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Water Spigot Tips for your Wichita Home

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

busted water pipe The portion of the pipe that will freeze and bust open is the portion that is not visible from the outside of your home.

If you own a home, it is more than likely that you have at least one outdoor faucet. With outdoor faucets, it’s important to remember to remove your garden hoses at the end of the season, close the inside shut-off valve(s) and drain the faucet fixture before it freezes. Spigots are installed at an angle so that the water drains out after your shut it off. If the spigot was installed incorrectly then you might end up having a big problem on your hands when winter rolls around.

Water expands when it freezes, in fact ice takes up nearly 10% more space than the same amount of liquid water does. In the case of a water pipe, the pipe is already full when water is in a liquid state, so there is no room for expansion if the temperature drops low enough for the water to freeze. Once the water in the pipe freezes the ice must go somewhere and when it does it causes the pipe to burst, usually without your knowledge. The pipe portion of the water spigot is located within the siding and the walls of your home and when the pipe bursts it is not visible from the outside. So, the next time you turn your water spigot on the water pressure might be a little lower and you think nothing of it, when in reality water is pouring from the burst in the pipe and going into your home.

An outdoor water faucet is particularly vulnerable to the cold, so it is extremely important to prep your water faucets for the winter. The heat from your home that is transmitted through the pipes most likely will not be enough to protect your outdoor faucet. Here are some tips to help prevent a watery disaster from striking in the middle of winter.

  • Close the shut-off valve for the faucet.

From the inside of your home or building, close the shut-off valve that controls the flow of water to the outdoor faucet(s).

  • Disconnect your hoses.

Leaving a frozen, water-filled hose attached to the outdoor faucet is asking for trouble! Disconnect your garden hoses, drain them and hang them up for the winter.

  • Drain the faucet.

Open the faucet and let any residual water drain out of the pipe. Draining the outside faucet is critical, because standing water between the inside shut-off valve and the outdoor faucet can freeze and break both the fixture and shut-off valve.

If you are experiencing water damage yourself give us a call at 316-684-6700

Fire Loss and Your Wichita Business

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

flames background with the words commercial fire Fire losses can be devastating to your home or business, let SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita help you get back to normal.

Fire damage to your Wichita, KS business can be devastating, while the major effects of a large-loss fire may seem obvious, there are many losses that can be overlooked. Every fire is a little bit different, and the types of losses can range from a complete loss to smaller fire that are contained to a certain area of your building. There are many impacts the fire may possibly have on your building, such as:

  • Smoke damage
  • Heat damage
  • Odors
  • Water damage
  • Mold growth
  • Soot damage

When a fire only damages a portion of your business there are usually other hidden damages that result from the fire. Many times, there will be smoke and ash damage, water damage, air quality issues and mold concerns. Smoke and ash can travel through the air ducts and affect other areas of your business. If the air ducts are not cleaned after a fire loss this can have an effect on your air quality in the future. If the water pipes were affected or the water used to suppress the fire is not removed correctly and within a short period of time this can create the perfect environment for future mold growth.

SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita will inspect your property after a fire and advise on the best course of action to get you back to your preloss conditions. We will look at all aspects of the building from structural integrity to electrical systems and make sure nothing is missed. We will then work to restore the building to its original condition, cleaning the building and contents with our SERVPRO products. No matter what type of fire loss your company experiences, the work of professionals is the best way to recover from a difficult event and SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita is here to help.

If your business needs fire, smoke, or soot damage cleanup call today – (316) 684-6700.

How to Protect Your Home While On Vacation

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

a house in hands SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita is a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration.

There is so much planning that goes into the perfect vacation, some people will start packing a month in advance and some will wait till the morning of. Whichever is your preferred plan of attack with packing don’t forget to prepare your property for vacation too. Many losses, whether fire or water happen while you are away from your house.

Fire Damage

If you go on vacation during the summer, no heaters running, and no one at home cooking or grilling, a fire breaking out while you are on vacation may be lower on your concern list. However, an empty home doesn’t eliminate the risk of an accidental fire starting. In fact, electrical fires are one of the most common types of home structure fire. Before departing on your trip, taking few basic safety measures at home can help you further reduce your risk of a fire.

  • Test your smoke detectors.
  • Unplug unused electronics and appliances.

Water Damage

Water damage is perhaps the most likely type of damage your property could sustain when you are away. It is also the second-most frequent loss that homeowners file claims for. With the unexpected Kansas summer storms and the always-unpredictable plumbing or appliance leak, help protect your home from water damage while you’re on vacation by making sure rainwater has a place to go and limiting the water supply for potential leaks.

  • Clear any debris out of your gutters.

Clogged gutters and blocked downspouts can cause water to seep into the roofline or foundation, potentially causing extensive damage and mold.

  • Turn off water at the source.

Shutting off the main water supply before you leave protects your property from substantial water damage in case something leaks while you are away. If you can’t turn off the main water supply, be sure to turn off the supply valves to key appliances and plumbing, especially washing machines, dishwashers, and ice makers.

Remember that our emergency line 316-684-6700 is always answered by one of the restoration professionals here at SERVPRO so we can give you advice specific to your situation. We are always Here to Help.

SERVPRO Provides Skunk Deodorization to Wichita Business

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

skunk Although skunks have very poor eyesight, they have excellent senses of smell and hearing.

SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita does more than just water, fire, and mold remediation. We also do different types of cleaning such as carpet, upholstery, biohazard, graffiti removal, and odor removal and deodorization. No job is too large with our access to the over  1,700 franchises located in the US we can call on them for help for your commercial restoration needs.

This job gets some very interesting calls, SERVPRO received a call last Tuesday that a skunk had made its way into a building and had started spraying all over! Skunks can accurately spray at a distance of up to 15 feet. While skunk spray does not lead to permanent damage, it sure is not a pleasant smell and can cause significant eye irritation and even temporary blindness. The skunk spray odor can linger for days or even months, depending on the amount released. In the restoration business a quick response is key, that is why we are Faster to Any Size Disaster! We immediately loaded up and headed to the business and got started on the job.  Our technicians are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors, and with access to several odor removal products our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."

We handle many kinds of jobs and would love to be your go-to restoration company. Save our number in your phone so you have our emergency contact number on file and never have to worry (316)684-6700.

Virtual Mold Inspections

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

facetime icon on iphone We can do our virtual mold inspections over Facetime, Facebook, Zoom, and many other avenues.

Since 2020 and the start of the Coronavirus, many businesses, schools, friends, and family’s communication has taken a big step towards going virtual. Many have moved to Zoom, Facetime, and Google Hangout, just to name a few. In the restoration business being a fast and first responder is imperative. What if we told you we could call you virtually and look at your possible mold problem and let you know within minutes what needs to happen next. You no longer have to move plans around, you no longer have to stress and worry until we arrive, heck you no longer have to put pants on! We can give you peace of mind by immediately seeing the problem area and answering any questions you might have right from your phone. 

Although we offer many services, virtual inspections are best done for mold concerns, since they are visible. If an additional inspection is required or you would like to move forward with the remediation process, we can schedule that over the call. No job is too big we offer this service for both your residential and commercial property.  Call us at (316) 684-6700 to schedule your virtual mold inspection.

Freezing Temperatures in Wichita KS and Your Pipes

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

map of cold spots in the united states A map of the maximum temperatures in the United States on February 15th, 2021.

In February of 2021, a significant cold outbreak spread throughout the mid United States on February 6th and lasted through February 18th. A cold outbreak of this severity has not affected the region since the 1980s! During this stretch, there were days where the high temperature did not make it out of the single digits. The average temperatures in Wichita during February are around 51 degrees for the high and 24 degrees for the low. In 2021 there were:

  • 12 consecutive days of temps below 32 in Wichita (ended 02/18). This was the longest stretch since 1983(18 days). Longest on record is 24 days in 1895.
  • 9 consecutive days of temps below 20 in Wichita (ended 02/16). This was the longest stretch since 1983(9 days). Longest on record is 11 days in 1899.
  • 3 consecutive days for Wichita with temps below zero (ended 02/16). This was the longest stretch since 1996. Longest stretch on record for Wichita is 8, back in 1983.

Weather like this can affect the pipes in your home if the correct precautions are not taken. The pipes that freeze most frequently according to the Red Cross are pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines. Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. As well as pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation. When pipes that contain water end up freezing the water expands and puts pressure on the pipe causing it to break.

During and after the February cold outbreak SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita saw a huge increase broken pipes caused by freezing.  A lot of times when a pipe breaks you have no idea so when the water thaws and you use your pipe again you now have a water/flood damage situation. That is where we come in.

There are many steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes, such as:

  • Putting insulation around your pipes.
  • Opening your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold-water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.
  • If you will be traveling during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

With the crazy and unpredictable weather that we Wichitans have grown accustomed to, storm damage can happen at any time, SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita is always available 24/7/365. Give us a call (316) 684-6700.

SERVPRO’S Professional Cleaning Products

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

bottle of servproxide SERVPROXIDE is designed to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and mold on hard surfaces.

One of the ways SERVPRO leads the restoration industry is by having our own in-house Chemists who create the SERVPRO products we use. We also consult them on which products to use in unfamiliar circumstances, they have the technical education and the experience they have gained working with the 1,700 other franchises. SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita is part of a much bigger SERVPRO family, and that gives us the ability to reach out to our wonderful restoration scientists. Our SERVPRO chemists have tested and put together recipes to handle just about every stain or smell you can think of!

Some of SERVPRO’s Most Often Used Cleaning Products:

  • SERVPROXIDE®
    • Designed to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and mold on hard surfaces. It is an effective sanitizer for soft surfaces, and it cleans away allergens and odors.
  • SERVPRO® Orange Plus
    • SERVPRO® Orange Plus is a boosted formula of our SERVPRO® Orange. It has a stronger orange aroma than the regular version, cuts through soot, dirt, and grease much easier without foaming and streaking. This boosted formula features both non-ionic and anionic surfactants which emulsifies difficult grease and protein-based soils, allowing for easy cleanup that saves time and labor costs.
  • Wall and All Plus
    • Wall and All Plus is a detergent cleaner that was formulated for the use of general cleaning to smoke damage restoration on any painted and washable surface. This formula utilizes a surfactant boosting system that does not raise the pH, provides less foam, streaking and residue for a superior clean.
  • Industrial Cleaner
    • Industrial Cleaner is an excellent heavy-duty cleaner formulated for removal of heavy grease and soils on various surface types.
  • Lemon Fresh Deodorizer
    • Lemon Fresh Deodorizer is a water-based concentrated odor counteractant. It is used to eliminate various offensive odors including smoke odor caused by
  • Vanquish
    • Vanquish is a one-step concentrated cleaner, broad-spectrum disinfectant, virucide, sanitizer, mildewstat, and deodorizer that has multiple uses on virtually any hard, non-porous surface. It cleans without abrasives and deodorizes by killing the microorganisms that cause offensive odors.
  • StainZap
    • StainZap is an oxygen-based product designed to effectively remove water-based organic stains and deodorize. It contains the same basic stain removing ingredients and cleaners that are found in other oxygen-based products, but at a higher level. It breaks up and effectively eliminates any odor causing molecules.

SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita has a wonderful team of professionals and technicians who have made the restoration process a SCIENCE!  

Prevent Fire Odors from Traveling Through Your Home

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Before and After This is the before and after of a fire cleanup job we did on this beautiful hand crafted furniture for one of our customers.

There are several actions we recommend a homeowner take immediately after a fire in their home or business. There is potential for airborne soot particles to travel throughout the home via foot traffic, air currents and the ductwork, this will create an odor throughout the house in places that maybe were not affected. When a loss like this happens the most important thing is your safety, once the property is safe to enter you can do the following to be proactive until SERVPRO can get on site to start the mitigation process: 

  • Turn off the HVAC
  • Turn off the electricity
  • Remove valuables and important papers
  • Close the doors to the fire loss area

What is the Best Way to Remove Fire Damage?

One thing you can do immediately after a loss is to bring in a professional restoration services company. SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita is 24 hours, 7 days a week. A small amount of fire loss can quickly become a large amount if the soot gets the opportunity to spread around the home. SERVPRO technicians will be out to give you an estimate and get started on restoring your property and belongings.  

It is not unusual to find different types of smoke residues in a single room requiring different removal applications. The wrong clean up approach can result in great damage, for example, if wet cleaning solutions get used on dry smoke, that can stain or embed it further into surfaces. When the mitigation efforts complete, the techs can inspect the ductwork to ensure there are no issues with smoke odors remaining. 

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita for your fire damage (316) 684-6700. We are available 24/7/365.

Cleaning up your business after flood damage and how SERVPRO can help.

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded building This flooded business called on SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita to help.

Running a business is not easy and having to worry about the “what if” just makes it harder. SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita can take the worry out of that question. If your business floods, call us to start restoration work as soon as possible. The sooner we can get out to your property the higher the chance that we will be able to restore and save more elements of the damage.  That is why we are 24 hour 7 days a week business, including holidays.

In the process of drying your property our trained technicians use many tools to inspect, dry and restore flood damage. In the inspection process we utilize tools such as:

  • Moisture meter: this can detect moisture in carpet which is useful because often the water goes further than you expect. By utilizing this tool we can find the borders of the water and plan our work accordingly and predict what furniture should be moved and where. 
  • Protimeter: we check your structure for moisture such as walls, cabinets, built ins or anything else which could be affected by water coming into. Often water can travel up materials and the walls will be wet above the height of the water.
  • Thermal Hygrometer: This instrument allows us to take readings on the temperature, humidity and Grains per Pound in your home. Using these measurements we can evaluate what needs to be done to get your home into optimum drying atmosphere.
  • Thermal camera: This is a great tool which can show us where water is using the temperature differential we observe in the camera. It is helpful when we need to locate water which might have gone in places you do not expect. 

We will respond immediately to the storm or flood event affecting your commercial property, regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises that can help us get the job done. One tool to protect your property is the Emergency Readiness Plan which we set-up with local businesses for free. Having one of these in place to protect your property has saved our customers thousands of dollars in the event of a loss. Learn more here!

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (316) 684-6700

How To Protect Your Home From Potential Fire Damage

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Wildfire Safety Helpful tips for fire safety near your home.

SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita is here to help in the event of almost any kind of loss you might have at your residential or commercial property, including a fire loss. However, it is very important to us here at SERVPRO that we provide you with the information to help prevent all kinds of losses from fire to water to mold. In this blog post we are giving you the best tips and tricks for fire prevention and safety when it comes to accidental outdoor fires. Learn before you burn this summer on camping trips, or in your backyard and when grilling outdoors near your home. Below are some tips to help you remain safe. For more fire tips visit the FEMA guide.

  • Make sure your 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.
  • Remove combustible litter on roofs and gutters.
  • Trim tree branches that overhang the roof and chimney.
  • Eliminate all combustible materials within 30 feet of your home.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today (316) 684-6700