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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."

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