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Winter Storm Preparedness in Columbia

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Preparedness in Columbia Are you prepared for a winter storm?

A winter storm can come in a blink of an eye or we can know weeks in advance. Which ever the case may be, being prepared is always key in keeping you and your family safe. Be prepared with these needed items for your home and vehicle.

For the Home

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Weather radio
  • First aid kit
  • Food that does not require cooking or being refrigerated
  • Extra water
  • Baby items (diapers, formula, etc.)
  • Emergency heat source
  • Check carbon monoxide and smoke alarm detectors
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Generator (review safety information)

For the Vehicle

  • Blankets
  • Tire Chains
  • First aid kit
  • Battery powered radio
  • Maps
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Sand or kitty litter
  • Candle and matches
  • Windshield scraper and brush

Even when you are prepared, you may still experience ice dams, frozen pipes, or roof damage. If you do, call SERVPRO® of Columbia for your water and storm damage restoration needs. We have the expertise and here to help our neighbors in Boone and Howard counties.

24 Hour Emergency Service in Columbia

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 24 Hour Emergency Service in Columbia SERVPRO of Columbia is faster to any size disaster.

Flooding and water emergencies do not care what time of the day it is. They do not have a schedule. SERVPRO® of Columbia understands that water damages can occur at all hours of the day, on weekends, and/or holidays. We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

What to Expect in a Water Damage Emergency

On the initial call, you will be able to speak with someone who will empathize with your situation and gather the needed information for us to arrive.

Our uniformed professionals will arrive on site typically within four hours of notification to begin the mitigation services and address your concerns.

SERVPRO® of Columbia is ready to help those in our community with their water damage restoration needs.

Christmas Tree Safety in Columbia

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Christmas Tree Safety in Columbia Take the time to remove and dispose of your Christmas tree safely.

Christmas trees are a beautiful sight and many love to see them glowing with lights. However, no one wants to see one glowing because of a fire. It is very important to dispose of the tree once Christmas is over or the tree has dried out.

In Columbia, trees can be placed curbside with your regular trash. After January 31st, trees placed curbside need to be cut into four foot lengths and bundled. There are also drop off sites at Capen Park Site or Parkside Mulch Site.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of the Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems or a heat source being too close. When Christmas tree fires do occur, they tend to be more serious fires.

If you experience a fire in your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO® of Columbia. We are here to help you with your fire damage in your home. SERVPRO® of Columbia hopes you can wrap up the holidays safely.

Columbia Area Commercial Water Damage Restoration

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Columbia Area Commercial Water Damage Restoration We take care of our local businesses in Columbia.

What would you do?  You walk into your business ready for a productive day at the office. Suddenly, you notice water pouring into the building. What is your next step?

Next Steps

If possible, shut off the source of the water or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.

Call SERVPRO® of Columbia.

Why SERVPRO®

We understand that time is money when it comes to your business. We can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce any further damage water can cause. SERVPRO® of Columbia has the right procedures, equipment, and training to help ensure the structure is dry the first time. In turn, this will save you time and money.

Learn more about our local commercial water damage restoration by clicking HERE.

Water Restoration Process in Columbia

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Restoration Process in Columbia SERVPRO of Columbia is ready to restore your property to pre-water damage condition.

Every water damage is a little different, and entails a unique solution. However, the general process of a water damage stays the same. Listed below are the steps for a typical water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Cleanup and restoration begin with a phone call. We have a representative to answer your phone call 24/7/365. They will lead you through several questions to better understand your needs of the water event.

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Our SERVPRO professional completes a detailed inspection of your property and determine the scope of the damage.

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

This step removes the majority of the water from your home or business.

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

SERVPRO of Columbia professionals will manipulate temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture. Daily monitoring will occur until the materials reach an acceptable drying goal.

Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Walls, floors, and other surfaces of the property will likely need professional cleaning treatments once the area is dry. Restoring contents, odor removal and deodorization, and sanitizing treatments occur during this step.

Step 6: Restoration

This is the final step in the process of restoring your property to its pre-water damage condition.

Winter Storms in Columbia

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storms in Columbia Be prepared for winter weather!

We have already begun to see the snow fall this fall/winter. Whether you enjoy seeing the white landscape or not, it is best to be prepared for winter storms. A winter storm can last a few hours or several days, even knocking out power.

PREPARE

  • Create an emergency supply kit for your car and home.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system.
  • Prepare home to keep pipes from freezing.
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide.

DURING

  • Stay off roads.
  • Stay indoors.
  • Listen for emergency alerts and information.
  • Check on neighbors.

AFTER

If you experienced frozen pipes, ice dams, or roof damage from a winter storm leaving behind a water damage, contact SERVPRO® of Columbia. We have the winter storm experience and expertise to remediate damage caused by winter weather in Boone and Howard counties.

Highly Trained Restoration Professionals in Columbia

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Highly Trained Restoration Professionals in Columbia SERVPRO® of Columbia is an IICRC certified firm.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. We believe initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC industry certification is a must to properly take care of our customers. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • E-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO® of Columbia takes pride in our training and what our crew has accomplished. Listed are some of our crews’ certifications they have earned to provide our customers quality service.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RCT - Rug Cleaning Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

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

What to Do Until Help Arrives After a Fire in Columbia

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do Until Help Arrives After a Fire in Columbia When you experience a fire damage, call SERVPRO® of Columbia.

If your home or business suffers a fire, you may be at loss on what steps to take next. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase your chances of a successful restoration.

Do:

  • Limit movement in the property. It helps prevent soot particles from becoming embedded into your carpet and upholstery.
  • Keep hands clean. It could further soil upholstery, walls, woodwork, etc.
  • Cover upholstery, rugs, and carpet traffic areas by placing dry, colorfast towels or old linens on them.
  • If electricity is off, empty refrigerator/freezer. Clean completely and prop open doors to help prevent odors.
  • Change HVAC filters; leave system off until a trained professional can check them.
  • Cover air registers with cheesecloth. Tape double layers to prevent soot particles from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.

When you experience a fire damage in Boone or Howard counties make sure to call the professionals at SERVPRO® of Columbia. We are here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

What to Expect from Professionals Cleaning Fire Damage in Columbia

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What to Expect from Professionals Cleaning Fire Damage in Columbia SERVPRO of Columbia is here to help when a fire occurs in your business or property.

Fire damage can be very overwhelming for a business or commercial property. At SERVPRO® of Columbia we understand the importance of getting you back to your pre-fire condition quickly. Not only may you experience fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur, also.

Tasks to expect from the professionals:

  • Detailed Cleaning – to remove excess soot or other contaminants from impacted areas through HEPA vacuuming and dry sponging.
  • Selective Demolition – to remove unsalvageable materials or property.
  • Pack Outs – to remove salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.
  • Air Flow Management – to remove airborne contaminants and soot and to reduce offensive odors
  • Deodorization – to remove or mask offensive odors and return the affected area to a usable space

SERVPRO® of Columbia will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion. We have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage and get your property business-ready.

Managing Mold in Columbia

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold in Columbia We have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

SERVPRO® of Columbia knows prompt action is required with water damages to prevent the growth of mold in your home or place of business. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. It is important to address water intrusions to reduce the chances of mold growth.

If you are experiencing an ongoing moisture problem in your building, be on the lookout for:

  • Visible mold.
  • Strong, musty odors (may indicate mold is present).
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that may have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

These situations may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage issues.

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. We are locally owned and operated and take pride in providing mold remediation services in our local communities in Boone and Howard counties.