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Get Emergency Restoration Help with Built-In Claims Services

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Restoration machines are cleaning a business SERVPRO is always here to help you with your water, mold, fire restoration and cleanup needs. Don't hesitate and call.

With Built-in Claims Services, You Can Get Emergency Restoration Assistance.

When faced with a pipe burst, extensive roof damage after a storm or the aftermath of a fire, time is of the essence. The longer you have to wait, the more chances our property in Edgerton, KS, will sustain further damage. The right fire, mold and water damage restoration company will have a 24/7 emergency response team and established claim services to ensure a smoother process for property owners and insurers.

24/7 Help

SERVPRO understands that emergencies can happen at any time. When water is involved, it is even more crucial to get immediate help.

First 24 Hours: Drywall and wood furniture will begin to swell. Metal items start showing signs of rust. A musty odor begins to make an appearance.

First Week: Structural components, such as studs, begin to warp. Pain starts to blister. Wood flooring shows signs of swelling and warping. Additional contamination may be possible.
Second Week and Beyond: The structure and indoor environment become unsafe. Costs associated with restoration significantly increase due to added repairs.

Salvaging the property and its contents, as well as minimizing claims, is essential. When you count on a professional with more than 1,700 franchise locations, you get peace of mind that help is right around the corner to get the cleanup process started as fast as possible.

Claims Services

Once an assessment and inspection are completed, everyone involved wants a clear understanding of the plan, easy communication during the process and a detailed list of everything involved. A certified company will ensure all of that happens. From initial pretesting to determine the restorability of belongings to an itemized inventory loss, the vital information needed for the claim is always at your fingertips.

An electronic job file will also be available that includes photos, associated forms and paperwork, and estimates. During the process, you can keep tabs on pending and completed jobs and up-to-date cost data.

Dealing with a disaster is a complicated crossing. Choosing the right help with claim services and expertise to handle any damage and restoration minimizes complications to get businesses back to “Like it Never Even Happened.”

How To File Insurance Claim After a Storm

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

Blue ballpoint pen, two antique brass keys and a home insurance claim from on a plywood clipboard. Insurance claims can seem overwhelming, especially in the midst of repairs and trying to reduce water and fire damage and costs.

How To File An Insurance Claim Following A Storm

Dealing with the aftermath of a major storm can be a huge burden in Lenexa, KS. Between handling water damage, restoring your home and returning your life back to normal, filing an insurance claim can feel more complicated than it truly is. While the process may seem intimidating, you can get through it swiftly if you remain organized and follow these four steps.

1. Call Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance provider as soon as you can to initiate the claims process. Confirm what is covered under your policy and the amount of your deductible. Ask your provider what information they need to process your claim and get an estimate for how long the process will take. Be sure to provide them with your contact information in case they have any questions.

2. Make Temporary Repairs

If you notice any damage that requires immediate attention, do not wait for the home adjuster’s visit to make the repairs. For example, if you find a pipe burst or standing water in your home, call a flood cleanup and restoration specialist immediately to keep the damage from escalating. If you fail to fix the issue and more damage occurs as a result, your claim could be denied.

3. Prepare for the Home Adjuster

An insurance claim often requires a visit from a home adjuster. Preparing for the visit in advance will make the visit go smoothly and easily. Create a list of all structural damage ahead of time and be prepared to walk the adjuster through each item on the list.

4. Keep Your Receipts

Keep the receipts from your temporary repairs and submit them with your claim. You should also submit receipts for any additional expenses incurred, such as temporary lodging, if you are unable to stay in your home while the repairs are made.

Insurance claims can feel daunting, especially amid making repairs and trying to mitigate damage and costs. However, if you stay organized and focused on the steps listed above, you will move through the process quickly and without delay.

What Is the IICRC?

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

logo from a certification company The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification is the primary certifying organization for this industry.

What Exactly Is The IICRC?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification serves as the primary certifying organization for this industry. If you are searching for a damage restoration company to do work on your business, ensuring they have a mitigation certificate from this organization guarantees that you will receive high-quality work. Here is some basic information about this organization and the rigorous standards certified firms and technicians must meet.

Stats

There are certified companies in many countries around the world. Here are some basic stats about this organization:

  • Thousands of companies are endorsed
  • Thousands of certified employees are employed in the industry
  • Dozens of training courses are available for firms and technicians
  • These workers and firms must meet over a dozen rigorous requirements outlined in the organization's standards


Standards

The IICRC is the leader in technological advancements in the restoration industry and ensures that its companies follow a certain set of standards to provide high-quality concepts, terminology, and procedures. These standards are based on the most recent scientific developments and are strictly adhered to by companies who wish to maintain their certification.

Certified Firms

There are certified firms all over the world, even in Olathe KS. These are easily identified because only IICRC endorsed companies can access designated marketing material, webinars, and the firm locator on the organization's website. Only companies with a certification from this organization are guaranteed to provide high-quality work.

Certified Technicians

Additionally, the IICRC offers certifications for technicians who are looking to further their careers. Companies that have certified employees are available in many locations and can provide exceptional work on restoration projects.
When you need a company that will provide high-quality restoration work for your business, it is important to look for an endorsement from this organization. This ensures that you are getting trained employees who use the most recent scientific innovations in the industry to provide your business with the highest quality remediation work available.

A Quick Distraction Can Result in Fire Damage to an Olathe Home

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

An active fire in a kitchen SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley understands things happen. Give us a call for assistance today.

Fire Restoration in Olathe is a Job for SERVPRO and its Team of Experts

Receiving a call in the middle of cooking a meal is just as common in Olathe as in other places across the country. So is forgetting about the meal on the stove while you chat with a friend or family. In just a few seconds, your dinner can become the source of flames that are now climbing above cabinets and melting plastic containers while leaving fire residue throughout the kitchen. When the flames are put out, you suddenly face a mess that only fire restoration experts can handle.

In Olathe, those fire restoration experts are available by calling SERVPRO. Our staff is quick to arrive at all disasters, and we take decisive action to help minimize damage. Once the ignition source is under control, we work quickly to block off unaffected areas and reduce cross-contamination. Sometimes we need to block the use of the ventilation system to avoid ashes from traveling freely and settling in other rooms in the house. Our expert team can assess your specific needs upon arrival and develop an action plan detailed to your home. Some characteristics that inform us and help us decide on the right course of action include-

  • Understanding the fire: Was it a grease fire? Was it an electrical malfunction? How long did it burn?
  • Evaluating the surfaces in your home: Are they organic, such as wood, or manmade, such as laminate? Each surface leaves a specific residue and requires a particular cleaning solution.
  • Following the smoke: When we follow its course, we learn how to deodorize your home best, so the acrid smell of smoke becomes a thing of the past.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley are much more than cleaning fire residue. When you call us at (913) 782-4693, you gain access to a team of specialists that can tackle all fire-related damage. A job well done is one in which your home feels “Like it never even happened.”

Is Mold Damage in Lenexa Unavoidable?

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on white tile Mold can get extensive, give SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley for help today.

Mold Damage is Common, but Mold Remediation Needs to be done by a Professional Team in Lenexa.

Mold exists virtually everywhere, including Lenexa. Some places where humidity prevails are more suitable for its growth and spread. Problems arise when there is a change in conditions, such as a leak, which contributes to making a suitable environment for mold colonization. As you seek to get humidity levels under control, you should also take every precaution to eliminate and thwart the spread of mold spores, and only a professional team can help you with that.

The professional team in Lenexa that can handle mold damage remediation is SERVPRO. Our team contains experts in the field who have been certified by the industry in water and mold remediation. Aside from its technical expertise, our team members have the focus and discipline of highly effective military-trained individuals, which makes for a winning combination. A well-thought-out and executed plan yields the best results with minimal disruption.

To control the humidity levels typical of mold growth, you may see our SERVPRO staff arrive with various pieces of equipment. Not surprisingly, we use dehumidifiers, but you may also encounter the following:

  • Hygrometers to help us assess moisture levels and the progress we are making.
  • Air movers to improve circulation and water evaporation
  • Water extractors capable of controlling humidity under cabinets and within wall cavities
  • Containment barriers constructed of tension poles and polyethylene sheeting to prevent cross-contamination
  • Dispersion devices for antimicrobial products to inhibit future mold growth

Everything our staff of SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley does to help remediate mold damage in your home is based on our training and experience. All you need to do is invite our team into your home by calling (913) 782-4693 and let us leave your Lenexa home “Like it never even happened.”

Quick Water Removal Helps Protect Commercial Buildings in Lenexa

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

A commercial building with SERVPRO equipment on the ground. At SERVPRO we know how important it is to keep your Lenexa business up and moving. Call us today.

SERVPRO Helps Lenexa Business Owners with Water Extraction and Restoration

Regardless of the age of your commercial building in Lenexa, pipes may pose an issue. Regular wear and tear and age can leave behind leaks capable of letting water seep into carpeting, desks, inventory, and furniture within commercial establishments. Once you control the leak and the space is safe to enter, you may wonder the best route to minimize your loss and remain operational. Calling a water restoration crew immediately helps you avoid wasting precious time.

SERVPRO is Lenexa's premier water removal team, and we are a quick phone call away. We operate around the clock to be nimble in meeting our customers' needs, especially when we know every minute wasted can impact your bottom line. We can detect where standing water is hiding, even behind walls or under flooring, with our advanced technology and tools.

The presence of vinyl flooring and even wall treatments in some commercial settings can help with water damage, as they can act as a vapor barrier and prevent water from moving freely. 

Our SERVPRO team can also set up physical barriers to preserve unaffected areas and make water cleanup more efficient. Other ways in which we achieve swift and successful water removal includes-

  • Using injecti-dry technology through which we drill small holes into walls and flow warm air within wall cavities
  • Laying drying mats on flooring to help absorb moisture from floor materials, including hardwood floors
  • Dry-wall removal as needed and replacement after water extraction is done.

The goal of our SERVPRO team is to provide rapid water removal and restoration service so that you can keep your business functioning. We focus on protecting inventory, assemblies, structural elements, and other capital equipment. Our purpose is to keep you in business.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley are here to help your business when you need us. Just call us at (913) 782-4693 and let us work for you until it feels "Like it never even happened."

Why Do Shawnee Residents Trust SERVPRO with Flood Damage Repair?

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Vacuum When flooding hits your property, you need to call the professionals at SERVPRO.

How do SERVPRO techs extract excess water after flood damage to Shawnee homes? 

Removing excess or bulk water is essential for decreasing the time needed to dry a building. SERVPRO techs rely on two primary ways to remove water after flood damage to your Shawnee property - extraction, and evaporation. 

SERVPRO techs prefer extraction to remove bulk water first during flood damage restoration in Shawnee properties. The truck-mounted extractors that SERVPRO techs use can pull out about 100 gallons of water in one hour while it takes three days to remove the same volume by evaporation. While some water can be removed by draining ceiling cavities and HVAC duct lines, most need to be removed using pumps and extractors. 

How do SERVPRO techs extract water from carpet and pad during flood restoration in Shawnee? 

Once the technicians remove the bulk water, they use a moisture sensor to determine the moisture still present in the carpet and pads. SERVPRO techs also inspect the carpets for signs of delamination after flood damage. Delamination occurs when the primary and secondary backings of the carpet separate. 

A carpet wand and deep extraction tool remove moisture from a wet carpet. Techs only use a deep extraction tool if the carpet is dried with the padding still in place. If the padding needs removal, a carpet wand is sufficient to extract most water from the carpet.

Do different carpets dry differently? 

Carpets with light face weights are easier to dry than those with heavy face weights. Similarly, the carpets directly glued to the subfloor are quicker to dry than carpets stretched over a pad. That said, SERVPRO techs use a combination of extraction tools, air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry almost any type of carpet. 

Call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693 for fast and efficient service.

Fire Damage Restoration in Olathe is Quick and Safe With SERVPRO

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment We have the resources you need. We aim to restore your property as quickly as possible, “Like it never even happened.”

Why do SERVPRO Techs Use Air Purification During Fire Damage Restoration in Olathe? 

Air purification is the process of removing odors from the indoor air during fire damage restoration of your Olathe home. It is one of the safest methods to combat odors due to fire and smoke damage. 

SERVPRO techs use the following equipment during fire damage restoration of your Olathe home to purify the air:

  • Air scrubbers: A piece of deodorizing equipment that pulls air through charcoal filters capturing odors and recirculating the air into the indoor environment. SERVPRO techs use this equipment to combat odors that have not penetrated surfaces. 
  • Ventilation fans: Restorers use these fans to exchange indoor and outdoor air, exhausting the indoor air outside and drawing fresh air indoors from outside. 

Why do house fire cleanups in Olathe situations require a stronger deodorizing strategy? 

While air purification effectively deals with light odors, it is not ideal in all situations. Odor particles are very small, ranging between 0.1 to 4 microns in size. Consequently, they can penetrate the porous surfaces of your Olathe homes easily. 

SERVPRO restorers need to use more robust deodorizing strategies using chemical deodorants that can combine with and neutralize the particles to combat such odors. The techs often need to recreate the conditions of odor penetration in such situations. 

How Do Deodorants Neutralize Odor-Causing Particles?

Deodorant molecules combine chemically with odor-causing particles and alter their chemical nature. Many deodorants oxidize the odor molecules or break them down, rendering them odorless. SERVPRO techs use wet fogging and thermal fogging to create a mist of deodorant particles that can reach the pores and neutralize the odor molecules.    

Call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693 with any questions regarding fire damage restoration.

Need Help to Deal with Flood Damage in Olathe? Call SERVPRO

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Looking for a restoration company? Look no further, SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley is here for you.

SERVPRO Techs Have a Scientific Approach to Mitigate Flood Damage in Olathe

Containing microbial growth after flood damage to your Olathe home is one of the biggest challenges for restorers like SERVPRO. While the application of antimicrobials can undoubtedly help, it is not an effective method when used alone.  

SERVPRO techs limit the microbial growth after flood damage to your Olathe home by speeding up the drying process and removing the contaminated material. Antimicrobials are applied only once these two steps are done. This multifaceted strategy ensures that the microbial population is contained and there is a minimal risk of the microbes returning after the professionals finish the restoration. 

SERVPRO Techs Use Professional Products During Flood Restoration in Olathe  

SERVPRO techs apply antimicrobial products after the initial water extraction to control microbes in your Olathe home. We take utmost care while using these products to prevent any undesired effects for workers. 

We only use EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants to prevent the growth of various microbes, including bacteria and fungi, after flood damage to your property due to a storm. Once the drying goal is reached, the product is usually applied to the subfloor, tackles strip, walls, and wall bottom plates. SERVPRO techs use several classes of chemical disinfectants, including:

  • Phenolics
  • Chlorines
  • Quaternary compounds, and 
  • Botanicals

What Precautions do SERVPRO Techs Take While Applying Antimicrobials? 

SERVPRO techs always conform with applicable federal, state, and local regulations and laws when using chemical disinfectants. Our professionals always wear personal protective equipment when dealing with disinfecting chemicals. We also brief the customer about the product used following the IICRC S500 guidelines. The disinfectant is applied only after obtaining the customer’s informed consent of product use. 


Call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693; we are available round the clock to answer your questions. 

Seeking Specialized Contents Smoke and Fire Cleanup in Olathe?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

A room with soot and fire damage A fire in your home can be crucial, let SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley assist you.

SERVPRO Offers a One-Stop Fire Damage Restoration Experience for Olathe Residents

Although the fire damage to structures inside a home is sobering, many find more profound heartbreak when treasured possessions need smoke and fire cleanup. Olathe residents can rest assured that our highly skilled technicians will address structural and content fire and smoke remediation.

How Does SERVPRO Manage Contents During a House Fire Clean-Up?

The furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions distributed throughout your Olathe home took a real beating from the flames, heat, and smoke of the fire. Extinguishing the fire also exposed your and your family’s property to water damage. As SERVPRO crews move through your dwelling assessing and restoring fire damage to building materials, we do not ignore the contents. Still, we might suggest alternatives to restoring articles directly on site:

  • Shift Contents

If your property has a secure, dry, climate-controlled, and fire damage-free space, move items there for staging, evaluation, and restoration if possible.

  • Pack-Outs 
  • The SERVPRO production facility is also a good option if your home lacks appropriate storage space. Using our unique Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), crew members sort, pack, and transport articles, tracking each with traditional lists, barcoding, or digital photographs. 

What Resources Are Available at SERVPRO Production Facilities?

Olathe residents entrust many items to SERVPRO for water, residue, and smoke remediation. The following are examples of common fire damage restoration resources and strategies for some of your home’s contents:

  • Industrial washers and dryers, plus access to dry cleaning experts for clothing and other fabrics
  • Freeze-drying for wet documents and pictures
  • Containment pods for cleaning, disinfecting, deodorization, and controlled drying
  • Immersion tubs for soiled non-porous articles 
  • Ultrasonic systems to dislodge sticky soot or manage intricate detailing
  • Wanded extractive cleaning systems for fire-damaged upholstery and rugs

Count on SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley to mitigate and remediate structural fire and smoke damage, as well as restore contents. Call (913) 782-4693 to explore your options.