secure door and window openings can make it a lot less likely that someone would be able to gain entry.

Another good reason for boarding up is preventing animals from wandering inside the structure.  Animals may take advantage of the missing windows or doors in an attempt to seek shelter or find food.  

If you need help with securing a structure after a fire call SERVPRO of Springfield at 217-528-7775

Storm Damage Springfield IL

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Stay alert for the unexpected

The word storm certainly has been in the news lately. In fact Harvey's remnants were felt all the way up into the state of Illinois. Many homeowners wonder what can be done to prepare for a storm event in the Springfield IL area.

The local planning commission is able to provide you with information about whether or not you are living in flood zone or not here is a link to get you started http://co.sangamon.il.us/departments/m-r/regional-planning-commission/program-areas/strategic-comprehensive-planning

Home Inspection

Something else that can be helpful is to do a walk around of your home. If you have a ladder than start with safely examining the roof looking for loose shingles and siding, then examine all the other areas of the home. This inspection should also include the interior of your home, do you see damage form previous heavy rains? Are electrical services up to date and in good working order? Do you know where the shut offs for all of your utilities are locates and have the tools needed to turn them off? 

Stay Alert

Most people today have access to social media and TV and or radio. Please don"t develop warning fatigue! That means that you hear warnings but because nothing happens your state of readiness lessens. Storms in the Springfield IL area develop quickly please stay alert

Assessing Water Damage

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

A water damage occurs when a pipe breaks, plumbing backs up, flood waters rise, or a number of other reasons in which water enters a structure.

Water restoration is the act of making it "Like it never even happened" which is our specialty at SERVPRO of Springfield. 

Many homeowners who experience a water damage often don't know where to start. The first step is assessing the situation and responding appropriately.

There are two criteria for categorizing water damages: Class, and Category.

The Class of water damage refers to the extent of damage and how much moisture has been soaked up (or bound) in the building material.

There are 4 Classes of water damages:

Class 1 - water is confined to a small area and materials absorb very little water.

Class 2 - where wet materials represent approximately 5-40% of combined floor, wall, and ceiling surface area in a space

Class 3 - wet materials represent more than 40% surface area

Class 4 - this class of damage is a special case where water has been deeply absorbed into the structure and special methods need to be employed beyond a regular drying plan.

Category refers to the level of contamination caused by the water:

Category 1 - originates from a sanitary source, meaning a supply line or sink overflow with no contaminants

Category 2 - water that contains some contaminants such as washing machine or dishwasher rinse water

Category 3 - this includes all water that is significantly contaminated and can cause illness if ingested. This would include sewage, standing water with microbial growth, or water from a toilet containing fecal matter

If you have a water damage that needs to be assessed and for help with the cleanup call SERVPRO of Springfield at 217-528-7775

Tips for small businsess

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Be ready for the unexpected

The Small Business Association states that over 50 percent of Business that experience a loss never reopen. The economy is built on small business and the jobs they provide. What can small business owners do to protect there investment?

Talk it Over

If you are the owner of a small business one of the most important thing you can do is to have a conversation with you insurance agent. You need the answer to some basic questions. For example how will the value of my property be determined? Is it actual cash value or replacement cost? Do I have coverage for the lost revenue I incur while the loss is ongoing? If I have inventory how will this be insured? If you haven't had a conversation with your insurance agent it would be  good to schedule a time to do this sooner rather than later.

My Place of Business

In addition to the financial concerns what about your greatest asset your employees? If you were to experience a loss and it you needed to shelter in place are you ready for something like that? Simple steps such as having bottled water, canned, prepackaged food, radio and batteries on hand can go a long way in reducing the anxiety associated with a loss.

Many small businesses have actually had an Emergency Readiness plan put together for them by SERVPRO that organizes there key contacts so that if the unexpected happens they are ready.

Water damage basics

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water damages affect many homes and businesses every year.  Each damage is unique but there are a few basic principles that can be applied once the damage has occurred. The following are some places to start in order to get your restoration project running smoothly.

First, has the source of the water intrusion been stopped? This could be as simple as turning off the water valve to the main house supply line.  Other times this may involve getting a plumber involved to unclog a drain that has backed up or replacing a sump pump that has quit working.  

Next, have you called a professional to help you assess your damage? This could include your insurance company to help you get more information about what steps they require and your coverage/deductible amounts. This could also include contacting your local SERVPRO to help assess and also mitigate any further damage.

If you need help assessing your water damage and figuring out the next steps to get your home or business back to normal contact SERVPRO of Springfield 217-528-7775

Commercial Damage

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

If a sprinkler system goes off in a large building multiple units can be affected.  Luckily SERVPRO of Springfield has you covered.  We have the equipment and experience to handle any size damage.

When the sprinkler system was activated after a small fire in a local assisted living facility we were there to help with the cleanup before the fire department even left. Luckily, nobody was hurt and we were able to access the building immediately following the departure of the firefighters.

We set up drying equipment in all of the affected units and proceeded with the drying process in order to get the residents back to their units as quickly as possible.

If your commercial building has a large water damage call SERVPRO today at 217-528-7775

Ultrasonic Cleaning

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

When we get fragile or hard to clean items that are damaged by soot from a fire one option is using our ultrasonic cleaning tank.  This cleaning procedure requires the use of a specialized piece of equipment that uses microscopic bubbles produced by sound waves to gently "scrub" the contaminants away leaving the item completely intact.  

This option is good for items that would be negatively affected by the strong cleaning detergents normally required to remove the soot.

 Ultrasonic cleaning has a wide array of applications from porcelain collectibles to electronics.  Ultrasonic cleaning gets to all the cracks and crevices that other methods can miss.

If you have a fire and have items that need some special treatment after a fire or smoke damage contact SERVPRO of Springfield 217-528-7775

Storm Damage Springfield IL

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Be ready for the unexpected.

The word storm certainly has been in the news lately. In fact Harvey's remnants were felt all the way up into the state of Illinois. Many homeowners wonder what can be done to prepare for a storm event in the Sangamon County area.

The local planning commission is able to provide you with information about whether or not you are living in flood zone or not here is a link to get you started http://co.sangamon.il.us/departments/m-r/regional-planning-commission/program-areas/strategic-comprehensive-planning

Home Inspection

Something else that can be helpful is to do a walk around of your home. If you have a ladder than start with safely examining the roof looking for loose shingles and siding, then examine all the other areas of the home. This inspection should also include the interior of your home, do you see damage form previous heavy rains? Are electrical services up to date and in good working order? Do you know where the shut offs for all of your utilities are locates and have the tools needed to turn them off? 

Stay Alert

Most people today have access to social media and TV and or radio. Please don"t develop warning fatigue! That means that you hear warnings but because nothing happens your state of readiness lessens. Storms in the Sangamon County area develop quickly please stay alert

Hurricane Season

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is currently underway. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began in mid-May and also ends November 30.

Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. While the primary threat is in coastal areas, many inland areas can also be affected by these hazards, as well as by secondary events such as power outages as a result of high winds and landslides due to rainfall. 

Preparation is the best protections against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • About 40% of hurricanes hit Florida.
  • 2004's Hurricane Ivan produced 127 tornadoes in nine different states over a five-day period. 
  • To identify these storms, the World Meteorological Organization maintains a six-year rotating list of names. 

For more information and preparation tips, visit the READY campaign website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes

Weather Ready

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

If you stay ready you don't have to get ready.

As hurricane season progresses it is a good idea to keep up with programs and social media tools that can keep you up to date with storm updates.

Weather Ready

SERVPRO of Sangamon County has joined forces with the National Weather Services weather ambassador program. What does this mean?

WRN Ambassadors serve a pivotal role in affecting societal change — helping to build a nation that is ready, responsive, and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and water events.
To be officially recognized as a WRN Ambassador, an organization must commit to:

  • Promoting Weather-Ready Nation messages and themes to their stakeholders;
  • Engaging with NOAA personnel on potential collaboration opportunities;
  • Sharing their success stories of preparedness and resiliency;
  • Serving as an example by educating employees on workplace preparedness

As we continue educating ourselves we will be sharing what we learn from the National Weather Service with our customers, please check our Facebook page for weather updates and helpful information before during and after storms and Weather events.

Early Awareness

One vital aspect of the Weather Ambassador program is to promote disaster preparedness. We encourage the public to have a disaster readiness plan including a go  bag, designated meting place and to maintain a general reediness so that you not caught of guard.

SERVPRO of Springfield 24 hour emergency water damage service

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Springfield is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 217-528-7775

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Springfield has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Springfield

SERVPRO of Springfield specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew

Local Daycare Water Damage

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

When the water supply line broke on the dishwasher at this local daycare facility they called SERVPRO of Springfield to come get things cleaned up.  The extraction process began almost immediately after getting on site and the daycare experienced very minimal down time before being able to get back up and running again.

Water damages in a business setting presents unique challenges.  Especially in this situation where safety of the children was a big concern.  Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

If you have a water problem at your home or business call SERVPRO of Springfield at 217-528-7775

How to be ready for a thunderstorm

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross created a great outline of how to prepare for severe thunderstorms.  In the case of an emergency it always helps to be prepared.
  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit
  • Review the Be Red Cross Ready - Thunderstorm Safety Checklist

-Source: American Red Cross

Mold Loves Damp Places

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

What Does Mold Need to Grow?

According to Michael Pugliese, author of The Homeowner’s Guide to Mold, there are three main necessities that mold spores need to grow and thrive:

  • Moisture

Mold spores need moist or damp areas to grow and reproduce. Watch for flooding, leaky pipes or windows, etc. Also excess moisture in the bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms are prime areas for mold growth.

  • Food

Mold spores need food – in the literal sense as well as other materials (i.e. cotton, leather, wood, paper products and others). The most dangerous materials mold loves to grow on, are porous materials (beds, couches etc). Its often impossible to remove mold growth from these items.

  • Optimum Temperatures

Mold spores thrive in temperatures 32 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures from about 70 – 90 degrees are the most conducive for mold growth. Chances of mold growth are heightened greatly between those temperatures. You may be wondering why mold can grow in your freezer. Mold doesn’t die when temperatures drop below 32 degrees, they lay dormant until temperatures raise, or they are set out to warm up.

Favorable Conditions for Mold

Michael Pugliese, author of the same book previously mentioned, also offers 5 tips describing favorable or unfavorable conditions for mold growth:

  • A relative Humidity of roughly 50% or higher

A good preventative measure would be to purchase a hygrometer to measure humidity levels in your home.

  • Damp or Dusty Conditions

Avoid developing piles of rags, clothing or other mold food sources.

  • Stagnant air

This explains why overly “tight” homes designed for energy efficiency can have mold problems.

Unfavorable Conditions for Mold

  • Ventilation

Good circulation throughout the home is important to eliminate dampness or potential moisture; especially in attics, basements, crawlspaces, laundry rooms.

  • Dry Air Indoors

Make sure to keep your home’s relative humidity down below 50%.

-Source: Mold Blogger

5 Principles of Mold Remediation

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Springfield is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoraction Certification (IICRC) for water, and fire restoration as well as microbial remediation.  The IICRC outlines five major principles of mold remediation.

  1. Make sure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals and occupants. Mold-contaminated buildings can be associated with a number of health problems. Anyone involved in the mold remediation process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls.
  2. A post-cleanup assessment by an independent environmental expert. An  effective mold remediation cannot be developed without first determining the extent of the contamination to be removed. To ensure that remediation work is being properly performed, it is highly recommended that appropriate documentation of the remediation process be kept by project management
  3. Control of mold before it spreads further. Eliminating mold at the source of      contamination is essential. Once mold spores spread through the air, it will be much more difficult to capture.
  4. Oversee the proper physical removal of the mold. The mold must be physically removed from the structure. Attempts to isolate mold or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.
  5. Ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination. Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected or controlled as soon as possible.

Application of these principles may involve multiple disciplines and professionals from a wide range of restoration and indoor environmental fields.

-Source: IICRC

If you suspect mold contamination in your home or business contact SERVPRO of Springfield today at 217-528-7775

Fire Safety

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Source: American Red Cross

SERVPRO of Springfield encounters a lot of fires that ended with everyone safely out of the vicinity thanks to smoke detectors that end up looking like this.  

Follow these tips from the American Red Cross to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they're not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

If you do have a fire in your home or business call SERVPRO of Springfield to help clean it up at 217-528-7775

Fire Safety

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Source: American Red Cross

SERVPRO of Springfield encounters a lot of fires that ended with everyone safely out of the vicinity thanks to smoke detectors that end up looking like this.  

Follow these tips from the American Red Cross to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they're not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

If you do have a fire in your home or business call SERVPRO of Springfield to help clean it up at 217-528-7775

Preventing water from entering through window wells

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fixing (or preventing) a window well filling with water is all about two components of the window well system – the drain and the cover.

Window Well Drain – Every window well should have a drain to allow water to exit the window well and not build to a level that creates a basement seepage problem.  Drains can be connected to interior or exterior drain tile or can be run to daylight where a proper slope exists.  With a well-constructed and properly maintained drain, a window well should never fill with water.

Of course, some home builders will take short cuts with window wells and install them without drains.  More commonly, though, the drains are there but, because of lack of maintenance, they clog up.

So, one way to fix a window well that is filling with water is to find and unclog the drain.  Cleaning debris from the opening to the drain is usually a fairly easy task but, if the drain has become clogged below the surface it can be difficult to unclog.  The best way, of course to deal with a clogged window well drain is to prevent it from clogging in the first place by installing a proper window well cover.

Window Well Covers – The most important function of a window well cover is not keeping out water but keeping out the kind of debris – leaves, grass clippings, trash – that will clog the drain.  Many homeowners make the understandable mistake of installing flimsy plastic “bubble” covers from the hardware store thinking that they will keep out water.  While still intact these covers create a surprisingly efficient greenhouse for weeds but are easily cracked and broken, rendering them useless.

A steel grid cover is better but can still admit a lot of debris.

The best window well cover will be constructed of reinforced polycarbonate and will be custom-fitted to the window well to ensure that it covers it completely.  This type of cover, while incidentally preventing most water from entering, will do an excellent job of keeping out debris (and small animals) and keeping the window well drain open and working.

-Source: U.S. Waterproofing

Weather Ready Nation

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Springfield has recently become a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador! 

The devastating impacts of extreme events like record breaking snowfall, violent tornadoes, destructive hurricanes, widespread flooding, and devastating drought can be reduced by taking advanced action, which is why the Weather–Ready Nation initiative is so important.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service is transforming its operations to help America respond. Offices now provide forecast information in a way that better supports emergency managers, first responders, government officials, businesses and the public make fast, smart decisions to save lives and property and enhance livelihoods.

NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service are moving new science and technology into National Weather Service operations that will improve forecasts and ultimately increase weather-readiness.

-Source: weather.gov

Dangers of Burning Candles

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Candles can make your home smell great but they can also cause a lot of damage if left unattended. 

This fire was caused from leaving a candle burning and unattended.

When using candles, we all should practice the following safety tips:

  • Always keep matches, lighters, and candles away from children.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Keep combustible materials far away from candles.
  • Do not put candles in a location where children or pets could knock them over. Be aware that candles and rambunctious puppies don’t mix.
  • Use only nonflammable candleholders that are sturdy and hard to tip over.
  • Always trim the wicks before lighting.
  • Do not burn a candle all the way down to where it is too close to the holder or container.
  • Use flashlights rather than candles when you have a power outage.

-Source: Pekin Insurance

Luckily no one was hurt in this fire and it was contained to only one apartment of this complex.  SERVPRO of Springfield was called to help with the cleanup to make it "Like it never even happened."

If you have a fire at your home or business call SERVPRO of Springfield at 217-528-7775

Commercial Carpet Maintenance

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Keeping commercial carpeting looking like new can sometime be a hassle.  Knowing how to care for the carpeting at your commercial facility is half the battle when it comes to keeping your business looking top notch!

SERVPRO of Springfield follows these guidelines set out by the IICRC in order to keep our carpets looking good as new!

  • It's a good idea to keep sand, grit and grass clippings off walkways outside entries to prevent inward tracking of these abrasive soils.
  • Purchase a properly sized entry mat, the bigger the better.  There must be room for at least two steps to sufficiently wipe soil from feet before encountering the installed carpet. A carpet with a nylon face and vinyl back is best for moisture and oils absorption, combined with the resiliency necessary to collect a quantity of particle soil. The IICRC suggests a rental mat, since that guarantees frequent maintenance. Place entry mats on hard surfaces rather than on carpet where they can trap moisture or cause plasticizer migration.
  • Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum daily, especially after major events. The sooner you collect soils from the surface, the easier it is to remove them. For most carpet, you should use an upright vacuum with brush agitation, unless your canister vacuum is particularly well designed. The wider the head, the more efficient.
  • Typically, deep cleaning should be accomplished on at least a semi-annual basis, with no more than two entry and high-traffic area "rinse" cleanings between the deep cleaning. This is dependent on traffic and daily maintenance as well. At a minimum, some attention should be given to primary entry areas on a quarterly basis.
  • If spots are treated immediately, most will respond with plain warm water and very little mild detergent added.
  • Use high-efficiency double-lined poly-fiber collection bags. This reduces periodic maintenance such as dusting of furniture, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) filter exchange.
  • Make sure the HVAC system is slightly positively pressurized as well, which means that air is going out when doors are opened, rather than being sucked in. Proper air exchange rates can be calibrated according to ASHRAE regulations for the building with a trained HVAC contractor.
  • Ensure proper air filtration through the HVAC System. High-efficiency pleated filters, rather than inexpensive fiberglass filters, are recommended.

-Source: IICRC

Call SERVPRO of Springfield today to get an estimate for carpet cleaning for your home or business at 217-528-7775

Sewage Back-ups

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.

The IICRC complied guidelines for professional sewage clean-up called the Standard for Water Damage Restoration (S500).

Here are the key principles homeowners should know about sewage back-ups:

  • Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic – disease causing – fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.
  • Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.
  • It is not safe to stay in a building that’s flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.
  • Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water (130°F/54°C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly.  This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too.  There’s simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.
  • Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work. Then, a “third party” indoor environmental professional can provide post-remediation verification or “clearance testing” to ensure that the home or building is safe to re-occupy.

-Source:IICRC

Call your local SERVPRO today for help with sewage back-ups at 217-528-7775

Performing the right process for remediation

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

The overall objective of the remediation process is quite simple: to remove all of the contamination.  "How" this work is performed will be determined by a couple of factors:

  • Is the source of moisture fixed?
  • What is the substrate that the mold is growing on?
    • Can it be removed from the surface?
    • Does the entire substrate need to be removed?
  • Are there any hazardous materials present such as lead and/or asbestos?

Each of these factors can have a big impact on the work plan moving forward.  

For example, if the source of the moisture is still feeding into the structure then any attempts to remediate would ultimately be unsuccessful because the problem would reoccur.  

Taking the substrate into account is another big question to tackle, for instance:

  • Mold on framing lumber: the mold can be removed by wire brushing, scraping, sanding, media blasting and/or pressure washing.  Think of this as removing paint from a wall stud (without using a paint removing chemical).
  • Mold on drywall: it is not possible to remove mold from the paper covering drywall without destroying the drywall itself.  Thus the best remediation solution is to remove the contaminated drywall.

Third, the obvious dangers of working in an environment with lead and/or asbestos present a unique challenge that would likely need to be referred  to a contractor that is licensed for the appropriate abatement.

Making sure that the work plan is appropriate for your project is of the utmost importance to us.  For an estimate for mold remediation call SERVPRO of Springfield at 217-528-7775

No Job Too Large

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Our teams are ready for anything with the equipment and expertise to tackle any size job.

Should a storm or major event strike, call 217-528-7775

Some Helpful Tips on How to Avoid Kitchen Fires in Your Home

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

More home fires occur in the kitchen than any other place in the home.

SERVPRO of Springfield would like to help you avoid a kitchen fire by following these simple tips.

  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Keep an eye on your food regularly while cooking and remain in the kitchen while cooking.
  • Use a timer to remind you that the stove or oven is on.
  • Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen and test it once a month.
  • Loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking can catch on fire. Avoid wearing this kind of clothing and accessories while you are in the kitchen.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen.
  • Keep the kids out of the kitchen while you are cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces after every use to prevent grease buildup.
  • Check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure stoves, ovens, etc. are turned off.

Follow these simple rules to avoid a kitchen fire in your Frankfort home. If a fire does occur, call SERVPRO of Springfield ASAP to remove smoke and soot damage and safely restore your damaged kitchen.

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Springfield commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Springfield

SERVPRO of Springfield specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Gym Floor Drying

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Whether the cause is a roof leak, sprinkler malfunction, or accident, wet gym floors create a stressful situation for everyone involved.  Wood gym floors are designed to take a beating but when they get soaked through with water it can be a whole other level of damage.  From swelling, heaving and cupping to completely buckling of the floor, water can throw some serious punches.

Traditionally, if a hardwood sports floor was wet enough to cause these problems tear-out and replacement was considered the only option.  However, specialty equipment, quick action, and a thorough knowledge of the most current protocols can be enough to save many floors.  

A new hardwood gym floor can cost upwards of multiple hundreds of thousands, not to mention the charges for removal of the old floor.  Restoration methods used by SERVPRO of Springfield are proven to improve the chances of being able to save this flooring rather than replacement.

Our facility

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Springfield facility includes 10,000 square feet of warehouse space that is mostly used to store contents from fire and water damages. We also use the space to house our more than 1300 air movers and 200 dehumidifiers.

In addition, we have 10 free-standing storage containers and a 1200 square feet training room that we use for holding continuing education classes as well as homeowner inspections. Inspections take place after their contents have undergone the restoration process but before they are moved back to the job site.

The SERVPRO of Springfield fleet includes 5 truck mounts used to extract water, 4 box trucks for hauling equipment, 2 moving trucks and other assorted vans and vehicles in order to transport our highly trained employees to the job site.

The difference between flood and sewage clean-up

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

This is a great description straight from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) website:

"Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur."

It is also important to determine the source so that an appropriate response can be applied. Many times the response can be shaped by determining the source of the intrusion.  If the source of the damage is from a flood or other clean water source the response may be much less destructive and more materials will be able to be saved.  However, if the source is determined to be a contaminated source such as a sewage back up, even if the water appears clean and clear it is often times still very much contaminated as well.  

"Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.

The IICRC complied guidelines for professional sewage clean-up called the Standard for Water Damage Restoration (S500)."

Once you have determined the source a response can be chosen.  The response generally falls under 2 different categories: Flood clean-up or Sweage clean-up.  

Below are some tips suggested by the IICRC for Water Clean-up:

  1. Act quickly
    • The severity of damage escalates the longer water sits and building components and contents stay wet, so time is of the essence in the aftermath of a flood. In fact, mold will grow within 48-72 hours, so aim to start removing water and drying the environment within 48 hours.
    • Have a list of professionals on hand to call, and understand your insurance policy, as some only cover mold damage up to a certain amount, while others don’t provide any reimbursement for mold.
  2. Ventilate affected areas to prevent mold growth
    • Mold loves moisture and organic materials such as paper or particleboard. In order to mitigate or slow damage, open windows if weather permits and place fans inside of them to keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
  3. Assess damage to items and materials
    • Assess the type of water absorbed by items, such as rainwater, water from broken pipes, contaminated river water or bacteria-filled sewage.
    • There are ways to salvage specialty items but the decision on whether to save or trash an item will vary depending on the dollar and sentimental value to the owner.
    • It may not be worthwhile to salvage drywall, carpets and pads, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particleboard. On the other hand, it might be worthwhile to restore costly Persian rugs, leather couches and antiques or heirlooms. Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable through machine washing, and a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, to remove contamination and stains.
    • The IICRC strongly recommends that in water damages where there are contaminants present (e.g., bacteria, sewage, mold) or where small children or immune-compromised individuals are present that an inspection be conducted by an appropriately trained restorer and remediator.
  4. Expose pockets of saturation
    • Hidden and concealed pockets of saturation need to be opened for cleaning and drying.
    • Layers between building materials hold water that must be discovered and removed or dried.
    • On walls, find the water line and inspect at least a foot beyond it to make sure all damage, wet materials and mold are discovered. Remove and discard the damaged drywall and wet wall insulation.
    • Wood base trim and hardwood can also be saved with the right equipment and the right circumstances if they can be accessed and completely dried on both sides.
    • Remember to investigate concealed cavities such as behind walls, in mechanical spaces, under cabinets and furniture, and in crawl spaces.
  5. Conduct a thorough cleaning
    • Durable, nonporous or semi-porous materials, such as studs and joists, hardwood flooring and vinyl products, can usually be cleaned with common cleaning products or specialized products with detergents.
    • During cleaning, take care to protect areas that are unaffected by the water or mold.
    • After a thorough cleaning of salvageable materials, a disinfectant solution may need to be applied in case of harmful bacteria from sewage, river water debris or even standing water that has gone bad.
    • Professionals like water restoration and mold remediation contractors and indoor environmental professionals can help you decide what is best for your situation.
    • Once you’ve cleaned the wet materials, conduct another round of cleaning. If you choose to vacuum, use a HEPA-filter vacuum to remove allergens, fine dust and spores.
  6. Confirm drying before reconstruction
    • In order to prevent dry rot and structural damage, it’s important not to reconstruct or cover wood and other wet materials until the moisture content has been adequately reduced. A water restoration professional can confirm proper drying before reconstruction.

IICRC Certified Firm

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Springfield is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Springfield

SERVPRO of Springfield specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Do you know where the water shut off is at work?

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Many workplaces always call's on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start? 

SERVPRO of Springfield can help commercial property in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How, with a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO Marketing Department. 

By having a plan of action and including it into your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a frozen pipe, fire, or anything. 

Some property manager use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location. 

Is your business ready for a disaster. Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties. 

Make an appointment today to get started!

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of Springfield Professionals at (717) 261-0310 seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages.  We will help make it "Like it never even happened."

Springfield Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Springfield for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 217-528-7775

Springfield Smoke and Soot Clean-up

7/7/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Springfied will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
217-528-7775

The difference between flood and sewage clean-up

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

This is a great description straight from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) website:

"Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to pre-loss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur."

It is also important to determine the source so that an appropriate response can be applied. Many times the response can be shaped by determining the source of the intrusion.  If the source of the damage is from a flood or other clean water source the response may be much less destructive and more materials will be able to be saved.  However, if the source is determined to be a contaminated source such as a sewage back up, even if the water appears clean and clear it is often times still very much contaminated as well.  

"Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.

The IICRC complied guidelines for professional sewage clean-up called the Standard for Water Damage Restoration (S500)."

Once you have determined the source a response can be chosen.  The response generally falls under 2 different categories: Flood clean-up or Sweage clean-up.  

Below are some tips suggested by the IICRC for Water Clean-up:

  1. Act quickly
    • The severity of damage escalates the longer water sits and building components and contents stay wet, so time is of the essence in the aftermath of a flood. In fact, mold will grow within 48-72 hours, so aim to start removing water and drying the environment within 48 hours.
    • Have a list of professionals on hand to call, and understand your insurance policy, as some only cover mold damage up to a certain amount, while others don’t provide any reimbursement for mold.
  2. Ventilate affected areas to prevent mold growth
    • Mold loves moisture and organic materials such as paper or particleboard. In order to mitigate or slow damage, open windows if weather permits and place fans inside of them to keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
  3. Assess damage to items and materials
    • Assess the type of water absorbed by items, such as rainwater, water from broken pipes, contaminated river water or bacteria-filled sewage.
    • There are ways to salvage specialty items but the decision on whether to save or trash an item will vary depending on the dollar and sentimental value to the owner.
    • It may not be worthwhile to salvage drywall, carpets and pads, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particleboard. On the other hand, it might be worthwhile to restore costly Persian rugs, leather couches and antiques or heirlooms. Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable through machine washing, and a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, to remove contamination and stains.
    • The IICRC strongly recommends that in water damages where there are contaminants present (e.g., bacteria, sewage, mold) or where small children or immune-compromised individuals are present that an inspection be conducted by an appropriately trained restorer and remediator.
  4. Expose pockets of saturation
    • Hidden and concealed pockets of saturation need to be opened for cleaning and drying.
    • Layers between building materials hold water that must be discovered and removed or dried.
    • On walls, find the water line and inspect at least a foot beyond it to make sure all damage, wet materials and mold are discovered. Remove and discard the damaged drywall and wet wall insulation.
    • Wood base trim and hardwood can also be saved with the right equipment and the right circumstances if they can be accessed and completely dried on both sides.
    • Remember to investigate concealed cavities such as behind walls, in mechanical spaces, under cabinets and furniture, and in crawl spaces.
  5. Conduct a thorough cleaning
    • Durable, nonporous or semi-porous materials, such as studs and joists, hardwood flooring and vinyl products, can usually be cleaned with common cleaning products or specialized products with detergents.
    • During cleaning, take care to protect areas that are unaffected by the water or mold.
    • After a thorough cleaning of salvageable materials, a disinfectant solution may need to be applied in case of harmful bacteria from sewage, river water debris or even standing water that has gone bad.
    • Professionals like water restoration and mold remediation contractors and indoor environmental professionals can help you decide what is best for your situation.
    • Once you’ve cleaned the wet materials, conduct another round of cleaning. If you choose to vacuum, use a HEPA-filter vacuum to remove allergens, fine dust and spores.
  6. Confirm drying before reconstruction
    • In order to prevent dry rot and structural damage, it’s important not to reconstruct or cover wood and other wet materials until the moisture content has been adequately reduced. A water restoration professional can confirm proper drying before reconstruction.

Be Safe this July 4th

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fireworks Safety - From Jake's Fireworks

However you like to celebrate the 4th of July make sure you stay safe!

Head over to Jake's Fireworks safety tip page to learn how to avoid problems with handling fireworks this Independence Day.

You can also check out the info in the picture.

Jake's Fireworks

Pool Collapse

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

That's a whole lot of water!

If you like to cool off during these HOT days be careful that you don't end up like this guy.

Hopefully all that water didn't go into a basement!

Grill Safety

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

"When the warmer weather hits, there's nothing better than the smell of food on the grill."

It's getting to be grilling season and the weather is heating up!

Check out the link below to check out some interesting statistics about grilling and also some great safety tips for the summer.

National Fire Protection Association Grilling Safety

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