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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.

Helping Mother Nature

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

Restoration technician showing customer moisture readings on water damage When you experience a water damage, contact your local professionals at SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia.

SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia are trained in the science of drying water damages using psychrometry. We follow industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

Psychrometry is essential in restoring water damaged structure back to its preloss condition. So, what is psychrometry? It is the study of humidity, air flow, and temperature, and their effects on various materials or simply, the science of drying. It helps us determine what state-of-the-art equipment will be used.

When we arrive at the water damaged area in your home or business, we will:

  • Inspect the building to detect migration of water, damage to materials, and condition of building.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor the materials through the drying process.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

Mother Nature can allow wet materials to dry in the correct conditions. However, nature can take too long and create secondary damages.

Call SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia to help speed up Mother Nature’s drying process with professional tools, equipment and knowledge.

Be Alert for Storms

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Be alert for storms with weather radios and emergency alerts.

Do you know the most reliable source for weather alerts? A weather radio. They alert you to dangerous weather situations and help provide time to seek shelter before a storm hits. Weather radios have become affordable over the years and cost on average $30. Key features to look for are reviewable alerts, Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME), and ease of programming.

Listed below are the SAME codes (provided by NOAA Weather Radio) for the counties we cover:

Boone - 029019

Cooper - 029053

Howard - 029089

Johnson - 029101

Lafayette - 029107

Pettis - 029159

Saline – 029195

If your home or business is affected by a storm, let SERPVRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia be your helping hand. We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition.

Our Restoration Beginning

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia is Here to Help.

Norma and Don Rutter opened SERVPRO of Marshall in June of 1984. Phil worked for them for a year before he and Rebecca bought their first franchise in January of 1994. Later in 1999, they purchased their second franchise, opening SERVPRO of Columbia. SERVPRO of Sedalia was later purchased, but was serviced by them, since 1984. 

Believe it or not, Phil went across the Missouri River on a boat with air movers and dehumidifiers, during the flood of 1993. He made a risky trip to help his customers. Phil and Rebecca are proud to serve and be a part of the community. Helping our neighbors get back to their homes and businesses after a fire or water damage is why we are Here to Help®.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Can you PASS?

Imagine, a fire has just started in your home or business. It is contained, oxygen has not been depleted, and the room temperature has only slightly increased. Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher? Your adrenaline may be pumping when a fire occurs, so knowing how to operate one before is best.

Using an acronym, like PASS, will help in memorizing how to properly operate a fire extinguisher.

  • PULL the pin.
  • AIM low, pointing the nozzle at the base of the fire.
  • SQUEEZE the handle.
  • SWEEP from side to side at the base.

Remember, safety is always important. Evacuate immediately, if…

  • The fire is not contained, smoke is feeling the room, and the temperature is hot.
  • You have the slightest doubt of your ability to fight a fire.
  • The extinguisher is empty and the fire is not out.

SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home or business to pre-fire condition.

*Source: OSHA

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia is Here to Help.

Did your commercial property experience a disaster? Do you know who to call? Call SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia, no job is too large for us to handle. Our large-loss specialists are strategically positioned to handle any size disaster. The Disaster Recovery Team is made up of the best in restoration.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include:

  • Hospitality Industry
  • Property Mangers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a disaster hit our area in Missouri, SERVPRO has storm teams on standby. We are prepared for the unpredictable disasters and available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Let us help you get your business back to pre-disaster condition by calling:

SERVPRO Of Marshall     660-886-5194

SERVPRO Of Sedalia        660-826-1144

SERVPRO Of Columbia    573-449-1999

Dishwasher Flooded Kitchen

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Picture caption: SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia is Here to Help with your water damage needs.

On the way out the door to go to work, you turn on the dishwasher. In your mind, that will be one item marked off your to do list. Unfortunately, when you arrive home you discovered that your dishwasher has flooded your kitchen. What should you do besides contact SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia?

  1. Turn off the water.
  2. Safely turn off electricity to wet areas of the building.
  3. Remove as much excess water as possible.


Save yourself a headache and take these simple steps to prevent a water damage from your dishwasher.

  • Regularly maintain dishwasher
  • Load it properly
  • Use the right soap
  • Only use when someone is home

Dishwashers can be very helpful taking loads of dishes off of our hands. If your dishwasher creates a water damage, call SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia. Our highly trained professionals, are here to help 24/7.

What to Do During a Flood

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Get to higher ground during a flood and avoid flood waters.

You may know how to prepare for a flood, but do you know what to do during a flood? Water levels and the rate the water is traveling, can change very quickly. Keep these tips in mind during flooding.

Stay informed. Listen to the radio or watch your local television stations. You may also want to check social media for information and updates.

Get to higher ground.

Practice electrical safety. If electrical outlets or cords are submerged in water do not enter the room. Stay out of water that may have electricity in it.

Avoid flood waters. Do not walk or drive through flood waters. It only takes less than 2 feet of water to carry away large vehicles.

Obey evacuation orders.

If your home or business is facing a water damage, call SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia. We are available 24/7 to take care of your water damage emergency. We are a trusted leader in the water restoration industry.

Dirty Ducts in Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Breath easy and call SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia.

Do you know the biggest culprit for poor indoor air quality? Your ventilation system. Inspecting the ductwork in your home or facility should be a priority. Ductwork may be out of sight, out of mind, but it should be given the proper attention. Dirty ducts can circulate one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Insects or pests
  • Other contaminants

Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to work at peak condition. This may also, help you save money. Duct cleaning may not be necessary. Our professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns.

For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia locations.

Safe Grilling in Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia is a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration.

Grilling season is here! We will now find our neighbors outside soaking up the sun and enjoying food from the grill. Grilling is one of the most popular ways to cook food. Whether you like the flavor of a charcoal grill or the convenience and control of a gas grill, outdoor grilling can be a fire hazard.

Preparing to Cook

  • Use grills outside only
  • Keep your grill clean
  • If using a starter fluid, only use charcoal starter fluid (Charcoal grill)
  • Check gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time of the year (Gas grill)

While Cooking

  • Place them away from
    • Home
    • Deck
    • Low hanging branches
    • Children and pets
  • Never leave your grill unattended

After Cooking

  • Cool coals completely before disposing in a metal container (Charcoal grill)
  • Do not place grill against structure

SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia hope you use these tips to have a safe summer filled with gourmet grilling. If you are grilling a delicious meal, don’t hesitate to call. Happy grilling!