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The Return of the Mold: How To Minimize Your Risk of Repeat Growth

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Return of the Mold: How To Minimize Your Risk of Repeat Growth Give SERVPRO a call if you notice mold growing in your home.

The Return of the Mold: How To Minimize Your Risk of Repeat Growth

It is impossible to have a completely mold-free home. Mold is in the air. It hitches a ride on your clothes and hair when you come in from outside your home in Oakville, MO and it seeks out any moisture source it can find. Black mold growth can appear in areas that have water damage from leaks or malfunctioning plumbing. Mold remediation experts can resolve the problem, but unless you take certain precautions, the mold could return, even after professional cleanup.

1. Maintain Your Home.

Vigilant maintenance is the key to preventing the need for future mold cleanup. Take note of the places in your home where condensation tends to gather or leaks often occur. Fix the problems causing the leaks. This not only prevents unsightly water damage but also denies black mold spores a place to land and thrive.

2. Ventilate Stagnant Areas.

Your attic gets stuffy quite easily, so you must make sure that it is properly ventilated. Moisture is more likely to gather in areas lacking in air flow. Giving the stale air in these places a place to escape outside your home can be an effective mold growth deterrent.

3. Control the Humidity.

Your indoor humidity should stay within a range of 30 and 50 percent. Humid rooms are prone to mold issues. Exhaust fans in your kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms can help prevent the need for mold cleanup.

4. Hire Professionals.

If you do discover a mold problem in your home, don’t try to clean it up yourself. Certified technicians are trained to assess the problem and resolve it thoroughly. If your mold issue is not resolved completely, it is likely to return again.

Mold remediation specialists can resolve a problem with black mold in your home. Your responsibility is to do everything you can to keep the problem from recurring by making your home a place where mold feels less welcome. Visit for more information on mold. 

Caring for Your Post-Fire Home

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Caring for Your Post-Fire Home Give SERVPRO a call if you experience fire damage in your home.

Upon assessing your house in Oakville, MO after a fire, the fire damage will probably be immediately apparent. In addition to the scorched bits and smoke damage, you will notice there is a lot of water in your house. This isn’t surprising since a fire hose can spray 500 gallons of water per minute while the fire is raging. By acting quickly, you can take steps to prevent further damage.

1. Begin Work on Major Damages

The first thing to do after assessing the water damage in your house is to contact a specialist who can help deal with water and fire damage. Damages may go deeper than is immediately apparent and could exist in spaces between floors and walls. It is essential that restoration begin as soon as possible, as excessive water can cause mold and mildew if left alone. Most household appliances are not equipped to deal with the amount of water that will be in your home after a torrent of water from a fire hose.

2. Stay Safe

If you enter your home, use caution when walking on wet or slippery surfaces. Items can become dangerously heavy if they are waterlogged, so use caution when standing under or attempting to pick up soggy items. Avoid electrical sparks by only using electronics that are completely dry and outlets that are far away from wet areas. Avoid rooms where the ceilings are sagging or where the structure may be unsteady.

3. Help the Pros

You can help with restoration by making areas more accessible to professionals. It will be helpful to clean up loose items near the wet areas. Wipe off furniture and move objects to a dry place away from the damage. Fabric items should be hung up or propped up so that air can flow on all sides. You may be able to use fans or dehumidifiers to help dry out areas that are less damaged.

With quick action, your home can be saved or restored after fire damage and a deluge of fire-fighting water. Visit for more information on fire damage. 

Fire Damage St Louis - When the flames are gone, soot and smoke can continue to cause fire damage

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage St Louis - When the flames are gone, soot and smoke can continue to cause fire damage St Louis fire damage repair

Smart Steps Toward St Louis Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage to your St Louis home or Clayton Mo. office is devastating, but you should not wait to take steps towards restoring your property. Thanks to your fire alarm system, everyone got out of the building, but now you have to deal with your burned and heat-damaged possessions. When the flames are gone, soot and smoke can continue to cause fire damage. This is why it is important to start restoration as soon as you can.

The First Step

You should make notes about what items are ruined or damaged and take photographs too. You’ll be contacting your insurance company and a restoration contractor, so you want to be sure about your circumstances. Misunderstandings are common, but if you have photos and notes, you’ll be in a better position to know the extent of the St Louis fire damage and what needs to be restored or replaced. This should be done within hours after the fire is extinguished.

Once you have a clear picture of the damage, call your insurance company. Hopefully, you can do this the next day. It is important to call them as soon as possible, so they will send an insurance adjustor to your home or office quickly.

Call a Reputable Fire Damage Restoration Contractor

When searching for a local cleaning and restoration contractor, make sure they are Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified. These professionals have been trained in the latest restoration technology and have health and safety certification. They will have experience in a wide range of fire damage St Louis restoration projects. You should also ask for proof or the proper licenses and insurance.

You may be able to locate a restoration contractor who also does reconstruction. This will save you a lot of time and money. They will first board up your home or office so vandals or thieves cannot enter. They will also work directly with your insurance company to create a restoration plan that will return your property to its pre-fire condition. They’ll inform your adjustor about the items that can be cleaned and restored and the ones that need to be replaced. Your restoration contractor should also be able to safely store some of your possessions during recovery.

Fire damage includes much more than burning. There can also be extensive St Louis water damage when the fire department puts out the fire as well as smoke damage that can go into every part of the house including places that were untouched by the fire.

Let the Professionals Handle It

You may be tempted to get the restoration process started by cleaning things yourself. This is not recommended because it may only make it worse. Some things to avoid are:

• Wiping walls, ceiling tiles or any absorbent material
• Reusing carpet and upholstery that have smoke damage
• Using any food item including canned goods that were exposed to heat and smoke
• Turning on your computer, TV, or electrical appliances before they have been professionally cleaned

The restoration process after a fire can be stressful, but if you have a certified professional handling your insurance company and the construction, there is a good chance you’ll have a full recovery.

SERVPRO is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company. 

Fire damage: How to proceed when you've had a home fire

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire damage: How to proceed when you've had a home fire A restoration company should be contacted after a fire

A fire in the home can be an extremely devastating loss.

Along with valuable items, many sentimental possessions like photos and keepsakes can be lost or damaged. While it might seem like an insurmountable loss, the cleanup process can bring the home back to its original shape.

Homeowner Self-Cleaning

Whether it's because of a lack of funds or the desire to take control of the situation, some homeowners decide to tackle the job of cleaning the home themselves. St. Louis fire restorationrequires special equipment to speed up the drying process. 

Airing Out the Space

Opening the windows and airing out the space with fans is only the first step in the drying process. There's smoke damage and water damage in St. Louis to consider too. The smoke can contaminate all the surfaces in the home including counters, walls, floors and furniture. Everything will have to be cleaned to remove the smell of smoke. 

Structural and Wiring

A fire can attack the structure of the walls, ceilings or floors. Inside the walls, wires might be damaged. Electrical fires can destroy much of the wires inside the wall. Faulty wiring could have been the cause of the fire as well. A professional electrician needs to be called to take care of wiring. 

Hire a Professional Restoration Company

Homeowner's insurance will often cover the cost of cleaning and restoration after a fire. The homeowner will have to check their policy and contact the insurance carrier for confirmation of the exact coverage and dollar amounts. Even without coverage, homeowner's who experience a fire should hire a professional company to tackle the hard job of cleaning and restoring the home to its previous glory. 


The professional restoration company will assess the home's structural and overall damage while they are cleaning and airing out the home. A fire can create damage to the structure of the home that can't be seen at first glance. They are St. Louis professionals with experience in assessing the state of the home after a fire. 

Water Removal

Professionals will air out the space using special equipment. They will find the water that's seeped into the walls and under the flooring too. When water is left anywhere in the home, it can quickly start to create mold spores. This is an entirely different danger to the health of the home and family. 

A restoration company should be contacted after a fire to do an assessment of the home and provide valuable advice on the steps to remove the smoke, fire and water damage. Contact the company immediately after a fire to start the process.

5 Tips for Oakville Tornado Preparedness

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 5 Tips for Oakville Tornado Preparedness With winds that may exceed 300 miles per hour, tornadoes remain unpredictable and instill fear into many with good reason.

5 Tips for Tornado Preparedness

With winds that may exceed 300 miles per hour, tornadoes remain unpredictable and instill fear into many with good reason. Though tornadoes occur in many world countries, the United States continues leading the number of annual incidences. Every year, there are more than 1,000 recorded events that claim the lives of more than 200 people and cause more than one billion dollars in property destruction.
Preparedness remains key to survival.

1) Family Preparation
Before the onset of Oakville tornado weather, all family members should know the steps to take in the event that a threatening storm approaches. Preparedness training begins with determining and designating specific locations where all must seek shelter in the home or in the community. Have emergency supplies in storage and a first aid kit on hand. Ensure that all have a basic knowledge of administering first aid. Family members of all ages are less likely to panic if educated in advance.

2) Emergency Supplies
Food and water stores must be sufficient to support the entire family for three days or longer. Food should not require cooking, chilling or rehydration unless supplies also include extra water and a means of preparation that does not rely on public utilities. In case local residences are required to evacuate an area, emergency supplies should be lightweight and portable. In addition to food, water and first aid products, emergency supplies might include:
    •    Bedding
    •    Clothing
    •    Necessary personal care items
    •    Flashlights
    •    A portable radio
    •    Spare batteries
    •    Cash
    •    Signaling devices
    •    Copies of vital documents

3) Home Shelter Locations
Families often seek shelter in cellars or basements in areas with thick walls and no windows. The room should also not flood easily if heavy rains occur. If a basement is not available, choose a small enclosed area in the middle of the home that may include a closet or bathroom. Emergency kits and supplies must be located in the same room or nearby for easy access after a storm strikes. Know where and how to turn off the main valves that enable water, gas or propane inlet.

4) Monitor Weather Conditions
When impending Oakville storms are predicted, watch the progress and location of the storm via television, radio or Internet. Stay in contact with family, friends and co-workers who may in turn reach out and warn others.

5) Know the Signs
Some signs indicate the possibility of Oakville tornado formation. These include:
    •    Dark green skies
    •    Circling clouds
    •    Unusual stillness
    •    A thunderous roar
    •    Large hail without rain
    •    Flying debris
    •    Bright flashes of light from damaged power lines

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Oakville/Mehlville is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Oakville community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

If There Are 100,000 Types of Mold, Which Type Is Attacking Your Wall?

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation If There Are 100,000 Types of Mold, Which Type Is Attacking Your Wall? Give SERVPRO a call if you notice mold in your home or business.

All over the United States, there are reports of winter storms, nor’easter water damage, and colder-than-expected temperatures. Once spring arrives in Oakville, MO the thawing snow and ice often results in flooded basements, broken pipes, and cracked plumbing lines. Mildew can quickly grow in these humid or damp areas of the building, and once the splotchy signs of mold appear on a wall or ceiling, you can be certain there are probably more mold colonies hidden from sight. Sometimes there are black mold warning signs, such as:

• The musty smell of mildew
• Red, green, or yellow fungi
• Small patches of visible mold

Different types of mold have different colors and characteristics. What do they all mean?

Is It Bad Mold?

Although mold tests have become a popular option for do-it-yourself enthusiasts, testing for black mold is not as straightforward as you may think. There are over 100,000 types of fungi floating in the air at any given time. An Indoor Environmental Professional is a specialist trained in how to recognize various types of mold and their danger levels. Many of the IEP community are accomplished scientists who understand how the mildew, fungus, and spores spread and where a particular strain of mold may have evolved. An IEP can also identify which variety of mildew is growing and how quickly it will spread so that mold cleanup can be completely effective.

Will Mold Removal Work?

Once the IEP identifies the type of fungus present in your building, it is time to contact a mold removal company. The team can use the IEP report to completely eradicate mold, mildew, and spores left behind by any water damage. By using specialized equipment to detect highly damaged areas, the professionals can also do what is necessary to remediate potential fungus problems.

Trust a team of professionals when you suspect your building has black mold. The crew can quickly provide mold remediation and deal with any fungus problem thoroughly and professionally. Visit for more information on mold. 

Removing All Traces of a Flood

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Removing All Traces of a Flood SERVPRO is available 24/7 to assist with damage caused by storms and flooding.

When you're hit with a flood in Oakville, MO the first thing on your mind will probably be getting the damage taken care of. Go one step further by making it seem like the flood never happened. After a flood, cleaning should be your first goal, and perfect should be your final destination. Professional cleaning requirements, if you find a company to follow them correctly, should make it seem like the flood never took place.

When you begin to look at your flood damage, it can be overwhelming. Start by identifying your jobs:

* Disposal of destroyed objects and debris
* Using flood disinfectant on salvageable items
* Repairing structural damage

After you identify your tasks, it's easier to figure out what problems require immediate attention. Here are some of the common categories of flood cleanup tasks:

Silt Removal

Silt and mud are a major issue in flooding. Topsoil and river dirt are carried in by the torrential waters, invading your home. The cleanup requirements for this type of problem vary based on the level of contamination, but it typically requires a crew working with shovels and protective gear.

Sewage Control

Septic tanks and other private waste disposal systems are a first priority flood repair issue. These stinky problems can threaten your health, degrade your property and accelerate secondary damage.

Structural Repair

Homes are not designed to get wet. The building materials are sturdy enough when they're dry, but some, such as drywall, basically turn into soup when they stand in water. Others become waterlogged, calling pests and possibly promoting mold growth. You might need to remove and replace some of these damaged features.

Your cleaning requirements depend on the extent of your flood damage. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is trying to handle everything related to flood damage by yourself, but another common pitfall is not treating your issue as unique. Make sure you get a full assessment and a detailed action plan if you want to make your home as good as new. Visit for more information on storm damage. 

3 Reasons To Inspect a Commercial Sprinkler System Before Using It

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Using an automatic sprinkler at your Oakville, MO commercial property can beautify its landscaping and keep the trees and shrubbery there healthy. However, a lack of proper irrigation maintenance before and during the use of the system may result in inefficient watering, water waste and flooding. Inspecting your system each year before turning it on can avoid these issues and a variety of others that can have a direct impact on your business.

1. Cost

If your sprinkler system is not working correctly and causing slow leaks or inefficient watering, this could cause you hundreds of dollars in water loss each year. When lines or head leaks go unnoticed, the water may never reach your property’s landscaping, which wastes it. Finding and repairing leaks may lower your company’s water bill and cut water waste.

2. Improved Landscaping Plant Health

Your company’s landscaping plants are likely a considerable investment for you. Not only do they beautify your property, they can attract the eye of prospective customers and make an impression upon anyone who visits your business. However, sprinkler flooding, low water pressure and other problems can have a negative impact on the health of your trees and shrubs, stunting their growth or causing them to look skimpy. Performing irrigation maintenance by having your sprinkler system inspected and floods drained by a commercial water damage and cleanup company can help improve the health of your landscape plants.

3. Changes to Water Conservation Details

Even if your sprinkler system is working correctly, it may not be as efficient as it was the year before. Water conservation strategies can shift with each season, and keeping up with the changes can help you save money and ensure that your property is being watered in a way that prevents water waste.

Performing irrigation maintenance at your Oakville, MO commercial property can be a wise investment. From preventing water waste to protecting your landscaping plants, taking the time to perform these checks may provide you with peace of mind when it comes to maintaining your property as best you can.
Visit for more information on commercial water damage. 

How To Prevent Mildew and Leave Your Bathroom Sparkling Clean

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

There are many certainties that come with owning a home in Oakville, MO and the building up of stubborn mold or bathroom mildew is one of them. After all, family bathrooms see a lot of interaction from day to day, leaving behind the presence of human activity which can lead to mildew growth. If you’re looking to prevent mildew from spreading on your floor tiles or shower tile grout, here are a few ways you can handle this issue:

? Use commercial cleaning products on a regular basis. Depending on the extent of past mildew growth or the longevity of its presence in your bathroom, commercial products with bleach or ammonia can be the best solution to preventing bathroom mildew. More often than not, instructions advise that spraying on certain formulas and letting them rest for a period of time before scrubbing your tiles is crucial for preventing mildew growth. If black mildew is already present in your bathroom grout or dangerous mold is apparent, calling professionals is key to ensuring your home is properly cleaned.

? Clean with useful ingredients found within your home for a more natural method. Experts agree that the use of natural household remedies like baking soda, vinegar or lemon juice can help to prevent or eradicate mildew from spreading along your tile grout.

? Take care of any humidity issues. If there’s a consistent humidity problem that doesn’t get fixed, odds are the mildew issue is going to continue to arise. Address the moisture situation by installing fans or contact local professionals to inspect your home and determine the best approach for eliminating any moisture-related problems.

Owning your Oakville, MO home doesn’t have to come with a variety of headaches if you take the time to clean and inspect your space on a routine basis. Bathroom mildew or a humidity problem are common annoyances, but keeping your household mold or mildew-free is possible. If mold continues to surface despite your efforts, it’s best to call for experienced technicians to handle its removal. Visit for more information on mold. 

3 Actions You Can Take To Prepare for a Flood Claims Adjuster's Visit

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Once a flood affects your Oakville, MO home, it can be difficult to know how to proceed with cleanup efforts and how to recover from the monetary loss you have suffered. One of the first steps you can take is to contact your insurance company and advise it of the damage. Once the claim is filed, a home adjuster might visit to inspect the property, and there are a few ways you can prepare for this to ensure the process goes smoothly.

1. Leave Damaged Items Where They Are

While you might be tempted to throw away damaged items, your claims adjuster might want to view them to assess the extent of the damage. While taking photographs can be helpful, allowing the adjuster to look over the actual items can give him or her a better idea of the severity of the flood. Some items you may want to leave in place include televisions, mattresses and clothing.

2. Make a List of Damaged or Missing Items

If the flood was powerful enough to wash away any items, you can assist your home adjuster with making a claim by creating a list of missing and/or damaged items. This can make the assessment simpler and allow him or her to itemize losses and file your insurance claim faster.

3. Collect Estimates From a Variety of Companies

Before the adjuster's visit, you may want to collect estimates from contractors, construction companies and professional flood cleanup and restoration specialists. Compiling this list can help your claims adjuster see what repairs need to be made, how much it might cost and how long it will take. Having these figures available can avoid delays in your claim and allow repairs to begin as soon as possible.

When flooding devastates your Oakville, MO property, working closely with your insurance company's home adjuster may give you peace of mind that your claim can be processed efficiently. As a homeowner, this can be just as important as replacing lost or damaged items. Visit for more information on water damage