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Best of the Lake 2023!

5/9/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO photo with BEST OF ribbon Thank you to everyone who voted SERVPRO as the Best of the Lake 2023!

SERVPRO of Lake of the Ozarks is so excited to announce that our company was voted Best Restoration Company of the Lake 2023! From the nomination process to the voting stages, our customers and contacts have helped our SERVPRO location to be awarded with this accomplishment! 

This award would also not be possible without the hard work of our production crews, managers and office administration. Each and every day our teams go out to restore residential and commercial properties following damage. They specialize in water, fire and mold remediation, storm damage cleanup, contents cleaning, and reconstruction. 

SERVPRO of Lake of the Ozarks will also be featured in Lake Lifestyles Magazine for this accomplishment. Our SERVPRO location is so grateful to be voted the BEST and hopes to continue this winning tradition! 

Household Appliance Fires

4/27/2023 (Permalink)

graphic with appliances SERVPRO of Lake of the Ozarks 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 Lake of the Ozarks 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.   

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.  
  3. Do not overload your washer or dryer, and always make sure to clean out the lint trap.

Graffitied Property? SERVPRO can help.

4/27/2023 (Permalink)

graffiti wall with cleaning bucket Contact SERVPRO of Lake of the Ozarks 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 Lake of the Ozarks 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

SERVPRO Disinfections

4/27/2023 (Permalink)

According to the CDC, viruses can spread through respiratory droplet transmission, such as when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks and spreads the droplets to others. These droplets also contaminate surfaces including doorknobs, walls, countertops and more. Those who touch these surfaces are then susceptible to the viruses.  
For this reason, it is important to have your residential or commercial space cleaned and disinfected by SERVPRO of Lake of the Ozarks. With over 50 years of experience in viral pathogen cleaning strategies and procedures, you can trust SERVPRO to get your property clean. Our franchise family completed over 1,000 disinfectant jobs in 2020 and over 500 jobs in 2021. Our teams worked daily to bring a higher standard of cleanliness to local businesses and helped them to stay safe and open. With this experience, our teams are prepared to handle these jobs with preventative and confirmed-case disinfections. Using EPA-approved, hospital-grade cleaning solutions, SERVPRO adheres to CDC cleaning and decontamination standards, cleaning all touchpoints and surrounding surfaces.  

Here to help 24/7

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

workers loading up a truck When storm damage occurs, know that SERVPRO is only a phone call away.

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 Lake of the Ozarks 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 Lake of the Ozarks, at any time, day or night. We are always Here to help. 

Humidity is NOT Good for Your Home!

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

Microbial Growth Growing on HVAC System If you suspect that your home has microbial growth, we suggest you call our team at SERVPRO of the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-346-7200.

The flowers start to blossom as the weather transitions from the winter weather to the summer heat. This is why our team is here to help with all of your microbial growth remediation needs. The increase in overall humidity levels during the warm summer nights increases the total moisture levels in your home/business. When you have an increase in humidity in your home, it also runs the risk of condensation on your windows which is the perfect condition for mold growth. These are the standard ways mold will grow and simple ways to prevent it from happening to you.

Mold Behind Pillows and Furniture

If you have your pillows close to/touching the wall and you notice a discolored black shade, this is an indicator that there is mold growth. There could be multiple factors causing microbial growth. Still, two simple suggestions to prevent this is to leave the pillows with a 3-4" air gap between the walls and cushions. Whereas the long-term solution could be purchasing a long-term, constant flow exhaust fan, such as the Panasonic WhisperGreen, which lowers the overall humidity levels in your home.

Mold Growth in Dead Spots

The way that air flows creates dead spots in certain spots of your home, leaving cold air in the corners of the room from the bottom to the ceiling. This is caused because airflow patterns are unable to make 90-degree turns. This cold air leads to condensation and, in return, creates perfect conditions for microbial growth.

Growth on Furniture 

Suppose you have furniture lined up against a wall. In that case, you run the risk of making perfect microclimates that are the ideal conditions for mold growth. This type of mold growth only comes from homes with a relative humidity of 70% or higher. These conditions are created from the limited airflow. The cool exterior walls provide the condition, and the couch makes the perfect surface.

Condensation on Window Frames/ Window Sills

Let's say you are unsure how to tell if your home is naturally humid. One of the easiest ways to tell is when you have condensation on the window frames. This is common in homes with condensation collecting on single-pane aluminum windows. 

Survey BEFORE You Break Ground!

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

Family enjoying their backyard with tall trees. Before you break ground on a project, call a land surveyor to ensure you know where underground system lines are.

 Home Renovation Season

With the summer season among us, we are about to enter a time where people want to make renovations to their homes and, specifically, their yards. Tik Tok has given homeowners many ideas on optimizing their yard space, whether planters, inground BBQ station, or the recent trend of small garden ponds. When people start these DIY projects, they often forget the most essential part, Surveying their yards.

Surveying your land has many benefits, some of which you could suspect, but other reasons might not have crossed your mind. Here are some of the many reasons you should survey your land before you start a DIY project:

Clearly displays where underground cables or drains are located by marking the lines. 

Knowing where the utility companies placed these underground wires will dictate where you can plant trees. You will also be the disliked neighbor in your neighborhood if you hit the water mainline or a sewage system. 

Undocumented Cemeteries

This would be a fascinating occurrence, but it would be better for the surveyor to find it than when you're breaking ground on your pool. The team you hire to survey your land can accurately find any undocumented cemeteries. 

Go Michele Go! CE Certified!

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Michele teaching her first CE Class. Our team strives to be the best, and we achieve this by never being satisfied with the systems we have set into place.

Our team is unique because we are never satisfied with the systems we have implemented. This is why we are always wanting employee and customer feedback so that we can implement change to make the system run smoother. One of the goals we wanted to change was how we offer the CE Credits for our local franchise areas. Michele Presley, Business Development Manager, has been going through the training to be a SERVPRO HQ-approved CE Instructor.

Michele was nervous when she went to her "final exam," which entails a corporate contact watching her teach a CE Class to decide if she needed more training or if she passed. MICHELE DID AMAZING as she made the class more personable by creating demonstrations or thru her personal experiences. Her biggest concern was not boring the class, which wasn't a problem. She gauged the audience's reactions when she talked about specific topics.

When I spoke with Michele, I wanted to see her future goals with this program, and her first goal was to get all of our Marketing Representatives CE Certified. The information that you learn from this program teaches us concepts that make us better SERVPRO employees and a better reliable source for our clients. Her second goal is to have those certified CE instructors go to their local insurance agents to provide them with the opportunity to earn CE credits.

That is why you should choose our team at SERVPRO of Lake of the Ozarks. We are never satisfied, and we will implement new strategies to ensure we are operating effectively.

How Fire Sprinklers Work

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Flames shooting out of window from burning building Did you know that our team is available 24/7 to help you through your family? Don't hesitate to call our team of professionals; we are Here to help.

Hello Lake!

It’s one of the Digital Marketing Support Coordinators, Jacob, here to talk about something I learned while attending Michele Presley’s CE Class. I will talk about how fire sprinklers work and how they turn on during this blog. During Michele’s class, Understanding the Restoration Industry: Property Fire Damage Restoration, I was FLAPERGASTED about all the new information I learned! 

Did you know that it’s not smoke that sets off a fire sprinkler system; in fact, it’s the heat from the fire? I know I might sound young and naive, but I thought smoke set the system off. If you can imagine, this class taught me A LOT! 

How A Fire Sprinkler Gets Set-Off

  1. A fire starts for whatever reason it may be, which causes the air above it to heat up immediately. 
  2. Science taught us that hot air rises as cold air sinks, and as the fire grows, it causes more heat to rise to the ceiling. 
  3. When the fire reaches 155 to 165?, it causes the liquid-filled glass bulb to burst, or in some systems, a metal link melts, which sets off the sprinkler. 

Member of SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team®

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Large Loss Team Listening to Directions Our professionals are prepared and ready for the call to help another location during their significant loss needs.

Not all of the SERVPRO family of franchises are part of the Disaster Recovery Team, and it’s something that our family of franchises prides itself on. Being a part of this group means that if a national disaster strikes, our team would be deployed to help the local SERVPRO franchises in the affected area.

This means that we are “the backup” or the calvary in the time of need for our SERVPRO team. It also means that we can help the recovery and restoration process to help expedite the recovery time. In 2020, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was devastated by a storm system called a Derecho, an inland hurricane. The local SERVPRO of Lake of the Ozarks needed our help. So we dispatched teams from all of our franchise locations to help this city recover.

Our team is truly honored to be a part of this group. We hope that your town will never need our Disaster Recovery Team, but if you do, SERVPRO of Lake of the Ozarks is Here to help.