Recent Fire Damage Posts

How to Test Your Smoke Detector in 4 Steps

2/12/2023 (Permalink)

smoke detector Check your smoke detectors regularly!

Having a smoke detector in your home is an important step in protecting yourself, your family, and your home. However, you also need to make sure that it's working properly. The last thing you want is for there to be an emergency and then not be able to get help because your smoke alarm isn't working. So what do you do? How do you test your smoke alarm? In this article, we'll go over the best way to test your smoke detector so that when an emergency happens, you'll know.

Things you should know about testing your smoke detector

Smoke detectors are designed to alert you to the presence of smoke, helping you and your family escape to safety, and should be tested regularly to ensure they're working properly. If your smoke detector doesn't work or sounds false alarms, it needs to be replaced as soon as possible.

Testing your smoke detector is easy. There are two main components that need to be tested, the battery and the sensor.

1. Warn your family

It is important to warn your family that you are about to test the fire alarm. They should know what to do and how long it will take. This will prevent unnecessary fear and shock.

If your fire alarm is hardwired to your security system, it is also important to alert the security company of your upcoming test in order to prevent them from calling the fire department on your behalf.

2. Test the battery

The first step is to test the battery by pressing the test button. If the alarm sounds, then your battery is good. If the alarm doesn't sound, it most likely means the batteries are dead and need to be replaced immediately.

3. Check the sensor using aerosol

Many people forget that it is just as important to test the smoke sensor as it is to test the battery. To test the sensor, spray a fine mist of aerosol spray onto it. If the alarm sounds, you know that your sensor is working properly and that there is no need to replace the device. If it does not go off, there may be something wrong with your unit and should be replaced immediately.

Aerosol spray is inexpensive and can be purchased at your local department store, such as Walmart or Home Depot.

4. Check the sensor using matches

Another way to test the sensor is by using matches. Instead of using an aerosol spray, you can light a match or two and hold it near the sensor. If the alarm sounds, then your sensor is working properly. If your alarm does not sound, or if there was no response from your smoke detector at all when you held the match up to it, then it may be defective and need replacement.

Testing and maintaining your smoke alarm is crucial

There is no doubt that testing and maintaining your smoke alarm is crucial for the safety of yourself, your family, and your property. All fire alarms should be tested monthly and batteries should be replaced twice a year. When you're finished testing and replacing batteries, remember to store them out of reach from children so they won't be tempted to play with them.

In this article, we’ve covered the steps you should take to test your smoke detector. We hope that the information provided gives you confidence in knowing that your family is protected from fire and smoke. The most important thing of all? Test your smoke detectors regularly!

How To Avoid Kitchen Fires

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

Woman in a stove with flames Avoid kitchen fire in your Olathe, KS home

How to Prevent Kitchen Fires

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.

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

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fire Damage Restoration in Olathe is Quick and Safe With SERVPRO

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Do Deodorants Neutralize Odor-Causing Particles?

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

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

Seeking Specialized Contents Smoke and Fire Cleanup in Olathe?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Shift Contents

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

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

What Resources Are Available at SERVPRO Production Facilities?

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

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

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

Restoration Products Target Specific Obstacles of Olathe Fire Restoration

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

smoke alarm buzzing  smoke in air SERVPRO is ready 24/7 to cleanup and restore your fire and smoke damaged home in Olathe

Our team relies on many cleaners and products to manage the restoration of fire-damaged Olathe properties.

Fires can form rapidly and require several unique practices to restore and clean. Our rapid-response team can help with the full measure of our cleaning products for every need a fire-damaged home might have.

Soot and Smoke Removal

Fire and smoke cleanup for Olathe homes often relies on products and tools explicitly designed for soot and smoke soil removal. Some of these include:

  • Solvents – these products utilize a principle of dissolving with a similarly-composed chemical to eliminate much of the soil threat on the surface. 
  • Detergents – Another solution involves a chemical process to emulsify soils and pull them from their attachments with the hosting materials for easier wipe cleaning. 
  • Chemical Sponges – Chem sponges are rubber-like products designed to pull soot from affected materials when not damp or oily. 

Malodor Removal Solutions

Removing odors can be a substantial need of the property. Olathe homes can rapidly become overwhelmed by harsh smells created by combustion, so our experienced professionals prioritize employing our powerful products and equipment to help. Counteractant products in our inventory can lessen the severity of offensive odors.

Refinishing Supplies During Restoration

It is often necessary to refinish or repaint surfaces affected by fire damages, but even that ultimately requires an additional level of cleaning and restoration. Based on the type of material and its desired appearance, specific actions might be needed.

  • Wood Crème Pastes – These products help with the damage that wood grain surfaces and fixtures might experience. It has a gentle abrasion to remove set-in soils and restore the original sheen of the wood. 
  • Odor-Sealing Primer – When repainting is needed, odor-sealing primers prevent trapped smoke odors from ever reappearing.  
  • Abrasive Media Blasting – Aggressive and abrasive cleaning measures can often be necessary for many installed structural elements to prevent tear-out.

When disasters like fires strike, our SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley teams are ready to help 24/7 at (913) 782-4693.

Are There Differences in How Clean Surfaces Must Be After Olathe Housefires?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

fire damage on the walls and ceiling of a hallway SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa can help tackle your Olathe fire damage. Give us a shout when you need us.

Some wall surfaces to be painted might require less soot removal in Olathe properties. 

In restoration, our team must be thinking multiple steps ahead of the current action to make the entire recovery process as efficient as possible. It is often necessary to determine whether surfaces getting cleaned are refinished, repainted or if nothing happens to them. The extra effort with these structural elements determines the extent of cleanliness required from restoration actions.

Removing Loose Residues from the Surface

Before most of the fire damage restoration in Olathe homes can get underway, we must first overcome the heaped soils and particle deposits on exposed materials in the house. In a lot of cases, it will not be until much of this initial build-up gets resolved and discarded that a proper evaluation can occur to determine what restoration action is necessary. Removing debris and soot often involves:

  • Dry Vacuums
  • Soft-Bristled Brushes
  • Steel Wool
  • Scrub Brushes

Cleaning for Paint 

Our technicians are cleaning for paint in many cases where medium or heavy soot and smoke residue deposits exist. This phrase indicates the ultimate objective of using odor-sealing primer and a fresh coat of paint to overcome the aesthetic marring of the material.

What If the Surface Is Not Getting Painted? 

Sometimes it is determined that the surface will not ultimately require resurfacing, so light soil removal efforts get underway. With materials like wood paneling or wall systems that are not painted, more concentrated efforts must be devoted to removing built-up soils and clearing residues affixed to the surface.

With such a variety of potential surfaces and contents requiring restoration after a fire, having a thorough inspection and evaluation of the damage can maximize mitigation efficiencies. Our SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa team quickly learns the ultimate cleaning process for wall surfaces to produce the desired results. Give us a call today at (913) 782-4693.

Affordable Fire Restoration Saves Residents of Olathe Time and Money

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fifty dollar bill burning on both ends Cleaning up after a fire is expensive. Hiring a professional fire damage restoration company can help reduce the restoration costs.

Trust SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration if Your Olathe Property Needs Attention

Contacting a skilled restoration team whenever your Olathe property gets hit with fire and smoke damage is essential. Although you have a lot on your mind after a fire, you can lessen a lot of the worry and burden by having SERVPRO come out to begin house fire cleanup and restoration. We are always on call to help 24 hours a day, and our crews are ready to go within hours of your call. The team works fast to ensure you get rapid results to start enjoying your home while putting the fire event behind you.

Many benefits come from calling SERVPRO to help with fire restoration in Olathe. Some of the advantages you will have from working with our IICRC-certified fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) include:

  • Safety assessment –Safety is paramount for our team and anyone else coming and going throughout your home. The SERVPRO crew takes the time to assess your indoor air quality (IAQ) and structural integrity to identify and handle all of the potential risks.
  • Shorter restoration times –Fire damaged homes get back to normal faster with the help of our skilled technicians. We have all the right technology and methods to streamline the project to make it “Like it never even happened.”
  • Cut down on costs –When you lessen restoration times, you also have fewer expenditures. We work to restore versus replace when possible, saving you money in the long run.

Fire and smoke remediation call for help from trained technicians. SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley is the team to call when you need dependable fire restoration. Reach us 24/7 at (913) 782-4693.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Winter Farmers Market Brings Food And Fun to Lenexa

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

A basket of vegetables. If you like fresh veggies, go out and support your local farmers and pick up some goodies.

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."

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

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

yellow sign that says "Safety first" in black Safety is our first priority. Contact SERVPRO today for fire damage remediation services.

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.

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.

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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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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Recovering from Fire Damage

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

flames on a black background Let SERVPRO's Project Manager take care of you.

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.


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 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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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.

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..


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 for more information on fire damage. 

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.

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.

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.

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 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."