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Prevent mold growth in your laundry room

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Belleville-O’Fallon knows there are areas in your home that are more prone to mold growth than others. The bathrooms are main areas for mold growth; and so is your laundry room. Between the damp laundry, potential small leaks and the humidity, mold can spread quickly in your laundry room. How to prevent mold from growing? Make a regular routine to check your laundry room for moisture or mold growth.

Check for Wet Areas

Check your pipes for leaks, drywall and floors regularly for moisture or signs of mold growth. Always address the issue as soon as possible if there is noticeable water.

Clean Appliances

You should clean and check the maintenance on your washer and dryer regularly. Replace any loose seals, clean the washer of soap scum, clean out the dryer vents and make sure all water hoses are tight.

Don’t Leave Wet Clothes Sit

The inside of the washer is a prime area for mold growth. Do not leave wet laundry in the washer for a long period of time. Try to dry the clothes as soon as the washer ends.

Call our office as soon as you can if you discover mold growing in your home. The sooner the mold is removed the better. We are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 618-233-1289

Fire Prevention Tips

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire prevention week is October 7-13 this year. This year’s campaign is, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” This week is to educate everyone on the three basic steps to reduce house fires. Take these tips into your home to keep you and your family prepared and safe. Being prepared for a fire will help keep you and your family calmer if one occurs.

Look: Walk around your home to see if there are any potential fire hazards. Examples being clothes or blankets to close to space heaters, full dryer vents, too many cords plugged into one outlet, etc.

Listen: Make sure all your smoke alarms are working and replace batteries if you have not done so this year.

Learn: Put together an emergency exit route in place. Find all the quickest and safest exit possibilities. Make a designated meeting area outside your home for the family to meet.

Fire fact: The U.S fire departments are called to an average of 1 house fire every 86 seconds!

Restoring your commercial property after a water damage.

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Belleville commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Belleville-O'Fallon

SERVPRO of Belleville-O'Fallon specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

IIRC Certified Firm

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Belleville-O'Fallon is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Belleville-O'Fallon

SERVPRO of Belleville-O'Fallon specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm.

The storms are rolling in!

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

St. Clair county is supposed to be getting hit by a storm within the next few days. Heavy rain causes flooding which can cause water damage to your home. Dealing with a flooded home, leaking roof, or any other disaster is very stressful. SERVPRO of Belleville-O’Fallon is ready for this storm. Our crews have been cleaning and checking all equipment making sure we are ready to help. If you’re home is affected by this storm here are some tips to use until we arrive:


• Remove as much water as possible by mopping or shop vac
• Wipe excess water from furniture, shelves, etc.
• Remove and prop up wet cushions, rugs, etc.
• Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture to avoid water damage


SERVPRO Belleville-O’Fallon is available 24/7 for calls and services. If this storm brings damage to your home give us a call at 618-233-1289.

Do you know what to do after a fire?

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fires are never planned. They catch you off guard and take you by surprise. It is always best to be prepared for one and to know what to do when one strikes. From a small kitchen fire to a full house fire SERVPRO of Belleville-O’Fallon is always here to help. We have 25 years’ experience with disaster clean-up and restoration.

So, what do you do when a fire happens? Here are some helpful tips to use:

DO:

  • Limit movement to prevents soot being embedded in your carpet and upholstery
  • If your power is out empty the refrigerator and freezer
  • Change your HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional comes out

DON’T:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces
  • Shampoo any carpets or furniture
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been close to the fire, heat or water

After experiencing a fire in your home or business, give us a call to have our professionals come out and make your fire damage look “Like it never even happened.”

Flooded basement caused by a broken pipe.

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Belleville-O'Fallon received a call for a flooded basement and they were not sure what the cause was. Once we arrived to the home we determined their was a pin size hole in the hot water pipe. The pipe had to have been leaking for a while. Almost the entire basement was wet. With the steam from the hot water mold started growing on the walls and contents. 

We were able to extract the water from the floor and remove all the damaged dry wall and contents. When you have a water leak in your home it is important to find the source quickly. Mold can grow fast and can be very harmful to you and your family.

SERVPRO is ready for any size water damage that occurs! Call us at 618-233-1289

We clean up almost any mess!

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville & Granite City does bio hazard, crime scene, and vandalism clean up? 

Sometimes the unexpected and/or unwanted things can happen to or in your home or business. Whether it be from an animal coming in leaving a mess or nest, vandalism on the inside or outside, to a bad accident leaving bodily fluids. We are here to help with all of those cleaning needs. 

Our crews are trained to know what gear needs to be worn and what precautions need to be taken to make the mess look "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7 for calls and services and our crews will work around the clock to clean your home or business.

Give us a call at 618-797-1392 

Demolition day

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Demolition day Michael working hard removing the living room wall.

Our crew has been working very hard on this customers home. They experienced a fire in their attic. We have removed all the contents out of the home and began cleaning everything that was saved. Cleaning all the contents before returning it to the home is very important. We can remove the smoke smell and any soot damage to the customers belongings. If contents are not properly cleaned there is a chance you will bring that smoke smell back into your home. 

For this house a full demo is needed in the living room, dining room and kitchen. That means walls, ceilings and floor will need removed. The photo shows Michael working hard removing the living room wall. 

We understand the urgency of returning to your home. Our crews are available to work around the clock to restore your home!

Lighting strikes during a storm

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lighting strikes during a storm The holes in the garage ceiling caused by the lightening

During the last major storm we had; a house was struck by lightening. The lightening strike caused a small fire to occur in the home owners attic! Luckily it only burnt the attic and the rest of their home was safe. They did lose power and it blew their cable box.

Our crew is out cleaning all the walls, floors and ceilings, removing the insulation in the attic, cleaning the smoke smell and soot damaged contents and restoring this home back to before. We train our crews to know what chemicals to use and how to clean different types of contents. Anything from leather couches, antique china, clothes, books and more. 

We work hard everyday to make your home and contents look "Like it never even happened."