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Commercial Water Damage Affects Southwest Missouri Hotel

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Affects Southwest Missouri Hotel This hotel was flooded from a burst pipe during a recent cold snap

Due to recent freezing spell a pipe burst in the attic of a local hotel damaging the two levels below.  Upon arrival there was several inches of water in the downstairs conference room.  SERVPRO of Nixa & Branson crew members worked quickly and efficiently to extract the water and remove all the affected wet ceiling tiles and other material affected, this enabled us to dry the ceilings and walls. Our crews worked throughout the night and were able to get the building dry and we were able to save the carpet in the large conference room of the hotel.  

If you have a commercial water damage or would like to get a free Emergency Response Plan into place for your business call us at 417-724-0084.

Prevent Mold Growth in Your Branson Area Home

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Prevent Mold Growth in Your Branson Area Home Mold in Southwest Missouri Home

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson professionals handle water damages every day and know that prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more likely to spread when the environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time.  If your property has seen a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry structure promptly.  If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for: 

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odor which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity. 

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the property for mold growth and water damage problems.  If you think you might have a mold problem don't panic call SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson today at (417) 724-0084

Mold Remediation in Southwest Missouri Home

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Southwest Missouri Home Southwest Missouri Kitchen mold remediation

We recently completed an extensive mold remediation in a kitchen in a Southwest Missouri home.  The mold was caused simply by a leaky faucet.  The photo shown is during the cleaning process.   SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson's professionally certified crews use containment while cleaning to keep the mold spores from spreading through out the home.  This is done by using air scrubbers to capture the spores in the work area and pulling the air outside while work is being performed.  Due to the amount of mold the kitchen had to be completely demoed down to the stud framing.  This allows us to dry the structure and remove, clean and disinfect the mold. This demonstrates how something as simple as a leaky faucet can cause damage to your home.

Fire: Dangers in the Aftermath

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire: Dangers in the Aftermath Fire Damaged Garage from a recent residential fire SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson completed

There’s been a fire at your home or business. Once the firemen leave, your first inclination may be to go inside the structure to see what you can salvage and start the cleaning process. But cleaning up after a fire is much more complicated than regular cleaning. It’s also very dangerous. Because once the last flame has been snuffed out, the dangers from a fire continue. 

Soot Hazards

Since fire destroys all materials, the soot that covers everything you touch and that you kick up in the air is full of toxic substances. That’s why the highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson wear heavy duty personal protection equipment (PPE) on fire mitigation jobs until all the soot is removed. Here are some of the poisons found in the soot and ashes of a building fire:

  • Mesothelioma (cancer) causing asbestos fibers from building materials
  • Carbon materials can produce carbon monoxide, ammonia, and nitrogen oxides
  • PVC can create hydrogen chloride, phosgene (used as a chemical weapon during World War I), dioxin, Refrigerant-40, bromomethane (a pesticide), etc.
  • Hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide (poisonous gasses)
  • Petroleum based items can produce formaldehyde, acrolein, furfural, cresols, and other harmful chemicals
  • Even wood smoke releases more than 100 chemicals also found in cigarette smoke

Removing the Odors

One of the main aftereffects of a fire are odors. These can be difficult to remove without professional know-how and equipment. For instance, did you know that several factors can impact the strength of fire odors? Some of these are:

  • Size - The bigger the fire, the more objects have burned, and thus there’s been more smoke.
  • Length -The longer a structure has been exposed to smoke, the more deeply odor has seeped into porous materials.
  • Space - When a fire occurs in a smaller room, the smoke odor becomes more intense and concentrated.
  • Stuff - Not all odors are equal. For instance, burning wood, plastic and protein, all emit different smells with varied consistency.

SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson has the knowledge and equipment to eliminate the diverse and pungent odors that occur after a fire. Besides the easily accessible areas, we also examine wall cavities, duct work, crawl spaces and plumbing chases to establish whether they also suffered any smoke or fire damage. We’ll ensure that they’re cleaned, repaired and that all traces of odor are removed.

So as tempting as it may be to rush back into your fire damaged home or business once the fire is out, play it safe and call SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson first so that we can safely make it “Like it never even happened."

Frozen Pipes Cause Flood for Southwest Missouri Church

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Frozen Pipes Cause Flood for Southwest Missouri Church Air Movers drying walls of a church after a burst pipe in Southwest Missouri

During a recent cold snap a frozen pipe caused this southwest Missouri church to flood.  This picture shows a portion of the building during the drying process. The cove trim was removed to allow us to access the area behind the walls.   We utilized a large desiccant dehumidifier to dry the entire building.  The desiccant recycles the air inside, bringing warm dry air inside while sucking moist air outside.  SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson's efforts resulted in having 90% of the building dry within 3 days.

Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. 

If you have a commercial water damage or would like to get a free Emergency Response Plan into place for your business call us at 417-724-0084

Prevent Mold Growth in Your Branson Area Home

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prevent Mold Growth in Your Branson Area Home Mold in Branson Area Home

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson professionals handle water damages every day and know that prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more likely to spread when the environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time.  If your property has seen a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry structure promptly.  If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for: 

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odor which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity. 

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the property for mold growth and water damage problems.  If you think you might have a mold problem don't panic call SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson today at (417) 724-0084

Two Story Water Damage in Branson Area Home

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Two Story Water Damage in Branson Area Home When severe storms and flooding hit your Branson area home, SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson is here to help. Our highly trained staff is available and read

During a recent cold snap a cold water supply line under a kitchen sink caused this Southwest Missouri basement home to have a major flood. 

This before picture shows the mess that was left behind in the basement as the water spread throughout the entire home and even into the garage. SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson was called to clean up the water damaged home. Our crews immediately began working to extract the water and removed the affected drywall and flooring and cabinets to get this home completely dry.  Construction repairs are under way to get this house back in order like it was pre water damage. If you have a water damage do not hesitate to contact us anytime day or night at 417-724-0084

Mold Remediation in Southwest Missouri Home

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Southwest Missouri Home Southwest Missouri kitchen mold remediation

We recently completed an extensive mold remediation in a kitchen in a Southwest Missouri home.  The mold was caused simply by a leaky faucet.  The photo shown is during the cleaning process.   SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson's professionally certified crews use containment while cleaning to keep the mold spores from spreading through out the home.  This is done by using air scrubbers to capture the spores in the work area and pulling the air outside while work is being performed.  Due to the amount of mold the kitchen had to be completely demoed down to the stud framing.  This allows us to dry the structure and remove, clean and disinfect the mold. This demonstrates how something as simple as a leaky faucet can cause damage to your home.

A Flood of Concerns for Branson Area

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Flood of Concerns for Branson Area Call SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson for your storm and flooding cleanup

Spring will soon be upon us, along with spring rains. As needed as they are, sometimes those rains don’t let up for a while and Branson ends up flooded. When that happens, we may see images of people walking through flood waters. Many times, they have no choice as they’re trying to escape to higher ground. But sometimes we see pictures of kids, even adults, playing in floodwaters. There is something tempting about playing in water when it’s in places it’s usually never seen. But here are some serious reasons why you never want to walk (or play) in floodwaters:

  • Creature features – some of your playmates may include poisonous snakes, bugs, leeches, disease-carrying rodents and decaying animal carcasses.  
  • Shock value – a live power line could give way (which is not unusual in disaster areas) and land in the water you’re standing in. No description necessary.
  • Junk in the funk – flood waters can carry and/or hide all sorts of debris that can harm you – broken glass, torn metal, splintered wood, etc.
  • The force is not with you – it only takes 6 inches of rapidly moving floodwaters to knock you off your feet and carry you to an uncertain fate.
  • Contamination abounds – many floods cause sewer overflows, releasing dangerous chemical waste and harmful microbes. These can make you very ill, especially if you swallow any or it comes in contact with your eyes, nose or open sores.
  • They suck – when flood waters cover storm drains or sink holes, powerful whirlpools can form that may not be visible from above. They can pull you under and won't let you go.

If you must walk in flood water (standing only – never go into moving water unless you’ve got a rope attached and you’re with a fireman/EMT/etc.), then take all precautions. Wear protective clothing and where your skin or clothing comes in contact with the water, wash as soon as possible. Also make sure you keep up with all vaccinations. 

The dangers listed above can also enter your home during flooding. And even if the flooding comes from an inside source, some of these hazards still exist. So instead of trying to handle such a catastrophe yourself, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson who are trained for such emergencies. We use powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property. Then we’ll dry, dehumidify, clean, repair and return your property to normal.

Does Your Branson Home Have A Mold Problem?

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Branson Home Have A Mold Problem? If You See Signs of Mold in your home, Call Us Today – 417-724-0084

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 417-724-0084