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The Water You Don't See

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Diagram showing water travel from carpet, padding, subfloor SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia is Here to Help take care of the water you don't see.

When you discover a water damage in your home or business, do you know where the water has traveled?

Water travels. It does not just stop on the surface where it is more obvious. It will travel from the carpet into the padding and make its way to the subfloor. Water can travel under the baseboard and climb the drywall. The drywall can soak up the water like a sponge.

This is why it is important to hire professionals to take care of your water emergency. SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia will inspect and test the premises to determine the extent of the damage and how far the moisture has traveled. Our team wants to ensure proper and complete restoration, so you can go back to your normal lifestyle.

Winter Storm Power Outages

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

Snow falling on snow covered trees. snow covering ground. SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia are here to help when the weather gets bad and it takes a toll on your property.

Winter in Mid-Missouri can be gruesome. Winter storms can bring sleet, snow, wind, and the dreaded ice. It can last a few hours or several days, even knocking out power. Be prepared for winter storm power outages and know what to do during and after to keep your family safe.


  • Make sure your home is properly insulated.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup.
  • Keep an emergency storm kit ready and easily accessible.
  • Know how to shut off water valves.
  • Have an alternate plan for medications that require refrigeration.
  • Maintain food supplies that do not require refrigeration.
  • If temperatures reach below 55 degrees, let faucets drip to avoid freezing.


  • Call the power company when the electricity goes out.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers closed.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Gather in central room where there is an alternative heat source (fireplace, kerosene space heater, etc.). Do not use a gas appliance to heat your home.
  • Check on your neighbors.


  • Watch out and stay away from a damaged power line. Even utility workers can’t tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it.
  • When in doubt, throw the food out.
  • Check on your neighbors.

If a winter power outage has caused busted frozen pipes in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia. We are Here to Help with your water damage 24/7/366.

Continuing Education Classes

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Female presenting near podium looking at presentation screen Here to Help educate on the restoration industry.

Why SERVPRO? We believe in the power of education and constant learning and training to be ahead in our industry. We offer both credit and non-credit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, and Real Estate professionals to further their education. The classes are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation and better assist customers experiencing a fire, water, or mold issue.

Here are some of the courses that we offer at SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia, and Columbia

  • Understanding the Restoration Industry: Property Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restoring Contaminated Buildings
  • Restorative Drying for Water Damage
  • Cleaning & Restoring Smoke Damaged Contents
  • Ethics
  • Biohazard Cleanup

To find out when the next Continuing Education Course (CE) is available near you, review the course offerings or contact SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia.

Cooking Safety to Prevent Kitchen Fire

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Woman pulling out apple pie from oven with steam SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia is here to help in case the apple pie leaves you with a fire instead of a full belly.

The holiday season is the time of the year to gather with family and friends. Also, let’s not forget the delicious meals—yum! Holiday meals can bring our bellies cheer with Aunt Mary’s homemade noodles, grandpa’s famous corn casserole or any favorite holiday dish. However, cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Review these cooking safety tips to help ensure you have a safe holiday cooking experience.

  • NEVER leave cooking food unattended. Turn off the stove, even if you think you will be right back in the kitchen.
  • Check the food regularly while cooking and use a timer.
  • Keep small children away from the cooking area.
  • Keep flammables (pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels and bags) away from the stove, oven, or other appliances that generate heat in the kitchen.
  • Prevent grease build-up by cleaning cooking surfaces regularly.
  • Purchase and keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
  • Install smoke alarms in your home.

If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes your home this holiday season, contact your local heroes at SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Winter Ready Business

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

up close view of ice on tree branches Get back to business quickly when winter strikes your property.

It may be hard to believe, but winter is right around the corner. In Mid-Missouri we can experience ice, cold winters with sleet, snow, ice, and damaging winds. We may not be able to control Mother Nature, but we can take action by getting the property winter ready with these precautions.

  • Check property for downed tree limbs and branches. Winter conditions could cause branches to fall causing damage to property or person injuries.
  • Inspect roofs, water pipes, and gutters. Clear gutters of any debris from the fall to prevent a damming effect. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building.
  • Inspect walkways and parking lots for proper drainage. This could alleviate a potential flood and/or slip hazard.
  • Entryways, handrails, and stairwells should be checked to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Post caution signs where water may be present and install mats or non-slip surfaces in the dangerous areas.
  • Protect pipes from freezing. Allow water to drip when temperatures go below freezing. Leave cabinet doors open to circulate warm air, if pipes are under them. Consider shutting off water to outdoor faucets and ensure they are properly drained.
  • Emergency Ready Profile. Contact SERVPRO for a no-cost assessment of your facility. It provides you with a plan to get back to business faster following a disaster.

Make sure your business is ready for the bitterly cold weather that may be ahead. If winter weather strikes, SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia are Here to Help.

Overflowing Toilet Water Damage

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Bathroom viewed through doorway. Vanity with mirror, toilet, and tiled shower bath with window. Overflowing toilets can be disastrous, so rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia.

It is that time of the year, you know, the holiday season when we stuff everyone in the family in our homes for delicious, comforting meals. You may know to stay in the kitchen while cooking the amazing feast to prevent fire damage, but have you given much thought to your toilets?

Plumbing issues are at the top of the list for water damages. One of the plumbing issues is toilets overflowing. Toilets are more frequently used during the holiday season with the extra guests. Know what to do when your toilet starts overflowing with these tips:

  1. Adjust the float.
  2. Don’t keep flushing.
  3. Use a plunger.
  4. Turn off water to the toilet—QUICKLY. If the water is overflowing, this should be your first step.
  5. Call a plumber
  6. Call SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia—your water cleanup and restoration professionals. We can safely cleanup any toilet water damage that has affected your home. Learn more about our sewage cleanup and restoration and the three types of contaminated water.

Reduce Toilet Water Damage by:

  • Checking after you flush.
  • Bi-annual maintenance. Check the components of toilet (supply valve, flush valve, fill, chain, etc.) to make sure they working.
  • Know toilet water shut-off location.

If your toilet flooded your home, contact SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia, your local water cleanup and restoration company. Our team has the experience, expertise, and equipment to ensure your home does not develop mold and is properly cleaned. We are Here to Help 24/7/365 because toilet overflows never happen at a convenient time.

Create a Storm Safety Plan

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Storm over countryside. Wooded area and power lines. Severe storms leaving you with a water damage? Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia.

Do you have a storm safety plan for your home and/or business?

Even though severe weather tends to hit Mid-Missouri during spring and the early summer months, severe weather can strike at any time. Since, the weather conditions change in October, we can experience severe weather outbreaks.

Our area has even experienced tornadoes in October. October 29th, 2004, tornado damaged homes in Saline and Pettis counties. According to ABC 17 news, there were 2 tornadoes in October 2007. One traveled through 4 Mid-Missouri counties.

It is best to keep an eye on the forecast and be prepared for storms.  One great way to be prepared is have a storm safety plan in place. Create a written plan and go over it with everyone in the family or at work. Designate an emergency meeting area near the home or place of work, in case you get separated during the storm.

Don’t forget to designate an emergency contact person. Choose a friend or a relative out of state, so they may not be experiencing the same disaster. Teach all adults and responsible children the locations of water, gas, and electric shut-offs can decrease your risk of additional damage and increase your safety.

If a severe storm occurs during this fall season and leaves you with water damage, SERVPRO® of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia is Here to Help®. We understand the unexpected can happen at any time.

Restoration Available 24/7/365

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Floor and bottom of carpeted stairs covered by water. Boot laying in water near door. Do you see this? Call SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia.

Imagine—You are just getting ready to head to bed, but decide to take down the empty Halloween decoration box. Yes, it has been there for a week or so, but this chore is going to be checked off tonight. Once you reach the bottom of the steps, you hear swoosh, smoosh as you walk across the floor. Soon you notice the water that has invaded your home. Who is available at this time of night?

SERVPRO® of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia

We are available 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, except for leap year—then, we are available 366 days. Fire and water damages do not usually happen during the normal work hours. They can happen on holidays, weekends, nighttime, early morning, or happen during the work hour and go unnoticed until you get home.

Call the professionals at SERVPRO® of Marshall, Sedalia, and Columbia we are Here to Help® whatever the time of day.

Plan Your Fire Escape Route

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged house Having a fire escape plan on your home, can keep your family safe.

Fire Prevention Week is October 6th-12th. The theme for 2019 is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” How can you and your family be prepared for a fire?

Plan Your Escape Route

Draw a layout of your home and mark two exits for each room leading to outside. The exits can be a door or a window.

Test Your Smoke Alarms

There should be a smoke alarm located on each level of your home, in each bedroom, and near all sleeping areas.

Choose an Outside Meeting Place

Choose a meeting place for everyone to meet outside of your home. This could be in your front yard, backyard, or by a tree. Make sure everyone is aware of the spot and that it is far enough away from danger.  Don’t forget to dial 911 once you are outside.

Practice Home Fire Drill

Practice makes perfect! Be sure to go run the drill at least twice a year.

For more information on how to be prepared for a fire, visit If your family suffers from a fire damage contact the professionals at SERVPRO® of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia. We are Here to Help®!

3 Steps to Prepare Your Business for Disasters

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

2 peoples hands on phone and tablet with emergency ready app The ERP is available at all times in a digital or physical format.

September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters. Your business can be prepared for a disaster with these three steps:

Have a plan to stay in business

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. It is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information shut-off valve locations, and priority areas.

Encourage your employees to become ready              

Conduct drills to practice emergency response actions. Have employees get together for preparedness discussions, training, or even a class.

Protect your investment

Preparation is the key to get your property through any disaster. Contact SERVPRO® of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia to prepare your business for a disaster with a no-cost assessment of your facility.