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Save Your Water-Damaged Heirlooms

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Save Your Water-Damaged Heirlooms When you have water in home because of flooding, you may have only a few moments to evacuate.

Save Your Water-Damaged Heirlooms

When you have water in home because of flooding, you may have only a few moments to evacuate. In that space of time, it's not possible to grab every treasured possession for your family members. Fortunately, it may be possible to save some of those items when it's safe to return to your Merriam, KS home.

Memorabilia to Save

  • Family photos
  • Legal documents
  • Heirloom jewelry
  • Generational mementos

Save or Discard

The first step is to determine what is worth saving. Some bedding, curtains, or carpeting can be easily replaced. If you don't want them for sentimental reasons or their monetary value, many of those items can discarded. Even water-damaged photos and books may be saved if treated appropriately. The key to preserving these items is to get them into a freezer until you can hand them over to professional water damage remediation experts.

Dry With Care

The next step to saving your family treasures is to remove as much water as possible. Whether you're dealing with a relatively moderate amount of water from a broken pipe or several inches of water from severe weather, shut the power off and begin to evacuate the water. Using buckets, mops, and towels, get most of the water out of the home.

Use gentle air-drying to clear the rest of the moisture out of your home. During the drying process, avoid putting your belongings in the sunlight or under heated appliances. Heat and sunlight can cause irreversible damage. Handle your belongings as gently as possible when they've absorbed some of the water in home. If you aren't sure whether it's safe to handle something, contact a water damage remediation professional for advice or to schedule dry cleaning services as needed.

Decrease Humidity and Temperatures

Reduce the threat of mold. Within just 48 hours, mold can form, so it's crucial that you decrease the humidity levels within your home. Decreasing the temperature in the home could also help prevent mold.

Flooding or a broken pipe can mean huge amounts of water in home settings, but don't give up on your prized belongings. There is hope that appropriate handling could save your possessions.

4 Types of Mold Tests

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 4 Types of Mold Tests The main thing to remember when it comes to mold assessment is that it is best when performed by a certified professional.

4 Types of Mold Tests

When you suspect you have a mold problem in your home in Montecello, KS a home test kit won't do. A home kit will almost always test positive as spores are everywhere. For an accurate mold assessment, you should hire an environmental hygienist or other qualified expert. Certified mold specialists use four different types of tests to determine what kind of problem you have and where it's located.

1. Surface Test

If you have a pretty good idea of the general area where your problem exists, a surface test will probably help you narrow down the specifics. Technicians collect samples with swabs or by tape lifting and send them to a laboratory for analysis. A surface test is helpful if results arrive quickly because black mold distribution can change over time.

2. Air Test

Samples of the air in your home can help you identify an issue even if you can't see it. The lab results of this mold assessment reveal the concentration of spores in the air at the time the sample was taken.

3. Culture Test

To discover what kind of fungus you have in your home, technicians use a culture test. They collect live particles from a growth. Then the lab grows a mold colony in order to identify it. This can be useful if you are not sure if the problem you find is a case of mold or mildew.

4. Bulk Test

Mold-infested items in your home can be sent for testing as well. If an item smells musty, experts may want to have it examined before cleaning is attempted. A bulk test offers this possibility.

The main thing to remember when it comes to mold assessment is that it is best when performed by a certified professional. Home kits may indicate there is a mold problem even when there's not. A trained professional knows the right assessment to make.

Why a Fast Response to Water Damage Matters

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why a Fast Response to Water Damage Matters When having a pipe burst call your fire and water restoration professionals

You can't wait until regular business hours when a pipe bursts in the middle of the night on a weekend. Emergencies don't operate by the clock, so you need emergency fire and water restoration professionals who respond when you need them, whether disasters happen during business hours or not. SERVPRO teams in Mission, KS, have a 24-hour availability, every day of the week, every month of the year. Emergency response teams are available on holidays and are ready to provide you with the services you need during the day and at night.

Why Call Immediately?

When do you need immediate disaster remediation services?

  • If water is involved, your quick action is vital. It doesn't take long for water to cause lasting damages.
  • If your property is vulnerable, you need a fast response from technicians who can secure holes in roofs and walls.
  • When your home or business is affected by a natural disaster and you don't know what to do next, contact a disaster remediation company that is always open.

Many situations requiring cleaning and restoration services must be deal with immediately. Holes in the roof after a fire lave the home or business vulnerable to further damages. If a home is flooded, water damages increase the longer belongings are exposed to water. You probably don't even want to wait for a 24-hour period for a professional response.

The Rapid Pace of Water Damage

Did you know that within minutes, water can spread throughout your entire property? The floors, walls, carpeting, and upholstery absorb water quickly, causing discoloration and staining on furniture. Books, vital documents, and photographs can be destroyed in minutes. After just one hour, metal surfaces are affected and begin to tarnish, wood swells, and drywall begins to break down.

Respond Now To Prevent Damages

The longer you wait to contact Mission, KS, professionals, the deeper the damages can go. Any moisture, from flooding or firefighters, that remains in affected areas will continue to damage the home. Mold could grow and spread, paint may blister, and flooring could warp. When professionals respond with a 24-hour period, the possibility of preventing further damage is improved.

3 Strategies for Maintaining a Commercial Roof

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Strategies for Maintaining a Commercial Roof Roof damage can be costly for you as a Shawnee, KS business owner.

3 Strategies For Maintaining A Commercial Roof 

If high winds, torrential rainstorms and other bad weather events impact Shawnee, KS will your commercial building be ready to withstand roof damage? Roofing materials can be vulnerable to such issues and result in leaks and flooding that could seriously harm your building’s interior. However, there are a few strategies you can use to ensure that your roof is protected.

1. Order an Annual Inspection

Having your commercial roof inspected annually can uncover flaws and problems that might grow worse during a bad weather. For example, if your building’s roof is missing some of its tiles, rain and melting snow could weaken these areas and cause leaks. A thorough inspection by a roofing professional can shed some light on the state of your roof. If you suspect your roof is leaking from a recent storm, it is wise to call in a repair company right away, as leaks can damage drywall, insulation and wiring in your building’s attic.

2. Consider a Roofing Refit

If you are concerned about your roof sustaining wind damage, you may want to consider having it refitted with tougher materials. Metal, synthetic rubber and treated asphalt roofs are all durable options that can last 20 years or more. A roof rebuild can help guard your business against all different kinds of bad weather all year round. Your local roofing contractor or a storm damage and flood remediation service can advise you on which material is best suited for your building.

3. Waterproof Your Existing Roof

If you cannot fit the cost of a new roof into your budget, then consider having your existing roof treated with a waterproof material. Many types of roof damage occur during heavy rains, when tiles, flashing and other roofing materials are harmed or weakened by running or pooled water. Having your commercial roof waterproofed can prevent these issues before they begin.

Roof damage can be costly for you as a Shawnee, KS business owner. Protecting your building’s roof with regular inspections and other types of preventative maintenance might be the first, best defense in keeping it in good shape.

4 Ways To Prevent Candle Fires

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 4 Ways To Prevent Candle Fires Most common fire causes are lit candles, turn them off when you go to sleep

 Preventing Candle Fires?

Candles are a common cause of fires, particularly when an open flame is left unattended. The best way to prevent a candle fire is to use a lighting or fragrance alternative without an open flame. Here are four tips for reducing the risk of a candle starting a fire at a residence in Merriam, KS.

1. Use Open-Flame Alternatives

No matter why you use candles, you can probably find a safer alternative. LED candles can be ideal substitutes for decorative or mood lighting purposes. If you enjoy a scent, consider using a candle warmer with your favorite wax candles or other fragrance alternatives such as reed diffusers.

2. Don't Light Candles In a Bedroom

Fires are prone to start whenever people light open flames in a bedroom. Two of the most common fire causes are lit candles and cigarettes. Do not burn anything in a room where you run the risk of falling asleep and leaving a flame unattended.

3. Blow Out Candles Before Leaving a Room

It is very easy to forget that a candle is burning before leaving a room. In addition to the risk of candle fire posed by an unattended open flame, a lit candle can endanger children or pets and pose an increased risk of accidental fire. If you light candles at the dinner table, make sure to blow them out when you clear the table.

4. Keep Combustibles at a Safe Distance

Keep any combustible materials such as bedding, curtains, papers, or upholstery at least 12 inches away from a lit candle. Most candle fires start when a flammable material makes accidental contact with an open flame.

These measures can prevent a candle fire from starting at a residence in Merriam, KS. If a home sustains damage as a result of a fire, contact a restoration service that specializes in fire and smoke cleanup.

3 Signs Your Home Needs Professional Mold Remediation

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Signs Your Home Needs Professional Mold Remediation Mold spores thrive on moisture.

Once mold encroaches on your Shawnee, KS , home, it can be hard to eliminate. Whether you are dealing with black mold as the result of a flood or fungi in your attic during a damp and humid summer, calling in professional help can be the best way to fight back. If you are unsure whether you need remediation services, there are three signs to look for that can let you know it may be time to call.

1. Your Home Has a Musty Odor

Because mold spores exist naturally in the air both indoors and out, you cannot eradicate them completely. However, when these spores find a moist, warm area in your home, such as in your shower stall or an attic, they attach, eat and multiply. As mold patches grow, they release a waste product called mycotoxins, which creates the musty, unpleasant smell you might associate with this type of fungus. The persistent presence of this odor could signal the need for professional mold cleanup services.

2. Mold Keeps Returning To the Same Area

Some small mold patches, such as those you might find in the bathroom, are usually simple to scrub clean. However, if you find that one area of your home is suffering from reoccurring infestations, this could mean growth is happening where you might not be able to see it, such as behind a wall or under carpeting. Professional mold remediation could uncover the source of the problem.

3. You Have a Widespread Mold Issue

If your home is suffering from a large mold problem after a natural disaster, such as a flood, then calling in a professional mold removal and restoration service is probably the best course of action. This can be especially important in the case of black mold removal, as this type of fungus is usually difficult to remove by everyday cleaning methods.

Realizing your Shawnee, KS , home has an unusual odor or visible black mold can be distressing. However, professional remediation can be an effective solution.

What's the Best Way To Flush a Water Heater?

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What's the Best Way To Flush a Water Heater? Turn of the gas, in case of an electric water heater

The Best Way to Flush a Water Heater

The water heater in your Merriam, KS, home is an important appliance. It allows you do things like taking hot showers and washing clothes and dishes. Even so, it's easy to forget it's there. Once in a while it needs a little loving care, so it's a good idea to do a water heater flush to get rid of debris and sediment that might interfere with its performance. Following the steps below can help keep it in good working order. 

1. Turn It Off

First, turn off the gas and put out the pilot. In the case of an electric water heater, switch off the electrical supply at the circuit breaker.

2. Drain and Flush

Locate the drain valve and attach a garden hose. Take the opposite end of the hose outside to an area where the sediment and debris can safely drain. Open up the valve and let it drain. Then, go into the bathroom or kitchen and turn on the hot water. This will allow the rest of the water to drain out of the tank. Turn the water supply off, and allow all the water to drain out of the hose. Next, turn the water supply back on for a few minutes to give the tank an extra flush.

3. Fill up the Tank Again

Close the valve after everything has drained one more time, and then turn on the water supply again. You will be able to tell that the water pressure has been restored when the faucet is running again. You may see some gaps in the water flow as air is pushed out of the pipes.

4. Turn the Tank Back On

Once the water is running at full capacity, light the pilot and gas jet, or turn the circuit breaker back on. Then turn off the running faucet. 

Hopefully, by following the instructions above, you can keep your water heater in good working order. But should you experience problems with your heater, it's probably a good idea to contact a home water repair specialist to make sure everything's working correctly.

3 Benefits of Tarping Over a Fire-Damaged Roof

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Benefits of Tarping Over a Fire-Damaged Roof Tarping and boarding are services to secure your property in Shawnee, KS

3 Benefits of Tarping at The First Stage in The Fire Cleanup Process

A fire may result in damage to the roof of a structure. After the blaze has been extinguished, plastic tarps can protect the roof surface and shield the interior of a structure until roof repair is complete. A building owner or facility manager may be able to tarp over a roof, but mitigation companies that offer tarp services can make sure that water will not work its way under a tarp and prevent covers from blowing away. Here are three benefits of tarping as the first stage in the fire cleanup process.

1. Preventing Leaks

A fire can cause holes to form in a roof that may lead to leaks. Precipitation shortly after a fire can exacerbate water damage in a structure. This secondary damage is preventable with tarping. Failure to cover a damaged roof may cause a commercial property insurance provider to limit coverage.

2. Keeping Out Debris

Debris can also enter a structure through breaches in the roof. Tarps can help to keep out leaves and animals that may enter and cause additional damage in a structure. Property owners may also want to board up broken windows, damaged doors, or holes in walls to keep out trespassers. All of these measures can help to limit the extent of fire cleanup.

3. Proof of Mitigation

An insurer may be more likely to cover damage if a property owner can provide evidence of mitigation. Be sure to document roof damage prior to tarping and be prepared to share this footage with an adjuster.

Tarping a damaged roof is a protective measure. Covering holes caused by fire damage also indicates that a building owner is doing everything that he or she can to mitigate damage prior to fire cleanup and roof repair. The best way to protect a roof is to hire a professional provider of tarp services in Shawnee, KS.

Do you have the Winter Weather Blues?

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and a sidewalk to shovel. Living where temperatures sink below freezing level, you are also at risk for frozen pipes and ice dams, which can create a major disaster at your home or property.


Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the back flow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross:

  • Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.
  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near the plumbing.
  • When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.

Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can back-flow under the roof ’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.

Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, according to To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.”

Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melter.

If winter weather causes water damage to you or your insured’s property call SERVPRO of Greater Shawnee/Merriam 913.888.8895

What To Do When Water Gets Into Light Fixtures

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do When Water Gets Into Light Fixtures Turn off the power in your Shawnee, KS home

A burst pipe in the ceiling or a roof leak can lead to water in light fixtures. It is important that a homeowner take measures to shut off the power, prevent water damage from worsening, and limit damage to the ceiling. Follow these guidelines for handling electrical and structural risks.

Turn Off the Power

The risk of shock increases when electrical lights are exposed to water. A homeowner should:

  • Avoid touching the light switch
  • Shut off power at a breaker box
  • Use a voltage tester on dry sources

The shock risk diminishes as soon as the power is out. It is still a good idea to leave water in light fixtures alone and call an licensed electrician.

Stop the Leak

The risk of ceiling damage will persist until the source of the leak is resolved. Every trace of excess water should also be removed. Reduce the risk of a ceiling collapse by:

  • Shutting off the water in the event of a pipe leak
  • Placing a container under a ceiling bulge
  • Piercing the bulge to drain pooled water

These damage mitigation measures may preserve a ceiling and interior. It is still a good idea to contact water damage cleanup and restoration professionals to eliminate moisture and prevent secondary issues, such as mold.

Call an Electrician

An electrician can safely remove water from light fixtures. There are several reasons to rely on a professional:

  • Water contains conductive particles
  • Corrosion can quickly form on internal wiring and components
  • Lights exposed to water may short circuit

All of these factors may increase the fire risk. It is advisable to rely on experts to minimize electrical risks and water damage.

As soon as a homeowner notices water in light fixtures, it is a good idea to call an electrician. A water damage restoration service can also repair ceiling damage at a residence in Shawnee, KS.