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We Have Effective Techniques To Restore Your Kansas City Home After A Fire

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

A stove top covered in fire damage Our crew handles restoration of your home after it has been damaged by fire with our expertise, experience and state of the art equipment.

Considerations to Ensure a Fire Cleanup Exercise in Kansas City Achieves the Desired Goal

Cleaning up a fire-damaged property is essential in restoring the preloss condition of the house by eliminating debris, soiling, and any odors left by the fire. Depending on how the fire cleanup is done, it can help reduce the number of items to replace during the restoration process.

Using the Right Cleaning Solutions

Fire cleanup in Kansas City requires various inputs, ranging from clean water, detergents to specialized cleaning agents. For the best outcome, at a fair cost, there is a need to choose wisely. Our SERVPRO technicians assess the soiling prevalent in the affected area to help make the right choice. If we determine there are only hydrophilic residues, we can use plain water to clean the soiled areas. Other types of residues may require professional cleaning agents.

Safe Agitation

Agitation is a crucial aspect of fire cleanup, especially when dealing with massive or stubborn deposits. There are many ways to agitate a soiled surface, but it is crucial to choose the right one depending on the type of underlying material to avoid damaging it in the process. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize:

  • Air pressure
  • Water pressure
  • Rotating Brushes
  • Scrubbers
  • Blasting

We can also use different techniques simultaneously. For example, when cleaning carpets through hot water extraction, we utilize both air and water pressure to agitate the soiled areas. Options such as sandblasting are only feasible when eroding the material being cleaned does not damage it. Soda and sandblasting are useful when removing charring from frames and other unfinished surfaces.

Safeguarding Materials from Chemical Action

Various solvents used in the cleaning process can leave permanent damages such as stains, discoloration, or fire damage to the physical qualities of the material. Our SERVPRO technicians take caution to avoid wetting surfaces, especially when cleaning porous materials. For surfaces made with specialized materials such as acoustic tiles, we use specialized cleaning techniques such as Peroxide-Active cleaning to safeguard the physical qualities of the tiles.

Cleaning a fire-damaged property takes effort. Call SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown at (816) 895-8890 to help do it the right way.

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Kansas City Homeowners Prefer to Restore and Not Have Replaced Water Damaged Hardwood Flooring!--They Call SERVPRO!

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Basketball Court Hardwood Flooring from behind the backboard view SERVPRO Rescues Water-Damaged Hardwood Flooring in Kansas City Gyms and Homes and Much More!

Why SERVPRO’s Training and Equipment Leads to Appropriate Water Damage Remediation in Kansas City

When your hardwood floors become saturated from a leak or appliance malfunction in Kansas City, it is hard to be patient during water removal and drying. It can take several days or more to return all affected flooring moisture levels to normal. Our training and experience in balancing the variance in moisture levels between the surface walked on, and the subfloor is one of the reasons why engaging our services during drying can protect your property.

Start at the Top

Water damage to your Kansas City floors requires the removal of visible water quickly. Pumps and extractors take care of pooled surface water, but water migration between strips and planks is a concern. As water trickles through, it saturates the plywood or particleboard subfloor. Selecting efficient strategies to remove water below the surfaces is essential, why our team’s training and experience come in handy. Negative air pressure floor mat systems can suction water from several levels. Air moving equipment aimed at the subfloor if there is access from beneath is another option.

Collect Moisture Data to Inform Drying Goals

When working on a hardwood floor project, information about the moisture content of unaffected flooring in other areas of the house must be collected. Every home has a unique moisture level. In fact, when carpenters install a new hardwood floor during initial construction or a remodeling project, best practices dictate that the materials be delivered to the location and acclimate for a few weeks to adjust to the home’s regular moisture readings, avoiding shrinkage or distortion when finally installed. Accurate moisture meter readings sampled by our skilled technicians are why SERVPRO delivers successful results.

Achieving a Balance Needs Professional Evaluation

When the top layer of hardwood flooring reduces to approximately 10 percent moisture content, that typically meets the drying goal. A problem arises if the subfloor still holds significant levels of moisture, more than plus 4 to 6 percent of the surface moisture or an even higher measurement. The dilemma presented is that more drying techniques need to address the subfloor wetness, but the strategies cannot overdry the surface. Achieving this balance requires the skills of highly-trained technicians and continuous monitoring, why SERVPRO is a reliable partner for homeowners navigating these difficulties.

Comprehensive training, state of the art tools, and dedicated technicians are why SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is a premium, water damage recovery provider. Call (816) 895-8890 immediately when floors experience water loss for the best outcome.

Kansas City Property Owner and Water Loss--What To Do? Why Call SERVPRO, of Course!

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged wood flooring lifting off pad Why SERVPRO Is a Premier Water Damage Restoration Company in Kansas City--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster--We Try To Restore--Not Replace

The Forms of Moisture Damage We Combat in Kansas City Homes

Many sciences are essential to the recovery of Kansas City homes after water and moisture damages. From vaporizing moisture from saturated surfaces by our centrifugal air movers to the condensation of humidity into collection trays of refrigerant dehumidifiers, much of the work that we do in the recovery of damaged homes involves changing the state of water damage into a manageable form. To do this, our SERVPRO professionals must understand the nature of water or moisture and the infiltration into a given material.

The types of water damage Kansas City homes experience in and around construction materials and contents affect the chosen approaches to dry up these effects. Each of the three forms of moisture damage our technicians expect to encounter in restoration tasks has specific approaches to overcome and eliminate. These forms often vary by the length of time that materials remain exposed to water damage and the porosity of exposed contents and surfaces.
 
Surface water is what our restorers and our customers can immediately see when water loss incidents take place. These damages utilize some of the widest arrays of our recovery tools, including our extractors, pumps, mops, air movers, and other equipment. Surface water is among the easiest to treat and restore, as evaporation can happen quickly along with direct drying methods.
 
Free water is moisture that has initially become absorbed by material like flooring, drywall, or other exposed surfaces. Free water is a more significant challenge to remove from these materials, but effectively doing so can often protect the installed construction elements. This form of moisture has not bonded on a molecular level with the damaged material, allowing it to get drawn back out more readily.
 
Bound water has gotten absorbed into the wood and porous materials and perhaps chemically bonds with the cells and molecules. Once this occurs, restoration and removal of the moisture damage become far more challenging. Even still, specialty drying equipment like drying mats, injecti-dry devices, and positive pressure systems can have a chance at restoring the material.

 Understanding what we are up against is part of the scoping process that occurs before mostly every restoration project we undertake. Let our SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown team show you how we can help. Give us a call at (816) 895-8890.

What's in Your Kansas City Floodwater? Contaminants!

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Danger Sign Storms can bring flooding and floodwater contains contaminants. Don't go it alone. Call SERVPRO for your flood damage restoration needs.

When Contamination Is a Concern After Kansas City Flooding  

Natural flooding can come with many risks and hazards, especially when Kansas City homeowners stay ill-prepared for how compromising these disasters can become. Contamination is one of the first things that must get assessed when professional restoration technicians arrive at your house after a flood, primarily because exposure could lead to health effects or amplify the possibility of mold and microbial growth on nearby surfaces. 

Classifications of contamination get determined by the severity of flood damage in Kansas City homes and the likelihood of foreign substances and other threats being present in the floodwater. Because natural flooding has a higher likelihood of encountering hazardous pollutants like sewage, chemicals, oils, and bacteria, we must exercise caution with our assessment and early-stage mitigation. Our SERVPRO team has advanced training techniques through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA) to knowledgeably address these concerns. 

Because of how destructive flooding can be in a home, we arrive with multiple tiers of extraction equipment ranging from our smaller capacity wet-vacs to our 300 psi truck-mount extractors in our SERVPRO Green Fleet. The more efficiently we can remove standing water from areas of your house, the better able to protect structural elements and framework from contamination threats. 

We have a team of biohazard cleaning specialists that can address Class 3 flooding contamination threats where presumed blackwater is present in the property. Through the use of multiple extraction units and drying tools, we can remove the immediate threats so that our bio-recovery technicians can get to work with our potent cleaning and disinfectant products. Germicides and sporicides can remove many contaminants on contact and make a material uninhabitable to further microbial and fungal threats. 

Many threats exist in a home after flooding occurs, and it is critical to get the right steps started immediately to protect your property and its occupants. Our SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown team has the experience and equipment to make loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (816) 895-8890.

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Confidence and Reliability Are Why SERVPRO Is Kansas City’s First Choice for Water Removal

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

A wall in a room with mold on the walls. SERVPRO knows why it's so important to responsibly handle your Kansas City water damage.

We will be there every step of the way for your Kansas City water loss.

Clean up of minor spills and quickly discovered leaks are certainly within the DIY capabilities of a Kansas City homeowner who has a bucket and a mop. On the other hand, if a major plumbing fail or an appliance malfunction pours gallons of water into your home, you need to find trustworthy professional help. Not only are the quantities of water in these cases substantial, but the migration of the fluid into building cavities and materials is also a concern. 

We Extract Water Rapidly and Efficiently

All it takes is a broken dishwasher hose, a ruptured water heater, or a clogged toilet to require significant water removal in Kansas City. Our ability to respond fast with a well-trained and equipped crew is why we can extract large amounts of water safely and to dry out spaces thoroughly. Investment in training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) aligns with investment in up to date, commercial-grade equipment and products to provide our customers with results that meet or exceed industry best practices.

We Follow Research-Based Protocols

A solid understanding of the science of drying, psychrometry, is why SERVPRO’s efforts in removing water and returning your home to preloss condition are successful. Research demonstrates that the more liquid water initially removed, the faster and more efficient drying operations can be. Our submersible pumps clear out water deeper than two inches. Wanded extractors then take on the task of removing as much of the remaining fluids as possible. 

We Are Skilled at Moisture Detection and Monitoring

Mastery of IICRC coursework in the tracing of water migration combined with decades of experience in detection implementation are why SERVPRO can go that extra mile for our customers. Surfaces can look dry, yet hide caches of water in cavities or absorbed into the structural components. We use thermal imaging to find temperature disparities that signal trapped water and moisture meters to set drying goal baselines. Controlled demolition techniques like flood cuts or weep holes release hidden water. Air movers and heaters accelerate evaporation, moving water into the air for our commercial dehumidifiers’ collection and disposal.

Dependable and experienced workers and top-notch equipment are why SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown meets your water removal needs fast. Contact us at (816) 895-8890 day or night to schedule an assessment.

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How to Improve Your Fire Damaged House in Mission

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged room in a house Don’t let this happen to you. Act fast and call SERVPRO to mitigate fire damage.

Why SERVPRO Helps Resolve Fire Damage Incidents in Mission Safely

Incidents involving fire in Mission pose risks to anyone in the vicinity. Even after putting out the fire, some dangers remain. Such issues can be a risk to the house occupants or the people handling the restoration. A professional restoration company such as SERVPRO helps restore the property to its preloss state safely because we have IICRC certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians in our team who prioritize vital tasks.

Cleaning the Air

One significant hazard leftover after fire damage incidents in Mission literary hangs in the air. Noxious fumes, aerosols, and other particles can remain suspended in the air over extended periods and, if inhaled in large quantities, can lead to respiratory issues. Our SERVPRO teams tackle this problem in different ways, including wearing PPE, Personal Protective Equipment such as respirators, and using air filtration devices to remove particles from the air. We can also use ventilation box fans, which move 3000 to 5000 cubic of air a minute to force the particulate filled air out of the structure, reducing the risk.

Checking Structural Integrity of Support Structures

The flames or embers of fire consume various materials in the affected structure, including frames, joist, or other structural supports. From casual observation, it is easy to dismiss such materials as only slightly charred, yet their structural integrity might be compromised, reducing their load-bearing capacity. Our SERVPRO technicians open up walls and ceilings to expose the underlying support structures. We use char depth gauges to find out if any of the frames are charred past their load-bearing capacity.

Checking Utilities

Different aspects of the fire have varying effects on various utilities in the house. While the flames consume most materials, heat can alter them indirectly. For example, the heat might melt the insulators on power cables causing short circuits when power is restored. Smoke, on the other hand, readily filters into air vents spreading debris all over the house. Our SERVPRO technicians remove all cables in areas directly affected by the fire. We also have specialized duct-cleaning equipment to ensure your air conditioner does not spread debris all over your property.

Safely restoring a fire-damaged home to its preloss state is a great achievement. Call SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown at (816) 895-8890 to help. We have the resources you need to make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Water Removal and Restoration in Kansas City Homes Done Right by SERVPRO!

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Yellow Moisture Meter pushed against a wall taking a digital reading Kansas City Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Complete Water Damage Restoration -- We Take the Excess Moisture with Us!

Why SERVPRO Can Help Reduce the Impact of Water Damage in Your Kansas City Home

When water spills occur in Kansas City, it can lead to widespread damages unless the right actions are taken immediately. Water is a natural solvent that causes a wide range of materials to deteriorate, especially when left exposed over extended periods. A professional water damage restoration like SERVPRO has the skills and other resources to deal with the issue reducing the overall impact it might have on your property.

Working Faster

Time can be a friend or foe after water damage incidents in Kansas City. Taking long before responding to an incident creates an opportunity for secondary damages like mold and degradation of building materials and contents to add to the restoration service. Our SERVPRO crews work faster because we have the necessary resources, such as equipment. For example, we have truck mounted water extractors, and high-speed pumps to hasten water removal. We also have cavity drying systems such as the injecti-dry devices, which reduce the amount of demolition work needed to dry property. Because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, we can often salvage hardwood flooring from permanent damage with the use of drying mats and injecti-dry equipment. Customers always appreciate it when our team can cut costs, deconstruction, and restore their homes to preloss condition as rapidly as possible.

Using Superior Techniques

Fixing water damage takes skill, especially when saving wet items. Issues such as the setting of stains, mold development, and damage to electrical appliances can drive the cost of restoration higher because such items have to be replaced. Our SERVPRO technicians use various superior approaches such as freezing documents to halt deterioration, then drying them through sublimation. We also quicken the drying process of wet areas by regulating temperature, air movement, or isolating them by creating drying chambers.

Identifying Potential Long-term Issues Early

Some effects of water damage can have long-term implications if not addressed. An issue like moisture remnants in semi-porous materials can lead to health effects in the future due to mold development. Our SERVPRO technicians can preempt mold development by drying all materials to normal levels. We have many moisture detection devices, including borescopes, thermo-hygrometers, penetrative, and non-penetrative moisture meters, and infrared camera imagery, which help us, identify whether there is any hidden moisture that might cause future problems.

Water loss incidents can have far-reaching effects. Call SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown at (816) 895-8890 to help clean up and dry your property, restoring the preloss conditions. "Like it never even happened."

Common Sources of Water Damage in a Commercial Building

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Toilet paper Some tips to avoid a clogged toilet: buy thin toilet paper

Owning and running a building in Mission Hills, KS, means that you have a lot on your plate. You probably want to avoid reacting to problems, but instead nip them in the bud.

When It Comes to Water Damage, How Do You Do That?

Drainage

Bathrooms and kitchens in a place of business get a lot of traffic. This means that your drains and toilets are doing a lot of work, so you should do what you can to keep them flowing and avoid flooding. Have maintenance check on them regularly and consider conducting a camera-scope inspection every so often. Some tips to avoid a clogged toilet:

  • Buy thin toilet paper.
  • Post signage about what can go in the toilet.
  • Provide plenty of labelled waste receptacles.

Pipes

First, you should look into what type of pipes you have. If they are older, they might be polybutylene, copper or galvanized iron. These materials are prone to damage and don't usually last long. Please consider replacing if this is the case. Regardless of material, it is important to check them for corrosion or leaks as often as possible, because even the smallest drip can accumulate. Winters can also be hard on pipes, so be sure to keep your building warm enough to avoid freezing and broken pipes.

Fire Sprinklers

Sometimes your sprinklers can be triggered to go off without a fire- a warm light nearby or burnt food in the microwave can do the trick. This can cause water damage, especially if not taken care of right away. You should have a water damage restoration company picked out so you can move forward right away with water repair should something like this happen. Especially if the incident was above a carpet, this may eventually turn into a mold problem.
There's a lot to keep track of in a large building. If you know what to add to a regular maintenance routine and some simple preventative measures, your life could be made a lot simpler.

Finding and Preventing Mold Growth

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold spreading in a bathroom wall Mold damage in a Prairie Village, KS bathroom

Mold damage in your Prairie Village, KS, home can be a serious problem. However, knowing a little about mold growth patterns can help you catch the problem early and maybe prevent it altogether.

Common Places for Mold Infestation

Certain areas of your home are more susceptible to mold growth than others. It is important to keep these areas as dry as possible, inspect them frequently for any hidden mold and check for water stains or a musty odor:

  • Ceiling tiles and drywall
  • Paper goods
  • Wood products
  • Humid areas such as bathrooms
  • HVAC vents

Tips for Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth

Mold needs certain conditions to grow, such as mold spores, warmth and moisture. Unfortunately, most homes naturally have all of these conditions. Keeping mold spores and moisture to a minimum will go a long way toward preventing mold damage in your home. The following interventions may prevent mold infestations:

  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Use an air purifier to trap mold spores
  • Repair leaks and dry up any standing water
  • Open windows and use fans to circulate air
  • Invest in mold-resistant paint, décor and
  • furniture
  • Inspect HVAC ductwork for mold

Mold Remediation

Even the most meticulously maintained homes can experience a mold problem. In this case, you should address the concern as quickly as possible to keep the mold from spreading. For small areas, a diluted bleach mixture and a little elbow grease will likely be enough to take care of the issue. You can also use a commercial cleaning agent designed for mold. Whenever you are working with mold or chemicals, make sure to open a window or door for fresh air and wear gloves. Depending on the extent and type of mold present, you may need a respirator mask and other protective gear.
In many cases, you can prevent mold growth and address small infestations yourself. However, you may require the help of a certified restoration company for severe mold damage.

4 Tips for Making a Flood Insurance Claim

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

A house surrounded by flood waters Flooded home in Kansas City, KS

4 Tips for Making a Flood Insurance Claim

If your home has been damaged in a flood in Kansas City, KS, then you will need to make a flood claim to help cover the costs of repairs. Addressing the situation in the right way will help you get through the process more easily and with less stress. The following tips may help.

1. Call Right Away

When making a flood claim, it is important to contact your insurance company as soon as you can. Waiting too long to do so can cause your claim to be denied, as many policies require you to make a report within a certain time period. Filing your claim sooner also allows you to get the process started and finished more quickly.

2. Go Over the Details

While you may have read over your policy when you purchased it, you probably haven’t spent much time studying it since then. Look over it carefully so you know what to expect and what is expected of you.

3. Start on Mitigation Quickly

It can take some time for your insurance adjuster to arrive to inspect your house, so don’t feel like you need to wait to start taking care of the damage. In some cases, waiting too long to begin mitigation and allowing the damage to worsen can cause your insurance claim to be denied. To avoid this, contact a cleanup and restoration company to start work right away.

4. Document Any Damage

While you don’t need to wait for your adjuster to begin cleaning up, you should make sure you have evidence of the damage. Take photos of affected areas and belongings and set aside items in a safe location. The restoration company can help with this task before they begin working on repairs.
Filing a flood claim might seem like a complicated process, but keeping a level head and following these steps can make it go more smoothly. If you are uncertain about anything, don’t hesitate to ask your adjuster for help or clarification.