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Tips To Prevent Frozen Pipes.

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Northwest Missouri is no stranger to single digit and subzero temperatures. Our friends over at consumerreports.org have put together a helpful guide to help prevent burst pipes this winter. If you weren't able to prevent a burst pipe, remember that SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond is "Here To Help"!

How to Beat the Freeze

Once the temperature starts dropping outside, you should take measures inside to keep your pipes warm and water running. Research conducted by the Building Research Council at the University of Illinois shows that the “temperature alert threshold” is 20° F, especially if you have uninsulated pipes running through an uninsulated space.  

Some of the steps experts recommend may go against your better instincts of conserving water and heat, but the extra expense is nothing compared with a hefty repair bill. Here’s what to do:

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, especially if your sinks are on an exterior wall. (If you have small children, be sure to remove any harmful cleaners and household chemicals.)

Let the cold water drip from a 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 during day and night. Again, during a cold snap is not the time to set back the thermostat at night to save a few bucks on your heating bill.

If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

For the long term, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas. And to prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and at sill plates, where the house rests on its foundation.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, you may well have a frozen pipe. “If you suspect the pipes are frozen, be careful when thawing them out because if the pipe has already burst, the water will come flowing out and flood your home,” says John Galeotafiore, who oversees Consumer Reports’ testing of home products and power gear.

If a pipe has broken, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve, which is usually at the water meter or where the main line enters the house. If the water is still running and no pipes have burst, you can take the following steps. (Of course, if you suspect a more serious problem, call a plumber.)

Turn on the faucet. As you heat the frozen pipe and the ice plug begins to melt, you want the water to be able to flow through. Running water through the pipe, as cold as it is, 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, or a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. As tempting as it may be, do not use a blowtorch, a kerosene or propane heater, a charcoal stove, or any device with an open flame; the high heat can damage the pipes or even start a fire.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. Check all other faucets in your home to see whether you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Call a licensed plumber if you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe.\

From Floors To Ceilings, We Can Clean It All!

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond is known as a leader in the carpet cleaning industry. But did you know that in addition to carpets, we offer a wide range of other cleaning services? Some services we provide include general cleanings which can include everything from cleaning walls and appliances, to customer content or duct work cleaning that not only can improve your heating and cooling efficiency but improve the quality of air you and your family breathe. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond also has the equipment and expertise to deodorize and get rid of pesky smells from smoke odor to pet odor and everything in between. We also offer post construction cleanings to get your home back in prime condition after remodeling or general construction. We utilize industry leading technology, equipment and training to provide you a level of clean that stands out from the rest. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond is "Here To Help®!"

Commercial PTAC/HVAC Cleaning

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond had the opportunity to show off their commercial PTAC (Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner) skills recently at a local hotel in Bethany Missouri. We were able to perform our cleaning services in-room to provide a fast and hassle free experience. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond has the capability to handle anything from AC unit cleanings to entire residential and commercial duct work cleanings. We use industry leading equipment and training to get your HVAC system in top shape. A clean HVAC system not only can improve heating and cooling efficiency but it improves the quality of air that your family, employees, or customers breathe. Commercial or residential, our expert technicians have the knowledge and training to handle any of your HVAC/PTAC cleaning needs.

Tis' the Season

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

The holiday season is in full swing. Here at SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond we know how devastating a fire can be to your home and family. Here are a few tips to keep you safe this holiday season:

  • Turn all lights off when unattended
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  •  Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.

Source: nfpa.org

24 Hour Emergency Service in Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond and surrounding areas.

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond 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 - 660 240-5105

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 Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond 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 Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond 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.

For Immediate Service in Chilicothe, Cameron, Richmond and surrounding areas.

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Chillicothe, Cameron, and Richmond provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in our area. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry 
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

HAVE QUESTIONS? Call Us 24/7 - 660 -240-5105

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

FASTER TO ANY DISASTER!!

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Chillicothe, Cameron, and Richmond provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in your home or business today. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 660-240-5105

Residential Services

Whether your  home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:http://www.SERVPROchillicothecameronrichmond.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Worried about Mold?

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Worried about Mold? Don't over think the health risks of Mold!

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. 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.

 Common Health problems caused by Mold!

  • Chronic Sinus Problems
  • Nosebleeds
  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  • Mold-Induced Asthma
  • Skin Infections
  • Neurological Problems

We here at SERVPRO of Chillicothe, Cameron, and Richmond want to take away your worries. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Don't wait!! Call SERVPRO of Chillicothe, Cameron, and Richmond today!

Smoke Damage and Odor!

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Damage and Odor! Smoke 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 Chillicothe, Cameron, and Richmond 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 – SERVPRO of Chillicothe, Cameron, and Richmond is here for your 24/7 660-240-5105

Storm season is upon us!!

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm season is upon us!! Get prepared now!

With winter closing to an end and warmer weather around the corner makes everyone excited! Everyone is looking forward to the trees blossoming the smell of burgers on the grill, but there's that one thing most overlook that comes along with the beautiful weather. Storms! Storm season can have a heavy impact on communities. Between the high winds, tornadoes, lightning strikes, and heavy downpours there is always risk for several issues.

  • Flooding
  • Roof leaks/damage
  • blown out or broken windows from debris
  • severe damage from lightning

SERVPRO of Chillicothe, Cameron, & Richmond is here for you in these worrisome times. We have the ability to respond quick and help you through these times. We encourage all our followers and customers to take the precautions to prevent major damages  to your home.

In the event that a tragedy does happen to you, Call us!!!