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How SERVPRO Restores Fire Damage in Kansas City Homes

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

soot and smoke damage on walls and ceiling Soot and smoke damage require specialized cleaning agents. SERVPRO is equipped and trained to restore the fire damage in your home.

What it Took To Fix Fire Damage and Odor in a Condo in Kansas City

Condo fires present many challenges because flames from one unit quickly send plumes of smoke all over the property even if the blaze does not spread to the other units. In Kansas City, a fire in one of the Condo units left extensive residue damage and odor in several units on the same floor and the ones above, requiring extensive action to restore normal conditions.

The management had to find a solution to fix the fire damage and odor in the Kansas City condo without creating a great deal of inconvenience to the residents in different units. When our SERVPRO team arrived at the site, we prioritized actions that would limit additional damages. By boarding up the loss site, we managed to restrict the movement of people in and out of the affected areas, which would have spread debris further around the facility, increasing the space to deodorize.

Boarding up also helped assure residents in occupied units of their safety during the restoration period. Many of the exterior surfaces blackened by soot required extensive cleaning, including aggressive agitation and chemical action. Perhaps the biggest challenge would have been accessing these areas. However, our SERVPRO teams are trained in the use of elevated platforms when performing restoration tasks. We also supply our technicians with the ladders, scaffolding, and cherry pickers necessary for fulfilling the restoration tasks.

There is a tendency for soot and other smoke residues to adhere to colder, elevated areas such as ceilings and concealed areas. It was no different in this Kansas City Condo where our team had to open up walls to remove the top layers of insulation blackened by soot and clean residues from various surfaces.

After removing areas soiled by the fire, we had to perform various deodorization steps. These techniques include spraying or using ULV foggers to deliver water-based odor counteractants on contents and surfaces. We also thermal fogged to remove deeply penetrated odors from materials since the process recreates conditions almost similar to the smoke from the fire. Ventilating the area helped remove remnants of the fog and any suspended odor particles eliminating the odors from the fire, "Like it never even happened."

The effects of fire damage can have a long-term impact on a condo. Call SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown at (816) 895-8890 to help perform restoration with minimal inconvenience.

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Removing Kitchen Water Damage in a Kansas City Home

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking pipe being fixed Water damage can ruin your Kansas City home, call SERVPRO we will help.

Frozen or Leaking Pipes Causing Problems in your Kansas City Kitchen

Winter can be a trying time for pipes in any home. Whether you are struggling with pipe leaks, frozen pipes, or other plumbing concerns that come from the weather during this season, it is crucial to address them quickly. All it takes is a hole as small as 1/8" to pour hundreds of gallons of water into your home each day.

If the kitchen of your Kansas City home has suffered water damage, IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to restore your home to a preloss condition. These disaster mitigation specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, because disasters do not occur on a 9-to-5 schedule. Along with a stringent background check, our employees are often US veterans. We appreciate their service to our country, and we have a hiring campaign to have these exceptional individuals as part of our team. 

Signs of Damaged Pipes in Your Kitchen

Winter can be a risky time for pipes, so keep an eye out for the signs of frozen or damaged plumbing in your kitchen:

  • Temperature. The most significant factor that determines whether pipes can freeze is whether the weather is at or below freezing temperatures. Have your plumbing inspected for potential vulnerabilities as soon as possible, ideally before the first frost or the next dip in temperatures.
  • Frost. Check exposed pipes for frost accumulation on the outside of the pipe, especially under the kitchen sink. This is a common warning sign that the pipe is frozen.
  • Water. If water is not coming out of the faucet and there is either no water or only a slight trickle, the pipe supplying the water to that faucet might be frozen.
  • Odors. One of the biggest giveaways of a blocked or frozen pipe comes in the form of strange smells. Because blockage prevents the travel of water through the pipe, the only way for odors to move is up through drains.

How SERVPRO Can Help

The most crucial step technicians take before establishing drying goals and extracting water from your home is measuring moisture with a variety of advanced tools. If you have a pipe leak behind an exterior kitchen wall, for example, technicians can use infrared cameras to detect moisture behind visible surfaces that might be affecting structural materials such as studs, insulation, and drywall. 

Other measurement tools, including penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters, are consistently used throughout the cleaning and drying process and compared with the ideal relative humidity for various materials.

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown can ensure that your kitchen looks, "Like it never even happened." You can call (816) 895-8890 for a cleanup that begins within hours.

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We Get You Back To Business In Kansas City After A Water Damage Disaster

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

One of our green machines sitting in a room after water damage struck Our crew arrives on site to assess and properly handle your commercial water damage as quickly as possible to prevent further damage.

Commercial Water Removal in a Kansas City Retail Store

Water damage does billions of dollars in damages every year. Everything from small pipe leaks to water damage from firefighting efforts, to natural disasters such as floods, can do extensive damage to property. Without extensive mitigation, this can put businesses at risk of mold and other contaminants, which can affect the safety and comfort of your facilities.

If your Kansas City business requires commercial water removal, the pros at SERVPRO are ready to handle it fast. This IICRC-certified team has the tools and techniques needed to assist business owners and restoring their property after a disaster occurs. Whether the damage is caused by pipes or other infrastructure issues, this is a crew you can count on to restore your facility to its preloss condition.

Protecting Your Facilities

  • Be vigilant. Notice an uptick in water expenses? It may be a plumbing issue. Make sure to regularly inspect your building for damp areas and hire a certified professional to make the fixes required for your property.
  • Prepare for disaster. Sandbags, sump pumps, and other preventive measures can go a long way towards protecting your business. Commercial water sensors can also detect and limit the amount of water damage that occurs in your facility by quickly alerting you to damage.
  • Check openings and prepare them accordingly. This includes windows, doors, trim, and other gaps and cracks on your property. Use weatherstripping and waterproof caulking, as well as other measures for waterproofing your store.

How SERVPRO Helps Businesses

When SERVPRO comes to your business, they can get started right away on water extraction, drying, and disinfection for your property. If your retail store features carpet and other porous fabrics, SERVPRO back-mounted extractors and rovers can pull moisture out of the carpet and prevent the need for disposal with careful drying. Carpet, in many cases, can be saved from disposal if delamination--that is, the separation of pad from the carpet--has not occurred.

Air movers can be placed every 10 to 16 linear feet at 45-degree angles to dry the walls. If the ceiling is affected, technicians can move ceiling tiles to facilitate the removal of moisture through just a couple of openings. In open areas, plastic sheeting can be used to construct chambers for more effective drying in a contained space.

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown serves the community by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (816) 895-8890 for your disaster cleanup needs today.

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Water Damage in a Kansas City Server Room? Call SERVPRO!

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

man standing while working on laptop in data storage room Hard times happen when hard drives get wet. SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown has the expertise to carefully dry your server facility. Call us today!

Eliminating Commercial Water Damage in a Kansas City Office Server Room 

Missouri business owners may find that news headlines often showcase disasters like fires, hurricanes, or tornadoes. Still, water claims tend to top the charts in terms of everyday risk to commercial facilities. Not only can water damage deteriorate structures without thorough mitigation, but it can create the conditions that allow mold and other microbes to thrive. 

If your Kansas City office has been affected by water damage, you can count on SERVPRO technicians to eliminate the disaster quickly and easily. This team knows that water damage does not occur on a 9-to-5 schedule, so technicians strive to provide service 24/7, 365 days a year, including during the holidays. Professional cleanup that focuses on salvaging your assets when it is safe and feasible to do so can be vital to saving you time, money, and stress. 

Critical Factors for Preserving Office Electronics  

Maintain consistent temperatures. Temperature fluctuations can have significant effects on computer equipment, especially servers. Keep the air around servers at 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain reliability. 

Monitor humidity. In your office's computer room, data center, or similar areas, keep relative humidity between 45% and 55% to prevent condensation that can corrode, rust, or short-circuit equipment.

Be mindful of water-related risks. Water leaks cause a whopping 24% of data center outages, which is both harmful for your possessions and your ability to generate revenue.

Manage your cables. Not only can disorganized cables cause equipment interference that can lead to network outages, but mitigation experts may need more time to repair and maintain equipment.  

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

SERVPRO technicians train in proper safety practices with water damage and electronic equipment. They have extensive experience in cleaning data centers, computing areas, and server rooms in commercial facilities. Professionals take great care in ensuring that electronics are turned off and safely contained. We erect drying chambers made of plastic sheeting or polyethylene to contain devices and maintain proper relative humidity and temperatures during the drying process. SERVPRO can also recommend or enlist the aid of certified electronics restoration professionals to preserve your equipment and minimize replacement costs. 

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown strives to aid local businesses by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (816) 895-8890 today for fast disaster cleanup. 

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Our Certified Technicians Have The Training And Equipment Necessary In Kansas City After A Water Damage Disaster

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Our air movers drying the floors in this home after a water damage disaster Our experts are highly trained in water cleanup and restoration and are available day or night. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Addressing Heater-Related Water Damage in Kansas City

In many homes, the water heater is one of those fixtures that homeowners count on to always work. With regular checkups, these items can last as long as 8 to 12 years with minimal issues. However, an estimated 75% of water heaters fail before the 12-year mark. Leaks from loose valves, old connectors, or damage to the tank are factors that contribute to these appliances being one of the top five causes of water damage. 

If your Kansas City home has experienced water damage, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are always available to clean up the damage and restore your home to a preloss condition. These technicians strive to provide homeowners with clean up services that use cutting-edge technologies and scientific theory to restore structures while minimizing repair and replacement costs for homeowners when possible.

Preventive Maintenance for Water Heaters

Keep these items in mind for maintaining your water heater throughout its lifespan:

  • Monitor the pressure relief valve. This valve is typically located on the top or the side of the heater. It opens automatically if the pressure is too high. To check it, gently lift the valve after placing a bucket under the discharge pipe to collect any excess water. If the valve does not release any water, replace the valve. 
  • Periodically drain sediments from the tank. Allowing sediment to build up without regular draining can affect the lifespan of your water heater and increase your energy costs. To fix this, open the drain valve and let the water run until it is free of sediment. Releasing 2 to 3 gallons is usually enough to flush out of the system.
  • Keep an ear open for gurgling, groaning, and similar noises. These noises are typically signs of air entering the system as water drains from it. If you have trouble closing the drain valve after checking on your heater, drain the tank, unscrew the old valve, and screw in a new one instead. Restart the water heater by opening the shut-off valves and letting the hot water run at the nearest faucet to remove air from the system. After that, you can turn the power back on or relight the pilot.

SERVPRO Removes Water Damage Fast

After SERVPRO comes to your home to evaluate the water damage, they can get to work measuring moisture levels and extracting water from the affected area with extraction wands, wet/dry vacuums, mops, squeegees, and other materials. Afterward, the area can be prepared for drying with centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. These systems work together to remove moisture from surfaces and accelerate drying with the introduction of warm, dry air.

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown strives to serve residents by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (816) 895-8890 today for rapid disaster cleanup.

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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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