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Be Emergency Ready with the Matterport

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

A view from the matterport The matterport camera always the user to use 3 different types of views to see the images; this view is from a walkthrough virtual piece.

Our emergency ready plan is a great resource to prepare for the unexpected. SERVPRO® of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia has decided to add an additional resource—Matterport. This camera records 360 degrees of photos to create a digital walkthrough that is great for assessing damages as well as contents.

Matterport—What can it do?

  • 360 degrees of photos
  • Full floor plans
  • Claims documentation
  • 4k quality photos
  • Easy to share
  • Measure tool
  • Blur brush
  • 3 views—Bird’s eye view, doll house view, & walk through

The pairing of the emergency ready profile with the link of your scanned commercial building via Matterport, will allow you to be prepared for the unexpected. Combing the technology will allow your building and important emergency information to fit in the palm of your hand. Your local SERVPRO® marketing representative is here to help.

Board-Ups After Storm & Fire

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

board-up Storm season has arrived in the Midwest, so please be prepared. If you ever need a board-up then call the professionals!

Board-Ups After Storm & Fire

Storm season is here in the Midwest. During this season, we can get our share of torrential down pours of rain, hail the size of golf balls, tornadoes ripping through our hometown, and winds that can blow you over. Storms can cause damage to homes and businesses and it is important to know that SERVPRO® of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia is here to help with board-ups.

Benefits of Board-Ups

  • Help prevent further damage to home or business.
  • Secures the building and minimizes property damage/loss.
  • Aids in protection against vandalism, theft, and unwanted entry.

We can effectively board-up doors, windows (large or small), roofs, and other identified areas. SERVPRO® is available 24/7 because we understand these situations may not always occur during the 8-5-hour work day.

Laundry Safety

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Dryer Laundry can easily pile up, but it is essential to practice basic safety techniques to protect your home.

Not clearing your filter after each use can be dangerous. It is reported that there are over 17,000 fires related to home dryers each year.
Here are a few simple tips to follow to help prevent a clothes dryer fire.
-Clean the filter screen after each load to prevent lint buildup.
-An adult should be at home whenever the dryer is in use and the home should have working smoke alarms.
-Clean the vents outside twice a year to clean out any accumulated dust and lint.
-Commercial dryers should be cleaned out regularly because of their frequent use and shared venting system.
-Don't dry mop heads in the dryer. The dryer's heat can ignite the chemical residue on mop heads.
-Keep the surrounding area clean. The dryer's heat may ignite anything left too close to the dryer.
-The safety of your family is important to us and we hope that you don't encounter such a fire. Be sure you follow these steps to avoid a fire in your home.

What Makes SERVPRO Stand Out

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO team members looking at an ipad With 100+ employees, easy access to extra labor, and eight SERVPRO franchises, our team of trained professionals are ready!

As a restoration company, our aim is to be the trusted resource among clients. We ensure that we follow industry standard protocols. Our staff members go through IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration) training to be best prepared for all the services we offer. They are also certified with OSHA, Lead, and Asbestos awareness. We maintain a large inventory of equipment for residential and commercial work. The extensive list was added to this past week with more equipment being sent to our team. Air movers, dehumidification equipment, air scrubbers, specialty drying equipment including desiccants and generators all help complete the work in a timely manner. Lastly, our team members utilize technology and client documentation to make sure that everything is recorded properly. Our proprietary software that documents and records all the essential information is needed to make sure that these pieces are easily accessible. 

Smoke Webbing

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke Webs Smoke webs appeared in this apartment complex after a fire caught in the lower level. The fire damage caused smoke and soot damage in the complex.

In the case of a fire, there can be a situation called smoke webbing. Ionization refers to particles of smoke with opposite charges attracting to each other. The formations of these smoke chains are called "smoke webs" as stated previously. These smoke webs look similar cobwebs. They are usually found at room corners and other parts of the home. The presence of smoke webs indicates combustion of synthetic materials, not spiders or cobwebs as some believe. In every fire, some surfaces can be become deeply embedded with soot and smoke odors. Ionization is one of the factors that influences smoke behavior. And understanding these factors help our team of professionals remove any damage appropriately. If you experience a fire in your home or business, you can call on our team of professionals to properly take care of your fire damage, smoke, and soot.

How To Help Your Business During A Disaster

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

people carrying equipment No matter the time of day, out team of professionals are ready to assist you with whatever disaster that has affected your business.

We have the capability to handle any large job. We have the equipment and vehicles ready for whatever is needed to assist you on your journey to get business back up and running again. It is said the 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen. The businesses that are able to reopen normally have a emergency plan set up to ensure a quick and efficient transition back to normalcy. We offer a cost-free option for those looking to record emergency information in one accessible application that's accessible on mobile devices. So when the unexpected happens, whoever is onsite can access the proper contacts to get the situation handled. When is comes to the unexpected disaster, it is essential to be timely to limit further damage. Call our office today to set up an appointment with one of our marketing representative to set up your Emergency Ready Profile today.

Personal Protective Equipment

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Man in a tyvek suit No matter if it is mold, sewer damage, or water intrusion, we have the equipment needed to handle the situation efficiently and thoroughly.

Personal Protective Equipment

As restorers and as professionals, our team members need to be prepared for potentially hazardous conditions. Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, is then implemented as a way to protect our team and the customer. Before using Personal Protective Equipment, the technician will closely evaluate the potential risk and determine the type of equipment is necessary for the job. This can also be referenced from OSHA and the IICRC. To help protect technicians from many hazards associated with contaminated water intrusions, team members need to have protective gear accessible. These items protect for all potential exposures to the body and include:

  • Chemical-resistant gloves
  • Splash goggles
  • Appropriate Respirator
  • Hard hat
  • Rubber boots with hardened shank
  • Protective clothing/Tyvek suits

We aim to provide our professional team members the necessary tools to succeed at every job they complete.

5 Ways to Protect Your Home

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Water in a room These 5 tips to help prevent storm damage to your home or business. Call on our team if you need help during a disaster.

  1. Clean the gutters as clogged and damaged gutters are what often what lead to roof leaks and foundation leaks. When your gutters are full of leaves and debris it prevents the water from draining down the down spout and away from the structure causing water to pool on the roof and around the foundation.
  1. Check your foundation. If you have cracks or large gaps in your foundation water could seep into your home or business during a heavy rainstorm causing water damage, water will find any source inside it can.  Also check the grading around the property and make sure that the grade naturally drains the water away from the structure. 
  1. Pack up all outdoor furniture and other light items. Often times outdoor furniture is made from light weight materials and in a strong wind guest can rip it up into the air and launch it into your or others home, business or vehicles causing significant damage.
  1. Know how to shut off your utilities. If storm damage happens you may need to shut off the utilities. It’s a good practice to locate all utility shut offs and know how they work before a storm hits. Make sure all parties that are on the property know where these items are and how to properly turn them off.
  1. Inspect your property for dead or damaged trees. In a storm trees can get knocked down or limbs are torn off. Call a licensed arborist for help with this inspection and solving the issue safely.

We Are Ready for Any Size Storm

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

large loss semi truck Our team is prepared to help mitigate any disaster. We have team members specifically named our “Disaster Recovery Team '' for the large losses.

Our team has the equipment, employees, and connections to help in even the largest disaster.  We promise to be ready when you need us.  Our equipment is always fueled, tested, loaded. We have on call staff 24 hours a day ant day of the year. We have a semi trailer loaded with our desiccant and a dedicated generator to run it at all times. This desiccant is a 5,000 cfm piece of equipment for dehumidification. We have air movers and large portable dehumidifiers for drying a structure. We have large air scrubbers and different ozone machines for removing odor.  Every loss is managed by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. Our employees are trained residential and commercially for any size disaster. The semi trailer can hold enough machines for large scale scenarios. We have capabilities to mitigate any size disaster with access to all the necessary supplies. 

Winter Is Here!

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

a wet floor Here at SERVPRO, we want to be sure that you are prepared for any disaster that could come your way. If you ever experience a disaster, call our team.

Winter is upon us! With that comes the cold temps and the freezing pipes. Keep the faucets dripping to keep some water traveling through, making it harder to freeze, but there are other ways to prevent freezing or bursting pipes!

Keeping the pipes insulated is essential! If getting proper insulation is impossible before a storm, then wadding up newspaper and duct tape can provide temporary insulation around pipes. If the water pipes are in the garage, then keep the garage door closed whenever possible, to prevent freezing air from getting in and dropping the temps even further. Maintaining a consistent temperature in the home will also help, as well as, keeping the heat on when leaving the home for any extended period of time.

These are just a few ways to prevent freezing pipes, but if there is ever a surprise pipe burst, SERVPRO is there to help with mitigating the water and getting your home back to the way it was before, "Like it never even happened."