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10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Breaking Down Defensible Space | SERVPRO® of St. Joseph

Wildfires are dangerous, unpredictable and hard to stop! They are a big cause of property damage, probably more so than most of us realize.

The reason they can spread at alarming rates is because of the combustible materials that we have in our world. It truly is a wonder that firefighters can get these things stopped at all.

Because wildfires are becoming more common, it’s important to take steps to limit their occurrence. This can be as simple as being more careful.

But there are also more complex steps you can implement, such as defensible space.

Protecting Your Home

“Defensible space” is a buffer area that you can create around your home. You can do this by removing anything that can feed a wildfire—for instance, dead trees or leaves.

You can also use elements such as flame-resistant gravel in your landscaping to help lower your chances of being affected.

Defensible space can be thought of as a barrier of protection that is designed to protect your home from wildfires, and it gives firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it takes over your home.

Defensible space is effective enough that many cities and states require its use. Even when it’s not required, though, it’s still a good idea.

Wildfires on the Rise

Wildfires can and do happen anywhere. There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020.

And while California did account for 10,000+ of that number, the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was right under 1,000. Last year, here in Missouri, we had 1,090 wildfires, burning 17,940 acres of land.

Because of that, it’s important to do everything we can to limit the risk. Defensible space is one way to do that.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

Breaking Down Defensible Space

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of St. Joseph is ready and able to repair any damage.

Breaking Down Defensible Space | SERVPRO® of St. Joseph

Wildfires are dangerous, unpredictable and hard to stop! They are a big cause of property damage, probably more so than most of us realize.

The reason they can spread at alarming rates is because of the combustible materials that we have in our world. It truly is a wonder that firefighters can get these things stopped at all.

Because wildfires are becoming more common, it’s important to take steps to limit their occurrence. This can be as simple as being more careful.

But there are also more complex steps you can implement, such as defensible space.

Protecting Your Home

“Defensible space” is a buffer area that you can create around your home. You can do this by removing anything that can feed a wildfire—for instance, dead trees or leaves.

You can also use elements such as flame-resistant gravel in your landscaping to help lower your chances of being affected.

Defensible space can be thought of as a barrier of protection that is designed to protect your home from wildfires, and it gives firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it takes over your home.

Defensible space is effective enough that many cities and states require its use. Even when it’s not required, though, it’s still a good idea.

Wildfires on the Rise

Wildfires can and do happen anywhere. There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020.

And while California did account for 10,000+ of that number, the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was right under 1,000. Last year, here in Missouri, we had 1,090 wildfires, burning 17,940 acres of land.

Because of that, it’s important to do everything we can to limit the risk. Defensible space is one way to do that.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

Why SERVPRO Stands Apart

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of St. Joseph is your local restoration expert.

Why SERVPRO Stands Apart | SERVPRO® of St. Joseph

Your job as homeowner or business owner is to make sure things are running smoothly while managing morale and resources. This is your primary goal.

However, when disaster strikes, your life can be flipped on its head. Brand-new responsibilities land in your lap and you feel the need to shift into a role you may not have been ready—or qualified—to do.

The crisis affects everyone and the focus of recovery takes over, but it doesn’t have to be your job. Disaster recovery is our specialty.

Here is why you can expect SERVPRO to show up for you when disaster strikes.

We’re at the Ready—Always

You can expect us 247. If the house is full of water from a busted pipe or there is a fire at the office, you need a team that can be there at a moment’s notice.

Our team stays ready so we don’t have to get ready when a crisis occurs.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

Every second counts in an emergency situation. Our team knows this better than anyone.

The more time that goes by before restoration efforts begin, there is a greater chance for more mold growth, more smoke smell or more water damage. A quick response is essential, and you’ll receive the nationally recognized powerhouse service of our SERVPRO network as well as the speed and care of a local service.

We’re Trained to Handle Residential and Commercial Services

Disaster can strike anywhere, anytime to homes and businesses alike.

Our custom solutions are ready for any situation, and we can have your property ready to resume normal activity as soon as possible.

We Offer the Services You Need in a Changing World

Our world changed drastically because of COVID-19, making disease prevention more valuable than ever before. Our cleaning services go beyond the standard janitorial services and can give you and your customers greater peace of mind in your business.

Some disasters are natural, others are accidental, but unfortunately it happens almost everyone. Pipes can burst, fires start, storms move in—it happens sometimes. When it does, we’re here to help.

Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO of St. Joseph.

Summer Storms & Staying Safe

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of St. Joseph is on the line, ready to make things right.

Summer Storms & Staying Safe | SERVPRO® of St. Joseph

Summer is almost unofficially over, but the hot days aren’t. We are wrapping up vacations or enjoying the last few days of the pool or beach and soaking up the sunshine.

But while sunny days seem to be the norm, there’s a lot of rain, too. Some say that summer time causes more storms, and it’s totally true.

In most parts of the country, there are atmospheric conditions that create moisture and warm air, which helps create thunderstorms.

Here locally, we’re no exception, and our rainiest months occur during the spring and summer.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Yes, wetter weather is a common part of summer, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat it with the same respect that you would any other weather event. Make sure to pay attention to weather alerts and reschedule outdoor events if you need to.

By keeping up with weather alerts you can stay prepared. Purchasing an NOAA Weather radio means you can still receive alerts even if there is no power.

While flooding is always possible, it’s not very predictable, so if you feel there’s a chance for it to happen, you should make plans to stay home and stay dry. Extreme storms can also bring about high winds that cause flying debris to damage your property.

Dozens of people die every year because of storm-related accidents. By staying alert and keeping up with yard maintenance, you can help reduce your risk of danger.

Keeping Your Family Safe

Lightning can strike up to 10 miles from the nearest drop of rain, so if you see lightning, it’s best to get indoors. And stay indoors until you haven’t heard thunder for at least thirty minutes.

Take extra precautions inside the home by staying away from windows. Also, stay away from water by avoiding baths or showers.

In case of tornadoes or flooding, make sure you keep an emergency kit prepared and in safe reach. Know your evacuation route so that you don’t have to figure it out at the last minute.

Flooding can be extremely dangerous, so make sure you stay off the roads. Travel can be dangerous especially considering that it only takes two foot of water to carry your vehicle away.

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

The Most Common Sources of Water Leaks in the Home

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of St. Joseph team if you are dealing with any water damage.

The Most Common Sources of Water Leaks in the Home | SERVPRO® of St. Joseph

Water disasters can be particularly challenging because they can affect so many parts of your home. When water infiltrates a home, whether slowly through a leak or quickly through a burst pipe, it can damage more than simply the structure of the home. Furniture, cloths, appliances—anything in your home is susceptible to water damage if you experience a water disaster.

Knowing how water can enter your home can help you prevent water disasters. Here are a few common sources of water damage:

Seals on faucets. Generally, faucets are fairly durable and should last 10 to 20 years before needing replacement. However, seals on faucets can degrade over time and fail. They usually start with a slow drip, and if not addressed, can manifest into a bigger problem.

Appliances. Water heaters, washing machines and dishwashers are three of the most leak-prone appliances. The water connections in these items tend to corrode over time, creating opportunity for leaks, spills—and in the case of water heaters, flat-out explosions.

Roof problems. Roof systems are designed and constructed specifically to provide protection to your home from weather. Besides sunshine, water is the most important item that a good roof system should repel. Dips and valleys on your roof are designed to channel water into gutters and down downspouts. Properly sized and debris-free gutters are key to moving water off the roof. Construction errors during shingle installation are not common, but do happen.

Drain lines mixed with sewer lines. This is uncommon for new construction over the last 50 years. However, older houses occasionally had drain and sewer lines interconnected. If your home is 50 years or older, investigate to make sure the drains are properly separated

Clogged drains. Excess food (or the wrong kind of food) can clog disposals, and hair and oil can clog drains and other pipes. Plunging too much or too hard can cause loose fittings to give way, spilling water under your sink.

Keeping up with the state of your systems that control water flow is the first step to avoiding a major water disaster. Periodic inspection of these systems can detect the signs of a pending leak. If you can catch the signs of wear before a leak occurs, you can save yourself a big headache.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

Home Organization

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

cabinet with bins for storage Decluttering Strategies

Hone Your Decluttering Strategy

Organizing your home bit by bit means you can avoid the overwhelm that comes with an hours-long decluttering marathon. To get started, choose a room and select one simple task to complete. Set a timer for 15 minutes and get as much done as you can within that time. If you don't finish the project, start the timer over or come back to it later.

Chip Away at Clutter

Identify your biggest clutter issue, whether that's magazines and mail, kids' gear, or another type of item. Spend a few minutes every day, or every few days, tackling this project. As you sort through the accumulated items, determine what can be tossed, recycled, donated, or stored elsewhere. Then sort everything that's left into categories and bring in organizers to neatly contain the items.

Categorize Pantry Items

Target a category of pantry items that tends to remain jumbled and difficult to access. Focus on a single pantry staple, such as baking supplies, breakfast foods, or snacks, instead of trying to reorganize the entire system. Use bins and baskets to organize similar items, and label your containers so you know what goes where when you're unloading your next round of groceries.

 Separate Bathroom Supplies

Extra bottles of shampoo and other spare toiletries can easily get lost under your bathroom sink. To avoid purchasing more of what you already have, try professional organizer Laura Leist's "shop from home strategy." Store your excess products elsewhere, such as in a linen closet or in a basket on a shelf, and check your inventory before you go shopping.

Store First Aid Supplies

Store first aid supplies in a caddy or tray to keep your closet tidy and make it easy to carry the whole kit anywhere in the house. A utensil tray works well for corralling bandages, ointments, and first aid supplies in different compartments. Clip on file tabs to identify what goes where.

If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, reach out to the SERVPRO of St. Joseph team.

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

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A Level of Cleaning You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of St. Joseph

At one time, most metropolitan areas, including those in our area, were hotspots for COVID-19, but now the country is experiencing a major turnaround. Everyone has high hopes that “real life” or “normalcy” is around the corner.

Cleaning can cost your company time and loss of revenue, and with the hassle of trying to meet CDC requirements, you might become overwhelmed quickly. Let our technicians at SERVPRO take this worry off your plate.

Turn to a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program gives you, your employees and your customers peace of mind by sanitizing and cleaning your facility.

Having a clean home or business can make all the difference in the world, but double that feeling. Add in our advanced biohazard techniques and technologies that go beyond the traditional cleaning and janitorial services, and you will rest easy.

What makes our program different than others? Here’s how the program works:

Consult. First things first, we’ll sit and communicate. What specifics does your company require? We help you figure this out, and since SERVPRO of St. Joseph is locally owned and operated, we are already in tune with the intricacies and needs of the area.

Clean. Once the specifics have been ironed out, we get started on the fun. When our technicians show up, they are armed with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions that you won’t find anywhere else. By using this type of products, we give your building the clean of a lifetime, always adhering to (or exceeding)CDC standards.

Certify. Once our work is done, you can proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield on your front window or door. This badge proves to potential and current customers that you have gone to great lengths to ensure their well-being is your up most priority. You’ll also have access to a digital emblem that can be placed on your website and other parts of your digital presence, including social media.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Warmer Weather and Fire Safety Precautions | SERVPRO® of St. Joseph

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Bonfire Crackle

Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of St. Joseph to learn more.

It was a cold, cold winter this year, so many people have been looking forward to the warmer months for some time now. Warmer months typically bring people outdoors more, lounging around and enjoying that life has slowed down a little.

When you think of warmer days, you don’t typically think of fires, but believe it or not, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year. While the risk is high, you can take precautions that will help.

What exactly should you pay attention to? These three areas are a good place to begin:

The grill. The grill tends to get lots of notice about being a fire risk and for good reason—it’s one of the most common ones. Grills create the perfect combination of flames, heat, grease and gas, which can make things escalate quickly. So what can you do to be proactive? Verify that the grill is in good working condition, have it placed at least three feet away from everything and clean it before each use. Cleaning the grill before each use is really important because almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

Fire pits. There’s nothing better than sitting around the fire pit, having conversations with friends and having the kids run and play! While it seems like a no-brainer, oftentimes things happen in a instant, so be sure to never leave your kids unattended around the fire. It’s also important to keep a bucket of water nearby or have a hose that’s handy. You should never add leaves or pine needles to the fire, and finally, put the fire out slowly to avoid scattering embers.

Chimneys and dryer vents. Yearly maintenance on your home is crucial, and the warmer months present a great time to get it done. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned out on a regular basis to help avoid a dangerous buildup of ashes. Another maintenance tip is to clean your dryer vent pipes for trapped lint, since it can build up even if you always clean out the lint trap.

If you encounter fire damage, no matter the cause, we have technicians on hand 247! Our trained technicians will be there fast and have it cleaned up soon. Contact SERVPRO of St. Joseph today to experience the SERVPRO difference.

How Can I Tell if Water Is Damaging My Basement?

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

a grey basement showing signs of water damage Wet Basement

SERVPRO of St. Joseph is a full restoration company. Our team of experts are on call and ready to help you determine the best course of action.

A basement is a much-enjoyed part of many homes in the area. Families love them because they can provide extra living space or be used for storing seasonal items or things that haven’t been unpacked from a move. Not to mention they can serve as an ersatz storm shelter in an emergency situation.

Whatever the configuration of one’s basement, it’s important to realize that there’s one common problem among basements. Because they’re dug out from the ground, they have a tendency to become damp, and they’re a common place for water from household leaks to end up.

You may not ever encounter serious damage in your basement, but you should be aware that it’s a real possibility, and you should make yourself knowledgeable of the warning signs, should you ever come across them. Let’s take a look at some of the more common signs of a wet basement.

The Top Signs of Water Damage in a Basement

Unpleasant, musky odors. The smell often associated with basements is actually an indicator of a problem. Water coming in settles and bacteria begin to form, creating that not-so-lovely basement scent. This smell will only arise when mold and mildew are present in the environment, and while these are often hard to see because mold doesn’t present visually right away, they are easy to smell, and it’s a smell on which you should act.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. If interior paint is cracking, bubbling or flaking, there’s likely water behind it. Even waterproof paint, while it may take longer to show, will eventually not be able to hold back a serious problem (and by the time an issue does manifest, it may have already become a more serious one). Don’t ignore this one as just a sign of age—look for leaks and prevent further damage.

Foundational cracks. If cracks show up in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls, they could be indicators of a more serious issue—a cracked foundation. While houses do shift over time, a legitimate crack is not normal and must be addressed right away. A leak under your floor could cause a fault line in your foundation, which puts additional pressure on your home’s structure, resulting in the interior cracks described earlier. Bottom line: If there are cracks, there could be a foundation crack resulting from a big leak.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

What Makes a Thunderstorm “Severe”?

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of St. Joseph if you experience any damage.

Missouri is no stranger to inclement weather, especially thunderstorms. These types of storms typically come our way in the spring and summer months.

Many thunderstorms can pass through our area without much notice or damage, but others are quite capable of causing serious damage to property and people. But how do you know how threatening these storms will be? A simple distinction in the forecast: “severe.”

A thunderstorm watch or warning means that a storm is coming that has thunder and lightning. A severe thunderstorm watch or warning means that you can expect thunder and lightning, as well as hail that is at least one inch in diameter and straight-line winds that register as at least 58 miles per hour.

The Differences Between a Thunderstorm and a Severe Thunderstorm

Lightning strikes. Lightning is certainly one of the most dangerous parts of a thunderstorm, being responsible for injury to people (reportedly 300 injuries every year) and damage to property. Lightning is able to start house fires and strike and fell trees onto permanent structures. Because thunder is a result of lightning, you can’t have one without the other, so if you hear thunder, there will be lightning within a 15-mile radius.

Hail damage. Hail that is associated with severe thunderstorms has to be at least one inch or larger, but hail has the ability to grow to softball size under the right conditions! Given the size and speed at which it falls, hail is able to cause considerable damage. If cars are uncovered, pets or people are exposed to the elements, and shingles and siding are impacted, the damage could be very serious.

Flash flooding. While it would be logical to believe that flooding isn’t possible in non-designated flood plains, flash floods are possible anywhere under the right conditions: heavy rain, clogged storm drains, overfilled roadside ditches and other hazards. Flooded roadways are extremely susceptible to hydroplaning, flood damage to vehicles, and even taking a car away with the tide.

Thunderstorms can cause damage to businesses and homes that require professional recovery assistance. As a leader in the restoration industry, we are committed to helping you get your property back to pre-storm condition. Contact us to find out how we can help!