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Household Appliance Fires

6/5/2023 (Permalink)

stove and oven range Contact SERVPRO if fire damage occurs at your property.

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 Columbia 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.

Our Reconstruction Team is Here to help

6/5/2023 (Permalink)

tools SERVPRO is a one-stop shop for restoration and reconstruction jobs.

SERVPRO of Columbia prides itself on its ability to restore residential and commercial spaces following water, fire and mold damage. We have the experts needed to handle a job of this type, yet we also have another important aspect of our team—the reconstruction team. This group of professionals will go in following a restoration job to repair walls, flooring, roofing and more to make your disaster seem “Like it never even happened.” Our reconstruction teams also aid in demolition, remodels and roof tarp and board-up services. Having SERVPRO handle the reconstruction part of a job as well as the restoration can bring you peace of mind as you won't be needing to hire multiple repair teams. Likewise, this will make the job be finished quicker due to team communication, and the insurance claims process will be smoother.

Here to help 24/7

6/5/2023 (Permalink)

workers loading up a truck Know that SERVPRO is Here to help.

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 Columbia 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 Columbia, 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.   

Carpet Cleaning in Columbia

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Experience clean carpets in Columbia area.

It is that time of the year again, you know, spring cleaning. We have had a rough winter with freezing rain, sleet, and snow. Have you glanced at your carpet lately? Maintain, protect, and increase the life span of your investment by calling SERVPRO® of Columbia.

Preventative Maintenance

  • Vacuum regularly
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet
  • Change traffic lanes by rearranging furniture
  • Use mats to limit soil tracked onto carpet

How Often

Professional carpet cleaning occurrence depends on the following:

  • Soil Build-up
  • Traffic
  • Type
  • Color

A good rule of thumb is to have them cleaned every 12 months and before they become saturated with soil.


Dirty carpets? Our showcase premier cleaning is the most thorough cleaning method in the industry. Schedule your carpet cleaning with us today and call 573-449-1999for a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment in the Columbia, Centralia, & Ashland area.

Smoke Alarm Safety in Columbia

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

How often do you replace your batteries?

Smoke alarms save lives. This statement is only true, if they are properly installed and maintained. According to Missouri Department of Public Safety, about 540 children (14 and under) die each year from home fires and 80 percent of those children did not have working smoke alarms in the home. What can you do keep your family safe?


  • Every Bedroom
  • Every level
  • Don’t forget basement and attic

Test & Replace

  • Monthly by pressing the test button
  • Replace batteries every year (daylight saving time)
  • Replace unit every 10 years

Additional Tips

  • Fire escape plan with two exits
  • Practice fire drill
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home

When fire and water damage take control of your life and home, SERVPRO® of Columbia will help you take it back. We are here to help our neighbors in Columbia, Centralia, and Ashland area.

Mold Discovery in Columbia Business

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

We are here to help with your mold remediation needs.

There are many types of mold, some are beneficial and others can pose a health concern. In order for mold to grow it needs nutrients, moisture, and time.

Mold Discovery

Once you discover mold in your business call SERVPRO® of Columbia. We will get the ball rolling on remediating the mold and reduce the potential for future mold growth.

What to Expect

The mold remediation professionals will have specific tasks to complete. They may include:

  • Industrial Hygienist – develop a cost-effective removal protocol
  • Containment – eliminate the potential for cross contamination
  • Air Flow Management – eliminate the potential for cross contamination and provide data to support the effectiveness of containment
  • Selective Demolition – remove impacted building materials
  • Detailed Cleaning – remove contamination through HEPA vacuuming, scrubbing, and appropriate cleaning
  • Ice or Soda Blasting – provide economical and thorough cleaning of building materials when a large area is affected.
  • HVAC Cleaning – remove contamination from these systems.

What are Ice Dams?

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Ice dams in Columbia, Missouri.

Ice dams form when:

  • Snow is present on the roof.
  • Temperature is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit on higher portion of the roof.
  • Temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit on lower portion of the roof.

Snow melts down the roof and freezes once it reaches the cooler portion of the roof. The dam grows from the melting snow and water begins to back up on top of the ice. The water tries to find a way to escape and backflows under the roof’s shingles and into the structure’s interior.

Ice dams can cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, insulation, and other areas of your home. If your home or business has been affected by winter damage, call SERVPRO® of Columbia. We are here to help those in our Boone and Howard communities.

Winter Storm Preparedness in Columbia

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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.