Recent Water Damage Posts

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.

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.

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.

 

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

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

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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.\