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Get a Fast Response for Your Emergency

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Get a Fast Response for Your Emergency SERVPRO Warehouse

SERVPRO has franchises in nearly 2,000 locations around the country. When you need flooding, fire, or storm restoration services, SERVPRO gets there faster to any size disaster. Leawood, KS, trained professionals are available every day at all hours, so when your property needs damage mitigation or other emergency services, a technician is just a phone call away.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

  • On-call teams are available at all times.
  • Teams arrive faster to any size disaster.
  • Franchises are recognized industry leaders across the nation.
  • Technicians are ready to file your insurance claim.
  • Local insurance companies and other service providers prefer working with SERVPRO.
  • Technicians have top-quality training for fire, water, mold, and mildew cleanup and restoration.

If you're not sure which services you need or how to get started, get answers with a simple phone call.

Trust Owners and Technicians From Your Hometown

It's easier to trust an emergency flood damage restoration company with your home when you know the technicians doing the work. SERVPRO franchises are locally owned, so you can verify the quality of training, work results, and methods. Services for residential customers include:

  • Water damage remediation
  • Fire damage cleanup and repairs
  • Mold identification and remediation
  • Storm damage cleanup and restoration
  • Cleaning services for other disasters

Residential and Commercial Services

Do you have a commercial property that needs attention as well? The condition of your business sends a message to clients, even after natural disasters. Get your commercial properties looking their best as quickly as possible. SERVPRO cleaning and emergency restoration crews are on standby to provide emergency services that prevent further damages and to make a plan of action immediately following the disaster.

Any Time, Any Size Service Response

Whether you need emergency damage restoration for your Leawood, KS, home or business, SERVPRO professionals are ready to arrive faster to any size disaster. Locally owned franchises are located across the country, so teams can be mobilized to provide you with the services you need to feel like the disaster never even happened.

Can You Deduct Storm Damage From Your Business Taxes? 3 Factors To Consider

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Can You Deduct Storm Damage From Your Business Taxes? 3 Factors To Consider When storm damage impacts your Leawood, KS business, the monetary loss can be considerable.

Can You Deduct Storm Damage From Your Business Taxes? 3 Factors To Consider

Flooding, hurricanes and other types of violent weather events can cause severe storm damage to your Leawood, KS business. The removal of flood water and the repair and restoration of one or more areas of your building may force you to close your business until the damage is fixed. You may be able to recover some of this loss when you file your taxes; however, there are a few questions you might want to ask yourself before you try to claim these damages.

1. Did I File an Insurance Claim?

Before you try to claim damage that occurred from flooding or other types of weather-related events, it is important to ask yourself if you filed an insurance claim and whether you received any compensation. If so, you cannot deduct such losses from your taxes. While it is permissible to receive recompence, you cannot file a claim and then receive a tax discount as well. If you have business insurance, check with your agent concerning your options before you file.

2. How Much Can I Claim?

Not all storm damage to your businesses is tax deductible, and the rules are typically different for commercial properties. For example, homeowners are bound by certain restrictions that involve the total amount of their gross income. As a business owner affected by a weather event, you could be exempt from these caveats. The total amount you can claim will likely depend on past insurance claims and the type of damage your property endured.

3. How Long Do I Have To File?

You may have delayed in your filing as you wait for your flood damage and restoration service to finish repairs to your business in order to have specific cost amounts instead of estimations. While this may help you claim a larger refund, it is a good idea to contact your accountant or local tax office to ask about filing deadlines.

When storm damage impacts your Leawood, KS business, the monetary loss can be considerable. Understanding how to claim it on your taxes before you file may result in faster compensation and avoid delays that could harm your business in the long run.

How To Prevent a Dryer Fire

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Prevent a Dryer Fire Keep your filters clean in regular basis as an important fire prevention

Dryer fires are relatively common causes of household fires, particularly during the fall and winter months. Up to 34 percent of these fires result from failure to clean lint out of dryer filters or exhausts. A homeowner should take the following measures to prevent a lint fire.

Clean Up Lint

Cleaning out a lint filter on a regular basis is an important fire-prevention measure that can also maintain the efficiency of a dryer. There are several methods for lint cleaning:

  •  Remove lint from the filter by hand after   each drying cycle
  •  Clear the area surrounding the dryer twice   a month
  •  Remove impacted buildup from the filter with a firm-bristled nylon brush every six months

Maintaining a clean laundry area can decrease lint fire risks. Lint that backs up or works its way through a filer will end up in the dryer exhaust, which should also be regularly cleaned.

Clean the Dryer Exhaust

There are several ways to clean out a dryer exhaust. Homeowners can use several types of cleaning equipment:

  • Vent cleaning rod with power drill attachment
  • Manual cleaning rod
  • Vacuum attachment

All of these methods can remove lint from the dryer end. It is also a good idea to clear out the exterior vent. For the best results, perform maintenance every few months and hire professionals to clear a dryer exhaust once a year.

Dispose of Lint

Regularly dispose of all collected lint. It can be easy to overlook a trash container filled with this flammable material. Lint poses a fire hazard as long as it remains anywhere near a dryer.

As many as 3,000 residential dryer fires break out every year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. These measures may reduce the risk of a lint fire at a household in Aubry, KS. A residential restoration service can clean up and repair damage caused by a dryer fire.

Mold Damage and Insurance Coverage: 3 Common Questions

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage and Insurance Coverage: 3 Common Questions Contact your insurance agent to find out if you are covered.

Mold Damage And Insurance Coverage

One of the most effective ways to protect your Leawood, KS, home from costly damage is by investing in homeowner’s insurance. From fire to theft, many different instances are covered. However, some issues, such as widespread fungus growth, may not have guaranteed coverage. If you are unsure about what your current policy covers, there are a few questions you can ask your local insurance agent to gain better peace of mind when it comes to protecting your home.

1. Does a Basic Policy Cover Mold Damage?

Most homeowner’s insurance does not cover circumstances that are most likely to cause mold growth, such as flooding from torrential rains or other weather events. If you live in an area that sees a lot of rain and high humidity, then it is a good idea to invest in a separate mold coverage policy that protects your home against such conditions.

2. Are Preventable Issues Covered?

Most insurance companies require you to perform regular maintenance around your home, especially in the case of fungus growth. For example, if you let your home’s roof fall into disrepair and melting ice and snow causes a leak in the attic that encourages mold growth, your policy is not likely to cover the damage. Keeping your home in good shape can prevent these issues and the costly repairs they may cause.

3. Is Mold Cleanup Covered By Insurance?

Whether homeowner’s insurance covers mold cleanup can depend on individual circumstances. For instance, if a kitchen water pipe bursts without warning and you do all you can to shut the water off and prevent further flooding, your policy will likely cover the cost of repair by a flood damage and restoration service. Buying separate mold insurance is one of the most effective ways to ensure complete coverage.

Fighting fungus growth at your Leawood, KS, home can be a frustrating experience. However, when you understand what type of support your homeowner’s policy offers, you may feel greater peace of mind when repairs are necessary.

How To Deal with Water Dripping From a Light Fixture

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Deal with Water Dripping From a Light Fixture Water damage in a light fixture in a Leawood, KS home

How To Deal with Water Dripping From a Light Fixture

If you've had water damage in your Leawood, KS, home, whether from a severe storm or a broken pipe, you might have flooding on the first or second story that could cause ceiling damage. This can lead to other problems, such as water in light fixtures, which poses a serious danger of:

  • Shock injuries
  • Electrical shorts
  • Breakers popping
  • Electrical fires

So what should you do if water is dripping from a light fixture?

1. Inspect the Ceiling

If you see water in a light fixture, look for water pooling around nearby fixtures, as more than one may be saturated. Make sure you've found all the affected areas before proceeding to the next step.

2. Turn off the Electricity

Next, turn off the electricity to eliminate any danger of electrocution. Make sure you turn off the circuit breaker and not just the wall switch! Once you're sure the electricity is off, undo the cover of the light fixtures and drain away any water. Then, take a towel and soak up any excess water.

3. Turn off the Water

If the damage has been caused by a plumbing problem such as a broken pipe or a backed-up toilet, turn the water off. This will not only stop the water from dripping through the fixture, but may prevent the ceiling from becoming saturated and collapsing.

4. Call a Professional

Once you've turned off the water and electricity, it's probably a good idea to contact a professional water restoration company. Trying to tackle this problem on your own may not be a good idea, as there can be hidden problems that could cause more damage, not to mention safety issues with the electrical repairs. The restoration technicians can come out immediately to assess the situation. They have the experience and specialized equipment to make a thorough, safe repair.

Having water in a light fixture is not something you ever want to have to deal with. But if you follow the tips outlined above, you'll know how to safely handle it if it ever happens.

Can Contents Be Cleaned Following a Fire?

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Can Contents Be Cleaned Following a Fire? Cleaning fire damaged contents in Redel, KS

Certain items in a building that has recently suffered a fire may be good candidates for content cleaning. Charred, melted, or singed items may neither benefit from nor withstand restoration treatments. Other materials, such as textiles with smoke damage, may be restored through dry-cleaning or other restoration processes. Find out which contents are most likely to benefit from cleaning.

Smoke-Damaged Contents

A variety of treatments are capable of removing residues and odors from items that have only been exposed to smoke or soot. These methods may include

  • Abrasion
  • Dry-cleaning
  • Foam cleaning
  • Immersion and ultrasonic waves
  • Spraying and wiping
  • Wet cleaning

Abrasion is suitable for durable non-porous contents. Delicate non-porous items may benefit from immersion, ultrasonic treatment, or wet cleaning. Porous contents may be more suited to dry and foam cleaning or spraying and wiping. Delicacy and porosity may determine the best method for each item. Fire and smoke damage restoration experts can recommend treatments for various contents.

Stained Contents

It may be possible to clean items stained by smoke, soot, or a combination of fire and water damage from suppression efforts. Many of the treatments listed above can remove stains. The properties of an item will determine the most effective and least damaging treatment.

Charred Contents

Charred contents are usually not good candidates for content cleaning. These materials may pose a risk of exposure to harmful chemicals or compounds due to changes that take place during exposure to high heat. Restoration procedures may also cause delicate damaged items to degrade or fall apart.

A restoration firm can identify which contents are good candidates for dry-cleaning or other treatments and which items should be disposed of and replaced. Many companies offer off-site content storage to keep items clean and safe until a fire-damaged building has been restored. Look for a company that specializes in commercial mitigation and restoration in Redel, KS.

Storm Damage: What Does It Look Like?

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage: What Does It Look Like? Tree limb that fell on a house after a storm

What Damage Can A STORM Cause?

Property Damage:

  • Storms deposit a large amount of rain, which, if your home isn't prepared for, can cause serious flooding.
  • If your home does flood, or after the storm has passed begins to smell musty, mold may have grown because of the moisture.
  • Lightning can strike a home or yard and cause heat damage, or even start a fire. 
  • Winds can knock down trees creating damage to homes and cars, break off chunks of housing, roof-tiles, hurl debris around, and shatter windows.

SERVPRO specializes in remediating storm-battered and damaged properties. We know that while the storm is happening, it seems like all you can do is rely on the preparation you've done, and stay as safe as possible. Focus on those crucial things, and when it's all over, let SERVPRO of Blue Valley help you put your property back "Like it never even happened." 

3 Ways To Prevent Pipes From Freezing

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Ways To Prevent Pipes From Freezing After a pipe break, the drywall and flooring suffered from a water loss in Leawood, KS

3 Ways To Prevent Pipes From Freezing

Freezing weather can cause a pipe to burst and result in serious damage to a home. Pipes may freeze in any climate. Homes in warmer climates could be more likely to have frozen pipes due to the design of the plumbing and insufficient insulation. It is a good idea to determine the risk that a pipe will freeze and take these three preventative measures ahead of time.

1. Run the Heat

Heating a residence can help to prevent a pipe freeze. Maintain a comfortable temperature while residents are at home. If you leave for an outing or trip, be sure to maintain an interior temperature of at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

It can also be a good idea to keep cabinet and other interior doors open so that pipes are warmed by the heat in the home. The one exception to this rule is the door to an attached garage, which should be kept closed. You may still run the risk of frozen exterior pipes or pipes that run through uninsulated space.

2. Drip the Faucet

Another effective way to prevent frozen pipes is to allow a faucet to drip slightly. This relieves pressure in the plumbing. Pipe bursts occur due to pressure building up between a blockage in the line and the faucet. Even if a pipe freezes, the pressure will not accumulate and pipes should not burst.

3. Seal and Insulate

Cracks or holes in building materials can expose pipes to freezing temperatures. Fill in breaches on interior and exterior walls. You may also want to add more insulation around exposed pipes or wrap these pipes with heating tape.

These three methods to prevent frozen pipes focus on keeping pipes relatively warm and relieving a potential pressure build-up. If a pipe bursts in a residence in Leawood, KS, contact a water damage restoration firm as soon as possible.

The Top 5 Causes of Home Fires

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Top 5 Causes of Home Fires Candles cause approximately 2 percent of home fires in Aubry, KS

The Top 5 Causes of Home Fires

There were at least 352,000 reported home fires in the United States in the year 2016. Fires break out for a number of reasons. Find out more about the top five home fire causes and how to prevent fires at a residence in Aubry, KS.

1. Cooking

Kitchens are rooms where heat or open flames combine with flammable materials. The best ways to prevent cooking fires are to pay attention, keep flammable items away from heat sources, and install a suitable fire extinguisher. Store baking soda and salt near the stove and throw these substances on a grease fire before using a metal lid or another pot to smother the flames.

2. Heating

The most common causes of heating fires include malfunctioning furnaces and unattended space heaters. It is important to regularly maintain a furnace. Operate space heaters while attended and at a safe distance from flammable materials.

3. Smoking

Cigarettes pose a major home fire risk. Discourage smokers from lighting up on sofas or beds. The U.S. Fire administration recommends smoking outside and fully extinguishing cigarettes in a stable ashtray or bucket filled with sand.

4. Electrical

Overloaded extension cords, faulty outlets, light fixtures, and old wiring can cause electrical fires. Do not use appliances with worn cords or run cords under rugs. Check the maximum bulb wattage on light fixtures. Homes that are more than 20 years old may not have the wiring capacity for increased electrical usage. Having an older home rewired by a certified electrician can increase fire safety.

5. Candles

Candles cause approximately 2 percent of home fires, and one-third of these fires start in bedrooms. Only burn candles while attended, and keep combustible materials away from open flame.

Awareness of common fire causes can increase overall safety. If a home fire results in damage, a homeowner may want to hire fire cleaning and damage restoration experts.

Commercial Property Insurance: Coverage for Common Water Concerns

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Property Insurance: Coverage for Common Water Concerns Office building in Stilwell, KS suffered from water loss after a pipe break

Commercial Property Insurance

As a commercial property owner, you are likely aware that water leaks are the most common business losses, which includes damaged pipes. While you may be aware of this common problem, you may not be aware that your commercial property insurance policy likely covers the cost of damage and repair. There are actually three distinct circumstances that nearly every commercial policy will cover.

1. Sudden Events

Sudden events refer to any event that was not previously known about, or that could have been prevented with routine maintenance. This means that leaking pipes that are located deep in the walls, that likely would not show up for annual inspections, are probably covered, as is any incurred damage. However, if the leaky pipe is a direct result of negligence on the property owners part, then the repair will not be covered. Insurers are there to protect your interests, but they are not there to defend and correct an owner’s mistakes or intentional neglect.

2. Damage to Fire Suppression Systems

When it comes to fire suppression systems, most policies will cover all damaged pipes. It is understood that fire sprinklers are a necessity for building and worker safety. Additionally, as sprinkler systems are exposed, it is assumed that they can be damaged more easily than other plumbing. While it is still necessary to prove responsible ownership, as long as you have your system inspected annually, your policy should cover any damage. The only way that this may not be the case is if either a property owner or employee maliciously and purposefully damages the equipment.

3. Restoration Work

It is not uncommon for broken pipes to lead to flooding and other structural damage. It is also not unusual for most of this damage to occur behind walls, in ceilings and under foundations. For that reason, many insurers will cover both tear-out and repair. As insurers only provide coverage, it will likely be up to you to seek out and receive estimates from several emergency remediation specialists in the Stilwell, KS, area.

Damaged pipes and water issues are ordinary business losses. However, commercial insurance can alleviate some of that concern and expense.