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An Upstairs Pipe Ruptured in My Kansas City Home, and Covered the Living Room with Water, What Can I Do?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used in water damaged room We are equipped to handle any water loss event you might experience.

Whenever Something Like This Occurs, It’s Important to Contact a Good Water Damage Remediation Service As Soon As Possible 

Leaky and ruptured pipes are often the cause of residential water damage and are frequent headaches for Kansas City homeowners. Leaky pipes can be especially insidious, with damage sometimes remaining unnoticed for months or even years.  

Unfortunately, when a homeowner does eventually discover these problems, the harm already done to their home is usually quite substantial. So, it is crucial that you routinely have your home checked for leaks and excessive moisture. As far as catastrophic pipe bursts go, they often occur during hard freezes but are possible at any time. Whenever they do occur, you need help fast and should call a reputable service provider like SERVPRO for help. 

What Makes Some Water Damage Restoration Companies Better than Others? 

As with all products and services, not all are of equal quality or value, and it pays to shop around. The same, of course, goes for Kansas City water damage remediation businesses. Some providers may offer affordable help but do shoddy work, while others do quality work but are overpriced. It is also important to know that not all companies have workers trained and experienced in fields related to your particular problem. Others do not possess the right equipment to handle your job. With all that said, a company like SERVPRO is usually your best option. SERVPRO is a good, reliable choice because: 

  • We are an Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) – certified firm
  • Our technicians are certified in, among other things, Water Damage Restoration (WRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), Carpet Cleaning (CCT), Carpet Repair & Reinstallation (RRT), Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT), and Color Repair (CRT)
  • Company workers have had OSHA General or Construction Industry Training
  • Our Catastrophic Loss Teams can handle and remediate significant water loss events, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year
  • We have a 5-star rating on Google Reviews 

Does SERVPRO Have the Right Equipment to Effectively Deal with My Particular Issue? 

Our company uses all the latest state-of-the-art cleaning and water damage remediation equipment. Whatever your service needs are in Kansas City, we likely have the tools necessary to help you. Some of the advanced equipment we use is listed below: 

  • Moisture sensors to find moisture in walls, carpets, and baseboards
  • Moisture meters to detect moisture levels in various household items
  • Thermohygrometers to determine the relative humidity, specific humidity, vapor pressure, dew point, and temperature inside your home
  • Extractors to remove standing water and clean carpets and upholstery
  • Air movers to facilitate evaporative drying
  • Refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air 
  • Injectidry systems to dry areas behind walls and ceilings
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers that inject deodorants, disinfectants, or fungicides into difficult-to-access areas
  • Thermal foggers that produce deodorizing fogs to eliminate unwanted odors in confined spaces 

Our technicians are often able to limit damage and repair most water-related issues using theses resources. 

How Does SERVPRO Handle My Water Damage in Kansas City? 

We dedicate ourselves to restoring your Kansas City home to its pre-water damage state. Rest assured that our Kansas City professionals are trained and skilled in handling water-related issues like yours. They deal with your case in a fast, time-tested, cost-effective way. Our general work process is as follows:  

  • We usually arrive on-site within four hours of being informed of your issue
  • Technicians remove any standing water with wet vacs or extractors
  • Using extractors or wet vacs, we dry carpets and upholstery
  • Utilizing Dehumidifiers, air movers, and injectidry systems to dry the interior of your home
  • Workers periodically monitor moisture levels in your home and its contents with moisture sensors/meters and thermohygrometers
  • Upon reaching the pre-determined drying goal, technicians deodorize your residence with high-tech foggers and odor sealing techniques 

After completing all the work, customers are generally impressed by the results. They appreciate the speed at which we complete our work, our service quality, and how we always endeavor to save them money. In the long run, our efforts usually prevent additional damage from the homeowner’s water issue, help protect their house from dry rot, and hinder harmful odor-causing microbial growth. 

When considering hiring a water damage service company in Kansas City, do your research. Evaluate company reputations, the credentials of their professionals, the services they offer, the resources they have to handle your job, and, if available, their rates. This effort should not only save your home but also safeguard your wallet in the long run. When you need water damage cleaned up and your home restored, contact SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown at (816) 895-8890 for help.  

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown Water Restoration

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

basement with a concrete floor covered in water We have helped countless homeowners in the Kansas City Midtown area with water damage remediation.

One of the best things about living in Kansas City Midtown is our changing of seasons. Moving into spring from winter brings beautiful scenery and warmer temperatures to thaw everything out. Spring can also bring strong storms and drastic temperature changes - our weather can quickly go from freezing to warm, and back to freezing again. Rapid temperature changes can be hard on older pipes, and powerful downpours can become disastrous if your sump pump stops working. It’s no secret that unpredictable weather can cause unwelcome destruction inside your home.

When you realize that you have extensive water damage it can be hard not to panic. It often happens at the worst time - perhaps you walk down to a flooded basement or realize that a pipe has burst inside a wall. No one is ever fully prepared. There is so much involved - from dealing with homeowners insurance to cleanup and repair. If you haven’t experienced anything like this before it can be difficult to know where to even begin.

24 Hour Emergency Response

The first call you make will be the most important one. Around the clock, our emergency dispatch crew is ready for your water emergency and we are prepared to take immediate action. A dedicated Project Manager will be assigned immediately and will work with you until completion. Our crews will be en route to your Kansas City Midtown home so we can begin the restoration process within one to four hours. From the moment you contact us we strive to ensure that you have as little stress as possible.

Comprehensive Inspection

Compromised electrical systems, chemical hazards, and exposure to sewage can put everyone in jeopardy. Do not try to tackle this on your own. There are multiple safety factors to consider which is why our crews will prioritize safety first. They are trained to effectively assess the situation - looking for any exposed or hidden dangers. Always let us know ahead of time if you are aware of any lead or asbestos in your Kansas City Midtown home.

During our inspection process we contain all safety threats and personal property. Identifying the type of water we are dealing with will help up determine which restoration process we will use. From documenting all the damage to moving your furniture, our immediate response helps make insurance claims easier and keeps damage to a minimum.

Our Trusted Removal Process

Depending on the magnitude of the damage we will determine if a move-out or pack-out is required to ensure that your property is protected. We have the ability to create an organized move so that you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself. As soon as the area is clear, the hard work begins.

Using our meticulous process of removing as much water as possible makes it easier for the area dry faster and greatly reduces the risk of mold and bacterial growth. It can feel overwhelming to the average homeowner but rest assured, we have industrial strength equipment to handle the intense removal process.

Infrared cameras will help us locate unseen water damage that can be hiding in your walls or ceiling. Our wet/dry vacuums and water submersible pumps are large enough to remove enormous amounts of water. Carpet can hold a great deal of water which is why inspecting both the carpet and the pad, and removing when necessary, helps make sure that the job is done right.

Strategic Drying and Dehumidification

As a Kansas City Midtown resident you are likely familiar with our multiple weather patterns - which can include high humidity. In order to fully dry the affected area we have to remove all moisture from your home. Our crews take a very strategic approach to analyze the size of the space, temperature, humidity, and air movement.

Air movers and axial fans are not your average fans. Both work in conjunction with our commercial strength dehumidifiers which is why proper placement makes all the difference. By monitoring moisture levels throughout the drying process, we are able to make any adjustments along the way.

Cleaning and Deodorizing your Kansas City Midtown Home

Have you ever been in a home where you could smell the musty odor from previous water damage, especially on high humidity days? If proper cleaning and deodorizing didn’t take place, an unpleasant smell can linger indefinitely. One very valid concern of homeowners is if their home will ever return to its normal state. At SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown our goal is to ensure that it does.

Sanitizing and deodorizing is not a process that you ever want to rush. Our cleaners, disinfectants, and antimicrobial sanitization solutions are EPA-registered. We have products to solve any problem area that we might encounter. While working alongside your insurance adjuster, we can dispose of any damaged material so that we can permanently remove potential odors.

Our crews and your Project Manager will always treat your home as carefully as if it’s their own.

Restoration

The final restoration process will help make sure your home is back to its original condition as soon as possible. Our licensed reconstruction services give us the ability to rebuild and install new material in your Kansas City Midtown residence. Focusing not only on your home - your priceless possessions and family keepsakes will be carefully restored as well.

We will work hard to ensure that when our work is complete, no one will ever know that damage occurred.

Why SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown?

Every situation is unique and your home is our number one priority. In a time of crisis you need someone you can trust. Our goal at SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is to make the process as painless for you as possible. We understand how devastating water damage can be and we have helped countless homeowners in the Kansas City Midtown area. Our proven process, thorough documentation, and your dedicated Project Manager will strive to make everything from insurance to rebuilding is handled with care. 

Water Damage In Kansas City

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property A water loss incident can happen when you least expect it.

Contractors Rupture Main Water Line Causing Water Damage in Kansas City

Water spills can happen at any time leading to financial losses and general inconveniences. A home in Kansas was heavily damaged when an excavator hit a main pipe during a landscaping project. The resulting jet of water hit a wall of the house and gained access through an open window damaging contents and building materials.

Saving Electronics
Water damage at the Kansas home took different forms, including affecting some electronic items. Although they were not submerged in water, there was some moisture intrusion, which could lead to rusting and other damages if left unchecked. Our SERVPRO technicians take different steps to help save electronics affected by water. We set up a dehumidifier at the loss site immediately after arrival to control humidity levels. Controlling temperature levels also helps prevent cooling to the dew point to prevent damages caused by condensation.

Dealing with Vapor Barriers
Some of the water that spilled into the house found a way into the wall cavities. Walls usually have different porous materials such as drywall and insulation, which can be damaged by oversaturation. The walls at the house presented a unique challenge because they had wallpaper, which acts as a vapor barrier delaying the drying process. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to handle vapor barriers. Drilling holes at the bottom of the walls allowed us to ventilate dry air into the wall cavities countering the effects of the vapor barrier.

Tracing Hidden Wet Spots
When resolving sudden water spills, there is a possibility of leaving some wet spots, which can cause problems later. Subfloors and non-living spaces such as attics and basements are easy to overlook. Our SERVPRO technicians do thorough scoping to ensure we do not overlook any section of the property. At the home, the water spill had not reached any of the non-loving areas. However, inspecting the floor using a thermal camera revealed some water intrusion before the surface. We set up drying mats to help remove the water without tearing down the tiles.

A water loss incident can happen when you least expect it. Call SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown at (816) 895-8890 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.