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Can Olathe Homeowners Remove Flood Damage Odors?

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sales vehicle parked Our Olathe area customers breathe a sigh of relief when our SERVPRO team arrives for storm damage cleanup and restoration

Olathe SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians Have the Tools to Eliminate Flood Damage Smells

Storms and floodwater leave behind innumerable damages in their wake. One in five flood events happen outside of a high-risk flood zone, and 98% of US counties have been impacted by flooding. Even when Olathe homeowners are prepared for potential flood damage, the effects–including unpleasant odors from debris and microbes–can be difficult to remove without professional assistance.

SERVPRO technicians can remediate storm and flood damage affecting Olathe homes 24/7, including weekends and holidays. Flood response can begin in as little as several hours after a homeowner’s initial contact.

SERVPRO Flood Damage Odor Control with Industrial-Grade Deodorizers

While several products, such as EPA-registered biocides and HEPA-filter vacuums aid in odor control, Olathe SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) also utilize deodorizer units to address widespread flood damage malodors in a home.

Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, which are frequently deployed for storm and flood odor control, work as follows:

  • The fogger is used to dispense water or solvent-based deodorizing agents, which generate microscopic deodorant particles
  • Deodorizer particles penetrate odor-affected surfaces
  • Deodorizer molecules combine with and eliminate odor-causing particles

Technicians use commercial-grade drop cloths to protect furnishings from potential secondary moisture damage during wet fogging.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley can be reached at (913) 782-4693 to provide cleanup services that can make a home look and feel, “Like it never even happened.”

What Complicates Water Removal From Lenexa Properties?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling with holes in it Regardless of where the leak is found, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our certified technicians 24/7 for effective water removal services.

SERVPRO Helps If Water Damage Repairs Are Necessary as Part of Water Removal

When someone mentions a water leak in a house, you probably imagine a simple removal involving mops and buckets or a wet vacuum. However, extraneous factors in your Lenexa home can complicate the outcome necessitating additional processes. 

A typical case where water removal from your Lenexa home may be complicated is when a PEX waterline gives way in the ceiling or wall space, allowing high volumes of water to soak into the ceiling panels, insulation, and sheetrock. Some of the water might also remain trapped within the cavities. SERVPRO helps provide the additional resources necessary to execute the removal since a simple mop-up cannot suffice.

Advanced resources help ease restorations involving:

  • Emergency services water damage
  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks

When water intrusion starts from a hidden area, the removal requires demolition and containment before regular extraction and drying. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians readily perform controlled demolitions, thus reducing the materials destroyed during the renovation effort. For instance, instead of removing entire drywall panels, we cut along water lines, thus removing only the deteriorated sheetrock.  

If water remains trapped in the ceiling, releasing it over the house contents can cause unnecessary damages. Our SERVPRO technicians drill small weep holes, starting close to the walls for extra safety.  After removing the affected insulation and ceiling tiles, we install plastic sheets to cover the area before a new ceiling can be fixed. 

Other tools that help when dealing with water intrusion in cavities include:

  • Specialized extraction equipment such as injecti-dry systems
  • Special cavity drying equipment with positive or negative air pressure
  • Drying mats to remove water trapped in floor cavities

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley help manage challenging water removal processes, restoring any issue at your property, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (913) 782-4693.

What Would Mold Remediation In An Olathe Business Premises Require?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

a wall of a room covered in mold Mold infestations tend to spread quickly if the environment permits. Contact our certified team to evaluate the situation and help.

SERVPRO Helps with the Safe Removal of All Moldy Materials during Mold Remediation

If there is mold in your Olathe business premises, you can expect unsightly patches on wall surfaces, musty smells, and other inconveniences that may interfere with your regular operations. Remediation can help address all the issues if done properly.  

Mold remediation in your Olathe business premises can take different processes depending on the areas affected or the duration of the infestation. SERVPRO helps in many ways, including setting up containment, damage assessment, and air filtration, and cleaning of contents or belongings.  

The crucial steps for restoring mold include:

  • Mold inspection
  • Mold removal
  • Black mold damage repairs

Although mold is readily visible when it develops on surfaces, inspection is essential to identify any hidden colonies. An inspection also helps reveal the level of deterioration of the affected materials. Root-like mold hyphae tend to penetrate materials searching for food, meaning that the problem is not limited to the masses on surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians prepare to teardown all affected porous materials.

Preparing for teardown and cleanup can take various steps. Setting up containment barriers is crucial since it helps prevent moldy materials from spreading beyond initially affected areas. It also helps maintain indoor air quality. Our SERVPRO technicians use plastic sheets and metal poles to set up the necessary barriers. Setting up negative air pressure machines within the enclosed barrier helps prevent fine debris from escaping into the air. 

Other processes that help improve the remediation process include:

  • Using antimicrobial products to kill spores
  • Using air filtration devices to remove suspended residues
  • HEPA vacuuming surfaces to remove settled spores

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley perform thorough mold remediation restoring business premises to their preloss state. Call us at (913) 782-4693. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Does Water Cleanup In Olathe Properties Involve?

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

a broken pipe with water leaking from it Our technicians arrive on the scene with the knowledge and equipment to handle the water cleanup task. Contact us right away after an incident.

SERVPRO Helps Remove Visible Soiling, Contamination, and Odors during Water Clean Up

When a property is damaged by clean water, it might be difficult to figure out what cleaning action is necessary for its restoration. Unlike grey or black water, which leaves visible soiling, clean water mostly leaves wet contents or structural materials all over the affected Olathe property. 

It is essential to do a thorough water cleanup in your Olathe home even after a clean water intrusion since various problems can arise if you only dry the wet materials. Our SERVPRO technicians consider the source point of the intruding water when deciding the cleaning processes necessary to resolve issues at your property.

Water intrusions can occur from:

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Leaking roof from storms

Elevated entry points such as roof or ceiling leaks mean that the water passes through voids such as attics or ceilings before trickling on contents within the rooms. Such water collects dust and other debris, which it readily deposits on furniture and other items in the rooms below, soiling them. Cleaning is necessary before drying the items to prevent stains, patches, or streaks.

In case of pipe leaks, the intruding water may remain hidden for some time. The delay creates room for mold and odor development. Cleanup helps ensure the house is habitable after drying off the wet areas. 

SERVPRO IICRC-certified professionals help perform various actions to facilitate cleaning, including:

  • Cleaning surfaces with chemical agents
  • Applying deodorizers to control smells
  • Agitating surfaces to remove unwanted materials

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley handle water cleanup exercises regularly. Call us at (913) 782-4693 for assistance. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa Partners With Big Brother Big Sisters Kansas City Golf Tournament

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Four people posing on a golf course Our very own, Ken Lutgen, participated in this year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City Legacy Golf Tournament, and as you can see, he had a blast.

On May 25, 2021, SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and other community leaders in the area attended the Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City (BBBSKC) at a sponsored event. The Legacy Golf Invitational Tournament brings awareness for the services and support provided locally by the BBBSKC, and the staff put together an exquisite time for all the participants.

The individual golfers on the teams were treated to numerous luxury experiences as part of their involvement in the Legacy Invitational. Such as top-notch gifts for the teams given out after the tournament.

The morning before the tournament began, the teams were treated to gourmet breakfasts and a coffee bar to fuel up for a day on the greens. In addition, relaxing massages were offered to participants to get rid of stress and sore muscles. Finally, a cigar emporium opened for golfers that enjoyed a good cigar after a rousing golf game.

During the tournament, golfers had the chance to tackle different challenges and win prizes. Additionally, any team member could have their car washed and detailed while they played in the tourney. Legacy Invitational staff set up hospitality tents to ensure that cold drinks and delicious lunches were available during the game. Since sometimes balls get lost, or other golfing supplies get needed at a moment's notice, the staff also had everything from tees to apparel.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa appreciates the opportunity to be a part of this event and looks forward to lending our future support to Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City to raise continued awareness for their good work for the community.

How Does SERVPRO Complete Water Restoration Work in Olathe?

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

a broken silver pipe with water leaking from it The damage caused by an excess water event continues to grow as time goes by. Contact SERVPRO right away for water removal and remediation.

We Employ Advanced Tools and Techniques to Restore Olathe’s Water-Damaged Homes.

The chances of suffering a water-related event like a ruptured pipe or a roof leak in Olathe are greater than you may imagine. If and when you do suffer one, you need help from experts with the right tools and techniques to restore the resulting water damage effectively.

When you experience water damage, SERVPRO has the specialized equipment and knowledge to expertly complete water restoration on your Olathe home. Our trained professionals have skillfully performed countless emergency water damage services in the aftermath of ceiling leaks, burst pipes, basement flooding events, and biohazard remediation situations requiring sewage cleanup. In doing this work, SERVPRO technicians have employed the following tools and techniques:

  • Rapid extraction of standing water with wet vacs and state-of-the-art extractors
  • Swift drying of interiors using advanced air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems
  • Cutting edge foggers and injection systems to treat impacted areas and materials
  • A broad range of commercial-grade disinfectants and deodorants to effectively sanitize and deodorize residences 

Using these innovative methods and specialized gear, we have often returned homes to their pre-event state faster than other local services could. This is crucial, considering that water damage generally becomes more severe and costly to clean up the longer it takes to remediate it.

With all this in mind, it is comforting to know that SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley are always here to help you with your water restoration needs. Contact us whenever you need us at (913) 782-4693.

What Types of Commercial Flood Damage Can SERVPRO Handle in Lenexa?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with items floating everywhere When your home is flooded, expert services are required. Contact our team for water removal and remediation efforts.

As an Advanced Remediation Service in Lenexa, We Can Restore Most Flood Damage.

Late spring and summer is a beautiful time of year in Lenexa, but it is also when flood risks go up substantially. Heavy seasonal rains come during these months, often flooding the Kansas River and the area’s creeks and lakes, fueling the demand for flood damage restoration services. 

The technicians at SERVPRO are experienced in successfully cleaning up and restoring most types of flood damage that Lenexa businesses are likely to ever face. As a leading biohazard cleaning company and emergency water damage services provider, we expertly handle many kinds of remediation issues.

Some flood water damage remediation work we perform is: 

  • Rapid water removal services using powerful, industrial-grade extractors
  • Basement flooding cleanup
  • Professional sewage cleanup
  • Water damage repairs, including the fixing of ceiling leaks, sagging ceilings, warped walls, destroyed rooms, and other storm/flood-related problems
  • Complete facility disinfection, including the elimination of fungi that could later cause dry rot, with cutting edge foggers and EPA-approved disinfectants and antifungals
  • Full deodorization of your commercial structures with industrial-strength deodorants

After our skilled experts have completed this work, it is often difficult to imagine that your business was ever impacted by flooding.

So, considering all of this, you can see why SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley are good choices for commercial flood damage cleanup services. Call us at (913) 782-4693 whenever you need assistance.

What Makes SERVPRO Better at Fire Damage Restoration than Other Olathe Services?

6/6/2021 (Permalink)

a house on fire with smoke billowing from the windows Affected by a recent fire? Team SERVPRO can help with fire damage remediation services which include dealing with odors.

Our Experts Have More Advanced Training and Gear than Other Olathe Remediators.

If you are ever impacted by a house fire in Olathe, it is a traumatic experience that often requires the help of highly-skilled, trained experts to overcome. This is why it is important to know the right fire damage restoration company to call when disaster strikes.

Fortunately, there is an exceedingly experienced and well-equipped fire damage restoration company in Olathe called SERVPRO. Our technicians are trained and individually certified in a wide range of house fire clean up and fire restoration topics by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

SERVPRO experts receive IICRC certifications in:

  • Fire and smoke damage restoration
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Carpet repair and reinstallation
  • Rug cleaning
  • Upholstery and fabric cleaning
  • Odor control

Our Cutting Edge Equipment

As previously noted, our technicians are experienced and come well-equipped to remediate fire damaged homes. Their high-tech tools include, among other things:

  • Powerful air movers to push fire-contaminated air out of your home while pulling in fresh air
  • Sophisticated air scrubbers and ozone machines to remove smoke particles from interior air and purify it
  • HVAC cleaning systems to clean air ducts to prevent smoke particles from further circulating throughout your residence
  • Commercial-grade cleaning agents to safely remove fire-related residues from surfaces
  • State-of-the-art foggers that can treat impacted areas around your home with EPA-approved deodorants to neutralize unpleasant odors 

So, with all that said, remember that your neighbors at SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley are always well-equipped and ready to perform your fire damage restoration work. Call us anytime at (913) 782-4693 for assistance.

Is Mold Remediation a Professional Service in Olathe?

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

mold on wall and ceiling When you see signs of mold damage in your home, call SERVPRO! We are always available to restore your home.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Technicians Undergo Extensive Training to Help Olathe Residents with Mold Issues

Microbial growth can creep up quickly. Sometimes it may be due to weather changes during certain times of the year. Other times, mold can be the result of an internal plumbing problem or water leak. Whatever the cause of microbial growth, the solution is to enlist the help of SERVPRO professionally qualified technicians for:

  • Mold removal
  • Attic mold removal
  • Black mold damage repairs

The purpose of mold remediation in your Olathe home is two-fold. Firstly, remove the infested materials from the property altogether and then establish a strategy that prevents mold from returning. It is common for us to use drying equipment to correct a moisture issue in your home and avoid mold returning. 

  • Air-movers are commonly used in mold remediation to dry inner cavities of the home or areas where there is the presence of moisture. 
  • This equipment is placed in a manner that creates a vortex of circular airflow around and across walls.
  • Anti-microbial treatments can be applied to areas of the home to reduce the build-up of molds and prevent dormant spores from germinating.

Use a professional service to deal with mold. Contact SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley for mold remediation at (913) 782-4693.

Are Water Damage Remediation Services in Olathe Expensive?

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in hallway of water damaged business When water damaged this property, SERVPRO was there! We restored this property and made it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is an Expert Water Mitigation Provider that Helps Olathe Businesses Throughout the Year

Olathe is a city surrounded by the wild American prairies that encapsulate State. The city is one of the largest in Kansas and also one of the fastest-growing. Despite its urbanization, which began in the late twentieth century, Olathe still represents its rural agricultural roots. Held monthy on each fourth Friday is a mini-festival downtown with food trucks, live music, and entertainment. The festival captures the spirit of Olathe with much of the cuisine, a family-led midwest tradition of slow-cooked barbecued meats and sandwiches. Tourists to the area can experience Olathe's agricultural past by taking a trip to the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site. The farm offers visitors the opportunity to ride on horse-drawn carts, explore nineteenth-century farming methods and enjoy the freshly grown local produce, which rotates by season. 

Dr. John T Barton pioneered the name of Olathe in 1857, which directly translates from the indigenous language for beautiful. The region stays true to its original character, with many weekend vacationers taking advantage of the surrounding walking and hiking trails. Olathe boasts several outdoor adventure centers, with the Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center, Prairie Highlands, and the Indian Creek as just a few of its favorite spots. After a day relaxing and exploring the surrounding landscape heading back into downtown, Olathe's legendary barbecue joints are always a treat and a fun way to finish the day. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que, The J-Bar, and K-bar all offer slow-roasted midwestern cuisine on plates, in sandwiches, and straight off the grill. K-bar blends the barbecue tradition with an authentic Tex-Mex flavor.

  • The Stone Pillar Vineyard is an Olathe staple that has existed in the community for over 160 years and has been passed down from generation to generation. As a winery, the farmland began producing in 2010, taking inspiration from Niagara wineries. The result is a growing business and a refined taste of Kansas. 
  • The 180 Room is among the best places to eat barbecue food in Olathe, if not in America. The name is a reference to a perfect scorecard in a nationwide barbecue competition. Created by trade experts, the Stehney brothers, this packed-out dining room is among the premier places to taste mid-western grills.
  • Ensor Park and Museum was originally the home of the Ensor family that has lived in Olathe since its inception. The property is full of antique furniture with many mid-century early technological antiques on display. Originally a dairy farm, the non-profit museum is a comprehensive history of the local area. 

If your Olathe Business Falls Victim to Water Damage, SERVPRO Can Help

Water migration in the commercial properties can exacerbate many issues and promote bacteria or fungi growth. Experts can help you identify the problem, correct it, and restore your belongings to their natural condition. We operate twenty-four hours a day and can help you with:

  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Water damage restoration
  • Water cleanup

Professional restoration services can repair your business to standards expected by residents. Our team is quick and proactive, using their industry-leading training to avoid high expenses and costs. 

  • We can inspect and repair water-damaged tiling in your washrooms, kitchens, and other areas where supply lines reside. 
  • Local technicians allow for a faster callout with a maximum four-hour wait after notification of loss.
  • We can restore yellowing to appliances or other metals in your business using advanced power washing, chemical agents, and immersion cleaning techniques.

To reduce water-related damages, contact SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley for water damage restoration at (913) 782-4693.

Who Should Lenexa Residents Contact for Flood Damage Restoration?

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used home Do you know how to dry and restore water damage? SERVPRO does! We are always on call!

SERVPRO is a Lenexa-based Flood Damage Restoration Provider

Flooded properties that are the result of storms involve contaminated water supplies. These contaminants in water can come from sewer backup, road overflow, flash flooding, dirt, or debris. We are an experienced restoration service that provides:

Blackwater is frequently a part of flood damage in your Lenexa home and can release unpleasant odors or sewer gases. Activated oxygen units can help to eliminate these odors by using unstable ozone gas. Often, activated oxygen is used in enclosed areas such as basements or if inhabitants of the property are temporarily relocated. 

  • Property must be completely dry before operating activated oxygen; otherwise, bleaching can occur.
  • Rooms that are being treated with activated oxygen are usually sealed off to prevent dissipation.
  • A high-velocity fan can be used afterward to disperse ozone quickly and return your home to a safe space. 

Tackle odor efficiently. Contact SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley for flood damage at (913) 782-4693.

Different Approaches Can Help with Fire and Smoke Mitigation in Your Lenexa Home

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

smoke entering room from under door Do you know how to restore fire damage? SERVPRO does! We have the tools, cleaners, and people available to restore your property.

SERVPRO Leverages the Latest Technologies for Convenient Fire and Smoke Restoration in Lenexa

A fire is a combination of several complex processes that lead to the combustion of structural materials or the contents within your house. For instance, the flames and heat felt during a fire result from the breakdown of materials combined with oxygen. Incomplete combustion gives off smoke which is made up of gases, suspended particles, and aerosols.

Fire and smoke mitigation in Lenexa properties require the right skills to manage the combustion process's different products left in the affected areas. Involving SERVPRO can ease the process since our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians are appropriately trained and certified by the IICRC. We are also used to handling various problems, including:

We use physical and chemical methods to remove fire and smoke residues from your property. Physical methods include vacuuming or wiping affected areas with sponges. Chemical approaches involve applying professional cleaning agents. In case there is a strong odor in your home, we also deodorize the property as part of fire and smoke mitigation. The standard deodorization methods we use include:

  • Fogging
  • Sealing surfaces
  • Ventilating the property

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley handle fire and smoke mitigation skillfully. You can reach us at (913) 782-4693.

Pondering What Type of Flood Damage You Might Face in Your Olathe Property

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling and upper wall cut away to expose studs Sometimes storm water damage requires us to repair ceilings. But no worries! SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened."

For Resolution of Any Category of Flood Restoration in Olathe, Call SERVPRO

Strong winds and torrential rainfall are expected during storms increasing the chances of houses flooding. For instance, if the winds tear off roofing materials, rainwater can enter, inundating the house. Alternatively, rising groundwater can reach the interior sections of the house. The resulting flood damage from such intrusion also varies, necessitating a quick response to address various situations that might arise, including:

  • Biohazard remediation
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Water cleanup
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages

One easy way to deal with flood damage issues in Olathe is by hiring a professional restoration company. SERVPRO has technicians trained in different fields, including Water Restoration, Applied Microbial Remediation, and Applied Structural Drying, to handle any issues that arise.

Apart from structural damage, contents like furniture and floor treatments are affected by the floodwaters. Our SERVPRO team also includes Rug Cleaning Technicians, Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technicians, as well as Repair & Reinstallation Technicians who can help address the damage to your contents.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley have sufficient technicians to identify and resolve any flood damage-related issues. Call us at (913) 782-4693.

Is Fire Damage in your Old Olathe Home Worrying You?

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and fire damaged belongings Usually not all is lost after a fire. SERVPRO knows how to determine if possessions can be cleaned.

SERVPRO Can Help Inspect and Estimate Fire Damage Restoration Costs at your Olathe Home

During spring in 1857, Dr. John T. Burton rode to the center of Johnson County, where he staked two-quarter sections of land. Burton was drawn in by the prairie's beauty, especially its gorgeous cover of wildflowers such as Verbena. Olathe's name is rumored to have been chosen after Burton asked his Shawnee interpreter for a local word meaning beautiful. 

The city was incorporated in 1857 and later chosen as the county seat in 1859. The decision was arrived at, yet it was not the first city in Kansas because of its rapid growth. The metropolis also had significant roles in the country's history. 

Olathe was a stopover for various popular trails, including the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon trails. The routes brought significant business for the local stores and other ventures that catered to the travelers.

Historical Monuments in Olathe

The different changes over the years have left a mark on the city. Various monuments remain to this day, serving as a reminder.

  • Mahaffie House - The stagecoach stop and farm served as a popular stopover for the wagons heading westwards on the Santa Fe Trail. Currently, it is a registered historic site run by the city. Visitors can enjoy rides in the only remaining operational stagecoaches.
  • Old Olathe Naval Air Museum - It features aviation and naval memorabilia. It has a four-acre park with statues and memorials of fallen soldiers from different eras. The facility is excellent for educational activities.
  • William J. Mara Museum of Deaf History, Arts, and Culture - The museum is one of a kind globally since it explores deaf culture in the United States. It was created as a recognition of the Kansas School for The Deaf's work established back in 1866. Museum visitors can explore various exhibits, watch videos, or participate in interactive modules teaching American Sign Language.

How Does SERVPRO Inspect and Estimate Costs after Fire Damage?

Fire damage, especially in older structures, can cost more money and time to address. In many cases involving older buildings, the sentimental value supersedes other regular aspects such as cost-effectiveness. When you are looking forward to the best outcome in such circumstances, proper inspection and evaluation of damages are mandatory to ensure precise addressing of issues like:

Our SERVPRO teams break down the evaluation process into several steps like: 

  • Scoping contents and structure 
  • Testing for cleanability
  • Testing for pre-existing conditions

Completing the different steps ensures all the pertinent issues are identified, thus ensuring restoration starts from the point of knowledge. We also inform the property owner and insurance adjusters while also working closely with subcontractors to help with the restoration.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley adheres to high standards when performing any fire damage restoration. Call us at (913) 782-4693 for assistance.

When Should You Call an Olathe Flood Damage Specialist?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle Our storm damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your property to pre-damage condition.

SERVPRO Helps Olathe Residents Deal with Flood Damage

If you notice minor flooding in your house, you might be tempted to deal with it yourself. After all, it might seem like a hassle to call out a flood remediation company for a small amount of water.

If you are wondering when to call a specialist to look at flood damage in your Olathe home, the answer is “as soon as possible.” Even if you have mopped up visible water, there are still some associated flood damage risks:

  • Wet materials such as carpets or wallpaper can provide a breeding ground for fungus.
  • Depending on the water source, there is a risk of contaminants.
  • Water can seep into walls and baseboards and cause damage to your home’s structure.
  • Wall insulation may become waterlogged and need replacing.

SERVPRO trains our teams to deal with all of these issues and more. We can advise you on what to keep and what to toss away. We can also dry your home and belongings, apply microbial treatments, and deodorize your property.

No matter how big or small the flood, call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693.

Do You Need Commercial Water Mitigation in Olathe?

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Business owners deal with many inconveniences, including water damage. Our skilled technicians are just a phone call away.

SERVPRO Supports Olathe Businesses

Olathe is the fourth most populous city in the Kansas metropolitan area, with a population of 125,872. When Dr. John T. Barton first rode to Johnson County in 1857, he was struck by how beautiful the landscape was. The sight of the prairie, covered in wildflowers, gave him the idea to name his settlement “beautiful.” He asked a local Shawnee interpreter how to say “beautiful” in his language, and the interpreter said “Olathe.”

Olathe has a checkered history, with much violence between abolitionists and slave traders. It also has a strong and proud history as a place for travelers to find refreshments. At different points in time, Olathe has functioned as a stop on the Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, and the California Trail. After the advent of rail, Olathe became less critical, but it has seen a resurgence in the last 100 years and is now a fast-growing city with plenty to see and do.

Explore History and Much More in Olathe

Olathe is a fantastic place to vacation with the family. There are plenty of activities, fascinating historic sites, and beautiful walking trails to explore. If you are not sure where to start your adventure, why not try one of these popular spots:

  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site offers historic crafts and goods from a site on the original Oregon Trail. See costumed guides and performers, shop the gift shop, learn about the American Revolution, or even catch a historical reenactment. 
  • Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center has three miles of hiking trails across prairies and beside streams. Come admire the wildflowers and see why Dr. Barton named the town “beautiful.” There are exhibits and regular events for all the family to learn more about the local flora and fauna. Enjoy a family scavenger hunt for free, or book for a memorable Enchanted Forest experience.
  • Kansas City Automotive Museum is a must for all car lovers! Enjoy the regularly changing exhibits of over thirty cars, or discover your own speed racer in the driving simulator.
  • Heritage Park is conveniently located yet offers miles of lovely walking trails. There are relaxing water features, well-maintained pavilions, dog exercise areas, ballparks, and disk golf spaces. It is the perfect spot for a relaxed afternoon outdoors.

If you need a spot of refreshment after all that outdoor exploring, Olathe will not disappoint you. Some of the most popular eateries include:

  • Pour Coffeehouse where you can enjoy a fresh local brew in elegant surroundings.
  • Sylas and Maddy’s offers delicious ice cream made fresh on the premises – they even make their own waffle cones.
  • Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que is a family-run establishment headed up by award-winning grill masters. Enjoy a fresh barbecue in their restaurant, or even order some to ship to your home.

SERVPRO Acts Quickly When it Comes to Water Mitigation

We understand that Olathe businesses need swift action. You are keen to get back to business as usual and ensure you can stay open. Quick remediation is also vital for preventing mold growth.

We will call you back within an hour of your first call and aim to arrive at your premises within four hours. We recommend signing up for a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP.) Your ERP contains information about:

  • What staff should do in an emergency.
  • Who to contact.
  • Water shut-off points and assembly points.

You can set your preferred SERVPRO franchise so that when disaster strikes, we are only a click away, and we already have information about your business.

For reliable water mitigation, call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693.

Preventing the Need for Fire Damage Restoration in Olathe

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fire SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of fire damage. Call us today, we are always available.

SERVPRO Recommendations for Olathe Fire Prevention

No one wants to deal with a fire in their home. If at all possible, it is better to prevent a fire if you can. There are some easy things you can do to make your home safer and reduce the risk of a blaze.

SERVPRO understands that residents are concerned about fire damage restoration in their Olathe homes. We are on hand to help 24/7 all year round. However, there are some simple things you can take to prevent a fire:

  • Never leave burning items unattended, including candles, fires, incense, cigarettes, and stoves.
  • If you have any pets or children, invest in safety gates so they cannot enter the kitchen unnoticed. 
  • Do not overload electrical sockets.
  • Keep radiators uncovered and with proper clearance around them.

It is also a good idea to remember to test your fire alarm regularly and ensure your family knows about fire safety. However, even with the best care, a fire can still break out. If you need help with fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO. We will take care of everything from cleaning up soot to getting rid of odors.


For fire damage restoration you can trust, call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693.

What Problems Does Wet Carpet Pose For Water Restoration in Lenexa?

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Can Handle All Types of Water Damage in Lenexa Homes

A wet carpet may seem pretty straightforward, but there can be many issues caused by water saturating the fibers. Not all carpets are the same, and SERVPRO technicians have several methods to determine the best procedure to follow.

The technicians test carpets in Lenexa properties before water restoration goes forward. This simple first step can avoid additional damage that can show up in the form of: 

Shrinkage of the carpet

  • Deterioration of the backing
  • Bleeding of dyes
  • The ruination of the fibers

The techs extract the water and then use drying methods that best fit the carpet type. If bleeding may be an issue, other articles around the carpet get packed out to ensure nothing comes into contact. Tenting to focus the warm, dry air is another common drying tactic. Floating the carpet where one side is loosened so air can get delivered underneath works to dry the carpet rapidly and minimize potential secondary issues. 

Lenexa property owners count on SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693 for water restoration services.

Can Storm Damage Be Prevented in Olathe Properties?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Brings Experience to Flood Damage Mitigation in Olathe

Kansas is but one of many states included in the infamous "Tornado Alley," and the state has a rating as a high-risk area for experiencing tornadic events, which can also bring flash flooding to the area.

While there is very little that can be done to avoid a tornado, flood damage in Olathe can get minimized through some actions by homeowners such as: 

  • Making sure the grade directs water away from the property
  • Keeping gutters on the home cleaned
  • Repairing weathered seals around the exterior

When flood water enters a home, it is crucial to bring in professional assistance. The water may appear to recede as quickly as it entered, but it can leave behind a host of problems such as deterioration of building materials, foul odors, and contaminants. SERVPRO technicians have the professional equipment and cleaning agents for restoring the home to a sanitary state for habitation. 

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693 has access to the top equipment to handle flood damage in Olathe properties and make it "Like it never even happened."

Olathe Residents Trust SERVPRO With Their Fire Damage Restoration Needs

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Available 24/7 to Handle Post-Fire Cleanup in Olathe Properties

Although incorporated in 1857, it took another twenty years before the township received a designation as a second-class city when it had just over two thousand residents and erected numerous buildings, including a school for the deaf, churches, and a subscription library. Of the residents, nearly three-quarters worked in agriculture, and the rest in transportation and mining. Hardships such as drought, tornadoes, and plagues of grasshoppers hit the agricultural section hard and caused crops to fail, causing many of the settlers to leave the area. The Civil War further compounded this, and Olathe saw itself invaded by the guerilla general William Quantrill, resulting in many structures getting destroyed.

Rebuilding the Town

After the war ended, the governor of Kansas, John P. St. John, made his home in Olathe and built up the township to exceed its former size and amenities by establishing a cooperative for the farmers in the area and founded a store. The return of industry to the township heralded a return to prosperity for the residents with the opening of companies such as: 

  • Hyer Boot Factory
  • Hodges Brothers 
  • Lanter Lumber 
  • Patron's Mutual Insurance Association
  • Fairview Race Course

Growing Fast 

With the establishment of the various industries, Olathe had a rapid turn for the latest technology available such as steam heating for buildings, electric rather than gas lights, public utilities to regulate water, gas, and telephones became commonplace for residents.

Early 1900s Olathe

During the time frame from 1910 until 1930, Olathe underwent significant changes and an increase in population to its largest to date. A waterworks plant that covered 20-acres provided enough clean water for the community, and the town voted affirmatively to build a city hall. World War I brought the Hyer Boot Factory to the town's forefront as an employer as the need for boots for the soldiers increased. 

The Bricklayer of Olathe

One man that made the news in 1925 was James Garfield Brown, known by his local nickname, "Indian Jim." He participated in the Kansas City Road bricklaying competition against the champ Frank Hoffman. He won by laying 218 tons of brick, a total of just over 46,000 bricks in seven hours and forty-eight minutes. He won $200 along with his regular wages of two-dollars per hour.

Can Sheetrock With Water and Fire Damage in Olathe Properties Get Restored?

SERVPRO technicians have vast experience dealing with all types of fire damage cleanup in Olathe homes. Often, destruction from the fire often includes issues created by the water used to extinguish a fire. One of the most critical factors for the techs is determining which building materials have restoration potential through cleaning and drying.

When sheetrock comes into contact with water, it can wick the water quickly, and the moisture gets pulled upward through the core, and the wall or ceiling will have telltale signs of water damage such as: 

  • Staining
  • Paint bubbles
  • Buckling
  • Deterioration to the point of falling

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693 serves the local Olathe community for any size fire damage restoration services needed.

Lenexa Writers Workshop Builds Confidence

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Level Up Writing Skills, Public Speaking, And More in Lenexa

Anyone in Lenexa who wants to improve their writing, creative thinking, and confidence can participate in the Sunflower Writers Workshop. Poet Jen Harris leads the session. Attendees learn to develop new ways to find inspiration, lower their stress about speaking publicly, and build a sense of community. All attendees need to bring to the session their favorite way to take notes, such as a pad and paper, journal, or app on their phone or laptop. The session provides challenges for attendees, such as writing practice from prompts. Then the voluntary reading of first drafts written during the workshop for constructive feedback from other attendees and the host. Participants are not required to share work, and the environment is a safe space for sharing work with a highlight on positivity and uplifting fellow writers. 

  • Date: February 23, 2021
  • Time: 7 PM to 9 PM 
  • Note: The Zoom link provided after registration
  • Price: Free

When Lenexa residents suspect a problem, they rely on SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693 for mold inspection services. The trained technicians have the experience and equipment to remediate any size infestation.

Winter Farmers Market Brings Food And Fun to Lenexa

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Lenexa Residents Enjoy Fresh Produce, Bakery, And More

The city of Lenexa features local growers and creators of homemade items at the second annual Winter Farmers Market. This year, in alignment with current health protocols, the market is pre-order and pickup only. Attendees can expect to find cool-season veggies such as onions, garlic, collard greens, and kale. Vendors have artisan cheese, butter, locally sourced honey, and eggs available for purchase. There are also several types of bakery items and different kinds of salsa. Admission and parking are free for attendees. The vendors are in the parking garage area and spaced apart in observance of social distancing. Individuals that wish to preorder can contact the manager of the winter market event at 913-477-7170.

  • Date Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021
  • Time: 10 a.m.– Noon
  • Location: Lenexa civic campus parking garage, 17201 W. 87th St. Pkwy.

Lenexa property owners count on SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at  (913) 782-4693 to handle their fire damage restoration needs and making the disaster "Like it never even happened."

Olathe Residents Rely On SERVPRO For Water Damage Mitigation

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Are Available 24/7 For Olathe Water Damage Mitigation Services

The city of Olathe (pronounced "O-Lay-Tha") has a long history. The name itself comes from a Shawnee Indian word meaning "beautiful." This stop along the Sante Fe Trail got established in 1857 and has continued to grow in population and amenities since then. The Pawnee and Osage tribes resided in the area and traded with trappers and frontiersmen for decades before the settlers moved into the room and set up farms. Unlike many settlements, the Native Americans in the area lived peacefully alongside the people moving most of the time. Only rarely did land disputes arise. 

Once Olathe's township brought in residents, the tribes moved to Eastern Kansas under a new government treaty. As the town grew during the late 1800s, the city strove to develop a reputation as a hub for cultural and social events: churches, an art museum, and the planting of trees and shrubs throughout the area. In the present, Olathe is the fourth most populous city in Kansas. 

The early 1900s saw Olathe progress with the adaptation of some of the latest conveniences and technological advancements such as: 

  • Steam heat
  • Electric lighting
  • Indoor plumbing
  • Sewers
  • Water treatment

Olathe remains the only city in Johnson County that has an art alliance offering year-round events such as: 

  • Community theater
  • Orchestra
  • Civic band
  • Chorus
  • Art exhibits

Another yearly event that locals look forward to is the Johnson County Old Settlers Days. This celebration has happened since 1898. Attendees enjoy an art fair, carnival, vendors, live music, and more. Another throwback from the past that gets celebrated in the present is the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. This historic site preserves the westward expansion spirit in the 19th century and remains the last existing stagecoach stop on the Santa Fe Trail. Visitors can experience how life was in the town during the mid-1800s and see farming equipment, learn farming methods in the agricultural barn, and see the work needed to live daily during this period. 

Olathe Weather

The weather in Olathe is mostly pleasant, with seasonal changes clearly defined. The winters can be cold, and snow is not uncommon. The summers are hot, and this area of the state is a very high risk for intense storms and tornadic activity and is a part of "Tornado Alley."

Origin of the Cowboy Boot in Olathe

An interesting invention that came out of Olathe was the cowboy boot—often attributed to the Olathe-style boot made in Mercedes, Texas. The style originated in Olathe's city by brothers Charles and Edward Hyer in 1880. Charles also founded the Olathe School for the Deaf, where he taught students the art of shoe and harness making. The school no longer stands; however, it is featured at the Museum of Deaf History, Art, and Culture.

The cowboy boot story is told as a cowboy from Colorado came into the cobbler shop that Charles Hyer owned and asked for a new pair of boots made in a style that was different from the Civil War-style boots he was wearing. Charles designed footwear that was functional, comfortable, and fit easily into a stirrup: the cowboy boot. The Hyer boot company was operational from 1875 until sold to the Ben Miller Boot Company in 1977. 

Outdoor Activities in Olathe

The opportunities for outdoor enjoyment in Olathe are many. One of the best-known areas for a multitude of activities is Heritage Park, which features opportunities to use the asphalt walking trails, a lake with fishing and limited boating, a fenced dog park, golf course, ball fields, shelter houses, disc golf, an equestrian area with jumper course, and an area for picnics. 

Biking enthusiasts enjoy visiting Coffee Creek Trail. It is just over three miles in length and connects to trails within Heritage Park. The Coffee Creek Trail is one of the newer riding trails and has smooth, paved trails that snake through a scenic area to view while riding the paths and over the newly built bridges that cross Coffee Creek. 

One of the newer venues that both tourists and locals enjoy is the KC Wine Company, where visitors can see the vineyards and enjoy a wine or hard cider tasting in one of two large tasting rooms. The vineyard has seasonal events for the public and Christmas lights as a drive-by experience. 

Can Water Damage Mitigation Save Carpet or Area Rugs In Olathe Homes?

Many Olathe homeowners find they need water damage mitigation at the worst possible times, during weekends, late at night, or holidays. However, a leaky pipe, water heater failure, or toilet backup is not an incident that happens when expected; it just happens. 

The flooring of all types tends to get the brunt of the water in a home, and carpet and area rugs are no exception to the rule. SERVPRO technicians undergo comprehensive training to handle water removal from homes and specifically carpet, rugs, and subfloors to deliver the best outcome. 

Stains and water spots are common occurrences after a carpet or rug gets saturated. SERVPRO techs use their equipment to extract the water and also perform tests on the fibers to ensure that the cleaning agents chose do not cause issues such as:

  • Shrinkage
  • Bleeding of dyes
  • Bleaching 
  • Damage to the backing

Saturated area rugs can cause injury due to their weight, so before moving, the techs extract the water, often using weighted heads to assist in pushing the water up and out of the rug. Drying a carpet can involve specialized applications such as floating where a side gets loosened and warm, dry air forced to the underside. Tenting gets used when only a small area needs drying; the carpet gets a tent made from plastic placed over it with air directed in through custom-made tubing. 

When local Olathe residents need water damage mitigation for their properties, they turn to SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693. The trained technicians bring years of experience and advanced equipment to make the damage to the home, "Like it never even happened."

Olathe Highlights Industrial Growth and Historical Heritage

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Recognized as one of the Best Places to Live in, Olathe Showcases America’s History and Growth in Every Corner

As one of the most populous cities in Kansas and the county seat of Johnson County, Olathe has much to offer. Dating back to 1857, when Dr. John T. Barton established Olathe, it was its beauty that first attracted Barton to the area. As a matter of fact. It is said that “Olathe” is the Shawnee translation for “beautiful,” which is how its founder described it. Although it wasn’t the first city in the County, its growth gained recognition as the county seat, which was ratified in 1859.  

Like much of Kansas, the struggle between slaves and abolitionists was felt strongly in Olathe. Often considered a precursor of the Civil War, “Bleeding Kansas” was a period in which anti- slavery activists and pro-slavery individuals clashed in violent confrontations. Raids and murders in Kansas and neighboring Missouri killed hundreds of people as the political debate ensued. The main issue of the time was whether Kansas would support or repeal slavery since the state’s senators would greatly influence the already divided U.S. Senate. In 1854 the Kansas-Nebraska Act allowed the decision about slavery to be made through popular vote.

After much conflict, Kansas eventually joined the Union in 1861 as a free state. However, the times were not peaceful. In 1862, a Confederate raid led by William Quantrill destroyed most of Olathe, and at least two others followed this raid. It wasn’t until 1865 that Confederates fully surrendered.

Aside from its role in the American Civil War, Olathe was also an essential part of the Oregon Trail. As the Oregon Trail connected the Missouri River to Oregon and its eastern portion took place in Kansas. Similarly, the California Trail also traveled from the Missouri River to California, and Olathe also became a stop on it. Not surprisingly, travelers on the Santa Fe Trail also stopped in town before continuing their travels. Being a resource for travelers, it became the city’s primary economic focus, as evidenced by the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, which is now a historic site. Founded by James Beatty Mahaffie and Lucinda, his wife, it was the central hub for many westbound travelers who visited Olathe. Once the transcontinental railroad became an option, the once-bustling city lost its primary source of income and became a small, sleepy town.

It wasn’t until well into the 20th century that I-35 was built and simplified the connection between Olathe and nearby Kansas City. Once easy travel was possible, Olathe rapidly became part of the greater metropolitan area, particularly in the 1980s. The growth of businesses and services enticed many to move to Olathe, and it’s still growing to this day. As a matter of fact, Olathe has been recognized as one of the best cities to live in the United States by reputable publications.

Not surprisingly, Olathe hosts important businesses within its industrial partners. Most notably, ALDI, Honeywell, and Garmin are some of the top employers. Curiously, Farmers Insurance Group’s largest employee concentration is in Olathe, even though its headquarters are in California. 

Accolades

Among some of the accolades received by Olathe, you can find the following:

  • Insurify - Most Educated City Award in Kansas
  • BackgroundChecks.org - One of the Safest Cities in Kansas
  • SmartAsset - one of the Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the U.S.

Museums in Olathe

Olathe’s rich history is at your fingertips when you visit the area. Its role in the growth of Kansas and the history of our nation cannot be denied. To explore it, you can see the following attractions:

  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site - it invites visitors to experience life in the 1860s, including livestock and hands-on activities for the family. As described above, this establishment played a pivotal role in the westward expansion, and it still stands as a monument to the lives of all who ventured west for a new adventure.
  • The Kansas City Automotive Museum - car lovers, rejoice! Kansas City’s automotive history is on display at this museum, including driving simulators and a design studio. The museum is in growth mode and plans to expand into celebrating further Kansas’  role in the automotive industry’s growth.
  • Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture - born out of interest for the Kansas School for the Deaf, it is a place for the public to learn more about the language, arts, and culture of deaf people. Although the facility is temporarily closed due to the current health crisis, it features artists and cultural programs relevant to the deaf.

If museums are not your preference, you can also take a guided walking tour of the Olathe Memorial Cemetery, where you can learn about famous people who played a pivotal role in the history of the town and of our country. While you’re there, make sure to take a look at the beautiful trees surrounding the cemetery grounds.

Protecting the Business Community in Olathe

Businesses in Olathe have the benefit of thriving in a place where modern structures co-exist with historical buildings. Whenever fire restoration services are required for a commercial setting, our SERVPRO team is mindful of the materials and structural specificities the site presents, and we perform our work accordingly. Our competent team has trained with the best in the industry to understand how smoke and fire travel through your space. As a result, we know precisely how to tackle the soot and smell left behind by the flames.

Cleaning fire damage is more complicated than simply wiping down with a household cleaner. Each surface requires careful attention, so the cleaning solutions; abrasive nature does not cause any further damage. Additionally, items not yet affected by the fire need to be separated as much as possible to avoid cross-contamination. Our SERVPRO crew has the wherewithal to address each of your specific needs throughout the restoration process.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley is here to protect you when disaster strikes. Call us at (913) 782-4693 as soon as you need us and let us work for you until your business looks and feels, “Like it never even happened.”

Slow Down This Black Friday With a Step Back in Olathe History

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Enjoy the 1860s with a living history lesson and tailored events dating back to Olathe's founding.

The Mahaffie House is one of the most recognizable historic properties in this region of Kansas, as it was once the primary supply location for those headed west along the Oregon Trail. It is fitting that this entire property will transform into a living piece of history on the day after Thanksgiving, showing how things might have looked back in the 1860s.

There are multiple fun activities and sites to behold when stepping away from the hustle and craziness of Black Friday for a simpler time. Some of what you can expect includes:

  • Stagecoach ride
  • Tour of the historic Mahaffie House
  • Agricultural and farming exhibits
  • Cookstove and blacksmith demonstrations
  • Unique gifts for holiday shopping

Just like in 1860, severe weather does not wait for a convenient time to strike. Our SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa team can help with intense storm damage cleanup for Olathe homes when you call (913) 782-4693.

Getting Fit This Holiday Season with Other Lenexa Families

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Be among the hundreds of participants in this year’s Gobbler Gallop 5k in Lenexa.

Everyone tends to have a few more side dishes than they should when gathered together for Thanksgiving, so you have an opportunity to counteract these choices with a virtual 5k run. Friends and neighbors throughout Lenexa might not be able to get together and run the race as intended due to pandemic restrictions, but a virtual race ensures that the event can continue without delays.

Register now for the event, and be sure to tune in on November 23rd for the kick-off event live on Facebook featuring giveaways and great stretching tips. You can pick up your commemorative shirt for the event at the Lenexa Recreational Center the week of Thanksgiving.

One thing you can’t outrun is mold in your house. Our SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa Remediation Technicians can work quickly to manage these threatening situations and make it “Like it never even happened.” Give our experienced team a call today at (913) 782-4693.

How Did Olathe Shape the Course of American History?

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Residents of Olathe would play a role in the course of the American Civil War.

As with most of the major wars that the United States and other foreign powers have gotten involved with, the tipping point was not reached overnight. For the Civil War in the 1800s, Americans were at a divisive point where a conflict was inevitable. Racial and territorial tensions would split the country into halves but left specific territories like Kansas as neutral ground unclaimed by the north or the south. The involvement of those living in settlements like Olathe at this time would ultimately be a driving point in the escalation of this inevitable conflict, especially with the direct interaction with Missouri residents.

Kansas Could Choose for Itself

In a time of great turmoil in the country, western expansion was as crucial to the American people as their position on slavery issues. When new states were joining into the country, such as Kansas and Nebraska, it was critical to determine where these territories would land on the most divisive platform in the union at the time. Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois would suggest a method of finding an agreeable compromise between the northern and southern states regarding new additions and their positions on slavery: The Kansas-Nebraska Act.

Olathe would be one of the cities most heavily targeted by this act, as it would make the state's position subject to a popular vote. Abolitionists and pro-slavery residents would clash often and violently to persuade or dissuade those on the fence, especially in border cities like Olathe, against Missouri's southern leanings. Ultimately, when the Civil War would begin, growing cities like Olathe and surrounding towns would continue to be targeted during the Bleeding Kansas conflict.

Olathe Against the Southern States

Olathe would be one of the areas that would directly tie to the Bleeding Kansas era surrounding the Civil War years. Because it joined the union as a free state, immediate conflict and tensions existed at Missouri's borders. Olathe was among the first areas where any bands of Confederates would attack when across the border. For a time, it served as a military outpost for one company and the available local militia.

Even though Olathe would decommission the military outpost within four years of its creation, three separate violent attacks would occur here and nearby Lawrence. While this is one of the most infamous and sordid points in the city's history, modern Olathe remembers their stand and position on slavery and the Civil War and continues to honor this involvement with annual festivals, fairs, and re-enactments of the period.

Historical Structures of Olathe

The City of Olathe manages multiple properties registered and accepted among the national register of historical sites. One such structure is the Mahaffie House, which was originally a resupply point for wagons passing through the area. With the city being one of the stops along the Oregon trail, many travelers had to seek haven and purchase dwindling food and other vital resources on their ways to make a new life in the wild and unkept west.

Ensor Farm area is another historic property that you should take the time to see, even if you have lived here in Johnson County your entire life. Among the most noteworthy aspects of this property (and its radio tower behind the house) is the desire to educate students through radio transmissions by the late Marshall Ensor. These free courses helped many learn about morse code and the technical aspects of obtaining a Federal Radio License.

The Diversity of the City in the 20th Century

A little more than a decade ago, Olathe was considered among the top 25 growing cities in the country. Despite it being one of the top five largest municipalities in Kansas, its inclusion with the Kansas City metropolitan area helps make the area attractive to prospective homebuyers that want to avoid costlier properties and utilities closer to the largest metropolis in Missouri. With more than 140,000 residents, every decade has marked a steady increase in the growth of residents, retail, and commercial enterprise. 

Despite much of Kansas being rural farmland that helps to supply the necessary produce and grain to feed the country, cities like Olathe are arenas to showcase the diversity of the state and its residents. As such, we have a broad cultural influence in municipalities like Olathe, focusing on promoting the arts, sciences, and social acceptance for all. The city works to embody its name 'beautiful' derived from the indigenous Shawnee people in more than appearances.

How Fast Water Restoration for Your Olathe Home Makes a Difference

As leading water restoration professionals for the Olathe and Lenexa areas, we can appreciate the value of a fast response when disasters strike. Water can spread quickly through a home or business, impacting both the structure and its contents simultaneously. Relying on competent and experienced restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team can ensure that the right measures get taken to protect as much of the property as possible immediately.

Water restoration in Olathe involves multiple phases beginning with controlled demolition and extraction. With a general contracting license, we can implement many emergency services such as repairs and preventative demolition when we first arrive. These professionals can also relocate and pack-out contents to our nearby facility for items that require more direct and thorough drying and cleaning attention.

Thorough drying of your home is a process that also must get started as soon as possible. Because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, we are prepared to reach damaged homes quickly in a crisis. Establishing drying zones and deploying industry-leading tools, equipment, and technology ensures that less building materials like drywall, carpeting, hardwood flooring, cabinets, and subflooring become irreparably damaged before drying can complete.

As challenging as water disasters might initially appear, you can count on the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa team to help. We are available 24/7 by calling (913) 782-4693.

How Do Flooded Olathe Homes Return to a Liveable Condition?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Flood Damage Technicians Can Clean and Dry your Olathe Home after a Flood Event.

Why is drying a property necessary?

Moisture is harmful to an indoor environment. When your Olathe home becomes wet, it promotes microbial growth, odours, and disintegration of materials. Fabrics and furnishings may bleed dye, shrink or suffer watermarks and staining. Restoring a flooded property requires careful examination of the drying procedure. By establishing an appropriate drying protocol, SERVPRO technicians can significantly reduce the losses associated with flooding. Our first step to returning a property to its preloss condition is to ensure that it is thoroughly dry. 

What are drying goals?

  • Drying goals are the condition of a property that technicians calculate can return it to a normal state.
  • Once a drying goal is achieved, the property should be close to its preloss condition after flooding.
  • Drying goals apply to both the structure and contents of your home, which can be measured accurately using a range of devices.

Why is humidity important to drying?

A professional flood damage technician working in your Olathe home pays close attention to the affected area's relative humidity (RH.) A professional restorer uses dry air to speed up the evaporation process. Most equipment that improves evaporation also affects humidity. In particular, when the relative humidity drops to below 40%, it begins to pull moisture from materials into the air. This process is especially useful when dealing with a flooded residence as it can help remove moisture from materials that may have absorbed significant amounts of water. SERVPRO technicians set a dry standard and return materials to an average equilibrium moisture content (EMC), which allows a flooded property to return to its preloss condition.

What is a dry standard and EMC?

  • Dry standards are measurements taken from unaffected contents or structure in your home. These become an ideal condition to reach in the affected area, a baseline measurement.
  • Normal Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) is taken from everyday materials and is a knowledge that can be applied to common building materials such as lumber.
  • Dry standards and EMCs are achieved using moisture meters, probes, and sensors regularly to ensure the drying strategy's effectiveness.

The faster you can dry a flooded property, the less damage it incurs. Contact SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693.

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What Are Possible Safety Hazards Needing Monitoring and Implementation of Effective Controls by Professional Fire Damage Recovery Responders?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

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A Household Blaze Is Not Merely a Messy Inconvenience

Significant Structural, Safety, and Health Risks Need Assessment and Control by SERVPRO's Trained and Certified Experts to Protect Olathe Residents and Their Property from the Consequences of Fire Damage.

Olathe residents who suffer through the fear and destruction of a home fire need to obtain professional assurance their house's structure is sound before addressing mitigation and remediation of the damage. A household fire's consequences can be wide-ranging, involving much more than a simple cleanup of soot. In particular, safety hazards can present in many different ways because of the damage done by heat, flames, and smoke. Added concerns mount as the effects of firefighting chemicals and water complicate the scene and exacerbate the level and extent of damage done to building materials and contents.

What Types of Safety Risks Threaten Both the Structure and the Inhabitants of Your Fire-Damaged Dwelling?

When the first responders wind up their efforts to knock down the blaze in your Olathe home, fire damage recovery requires swift assessment by highly-trained professionals. Although our crews are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and veterans of many fire damage site restoration jobs, we must take the time to inspect your home for specific safety hazards before working as every building is unique and poses different risks. 

  • Water Hazards

The quantity of firefighting water can be considerable and exposes your family and our crew members to: 

    • Enhanced electrical conduction, including shock and even electrocution risks
    • Contaminants from fire extinguisher chemicals, broken utility lines, and waste pipes, as well as fire residues suspended in the fluids
    • The threat of structural collapse if water collects in building cavities and over ceilings
  • Diminished Air-Quality 

As a fire burns through your home, the wood, rubber, plastics, textiles, food, paper, and other materials making up the structure and contents are the fuels. As they burn, dozens of chemical reactions occur, sending toxic and often carcinogenic residues into the air.

  • Charring and Burn-Through Hazards

Heat and flames can damage and weaken nearly every building material, including walls, floors, ceilings, stairs, and wooden or metal framing.

  • Fire Residue Hazards

The incompletely combusted carbon-based fire fuel mixes with the vapors and gases created by the blaze. Tiny particles of carbon color the smoke and eventually come to rest on surfaces throughout your home. This "soot" is corrosive and toxic, immediately causing deterioration of building materials and can cause health effects.

How Does SERVPRO Implement Safety Hazard Controls to Protect Occupants and Workers During Fire Damage Recovery?

  • Water Mitigation and Remediation Plus Structural Drying

Ridding the structure of the water is needed after we secure the scene. Removing water is a hybrid task -- it is a control and mitigation before it transforms into remediation. Our technicians:

    • Arrange for power shut off
    • Arrange for securing of weakened structures with supports or other strategies so heavy equipment can enter
    • Commence water removal with submersible pumps (gas-powered -- perfect when the power is off)
    • Move to truck-mounted extractors when water is below two inches deep (using SERVPRO onboard generators for power)
    • Brooms, squeegees, and portable extractors clean up the residual water
    • All firefighting water is by definition contaminated -- we contain and dispose of it following local regulations
    • Drying strategies reduce moisture content in affected structural components to prevent continuing deterioration and secondary damage such as mold damage
  • Cleaning Air and Protecting Workers and Occupants

To reduce the amount of dangerous particulates in the air and allow technicians to work even with low air quality we: 

    • Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for SERVPRO managers and technicians and require use
    • Exclude occupants from smoke and residue-filled areas
    • Set up containment partitions with 1.6 mil polyethylene and negative pressure air scrubbers and limit work to those spaces -- moving the protective "wrap" as other areas are cleaned
  • Stabilizing and Removing Charred Structural Components

If heat and flames diminish the safety of some building materials and supports, we tape off those areas and consider arranging for a structural engineer to consult about the overall integrity of the house. SERVPRO crews remove and bag loose debris and any structures removed through planned demolition.

  • Cleanup of Fire Residues

Once the water and debris are cleared, and we ensure the structure's stability, SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) begin evaluating the various soot deposits and affected surfaces throughout the home. Our crews match proprietary cleaners, tools, and techniques most likely to remove soot -- wet, dry, or protein-based -- from a wide range of surfaces and contents. Careful and effective removal steadily reduces the toxic load inside your home, eventually cleaning it to the degree needed for safe habitation, "Like it never even happened."

Have confidence that the team at SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa stands ready to evaluate, mitigate, and remediate structural damage and health risks after fire damage to your home. Call us day or night at (913) 782-4693 for prompt and professional services.

How Does SERVPRO Ensure Air Mover Safety During Water Damage Mitigation?

10/24/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers on carpet We have state of the art equipment necessary to dry the water damage in your home. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Olathe Homeowners Looking For Safe Effective Water Damage Mitigation.

It is all too easy for water to spill in an Olathe home. All it takes is a broken pipe or a leaky appliance. When a disaster happens, homeowners need mitigation services they can rely on. Thankfully, SERVPRO trains our staff to handle any size disaster, and we are available 24 hours a day.

The key to water damage mitigation in Olathe is efficient drying, once we have pumped out the water. Every water remediation project starts with using extractors and pumps to draw out as much water as possible. After that, we turn our attention to drying.

What is an air mover, and why is it important?

As soaked materials dry, the air above them becomes saturated with moisture. This layer of wet, cold air slows down the drying process. Air moving equipment aids drying by keeping the air in motion. Our technicians use air movers alongside dehumidifiers. The air movers push the warmer, drier air from the dehumidifiers across whichever surface needs drying.

 We use air movers to:

  • Dry the surface of carpets and hardwood floors
  • Dry around wet furniture and textiles
  • Move air out of the room and into another room

How does SERVPRO ensure air mover safety?

Safety is an essential part of any water mitigation operation. We ensure air mover safety by:

  • Only using units equipped with safety screens over the inlets and outlets
  • Only using units with thermally protected motors, so they cannot overheat
  • Air washing the units regularly so they cannot blow out excess dust during the restoration

Some air mover units are designed for “daisy-chaining.” This means powering one unit from another so that we only need to plug one unit into the mains. We use the plugged-in unit to power the others. Our staff knows the limits and best practices for “daisy-chaining”, so we can do it safely.

Are there different kinds of air mover?

Yes, our teams use two main kinds of air mover.

A centrifugal air mover uses an impeller to create centrifugal force. They are the best choice when we want to direct air to a specific point, such as drying out a damp corner. An axial air mover moves larger volumes of air and is suitable for drying out more extensive areas.

If you are worried about water damage mitigation, give SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley a call at (913) 782-4693.

What Causes Burst Pipes? What Can I Do to Prevent It?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Bursting Pipe Frozen Pipes, Moving Pipes, Water Pressure, Corrosion, Bursting Pipes in Kansas City

Burst pipes are a common occurrence in the Kansas City metro as the colder months set in. Many residents and workers are in buildings where the pipes are potentially older than their grandparents! It sounds like a car backfiring, this loud pop sound when these water pipes burst. The result is major flooding in the home and structural damage problems for homeowners. SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa has compiled a list of the four main reasons why burst pipes occur:

  1. Frozen Pipes
  2. Moving Pipes
  3. Water Pressure
  4. Corrosion

Frozen Pipes

In the Winter months, serious issues arise for the water supply pipes in the home. Cold temperatures generally cause contraction to occur. Ice has more volume than water, so when water freezes inside a pipe it expands and increases pressure inside the pipe. The pressure builds and needing to escape it’s forced to burst out of the pipe. The burst will occur at the weakest point in the pipe, with pressure bursting right out of the side of the pipe wall.

To prevent frozen pipes, make sure that your home never goes below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Open your cabinet doors below the sink to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes as well.

Moving Pipes

Pipes can actually move around within the walls if they’re not properly secured AND the water is suddenly turned on or off. One way to know for sure is if you can hear your water pipes making noise inside the walls or floors. If your pipes sound like they’re clanging against each other, it’s called a water hammer. What you’re hearing is that the pipes are moving back and forth due to not being held into place properly. Gradually, these pipes become weakened in the joints until one pipe fails and pressurized water has a crevice to escape from. This causes the water pipe to break and flood an entire floor within a few moments!

Water Pressure

Water pressure must be kept at a normal setting in order for your water supply pipes to function properly. Any noticeable increase in the water pressure can translate to a burst pipe. It can also lead to a sink, toilet, or tub. As pressure increases, the pipes will cave in and separate, causing a rupture. Think your water pressure is getting too high? Here’s what to do!

  1. Monitor it by attaching a pressure gauge to a sink spout and turning on the faucet. The pressure will move the needle on the gauge and display the water pressure in psi (pounds per square inch). 
  • The water pressure in most homes is between 30-50 psi to avoid damage to pipes and plumbing fixtures.
  1. If your home’s water pressure is too high, a SERVPRO technician can install a pressure reducing valve to bring it down to safer levels.

Corrosion

Pipes are meant to last a long time and provide decades worth of reliable service, but they aren’t able to last indefinitely. Over time, buildings experience corrosion which can mean that pipes will show signs of failure or decay. Corrosion is caused by an imbalance of pH in the water. At first, this seems to be a minor issue, but it takes its tolls on the pipes over the years. 

Many water supply pipes are made of galvanized iron, the minerals inside the water slowly wear down the galvanized coating and expose the iron pipe beneath. In time, the iron turns to rust and gradually clogs the interior of the pipe which prevents water from getting through. As a result, your pipe may burst or the water flow may be stopped entirely.

What Should I Do Now?

If you experience a burst pipe, the first step is to turn off the Water Main. Then, be sure to call a professional from SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa to remediate the water damage and to determine the cause of the burst pipe. Why is it important? Early detection and annual checkups can help prevent this issue from happening again in the future. Our team of experienced water remediation technicians is able to assist in giving tips for preventing water damage in addition to offering cleanup services.

If this happens to your building, don’t worry. Our team will be on-site as soon as possible to start removing water and determining the source of damage to prevent future disasters. We know that burst pipes are unexpected and downright terrifying, but leave it to us to get it fixed promptly. We’re able to remove water quickly so you won’t have to replace everything and you can go back to your daily routine as soon as possible.

Trust the #1 Name in Water Restoration for Kansas City and call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa at (913)782-7693

What Happens if Some of the Water from a Leak or Spill Is Not Removed from My Lenexa Property?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room with washer and dryer Excess water can fill your space when you least expect it. Contact our team for expert water removal and remediation services.

Let SERVPRO Experts Follow the Water -- Complete Removal from Lenexa Homes Delivers the Best Outcomes

Life is busy, and disruptions to your routine are hard to manage, but when water invades your Lenexa home for whatever reason, you need to take action. Water is an incredibly destructive force to building materials and the contents of your home. It also can be silent in its "invasion," seemingly draining away and improperly considered no longer a problem.

When the Water Disappears, Can I Stop Worrying About Harm to My Home?

The importance of completing water removal in your Lenexa home cannot be overstated. Ignoring the question, "where did the water go?" sets you up for a broad range of significant problems that far outweigh the expense and temporary inconvenience of dealing with the initial water issues promptly and comprehensively. Our crews pursue rigorous training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an international restoration industry standard-setting organization. A critical focus during the training involves learning a range of strategies to follow the pathways water takes deep into your home's structural components.

Can I Let Nature Take Its Course and Wait for the Wet Materials to Dry on Their Own?

Some spaces in buildings, including your home, seem to bounce back from a water emergency in Lenexa well, but it is still smart to have the SERVPRO team take a look to ensure all the water spilling and spreading is appropriately managed and removed. For example, a kitchen or bathroom often has a theoretically waterproof floor, typically constructed of ceramic tile or other resilient floor covering. The tile and sealed grout is intended to contain water in a space where it is expected to splash and puddle because of the room's function. Unfortunately, all it takes is an eroding sealer or cracks in the grout to start and build a water damage problem. Over time and certainly after a substantial water intrusion like a water heater or a supply line rupture, the small imperfections can result in:

  • Saturation of the subfloor
  • Weakening of floor joists
  • Further breaks in the grout as the underlying materials swell and distort, causing the tiles to dislodge
  • Dripping onto building materials below the affected room -- ceilings and walls show bulging and staining, and can risk collapse
  • Mold growth and damage

How Do Professionals Follow the Migration of Water?

The ceramic tile example above is just one of many we see when responding to water loss concerns. You might think you are ahead of and "mopped up" the problem. Then the hardwood floor under the leaky radiator or the open window where the rain blew in begins to distort, "cupping" from the continuous wicking of moisture from the wet plywood beneath. The dishwasher leak seems resolved, but then a musty odor will not relent because of mold growing under nearby cabinets holding water behind their toe kicks. A slow leak in a pipe enclosed by walls eventually destroys the insulation inside and dissolves the gypsum board from the backing out. These situations are just the iceberg's tip, so how do we discover the water causing this destruction?

  • Infrared Imaging

Our crews have technicians skilled in interpreting the temperature fluctuations shown by infrared cameras. These professionals can pinpoint hidden caches of water and areas heavily saturated with water without tearing out walls or floors first.

  • Moisture Detectors

Sensitive tools use probes to locate moisture in building materials. Our technicians test many areas to draw a map of the water intrusion. This thorough detection is crucial as we use techniques to mitigate or halt continuing migration. It also focuses our workers on the areas that need water removal and structural drying.

  • Moisture Meters

Moisture meters determine the levels of absorbed water in various structural components. We also test unaffected structures in your home to provide a "goal" to achieve, because nearly all structural materials have a normal moisture content level.  The readings offer data needed when we complete the removal of liquid water and move into the drying phase. We want the materials dried to the appropriate level when balancing the data to avoid secondary damage like mold, but not overdried, which causes other damage.

The trained, experienced, and well-equipped crews from SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley are expert water migration detectives, relentless in removing water and lingering moisture wherever it hides. Get your home back to "Like it never even happened." Call (913) 782-4693 24/7/365.

Is It Possible to Rid a Business of a Smoke Smell?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

"Fire" The situation can feel quite overwhelming when your business is affected by fire damage. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Can Handle Smoke Odors Throughout Olathe Businesses with Our Detailed Fire Damage Restoration Techniques.

A small fire can turn into a significant structure fire, meaning that your commercial space can be in danger of extensive damage. Calling in skilled fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) gives you the confidence you need that your Olathe storefront will be free of foul smoke odors once the project is complete. Because smoke and soot particles travel and land in hard to reach spaces, it is imperative that you have SERVPRO on your side to take care of all lingering odors.

How Do You Handle Fire and Smoke Damage?

We have skilled technicians that will arrive at your place of business to begin fire damage restoration in Olathe. Our team has training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), letting you know that we stop at nothing to restore and repair than replace items and materials whenever possible. Once the structure is safe for entry, we perform our initial inspection to note fire damage and charring to your interior belongings and areas where smoke and soot residue may have traveled. To deal with odors after a fire, we:

  • Remove all charred debris and odorous elements, such as unsalvageable contents and burnt debris. 
  • Carefully clean all surfaces where odor-causing particles settled. Every room gets checked to see where odors might have penetrated.
  • We can recreate the conditions that brought on odor penetration using thermal fogging machines that put out heated deodorizers. 
  • Surfaces like walls ductwork can get sealed off to inhibit odors from lingering throughout your building. 

SERVPRO also takes note of all efforts made during the cleanup to have paperwork for your insurance claim. Items get inventoried when packed up to be moved off-site for cleaning and all things that get disposed of.

Call (913) 782-4693 to have SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley deploy a crew to your business for fire damage restoration.

How can we Start Water Cleanup in Olathe Restaurants?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Tables and chairs in restaurant. Ready for customers Customers don’t want to see water damage on the menu. Call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

SERVPRO Arrives at Your Olathe Business to Begin Water Mitigation Efforts Within Four Hours or Less of Your Initial Call 

Whether you have flooding from a storm or pipe burst in your Olathe restaurant, you never want to wait too long so that secondary damage has a chance to set in. The results of a water incident can bring a costly catastrophe down on your business that you can avoid with prompt action. Once you call us, SERVPRO deploys a crew to your location to get started right away on mitigation and restoration efforts. 

How Does SERVPRO Deal with Water? 

We know that each project for commercial water mitigation in Olathe that we get called to can be different. However, we use the same proven formula to address each situation, such as: 

  • We identify the source of water intrusion so that we can control it
  • We determine the level of contamination before beginning repair
  • We remove all standing water
  • We ensure mold growth gets carefully monitored and inhibited
  • We utilize equipment like dehumidifiers, fans, and air movers to evaporate moisture and lower relative humidity
  • We remove and replace all materials with damage beyond repair 

We know that your business is your livelihood, so we take great pride in our commercial water mitigation services. Our crew works fast to ensure you are back up and running once again while cutting down restoration costs. We take the additional time necessary to make certain that your restaurant is free from potential contaminants by addressing your HVAC system and cleaning your air ducts to focus on airborne particulates. We also treat each surface, giving a thorough cleaning and sanitizing so that everything inside the restaurant is “Like it never even happened.” 

Your restaurant customers can feel secure when visiting by seeing the CERTIFIED SERVPRO CLEANED decal displayed on your entrance door. This decal denotes our proactive cleaning and disinfection applications completed on a rigorous schedule. 

Call SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley 24/7 at (913) 782-4693 for prompt, reliable emergency service. Within hours, you will have a crew chief on-site to handle the initial assessment.

Why Should You Choose A Locally Owned Mold Remediation Company?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles Homeowners breathe a sigh of relief when the SERVPRO green fleet swiftly arrives for mold remediation.

Shawnee Homeowners Need Mold Remediation Companies That Care.

If you live in Shawnee, you know the importance of your local community. Your community is where you make your home, perhaps where you work or where your children go to school, and where you do your shopping and find your friends.

If you need mold remediation in Shawnee, you want to be sure the company you choose cares about the local area. SERVPRO is a franchise company. That means that dedicated local entrepreneurs own each local operation. It also means we have access to national resources – truly the best of both worlds.

Why does being locally owned matter?

Because SERVPRO is locally owned, each office is run by people who are part of the local community. That means your nearby team truly understands the needs of people in the area. We know the local concerns, and we know the climate and culture. Because we work and live here, we have an investment in the community.

What does access to national resources mean?

Because we are a franchise company, each office has access to national resources from head office, including:

  • Comprehensive on-site training for technicians
  • Industry-standard mold remediation equipment
  • Ongoing training to make sure our teams stay abreast of industry developments

Being part of a national company means every team adheres to corporate standards, including:

  • Putting customer satisfaction first
  • Ensuring that we are Faster To Any Size Disaster
  • Caring for your home and belongings as if they were our own

What is the mold remediation process?

Once you have called in a trustworthy local company, what can you expect?

The first stage is an assessment and drawing up a plan of action. Next, our team will set up containment and switch off fans and HVAC systems so the mold cannot spread. Then it is time to clean – we wipe, scrub, and blast surfaces until the mold has gone. We also use air scrubbers to trap mold particles and to deodorize your home.

Our crew will clean up after themselves before they leave and check in with you in a week to ensure you are happy.

If you need a top-rated Kansas City mold remediation company that cares, call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693.

What Information Can Job Scoping Determine About a Fire in Olathe?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

interior of house covered in soot and burned furniture Fire damage is tricky to deal with when you don’t know where to start. Contact SERVPRO to help you through the mitigation and remediation process.

Job scoping is an essential component to fire restoration for Olathe homes and gets conducted by our highly trained project manager.

Preemptive planning and preparation for restoration and mitigation are vital in protecting Olathe homes after a fire. Between meeting the expectations and demands of our customers established during this walkthrough of the property to cataloging damages and total losses, we can ensure that claims get approved in a timely fashion to limit costlier deterioration and hazardous conditions.

The severity of fire damage in Olathe homes varies from one property to the next, making this evaluation a valuable effort to ensure that the right equipment, products, and personnel reach your residence as soon as possible. Some of the key elements to a successful damage assessment and job scoping phase include:

  • Pre-Existing Conditions – One critical point to evaluate when determining the work to get completed in a fire loss is what damage existed before the disaster. Not only can this save time for our restorers, but it reduces restoration costs for the customer.
  • Present Damages – Atmospheric readings, standing water from extinguishment, structural deterioration, and soot coatings can be immediate starting points addressed through mitigation.
  • Environmental Hazards – Soot particles and other contaminants circulating in the environment can provide threats to responding technicians. We can evaluate the need for machines like air scrubbers.
  • Safety Concerns – Structural weak points and other hazards that could lead to injury should get documented. 
  • Damaged Contents – Your personal belongings are often directly in the line of fire loss effects, requiring on and off-site cleaning and restoration.

How is SERVPRO Faster To Any Size Disaster?

Through pre-stocked trailers and an extensive roster of qualified professionals certified in Fire & Smoke Restoration and Odor Control, we can reach homes quickly after a fire. This prompt response can ensure that mitigation is more effective.

Fires can be a disastrous and dangerous situation for homeowners. Our SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa team can help with a fast and knowledgeable response. Give us a call today at (913) 782-4693.

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My Basement is Flooded, What Can I Do?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Couch in flood water We understand how seriously flood water can impact your home. No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

Olathe Homeowners Can Get the Flood Damage Help They Need by Calling SERVPRO After a Storm.

Basements tend to flood first during heavy rainfall because they are the lowest point of the home. Whenever you get hit with the unexpected, SERVPRO is available 24/7 for your Olathe property's emergency restoration. Our rapid response ensures that your personal property and structural materials have the best chance of full recovery. 

Why Did My Basement Get Overloaded with Water?

With excessive rain during a storm, over saturation of the ground can lead to hydrostatic pressure. This occurs whenever moisture around the exterior of your basement or foundation will exceed the interior's pressure. Once this happens, water seeks lower pressure that can result in cracks and foundation leaks. We can address the issues you have with flood damage in Olathe to clean up standing water and dry out your basement interior.

What Happens During Flood Water Removal?

We use a broad assortment of treatments to restore your home to preloss condition. This may include:

  • Rapid, efficient water removal using pumps and extractors to inhibit water from creating secondary damage and harm to your structural elements.
  • The use of proprietary products and methods for restoration.
  • Industrial-strength equipment and tools like dehumidifiers and air movers to bring moisture levels down.
  • Controlled demolition, if required, to remove unsalvageable materials to be replaced with all-new materials.
  • Thorough cleaning and sanitizing of all surface areas with EPA-registered cleaning agents.
  • Complete documentation of all belongings disposed of or removed for off-site cleaning and drying.

Flood damage throughout your basement is a destructive event best left to skilled technicians for restoration. SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley is the team to call for reliable emergency service. Contact us when you need a crew deployed for water removal at (913) 782-4693. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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Do Construction Materials Make A Difference for Water Mitigation?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

image of tablet and smart phone with ERP app Call SERVPRO to Prevent or Mitigate Water Damage to Your Olathe Commercial Workplace. Our ERP Plan can help keep your doors open for business.

Olathe Business Owners Are Looking for the Best Water Damage Mitigation Service

Anyone who owns a business in Olathe knows that part of being an entrepreneur is hiring contractors for different roles. For example, you might employ a waste disposal company, an electrician, or a health and safety trainer. You might have a contract with a catering service or an office supplies store.

If you need water mitigation services in Olathe, you’ll want to hire a water damage restoration team who know what they’re doing. SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley understands the needs of the local business community. We especially appreciate the need for rapid water damage mitigation in the event of a flood or leak.

One aspect of effective water cleanup is assessing the type of construction material that comprises your premises.

Why is construction material so important?

Understanding the type of construction material is vital to any water mitigation effort because the material type affects:

  • How much water the building absorbs
  • The risk of materials warping or buckling due to moisture
  • Which drying procedures are most likely to be effective
  • Whether we need to check inside the structure for hidden mold
  • How quickly we can dry your building and get you back to business

Let’s take a look at some common construction materials and how each type factors into a water mitigation project. In all cases, the degree of restoration possible depends on the category of water, which is a component our team will assess and inform you about.

Drywall, also known as gypsum, consists of gypsum material with paper on the front, back, and long edges. Some commercial buildings have more than one layer of drywall, which is critical to know as more layers mean a longer drying time. In many cases, we can save drywall if the seams are intact, and there is no noticeable swelling or signs of fungal growth.

Plaster is usually gypsum or cement-based, and the plaster is applied to wood, metal, or gypsum lath (lath is a thin strip that forms the foundation for a plaster wall.) Whether we can save plaster depends on the lath as well as the water category. The plaster requires controlled drying to ensure a precise result.

Wood frames are commonly made from pine, fir, spruce, or a wood composite. Wood warps and bulges when exposed to too much water. In many cases, we can restore wood framing even if some warping and buckling have already occurred. Wood requires controlled drying to manage the temperature and drying speed, thus preventing further cracking or damage.

Metal frames are resistant to water, although they must be well dried to prevent rust formation. Metal frames can be restored regardless of the amount or category of water. However, if the water is contaminated, we will clean and disinfect metal frames to ensure they are hygienic.

A thorough assessment is the first step in any SERVPRO project. During the assessment phase, we note which materials are present and the extent of the damage. We have a variety of moisture meters, thermal hygrometers, and sensors on hand to assess both external and internal water damage.

What else can SERVPRO do to help with water mitigation?

Once we have ascertained which materials are present, and the extent of water damage, we draw up a restoration plan that is unique to your business.

We also take care of:

  • Vacuuming and pumping away excess water
  • Cleaning damaged textiles and furniture
  • Spot cleaning stubborn stains or delicate fabrics
  • Mold treatments if necessary
  • Drying and deodorizing your business to leave it “Like it never even happened.”

Is there anything I can do to prepare?

You cannot always predict when a flood, appliance leak, or structural damage will cause a problem. However, you can prepare for potential disasters and make sure all staff knows what to do when a problem occurs.

One way to prepare is by using our free Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP). Start by downloading the free app and using a laptop, smartphone, or PC to create an online account. Now you are ready to start a thorough assessment of your business facility. The app guides you through what to look for, what to take note of, and even where to stop and take photographs. You can use the information to build a thorough damage response plan for all staff. You can include the chain of command, emergency contacts, SERVPRO details, and instructions for shutting off water mains or evacuating staff members. Call us to set up an appointment for the ERP.

Now everybody knows what to do and can act quickly when needed.

For help with water mitigation in your business, call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693.

Are There Any Health Hazards During Water Mitigation in Olathe?

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

water dripping down from a white wet ceiling Water damage is not something that most people can handle alone. Contact SERVPRO and get professional help in dealing with water damage in your home.

Olathe Homeowners Must Be Aware Of The Risks Of Water Mitigation

Water damage is a homeowner’s nightmare. People living in the Olathe area are keen to protect their homes and make sure that even in the event of a flood or a burst pipe, they can get back to life as usual before too long.

SERVPRO understands that Olathe homeowners might be keen to carry out water mitigation after a flood. It is only natural to want to restore your damaged home quickly. Homeowners often try to mop up the water, wring out drapes, trash water-logged items, and move precious keepsakes out of harm’s way, after a flood. However, we recommend waiting for the professionals to arrive – water cleanup comes with several health risks that you might not be aware of.

What are some of the health risks of water mitigation?

There are many health risks associated with water removal procedures, including:

  • There is a risk of contact with contaminated water. Depending on the source of the pool, there is a chance that it is contaminated with chemicals or human waste. The thought of such dangerous water is very unpleasant, and homeowners need to be fully aware of this risk.
  • Overhead light fixtures, appliances, and smaller lamps, all pose an electric shock risk if there is water present. You cannot always see whether water has seeped into wiring or not – but your teams know how to check. SERVPRO teams always ensure there is no active power to fittings before touching them, to eliminate the risk of electric shocks.
  • Slip, trip, and fall hazards are very common in water-damaged homes. Wet surfaces are usually slippery, and when you combine slippery surfaces with the possibility of poor lighting and scattered debris, the chances of a trip or fall rise significantly.

There may be other structural hazards in place, such as from hanging or damaged drywall, wet carpets, or damaged wood.

SERVPRO wants local homeowners to understand that there are many health hazards associated with water mitigation in their Olathe homes. That’s why it’s better to call in the professionals who have training in assessing and handling such risks.

Why should I wait till SERVPRO arrives?

If you try to carry out water mitigation by yourself, the risks are twofold.

First, you do not have the necessary training to assess and handle the health hazards associated with water cleanup. That means you are putting yourself at risk if you try to proceed alone.

Second, you do not have professional equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, and water extractors. Attempting mitigation without the right equipment increases the chances of an incomplete job and more problems in the future due to overlooked damages.

What does SERVPRO do to lessen the health risks?

SERVPRO ensures each of our technicians receives thorough training in how to assess and reduce risks during the water mitigation process. For example:

  • We begin every site visit with a thorough assessment of the situation. We take into account the damage to your home and all potential risks and draw up a clear plan for restoration and mitigation.
  • We equip all our technicians with appropriate personal protective equipment, including masks, breathing apparatus, gloves, and coveralls, to keep them safe from potential contamination.
  • We train our technicians in the safest way to move through small and enclosed spaces, water damaged rooms, and structures with missing rooves or broken windows.
  • If necessary, we construct containment areas to ensure the safety of both our team and your loved ones.

Our teams also carry out thorough extraction and drying to leave your home dry and safe once more, and reduce the risk of mold growth.

SERVPRO teams also deodorize your home, and clean and sanitize water-damaged items, to leave it smelling fresh.

Is there anything else I can do to hasten the restoration process?

We understand that you want to get back to your home as soon as possible. 

The best way to get your home restored quickly is to call us as soon as possible after water damage. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can come to your aid.

We know it can be tempting to try and help, but please stay clear of our teams while they work – we are there to keep you safe.

In some cases, you might need to move out for a while so we can restore your home and make it safe once more. In cases such as these, our pack-out and move-out services help keep your belongings safe and in good order while we sanitize and restore them.

Water mitigation can be dangerous and is a job for professionals. Don’t try to handle mitigation yourself – call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693.

How Can I Handle this Flooding in My Basement?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used in water damage room When storms cause water to enter your basement, call SERVPRO! We are always on call.

SERVPRO Offers Partial and Full Move Out Services When You Have Flood Damage Lurking in Your Olathe Basement 

Flooding in a basement is a common issue that many homeowners face at one time or another. Even a smaller-scale flood can present with high-level damages, so calling in SERVPRO to help is the best way to get results. We can be at your Olathe property in as little as a few hours after receiving your call to begin the assessment and restoration phases. 

Why is a Move Out necessary? 

When you have flood damage in Olathe from a storm where water infiltrates your basement, it is often necessary to pack up and move out items so that our crew can get to work. We always carefully inspect and inventory all belongings we pack up to have a detailed listing of what items get moved where. 

SERVPRO works to manage the job so that you have the most cost-efficient results. For example: 

  • We often clean contents before moving them to a staging area, which may reduce the time and cost needed for the project.
  • We identify any items that are unsalvageable because of floodwater. All articles, even if disposed of, get logged for your records. 

What Type of Damage Might Be Present? 

There are several ways that floodwater may impact your interior, including: 

  • Overloading of your waterproofing system
  • Damage to your foundation
  • Potential mold and mildew growth 

Floodwater contains a variety of contaminants, including chemical runoff, pests, and sewage. Our technicians treat the area with EPA-registered agents and biocide solutions that help inhibit microbial proliferation. 

We are available 24 hours a day to assist you with flood damage. Call SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693 to send a team out to get to work promptly. 

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Can Long Term Water Damage Be Dried Out, Safe for Continued Business in Olathe?

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

"Open for business" SERVPRO Understands the Importance of Getting back to Business as Usual. Let us Help you, We are Always Available.

The Broad-Based Training SERVPRO Technicians Bring to Every Project Supports Success in All Types of Water Damage Repair for Olathe Businesses

Providing a unique and comforting ambiance underlies your approach to operating a bed-and-breakfast in Olathe. Aging plumbing and nooks and crannies that can hide water loss can turn a simple broken pipe into a vast repair project. Undetected water damage uncovered, and deterioration and odors discovered mean you need more than new plumbing.

How Do Professionals Find Hidden Water and Its Damage?

When you suspect you need water damage repair in your Olathe inn, you want it assessed and wrapped up in a single plan, with immediate implementation. Because water is a progressive and corrosive risk to building materials, we agree, and make every effort to discover all moisture and previous damage in one go. To track the migration of water damage we use

Will My B and B Need to Be Torn Apart to Fix Water Damage?

Although SERVPRO cannot predict the future, we do have our training and experience upon which to base opinions. We have many ways to access the moisture and microbial activity that can follow a long-standing leak that still respects your cozy ambiance. We use innovative equipment and methods that require small access points to reach into and extract water and dry out spaces. A system that uses a series of small holes drilled into the base of a wall can suction water with negative air pressure and blow in dry air with positive pressure. Base and bead boards pry off to permit the drilling and then reattach to hide the minimal damage. Heaters and air movers, teamed up with dehumidifiers, positioned adjacent to or beneath a wet area can manipulate the environment enough to achieve appropriate drying.

Give SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley a chance to show how we use modern equipment with respect for your historic building’s past to repair water damage. Call us at (913) 782-4693 to schedule a consultation to save your business and its reputation.

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When Should I Call SERVPRO After a Fire in My Olathe Home?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

fire flames We are available 24/7 to help through emergency services, mitigation, and job scoping.

Fire in My Olathe Home

While we can respond quickly to emergencies in Olathe, it is wise to notify our team as soon as disasters occur so that we can mobilize with the equipment and personnel to help.

Meeting the demands of fire damage in Olathe properties involves an immediate response to emergencies as they are happening. As tempting as it might initially be to attempt DIY restoration in some regards, this can delay vital mitigation efforts from starting that could save both time and money on the restoration your home requires.

As you might instantly recognize fire damage in your Olathe home, many property owners delay contacting restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team until they have heard back from their insurance company or until extinguishment completes. Reacting quickly and securing professional restorers can ensure that the right mitigation steps get taken as soon as possible to prevent the extensive structural loss, content loss, and higher costs.

How Do Professionals Stay Prepared for Fire Loss Emergencies?

A fast response can make a considerable difference in your fire-damaged home. With our team reaching your property within hours of the first notice of loss, we can begin the appropriate measures to reduce your total loss. We can also work on vital efforts like job scoping and damage assessment to meet the demands of your insurance company, so there is less delay in the damage claim process. Our prompt response to emergencies begins with:

Stocked READY Trailers – With dozens of vehicles in our Green Fleet, keeping vehicles stocked and ready to mobilize is a vital method for a smoother rollout. We can keep trailers and production vehicles stocked with deodorizers, cleaning equipment, and water restoration gear to begin mitigation as soon as we arrive.

Experienced Professionals – The more skilled fire restoration professionals that we have on our roster, the more skilled team members you can expect to find whenever disasters strike. We have experienced technicians to offer 24/7 fire restoration.

Staffed Emergency Line – When disasters strike, you do not want to speak your message to a machine. When you call our SERVPRO team, you are getting through to a real person who can translate the information into quickly mobilizing our professionals.

Do I Call Restoration or My Insurance Company First?

After a fire loss, it might feel like the logical first step to reach out to your insurance company. You likely have coverage that can help to secure the funding for fire restoration through these firms. As a preferred vendor for local and major insurance companies, we can understand what these companies need to approve damage claims and get the ball rolling on approvals to begin restoration work and even reconstruction efforts when necessary.

Documentation – Photographic evidence is a universal need for insurance adjusters when working with professional restorers on what a property needs to return to preloss condition.

Cataloging Loss – We keep an accurate account of all damage encountered to the structure and its contents. Thorough inspections and evaluations can indicate to your insurance company the specific steps required to restore your home and belongings.

Reporting to Insurance Adjuster – We cut out the middleman and prevent you from running back and forth by working directly with your insurance provider. We can improve the efficiency of approvals in this manner and get started much more quickly.

What Are Emergency Services?

Another advantage of reaching out to our SERVPRO professionals as soon as possible is the emergency services that we can provide. These services are pre-mitigation, which can help to ensure that later restorative efforts are more productive and that recovery is safe for our technicians and any occupants of the house that might be in the area. Some of these actions include:

Controlled Demolition – This effort involves removing compromised portions of structural elements and construction materials before the situation gets worse, and more of the material becomes damaged.

Debris Removal – Shoveling and vacuuming out piles of ash, debris, and charred remnants from the fire can reduce odors and soot concentrations in the house and provide better conditions for job scoping.

Air Quality Control – Soot is a carcinogenic threat in the environment of many structure fires. This presence, among many other potential contaminants, can be addressed and removed in part by the use of air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and other filtering tools.

As destructive as fire losses can be, our SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley team can help to protect as much of your home as possible in the earliest stages of recovery. We are available 24/7 to help through emergency services, mitigation, and job scoping. Give us a call today at (913) 782-4693.

How Does So Much Water Get into My House During a Minor Summer Storm?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

green service vehicle Olathe residents are relieved when they see the green service vehicles of SERVPRO to rectify their storm damage.

SERVPRO Helps Evaluate the Cause of Olathe Storm-Related Flood Damage as We Mitigate and Remediate Current Issues

The professionals we send to your Olathe home are prepared to assess your flooding issues and create a mitigation and remediation plan. Our goal is to make your current crisis "Like it never even happened." We also want to work with you to discover the underlying problem, helping you determine how to manage or eliminate the malfunction that caused the flooding to enter your home.

It Was Just a Gentle Rain! Why Is There Flooding in My Basement?

Flood damage in Olathe can stem from an accumulation of water over several days or periods of rain. The ground next to your foundation becomes saturated, and the water's pressure eventually causes seepage into your basement. Homeowners have some strategies available to minimize this effect, and they are not necessarily difficult or costly.

How Can I Direct Water Away from My Foundation?

SERVPRO suggests two proven strategies to keep water in your yard and out of your home that are worth trying.

Well-Functioning Gutter and Downspout System

  • Review the condition of your roofline's drainage system. Gutters should be:
  • Sound and installed at the proper angle to send the water dripping off the roof to the downspouts.
  • Downspouts must be firmly attached to the home structure and have extensions that release the water more than ten feet from the foundation of the house.

Appropriately sloped soil adjacent to the foundation:

  • The fill next to your house should slope down and away.
  • Any plantings next to the house should be checked for hidden erosion of the soil, causing water to drain into the foundation.

We are committed at SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa to helping our customers not only solve the immediate flooding crisis but also adapt things in your home environment to prevent the damage from recurring. Call us 24/7 at (913) 782-4693 for short term fixes and long-term solutions.

Is It True Fire Odors Can Travel Through the Ductwork in My Home?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

A fire blazing out of a home. Take action fast when it comes to your Olathe fire damage.

SERVPRO techs can remove the visible and odorous evidence of a fire in your Olathe residence

There are several actions a homeowner can take immediately after a fire. It is possible for odorous, airborne soot particles to travel throughout the home via foot traffic and the ductwork. First and foremost, after this type of loss, ask the fire department personnel at the scene if it is safe to enter the property. If it is, you can do the following: 

  • Turn off the HVAC
  • Turn off the electricity
  • Remove valuables and important papers
  • Close the doors to the fire loss area

What is the Best Way to Remove Fire Damage and Fire Extinguisher Foam?

One of the keys to getting rid of fire damage in your Olathe home is to bring in a professional restoration services company. A small amount of fire loss can quickly become a large amount if the soot gets the opportunity to spread around the home. SERVPRO techs test the residues to determine the type and then examine the surface they are on to choose the best cleaning method. 

It is not unusual to find different types of smoke residues in a single room requiring different removal applications, and it is vital to outsource the cleanup. DIY efforts can result in great damage, for example, if wet cleaning solutions get used on dry smoke, which can stain or embed it further into surfaces. The techs have equipment ranging from manual dry cleaning sponges for gently lifting away dry smoke to solvent-mixtures to wipe away stubborn wet smoke. When the mitigation efforts complete, the techs can inspect the ductwork to ensure there are no issues with smoke odors remaining. 

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa at (913) 782-4693 has extensive training and experience restoration local properties from any size fire damage issue. Our teams are available 24/7, call now. 

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What Could Happen After My Olathe Roof Leak?

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

A ceiling with water spots and a whole. Roof damage can become a huge issue, let SERVPRO assist you today.

Our Professionals Can Help to Identify Flood and Moisture Damage After Storm Losses at Your Olathe Home. 

One of the most challenging aspects of water damage that comes through the roof of your Olathe home is not knowing how widespread the problem has become. A leak in the roof can persist for weeks or even months before you recognize some of the signs of a problem. Between our restoration specialists and our experienced in-house contractors, we can offer a comprehensive approach that addresses these concerns starting as soon as we arrive.

Roof leaking can be a destructive situation, especially considering that structural deterioration and weakening can be one of the long-term storm damages in Olathe homes after powerful weather events. Our SERVPRO professionals can evaluate the extent of this damage and what can get done to limit controlled demolition, reinstallation, and prolonged restoration practices that might be necessary.

How Do I Know Roof Damage Has Occurred? 

Recognizing a problem might not always be as straightforward and simple as you might have thought. In many situations where small breaches in your roof have formed, water might not pour into your home, leaving a much slower spread to the damage. The drawback of not immediately recognizing a threat is how long materials can remain exposed to flood damage without drying. Some indicators can show you when your roof might potentially be leaking. These include:

  • Spotting – Spotting is a sign that microbial growth might have begun on surfaces like drywall and ceiling tiles. The only way that this can occur is with more than 48 hours of moisture exposure, which can show that a leak has persisted longer than you might have realized. 
  • Structural Breaches – Other damages to your home after a storm can often also indicate the possibility of punctures or missing shingles on your roof. You should inspect your roof or attic space as soon as possible if you believe structural damage might exist.  
  • Sagging Materials – Water saturating through the unfinished floor of your attic can impact the ceiling system materials, including both drywall and insulation. When these items get heavier, they can begin to sag under the weight. 

What Emergency Services Can Help Roof Damage? 

Our professionals understand the value of beginning repairing damages to your roof or cleaning up flooding as soon as possible. Emergency services might indicate many of the immediate tasks that our SERVPRO team complete upon arrival, and several of these include:

  • Roof Tarping – Tarping breaches or openings in the roof can prevent further water penetration so that our technicians can get to work on drying your home.Tarping is temporary, and our contractors can later fully restore and repair the roof. 
  • Board Up – When strong winds break windows or remove siding or plywood from the sides of your home, board up is a vital service to keeping your property from getting more heavily damaged by wind-driven rain or hail damages. 
  • Extraction – Many tools can help with the extraction in your home, and this is a common need when roof damages are considerable enough to allow for direct runoff into your house. With the use of submersible pumps and vacuums, we can gain control of standing water before it becomes more of a threat to the rest of the house.
  • Positive Pressure Systems – Wall and ceiling cavities can hold onto water after roof damages, so much that you might not recognize a problem until it begins to breach the surface layers. Positive pressure systems allow for direct infusion of warm, dry air into structural openings to promote evaporation. 

Why is Attic Flooding So Destructive? 

Flooding in your attic is one of the most troublesome locations for this damage because you might not realize that the problem exists before it is a substantial threat. There are three primary reasons that flooding in the attic space can be a costly and threatening situation for the rest of your house. These include:

  • Water migrating into other areas and lower levels of your house.
  • The development of mold and fungal colonies.
  • Prolonged exposure of structural elements can lead to collapse.

Can SERVPRO Rebuild After Restoration? 

While many restoration teams require you to pursue your own contractors after a restoration has occurred, our SERVPRO team can offer a comprehensive approach that includes both the mitigation and the reconstruction that your property needs. This seamless transition between restoration and rebuilding reduces the time and money involved in the recovery of your house.

As much as flooding and roof damages can be a considerable challenge and obstacle in your home, our SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa team can help. We have experienced technicians with cutting-edge equipment that can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (913) 782-4693.

Can Soot-Covered Items in Olathe Get Cleaned and Reused?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

exterior of burned apartment Fire damage is an unfortunate event and if it is not handled properly it can be hard to deal with. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

Using Advanced Cleaning Methods, SERVPRO Can Fully Restore Fire Loss Items for Olathe Property Owners

When SERVPRO handles a fire loss cleanup in local properties, the technicians arrive intending to save the owner from replacing as much of the structure and contents as possible. This intention gets accomplished through the use of their advanced cleaning agents and methods. The more time it takes for cleanup of smoke and soot on items, the less chance of a full recovery. 

Can Wood Furniture Get Restored From Fire Damage?

Depending on the type of finish and the amount of fire damage to furnishings in an Olathe home, solid wood furniture may have excellent restoration potential through cleaning. The techs can use wood soaps to lift away light soot residues gently. 

Soot and smoke odors penetrate unfinished wood easily, and common areas of unfinished wood are drawer bottoms, tops, and bottoms of furniture. Commonly used methods are a combination of dry cleaning sponges and denatured alcohol.

Signs Wood Furniture May Not Be Restorable

There are a few signs that wood furnishings may not have the potential for a return to its preloss condition. In some cases, exposure to high heat may not have left any visible marks on furniture  

  • Heavy blistering of the surface
  • Permanent dark staining 
  • Cracked joints from heat exposure or water absorption

What is Semi-Refinishing?

A technique the techs employ on wood furnishings exposed to fire loss involves the process of semi-refinishing. 

  • A solvent-based cleaner removes a top layer of finish
  • The process is ideal for removal of light stains and watermarks
  • Cleans away chalky areas on the finish left behind from moisture separating the coats of finish

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa at (913) 782-4693 stands ready to help local property owners to restore their homes and contents from fire damage of any size using their advanced equipment and cleaning methods. 


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Who Can I Call for Water Cleanup in my Rental Units?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on the floor of an office hallway. Let SERVPRO help your Lenexa office through the water.

SERVPRO Helps Landlords Across the Nation When There is Water Damage to Their Rental Properties

Real estate can be an excellent investment to generate a steady stream of income. Some landlords are lucky to experience virtually no problems with their tenants or the property itself. However, it is not uncommon for leaks to spring in one of your rental units, leaving you in need of a professional service.

Property owners with water damage in Lenexa can reach out to us at SERVPRO to alleviate the situation and successfully perform a water cleanup job. Our staff understands the needs of tenants and landlords, and we strive to restore the property promptly and with minimal disruption. To respond to your sense of urgency, we make ourselves available around the clock through our emergency hotline.

Can I wait until the tenant moves out to remove water damage?

Coordinating with a renter can be cumbersome but acting quickly after water seeps into your floors and cabinets is a priority. If you decide to wait until the rental unit is vacant, you run the risk of finding mold and bacteria growing in your property. Furthermore, our SERVPRO team can tell you whether structural elements are also at risk due to excess humidity. Our state-of-the-art technology grants us measuring tools to detect water accumulation in wall cavities, subfloors, and behind cabinets. When we detect water, we can use one of several techniques to remove it from your home, including the following-

  • Air movers- we increase airflow and circulation to stimulate evaporation
  • Injecti-dry- we poke small holes in your baseboards to inject air into wall cavities and restore moisture levels
  • Extraction wands- these allow us to access corners and other hard to reach crevices to extract water

We understand the need to be mindful of your tenant's privacy and time. You can trust SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa to carry out the job professionally and efficiently. Call us at (913) 782-4693 and let us leave your property "Like it never even happened."

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What Are Unusual Ways Minor Water Damage Becomes a Big Problem in My Home?

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Resolving Water Events of All Sizes Fast Is How SERVPRO Protects Lenexa Homes from Big Losses

Famous last words from a homeowner struggling with expensive and disruptive water property destruction often start with a rueful statement that the cause seemed like a relatively minor problem. Mopping up a puddle inside a cabinet or putting down a towel under the refrigerator because you believe, without any real proof, that the kids spill water daily, quickly show to be inadequate short term “band-aid” solutions. We can help residential property owners in Lenexa when water loss circumstances require comprehensive and analytical assessment and permanent professional resolutions.

What Are Little Leaks in My House Telling Me?

When homeowners choose to minimize the importance of repeated water damage in their Lenexa home, they run the risk of severe, permanent, and expensive damage. Anytime you see water, where it should not be, an alert should sound. For example, a recurring leak around or in the tracks of a sliding casement window may signal something much more sinister than your failure to close it during a rainstorm. What in reality is happening could be structural leaking due to one or more of the following:

Can Water Leak Through a Window Frame?

Water can intrude around a window frame because:

  • Buildings settle, and temperature and humidity fluctuations can cause wood framing around openings to swell and shrink, warping the window or the frame so that gaps permit water to leak inside.
  • Installation issues, including failure to use effective vapor barriers and specialized flashings.
  • Dried out glazing putty, poorly applied paint, and failed caulking beads all contribute to improper seals which allow water seepage.
  • Leaks in the roof or the siding above the window can percolate inside the cavity between the interior and exterior wall, eventually breaking through and damaging your home through the window opening.
  • Settlement in the foundation that skews the square of windows and doors

How Can Condensation and Appliance Use Cause Water Damage in My Home?

A common household water damage source in many Lenexa homes is condensation. It might feel like an annoyance rather than a threat, but homeowners must address the challenges of condensation forming in unexpected places or failing to drain appropriately. Where is condensation likely to become a problem?

Air Conditioners

Many AC systems use condensation to cool by reducing the humidity inside your home. Warm, moist air flows over cold coils, and moisture condenses on the cold surfaces. The now-liquid water vapor moves into a drain pan and funnels into a condensate drain line. If the drain pan cracks or the drain line is clogged, the water can flow down walls and onto floors.

Refrigerators and Freezers

The refrigerators and freezers can collect ice from the compressor coils that provide the cold and freezing air inside these appliances. Self-defrosting units periodically move through a warming cycle to reduce the ice, which is frozen condensation. Similarly to the drainage in an AC system, if the drain pan cracks or drainage line clogs, water can escape and saturate the floor under the appliance.

Labor-saving devices are many in the average home. Typically, these appliances use water, often plumbed directly through pipes and houses. Homeowners can take these conveniences for granted, surprised at how often water damage can stem from their use.

Water and Ice Maker Supply Lines

Increasingly refrigerators are equipped with water dispensers and automatic ice machines. Freestanding ice makers are also common. The freshwater lines that provided the water can leak, often without notice, as they are threaded through walls and behind cabinets.

Dishwashers and Laundry Machines

The pumps and hoses used by dish and clothing washers can fail or crack, spilling water in kitchens or utility rooms. The leaks can start very small, but the accumulated corrosive effect of many days, weeks, or even months of water seeping onto fixtures and structural components takes a heavy toll.

How Does Water from Leaks and Condensation Drainage Negatively Affect Your Home?

The water leaking from waste or supply lines or spilling from drains can collect under appliances, saturate cabinets, soak carpets and several layers of flooring, and even destroy drywall. Structural components become weakened, and mold damage can become an issue. A failure to intervene earlier might now necessitate extensive repairs and even partial demolition.

How Can a Water Restoration Company Help?

Our team at SERVPRO has the training, experience, and equipment to assess what seems like insignificant water damage before it becomes a crisis. If the water damage has caught you unaware and built up to a significant problem before we arrive, we also are capable of scaling our services to manage even complex water loss scenarios.

Rely on SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa to help seek out the unanticipated sources of water damage and offer efficient and effective strategies. We are available at (913) 782-4693 to consult for any size or type of a water crisis. Do not delay and call today.

When Storms Strike

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Grey storm clouds If a storm damages your home, Call SERVPRO

Catastrophic weather doesn’t wait for a convenient time to strike. Weather is unpredictable, which is why SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa is available around-the-clock to handle your crisis. The moment a storm hits your home or business is the moment you need to give us a call so we can begin our restoration process. Secondary damage strikes fast and can add additional repair time and expenses. That is why we don’t waste any time dispatching our skilled Storm Damage Specialists.

Disaster Recovery Team

There is no disaster too large or too small for SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa. From tornadoes to hurricanes, our Disaster Recovery Team has handled it all. We have experienced Project Managers on standby - they are ready to travel to take care of you. In large disasters, a centralized headquarters is established to coordinate their Disaster Recovery Initiative. SERVPRO Green Fleets are around the country and have some of the best heavy-duty equipment and products to begin restoring your home or business.

Inspection and Assessment

The type of storm or disaster determines what actions we need to take and what equipment we use. Tornadoes and torrential rains can cause severe water damage. Lightning strikes can cause devastating house fires. When you call us, one of our representatives gets an idea of what type of support you need and dispatches a team that is prepared to handle your crisis. Once your Project Manager and crew is onsite, they immediately assess the damage so everyone can get started.

All damages are thoroughly evaluated, and depending on the extent of damages; you may be required to relocate during the restoration process. Your Project Manager and crew handle everything needed to complete a quick and organized move-out process. Once everything is secure, and out of the way, the cleanup process can begin.

Water Removal

In the Midwest, it’s not uncommon for water damage to occur when storms hit your home or office. If water damage is discovered, we quickly begin our water extraction process. Our crews at SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa are well-prepared with on-hand equipment such as powerful wet/dry vacuums, which can quickly extract water. When exposed to moisture, mold can grow rapidly. Extracting water right away can help prevent mold damage. After eliminating as much water as possible, we use our high-powered air movers and fans. State-of-the-art drying and dehumidifying techniques can help give your home or office healthy and clean results.

Handling your Personal Belongings with Care

When large storms strike, you’ve likely watched as news helicopters fly over businesses and homes that endured significant destruction. Open roofs and sides of structures are often completely exposed, as you see personal belongings blown throughout the home and yard. Rest assured, the construction of your home isn’t our only priority - the loss you’ve suffered is often much more personal.

At SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa, we strive to preserve your items. Personal possessions, including antique or vintage items, are something that you never want to part with. We do our best to restore irreplaceable photographs and documents using one or more advanced drying and dehumidification processes. By using licensed experts, we have found that family heirlooms, antiques, and many other valuables are often able to be restored. The loss you feel after a catastrophe is hard enough - our goal at SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa is to minimize the magnitude of that loss for you and your family.

Contents Claim Inventory Service 

If you haven’t ever dealt with an insurance company, it isn’t a simple process. Homeowners insurance requires a detailed list of your contents and their value, along with a report that outlines the damage and extent of the loss. Having assistance with this can help speed up your claim process. Using our Contents Claim Inventory Service, we walk room-by-room to ensure that we can provide your insurance company with detailed documentation. Our job is to ensure that you have the assistance you need when you need it the most.

No Lingering Odors

By the time we are complete, there should be no remnants of storm damage - including odors. We do a comprehensive and meticulous job when we deodorize and sanitize your home. It takes commercial-grade antimicrobial and antibacterial cleaners and disinfectants to clean up properly. Odor Control Technicians can leave your home permanently smelling fresh.

Restoration

The time has come for your home to come back together. Depending on what is needed, we oversee and handle all the repairs that need to be completed. At SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa, there is a crew available for every job. We can complete large projects such as rebuilding rooms or lining up a licensed and experienced roofer to install a new roof. Whether you need new flooring, windows, drywall, or cabinets – we can handle it all.

As we walk away from your completed home or business, we want to ensure that you are satisfied with a job well done. We pride ourselves on being hard-working, skilled, and friendly. At SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa, the relationships we form with you are equally as important as the jobs we complete. The person who once was your dedicated Project Manager likely has become a strong supporter and friend.

From disaster to delight - maintaining a positive relationship with our customers while getting the job done right is why we are called upon time and time again.

A message from the Owner at SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

The Kansas City Star today published a remarkably candid story by Dr. Evan Shaw of Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Many of us are isolated in various ways. We're isolated from our social circles, work environments, family, friends, and loved ones to name a few. Dr. Shaw and indeed the entire global community of medical professionals, are isolated in their own very different way. His story in today's Star captures much of what we can only imagine goes on today inside our hospitals, emergency rooms, ambulances, senior living centers, etc. These remarkable people were drawn to the medical profession for their own unique reasons, but I would guess that few if any could imagine the reality in which they are now consumed. We are forever grateful to the professionals who make up this new-age army, from the doctors, the nurses, lab technicians, EMTs to the facility managers and custodians. You are the inspiring heroes of a generation. While your remarkable stories are just now being written, know that they will perpetually endure. Through a collaborative application of science and experience combined with your sacrifice and determination, we as a people will make it through this battle. We're tremendously grateful for and honored to know you.

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With gratitude,

- Cory Bates, President @ SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa

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Recovering from Fire Damage

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

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When you move into your home it instantly becomes a safe haven for you and your family. A home is the one place in the world where you can let your guard down and feel secure. As you are handed the keys, you typically feel such relief, joy, and peace of mind. The thought of any catastrophe striking isn’t something that most homeowners think about.

All it takes is a single spark to set your world on fire.

Accidents unfortunately happen all the time. A tragedy such as a house fire is something you can never anticipate. Adrenaline kicks in as you call 911 in a frenzy. All you can do is stand outside, watching helplessly with onlookers, while your beloved home is engulfed in flames. When emergency professionals arrive to take over, they use all necessary measures to put the fire out fast. Unless someone has experienced it, most people don’t realize how invasive and devastating a fire can be. Firefighters trudge in and out of your home along with investigators, insurance adjustors, and necessary city officials. We understand how overwhelming and emotionally devastating the entire process is for you and we are ready to help you out.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa is Prepared to Handle your Fire Emergency

When you reach out to our 24-hour emergency representatives you are met with compassion and understanding. Our team at SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa recognizes your hardship and is trained to gather all relevant information so that we can quickly dispatch technicians with the proper equipment. Within one hour you will be contacted by your personal Project Manager who will be your main point-of-contact until your home is back to its original condition. Within four hours, we will arrive to begin mitigation services.

Assessing the Fire Damage

Immediate action is necessary when you are dealing with fire, smoke, soot, and water damage. SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa holds an Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and our technicians are trained to determine what is salvageable and what isn’t. A thorough walkthrough of your home will help us capture the full extent of damages to both your home and personal belongings. We strive to help recover all your personal belongings, which is why we take a “restore” versus “replace” approach.

Photos and documentation of all damage will be handled by your Project Manager so we can help your insurance process go as smoothly as possible.

Securing the Property

It’s not uncommon for fire damage to weaken the structure and leave openings vulnerable to outside elements. Technicians will go around your home, closing up any potential outside exposure and will make sure that boards and tarps are properly placed to maintain structural integrity.

Removing Water and Drying

The way to fight a fire, is with water. Depending on the size of the fire, eliminating the fire can create significant water damage. We use specialized hygrometers to measure the amount of moisture saturation and our infrared cameras can find hidden water damage. SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa is equipped with powerful water removal equipment and truck mounted extractors to quickly remove water.

Once we are confident we have removed as much water as possible, the crew will meticulously position professional-grade dehumidifiers and air movers to effectively dry everything out. When deciding what equipment to use and where to place it, we take into consideration humidity levels, the amount of moisture in the home, airflow, and temperatures. Mold prevention is crucial so we work had to make sure that everything is completely dry.

Smoke and Soot Elimination

When you look around at the residue of the aftermath, the darkness of the smoke and soot is unmistakable. Both leave a distinct appearance and smell that can permeate inside your home. Acting quickly to eliminate smoke and soot that is captured in your walls, ceilings, belongings, and carpet will help guarantee that you won’t be left with any lingering odor.

Clean and Sanitize

If there is an effective cleaning solution available, SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa has it on-hand to clean and disinfect. Our technicians are trained to use specialized air scrubbers and fogging equipment so that your home is odor-free. An important part of the SERVPRO process is cleaning everything thoroughly so that there is no evidence that a fire ever occurred.

Restoration

Repairing, rebuilding, replacing and installing - we do what it takes to get your home back to the way it was before. By the time our team is done, your home should be back to its pre-fire condition and move-in ready. It’s important that your home is secure and safe for you and your family once we are complete. We will have a final walkthrough with you to make sure you are fully satisfied with the job done.

When tragedy strikes, you need someone on your side. Having a dedicated Project Manager and crew who understands just how much you’re going through, is imperative. From managing the technicians to handling required documentation for insurance, your Project Manager will take care of you.

At SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa, we are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don’t trust just anyone with your home. 

Fire Damage Restoration in Your Kitchen is Easier with the Help of SERVPRO in Olathe

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

Having a Skilled Team with Experience makes all the difference in any situation

Regardless of how your kitchen fire started, smoke moves throughout the room and into other areas of the home. The smoke brings with it soot and harsh residues that can begin sticking to all surfaces. When you call our team at SERVPRO, we take the time to assess your cabinets, fixtures, appliances, lighting, and all other surfaces to initiate the best course for successful cleaning.

Patterns of smoke movement are always taken into consideration when we address your fire damage in Olathe. Smoke not only drifts in an upward motion, but it gets drawn to cooler parts of your interior via conventional currents. The interiors of your kitchen cabinets and other concealed areas are prime spaces for residues to settle due to the cooler temperatures.

Once the restoration in your home begins, we're thorough and use cleaning agents developed by our in-house chemist that are specifically designed to clean smoke/soot residue.

For ceiling cleaning, our SERVPRO team looks at your lighting fixtures to address any soot that has settled before corrosion begins. We also take necessary precautions when checking wiring by testing outlets using electric circuit testers. All cleaning solutions go through a pre-test as well to ensure that the finish surrounding cabinets and fixtures are never damaged. 

If the insulation within your walls has suffered smoke damage, we address it. 

It would be best if you act fast to address the fire damage and the onset of smoke and soot throughout your home. Our team here at SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa is here to help whenever you need us. By calling us at (913) 782-4693, we send a team out promptly to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Have the Flood Water Removal Techniques You Need for Results in Kansas City

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment sitting on the flooring in a home. Flood damage can take over, let SERVPRO help you get your Kansas City home under control.

Kansas City flood damage ? SERVPRO will get the job done right.

Any number of emergencies can happen within your home. However, flooding and water damage is often something most homeowners mistakenly try to tackle on their own. This is the type of restoration project that is at the highest level in terms of emergencies, so it calls for the help of skilled technicians to get the job done right. If you find yourself faced with flooding, you need to know that there is more than water that is cause for concern.

For flood water removal in Kansas City, SERVPRO springs into action to assess the task at hand. Our trained technicians work quickly to try and salvage as much of your interior contents and structure as we can. This is done by testing any remaining water and scoping your interior to find the water migration path. We then determine what equipment must be used and start the restoration process.

Floodwater Can Be Dangerous

Unlike a burst pipe that spills a great deal of clean water into your home, floodwater is often contaminated with elements like dirt, debris, chemicals, and even sewage. SERVPRO technicians test the floodwater in your home to determine the level of potential hazard so that we know precisely how to proceed.

Controlled Demolition

There are times when flood cuts are necessary when SERVPRO is called to a floodwater loss. Whenever the floodwater comes into contact with sheetrock, it is quickly wicked up through the core and then begins traveling upward. Our team measures beyond the highest watermark, cutting several inches above it to ensure that the unsalvageable materials are removed. This then opens the cavity of the wall to allow for thorough drying.  

Mitigation Safe Practices

We often advise homeowners to stay away from any flooded areas of the home. Even without contact with the floodwater, the chances are high of aspirating airborne particulates that may contain harmful bacteria or pathogens. All of our SERVPRO technicians are outfitted in protective gear, including respiration equipment, to stay as safe as possible throughout the flood water restoration project.

Do you need help with immediate flood water removal? With one phone call to our team at SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa, we can send out a team promptly to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Your Best Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Kansas City

3/15/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring Regardless of the room that has the water damage, team SERVPRO is ready 24/7 to take your emergency call. Call right away.

Kitchen Water Removal in Kansas City Gets Fast Action

The speed at which water damage gets cleaned up makes a big difference in the amount of loss a homeowner experiences. When a bathtub overflows, toilet backs up, or appliance malfunctions, all of these situations require expedited extraction and drying. 

Kitchens are one of the most common areas of water removal needs in Kansas City residences. The floors often bear the brunt of the loss as tile flooring is typical, and water seeps quickly between the tiles and causes moisture buildup in the subfloor. 

Common Issues of Longterm Water Loss

Two of the most frequently seen reasons for significant damage from water narrows into two categories. The first is inadequate initial cleanup efforts, and the second is too much time between the event and the restoration process. Before they even get out their moisture detection equipment, SERVPRO technicians know to look for: 

  • Delamination of tile
  • Foul odors
  • Signs of mold infestation
  • Softened or buckled sheetrock
  • Warped floorboards 
  • Water spots on walls and ceilings

Equipment for Thorough Extraction

The way the water removal process gets handled has a bearing on the rest of the restoration services. The more moisture that gets picked up lessens the time needed to dry the structure. The less water that remains within the floor and subfloor increases the potential of saving the homeowner the cost of replacement. The techs commonly do several dry passes to ensure the maximum amount of moisture gets removed before moving on to the drying phase. SERVPRO techs have access to a vast array of specialized extraction equipment such as: 

  • Portable pumps
  • Submersible pumps for water more than 2-inches in depth
  • Truck-mounted units for debris-filled and large amounts of water
  • Ride-on units for use on carpets and area rugs 
  • Weighted extractor heads to push water out of carpet and padding
  • Squeegees to push water along tile flooring
  • Wands to extend the reach within wall cavities and small spaces

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa at (913) 782-4693 has the advanced equipment for water removal of any scale in local properties. The experienced techs are available 24/7 to restore properties to their preloss condition "Like it never even happened."

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How SERVPRO Removes Water From Kansas City Commercial Properties

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged room. Carpeting pulled back to allow for drying Carpet and padding quickly feel the effects of water damage. SERVPRO has the expertise to restore your water damaged office.

Commercial Water Removal in Kansas City Office Building 

A half-an-inch of water does not sound like it could do much in the way of commercial water damage. That is until it is spread over an entire office, saturating the carpet.  

The property owner of an office building in Kansas City contacted SERVPRO for commercial water removal. A pipe burst overnight and dumped water onto the floor throughout the property until the morning when the manager opening walked in on this scene and immediately shut off the water to the building.  

Scoping the Water Loss 

Upon arrival, SERVPRO techs scoped the water migration and found nearly half an inch of water throughout the office. This water extraction job was more significant than using portable pumps. The techs used a truck-mounted pump to pull the water off the floor quickly to expedite the removal. Other techs followed up using portable pumps with weighted extractor heads to push the water out of the carpeting and lessen drying time needed.  

Office by Office Inspection

Because the flooring received the effects of the water loss throughout the facility, the techs inspected each office and removed items off the floor and placed desks up on blocks for drying in place. Electronics exposed to excessive moisture should always get tested before using. Wherever the techs discovered computer CPUs on the floor, they got removed for inspection due to their exposure in the vicinity of the water loss. Fortunately, the industrial rubber coated baseboards did not allow any wicking of water into the sheetrock. 

Large Scale Drying Plan

SERVPRO technicians have extensive training in the science of psychrometry, the study of air, and controlling moisture contents. For drying needs this broad, it requires a large number of air movers and dehumidification equipment used in tandem to rapidly bring down interior humidity levels resulting in an expedited drying process. Each office received the same detailed setup to ensure the property dried according to preset drying times and air quality goals. 

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa at (913) 782-4693 arrives quickly for commercial water removal in local properties. Through the use of advanced restoration methods and state-of-the-art equipment make the water loss, "Like it never even happened." 

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Water Damage In Your Kansas City Home

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Handling All Aspects of Water Damage in Kansas City

When people learn that you have a water spill in your home, the immediate assumption is that you only need to dry the affected items or areas, and life goes on as usual. However, water damage can involve problems more severe than wet materials. Professional restoration by SERVPRO addresses any advanced issues.

When a water damage incident in Kansas City affects wooden materials such as floorboards or furniture, physical deterioration can happen because of prolonged exposure, or even accelerated drying. Typical forms of deterioration due to extended exposure include warping, buckling, or even rotting. Fast or excessive drying can cause cracking. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their advanced training to avoid these problems when resolving the loss at your property. We use high-efficiency water extractors, which expedite the removal process limiting the physical deterioration that occurs. During drying, we monitor the process regularly with moisture meters to ensure it progresses at the right speed.

When the water spill is from a clean source such as a water supply line, there is minimal worry about contaminants. However, microbial growth occurs even in clean water situations, especially if the restoration takes long. Apart from working fast, our SERVPRO technicians take other steps to control contaminants. We apply disinfectants and antimicrobial agents on surfaces when we clean them to stop or slow down microbial growth.

Sometimes water spills lead to long-term problems such as mold development or rotting. If a minor leak goes undetected for a long time, mold is likely to develop. Failure to dry all wet materials to standard levels or reduce humidity levels can also lead to such outcomes. Our crews use different techniques to avoid such outcomes. We use thermal cameras to reveal hidden wet spots. We also perform different tests to determine moisture levels, including using penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters. We also use thermo-hygrometers to check the humidity levels in the air. With the correct readings, we can know how long to run dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the property.

Water damage can involve a wide range of problems. Call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa at (913) 782-4693 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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The Mission-driven Team at SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa Supports the Military

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

News Release

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 13, 2020) – SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa owner Cory Bates is pleased to announce his company’s sponsorship of the USS KANSAS CITY (LCS 22). The goals of this commitment are to support the ship’s crew with ongoing morale building infrastructure, supply sustaining items the Navy does not provide, and to help fund scholarships that benefit the crew.

From assisting Olathe homeowners who have been devastated by a natural disaster to helping Fortune 100 companies rebuild after major destruction, this veteran-owned business provides quality service to people in their greatest time of need. The owner said the decision to sponsor the ship was a natural extension his time in the military.

“Though our company is very involved with various local charities and outreach programs including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City, supporting the crew of the USS KANSAS CITY is somewhat personal. I see it as a way for me to give back in appreciation for the education, discipline and rewarding experience received during my four years of Navy service that now helps me operate and grow SERVPRO every day,” Bates said.

“Our pledge to bring the highest level of restoration expertise to area victims of disasters and emergencies mirrors the mission-driven culture which is distinctive of the military,” Bates said. Each of the skilled and talented of restoration experts at SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa appreciates what the ship’s symbolism brings to our area and we are proud to start this journey with the Navy sailors who serve and protect our country.”

Christened in 2018, the 418-foot ship is described by the military as a high-speed, agile, multi-mission combatant that delivers superior seakeeping and performance. The Kansas City (LCS 22) is the 11th in the Independence-class coastal combat ships. The vessel is primarily intended to operate in shallow coastal waters, but also is compatible with sailing the open ocean. Featuring a modular design, the flight deck is the largest of any current U.S. Navy surface combatant, and two MH-60 helicopters fit in the hangar bay.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa actively recruits former service men and women. “The character and dependability of veterans are unrivaled,” said Bates. “These are the same skills we need on our team as we plan and implement clean up and restoration services which directly affect people’s lives in our community.” Current open positions include crew chief and production technician. To apply for a position, resumes should be emailed to admin@SERVPROolathelenexa.com.

SERVPRO encourages everyone to be a part of something bigger than yourself. You can support the USS KANSAS CITY through a tax-deductible donation online or by mail at USS KANSAS CITY Commissioning Committee, P.O. Box 410584, Kansas City, MO 64141. For more information about the USS KANSAS CITY click here.

The trained team of specialists from SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa have been providing professional cleaning and emergency restoration services to the area since 1997. The company is a member of International Facility Management Association‎ (IFMA) and the Kansas City Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). For more information or for fast disaster cleanup and restoration services, call (913) 782-4693.

Oh Oh! Olathe Water Damage Woes? No Need to Despair--Call SERVPRO

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

air movers working with black drying mats on a wooden floor in a kitchen SERVPRO Provides Advanced Equipment Like Air Movers and Drying Mats to Preserve Hardwood Flooring and Cabinets in an Olathe Kitchen

Urgency Drives Professional Water Removal Efforts in Olathe

  • Water loss in your Olathe home requires a rapid response to avoid further structural destruction and secondary damage. “Rapid” to our well-trained and experienced water restoration crews means we arrive and initiate emergency services within a few hours of your first call. Commitment to swift intervention is critical, permitting us to deliver on our pledge to save time and expense by restoring existing structures.

    Efficient Water Removal Relies on Professional-Grade Equipment

    Every moment counts as we craft a plan for water removal in Olathe. Most conventional building materials and fixtures are porous, absorbing fluids quickly, leading to swelling, crumbling, and weakening the longer the water infiltrates. Swift pumping and extracting of water is critical to halt the process. Our high-capacity pumps and extractors are the first line of defense when mitigating water damage. The more liquid we can pump or suction, the faster the subsequent drying process.

    Training and Experience Make All the Difference

    A common task for our crew after a water loss is suctioning water from carpeting. Often we try to accomplish this “in place,”  extracting the water from both the carpet and pad. Weighted wands make the passes across the fabric more efficient. Although quick and thorough extraction is always the goal, SERVPRO crews learn to manage the aggressive approach needed to pull the maximum amount of water from the pad and carpet. Soaked fibers are 50 percent weaker than dry, and an inexperienced worker unaware of this vulnerability can unintentionally cause the carpet’s fibers to delaminate from the backing. Stretching and ripping are also potential risks. Our crews balance the need for speed with the caution required to preserve the integrity of the materials.

    Swift Structural Drying

    Water removal is incomplete unless structural drying is the final step. The primary tools used for drying are air movers and dehumidifiers. Placement of this equipment is calculated using scientific principles mastered by SERVPRO employees during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework. Drying basics include:

        
  • Positioning a sufficient number of air movers to ensure airflow directs over-all wet surfaces
  • Adjusting temperatures to maximize evaporation (warmer air accepts more moisture than cooler)
  • Creating and maintaining a balance between water vapor released by warm air movement and the capture of that vapor by dehumidifiers

    Prompt water removal for our valued customers is a priority for SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa. Call us at (913) 782-4693 to schedule a timely assessment and expert follow-through.

Kansas City Area Residences Benefit from SERVPRO Multi-Faceted Cleanup and Restoration Services

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

side photo of SERVPRO SMR vehicle The SERVPRO Brand Means Great Cleanup and Restoration Results for Our Kansas City Neighbors, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Says--Call Us for Water, Fire, Storm, or Mold Damage Recovery to Your Kansas City Home

For more than two decades, we have been working closely with the homeowners and commercial properties of Kansas City to provide effective damage restoration after water, fire, mold, storm, and flood losses. We have worked hard to become a preferred vendor for insurance providers in the region as well as property management companies. There’s no job too small or large for our restoration professionals, and we have developed a skilled Catastrophic (CAT) Loss Team to handle substantial emergencies in massive structures throughout the city. No matter how we can help, we are only a phone call away for a free estimate and skilled restoration.

Water

Water losses do not often get better without direct intervention. The longer that you sit and wait for the water restoration work that your Kansas City home needs, the more damage that can ultimately result. It is part of the reason why it is so essential to secure our SERVPRO team as quickly as possible so that the appropriate mitigation steps can begin to reduce further loss, irreparable damage, and a need for reconstruction.

Part of the effectiveness that we have had in our more than two decades as a loss restoration provider in the Kansas City area comes from a commitment to have experienced and skilled professionals on every job site. While water restoration is one of the most common niches that we must address as a recovery team, it is also one of the areas that we best prepare for by encouraging the majority of our technician roster to obtain accreditation through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD.)

We have advanced tools and technology that can quickly establish drier conditions in your water-damaged Kansas City home. We can make these conditions even more efficient with the daily monitoring of the drying process documented through our DryBook software. Monitoring progress details the ideal times to move equipment to new areas to continually maximize output and results.

 Storm

We do not have time to waste when substantial storm systems and tornadoes affect Kansas City homes and businesses. With vulnerabilities and structural breaches in the buildings, there are direct pathways for water penetration and other detrimental effects. As a team rounded off by a division of skilled general contractors, we can provide emergency repairs and temporary construction solutions designed to seal up these breaches so that any interior restoration or remediation work can take place unhindered.

Storm damages terrible enough to allow flooding in Kansas City homes assuredly require reconstruction in some form, whether it involves vulnerabilities in the foundation of the property, the crawlspace, or roof damages. We have a full-service team of tradespeople capable of handling even advanced build back and reconstruction. These same professionals can also handle remodeling and renovation projects should you decide to modify your home’s design after these structural compromises come to light.

Flooding can leave standing water throughout the floors of your Kansas City home and require advanced tools and equipment to clear out. We have many extractors ranging from our wet-vacs and electric sump pumps to larger units like the trash pumps and engine-driven extractor trucks in our SERVPRO Green Fleet. We can manage these threats quickly by clearing out excess water and immediately starting practical drying approaches to protect installed construction materials whenever possible.

Mold

From the time that you first discover mold in your Kansas City home, much more could exist in areas that you do not see. As Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) trained in the identification and remediation of mold threats in your home, our SERVPRO team can help to determine the severity of microbial growth and spread throughout the property. Knowing the path of migration from the moisture source can ensure that later remediation efforts are thorough and sufficient.

We have many effective strategies for remediation to remove active colonization and mold damage in Kansas City homes. We always seek to provide our customers with the most cost-effective solutions, which in many cases is our abrasive cleaning techniques using compressed air and media like baking soda or dry ice pellets. These processes can remove the organism without marring the host material or compromising its structural integrity. If these efforts are in doubt, we also have the personnel to offer controlled demolition for the complete removal of damaged portions of material for an immediate turnaround on mold threats.

Odors are another concern for Kansas City homes contending with mold effects, as harsh, musty scents can spread out from the source of the mold damage into neighboring rooms, through the HVAC system, and penetrate nearby materials. Reducing these strong odors involves the use of various deodorization techniques, including air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines. All of these approaches add in a degree of added air filtration to the odor-elimination effects.

Fire

Various degrees of fire loss and recovery have also become a staple of the restoration services that our SERVPRO team has provided Kansas City for more than 20 years. Immediate mitigation solutions provide more cost-effective management of fire loss that reduces irreparable damage for our customers and better protects the things that matter most to them. An excellent example of this approach is our content management division of technicians. They can catalog damages to your belongings, but also safely pack and move at-risk possessions to our facility nearby for focused attention and remedial actions.

Smoke and soot damages are among the most challenging obstacles to overcome after fire losses, but our professionals have the tools and products to help. Soot can be an acidic and health-hazardous presence in your Kansas City household, so our team must deploy both cleaning strategies to remove adsorption threats and air quality equipment to remove harmful particulates circulating in the house.

Not everything in your Kansas City home can get restored and saved when fire disasters are severe enough. Having a team with the training and education to identify salvageable and non-salvageable contents and materials can save you time and money on the restoration efforts to follow, and the reconstruction needs your house might also have.

We are a local, preferred vendor that can help you when disaster strikes. Give our SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa team a call today at (913) 782-4693.

We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Lenexa After A Fire

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

A close up picture of two of our air scrubbers These air scrubbers are HEPA filter units that collect air borne particles that their size is 300 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.

Receive Fast, Efficient Fire Damage Restoration for Your Lenexa Home

Experiencing a house fire in Lenexa is a traumatic event that leaves you with a range of emotions. Amidst all of the worry, you need to think of the next best steps to take. The good news is that you can leave the fire damage restoration up to the trained professionals at SERVPRO, and your home gets back to normal sooner than you think.

We have skilled technicians at SERVPRO that follow a tried and true set of steps for efficient restoration when you are faced with fire damage in Lenexa. These helpful steps ensure you get back into your home quicker and that everything is safe and free from foul odors. 

What to Do First

Get in touch with your close family to inform them of the fire and that everyone is accounted for and safe. The next step is to contact your insurance company as well as a professional team for cleaning up the fall-out from the fire. SERVPRO can assist with your insurance claim forms, thus expediting the restoration process. 

When We Begin

SERVPRO assesses the fire damage to your property to ensure everything is secure and ready for restoration to begin. We put a plan into action that starts the cleanup, including the removal of fire-damaged belonging and materials, as well as anything soaked from extinguishing the fire. Our pack-out services help remove your belongings, relocating them to a safe space during the restoration period.

Fire Damage Restoration

The cleanup process commences, both inside and outside the home. We clean all spaces to rid them of soot, smoke, and any lingering odors from the fire. Smoke residue bonds with any surface it comes into contact with. SERVPRO technicians employ both wet and dry cleaning actions to remove all residue from surfaces throughout the home thoroughly. 

Regardless of the size or scope of the fire damage that you are facing, you can count on our trained technicians at SERVPRO Olathe/Lenexa to make it, “Like it never even happened.” If you would like more information or to deploy a team to your location, give us a call 24/7 at (913) 782-4693.

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Boost Your Water Damage Remediation Success in Olathe With These Tips

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damage on wall near a window Water damage can affect many areas in your home. Contact SERVPRO to assess the intrusion and remediate the damage.

Vaporizing Water to Remove Moisture from Olathe Homes

As one of the preferred vendors for restoration services throughout the Olathe area, we have advanced tools and experienced personnel to help with even extensive water loss incidents. We care about the communities that we serve and work to help those sharing our neighborhoods with more than disaster recovery. We are involved in many charitable events throughout the year and work closely with organizations like Big Brother, Big Sister, to help our local youth.

When you are contending with a disaster in your home, though, you can also have the experience and premier equipment available to our SERVPRO team for water removal in Olathe properties. We understand the science of adequately drying out a residence, ensuring that every step that gets taken throughout mitigation and restoration can maximize the efficiency of our drying tools and water removal equipment. One area where this is especially important is temperature management.

Warmer temperatures are ideal in almost every way for water removal efforts. Because much of our drying process hinges on the results of air movers, we strive to displace surface water on items and create water vapor. Warmer air is capable of holding more of this moisture than cooler air, making warmer temperatures ideal for more efficient air mover production during the drying process.

Vaporizing surface moisture is only part of the drying equation, though. Our refrigerant dehumidifiers can help to regulate the growing ambient moisture content in the environment by reducing humidity. The steps from liquid to gas and then back to captured, condensed liquid is the essence of the drying process. Finding the proper balance between the placement and number of both air movers and dehumidifiers can help to ensure that the entire drying treatment is as fast as possible and the safest for the exposed construction materials so they can be salvaged.

We strive to provide every customer with the immediate attention that their house needs after a water loss incident, and that begins with our commitment to availability 24/7. We have become a trusted restoration name because of our dependability when every second counts. Give our SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa team a call today at (913) 782-4693.

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We Get You Back In Business In Kansas City After A Water Damage Disaster

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

One of our green machines drying the water damage in this building We are ready to respond to any size commercial loss. If you experience a water loss, big or small, in your commercial business, call us right away.

Commercial Water Damage Cleaned Up With Little Disruption to Kansas City Business

Speed never matters more than after commercial water damage. The longer the building materials, furnishings, or stock receive exposure to moisture, the more the loss piles up.

SERVPRO technicians arrive quickly to cleanup commercial water damage in Kansas City properties to lessen the loss. The goal is always to limit the replacement of building materials and contents through their advanced restoration methods.

Get Reopened Quickly

The time a business remains closed during cleanup can force regular patrons to frequent a competitor. Potential clients may take their business elsewhere. SERVPRO techs work to extract water quickly and dry the property so the company can get back to normal day-to-day activities as soon as possible.

Water Extraction Equipment

SERVPRO uses portable pumps with the power to pull moisture out of both carpet and padding as well as specialized attachments for behind the baseboards on a commercial property. Floor tiles and removed materials always receive an inspection for their potential for reuse after cleaning to save the property owner the cost of replacement.

Drying in Place or Packout If Needed

They avoid moving desks and other furnishings by raising them on blocks and dry them in place whenever possible to limit disruptions. In cases where a company has equipment or stock stored on-site. The excessive moisture has the potential to cause damage through water damage or mold. In these cases, when containment is not enough, the techs perform an organized pack-out to a secure area until the cleanup efforts complete.

Organized Setup

Afterward, SERVPRO returns the items to their exact locations, so the property owner does not have to worry about finding things or accounting for stock items. The techs use their exclusive Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) to keep track of all items removed, the condition, and return to the property.

When you need fast, efficient commercial water damage mitigation, contact SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa at (913) 782-4693. The certified techs are available 24/7 for any size loss and make it "Like it never even happened."

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How Our Experts Manage The Water Removal Process In Lenexa

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged home Water removal can help restore the preloss state in a property if well managed.

Managing the Water Removal Process in Lenexa to Save Property

A lazy day in the house can turn into a hectic rush to save valuables from exposure to water if there is a leak from pipes or appliances such as washing machines. Restoration of water spills requires urgency because some of the severe damages happen after contents and materials are exposed to water over extended periods.  Calling a professional water removal service like SERVPRO immediately after noticing the loss can help.

The water removal process in Lenexa may require more effort in some areas of the building because of concentration by gravity action or the materials in the area. Typically, water collects in rooms on the ground floor or other areas with lower elevation, such as the garage. Rooms with carpeted floors also collect more water because the carpet and pad are porous. Our SERVPRO crews scope the house after arriving at the site to establish the affected areas and the tools suitable for the job. For example, on a carpeted surface, scoping helps establish whether to use weighted tools for the extraction or to remove the carpet and extract normally.

Depending on the source and duration of the spill, an incident can leave a considerable volume of standing water in your property, especially if it is not elevated enough for some of the water to flow out naturally through gravity. Choosing a pump with the right lift and volume capacity helps ensure the process runs smoothly. Our SERVPRO crews have access to different types of extraction equipment, including truck-mounted ones and portable ones. We also have high-speed pumps that can move large volumes of water within a short period.

After extracting all the standing water, there is a need to dry excess moisture from contents and materials affected by the water. Evaporation is the primary technique for removing moisture. Setting up different air mover units around the property helps our SERVPRO technicians increase the evaporation rate in the house. We also have dehumidifiers to extract the evaporated moisture from the air.

Water removal can help restore the preloss state in a property if well managed. Call SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa at (913) 782-4693 to send a team that can deal with every aspect of the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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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.

How a Winter Storm Can Damage Your Home

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Ice dam An ice dam is a buildup of ice on the roof of your home

How a Winter Storm Can Damage Your Home

Those who are used to warm weather climates may not realize how much damage a winter storm can do. However, a blizzard can create lots of destruction in Gardner, KS.
In fact, winter storms can cause thousands of dollars of damage. This damage can result from:

  • Ice dams
  • Destroyed roofs
  • Frozen pipes

Ice Dams

As its name implies, an ice dam is a buildup of ice on the roof of your home. It occurs when melting snow refreezes and blocks other snow from draining properly. This can lead to a buildup of standing water that can then leak into your walls or ceilings. Ice dams can even loosen shingles or gutters.

Destroyed Roofs

A winter storm can cause roof damage in other ways, as well. Ice and high winds can rip the gutters or tiles off your roof. These same winds can also blow tree branches on top of your roof. Heavy branches, in particular, can fall through the roof and harm the inside of your home.

Frozen Pipes

Even if there is no snow outside, cold weather alone can be harmful to your house. Freezing temperatures can cause unheated pipes to freeze and subsequently burst. This can lead to severe water damage.

How To Prepare

There are steps you can take to limit damage to your home during a winter storm. Cleaning gutters in advance can prevent ice dams. You should also secure your roof tiles and trim any tree branches that are too close to the house.
Before the storm arrives, you should head to the store and get emergency supplies such as shovels and non-perishable food. Finally, make sure to insulate any pipes that are outdoors or in low-heat areas such as basements and garages.
Even if you prepare accordingly, a winter storm can destroy parts of your house. An emergency restoration services company can repair your home and prevent any damage from spreading.

When to Avoid Using Drain Cleaner

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

If you have older pipes, it’s generally not a good idea to use a cleaning product

Avoid Using A Cleaning Product In The Following Situations

If you’re dealing with a clogged drain in your Lenexa, KS, home, you may turn to drain cleaner as a quick and easy fix. However, this product may end up causing more harm than good. It’s best to avoid pouring chemicals down your drain and contact a professional to solve the problem instead. Be sure to avoid using a cleaning product in the following situations.

1. Old Pipes

If you have older pipes, it’s generally not a good idea to use a cleaning product. Older pipes likely have more wear and tear and may have a difficult time handling the chemicals you pour down your drain. In most cases, using drain cleaning products can damage your pipes and force you to pay for costly repairs or replacements. Try to use a plunger or auger to fix the clog if you have old pipes.

2. Metal Pipes

Metal pipes might also struggle to digest the chemicals in a drain cleaner. If you use a cleaning product to repair your clogged drain, make sure that your pipes aren’t made of metal. These pipes tend to be weaker and are more vulnerable to damage. Metal may also become warped as a result of the heat produced by chemical cleaners, and the same can happen with plastic pipes. Check the material of your pipes before you attempt to use a cleaning product.

3. Severe Clogs

The more serious a clog is, the more difficult it will be for your cleaner to fix it. When the product fails to clear a clog, the chemicals remain trapped in your pipes and can lead to more damage. If you’re dealing with a drain that is completely blocked, it’s best to try unclogging it mechanically or calling a professional for a sewage cleaning if you can’t do it on your own.
A clogged drain can cause water damage as well as serious plumbing issues. Don’t wait to call water damage repair experts to have your home restored immediately.

Effective Property Management Means Being Well-Prepared for Hurricanes and Major Storms

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Store copies of everything possible on the cloud

Property management is a massive responsibility. There’s a reason they are usually carefully chosen, and competence in a range of specialties is required to excel. One area you can’t possibly overdo in Olathe, KS, is storm preparedness – especially before a hurricane. Here’s some ideas to consider that should make your life a lot easier once it passes.

Planning, Planning, Planning!

Being abundantly well-prepared is what defines a top property manager. Seriously – be ready! Begin by downloading the free app from the American Red Cross titled “Hurricane;” it’s an excellent resource. A major hurricane is like the end of the world where the eye hits. This must start far in advance of one predicted to hit you.

Start by building a playbook. Some items it should include are


Staff phone numbers and addresses as well as their roles and responsibilities.
Designation of essential personnel.
Pre-storm procedures.
Emergency contact numbers.
All insurance information.


Key Steps to Storm Preparedness

After the playbook is ready, make sure you have all your insurance information recorded in numerous places. Read the fine print of your insurance policies to learn of limits and exclusions and that everything is up to date. When a storm is forecast, take pictures or video of everything you can and store them on the cloud for irrefutable evidence of storm-caused damage. This is an excellent time to store copies of everything possible on the cloud for 24-hour access anywhere, any time.

Designate top personnel to stay (temporarily) behind after a general evacuation as well as a liaison to work with emergency personnel. Once winds reach around 45 miles per hour, they should initiate quick, last-minute actions to mitigate further damage. They must act with deliberation and haste and then evacuate as soon as possible – under no circumstances should someone remain behind.

After the Storm

Do a full inspection, documenting all damage. Be ready to answer tenant questions – consider posting social media updates to keep everyone informed. Hire professionals to do a proper cleanup and restoration. Storm preparedness is one of the more tedious tasks for property managers, but it’s critical in Olathe, KS, and when one is coming, it’s too late.

What To Expect During Fire Damage Restoration

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire in an Edgerton, KS commercial building

Fire Damage Restoration

After a fire in your Edgerton, KS, building, you will likely need to have some work done. The process can contain many steps, and you may not know quite what to expect. The following are some of the things that may be done during fire damage restoration.

1. Mitigation

After the building has been inspected, the first step is to mitigate the damage. This is done to prevent damage from worsening before repairs can begin. It will often include placing tarps and boards to cover missing walls or roofing as well as blocking off affected areas so that damage does not spread.

2. Water Removal

Depending on the severity of the commercial fire, it may need to be put out with a hose. If this happens, you will likely end up with water damage on top of everything else. Before restoration can begin, any excess water will need to be removed from the building.

3. Cleanup and Sanitation

The next step is to clean and sanitize the area. Much of this will be soot and smoke cleanup. Smoke travels through the air and can create a film on the surface of walls, floors and objects. It can damage electronics and other items, so it is important to have them cleaned quickly.

4. Rebuilding and Repairs

Once everything has been cleaned, then repairs can begin. In some cases, large areas may need to be rebuilt. Fire damage restoration will also include minor repairs like replacing carpets and repainting walls.

5. Odor Removal

Sometimes, even after repairs have been made, a fire can create a lingering odor. This is often due to smoke particles becoming trapped in porous materials, though it may also be that they are still in the air. During restoration, an air purifier may be used to remove these particles and the resulting smell.
If you have experienced a fire in your commercial building, a fire damage restoration company will be able to help. They can clean up the area, make repairs and have your property looking great again as soon as possible.

Playing Hide and Seek With Mold

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold spores thrive on moisture

Mold growth can be a problem for your commercial property in Spring Hill, KS. Not only does it present an odor that is unpleasant to employees, clients, or customer, the very sight of mold can bring concerns and questions of cleanliness and safety. If you haven’t spotted a problem but have noticed a musty smell, it is time to go on the hunt for mold.

Growth Conditions

Mold spores love several things:

  1. Moisture
  2. Air
  3. Dark hiding spots

The spores can enter your location from a number of areas and can get distributed through the HVAC ductwork. For the spores to thrive, they need high humidity. This keeps target growth locations close to where water is present. Some conditions for mold growth are unavoidable, such are near the water heater or air conditioning system. Because these areas carry an inherent risk, investing in a dehumidifier for the area can help reduce the amount of moisture in the air. In areas like bathrooms and kitchens, sanitize the areas regularly and wipe or mop up water spots as needed.

Accidental Growth

If your roof has ever had a leak, the carpet of flooring may have water damage. When it comes to mold and mildew, no surface is safe. Carpet odors might reveal the presence of mold even without a noticeable stain. It is important to clean up all water spills and areas with leaks thoroughly to avoid the growth of mold under the flooring, behind baseboards, or within the walls. 
If you have found mold growth in your facility, you need to address it right away. Mold remediation specialists can help with comprehensive treatment and cleaning, but these services won’t prevent future issues. You will need to reduce the amount of moisture in your air, as well as repair or replace items and equipment that are leaking.

How to Handle a Natural Gas Leak

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

A gas leak detector can be helpful in your Gardner, KS home

Natural gas is one of the safest ways of providing energy to homes and businesses. Incidents are relatively rare, but they do occur from time to time. If you are prepared, you can quickly identify a gas leak and deal with it before it has time to become a gas fire. Here’s how to recognize a problem in Gardner, KS, and what to do once you smell natural gas.

Incidents Are Rare but Can Be Extremely Destructive

Statistics on overall total gas explosions and fires are difficult to come by, probably because they are so isolated. However, the year 2009 is likely about average, with

  • 158 total natural gas distribution incidents.
  • 10 deaths.
  • About 50 injuries.
  • Around $32 million in property damage.

This may seem troubling, but compared to coal or oil in deaths per unit of energy, natural gas is substantially safer than either. Still, in one recent incident, a contractor in Massachusetts caused a natural gas overpressure, causing up to 70 fires, numerous explosions and 39 homes damaged or destroyed. At least 25 people were injured and one was killed, so knowing what to do in case of a leak is very important.

What to Do if You Smell Natural Gas

First, do not turn on or off any lights or other electrical items – one spark can cause a gas fire! Grab a flashlight or use your cellphone for light if you need it.

Natural gas has a distinctive, “rotten egg” odorant added to it so that you immediately will recognize a leak. A hissing noise will also be possible when you are very near the leak itself. If it’s safe, check your stove; sometimes the gas can be turned on accidentally. Open all doors and windows and get outside fast! If you know where your meter is, turn off the gas and notify the authorities as soon as possible.

If you do have a gas fire, you’ll need to contact your insurance company to help you pay for fire damage cleanup. Hopefully, if you’ve followed the steps above, you’ll avoid any serious repercussions and simply deal with fixing the leak.

3 Types of Home Damage Caused By Winter Weather

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes can cause damage to your Lenexa, KS home

3 Types of Home Damage Caused By Winter Weather

During the colder months in Lenexa, KS, the weather may cause some problems for your house. This is especially true during a winter storm. The following are a few types of damage that you might need to prepare for as temperatures begin to drop.

1. Leaky Roofs

While you can develop a leak in your roof during any time of the year, roof damage is common as the weather gets colder. Snow can build up on your roof and may result in an ice dam. This happens when the sun or heat from inside the house causes the snow to melt a little and then freeze into ice as it gets colder again. Over time, it can begin to leak into the building, causing damage to the roof as well as the ceiling and walls inside. Remove snow from your roof as soon as possible to keep damage to a minimum.

2. Frozen Pipes

If the temperatures get low enough during a winter storm, you may end up with frozen pipes. If this occurs, there is a chance that the pipes could burst and flood your home. To prevent this from happening, keep the temperature in your home above freezing and leave cabinet doors open to allow the warm air to reach the pipes. Insulation can help as well.

3. Exterior Damage

During a severe storm, such as a blizzard, damage to the exterior of your home may occur. This can sometimes result in minor problems such as chipping paint or missing roof shingles, but more serious damage can happen as well. If there are high winds or hail, debris may crack or shatter a window. Be sure to keep trees near your house trimmed and store anything that could be moved by strong wind.
Keeping this information in mind should help you better prepare your home for a winter storm. However, if your house is damaged, an emergency restoration company can help with cleanup and repairs.

How Often Do You Check Your Crawlspace?

7/4/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Check your crawlspace for water damage

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.”

When Storms or Floods hit Olathe / Lenexa, SERVPRO is ready!

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Olathe / Lenexa.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Olathe / Lenexa, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 913-782-4693

Causes of House Fires

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

An electrical outlet on fire.

Three Common Causes of House Fires

Here are top 3 most common causes of house fires in Lenexa, KS as identified by the National Fire Protection Association.

  1. Candles

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.

Safety tips:

  • 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
  1. Smoking

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.

Safety tips:

  • 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.
  1. Lightning

From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.

Safety tips:

  • 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 at 913.782.4693

Are you prepared to grill safely in Lenexa?

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Before firing up your grill in Lenexa, KS..

DO:

  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from any structure. 
  • Clean your grill regularly
  • check for gas leaks
  • keep decorations away from your grill
  • keep a spray bottle of water handy
  • keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill and know how to use it.

DON'T:

  • Never turn on the gas while the grill lid is closed it causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can exploded in your face. 
  • Never leave the grill unattended. Fires double in size in minutes. Plan a head so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling. 
  • Don't load your grill with food. This applies especially to fatty foods. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire 
  • Never use a grill indoors.  People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors.  

Protect Your Business From Fire Damage

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Extinguishers should have a stamped inspection date less than a year old

How Protected is Your Business from Fire Damage?

Your company may exist for years without facing the damages caused by a business fire. Unfortunately, the risk of fire in commercial buildings is higher now than in the past ten years. Check out some eye-opening statistics from the National Fire Protection Association:

Between 2007 and 2011, United States fire departments responded to more than 3000 office fires per year.
Cooking equipment was most responsible for these blazes, and electrical failures account for the next highest percentage of fires.
Human error and general negligence also figure significantly in the amount of damage done during the emergency situation.

How protected is your Olathe, KS, business? Have you completed drills for the safety of your employees and customers? Are inspections and maintenance completed regularly?

Fire Extinguishers and Sprinkler Systems

Business fire prevention technicians should perform regular inspections and updates. For example, extinguishers should have a stamped inspection date less than a year old. Additional extinguishers should be installed when your business grows. Any sprinkler heads installed as part of your fire preparation efforts should be kept free of dust and debris. All of these safety components should be free of obstruction and positioned where they are immediately effective.

Fire Safety Plans and Employee Training

Business owners should refer to standards established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, and current Material Safety Data Sheets when creating a safety plan and regarding employee training. It's important to note that your employees, customers, and inventory are all much more likely to escape without fire damage when a safety plan has been put into effect.

If a business fire affects your property, remediation and reconstruction experts can get your building back into presentable condition. However, it may be a long time before your staff, customers, and business partners forget the trauma of facing flames. Make sure you have the right equipment in place, that it's in perfect condition, and that employees are trained in comprehensive safety plans.

What Businesses Should Know About Cleaning After a Flood

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded office space in Edgerton, KS

Seeing your flooded company can be stressful, especially if many items in your business in Edgerton, KS, have been damaged. Cleaning is often one of the first steps in the restoration process, and learning about cleaning after a flood can accelerate the cleanup process.

What Type of Damage Commonly Occurs?

Water from a broken pipe versus water from an outside source can cause different types of damage to your business, and the amount of water in your building can also affect the extent of the damage. However, regardless of the source and the amount of water in your building, the following issues commonly occur in businesses after a flood:

  • Structural damage to your building's walls, ceilings and foundation
  • Warped vinyl flooring
  • Mold growth on a variety of surfaces
  • Damage to electrical systems


What Can You Clean Easily?

When it comes to your flooded company, you likely will want to know what items you can effectively and safely clean on your own. Items that aren't particularly delicate and that have not been sitting in water for a long period of time are generally easy to clean. Additionally, wood floors and furniture with real wood can normally be saved and will not sustain major damage if the water is quickly removed from the wood surface and the surrounding area remains dry.

How Do You Know if Professional Cleaning is Necessary?

Although it's often possible to clean certain items on your own, particular treatments, tools and pieces of equipment are necessary to clean some items. Instead of purchasing costly pieces of equipment, it can be helpful to employ emergency water damage restoration services. Professionals can use a variety of methods, including dry cleaning and immersion cleaning, to appropriately sanitize and restore different items.

Although a flooded company can lead to a major headache, knowing how to begin the cleanup process can help to alleviate some of your stress. Knowing what damage can occur after a flood, what you can likely clean easily and when to seek out help from professionals can make cleaning up after a flood easier.

3 Ways to Avoid Water Damage

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Have someone check your HVAC system once a year

Following These Guidelines May Help Reduce Your Risk of Flooding

Sometimes water damage is inevitable, but there are some precautions you can take to possibly avoid getting water in home in Lenexa, KS. While there is no guaranteed way to stop it from happening, following these guidelines may help reduce your risk of flooding.

1. Maintain Your Bathroom

Attending to your bathroom regularly may help you notice any excessive water that was not there before. You should also check for a broken pipe and look to see if any of them have corrosion as this may be a sign of a problem. If your water bill is unusually high, you might want to have a professional come take a look to see if you need a pipe cleanup.

2. Get Your HVAC System Checked Regularly

HVAC systems can cause moisture problems in your home. This is why it is a good idea to have someone come look at it at at least once a year. Having someone come out and do regular maintenance on your system may help prevent you from having to deal water damage or mold remediation later on.

3. Watch Your Appliances

Appliances that require water typically have a supply line. This hose can crack or break and cause a buildup of liquid around it. You should inspect all of these on a regular basis and have someone do regular maintenance on them. Usually, your insurance company is more likely to help cover the cost of cleanup if you have water in home if you take care of the flooding right away.

If you do end up with water in home, it is a good idea to have a water damage expert in Lenexa, KS, come assess the situation. Always take special care when it comes to any electrical appliances near the flooded area. Never let the problem go untreated as it may lead to mold growth and other issues. The sooner you get it taken care of the better off you will be.

Understanding the Key Differences Between Mold and Mildew

5/26/2019 (Permalink)

Not every fungus is mold, and not every fungal problem requires professional remediation

Mold damage may be a significant concern for many homeowners, but that concern can lead to paranoia and assumptions. Not every fungus is mold, and not every fungal problem requires professional remediation. Mildew is a common occurrence in homes, and it does share a similar appearance and development cycle to mold. However, it is not as difficult to eliminate, and it doesn’t require the efforts of mold remediation professionals. Therefore, to reduce the risk of calling in an expert for something that can be handled by a DIYer and a readily available chemical cleaner, it is beneficial to know the differences between mold and mildew.

1. Penetration and Spread

Mildew growth may be described as a surface issue because the fungus does not tend to penetrate deep into the surface. Additionally, this fungus is often isolated, meaning that it does not spread easily. Mold, however, penetrates deep into surfaces and by the time it is visible, it has likely colonized in other hidden areas. Also, mold spores spread easily and quickly, meaning that a home may have a colony in two separate areas.

2. Color and Texture

Mold damage is often fluffy and thick in an array of colors, such as black, green or yellow. Mildew is likely flat with a powdery or chalky appearance, and it usually shows up in either grays or whites.

3. Testing and Remediation

While mildew can be handled on your own, if you suspect you have a mold growth problem, then contact a mold remediation specialist in the Olathe, KS area as soon as possible. These professionals will come out and test your property to assess the damage and plan for removal.

Mildew and Mold damage may appear to be similar, but while they are both a fungal issue, they are significantly different in aggression, color and texture. A remediation specialist is likely your best option when it comes to mold assessment and removal.

Steps To Take When You Smell Natural Gas

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

It is important to know how to recognize the signs of a gas leak

If you use gas to power your home in Spring Hill, KS, it is important to know how to recognize the signs of a gas leak. A gas fire can erupt quickly if there is gas present. There are several things you should do immediately if you suspect a leak.

Recognizing a Leak

You can identify a natural gas leak in your home by smell, sight or sound. Some signs include:

  • A rotten egg smell
  • A hissing sound
  • Dead grass near pipeline
  • Bubbling in standing water near pipeline
  • Exposed or damaged pipeline

Checking the Stove

Your home can suffer a lot of fire damage from a gas fire on your stove. Make sure all burners are off when they're not in use. If you see a knob that is in the on position but don't see a flame, that is probably where the smell is coming from.

Ventilating Your Home

To prevent the need for fire damage cleanup, you can air out your house by opening the windows. This can help disburse noxious fumes.

Avoiding a Spark

Many items in your home could trigger a gas explosion when there is a leak present. Don't turn on lights. Avoid using your cell phone until you are away from your home. Anything with a flame can put your safety at risk and lead to damage that can only be remedied by fire cleanup experts.

Evacuating the Area

The most important thing you can do is leave your home. Don't try to fix the leak yourself; call the utility company once you are a safe distance from your home. Wait to enter your home again until a professional technician says it is safe to do so.

While avoiding a gas fire is a worthwhile goal, keeping yourself and your family safe is more important. If you know you have a leak, evacuate even if you don't know exactly where the smell is coming from. Let the professionals handle the problem.

3 Ways Property Managers Can Prepare for Storms

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Cracks in asphalt stringle roof

Focusing on Storm Preparedness

When you know that a storm is likely to impact your business in Gardner, KS, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. However, focusing on storm preparedness before a disaster occurs can help to keep yourself, your staff and your property safe.

1. Document the Building’s State Before the Storm

When a building is damaged, it’s often important for property management to provide the business’ insurance company with documentation of the destruction. However, it may also be beneficial to have photographs of your property prior to the incident. By showing an insurance adjuster what the business looked like before it sustained damage, you can help to ensure your claim is accurate.

2. Establish a Line of Communication

Storms can come on suddenly, and in the event that the property needs to be evacuated, it’s useful to know how to contact all employees in a timely manner. As part of your storm preparedness plan, you may consider asking all staff members to provide you with a way to reach them quickly before a disaster. Since you may not be present in the building when an emergency occurs, it can also be wise to create a list of tasks that the last person to exit should perform. An example might include making sure all doors and windows are closed.

3. Inspect the Property

Inspecting the structure before a storm can help you prevent damage, because leaks or malfunctioning equipment may worsen any problems that do occur. An inspection will also allow you to observe any openings in the building, which can happen when roof shingles are cracked or missing. This may let rain get inside more easily. If you see signs of a problem, you should contact emergency restoration services to prevent additional issues.

As a property manager, storm preparedness can be an important element of your job. Documenting the building before a disaster, establishing a line of communication and inspecting the structure can help you to prepare your business for any situation.

The 4 Stages of Storm Damage Restoration

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Homeowners must act quickly if adverse weather damages residences in Lenexa, KS.

Homeowners must act quickly if adverse weather damages residences in Lenexa, KS. The restoration process may take several days, depending on the extent of damage and whether it is necessary to tear out and replace building materials or contents. Trained professionals can swiftly proceed through the four stages of storm damage restoration.

1. Mitigation

It is imperative to limit storm damage. Mitigation may involve tarping over a damaged roof, boarding up broken windows or other measures to prevent further damage.

2. Water Extraction

Water that is left standing for days will become increasingly contaminated and heighten the risk of mold. If a storm introduces Category Two gray water into a structure, this water can degrade into grossly contaminated Category Three black water within a matter of hours.

Homeowners may rent a pump to remove water or start the process by using a mop or wet vac. Damage mitigation professionals will be able to extract every trace of water and debris more quickly, which can limit water damage and help to prevent secondary damage.

3. Cleanup

It is important to remove debris as well as any damaged materials. It may be necessary to tear out porous building materials or contents saturated with contaminated water, as these materials may be difficult or impossible to clean completely. Every surface and item should be cleaned and disinfected to discourage mold growth.

4. Restoration

The affected area must be dry before restoration begins. The final stage of the process will involve rebuilding damaged portions of a structure and replacing discarded items.

It may take up to a week or longer to restore storm damage. An organized effort to extract water, tear out damage, clean and allow the affected area to dry may continue for several days. A homeowner in can limit the severity of storm damage by immediately contacting storm restoration specialists in Lenexa, KS.

3 Facts About Category One Water Damage

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Restoration professionals categorize water damage based on the liquid’s contamination levels.

Restoration professionals categorize water damage based on the liquid’s contamination levels. Category One damage involves clean water from a broken supply line. Category Two water may contain chemicals or microbes and Category Three water is highly contaminated and may contain solid waste. Here are three facts for property owners or managers dealing with water damage at a building in Olathe, KS.

1. Category One Water Is Clean

Water in supply lines is typically clean and treated. This water should not contain any dangerous chemicals, microbes or solid waste. Standing water can be pumped out or extracted with a mop or wet vac.

2. Category One Water Requires Drying

As long as a building owner or manager acts quickly, damage caused by clean water can simply be dried. There is no need for disinfection as long as standing water is extracted and the removal process begins within 24 to 48 hours. Rather than risking worsening conditions or secondary damage, an owner or manager should hire mitigation and restoration professionals to extract water and promote drying.

3. Category One Water Can Degrade

After 48 hours, standing Category One water may degrade into Category Two gray water due to exposure to building materials, contents and systems. If water is left standing for days, bacteria will multiply, and mold may begin to grow. Category One water can eventually degrade into Category Three black water. Areas exposed to Category Two or Category Three water should be disinfected prior to drying.

A property owner or manager should quickly remove clean water introduced into a structure by a broken pipe. There is no need for disinfection as long as a leak is stopped, standing water is extracted and the area starts to dry within 24 to 48 hours. Even though Category One water is clean, it can still cause major damage to a building in Olathe, KS.

Property Owners Can Be Sued Because of Mold Damage

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

One issue that is too often ignored is the problem of mold and the damage it can cause.

Property Owners Can Be Sued Because Of Mold Damage

In this modern world, there are many issues facing property owners each and every day. Between building insurance, renovation permits, work safety concerns, and angry tenant parking problems, the landowner may feel pulled in multiple directions at once. One issue that is too often ignored in Olathe, KS is the problem of mold and the damage it can cause. Not surprisingly, there have been lawsuits against businesses and contractors because of mold infestations, which is why you shouldn’t wait until you have to make mold insurance claims to address your tenant’s fungus concerns.

Liability

The courts have held that tenants, employees, and customers can hold businesses liable for damage or injury from mold. Past mold claim suits have included the liability of contractors, engineers, architects, property managers, and landlords. While it is well known that buildings can develop mold problems in the dark recesses of storage areas, machine rooms, or basements, when the building owner first becomes aware that mold is an issue, he or she can then become liable. Problems can include:

  • Inattention to a potential problem
  • Improper installation of materials
  • Wrong materials installed

Even though your tenants make mold insurance claims, there are still other difficulties the landlord or property owner can face due to mold and its damage.

Habitability

The law states that your tenants have a right to expect their work or living spaces to be habitable. Although the term “habitable” can be considered a gray area, when tenants are able to see areas of rampant fungus growth, the courts say the building may not be habitable, and the landlord may be responsible for mold remediation and property reconstruction.

While placing mold insurance claims may help you recoup losses for building renovations, insurance monies are not available for lawsuits based on habitability or liability issues due to mold. Why not be proactive and have your building supervisors check for mold, leaky pipes, and mildew problems every month?

3 Ways Pretesting Can Help Your Client’s Business

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

If you have any questions your restoration professional may be able to help.

3 Ways Pretesting Can Help Your Client’s Business

If a business in Olathe, KS has suffered water damage then the first step that many water damage restoration professionals may take is pretesting. This process can help your company in a number of ways.

1. This Process Helps Determine Restorability

Your insurance agent may recommend a restoration company that can perform this step, as in many cases it may save both your business, and your claim some money. The restoration of existing materials often costs less than replacing them, and a pretest can allow the restoration company to know which parts of the damaged area can best be restored before beginning work.

2. It Can Help Determine the Damage Type and Severity

The process of pretesting can also help the restoration company determine the damage type and how severe it may be. In the case of water damage, it may also allow professionals to look for any signs of mold that may be growing as a result. Knowing these things can allow for a proper plan of action for any repairs and restoration needs to be made.

3. It Allows the Development of a Restoration Plan

The ability to know the restoration plan, and where the company is in performing this restoration, may help your agent process insurance claim. Doing a pretest help the restoration company formulate a plan of action. This may include if any steps need to be performed before the restoration starts, what cleaning needs to be done, and which areas of damaged need to be addressed first

A water damage restoration service recommended by your insurance agents may start with pretesting for a number of reasons. This process can help them determine the damage type and severity, if and which materials can be restored rather than replaced, and what the best plan of action will be to get your company building back in order. If you have any questions your restoration professional may be able to help.

Flooding, Secondary Damage, and Your Home

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Remove water and dry your home as quickly as possible.

Flooding, Secondary Damage, And Your Home

Whether fire, flooding, or other disasters have affected your home, there's a potential for black mold growth and types of secondary damage. It's imperative that you take the right steps to protect your Olathe, KS home, minimize damage, and reduce the risk of further trouble. These secondary issues could take many forms.

  • Structural damage
  • Mold growth
  • Wood rot
  • Corrosion
  • Electrical damage

Get the Home Dry

The best way to avoid ongoing damage, including the growth of black mold, is to respond immediately. In your flooded home, evaporation quickly leads to high humidity levels. The air becomes saturated and furnishings or possessions that had been above the level of the water become affected. When this happens, your home and furnishings will continue to be impacted long after the water level has been brought down.

Reduce Humidity Levels

As flood waters evaporate, the heavy, water-logged air touches surfaces throughout the home. When moist air makes contact with walls, ceilings, and tables, condensation takes place. The newly formed water droplets soak into wood, drywall, fabrics, and other materials. Even when you respond immediately to flooding, removing water as quickly as possible, any porous materials in your home could have absorbed water.

Rent Equipment

The appropriate equipment is required to reduce the risk of these damages. In addition to opening doors and windows for ventilation, contact flood damage restoration professionals to rent dehumidifiers and large fans. The faster you can get your home and possessions dry, the less opportunity there is for further damage to occur. The goal of proper ventilation and high-speed fans is to replace humid air with dry air as often as possible.

Hire Professionals

Flood damage restoration companies generally have access to cleansers and equipment that can improve the chances of avoiding secondary damage. The need to thoroughly dry your home out as quickly as possible is often enough to convince homeowners that hiring professionals is the best move.

If you're concerned about long-lasting damages, such as black mold, don't hesitate to act. Remove water and dry your Olathe, KS home as quickly as possible.

How To Estimate the Cost of Professional Mold Remediation

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

When left untreated, a small mold problem can quickly become a large one.

How To Estimate The Cost Of Professional Mold Remediation

Finding mold growth in your home is never a fun discovery to make, especially when you include the costs associated with hiring a mold remediation specialist. Although the price of these services can get costly, mold removal is best left in the hands of professionals. When dealing with a mold problem in your home in Lenexa, KS there are several factors that go into the overall cost of remediation services. As you try to estimate what you’ll need to pay, consider how the following circumstances apply to your situation.

Learn What Your Insurance Covers

Depending on the cause of your mold problem and which insurance company you have your homeowners insurance through, you may receive little to no coverage for mold damage. In most cases, mold remediation is only covered if the source of the problem is covered by your policy, including:

  • Burst pipe
  • Home fire
  • Water heater rupture
  • Washing machine or dishwasher malfunction

However, if the damage occurs due to a flood or moisture issue in your home, your policy likely doesn’t cover it. Find out what your particular homeowners insurance plan covers since some companies have dropped coverage for mold damage altogether.

Determine the Extent of the Problem

While a small mold issue may cost less than $1000, extensive mold damage that compromises the structure of your home can cost tens of thousands of dollars. If you suspect you might have a widespread mold problem at hand or that you are in need of black mold removal services, you will need to hire a mold inspector to identify exactly how your home is being affected by mold.

When left untreated, a small mold problem can quickly become a large one. While it might be tempting to delay hiring a mold removal crew or to try and handle the problem on your own, the best way to reduce costs is to call in the professionals right away.

SERVPRO Is the Superhero of Franchise Business Models

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Visit the SERVPRO franchise opportunities website

Would You Like to Become a Successful Franchise Owner?

There are thousands of choices, but how do you pick the right one for you? Start by examining the top tier of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. If you like to work with your hands, the SERVPRO franchise may be your top choice.

Entrepreneur Magazine does not casually rank franchises. Each one earns its position. The ranking of each franchise takes many attributes into account. These include its growth potential, standing in the marketplace and investment cost. There are several reasons why SERVPRO is a great franchise to own.

  1. SERVPRO corporation has a vested interest in your success. Many of the top franchises sell food. Few cities or towns are going to suffer if a fast-food restaurant shuts down. As a SERVPRO franchisee in the  Edgerton, KS, area, your business is locally owned and operated. However, when disaster strikes, SERVPRO responds with teams from all over the country. At times, your personnel and equipment will be part of those teams. Your local franchise is an essential piece in the disaster recovery plan.
  2.  Your SERVPRO team receives training and earns certification. As a franchisee, you will work in businesses and residences. You will clean and restore fire, water, flood, smoke and storm damage. You will remediate mold. As a SERVPRO employee, you will learn the proper techniques. Once you have shown proficiency, you will become IICRC certified. The IICRC is a nationally recognized certification. It documents the holder’s competence in a cleaning category.
  3. The SERVPRO opportunity is moderately priced. If you wanted a burger franchise, the cost could be in the millions. With SERVPRO, the financial investment is a small fraction.

However, the investment is more than about money. To be successful, you need to have passion and drive. You must believe in what you do and the people you serve.
Would you like to learn more? Visit the SERVPRO franchise opportunities website and see the available territories.

Flood Insurance May Not Be an Option for Your Business

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Flood insurance may not be an option.

Flood Insurance May Not Be an Option for Your Business

You read that correctly. Flood insurance may not be an option. In some situations, it is a requirement. Financial institutions, investors and others expect you to protect their investments and property. They will not leave the insurance decision in your hands. Sometimes, it’s one of the costs of doing business.
Insurance companies distinguish between water damage and floods. Rising water causes flood damage.

Typical examples are:

  • Overflowing rivers and streams
  • Storm surge on large bodies of water
  • Local flooding due to heavy rain or blocked storm drains
  • Runoff from melting ice and snow

Weather, plumbing and fire sprinklers are common sources of water damage. A standard commercial insurance policy covers the cost of these repairs. It offers no coverage for floods. The following are situations that may require a business to have insurance.


1. The Federal Government funded, backed, or insured a business mortgage.

If your business is in a flood zone, the government requires you to have flood insurance. It’s the law. If a flood destroys the business, they want to get paid.


2. Other mortgage lenders may require the insurance.

Lenders want to protect their investment as well. They may even want the insurance for businesses near flood zones.


3. Investors may demand insurance.

If there is a flood, the investor’s investment is at risk. It is reasonable for them to expect the protection of their investment.


4. Certain customers and vendors may require insurance.

A distribution business ships inventory belonging to their customer. Other businesses may hold inventory consigned by a vendor. Both parties may want insurance protection for their inventory.


The Flood Happened and the Damage Is Extensive


That flood insurance sure was a great idea. The water is gone. Now, it’s a race against mold. There are flood and water damage remediation specialists in the Olathe, KS area. They can get you back on your feet quickly. Give them a call.

Keep Your Home Safe With Flameless Candles

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Extinguish all candles when leaving a room.

Flameless Candles

Everyone loves the charm and ambiance of a flickering candle and the comfort of the scents that come from lighting one. But your home in Gardner, KS, is a place of safety and a respite from the hardships of the world, so keeping it safe from candle fire is an important safeguard. Candle alternatives can bring just as much satisfaction and enjoyment.

A real, burning candle is perfectly appropriate for setting the mood at dinner, but should be extinguished immediately upon leaving the table. Wax burns quickly and is a perfect fuel for a fire, so care must be taken. If using candles anywhere else, always make sure the candle is on a firm surface and surrounded by a non-flammable enclosure such as glass, and never leave it unattended while burning or allow children to play near them. Open flame is a fire hazard so try flameless options in your home.

Safe Candle Alternatives

Here are some ideas for options that can help your home and family safer while providing a glowing touch to your home’s atmosphere.

1. Candle warming lamps
2. Flame-free luminaries
3. Wax melting pots
4. Battery operated candles or tea lights

What Each Option Offers

Battery operated candles can flicker and glow just like a real candle and can even be set on timers and used with remotes, but will not give you the scent. Wax melting pots can disperse a scent as they melt smaller cubes or discs of wax in the melting chamber but do not provide any light. Flameless luminaries use a small bulb and appear more like the light of a tea light, also releasing aromas into the air. Candle warming lamps provide a soft glow and release your favorite scent. They utilize real jar candles and can be used multiple times – usually more than burning the same candle with a flame.

A candle fire can still happen and if it does a professional restoration service in Gardner, KS, can help clean up the waxy residue and smell that permeates the house as well as salvage your belongings. Using candle alternatives can help ensure you don’t have to deal with such a disaster in your home.

Can Your Belongings Recover From Mold Growth? 3 Actions To Take During the Salvage Process

1/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold at a Olathe, KS home.

How To Recover From Mold Growth?

Moisture and high humidity can attract mold spores into your Olathe, KS, home, where they can grow across a variety of surfaces. While mold commonly grows on building surfaces like drywall and carpeting, it can also affect your belongings, such as clothing and furniture. Mold cleaning can be difficult; however, before you throw items away, you may want to learn about which could be saved by different types of professional cleansing processes and which cannot.

1. Throw Away Porous Items

Most porous surfaces can absorb water and encourage further mold growth. As such, some items like mattresses, thick rugs and stuffed toys that already show signs of mold damage are usually not salvageable. If your child has a favorite stuffed toy that you want to attempt to save, ask your remediation technicians if they have any mold cleaning processes that may help. You may want to remember, however, that porous items affected by black mold are usually considered unsalvageable because this type of fungus is particularly hard to eradicate.


2. Freeze Documents and Books

If you have important documents and books that developed mold, place them in sealable plastic bags and store them in your freezer. Freezing these items can inhibit further mold growth and protect them until they can be inspected by an expert mold remediation and restoration company. This can salvage items like original birth certificates, wedding albums and baby books.

3. Set Aside Moldy Clothing

If you have favorite items of clothing that have been affected by mold, ask your remediation technicians about what type of options you have for salvaging them. Wet, dry and immersion cleaning may all be possible, especially for leather jackets and shoes. Some companies have access to an Esporta Machine, which cleans soft contents by removing tough odors, dirt and mold in a way that even commercial-grade units cannot.

Mold can have a devastating effect on your Olathe, KS, home’s contents. However, professional mold cleaning processes may be able to salvage your treasured possessions, even if you believe they are beyond repair.

4 Ways To Know You Have a Bathroom Leak

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Air mover after a water leak in a bathroom in Edgerton, KS

4 Ways To Know You Have a Bathroom Leak

Water can cause a tremendous amount of damage to any unsuspecting home because it can be hidden under tubs and showers in any bathroom in your home in Edgerton, KS. How can you know if you have a bathtub leak? Here are four signs that water has probably damaged your home due to a bathroom drip.

1. Ceiling Sogginess

Brown water stains or bulging spots in the ceiling of a two-story home often indicate a water leak in the floor above. Frequently, it is from a crack in a shower or tub surround. Water can penetrate the crack and pool on the lower ceiling. Once absorbed, it can become noticeable.

2. Floor Discoloration

Wooden trims and painted baseboards in a bathroom that suddenly warp or become discolored send out a red flag that they are absorbing water from somewhere nearby. Since the water source is probably hidden, check for cracks causing a bathtub leak or missing caulking around shower walls.


3. Crawlspace Stalactites

Most people seldom enter the crawlspace under their home. If you do and you notice a stalactite hanging from black wood, you can be assured there has been a water leak for a long time. This type of leak is often hidden under a shower pan or between tiles, causing a shower pan leak.

4. Pan Crack

If your shower pan sags, is old or has a crack, it is probably leaking into the flooring beneath it. Upon close inspection, the pan may appear to have held its integrity, but a leak as small as one-eighth of an inch long can allow water to freely drip into the lower flooring, which can eventually rot the boards.

Most bathroom cracks are small enough that they can be easily missed. If caught early, you can save a great deal of money on home repairs. That is why it is important to check for a bathtub leak and call a water repair specialty team at the first sign of trouble. You can keep unwanted water from damaging your home.

Fire Extinguishers: Understanding the P.A.S.S. Technique

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Extinguishers provide a direct line of defense and allow for immediate response to manageable fires

Fire Extinguishers: Understanding the P.A.S.S. Technique

A fire extinguisher is one of the most essential pieces of life-saving equipment in your commercial property. While your fire suppression system is excellent for your overall facility and alarms will ensure the safe evacuation of your employees or tenants, extinguishers provide a direct line of defense and allow for immediate response to manageable fires. However, there is a four-step process known as the P.A.S.S. technique.

1. Pull

The first step is to pull the pin from the extinguisher handle. The removal of this pin will allow the handle to be fully compressed, releasing the compressed air and chemical mixture to extinguish the flames.

2. Aim

A fire extinguisher will typically have a short, flexible, rubber hose attached to the nozzle and extending away from the handle. This will allow you to aim the compressed mixture at the fire. However, be sure to avoid contact with the discharge opening as the CO2 can damage your skin.

3. Squeeze

Squeezing the handle will release the extinguishing agent. Its mixture will come out quickly and somewhat powerfully, so be prepared and keep firm aim on the blaze.

4. Sweep

You will want to use a sweeping motion, focusing the extinguishing mixture on the base of the fire. Continue this process until the fire is out. After the fire is out, watch the are and ensure that there are no remaining embers. It is possible for a fire to reignite, causing more fire damage.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the proper extinguisher technique, you can contact your local fire department or a fire remediation specialist in the Spring Hill, KS, area. These professionals should be able to instruct you on the basics of fire safety and may even offer a demonstration.

A fire extinguisher is a life-saving tool, and there may come a time when it is your only means of defense. However, most often it will be used to squelch small fires, like a kitchen fire, before they turn into more significant disasters. Either way, knowing proper technique is key.

3 Top Reasons for a Leaky Toilet

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that your toilet can be a primary source for bathroom leaks?

3 Top Reasons for a Leaky Toilet

Every time you flush, you feel irritated by the leaking toilet at your home in Olathe, KS. A bathroom leak like this, however, can amount to more than a simple annoyance. Water easily finds its way through walls and floors wreaking havoc along the way. In order to prevent secondary water damage, don’t ignore the problem. Here are three top reasons why your lavatory is soaked and what to do next:

1. Loose Connection

Best case scenario, one of the connections to the toilet is loose. Before taking more extreme action carefully tighten the water supply hose and all bolts. Flush the toilet to check if the leak is gone.

2. Wax Ring

If water pools at the base of the leaking toilet or a foul smell emerges when you flush, a failing wax ring is likely at fault. The main purpose of the wax gasket is to form an airtight seal between the base of the toilet and the flange beneath. This prevents water, waste and sewer gasses from seeping through. The solution is to thoroughly scrape off the old wax and replace the seal.

3. Tank Flange

The flange is screwed tightly to the floor underneath the wax ring and connects the drainpipe to the toilet. Over time, it may crack or chip causing the wax seal to break. Depending on the type of flange you have, the age of the equipment and how tightly it is attached to the floor, you may need professional help to replace it. 

Hopefully, you solve the mystery of the leaking toilet at your home in Olathe, KS, before further water damage occurs. Signs of secondary damage include soft spots on the walls or floor, evidence of mold growth or water dripping through to the ceiling below. In this case, a water restoration specialist helps mitigate the damage that your annoying bathroom leak has caused.

Untreated Water Damage Leads to Mold Growth

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

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

How To Avoid Kitchen Fires in Your Home

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Don't leave items unattended while cooking in your Lenexa, KS home

Tips: How To Prevent a Kitchen Fire

Fires often start in a home’s kitchen and can quickly cause devastating amounts of damage. Fortunately, there are several tips that can help you prevent a kitchen fire in your home in Lenexa, KS.

1. Know How To Use Your Appliances

Whether the appliances in your kitchen are new, or you’ve had them for years, you can decrease the risk of a kitchen fire if you’re experienced in using them. If you have recently purchased new equipment, it can be helpful to read over the guide that came with it to ensure you understand how it operates. Even with appliances you’ve owned for a long time, it’s often wise to refresh your memory and make sure you can turn them off quickly if necessary.

2. Understand Common Causes of Fires

Knowing what issues can cause a kitchen fire can help you prevent one from occurring. Grease and oil are common culprits of kitchen blazes. A grease fire can become difficult to manage, especially if you’re not sure how to extinguish it quickly. Several tips for preventing this type of disaster include cooking oil at the appropriate temperature, not leaving items unattended while cooking and keeping baking soda (not baking powder) nearby to put out small fires.

3. Keep Appropriate Equipment Close

In addition to preventative measures, it’s often wise to keep equipment nearby or in your kitchen to quickly put out flames. Having a fire extinguisher that can be used on different types of blazes (often referred to as an A-B-C extinguisher) can help to douse larger fires. Being prepared with the right equipment can help you quickly manage a fire and provide you with peace of mind.

Understanding how to appropriately use your appliances, knowing common causes of fires and keeping useful equipment nearby are tips that can help you prevent a kitchen tragedy in your home. If you’ve had a fire occur in your residence, consider contacting fire damage restoration professionals.

6 Steps for Cleaning Up Sewer Damage

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage restoration and cleanup in Gardner, KS

Sewage Remediation

A persistent clog or the smell of sewer gas tells you that you have a problem with the plumbing in your commercial building. If you don’t fix it, it could turn into a bigger problem that requires sewer cleanup. Sewage remediation experts are trained to complete the cleaning process from start to finish. Here are the six steps they typically follow.

1. Area Containment

Before they deal with the mess, the experts will likely take measure to ensure that it doesn’t spread to unaffected areas. This may involve sealing off the area where the sewer backup occurred and not allowing anyone to enter it who isn’t wearing the appropriate protective gear.

2. Sewage Extraction

Cleaning can’t happen until the contaminated water and detritus has been removed and disposed of safely. Technicians pump the standing water out, removing any debris or particles that came out of the flooded toilet with it.

3. Material Removal

Anything the contaminated water touches must be taken out of the building. This includes all furniture, office equipment and documents as well as walls, floors and ceiling tiles that were affected.

4. Surface Extraction

All surfaces must be thoroughly dried during sewer cleanup. The sooner this can happen, the less likely it is that your building will develop a mold problem.

5. Surface Disinfection

Using industrial-strength cleaners, technicians thoroughly disinfect every surface that came into contact with the contamination. After cleaning, the area is tested to make sure all traces of the germs from the sewer water are gone.

6. Area Restoration

The items that can be salvaged are cleaned and returned to the building. The items that cannot be saved must be replaced.

Experts in Gardner, KS, should be called at the first sign that you need sewer cleanup. Don’t ignore the signs that your building may be contaminated. A speedy cleanup process helps you get back to business.

How Can I Find Mold in My Building?

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold containment in a Gardner,KS office

Some Ways You Can Find Mold in Your Building

You may be concerned about mold growth in your building in Gardner, KS. Maybe your concern is due to the nature of your business and the need for a clean environment, or maybe it is for the benefit of your employees. Either way, you want to be sure your building doesn’t have a mold problem and need help finding any source of mold. Since mold is abundant in the environment, indoors and out, but it may be hard to find colonies since they thrive in places where you are not frequenting. Here are some ways you can find mold:

  • Consider an indoor environmental specialist. A specialist may also use special equipment to detect hidden moisture, where your mold source might be hard to see.
  • Check out all plumbing areas. Look for slow leaks as well as obvious ones. If you suspect a pipe is leaking but can’t see it in action, wrap a paper towel or cloth towel around it and check it later to see if it is saturated.
  • Look for old water damage. If you had water damage from a natural flood or an indoor pipe failure, then recheck the area affected. Improper repairs may hide moisture that is still present.
  • Follow your nose. Notice any musty smelling areas? Try to pinpoint the source of the moisture.

The indoor envirinomental specialist may do a mold test. This is especially important to check an area that was thought to be cleaned or that may have been damaged by water long ago.

Mold Remediation

Once the source of mold has been identified, the indoor environmental specialists will work with a professional mold remediator to focus on containment, removal and disinfecting of the contaminated area. Sometimes the mold gets into hard to reach spots and porous building materials that may need removed and replaced, but the right specialist can handle all aspects of your recovery from inspection to rebuild.

4 Steps for Recovering From a Business Fire

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Electronics had smoke and soot damage after a small fire in a Lenexa,KS office

Smoke Damage

It doesn't take much time for fire to derail your successful business, and when the smoke clears, you still have a long process of cleanup to tackle. After all, smoke damage settles into furnishings, inventory, and even the walls and floors of buildings. Take the following steps to success`fully deal with the damage.

1. Discuss Costs and Coverage With Your Insurance Provider

There are many cleaning and restoration professionals available who provide soot damage and smoke cleaning services. Some insurance plans cover this type of service. As you discuss the details of coverage with your insurance agent, consider asking about the following services:

  • Protecting property from more damage
  • Completing repairs for existing damages
  • Storing inventory
  • Remodeling buildings and structures on the property
  • Replacing property, belongings, and inventory that are beyond repair

The better you understand your coverage, the better prepared you'll be to oversee the recovery process.

2. Restore and Replace Valuable Documents

Just about every business has important documents on-site. These may include proof of licensing, business credit cards, employee records, billing documents, contracts with providers, and even cash. Moving paperwork to a clean, dry location, away from further smoke damage, should help protect documents and help you get your business back on track as quickly as possible.

3. Save Receipts for Everything

Keep receipts and make a record of any money you spend that is related to the fire. The insurance company will need those records, and you may use them later to prove losses while completing taxes. Consider talking to an accountant for more information about special tax benefits.

4. Maintain Communication With Local Officials

Protect the safety of your employees, buildings, and other officials by alerting the fire and police departments to your comings and goings. Don't enter buildings or use utilities until you've had official permission. Discuss problems with your landlord or insurance company.

These four steps can help you and your Lenexa,KS, business recover from fire and smoke damage. What have you already done to protect your business and property from fire dangers?

4 Steps to Storm Preparedness

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

Having batteries on your Edgerton,KS home in hand is very important

Storm Preparedness

If you are a homeowner in Edgerton, KS, you have probably thought about what might happen if a storm causes your house to flood. Planning is always important where storm safety is concerned, especially if you live in a flood zone. Here are four steps that you can take to prepare your home and family for a potential storm involving flood water.

1. Sign Up for Local Alerts

If your community offers an emergency warning system, sign up for it as soon as you can. Alerts are also provided by the Emergency Alert System and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio.

2. Determine Your Flood Risk

Do you live in a flood zone? If you don't know, it may be time to visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Flood Map Service Center online to find out. If it turns out that floods are a significant concern in your area, you will likely want to purchase flood insurance for your property.

3. Protect Valuables

Valuables can easily become damaged from flood water. Protect yours by keeping gutters and drains cleared, purchasing a battery-operated sump pump and moving said items to higher levels in your house. Important paperwork should be digitized and stored in a waterproof box to protect it from water damage in a flooded building.

4. Plan Your Escape

Having a smart escape route in place is important when a flood is threatening your home. Put a plan for emergency shelter in place, and practice various escape paths with your family on a regular basis. Having supplies such as batteries and medicine on hand is also very important.

Your first priority with flood water is to get yourself and your loved ones to safety. Your property also matters, but storm damage restoration specialists can typically help you resolve any damage that does occur. Planning ahead of time by following the steps above puts you in a better position to keep your family and your investments safer in a flood-related storm.

How To Prepare Your Child for a Potential Fire Escape

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Develop a fire evacuation plan at your Gardner, KS home

Fires can be both destructive and deadly. If you’re a parent, kid’s safety is a top priority. To help ensure everyone knows how to react in the event of a home fire, it’s important to develop an evacuation plan and educate your child about fire safety. A thorough plan and discussion should include the following elements.

1. Establish Multiple Escape Routes

Under the right conditions, a fire may spread throughout your home. For this reason, it’s essential that you help your child identify every available exit point, including windows.

2. Check Doors

Before opening any doors, instruct your child to feel them for heat. If a door feels hot, she should avoid opening it and proceed to a secondary escape route.

3. Stay Low

Smoke rises and can be a potential detriment to every kid’s safety. To reduce the amount inhaled, your child should stay as low to the ground as possible. You should demonstrate both a forearm and belly crawl to help her understand the safest ways to proceed to the nearest accessible exit.

4. Designate a Meet-up Spot

As you develop your fire escape plan, make sure to designate an outside location away from your home where your family can meet. Instruct your child that once she evacuates, she should not re-enter the home for any reason.

5. Stop, Drop and Roll

If your child’s clothes catch on fire, inform her to stop, drop and roll on the ground until the flames are extinguished.

6. Open Nearby Window If Trapped

If flames block all viable escape routes, instruct your child to close the nearest door and proceed to a window. She should open the window, yell for help and wave an object to alert firefighters of her location.

Because it helps promote kid’s safety, all households in Gardner, KS, should develop a fire evacuation plan and educate their children accordingly. Although there may be little a homeowner can do to minimize fire damage and restoration needs, ensuring everyone knows how to efficiently escape the home may provide some peace of mind.

Why Is Flood Water Called Black Water?

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage on a local brewery in Edgerton,KS

Category 3 black water refers to flood water or water that contains solid waste. This term is also used to describe stagnant water that supports the growth of bacteria. Find out what distinguishes Category 3 water from other types and why this type of water requires thorough cleaning, disinfection, and drying to reduce the risks of contagion or mold.

What Are the 3 Categories of Water?

Three categories of water can be involved in water damage.

  • Category One water is clean, treated, and typically originates from a broken supply pipe.
  • Category Two water or gray water may contain chemicals or microbes. This water can come from showers or appliances such as dishwashers or washing machines.
  • Category Three water may contain solid waste or other dangerous contaminants. This water can cause illness when consumed, inhaled, or through skin exposure.

Is All Flood Water Considered Black?

It is safe to assume that water from flooding is Category 3. This water has a high chance of containing the following contaminants:

  • Chemicals
  • Heavy metals
  • Pathogens
  • Pesticides
  • Solid waste

Any parts of a building exposed to flooding due to storm damage should be cleaned and disinfected prior to being reopened to occupants and visitors.

What Are the Risks of Black Water?

In addition to posing an infection risk for humans and animals, Category Three water also raises the risk of mold growth. Mold may begin to develop in flooded areas within only 24 to 72 hours. It is necessary to eliminate the presence of standing water and solid waste, pre-treat the area, remove porous building materials that can absorb water, and then disinfect, dry, and restore the affected area.

If flood water breaches a commercial property, contact a storm and water damage restoration service in Edgerton,KS. Trained professionals can ensure that the property is clean and safe and mitigate secondary damage such as mold.

3 Tips for Dealing With Damage from Water

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Air movers on a water damage in a Olathe,KS home

When an issue arises in your home, your first reaction is probably to spring into task mode. You want to fix the problem as soon as possible. If your home in Olathe, KS, has water damage, however, most of the repairs need to be handled by professional remediation technicians. There are three main things you can do to prepare for their arrival.

1. Focus on Safety

Your primary concern when your home has flooded from broken pipes or an intense storm should be the safety of you and your family. Do not use any electrical appliances that came into contact with floodwater. Turn off the water and the electricity to the area. Do not wade through standing water, particularly if you can't see the floor. If you have any doubt whether staying in the house is safe, go ahead and vacate the premises.

2. Document the Damage

Your insurance package may cover part of the expense of water cleanup. To increase your chances of getting the money you need to take care of your costs, you need to document the water damage your home and belongings have suffered. Make a list of damaged items, and take pictures and video of the issues if possible.

3. Remove Items

You may be able to start the first step of the cleanup process. If it is safe to do so, remove waterlogged items from the flooded area. The more you can move out, the less the experts must deal with when they arrive. If you want to save your carpet, it is advisable to remove any brightly colored rugs, books or other items from the carpet so that the colors don't bleed onto it.

How you handle water damage in your home plays a big role in limiting secondary damage. By knowing what is helpful and what is not, you can speed up the remediation process.

3 Tips on Cleaning Your Business After Water Damage

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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 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)

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.

Electrical & Lighting Fires

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO Of Olathe / Lenexa has a series of safety tips that can help keep your home safe from fires.

Safety tips:

  • 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.

If your home suffers a fire your can count on us to make it "Like it never even happened."

Dryers & Washing Machine Fires

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most common fire restoration situations SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa services is a dryer or washing machine fire. 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.

Safety tips:

  • 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.

Remember these safety tips to keep from having to give us a call in the case of fire.

Seal Your Home Before the Rains Start

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

When the rain starts your home is supposed to keep yourself and your belongings dry. However, some moisture can get in if your home has not been maintained or checked for broken seals.

What to do if you are experiencing moisture in your home:

  • Re-caulk windows seals
  • Re-caulk door seals
  • Consider adding overhangs to doors and windows
  • Check for missing shingles on the roof
  • Metal roofs are expensive but last longer than 30year shingles

Doing or considering adding fixtures to your home will keep the moisture out, and it may even add beauty and equity to your home.

At 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!

How do you keep mold from growing?

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is in every home without fail because they are microscopic and found everywhere. Each year billions of mold spores are produced in the fall from the decaying leaves and extra moisture. The mold spores will enter your home through the air currents and even your pets. There is no way of assuring that mold does not get in your home. However, we can prevent the spores from growing.

Controlling the Water Controls the Mold

You cannot see mold spores unless you have a microscope but there are times when they are visible. These times are the most worrisome for a homeowner. Seeing mold after a broken pipe or toilet overflow is normal because mold needs water to begin growth. Mold will start to grow on anything organic once moisture is introduced and usually only takes between 24 to 48 house. Visible mold growth will look like little discolored spots at first and then grow to be large fuzzy colonies.

Why should a remediation company need a certification?

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

Having mold does not mean you have to burn your house down. SERVPRO of Olathe has a lot experience with mold damage cleanup. We are a certified mold cleanup company with certification from the IICRC.

Why should a remediation company need a certification?

There is no federal guidelines for mold remediation in private homes. The concern is only for the technicians who remediate mold. In order to keep homeowners and technicians safe an organization, called the IICRC, created a course and certification process for mold remediation companies to learn how to remove mold correctly. Their certifications became the industry standard after major insurance companies required IICRC training.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa is a certified mold remediation company. Our technicians receive IICRC certifications and yearly ongoing training to stay certified. Count on us to clean your home right the first time if it has mold damage.

Your Guide To Quickly and Effectively Cleaning Up Post-Flood

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

A flood can wreak havoc on your home's structure, belongings, and even your home's environment, as the water can carry contaminants and mud. For this reason, it is imperative that you begin content cleaning efforts as soon as the waters recede, or as soon as the influx of water has stopped. The more time you take to begin cleanup efforts, the greater the chance that your home and belongings will experience irreversible damage.

Floods can damage everything from carpeting to furniture and from your home's ductwork to its HVAC system. If you want to minimize damage and restore your home to normal, there are particular areas to which you must pay attention:

• Ceilings and walls
• Electrical systems
• Heating and cooling systems
• Appliances
• Carpeting, vinyl and wood floors
• Sewage systems


Content Cleaning Tips.


Though the majority of flood cleanup should be left to the professionals (especially if gray or black water is involved), there are a few steps you can take before your local Olathe, KS, water restoration team shows up. First, contact your insurance company. If your homeowners' insurance policy covers the damage, an adjuster will be in contact with you.

Once you've made the necessary phone calls, begin to shovel mud out of your home. If a garden hose reaches the flooded area, you can use the hose to spray mud away. Once the mud is gone, start sanitizing. Scrub surfaces with hot water and a heavy-duty cleaner. Soak belongings that can be soaked in a mixture of hot water and chlorine bleach. If the items in question are metal, such as silverware or pots and pans, simply let them sit in boiling water for 10 minutes.

Take any rugs and furniture outside to air dry and use a dehumidifier and fans to remove moisture from the air. You can also begin to toss smaller, contaminated items, such as toys, stuffed animals, and food.

Ideally, you should leave the deep content cleaning to the professionals, as professional flood restoration teams know what is salvageable and what is not. Moreover, experts have the necessary safety equipment to restore your home to a pre-flood condition.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROolathelenexa.com/.

How To Avoid Kitchen Fires

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

There are few things so warm and comforting as inviting people to your home in Olathe, KS, for a meal you have prepared. What is meant to be relaxing can turn into an emergency if a fire breaks out in your kitchen, though. Fortunately, kitchen fires are easily avoided if you take a few key safety precautions. Here are three tips on how to avoid kitchen fires.


1. Give It Your Attention.


Do not leave cooking food unattended. If a burner is on, you should be in the kitchen. It only takes a moment for something to boil over and catch fire or for small fingers to find their way to the burner in your absence. It may seem like a hassle to turn the stove off just to retrieve something from another room, but it's well worth the trouble if it keeps your home from suffering fire damage from a kitchen fire. Protect your home and your loved ones from danger by paying attention when you're cooking.


2. Keep Your Stove Clean.


A dirty stove is a recipe for a disaster. Not only does built-up grease have the tendency to draw insects, it can also cause a grease fire. Cleaning all cooking surfaces regularly can help you avoid fire caused by oil residue.


3. Keep Flammable Objects Away From Heat Sources.


If something can catch fire, it should not be near the burner on the stove. Pay attention to the tips on food packaging that warn you to keep it away from heat. Wear form-fitting clothing while cooking, especially on your arms so that sleeves don't dangle into danger. Potholders, recipe cards and kitchen towels have their place in the kitchen. That place is just not on the stove.

To be able to feed yourself and others can be a wonderful feeling, but having to call fire restoration specialists to fix your kitchen is not. By following these tips, you can avoid a kitchen fire and enjoy your meal.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROolathelenexa.com/.

Tips for the Mold Remediation Process

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is everywhere. It is naturally a part of the environment, and this includes the indoor air space of your commercial property in Olathe, KS, as well as the outdoor area surrounding it. It doesn't become a problem until excess moisture in the building leads to mold growth on surfaces. If you see black mold or notice a musty smell, it may be time to call mold remediation experts to start the process of containing and eliminating the mold.


Containment.


The first thing the specialists are going to do is try to contain the problem. After donning the appropriate protective gear, they may start to block off the affected area. If you are anywhere near the area, you need to wear the appropriate gear too:

• Goggles
• Coveralls
• Face mask with respirator
• Gloves
• Protective footwear

To limit the spread of black mold, it is a good idea to block off HVAC intake from affected areas. This can minimize the amount of mold that is spread throughout your vents and thus throughout the building.


Removal.


During mold cleanup, it may be necessary to tear out walls where the mold has put down roots. It is often not enough to clean the surface of a wall or other porous structures, because mold does not just grow on the surface. It gets down in all the tiny cracks and pockets once it starts to grow, and it can do so rapidly. Remediation experts may have to remove and replace walls and insulation in order to resolve the issue.


Dehumidification.


To avoid a return of the mold growth, it is a good idea to dehumidify the whole building, particularly the area where the mold was growing to begin with. Mold must have a moist environment to thrive. If you deny it moisture, you can prevent future mold problems.

If you need mold remediation, trust the experts. Their knowledge and skill can help you rid your building of black mold growth and keep it from returning. You can help by calling as soon as you suspect there is a problem and by keeping the humidity level low in the building.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROolathelenexa.com/.

How To Prepare Your Business for a Flood: 3 Helpful Hints

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding threatens your Olathe, KS, commercial building, you may worry about what kind of damage it might cause and what impact such an event would have on your investment. Floods can cause a variety of problems, from shorting out electrical systems to damaging inventory and office equipment. While this type of destruction can be costly, there are a few strategies you can use to prepare your business for a flood.


1. Have a Flood Disaster Plan in Place. 


Being prepared can keep your employees and customers safe from black water and other safety threats during a flood. Have an evacuation plan in place and post it throughout the building. Discuss flood evacuation with your employees so they can act quickly and get out of the building safely during an unexpected water disaster. You may want to have your building inspected to ensure there are enough exits for the number of people your building can hold.


2. Back Up Your Business’ Data. 


If you keep some of your records on paper and stored in your building, it is wise to have them transferred to a digital format and stored on the cloud. Not only does this give you easy access to information when you need it in the future, it can protect valuable data from suffering flood damage. If you own a medical business, transferring patient files and other information to a secure data storage system can be especially important when your building is at risk for flooding.


3. Have a Flood Mitigation Company on Call. 


Trying to find a flood damage and mitigation company during a flood may take days, during which you may lose business. Being prepared beforehand by finding a service that suits your needs can help you save time and get help right away if a flood should affect your building.

Flooding can be a worrisome issue for you as a Olathe, KS, business owner. However, being prepared can help you act confidently during a disaster and when it comes to keeping your employees, customers and building safe.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROolathelenexa.com/.

3 Types of Secondary Damage

7/12/2018 (Permalink)


After a commercial property in Olathe, KS sustains water damage, the risk of secondary damage escalates until the initial damage has been addressed. Secondary issues such as black mold can result from high humidity and other factors that persist after a plumber has addressed the source of the water damage. It is a good idea to contact a commercial restoration service that specializes in water damage quickly after a leak, as additional damage can develop quickly over the following hours and days.

1. Mold and mildew: Mold and mildew may start to develop in a commercial property affected by water damage in as little as 48 hours. A commercial damage restoration company can remove all standing water and dry out the area affected by a leak using a dehumidifier. Lowering high humidity levels can make the area less conducive to fungal growth and reduce the likelihood that any type of mold, including black mold, will develop.

2. Insect infestation: Excess moisture from a leak can give rise to infestations of insects such as roaches, silverfish, or termites. The presence of insects can make a commercial property less comfortable and sanitary and may actually undermine the integrity of the structure.

3. Structural failures: The weight of a lot of standing water can damage the structure of a commercial property over time. It is important to eliminate all standing water to prevent even more damage from taking place. If you are not aware of a leak for some time after it has occurred, you should contact a restoration service as soon as possible to limit the extent of the resulting damage.

These are only three general types of secondary damage that can occur after a water leak in a commercial property. If you are concerned about the risk of black mold, contact a certified commercial water damage restoration service near Olathe, KS.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROolathelenexa.com/.

How Sewer Damage is Cleaned Up

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

A sewer backup can wreak havoc in your home. A flooded toilet can unleash dangerous bacteria and viruses and cause irreparable damage to your home’s contents. While you may be tempted to begin cleaning right away or try to salvage personal items that have been contaminated, it’s important that you let a professional water damage mitigation specialist in Olathe, KS, handle a sewer cleanup.

If the contaminated water is in danger of coming into contact with electrical appliances, turn off your electricity to prevent hazardous conditions. After that, avoid all contact with the sewage and contact a professional. A backed up sewer flooding your home is considered an emergency situation, so they should respond quickly. When they arrive they’ll assess the situation and make a plan for cleanup. Once they begin, here are the steps you can expect.


1. Identifying the Source.


Before sewer cleanup can begin, it’s important to identify the source of the backup. A professional should be able to cap a ruptured sewer line or seal a cracked septic tank to prevent further backup into your home.


2. Water Extraction.


A water damage mitigation specialist will have specialized equipment to remove the water from your home, such as submersible pumps and wet vacs. They’ll also make sure contaminants are not spread to other parts of your property by sealing off the affected areas.


3. Removal of Contaminated Materials.


Any porous materials that come in contact with sewage will have to be thrown out. This includes carpeting, drywall and upholstery cloth. If the contaminated object is very valuable, it may be worth the expense to have it specially cleaned by an expert.


4. Disinfecting Your Home.


Any remaining hard materials, such as glass, metal and hardwoods will need to be disinfected. This requires specialized cleansers used to wipe down every remaining surface.

A sewer cleanup requires safety gear and expert know-how to avoid spreading contaminants and putting you and your family at risk. If you’re dealing with a backed up sewer, avoid all contact with the sewage and call a water mitigation specialist in Olathe, KS, right away.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROolathelenexa.com/.

Water Damaged Documents

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

We all have a lot of necessary documents. Home owners know that throughout our lives we amass many vital pieces of paper, from birth certificates to insurance policies. Many of us do not keep our personal effects as neatly as we would like too. Sometimes life is just too busy to worry about filing. However, in the event of flood damage, it is all too easy to lose valuable documents or, even worse, find the flood waters have ruined them.

SERVPRO recommends all home owners take steps right now to protect their papers from flood damage, because once a natural disaster hits, it is too late to take action. Plan now so you do not lose valuable information in the event of flooding.

The first step is keeping all your relevant documents together. Gather together all your records, certificates, policies and more, and put them all in one watertight lockable box. In the event of a natural disaster, you can grab the box in seconds.

It is also a good idea to make backups of everything. You might keep a set of photocopies in another box in a different location. Alternatively, you might scan all your necessary documents and keep the files on CD or a USB drive. Always keep your electronic copies separate from the originals. Some people use a bank safe deposit box for their originals or keep their electronic copies in the home of a trusted friend or relative (do be sure to use a password if you take this option.)

What should you keep in your document box? SERVPRO recommends keeping all your most vital information, including your birth certificate, marriage certificate, social security documents, medical documents, driver’s license, passport, home paperwork, insurance, tax records, stocks and bonds, and your will and retirement plan. It is also a good idea to keep treasured items that cannot be replaced, such as your favorite recipes, or children's' artwork or photographs.

Our IICRC-certified technicians are available to help with post-flood cleanup. We can freeze dry water-damaged papers for later restoration. We also extract water, dry your home, and deodorize after.

For help with flood cleanup in Olathe and surrounding areas call SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa (913)782.4693

SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa Restoring Office Spaces

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded office space in Olathe

Water line breaks, damaged roofing shingles, ill-timed sprinklers, or water used during firefighting measures can all lead to a water-logged mess. Water affects different things according to the porosity of the material from which it was made. Office complexes in our area can rely on commercial water removal services to regain control over their office’s environment once again after a disaster involving copious amounts of water has occurred. Our technicians have been trained and then given experience in mitigating water problems, in both large and small environments. At SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa, our training results in certification from the IICRC, ensuring that our technicians can provide the services required regardless of the disaster type, size, or level of complexity. Having a mess in only one secluded section of your office, if large, never is a guarantee that equipment stored elsewhere is protected from damage. Water takes three forms, and humidity travels quite easily inside an enclosed area like your office. In smaller offices, this type of damage can happen much more quickly than in a larger one. When the water came from a contaminated source, our services also include effective decontamination methods that render your shop clean and free of any pathogens or other substances that can cause harm or illness. You, your employees, and your customers deserve a non-germ environment in which to conduct business, and we can help create this for you, even if the situation seems hopeless. Water removal is the primary step in bringing a saturated location back to its original dry condition. SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa uses pump trucks for standing water, hand-held units that extract water from water-logged porous materials such as carpets and furniture, specialized pads to increase the evaporation rate of water held inside floors, and a combination of dehumidifiers, air movers, and heaters for removing the last traces of humidity from the air.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa wants to help whenever your office needs us. No disaster is off-limits for us, so don't hesitate to call. Our number (913)782.4693 anytime we answer and respond 24/7.

Mold vs Mildew: What is the Difference?

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold vs Mildew

When it comes to mold and mildew, many often wonder, “What is the difference?” HGTV.com compares mold and mildew to siblings, stating that they have a few matching characteristics, but they also have some striking differences.

As for similarities, they both strive in warm, moist areas and they both are able to grow on a multitude of surfaces. They are also both two types of fungi that no one is ever happy to find in their home!

Differences between mold and mildew can be seen in their appearance. Mold is usually fuzzy in appearance and can be various different colors, but it is most often black or green. Mildew, on the other hand, usually grows in a flat pattern and may appear powdery. It is usually white or gray in color. One interesting difference between mildew and mold is that there is no use for mildew. On the contrary, some molds are actually used in food production. For example, Penicillium is used in the production of cheese.

While mold and mildew definitely have differences, the methods to prevent mold and mildew in the home are very much the same. All areas of the home need to be kept dry and moisture-free. Humidity levels inside the home should be checked and controlled. Any leaks need to be repaired quickly and HVAC systems should be inspected regularly.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa specializes in mold testing and remediation in all of the local Kansas cities. If you suspect mold is an issue in your home, give us a call today! 913.782.4693.

Steps to Reduce the Risk of Tornado Damage in Olathe

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Tornado damage mitigation tips from Disastersafety.org.

About 1,000 tornadoes occur each year in the United States, causing an average of $1.1 billion in property damage and 80 deaths. These storms vary in intensity and the accompanying damage can result in everything from minor repairs to complete destruction with little warning. Most tornadoes are relatively weak, and therefore, primarily damage roofs, windows and trees. While only two percent of tornadoes achieve the most violent and damaging classification, one quarter of tornadoes are powerful enough to cause 90 percent of the damage and two-thirds of the deaths.

In an effort to gain a better understanding of who is most at risk from these destructive forces, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) conducted a regional analysis of tornadoes of F2 or greater strength that were reported during the 50-year period beginning in 1957 through 2006. This analysis, coupled with the construction guidance included below, is intended to better define which areas are most likely to be affected by tornadoes and to suggest methods for mitigating property risks.

The analysis used tornado records from a period of time when the older Fujita Scale classification F0 through F5 was being used. Since 2006, tornadoes have been classified by the Enhanced Fujita Scale using EF0 through EF5. Both scale classifications are based on damage observed after a tornado strikes. The EF scale, which provides a larger number of damage indicators for different types of buildings, attempts to recognize the difference between poorly constructed and well constructed buildings and results in lower estimates of wind speeds for the most intense storms, which are classified using the highest number on the F or EF scales. Efforts to re-classify the older F-Scale tornadoes using the EF-Scale are very labor intensive and subject to judgment because it requires a review of old damage reports, many of which will not have pictures of the damage. The simple approach, which is reasonable and probably slightly conservative, is to simply use the new wind speed estimates with the older classifications.

In creating the map below, IBHS used a grid of 100 square mile cells in the analysis. This is a smaller cell size than used by most other analyses. The advantage is a finer resolution of tornado risks at the expense of greater variability between adjacent cells. The effects of this potential limitation were reduced by employing a process to smooth out differences in tornado frequencies between nearby cells.

Tornadoes have a unique destructive power among wind-related natural disasters because they concentrate a massive amount of energy in a relatively small area. The strongest category of tornadoes can generate maximum wind speeds of greater than 250 mph, which is enough to destroy most buildings and structures in their path. These maximum wind speeds generate forces that are about twice as large as those generated by the strongest hurricanes.

Only a few specialty buildings are designed to withstand the direct impact of a severe tornado. However, well engineered, large and tall commercial structures are not likely to suffer structural collapse. For smaller commercial structures, good construction choices can give added protection and increase the likelihood that at least part of the structure will remain standing to provide shelter. Buildings that have been strengthened in critical areas and particularly at connection points, such as between the roof and walls and walls and foundation, would have a good chance of surviving intact or with minor cosmetic damage if subjected to the outer edges of a tornado.

Despite the annual tornado exposure, many walls and roofs of businesses in inland areas of the United States are typically built to resist gravity loads and have little resistance to uplift and lateral loads. Construction where all parts of the building are well connected is more common in hurricane-prone areas, but should also be considered by anyone who wants to increase their property’s protection from other severe windstorms, according to the building science experts at IBHS.

A CHECKLIST FOR MITIGATING TORNADO RISKS

While there is no way to eliminate all the damage of a direct hit from a violent tornado, businesses in tornado-prone areas can implement a variety of affordable measures which, for the majority of tornadoes, will effectively minimize damages to facilities, injuries to employees and the losses associated with business disruptions.

While the measures below focus specifically on tornado risks, many also will help protect businesses from other types of high wind and thunderstorm-related weather risks outside of tornado-prone regions.

ASSESS THE LIKELIHOOD OF A TORNADO STRIKING YOUR BUSINESS

Is the area where you live and work prone to tornadoes? Look at the map in this report to identify areas with the highest risk of tornadoes. Knowing what tornado risks are present is essential for choosing the appropriate mix of measures to protect your business. Businesses located in areas with a heightened tornado risk should take the following steps to minimize their risk of tornado damage:

PROTECT YOUR EMPLOYEES

  • Prepare and disseminate an emergency plan describing what supervisors and employees should to do as a tornado threatens. Practice these procedures through tornado drills.
  • Purchase a weather radio with local discrimination capability. Monitor weather conditions so employees can be moved to secure locations when necessary:
    • Have an adequate source of weather information, such as a tone alert weather radio, to keep abreast of weather conditions.
    • Have someone monitor local radar and warning information during a tornado watch and especially if a tornado warning has been issued for the area.

Watches and Warnings:

  • A tornado watch is a caution indicating a high probability of tornadoes within an area approximately 250 miles long and 120 miles wide.
  • A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted on the ground in your county or moving toward your county, or that weather radar indicates a high probability of a tornado existing.
  • Keep exterior doors and windows closed to minimize rain and flying debris. Closing interior doors will also help to compartmentalize the building and provide more barriers between your employees and the storm.
  • Select the best protective area for employees to seek shelter if there is a tornado:
    • Basements are usually considered a good area, as are corridors and small interior rooms on the first floor of a structure.
    • Never shelter employees in rooms where there is an outside wall, particularly those with glass windows, or where the ceiling or roof has a span between supports of more than 40 feet.
    • If your building does not provide adequate protection and you are located in a tornado prone area, work with a contractor to harden a section of your facility or build a safe room.
    • Safe Rooms: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and International Code Council (ICC) offer shelter guidelines.
      • If you have 10 or fewer employees, a small size room designed according to the requirements and guidance published in FEMA 320 or ICC 500 for residential shelters may be sufficient.
      • For larger safe rooms, use FEMA 361 or ICC 500 guidance for community shelters.

Make provisions to shelter employees working in portable out buildings and those operating trucks and other vehicles.

PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY

Wind-resistant construction can be cost effective and minimize the risk of structural damage for the majority of tornadoes, particularly damage from weak to moderate tornadoes, hail and wind associated with thunderstorms, and even to buildings on the edge of strong or violent tornadoes:

For new construction in a tornado prone area:

  • Work with an architect or contractor to incorporate wind mitigation techniques and high wind-rated products when constructing your building, including safe areas for personnel.
  • These techniques provide state-of-the art solutions to minimize structural risks by withstanding pressures created by specified high winds, strengthening roof and wall connections, roof systems, walls and wall covering, windows, doors, and skylights.
  • It is less costly and more effective to harden buildings during design and construction rather than later.

For an existing structure, not built to wind mitigation standards:

  • Consider retrofitting, especially when remodeling or replacing building components.
  • Retrofitting may include:
    • Bracing and strapping the roof.
    • Adding recommended fasteners, ties, reinforcements, roof covering and anchors as building components are modified and maintained.
    • Making entry doors and overhead doors more wind-resistant.
    • Building a safe room to protect against tornadoes.
  • For additional information on protection for existing buildings, see “Protecting Commercial Property” in the Tornado section of our website www.DisasterSafety.org.

MINIMIZE THE THREATS FROM WIND-BORNE DEBRIS

  • Identify and remove trees and branches that could fall on the building walls or roof, or on power lines.
  • Inspect and repair loose or damaged building components such as siding, soffit and fascia, shingles and roofing, brickwork, and brick chimneys.
  • Avoid using built -up roofs with aggregate or pavers on the surface.

Visit www.DisasterSafety.org/tornado to find additional details and how-to instruction for many of these projects.

Deodorizing After A Fire Damage To Your Lenexa Home

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Ozone machine cleaning up fire and smoke damage.

Things You Should Know

One of the biggest problem after an incidence of fire is the lingering, foul, burnt odor. If the odor is not remedied professionally, it can stay on your property for a long time making it almost impossible to stay there.

Thankfully, professionals can help you get rid of this odor after fire damage to your Lenexa home. The odor after an incidence of fire is a mix of chemical and natural odors due to the burning of wood, plastic, and other building material. Here at SERVPRO, we employ a multi-step process to eliminate odor and get your home smelling like home again- removing, and cleaning. Let's take a closer look at every step.

Removing 
One of the first things that SERVPRO technicians do while tackling an odor problem after a fire is removing the source of the odor. The source of odor after a fire damage can be burnt wood or other building materials. Our IICRC certified technicians dispose of the source in a safely and efficiently.

Cleaning  
The second step during the deodorizing process is cleaning. Smoke and soot residues can deposit on and even penetrate the various surfaces such as walls and ceilings. SERVPRO technicians clean different surfaces depending on the type of the surface and residue deposited on it.

Sealing 
Sealing is not required in most cases, but if the damage is extensive and the removal of the source is too expensive or impractical, it is the best option. Painting walls to seal in the odors is one such case.

We are here to help you in your hour of need. Call SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa at (913)782.4693 today to schedule an appointment and discuss your restoration needs.

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa Contents Restoration

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa's storage facility where we clean and store contents.

Did you know that SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa is one of the nation's largest contents restoration companies? When we started our company 21 years ago, restoring contents after a fire or water damage became a cornerstone of our business.  Today, we have grown to be not only one of the largest in the nation, but we are the premier contents restoration company in our local Kansas City area. Our team of empathetic, trustworthy professionals have the necessary training our customers expect when it comes to handling their personal property after a catastrophic loss.  A "Here to Help" mentality combined with our state of the art facility right here in town, SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa is ready to assist you during what is likely a very chaotic time.

A recent customer of ours had this to say:  "I know that nothing can prepare anyone for a fire or disaster to your home. But if we had to choose this experience to survive, Matt and Brenden would have to be in our lifeboat...they were amazing.  It is this kindness and true human compassion that makes your team different.  We are forever changed by this experience but more so by the new friends we have made."

April Showers Bring May Flowers and More...

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

April showers bring May flowers and more...

April showers help to bring us the most vibrant May flowers and we are so happy with this change of season. However, when April showers are more like torrential, relentless downpours we could face a flooded basement and other water damage causing costly repairs. Flooding generally occurs in the springtime as the result of heavy rains that cannot be adequately absorbed by the still thawing earth. Particularly formidable are the flash floods resulting from thunderstorms, swiftly melting snow and ice jams in creeks. Consider if more than one of these circumstances happens at the same time, you have the potential for a catastrophe with flooding waters and raging mudslides.

Homeowners you can take some simple precautions to secure your property and keep your possessions safe.

Elevate: Keep your furnace, water heater, electrical panels above predicted water levels to protect yourself from costly home replacements.

Install check valves: These valves close to prevent the backward flow of liquid and prevent water from backing up into the drains in your home.

Build barriers: Use sandbags to create flood walls to prevent or reduce flow of water into your home.

Waterproof the basement: Use a waterproofing compound to seal the walls of your basement.

Clean: Clean gutters, drains and downspouts for proper water flow.

Purchase flood insurance: Most standard homeowners' and business insurance policies unfortunately do no cover flood damage. In the event of a flood, you would be responsible for covering the full cost of repairs and replacing items damaged.

There is help close by should you experience an unfortunate event with your home or business. Contact SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa at 913.782.4693. We are trained storm specialists who will come in and quickly get your home or business back to a safe and healthy environment. We have the specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs provided by an Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist, a Water Damage Restoration Technician, and an Applied Structural Drying Technician. We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Preventing Spring Shower Disasters in Olathe, KS

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

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

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

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.

What Should You Do When Your Building Is Contaminated With Black Water?

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Why we use HEPA filters for Mold Remediation

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

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

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

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.®”  

For immediate service in Olathe / Lenexa call SERVPRO of Olathe/ Lenexa

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa 913-782-4693 Here to Help

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Johnson County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 913-782-4693

Residential Services

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

Commercial 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

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