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Preventing a Sewage Backup. 

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing future flooding or damage may be as simple as replacing the old trap on your home with a new one. Here are a few easy and affordable fixes you can make to keep your home flood-free:

  • Replace old ill-fitting sewer trap plugs with fit-all plugs. The fix will cost you just $10 but could save you thousands.
  • Install a back-water check valve for the entire home. This is only necessary if your plumbing is not designed for rain water flow.
  • If your plumbing is designed for storm water flow, install back-water valves on toilets and fixtures that are at or below ground level. 

A sewer backup can be a costly and hazardous event. While the storm remediation team in Shawnee, KS, can help you clean up the mess as quickly and inexpensively as possible, you can avoid the whole ordeal by implementing certain precautions. Save your home and yourself a world of headache by employing the preventative measures mentioned above.

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Restoring Your Greater Shawnee / Merriam Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Greater Shawnee / Merriam Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Restoring Commercial Properties

Flooding and water damage events at Greater Shawnee / Merriam commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Greater Shawnee / Merriam

SERVPRO of Greater Shawnee / Merriam specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Fire Damage Assessment

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Shawnee / Merriam fire damage remediation crew members swiftly assess the damage to the kitchen and the rest of your home. A seasoned manager devises a plan accounting for all the tasks needed to clean the walls, ceilings, floors, appliances, furnishings, and other surfaces soiled or otherwise harmed by the fire and its extinguishing. The team matches appropriate cleaning solutions and tools to the residues throughout all spaces in your dwelling.

Ash and light, dry soot respond well to cleaning techniques like vacuuming, with HEPA filter equipped models, and dry sponging. Stickier coatings require wisely chosen cleansers or solvents sprayed on the damaged surfaces and then wiped or scrubbed clean. Fixtures or objects featuring intricate details like blinds or chandeliers may require immersion cleaning. SERVPRO workers are familiar with a broad range of methods that leave the structure and contents or your home cleaned and refreshed after fire damage.

An inspection and cleaning of the HVAC system in your fire-damaged home may be recommended by SERVPRO if the fire blazed and smoked near open vents. This step helps assure that the cleaning done eliminates as much of the fire damage residue as possible and prevents the continuous spread of hidden soot when heating and cooling occurs.

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Grilling Tips for Gas and Charcoal

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
  • Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.

Charcoal grill safety tips to consider:

  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the flames.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a lid.

Call SERVPRO of Greater Shawnee / Merriam        

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Greater Shawnee / Merriam. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Cleaning Contents & Belongings          

SERVPRO of Greater Shawnee / Merriam cleans your furniture, decorative items, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.


Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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Call a Water Damage Mitigation Specialist

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

When a toilet becomes blocked, it can usually be taken care of with a plunger. However, when a flooded toilet is the result of sewer damage, the situation can quickly get out of control. 

Cleaning up sewage requires protective clothing, specialized equipment and knowledge about how to avoid spreading contamination to other parts of your property. An experienced water damage mitigation specialist in Shawnee, KS, has all of these things and can return your home to normal quickly and efficiently.

When a toilet overflows due to sewer damage, the results can be devastating.

Remember that the most important thing is keeping you and your family safe. Let an experienced professional handle the cleanup. They have the necessary tools and training for contaminated water loss problems.

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Did you know that mold only grows on organic material?

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold remediation is usually part of a water damage. SERVPRO of Greater Shawnee / Merriam is a certified mold remediation company with trained employees.

Did you know that mold only grows on organic material?

Organic material is made up of cellulose. Items that are organic in your home:

  • Sheetrock paper
  • Wood
  • Photographs or paintings
  • Most paints
  • Baseboards

Whenever these items are wet mold will begin to root down into the cellulose and begin spotting with black and green colonies. When you start to see visible mold in your home give us a can and we'll take care of the problem.

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home. The remediation step gets your home back to normal.

The Water Damage Equipment

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

The two most important pieces of equipment on a water damage are explained.

Extraction Equipment

The most effective method of removing moisture from a structure is extraction. This is why it is critical to respond quickly to a water damage and to provide emergency mitigation services.

When the water is extracted quickly, the environment can usually be dried much faster. Extractors are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery and in removing water from floors following a water damage. Extractors can either be truck-mounted or portable, allowing for greater access inside structures.

Air Moving Equipment

Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, thereby reducing drying time. As airflow at the surface level increases, the moisture in the air increases. This moisture is then eliminated via the use of dehumidification equipment.

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Why Sewers Backup in Heavy Rains and How To Prevent This Common Issue

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

In developed areas, sewer backup is not all that uncommon when it rains heavily. However, just because sewage backup is not uncommon does not mean that it is fun or easy to deal with. A backed-up sewer can be a costly and hazardous issue. Though a Shawnee, KS, water restoration team can help remediate the issue in a timely and cost-effective manner, your best bet would be to prevent the situation entirely. However, in order to prevent such an issue, you need to know what causes it in the first place. Here are just three of the most common causes of sewage backup:

• Rain water overflows the storm drains.
• Vacant land was recently developed.
• A grassy area was recently paved over.
• The building is old.

A sewer backup typically has nothing to do with the structure itself. That said, because a backed-up sewer means blackwater, it is imperative that you contact a water remediation team right away to assist with cleanup efforts. This team can also provide tips on what you can do to prevent a backup from happening in the future.

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What To Throw Out After a Fire

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

When your home in Shawnee, KS, suffers fire damage, the aftermath can be devastating. Your primary concerns may be family heirlooms or expensive items. Many of these items can be restored by fire restoration specialists. It is better to throw away other items, though. Cosmetics, medicine and food are often rendered unsalvageable by a fire in your home.


If cosmetics have been open or used, they probably need to be tossed in the trash. Products in this category include:

• Makeup
• Soap or body wash
• Deodorant
• Lotion
• Toothpaste
• Sunscreen

The high heat from the fire likely changed the chemical structure of the ingredients. They may not apply as well as they used to, or they may even be unsafe to use. If you have not opened the package or if the packaging is not charred or damaged in any way, the product may be safe. When in doubt, however, dump it.


Your medicines are affected by high temperatures in much the same way that cosmetics are. Throw away any medicines when the instructions on the bottle specifically state they must be kept in a cool, dry place. Heat can alter the medicines at the molecular level, rendering it ineffective at best and possibly even unsafe to consume. Water or chemicals used to put out the fire may also have contaminated your medication.


The water used to put out the fire should be considered contaminated, and so should anything the water came into contact with. You can't always tell if food has gone bad by how it looks or smells. Whether your food seems to have been spoiled by the high heat or not, it is best to throw it out. Give your pets' food the same consideration so that you don't make them sick when you feed them.

While you may be concerned with expensive items in your home, the greater expense may come from having to replace all your food, medicine and cosmetics. It is an expense worth paying to keep you and your family safe.

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