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.
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Faster to Any Size Disaster
SERVPRO of Southwest Wichita provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being your trusted restoration company in the Wichita area. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the knowledge to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
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There is never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When you are in need of professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:
Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services: