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Kitchen Fire Safety

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

Woman with Fire Extinguisher in Kitchen Always have a fire extinguisher handy in case of a kitchen fire.

From 2010-2014, the U.S. fire department s responded to an average of 166,100 home structure fires that involved cooking equipment per year.  These fires caused an average of 480 civilian fire deaths, 5,540 civilian fire injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage.

Here are a few tips on how to prevent kitchen fires and keep your family safe.

  • Stay in the kitchen do not leave food unattended on the stove.
  • Watch your clothing. Keep long flowing sleeves and large fitting shirts tied back while cooking.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near or in the kitchen
  • Do not leave towels or oven mitts close to the hot burner.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke detector regularly.

For smoke or fire damage call SERVPRO of Farmington; we are always here to help! (573) 756-5191

Two Minutes and Counting

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

Woman Looking At Fire Devastation Save yourself not your belongings because you only have 2 mniutes.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Fire Safety Tips

  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month; if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances, your Farmington, MO property will suffer water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differ greatly and require a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Farmington is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

Stay Off Flooded Roads

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding in the street.

It can be frustrating to be stuck inside your house when it’s flooding, but it is important that you avoid driving in this situation. A flooded street may seem easy to handle, but it can be a risk to your safety. The following are just a few reasons why it is best to stay off the roads during a severe storm.

One reason to avoid flooded roads is that it can cause serious damage to your vehicle. Your car is not made to be driven in water, so it does not have the necessary equipment to protect it. If water enters your engine, it can cause it to stop functioning correctly and leave you with massive repair bills. Areas of your car may rust, and electronic components can be ruined.

Even if you think the road looks safe, there might be something lurking beneath the water’s surface. A flooded street may be hiding potholes, tree branches and debris from the storm. Any of these could damage your car and make it more difficult for you to drive safely.

Whether you have been driving for a few years or a few decades, you cannot be prepared for everything. Even a long history of driving experience is not enough to keep you safe during a flood. Moving water in a flooded street can easily sweep your car away and create an incredibly dangerous situation. Just a few inches of water can cause you to hydroplane and result in a crash.

One of the best travel tips for driving during a flood is simply not to do it. Stay put if possible and, once the water has receded, you can find a more comfortable place to stay while an emergency restoration company performs any necessary repairs on your damaged home.

Call SERVPRO of Farmington 573-756-5191.

Who Should You Use?

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

Give us a call! 573-756-5191

Emergency situations usually call for quick reaction. In cases where a home or business structure is being compromised by unhealthy and/or unsafe conditions, SERVPRO of Farmington is the-fast-response you need to get relief.  Chaotic situations can be handled or endured in an orderly fashion with professionals and the right tools applied. When you must choose your clean-up/restoration specialist, you are likely considering a few important things:

  • Convenient location
  • 24/7 availability
  • Professionalism
  • Efficiency
  • Honesty
  • Experience
  • Latest equipment

SERVPRO of Farmington is the answer.

In a problematic and possibly chaotic situation, remember, we’re here to help. SERVPRO of Farmington are business owners, homeowners and renters just like you so we understand the initial needs. Our promise to you is to provide the same quality and integrity based service that we, as your neighbor, may also need in the future.

Document Restoration

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

Need your documents saved? Call us 573-756-5191.

In the aftermath of a disaster, some of your most valued contents (documents, photographs, and books) could be lost forever. At SERVPRO we understand the importance of these items, as well as they may be essential to running your business. Timely mitigation is key to recovering damaged possessions. We have years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, our team of professionals will help recover your belongings before it is too late. 

At SERVPRO of Farmington, we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing. Our facility is secure and managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians. We use 24/7 surveillance to protect the security and confidentiality of your documents. In the unfortunate event that we cannot save and restore your documents, we offer certified destruction and disposal of classified documentation. This can protect your business's liabilities, brand image, or property information. 

Types of content SERVPRO can restore:

  • paper documents
  • books & magazines
  • manuscripts & files
  • photographs, films, negatives & microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints & maps
  • parchment 

For document restoration backed by state-of-the-art equipment call SERVPRO of 573-756-5191.

Mold is Present Almost Everywhere!

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

Mold damage? Call us 573-756-5191.

Mold spores exist just about everywhere, both outdoors and inside. SERVPRO of Farmington has certified technicians that explain how your mold mitigation process needs to be handled as each is different depending on the situation, type of mold, and where it’s located. Our techs make sure our customers know what to expect before, during, and after the process. If you suspect mold you should call us to inspect your home or business. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

  • Mold spores are microscopic float around in the air and can enter your home through open windows and doors, or vents for A/C and heat. It’s possible the spores can even hitch a ride on your pets or your clothing.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold will keep returning.
  • Bleaches and other cleaners that advertise to kill or clean off mold only remove mold from the surface temporarily and do not kill the spores which is why the mold will keep growing back.
  • Mold often produces a strong and must odor.

When you have concerns in your home, call the experts at SERVPRO of Farmington to help you get back on your feet.

2022 Spring has Sprung!

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Enjoy this Spring photo from Housebeautiful.com.

Spring is here for 2022 along with rainy and stormy days.

When we think of Spring we think of blooming flowers and budding trees. But spring isn't always a pleasant season. Spring can bring a variety of hazards to our front doors.

In the Midwest we need to be prepared for temperature swings, stormy weather, lighting, tornadoes, and flooding. Days can start out with sunshine and warm weather and change into dark skies, rain, and high winds by afternoon.

Are you prepared, have your emergency plans in place.  Know what to do and where to go if a storm creeps up on you. Make sure your loved ones know the plan.

SERVPRO of Farmington is ready for any clean up or damage control. Give us a call 573-756-5191.

How Can You Prevent Water Damage During Construction?

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

Rain can halt a roof job.

The construction process is often an exciting time for business owners. However, having to worry about making a water pipe repair and the resulting water damage can make the process stressful. There are several ways businesses can avoid water damage during construction.

3 Steps to Avoid Water Damage During Construction

  1. Prepare for Rain

Heavy rain can sometimes bring a building construction to a stop. Though you can't prevent rain from falling, there are steps you can take to protect your building from flooding. Throughout the construction process, it can be helpful to ensure that building materials remain covered. Additionally, keeping water drainage away from your building can help to prevent major water damage from affecting your property.

  1. Use the Right Materials

Faulty or outdated equipment, such as a broken pipe or damaged appliance, can often cause major delays during the construction process. If major water damage occurs, it may be useful to contact water damage restoration experts. However, using materials that meet relevant building code standards can help to prevent the need for a water pipe repair or other costly and time-consuming repairs. If you are adding on to a property, it can be particularly helpful to check existing building materials prior to construction to ensure the original structure is sound.

  1. Keep Contact With the Project Manager

Throughout the process of construction, you will likely have a variety of questions. A project manager can often help to guide you through the construction process. Asking your project manager, contractor and other important professionals who are taking part in the construction process what measurements they are taking to avoid water damage can bring you peace of mind. If active steps to prevent a flooded building are not being taken, you can request that measurements be put in place quickly.

Avoiding the need for a water pipe repair or a supply line repair during construction can help to make construction a less stressful process. Knowing how to avoid major water damage during construction can help to make the construction process quick and easy.

Who are you going to call?

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

Call us! 573-756-5191

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help during your time of need. When you call, we answer even if it is 10 PM on a Friday, your call will be answered.  We understand that when you have water coming through light fixtures or sewage backing up into your shower and onto the bathroom floor that you cannot wait until business hours on Monday.

That is why when you call, we answer. We can speak with you, get details about what is going on and dispatch a crew as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Farmington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. We can handle any size disaster!

Call SERVPRO of Farmington today at 573-756-5191.

Three Ways To Prevent a Dryer Fire

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Practice keeping a tidy lint trap on your dryer.

Three Ways To Prevent a Dryer Fire

Clothing dryers are a standard appliance found in the average household. But as commonplace as this appliance may be, failure to properly install or operate a home dryer can lead to the start of a lint fire. Prevent a dryer fire from starting in your own home by following these 3 basic steps:

1. Professional Dyer Installation

From the time of purchase, you should opt to have your dryer professionally installed. Trained specialists who install home appliances should have the correct tools and knowledge to install your dryer. Whether your dyer requires special ventilation hoses or an adapter for the electrical outlet, your appliance installation technician can help you to get things set up safely the first time around.

2. Follow Manufacturer Instructions and Clothing Labels

Once your dryer is properly installed and ready for operation, be sure you follow the guidelines found in your user manual. See what materials and fabric softeners can be safely used in conjunction with your particular model. Likewise, follow drying directions found on clothing labels before throwing them in after washing. Look for clothing label instruction warnings such as:

  • Do not tumble dry
  • Line dry only
  • Flammable materials such as rubber, plastic, or foam
  1. Perform Routine Cleaning and Maintenance

    When it comes to maintaining a safe dryer, always start by cleaning the lint trap frequently. Empty the lint trap between each drying cycle. Never operate your dryer without a properly installed lint catcher. Without it, debris can become backed up and increase your risk of starting a lint fire. Other regular maintenance practices to consider include:
  • Vent pipe cleaning every 3 months with a dryer exhaust snake
  • Annual inspection of gas operated dryers to avoid gas leaks
  • Regular inspection of outside dryer vent to ensure dirt, debris or wildlife is not blocking it

A dryer left uncared for could be a recipe for disaster. A lint fire may require special help from a reputable fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Farmington. Use these 3 handy tips to prevent a dryer fire from starting in your home.