Preparing the Next Generation
Disaster Master prepares kids for all events
SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County knows the importance of continuing education when it comes to disaster awareness. SERVPRO offers all kinds of classes to keep adults up to date and informed but it is also important to make sure your kids know what to do in the event of a disaster as well. By helping prepare your kids and set up a line of communication you will ensure that you are all as prepared as possible to stay safe during any kind of disaster. A great resource for helping them learn is Disaster Master, by Ready.gov. Your kids will learn the best ways to handle wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, blackouts, home fires, winter storms and extreme cold, earthquakes, thunderstorms, and more! Play now -> http://bit.ly/DisMas. They also get to print their own graphic novel at the end!
Preventing Water Damage
Always Use a Licensed Plumber
SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County has responded to all different types of water damage. From a frozen water line that bursts during our crazy Midwestern winter weather, to a refrigerator supply line leak, to a sump pump failure in a basement. When it comes to water damage some types of losses are unavoidable, but there are some times when you can take preventative measures to insure a loss does not happen to you. One of the things you can do is make sure you always use a licensed plumber! In the picture that goes with this blog you will see a very noticeable crack in the pipe. The two couplings on this pipe did not stop the crack from leaking sewage in the home. Hiring a professional with positive recommendations is always a good way to go to avoid this kind of loss happening to you.
Fire safety and prevention
SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County is here to help in the event of almost any kind of loss your might have at your residential or commercial property, including a fire loss. However, it is very important to us here at SERVPRO that you have as much knowledge available to you as possible in order to prevent all kinds of losses from fire to water to mold. In this blog post we are advocating for fire prevention and safety when it comes to accidental outdoor fires. Did you know that in 2018, 89% of wildfires were caused by humans. Yikes! Learn before you burn this fall and educate yourself on local rules and regulations for burning backyard debris. We all know fall is a great time for fire pits and friendly gatherings but make sure you are careful. Below are some tips to help you remain safe while using a fire pit.
- Make sure the fire pit is, at minimum, 10 feet away from any structure or neighboring yard—25 feet is preferable.
- Do not position a fire pit under a covered porch or low hanging tree branches.
- Always place a fire pit on a non-flammable surface, such as patio blocks or concrete.
- Do not put a fire pit on a wooden deck or directly on grass.
Preparing your home for winter storms
Preparing your home for winter storms before the weather hits
As all of us in the Midwest know winter weather can cause unforeseen damage to your residential or commercial property. Snow and ice storms as well as other issues can be a huge problem this time of year. Here are a few tips to avoid property damage this winter.
Protect your Pipes
Frozen pipes can cause major issues. When water freezes it expands. When frozen in a pipe it can cause the pipe to burst, water escapes and serious property damage can be had.
Make sure all pipes that are outside your home, near exterior walls or in unheated spaces are insulated.
Be sure to keep the heat on so pipes in other areas of your home don’t freeze. In extreme conditions open cabinet doors to let warm air under the kitchen or bathroom sinks.
Keep Gutters Clean
Make sure there is no debris in your gutters and they are attached securely to your home. Snow and Ice can build up in your gutter making them heavy and if not properly attached can cause damage by the weight pulling them down.
Ventilate your Attic
Making sure your attic is properly ventilated can prevent ice dams in the winter. An unvented attic can generate an excessive amount of heat. When the snow and ice melts it can refreeze along the edge of your roof causing ice dams to form. It can also lead to structural damage to exterior walls by getting into cracks and holes. When vented properly your roof can remain cooler through the winter and thereby avoiding potential ice dams from forming.
Cutting back dead tree limbs before winter weather is best. The weight of snow and ice can cause them to break easily and can cause damage to your roof, windows, vehicles and even people below.
Specialty Equipment for Water Damages
Some specialty drying equipment
Did you know SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County has all kinds of specialty equipment to help restore your residential or commercial property back to preloss conditions! Whether it is a fire, water, mold, or other kind of damage we have you covered. One specialty piece of equipment we have is pictured with this blog post and is called an Injectidry. In the picture we are using the Injectidry system to dry the hardwood flooring in a residential property after a toilet bowl cracked and flooded this beautiful house. Some people think when hardwood floors get wet there is no saving them but with this piece of equipment we were able to save the floors and save the homeowners from the headache of tearing out and replacing the flooring. The panels on the Injectidry can also be used to dry plaster walls and other dense materials.
SERVPRO Document Restoration
Did you know that SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County has the ability to restore damaged documents! Thanks to SERVPRO's wide net of specialists we are able to restore almost any document whether it is a photo or a whole filing cabinet full of information. Our SERVPRO team uses the same freeze-drying methods as the Library of Congress to dry historic documents and books. When disaster strikes, some of your most valued photos and documents could be lost forever, but we can help restore them to preloss condition! Although this is not a service we perform on site, we have the resources and contacts to send off your documents to professional restorers and receive them back in a reasonable amount of time.
Supporting the Leavenworth Community
Thanks to Victory Ford and the chamber for a fantastic morning of networking
Did you know that SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County is a member of several local community organizations around Leavenworth including the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce, Leavenworth Main Street Association, and the Leavenworth Lions Club. All these associations are extremely active in community events and help in creating networking opportunities throughout the community. In this blog you can see a picture of one of these events. The Leavenworth Chamber often hosts coffee meet and greets as well. You can usually find SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County's marketing manager Paul Goode at many of these events. If you feel like getting more involved in community activities and/or want to talk with Paul about SERVPRO feel free to engage in any or all of the activities hosted by these groups.
Safety Tips for Cleaning your Gutters
With all the exciting and fun activities fall has to offer it is easy to push off boring tasks like making sure your gutters are clean. Cleaning your gutters is a necessary job although it is most assuredly not as exciting as picking out pumpkins or tackling a corn maze. When rain gutters get clogged with leaves and other debris over time, it can cause water damage to your home. While SERVPRO definitely recommends cleaning your gutters we want to make sure you are safe while you are doing it. Please see below for some safety tips and best practices while cleaning your gutters.
- Choose a good ladder. Choosing a good ladder means finding one that is sturdy, and one that can reach the gutters without too much trouble.
- Inspect your ladder before you use it, and have a friend assist you in steadying the ladder. Make sure the steps are sturdy and try climbing up the first two steps to make sure it can hold your weight and stay steady.
- Maintain three points of contact when working on a ladder. Both of your feet and one hand should be in contact with the ladder at all times in order to ensure that you will be secure while working.
- When working on the gutter, wear eye protection and gloves. Gutters are often home to wasps, bees, and other stinging creatures, as well as to other wildlife.
Finding Hidden Damage
SERVPRO Employee wearing a half face respirator and gloves is holding up a mirror and on the back is severe termite damage.
Sometimes in the process of cleaning up a water damage, or really any kind of damage that SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County handles: fire, storm, general cleaning, etc, we find secondary damage from any number of sources. Sometimes it is mold damage from if the water loss was left untreated for too long. However in this case it is damage from a termite infestation. This is a rarer find than mold or asbestos but it does still happen. For some tips on how to prevent a termite infestation in your home please see the below information:
Keep all shrubbery near your home trimmed, allowing at least a 12 inch space between the plants and the exterior wall of your home. This will create an air flow and allow damp areas to dry out quicker.
Use pine needles instead of mulch. Pine needles are less appealing to termites.
Keep all sprinkler heads pointed away from your home’s foundation. Termites like moisture and a sprinkler pointing toward your home creates an ideal environment for them.
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