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Commercial Flood Damage In Your Kansas City Shopping Center

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

LGR dehumidifier working in building 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.”
 
Mold
 
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

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

News Release

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

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

Three of our green machines drying the water damage in this property 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.

Consistent Testing

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

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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How to Improve Your Fire Damaged House in Mission

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

Why SERVPRO Helps Resolve Fire Damage Incidents in Mission Safely

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

Cleaning the Air

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

Checking Structural Integrity of Support Structures

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

Checking Utilities

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

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

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

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Working Faster

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

Using Superior Techniques

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

Identifying Potential Long-term Issues Early

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

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

Common Sources of Water Damage in a Commercial Building

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Drainage

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

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

Pipes

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

Fire Sprinklers

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

Finding and Preventing Mold Growth

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

Common Places for Mold Infestation

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

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

Tips for Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth

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

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

Mold Remediation

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

4 Tips for Making a Flood Insurance Claim

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

4 Tips for Making a Flood Insurance Claim

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

1. Call Right Away

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

2. Go Over the Details

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

3. Start on Mitigation Quickly

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

4. Document Any Damage

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

Why Does the Toilet Overflow When I Take a Shower?

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

You may be able to clear out the clogged pipe yourself using an auger “snake”

Having plumbing problems in your home in West Wood Hills, KS, can be a big headache, especially when something like a toilet overflow starts happening unexpectedly and requires sewage cleaning. If one of your toilets is overflowing when you take a shower, it is likely being caused by a clog between the shower and the sewer. As the shower runs, the water is stopped by the clog and pushed into the wastewater lines and comes out the first spot it can, which in this case is your toilet.

Sewage Cleaning

When this type of problem happens, it can create a major mess in your bathroom. It can be even worse if you take a shower upstairs and the overflow is happening in a bathroom you don’t use every day, such as in the basement or in a guest bathroom. If you have a toilet overflow that has gone unnoticed for a few days, to the point where water damage and mold has begun to set in, there are many professional water damage remediation companies that can thoroughly repair and clean up the area. Proper sewage cleaning is important to ensure everything is fully decontaminated to prevent disease.
You may be able to clear out the clogged pipe yourself using an auger “snake”:

  • Through the toilet drain.
  • Directly through the floor drain after you remove the toilet (this is often easier for cleaning out the clog).
  • If this doesn't work, you can also take a snake through your drain clean-out which may be located in your basement or crawlspace. Be aware that sewage could spill out after removing the cap if it's clogged here.

Hiring a professional is often recommended to avoid spending money and time only to realize the problem is bigger than you expected, or unreachable by a common snake.

Fix Your Pipes

A clogged pipe can be an easy, quick fix and may not cause much of a mess or damage if taken care of immediately. But, if the clog has been building up for many years and is far down in the sewage lines, it could require professional tools and the hand of an experienced plumber.

The Best Methods for Maintaining a Commercial Roof

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Crack on roof

Roof damage isn't always apparent. Harm to a commercial roof can happen over time from the effects of sun, wind, storms and other factors. Fortunately, there are several tried and true methods you can practice to get the most out of your roof in Mission Woods, KS. It all begins with developing a partnership with a trusted roofing contractor. From there you can move forward and develop a plan to give the best care possible for your roofing system. As with every part of your business, your roof will benefit from some tender loving care. By using these best practices, your roof will last longer and protect everything underneath it.

Roofing Best Practices

One of the most important elements of a well-maintained roof is the inspection process. This should be done at least once a year and possibly more frequently, especially if you suspect wind damage. The inspection can spot the following problems:

  • Normal wear and tear and aging
  • Broken or cracked areas
  • The presence of debris
  • The collection of water into pools
  • Damaged flashing

The roofing contractor in Mission Woods, KS, should be able to spot any roof damage and develop a plan to address it. Timely repairs can prevent small problems from getting bigger and even delay the expense of a roof rebuild.

The Top Roof Repairs

Shingles that are cracked can quickly and inexpensively be replaced. Flashing areas that have been damaged can be reworked to prevent moisture from coming into the building. Waterproofing is effective in extending your roof's life. This technique seals your roof and protects against the effects of heavy rain, high temperatures and snow and ice. Several options exist for waterproofing, using such coatings as acrylic, urethane and silicone applications. Waterproofing can even improve the energy efficiency of your building by laying down a coating that reflects the sun. Staying on top of roof damage is a smart way to maintain your commercial roof.

The Aftermath of a Fire at Your Commercial Property- Filing an Insurance Claim

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

Security fence in Fairway, KS

There's a lot to deal with in the aftermath of a fire on your commercial property in Fairway, KS. One of your top priorities should be to get your insurance involved with a fire claim. Your insurance company may even determine how you move forward with restoration or help offset costs when rebuilding.

First Contact

Before doing anything else, you should call your insurance company and spell out your situation. You will need to have your policy number ready. Be sure to mention to them whether or not you are completely evacuated, or if the fire somehow effected your living situation. You should also provide them with backup contacts and establish who your claims adjuster will be. They should be able to guide you through the claims process. They might be able to provide you with a list of recommended fire restoration companies to choose from, as well.

Hunker Down

Next in the fire claim process is to secure the property. This means preventing further damage from the elements and keeping the looters at bay. An open-air, burnt property can be pretty tempting. Some common practices are:

  • tarping your roof if it was damaged
  • covering any blown out windows
  • shutting off your water and electricity
  • installing a security fence
  • padlocking the entrances
  • posting signage or caution tape

Get Organized

Your insurance company and the claims adjuster will require a lot of documentation. It's a good idea to get it ready as soon as possible in order to speed up the process. Be sure to take lots of pictures of the fire damage and property. Gather documentation of the value of damaged equipment or contents. Provide proof of income if you plan to file a business interruption claim- this can include tax information, business contracts, budgets and financial statements.
A fire claim can be a complicated undertaking if you go into it blind. If you already know what to expect, it can be smooth sailing until you're back in business. Now you can be prepared!

Removing an Unwanted Breakroom Guest

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growing on fridge

The employee breakroom should be a place where employees feel comfortable enough to relax and catch a quick breather before heading back to their desk or workspace. Nothing is very relaxing about stashing away your lunch and finding an abundance of fridge mold growing. With the open access to kitchen or refrigerator in the breakroom, it can be difficult to establish who is responsible for cleaning things out. Left unchecked, mold spores can create a more serious, company-wide problem. Here are some tips to for keeping the breakroom clean and reducing mold growth.

Implement a Manageable System

If your maintenance or cleaning crew isn’t responsible for cleaning out the kitchen, you need to get creative in your approach. Educating your employees is one way to everyone on board with your system.

  1. All food containers in the fridge must labeled with names and dates.
  2. All food and containers not retrieved by end of business day on Friday will be thrown away.
  3. Establish a kitchen rotation list, and use emails reminders and notifications to ensure it is cleaned.
  4. Keep a stash of disinfecting fridge wipes in the breakroom for easy access and cleaning.

Problems With Mold

Food that has been left in the fridge and long-since passed it usage date will greet your employees with a distinctive mold smell. Even in containers or wrapped in plastic and tinfoil, there is no mistaking the odor of mildew. Beyond its growth on old food, the mold spores travel to other surface areas and create fridge mold that is visible on the sides, floor, or in the drawers. These spores can also travel beyond your breakroom and set up residence throughout your business.

If your company in Mission Hills, KS is experiencing a mold problem, there are remediation specialists that can help. Taking small steps, such as removing fridge mold, is one way to keep your company free of mold spores and help it avoid a more costly problem.

5 Home Fire Prevention Steps

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Greasy buildup in burners are a cause of fire damage

Prevent a Home Fire

The best way to survive a home fire is by preventing one from occurring. Fortunately, fire preparation tasks are straightforward.


Install enough smoke alarms in your home.


Ideally, these alarms should be located inside each bedroom, on every level of the home, at least ten feet from cooking appliances, and in the halls outside of the bedrooms. Don't forget to test the alarms every month and replace the batteries on an annual basis. Make sure that family members know how to recognize the alarm and how to exit safely.


Perform home maintenance consistently and thoroughly.


Greasy buildup in burners, lint in the dryer hose, and neglected chimneys are all cause of fire damage. Many household chores and repairs, such as repairing damaged sockets, have a significant impact on fire preparation and prevention.


Store flammable items safely.


Keep gas for the lawnmower, lighter fluid, and similar products stored in a cool location and out of reach. Additionally, consider the many other potentially combustible items. Go through the cabinets and closets of your home, watching for things such as lighters, matches, chemicals, and other flammable items.


Prepare for emergency situations.


A ten-gallon can of baking soda near the cooktop quickly puts out grease fires, safely and effectively. Fire extinguishers with BC or ABC rating are best. An A rating indicates that pressurized water is in the canister and that the extinguisher is not appropriate for cooking fires.


Teach Your Family Fire Safety


In addition to teaching children not to play with matches, fire safety education should include not throwing laundry over a lamp or leaving papers near heaters. The more your children are aware of how fires start, the better they'll be at avoiding them.

Fire preparation is one of the best ways to avoid fire damage and the cost of fire damage cleanup and restoration services. Visit the Prairie Village, KS, fire department or check out the many resources online to learn more about fire safety.

What To Do When Making a Flood Insurance Claim

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage in a Kansas City, KS home

What To Do When Making a Flood Insurance Claim

Most homeowner’s insurance does not offer flood coverage. However, if you have a separate flood policy for your Kansas City, KS home, then you will want to file an insurance claim if your home has been damaged. The process can sometimes be frustrating or confusing, so use the following tips to get through it more smoothly.

1. Call Your Insurance Agent

The first step in filing a flood claim is calling your insurance agent. In some cases, the company can deny your claim if you have waited too long to contact them. Getting the process started right away will prevent this.

2. Take Pictures

After you have contacted your agent to begin the process, you should take photos of any areas of the house that have been flooded. Be sure to photograph any affected items as well. This will help the insurance company determine the extent of the damage. Keeping a list can be helpful as well.

3. Set Aside Affected Belongings

Once you have taken pictures and documented the damage, you don’t need to wait for the insurance adjuster to arrive to begin moving your items. If you allow them to sit in the water, the damage will only worsen, so you should relocate them to a dry area quickly.

4. Prevent Additional Damage

If the insurance company does not believe that you have taken the necessary steps to prevent further damage, this can affect your flood claim. It is a good idea to call a water damage restoration company to do repairs, but you can start on remediation before they arrive. Along with moving affected items, you can board up areas and place tarps to prevent the water from spreading.
Making a flood claim may not always be the simplest process, but there are things you can do to make it easier on yourself. Following this advice will help move it along more quickly and ensure you get the most that you can from your policy.

What Do Professionals Do to Stop Mold Growth?

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth begins when there is a moisture problem and is not treated quickly.

If you’ve recently found a patch of black mold in your Kansas City home, you’re likely beside yourself with worry. Mold cleanup does not have to be stressful. In fact, the easiest and most reliable method of mold remediation relies on the knowledge and equipment of professionals. These experts can help get your home back to normal by taking the following five steps.

Steps professionals follow to stop mold growth

  • Find the moisture source. Because mold needs moisture to grow, it’s important to find the source of moisture. A roof leak or condensation buildup may be the culprit of your mold problem. However, if this source isn’t found, the fungus will continue to come back. Finding and fixing the issue helps contain your mold growth.
  • Wear personal protective equipment. While mold can cause structural damage to your home, it can also be a hazard. For this reason, professionals often put on masks, gloves and goggles before working with the mold in your home.
  • Remove the porous materials. Porous materials must be discarded when affected by moisture and mold damage. For this reason, any affected dry wall will have to be cut out of the home and discarded. Carpets, mattresses and other objects may also have to be discarded.
  • Clean and disinfect non-porous objects. Professionals may use a detergent-based disinfectant to clean the hard surfaces affected by mold. This cleaning should remove all spores.
  • Dry out the area. After the cleaning, the entire area of your home affected by mold should be properly dried out. The remediation team may bring in air movers and dehumidifiers to help remove moisture from your home.

The growth of mold can be stopped by the proper cleaning steps. The only true way to stop this growth is to remove the source of the moisture and git rid of as many of the spores as possible. It may be tempting to do the remediation yourself, but remediation experts in Kansas City have the knowledge and equipment necessary to do this task well.

Steps to Reduce the Risk of Tornado Damage in Kansas City

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Tornado damage mitigation tips from Disastersafety.org.

About 1,000 tornadoes occur each year in the United States, causing an average of $1.1 billion in property damage and 80 deaths. These storms vary in intensity and the accompanying damage can result in everything from minor repairs to complete destruction with little warning. Most tornadoes are relatively weak, and therefore, primarily damage roofs, windows and trees. While only two percent of tornadoes achieve the most violent and damaging classification, one quarter of tornadoes are powerful enough to cause 90 percent of the damage and two-thirds of the deaths.

In an effort to gain a better understanding of who is most at risk from these destructive forces, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) conducted a regional analysis of tornadoes of F2 or greater strength that were reported during the 50-year period beginning in 1957 through 2006. This analysis, coupled with the construction guidance included below, is intended to better define which areas are most likely to be affected by tornadoes and to suggest methods for mitigating property risks.

The analysis used tornado records from a period of time when the older Fujita Scale classification F0 through F5 was being used. Since 2006, tornadoes have been classified by the Enhanced Fujita Scale using EF0 through EF5. Both scale classifications are based on damage observed after a tornado strikes. The EF scale, which provides a larger number of damage indicators for different types of buildings, attempts to recognize the difference between poorly constructed and well constructed buildings and results in lower estimates of wind speeds for the most intense storms, which are classified using the highest number on the F or EF scales. Efforts to re-classify the older F-Scale tornadoes using the EF-Scale are very labor intensive and subject to judgment because it requires a review of old damage reports, many of which will not have pictures of the damage. The simple approach, which is reasonable and probably slightly conservative, is to simply use the new wind speed estimates with the older classifications.

In creating the map below, IBHS used a grid of 100 square mile cells in the analysis. This is a smaller cell size than used by most other analyses. The advantage is a finer resolution of tornado risks at the expense of greater variability between adjacent cells. The effects of this potential limitation were reduced by employing a process to smooth out differences in tornado frequencies between nearby cells.

Tornadoes have a unique destructive power among wind-related natural disasters because they concentrate a massive amount of energy in a relatively small area. The strongest category of tornadoes can generate maximum wind speeds of greater than 250 mph, which is enough to destroy most buildings and structures in their path. These maximum wind speeds generate forces that are about twice as large as those generated by the strongest hurricanes.

Only a few specialty buildings are designed to withstand the direct impact of a severe tornado. However, well engineered, large and tall commercial structures are not likely to suffer structural collapse. For smaller commercial structures, good construction choices can give added protection and increase the likelihood that at least part of the structure will remain standing to provide shelter. Buildings that have been strengthened in critical areas and particularly at connection points, such as between the roof and walls and walls and foundation, would have a good chance of surviving intact or with minor cosmetic damage if subjected to the outer edges of a tornado.

Despite the annual tornado exposure, many walls and roofs of businesses in inland areas of the United States are typically built to resist gravity loads and have little resistance to uplift and lateral loads. Construction where all parts of the building are well connected is more common in hurricane-prone areas, but should also be considered by anyone who wants to increase their property’s protection from other severe windstorms, according to the building science experts at IBHS.

A CHECKLIST FOR MITIGATING TORNADO RISKS

While there is no way to eliminate all the damage of a direct hit from a violent tornado, businesses in tornado-prone areas can implement a variety of affordable measures which, for the majority of tornadoes, will effectively minimize damages to facilities, injuries to employees and the losses associated with business disruptions.

While the measures below focus specifically on tornado risks, many also will help protect businesses from other types of high wind and thunderstorm-related weather risks outside of tornado-prone regions.

ASSESS THE LIKELIHOOD OF A TORNADO STRIKING YOUR BUSINESS

Is the area where you live and work prone to tornadoes? Look at the map in this report to identify areas with the highest risk of tornadoes. Knowing what tornado risks are present is essential for choosing the appropriate mix of measures to protect your business. Businesses located in areas with a heightened tornado risk should take the following steps to minimize their risk of tornado damage:

PROTECT YOUR EMPLOYEES

  • Prepare and disseminate an emergency plan describing what supervisors and employees should to do as a tornado threatens. Practice these procedures through tornado drills.
  • Purchase a weather radio with local discrimination capability. Monitor weather conditions so employees can be moved to secure locations when necessary:
    • Have an adequate source of weather information, such as a tone alert weather radio, to keep abreast of weather conditions.
    • Have someone monitor local radar and warning information during a tornado watch and especially if a tornado warning has been issued for the area.

Watches and Warnings:

  • A tornado watch is a caution indicating a high probability of tornadoes within an area approximately 250 miles long and 120 miles wide.
  • A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted on the ground in your county or moving toward your county, or that weather radar indicates a high probability of a tornado existing.
  • Keep exterior doors and windows closed to minimize rain and flying debris. Closing interior doors will also help to compartmentalize the building and provide more barriers between your employees and the storm.
  • Select the best protective area for employees to seek shelter if there is a tornado:
    • Basements are usually considered a good area, as are corridors and small interior rooms on the first floor of a structure.
    • Never shelter employees in rooms where there is an outside wall, particularly those with glass windows, or where the ceiling or roof has a span between supports of more than 40 feet.
    • If your building does not provide adequate protection and you are located in a tornado prone area, work with a contractor to harden a section of your facility or build a safe room.
    • Safe Rooms: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and International Code Council (ICC) offer shelter guidelines.
      • If you have 10 or fewer employees, a small size room designed according to the requirements and guidance published in FEMA 320 or ICC 500 for residential shelters may be sufficient.
      • For larger safe rooms, use FEMA 361 or ICC 500 guidance for community shelters.

Make provisions to shelter employees working in portable out buildings and those operating trucks and other vehicles.

PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY

Wind-resistant construction can be cost effective and minimize the risk of structural damage for the majority of tornadoes, particularly damage from weak to moderate tornadoes, hail and wind associated with thunderstorms, and even to buildings on the edge of strong or violent tornadoes:

For new construction in a tornado prone area:

  • Work with an architect or contractor to incorporate wind mitigation techniques and high wind-rated products when constructing your building, including safe areas for personnel.
  • These techniques provide state-of-the art solutions to minimize structural risks by withstanding pressures created by specified high winds, strengthening roof and wall connections, roof systems, walls and wall covering, windows, doors, and skylights.
  • It is less costly and more effective to harden buildings during design and construction rather than later.

For an existing structure, not built to wind mitigation standards:

  • Consider retrofitting, especially when remodeling or replacing building components.
  • Retrofitting may include:
    • Bracing and strapping the roof.
    • Adding recommended fasteners, ties, reinforcements, roof covering and anchors as building components are modified and maintained.
    • Making entry doors and overhead doors more wind-resistant.
    • Building a safe room to protect against tornadoes.
  • For additional information on protection for existing buildings, see “Protecting Commercial Property” in the Tornado section of our website www.DisasterSafety.org.

MINIMIZE THE THREATS FROM WIND-BORNE DEBRIS

  • Identify and remove trees and branches that could fall on the building walls or roof, or on power lines.
  • Inspect and repair loose or damaged building components such as siding, soffit and fascia, shingles and roofing, brickwork, and brick chimneys.
  • Avoid using built -up roofs with aggregate or pavers on the surface.

Tips for Managing a Business Interruption

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage in West Wood Hills, KS

There are many reasons your company could face a business interruption. You could be the victim of a devastating cyber attack, powerful storms could shut down part of your operations, or a fire could cause damage and disruption. Whatever the reason, you can make the situation better by planning ahead. There is even interruption insurance that will help you manage the costs of such an event.

Dealing With a Business Fire

Whether a fire strikes a factory, a hospital, a bank, or some other facility, it can wreak havoc on normal business operations. A fire can cause damage in the following ways:

  • Fire damage
  • Smoke damage
  • Soot damage
  • Electrical damage

To get your business back online as soon as possible, a number of steps need to be taken. One of the first orders of business is to have a fire damage assessment. A team of professionals in West Wood Hills, KS, will provide you with a good idea of how extensive the damage is and the length of time a business interruption may last. This is also a good time to notify your insurance advisor, and see if you are covered not only for property damage but also for loss of revenue during a shutdown.

Handling Fire Cleaning

From this point, you will be most interested in cleaning up the damage from a commercial fire. This includes replacing property that has been burned, as well as cleaning items such as walls, flooring and computers that have undergone smoke damage. The experts in West Wood Hills, KS, will use the latest technology to remove contaminants from your building and get you back up and running. In the interim, they will make sure your property is safe and secure so that no further losses can occur. The experts are Here to Help.

A business interruption is a challenge to any company. Relying on remediation experts and a good insurance policy can both be a big help.

The Steps You Should Follow After Fire Damage

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Follow these steps after suffering fire damage.

Few things are more complicated than having to deal with fire damage in the home. Sometimes, the steps that you as the homeowner take after the fire damage determine the speed at which the home will be restored to the state it was in before the fire damage happened. Below are is a guideline outlining the steps you ought to take after an electrical fire or another type of fire breaks out in your home.

3 Steps to follow after suffering Fire Damage. 

1. Evacuation

The very first thing you need to do is ensure that all the people who were in the building have gotten out. In case there is someone still trapped in the building because of soot damage or smoke damage, you should call in emergency services such as the fire truck, fire sprinkler systems, fire hoses, and firefighters to help rescue them and put out the fire. Do not try to get back into the house once you are out where it is safe.

2. Calling the insurance company

When the fire has been put out by the fire sprinkler systems, and the fire trucks have left, the most challenging part of the fire restoration process starts. As a homeowner, this is the point at which you call the insurer and inform them of the accident. Making the call to your insurer gives you the peace of mind you need to proceed to the next important step in commercial fire damage and restoration.

3. Contacting the fire restoration company

Commercial fire damage experts recommend that you should stay away from a building that has suffered fire damage until a fire restoration expert has certified it safe to enter. Contact SERVPRO of Kansas City and let us know about the fire. Once contacted we will send a project manager to you home to assess the damages and work with you and your insurance carries to put you back to pre loss condition! 

Smoke damage and soot damage in the house is a typical result of the fire. We will clean up the smoke damage on all surfaces and make sure the house is as clean as it was before the fire.

Spring Storms Affect Kansas City

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage in local Kansas City area airport.

Whether it's your home or your business (or recently a local Kansas City area airport), strong storms can wreak havoc on your property.

Living in the Kansas City area we have grown accustom to living with the lively weather patterns that the spring season brings.

Sometimes, there's not much you can do to protect your property when 100+ MPH winds hit. Generally, we focus on what's most important... our loved ones. After the storm clouds clear a small percentage of our population will find damage to their homes and businesses.

SERVPRO is prepared to assist after spring storms. 

So whether it's a flooded basement in your home, or the entire roof ripped from your building, there's only one call to make. The cleanup professionals at SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown quietly taking to the streets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the best training and equipment. Call us at 816.895.8890

We are prepared to do the hard work necessary to make it "Like it never even happened."

Who Handles Disaster Remediation in Your Community?

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

When storm damage choose a company with workforce to respond.

Some emergency restoration companies are better prepared to handle catastrophic loss situations than others. Whether the emergency involves major flooding following a storm system or high winds bring daily schedules to a standstill, the resulting damages could be more than some crews could handle. For large loss situations, a disaster recover company with plenty of history and a well-established network of resources.

Large Loss Situations

Emergencies happen in every state at some time or another. Some examples of catastrophic loss include hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes.

  •  Flooding
  •  Freezing temperatures
  •  Severe storms
  •  Tropical cyclones
  •  Wildfires

Each of these catastrophes have the potential to close businesses, disrupt transportation services, and confine people to their homes. Unfortunately, they also have the potential to force people out of their homes. When this happens, what can you do?

Available Resources 

When you need immediate storm damage remediation, choose a company with the resources and workforce to respond. Large loss recovery teams require plenty of equipment, highly-trained, staff, and the resources to move more of each into the community. SERVPRO franchises are connected throughout the country, so when Kansas City, KS, is affected by a large-scale disaster, the necessary people and supplies can be moved quickly into town.

Local Teams

This doesn't mean that damage restoration will be handled by complete strangers. SERVPRO franchises are locally owned, so technicians from your own communities could spearhead the work. The local team may serve as the command center for the work or may be the point at which supplies and additional technicians gather. 

SERVPRO Prepares for Large-Scale Disasters

In 2017, the United States was home to 15 disasters that claimed lives, brought communities to a standstill, and cost more than a billion dollars. The country experienced many disasters again in 2018. Without the right resources in place, communities would struggle to recover. 

However, catastrophic loss can be handled with the right planning. SERVPRO has the training, the workforce, the resources, and the preparation to respond to storm damage, of any size, in Kansas City, KS.

Tips for Dealing With Water Damage at Your Commercial Property

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in commercial building due to toilet overflow in Mission Woods, KS

Whether you are dealing with a busted pipe or toilet overflow, water damage in your commercial building in Mission Woods, KS, is never fun. When this happens, there are so many things to think about that people often become overwhelmed and miss some important steps. Preparing your team and yourself ahead of time and having proper protocol in place can make a big difference. Be sure to follow these guidelines when dealing with this type of problem.

Identify the Source

Cleaning up the mess is extremely important, but if you don't identify the source, the issue will keep happening. One of the most common sources of leak in a commercial building are broken pipes. Besides that, you may be looking at a flooded toilet or roof damage. Getting the problem fixed right away may help you avoid larger issues down the road.

Take Safety Measures

If you are dealing with contaminated water, you need to take the proper safety precautions. Sewage contains bacteria and viruses and should be dealt with accordingly. Clearly mark the area off and wear the right equipment when cleaning up. You may want to call a professional to come help you in this situation.

Document the Damage

Do not try to leave the water damage in place for the insurance company to come look at. Instead, you should take photographs from every angle before you begin the water cleanup. Leaving it can actually lead to more problems, which the insurance agents may view as neglect. Be sure to call them as soon as possible to get the ball rolling.

Depending on the size and severity of the water damage, you may be able to handle it yourself. If you are dealing with unsanitary water, such as a toilet overflow, or if you are at all uncomfortable identifying and fixing the leak, you may want to call a professional water restoration company in Mission Woods, KS, to come help you.

4 Steps to Take When Your Basement Is Flooded

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Basement flood in Prairie Village, KS

How to Deal With a Flooded Basement

Unfortunately, many homeowners in Prairie Village, KS, have experienced a basement flood at one time or another. If you have standing water down there, it is vital to know how to deal with it. Before you begin the cleanup process, follow these steps.

1. Shut Off the Electricity

Before you do anything else, you want to shut off the electricity and power to the basement. Not doing so could lead to serious injuries, so take every precaution possible. If you are unsure of how to do this, it is best to call a water damage specialist.

2. Find the Source

If the basement flood was caused by rainfall, you can go ahead and begin the cleanup process. Otherwise, you need to find the source. To prevent any more contamination to the area, you should shut off the water. Once you have located the cause, you either need to fix it yourself or call a professional to come help.

3. Remove the Water

Getting rid of the water can take time. What you use depends on how badly the room was flooded. Sump pumps or pool pumps can be effective. If there is only a small amount of liquid on the ground, you may even be able to use a mop.

4. Call Your Insurance Company

You want to check on what type of insurance coverage you have after an ordeal like this. Oftentimes the company is more likely to pay if the problem is treated quickly and was not caused by negligence on your part. Using a trusted business to help with the cleanup may also help you get a better payout.

It is important to remember that a basement flood can be extremely dangerous. Take the utmost care when handling the damage yourself. If you feel at all uncomfortable or unsafe, call a water damage company in Prairie Village, KS, to come help you.

Why Is Your Bread Moldy Again?

5/26/2019 (Permalink)

Although moldy bread is a common occurrence for most households, there is a point where it may lead to larger concerns.

Bread mold is a frustrating experience that often leads to hangry feelings. While it is not the type of issue that will garner celebrity PSAs, it is an aggravating part of everyday, mundane life with little recourse. Because of the nature of mold and bread, the two are forever compatible despite being better apart. However, to truly understand why moldy bread occurs, you must understand the persistent and ever-present nature of mold.

1. Mold Spores

Mold spores are microscopic and everywhere. Some companies claim they can remove every speck of mold from your home, and while that may be true of real fungus growth, the spores will survive. These microscopic little buggers will come into your home through open doors, on the back of your cat Moses and even on your clothes or body. There is no eliminating mold spores, not 100 percent, not ever.

2. Environment

Bread mold loves dark and warm spaces. Therefore, if your bread drawer is located near the dishwasher or your oven, spores may find your bread more enticing, leading to the rapid spoilage of your loaves. However, if your bread is in a well-sealed container in a cooler location, then it may last a little longer.

3. Colonization

While mold spores are everywhere, they do not colonize in all types of spaces. For instance, while there is such a thing as fridge mold, it is not as common due to frigid temperatures and poor air circulation. However, in a dark, damp and humid basement, mold colonies thrive, so it’s probably best not to store your bread downstairs, despite the popularity of basement sandwiches.

Although moldy bread is a common occurrence for most households, there is a point where it may lead to larger concerns. For instance, if your bread is always expiring before the labeled expiration date due to rapid mold development, then you might want to contact a mold or plumbing specialist in the Kansas City, KS area to assess your property for moisture problems.

Bread mold is common, and there is likely little to be done about it. However, by understanding mold, you may prolong bread life a little longer.

4 Fire Prevention Tips for Your Home

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Install one smoke detector in a central location on each floor of your home

How to Stay Safe and Prevent a Fire in Your Home

Your home is your safe haven, and proper fire preparation helps it stay that way. Most homes are built with safety in mind, but the bulk of the work is up to you, the homeowner. There are several ways to prevent a fire in your home in Mission Hills, KS, or stay safe and help minimize fire damage if one breaks out.

1. Avoid Overloading Circuits

A common fire hazard in homes is an overloaded electrical circuit. Make sure that your plugs are not trying to power more appliances or devices than the voltage allows. Additionally, keep an eye on cords to make sure that they are not worn or frayed, as this can also cause a home fire.

2. Teach Children Fire Safety

The traditional advice to stop, drop and roll is still good advice. Practice this technique with children, and encourage them to fall and crawl when escaping a fire. Talking about fire preparation tips ahead of time can help them remain calm during an emergency.

3. Install and Maintain Smoke Detectors

Having a reliable alert system is essential for fire safety. Install one smoke detector in a central location on each floor of your home, and make sure every bedroom has a detector outside and inside it. Change the batteries at least once a year.

4. Have an Emergency Plan

The whole family should know what to do in case of a fire emergency. Everyone needs to know two escape paths from every room and where to meet once they are out of the house. Make sure that you have emergency services, your insurance company and a reliable fire damage cleanup company on speed dial.

Fire preparation is an important part of safeguarding your home and your family. Knowing not only how to prevent a fire but also how to escape it and get quick fire cleanup is vital.

What To Look for While Inspecting Your Building’s Exterior Before a Storm

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth on a building in Prairie Village, KS

How to Prevent Storm Damage to Your Business

When a storm affects businesses in Prairie Village, KS, business owners may wonder what they could have done to prevent the damage. Performing exterior maintenance and inspecting your property prior to a storm, however, may make it easier to prevent storm damage.

1. Obvious Signs of Damage

When inspecting a building, there are certain issues that may be quite obvious. For example, mold growth on a building can be highly visible, and damaged siding can also be easy to spot. Visible signs of exterior damage may also be an indicator that your building has sustained interior damage, and it is sometimes useful to employ water and mold restoration professionals if you suspect your business has existing damage that could become worse if a storm occurs.

2. Loose, Cracked or Worn-Down Materials

Thoroughly examining building materials and areas that are prone to damage before a storm can also be helpful. If you know there are building materials, such as old roof shingles, that may be prone to damage, it can be helpful to check that the materials aren’t loose, dented or otherwise damaged before a storm. Perform frequent exterior maintenance in these areas can help to keep your building maintained.

3. Potential Sources of Damage

When inspecting the exterior of your business, it may be easy to forget to examine your environment. However, even you don’t see any visible indications of a problem and you don’t notice any worn-down materials, it can be important to look around your property for debris or other materials that could damage your business during a storm. You can also use landscaping to your advantage by planting shrubs, flowers or trees that are able to absorb excess water, which may be able to prevent floodwater from affecting your building.

By performing exterior maintenance before a storm can prevent your building from sustaining damage. In your building inspection, it can be helpful to look for obvious signs of damage, worn-down materials and potential sources that could cause damage to your property during a storm.

3 Ways to Mitigate Roof Damage

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

When you live in Kansas City, KS roof damage may occur due to varying weather conditions.

When you live in Kansas City, KS roof damage may occur due to varying weather conditions. It's important to do what you can to mitigate any potential problems before they leave lasting damage to your home. Some things you can do include

1. Regularly Inspect your Roof

Performing a regular inspection of your roof can allow you to look for any water, storm or wind damage that may have occurred. Many experts recommend having an inspection performed biannually. You may also want to look a roof over after any severe storms or weather.

3. Take Care of Problems As they Occur

One important mitigation tip to keep in mind when dealing with roof damage is to take care of any problems as they occur. This may keep a small problem from turning into a larger issue down the road, and also keep you in compliance with your homeowner’s insurance policy. Additionally, making small repairs as necessary may help prevent a costly roof replacement down the road.

4. Contact a Professional

If you are unsure how to properly care for a roof, or what repair sets may be necessary for any damage you may find, then you may want to contact a storm damage restoration professional. A professional service often has the equipment, materials and tools necessary to perform any repairs as efficiently and safely as possible. They should also be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your roof.

If you're worried about roof damage to your Kansas City, KS home, you may want to consider taking some of these steps mitigate potential problems. Doing a regular roof inspection will it allow you to be aware of the condition of your roof and take care of any problems as they occur. If you have any doubt as to the severity of the damage or what steps may need to be taken, a professional may be able to help.

How Do Experts Mitigate Major Sewer Damage?

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Extracting contaminated water and solid waste is the most important mitigation measure.

Damage restoration professionals have the experience necessary to handle major sewer damage such as a backup or flooded toilet that affects more than one floor of a building. Learn more about the measures necessary to deal with extensive sewage damage at a commercial property in Kansas City, KS.

Assess and Mitigate Damage

As soon as a plumber or sewage company has addressed the cause of damage, a building owner or manager should schedule a consultation with a mitigation and restoration company. Trained professionals can assess damage and take the following measures:

  • Pump out standing water
  • Remove solid waste
  • Determine the extent of damage

Extracting contaminated water and solid waste is the most important mitigation measure. The risk of contamination and mold growth will increase the longer that sewer damage is left standing within a structure.

Tear Out Damaged Building Materials

Porous building materials exposed to contaminated water from a sewer backup will likely need to be torn out and replaced. These materials may include any of the following:

  • Ceilings
  • Drywall
  • Insulation

Extensive damage will probably call for the removal and replacement of some building materials and contents. Tearing out and rebuilding is particularly important if a backup or flooded toilet affects more than one floor of a structure.

Disinfect and Dry the Area

It will be necessary to disinfect areas exposed to contaminated Category Two gray water, which may contain microbes, or Category Three black water containing solid waste. Cleanup should take place after damaged materials and contents have been removed to reduce the risk of recontamination.

A building owner or manager should contact a plumber to clear a clog or a sewage company if the blockage is further down the line or a backup originates in a municipal main in Kansas City, KS. Restoration can only proceed after the portion of a building that has suffered sewer damage is completely dry.

Mold Problems in a Rental Space: 3 Steps for Resolution

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Mold contamination can grow from a variety of sources, but moisture and humidity are typically the main culprits.

Mold Problems in a Rental Space

Keeping an apartment over a rented commercial space can be convenient for you as a Kansas City, KS business owner. Bundling rental costs for both areas can help you save money on daily commutes and other expenses. However, when you discover fungi growth in your apartment and mold cleanup is necessary, knowing how to proceed and who to contact can be difficult. If you find yourself with a mold issue in your rental space, there are a few steps you can take to resolve the problem.

1. Alert Your Landlord

Once you discover mold in your apartment, it is wise to leave it alone until you can alert your landlord and have him or her come to look at the infestation. Even if it is a minor issue, such as bathroom fungi, mold spores can still detach from small patches and move through the building’s air ducts, where it could spread to your commercial space. Letting you landlord know about the problem right away can prevent this.

2. Discover the Source

Mold contamination can grow from a variety of sources, but moisture and humidity are typically the main culprits. Check cabinets under the bathroom and kitchen sink, the shower and any water lines in the apartment. If you suspect the problem may have originated in your commercial space, you may want to check those water sources as well.

3. Contact Your Insurance Company

Depending on the source of the mold, you may be responsible for its removal. Calling your insurance agent as soon as possible can help you understand whether your renter’s insurance covers mold cleanup and the cost of a fungi removal and cleaning service. Your insurance agent can also help you make a claim to cover costs as soon as possible.

Discovering mold in a rented apartment that is attached to your Kansas City, KS commercial space can be stressful. However, when you know which steps to take and who is responsible for the mold cleanup, you can feel more confident about working toward a quick resolution.

3 Ways SERVPRO Can Help With Claim Services

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Working with a restoration company recommended by your insurance provider, like SERVPRO, may make your restoration process easier.

3 Ways SERVPRO Can Help With Claim Services

When your Kansas City, KS business is hit by fire, storm, or water damage a quick emergency response time can make all the difference. However, after the crisis has been averted you may be left with some restoration needs. Choosing a professional restoration service, such as SERVPRO, to do the job can be made easier by looking at those recommended by your insurance provider. In many cases they may recommend a company that offers a number of claim services, which can speed the process along.

1. They Can Provide a Claims Inventory Service

One service offered by SERVPRO is a claims inventory. This may include both an itemized list, and photographs of any important items that may have suffered damage. Having such a list can help your business go over any items they may need to repair or replace such as inventory, office equipment, or any important documentation.

2. They Allow You To Access Claims Information Electronically

Another important inclusion in the offered claim services is the ability to access claims information electronically. This may include photographs, the notice of loss, job estimates, progress completed, and any new information that may be discovered during the process. This can allow you and your insurance agent to stay up-to-date every step of the way.

3. They Restore Materials Whenever Possible

One aspect in the insurance agent may appreciate when working with such a company, is the fact that they try to restore the existing materials whenever possible. Restoration is often cheaper than a full replacement, and in many cases is a fully viable option. This may not only save your company money, but can help your claim as well.

Working with a restoration company recommended by your insurance provider, like SERVPRO, may make your restoration process easier. These companies may offer a variety of claim services which can make communicating with your insurance agents more efficient, and help you and your agent stay up-to-date on the information you need. If you have any questions your restoration service professional may be able to help.

Tips for Dealing With Sewage Damage

3/16/2019 (Permalink)

Sewer cleanup requires a lot of time and hard work.

Tips For Dealing With Sewage Damage

A sewer backup must surely be among the least pleasant of messes to clean up. The foul odors and the potential for extensive property damage are just the beginning of the problem. Sewer cleanup requires a lot of time and hard work. Before you get into it, however, spend time doing a bit of research to make sure you get the results you want.

Prevent Contamination From Spreading

  • Respond to damage immediately
  • Keep family and pets out of the affected area.
  • Wear protective clothing and gear while in the area.
  • Open windows or doors to provide ventilation, but don't run the air conditioning system.

Whether the backup is the result of trouble along the Fairway, KS municipal sewer line or the result of a flooded toilet in your home, take the same precautions to control damage. For example, before you do any sewer cleanup work, turn off the electrical power to the area. If the switch is anywhere near the water, wear rubber boots and gloves and use a wooden stick or spoon to flip the switch.

Tips for Sewage Backup Response

There are several other tips you should use while responding to the sewer backup.

  • Don't use the water in your home until you've had a safety inspection. This means turning off the running water for showers and toilets as well as in your kitchen.
  • Remove uncontaminated belongings and furnishings from the area.
  • Alert municipal authorities to the backup. You may also need to contact the health department, depending on the extent of the situation.
  • Call water damage restoration technicians. These technicians have the training and the tools to thoroughly clean and disinfect your home.
  • Contact your insurance company and notify them of the spill in your home. Take pictures of the damage for insurance purposes before belongings are cleaned or repaired.

The best option when dealing with sewer cleanup is to let professionals handle the work. After taking immediate action to prevent the spread of damage, call Fairway, KS restoration technicians.

3 Common Misconceptions About Black Mold

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can grow anywhere there's excess water.

3 Common Misconceptions About Black Mold

An unpleasant, musty odor is a sign that you may have a fungus growth somewhere in your home. Rather than assuming your home in Fairway, KS has a Stachybotrys infestation, hire a certified professional to perform a mold inspection. Many people believe certain things about black mold that simply aren't true. Here are three misconceptions to erase from your knowledge about this particular type of fungus.

1. It's Always Black

Contrary to its common name, Stachybotrys isn't always black. While it is a dark mold, it sometimes has a green tint to it. It is also often dense and slimy. Don't dismiss a mold growth as a milder form of mildew just because it doesn't fit a preconceived notion of how this particular mold should look.

2. It's Always Visible

If a mold has a dark color, you may believe that it is always easy to spot. That is not necessarily the case. Mold can grow anywhere there's excess water. You may see it growing up your wall, but a mold inspection could reveal that the bulk of your problem is actually within the wall or in the insulation behind it.

3. It's Easy To Remove

When you see house mold, you may think all it takes to get rid of it is to give it a good scrubbing. Mold remediation is typically a more involved process, though. Mold mitigation experts typically seal off the affected area to prevent the fungus from spreading to the rest of your home. Then they employ the techniques that the assessment indicates are necessary to thoroughly remove the growth. A final test can confirm that the issue is fully remediated.

If you suspect you have black mold, a professional mold inspection can let you know for sure. Don’t rely on your own assumptions of what a confirmation of this issues entails, though. Leave the remediation to the experts who understand how to get rid of the problem.

Beyond Flooding: 3 Types of Weather-Related Damage That Could Impact Your Commercial Building

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Bad weather and flood damage are likely sources of worry for you as a Kansas City, KS business owner.

3 Types Of Weather-Related Damage

As a Kansas City, KS business owner, you might think of rainstorms and other types of flood damage when it comes to the kind of harm bad weather might cause to your commercial building. However, trouble can come from other sources as well, even from those you did not expect. Before the storm season hits your area, it may be helpful to understand what kind of weather-related harm could befall your building, especially those that are not flood related.

1. Impact Damage

Storm damage can be common during high winds, when large tree branches, neighborhood objects like trash cans and other debris might strike your building. This can be especially damaging if a falling branch or projectile breaks a window. If you are expecting high winds to hit your area, consider covering your windows with thick sections of wood or treated rubber, especially at ground level.

2. Electrical Damage

While flooding is a common cause of damage to commercial buildings during bad weather, other types of events could impact their electrical systems to the point where they might need replacing. For example, ice and hail storms can affect fuse boxes and heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, rendering them inoperable. If your HVAC and electrical controls are on the exterior of your building, consider protective covers that can withstand all different types of weather.

3. Roofing Damage

Flood damage would likely affect the lower floors of your business; however, heavy rains and wind that often accompany flooding could impact its roof as well. Wind may pry tiles off your roof or tear away sections of protective material, exposing the underside to moisture. Contacting a flood damage and restoration company may be useful when it comes to finding out how to protect your roof from the kind of harm powerful storms can cause.

Bad weather and flood damage are likely sources of worry for you as a Kansas City, KS business owner. However, when you know how to protect your property, you may feel greater peace of mind when wind, rain and floods threaten your area.

A Home Fire Extinguisher Buying Guide

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

A portable fire extinguisher is all that is needed to put out the fire.

Every home should have a fire extinguisher to suppress minor fires. This buying guide identifies the main classes of fire extinguishers and explains why a multi-class or rechargeable extinguisher may be ideal for home use.

Extinguisher Classes

Extinguishers are classified in accordance with standard 10 set by the National Fire Protection Agency. Suppressants are selected for effectiveness and safety:

  •  Class A extinguishers contain monoammonium phosphate and work on ordinary combustibles
  •  Class B extinguishers contain monoammonium phosphate and sodium bicarbonate and work on flammable liquids or gases, but not cooking oils or grease
  •  Class C extinguishers contain monoammonium phosphate and sodium bicarbonate and work on appliances or powered electrical equipment
  •  Class D extinguishers contain sodium chloride or copper powder and work on combustible metals
  •  Class K extinguishers contain potassium compounds and work on cooking oils and grease

The most common home fire extinguishers are classes A, B, and C. Underwriters Laboratories assigns the number that precedes these letters and indicates the effectiveness of a fire extinguisher. A 4-A extinguisher is more effective than a 2-A extinguisher.

Multi Class Extinguishers

Some extinguishers are rated for multiple classes. Homeowners may prefer a multi-class extinguisher to promote comprehensive fire preparedness. Determine the most likely fire risks and purchase an extinguisher rated for all of these classes.

Disposable or Rechargeable

Disposable extinguishers have plastic valves and must be replaced after a single use. Rechargeable extinguishers have durable metal valves and cost more up front. Suppressant refills are more affordable than purchasing a new disposable extinguisher.

All of these factors are important to consider when purchasing home fire safety equipment for a residence in Mission Hills, KS . Homeowners may want to install a different class of fire extinguisher in the kitchen, garage, laundry room, and other areas based on the most likely fire risks. If a fire results in property damage, contact a mitigation and restoration company.

3 Important Facts About Black Mold

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold at a Kansas City, KS bathroom.

Facts About Black Mold

While some types of mold that exist in your Kansas City, KS, home can be simple to clean up, others are more stubborn and can even be dangerous. Of all mold types, Stachybotrys, or black mold, can be the most difficult to eradicate. If you find this fungus growing in your home, it can be important to learn about the possible reasons for its presence and what you can do to remove it.

1. It Is Not a Surface Fungus

Unlike other types of fungi, such as mildew, black mold cannot be wiped away easily with a rag and a household cleanser. This is due to the way it grows, as it sinks roots deep into building surfaces like wood and drywall. This makes mold cleanup difficult, especially if the fungus has been present for some time.

2. It Can Appear Less Than 24 Hours After a Flood

Stachybotrys can grow rapidly after the introduction of moisture and humidity. For example, if a weather event caused your home to flood, the dirty water can encourage mold growth almost right away. As a result, walls, floors and carpeting may start to show signs of this type of mold as early as that same day. You can identify it by its slimy dark surface, which differs from the type of dry, fuzzy mold you might find on old food.

3. Professional Removal Might Be Required

If you are experiencing a widespread infestation of Stachybotrys mold, then it is a good idea to call a mold remediation and removal service for help. Not only can professional technicians properly identify the fungus, they can also give you options for removal and the restoration of building surfaces that have been affected. This may give you greater peace of mind that your home can be returned to normal.

When black mold invades, it can be stressful for you as a Kansas City, KS, homeowner. Knowing as much as possible about this fungus can help you better understand your options when it comes to the cleanup process.

Why Is My Toilet Leaking, and How Do I Fix It?

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water cleanup in a Prairie Village, KS residential

Why Is My Toilet Leaking, and How Do I Fix It?

If you have a leaking toilet in your Prairie Village, KS, home, you need stop it as soon as possible. A constant bathroom leak could weaken the house's structure and cause further damage from mold. If this is the case, you may want to call a professional water remediation company. But if caught quickly, you can easily prevent more damage from occurring with the following steps.

1. Turn off the Water Supply

First, turn off the shutoff valve. Check to see if the problem is coming from a leaking supply line. If so, try replacing the hose. If not, undo the supply line. If the leakage is coming from the bottom of the toilet, drain it and proceed to the next step.

2. Take the Toilet Out

First, check the bolts around the bottom of the leaking toilet to see that they are tight. By simply tightening them, you may get the leak to stop. If this doesn't work, you should remove the toilet. Loosen and remove the bolts, then gently rock the toilet until it comes loose. Holding onto the bowl, lift the toilet and put it aside onto some cardboard or old newspaper.

3. Change the Wax Ring

Scrape away the wax ring, taking care to inspect the flange for breakage or cracks. If necessary, replace the flange. Then set down the new ring, making sure to center it properly.

3. Put the Toilet Back in Place

Place the toilet above the bolts and lower it into position, making sure that a complete seal is formed with the new wax ring. Securely but gently tighten the bolts, and then put the caps back on.

4. Turn the Water Back On

Reconnect the supply line and turn on the water valve. Flush the toilet, checking to make sure there are no leaks coming from around the bottom of the toilet or the supply line.

A leaking toilet, if not repaired quickly, can cause all sorts of problems beyond the immediate mess. By following the steps outlined above, you can stop the leak and avoid more costly repairs to your home.

How To Make an Office Fire Escape Plan

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Post the emergency escape plan at strategic locations.

Every workplace needs a fire escape plan. This plan should be posted throughout a building and shared with all occupants. Be sure to train new employees and perform regular drills to ensure that the emergency escape plan will prove useful in the event of a fire.

Plan Evacuation Routes

Use an accurate floorplan to determine evacuation routes from every room in a structure. It is a good idea to do the following:

  • Identify primary and secondary routes
  • Ensure that routes are reasonable for occupants
  • Obtain equipment such as an escape ladder

Secondary routes may be less than ideal, but they should still be practical. Keep the age and physical condition of occupants in mind. Post the emergency escape plan at strategic locations.

Test Fire Detection and Suppression Equipment

Many commercial properties are equipped with advanced detection and suppression systems. A fire escape plan should include regular tests to ensure the functionality of detectors and sprinklers. Hardwired alarm systems should have battery backups, and it is important to replace batteries that function as a main or backup power source. Make sure that fire extinguishers are of the appropriate class and filled with suppressant.

Keep Track of Occupants

Every business should maintain a current contact list. This list should include these details:

  • Names
  • Contact information
  • Departments

Keep this list in a location where it can be accessed remotely or physically removed in the event of a fire. Every business should have a safe location where employees can gather outside. This place should be far enough away from the structure without being downwind.

An office fire escape plan may also identify which employees are responsible for attempting to evacuate critical contents. It is smart to plan ahead and back up important records off-site. If a fire damages a building in Kansas City, KS, rely on a mitigation and restoration company to resume business as soon as possible.

Is your commercial building a flood risk?

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with water damage in Kansas City isn’t something that your neighbors will envy you for. It can be absolutely devastating for your commercial property, not to mention the possibility of being temporarily displaced, and business put on hold. In preparation for the possibility of a flood in your area, here are a few precautionary steps to ensure you are prepared.

1. Know your flood risk.

It’s important to keep track of your region’s flood risk. There are a number of factors that can determine your flood risk, but keep in mind that nowhere in the United States is free of flood risk. If you live in a coastal city during hurricane season, your flood risk will dramatically increase. Other areas with typically high flood risk include low-lying areas near bodies of water or downstream from a dam or levee.

2. Know your insurance options.

When it comes to natural disaster-type flash floods, typical commercial insurance policies often will not cover the damage. Flood insurance is a separate policy purchased through FEMA, so it’s important to keep that in mind if you do live in an area with high flood risk. It’s also important to familiarize yourself with local disaster restoration companies and choose one you prefer beforehand, since the time to act must be immediately after the flood. 

3. Know the signs of water damage.

Some floods are more severe than others, and in those cases, it will be obvious when your business has been affected. In other cases, however, water damage can be more insidious and it’s important to recognize the signs, as well as knowing the difference types of water that can damage your home. Black water, for example, is highly contaminated and will cause severe odor and mold damage to your property if not treated immediately. Flood water is, in every case, considered black water. Grey water can also cause damage, but is derived from appliances and pipes in your building.

How To Flush a Water Heater

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water heater in a Kansas City, KS home

5 Steps To Flush a Water Heater

Flushing a water heater can maintain its functionality. The tank in this appliance can fill up with minerals and sediment, depending on the water quality at a residence in Kansas City, KS. These five steps walk a homeowner through the water heater flush procedure.

1. Turn Off the Heater

Switch off the power to an electric heater at a circuit breaker. For a gas unit, turn off the valve and extinguish the pilot light.

2. Connect a Hose

Attach a garden hose of sufficient length to the drain valve on the heater and run the other end to a floor drain or outside. Make sure that the destination will not suffer as a result of exposure to mineral deposits.

3. Drain the Tank

Open the water heater drain valve and allow water to flow for several minutes. Turn on a sink hot water spigot to drain remaining water. Turn the water supply valve on and off to flush the tank.

4. Close the Valves

Close the drain valve and turn the cold water supply back on. Then, turn on the hot water spigot at a sink or tub. The water will be cold, but this will push air out of the system. Turn the spigot off once the flow becomes consistent.

5. Turn the Heater Back On

Restore the power to an electric heater from a circuit panel or turn on the flow of gas and relight the pilot. It may take up to 20 minutes to produce hot water.

Perform a water heater flush at least once a year. Follow these steps every eight months in a household of three to five residents, or every six months in a household with more than six residents. If a water heater leak results in damage to a home in Kansas City, KS, contact an appliance repair professional and a water damage restoration company.

How To Teach Kids To Escape a Fire

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Practice with your kids your evacuation plan

Every family needs a fire escape plan, and parents should teach kids safety measures. Be sure to schedule regular drills to make sure kids know how to escape from a home fire.

Make an Escape Plan

The most important fire safety measure is an escape plan. This plan should cover:

  • Primary and secondary routes
  • Kid-safe strategies
  • A meeting point outside

Parents and kids should practice using all escape routes. Kids should know where to go and what to do in the event of a fire.

Bed Rolls

If a child is awoken by a fire alarm, they should know to roll over rather than sit upright. Have kids practice:

  • Rolling over in bed
  • Keeping their heads low and facing down toward the floor
  • Putting a hand down
  • Sliding out of bed onto the floor

You may want to sound a fire alarm during drills. Rolling out of bed can limit exposure to heat and smoke.

Fire Crawls

Heat and smoke rise during a fire. Crawling will keep kids in the coolest area with access to the clearest air. There are several types of kids safety fire crawls:

  • Crawling on all fours
  • Crawling on all fours with flat forearms
  • Crawling with legs flat on the floor

These methods can help kids escape a home fire. Practice crawls during drills.

How to Check Doors

Opening a door during a fire without checking can result in burns or sudden ignition. Checking a door involves:

  • Pressing a door with the back of a hand
  • Leaving hot doors closed
  • Cracking open cool or slightly warm doors
  • Proceeding if clear and re-closing doors

These fire escape methods are useful for children and adults. Keep in mind that regular drills are necessary for all family members.

After ensuring kids safety, homeowners may be faced with severe damage to a home in Prairie Village, KS. A damage mitigation and restoration service can make it possible for a family to return home as soon as possible.

How to Prepare Your Company for a Storm

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Winter storm season can produce significant threats to your Mission Hills, KS business

How to Prepare Your Company for a Storm

This time of year, a winter storm is imminent. While not every storm will cripple a business, it is still necessary to be prepared. Along with frigid temperatures and snow, winter can create problems with plumbing and operations. Therefore, it is essential to make a plan for the worst-case scenario.

1. Prepare Your Building

In an effort to prepare for potential storm damage, it is wise for a business to focus on plumbing and electricity. Outside plumbing should be shut off and cleared to prevent freezing and possible burst pipes. Additionally, it may be a good idea to secure a generator if your business does not already have one. If your company does have a generator, it is a good investment to have it serviced before the winter weather sets in.

2. Plan for Ice and Snow

Any winter storm is going to bring issues of snow and ice. Being prepared for this situation means having a plow service on contract and ensuring that all walkways and driveways are cleared and salted. It is vital to do everything in your power to ensure that customers do not get hurt on the way into your business.

3. Focus on Inventory

Also, as storms have the potential to cause significant business interruption as well as property damage, it is vital to take an accurate inventory of all your assets. This inventory will be used for insurance claims if property damage results in an inventory loss. You should move stock to a secure and climate-controlled area, photographing and documenting everything. This will help streamline the process if a claim is made.

4. Make a List of Contacts

While taking inventory is necessary, it is also crucial to make a list of emergency contacts. This list should include all personnel who are essential to your operations. Additionally, you should include a disaster restoration specialist in the Mission Hills, KS, area in case of an emergency.

Winter storm season can produce significant threats to business operations. Massive snowfalls and ice storms can wreak havoc on a business, so it is essential to have a plan like the one above.

How To Remove Mold From Air Ducts

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Dust that accumulates in your air ducts can lead to microbial growth

What is The Reason Mold Growth is Such a Problem in Air Ducts?

Mold colonies seem to favor HVAC systems. The heating and cooling system in your building, in Fairway, KS, is no different. How can you prevent mold from taking root in your AC system? Here are some of the reasons why mold is such a problem in commercial heating and air systems:

  • Mold, such as black mold, makes airborne spores that enter the ductwork via the intake system.
  • Particles get trapped in ducts due to buildup of dust and dirt in the system.
  • Particles thrive and become colonies due to the moisture and availability of an organic-based food supply.

If you smell mold but you haven’t found the source, start checking out the vents. Do you see any specks of discoloration around your vents? Do you smell musty air when you are near vents or when the system is running? If the answer is yes, you may have a mold issue in your ducts.

Clean Your Ventilation System

Cleaning should be done frequently, with some recommendations suggesting every 3-5 years, but may be needed more frequently depending on the situation. For example, if you have had any construction or remodeling, you should have your ducts cleaned. When your system is cleaned, professionals remove dust and debris that serves as food for black mold and other mold colonies. There are two basic steps a professional will take to make sure you have clean ducts:

  1. Loosen contaminants. Agitators such as brushes, air tools, and vacuums may be used.
  2. Contain contaminants. Negative air pressure is utilized to collect contaminants as well as to prevent them from spreading into your building.

A professional will be thorough, cleaning the entire system, including coils, ducts, motor, drip pans, vents, blower, and more.

Conclusion

Cleaning your air ducts and HVAC system periodically will help prevent the growth of black mold, improve the quality of your indoor air and keep your HVAC system running more efficiently. Rely on professional mold remediators to help ensure proper cleaning and containment of mold for your organization.

Train Employees for Fire Safety

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Train employees for fire safety in Fairway,KS

Fire extinguisher training should be done on an annual basis, at least, and should also be part of the initial training for new employees in Fairway,KS.

The P.A.S.S Technique

If employees aren't confident they can safely put out a fire, they should evacuate instead. The acronym P.A.S.S. helps employees remember each step of using an extinguisher to reduce fire damage.

  • Pull the pin. Find the pin at the top of the canister and pull it out to break the tamper seal.
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. When the source of water is doused, the flames should die down.
  • Squeeze the handle to release the pressurized chemicals inside the canister.
  • Sweep the spray from side to side, maintaining your focus at the base of the fire.

After working through the steps, keep your eye on the area. If flames reappear, repeat steps 2 to 4.

Annual Fire Response Drills

Use the following steps in case of a fire (and during yearly drills.)

  • Pull the fire alarm and alert the fire department.
  • Protect the designated evacuation path. If fire, heat, or smoke threatens to come between employees and the exit, personnel should evacuate instead of fighting the fire.
  • Choose an appropriate extinguisher.
  • Complete the P.A.S.S. technique.
  • Observe the location of the fire to catch any flames that may reignite.
  • Evacuate immediately if the fire is too big, if the air isn't safe to breathe, if the room is too hot or smoky, and/or if the evacuation path is compromised.

Once the ability to use the fire extinguisher has been mastered and employees have been trained in the fire response routine, schedule opportunities for employees to practice their responses to a fire.

Practice Safety

It doesn't take long for a kitchen fire to pop up in a restaurant or flames to appear in an industrial setting. Protect your employees with training on how to use a fire extinguisher and regular drills in fire safety techniques. Fire damage restoration professionals could provide you with further resources.

How To Prepare for Flood Damage

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping your gutters clean is a good way to keep water flowing outside your Kansas City home

Start Preparing For A Future Flood

No Kansas City, KS, homeowner wants to think about the possibility of flood damage affecting his or her home. Maybe you've put off preparing for such worst-case scenarios. Deep down, however, you know that it is better to be prepared for flooding in advance than to have high water levels suddenly affect your life without a plan in place. Read on for three ways to start preparing for a future flood right now.

1. Learn About Your Flood Risk

If it seems like floods are a persistent problem in your area, you may live in a flood zone. The best way to find out is by visiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency's online Flood Map Service Center. This allows you to quickly and easily figure out whether or not you are at high risk for flooding so you can purchase flood insurance if needed.

2. Get Your Property Storm-Ready 

Protect your property against future storm damage to the best of your ability. Cleaning gutters and storm drains is a great way to keep water flowing smoothly outside — and only outside — your home. You may also want to consider buying a battery-operated sump pump and finding ways to protect your valuables.

3. Practice an Escape Plan

You will want to make sure that you and your family are ready to escape at a moment’s notice in the event of an emergency. Know where to seek shelter, keep supplies on hand and memorize your exit route. Contact the Red Cross for information about emergency shelters in your community, as well as suggested provisions for both your home and your family, including your pets.

Flooding is not a fun thing to think about, but it is better to be prepared than to be blindsided by a storm with no safety or storm damage restoration plan in place. Follow the three steps above for a greater chance at protecting your home and loved ones the next time flood water threatens your Kansas City, KS, home.

Top Reasons Your Insurance Company May Deny Your Fire Claim

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Mission Hills, KS

A home insurance policy typically covers numerous situations, including fire damage. However, there are two home fire circumstances that are usually not covered under most policies: arson and a fire inside a vacant home.

Investigating for Arson

Deliberately setting fire to a home is a criminal act, and a desire to collect insurance money is often the motive. For this reason, insurance companies require a fire investigation as part of the claim process. This helps the insurer establish the cause of the fire and note potentially suspicious details, such as multiple points of origin.

To help further reduce the risk of insurance fraud, your insurance company may also evaluate your personal finance and insurance claim history. Examples of potentially suspicious findings that may result in a denial of a home fire claim include the following:

  • A recent increase in coverage or decrease in deductible
  • Extensive debt or pending bankruptcy
  • Prior insurance claims and loss history
  • Recently purchased, high-value items on claim list
  • The value of destroyed contents is inconsistent with household income

Because of this detailed investigation, any homeowner filing a claim in Mission Hills,KS, should be prepared for a potentially lengthy claim process.

A Vacant Home Fire

Like arson, a vacant home fire is also not typically covered under most insurance policies. A home is considered vacant if it is uninhabited for 30 or more consecutive days. If your insurance company can verify this circumstance, it may deny your claim, forcing you to fund cleanup and restoration costs out-of-pocket. To protect your financial interests, you should consider purchasing vacant home insurance or add an endorsement to your existing policy for any vacation homes or rental property you own.

Protecting Financial Interests

Your home insurance policy can be a strong financial safety net in the event of a home fire. However, because arson and insurance fraud are serious problems, insurance companies must thoroughly investigate fire claims to protect their financial interests. To further safeguard your financial security, you should update your policy to ensure vacation and rental properties are adequately protected.

What Are the Best Flood Prevention Strategies?

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Having flood insurance for your building in West Wood Hills,KS is good prevention strategy

Flooding may seem inevitable, but a few preventative measures can reduce the severity of the situation. From the choice of location to structural improvements, here are three of the top flood prevention strategies.

1. Look Over Flood Maps and Data Before Building or Buying

If you build or buy a commercial property located on a flood plain, you will probably need to obtain flood insurance. Most business insurance policies do not include flood coverage, which is available through the National Flood Insurance Program or private insurers. You should also determine whether the risk of flood at a property will undermine the overall value of your investment. Factor in the presence of local flood prevention installations such as detention basins, retaining walls, sea walls, or tide gates before you decide.

2. Flood Proof a Commercial Property

Flood proofing involves the use of barriers, pumps, and seals to make a building watertight up to typical flood levels for the location of the property. Depending on the ratio of benefits to costs, some of these improvements may qualify for federal grants. In addition to these improvements, you should also consider the warning time that you can expect to have at this location. Regularly test flood proofing and emergency systems as well as the integrity of the flood panels, floor slab, openings, and walls.

3. Use Grading and Vegetation Strategically

Grading can prevent water from accumulating around the foundation of a building, where it may lead to basement leaks or structural damage. Vegetation can also break up the flow of moving water and help to reduce erosion. Drainage and flood waters should be directed away from the building, if at all possible.

These flood prevention strategies can help you make more informed decisions about a commercial property in West Wood Hills,KS. If you need flood cleaning services, contact a storm and water damage restoration company.

Steps for Fixing Toilet Leaks

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Residential sewage restoration in a Kansas City, home

A leaking toilet can be a frustrating problem to have. Fortunately, it's usually an easy problem to fix. A large amount of water will likely call for professional remediation. If you notice only a little water on the floor of your bathroom, however, you can probably remedy the issue by following these steps.

1. Identify the Source

Seeing water on the floor of your bathroom does not necessarily mean you need toilet repair, but the toilet is the likely culprit. Mop up the water with a towel and watch where the new puddle that forms comes from. That way you can identify if the toilet is leaking from the base or from somewhere else, such as a faulty supply line.

2. Remove the Toilet

If the water is seeping out of the base, you can sometimes tighten the bolts that secure it, and that fixes the problem. If it doesn't, however, you may need to remove the leaking toilet so that you can replace the gasket that seals it. Loosen the bolts and lightly rock the old toilet back and forth until it separates from the floor.

3. Remove the Gasket

Lifting the toilet off the floor leaves behind the wax gasket that provides the seal against leaks. You will probably need to scrape to get the gasket completely off. It is important that removal is thorough so that the new gasket will work.

4. Replace the Gasket and Toilet

After the toilet has been removed, you have the space to replace the gasket. Put it in place and then set the toilet back on top of it. Align it so that it will seal where it is supposed to seal and then replace the bolts to clamp the toilet firmly in place.

If you have a leaking toilet in your home in Kansas City,KS, it is generally pretty easy to fix the leak. Just follow the appropriate steps so that your toilet can function without problems.

How to Recover Your Business After Water Damage Occurs

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can take a toll on businesses, and it’s important to know how to safely and efficiently clean your business.

Though maintaining a successful business in Kansas City, KS, takes dedication, time and money, water damage can quickly create a variety of issues for the company. Making repairs and recovering products after the damage can be costly, but there are various steps you can take to make the process easier.

Collect What You Can

Assuming that it is safe for you to be in your business, collect important items to ensure they don’t become lost or damaged. Even if you feel that an item is damaged, removing it from the area can make water cleanup easier. Make sure to take note of any items made of cloth, such as furniture or rugs, and relocate them if possible to prevent staining and mold growth.

Remove Water

Eliminate as much water as possible. Mopping up areas that aren’t saturated with water can help to prevent further damage. If the ceiling is not damaged, you can turn on fans to help dry up the water. Air flow can also help the water dry quickly.

Avoid Potential Hazards

When you remove items and clean your business after water damage has occurred, it’s essential to be aware of your environment and prioritize safety. Make sure you and others don’t slip on puddles of water, trip over broken pipes or use any electrical fixtures or appliances. If you’re unsure if you can safely move something, or if you don’t know if using an item is safe, it’s best to err on the side of caution. The old adage that it is better to be safe than sorry applies here.

Water damage can take a toll on businesses, and it’s important to know how to safely and efficiently clean your business. It’s also important to work with experts to repair your business after the damage occurs. By working with qualified professionals and mitigating the damage on with expert help, your business can be restored quickly. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROkansascitymidtownks.com/.

Ready the Barricade and Secure the Adirondack: How to Prepare Your Home for a Flood

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Despite popular belief, flooding does not always occur rapidly.

Despite popular belief, flooding does not always occur rapidly. Sure, flash floods happen, and you aren’t given months of advanced warning, but those who live in flood zones understand the potential risks and when they are most vulnerable, especially during the rainy season. The question most asked by those new to flood zone areas is how do you prepare and stay safe? While there are many answers to that question, one of the best is the three-pronged approach provided by FEMA.

1. Prepare To Evacuate

The first step in preparation is to make sure that you protect yourself. Pay attention to the public warnings and alert systems, and don’t think that you know better, just listen. Evacuate when you’re told to evacuate. If you don’t leave, you risk being trapped in flood waters without the luxury of emergency services.

2. Protect Your Belongings

Before you evacuate, and before any significant flooding begins, you would be wise to secure and protect any of your valuable belongings. Protecting items is simple and can be done by elevating any critical mechanics and technology, waterproofing any personal items like photographs by putting them in sealed plastic bags, and clearing away or tying down any exterior furniture that may cause damage to your home during the flood.

3. Protect Your Interests

Beyond the short-term objectives of evacuating yourself and securing your belongings, if you live in a flood zone, you should have flood insurance to protect your home from flood damage over the long term. While not a typical element in most insurance plans, flood insurance can be beneficial and is often a requirement in high-risk flood zones.

While there are undoubtedly restoration specialists in the Kansas City, KS, area, it is ideal to limit any potential storm damage from flooding by taking the above precautions. Being attentive to official warnings, protecting your belongings, and safeguarding your interests ensures that you are in the best possible position when the storm comes, literally and figuratively. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROkansascitymidtownks.com/.

Recurring Black Mold Means Concealed Problems

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Wall With Mold Black mold doesn’t have to have a hold on your home.

With your repeated efforts using any number of remedies, you may have once thought you were victorious over black mold. To your surprise, it has come back despite a thorough cleaning. This may be symptomatic of a more serious infestation at your home in Kansas City, KS. This mold will continue to grow if you do not treat the core problems.

What Allows Mold to Grow Again

Mold continues to grow as long as it has sources of food and a wet environment. Your home is unavoidably going to have materials where black mold can thrive, so you cannot treat that. A problem you often can remedy, however, is the mold’s access to water. Water can be where it shouldn’t be and feed mold for a number of reasons, including:

• Humid weather and bad insulation
• Condensation from poor airflow regulation
• HVAC problems
• Flooded or wet rooms
• Leaking or broken pipes

By treating water damage, the mold will no longer have ideal conditions to centralize and spread its spores. These locations are often dark and out of sight, so the source of all your recurring mold problems may not be easily locatable.

What Can I Do to Stop Mold

You can help protect your residence with regular inspection and repair of pipes, attics, crawl spaces, sinks and any HVAC system. By properly securing your home from water infiltration, you can stop the mold from having a place to ever begin.

Without commercial equipment and extensive knowledge for mold remediation, however, you may not be able to fix the problem by yourself. Fortunately, there are services offered by professional mold cleanup crews that can fully remove mold and any associated water problems. This includes mold hidden inside walls and other difficult places. These companies can remove every single spore from your residence to treat the problem instead of just control it.

Black mold doesn’t have to have a hold on your home. Without any spores left to spread, the seemingly never-ending mold growth will finally reach the end of its story. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROkansascitymidtownks.com/.

Top Strategies for Creating an Effective Office Fire Escape Plan

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fires are frightening, destructive and unpredictable disasters that no business in Kansas City, KS wants to battle. While you can’t guarantee that your staff will never have to worry about a fire, the best way to protect your employees and ensure their safety is to prepare and implement a fire safety plan. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires most businesses to have a fire escape plan in place.

Communicating Your Plan

To be effective, your employees must be aware of your emergency escape plan and the proper procedures for executing it. All new employees should receive evacuation training as part of their orientation process. Your staff may also benefit from completing routine evacuation drills to remind everyone of the proper procedures and ensure evacuations can be completed both quickly and orderly.

Reporting a Fire

Your business should have a carefully crafted communication system for alerting building inhabitants of the fire as well as reporting the fire to authorities. Existing fire alarms need to be distinctive and easily recognizable, so they can be quickly located and activated. You may also choose to have an auxiliary power source for your alarm system in case of disrupted power.

Designating Escape Routes

Every fire escape plan should include primary and secondary escape routes and exits. Appropriate signage is essential and should include the following:
• Visible floorplans or route maps that clearly illustrate the location of all available exits
• Well-marked exits that are clear of debris
• Visual reminders that employees should avoid using an elevator in the event of a fire
Regrouping Outside of the Building
To ensure everyone is safe, you need to establish a procedure for accounting for personnel. Designating specific meet-up locations outside and away from the building should be a key aspect of this plan.
Protecting Your Assets
A well-developed fire escape plan can help minimize chaos and confusion should your business ever face a fire. As part of your plan, you may also want to designate a secure place to store duplicates or originals of important documents, such as accounting records, legal paperwork and employee files, that cannot be easily salvaged or restored during the cleanup and restoration process. Visit http://www.SERVPROkcmidtown.com for more information on fire damage

Keep Your Business Afloat During a Flood With 4 Preparatory Steps

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

A mishandled flood can mean dire damage to your business in Kansas City, KS. Not only is the building itself at risk, but important inventory stands to be lost. Preparation is a very important part of stopping any flooding from becoming financially detrimental. These four steps are essential preparation for reducing flood-related problems.

1. Evaluate Special Considerations for the Area

While every business is at risk of an unexpected pipe burst leading to flood damage, some areas may also be at high risk of nearby bodies of water overflowing. A specialty flood insurance policy offers a way to recoup losses in an environment where water can rise and flood the streets.

2. Secure All Computers and Their Data

Networks and computers contain important business or customer data. They should be relocated to an elevated place near no pipes or water-connected utilities. By being high up, they are more protected from ground level flooding.

If the data is extremely important for operations, the computers should be regularly backed up and stored on a secure, remote server or external drive kept off the premises. By doing so, a backup is always available to prevent catastrophic data loss.

3. Keep the Building Maintained

Plumbing and utilities should regularly be inspected by a professional. Any problems identified during an inspection are best treated as soon as possible. If these problems are ignored, a resulting burst pipe can lead to extensive water damage.

4. Plan for Any Imminent Floods

Having a plan for the event of an oncoming black water flood can save your business time and money. This plan should include relocating company vehicles and products, identifying waterproof locations to store important documents and providing instructions on how to shut off every utility.

Despite stellar planning, water may still damage a commercial property. If damage occurs, an expert water damage restoration crew is worth contacting to remove the water and restore the building back to its original condition. Planning ahead is key for completely preventing or, at the very least, lessening the consequences of flooding. Knowing what to do before will help you after. Visit http://www.SERVPROkcmidtown.com for more information on commercial storm damage. 

Extra Steps of Sewage Cleanup

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Sewer cleanup poses some unique challenges for a home repair in Kansas City, KS. Not only does the residential cleanup team have to worry about removing standing water and drying out your house, but there may be an added worry of bacteria and other contaminants. What extra steps does this type of cleanup require?

• Identify the source: A flooded toilet can pose different problems than water from a sewer main. Both water sources will fill your home with what is essentially dirty water, but the level of contamination is different. Toilet water could be considered a category two flood because it is contaminated with urine, bacteria and other viruses, but does not contain feces. However, if the water comes from beyond the toilet bowl, it may be category three water because of the added feces, chemicals and microbes.
• Use special equipment: Because of the potential of bacteria and other contaminants being in the water, a sewer cleanup requires the use of some special equipment. Workers coming into contact with the water need to wear gloves, special suits, goggles and masks to protect themselves. A regular wet vac may not be enough to get rid of the standing water either. If the sewage contains sludge, your team of experts may need to use a trach vac because it can suck up liquids and solids.
• Disinfect the area: When dealing with dirty water from a sewer backup, the entire affected area has to be disinfected after the water is removed. If this step is skipped, your home may be dry but full of extra bacteria. Most building materials and belongings touched by category two or three water has to be thrown out rather than repaired.

Sewer cleanup often follows a lot of the same path as any residential water damage repair. However, the water may contain certain chemicals and bacteria that make the cleanup process a little more in depth. Visit http://www.SERVPROkcmidtown.com for more information on water damage. 

Freezing and Thawing Patterns in Spring

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

While a bust pipe is usually the most common cause of flooding, your building may be affected by thawing and freezing weather patterns as well. Rapid thawing can cause melting snow and ice to create standing water on your property, which may seep into your basement and cause flooding. A storm damage and flood remediation service can advise you about your building’s flood risk and what steps you can take to protect it. 

Whether a burst pipe or an early thaw causes flooding in KC, commercial building, the results can be costly. Knowing what to watch for once temperatures drop can help prevent flood damage and the problems it can cause.

When your Kansas City home has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

Deodorization After a KC Fire

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Recovering from a recent fire, regardless of its size, can be a complicated process. Contact us at SERVPRO of Kansas City / Midtown to walk you through the entire restoration process and help to bring these damages back to their pre loss conditions.

Call us anytime at 816.895.8890.

Since formidable smells (like those left behind after a fire) are challenging to live with, be sure to speak with our technicians assigned to your residence about deodorizing the area as soon as possible. Fogging can happen alongside our cleaning and restoration efforts, which makes the entire process more streamlined and efficient.

Though this chemical has no scent, it reacts on a molecular level with the foul-smelling odor molecules lingering in the air after the fire gets extinguished. This new chemical compound is entirely neutral, leaving behind no smell at all. The process is a far cry from traditional deodorizing techniques, which merely overpower the harsh smell with an overbearing new scent for the damaged areas. Fogging leaves the room smelling like nothing has ever happened, even if you are still in the process of restoration efforts for the damages.

Timely Attention is a Key Element in Remediation

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold remediation involves both mold cleanup and moisture control. 

When you call mold remediation specialists to handle your mold problem, their service includes not only cleaning up the growth but also fixing the moisture problem that led to it. High humidity can also lead to mold problems, so it's good to keep the humidity level of your building to 45% or lower.

Timely Attention is a Key Element in Remediation

Once you discover a mold problem on your property, call the experts at once. Mold does not just go away. It multiplies quickly, and it may keep growing until the problem is resolved.

Mold growth is not a problem to take lightly. If you call remediation experts quickly and manage to control the moisture problems that led to it in the first place, you can resolve issue.

Call us at 816.895.8890 if you have questions about the problem in your home.

Did you ever wonder why we like quick mitigation?

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Timeline after you home is inundated with flooding from a broken pipe.

Within Minutes of a Water Damage

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24 after a Water Damage: 

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week after a Water Damage: 

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week After a water Damage:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Call us at 816.895.8890 if you have questions about the problem in your home.

Precautions to Take While Grilling

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Propane:

  • Stay alert when grilling. Avoid grilling when you are tired or have consumed too much alcohol.
  • Do Not leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep the grill in a place that is free from flammable items and away from porch rails, and low lying branches.
  • Keep children and pets as far away from the grill as possible
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.

NOTE: A light soap and water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
  • Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.

Charcoal grill safety tips to consider:

  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the flames.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a lid.

Moisture and Mold Growth Mold

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores are already present throughout your home. They can be microscopic in size and dormant. They can already be on any surface from fabrics to the wall studs.

Flooding of any kind can trigger rapid mold growth, especially mold growth behind your walls. It does not matter if the flooding source was a broken freshwater pipe or dirty water from a stream that rose above its banks. The moisture triggers the growth of the mold in your home. If you detect any smelly odor that smells like mildew, you have a mold problem that could benefit from professional mold remediation.

Mold removal typically begins with drying everything that got wet, including the use of commercial dehumidification units that can remove 15 gallons of moisture or more that is present in the ambient air.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call us at 816.895.8890 

Heat and Mold Damage

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

The warmer it is, the better the mold likes it. Combined with moisture, higher heat can exponentially increase mold growth. You have likely at one time seen the results of leftover food that got lost in the back of the fridge. It is an example of how quickly mold can grow in refrigerated environments.

The heat makes it grow faster. Fungus begins to grow as soon as spores, moisture, heat and a food source are present. The smelly odor of mildew is the first sign of its presence as mold growth behind your walls is not going to be seen until it reaches an advanced stage. Deodorization attempts without mold mitigation and remediation are of no benefit.

Call us at 816.895.8890 if you have questions about the mold problem in your home

Call us at 816.895.8890 if you have questions about the problem in your home.

Benefits Of Getting Professional Service Mitigation

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Professionals understand how crucial it is to act immediately when there is an emergency such as a pipe break, a supply line break, or water in your business from plumbing failure. Recognizing that a flooded business causes a devastating setback to businesses, they do whatever it takes to get things back to normal as soon as possible.

No matter the cause of the flood damage or how large the water restoration project, SERVPRO of Kansas City / Midtown can handle it. We will conduct an initial inspection to assess the damage. During the inspection, our mitigation expert use special tools and equipment to identify the source of the flood and stop more water from coming in. As water damage mitigation professionals we use procedures like structural drying to ensure quick and complete drying of the entire structure and contents. This will ensure efficient drying of the structure and contents, and will also help to eliminate odors.

We will restore your business to the previous condition, before the damage occurred. It is important to understand that a lot of work is involved in fixing water damage problem, whether it's caused by a pipe break, supply line break or other issue.

Call us at 816.895.8890 if you have questions about the problem in your business.

How do you get flood water out of my business?

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

The conventional flood damage mitigation process used by SERVPRO of Kansas City / Midtown to eliminate flooded water in your business property entails:

  1. Flood damage inspection - The initial step in a flood damage mitigation process involves a visual inspection on your business property or home to determine the scope of the flood damage.
  2. Water removal - Following inspection, the restoration company’s water cleanup experts will start extracting water from the flooded home using powerful pumps and vacuum units. 
  3. Drying and dehumidification - After extracting water from the flooded business, your floor, walls, drywall, wood and other surfaces will still retain a significant amount of water.
  4. Cleaning And Repair - After drying your property’s wet surfaces, the restoration company will help you clean and sanitize the dirty surfaces, rugs, furniture and other restorable property damaged by water in home or water in business. 

Call us at 816.895.8890 if you have questions about the problem in your company.

Inspecting a Water Damage To Determine Scope

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Inspecting the flood helps the technicians from SERVPRO of Kansas City / Midtown to determine the size of the project, the fundamental process also helps experts to identify the source of water damage, determine the type of water in your flooded home, and to move furniture and other valuables within your flooded home. Furthermore, this step helps the company to formulate a suitable cleanup process to eliminate the water in home. 

Following inspection, our restoration company’s water cleanup experts will start extracting water from the flooded home using powerful pumps and vacuum units. A reputable restoration company will also use moisture detectors and infrared cameras to spot and eliminate water from crevices. Water removal reduces the drying time of your property's floor and wall, it prevents subsequent damage, and it prevents mold growth. 

If these surfaces are left wet, they may start to break down, grow mold, swell, or even warp. To avoid this loss, SERVPRO of Kansas City / Midtown will use specialized equipment like dehumidifiers and industrial air movers to accelerate the process of drying. After that, they will use moisture meters to ensure that all surfaces achieve the desired drying goals.

Call us at 816.895.8890 if you have questions about the problem in your home.

How do I prevent mold in your home?

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Once SERVPRO of Kansas City / Midtown goes to a home or business to see about the mold we often tell the property owner ways to prevent mold growth in the future.

The best way to fight mold is to prevent it.

Prevention includes keeping the humidity level in a home below 40%. It seems very low, but anything higher than this can welcome mold into the home with open arms.

Another way to prevent mold is to keep the moisture level low and prevent water from getting into the home. Keep leaks from forming, fix any water seepage right away, and always keep doors and windows secure so water is unable to get inside the home.

SERVPRO of Kansas City / Midtown is Here to Help.

Without professional help, it’s often difficult to find a way to get mold out of the home or business. Ignoring the problem or attempting any DIY mold removal projects only makes the situation grow and become more expensive to fix.

What should I do if my KC home is flooded?

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Don't take a flooded home as a lighthearted matter. You should be very serious in your attempts to enter your home after it has been flooded. Keep these in mind after a flood damage in the KC area.

  1. Disconnect all the Electronics - these can start fires if left on
  2. Move anything not Bolted to the Ground - furniture and tables should be moved out
  3. Have a Restoration Company Remove the Water - extraction of water helps with the drying process
  4. Get Rid of Moisture in the Affected Area - dehumidification will keep the mold from growing.
  5. Disinfect the House - part of the cleaning process is to disinfect the house before rebuilding.
  6. Dispose of Waste Responsibly - tearing out items from the home is naturally the case. Remember to take into consideration items with asbestos or you could be fined for disposing them incorrectly

Common Causes of Summer Flooding That May Affect Your Business

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

As a business owner in KC, you may think of heavy rains and torrential summer storms when it comes to flood risk. However, flooding does not only occur during the spring and summer months. Cold weather can cause indoor flooding from a burst pipe and other problems, and being aware of these risks may help you take steps to prevent them before the next cold snap.

1. Broken Pipes

When the temperature plummets, your building’s pipes can be vulnerable to freezing. When this occurs, any water inside the pipes tends to expand, which can cause them to burst. A burst pipe can cause severe flooding, especially if it happen overnight and you do not discover it until the next morning. Indoor pipes in uninsulated areas of your building, such as the basement or under restroom cabinets, can be especially prone to freezing. You can prevent frozen pipes by ensuring your entire building’s plumbing is well insulated.

2. Broken Water Supply Lines

If you own a hotel or restaurant that may have additional water supply lines, they could cause winter flooding unless you take steps to maintain them. For example, if your hotel includes a small pool, have the lines drained thoroughly during winterization to prevent them from bursting. Water lines that remain in use over the winter, such as those that supply hot tubs or other water features, should be inspected daily, especially when temperatures drop into the single digits.


How Does Commercial Water Mitigation Work?

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Deep water in a KC company.

A leak in a commercial property can cause a wide variety of primary and secondary damage. If you have noticed a supply line leaking, you should contact a plumber and then schedule an assessment with a service that specializes in leaks and pipe burst cleanup. If a leak involves sewage, the process for cleaning up gray or black water will involve thorough sanitization. Here are three standard steps involved in most commercial water mitigation.

1. Eliminate excess water: A service that provides commercial water damage restoration will get started by pumping out all excess water from the area of the property affected by a leak. It is important to get rid of all standing water as soon as possible to limit the extent of the damage.

2. Clean and dry the affected area: A service that specializes in pipe burst cleanup can pump out standing water. If you are dealing with a leak that involves gray water or black water, sanitization is necessary and you may need to dispose of contaminated porous contents such as carpet.

3. Restore the affected area: Once the affected area of a commercial property has undergone water cleanup and drying, a restoration service or the property owners or occupants can return contents to this part of the property. Items that have been destroyed by water damage may need to be replaced.

Whether you are looking for a commercial restoration company that provides pipe burst cleanup services or solutions for a supply line leaking, you can find a certified water cleanup company in KC, that will restore your commercial property or business. Water mitigation is covered by most standard commercial property insurance policies. If you are dealing with water from a flood, you will need additional flood coverage. Cleanup experts can restore areas affected by category one, two, or three leaks to the original condition.

Understanding Secondary Damage

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in KC home.

If you experience flooding in your home, you may think things can’t get worse. Unfortunately, they can. The more time that goes by before you contact a water damage mitigation specialist in KC, to dry out your home, the more extensive the water damage can become. This is because it wicks up walls and saturates porous materials, causing irreversible damage. When flooding isn’t dealt with in a timely fashion, it can also cause secondary damage, including black mold.

What Is Secondary Damage?

Secondary damage includes the problems that arise as a result of having standing water in a house, rather than the direct damage caused by the water. As floodwater sits in your home it evaporates into the air, causing high humidity. The moisture in the air then condenses on walls, furniture and other possessions elsewhere in your home. That means even areas of your house that weren’t affected by the initial flooding may now become saturated and suffer water damage. Wood warps, plaster and drywall crack and crumble and upholstery and fabrics become chronically damp.

Mold Is Also Secondary Damage

These damp conditions also create ideal conditions for black mold growth. Because mold spores are found everywhere, they will flourish anywhere there is sufficient moisture. Once walls, furniture and carpeting are infected with mold they may need to be thrown out. The small spaces in porous materials become filled with mold and cleaning them is often far more expensive than replacing them. Even non-porous materials will need to be scrubbed, disinfected and dried to prevent mold regrowth.

If your home suffers a flooding event, don’t wait to contact a water damage mitigation specialist in KC. The longer water sits inside your house, the more humid conditions will become, causing water damage far from the original source and creating ideal conditions for black mold growth. By taking action quickly to clean up excess water and dry out your home, you can prevent secondary damage.

Learn more about KC by visiting their wiki page.

5 Steps for Extinguishing a Grease Fire

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Have a safe grilling season.

No one plans to have a grease fire in the kitchen, but when oils from cooking build up, fire is more likely to occur. What you can plan is how to put out the fire once it has started. It is also important to know your limits and when to involve emergency services. If a fire breaks out on the stove in your home in KC, MO, here are some steps to help minimize the damage.

1. Contain the Flames.

A metal lid or cookie sheet is a great tool for suffocating a fire. The lid can be especially helpful, as it is more likely to be able to cut off more of the oxygen feeding the fire.

2. Turn off Heat.

The faster you can get the burner cool, the better. If you can safely get to the knob on the stove to turn it off, you should do so.

3. Smother the Fire.

If the fire is small, use baking soda or salt to put out the flames. Never douse a grease fire with water; it will only antagonize it!

4. Recognize Limits.

If the fire is still going strong after the first three steps, call emergency services as you are leaving the house. Don't try to fight a fire that is too big on your own, and don't stay in the house with the fire. Get to safety and call in the experts.

5. Repair Damage.

No matter how small the fire is, it likely left some damage behind. Fire restoration specialists can assess the damage and restore your kitchen and any affected surrounding area to be like new again. Let them take the lead on the fire cleanup.

A grease fire may start small, but it can become big in a hurry. If you are not able to extinguish it immediately, it is best to call professional firefighters to do the job.

Get Rid of That Mildew Odor Post Flooding: Here's How

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in the KC

Your home is decontaminated, your contents clean and your life getting back to normal post flooding. You are finally able to take a deep breath, but when you do, you notice that something smells off. You take a whiff just to make sure, and yes, there's that smell again—the smell of mold and mildew. Despite your cleanup efforts, your home still has that telltale sign that a flood recently invaded your home. If you're tired of dealing with the after effects of a flood, there are a few things you should and should not do for odor removal from flooding. Here are a few things you should NOT do:

• Ignore the smell
• Think that bleach alone will kill the odor
• Cover the odor up with other scents
• Close the doors and windows.

Doing either of these things can put your home and your family at risk. Instead, do the following:

Contact a Professional

A professional flood remediation expert in KC, is the only person who can really help you kill post-flooding odors. This is because such an expert combats the source of the odor and not just the odor itself.

Act in the Meantime

In the meantime, there are steps you can take for odor removal from flooding on your own. First and foremost, open the windows. Doing so will help air out your home and provide for better circulation.

Next, remove any furniture that smells of mold and mildew. Whether or not the furniture is salvageable can be determined at a later date. For now, your goal is to remove the odor, and any affected furniture is allowing that odor to remain in your house.

Finally, wash items that can be laundered. These include clothing, bedding and draperies.

Once your KC, KS, flood restoration team arrives to begin odor removal from flooding, it can begin to tackle the heart of the issue. This may include drying out and deep cleaning your carpets, performing flood cuts on affected drywall and deep cleaning furniture.

KC is a great place. Here are some things you can do in the area.

"Mold growth in your commercial building is not a problem you want to ignore. You may not know a lot about mold or the remediation process that comes

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

KC building suffers mold damage.

Mold growth in your commercial building is not a problem you want to ignore. You may not know a lot about mold or the remediation process that comes after you discover that your property in KC, MO, has an issue. Here are some mold basics that can help you make faster decisions and thus save yourself time and money.

1. There is no such thing as a mold-free environment.

Mold spores are present in the air, particularly outside. They can come into your office or warehouse on worker's clothes and shoes, or they can simply blow in with the wind. The mold in the air is not the problem. Only when it settles and grows on surfaces is there an issue.

2. Mold growth often gives off a musty smell.

Mold can hide in walls and under floorboards, making it difficult to detect. One way to pinpoint the location of a patch of mold is to follow your nose. Mold gives off a musty, unpleasant odor.

3. Water damage and the situations that cause it are breeding grounds for mold.

Mold loves moisture. It cannot grow without it. One side effect of water damage caused by flooding or leaks is the increased potential for a mold problem.

Grilling Safety Tips

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Grill Safety to consider when breaking out your inner backyard culinary skills.

June and July are peak months for summer grilling fires in Kansas City. The Memorial Day weekend opened up grilling season so if you haven't already, it’s time to dust off the grills and let the inner backyard culinary skills to work. As exciting as it is to break out the grill for the official start of the summer season right, we have to always consider the safety that needs to be taken when preparing to light up the grill.

NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) says that the U.S. fire department responded to an average of 8,900 home fire that involved the use of grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year.  These 8,900 fires caused annual averages of 10 civilian deaths, 160 injuries, and $118 million in direct property damage. Almost all the losses resulted from structure fires. The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to properly cleaning of the grill, placement of the grill because it was placed to close to a structure and leaving the grill unattended. Five out of six (83%) of grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 13% used other sources of fuel.

Deodorizing Your Home Following A Fire

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

After a small fire in your home, you quickly start to assess the damage to the areas. You visually inspect the furniture and walls. Even if there is no real lasting damage, there is one problematic element that tends to linger for weeks after a fire: the smell. Odor removal is an often overlooked, but significant aspect of fire restoration services.

While our SERVPRO team is well educated in restoration techniques and cleaning processes to restore areas of your home that have been damaged aesthetically by an unexpected fire, the lingering odor that remains is often something that homeowners are less concerned with initially. It becomes more and more problematic as the home is being restored, but the smoke and charring scent of the fire’s destruction remains as powerful as ever.

Fortunately, our team of technicians has state-of-the-art equipment for removing foul smells from a residence or business. Deodorizing happens through the use of dense fogging machines. The machines are capable of producing a heavy chemical fog that is sprayed throughout the entire affected area, ensuring that all of the affected structure and contents are also affected by the fog.

Call us anytime at 816.895.8890.

Cleaning Up After a Flood in a Commercial Building

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with the aftermath of a flood in Kansas City can be devastating. In addition to water damage that can take a long time to repair, a flood can damage the contents of a business. When you are cleaning contents, you need to categorize each item into one of two material types to know if your belongings can be saved.

Porous Materials

Anything in your commercial property that could possibly absorb water may have to be thrown away, particularly if your building was flooded with black water. Porous materials can include anything from carpets to upholstered furniture and drywall. Because these contents can absorb filthy water, they cannot be cleaned thoroughly enough to prevent health hazards. When you begin the process of content cleaning, know that any item made of porous material that possibly came in contact with the contaminated water will likely need to be disposed of.

Non-Porous Materials

Any item that will not absorb water is made of non-porous material. These contents should be safe after a flood. Items may include metal desks or cabinets, waterproof safes, or even plastic furniture. Thorough cleansing with clean water and disinfectant will likely save any belongings made of non-porous materials and keep them useful after restoration. Because these contents did not absorb the dirty water, they do not pose a significant risk if they are kept.

Losing critical business information may be one of the most devastating parts of surviving a flood. Content cleaning can be challenging because you may have to throw away many items, but if you have the right knowledge of porous and non-porous materials, you may be able to save some items. When dealing with black water, knowing which items pose a health hazard is critical to the restoration process. Separating belongings into one of these two categories can help make the cleaning process faster and easier.

Restoring Your Kansas City Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call at 816.895.8890 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown

SERVPRO of Kansas City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kid's Sake

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Bowling Team

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City hosts their Bowl 4 Kids Sake every year and we had the pleasure of participating in the 2017 campaign! We were lucky enough to have two representatives of BBBS, Erica and Tahir, come and speak with us at our monthly SERVPRO employee breakfast in June. While they spent a lot of the time discussing what it means to be a big brother or big sister to a child in need in the Kansas City area they also spoke to us about their upcoming event and we got a lot of interest from the employees! We decided to have try outs to see which 4 would make the cut and represent us trying to raise the team goal of $1,200 with a fun little game of “Chem-sponge Bowling”. The object of the game was similar to bowling, where you would try and throw a dry chem-sponge down a lane and knock down as many empty spray bottles as you can, sounds easy right? Not when the sponge is rectangular and doesn’t roll! We had so many participants we decided to form two teams making our goal double to $2,400. With only a few short weeks we pulled all of our resources and with days left till the event we over shot our goal and raised $2,500 for our first year! Not too bad!

On July 20th our two teams and a hand full of cheerleaders went to the Bowl 4 Kids Sake event at Park Lanes in Shawnee, KS. It was such a great time spent with other amazing companies all coming together to help raise money for Kansas City youth. After the weeks long event concluded they announced the record breaking year of raising more than $826,000! We are so proud to have been a part of that and look forward to participating for years to come.

Faster to your Kansas City Midtown Water Damage Event

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Faster to your Kansas City Midtown Water Damage Event

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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About SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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