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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)

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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!

The Steady Climb of Severe Weather Cost

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of St. Joseph to start the restoration process.

We all made it through 2020, and after a year like that, this is something to be celebrated! 2020 brought some of the most record-setting weather disasters. Of all the years in history for which we have data, 2020 was the most financially destructive.

Disasters are defined as events that cause at least a billion dollars in damages! And in 2020, we saw 22 of these severe weather disasters, 14 of which were from severe thunderstorms. The season was so active that the NWS had to refer to the Greek alphabet just to name all of the storms that came our way.

Severe Storms Can Change Quickly

Hurricanes have always been known as one of nature’s most powerful storms, but even still, the severe storms are starting to catch up. In fact, the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes.

In 2020, we had 22 official weather disasters, and 14 of these were severe thunderstorms, some of which produced tornadoes. Thunderstorms become severe when there’s a chance of hail and strong winds, and while we hear it often, we seem to forget just how quickly it can change.

Eastern Nebraska knows how quickly it can change because in August 2020, there seemed to be a typical line of thunderstorms that exploded into something called a derecho (think of something like a tornado, but with straight-line winds instead of swirling ones, combined with a heavy thunderstorm). This potent storm destroyed more than 10 million acres of corn fields, almost half the state’s corn crop—that’s over 11% of the entire country’s corn fields.

In St. Joseph, we know how severe and dangerous tornadoes can be! The last major ER-2 tornado happened in 2017 and left a small community in pieces.

Higher, Higher, Higher Costs

Severe weather is steadily climbing to catch up with the financial burdens of hurricanes! 2020 was the 10th consecutive year with at least eight billion-dollar disasters.

During 2018 and 2019, there was a combined total of $136 billion in damages. And the year 2017 set the highest total on record with a total of over $300 billion.

Thunderstorms can become severe and disastrous in a matter of only minutes, so as a home or business owner, it’s essential to take whatever precautions are possible to minimize damage to your property and take care of your loved ones.

Like the year 2020, we know that drama arises and no matter how much you try to prepare, it’s not always going to work in your favor! If you happen to have damage, it’s important to know you’ve got a friend in the restoration industry whose goal it is to recover your valued items and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

The Steady Climb of Severe Weather Cost

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

a large yellow warning sign stating that there is stormy weather ahead Yield sign Warning

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of St. Joseph to start the restoration process.

We all made it through 2020, and after a year like that, this is something to be celebrated! 2020 brought some of the most record-setting weather disasters. Of all the years in history for which we have data, 2020 was the most financially destructive.

Disasters are defined as events that cause at least a billion dollars in damages! And in 2020, we saw 22 of these severe weather disasters, 14 of which were from severe thunderstorms. The season was so active that the NWS had to refer to the Greek alphabet just to name all of the storms that came our way.

Severe Storms Can Change Quickly

Hurricanes have always been known as one of nature’s most powerful storms, but even still, the severe storms are starting to catch up. In fact, the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes.

In 2020, we had 22 official weather disasters, and 14 of these were severe thunderstorms, some of which produced tornadoes. Thunderstorms become severe when there’s a chance of hail and strong winds, and while we hear it often, we seem to forget just how quickly it can change.

Eastern Nebraska knows how quickly it can change because in August 2020, there seemed to be a typical line of thunderstorms that exploded into something called a derecho (think of something like a tornado, but with straight-line winds instead of swirling ones, combined with a heavy thunderstorm). This potent storm destroyed more than 10 million acres of corn fields, almost half the state’s corn crop—that’s over 11% of the entire country’s corn fields.

In St. Joseph, we know how severe and dangerous tornadoes can be! The last major ER-2 tornado happened in 2017 and left a small community in pieces.

Higher, Higher, Higher Costs

Severe weather is steadily climbing to catch up with the financial burdens of hurricanes! 2020 was the 10th consecutive year with at least eight billion-dollar disasters.

During 2018 and 2019, there was a combined total of $136 billion in damages. And the year 2017 set the highest total on record with a total of over $300 billion.

Thunderstorms can become severe and disastrous in a matter of only minutes, so as a home or business owner, it’s essential to take whatever precautions are possible to minimize damage to your property and take care of your loved ones.

Like the year 2020, we know that drama arises and no matter how much you try to prepare, it’s not always going to work in your favor! If you happen to have damage, it’s important to know you’ve got a friend in the restoration industry whose goal it is to recover your valued items and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

Why Should You Choose SERVPRO? | SERVPRO® of St. Joseph

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

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When you experience damage to your home for one reason or another, you logically want to entrust your restoration to an experienced team of professional restoration experts. But how can you choose the right team?

You’ll want to consider a number of factors, including whether the restoration provider has specialized expertise related to your specific type of home damage. It’s also important to know whether they’re available 247, or if there will be any type of delay in accessing services.

We think that when you consider our offerings alongside other restoration providers, you’ll see that SERVPRO stands apart. But let’s talk more about why that is.

Why You Might Need Restoration

Whether you’ve just moved into your home or have been there a while, damage to your personal refuge is the last thing you want to think about. But it’s incredibly common.

In fact, the Insurance Information Institute reports that one out of every 350 American homeowners will file a fire-related claim this year.

And that’s just one type of home damage! In total, one out of every 20 American homeowners will file some type of claim this year, whether related to fire, water damage or even a tree falling on the home.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart

When you partner with SERVPRO to restore your home from damage, you can rest assured in knowing that we have access to the latest technologies and techniques. We’re available 247 when damage occurs, so you never have to wait to get the restoration process underway.

But we think that our people are what truly sets us apart!

Our team of technicians is trained in the ins and outs of restoration for all types of damage. That includes when you have multiple types of damage, such as when water damage leads to mold or when putting out a fire leads to smoke or water damage.

To prepare for this type of restoration, our technicians go through both internal SERVPRO-specific training and obtain specialized certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. The IICRC is the industry standard for best practices related to restoration.

That means your home is being restored by a team that’s truly the best of the best.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

IICRC Certified Firm

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

5 men standing in front of a building Our IICRC Certified Crew

SERVPRO of St. Joseph 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 St. Joseph

SERVPRO of St. Joseph 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.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Flooding and water damage events at  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 St. Joseph

SERVPRO of St. Joseph 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.

Use Home Maintenance to Protect Your Home Against Rainwater Damage | SERVPRO® of St. Joseph

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water Use Home Maintenance to Protect Your Home Against Rainwater Damage | SERVPRO® of St. Joseph

Use Home Maintenance to Protect Your Home Against Rainwater Damage | SERVPRO® of St. Joseph

Here’s something to consider. If you have to file a water damage claim in 2021, you won’t be alone.

We know this by using some simple math. According to insurance industry experts, about one in every 50 Americans will need water damage restoration this year.

That translates into millions of American families and homeowners. Depending on your neighborhood, that means several people you know may file a claim soon.

Many people know that flash flooding, strong thunderstorms or interior accidents (like a burst pipe or malfunctioning washing machine) can produce enough water to damage your home.

Heavy rains probably aren’t at the top of your list. But they can be a real problem for homeowners. And if your home is not properly maintained, these rains can cause costly damage.

Prevent Rainwater Damage to Your Home

Basic guidelines for home maintenance can help you manage your water damage risk. These simple tips can really make a difference.

Explore sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. It’s definitely worth considering.

Add native plants to your shopping list. If you do a little homework, the flowers and shrubs you use to help you landscape your home and add curb appeal can also become an added layer of protection. Native plants can help. Talk to a local expert about native plants or visit a native plant sale.

Consider the way your yard drains. Knowing how your yard drains is key to protecting your home. If the water in your yard drains toward your home, then you may want to connect with a landscaping expert. They can help you find ways to protect your yard.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.