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Don’t Let a Disaster Take Down Your Business

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

A recent Commercial Fire Damaged structure

Having a disaster such as a flood or a fire befall your business is more than an inconvenience. It’s your livelihood. Disasters also adversely affect all your employees because of loss wages due to downtime. Whether you’re a property manager or owner, you must not only consider what steps you need to take to clean up and repair the structure, but you’re also concerned with the health and safety of any staff and/or occupants. And time is of the essence. Your main concern will probably be: Can I run my business while the damage restoration process is happening?

You’re Not Alone

SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson has been able to work with many different businesses and property owners over the years and have almost always found ways to keep businesses and commercial properties operating as efficiently as possible, while the restoration process is happening.

We do this by keeping a clear channel of communication open with owners or managers to figure out what your requirements are and how we can operate around you.  In this way, we find the best possible way to move forward with the damage cleanup while working around your business needs.

We can also help you take on the headaches of working with your insurance company. Our expert team will create an estimate, document your claim, and submit it directly to your insurance company. We’ll help you understand what your insurance will cover and won’t cover, and the budget you’ll receive to make these critically needed repairs.

Eliminating Down Time

The team at SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson understands what it means to handle commercial disaster restorations. We’ll send out a large crew that will get the work done quickly. We can schedule around your business hours so the dirtiest parts of the work can be done when your personnel and customers aren’t present. And we can cordon off the affected areas as we continue our work, so as not to endanger your staff or slow down your business. In short, we work hard to make sure your business, as much as possible, doesn’t miss a beat.

To help eliminate as much down time as possible, it’s important to plan now for disasters. Preparedness planning tools like the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program can help business owners know exactly who to call and what to do when disaster strikes. Under this Program, a business owner works with a SERVPRO disaster recovery specialist to create an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for their facility, at no charge. This comprehensive document contains critical information about the business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. Having this information in hand helps business owners and SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson react to an unexpected event quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption. And, because disasters are unexpected, there’s a Smartphone app and web version of the Program available to provide business owners with access to their ERP 24/7.

If you do experience a disaster, call the dedicated recovery team that’s able to respond faster, get to work faster, and get you back to doing what you do best…faster! SERVPRO will help make it “Like it never even happened."

Commercial Water Damage Affects Southwest Missouri Hotel

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson Offers 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small.

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 417-724-0084

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson 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. 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.

Meet Our Crew

Why SERVPRO

 

Don't Reach for the Bleach

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Ten Reasons not to use Bleach when cleaning mold

Chlorine-based bleach has been around for a long, long, time. It was invented in Europe in the late 18th century, and many consider it the be-all and end-all solution to their cleaning needs. But in reality, it can do great harm.

Here are the Top Ten reasons why you don’t want to use bleach to clean:

  1. Chlorine lacks detergency – in other words, it contains no wetting agents that allow it to penetrate soils, so surfaces must be pre-cleaned before chlorine will effectively kill germs. This is a 2-step process that requires more time.
  1. Chlorine is very caustic to human tissue. It can produce irritation and burning on your skin and could cause blindness.
  1. Chlorine reacts with other chemicals to create toxic byproducts and gases. For instance, when bleach comes in contact with ammonia, it can form chlorine gas, causing cellular damage in nasal passageways and lungs. The accidental mixture of these two products in homes has resulted in death. It’s also incompatible with products that contain hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid and acetic acid (vinegar).
  1. It may harm your children. After using, bleach remains on surfaces and continues to emit fumes. Recent studies show that children who been exposed to bleach in their homes are more likely to suffer from respiratory illness. In addition, various studies have linked the use of bleach in a household to a higher prevalence of asthma and allergies.
  1. Using bleach can hurt your pets. Your cleaning products can stay on a pet’s paws or fur. Since cats and dogs often lick themselves, they may ingest harmful chemicals. Due to their tiny size, birds can become sick upon inhaling only a small amount of the fumes. Bleach poisoning in pets can result in vomiting, convulsions, and sometimes death.
  1. Bleach can kill mold, BUT it depends on the surface the mold is on. Mold grows on both porous and non-porous materials. When dealing with mold on non-porous materials such as shower tiles, tubs, vinyl window trims, counter tops, etc. you can use bleach to kill the mold and disinfect. But using bleach to remove mold from porous materials like drywall and wood can actually accelerate mold growth rather than killing it!                                                                                      When bleach is used on porous materials, the chlorine is left on the surface and only the water component of the bleach is absorbed into the material, aggravating the situation as this provides more moisture for the mold to feed on, where it may then produce allergens and irritants. If you have a mold infestation, call SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson to professionally remove it.
  1. Chlorine is extremely corrosive to metal surfaces and can permanently discolor countertops. It can also damage floor finishes, requiring them to be stripped and recoated, which is an expensive process.
  1. Chlorine discolors fibers and colored surfaces. Carpets, upholstery and clothing are just a few of the materials that may be damaged.
  1. Chlorine bleach’s disinfectant power is rapidly inactivated by contact with organic matter, such as blood, saliva, tissue, urine, feces, dirt, etc. Chlorine is also weakened by sunlight.
  1. Diluted chlorine bleach quickly loses its effectiveness, is unstable and can lose its disinfectant qualities very rapidly compared to other, more stable disinfectants.

Some safer and effective alternatives to bleach are:

  • Baking soda and white vinegar – they’re non-toxic and non-corrosive. Use them to freshen fabrics, eliminate grease, and clean glass.
  • Rubbing alcohol – effectively cleans plastic surfaces of electronics
  • Hydrogen peroxide – it’s nontoxic and can be used to disinfect household surfaces. Unlike bleach, hydrogen peroxide is safe to use around food products.
  • Soap and warm water – the basics! It’ll clean just about anything in your home and won’t present any health risks. Scrubbing with antibacterial soap will kill bacteria just like harsher chemicals.

Although bleach products may be a bargain, you owe it to yourself, your family or coworkers to use a product that truly cleans, thoroughly disinfects and is safe to use.

Financing to Fit Your Needs

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson is excited to announce that we are now offering financial solutions for our customers through Green Sky Financing

Help Is Here with Mold, Fire, or Water Damaging Restorations Costs Green Sky Financing is Here

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson is excited to announce that we are now offering financial solutions for our customers through our new partner Green Sky Financing.

If you have ever suffered through a flood, fire, or mold infestation, we understand that the only thing worrying you as much as restoring your home is how you are going to pay for it. At SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson we do everything possible to keep costs at a minimum but costs can run into thousands very quickly.  We sought out this solution after assisting customers who tried to save money by doing the demolition, cleaning, and restoration themselves. In every case, the homeowners or residents simply added to the problem and found themselves with a larger bill; sometimes much larger.

Our office has been trained and approved by Green Sky financial program to help our customers finance their restoration projects. We can assist an individual in getting loans with competitive rates and regular monthly payments, compared to the exorbitant rates and payments from a large credit card transaction.

We have the options to assist by filling out an online application at our office or over the phone.  Other than the speedy approval process, this is not a rush loan in any other sense. GreenSky understands that the restoration process can take weeks or months depending on the level of the damage. Recipients have up to four months to exhaust the amount of their loan with our office. It is not a short-term loan with a limited 18-month payment structure. Qualified customers can spread their payments up to as long as 84 months (7 years) or 96 months (8 years) at a payment that can be as low as $79 a month.  Financing terms are available for a variety of services- from deductibles, non-coverage on insurance claims, or even just a home remodel.  

For more information on what we can do for your home and how GreenSky can help, call us at (417) 724-0084 or visit us at SERVPROnixabranson.com

Why Pipes Freeze and How to Stop it From Happening to You

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

The affects of water from freezing pipes.

About the only time you want to hear the sounds of snap, crackle and pop is from a fireplace or your breakfast cereal, but never from the water pipes in your home or business. And once one ruptures, it can release hundreds of gallons per hour, causing extensive water damage to your property. Unfortunately, SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson sees this happen all the time during the winter when pipes are allowed to freeze. But why do they break?

Water’s Weird Quality

Water reacts very differently from most other elements. When water cools, it contracts until it reaches approximately 40°F. After that, it expands slightly until it reaches the freezing point, when it then swells by about 9%. Since this is enough pressure to split open boulders, your pipes don’t stand a chance!

Recognize the Problem Areas

The pipes that are more likely to freeze are:

  • Those exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose spigots, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water pipes in unheated interior areas like basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets, especially those that aren’t insulated.
  • Pipes that run along outside walls that have little or no insulation.

Nip It in the Bud                  

Before cold weather sets in, follow these suggestions to protect your pipes from freezing:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines.
  • Close inside valves that supply outdoor spigots, then open the spigots to let any remaining water drain out. Keep outside valves open so that any water left in the pipe can expand without breaking it.
  • Add high R-value insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces.
  • Install "pipe sleeves" or wrap UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials onto exposed water pipes.
  • Keep garage doors closed if there’s a water supply line inside.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to let warmer air circulate around the plumbing.
  • Once the temperature reaches 28°F outside, let water drip from both the cold and hot water faucets. This not only keeps water moving through the pipes but relieves built-up water pressure should they freeze.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature day and night. A slightly higher electric bill costs less than a repair job on a broken pipe and subsequent water damage.
  • If you’re a snowbird and will be gone for a while, leave the heat in your home set to no lower than 55°F.

Many times, a frozen pipe will burst in the middle of the night when it’s coldest. Unfortunately, that’s also the time you’re asleep and so you may not be aware of the problem until hours later, compounding the water damage and the cost to repair it. So do all you can to ensure that it doesn’t happen to you. But if it does, call SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson any time of the day or night and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Our Story

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson is locally owned and operated and specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property.

In March of 1985 Harlin and LaJune Bryngelson relocated their family to Springfield, Missouri after the company Harlin worked for began restructuring.  Harlin and June had friends that had purchased a SERVPRO franchise in Northern Missouri and they quickly saw that this could be a good fit for them as well. The Bryngelsons officially opened their own SERVPRO franchise in Springfield in the spring of 1985.  Building a business from the ground up took sacrifice and hard work; working alongside of them were their children Donnae, Debbie, Daniel, David and son in law Brian Grimm.  Harlin and LaJune retired from SERVPRO in 1994 and Daniel, David and Brian took over ownership and operations and have since continued the legacy set forth by their parents. They also expanded their territory and added an additional franchise in Nixa / Branson in 2001, with additional office space added in Branson in 2018. 

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson is locally owned and operated and specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property across Southwest Missouri.  We strive to continue those traditions of excellence and to bring honesty and integrity and the values of our Christian faith into every aspect of our business.  We understand that fire and water damage can be disruptive and stressful, our goal is to minimize the stress and disruption these events may bring to your life.   We know the decision to bring someone into your home or business during and already stressful time can be a difficult one to make. 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.

Meet our Employees

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today!

2 Critical Reasons Not to Delay Drying

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

This southwest Missouri home experienced extensive mold growth from an ongoing roof leak.

When flood damage strikes a property in Nixa, the results are usually far too serious for property owners to handle on their own. Professional restoration services like those provided by SERVPRO help to return a home back to the way it was before a flood. But many fear the costs and responsibilities associated with a full-scale restoration project. Unfortunately, few if any of the unpleasant consequences inherent in flood damage disappear without appropriate care and attention. To prevent long-term adverse effects from developing in your home or business, call for help immediately.

Here are two of the most serious problems that can develop when professional drying is delayed:

  1. Weakened Foundations

Long-term exposure to standing water and the additional moisture that’s produced during flood damage events in Nixa can cause permanent and expensive damage to the very foundation of your home. Even the solid materials that foundations are made of, whether masonry, concrete or stone, can soak up small amounts of water through the cracks and pores in their material. Unless these pockets of water are removed, they can create defects in the building foundation that eventually weaken the entire structure. In the winter, water trapped inside those cracks will expand as it freezes, resulting in very serious structural issues that will be incredibly expensive to fix.

Fast and thorough drying processes are the only way to protect your home against these threats. SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson has the specialty equipment that’s designed to remove all unwanted moisture.

  1. Mold Growth

Mold grows wherever there’s a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, around windows, or pipes, or where there’s been flooding. It can grow most anywhere, but especially where it finds food, such as on porous surfaces like paper, cardboard, wallboard and wood. Mold can also grow on many nonporous materials such as concrete and brick. And with the right temperature, moisture and food, mold will grow most anywhere. A rolling stone may gather no moss, but one sitting still sure can. Preventative treatments can help, but the only reliable solution to developing mold problems is rapid drying and dehumidification that SERVPRO offers.

Add to those two problems the fact that water, often called the universal solvent, can slowly dissolve, break apart and destroy most of the materials in your home or business and you can see why you need to call SERVPRO immediately should you experience a flood or water damage of any type.

Preventing Frozen Pipes in your Branson Home

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

If you find yourself with a broken pipe and the mess that sometimes comes with it do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson at 417-724-0084.

If you are like most of us, right now you are busy making preparations for the upcoming holidays.  With the hustle and bustle of the season it is easy to forget the extreme weather we are surely to experience soon.  Please remember to adequately prepare your home and property for the harsh winter months ahead, especially your pipes and water systems.

With these huge temperature drops water will freeze, when water freezes, it expands, this can mean trouble for your pipes. If the temperature of your pipes drops below 32 degrees, even for a very short amount of time, it can result in a broken pipe, this can cause water damage to your home. Take the following precautions now to avoid a major catastrophe in your home or property.

  • If your home has a crawlspace close the vents and secure the crawlspace door. For extra precaution stuff insulation around all the openings.
  • Make sure your pipes are well-insulated.
  • Keep your garage door closed, especially if you have bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms in or around the garage walls.
  • If your bathroom pipes run along an outside wall, keep the cabinet doors open to allow heat inside especially during particularly cold spells.
  • Never turn off the heat when you leave home during the winter. Instead, set the temperature to at least 55 degrees F.

Outside Your Home

  • Disconnect and store garden hoses. If your home has a separate shut-off for external faucets, turn it off and drain the water from those faucets.
  • Know where your main waterline shut-off is before a problem arises.

 Here are some signs you have frozen pipes.

  • You turn on the faucet but nothing comes out.
  • You turn on the faucet and just a slight trickle comes out.
  • Frost is visible on the pipe.
  • The water is turned off but you hear rushing water. This could be a sign that you have a leak somewhere. You should turn off the main waterline immediately and investigate.

Hopefully these tips will help you prepare your home for the extreme temperature drops we see in the Branson area.  If you find yourself with a broken pipe and the mess that sometimes comes with it do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson at 417-724-0084.  When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial.  A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.  We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for water emergencies, large or small.   Our fully trained staff has extensive cleaning and restoration experience to get your property back “like it never even happened”.

Fire Damage Do's and Don'ts

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire in Crawl Space Causes Smoke Damage to Southwest Missouri Home

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

DO

  • Keep hands clean
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.

DON'T

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, call SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson at 417-724-0084 we can help assess your situation!

Do You Have Storm “Four” Knowledge?

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Prepare for Storm Damage in Nixa

Throughout life, there are many things you plan for. You try to structure your education so you’ll have a fulfilling and well-paying job. You may plan for a vacation weeks or even months ahead. Maybe you planned for the type of home you wanted, gathering blueprints, getting contractors lined up, choosing color swatches, etc.

But unfortunately, many of us don’t plan for disasters, natural or man-made. When they happen, people may say things like, “But I never saw it coming,” and “We didn’t have time to react.” Well, the time for action is long before a tragedy befalls you or your property!

According to FEMA, there are four main ways to prepare for storms you can and should do NOW:

  1. Get informed
  2. Make a plan
  3. Assemble a kit
  4. Maintain your plan and kit
  1. Get Informed - Many areas have local emergency management offices and/or a Red Cross Chapter. These organizations can provide you vital information concerning local emergency response arrangements, evacuation plans and emergency shelters. It’s also a good idea to invest in a NOAA Weather Radio that will alert you during any time of the day or night for when possible destructive conditions materialize.
  2. Make a Plan
  • Conduct a family meeting that will inform everyone what your emergency plans are.
  • Have an out-of-town contact that each one knows the number to. This is who you’ll call to inform where you are after a disaster strikes.
  • Teach your children how and when to call emergency numbers.
  • Have a prearranged location picked out as the place your family will meet in case you get separated from one another. Make sure everyone knows not only the best escape routes but the safe places to go inside your home if a tornado approaches.
  • Know how and when to turn off water, gas and electricity at the main switches or valves.
  • Have fire extinguishers ready and show everyone where they’re located and how to use them.
  • Inventory your possessions and keep that list along with important documents in a safe deposit box.
  • Keep your homeowners or renter’s insurance company’s telephone numbers readily available. (Also, be sure to keep SERVPRO® of Nixa/Branson's phone number close at hand!)
  1. Assemble a Kit – this is a collection of basic family needs you’ll need after a disaster. These should be stored in a portable container and enough to last you three days. It should include food, water, a battery powered radio, a flashlight, etc. You can find a full list of items for your survival kit at redcross.org.
  2. Maintain Your Plan – every six months, review your plans with your family, conduct evacuation drills and restock expiring food and perishables in your kit. Also, confirm your fire extinguisher is recharged and smoke alarm batteries are replaced.

Alan Lakein, an author on personal time management, once wrote, “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” That’s very empowering when you think about it. It’s almost like time traveling without a DeLorean or having to mess with all that space-time continuum stuff. Planning ahead for emergencies can also bring you great peace of mind. Think of it as an insurance policy against future disasters without the pesky premiums.

My House Is Flooded, Now What?

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

A Flooded Basement During a Recent Storm Event

What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Have A  Storm or Water Damage Emergency? Call SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson at (417) 724-0084

Commercial Fire Damage Southwest Missouri

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

This is a recent fire and water damage in a commercial building in the Branson area.

This is a recent Fire and Water Damage in a Commercial building in Southwest Missouri. This building was adjacent to a warehouse that was completely demolished by fire.  SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson was called and we completed emergency services by extracting and cleaning the flooded floors left behind from the Fire Department when putting out the fire. Our employees worked diligently through the night to extract the water left over from the Fire Department.  The floors were also covered in soot as you can see in the photos,  so we steam cleaned the floors, to keep the rest of the plant from getting cross contaminated with soot.

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. Like this situation, in many instances your Branson property will also suffer from 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 restore your home or business to pre-fire condition.

Why SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Can Cause Pervasive Odor in your Nixa/Branson home.

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Nixa/Branson Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

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.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 417-724-0084

Flooding Causes Damage in Southwest Missouri

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage that occurred during flooding in Southwest Missouri

Water Damage Springfield, Missouri

This is a Commercial Water damage that happened during flooding in southwest Missouri.  Crews from SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson worked through the night to get the water extracted and the business operational the next day.  As many as 50% of businesses close after a major disaster.   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.  Does your business have a plan for a disaster emergency? If not you may contact us today to get started on your Emergency Ready Plan at (417) 724-0084

 Tips for Water Damages

When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson responds quickly to your Nixa business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,650 Franchises.

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson offers professional cleaning and preventative maintenance for your carpet and upholstery that keeps your property looking its best. Our cleaning system offers a number of specialized cleaning options to match your needs. Whether your business needs a deep cleaning or a persistent odor removed, you can trust SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services

Restoring your Branson Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

A Southwest Missouri Commercial Water Damage

Flooding and water damage events at Branson 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 Nixa/Branson

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson 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.

Meet Our Crew

The Top 10 Ways to Avoid Fires

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

A recent garage fire to a Southwest Missouri home

Fires will always happen, but we prefer that you personally never have to experience one! If you do, click here for some after the fire do’s and don’ts while waiting for help to arrive.

Fires devastate homes and businesses and cause damage in numerous ways. Not only is fire destructive, but it also leaves behind lingering and pervasive odors, not to mention extensive water damage that results from the firefighter’s efforts to extinguish the flames. The professionals at SERVPRO® of Nixa/Branson have the specialized training, equipment and experience that will restore your home or place of work to preloss conditions.

To increase the odds that you’ll stay safe, consider these Top 10 causes of fire. Use this information to plan how to make your home or business a safer place:

  1. Cooking: Avoid splattering grease, never leave kitchens unattended and keep flammable materials away from heat sources.
  2. Heating Equipment: Have your furnace checked regularly and keep portable heaters away from combustibles.
  3. Smoking: If you smoke in or near the house, always make sure the cigarette butt is fully put out and make the bedroom off-limits to smoking.
  4. Electricity: Look out for frayed cords, the overuse of extension cords and overloaded outlets, and don’t run electrical wires under rugs or heavy furniture.
  5. Candles: Never leave them unattended and keep them out of the reach of children or pets.
  6. Children: Keep them away from matches and lighters to suppress any curiosity they may have about what happens when different items burn.
  7. Inadequate wiring: It’s often found in older homes and apartments. Have a professional electrician check yours.
  8. Flammable Liquids: Keep fuels, solvents, cleaning agents, thinners, adhesives, and paints away from heat sources.
  9. Holiday Decor: Keep your Christmas tree well-watered and away from heat sources. Check decorative lights for damage and never place candles on or near Christmas trees.
  10. Grills: Keep them away from your home, deck rails, tablecloths and tree limbs. And never use them indoors, including your garage.

SERVPRO® of Nixa/Branson has the knowledge, professional equipment and ability to eliminate all traces of 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 ensure that all fire damage is cleaned, repaired, or removed and leave your home or business as if it never even happened.

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson is Hiring!

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson is Hiring!

Do you love helping people through difficult situations?

Then, don’t miss your chance to join SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson as a new Production Technician. In this position, you will be making a difference each and every day. We have a sincere drive toward the goal of helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened”!

 Our Franchise is seeking someone who is comfortable working hard in challenging situations, enjoys meeting new people, has excellent communication skills, and is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Are you highly dependable and super-excited about routinely exceeding expectations? Then you may be our perfect hero!

As a valued SERVPRO® Franchise employee, you will receive a competitive pay rate, with opportunity to learn and grow.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Inventory and load the work vehicle with equipment, products, and supplies needed for each project.
  • Maintain a clean and organized vehicle and clean equipment appearance.
  • Prepare rooms/areas for work activities. Set up staging area and equipment for each project.
  • Leave jobsite with a clean and orderly appearance.
  • Perform production processes following SERVPRO® production guidelines per work order per crew chief directions.
  • Ensure clear two-way communication with crew chief and other technicians (especially regarding customer needs and concerns).
  • Perform end-of-day/end-of-job cleanup and breakdown. Leave jobsite with a clean and orderly appearance.

Position Requirements

  • Effective oral communication
  • Basic math skills
  • Experience in cleaning/restoration preferred
  • High school diploma/GED
  • IICRC certifications preferred
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds regularly, occasionally up to 100 pounds with assistance
  • Ability to climb ladders, work at ceiling heights, work in tight spaces (e.g., crawls spaces, attics)
  • Ability to sit/stand/walk for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to repetitively push/pull/lift/carry objects
  • Ability to work with/around cleaning products/chemicals
  • Ability to travel locally and out of state when necessary
  • Ability to successfully complete a background check subject to applicable law

To apply please click the Contact Us portion of our website and send us your resume. 

SERVPRO® of Nixa/Branson is an EOE M/F/D/V employer

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson Certified IICRC Firm

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson Certified IICRC Firm

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson has been an IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified firm since 2015. The IICRC sets the gold standards for the Cleaning and Remediation industry, of which SERVPRO is an industry leader. The following is from the IICRC official website (http://www.IICRC.org).

IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the cleantrust logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

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 actively pursues relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC-certified service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.”

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson is honored to be among the select organizations to receive this certification. 

When DIY is Not a Good Idea

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Southwest Missouri

Many people attempt to save money on the expense of water or mold damage restoration by skipping the process of hiring restoration professionals. Instead, they try to handle the tear-out and dry-out processes themselves. For many “minor” spills (those only involving a few gallons of water at most), this can be fine as long as the spill is cleaned up quickly and occurs well away from walls or other places where the moisture from the spill can reach a gap and seep into the subfloor.

But that kind of DIY is usually NAGI (not a good idea). Whenever there's a major amount of moisture damage, it's very important for a professional restoration service like SERVPRO of Nixa Branson to be brought in to manage the dry-out process. Without the help of a trained and experienced expert, someone who attempts DIY moisture removal may miss pockets of moisture in the building, leading to:

  • Damaged building infrastructure - moisture can seep into the structural materials behind the walls and under the floor, causing damage. But with proper dry-out and moisture remediation, much of the damage can be mitigated or even avoided.
  • Warped flooring - when moisture seeps into subfloor materials, it can cause wooden boards to shift, bend, and cup. This creates an uneven floor and poses a safety risk to the building’s occupants.
  • Mold growth - left unchecked, moisture trapped in a building can promote the growth of mold, particularly in cool, dark places such as basements and in-between walls. As any IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Specialist can tell you, mold spores in the air pose a serious respiratory risk to children and people with respiratory conditions such as asthma.

As a general rule of thumb, if the water or mold damage to your home or business is severe enough to warrant an insurance claim, then you shouldn't try to handle the restoration process on your own. Damage that occurs as a result of DIY restoration efforts is typically not covered by insurance, and restoration work can be hazardous for those who haven't been trained for the risks associated with working with dirty water, mold, and water-damaged structures.

As a character of Clint Eastwood once said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” So, if you don’t have experience making water or mold damage “Like it Never Even Happened”, then give SERVPRO of Nixa Branson a call immediately!

Our Fleet is Growing Again!

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson latest fleet addition a new Promaster cargo van

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson recently added additional new equipment to better serve our residential and commercial customers in Southwest Missouri.   We have added a Dodge Promaster commercial cargo van to our fleet complete with a  HydraMaster Dual capacity vacuum and water outlet for steam cleaning and extraction.  

We have also added a new mold and duct cleaning trailer with state of the art cleaning tools and industrial air compressor, a cutting edge Invisitag tracking system with GPS tracking and numerous low velocity air moving fans.  The additional equipment better positions us to handle our increasing growth as well as very large commercial building water and fire disasters that require large amounts of equipment and expertise. 

We also have regional large loss connections with other SERVPRO operations in the area to team up with additional large loss equipment and labor so we can handle the largest jobs that happen in Southwest Missouri.

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson May 2018 CE Class

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Nixa & Branson May 9, 2018 CE Class

May 19, 2018 Continuing Education Class Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry

On May 9, 2018, SERVPRO of Nixa & Branson was privileged to host a 4 Hour Continuing Education Class, "Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry" at Pasta Express in Springfield, Missouri.  Richard Hastings, Missouri State Director for SERVPRO instructed the class.

We had a great turnout and learned much about Mold in the Restoration Industry. Attendees also learned about our equipment and how it is used to aid and assist mold remediation.    

We are very grateful to all of those that were able to attend our class. Please Keep an eye on our webpage for future Continuing Education Class dates.

Click on the Community Events Link Below for future CE Class dates.

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Nixa Area Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your Nixa home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

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

SERVPRO of Nixa & Branson Referral Program

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Our Referral Bonus Program is a great opportunity to partner with other businesses in our Branson & Nixa Area communities.

Are you a Plumber? HVAC technician? Exterminator? Contact us to find out more about SERVPRO of Nixa & Branson's referral bonus program. We offer referral bonuses simply for referring a potential customer to us. Our friends at Kimberling City Plumbing recently referred a customer to us and received their bonus.  We enjoy working with other local businesses and will take care of your customer.   For more information please contact us at 417-724-0084 and ask for our sales team.

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. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Nixa & Branson

SERVPRO of Nixa & Branson is Growing!!

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson Office

Due to a continued high demand and growth we have added a new office space located in Branson, this space will give us an opportunity to continue to meet your needs and a greater presence in the Branson Area.

Our team desires to respond quickly to any residential or commercial Water, Flood or Fire emergency; and as always be “Faster to Any Disaster!”

This addition will also help us better respond to storm situations by having an office presence in Branson. When a storm hits your Branson home or business you need help immediately.  Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of Nixa & Branson can access resources from 1,650 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

Conditions in Nixa Might Be Right for Mold

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson knows what to do if mold grows in your home.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 417-724-0084

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson for mold remediation services.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Nixa / Branson Home

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson 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 Nixa & Branson

SERVPRO of Nixa & Branson 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. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Meet Our Crew

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Commercial Water Damage affects Southwest Missouri Hotel

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

This hotel was flooding from a burst pipe during 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

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in Southwest Missouri 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

Mold Remediation in Southwest Missouri Home

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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