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3 Issues That Can Lead to Mold Growth

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

There are a lot of places in your commercial property in Leawood, KS, where black mold can hide. Anywhere you have a moisture problem the possibility exists to also have a mold problem. While mold remediation experts can address the issue, prevention is a better solution. Here are three situations to watch out for so that mold doesn't take hold of your building.


Flooding.


Moisture is mold's best friend. Any time you have a moisture problem that goes unchecked, you will probably need mold cleanup in addition to your water damage restoration. Flooding can occur as the result of both indoor and outdoor issues:

• Broken pipes
• Cracked or detached supply lines
• Storms
• Groundwater seepage

If you don't notice and repair flood damage quickly, it can become a beacon for black mold. Spores can settle in moist areas and cause even more damage.


Humidity.


Sometimes, the only problem is that your building is too humid. Humidity can cause a variety of air quality issues, and mold is one of them. Controlling humidity can be particularly challenging in areas where it tends to be higher in general, but it can still be done. Purchase dehumidifiers to keep the level at 45 percent or below.


Standing Water.


Another common culprit in mold growth is standing water. It does not take long for mold to grow. Water spilled onto the floor that doesn't get cleaned up can start to grow mold within 48 hours. Wiping down industrial sinks after use and making sure no water is allowed to pool on the floor of the warehouse can help you prevent mold growth.

You have more power to prevent black mold in your building in Leawood, KS, than you probably think you do. By resolving water damage, wiping up excess water and controlling the indoor humidity, you are less likely to discover a mold problem in your building.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObluevalley.com/.

How Restoration Experts Clean Fire-Damaged Items

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

The process for cleaning your home in Leawood, KS, after a fire is pretty straightforward, but each item in your home must also be cleaned, and content storage is often necessary until it can be restored. Restoration experts use a variety of methods to salvage fire-damaged items. Some of your belongings benefit from dry-cleaning while others fare better with ultrasonic cleaning methods. The best method depends on each particular item.


Porous Items.


Items such as untreated wood or cardboard and many items of furniture have tiny pockets of space where soot and smoke can really permeate the surface. Because of this, content cleaning of porous items is typically more difficult. If a couch was significantly permeated with smoke and soot, for example, it may not be salvageable. If the item cannot be cleaned, it is best to throw it out and replace it.


Textiles.


When you have a home fire, your clothing and other textiles are likely to be affected by smoke and soot even if they were not in the area where the fire occurred. You home likely contains many different textiles:

• Clothing
• Sheet sets
• Comforters and pillow shams
• Draperies
• Bath linens

The good news is that, as long as the items were not actually damaged by the fire, dry-cleaning will most likely restore them completely. In addition to your wardrobe, you can also dry clean curtains and linens if necessary.


Non-Porous Items.


Items made from most metals, glass, varnished wood and plastic are usually non-porous. To clean these items, they are immersed in a cleaning liquid. Then, ultrasonic vibrations are used to produce sound waves that create and burst tiny bubbles. This process is called cavitation, and it allows the cleaning action to remove soot from the items, restoring them to their previous state.

Certified restoration experts are trained to analyze each item's damage and determine whether it can be cleaned and, if so, how it should be cleaned, whether by dry-cleaning or another method. You can rely on the expertise of the professionals who handle your fire restoration.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObluevalley.com/.

Protecting Your Business' Wind-Damaged Roof: 3 Steps To the Repair Process

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

The exterior of your Leawood, KS, commercial building can be vulnerable to weather damage, including high winds. Wind storms can have an especially serious affect on your building’s roof and cause many different issues, including a roof leak and damage from flying debris. If your business’ roof has been affected by high winds, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the risk of additional issues and to facilitate the repair process.


1. Call a Mitigation Service. 


If your roof is missing shingles and has loose building material that may cause damage to nearby structures, it is a good idea to call a storm damage and mitigation service to have the roof cleared and damaged materials torn out. Mitigation techs can also use tarps and plywood to temporarily patch up any holes that may let in rainwater and cause damage to the interior of your building.


2. Asses Risks From Nearby Structures or Landscaping.


If high winds continue to blow once your roof has been damaged, it might be vulnerable to blowing debris from nearby property. For example, if you own a small building located in an area with many trees, broken branches could exacerbate any existing damage to your roof. Consider having any trees on your property trimmed back and ask nearby business owners to maintain their property’s trees as well.


3. Contact Your Insurance Provider. 


Filing a claim for your damaged roof as soon as possible can fund repair costs with more efficiency. While mitigation can help protect a broken roof to some degree, it may be prone to further damage or failure if repairs are delayed. It is a good idea to work with your provider throughout the filing process, whether you are dealing with a roof leak or a more serious issue.

High winds can damage your Leawood, KS, commercial building’s roof in a variety of ways. However, knowing how to protect it from a roof leak and other problems until repairs can be made may reduce costs and prevent business loss.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObluevalley.com/.

What To Do If a Toilet Floods Two Floors

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

A flooded toilet in a commercial property can cause serious sewer damage. As soon as this situation is brought to your attention, a business or property owner should take the following steps to address the problem. If a toilet floods more than one floor, more extensive cleaning and restoration work may be necessary.

1. Contact a plumber or sewage company.

It is important to have a skilled plumber fix the source of the leak as soon as possible. A company that provides sewage cleanup and restoration may not be able to fix the cause of the flooding.

2. Hire a service to clean up sewer damage.

A commercial damage restoration or sewage service can ensure that the area affected by a sewage leak is cleaned and sanitized in a timely manner to prevent mold or bacteria from proliferating.

3. Obtain a restoration plan.

Make sure that the cleanup and restoration service you contact is aware of the extent of the leak. Building materials such as carpet, drywall, or insulation may need to be replaced in order to eliminate all contamination, odors, and staining.

4. Make sure that the work gets finished.

You should only restore or replace contents in the part of a commercial property that has been affected by a flooded toilet or sewage leak after the area has been cleaned, sanitized, and dried.

If your commercial property in Leawood, KS has sustained sewer damage, you can contact a sewage company that exclusively specializes in this type of damage or a full-service commercial restoration company certified to clean up sewage and restore your property to a functional and safe condition as soon as possible. You may find that the best way to make sure that all of the necessary cleanup and restoration work is performed in a timely manner is to hire the same company for cleanup and restoration.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObluevalley.com/.

Water Mitigation Procedures After a Water Heater Fails

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

A broken water heater can cause extensive water damage to a home. Hot water heaters are usually located in out-of-the-way places, such as the basement or a closet, so they can leak for days before being discovered. If you experience a failed water heater, you may want to call a water damage mitigation specialist in Leawood, KS, to handle the cleanup. A leaking water heater poses multiple threats, including the following.
• Electrocution: If water comes into contact with any electrical outlets, the electrical current that flows through the water can be strong enough to kill
• Water Damage: Porous materials, such as drywall or carpeting, may need to be replaced.
• Mold: Within 48 hours of flooding, mold can grow.
Cleanup after a leaking water heater involves several steps. Here is what to expect if you hire professionals to deal with the damage.


1. Assessment.


Before cleanup can begin, a specialist will need to assess the situation and come up with a plan of action. If electrocution is a possibility, a specialist will know the safest way to shut down the water source and make the area safe for workers.


2. Extraction.


The next step is removing the water. This is done using industrial strength wet vacs. If the water is deep, submersible pumps may also be used. No matter how deep the flooding, this can usually be done in under a day.


3. Removal of Damaged Materials.


Drywall, flooring and other porous materials damaged by the water are removed and disposed of. Materials like metal, glass and hardwood can usually be dried out and restored.


4. Drying.


Industrial-strength fans and dehumidifiers are used to completely dry out the affected area. This prevents further water damage and mold growth.


5. Cleaning and Restoring.


Non-porous materials are disinfected and cleaned. This guarantees the area is safe for you and your family. Any building materials that were removed are replaced.

A leaking water heater may not be discovered for days. By then, the water damage could be extensive. To keep your family safe and prevent further damage, contact a water damage mitigations specialist in Leawood, KS, to handle the cleanup.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObluevalley.com/

How To Prevent A Cookout Catastrophe in Blue Valley

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Prevent A Cookout Catastrophe in Blue Valley Outdoor grill fire

There is nothing better than grilling out in the summertime in Overland Park. Everyone love to see fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers at any outdoor party or family cookout. However, if a grill is not managed properly, an unwelcome fire can turn your family cookout into a catastrophe. Here are some tips for keeping everyone at the party safe while grilling out:

General Grilling Tips

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors and preferable off of wooden decks.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the house, deck railings and out from under leaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

For more information and grilling safety tips, please visit http://www.nfpa.org/

Steps to Reduce the Risk of Tornado Damage in Blue Valley

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Tornado damage mitigation tips from Disastersafety.org.

About 1,000 tornadoes occur each year in the United States, causing an average of $1.1 billion in property damage and 80 deaths. These storms vary in intensity and the accompanying damage can result in everything from minor repairs to complete destruction with little warning. Most tornadoes are relatively weak, and therefore, primarily damage roofs, windows and trees. While only two percent of tornadoes achieve the most violent and damaging classification, one quarter of tornadoes are powerful enough to cause 90 percent of the damage and two-thirds of the deaths.

In an effort to gain a better understanding of who is most at risk from these destructive forces, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) conducted a regional analysis of tornadoes of F2 or greater strength that were reported during the 50-year period beginning in 1957 through 2006. This analysis, coupled with the construction guidance included below, is intended to better define which areas are most likely to be affected by tornadoes and to suggest methods for mitigating property risks.

The analysis used tornado records from a period of time when the older Fujita Scale classification F0 through F5 was being used. Since 2006, tornadoes have been classified by the Enhanced Fujita Scale using EF0 through EF5. Both scale classifications are based on damage observed after a tornado strikes. The EF scale, which provides a larger number of damage indicators for different types of buildings, attempts to recognize the difference between poorly constructed and well constructed buildings and results in lower estimates of wind speeds for the most intense storms, which are classified using the highest number on the F or EF scales. Efforts to re-classify the older F-Scale tornadoes using the EF-Scale are very labor intensive and subject to judgment because it requires a review of old damage reports, many of which will not have pictures of the damage. The simple approach, which is reasonable and probably slightly conservative, is to simply use the new wind speed estimates with the older classifications.

In creating the map below, IBHS used a grid of 100 square mile cells in the analysis. This is a smaller cell size than used by most other analyses. The advantage is a finer resolution of tornado risks at the expense of greater variability between adjacent cells. The effects of this potential limitation were reduced by employing a process to smooth out differences in tornado frequencies between nearby cells.

Tornadoes have a unique destructive power among wind-related natural disasters because they concentrate a massive amount of energy in a relatively small area. The strongest category of tornadoes can generate maximum wind speeds of greater than 250 mph, which is enough to destroy most buildings and structures in their path. These maximum wind speeds generate forces that are about twice as large as those generated by the strongest hurricanes.

Only a few specialty buildings are designed to withstand the direct impact of a severe tornado. However, well engineered, large and tall commercial structures are not likely to suffer structural collapse. For smaller commercial structures, good construction choices can give added protection and increase the likelihood that at least part of the structure will remain standing to provide shelter. Buildings that have been strengthened in critical areas and particularly at connection points, such as between the roof and walls and walls and foundation, would have a good chance of surviving intact or with minor cosmetic damage if subjected to the outer edges of a tornado.

Despite the annual tornado exposure, many walls and roofs of businesses in inland areas of the United States are typically built to resist gravity loads and have little resistance to uplift and lateral loads. Construction where all parts of the building are well connected is more common in hurricane-prone areas, but should also be considered by anyone who wants to increase their property’s protection from other severe windstorms, according to the building science experts at IBHS.

A CHECKLIST FOR MITIGATING TORNADO RISKS

While there is no way to eliminate all the damage of a direct hit from a violent tornado, businesses in tornado-prone areas can implement a variety of affordable measures which, for the majority of tornadoes, will effectively minimize damages to facilities, injuries to employees and the losses associated with business disruptions.

While the measures below focus specifically on tornado risks, many also will help protect businesses from other types of high wind and thunderstorm-related weather risks outside of tornado-prone regions.

ASSESS THE LIKELIHOOD OF A TORNADO STRIKING YOUR BUSINESS

Is the area where you live and work prone to tornadoes? Look at the map in this report to identify areas with the highest risk of tornadoes. Knowing what tornado risks are present is essential for choosing the appropriate mix of measures to protect your business. Businesses located in areas with a heightened tornado risk should take the following steps to minimize their risk of tornado damage:

PROTECT YOUR EMPLOYEES

  • Prepare and disseminate an emergency plan describing what supervisors and employees should to do as a tornado threatens. Practice these procedures through tornado drills.
  • Purchase a weather radio with local discrimination capability. Monitor weather conditions so employees can be moved to secure locations when necessary:
    • Have an adequate source of weather information, such as a tone alert weather radio, to keep abreast of weather conditions.
    • Have someone monitor local radar and warning information during a tornado watch and especially if a tornado warning has been issued for the area.

Watches and Warnings:

  • A tornado watch is a caution indicating a high probability of tornadoes within an area approximately 250 miles long and 120 miles wide.
  • A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted on the ground in your county or moving toward your county, or that weather radar indicates a high probability of a tornado existing.
  • Keep exterior doors and windows closed to minimize rain and flying debris. Closing interior doors will also help to compartmentalize the building and provide more barriers between your employees and the storm.
  • Select the best protective area for employees to seek shelter if there is a tornado:
    • Basements are usually considered a good area, as are corridors and small interior rooms on the first floor of a structure.
    • Never shelter employees in rooms where there is an outside wall, particularly those with glass windows, or where the ceiling or roof has a span between supports of more than 40 feet.
    • If your building does not provide adequate protection and you are located in a tornado prone area, work with a contractor to harden a section of your facility or build a safe room.
    • Safe Rooms: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and International Code Council (ICC) offer shelter guidelines.
      • If you have 10 or fewer employees, a small size room designed according to the requirements and guidance published in FEMA 320 or ICC 500 for residential shelters may be sufficient.
      • For larger safe rooms, use FEMA 361 or ICC 500 guidance for community shelters.

Make provisions to shelter employees working in portable out buildings and those operating trucks and other vehicles.

PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY

Wind-resistant construction can be cost effective and minimize the risk of structural damage for the majority of tornadoes, particularly damage from weak to moderate tornadoes, hail and wind associated with thunderstorms, and even to buildings on the edge of strong or violent tornadoes:

For new construction in a tornado prone area:

  • Work with an architect or contractor to incorporate wind mitigation techniques and high wind-rated products when constructing your building, including safe areas for personnel.
  • These techniques provide state-of-the art solutions to minimize structural risks by withstanding pressures created by specified high winds, strengthening roof and wall connections, roof systems, walls and wall covering, windows, doors, and skylights.
  • It is less costly and more effective to harden buildings during design and construction rather than later.

For an existing structure, not built to wind mitigation standards:

  • Consider retrofitting, especially when remodeling or replacing building components.
  • Retrofitting may include:
    • Bracing and strapping the roof.
    • Adding recommended fasteners, ties, reinforcements, roof covering and anchors as building components are modified and maintained.
    • Making entry doors and overhead doors more wind-resistant.
    • Building a safe room to protect against tornadoes.
  • For additional information on protection for existing buildings, see “Protecting Commercial Property” in the Tornado section of our website www.DisasterSafety.org.

MINIMIZE THE THREATS FROM WIND-BORNE DEBRIS

  • Identify and remove trees and branches that could fall on the building walls or roof, or on power lines.
  • Inspect and repair loose or damaged building components such as siding, soffit and fascia, shingles and roofing, brickwork, and brick chimneys.
  • Avoid using built -up roofs with aggregate or pavers on the surface.

Visit www.DisasterSafety.org/tornado to find additional details and how-to instruction for many of these projects.

COMMON CAUSES OF COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGES

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial COMMON CAUSES OF COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGES Water loss in a storage facility.

Usually when companies think about water damage in their building, they think the cause will be from a huge storm. Most of the time, that is the truth but there are other factors that cause water damage in commercial buildings.


  1. Damaged Appliances - This problem is more common in restaurants where they have many different appliances that could cause a problem. If you have any equipment or appliance that involves water, you could have this type of water emergency.

  2. Water Heaters - It is possible for water heaters to crack or lose their seal because of high pressure. You want to make sure and follow the manufacturers guidelines and flush your heater regularly to make sure it is working properly.

  3. Roofing - One of the more obvious ways that you can tell that your building has water damage is seeing water leaking from your roof. Your roof might need to be resealed or it does not drain properly. If you notice a leak, even a small one, get it fixed ASAP.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


If you experience any water damage to your commercial building, SERVPRO of Blue Valley will get your building cleaned and up and running in no time.

Restoring Your SERVPRO of Blue Valley Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your SERVPRO of Blue Valley Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Flooded conference room in Blue Valley

Flooding and water damage events at SERVPRO of Blue Valley 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 Blue Valley

SERVPRO of Blue Valley 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.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster To Any Size Disaster Flooded Office Building

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Blue Valley provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Blue Valley arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 913-825-2000

Water Damage Timeline

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.

About SERVPRO of Blue Valley

SERVPRO of Blue Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.