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SERVPRO Professionals in Kansas City Talk About the Water Restoration Process

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment and drying mats being used on water damaged hardwood We have specialized equipment, like these drying mats, to restore your home after any kind of water loss event.

Why SERVPRO Monitors Your Kansas City Water Damage Remediation Closely 

Although it would be a relief after the stress of coming to terms with your Kansas City water loss, most wet structures and contents take more than a day or two to dry out completely. Unlike other service calls, the time frame for recovery from a water emergency is dependent on much more than the skills of our technicians. Our intentional balance of speed with the restoration industry's best practice monitoring is why we complete jobs with confidence. 

Periodic Monitoring Is Best Practice 

Every Kansas City water damage project is unique, and periodic monitoring must follow an individualized assessment. Good reasons exist for following the progress of your water cleanup, but the implementation can feel intrusive. Monitoring is essential to a successful outcome, why we build it into the overall plan for each water damage project. 

Reasons for Job Monitoring 

Four primary rationales exist for why SERVPRO promotes regular review of your water damage recovery

Ensuring the Structure is Moving Toward Drying Goals 

Although we are patient, we must be realistic about the progress made. If drying takes too long, your home risks exacerbation of primary and the risk of secondary water damage. Monitoring allows us the notice needed to adjust our approach for a faster result. 

Reassuring that the Equipment Used Continues to Work Safely and Properly 

The up to date equipment we use for water damage remediation must be operating as intended to achieve the drying goals. Checking to see if the machines are on and running as expected is the key to project planning fidelity.  

Providing Updates for the Homeowner 

The road from soaked to dry can be a long and disruptive one for you as a homeowner. Checking in with the homeowner bolsters confidence that progress is occurring and reinforces the feeling of partnership we strive to develop. 

Documenting the Process 

Monitoring reports ensure that training and research-based practices guide the progress of the project. Questions from insurers or other contractors answer more easily with consistently gathered data.  

Our desire to avoid future problems and liability is why SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa regularly monitors water damage drying progress. Call us at (913) 782-4693 to begin the process of restoring your water damaged home to "Like it never even happened." 

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Don’t Struggle With Making a Remediation Decision After Water Damage in Your Overland Park Commercial Space - Call SERVPRO

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

water damage in building lobby Flooding and water damage can quickly overwhelm your business space. Call Team SERVPRO right away for remediation efforts.

Water Cleanup Challenges in Overland Park Retail Spaces

Retailers, large and small in Overland, choose to share space in shopping centers, malls, and strips. A convenience for shoppers and business owners alike, the benefits, unfortunately, are also balanced by the potential for communal disasters. If your neighbor experiences a water loss, you might suffer the same or even more severe consequences as the water migrates. Water frequently pools between common walls or seeps through flooring to drip onto lower levels.

Potential Plumbing Problems Intersect

Whether your business focuses on clothing, gifts, furnishings, or food, emergency water cleanup in your Overland Park space can be needed because of a burst supply pipe or clogged waste drain. As the temperature dips, any pipes running near exterior walls are particularly vulnerable to cold weather, the water remaining within prone to freezing, swelling, and breaking. Restaurants produce significant amounts of wastewater and the potential for backups during food preparation and cleanup. Hair salons risk clogs when shampooing, dyeing, clipping, and styling. Any business with a restroom or water fountain can expose itself and adjacent retailers to water damage.

Water Mitigation and Remediation Can Backfire

Some of the strategies used by restorers to release hidden water and dry spaces can produce unintended consequences. For example, the vinyl baseboards in many commercial settings easily peel back to permit the drilling of holes to allow water to flow out. The SERVPRO team exercises considerable caution when using this method as the openings must not pierce both sides. Water unexpectedly dripping into the next store or a vacant space can cause severe damage as that outcome is not prepared for nor expected by the neighboring tenant.

Drying Techniques Require Care

SERVPRO technicians position air movers within damaged spaces after water cleanup to reduce the moisture readings of saturated building materials to normal levels. Holes drilled into one side of a shared wall permit us to force warm air from a mover via hoses into the building cavity as a drying method. Outside of the wall, air movers encourage evaporation as long as they are directed at a 45-degree angle to a vertical surface. Facing the wall directly could increase the saturation of the common barrier by blowing humid air into porous materials. Dehumidifiers must run continuously to remove the water vapor loaded into the air by the movement.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa is up to the challenge of water cleanup and drying in shared and separate retail spaces. Call us at (913) 782-4693, whether your space is the source or the recipient of commercial water damage.

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Kansas City Mold Infestations Succumb to the Cleanup and Disinfection by SERVPRO

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold infestation on carpet in a corner Kansas City Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO to Remove and Remediate Mold Infestations

SERVPRO Helps with Mold Remediation Challenges in Kansas City

Mold development in our area is not a desirable outcome for various reasons, including the deterioration it causes to various materials. Mold remediation is an elaborate process comprising several steps.

Some challenges can also develop complicating the process further. Mold spores in Kansas City occur naturally in the air, which means that proliferation can happen at any time. It affects a wide range of materials, including:

    Leather Items
    Wood Items
    Upholstery
    Wallpaper
    Carpets
    Insulation

Safety During the Remediation Process

During or after the mold remediation processes in Kansas City, there is a risk of exposure to mold debris through skin contact or inhalation. Such exposure can lead to health effects. Our SERVPRO technicians take steps to minimize the chances of such contact for the team fixing the problem and the house occupants. We create physical barriers with plastic sheets and zipper-lock access, isolating the affected areas from the rest of the home. We also run negative air pressure machines when demolishing infested areas such as walls preventing the spread of spores and other debris through the air. Our skilled team can rig poly ducts, connected to air scrubbers or air movers, to channel work area interior air to the exterior of the building. This is another effort to mitigate the potential for contaminating clean areas of the structure.

Spot Stain Removal

Mold affects materials in different ways, including compromising the structural integrity by consuming the organic material as food. For contents such as upholstery, staining might occur. The staining may be classified as a color-adding type of soiling and may be reversed by removing the mold residues. Our SERVPRO technicians use spot stain removal to deal with the stains first. If necessary, we can clean the entire item using specialized upholstery cleaning equipment, which helps eliminate other soils and the musty odor from the mold.

Having the Right Cleaning Agents

Mold infestations can recur even after thorough removal efforts. Having the right cleaning agents helps suppress growth immediately after finishing the remediation process. AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians from SERVPRO use different chemical agents to stop and delay growth. Cleaning agents with antimicrobial properties help stop current growth. We also use disinfectants such as phenols and alcohols to destroy the microorganisms.

Restoring mold-damaged properties can present many challenges. Call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa at (913) 782-4693 to help resolve the problem, "Like it never even happened."

We Are The Leader In Olathe Fire Damage Restoration

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

An outdoor kitchen fire We responded immediately and began the clean up process after this outside kitchen caught fire. We rebuilt the area back to normal conditions.

Why SERVPRO Uses Immersion Cleaning Strategies for Fire Damage in Olathe

The household goods, furnishings, and personal possessions you treasure in your Olathe home are very much at risk for permanent damage in the aftermath of a fire. Our team of technicians possesses skills not limited merely to returning the walls, ceilings, floors, and other surfaces of your home to preloss condition. We also house resources at our production facility that can deep clean significantly soiled contents. Why do we have these options? They can avoid the expense of purchasing new items and also permit you to save articles for which you have a sentimental attachment.

When Would We Use Immersion Cleaning?

When you experience fire damage in Olathe, it becomes clear quickly that no surface nor item is safe from the residues smoke creates. Although some of the coatings left are light and ashy, these relatively easy to remove debris only form when a hot, paper or wood fire is the cause. As a fire moves through your home, many materials burn. Plastics, rubbers, synthetic fabrics, and proteins leave residues tightly adhered and harder to remove. Often the non-porous contents of your home are covered in thick, sticky, or lacquer-like soot, which is why we feel immersion cleaning can be very useful in removal.

How Does Immersion Cleaning Work?

Soot particles are tiny and can fill in the gaps, folds, cracks, and crevices on articles like blinds and intricately detailed decor. Why SERVPRO chooses to use immersion strategies is that soaking an object with appropriate cleaners can loosen the soot and grime. We make sure the object can withstand complete saturation, and often use a sink or basin to hold the cleaning solution and the soiled objects. After a soak, our technicians use towels or brushes to dislodge the residues, paying close attention to prevent breakage, yet remove the fire damage.

What Is Ultrasonic Cleaning?

Speed and even more efficiency are why SERVPRO chooses in some circumstances to use ultrasonic cleaning. We immerse the objects in an ultrasonic tank filled with the selected cleaning solution. Millions of bubbles generate when high-frequency sound compresses and expands the molecules of water mixed with a cleaner in the tank. The bubbles implode, compressing inward and creating an immediate increase in temperature and microscopic jet streams of cleaning solution, agitating and scrubbing residues off the objects. Only specially trained technicians control the ultrasonic process, ensuring items treated are not too delicate and that proper adjustments are made and monitored.

Specialized training and innovative equipment are why SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa can meet a broad range of contents fire damage cleaning needs. Contact us for a consultation at (913) 782-4693.

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Ultimate Solution For Kansas City Excess Water Removal

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

plumber working on leak under a sink Water damage can occur from either inside or outside sources. Contact SERVPRO if either type of situation occurs for effective remediation services.

Why SERVPRO Ranks Near the Top Among Water Removal Firms in Kansas City

Nothing gets a Kansas City homeowner’s attention faster than quantities of water pooling up because of a plumbing failure or appliance breakdown. Complicating the situation is the fact that water rapidly drains and seeps away, making it seem like a problem no longer exists. Allowing water to soak into structures or building cavities without a response nearly guarantees the ongoing deterioration of building materials and the potential for mold growth. Our training and specialized equipment are why we can find ways to address these possibilities before they happen.

Locating the Path of Water Migration is Critical

When you experience a leak or flooding, fast and complete water removal in your Kansas City residence is vital. The trick is that it is challenging to ensure all the water is collected and disposed of without professional moisture detection tools. Our managers and technicians learn state of the art methods to find and follow water migration during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. The industry best practices we master are why we are adept in locating hidden water, and the cutting edge, commercial-grade equipment we stock on our service vehicles make releasing and extracting the water efficient and thorough.

Extract First, Dry Later

Research shows that pumping and extracting liquid water out of spaces, hidden or not, dramatically improves the speed and effectiveness of structural drying techniques. Our crews understand this crucial relationship, which is why SERVPRO waits to determine dying goals until after as much water as possible exits your home. Drying might take hours or a day or two if adequate water removal precedes it. Relying on fans and dehumidifiers alone could take a week or more, with porous building materials lost during the delay.

The 24 to 48 Hour Window

Because mold can begin growing in as few as 24 hours after a water loss, rapid water removal followed by intensive drying efforts is mandatory. Scalable crews and extensive inventories of water extraction and drying equipment are why SERVPRO can deliver a fast and completed result in your home within that brief timeframe.

Preparation and professionalism are why SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa can transform a wet mess into “Like it never even happened.” quickly. Call us at (913) 782-4693 to get our highly-qualified crews on the job.

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Why SERVPRO is Your First Choice for Flood Damage in Olathe

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying mats on hardwood floor No matter the flood damage to your home, SERVPRO can help! We have the equipment and expertise to handle your emergency restoration needs.

Two Decades of Successful Flood Damage Remediation Is Why SERVPRO Ranks as an Olathe Disaster Recovery Leader 

Over a year, the extremes of weather seen in Olathe can bring homeowners flooding challenges. Mitigation and remediation of the soaked structure, fixtures, and contents are not undertakings you can complete on your own. The challenge is why our team of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians commits to deliver services that meet or exceed disaster recovery industry best practices. 

Storms During Any Season Expose Structures to Flooding 

Precipitation in all its forms causes Olathe flood damage throughout the year. Heavy rains and fierce winds or even tornadoes during the warmer months allow water to intrude due to flash flooding or exterior damage. The sleet and snow of winter work its way inside homes because of ice dams or blizzards that break tree limbs and topple power lines onto structures. Inches to feet of water inside your home spells disaster year-round, why we invest in employee training and cutting edge equipment to respond efficiently to disasters. 

Rapid Water Removal 

When floodwaters fill the lower levels of your home, a professional response needs to occur immediately. Water is an incredibly destructive force, and floodwaters add potential exposure to harmful pathogens and chemicals to the mix. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, arriving with highly-qualified teams and fully-stocked service vehicles. Our prompt response by trained and well-equipped technicians is why SERVPRO ranks as one of the disaster recovery industry leaders in our region. As experienced managers assess the scene, our workforce secures your dwelling and begins extracting the floodwaters. Containment and appropriate disposal, following local hazardous waste regulations, follows.   

Disinfection and Thorough Structural Drying 

Surfaces affected by the floodwater receive treatment from EPA-registered antimicrobial products. We use moisture detection devices to monitor structural component water absorption levels. Infrared imaging helps our team find trapped water via temperature discrepancy data. Releasing, collecting, and disposing of the hidden water is essential to preparing the spaces for the drying phase. Comprehensive water extraction is why SERVPRO drying times are reasonable. The air movers and heaters positioned correctly facilitate the movement of water from building materials into the air as vapor. Our high-efficiency dehumidifiers then condense or absorb the vapor for disposal.  

Over 20 years of experience is why SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa delivers superior flood recovery results. One call to (913) 782-4693 gets the process underway, 24/7.

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Why SERVPRO Ensures You Deal with Fire Damage in Your Lenexa Home Conveniently

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to the roof of a home. SERVPRO has your best interest at heart, we know what it feels like to endure a fire damage in your Lenexa home.

Let us show you the way with your Lenexa home fire.

Fire incidents cause significant financial losses in terms of damaged materials, contents, as well as secondary costs, such as seeking alternative accommodation during the restoration of your home. Having the right insurance cover can take care of the costs. However, it does not eliminate the inconveniences that fire damage incidents cause. Hiring a professional team like SERVPRO can help minimize the inconveniences in different ways.

The longer the time spent fixing fire damage issues in Lenexa homes, the more inconveniences one has to face. Some secondary problems like rusting and staining of metallic and stone surfaces develop because of the corrosive nature of soot and other smoke residues, thus driving the costs involved up. Our SERVPRO crews can work faster because we have a sufficient workforce to tackle various steps simultaneously. We also have power tools to simplify processes such as demolition of affected walls, ceilings, and floors.

Cleaning the fire-damaged property is an essential part of the restoration process. Depending on the specifics of the incidents, it might involve several sections and items. It might also involve massive deposits, especially on the contents. Among other things, cleaning requires space. Our SERVPRO crews arrange to work conveniently onsite when there is enough space and offsite if there is no room. We handle the move-out and safe offsite storage of all contents.

Since cleaning involves different aspects, including removal of dry and wet residues, stains as well as managing odor, a range of equipment is necessary to complete the tasks. Our SERVPRO teams use a wide range of equipment to deal with specific cleaning challenges. With soda blasting equipment, we can clean slightly charred materials or areas with massive residue deposits. We also have ultrasonic cleaners, which use sound waves that create and implode millions of vapor bubbles, creating a convenient way to clean contents through immersion.

There is nothing convenient about fire damage. However, seeking help can reduce the inconveniences of restoration. Call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa at (913) 782-4693 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why SERVPRO Uses Advanced Equipment to Restore Water Damage in Olathe Homes

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Droplets on a Window with the word Humidity SERVPRO Removes the Water and the Humidity from Damaged Homes in the Olathe Area with Speed and Precision

Water Loss Incidents in Olathe Properties Benefit from SERVPRO Restoration

A water loss incident creates many challenges apart from leaving materials and contents in the house wet. Several approaches can help restore your Olathe property to its preloss state. SERVPRO prefers to use advanced equipment to complete various tasks to ensure the best outcome. Among the sophisticated tools we bring to your loss site are:

  • Luminometers and Moisture Meters
  • Upholstery Cleaning Machines
  • LGR Dehumidifiers
  • Stationary and Self-propelled Deep Extractors

When dealing with clean water damage incidents in Olathe, microbes, and contaminants are probably the last things one would think about as a threat. However, various issues, including taking too long before starting the water removal and restoration, can lead to microbial growth. Contaminants can also originate from many areas, including materials dissolved by the spilled water. Having Luminometers on-site helps our SERVPRO technicians test surfaces and water for organic contaminants, though in flash flooding incidents, these are more commonly needed.

Soiled upholstery items require proper cleaning. Water spills can soil upholstery in many ways, including dyes in adjacent contents running or debris swept by the water. Cleaning upholstered furnishings is challenging because of the different materials they are made from and their bulky nature. Our SERVPRO teams overcome this challenge easily by using specialized upholstery cleaning machines, which provide better agitation and rinsing capabilities, cleaning all traces of the soiling.

Proper extraction of water from wet areas is an essential part of the restoration process, though not always easy. Carpeted areas absorb most of the water lengthening the extraction process. Our SERVPRO technicians use weighted tools such as water claws or ride-on high volume extraction rovers to simplify the process. The weight of the equipment or the technician squeezes water from the carpet before the extractor sucks it out. We attempt in place drying whenever possible to salvage the floor coverings. Our crew is well versed in "floating" a carpet, lifting it from the edges to introduce a warm air circulation to expedite evaporation. Then we have advanced dehumidification equipment such as LGR dehumidifiers, which can reduce humidity in the air to as low as 40gpp, improving the drying process.

The right equipment can help ease the restoration of a water-damaged property. Call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa at (913) 782-4693. We have a fully equipped team to tackle any issue, "Like it never even happened."

Where to Get Started While Waiting for Professional Flood Cleanup

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Carpet pulled back with water underneath and a vacuum extracting water Water damage on carpet

Where to Get Started While Waiting for Professional Flood Cleanup

After experiencing a commercial flood in Edgerton, KS, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of water and cleanup that is left behind. Whether you've taken a hit from a large storm or have experienced a pipe burst, the wait time given by a professional flood restoration company may vary based on the amount of affected properties in your area. The following damage tips will help you get a quick start on your cleanup efforts while you wait, and may prevent more serious damage from occurring.

1. Watch For Safety Hazards

When dealing with post-flood damage, safety should always be your primary concern. Never self-attempt flood cleanup if you believe any of the following may be true:

  • Electric currents may be in contact with sitting water
  • Mold or mildew have started forming in the affected area
  • Flood waters have been contaminated by sewage or chemical spills

2. Ventilate

Once you believe the flooded area is safe to enter, flood damage tips will tell you to start by ventilating the area. Open windows to allow fresh air to enter and consider using ceiling fans or industrial blowers to begin the drying-out process.

3. Toss Upholstered Furniture

A professional flood restoration team may be able to restore many of your commercial furnishings, but others aren't worth keeping. In general, furniture or draperies made of cloth and upholstery should be thrown out, unless they are machine washable by manufacturer standards.

4. Pull-Back Carpet and Padding

Once sitting water can be removed or dried up, most flood damage tips suggest pulling back carpeted flooring. This will allow padding and sub-flooring to dry completely and professionals can evaluate if it is salvageable upon arrival.

Professional Evaluation

Whether your commercial flood is minor or significant, be sure to have a professional come out and evaluate the full restoration needs of your facility. In the meantime, these cleaning tips should help you avoid further damage while your wait for sanitation and repairs.

How Does Mold Spread?

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

mold spores and a sign that says: "Mold spores need moisture" Mold spores need moisture. When water is introduced a spore can grow into a colony very quickly

Once mold infests your home in Spring Hill, KS, spreading mold becomes a real concern. Much like a cold virus spreads through the air looking for a host, mold spores travel through the air looking for the next hospitable environment to latch onto. Any damp, fibrous material is a prime breeding ground for mold.

What Causes Mold To Spread?

As mold grows, it releases spores. These spores travel easily through the air, especially when disturbed. When performing cleanup of mold, it is important to minimize spreading mold spores by taking some precautions:

  • Turn off all fans
  • Protect from breezes
  • Lower humidity
  • Isolate the area
  • Isolate moldy objects

Is It Mold?

Mold can grow on any fibrous material when enough moisture is present. This includes carpets, furniture and drywall. There are at least 35 species of mold, ranging in color, texture and size. If you have any type of water damage or humidity and see something new covering an area, you should suspect mold. Even if you cannot see mold, a musky odor may indicate that mold is present but out of sight. Mold multiplies very quickly, so a small spot can easily turn into a large patch. If the spores become airborne, you will soon see the same pattern in another area. Once you suspect mold, you should immediately isolate the area and begin cleanup efforts.

How Can Moldy Areas Be Cleaned?

If your moldy area is small, you can attempt to clean it yourself, but be very careful to avoid spreading or breathing in mold spores. If your area is larger, or especially if you suspect black mold, you need the help of a specialist. Specialists are specifically trained to clean mold without spreading spores. They also have specialized protective gear that you may not have access to, such as masks and protective suits.
If you suspect you have mold or spreading mold, you need to hire mold remediation expert to resolve the problem and restore your property to its original condition.