Storm Damage Tips
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Kansas Weather is always unpredictable, snow, rain, tornadoes you name it. When a storm comes through and causes damage inside and outside your home or business it can be hard to know what to do. Do you stay put until the storm is completely over, or do you try to get out and get to safety? To help you figure out the best thing to do in a delicate situation, here are a few storm tips.
After any severe storm, your main concern should always be the safety of yourself and others.
Ask yourself the following questions to decide if you should stay:
- Is it safe to stay in the home?
- Is there water damage that is affecting the walls or ceilings?
- Are there any fall hazards or electrical hazards?
When not to stay in your home during a storm event:
When a storm rolls through and affects your home, most often we think it is safer to stay in the home until it passes, or help arrives. Sometimes the affects on the home can be more dangerous then facing the elements. What should you look for in your home to know if you should evacuate?
These storm tips may help:
- If your roof is compromised and caving in or materials are falling, it’s time to evacuate your home.
- If any part of the home’s electrical wiring is exposed and touching water, it’s time to evacuate.
- If any part of inside your home is exposed to the elements and the storm is still active, it’s time to evacuate, especially when there is lightening.
If you are in a situation where you must choose between staying in a damaged home or going out into the storm, you need to think carefully and act fast. Consider the storm tips above to make the best decision for you and your family. Remember SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita if your home is affected and know that we will be on site as soon as it is safe to get you back to your preloss conditions.
Wet VS Dry Smoke Damage in Your Wichita Home
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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What is smoke?
Smoke is a collection of tiny solid, liquid and gas particles. Although smoke can contain hundreds of different chemicals and fumes, visible smoke is mostly carbon (soot), tar, oils, and ash.
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of residues after a fire that SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita will assess when they arrive on scene. With the different types of residues, there is also different types of cleaning.
Wet Smoke Damage
Wet smoke is usually produced from items made of plastic or rubber, from a slow burning, low heat fire. Protein fires also create wet smoke, these types of fires are quite common, very difficult to clean, very greasy and quite pungent. Wet smoke damage will leave thick, black, and sticky residue with a lingering smell.
Dry Smoke Damage
Dry Smoke is created by a fast burning, high-temperature fire, usually started by paper or wood. This is one of the most common type of house or business fires and is one of the larger loss types of fires. Dry smoke is an easier to clean smoke as it has a powdery texture and wont smear when cleaning.
Each smoke and fire damage situation is different, they all need a specialized solution customized for the specific event. SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita has the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Give us a call (316) 260-9011.
Ways To Protect Your Home When You’re Away on Vacation
SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita handles water, fire, and mold damage. Give us call (316) 260-9011.
Going on vacation is something everyone looks forward too, but as part of the restoration business a lot of our calls come from families who were on vacation and came home to the farthest thing from. There are a few tips we always recommend, so that way when you return from a trip you don’t have to wonder what you’re going to come home to.
- Locking your doors and windows:
Locking up might seem like a no brainer but an estimated 32% of burglars enter through unlocked doors. SERVPRO not only handles water, fire, and mold damage but we take care of vandalism damages too.
- Unplug your un-used appliances and electronics:
Making sure electronics are unplugged will not only help save money on your electric bill but it will also lower the chance of a house fire due to an electrical short or something flammable being to close to an outlet.
- Shut off your main water supply:
A major lifesaver could be turning off the house’s main water supply valve to prevent possible water damage from leaky pipes. If you live in a moderate climate and the house will be empty this is a practical option, but if you live in a colder climate, or someone will be checking in while you’re gone, you probably want to leave the water on.
- Get your security system ready:
Make sure your cameras, smoke detectors and any other components are on and in good working order. Being able to check on your home while you’re away from your phone is just another benefit of today’s technology.
If you come home and walk into an unprecedented disaster, give SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita a call. We are available day or night, 24/7/365. (316) 260-9011.
SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita Can Handle Your Commercial Size Job
Our warehouse is stocked with equipment, no job is too big. Give us a call 316-260-9011.
Not only does SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita handle residential jobs we can tackle commercial jobs as well, no job is too big. We have the equipment and vehicles ready for whatever is needed to get your business back up and running again. SERVPRO has over 1,700 franchises that are ready to help with more equipment and people if needed, so you don’t have to be worried about the capacity of your job. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claims that nearly 40% of businesses that close due to a disaster fail to reopen. The businesses that can reopen normally usually have some type of emergency plan set up to ensure a fast and efficient shift back to normalcy. SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita actually offers an emergency ready plan at no cost to you, check out our blog to learn more.
SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita recently handled a job in a building that was over 6,500 square feet. This building was affected by a water fountain malfunction that caused standing water throughout the structure. Sometimes, with large commercial jobs we have to create the most effective environment in order to dry areas efficiently. Water damage doesn’t always happen close to drains, so we must be ready for whatever happens. We often bring large buckets to drain the dehumidifiers hoses in. Dehumidifiers can suck up to 125 PPD out of the air a day and that water needs to go somewhere so the dehumidifier can pump its reservoir tank.
We are ready 24/7 for any emergency that may occur where you would need our assistance. If you are experiencing a water damage loss of any size give us a call, day or night (316) 260-9011.
The SERVPRO Water Damage Process
If a water loss does occur in your home or business, you can call on our SERVPRO team to help quickly and efficiently.
Why choose us? SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita has a team of highly trained water damage specialists. Water restoration in homes and commercial buildings is a big part of our business, and we are ready with the expertise and experience to tackle whatever job you have. When you call us to help, we lay it out in a step-by-step process, so you are a part of and knowledge of what we are doing to restore your building.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
Water damage can be stressful, chaotic, and confusing. That’s why when you call us, we are here to help guide you through the process. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Immediate action is crucial when a water emergency strikes, save our number in your phone so that way you never have to worry again (316) 260-9011.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
- How many rooms are affected?
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
When our team arrives, we will do a detailed inspection of your home or business. We need to be able to determine the extent of the damage so we can provide you with the correct plan of action. If you haven’t already, we will try to locate the source of the moisture in your home or business so you can get it stopped it as soon as possible. We also will have to identify the classification of water, for more information on that check out our blog post on “How the Cleanliness of Water Can Affect Your Water Damage.” The level of contamination the water has will effect the restoration process. We will also check to see how far the moisture has traveled and move furniture or other items.
Step 3: Water Removal/ Water Extraction
After the inspection is done, we can start the water extraction process. We use pumps and vacuums to quickly remove the water from your property. We also offer a Move-Out Service is needed, we recommend this is your home or business will require extensive restoration or cleaning. After water removal we then inspect the carpet pad and carpet to see if it needs to be removed.
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification
After the removal of water things may appear dry but they are still wet to the touch. Most building materials are porous and will retain water. This retained water can cause warping, deterioration, and mold damage. We will then use our air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home or business. We check the moisture levels daily to monitor the drying process.
Step 5: Cleaning and Repair
After the drying process your home or business will most likely require professional cleaning services. SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita specializes in restoring content damaged by fire, water, or mold. Flooding and water damaged items have a very distinct odor, we are trained to identify and eliminate those offensive odors. We are also here to help with removal and disposal of any beyond repair materials.
Step 6: Reconstruction
The final step in the water damage process is reconstruction which is when we take the steps to get your home or business to its preloss conditions. It may involve smaller repairs such as drywall removal and installation, painting, and installing new carpet, or may require larger repairs.
If you are experiencing a water damage loss call us on our emergency line: 316-260-9011.
Mold In Your Wichita Home?
Mold in your home has the potential to cause serious health problems.
We have all been there, looking through the fridge or our cupboards and wondering how long that mystery food has been there, we take a chance and open it up only to be met by a green or blue fuzzy layer. OH MY! You throw it out and never look back. Same goes for your home, when you see that mold infestation on your walls, in your crawlspace, or in the bathroom you want to get it taken care of as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita offers free mold inspections and we have recently started doing virtual mold inspections directly from your phone. Much like a cold virus spreads through the air looking for a host, mold spores travel through the air looking for the next hospitable environment to latch onto. Any damp, fibrous material is a prime breeding ground for mold, such as wood, fabric, wallpaper and even paint.
What Causes Mold?
Mold is a form of fungi that sprouts from microscopic spores that are everywhere in our environment. These spores are inactive, however, they will start to activate once the humidity surpasses 70 percent. Once the mold spores spread on surfaces, they begin to reproduce and become noticeable to the human eye. You may not even be aware that there is mold in your home until you see it or smell a damp, musty odor. When performing cleanup of mold, it is important to minimize spreading mold spores by taking some precautions:
- Turn off all fans
- Protect from breezes
- Lower humidity
- Isolate the area
- Isolate moldy objects
How Can Moldy Areas Be Cleaned?
If your moldy area is small, you can attempt to clean it yourself, but be very careful to avoid spreading or breathing in mold spores. If your area is larger, or especially if you suspect black mold, you need the help of a specialist. That is where we come in, SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita technicians are specifically trained to clean mold without spreading spores, we create a negative pressure zone so the mold cannot spread into areas that are not affected while we are cleaning. We also have specialized protective gear that you may not have access to, such as masks and protective suits.
If you suspect you have mold or spreading mold, you need to hire mold remediation expert to resolve the problem and restore your property to its original condition. Call SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita at (316) 260-9011.
SERVPRO at The Wichita Open
Patrick, the owner and his son Michael, the head of business development at The Wichita Open.
Here at SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita we really want to give our support to the events that happen around the city. So much time, effort and heart is put into these events to grow the city and really help stimulate the local economy and community. The Wichita Open PGA Tournament was held June 14th through June 20th this year. This year was Wichita’s 32nd year on the tour. In 2020 over $150,000 was donated to local charities and each year the event generates 6.5 million in economic impact for our local economy.
SERVPRO was set up at the main entrance of the event, as a local business we were able to get involved as an event sponsor to support one of the top destinations on the Korn Ferry Tour. We had access to the Snydeo Birds Nest, located at the 17th tee box. There we were able to experience a panorama view of 4 holes on the course, the 14th and 17th tees, as well as the 13th and 16th greens.
Supporting Wichita in events and as one of your premier cleaning and restoration companies is our goal. We take pride in being a locally owned and operated company and want to do our part in making the Wichita KS community the best it can be.
Does Your Wichita Business Have an Emergency Ready Plan?
We offer an emergency ready plan app!
As a business owner you try to prepare yourself, your business, and your employees for all sorts of possibilities. Commercial risks can span from burglaries to fires, shortage of staff, slow business, and flood damage. Wichita and surrounding area business owners who have an emergency ready plan will find it easier to get back up and running after an incident.
A flood can occur due to many reasons such as a natural disaster, bursting pipes, or a leaking window during a storm. SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita recommends all businesses have an emergency ready plan in place, even if your property does not seem prone to flooding. You never know when a flood might occur. We offer your business an emergency ready plan, this plan highlights some of the biggest security and safety concerns in your business and allows you to take steps to avoid them altogether. These plans show where the water, sprinkler or gas shut offs are so anyone at your business can have access to that information. If the only people who know where these important locations are then your small disaster can quickly grow out of control into a huge disaster.
One of our SERVPRO representatives comes out, documents, and assesses your facility then provides a concise profile for your organization and employees to use if an emergency occurs. The profile also provides information about the chain of command in place for an emergency, having this information will not only ensure that the process of recovery begins much faster, but it takes the stress of looking for the right company out of the equation. The emergency ready plan can also be accessed and edited via an app that we provide to your organization. This whole process we provide is completely free of charge.
If your organization doesn’t have an emergency plan give us a call and we can show you the benefits of working with SERVPRO as your disaster preparedness partner- (316)260-9011
How the Cleanliness of Water Can Affect Your Water Damage.
The three categories of water; clean water, gray water, and black water.
When you have a water intrusion in your home or business there are many elements which affect the steps needed to protect and restore your property. One of the first determinations we make on the site of a residential or commercial water damage is the contamination level of the water. We call this water category and the category of water that affected your building or home will have a huge impact on the job that we have to do. The cleaner the water, the more we can save instead of throwing away and replacing building materials, which means a cheaper, less invasive, and shorter job altogether.
Here at SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita the IICRC’s standards are what we follow to ensure every water mitigation and remediation job we tackle is done correctly. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the organization that sets the restoration industries standards and practices. When it comes to the sanitary level of water there are three levels:
- Category 1: Clean and Sanitary. Typically comes from a sanitary source such as faucet, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, or water heaters.
- Category 2: Grey Water which can cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Typical sources are dish washers, washing machine overflows, flush from sink drains, or toilet overflows with urine (no feces)
- Category 3: Black Water is grossly unsanitary which could cause severe illness or death if ingested. This includes sewer backups, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid which has supported microbial growth.
These categories are also time dependent. Category 1 clean water will become contaminated category 2 water after 48 hours. Another 24 hours after that it becomes a category 3 loss. This change in category means a tremendous difference in the scope of work, cost of remediation, and time of job.
If you are experiencing a water damage, call us on our 24/7 emergency line: 316-260-9011.
Fire Safety and Your Pets
Tips to help keep your pets safe during emergencies.
For many of us our pets are our family, here at SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita we all have our own fur babies that we love. Emergencies can happen at any moment, and while we may never be able to fully prevent them, we can make sure we are prepared for an emergency and have a plan in place for our pet’s safety. The Red Cross provides a great resource for tips on how to keep your pets safe from potential danger.
Tips for Pet Safety
- Note where your pets like to nap or hide.
- If you must evacuate quickly knowing the key spots to look will help.
- Have an emergency plan and practice escape routes with your pet.
- Include all members of the family in this plan, and make sure they know what to do and where to go.
- Keep the phone number and address of a local animal hospital handy.
- Have an emergency bag handy with your pet’s normal food, snacks, waster, medications, and a couple toys for comfort.
- Pet proof your home
- Use only flameless candles.
- Removing any stovetop control knobs they could possibly turn.
- Have a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Click here for an example.
After a fire emergency, the trauma of smoke and fire damage can affect the whole family, even the pets. Call SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita to start the remediation process (316) 260-9011.