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Emergency Ready Profile

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Do you own or operate a small business?  You cannot always prevent disasters from happening, but you can always be prepared.  Let SERVPRO of Coffee, Franklin, Warren County help you be prepared for unplanned disasters by creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). By creating an Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Coffee, Franklin, Warren County you minimize interruptions in the daily operations of your business by having an immediate plan of action in place should disaster strike.  The Emergency Ready Profile provides immediate contact information and other important details that provide a guide to get your business back up and running after a disaster.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.  Be ready and get a complimentary Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Coffee, Franklin, Warren County, give our office a call at (931)723-8088 to set up an appointment.

Dealing with Smoke Damage After a Fire

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

How To Deal With Fire Damage?

Smoke is one of the worst things about fire damage to your home. Smoke can quickly ruin the walls and ceilings of your property, and it is not easy to clean the damage due to smoke. The particles in smoke are small, unburnt material that is dark in color and can deposit on almost any surface. These particles can not only cause cosmetic damage but also can cause structural damage.

Cleaning smoke after fire damage to your property is a job for the professionals here at SERVPRO. Particles in smoke that are less than 10 micrometers in diameter can get lodged in porous surfaces. If these particles are not cleaned correctly, they can cause an irreversible damage to your property.

Call In The Professionals:
Smoke residue can be very difficult to clean. If you try to clean them on your own, chances are, you will worsen the situation. Trying to clean smoke covered ceiling or walls can drive the particles deeper into the pores making the damage permanent. Professionals at SERVPRO are trained and have years of experience to do this job. Make sure that you call in the experts rather than trying to clean the smoke damage by yourself. We use various extraction methods to drive these particles out and minimize the damage. Paint on the walls and ceiling can also blister bubble during the fire.

The odor is yet another huge problem that accompanies smoke damage. Here at SERVPRO, we use some of the best equipment to combat even the most terrible smoke odors.  Our technicians use air scrubbers to eradicate any lingering smoke particles and get your home smelling like home again.

Limiting the damage and a successful restoration depends on how quickly we can start working. Call SERVPRO of Coffee, Franklin, Warren County at (931) 723-8088 to schedule an appointment with one of our experts today.

Here's an Easy Way to Prevent Water Damage

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

In serving people of our community, we are often directly involved in some of the most stressful times of our customers' lives.  Our job is to make it "Like it never even happened," and to walk with you through each step of the restoration process. 

Unfortunately, we sometimes find that water damage could have been easily prevented.  One great way to prevent water damage is to make simple upgrades to the plumbing supply lines to your sinks, toilets, washing machines and ice makers. 

Over time, plastic and rubber materials can dry-rot and lose their structural strength that is needed to withstand the water pressure being exerted on them around the clock.  

ACTION:  Invest in "braided" supply lines at your local do-it-yourself retailer.  The cost is just a few dollars per line, and you can outfit your entire home for far less than the cost of your insurance deductible, should an old line decide to break.  Furthermore, you will have the peace of mind that you've put your best foot forward in preventing a water damage loss that might otherwise create a very stressful time in your life!

For help with your water disaster, call us, SERVPRO of Coffee, Franklin, Warren County at (931) 723-8088. We are Here to Help!

Why you Should Make Carpet Cleaning a Priority!

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Young Child Playing with a Toy Car on the Floor of the Family Room with Carpet Get your carpets professionally cleaned regularly to help protect your family and your home.

For most homeowners, carpet cleaning is rarely considered a routine chore. While most assume that vacuuming is sufficient, it often isn’t enough for the heavier debris.

Carpet companies often require regular cleaning to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty, but there are several other reasons why carpet cleaning is a wise choice. By allowing for easier floor maintenance, extending the life of your carpet and banishing bugs and mites, carpet cleaning is a smart choice for any homeowners looking to have clean and well-maintained floors.

Still not convinced? Here are some ways that carpet cleaning can benefit your home:

Have simpler floor maintenance. Though vacuuming handles only the surface, it can happily coexist with regular carpet cleaning to make your life much easier! Regularly cleaned carpets are simpler to vacuum because the heavy-duty dirt and debris have already been removed.

Extend your carpet’s life. In remodels, carpet is often replaced for looking “tired”—often simply a result of being too dirty for too long. Every time dirty carpet is walked on, the debris becomes more embedded, working like sandpaper against the fibers and shortening the lifespan tremendously.

Remove mites and bugs. As with any other soft surface, mites and bugs are more than happy to take residence within plush carpet fibers. Thankfully, professional cleaning creates an inhospitable living environment for the critters, and staying on a regular schedule will discourage them from coming back.

Improve indoor air. Not only do carpets contain dirt, but there are also more dangerous pollutants and bacteria that might be lurking within the fibers. When doors and windows are opened, contaminants from the outside air are also brought into the home. Because vacuuming only handles surface-level debris, the other pollutants are free to degrade indoor air quality until they’re professionally removed.

Call us, SERVPRO of Coffee, Franklin, Warren County at (931) 723-8088 today to set up your next professional carpet cleaning!

Tips on Staying Safe with Space Heaters

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro Logo with Dark Background and Orange Fire Flames Coming from Bottom SERVPRO of Coffee, Franklin, Warren County are here to help after any disaster. You don't have to deal with the FIRE damage alone.

Space Heater Safety in Your Home

Anyone who has paid the bill to heat their home in the winter knows how expensive it can be to stay warm.  In return, this is why so many people to turn to their trusty space heater, but is your space heater “trusty”?  Did you know upwards of 25,000 house fires and 300 deaths are attributed to space heaters each year?  Follow these tips to help keep warm and most importantly protect your family and home this winter.

  • NEVER leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you are leaving a room or going to sleep
  • Proper placement of your space heater is crucial! Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that is flammable or can burn. This includes curtains, bedding, clothes, papers, etc.
  • Select the appropriate space heater for the size of your room. If you are placing the heater in a bedroom or smaller area you only need a heater rated for your space.  On the other hand, if you are heating a large area don’t expect to buy a smaller rated heater to heat the entire space. That leads to overuse and can cause the smaller heater to malfunction.
  • Keep children and pets away from the space heater. This may sound obvious, but many fires are caused by the heater getting covered or tipped into something flammable.
  • Place your heater on a hard and flat surface. Most heaters have an auto-shutoff trigger on the bottom but it’s always best to take the proper precautions.
  • As a rule of thumb plug directly into an outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire.
  • Keep space heaters away from water. Refrain from running a space heater in a bathroom or humid room unless you have a bathroom safe model (which will be specified on the box at time of purchase)

These tips are to help you and your loved ones stay safe and warm.  Please be ALERT and careful so you don’t become one of the 25,000 fires a year caused by a space heater.

If you do experience a fire from any source type, please respond quickly and call SERVPRO of Coffee, Franklin, Warren County. As Fire and Water Damage Specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advance training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

The Response Process Steps of your SERVPRO

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of gutters overflowing at corner of home during a rain storm Storm Damage can cause a major interruptions to your daily routine.

Storm damage can interrupt your clients' businesses and make it difficult for them to get back on track. When you need fast, professional mitigation services, you can recommend SERVPRO of Coffee, Franklin, Warren County with confidence. Its 24-hour service ensures that no matter when you call, you can depend on quick service. With one call to 931-723-8088, you set in motion a response that's Faster to Any Size Disaster.

1. Respond Within Under an Hour: 
When you contact us at SERVPRO for emergency restoration, you can count on a fast response within an hour of your call. When our responder calls, he or she will gather information to plan how to approach the restoration of your client's building:

Location of building
Type of damage
Extent of damage

Our trained and professional technicians use this information to gather the appropriate supplies and equipment they may need to address the problem.

2. Arrive Within Four Hours:
Disaster doesn't wait for a time that is convenient for your client. That's why it's so important to choose a company that operates on a 24-hour basis. No matter when the damage occurs, our SERVPRO team arrives on-site within four hours of the initial call. The team members assess the damage to your client's building and compile a list of the repairs that need to be made. They can then estimate the overall cost and time it will take for completion.

3. Brief Within Eight Hours:
Because SERVPRO is always open, the restoration team that will complete the work on your client's building will be ready to brief him or her on what is needed to get it back to normal. Technicians give the building owners an overview of what to expect from the process and answer any questions they may have.
You and your clients can depend on SERVPRO for professional, 24-hour response. Regardless of when the disaster occurs, SERVPRO of Coffee, Franklin, Warren County will be there to help in a timely manner.

Tips and Tricks for Fire Extinguishers

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher on side wall of cabinet under a sink Keeping a Fire Extinguisher in your home may help save your property from severe damage.

Fires and fire damage are tragedies among renters and homeowners. But, there are ways to lessen the damage. SERVPRO® of Coffee, Franklin, Warren County is Here to Help so fires don't ruin your winter. One is having a proper fire extinguisher- especially, during the winter months. Make sure you follow these rules from our friends at the American Red Cross when it comes to having a good extinguisher:

*Always have more than one working extinguisher in your home.
*Install extinguishers high on the wall and away from any heat sources.
*If an extinguisher doesn’t work on a fire immediately, drop it and get out. Most portable extinguishers empty in 8 seconds.
*Make sure the gauge on your extinguisher is properly charged.
*Once you have the right fire extinguisher, always remember PASS:

P- Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.

A- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

S- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

S- Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

We hope these tips and tricks keep fires and fire damage from your homes. But, if you have fire damage and need SERVPRO, we are always Here to Help. Call SERVPRO® of Coffee, Franklin, Warren County at (931) 723-8088.

Steps for an Insurance Inventory in Your Home

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Smartphone taking photo Inventory your home now to make life easier later!

Here at SERVPRO of Coffee, Franklin and Warren County, we work to make water, fire, and mold damage “Like it never even happened.” Restoring your home after damages of these kinds occur often means replacing items that were affected, so an up-to-date home inventory can be a big help for both restoration professionals and insurance adjusters working on your claim. Also, home inventories aren’t just for home owners or for people who already have insurance; they can be a great first step in determining what level of coverage you might need, and are also valuable in seeking renter’s insurance or filing a claim as a renter.

While perhaps time-consuming at first, building a home inventory is a simple process. To get started on yours, just follow these steps:

  • Go through your home room by room and take pictures of the entire room, as well as close-up pictures of individual items you would want replaced in the event of a loss
  • For each item, record a description of the item, the serial number if applicable, when and where the item was purchased, and the cost at time of purchase (or appraisal of cost if actual cost is unknown)
  • Add new items to your inventory as they’re added to your home, and keep copies or pictures of receipts whenever possible
  • For antique items or collections, check with your insurance agent to determine if special coverage is needed

In our increasingly digital world, home inventories are easier than ever to create. You can organize one in an online spreadsheet, or check out several free app options to use directly on your phone or a tablet. In the event of an emergency at your home, your inventory can then be accessed off-site. Finally, as an extra preparedness step you can add important contact information to the bottom of your document, like the numbers for your insurance agent and for SERVPRO of Coffee, Franklin, and Warren County!

Complimentary Emergency Ready Profile

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Rep Meeting with Businessman Schedule a time for your free ERP

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

Did you know that SERVPRO of St. Louis Central offers complementary SERVPRO Emergency READY Profiles for your business? A Emergency Ready Profile can help you minimize business interruptions by having an immediate plan of action in the event a catastrophe strikes your business. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. 
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed. 
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. 
  • Establishes SERVPRO of St. Louis Central as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by. 
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money. 
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

This Is A FREE Service To Your Company!

Signs of Water Damage

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Bubbling Paint from Water Damage Be on the lookout for water damage!

More American homeowners file water damage claims than you might expect. Given that about one in 50 American homeowners files water damage claims every year on their homeowner’s insurance, there’s a good chance that someone you know might have filed one last year.

Not only are water damage claims common, but they’re also growing. In fact, the insurance industry statisticians say that water damage claims have been growing annually over the past several years. But at the same time, fewer homeowners have made fire damage claims.

What you need to know about water damage

Many homeowners aren’t sure when leaks can be handled at home and when the water damage they cause need to be repaired and evaluated by professional water restoration technicians. You might notice these signs if you’re dealing with water damage that needs professional help.

You notice signs of mold, especially a musty odor. A distinctive, musty smell is one of the first signs of mold and mildew in a home. That means it’s important for you to take steps to stop the progression of mold and mildew before it grows more prevalent in your home.

Fabrics start to bleed, fade or stain. If you notice these problems with your curtains or the upholstery in your home, that can be a sign of too much moisture in your home. Don’t ignore this sign.

Your floorboards or furniture are damaged. Wet wood will start to warp within just a few days. If that happens in your home, it’s best to start seeking help from professionals who can help you restore your home.

Most of these problems won’t improve over time without professional intervention. So if you notice these issues, it’s important to start the water restoration process as soon as possible.