Fire Prevention Week 2023
Fire Prevention Week landed on October 8-14th this year. According to the National Fire Protection Association, this year’s campaign “works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when cooking.” This year focuses on cooking fires because they are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. A majority of these fires occur due to unattended cooking.
SERVPRO® knows the effects that fires can have on a property as a whole. From soot traveling through the HVAC system to ceilings being destroyed by flames, fires can be detrimental to a structure. Fortunately, SERVPRO specializes in fire damage restoration and can help make any disaster seem “Like it never even happened.” Below are some safety tips to adhere to when using kitchen appliances:
1. Unplug all appliances when not in use and make sure the cords are never damaged.
2. Keep oven mitts, towels, packaging, etc... away from the hot stove top.
3. If there is a fire in the oven, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
4. If using an air fryer, give it space to vent and have airflow.
Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO®
SERVPRO has 24-hour Emergency Services to respond quickly to disaster.
Storms can be unpredictable and take a toll on your home or commercial space, which can cause damage to both the interior and exterior of your property. SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs understands that these disasters can come at any time and provides emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have trained, on-call professionals to respond to your loss, and our teams make it a priority to be faster to any size disaster. This immediate response time can lessen damage, cleaning time and costs as further damage will be prevented. So, if your property is ever impacted by storm damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs at any time, day or night. We are always Here to help.
For residential services that can bring you peace of mind when something goes wrong, SERVPRO offers water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, general cleaning and building services. A commercial property impacted by damage can also be restored by SERVPRO with services such as commercial water damage restoration, commercial fire damage restoration, commercial mold remediation, storm damage and large loss event restoration, and cleaning services.
Prioritizing Customer Feedback
We should all know by now that customer feedback both online and in person has a huge effect on companies and their reputation. Here at SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs, we take our customers’ feedback and concerns seriously for various reasons. Being a company that works in the residential sphere, we place even more importance on this as we are working on peoples’ beloved homes. Additionally, we prioritize our online reviews so that any prospective customers will know we are a trusted and credible source for fire, water and mold damage restoration and cleaning. Our team has worked to increase our customer feedback regarding recent jobs. We ask each of our customers for a testimonial and so far, have gotten great responses regarding our extremely prompt service, professionalism, caring approach, honesty and communication.
Fire, Smoke & Soot Damage Restoration
Contact SERVPRO if fire damage occurs at your property.
SERVPRO® of East Independence/Blue Springs can be there to restore a residential or commercial property following fire damage. Our highly trained professionals have the experience, knowledge and equipment to help make any disaster seem “Like it never even happened.”
A quick response time can make the difference of restoring or replacing a property and personal belongings, so call on our rapid response teams that provide 24-hour emergency service.
SERVPRO’s goal is to restore a property back to its pre-fire condition. We specialize in fire damage cleanup and restoration, smoke damage cleanup, and smoke odor removal. Using advanced technology and cleaning protocols, our teams will remove soot from affected areas and materials to safely restore a space and personal belongings. We are Here to help.®
Be Prepared for Storms with Water Purification
If you experience storm damage to your residential or commercial space, contact SERVPRO.
When powerful storms leave behind chaos, you should always check your property for damage once it is safe. SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs can be here to help. Even if your property isn’t directly affected, you might have to deal with some consequences of such extreme weather.
An important thing to plan for is having drinkable water. A storm does not wait for those in its path to be prepared, so don't hesitate to create a plan and storm preparation kit to keep in your home. A storm kit should include water bottles, blankets, nonperishable food, a flashlight and first aid kit, portable chargers, and necessary personal care items. A list of other storm preparation items can be found here.
If you come into a situation where you do not have drinkable water, here are ways to purify and store contaminated water.
Finding the Perfect Container is the first thing you will want to do is find containers that have a narrow neck which would make it easier to pour. You should never use a container that has been used for cleaning supplies or other toxic chemicals.
Ways to Purify Water
- Boiling the water is one of the safest ways to kill germs, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites. You will want to continue boiling for one minute for elevations 6,500ft or less and for three minutes for higher elevations. After that, you will want to let the water sit and cool before transferring it to a storage container.
- Using Water Purification Tablets
The other option we will discuss is using water purification tablets to help purify the water when you cannot bring it to a boil. The active ingredient is usually chlorine, chlorine dioxide, or Iodine, which deactivate harmful pathogens by rendering them harmless. We suggest purchasing a bundle and storing them in your storm preparation kit with a 3-year shelter life; these will be handy during storms and hiking trips; click here.
SERVPRO Services and Consistent Communication
If you need our services, SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs is here to help.
Our SERVPRO crews are ready for whatever happens! Our Emergency Services are available 24/7 and we specialize in the following cleaning and restoration services:
- Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage Restoration
- Water Removal and Dehumidification
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
- Carpet and Upholstery
SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs knows that when your residential or commercial property is threatened with damage, it can be a very stressful and unknown time. This is why we make it a priority to communicate with our clients every step of the way. From the initial phone call, to a Project Manager scoping the loss and providing an estimate, to our Technicians cleaning and restoring the property, and to the payment process with our office staff, our customers will never be left in the dark. We want to make our customers as informed as possible, as we know teams working on your private property can come with questions and concerns.
Household Appliance Fires
SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs has the expertise to restore properties following fire damage.
Household appliances can often malfunction and lead to home or apartment fires. Appliances such as a washer and dryer, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, or other cooking appliances, are used routinely for our convenience. However, using these items can have detrimental effects if used carelessly, left unattended or malfunctioned. SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs can be there to restore a commercial or residential property following fire and smoke damage and is always Here to help. To prevent a possible fire due to a household appliance and protect your property, here are three things you can do.
- Never leave heated cookware on overnight such as crockpots. Use of these appliances should be supervised in case of a heating element or wiring malfunction.
- Never leave an appliance running while away. Coming home to clean dishes from the dishwasher may sound nice after being away, but electrical issues may stem from heating elements which can cause fire.
- Do not overload your washer or dryer, and always make sure to clean out the lint trap.
Wet Carpet Restoration
When a building has water damage following a storm or other disaster such as a pipe break or appliance malfunction, it can affect carpeting throughout the space. Sitting, wet carpet may lead to concerns such as microbial growth, which is why hiring a team of SERVPRO professionals is the right decision. They’ll get the job done right while staying prompt and professional. Using fans, desiccants and dehumidifiers, SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs teams will dry out the water from carpet and carefully examine atmospheric readings to determine moisture levels. Our reconstruction team can also aid in necessary construction services. To make water damage to your property seem “Like it never even happened,” do not hesitate to hire the team with the most expertise and efficiency, SERVPRO.
Graffitied Property? SERVPRO can help.
Contact SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs to restore your property after vandalism.
Having your commercial property vandalized can take a toll on your business and can be a stressful experience. Whether a window gets busted, or graffiti ends up on your property, SERVPRO® of East Independence/Blue Springs can be there to clean and restore your commercial space. With our strive to be faster to any size disaster, and our 24/7 Emergency Services, you can count on SERVPRO to get your property back to its preloss condition. Cleaning up vandalism should be left to the professionals, so make sure to call SERVPRO if you experience it. Our SERVPRO team uses the following three common methods to remove graffiti from driveways, walkways, walls, stonework and more:
- Scrubbing, using solvents and a wire brush
- Pressure washing the affected area
- Media blasting with sand or dry ice
Faster to any size disaster
SERVPRO of East Independence/ Blue Springs is always Here to help.
With 2,000+ franchise locations spread across North America, our SERVPRO branded cars can be found anywhere and everywhere. We are locally owned and operated with the support of our Headquarter location and the support of the other SERVPRO locations.
Our Family of Franchises is a Member of SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team®, which means we will send crews to assist other locations for large loss jobs in the affected areas. This is important because a significant loss, such as a natural disaster, can mean long hours a need for extra labor. By dispatching our crew, we can provide a helping hand during a time of need.
Another way that our SERVPRO Family of Franchises helps other locations is by providing assistance to newer and growing locations. Our HQ location does an excellent job at providing material to help develop our team’s workflow. Our team will work to train departments that might need help with learning the roles.