Preventing Spring Shower Disasters in Olathe, KS
Rain hitting the roof can cause worn out shingles.
While we know April showers bring May flowers, it’s also apparent that April showers bring water damage to homes — which nobody wants. In an effort to make sure that this water doesn’t damage your home, it’s important to do what you can to prevent it. Below are a few ways you can prevent a spring shower disaster at home and avoid water damage.
Check Your Roofing!
One of the first things to do when you notice a ton of rain is to check the first place it hits --your roof! If you’ve got old or worn out shingles from the winter, they might be giving way to rain which can lead to water damage. Make sure to have this checked (and especially near your chimney) before anything to ensure no damage occurs.
Your Foundation Matters
An older house can sustain cracks in the foundation or sinking ground, which can also lead to pooling and damaging water. To prevent sustaining water damage from any of these, make sure you’re checking your home for signs such as puddles, leaks, moisture on the walls, windows and more.
Sealing Your Home
As rain pours onto your home, moisture can get into your home which can cause water damage and even mold growth. If you’re experiencing this in your own home, it might be a good idea to re-caulk windows and door seals before it becomes a costly issue. Unfortunately, water is usually unforgiving and shows no mercy once it’s entered your home.
There are sometimes emergency situations that cannot be avoided, even with proper care. If your home or business has experienced water damage this Spring, there’s only one company who can quickly and effectively restore the area. With SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa, we take pride in our fast and effective response team, dedicated to getting you back up and running as soon as possible. Contact us at 913.782.4693 for rapid response and service!
SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa Sponsors the Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz
Come out and cheer on the runners at the 16th Annual Garmin Marathon this Saturday April 21st. Members from our SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa team will be volunteering in various areas of the event, and we will have a sponsorship tent on-site. Stop by to visit with our crew and learn about how SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa has grown to be the premier fire and water damage cleanup company in our area! While you're there, pick-up a noise maker to cheer on your runner! The marathon is managed and organized by the Olathe Sports Commission, which is a division of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce. A portion of the proceeds from the marathon will go toward the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund, which makes a positive difference in the lives of Olathe children, and families, giving them hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Learn more about the marathon at www.ozrun.org ... we hope to see you out there!
About SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa
SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa 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.
Most Common Causes of House Fires in Lenexa, KS
Electrical outlet on fire
Here are top 5 most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association.
From 2007-2011, the NFPA says there were an average of 10,630 fires in the U.S. that were started by candles, causing 115 deaths, 903 injuries and approximately $418 million in property damage. That is an average of 29 candle fires per day.
- Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
- Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
- Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they won’t tip over.
- Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep
While the number of fires caused by smoking is trending downward, the NFPA found that there were still an average of 17,600 related fires per year resulting in 490 deaths and more than $516 million in property damage.
- If you smoke, consider smoking outside.
- Use wide, sturdy ashtrays to catch butts and ashes.
- Look for cigarette butts under furniture and between seat cushions to make sure no lit butts have fallen someplace where they can’t be seen.
- Don’t smoke in bed, when you’re tired or around medical oxygen.
- Electrical & Lighting
According to the NFPA, in 2011 approximately 47,700 home structure fires were caused by some sort of electrical failure or malfunction. These resulted in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.
- Don’t overload outlets or electrical cords.
- Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
- Don’t leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
- Consider having an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.
- Dryers & Washing Machines
Clothes dryer fires happen more often than one might think, accounting for 16,800 home structure fires in 2010 and doing more than $236 million in property damage.
- Clean the lint screen frequently and don’t run the dryer without it.
- For gas and propane dryers, make sure there aren’t any leaks in the lines.
- Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
- Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
- Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.
From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.
- Stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
- Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
- Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
- Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm.
Have Questions? Call SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa Today – 913.782.4693
What Should You Do When Your Building Is Contaminated With Black Water?
Not all water damage is created equal, and the remediation steps you take all depend of the original source of the water that flooded your Olathe / Lenexa building. Clean water is precisely what it sounds like: water that does not pose any immediate health threats and that comes from broken water lines, toilet holding tanks, rainfall and snow melt. If not treated in time, clean water can become gray water, which is water that does contain some contaminants. Gray water can include discharge from showers, sinks, aquariums, water beds and dishwashers. Then there is black water, or floodwater.
What Is Black water?
The water that enters a building during a sewer back up usually contains dozens of harmful contaminants, which is why it is so important to work with a professional water remediation team after an incident. Black water usually contains soil, feces, pesticides and other contaminants, natural or not. It can also contain sewage runoff, which may be contaminated by bacteria, molds, fungi, protozoans and viruses.
Contamination can occur anytime, both during the flooding incident and afterwards. For this reason, it is imperative to your health and the health of all your employees and customers that you work with a professional water remediation team after a flood.
Why Work With a SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa Water Remediation Team?
Water damage is one of many major concerns after your building floods. We will do everything possible to restore your building to its pre-flood condition, our main goal will be to free your building of any remaining contaminants. Don’t attempt to clean up post-flood on your own; instead, call us at 913.782.4693.
How Often Do You Check Your Crawlspace?
Avoiding structural damage and mold is essential to being a responsible homeowner
Recent record rainfall has created problems for home owners in the Olathe / Lenexa area. We experienced flooding this past year. Water has found its way into the crawlspaces of many area homes. Our technicians have responded to a large number of requests for services to dry out flooded crawlspaces.
Even if you have not experienced flooding in your crawlspace in the past, it is always a good idea to do periodic inspections, especially after heavy rains, to insure the safety of your home.
Water intrusions in your crawlspace, left untreated, can cause structural damage and allow mold to grow in your home.
SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa technicians have the equipment and experience to take care of any water damage to your home, making it, “Like it never even happened.”
Why we use HEPA filters for Mold Remediation
HEPA filter tanks
When doing different types of restoration work SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa will put in place what we call air scrubbers. These air scrubbers are HEPA(High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter units that collect air borne particles that their size is 300 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. To a HEPA filter, catching a one-micron particle is like stopping a cotton ball with a door screen. When doing mold remediation we use these air scrubbers but we also will use HEPA vacuums to clean surfaces and trap the particles.
HEPA filters were invented during World War II to remove and capture radio active dust particles that would present a health hazard to researchers. It was invented to protect the human respiratory system. HEPA filters are the top form of air filtration.
Olathe/Lenexa Commercial Water Loss
Any water loss to a commercial building can be critical to a business's productivity. SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa’s main goal when dealing with a commercial water loss is to get the situation taken care of as quickly as possible so that your business can resume all normal activities.
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 SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa a call at 913.782.4693 and we will be there fast with the help you need.
TIS THE SEASON FOR BROKEN WATER PIPES
Frozen broken water pipe
This time of year, is the time of year to make sure you prepare your home and business for the cold weather ahead of all of us. We see frozen water pipes break every year in both residential structures and commercial buildings.
One of the most memorable losses occurred in a hotel that did not repair the heater in a stairwell and the sprinkler pipe broke on the 3rd floor inside of the room adjacent to the stairwell. The pipe ran for only a short period of time, but the damages were quite large. The water affected 12 rooms and 3 hallways plus the stairwell. This loss could have been prevented if preventative maintenance would have been completed. We see this every year in both residential and commercial buildings. Below are some suggestions for protecting pipes, preventing breaks, and thawing pipes if they do freeze.
If your pipes do freeze and cause damage to your home or business, STAY CALM AND CALL SERVPRO SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa, we can make it “Like it never even happened.®”
How to Protect Pipes From Freezing
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 Prevent Frozen Pipes
- 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 Thaw Frozen Pipes
- 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.
Untreated Water Damage Leads to Mold Growth
Say no to do it yourself mold projects
When water damage is left untreated, mold growth quickly occurs. Contact SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa at the first sign of water damage.
If you’ve ever been curious about where a certain odor was coming from and almost went crazy looking for the source, there’s a chance it might have been caused by water damage. But how does water damage cause such foul smells, and what can you do about them? SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa provides large-scale restoration services and has experience dealing with this issue. Here, we explain a few ways odors can occur and how you can handle them.
Although it often starts out as merely a nuisance, water damage worsens over time. Seeping water can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which is when foul odors start to emerge. Water triggers mold to release spores, creating a sickening stench. Odors can also be a result of other contaminants. For instance, when a sewer backs up, the resulting smell comes from the sewage that’s inside your home.
So, what can you do about it? Well, this is one mess you definitely shouldn’t try to clean up yourself: Water damage, especially at the level where it’s producing odors, always calls for a professional touch. Additionally, if there’s any form of sewage present, you’ll need professional sewage cleanup services to remove all the hazardous and toxic materials. The same is true for mold cleanup. And remember: It’s important to call an expert right away. Whether you just noticed a leak or your home recently sustained a flood, now’s the time to contact a specialist. If you wait, the damage could become more expensive to repair and may harm your health.
If you have water damage and need a crew that can handle large cleanups with ease, get in touch with SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa. Our friendly staff can help with all types of large-scale damage. To find out more about services offered, call 913.782.4693
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Whether your Olathe / Lenexa home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Olathe / Lenexa commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration