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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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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."

3 Ways Pretesting Can Help Your Client’s Business

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

SERVPRO Is the Superhero of Franchise Business Models

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

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.

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.