Water Damage In Kansas City
A water loss incident can happen when you least expect it.
Contractors Rupture Main Water Line Causing Water Damage in Kansas City
Water spills can happen at any time leading to financial losses and general inconveniences. A home in Kansas was heavily damaged when an excavator hit a main pipe during a landscaping project. The resulting jet of water hit a wall of the house and gained access through an open window damaging contents and building materials.
Water damage at the Kansas home took different forms, including affecting some electronic items. Although they were not submerged in water, there was some moisture intrusion, which could lead to rusting and other damages if left unchecked. Our SERVPRO technicians take different steps to help save electronics affected by water. We set up a dehumidifier at the loss site immediately after arrival to control humidity levels. Controlling temperature levels also helps prevent cooling to the dew point to prevent damages caused by condensation.
Dealing with Vapor Barriers
Some of the water that spilled into the house found a way into the wall cavities. Walls usually have different porous materials such as drywall and insulation, which can be damaged by oversaturation. The walls at the house presented a unique challenge because they had wallpaper, which acts as a vapor barrier delaying the drying process. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to handle vapor barriers. Drilling holes at the bottom of the walls allowed us to ventilate dry air into the wall cavities countering the effects of the vapor barrier.
Tracing Hidden Wet Spots
When resolving sudden water spills, there is a possibility of leaving some wet spots, which can cause problems later. Subfloors and non-living spaces such as attics and basements are easy to overlook. Our SERVPRO technicians do thorough scoping to ensure we do not overlook any section of the property. At the home, the water spill had not reached any of the non-loving areas. However, inspecting the floor using a thermal camera revealed some water intrusion before the surface. We set up drying mats to help remove the water without tearing down the tiles.
A water loss incident can happen when you least expect it. Call SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown at (816) 895-8890 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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Commercial Flood Damage In Your Kansas City Shopping Center
“Like it never even happened.”
Fallen Tree Leads to Commercial Flood Damage at a Kansas City Shopping Center
A flooding incident, which involved strong winds and torrential rain, left extensive damages at a Kansas City shopping center. A branch of a tree fell through the roof of a convenience store at the center, creating a hole that let in rainwater freely. Luckily, there were no shoppers in the affected section, so there was no injury. However, it was crucial to address the physical damages immediately to avert further losses.
In many flood damage incidents in Kansas City, other factors combine to complicate or delay the restoration for the initial loss. The fallen tree at the shopping center was not an isolated incident since the strong winds had left heavy debris, including downing power lines in other areas disrupting power and limiting movement. These additional factors would have worsened the situation at the shopping center, but assistance from SERVPRO helped save the day.
Flood damage is an undesirable outcome that most people do not intend to face, which limits the preparations that people make. Our SERVPRO teams prepare to offer assistance in such situations. We have different kinds of production trucks, which are fully stocked with the resources needed to deal with the damage. Some of these include emergency generators and access equipment such as foldable ladders and elevated platforms such as cherry pickers. Our support team also keeps abreast of the latest news so we can tell which sections of the roads are impassable and alternative ways to access the loss sites.
When we arrived at the shopping center, our crews scoped the area to establish the best course of action. Stopping water intrusion into the building was essential to halt further damages. We removed the branch that has damaged the roof and set up a roof tarp to cover the hole. As some of our technicians were setting up the tarp, others were salvaging contents and setting up pumps to extract water inside the shop. We also set up dehumidifiers to help keep humidity levels constant as we completed the restoration.
Dealing with flooding can be challenging. Call SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown at (816) 895-8890 to assist in the restoration, dealing with any incident, “Like it never even happened.”
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Why SERVPRO Is a Premier Company for Water, Fire, Mold, and Commercial Recovery in Kansas City
Advanced SERVPRO Cleanup and Restoration Equipment for Structural Recovery in Kansas City Homes and Businesses.
Kansas City Property Owners Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Recovery Services
We are a preferred vendor for restoration services in the Kansas City area primarily because of our established track record of dependability and top-tier results. We know how important it is to recover a property quickly, and we can do this with integrity and professionalism. Part of this dedication to our customers comes with helping them through the traumas and stresses of loss recovery situations by explaining the process and answering whatever questions that they might have through any phase of mitigation or restoration.
Water Recovery Efforts
One contributing factor to the fast turnaround on many of our water loss recoveries in Kansas City homes is the thorough inspection, and job scoping that occurs before our team first fully arrives to begin restoration. Our project manager and crew chief can work with our customers and premier discovery devices to record the presence of moisture and standing water throughout the home. The better educated we are on the migration and severity of the damage, the more accurate and useful the restoration response from our team can become. Also, this discovery phase can identify the source of the water damage to ensure that you secure the right skilled professionals to help with repairs if necessary.
Extraction is not always a necessary component of water loss recovery, but when it is, we have dozens of high-efficiency water removal tools at our disposal. From the truck-mounted pumps in our fleet of vehicles to more common choices like the light wands and portable electric submersible pumps, we can help to remove pooling water conditions before we set our sights on thorough drying and structural assessment.
Apart from common implements like our air movers and refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers, we also have specialty drying equipment that can help us to address moisture and saturation of flooring materials, drywall, and even structural cavities above ceilings. No matter what your Kansas City home needs, our SERVPRO team can make it “Like it never even happened.”
Containment protocols help our SERVPRO professionals to quickly establish control in mold damage scenarios that can affect Kansas City homes. With how fast these organisms can spread throughout a residence, stopping this migration is critical to protecting a home and its occupants from worsening conditions. Setting up a barrier of this damaged zone with thick (6-mil) plastic poly sheeting allows our team to regulate air filtration, drying, and the flow of clean air into the area to reduce microbial threats.
When colonies have seated and spread through a Kansas City home, one of the challenging obstacles remediators must overcome is the musty odor these organisms emit. The noxious scent can penetrate soft materials like clothing, but also become embedded in drywall, carpeting, drapes, and more. We have numerous solutions that can work to reduce and eliminate these odor threats and airborne contaminants, including air scrubbers and thermal fogging machines.
Removing the physical colonies is also most effective within an established containment area, especially with the efforts like media blasting. Using compressed air, our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can eliminate colonies and reduce odors emitting from damaged surfaces without damaging the substrate of the material. This practice can help to reduce the need for tear-out and reconstruction in your Kansas City residence.
Fire Cleanup and Odor Control
Many homeowners might see fire losses as a confusing and stressful time, especially when they have to navigate the red tape and hoops of insurance claims. Because we are a preferred vendor for restoration services for area insurance providers, we have an understanding of what these companies need and expect when approving a damage claim after a fire. This knowledge saves you time and reduces potential fire damage to your Kansas City residence by getting work started more efficiently.
The removal of odors and present soot are priorities of our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) when we first arrive at Kansas City residences and large commercial buildings. Both of these effects can be hazardous to those exposed in the right circumstances, so our SERVPRO team relies on our experienced cleaning technicians and restoration professionals to clean surfaces with the use of chemical sponges, agitative brushing to remove settled residues, and potent cleaning products. HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners are often the tool of choice for the initial removal of burnt residues.
Another area where we can help our customers through this devastating experience is with our content management practices. By determining your personal belongings that are at risk for further damage or irreparable ruin, we can make provisions to move these possessions to a safe location on-site or our nearby facility for focused cleaning and restoration. Fire damage in Kansas City homes can be widespread and devastating in some situations, leaving no choice but to use our warehouse as temporary and secured storage for items that could get recovered from the house.
Storm and Flooding
Storms are an unpredictable presence in the middle of the country, and we can contend with everything from tornadoes and hailstorms to torrential rainfall and excessive snowfall. No matter what season brings the severe weather events to Kansas City homes and businesses, we have a growing division of skilled professionals ready and willing to help.
Preparedness is a big part of restoring the properties impacted by severe weather in Kansas City, and for our SERVPRO team, that begins with ready trailers stocked at our facility. These units have our extraction and drying equipment loaded up, allowing us to address a common pressing threat after structural storm damage: flooding. From our continuous draw electric sump pumps with long lead hoses to our electric heaters, portable generators, and air movers for effective drying in these emergencies, our professionals can help.
Cleaning and decontamination are a focus that our team must have to truly make flood losses “Like it never even happened,” for Kansas City homes. Because contaminants can exist in natural flooding, we have a line of potent antimicrobial, biocides, and disinfectants to ensure that whatever structural elements remain after flooding are well protected from any continued bacterial or microbial threats.
No matter what loss incident your home faces, you can always count on the experience and swift response of our SERVPRO of Kansas City / Midtown team. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call 24/7 at (816) 895-8890.
The Mission-driven Team at SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown Supports the Military
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 13, 2020) – SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown owner Cory Bates is pleased to announce his company’s sponsorship of the USS KANSAS CITY (LCS 22). The goals of this commitment are to support the ship’s crew with ongoing morale building infrastructure, supply sustaining items the Navy does not provide, and to help fund scholarships that benefit the crew.
From assisting Kansas City homeowners who have been devastated by a natural disaster to helping Fortune 100 companies rebuild after major destruction, this veteran-owned business provides quality service to people in their greatest time of need. The owner said the decision to sponsor the ship was a natural extension his time in the military.
“Though our company is very involved with various local charities and outreach programs including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City, supporting the crew of the USS KANSAS CITY is somewhat personal. I see it as a way for me to give back in appreciation for the education, discipline and rewarding experience received during my four years of Navy service that now helps me operate and grow SERVPRO every day,” Bates said.
“Our pledge to bring the highest level of restoration expertise to area victims of disasters and emergencies mirrors the mission-driven culture which is distinctive of the military,” Bates said. Each of the skilled and talented of restoration experts at SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown appreciates what the ship’s symbolism brings to our area and we are proud to start this journey with the Navy sailors who serve and protect our country.”
Christened in 2018, the 418-foot ship is described by the military as a high-speed, agile, multi-mission combatant that delivers superior seakeeping and performance. The Kansas City (LCS 22) is the 11th in the Independence-class coastal combat ships. The vessel is primarily intended to operate in shallow coastal waters, but also is compatible with sailing the open ocean. Featuring a modular design, the flight deck is the largest of any current U.S. Navy surface combatant, and two MH-60 helicopters fit in the hangar bay.
SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown actively recruits former service men and women. “The character and dependability of veterans are unrivaled,” said Bates. “These are the same skills we need on our team as we plan and implement clean up and restoration services which directly affect people’s lives in our community.” Current open positions include crew chief and production technician. To apply for a position, resumes should be emailed to admin@SERVPROolathelenexa.com.
SERVPRO encourages everyone to be a part of something bigger than yourself. You can support the USS KANSAS CITY through a tax-deductible donation online or by mail at USS KANSAS CITY Commissioning Committee, P.O. Box 410584, Kansas City, MO 64141. For more information about the USS KANSAS CITY click here.
The trained team of specialists from SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown have been providing professional cleaning and emergency restoration services to the area since 1997. The company is a member of International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the Kansas City Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). For more information or for fast disaster cleanup and restoration services, call (816)-895-8990.
We Respond Fast To Your Kansas City Home After A Water Damage Disaster
We have the best team and equipment to properly handle any size water damage disaster in your home. We are available 24/7, so don't hesitate.
Reliable and Compassionate Water Damage Recovery Assistance in Kansas City
Experiencing an emergency like a plumbing leak or appliance malfunction can be frustrating and even a little scary for Kansas City residents. Managing a substantial quantity of water with mere household tools is overwhelming and ineffective, exposing your home to the risks of trapped water and lingering moisture because you have neither the equipment nor the skills required for the job. Our team pledges to be there for you at your time of need, ready to help our neighbors and community members fast and professionally.
Coping with water damage in Kansas City is much more successful when you engage our trained and talented technicians. Possessing the tools and skills to map out the extent of the water damage is crucial. We prefer to nominate one of our technicians to operate the thermal imaging camera, moisture detectors, moisture meters, and thermo-hygrometer as we scope out the migration of the water and the intensity. We reason that we want the testing to be performed in a like manner in every environment inside your dwelling, so we are confident the loss is mapped accurately. That same employee is tasked with revisiting wet areas with the same tools throughout the project, making sure drying goals are reasonable and reached promptly. No trapped water or saturated structures are left behind, avoiding progressive deterioration and secondary damage.
Working as a Team
Having a core group of technicians work with you on the water damage extraction, and drying permits a bond to build between the customer and our work crews. SERVPRO is aware of the uncertainty and stress our customers undergo during mitigation and remediation of a water emergency. Our mission both when our owners and many technicians were active military was to serve selflessly. That attitude is now brought to your home, ensuring exemplary customer service that goes beyond industry-leading training, experience, and the proper equipment. We commit to bring your home back to preloss or better condition, “Like it never even happened.”
Our Honor Is to Help Our Community
When you place your trust in SERVPRO, we deliver on all aspects -- from transparent and regular communication to exceptional extraction and drying. Our crews take every opportunity to assure your family we care and know how tough a water loss can be.
SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown prepares to answer your call 24/7. Contact us at (816) 895-8890 to get the process rolling.
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How SERVPRO Restores Fire Damage in Kansas City Homes
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
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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
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!
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
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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