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Weathering Winter Storms With SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Winter can really wreak havoc on your home and property. When disaster strikes, it is worse when it is freezing outside. All too often, one disaster can lead to another.

Made worse by fluctuating temperatures, ice and snow will intermittently melt and freeze. Add heavy snow or sleet, high winds, and even just the weight of the snow, it can be a massive headache for homeowners.

Winter Storms and Problems

Even if you prepare for winter, freezing temperatures and winter storms can still cause damage.

Roof

Heavy snow and ice can damage your roof, even to the point of collapse. If there were already small cracks or holes, the snow and ice can settle in there. This is bad news.

When the sun hits the roof, the snow and ice melt, soaking into any little crevice it can find. This alone causes damage but when it refreezes, it expands, causing even more damage.

Without proper repairs or insulation, it can cause water to pool and then freeze. It can damage vents, your eaves troughs, and tear up your shingles or tiles. Drips, floods, or worse, a cave-in can mean a big job and a big mess.

If you add in blowing wind and snow or sleet, it can tear the shingles right off, not to mention damage your chimney. The wind can also tear off nearby branches and that can fall against your home, damaging the roof and more.

Siding

When the wind blows it causes pressure against the siding and allows moisture to get up underneath of it all. That can seep into your walls and down into the foundation.

Flooding

Floods are a massive problem in severe weather. Whether they start from the roof or fill your basement, they are a common problem. Melting snow and ice can overwhelm your drainage system and flood the yard, the home, and your neighborhood.

Depending on what pipes have ruptured, there can be a problem with toxic or dangerous substances involved. This is not something you can handle on your own.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen or bursting pipes are one of the most common winter problems we encounter. One of the biggest concerns is that you may not know it has burst until it begins to thaw out again.

This can flood the area and cause structural damage to the home. Floods in cold weather can lead to more damage if the water is running into an unheated area. This can turn your basement or crawl space into a hockey rink.

What’s Next?

If you are caught in a winter storm that has caused some severe damage to your home, you do not need to fix it on your own. If it is a water-related problem, shut off the main water source and call your plumber.

You will need a team who can come in and clean up the damage caused by the broken pipes. You want a company that will arrive quickly, assess the damage, and gets to work right away.

Covering up any open holes or broken windows should be done to prevent further damage before the clean-up can get started. This type of storm damage needs to be treated right away.

Cleaning and Restoration

If you find yourself with winter storm damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown. We provide fast and efficient 24-hour service for emergencies.

We are faster in a disaster and specialize in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training that helps you get back to normal more quickly.

Fire Restoration Tips for Your Kansas City Business

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Very few events in our lives are more shocking and devastating than a fire. It happens suddenly and completely disrupts our lives. If this has happened to you and your business, all is not lost.

The most important thing to know is, you are not alone. Help is available and you should be able to get your business back up and running just as it was before.

After The Fire at Your Business

Getting out of the building alive is your number one priority. Everything thing else can be restored or replaced.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Call them as soon as you can. They will handle all the necessary paperwork, inspections, and anything else that needs to be dealt with.

They will also have some recommendations for cleaning and restoration companies that will get your place of business back together. A company that works with your insurance company and complies with the terms of your insurance agreement.

Choosing a Cleaning Company

You want to choose a company that will work quickly and communicates with you clearly and in a timely manner. With a lot of fire, smoke, and water damage, it needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

Depending on what was burnt will also depend on what type of residue is remaining. There may be toxic fumes, exposed wires, holes, fallen beams, and damaged walls.

They should be able to safely remove everything, including hazardous wastes safely. Getting everything out will allow them to assess the damage faster and set out a plan for rebuilding.

It’s much better if you can find a company that will take care of all the damage and restores the building or space that was damaged. It makes it much easier for you and the insurance company to put the trust in one team, rather than trying to find several.

If they can handle all the damages that occur from a fire, that is a bonus. If they are also able to make the repairs, replace the carpet, drywall, and paint, then you are cutting the time and the job in half.

Ideally, you want a company to be able to come in and handle the entire process from the assessment to the final consultation. When you have the same team throughout, you can be assured that they are familiar with the place, the process, and what the terms of your insurance are.

Prevention and Education

The company you choose for the cleaning and restoration should also be able to consult with you on why the fire happened and what you can do in the future to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Even if you were not directly responsible, having regular inspections, fire drills, and being aware of what the most frequent causes of fires are will ensure you don’t have another one too soon.

Prevention is key. Make sure you have working detectors in your place of business, clearly defined fire exits, and what to do if there is a fire. Have your fire extinguishers checked regularly, as per the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Count on Professionals

If you need help after a business fire, contact SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown. We can take care of everything from after the fire to your grand re-opening. With 9 project managers on staff for all of our claims you will be well taken care of, from start to finish we will be your one point for all of your questions. We communicate with the insurance company, property manager and anyone else you want looped into our daily updates.

Contact us for business restoration after a fire. We are a trusted leader in the restoration business and can offer 24-hour emergency service.

6 Steps to Take When Your Commercial Building Has Mold

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold is never a welcome sight. It’s also not something you should tend to on your own. This is a job for professionals. There is more to taking care of mold than just cleaning it up. You want to make sure it doesn’t come back.

Unfortunately, mold can start to grow in any number of places, and not always obvious ones. If there is excess moisture it can start growing on carpets, behind appliances, in the ceiling, insulation, paper, wood, and even in your ventilation system.

If you discover mold or even suspect you may have it, you should take steps right away to get rid of it. It will spread very quickly and not only pose health effects but can cause damage to the property.

What to Do When You Discover Mold

It is important that you act quickly when mold is discovered. 

  1. Alert People

Let people living or working in the building know that there has been mold discovered and move them to a different area. People can experience health effects to the spores let out by growing mold. 

  1. Ventilate The Area

Do your best to get air moving through the space. Open doors, windows, or use fans to start getting the moisture down and the air flowing. Once the cleanup starts, the mold spores can get disturbed. 

  1. Remove Water

Clean up the water or the leak that is causing the mold to grow. If you are not clear where it is coming from, call your maintenance team or your plumber to check it out.

Clean up all the water that may be pooling in the area. If it is a lot, get professionals to do it for you. The water needs to be removed and the source needs to be stopped.

  1. Discard Moldy Items

Remove carpet, books, cloth, boxes, anything that has come in contact with the mold. Anything that can’t be cleaned completely should be bagged up and discarded. Always wear protective gear, like a face mask, gloves, or anything you have available.

  1. Call The Professionals

You really need to call professionals in to clean up the mold and affected area. They know what to look for, how to identify different types of molds, have the proper cleaning supplies, and the proper clothing protection need.

  1. Education and Prevention

Once your building has been given the all-clear, people can return to those areas. It is important that people are aware of the causes and signs of mold or even potential mold.

Everyone should be made aware of the signs to look for and where mold is most likely to appear. Basements, laundry room, breakrooms, washrooms, and mop closets.

Look behind appliances, in corners, on the ceiling, and anywhere there may be damp spots, leaks, or water pooling.

Repair all leaking taps, pipes, or appliances that use water.

Have the HVAC system checked regularly, twice a year is recommended. Spring and fall work best.

Have regular cleaning maintenance on floors, walls, common areas, and basements.

Call SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown

Regardless of your role in the commercial building, you should never have to take these types of jobs on yourself. Find a trusted professional team you can count on to service your building regularly.

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is just such a team. From cleaning to inspecting and damage recovery, we are the company to trust, contact us today!

Why SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is the New Standard of Clean

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

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If this past year has taught us anything, it’s the need to be clean. While wearing masks and keeping our hands clean help us personally, what about all the surfaces we encounter every day?

If you are slowly reopening your business, you want to be able to promise your team and your customers that your business is safe. This may not be an easy task. People are reluctant to gather and enter places that are not on the necessity list.

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is going the extra mile to make sure you get the best cleaning possible to ensure a safer place of business for everyone. It is understandable people will be leery, but we have to start somewhere.

From office buildings to nursing homes, SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown will design a cleaning program suited specifically for you. Not everyone’s needs will be the same, nor should they be.

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is dedicated to inspiring confidence in communities across the country as we all find our way to a new normal. And they are doing just that with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

What is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is our new defensive pathogen cleaning program. It goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning.

We have set up a new cleaning program, developed to serve all of our customer’s needs and businesses. Starting with our very own Three Cs Program.

The Three Cs programs help make sure you get the cleaning service that is designed just for you. It is a program you can trust to get the most professional and deep clean available.

Consult:

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown will take a look at your business, ask you questions about what you do and what your needs are, and then design a cleaning regime that will be unique to you and the needs agreed upon by both parties.

Clean:

Our team will arrive with all the products and tools needed for the clean designed for your business. You can expect an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards that have been set by the CDC.

Certify:

When the team has finished cleaning and inspected everything, they mark it with the shield of approval by posting The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield in the front window.

Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers, and community. Let others know you care enough to get the very best.

This shield tells your community you care about their health and well-being. So when you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can walk in with confidence. Because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.

Trust the Professionals

Getting your business back open is a big enough job for you and your team. Before you start, start with a clean, sanitized space that will be safe for all your employees and customers.

Contact SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown today if you need help getting your business back on track and open to the public. We are available for 24-hour emergency services and work with residential and commercial buildings.

With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown Professionals to bring a higher standard of cleanliness to the places we gather.

Why Even Small Water Leaks Need to be Fixed Immediately

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

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Dripping faucets or a small leak behind the dishwasher might not seem like a big deal, but it can be costly. More importantly, you need to worry about the small drips and leaks that you can’t see.

Water damage is one of the worst nightmares for any homeowner because it has the potential to wreak havoc with everything. Wood, concrete, insulation, and the roof down to the foundation.

How Do I Know if I Have A Leak?

It’s those leaks that are quietly ruining your home that you need to be worried about the most. The ones you can’t see. Here are a few signs to keep in mind.

  • Higher humidity
  • Stains or damp patches
  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Soft areas on the floor
  • Musty or moldy odors
  • Sagging floors or ceilings
  • Lower than usual water pressure
  • Rust in metal surfaces, like hinges and screws
  • Mold or mildew forming
  • Excessive condensation

If you have noticed any of these signs, you should call your plumber right away and have them checked out.

Get Small Leaks Fixed

Unfortunately, plumbing problems become whole-house problems. In particular, if they have been left for too long. The first sign of a leak should be taken care of right away.

Mold

All that mold needs to grow is moisture and a surface. It can grow rapidly and cause health effects. Mold lets off spores that can make your entire family sick. Mold and mildew can also cause a lot of damage to your home.

The smell of mold is exceedingly difficult to get rid of. It can eat away at almost any surface it is growing on. If it goes for too long without treatment, you will need to bring in experts to come and take care of it for you.

Floors and Walls

Pipes leaking under a sink in your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room can cause massive soft spots on the floor. Left alone, they can cause damage all the way through the flooring leading to holes.

The thing about water is that it continues to spread. This can move all the way over to walls, as well. Insulation, electrical wiring, and support beams can all be damaged without you ever knowing.

Safety First

Once the damage starts and the structure of the home is compromised, it can make it dangerous for people living there. Floors, walls, and ceilings are weakened and make it a hazard to be around.

People can trip if floors are weakened or carpets care lifting due to dampness. Lighting fixtures can become unsafe hanging from ceilings, and pipes can become corroded and break or start larger leaks.

The dangers of mold forming are also a health concern. The mold will continue to grow, even if it has been removed unless the leak is fixed, as well. Even if the mold doesn’t make you sick, it looks terrible.

Water damage of any kind decreases the value of your home and makes it look uncared for. Repairing the stains and blemishes of water damage without fixing the source is just throwing money away.

Clean-up and Restoration

Once you have located and fixed the leaking water, now you need to clean up the mess and fix the damage. Ideally, you want a company that can do both. That company is SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown.

Our team is certified and trained to make the water restoration process quick and easy. We understand that disasters never strike at a convenient time, that is why we are ready to respond 24-hours a day

Why SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is the Company to Call for Your Restoration Needs

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire, floods, natural disasters can all really do a lot of damage to your home or business. There is a lot of work to be done if you have experienced some type of accident or natural disaster.

Safety for yourself and your family or employees is always number one. But, once it has passed, what do you do from there? The first thing you want to do is find a company to help you get back on your feet again. 

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown has all the tools, equipment, training, and experience to get you through your time of need. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

ICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Some of the areas covered include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Not only are there other areas covered, but education and training are also on a continuum. We are learning and upgrading their skills all the time to stay on top of all new policies, tools, equipment, methods, and even insurance concerns.

We also understand that all situations are not the same. That’s why we use the same methods tailored to suit your distinct situation. Whether you have had a fire, a flood, or other types of disaster, we can take care of the problem quickly and professionally.

When Disaster Strikes

When you need help getting back on your feet, you want a company that can handle everything from the clean-up to restoration, the inspection to the insurance.

We have the experience and training to make sure everything is taken care of. Whether it a business or your home, you can count on us.

Restoration is the final step. That means getting your home or business to its pre-fire or pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet.

We can also simplify the restoration process from water and fire damage by handling both the initial water or fire damage mitigation and rebuilding of the affected areas.

Using the same company for all the needs after a disaster can save you time and money. Working with your insurance company and a professional team that can handle all the clean-up and restoration also means less worry for you.

Contact us to find out how we can help you find your way back from a disaster. It doesn’t have to define you and once you have everything restored back to new, or better, you will forget it ever happened.

Common Causes of Residential Fires and How to Avoid Them

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

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The slightest misstep can cause untold damages in a house fire. These small accidents can turn into massive blazes within seconds. Even small fires can injure people and cost thousands in repairs.

The best way to prevent a fire in your home is by understanding how easily they can start.

Common Causes of Home Fires

Fires can start in several different ways, but the main cause of fires are heat and chemicals.

Kitchen Fires

Grease fires are extremely common while cooking. They are also known for getting completely out of hand very rapidly. Even a little bit of spilled grease will spread quickly and be very difficult to control.

Other culprits are smaller cooking appliances, like toasters, toaster ovens, and griddles. They can have an electrical short or frayed cord. They can start fires when they are touching other objects like the bread bag, a tea towel, or paper.

Avoid these fires by never leaving cooking food unattended. For a grease fire, DON’T PANIC. People tend to freak out and that’s where the fire can take control.

Turn the heat off and cover the pot with a metal lid. Never throw water on it or try to cover it with a towel. Keep baking soda nearby to toss on the grease fire, and your kitchen should always have a fire extinguisher.

Keep cookware clean and free of built-up grease. Clean out smaller appliances, like a toaster to get all the crumbs out. Never put small cooking appliances away hot.

Electrical Fires

Another area for fires in the home is electrical. These start from short circuits, circuits overheating. They can also be caused by frayed wires in the walls, broken or damaged cords, or poor electrical work.

These types of fires are very deadly, as we often don’t know they are even present. Some older homes can have wiring that is simply outdated. If you can’t blow dry your hair while mom makes toast, your wiring needs an upgrade.

Prevent overtaxing your electrical system. Don’t plug too many appliances into the same socket or power bar. This is vital at the holidays if you are putting up a tree and decorations that require electricity.

Always check your cords on your lights, lamps, all appliances, and extension cords.

Have regular inspections to make sure everything is working and there are no damages. Do not perform these inspections on your own. You may have more problems than you can see, like rodent damage or dampness.

Smoking

A dropped cigarette can start a fire so quickly, and it can travel fast. Carpets, furniture, beds, or newspapers and magazines.

Don’t smoke in the house.

Candles and Space Heaters

These two are also responsible for causing a lot of undue fires. Don’t leave either of these unattended, around children, or close to flammables.

After The Fire

If you have suffered a fire, you likely have a lot of smoke damage. Don’t attempt to clean it yourself. At SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown we are ready and waiting to take care of it for you.

From clean-up to restoration, we will take care of your home. Get in touch with us today!

Importance of Commercial Cleaning During COVID-19

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Some business and public areas need to be open during the pandemic, such as retail stores, nursing homes, grocery stores, and other essential establishments. Keeping people safe and healthy needs to be the number one priority.

Chances are, the staff working or tenants living in the space are already busy enough just trying to do their own jobs. That’s why you need to consider using a professional commercial cleaning service.

Why You Should Use Professional Cleaners

Safety precautions, like masks and social distancing, are very important but can be extremely difficult to enforce. In particular, they are difficult to enforce in larger grocery stores, banks, and retail stores.

Slow The Spread

Doing everything we can to slow the spread of the virus will help keep everyone healthier. Employees often have no choice but to be close to each other, their customers, and delivery people.

All communal areas are at risk of being infected, putting employees and customers at risk. Breakrooms, office areas, washrooms, and the area where the general public are shopping or working.

Cleaner surfaces mean cleaner air quality. Whether it is an office building or a retail store, professional cleaners know where the germs are most likely to settle and can take of them quickly and efficiently.

Better, Stronger Products

A professional team of cleaners will also have access to cleaning and sanitation products that are not available off the shelf. It is vital that your commercial space is disinfected to keep everyone safe.

They will use approved disinfectants to sanitize the entire place, making sure there is less chance of germs settling and spreading. The sanitizing products that professionals use will be approved for COVID.

Professionals are Thorough

While your regular cleaners do a great job of cleaning and maintaining the area, the professionals will be able to come in and clean and disinfect everything. They don’t just do a surface cleaning, but the entire place will get sanitized.

If you need, walls, corners, ceiling, floors, vents, all areas where virus germs may have settled. They won’t just clean the most obvious areas that get a lot of traffic.

Proper Gear

From the protective gear they wear while working to the actual tools they use, you can trust that they will be protected and use the best types of equipment to protect you and your environment.

They know how to use their tools and what to do with them after they have finished. They will come in, do their jobs, and then take everything with them and dispose of it all properly.

A team of professionals will also have access to and follow the cleaning recommended guidelines put out by the CDC. This ensures your commercial area is getting the best possible cleaning for everyone’s safety.

Save Money

Depending on what type of commercial space you have, if you have regular cleaners or expect your employees to clean, that is putting many people at risk of getting sick.

Many people are working from home, but not everyone is willing to follow the rules. Sick time, medical expenses, and prolonged illness are what you really want to avoid.

You can’t be there for what they do in their own time, but you can ensure their safety on yours.

Why not trust your commercial cleaning to the professionals at SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown? Contact us here with any questions you might have or to book an appointment.

You can depend on us to get the job done right and get it done quickly. Our highly trained technicians use top-of-the-line equipment to make your business shine again.

Fire or Water Damage? SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is there 24/7

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

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If you have had to cope with a fire, flood, or water damage from leaks or even the result of your fire, the damage can be devastating. While a fire’s damage can be seen, the damage that water causes isn’t always as obvious.

If left unchecked, water can lead to serious structural damage to your home or business. Likewise, with fire, there can be many amounts of toxic ashes and residue left behind.

Fire Damage

Fire will damage and destroy plenty of items in the home, but can also do damage to the walls, textiles, contents, ceilings, and floors. Depending on what type of fire it was and where it originated.

Do not enter the home until it has been inspected and you have been given the all-clear. Your safety must come first. Plus, going into a home or building that has suffered fire damage can simply cause more.

Water Damage 

Water-logged floors, ceilings, and walls pose the same danger. They can be on the brink of collapse at any moment. There is also the possibility of shock or electrocution due to unchecked power sources and live wires.

Floors or ceilings can fall in at any time, so once again, even if it is after a flood of some type, do not re-enter the property until it has been inspected and you have permission and reassurance it is safe.

Fire and Water Damage Restoration

The property must be assessed by professionals before anything can be done. You have to call your insurance company and report all damages and losses back to them.

After a flood or a fire, there is going to be a massive clean up. This is always best left to professionals. You are too close to the situation to handle it without emotional attachment.

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown has the best team and equipment to properly handle any size loss you may have experienced. Our team is certified and trained to make the water restoration process quick and easy.

We know that disasters don’t happen when it is most convenient so that is why we are ready to move at a moment’s notice, 24-hours a day. We have the proper tools and equipment to take care of all the clean-up and restoration required after a flood or fire.

We are highly trained to cope with these types of losses. We are water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-water-damage condition.

We have advanced water removal and drying equipment and scientific drying methods to get your property dried quickly. We will also document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

We have invested in the latest technology and equipment to help restore your home more quickly and to minimize cost. This equipment allows us to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water quickly and efficiently.

At SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown we also utilize professional-strength cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products to cleaning and sanitize the affected water damage area for your comfort and safety.

You want a company that can come in and assess the damage, and know exactly what to do. A professionally trained team with past experience who can clean-up and restore the building fast and efficiently.

We understand that each situation is unique, so we use the same professional process but adapt it to your unique problem. You can trust SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown for all your fire and water damage clean-up and restoration needs. Contact us today for an appointment or any questions you may have. 

How to Prevent Long Term Water Damage in Your Home from a Burst Pipe

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Water damage doesn’t have to come from a massive source to cause a lot of problems. Even a small leak you are not aware of can really do a number on your home.

Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage. It’s not just the clean-up required, but the lasting damage it causes to the structure of your home. It can ruin floors, walls, your electrical system, the foundation, and encourage mold.

If you are unfortunate enough to have a pipe burst, there are some steps you need to take right away.

What To Do When Your Pipe Bursts

Regardless of when you discover the burst pipe, you must act quickly to prevent even more damage from the water.

Turn off Electricity

Water and electricity do not mix. Cut the main power to the home. Do not stand in water to do this, and if you are unable to reach it, call an electrician right away.

If you can do it from a different area, then proceed with caution. Make sure there is no pooling or standing water near the main switch. If there are already sparks, get out of the home and call your electrician.

Shut off The Water

Close the main water supply. This will prevent the leak or flood from continuing. Locate the valve that controls the source of water to your home and close it off tight to prevent more water from coming through.

If there is a valve on the pipe itself, close it off there, as well. It might seem obvious, but frozen water won’t flow until it is warmed up, so be aware there is still potential for flooding from the water frozen inside the pipe.

Remove Valuables

Try to save as many valuables as you can from the affected area. There may be furniture, boxes, rugs, or anything you may have stored there. Even if you aren’t sure if it can be salvaged you should still clear the area. SERVPRO specializes in restoring rather than replacing.

Remove Excess Water

Try to remove as much of the standing water as possible. If there is a floor drain, use whatever you have to direct the water down the drain. Depending on where the flood is, you may need to use buckets to remove it or mop it up.

The more water you can remove, the less chance it has to soak into the floors and surrounding areas. If there is a carpet, it will absorb a lot of water. You shouldn’t remove it yourself.

Call Your Insurance Company

Let them know what has happened and they will be able to guide you on what to do next. They may want you to take pictures and document everything that has been damaged or affected but the water. It’s always a good idea anyhow.

They will likely recommend a clean-up and restoration company. Pick one that will be able to show up right away and start working. A company that can handle the clean-up and the repairs are a good choice.

That makes it easier for everyone when you can trust the same team for everything. Our team at SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown can handle all your water damage problems.

We can handle any job, offer 24-hours emergency service, and are highly trained water damage specialists. If you have had a burst pipe or any type of water damage, contact us for all of your water damage restoration needs.

Water causes a lot of damage, so don’t wait too long to get it cleaned up and your home restored.