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Vandalism and Graffiti Cleaning

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today 660-240-5105

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Professionals will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, they can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Their highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents cleaning

If you have additional questions about any of these services please don't hesitate to reach out to your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise today at 660-240-5105. 

Commercial Cleaning

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Whether you need cleaning for a commercial office or require industrial cleaning services, your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Professional can help. You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office or warehouse. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Professional. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond  Professionals to make your workspace or warehouse look its very best.

They will get the job done right and get it done quickly, because the SERVPRO Advantage includes these benefits:

  • Award-winning training
  • Over 40 years’ experience in the industry
  • More than 100 exclusive cleaning products

Have Questions? Call Today 660-240-5105

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward to provide your employees and customers ongoing safety as you operate after the COVID-19 pandemic. As America’s #1 cleanup and restoration brand, we have developed a program that is grounded in our 3 C’s – Consult, Clean and Certify. Visit our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned page and let us show you how we can make your building safer and ready to get back to business.

What color is mold?

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Many people ask the question: IS Black Mold Really Black?

If you come across blackish looking mold in your Missouri home, there is a chance it could be "Black Mold." The Latin official name for this organism is Stachybotrys chartarum; if you can pronounce that, you already know more about it than most individuals.

There are many thousands of mold species known, and the list only grows longer with each passing year. Black mold specifically is one of about a dozen that is commonly found within structural environments. The colors vary and do not hint at levels of toxicity or health effects. Most are harmless, posing very low threat to people.

Another common question is: Should you believe what you read about black mold?

We suggest the saying about the internet--"I read it there, so it must be true," is of course often fallacious. There is no need to panic or feel uncomfortable upon discovering a mold stain in your Missouri bathroom or basement. Speak to a reparable firm about your concerns.

Our Advice to You

  • Call SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond for a visual inspection of your home
    • Visible mold can be sent for testing
    • Air samples can also be sent to a third-party laboratory for spore identification and volume
    • Testing is a personal decision, though we find little merit in testing. If you see mold, you have mold. Remediation is the answer.
    • Store-bought testing kits are not a good idea, they are inaccurate, and the treatments remain the same
    • Call SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond first at 660-240-5105.

Sewer back up or toilet overflow?

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

If your sewer backs up or your toilet overflows call us today to help at 660-240-5105.

There are three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business. Contact us immediately if you experience this kind of loss at SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond 660-240-5105.

Professionally Trained Cleaning & Restoration Specialists

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Initial Franchise Training

A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new Franchise owners and covers many restoration topics:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation

E-Learnings

All of our staff has access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a Franchise's employees. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.

At SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond we go over an beyond to train those who want to advance so that we are the experts in the industry.

Storm Damage and item restoration

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

It can be hard to prepare for storms. Inclement weather and heavy rains can occur when you least expect it and cause severe damage to your home or business. Our SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs team understands how important it is to get to work as quickly as possible after suffering from storm damage. That is why we offer a quick 24-hour emergency response, no matter rain or sunshine! If you have any questions or are in need of an emergency response, don't hesitate and give our SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs team a call today!

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – 660-240-5105

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Springs specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our, “restore” versus “replace,” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

If you have questions on item restoration after a storm please reach out to SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond and we will be happy to help. Contact us at 660-240-5105.

Commercial Business

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

As a business owner in Chillicothe Missouri, I understand the need of quick response to minimize business interruption. You don’t have time to worry about a fire or water loss. You’re worried about the clients that are counting on you to provide them with the services you promised them. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond is also a local company who wants to provide you with the best service. We have state of the art equipment and experienced personnel that can have your business ready for clients quickly. In most cases your clientele and staff can continue using your facility during the cleanup process. We keep our areas clean and can even provide containments and privacy for the affected areas to keep people out and safe during the cleaning process. Contact us today with any questions at 660-240-5105.

  • 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

Have Questions? Call Today –(660) 240-5105.

Leading restoration technology and techniques

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

The past few decades have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Franchise Professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of practical standards that incorporate the field of psychometry, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation

Water Extraction Equipment

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond has the knowledge and training to help get the job done correctly. Reach out with any questions at 660- 240-5105. We are always here to help!

Post Storm Microbial Growth

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it almost impossible to remove all mold 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 on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. Often times after a storm or water loss.
  • 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.

Reach out to SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond at 816-240-5105 today if you feel you may have a mold issue that needs immediate attention.

Regardless of the season Storms can hit

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Winter storms sweep across the country, knocking out power for millions of people as it dumped snow and ice in places where such perilously frigid conditions tend to arrive just once in a generation. Officials in several states urged residents to stay home, avoiding highways and roads that have become treacherous. Cars and trucks were seen skidding into one another and off the pavement entirely, prompting local law enforcement to respond to hundreds of calls at a time. In total, roughly 150 million Americans were under some form of winter storm warning over the last few weeks. Snow coated the sand on the Gulf Coast beaches, and enough had fallen in Texas for people to go sledding. In fact, at one point, it was colder in some parts of West Texas than it was in Alaska! Sustaining storm damage to your home or commercial business can be a complicated endeavor. Not only is structural damage a possibility, but water and electrical damage are too. Working with the right cleanup and restoration company can make all the difference in your recovery process. As storm repercussions continue to get more severe and complex, knowing you are in good hands every step of the way is invaluable?which is why SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond is here to earn your trust. So why should you count on SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond to handle your storm damage? We are active in your community and in our industry. SERVPRO® has been helping communities recover from disasters, both large and small, for many years and we are proud of the reputation we have built as an industry leader. Secondly, we have the expandable resources to handle any size disaster. No matter how much of an area is impacted by a water, fire, or storm event, you can count on SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond to help get your property back to its preloss condition. Because we have a national network of franchises, we can call for backup when needed to ensure we can scale our resources with exceptional service. Lastly, we will respond to you quickly anytime day or night, 365 days a year. We understand how devastating it is to discover damage to your property, which is why we guarantee a prompt response no matter when you need us. As soon as you call our 24/7 National Call Center or your local franchise directly, we will begin assembling a team and dispatching them to you as quickly as possible. 

Product Spotlight

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Why take the risk? Call a SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professional. Working to make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPROXIDE™is an EPA registered, stabilized chlorine dioxide-based disinfectant and sanitizer. It carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating, requires no PPE for general purpose use, and is safe to use everyday. It is designed to kill harmful bacteria, viruses and mold on hard surfaces and is an effective sanitizer for soft surfaces. Based on CDC cleaning guidelines, SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond recommends cleaning with SERVPROXIDE™ on high touch surfaces like computers, registers, tables and counters, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, and toilets on a daily basis. Ask your local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professional today about SERVPROXIDE™ and how it can help keep you, your employees, and your customers safe from deadly viruses. Contact 660.240.5105 with any questions or for additional information today.

Prepare for a loss with your pets in mind

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Pets are just as important as any family member to most people, so why would you not make them a part of your preparedness planning? There are several things you can do to make sure they stay safe during an emergency. Pet Emergency Kit Ready.gov/animals lists the below items as essential to building your Pet Emergency Kit. Food: At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container. Water: At least three days of water specifically for your pets. Medicines and medical records. Important documents. Registration information, adoption papers and vaccination documents. Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database. First aid kit: Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea too. Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash. Crate or pet carrier. Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.  Pet litter and litter box if appropriate: newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household supplies. A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you. Add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics. Familiar items. Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet. Evacuations While practicing fire escape or evacuation plans, be sure to include pets. If an evacuation happens, don’t leave pets behind as they can be lost or injured. Identification Microchipping pets is a great way to locate them. Most veterinary clinics and shelters have scanners that will read the microchip information to help find a pet’s owners. Be sure to take four-legged friends into consideration when planning for emergencies. Visit ready.gov/ animals for further tips and safety precautions to think about. If you have further questions feel free to reach out to SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond at 660.240.5105.

Water and Fire Loss does not discriminate

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

When fire or water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That’s why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond is so important. Just go to SERVPROchillicothecameronrichmond.com on your mobile phone or call 1-660-240-5105 to get the team that’s faster to any size disaster. We are a leader in giving control back to homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities after the ravaging effects of water or fire. So whether you are responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000 – be ready for the worst with the very best: Your trusted, local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professionals. We are always here to help!

Cooking equipment is the leading cause for residential fires.

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As the holiday wraps up and we roll into Summer you may find yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family. Fire precautions should be top of mind. A property owner experiences a flood of emotions when a fire ravages their business or home. Fear, uncertainty, stress, and doubt about the future of the property and their livelihood can be overwhelming to the property owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let your local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professionals help you restore it to its preloss condition. Combining rapid response, the utmost professionalism, and open communication throughout the entire job process, we strive to restore not only the home or business structure, but the customer’s peace of mind. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following eye-opening statistics on structure fires: more than one-quarter (27%) of reported fires occurred in homes within the last year. Even worse, 79% of fire-related deaths were caused by home fires. On average, U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated average of 354,400 home structure fires per year resulting in $6.9 billion in direct property damage. Most home fires and fire casualties result from five causes: cooking, heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials. If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes your home or business, give the experts at your local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise a call. We will help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Spring Cleaning

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

April showers bring May flowers and also a good chance to get in some spring cleaning! Spring is a great time to sweep those winter blues away and freshen up your environment. Your local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond professionals can help. In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professionals are trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal. Other services to help with your spring cleaning include upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, and deodorization. A clean environment is a healthy environment. Improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, do not worry! Your local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond has all the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time! 

National Volunteer Month

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, 2021. The theme is: The Value of One, The Power of Many, which reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals and the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose. This past year, we have seen people supporting family, friends, neighbors, and strangers, people standing up for their beliefs, and people sharing insights on how to create a more just and equitable society. "We recognize the value of the caring and compassion that each one has shown another, and we recognize the power of people, organizations, and sectors working together," according to The International Year of Volunteers. The 2021 theme beautifully reflects the individual and collective efforts we have seen during the pandemic, and it sets the tone for re-imagining the next 20 years as the value of one act and the power of many enables us to thrive together. 

Response time on a water loss is critical

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including holidays.

We are here when you need us.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and get absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond has the ability to arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call us at 660-240-5105

A Water Damage Timeline

After a loss

Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.


Hours 1 - 24:

Drywall begins to swell and break down.
Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
Furniture begins to swell and crack.
Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
A musty odor appears.


48 Hours to 72 hours:

Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
Metal begins to rust and corrode.
Furniture warps and could show signs of microbial growth.
Paint begins to blister.
Wood flooring swells and warps.
Serious bio-hazard contamination is possible.


More Than 1 Week:

Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
Structural safety, microbial growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.


About SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond

We specialize 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. Contact us today with any questions at 660-240-5105.

We are a 24 hour response company

3/31/2021 (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

Steps to take after a Fire Loss

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

After a fire loss occurs and the local fire department has extinguished the fire, here are a few important things to remember.  KEEP SAFETY FIRST! 

  1. We need to determine if the site is safe to continue to reside in. Is it safe and still protected from the elements?  Very rarely is that and option. It may be best to find a safe place for your family/pets to stay during the repair/remediation process. Speak with your insurance regarding displacement assistance and see if it is available under your policy.
  2. Check Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards need to be addressed immediately. It is not simply a fire damage that occurred - water from the fire department can cause almost as much damage as the fire did. Large puddles of water, soot, and debris are expected.
  3. It is important to determine what your immediate needs are and only do activities that are safe.  Don’t trust furniture/structures to be stable. Use caution! Wet materials can be very heavy, do not attempt to move anything without testing its weight.
  4. Be very careful walking on any flooring that received fire/water damage. DO NOT walk on affected floor joist and/or beams.
  5. Do not attempt to eat/drink anything from an open food container. Especially if it was near the source of the fire and water damage. Keep in mind heated plastic containers can release deadly toxins into water/soda under the right conditions.
  6. Don't attempt to wash the interior walls or clean carpet/upholstery without speaking to one of our cleaning specialists first. You may set the soot/smoke damage and limit the ability our ability to repair.
  7. Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire without consulting an authorized repair service. Check with a specialist before assuming it is safe.
  8. Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged. It's always safe than sorry!
  9. Make sure and notify your electrical, gas, and water company of the loss.
  10. Try to stay calm and call SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond (660) 240-5105 to evaluate and assist your damage further.  As scary as a fire can be, you don't have to face the situation alone. We are here to help!

HVAC Commercial Cleaning

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond had the opportunity to show off their commercial PTAC (Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner) skills at a local hotel. We performed our cleaning services in-room as well as in other areas of the hotel 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 and are happy to work around your customer needs. 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 many of your HVAC/PTAC cleaning needs.

Declutter your work space

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

A clean environment is a healthy environment. Improve your living and workspaces this spring. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you declutter your office.  Divide your workspace into zones. Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space. Keep only what you need at arm's length. Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter.  Create a daily system for organization. Consider creating hanging files or baskets.  Sort through your catch-all "junk" drawer. Go through your drawers every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.  Eliminate digital clutter by organizing your work inbox. Keep icons on your desktop to a minimum. If you need a little help, don't worry, your local SERVPRO® franchise professionals have the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time. Contact us today at 660-240-5105.

How Critical are the first 24 hours

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Fire or water losses, even smaller incidents, can result in costly claims over time. The longer smoke, soot, or moisture have to permeate contents and structural components, the more secondary damage you can expect to encounter. SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond professionals have been performing fire and water cleanup and restoration services for nearly 50 years. Experience has shown that fast, appropriate action delivered within the first 24 hours can dramatically reduce secondary damage. Smoke and soot have less time to chemically interact and damage or destroy contents, and moisture is prevented from spreading and breaking down structural components or promoting the growth of mold and mildew. Offering 24-hour emergency services, SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond professionals are committed to responding to fire and water claims during the most critical time period following a loss. Usually onsite in less than four hours, SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond arrives prepared to begin emergency mitigation services to help prevent secondary damage to the structure and contents. SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond utilizes specific industry technology designed for the collection and reporting of claims information for the insurance industry. SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond professionals can quickly gather the necessary information an adjuster will need to authorize the cleanup and restoration process. The end result is a better, more informed decision-making process, which can speed up the cleanup and restoration of the policyholder's property. The objective of critical response is to help return homeowners and business owners' properties back to its preloss condition while also controlling claims costs. Your local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise can provide the emergency service, mitigation, cleanup and restoration experience and industry-specific technology to help you accomplish these goals. When you or someone you know as a policyholder experiences a fire or water loss, even one that falls under the deductible limit or is excluded under the policy, reach out to your local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond team to help protect your property and contents now and in the future.

Holiday Safety Tips

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Holiday Parties - Image of room with Christmas decorations Keep your place of business safe this holiday season

Pretty lights, candles and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season. However, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening. The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.  Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles. Make sure light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed. Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or before going to bed. Use only sturdy tree stands designed to not tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.  Keep anything that can catch on fire—like pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top.  Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave. Your local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professionals wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Let it snow and know that we have you covered...

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Image of Santa on sleigh As the weather outside gets frightful, call SERVPRO.

As the weather outside gets frightful and your cozy homes become warm and delightful, the holiday season’s aglow, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! While it is generally unlikely for certain states to encounter snow, Missouri is not one of those states. It is important to know how to be weather aware and prepared when winter weather strikes your home, business, or while you’re traveling. Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and a sidewalk to shovel. If you live where temperatures sink below freezing, you are also at risk for frozen pipes and ice dams, which can create a major disaster at your home or property. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond is dedicated to helping you keep the holidays merry and bright, as well as keeping your property safe. But what happens if disaster does strike during the most wonderful time of year? That’s easy—call your local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond professionals, even if it is the night before Christmas. SERVPRO® is available when you need us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, ready when you need help the most. For more information in your home or business contact 660-240-5105.

ARE YOU WINTER WEATHER READY?

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Ready for winter weather - image of snowflakes Make sure you are ready for winter weather

Are you prepared for the upcoming cold weather? 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 colder weather hits.  Check your business 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 help ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. 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 a potential flood hazard. 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 could be present.  Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe. Ask your local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond professionals about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment of your facility and provides you with a plan to get back in business faster following a disaster. 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. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well beforehand. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan and prepare for it. When winter weather strikes, call your local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond professionals to strike back and help make it “Like it never even happened.”

"Jackfrost nipping at your nose"

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Fireplace Safety Fire Safety tips this Holiday Season

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire!”

It’s important to keep yourself and your family safe by practicing fire safety. It’s the holiday season, and nothing compares to relaxing in front of a fireplace with a cup of cocoa and a Christmas movie playing in the background. 

To do this it is crucial to remember that for fireplaces and woodstoves you should always:

  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Inspect and clean wood stove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.­

There are precautions you can take for portable space heaters as well, including:

  • Never use an extension cord for portable space heaters.
  • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.
  • Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory.
  • Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.

These simple actions can help keep this Christmas Merry and Bright. Let’s leave the roasting to the chestnuts!

SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season and a very Happy New Year!

(Tips received from: https://www.ready.gov/home-fires)

If you do experience fire damage in North Missouri in one of the Counties we service this Christmas please call SERVPRO as soon as possible! 

You can contact us @:
SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond -

(660)240-5105 

It's the water you don't see...

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Water loss It's not the water you can see in this photo but the water you cannot see that can cause issues down the road.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water
problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond
professionals have the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment
makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. Your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond
professionals will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are
a few of the tools used by your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond professionals.
Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls. Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond professionals to monitor the drying process. Thermohygrometers
measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond professionals can calculate and create an environment most
conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized. Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid  deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be
used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas. Thermal Foggers dispense solvent based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and
neutralize odor-causing particles to deodorize
structures, garments, automobiles and other
places where cleaning cannot reach. The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professionals have the training and equipment to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

DEFENSE AGAINST MOLD GROWTH

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready after a water loss Emergency Ready

Do you know what to look for after a water loss? Are you aware that mold can grow in a short period of time if the conditions are not properly controlled after a loss? There are ways to make sure anti microbial growth does not occur. Prompt mitigation is vital to avoid microbial growth, which can be visible in as little as 24 to 48 hours under certain conditions. Some tips to avoid microbial growth are as follows:

Keep the humidity between 30 to 60 percent. Provide for proper drainage away from building foundations. Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks. Keep gutters and drains clear of debris. Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance. Respond to all water intrusions immediately. Contact your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professionals for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold. By developing a SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and microbial damage can affect your business. Please watch our website for more information and to learn more about the ERP, as well as how to prepare for disasters, and how your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professionals can help during a water loss and all year-round. Contact us at 660-240-5105 to learn more.

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH PREPARE NOW

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Preparedness National Preparedness Month

This year for National
Preparedness Month, join
your community in preparing
for emergencies and disasters of all
types, and leading efforts to encourage
the community as a whole to become
more prepared. “Disasters happen”
and not only devastate individuals and
neighborhoods, but entire communities.
Learn how to be prepared.
Make and Practice Your Plan
Do you have an evacuation and
shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a
plan to communicate with your family
before, during and after an incident?
Do you have an emergency supply kit?
Make sure your family is informed
and practiced in your emergency
plan. Be sure to sign up for alerts
and warnings for your area, and
download other necessary apps to stay
informed, such as the FEMA app.


Learn Life Saving Skills
Do you or someone in your
family know CPR? Could you turn
off your natural gas if necessary?
Do you know how to take cover in
an earthquake? Knowing these life
saving skills could mean life or death
in an emergency situation for you,
your family or your neighbors.


Check your Insurance Coverage
Have you reviewed your insurance
coverage recently to see if you’re covered
in a disaster? Evaluate which hazards
are relevant to your area and obtain
the appropriate insurance for your
home, business, or other property and
become familiar with your coverage.
Save for an Emergency
Are you prepared financially in case
of a disaster? Does your family have
an emergency fund for unexpected
expenses after a flood or fire?

Check out
FEMA’s Emergency Financial First Aid
Kit for an in-depth document to help
you identify and compile important
documents and account information
all in one spot. Just search “EFFAK”
on fema.gov for the free PDF.
Whether it's flood, wildfire or
extreme winter weather, we must
work together as a team to help
ensure our families, businesses,
places of worship and neighborhoods
are prepared. Contact your local
SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond professionals to find out how they can help make
it “Like it never even happened,” if disaster strikes in your life.

EMERGENCY FIRE DAMAGE TIPS

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

These emergency tips will assist you
in taking proper action until your local
SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professionals arrive. Follow these DOS and DON’TS to help reduce damage and increase
the chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

Limit movement in the home to prevent soot
particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking. Keep your hands clean. Soot on your hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork. If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor. Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances. If heat is off during winter months, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures. Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth. Change HVAC filter, but leave it off until a trained professional can check the system. 

DON’T:

Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted
surfaces without first contacting your local
SERVPRO Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professional.

Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or
upholstered furniture without first consulting your
SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professional.

Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

Don’t consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.)

Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock and air movement may create secondary damage.

Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper
cleaning may set in smoke odor.

CALL THE CLEANUP TEAM THAT IS FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

There’s no such thing as a small disaster—especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on sub floors, causing major problems over time.

You need help—fast. No matter what time of day or night, contact your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professionals to begin emergency mitigation.

Emergency mitigation means under normal circumstances, the SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond franchise professional can be on-site within four hours to begin drying your building and restoring contents.

The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your facility. Every SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond professional is trained and understands how to manage the drying process. By utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology, your structure will be quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond  franchise professionals will remove moisture and any contaminants by disinfecting and deodorizing to safely clean and dry your building and contents. Help ensure the value of your property by calling your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond  franchise professionals today. As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, we stand on over 50 years of experience and expertise to help ensure your business is taken care of as the economy begins to reopen. Contact us today at 660-240-5105 to assist your home or business or to answer any questions that you may have. 

Water Loss Response Time is crucial

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Dry time restoration Dry time is crucial to the restoration process

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond has the ability to arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call us at 660-240-5105

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.


Hours 1 - 24:

Drywall begins to swell and break down.
Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
Furniture begins to swell and crack.
Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
A musty odor appears.


48 Hours to 72 hours:

Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
Metal begins to rust and corrode.
Furniture warps and could show signs of microbial growth.
Paint begins to blister.
Wood flooring swells and warps.
Serious bio-hazard contamination is possible.


More Than 1 Week:

Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
Structural safety, microbial growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.


About SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond

We specialize 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. Contact us today with any questions at : 660-240-5105.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home. With over 50 years of expertise, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in bio-hazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

Are you interested in a quote for our Commercial Services, or are you a Consumer who wants to learn more about the program? Please contact your local SERVPRO professionals at SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond today 660-240-5105 for more information on how we can help!

Air Duct Cleaning, HVAC Cleaning

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the duct-work of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating odors, dust and other contaminates. Dust can cause respiratory issues. Keeping the air ducts cleaned out and properly sanitized is a benefit to everyone who enters your home or business.

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning units (HVAC).  It is important to keep them clean. Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe which can minimize the impact of allergies.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system and your guests.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

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

For more information on duct cleaning contact your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Professionals today. We are locally owned and operated and are always here to help! Contact us today at 660-240-5105 or email our office at office@SERVPROchillicothe.com.

Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

As defined under the IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond is equippedtrained and ready to help you with your cleanup needs. 

We want you to know that you are not alone and We Are All in This Together!  

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond CAN preform:

  1. Proactive Cleaning:  fogging and wiping down common touch areas
  2. Suspected or confirmed cases:  fogging and detail clean

Sanitizing versus Disinfecting

Sanitizing – Clean low-risk surfaces, such as floors, windows, etc., where the likelihood of pathogen transfer from the surface is low. Sanitizing should only be applied to food contact surfaces, which is required as part of the food code. Disinfection is appropriate for frequently touched surfaces and surfaces likely to harbor pathogens. Since sanitizing does not make anti-viral claims, sanitizing offers no confidence of killing the flu or other viruses commonly found on surfaces. — Peter Teska, Americas portfolio lead for infection prevention, Diversey, Sturtevant, Wis. Sanitizing is better than cleaning alone but the reduction of pathogen populations on environmental surfaces is exponentially better when you disinfect.

Disinfecting – Disinfecting is for the big messes, particularly those involving bodily fluids, blood, and virus contamination. Disinfecting a surface will “kill” the microscopic organisms as claimed on the label of a particular product. This works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. Disinfecting destroys or irreversibly inactivates infectious or other undesirable microbes. But not necessarily the spores of bacteria or fungi. The number of microbes killed during a disinfecting process will vary, depending on the specific chemical and how it is used. SERVPRO Industries, LLC has been dealing with biological hazards such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi for over 50 years.

Now is an opportune time to have SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond conduct Proactive Cleaning services while facilities are unoccupied. This scenario allows our production technicians to efficiently and effectively; build DE containment areas, gear up with appropriate PPE, and do what we do best – CLEAN & Disinfect!

Please Call 660-240-5105 to Book your Cleaning Appointment.

Keep the Workplace Safe for Essential Employees

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Here to help We are here to help

Keeping the Workplace Safe:

Encourage your employees to... Practice Good Hygiene

*Stop shaking hands – use other non-contact methods of greeting

*Clean hands with sanitizer or wash their hands frequently 

*Avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes 

*Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly

*Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

*Be Careful with Meetings and Travel 

*Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible

*When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces

*Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings

*Assess the risks of business travel Handle Food Carefully 

*Do not share food with others 

*Strengthen health screenings for cafeteria staff and their close contacts

*Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene

*Stay Home if they are feeling sick

*They have a sick family member in their home

About Coronavirus The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States.

The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”)iii is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Coronavirus Update

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Here to Help®

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to the novel Coronavirus outbreak. SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. The CDC encourages cleaning of counters, tabletops, doorknobs, and other high-touch surfaces with a hospital-grade disinfectant.

Visit our Coronavirus resource page for more information or call 660-240-5105 to locate a local SERVPRO franchise professional offering these specialized cleaning services.

Worried about Mold in your home or business?

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in the home Where there is mold in the home and expert from SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond can aide in removing it properly.

Some interesting facts about 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 Pneumonia
  • Mold-Induced Asthma
  • Skin Infections
  • Neurological Problems

We here at SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/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 re-mediate your mold infestation.

Don't wait! Call SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond today at 660-240-5105.

Cleanup and Biohazzard Experts

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Biohazzard clean up includes PPE gear SERVPRO professionals wear protective gear to protect themselves as well as the customer.

We Are Cleanup and Biohazard Experts

Here to Help® and Ready to Respond

About Coronavirus:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.

COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.  

Need Specialized Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today 1-660-240-5105

Symptoms

Illness from COVID-19 is wide ranging, from mild to severe symptoms and death. According to the CDC, symptom may appear two days to two weeks after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

It is important to consult your medical provider if you develop any severe or concerning symptoms.

Expert Level Cleaning Services

SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. 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

Need Specialized Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today 1-660-240-5105

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.

Commercial Services

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Services

Whether you need cleaning for a commercial office or require industrial cleaning services, your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Professional can help. You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office or warehouse. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Professional. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Professionals to make your work-space or warehouse look its very best.

Your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Professional will get the job done right and get it done quickly, because the SERVPRO Advantage includes these benefits:

  • Award-winning training
  • Over 40 years’ experience in the industry
  • More than 100 exclusive cleaning products

Have Questions? Call Today 660-240-5105

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Professionals offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing bio-hazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Bio-hazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Document Restoration
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

Feel free to reach out today and we will do our very best to help or answer any questions you may have 660-240-5105.

Fire Restoration Services

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Loss SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond can help in a fire loss.

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Your experienced local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Professional will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure. Depending on the amount of soot, your local SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Professional may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing.  In other cases, SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond will clean to, “prepare for painting”. This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface. Part of Fire restoration cleaning is handled through contents cleaning.  All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes: area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Professionals begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate. SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond Professionals can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac and much more. Finally, SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond can provide an inventory list of all, “to be claimed” items if requested.

In like a Lion out like a Lamb

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Severe Weather Spring is here and so are we at SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond.

With winter coming to an end and warmer weather around the corner everyone is 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. Some issues include:

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

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

In the event that damage does occur please contact our office at 660-240-5106. We are always here to help!

SERVPRO is alway here to help

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO We are your 24 hour disaster recovery resource.

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in your home or business. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration and 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
  • Commercial Mold Damage Remediation

Storm prevention and awareness

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Unpredictable weather can take you and your loved ones by storm. The extent of storm damage can leave you feeling overwhelmed, lost and wondering what your next step should be. Prevention and preparation is the best way to plan. The heroes at SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond are all about you and your family’s safety. Here are some tips to stay safe before, during and after a storm: 

Before the Storm

  • Build an emergency supply kit, and develop a communication plan.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.

During the Storm

  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.

After the Storm 

  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
  • Stay away from downed power lines, and report them immediately.

SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond has the capacity and resources to handle ANY size disaster. You can feel confident that we can make that storm damage "Like it never even happened."® Our heroes have helped with other hurricane storms such as Ivan, Florence, Katrina, Lee, Isaac and Harvey.
When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You need a company that you can fully trust and that can make your storm damage Like it never even happened.® There’s only one company that can stand behind that statement -- guaranteed. That company is SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond. It’s critical that you follow these tips to stay safe before, during and after a storm. Our heroes can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Will you give us your next storm job? We’re your premier storm damage cleanup and restoration company. Should your Chillicothe, Carrollton, Richmond, Trenton, Gallatin, Braymer, Cameron, Meadville, Bethany, Holt or Polo, Missouri, home or business be affected as a result of a tornado, flood, storm, or any other disaster, give us a call at 660-240-5105.

Emergency Storm Plan

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Create a Family Emergency Plan

With any storm, preparation is key. Now -- not then -- is the time for you to create a family emergency plan so you, your family members and fur babies are well-equipped when a storm strikes. A family emergency plan can help save lives. Here are just a few items to include:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Batteries
  • Communication plan
  • Phone and/or walkie talkies (some form of communication device)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Emergency supplies
  • Important phone numbers

Anchor Loose Objects

If objects, such as grills, bikes, deck furniture, trash cans, etc., are loose when a storm hits your residential property, it can cause windows to break, damage to your vehicles, your home or a human being. It’s vital to anchor loose objects to help minimize the risk of outdoor threats. By adding shrubs of varying lengths, fences, trees in a row are ways to help block high winds. Utilizing landscaping and yard objects can be beneficial in this case.   


We hope you found these 5 tips to prepare your home for storms to be highly beneficial. Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and apparatus. When a storm hits your home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. When a storm emergency occurs, We’re here for you 24 hours of the day, 365 days of the year. Just contact us online or call 660-240-5105.

An Ounce of Prevention

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

What You Should Know: 2019-nCoV, A New Coronavirus

With concerns rising among the US regarding the possible spread of 2019 Coronavirus, we thought we should take a few moments to discuss what the CDC has stated to the public.  Please read the following excerpt from the CDC website.

“Much is unknown about how 2019-nCoV, a new coronavirus, spreads. Current knowledge is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERSSARS, and now with 2019-nCoV.

Most often, spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet). Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s currently unclear if a person can get 2019-nCoV by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Typically, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

It’s important to note that how easily a virus spreads person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with 2019-nCoV and investigations are ongoing.”

It is clear from the statement above, the CDC has not verified how this particular strand is spread to the public. All possible cases/exposure are currently handled with extreme caution and a 14-day quarantine in order to minimize contamination. As the CDC continues to handle the progression of the 2019-nCoV, we as the public can help by practicing awareness and prevention techniques.

We at SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond care about what matters most in your life.  Remember:

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin

Public Health Concerns avoiding the Flu

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Wash your hands Washing your hands helps prevent the spread of germs

While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help prevent this emerging public health threat. It is well known the best way to deal with the cold or flu is to not catch it in the first place.  Below is a list of SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond’s recommended steps to prevent illness.

  1. WASH YOUR HANDS: Common colds spread by direct contact. Avoid people with colds or flu like symptoms. Remember viruses can spread from hands to door handles, telephone, remotes, keyboards and can live for hours. It is important to wash your hands multiple times a day or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  2. GET MORE SLEEP: 7-8 hrs of restful sleep can be the difference between catching a serious illness or having the strength to fight it. Remember late night cell phone use needs to be limited and it is important to allow your mind time to unwind. It is wise to turn off your cell phone 2 hrs before bedtime.
  3. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS: Avoid becoming dehydrated. A healthy adult needs at least 1.5 liters of water a day. Drinking water helps flush your system and will build a stronger immune system.
  4. EAT WELL: A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help you avoid multiple health issues. Dark citrus fruits, dark blue and red berries, mangoes, apricots, carrots, and beetroot all support the immune system. Also, protein keeps the body strong and functioning at its best.
  5. AVOID SMOKING/ALCOHOL: Smoking cigarettes can damage the delicate tissues of the respiratory tract and make you susceptible to viruses. Consuming large amounts of alcohol is bad for immune cells. They become disorientated and confused, stunting reproduction.
  6. EXERCISE: Exercise helps to boost circulation which makes it easier for immune cells to get around the whole body, searching out viruses. It also stimulates the lymphatic system which helps to eliminate toxins and waste
  7. AVOID STRESS: It is well known that stress can weaken your immune system. Become aware of your emotional triggers and step away when needed. Your peace of mind is just as important as your physical health.
  8. GET PLENTY OF FRESH AIR: Avoid getting stuck in a room full of people with stale air. Find fresh air and breathe deeply. This helps the lymphatic system move protective immune cells around the body. Even though it's cold, try opening the window for a few minutes every hour for a blast of fresh air.
  9. STAY WARM: When you feel the onset of a cold make sure to keep your body heat regulated.
  10. USE A HEALTHCARE GRADE DISINFECTANT: We at SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond love our SERVPROXIDE. It is approved to clean all surface areas. Find a solution that works for you. 

If you are exposed to the flu take precaution

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

The following post is and excerpt from the CDC

“If you are sick with 2019-nCoV follow the steps below to help prevent 2019-nCoV from spreading to people in your home and community.

Stay home except to get medical care

You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people in your home

As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have 2019-nCoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Wear a facemask

You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, immediately clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

Clean your hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid sharing personal household items

You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Monitor your symptoms

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., shortness of breath or difficulty breathing).Beforeseeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, 2019-nCoV infection. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.

Discontinuing home isolation

Patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments. Current information on 2019-nCoV is limited; thus, home precautions are conservative and based on general recommendations for other coronaviruses, like Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).”

All information cited from the CDC

Steps to take after a Fire Loss

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call 660-240-5105

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

If you have further questions please reach out to SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond and we will try to help in any way possible 660-240-5105.

Nationwide Disaster Relief with Storm Teams

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
A Fast Response Is Crucial!

Storm and flood damage can be devastating, and you need the company with storm damage experience. If you experience a loss please reach out. We are always here to help. 660-240-5105

Water Loss Causes Downtime to your Business

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless of if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When you have an emergency water event, SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond offers fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year.

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond has the training, experience, and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, they will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about the following services offered:

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

When a Commercial water loss occurs SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond is always here to help 660-240-5105.

Storms occur out of nowhere

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond has the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Contact us today and we will walk you through our service plan to help your business stay on track for any type of weather. It is our job to make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Minimize downtime for your business during a loss

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Service Vehicles Faster to any Commercial Disaster

Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when you have an emergency water event, SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond offers fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year.

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Retail Facilities
  • Education Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Hospitality Facilities
  • Food Service Facilities

Facts about Mold

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

When there’s water damage, another issue can arise: mold damage. And that can affect your residential and/or commercial property in a big way. If this happens, SERVPRO® of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond can make the damage “Like it never even happened.” It’s good to learn about mold. Here are three facts about mold.  

3 facts about mold damage 

  1. Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  2. 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.
  3. Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

There are many other things you should know about mold. In fact, we encourage you to test your knowledge when it comes to mold damage. 

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.

When there’s mold damage at your home or business, count on the company that fits the “mold!” SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond is your professional local mold remediation and restoration company. Our heroes specialize in mold remediation. Contact us if you have a mold problem. Call 660.240.5105 for your solution.

From Floors To Ceilings, We Can Clean It All!

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond is a known as a leader in the carpet cleaning industry. 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. This 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  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

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond had the opportunity to show off their commercial PTAC (Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner) skills at a local hotel in Bethany Missouri. We performed 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 many of your HVAC/PTAC cleaning needs.

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

12/26/2019 (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. 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. Training is initial and ongoing at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regularly update IICRC-industry certifications. Rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

 

Smoke Damage and Odor!

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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 your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage?


Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Chillicothe, Cameron and Richmond is here for you 24/7 660-240-5105

  

Safety Tips After a Fire Loss

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Once a fire loss has occurred and the fire department has extinguished the fire, here are a few important things to remember while on site.  SAFETY FIRST! 

  1. Determine if the site is safe to continue to reside in. Is it safe and still protected from the elements?  Very rarely is that and option. It may be best to find a safe place for your family/pets to stay during the repair/remediation process. Speak with your insurance regarding displacement assistance and see if it is available under your policy.
  2. Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards need to be addressed immediately. It is not simply fire damage that occurred - water from the fire department can cause almost as much damage as the fire did. Expect large puddles of water, soot, and debris.
  3. Determine what your immediate needs are and only do activities that are safe.  Don’t trust furniture/structures to be stable. Use caution! Wet materials can be very heavy, do not attempt to move anything without testing its weight.
  4. Be very careful walking on any flooring that received fire/water damage. DO NOT walk on affected floor joist and/or beams.
  5. Do not attempt to eat/drink anything from an open food container. Especially if it was near the source of the fire and water damage. Keep in mind heated plastic containers can release deadly toxins into water/soda under the right conditions.
  6. Don't attempt to wash the interior walls or clean carpet/upholstery without speaking to one of our cleaning specialists first. You may set the soot/smoke damage and limit the ability our ability to repair.
  7. Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire without consulting an authorized repair service. Check with a specialist before assuming it is safe.
  8. Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged. Better safe than sorry!
  9. Make sure and notify your electrical, gas, and water company of the loss.
  10. Stay calm and call SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond (660) 240-5105 to evaluate and assist you further.  As scary as a fire can be, you need not face the situation alone. We are here to help!

Safety Tips to help prevent a Fire Loss this Holiday Season

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

The holiday season is just around the corner. Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without a large family dinner.  It is very easy to put safety on the "back burner" when we are busy visiting, we just wish to share a few friendly reminders to stay safe.

Safety Reminders:

1. Turn all lights off when unattended.

2. Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

3. 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. 

4. Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.

5. Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

6. Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.

7. Don't overfill pots and pans with grease and oil.

8. Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.

9. Don't use metal in the microwave.

10. Remember to UNTHAW your turkey prior to deep-frying it.

Here at SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond we know how devastating a fire can be to your home and family and we truly care about your wellbeing. Should the need arise we are only a phone call away at (660) 240-5105.

Frozen Pipes are a concern in freezing temps: see important tips for prevention

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipe Frozen Pipe during water loss

Northwest Missouri is no stranger to both single digit and subzero temperatures. Our friends over at consumerreports.org have put together a helpful guide to help prevent burst pipes this winter. Prevention is key however, if you are unable 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.\

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