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The 3 Essentials of Water-Damage Protection for Your Business

7/17/2021 (Permalink)

Understanding the Three Essentials of Storm Preparedness

The right amount of water in the right place is life-sustaining. When too much water makes its way to the wrong place, it can endanger lives and property. Weather conditions that cause flooding are a primary contributor to commercial property damage. Understanding the three essentials of storm preparedness may help you avoid costly water damage restoration, due to a severe weather event.

Staff Preparation

Preparing your coworkers may prove essential if rising water becomes a reality. Consider the following measures.

Registering with an emergency notification service

Providing your staff with emergency preparedness training by a water emergency specialist

Posting building evacuation routes

Preparing an emergency kit with first aid, water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, towels, and blankets

Choosing an emergency preparedness team leader

With your staff now prepared, you may want to bring your building into compliance with flood-safe practices.

Building Preparation

A few precautions can help you avoid costly water damage to your facility. Winterizing your irrigation backflow preventer in cold winters can prevent broken pipes. It may be useful to equip your sump pump with a battery backup that can allow the pump to run, even in a power outage. Regular cleaning of gutters and storm drains can prevent flood-favorable conditions from developing near your structure. With your staff and facility prepared, the third area to address is your financial protection.

Insurance Coverage

Because water-related damage can result in the destruction of irreplaceable items, insurance coverage is recommended. If your business is located in a high-risk area, you may have been required to purchase a separate flood insurance policy when you purchased the property. Even if your flood risk is low, you may still benefit from a policy that includes coverage for other common types of water damage, such as roof or pipe leaks.

Because water cleanup is generally a disruptive and costly process, you may ultimately be glad you devoted some time to prepare. Taking care of a few preventive measures could prove well worth the trouble by minimizing the impact on your valuable property and your bottom line.

4th of July Summer Safety Tips

7/17/2021 (Permalink)

The 4th of July is one of the best times of the year in Missouri. Many people get together to celebrate freedom, friends, and food. Unfortunately, the holiday can also be dangerous due to different risks that are present. When trying to stay safe during the holiday, there are a few important safety tips to follow to protect yourself from harm.

Handle Fireworks with Caution

To prevent injuries and fires that are caused by fireworks in the community, certain precautions  should be taken. Never allow small children to get near fireworks or handle them. Adults should be the only ones lighting off the fireworks and should do so on the ground at a safe distance from trees or other objects. Keep a fire extinguisher close by and avoid lighting more than one firework at the same time. 

Grill Safely

Grilling can also cause fires when you’re spending time flipping hamburgers and hot dogs outdoors. Look for leaks, holes, and cracks in the grill before you start using it on the 4th of July. Avoid grilling indoors or in an inclosed area. This can cause a fire to start and will lead to you to hire professionals such as SERVPRO of Raytown/East Kansas City to repair the damage. The grill should also be placed at least two feet away from the deck, branches, or the siding of the house. 

Use a Pool Gate

Many people spend time in the pool cooling off from the warm temperatures in Missouri during the summer season. Keep it a safe activity by using a pool gate that will prevent children from getting into the water when they’re not supervised. Wireless outdoor sensors can also be installed to inform you if a child is near the pool. A first aid kit should also be on hand to tend to any injuries that can occur in the water. Kids should also use life jackets and floatation devices while swimming. 

Practice Food Safety

Wash hands and clean the surfaces where you plan to prep food on the holiday. All meat should be cooked with a thermometer used to ensure that it reaches the right temperature to avoid food-borne illness. All leftovers should be refrigerated after two hours and not left outside. Toss out anything that sits outside for too long. 

When trying to have a safe and memorable 4th of July, there are several safety practices to follow. With the right caution used, you can protect your family from harm and enjoy the day. 

Why The Chemical Mercaptan Is a Lifesaver

7/17/2021 (Permalink)

The gas that heats many homes and provides energy for water heaters and clothes dryers is colorless and odorless. If it leaks from pipes or hoses it creates a dangerous situation due to its extreme combustibility. To make gas more detectable, engineers have added the chemical mercaptan, making it easily identifiable by its sulfurous, rotten egg smell. It is hard to estimate how many times a gas fire has been prevented by this chemical.

When a homeowner smells mercaptan it is a sure sign that somewhere in your home there is a gas leak. When this happens, immediate steps should be taken to shut off the gas or at least get people and pets out of the home and call the fire department. 

The Best Actions To Take With a Natural Gas Leak

Specific actions can reduce the likelihood of a gas fire in a home or apartment. The goal is to stop the gas leak or increase the safety of everyone in the home. Here are the most effective actions to take:

Check all the appliances that use natural gas, beginning with the stove since this is the most likely source. Many times burners do not light, or go out, allowing gas to leak into the home. If you can find the source of the leak and stop it the emergency is over.

Increase the ventilation of your home by opening windows and doors. This enables the gas to dissipate and not collect in a certain area, reducing the likelihood of a gas explosion.

Don't use electrical devices, or even turn on lights, as this could ignite the gas.

Evacuate the home and call in the fire department

The Best Way To Handle Fire Damage

A gas fire in your home is likely to cause soot and smoke damage and loss of property. Call in a fire remediation team that will respond quickly and clean up the damage in a professional manner.

How Do Building Envelopes Work?

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

As a business owner in Unity Village, MO, you know how crucial it is to keep your building safe from all kinds of harm. One of the most dangerous risks that you may face is persistent rain damage. This threat can lead to various problems throughout your business, such as flooding and black mold. Fortunately, you can ensure that your company stays protected by establishing a secure envelope around your building. Here’s everything you need to know about how building envelopes work.

What Are Building Envelopes?

A building envelope refers to the construction and design of a building’s exterior that helps to repel the elements. There are numerous aspects of an envelope that allow it to do its job of keeping a building safe. Some of its most essential features include the following:

  • Structural integrity
  • Air pressure boundaries
  • Temperature control
  • Moisture control

Each of these elements plays a critical role in the effectiveness of a building’s envelope. It’s crucial to ensure that your envelope is shielded with these features so that it stays safe from rain damage.

The Importance of Building Envelopes

If you aim to keep your business protected from weather damage, the first place you should look is your building envelope. This structure acts as a major defense against rain, snow, hail, and various other types of water and air intrusion. Once a building’s envelope captures excess water, it sends the water to a drainage system, helping to prevent black mold from forming in your business. A strong envelope around your building also helps to regulate the transfer of heat in and out of your business, which ensures that your employees and customers stay comfortable all year long.
Rain damage can have a severe impact on your business, and strengthening your building’s envelope may help to deter some of the harm. If your company suffers any damage despite having a powerful building envelope, be sure to call commercial building restoration services so your building can make a full recovery.

How To Eliminate Mold in Ductwork

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

How To Eliminate Mold In Ductwork

High levels of moisture can cause mold to start growing inside HVAC ducts. Almost any type of mold, including black mold, can be supported by dust and debris inside of a heating and cooling system. Spores can spread throughout a structure through air ducts. If a musty odor is present or mold growth is evident, building owners or managers should take these three steps.

1. Locate the Source of Moisture

A building owner or manager should contact an HVAC specialist to identify the source of moisture and resolve the problem before scheduling a duct cleaning. Excessive moisture or mold growth may be evident in condensate drip pans, coils, or terminal units. It is also possible that a plumbing or roof leak is introducing water directly into the ductwork.

2. Clean the Air Ducts

A duct cleaning company can eliminate many types of mold. These services typically use high-powered vacuums to clean ducts. If black mold or signs of severe contamination are present, a property owner or manager may also want to consult with an indoor environmental professional. More extensive remediation work may be necessary if mold has spread beyond ducts.

3. Inhibit the Mold Growth

A duct cleaning company may also apply a mold inhibitor rated for HVAC use. This treatment can help to prevent mold from returning even if moisture levels increase. Property owners should keep moisture low by taking measures to prevent and quickly fix leaks, maintaining the HVAC system, and ensuring that indoor relative humidity levels remain between 30 percent and 50 percent.

These measures can help eliminate the presence of mold growth from ductwork and prevent fungus from returning. If black mold is found or there is a significant chance that mold has spread to other parts of a structure, a property owner or manager should also contact a mold cleanup and remediation company in Kansas City, MO.

SERVPRO Professionals are the Storm Damage Experts

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Quick Response and High Standards Will Leave you Satisfied after Remediation

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety-provoking situation. SERVPRO delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great.
 
Storm damage can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind, and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “Like it never even happened.”
 
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will reap benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state-of-the-art equipment to clean, repair, and restore your home and in the process, we also restore your and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling.
 
Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO. Call 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is ready!

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is ready! 

SERVPRO specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.  A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.  We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,800 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 1(816)246-5566

Leading Causes of Fires - How to Avoid

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires & injuries in the U.S. Cooking fires often result from unattended cooking and human error, rather than mechanical failure of stoves or ovens. Although it is important to make sure your appliances are functioning properly and kept up to date, it is equally important to cook with caution and never get too comfortable in the kitchen.  

Heating is the second leading cause of residential fires. However, heating fires are a larger problem in single family homes than in apartments. Unlike apartments, the heating systems in single family homes are often not professionally maintained. Make sure your heating systems are being professionally regulated during the colder seasons. 

Although accidents happen, it is important to be prepared and alert in order to minimize these chances before they occur. Here are a few simple safety precautions to take to decrease the possibility of a fire. 

  • Keep flammables away from ignition sources.
  • Utilize flammable storage cabinets.
  • Know your chemical properties.
  • Do not block fire extinguishers with equipment.
  • Utilize those with electrical expertise/installations/assistance.
  • Do not overload outlets - use a track plug.
  • Practice good housekeeping techniques in the lab/office/work area.
  • Inspect wires for possible damage and replace as needed.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch vs. Warning

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

 

It is always important to keep up with what’s happening with the weather in your area. One of the biggest questions asked is, what is the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe thunderstorm warning? A severe thunderstorm watch is issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center) and means that there is potential for the development of thunderstorms that can produce large hail or damaging winds. When a severe thunderstorm is in progress or has developed and is shown on your local news radar it is called a severe thunderstorm warning.

 SERVPRO of Raytown/East Kansas City is Missouri State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at (816)-737-8776, we are always here to help.

Flood Categories

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Flood Categories

Floods are classified into three different categories. These categories can be easily spotted based on the various colors of the water. Floodwaters may be white/clear, gray, and black. Each category requires specific safety precautions and has different levels of mitigation and cleanout. It is crucial to understand the difference in categories to receive the proper assistance and avoid any further damage. 

Category One:

White/clear water is the least expensive to remedy. The source is sanitary, meaning that there is no harmful bacteria or sewage present. While this category can be a relief, it is still necessary to act quickly to remove the water and repair the damage. If the water sits for too long, it can be contaminated by other items in the area, causing an elevation in category or classification.

Category Two:

If the water is found to be category two, or greywater, through pretesting, then it is best that you do not go near it. This result indicates that there are organic and inorganic substances in the water and that you may become ill if it is consumed or touched.

Category Three: 

Blackwater is the most dangerous water. The level of contamination includes sewage, chemicals, bacteria, and possible toxins. It is likely that your insurance agent and company will recommend a disaster restoration specialist who will probably seal the space as they work to remove the water safely.