Commercial Clean Up
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home or business through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems.
Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –
SERVPRO of Leavenworth & NW Wyandotte County
Dealing with Commercial Buildings
SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County handles not only residential damage and restoration, but commercial as well.
There are three types of damage for commercial claims:
Type 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include; a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a small warehouse, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Type 1 loss can also be a smaller portion of a much larger structure.
Type 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level and/or divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Type 2 loss may include a small multi-family property, a midsize school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Type 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.
Type 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Type 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a mid- to high-rise retail facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”
Once our team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a team of appropriate size is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”
For ways to be prepared for when a loss happens at your business please see our blog post entitled What is an ERP.
How to monitor river flooding
With all the rain that Leavenworth and the surrounding areas has been getting it can be helpful to monitor how much rain we are getting and what the river levels are. A good resource is the National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. The page for the Leavenworth area can be found by clicking here.
The purpose of the flood forecast inundation map's they provide is to communicate flood risk based on best available information at the time of map development. The flood forecast inundation map on their site has been compiled using the best information available and is believed to be accurate; however, its preparation required many assumptions. Actual conditions during a flood event, such as natural phenomena e.g. sedimentation, erosion, debris build-up, cascading escalating risks or man-made interactions, e.g. flood protection measurements from sand bagging to exercising varying flood operation schema may vary from those modeled in the map. The limits of flooding shown should only be used as a guideline for emergency planning and response actions. Actual areas inundated will depend on specific flooding conditions and may differ from the areas shown on the map.
Always have a backup plan!
Did you know that SERVPRO has STORM teams that travel all around the country to help out local franchises when storm events occur! As the Midwest keeps getting hit by rain and tornadoes the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.
With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:
2017 California wildfires
2015 Carolina floods
2014 Polar Vortex
2010 Nashville floods
2007 Chicago floods
2007 Ohio floods
Rain Rain Go Away
Hopefully the rain will let up soon, but with lots of thunder clouds still in the forecast it is important to know how to remain safe during high waters. Especially during flash floods and warnings.
The National Weather Service has some good tips for staying safe during high water and flood conditions.
Flood and Flash Flood Safety Rules:
Heavy rain should be a signal to alerting you to the possibility of dangerous flood conditions.
During periods of heavy rains, stay away from flood prone areas such as stream beds, drainage ditches and culverts.
Move to higher ground if flooding threatens your area.
If you live or work in flood prone areas, remain alert during periods of heavy rain.
Be especially cautious at night as it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
Never drive your car into water of unknown depth. Most flash flood deaths occur when people drive their vehicles into flood waters. Remember: Turn Around Don't Drown!!
If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Flood water may rise quickly, cover the vehicle and sweep it away.
Stay out of flooded areas. The water may still be rising and very swift. A rapidly flowing stream can sweep you off your feet and sweep your vehicle downstream.
Children are especially vulnerable and should not be allowed to play in or around flowing water.
Water can run off streets and parking lots rapidly, causing natural and man-made drainage systems to overflow with flood waters.
Flood waters can hide rocks, trees, trash and other debris that can be dangerous to someone in their path.
Water is a very powerful force and should NEVER be underestimated.
When conditions look favorable for flash flooding, the National Weather Service will issue a Flood Watch, highlighting flash flood potential in and around the specified area. A Watch usually encompasses several counties. This is the time to start thinking about your plan of action if water begins to rise or a flash flood warning is issued.
Flash Flood Warning:
issued for a smaller, more specific area. This is when you must act quickly as flash floods are an imminent threat to you and your family. You may only have seconds to move to higher ground.
Partnering up for Fire Safety
Recently SERVPRO of Leavenworth & NW Wyandotte County's Sales and Marketing Manager Paul Goode hit the road with other volunteers from the American Red Cross to help with their Sound the Alarm campaign.
About the Home Fire Campaign:
Every day, 7 people die in home fires and tragically, most victims die in homes that don’t have working smoke alarms. The Red Cross wants to do everything we can to prevent these needless tragedies - that’s why we launched our Home Fire Campaign. Volunteer participants work alongside fire departments and other local groups, canvassing at-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, educate families about fire prevention and safety, and fund-raise for this lifesaving mission.
In just four years, these efforts have saved hundreds of lives and made hundreds of thousands of households safer.
Can your sump pump handle it?
Keeping your sump pump working is an important part of keeping your basement dry. See below for tips on sump pump maintenance
Step 1: Inspect
Start by checking the sump pit for any debris that could interfere with your pump's operation. If there is an "oil slick" on the surface of the water, the pump could be releasing coolant and may need replacement. Unplug the pump and take a look at the intake on the pump, and clean it out if necessary.
Plug the pump back in. If you're plugging into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet, make sure that it's fully operational. While newer GFCI outlets will alert you or stop working when their circuitry goes out, older outlets will not. Also, if you notice any frayed wires or exposed connections, have them repaired by a licensed electrician as soon as possible. Water and exposed electricity is never a safe combination.
Step 2: Test
Add a few gallons of water to your pit, enough to raise the float or reach the switch, to see if the unit is functioning properly. If the float rises too high without turning on, or the switch doesn't activate the pump, unplug the unit and check again for debris in the unit and the pit. If the pump does operate correctly, look at the discharge pipe. If flow appears to be reduced, look for any blockages.
Step 3: Plan Ahead
Do you have a backup pump? Even if the power stays on, there is always the possibility that your pump won't be able to deal with all the water of a particularly powerful storm.
Like a backup pump, a high water alarm or flood prevention device is a very good idea. If you have a sump pump, you're obviously concerned about flooding and water damage. If you already have an alarm set up to alert you when the water level is too high, overflows, or when the pump malfunctions, test its operation by either raising the float arm to activate it or placing water on sensors. You can also tune in to your local weather station to see if you have particularly powerful storms headed your way. Checking before the storm can give you time to fix any problems you might have.
Continuing Your Education
We like to try and have some fun while we learn! The theme for this class was Cinco de Mayo!
Continuing Education classes are an important part of any profession and here at SERVPRO we recognize that there is always more to learn and ways to improve!
SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County recently held two free continuing education classes in the Leavenworth area. Our first class was Ethics followed by Biohazard Cleanup Best Practices.
Ethical behavior is an integral part to any operation and learning the history behind different ethical principles and having open discussions about ethical dilemmas is an important part of keeping all your employees on the same page.
The second portion of the class was Biohazard Cleanup. In SERVPRO's line of work we do unfortunately come across bio cleanups. There are several proper procedures to follow to make sure there is no cross contamination and making sure everyone is informed with all up to date information is extremely important.
Restoring Your Commercial Property After Water Damage
Flooding and water damage events at Leavenworth Kansas 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 Leavenworth & NW Wyandotte Co.
SERVPRO of Leavenworth & NW Wyandotte Co. 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.
Don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Leavenworth & NW Wyandotte Co. if you experience a water loss at your commercial property!
How to stay safe during a fire
Firefighters putting out a controlled fire during SERVPRO of Leavenworth's Fire Burn CE Class.
Did you know that SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County offers Continuing Education Courses in a variety of categories! Recently we held a course on Fire Safety and Best Practices at a local fire station.
Our technicians were allowed to build three test rooms on the fire station's campus and fill them with contents to resemble a living room, dining room, and bedroom.
After the lecture series on Fire Safety and Best Practices the fire fighters lit the rooms on fire one by one and the participants were able to observe what the progression of a fire looks like in real time.
After the fire fighters put out the controlled fire the participants were allowed to look up and close and observe what kind of fire damage SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte Co technicians see when we first arrive on site for a fire damage cleanup.
All in all the day was very informative. If you have any questions on fires and fire cleanup please contact us at 913-772-1818!