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Why Insurance Agents and Their Clients Should Use SERVPRO's Claims Inventory System

4/30/2022 (Permalink)

Trucks from a restoration company SERVPRO provides more than just emergency cleanup services as a preferred vendor of many insurance companies.

Why Should Insurance Agents And Clients Use SERVPRO's Claims Inventory System?

Accuracy is paramount as you prepare each insurance claim. You need to double-check all the numbers and facts. You also must do research to ensure your details are reliable. With so much information available on the internet, the process can seem overwhelming. That is why SERVPRO created its own Claims Inventory System. This system lets agents in Kansas City, KS, easily find the data they need. Here are the top reasons to use this service.

Data

An insurance agent can use the Claims Inventory System to research the response times and costs of other restoration projects. This information should help you quickly and accurately compare losses and estimate the expenses involved in your latest insurance claim. You can sort the numbers by:

  • Region
  • State
  • County

Collaboration and Convenience

Insurance agents are not the only people with access to this database. The restoration professionals and adjusters can also utilize it to communicate with clients and each other. This speeds up the entire claims process, letting you move on to other parts of your job, and letting your clients get back to their businesses.

In fact, your clients themselves will also have remote access to the database. They should thus receive instant information about the status of each claim.

The system additionally features an estimate of the costs, photos of the loss and digital copies of important documents. Your clients should also receive hard copy or email versions of their files for their records.

Business owners are likely to appreciate that they are being kept completely in the loop. They can even see how SERVPRO's performance compares to the standard set by the restoration industry.

As a preferred vendor of many insurance companies, SERVPRO offers more than just emergency cleanup services. The company's database provides accurate information that helps agents expedite each insurance claim. Speeding up the claims process should reduce the cost of the cleanup and make your clients happy.

What Fire Extinguisher Is Best for My Home?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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What Is The Best Fire Extinguisher For My House?

Keeping a fire extinguisher in your Kansas City, KS, home can save you and your property from a small fire. If you're wondering which kind to choose, here is some information about different types of extinguishers.

Extinguisher Classes

Each class of extinguisher fights a different type of fire:

  • Class A: Wood, paper and trash
  • Class B: Grease, oil-based liquids and gasoline
  • Class C: Electrical equipment
  • Class D: Flammable metals
  • Class K: Animal and vegetable oils used in cooking

Household extinguishers are rated A, B or C.

On the label, the numbers that precede the letters give the rating of the extinguisher's effectiveness against that type of fire. An extinguisher with a 4-B rating, for example, is more effective against a grease fire than one rated 2-B. Higher effectiveness usually means a higher-priced extinguisher. There is no number designation for Class C.

Extinguisher Sizes

You can choose your extinguisher size based on where you will use it. A 5-pound extinguisher is suited for a typical home fire and is easy to pick up and use. A 10-pound fire extinguisher is a good choice for the garage, where a fire may grow before you see it. You can also find stove-top extinguishers that mount above the range.

Best Extinguisher Locations

Safety experts recommend you keep an extinguisher on each floor of your home for maximum fire preparedness. The kitchen is an ideal place because of the enhanced risk of fire in that room. Keep the extinguisher where household members can reach it quickly and easily. The best location is near an exit if the fire gets out of control and you must evacuate.

If you've experienced a home fire and have been through the process of fire restoration, you know that prevention is the best policy. If you have not had a home fire, you can take steps to avoid one by learning to use your fire extinguisher and equipping your home with the correct sizes and types.

3 Reasons You Might Find Water in Your Crawl Space

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

The old dirty cellar flooded from a pipe break. You should deal with a wet crawl space as soon as possible to avoid mold growth and water damage to your home.

Three Possible Causes Of Water In Your Crawl Space

A wet crawl space can create more problems than you might expect. It makes water damage less visible, but it also creates the perfect conditions for mold growth. The moisture also weakens the Fairway, KS, house's structural materials, creating greater damage as a result. Learn about the most common causes for water inside the crawl space so you can prevent an incident.

1. Overwatered Plants

You can accidentally flood the crawl space by doing something as simple as overwatering plants, especially those close to the house's foundation. Whether you use too much water or leave the hose or sprinkler running beyond the necessary time, the excess will seep into the house and reach the lower sections first. You can easily turn off the water to resolve this issue. You can spot this problem if you see water pooling near the affected area.

2. Poor Sloping Grade

Another factor that can result in a wet crawl space is the lack of proper grading around your house. Ideally, you want the grading to slope away from the building and towards the outer yard or the streets. This feature ensures that any incoming water flows away from the foundation, preventing flooding. Check the grade after winter, intense rainfall or an overwatering incident. If the slope is altered or missing, build it up between six to eight inches away from home.

3. Defective Plumbing

Another reason why you might find water inside your crawl space involves defective or broken pipes. Even if the leak or burst pipe is in the house's upper floors, the water will always trickle down. If you find water in the crawl space or lower area, conduct a detailed search to find the source and fix it. Hire a plumber if you are unable to find it.

You should deal with a wet crawl space fast before mold growth and water damage threatens your home. Identify these occurrences to avoid this situation and contact emergency remediation services if you find water in that area or anywhere else.

Kansas City Fire and Smoke Cleanup Involves an HVAC Inspection

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

fire damage in a building SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is ready to help you take on the challenge of a fire damaged building.

Thorough Post-Fire HVAC Inspections in Kansas City Consider Several Key Questions

When your Kansas City business suffers a fire, it is essential to inspect its HVAC system thoroughly. Although this involves several key steps, these actions are likely to minimize further damage by preventing the spread of smoke particles that could impact more surfaces, reduce interior air quality, and circulate foul, fire-related odors.

SERVPRO, a commercial fire, and smoke cleanup service in Kansas City, routinely performs extensive, post-fire HVAC inspections. Our skilled fire restoration technicians complete these crucial examinations as part of the smoke remediation and fire damage restoration process. Some of the specific questions SERVPRO’s fire and smoke damage experts seek to answer during their inspection of your ventilation ductwork are:

  • Where did the fire occur? Did it break out near the HVAC furnace unit or one of the system’s vents?
  • Did any smoke get into the ducts and, if so, did it enter through the network’s return or supply-side?
  • Are there any factors, like the HVAC blower being on during the fire, residue magnetism/ionization, or fire-related pressure differentials, which may have forced smoke residues into ductwork?
  • What types of residues, heavy, moderate, light, wet, dry, greasy, or odorous, are in the ventilation system?
  • What kind of filters, reusable or disposable, does the network use, and are they clean?
  • How is the HVAC system made, is it composed of duct board, flex duct, sheet metal, or lined with insulation, and must it be disassembled for cleaning?

Taken together, the answers to these questions enable SERVPRO to effectively evaluate a fire’s impact on your ventilation system and quickly remediate it.

With all that said, if you ever need fire and smoke cleanup at your place of business, don’t hesitate to call your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown. We are available whenever you need us at (816) 895-8890.

Kansas City Residents Often Deal with Flood Damage in the Spring.

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Dealing with This Damage Safely in Kansas City Requires Certain Steps to Be Taken.

Every year in the spring, as seasonal storms pass through, Kansas City’s chances of falling victim to the effects of flooding increase substantially. Whenever flooding does occur, it puts significant hardships on local residents. It also prompts the need for professional cleanup services that can handle the special requirements of biohazard remediation work.

According to flood damage cleanup firm SERVPRO, Kansas City flood damage often involves the presence of hazardous wastes like sewage, toxic chemicals, and farming refuse. Fortunately, our biohazard cleaning company and its highly-trained technicians are experts at eliminating dangerous debris, sewage cleanup, water removal services, and comprehensive flood restoration.

A listing of some of the specialized actions we take to remediate flood-damaged homes is:

  • Contaminants that could spread to other, unaffected places are contained, and EPA-approved disinfectants are sprayed in impacted areas and on affected surfaces
  • Hazardous materials, silt, and other debris are removed with rakes and shovels, then professionally discarded
  • Extractors are used to pull excess standing water from affected rooms and other places
  • Structural components are evaluated for their salvageability based on pretest results, the porosity of the impacted materials, and the contaminants in the water involved
  • Flood-damaged carpeting and padding are pulled up and carefully disposed of as hazardous waste
  • Structural elements that have come into contact with floodwaters are cleaned, disinfected, and pressure washed if necessary 

Following the completion of these biohazard cleanup procedures, flood-impacted homes are thoroughly dried using an air mover-dehumidifier network and are fogged with powerful deodorants.

With all this in mind, remember that your helpful local SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is always here to help you overcome any flood damage your home may have. Contact us anytime at (816) 895-8890 for assistance.

Storm and Wind Damage Often Impacts Kansas City Interiors

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

roof damage to a home SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is ready to help our community after a storm. Give us a call today.

This Is Often as Troublesome as Exterior Problems for Kansas City Homeowners

The most noticeable signs of storm damage are often observed on the roofs and around the exteriors of Kansas City homes, but this can be quite deceiving. Often, seemingly minor outside issues, like missing roof tiles, leaf-clogged gutters, or impacted shingles hide slow leaks that can eventually cause significant problems for you and your family.

As your neighborhood SERVPRO knows, storm and wind damage in Kansas City can be fairly severe. We also understand that small, weather-related leaks can quickly morph into something more costly to repair. The most common and insidious interior issues result from:

  • Water seeping into weather-beaten roofs and leaking down between walls from blocked gutters
  • Rain slowly dripping from deteriorated window seals and cracked panes
  • Storm-fed, rising groundwater permeating damaged foundations and flooding basements
  • Primary water damage, occurring over time, where the water comes in contact with materials, rusting metal surfaces, delaminating backs of carpets, and warping hardwood floors
  • Secondary water damage that impacts hygroscopic, or water vapor absorbing/susceptible, materials eventually causing mold growth on affected surfaces, deteriorating ceiling tiles, and making drywall crumble 

With all that said, our emergency water damage services division routinely performs professional inspections of storm-damaged properties and deals with ceiling leaks, burst pipes, basement flooding, and other issues that frequently arise from inclement weather conditions. Over time, we have also worked to resolve water vapor's often silent, harmful effects. 

As you can see, your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown know what it takes to identify and clean up severe wind and storm damage. So, if you ever require our assistance, don’t hesitate to call us at (816) 895-8890 for fast and dependable service.

Preventing Flood Damage Recurrences in Kansas City Homes

2/27/2022 (Permalink)

Storm damaged home When flood damage hits home, SERVPRO should be the first call. Storm and flood damage restoration is a job for us.

Structural repairs and preventative measures protect Kansas City properties against flood damage.

There are times when natural disasters like flooding are unavoidable for Kansas City homes. Despite the fast arrival of our SERVPRO team for mitigation, we must also have suitable solutions to repair structural damage and prevent flooding recurrences.

Fast Extraction and Mitigation

We understand the urgency of managing flood damage in Kansas City homes fast. Because floodwater can move so quickly through a household, extraction is one of the most vital services we can offer.

Repairing Damaged Roof Elements

The roof can also be a penetration point for direct precipitation, runoff, and flooding. While many roofs are installed to withstand years of abuse by the elements, some of nature’s fiercest storms far exceed the expectations and thresholds of even newly installed roofing systems. Some factors that contribute to flooding include:

  • Snowfall Weight
  • Ice Damming
  • Hail and Wind Damage

Standing Water Concerns in the Crawlspace

The crawlspace is a common area for flood damage as well. This designed opening beneath the main floor of your home can prevent direct flood damage but still must be cleaned and restored after natural disasters occur. Prolonged standing water in this area can result in mold development and other potential concerns.

Effective Flood Cleanup for Kansas City Homes

Once the damage has been identified and our SERVPRO team begins to formulate the needed actions to prevent recurrences, the rest of the technicians work to mitigate loss through effective and efficient water removal services. From the need for extraction that also manages solids to thorough drying with air movers, dehumidifiers, and portable electric heaters, we have production vehicles stocked with the needed equipment to control the mitigation and restoration needs rapidly.

While it is important to work quickly to manage and mitigate loss after flood damages impact your home or business, we must also prioritize the steps necessary to prevent additional damage moving forward. Flooding can recur multiple times when structural repairs are not completed, and provisions are not taken to identify penetration points appropriately. Our experienced SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown team is ready to help 24/7 at (816) 895-8890.

What Variations of Smoke Damage Threaten Kansas City Homes?

2/20/2022 (Permalink)

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Preparedness for all types of fire and smoke cleanup in Kansas City homes saves customers time and money.

Fire and smoke damage restoration and remediation involve dozens of steps and approaches that must begin as soon as our professionals arrive. Mitigation of smoke threats is vital, as this can take many forms to compromise the safety and stability of your residence.

Soot and Smoke Residue Removal

Fire and smoke cleanup in Kansas City homes most directly point to the methods of our SERVPRO team for managing soot and smoke residues coming to rest on flooring, building materials, and contents. Based on the composition of these soils, multiple removals and recovery options are possible. While more abrasive and aggressive measures are sometimes necessary, lighter soot damage can be managed with:

  • Solvents
  • Wet wipe cleaning products
  • Chemical sponges
  • Dry vacuuming

Airborne Contaminant Regulation

When soot and smoke solids become aerosolized and moved through the environment, these airborne effects can cause health effects. In the earliest stages of fire restoration, our team has personal protective equipment like respirators and SCBA gear for protection. We rely on HEPA filtration to trap these circulating particles.

Malodor Spread in Fire-Damaged Homes

Another way that smoke can impact a property after fire extinguishment is through harsh odors. Combustion of various materials can create volatile environments overwhelmed by offensive smells. We have cleaning products and counteracting approaches to reduce the severity of these odors throughout the property. We utilize powerful deodorization tools in our inventory to finalize the removal of this challenging effect.

Understanding the impact of smoke damage on your home and business might encourage homeowners to consider their need for professional restoration and recovery services. Fires can be heavily destructive to a residence, making the mitigation that our SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown team provides vital to protect the property and its contents. Give us a call 24/7 at (816) 895-8890. 

What Water Removal Equipment is Ideal for Kansas City Offices?

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Fast mitigation is critical when pooling water damage threatens Kansas City commercial properties.

From sprinkler head damage to burst pipes, substantial water loss incidents can quickly overwhelm the entire floor of an office building. Standing water is one of the most pressing threats during a water damage emergency, so our team responds fast to help.

Engine-Driven Extractors

The truck-mount extractor is the most powerful tool for water removal in Kansas City office buildings. This vehicle in our Green Fleet generates unparalleled suction and power compared to other water removal equipment used. We also can utilize this machine with attachments to make it more versatile to changing materials and flooring in an office building like:

  • Light wands
  • Squeegee wands
  • Carpet wands

Wet Vacuums

Wet vacuums remain one of the more versatile water removal tools available to our SERVPRO team. Their portability makes them ideal for smaller and confined spaces like closets or office bathrooms, and they have the power to help with the sufficient removal of standing water in larger areas.

Carpet Wands

With glue-down carpeting options and short pile flooring throughout the main working areas of the office, water restoration and recovery must also address water after this thin carpeting has absorbed it. Using carpet wands attached to powerful extraction units like the truck-mount motorized machines, we can pull out trapped water absorbed into carpet fibers to protect this flooring from requiring removal and replacement in many cases.

Air Movers Promote Fast Drying

Drying involves many tools and devices from our inventory. Air movers continue to be a foundational element in removing moisture and surface water. With hundreds of units available, we can daisy chain multiple air movers together to provide a large coverage area in open spaces of the office building.

When water damages of any type impact office buildings, the spread, and severity of these conditions can be overwhelming. Because office buildings feature many open areas where water flow can spread rapidly, large loss extraction and drying tools are vital to overcoming damage. Our SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown team is ready to help when you call (816) 895-8890. 

Essential Things to Note About Water Mitigation for Electronics in Kansas Homes

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged kitchen floor; refriderator shown Electronics and appliances are common items in every home. SERVPRO is always on call to safely restore your home.

SERVPRO Uses Simple and Advanced Approaches in Kansa Homes to Save Electronicsl

Since there are several electronics in a home, water intrusion can impact some if not all of them. An appropriate response helps limit damage or salvage some affected items. Electronics pose many challenges to water restoration, unlike other house items like furniture, which can be readily dried or subjected to rigorous cleaning procedures.

When conducting water mitigation in Kansas households, managing affected electronics depends on how the damage occurs. SERVPRO facilitates some of the mitigation processes or involves a specialist to help clean and restore appliances and other electronic items

Water damage can affect electronics through:

  • Direct water contact
  • High indoor humidity
  • Temperature plummeting to the dew point

Water can splash on items or submerge them if placed on the floor. Such direct contact causes significant damage since the water involved is sufficient to reach the internal components of an appliance. Timely intervention can improve the chances of saving such items since significant damage rarely happens immediately on contacting water.

Actions that help electronics exposed to water include:

  • Unplugging all items from power sources
  • Extracting any water inside the items
  • Maintaining temperature above the dew point

SERVPRO helps ensure that such actions are taken in good time for effectiveness. For instance, when you call, our customer support staff guide you on the immediate steps you can take to save valued items, including unplugging them from power sources. We can also assist with water removal and temperature regulation on arrival at your property, especially if portable heaters are necessary.

Apart from the damage caused by direct water contact, problems can develop from exposure to humid air due to condensation inside the items. When our SERVPRO technicians set up dehumidifiers in the property during restoration, evaporation from standing water cannot drive humidity to unsafe levels.

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown handles all types of water mitigation. Call us at (816) 895-8890. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.