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3 Tips on Cleaning Your Business After Water Damage

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Tips on Cleaning Your Business After Water Damage As you clean your business, make sure you work with professionals who can help you safely make fixes.

Water damage in Olathe, KS, is a common cause of destruction to many businesses every year, and a flooded company can be difficult to clean. It costs time, money and energy to restore a business, but there are several steps you can take to make cleaning your business after water damage a less stressful, easier process.

Air Out the Space

When cleaning your business, it’s important to try to dry out as much as possible as quickly as possible. If it will not cause any further damage, opening windows can help increase the airflow in your business and will help items inside dry out more quickly. If the ceilings have not been affected by water, you can also use fans to help everything inside your building dry quickly. Clothing, however, should be removed and taken to dry cleaning.

Don’t Wait To Cleanup

As overwhelming as you may be with your flooded company, it’s important to start cleaning your business as soon as it is safe. Waiting to clean your business when it’s safe to enter can result in more damage occurring. Keep an eye out for hazards such as broken pipes and other items that may have become damaged as you start the cleanup process. The sooner cleanup begins, the sooner you can reopen your business.

Avoid Using Electrical Items

Though you may be tempted to try and see if various appliances still work, using electrical items that may have been damaged by water can be incredibly dangerous. Avoid the temptation to test out any appliances you may have and instead focus on safely moving other items. Make sure you also don’t use any sort of electrical items to try and clean up the area, as outlets in your business may be damaged.

As you clean your business, make sure you work with professionals who can help you safely make fixes. Although cleaning a flooded company may seem impossible, if you are mindful of working quickly and safely, you can quickly open your business’s doors again. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROolathelenexa.com/.

This Is No Time for a Swim: Staying Safe During and After a Flood

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage This Is No Time for a Swim: Staying Safe During and After a Flood Flooding and the resulting flood water are dangerous.

Do you know how dangerous flood water can be? A depth of 6 inches can sweep you away, and a depth of 12 inches can sweep your car away. Floods are fast-moving and aggressive, and if you didn’t heed the warnings to evacuate, then you need to know how to stay safe not just during the flood but after.

1. Staying Safe During

During a flood, you should stay in a safe location, and it is best to discuss this location with others so that when/if you need to be rescued your family can give first responders the most accurate information. Your safe place should be an elevated location. If you choose your house, do not go into the enclosed attic. The level you want should have numerous exit points so that the rising waters do not trap you. Additionally, when the flood begins, stay at your designated location. Do not attempt to leave, unless absolutely necessary because you could be at risk of drowning. Essentially, staying safe during a flood comes down to remaining calm and trying to stay above the rising water.

2. Staying Safe After

Standing flood water can be potentially hazardous. Not only do possible downed power lines present the risk of electrocution, but the water itself may also be contaminated from sewage and other debris. While a building was your sanctuary during the flood, a flooded building now presents serious health risks. If it is not possible to stay in a dry area, it may be wise to wear heavy gloves and boots to prevent contact with any potentially hazardous materials, but it is best to avoid contact if possible. When the time comes, you can seek out restoration specialists in the Olathe, KS, area to restore your home from any lasting water damage and to help with any hazardous cleanup.

Flooding and the resulting flood water are dangerous. It is never wise to ignore a call to evacuate, but it is not always possible to leave. When you must stay behind, it is essential to find high ground and avoid contact with contaminated materials. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROolathelenexa.com/.

The Fundamentals of Black Mold

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Fundamentals of Black Mold Black mold spreads really quickly in ideal conditions.

Black mold, a potential threat to your home’s structure, can be visible or out of sight. Stachybotrys chartarum, as it is also known, can be remedied if you know what to look for and where to look. By understanding the fundamentals of this mold, you can protect your Olathe, KS, home from damage.

Where Mold Grows

Mold needs a location that provides it with ample food and moisture. Wood, paper, cardboard and drywall are materials where it thrives, but it can make its home anywhere with its desired conditions. There are several typical household locations for mold:

• Bathrooms
• Sinks
• Kitchens
• Basements
• Crawl spaces

As you can tell, it is most likely to be found in damp and warm places. During times of high humidity or after flooding, it’s worthwhile to look for any growth in these high-risk locations.

Identifying the Mold

Despite its name, black mold may be a dark green color early in its life. Immature mold also is so small that it looks like some dirt on a wall or floor. If left to mature, it turns into the distinguishing black color.

While the fungus may be noticeable around the home, it could also be hidden away inside of walls. Stachybotrys chartarum often gives off a musty smell that can be used as an alert that it is somewhere in the room. This unseen mold threatens your home’s framework while it deteriorates drywall, so it should not be ignored because it’s out of sight.

Stopping the Mold

If you locate or suspect a fungus, mold cleanup services can fully treat the problem. Mold can be indicative of a water problem that needs the professional tools of a water and mold damage specialist. Mold remediation stops further growth by denying its sources of life.

Black mold spreads really quickly in ideal conditions. By treating it early enough, your home is protected from a localized problem becoming a household nuisance. Understanding the fundamentals of this mold and others, you know when you need to act. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROolathelenexa.com/.

How to Avoid Additional Damage After a Commercial Fire

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

If your Olathe, KS business recently endured a fire, you likely have a lengthy fire cleanup project ahead of you. In addition to internal destruction, your building’s external infrastructure may have also sustained damage. Because the cleanup and restoration process can take time, you may need to take steps to protect your business’s internal components from additional damage in the interim.
Roof Damage
As firefighters battled the blaze inside your building, they may have cut a large hole in the roof to aid their efforts. Cutting holes helps clear heat and smoke from burning buildings, creating a safer environment for the fire-fighting team. So even if the fire didn’t directly damage your roof, you will likely need to add a roof repair to your building’s restoration requirements.
Temporary Roof Protection
While your roof is exposed, your office space is vulnerable to additional damage from rain, snow, other weather elements and intrusion from animals. To protect your internal assets, you will need to shield your roof with a temporary cover. A variety of temporary roofing materials are available:
• Self-adhesive tarps
• Non-adhesive tarps or thick plastic that you can secure with lumber and felt roofing nails
• Commercial-grade shrink wrap
If you choose to use the shrink wrap method, you may wish to consult a professional for assistance to ensure proper application. A fire cleanup and restoration company can also provide a professional tarp service, which may be particularly beneficial if the roof sustained significant damage.
Boarding Broken Windows
In addition to the roof, your building’s windows may have also been damaged during the fire. To prevent both unauthorized entry into your building and injuries due to broken glass, you will need to board all broken and exposed windows until they can be properly repaired or replaced.
A Work in Progress
The duration of the fire cleanup process depends on several factors, including the severity of the fire and the resulting destruction. Applying a temporary roof cover and boarding broken windows can offer peace of mind that your internal assets will be safe from additional damage while the restoration process unfolds. Visit http://www.SERVPROolathelenexa.com/ for more information on fire damage. 

4 Steps of Commercial Roof Damage Restoration

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water dripping from the ceiling of your Olathe, KS business property is not a welcome sight. You likely have a damaged roof that’s letting water infiltrate the premise. To treat the problem of a roof leak, these four steps are commonly followed.

1. Trace the Source of Water

The first step is to find out if the water is due to a roof problem such as missing shingles. It could also potentially come from a pipe leak or the building’s HVAC system, so they require inspection. Once the possibilities other than a damaged roof are eliminated, roof repairs can commence.

2. Repair the Leak and Disinfect the Area

After the leak is located, it should be patched up to prevent any further water damage to the property. With the cause of water is under control, the area is disinfected to prevent potential water deterioration leading to a more difficult cleanup.

3. Repair Building Materials Damaged by Water

Drywall is a spongey material that soaks up water. Depending on the severity of roof leak and level of damage, lesser drywall damage may be able to be scraped off instead of replaced.

If the water damage is significant, drying using fans and dehumidifiers is the next step. This will attempt to remove the water from the materials to see if they can be saved from declining. Untreated wet drywall deforms into a different shape and will likely crumble with pressure.

4. Replace Any Unrepairable Foundation

In the most severe cases, water-damaged materials will unfortunately need to be torn out and replaced. If any drywall is affected, this requires additional time since it needs a new primer and coat of paint after being replaced. Once the replacements are done, the ceiling is finally restored to how it looked and operated in its undamaged state.

A roof leak and its associated water damage can be mitigated when using proper procedure, regardless if it’s done by you, your company or a professional commercial water cleanup service. Verifying that these steps are followed ensures that the process is thorough and proper. Visit http://www.SERVPROolathelenexa.com/ for more information on commercial services. 

Can Valuable Items Be Saved After Water Damage?

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Your home is full of memories, heirlooms and belongings. When you discover water in home in Olathe, KS you're not only worried about the home itself. Your mind may also start to wonder if the residential cleanup crew can help you save your valuable belongings.

Unfortunately, the professionals may not be able to give you an easy yes or no answer. Often, whether an item can be saved depends on the amount of water damage, the material type and many other factors. Some belongings can be saved by following certain steps.

1. Cleaning: Most water that fills a home has some level of dirt and debris in it. Even floods from a broken pipe can introduce dirt and silt to the environment of your house. The items need to be cleaned with fresh water to ensure the debris is not embedded into the object.
2. Drying: Once the initial cleaning has been done, the valuable has to be dried out. Depending on the material, you can hang dry items or use a dryer. Because the machine can cause rapid heating, it may be best to line dry most items. If the belonging is particularly fragile, you may need to use dry cleaning to remove dirt.
3. Repairing: Some items may be damaged when there is water in home. The damage can be done during the flooding or the cleaning process. Your valuables may need to be repaired before they can officially be saved. Each piece of the item should be dried and cleaned prior to the repair job.

If you want any of your valuables to be salvaged after you found water in home, you need to turn to the help of a professional as soon as possible. Wet items can have increased fragility, which can cause more damage when you try to handle the item. An expert will have the tools and equipment needed to carefully clean, dry and repair damaged valuables. Visit http://www.SERVPROolathelenexa.com/ for more information on water damage. 

Flood Gates Opened

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Gates Opened After demo in a church classroom so that we could begin drying

After a pipe in the sanctuary busted in the ceiling, this Lenexa church was covered in water that sat for about 24 hours before anyone knew.

Upon arriving, our crews got to work immediately. The steps in controlling large amounts of water are:

1. Stop the source

2. Extract all standing water

3. Remove all of the wet material (drywall, flooring, contents)

4. Set drying equipment

5. Monitor to ensure proper drying (typically 3-5 days)

With large losses, sometimes they require more specialized equipment but you need not worry, we have access to all of the equipment that we could ever need. There is no loss that is too large for our team of professionals. Call SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa today for all of your water cleanup needs at (913) 782-4693. We are available 24/7/365. 

How do I Prevent Frozen Pipes?

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

Winter storms are often a problem for homes in Olathe, KS. Here are some tips on how to prevent having frozen pipes this winter.

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

How to Protect Pipes From Freezing

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.

  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.