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Chimney Checklist

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

The cold winter months are upon us and curling up by a nice cozy fire might be in the near future for many. Before you go gather wood and building a fire make sure to follow this checklist to ensure that your fireplace is safe for use.

Chimney Checklist 

Inspection-

It is recommended that all homeowners have their chimneys inspected annually by a certified chimney sweep. Having your chimney inspected will ensure that there are not potential health and safety hazards.

Chimney Cap-

Always inspect your chimney cap. If your chimney cap has been damaged it can allow moisture, animals and debris to enter your flue.

Check Flashing-

If the flashing around the chimney appears to be warped or bent it could be allowing moisture and water to enter the chimney. Long term damage caused by this could include deterioration and leakage.

Trim Tree Branches-

Ensure that there are no tree branches that could potentially damage the chimney during a storm and/or cause a fire.

Repair Missing Bricks, Chipped Bricks and Mortar-

Find them. Fix them. J

Clean the Flue-

Creosote is accumulated by burning fires and is the leading cause of chimney fires. Having your chimney inspected and cleaning should eliminate any creosote buildup.

Remove Leftover Ash-

A thin layer of ash can assist with starting a fire, but a large amount of ash will choke your fire out from the moisture content.

Test Damper-

Make sure that the damper is in good working order and form a tight seal when shut. If the damper doesn’t close properly and form a tight seal it will allow outside air to mix with heated air and increase your energy cost significantly.

Install Batteries in Smoke Alarms/Detectors-

If you aren’t changing the batteries in your smoke detector out during daylight savings time, make sure that they are changed before beginning to build fires.

Store Firewood-

Be sure to store your fire wood in a ventilated area, off of the ground and away from exposure to water or moisture.

Stay warm friends! Call our office if you have any questions.

Why is 24 Hour Services Important to you?

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Damage doesn't follow time constraints

In many restoration situations, immediate action is very important, if not crucial to the salvation of your items and the severity of the damage done. Therefore, it is not possible for SERVPRO of Jefferson, Franklin, & Perry Counties to only operate eight hours a day.

Damage worsens quickly

Perhaps the most time sensitive form of damage is water damage. 

  • Within minutes of exposure to water, your belongings and the structure of your home will begin to absorb the damaging fluids. Paper goods swell and upholstery is soaked.

This is a common side effect of every case of water damage. But when you begin to wait, things slowly go downhill...

  • In hours one to 24, drywall begins to breakdown. A musty odor will begin to appear and furniture swells and cracks. 
  • In hours 24 to 48, serious biohazard contamination is possible and metal begins to rust and corrode. Many other side effects appear during this time.
  • After a week, cost increases dramatically and residents are at a serious health risk.

With SERVPRO, help is always here

There is not much typical emergency response services can do when it comes to structural damage. Their job is to protect the citizensnot their homes

Whether it's 3 P.M. or 3 A.M., SERVPRO is always ready to jump into action. We will immediately begin to clean waste and provide the comfort and peace of mind that you will desperately need.

If you have found yourself in the face of a disaster in the early hours of the morning, never hesitate to give the SERVPRO of Jefferson, Franklin, & Perry counties a call at (618) 435-8200.

Why Choose Us

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why Many Insurance Carriers And Adjusters Use SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Jefferson, Franklin, & Perry Counties has worked with many insurance agents and claim adjusters. We understand your situation. As an agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claim costs down while providing the best services possible for your clients. Here are a few reasons why so many insurance agents and adjusters trust us:

Fast Emergency Response
Restoring commercial or residential property is the first priority at SERVPRO. Your insurance client will appreciate our immediate response and you will know we’re doing everything we can to limit the damage and the costs.

Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense
Like insurance agents and claim adjusters, we know restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Our goal is always to restore whenever possible and replace only when necessary. That’s why SERVPRO of Jefferson, Franklin, & Perry Counties performs pretesting on every loss so we can determine if it can be restored.

Claims Inventory Service
SERVPRO of Jefferson, Franklin, & Perry Counties can provide insurance agents and claim adjusters with an itemized loss inventory. We give you a report and pictures of important items. Your work is made simpler and clearer because we provide you with a complete and accurate picture of the incident.

Serving Adjusters and Your Clients
We know your job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim. We don’t want you to have to deal with problems from vendors. Working with you, we strive to save you time so you can focus on priority files, while having complete control of every loss you’re assigned. We offer you 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file within hours. 

Here To Help 
The job of SERVPRO of Jefferson, Franklin, & Perry Counties is to reassure the customer, provide excellent service and communicate with the insurance agents and adjusters quickly. We work together with the agents to provide quick and effective property restoration and make it “Like it never even happened.” We are a one-stop shop for all of your needs!

We can help assist in reconstruction of your damaged property

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

After a disaster—whether it be a fire, water, or storm—damages your home you will need to rebuild and restore. For decades SERVPRO of Jefferson, Franklin, & Perry Counties has been known for our ability to respond to a disaster and fix your S. Illinois home or business to make it "Like it never even happened.”

The first thing you must do after a disaster is take temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris. Mold, smoke, fire, and water damage all have their own protocol for restoration and our experts know how to tackle each problem.

Once your home or building is secured and the hazards are removed you can start the rebuilding process; from the structure itself to preserving and restoring the treasured items inside your home—including heirlooms, art, and family photos. The professionals at SERVPRO of  Jefferson, Franklin, & Perry Counties can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Jefferson, Franklin, & Perry Counties can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

  • Board Up
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation though sub-contracting
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Assist Clients w/ securing General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Move Out
  • Sealing & Painting
  • Roofing Services
  • And more!

If you are in need of securing construction services contact SERVPRO of Jefferson, Franklin, & Perry Counties at (618) 435-8200.

SERVPRO of Jefferson, Franklin & Perry Counties has a heart to help!

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jefferson, Franklin, & Perry Counties loves to keep up with community events. Whether it be sponsoring an event, volunteering at an event, or even just attending the event; We love to get involved! 

If you have an upcoming event in the area, and want us to help sponsor, attend, or volunteer at, contact us at (618) 435-8200. We will do our absolute best to make your request happen!

You can keep up with events, fundraisers, or giveaways SERVPRO of Jefferson, Franklin, & Perry Counties may be having, by following us on Facebook and Twitter, as well as reading these blog posts regularly. 

Our goal is to become more involved in our community events and build stronger relationships with individuals within this amazing community. Feel free to contact us at any time and we will let you know our availability!  

Call us today for all of your restoration needs and we will respond and be there soon! Contact us at (618) 435-8200!

Mold? We can Help!

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

All of this summer rain can bring moisture into your basement. Later down the road you may notice mold starting to spread in your basement or maybe it even completely engulfs the entire area! 

Nobody likes mold; mold can be smelly, embarrassing, and even harmful. So when you first notice mold anywhere in your home, it is important to get it taken care of FAST

When calling SERVPRO of Jefferson, Franklin & Perry Counties for a mold issue, we are to come in and rid the area of mold with our highly trained and fully equipped crew. No matter the damage, we can assure you our team will tackle it to the best of their ability and will always keep you informed of the plan and make you feel included every step of the way. 

Nobody likes mold, so let us rid of it in a professional and efficient way! 

Call us a (618) 435-8200 for any of your "moldy" needs!