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What Does Secondary Damage Mean?

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Does Secondary Damage Mean? An example of secondary damage in a residential property.

When you have a flooding problem in your Leawood, KS home, you may hear the professionals throw around a lot of technical terms. You could hear the residential cleanup crew talk about a wide variety of topics, including the following:

• Black mold
• Dirty water
• Negative air chambers
• Secondary damage

With so much technical speak going around, it's easy to get nervous about your water cleanup. Thankfully, understanding the technical terms is as easy as asking your restoration professionals for some clarification.

When it comes to water damage, the destruction can be broken into two categories. To understand what the secondary category is, you need to look at both forms of problems.

Primary Damage

When you think of flooding, you likely think of the primary damage first. If a burst pipe caused water to leak down your walls and pool in your living room, these sources of destruction are considered primary. The damage happened right when the water flooded your space. Any belongings or building materials directly affected by water are said to have been in the primary round of damage.

Secondary Issues

Secondary issues take place after the initial spurt of water is over. Perhaps you were able to turn off the water to your home, but that doesn't necessarily stop the damage. Black mold and high humidity could be sources of secondary problems, for example. The mold starts to grow if the water isn't taken care of promptly. This non-primary damage often occurs for three distinct reasons. First, slow reaction times may cause mold growth. Second, hidden leaks could cause the buildup of damage. Third, improper cleanup techniques could leave your home with high humidity even after the water is gone.

As a homeowner, you may feel baffled by a residential flood. Acting quickly can help you stop any secondary forms of damage from taking place in your home. If you take too long to address the water problem, you may end up with black mold growth, destroyed furnishings and humidity problems. Visit for more information on water damage. 

What Not To Do If You Have Mold

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is microscopic at first but will soon build little colonies if they are left to grow after a water damage. Here is a list of things to do if you happen to see mold in your home.

What not to do if you see mold:

  • Do not place air movement - The area will be wet but drying it out with a fan will only spread the mold spores.
  • Do not scrape it off - Mold has a root system that is invisible. Without the visible mold present we won't be able to assure that it is gone for good.
  • Do not try to remediate yourself - Personal Protective Equipment is used to keep employees safe from mold spores and mycotoxins.

If you see mold the best recourse is to call SERVPRO of Blue Valley.

Are you a smoker? Read this article about smoking safety.

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Smoking is one of the top reasons for fires in the Blue Valley area.

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.

SERVPRO of Blue Valley specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (913) 825-2000

Electrical and Lighting Fires

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Electrical & Lighting are common fires that SERVPRO of Blue Valley will be called to clean.

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.

Safety tips for Electrical and Lighting Fires

  1. Don’t overload outlets or electrical cords. These will melt and start a fire
  2. Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
  3. Don’t leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
  4. Consider having an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (913) 825-2000

How do you prevent clothes dryer fires?

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Dryers & Washing Machines have a lot of uses. Starting a fire in your home should not be one of them.

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. 

Dryers & Washing Machines Safety tips:

  1. Clean the lint screen frequently and don’t run the dryer without it.
  2. For gas and propane dryers, make sure there aren’t any leaks in the lines.
  3. Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
  4. Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
  5. Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.

These tips will keep your machines running great and keep your home from an accidental fire.

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Did you know that Lightning causes 22,600 fires a year?

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning is on of the leading causes of fires. They can start a home on fire or the wilderness around the home. In either case homeowners will have to deal with a restoration company that is ready for fire damage.

From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.

Lightning 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.

Lightning can strike at any time during a storm. Nobody believes it will happen to them until it does. It is very rare but making it more rare is just as important to each of us in the Blue Valley community.

Tips to Maintaining a Commercial Property

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

There are a few common problems that SERVPRO of Blue Valley see on a commercial loss. Maintaining these three areas of your building could save you thousands on a water loss.

  1. Malfunctioning Sprinkler Systems - If you have an older building, sometimes the sprinkler systems work with the fire protection systems. You need to check the system to make sure that it is not faulty or in need of replacement to prevent unnecessary water damage.
  2. Broken Pipes/Plumbing - During colder weather, it is more possible for pipes to break if you don’t continually run water through them. You need to take care of all pipes to make sure none of them burst.
  3. Backed up Sewer Lines - This water emergency might be the most disgusting and one of the most dangerous. You will have contaminated black water flowing on the floors which can cause serious health effects.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (913) 825-2000

Can I save any of my stuff after a flood?

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Discarding items in your home is a hard thing to do. However, it it necessary to throw items away that may be contaminated with bacteria from flood damage.

Can I save any of my stuff after a flood?

Unfortunately, you may have to discard certain items, including children's toys that came into contact with the flood water and certain pieces of furniture. There are certain items with which you don't want to risk bacteria growth. 

Ideally, your flood restoration team should be at your home within hours or you calling, but depending on the extend of neighborhood damage, you may have to wait a few days. It is in these instances that you should take the above measures to prevent mold growth. Otherwise, leave the majority of the content cleaning to the experts.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (913) 825-2000

Water Damage Timeline

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

After a water damage you can see the start of the disaster.

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

How fast can mold grow after a water damage?

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Blue Valley has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? 

Call Us Today – (913) 825-2000

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.