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From water to fire damage, Service Master of Columbia has you covered. Our experience has made us experts when it comes to repairing water damage, removing odor from your home, and even recovering after a fire. In our blog, you'll find great tips on how to respond when disaster strikes. We offer you advice on what to do in the case of fire, flood, mold, and more. We even offer tips on how to prevent and prepare for disaster. However, sometimes when a job is so big, you've got to call in the experts. And that's where we come in. If you can't find the information you're looking for in our blog, then contact us today for a consultation!

Types of Mold in Homes

At ServiceMaster of Columbia, we know mold, and we’ve put together the essentials you need to know about the different types of mold found in homes. What is Mold? Molds produce irritating substances that may act as allergens in sensitive individuals. Some molds produce toxic substances. Houses with mold often have a musty smell. Mold can … Continued

Mold in your Home?

identifying mold in your home

Assessment of Mold Molds feed on cellulose and water, so growth can be hidden from plain view. Follow these guidelines to identifying mold in your home. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, an inspection from a hygienist should be done: Is the area more than 10 square feet? Is there a … Continued

Burst Pipes – Stop the Water; What Next

Burst pipe

A burst pipe in the water system is one of the most common plumbing problems both in the home and the public system. Several things can cause burst pipes, the main one been freezing conditions. We have complicated plumbing systems in our homes such as waste disposals, boilers and even garden features that pipe bursts … Continued

Water Shut Off Valve; Avoid a Disaster

water valve

Every year, water damage from frozen pipes, ruptured washer hoses, leaking supply lines and dripping water heaters costs homeowners and insurance companies billions. Shutting off the main water supply to your home before leaving for an extended length of time can protect you against catastrophic water damage. ServiceMaster of Columbia recommends that everyone in your home … Continued

How to Prepare Your Home for a Snowstorm

prepare your home for a snowstorm

With the end of the year comes several things: holidays, time spent with loved ones, gearing up for a new year and a dramatic change of weather. You’ve already prepared for the holidays, but are you ready for the next big snowstorm? Find out how to prepare your home for a snowstorm, so that you … Continued

Christmas Tree Safety Tips: Preventing Fires

Christmas Tree Safety

During the holidays, ServiceMaster of Columbia wants you to enjoy your family and traditions.  Part of the holiday magic is the Christmas tree.  Christmas trees come with their own built in disasters if not taken care of from the beginning.  Here are some tips for Christmas tree safety. Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires … Continued

What Should You Do When You Find Black Mold?

black mold

Finding a massive black mold infestation is something no homeowner wants to experience. Whether it’s the result of a hidden leak or flood damage, black mold can cause grave problems for your entire family. At ServiceMaster of Columbia in Missouri, we’ve seen just how bad this problem can become, but we also know that if approached the … Continued

DISASTERS: Filing a Claim – Six Steps!


Making an Insurance Claim By having your household inventory and records, it is easier to make an insurance claim should the need arise. There are six steps in making a claim. Step 1: Contact Your Agent Immediately Give your name, address, policy number, and the date and time of your loss. Make sure to tell … Continued

DISASTERS: Plan Ahead – Important Records


The key to an easy claims process and a smooth recovery is documentation. Secure your valuable papers in a waterproof, fireproof container. Table 1 is a list of the valuable papers that need to be in a safe location outside your home, such as in a safe deposit box. This could be in the care … Continued

DISASTERS: Plan Ahead – Inventory


ServiceMaster of Columbia and the agents we work with know that no one wants to go through a disaster at their home or business. So we want to help you if you should need to file a claim. For the next several weeks we will provide tips to prepare for filing a claim if you or … Continued