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How to Sanitize Surfaces

5/14/2022 (Permalink)

how to sanitize surfaces How to sanitize surfaces

In these uncertain times, SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County knows staying safe is the most important thing you can do. However, if you have to go out for work, to get groceries, or you just need to get out of your house and take a walk, it is important to make sure you are washing your hands and keeping clean surfaces at home. There is a lot of misinformation out there and it can be hard to know the correct method for disinfecting surfaces. You've heard of these cleaning types before, but do you know the differences between them?

Commercial building repair

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Repair Commercial Building Repair

Flooding and water damage events that occur on commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether you are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large scale event, SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County will 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 and NW Wyandotte County


SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County 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 if you experience a loss at your commercial property!

913-772-1818

Planning for when your commercial building has a loss

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ERP checklist Planning for when your commercial building has a loss

Are you ready in case of emergency? With SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Program you can be prepared for the unexpected.

Let me ask you something. If you are at lunch and you receive a panic call from the office because there is a gas leak, or maybe water is pouring out of a broken pipe under the sink, would you be able to direct them how to shut off the gas or water from the table?

Whether you are away from lunch, on vacation, or if it's after hours, wouldn't it be nice to have access to your vital building data and emergency contact information directly from your smart phone 24/7?

SERVPRO has developed a really cool app that organizes this information for you all at your fingertips.

Right about now, if you're like most people, you are probably wondering why SERVPRO would be willing to help your business compile this information for your ERP for free.

Well SERVPRO is a national sponsor of the American Red Cross' Ready Rating Program, and as a part of our community service, we are helping local businesses prepare for disasters. Our mobile app is just one part of your overall preparedness plan, but it's our way to help get you started.

For more information call us! 913-772-1818

Plan Ahead for Severe Storms

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

A storm Plan Ahead for Severe Storms

In the United States, there are around 100,000 thunderstorms every year, so these frightening events occur frequently in every state.

With all the crazy weather the Midwest has in the spring and summer, it is always better to be prepared and know how to stay safe ahead of time. It’s true that we can’t control the weather, but we can do our best to protect ourselves against its harmful blow.

Below are the ways in which you can reduce storms’ impacts on you and your home.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

You need to have a severe weather communication in place consisting of the following items:

First, you need to have a way to communicate with everyone in your home and also people outside your home. This way, you can receive weather alerts, such as watches and warnings.

Next, be sure to grab both your cell phone and an NOAA weather radio. Having multiple modes of communication could be a lifesaver.

Last, put together a communication strategy for your household that includes a designated safe area in your home for bad weather and a way for absent family members to check in and let you know they’re safe.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

Every household needs an emergency kit jam-packed with all the essentials. Include food, water, first-aid supplies and anything else you might need.

Make sure it includes at least 72 hours worth of materials because you never know how long you might be stuck sheltering in place.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

Once it’s all over, here’s what you need to do:

Talk to everyone about the communications plan and gather feedback on all the elements. This will help you improve the plan in the future and keep you even safer.

Next, go around your home and evaluate it for storm damage, paying close attention to all the vulnerable areas.

If you discover damage, turn SERVPRO so that you can count on a quick response that will bring about peace of mind and get your home back to pre-storm condition in no time!

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action

Employee Spotlight

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee standing in front of a sign Employee Spotlight

SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte Co would like to welcome our newest employee Hilary Gregory! Hilary is our newest Marketing Representative and the wife of our operations manager Drew Gregory. She has over eight years of marketing experience and one of her favorite parts of the job is meeting and interacting with new people every day including clients, customers, and members of the community. She also loves working for a company whose purpose is to help people and the fact that every day is completely different and there is always something new and interesting to learn.  In her free time she likes to read, cuddle with her dog, and spend time with her family. Her favorite Leavenworth restaurant so far is Meriwether's Cafe!

Saving water damaged wall paper

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO logo surrounded by fire and water Saving water damaged wall paper

SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County knows that when you have a water damage in your home or business it can be overwhelming. And we are here to help clean up the damage and answer any questions you might have.

One important question we get asked often is can we save water damaged wallpaper. When your walls are wet, wallpaper acts as a vapor barrier and restricts our ability to dry it. Special drying measures may be needed when this wallpaper barrier is present, and depending on the extent of the damage we may or may not be able to save the wallpaper.

Some options are:

Removing the baseboard to ventilate the wall

Perforating the wall to ventilate it

Peeling away wallpaper to expose wet the drywall

Protecting Furniture from Water Damage

4/23/2022 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees cleaning up a water damage Protecting Furniture from Water Damage

When natural disasters strike, it is extremely important to be prepared. That is why SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County is open 24/7 and 365. And although we are always here to help, there are some things you can do between the time you call us and the time we arrive. One important thing you can do is take steps to protect valuable furniture when you experience light flooding or a small water loss in your home. See our tips below!

Use wooden blocks: Place wood blocks under your furniture legs to keep it high above rising waters

Use aluminum foil: wrap wooden furniture legs in aluminum foil to protect them from rising water

Use plastic container lids: If the water damage is minimal you can put old plastic container lids or tupperware lids as a barrier between the water and your furniture

3 Types of Floods & Their Main Causes

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

A sign that says flood sitting on top of flood waters 3 Types of Floods & Their Main Causes

Flooding is the most common natural disaster, and it claims more lives in the United States per year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. It can affect everything from individual homes where property collects excess water to wide swaths of communities and cities.

Despite the fact that flooding affects all 50 states and all U.S. territories, there are similarities in the types and causes of floods. Floods happen for four typical reasons, and there are three main types.

3 Types of Natural Flooding
Flash floods are common, and they happen when heavy rain passes or sits over an area and overwhelms the ability of the ground to contain the moisture. Excess water runs off and takes garbage cans, cars and more with it.

River floods are exactly what they sound like. When there’s too much water for a river’s banks to hold, the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.

Coastal floods happen in areas next to large bodies of water, when storm surges or cyclonic activity causes ocean or gulf levels to rise to flood levels.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding
Heavy rainfall. Storms with excessive rainfall, or storms that sit and rest over an area for an extended period can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are more at risk for rain floods, because the higher percentage of concrete and asphalt means there’s a lack of soil to soak up all that water.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can invade coastal communities and wreak havoc.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it. Similarly, in 1951, Topeka experienced a severe flood after the raging waters of the Kansas River broke through a dike to flood the North Topeka Business district. According to the National Weather Service, the Kansas River reached its highest level on record. In all, 40 Kansans lost their lives in what was known as the “Flood of the Century.”

Snowmelts and ice dams. In areas of the country where heavy snow and prolonged freezing temperatures are common, snow and ice can build up over a winter’s time, and when they start to melt, they cause rivers of water to flow through area communities. Ice dams or ice jams happen when rivers become blocked by built-up ice being carried downstream, causing the banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

Preparing for Tornado Season

3/27/2022 (Permalink)

A tornado on a field Preparing for Tornado Season

This page explains what actions to take when you receive a tornado watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a tornado.

Know your risk

What

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground and is often—although not always—visible as a funnel cloud. Lightning and hail are common in thunderstorms that produce tornadoes. Tornadoes cause extensive damage to structures and disrupt transportation, power, water, gas, communications, and other services in its direct path and in neighboring areas. Related thunderstorms can cause heavy rains, flash flooding, and hail

Where

About 1,200 tornadoes hit the United States every year and every state is at risk. Most tornadoes in the United States occur east of the Rocky Mountains with concentrations in the central and southern plains, the Gulf Coast and Florida.

When

Tornadoes can strike in any season, but occur most often in the spring and summer months. They can occur at all hours of the day and night, but are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Before a Tornado

Identify safe rooms built to FEMA criteria or ICC500 storm shelters or other potential protective locations in sturdy buildings near your home, work, and other locations you frequent so you have a plan for where you will go quickly for safety when there is a Warning or an approaching tornado.
For schools, malls, and other buildings with long-span roofs or open space plans, or many occupants, ask the building manager to identify the best available refuge.
Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
Look for the following danger signs:
Dark, often greenish sky
Large hail
A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

If your home is without power, use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns rather than candles to prevent accidental fires.
Kansas weather can be unpredictable! Be informed & stay safe!

If tragedy strikes remember, SERVPRO of Leavenworth & NW Wyandotte County is always here to help!

913-772-1818

Getting rid of odor from smoke damage

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees are cleaning smoke off the wall Getting rid of odor from smoke damage

At SERVPRO of Leavenworth and NW Wyandotte County we understand that any kind of fire damage can be very difficult to deal with. That is why we are here to help! As fire restoration pros, we have a highly trained staff of fire and odor experts to help you out with any damage you may have, whether it is a small area in your home or business or smoke and soot throughout the entire house or building, our certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to assist. We generally use two primary methods to eliminate odors:

1. Dry fogging- Dispenses solvent based deodorants as very small particles

2. Ozone- Activated oxygen quickly dissipates with no residue, fragrances, or chemicals that some can be sensitive to.

We are here to help 24/7 so give us a call at 913-772-1818