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The Difference Between Storm and Flood Damage
With the rainy season beginning in Lee's Summit, MO, it’s important to understand the difference between storm and flood damage so you can protect your commercial property appropriately. Two key differences can help you prepare your property ahead of time and understand what you can do now to prevent extensive damage.
1. Storm Damage Is Not Exclusively Due to Water
Property damage resulting from a storm is all encompassing. Yes, there tend to be rain and flood watches during storms, but there are other concerns that should be on your radar. Wind gusts can pose a threat to the structure, particularly when there are strong gales that are seen in tornadoes and hurricanes. High winds can also result in flying debris, toppled trees and structural damage in more serious cases.
Ensuring that windows are boarded and trees are planted a reasonable distance from the structure are smart practices to help prevent damage due to a storm. Also, routinely checking the roof and HVAC system to make sure they are sealed properly can prevent future storm damage as well.
2. Flood Damage Is Not Exclusively Due to a Storm
Commercial property owners tend to associate flooding with heavy rain storms. While those storms can play a large role in flood issues, there are other instances where floods can damage the office space. The plumbing can be a common culprit, so ensuring all pipe work is in the best possible shape and having proper sealants on pipes can help you avoid these types of flood hazards. Water damage from a flood can result in ruined carpeting and weakened floors or walls if the water stands for an extended period.
Understanding the difference between storm and flood damage will help you know all the risks your commercial property may face, as well as how to prepare. If your commercial space in Lee's Summit, MO, does ever suffer harm from floods or storms, contact restoration professionals to make your space like new.
What You Need To Know About Black Water
If your home has experienced serious flooding, you’re probably facing extensive water damage. Flood water is considered black water, which means you will need to call in experienced remediation specialists in Lee's Summit, MO, who understand the best practices for restoration to handle the cleanup. This is because black water poses a serious threat.
What Is Black Water?
During a flood, sewers and toilets can overflow, pipes can burst and flood waters can pick up any number of contaminants as they flow through an area. This contamination with feces, urine and other dangerous pollutants are what make flood water “black.” Any stagnant water that has been around long enough to support the growth of harmful bacterial is also considered black.
Why Is It Dangerous?
Contaminated flood water carries dangerous bacteria that can cause humans and animals to become sick. This can occur from accidentally swallowing water or having it come into contact with small wounds or scratches. This includes the flood water saturating possessions after the bulk of the flooding has receded, which is why you should not attempt your own water damage cleanup. Diseases that can be caused by black water include the following:
What Should You Do About It?
Because flood water is considered black water, you shouldn’t attempt to clean your own home after a serious flood. Contact a professional remediation service in Lee's Summit, MO, to handle it for you. After its representatives have assessed the situation, they will begin the process of extracting the remaining water, disinfecting your home and drying it out with industrial equipment. It’s critical this process happens quickly to avoid irreversible damage and mold growth.
When you’re facing water damage after a flood, don’t endanger your family’s health by trying to clean it up yourself. Hire a trained professional who has the knowledge and specialized equipment to handle the damage safely and effectively.
Pet Storm Preparedness
Don't let your pet be unprepared.
Pet Storm tips from SERVPRO of Lee's Summit -
Did you know that almost all dog and cat owners don't have disaster plans for their pets? SERVPRO of Lee's Summit urges you to make sure this isn’t you.
You made a disaster kit for yourself and family, so make one for your pet. This includes medical records and medication, food and water with can openers, leashes, and carriers.
- Keep pets inside during a storm. Animals can become confused and run away from home during a disaster.
- Arrange a safe haven for you and your pets during evacuation. Do not leave pets behind.
- Store an emergency kit—with items such as pet food, bottled water, medical records, a blanket, a flashlight and leashes—as close to an exit as possible.
- Make sure all pets wear collars and tags.
- Have your pet microchipped in case of a lost collar.
- Place a rescue alert sticker to your front home to let rescuers know that there are pets inside.
- Choose a caregiver to take care of your pet in the event you are unable to.
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Remediating Flood Damage
When your home is flooded, SERVPRO is the company to quickly call for drying out services. We will dry out your carpet and assess the pad underneath.
SERVPRO Technicians Systematically Dry Out Your Carpet to Try and Save the Pad Underneath
Storms around the Lee's Summit area are usually calm enough for the drains and area creeks and rivers to handle. When they are severe enough to generate floods, every home in their path is affected to one point or another.
Unless the water generated is massive, most Lee's Summit flood damage restoration efforts center around drying the carpets. SERVPRO technicians attempt to use in-place drying for carpets if possible and remove most of this water by extraction.
Our teams start the process with specialized equipment that pushes into the carpet and squeezes the water out through an extraction wand. They first remove water from the center of the room and then move the furniture either to the center or remove it completely from the affected area before starting. Once they finish the center, the teams begin extracting water from around the perimeter of the room in sections of 10 square feet or smaller.
After our teams complete one pass over the affected room, an inspector or team leader carefully lifts up one corner of the carpet and examines the pad. If he can squeeze water out of it, the restoration team repeats the extraction process until no more water squeezes out of the pad. They do this as quickly as possible since carpet pads rapidly deteriorate if underwater too long.
If the inspector sees that deterioration has started, he recommends removing and replacing the pad immediately. In-place extraction takes longer to remove water, but it can cost less in labor since time is not wasted by detaching the carpet and removing it from the affected rooms.
Once the team completes extraction, SERVPRO uses a combination of dehumidifiers and air movers to remove moisture in the surrounding air and to dry both the underside and the surface of the carpet. These devices working together can return a room to its pre-flood condition in just a day or two.
Drying carpets are one of the processes SERVPRO of Lee's Summit uses to return homes to a dry, safe condition. If you are dealing with any recent or older flooding, contact us today at (816) 246-5566 to schedule an inspection. We are here to help.
Lee's Summit Flood Damage Technicians Explain How Moisture Can Effect Wood Floors
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SERVPRO Removes Water to Mitigate Damages After Storms in the Lee's Summit Area
Excessive moisture can affect various materials inside your Lee's Summit condo differently. When drying various substances, it helps to know how water acts when it comes into contact with the particular item. Wood floors get affected by moisture in primarily the same fashion every time. Grasping how the flooring reacts when it gets wet aids our SERVPRO technicians in the water removal process.
How wood floors behave when they get saturated depends on several factors including the amount of moisture and how long the materials have been wet. When mitigating flood damage problems in Lee's Summit that take place after a severe thunderstorm, permeance and exposure time are the two significant variables determining the amount of damage to the floorboards. Permeance refers to how easily water vapor passes through a material. Exposure time refers to how long material was in contact with moisture, allowing for continued wicking into the wood grains.
When materials stay in contact with water for an extended period, the typical problems associated with moisture damage can get much worse. All wood naturally contains a small amount of moisture. As more water soaks into the wood, it expands. When wood expands warping is likely. Buckling can also occur at the joints where the floor pieces come together. The longer the wood floor stays in contact with water, the worse the buckling issues can become.
If water stays inside the wood, buckling can become permanent and remain after the floors are dried out. In some cases, buckling can be fixed by sanding down and refinishing the floors. In other situations, the floor's buckling is so severe that the wood floor must be pulled up and replaced.
How the water comes into contact with the wooden flooring can also affect how the wood reacts to being wet. When moisture gets absorbed from the bottom and sides of the wood floor, the edges of the floor pieces slightly raise or "cup." Cupping can often be fixed by sanding down the floors. When the top of the wood holds more moisture than the sides and the bottom crowning can take place. Crowning makes the wood arch creating a bowed shape in the middle. Crowning usually happens when the bottom of the wood gets dried too much and too quickly. In most cases, crowning cannot be repaired by sanding and refinishing, and the flooring materials must get removed and replaced.
Rapidly drying, but controlled and monitored, wood flooring materials after a storm hits town is the best way to prevent buckling, cupping, and crowning. Our SERVPRO technicians always closely monitor moisture levels within the wood during the drying process so that over-drying does not occur. Anytime you need help removing water from wood floors after a severe thunderstorm or flooding, call SERVPRO of Lee's Summit at (816) 246-5566.
The Storm has Passed but are YOU in the Clear?
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Here in the midwest, we get anxious when tornado season comes around. Severe storms come through your life fast and turn it upside down.
Make your mind at ease with a few of these tips to stay safe after the storm has passed.
Your first instinct after a storm is to go outside and see what the damage is, DO NOT do that. There could be broken glass and other sharp objects that you can’t see.
If you smell gas, make sure you find the main gas line, if possible, and shut it off. If you can’t turn it off then call the gas company immediately.
If you see a power line on the ground, wait until help gets there. They could be energized and very dangerous.
If there are people depending on you, kids or elders, then you must stay calm. They look to you for peace and if you start to freak out then it will just cause more chaos.
Be prepared; if you have notice that a severe storm is coming, take precautions and pack a bag of necessities.
Also, know how your insurance policies work. A few questions you may ask yourself is:
- Is my vehicle covered for storm-related damage?
- Will my insurance rates go up because of storm damage?
- How do I file a claim for storm-related damage?
- What if I can’t tell if the damage is more than my deductible?
We hope you don’t go through a sever storm, but if you do we hope that your are prepared.
Preparing Your Home and Car for the Blast of Winter Cold
Always be PREPARED!
If you live in the Midwest, you know the drill. Four to five months of heavy clothes, seeing your breath and generally freezing outside. Sometimes even elsewhere, Old Man Winter stops in for an unexpected visit. But beyond the inconvenience and discomfort, a winter storm or other severe weather conditions can cause real damage. So it's important to think about winter preparedness.
Protecting your home is vital. A frozen water pipe can burst and flood your house or basement. An ice dam in your gutter can cause water to seep into and saturate an interior wall. And then there’s your car. Making sure it’s prepped to face winter’s worst is just as critical. After all, what would happen if a blizzard stranded you in your car?
Some winter weather tips to help you get through a severe stretch of cold:
- Stay indoors during the storm.
- Walk carefully on snowy, icy walkways.
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. It’s a serious workout, and going at it too hard can bring on a heart attack − a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
- Stay dry. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits the cold rapidly.
Prepare your home
Some tips to brace your home for a winter storm:
- Clean out the gutters, disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
- Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
- Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbor's. (Avoid liability for the latter.)
- Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
- Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
- If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it.
- Have a contractor check your roof to see if it would sustain the weight of a heavy snowfall.
- Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents.
- During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
- If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the water system.
- Avoid ice dams – where water from melted snow refreezes in the gutters and seeps in under the roof, soaking interior walls. Here’s how:
- Ventilate your attic.
- Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.
- Consider having a water-repellent membrane installed under your roof covering.
Prepare your car
Prepare your car for treacherous conditions and extremely cold temperatures – and know what to do if you find yourself stranded in a vehicle. When the temperatures start to drop:
- Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive, travel during the day.
- Don’t travel alone. Keep others informed of your schedule.
- Stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
- Top off antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, gas, oil and other fluids.
- Make sure your tires have enough tread. Consider snow tires.
- Keep bagged salt or sand in the trunk for extra traction and to melt ice.
- Clear snow from the top of the car, headlights and windows.
- Save the numbers for your auto club, insurance agent and towing service into your cell phone.
- Keep a cold-weather kit in your trunk. It should include a blanket or sleeping bag, gloves, hard candy, bottled water, folding shovel, first aid kit, flashlight and cell phone charger.
Dangers of Flash Flooding
If flooding does occur in your area, listen to and adhere to weather alerts and warnings and know your risk!
Flooding is the number #1 weather related cause of death, with majority of those deaths caused by flash flooding. Flash flooding is when there is a large amount of rain that comes down within minutes or hours. Other causes can be heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane, tropical storm, or melt water from ice or snow flowing over ice sheets or snowfields.
If flooding does occur in your area, please remember
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for current and forecasted conditions in your area.
- If flooding begins in your area, go to higher ground immediately.
- When driving, always be aware that the road bed under flood waters may be severely damaged. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Remember that it takes only two feet of water to carry away a vehicle, including pickups and SUVs.
- When walking, do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Remember that it takes only six inches of rushing water to knock an adult off his feet.
- If your vehicle stalls, get out immediately and go to higher ground.
- Be extra cautious at night, when it is harder to see possible flood dangers.
- These four words could save your life: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.
When it comes to water damage from flooding, safety is the number one priority. When you can insure the safety of your family and conditions have improved, that is when to call in the professionals and assess damage. Our SERVPRO team is ready for whatever happens.
Storm Preparation: Are You and Your Family Ready?
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When the weatherman says take cover because there’s a hurricane on its way, the last thing you need to worry about is storm preparation. A little effort now, before disaster strikes, can bring peace of mind and yield big savings in the future. Here are some tips to help you plan ahead, so that you won’t have to face storms unprepared.
- Check your insurance policy to make sure it reflects the present state of your home. Think about adding flood insurance, as well as coverage for extra living expenses in case you are unable to stay in your home immediately after a storm.
- Making a home inventory is a critical component of storm preparation since it will make filing a claim easier and save time. Document the contents with a video camera or some other inventory tool. Retain receipts for any valuable items and consider getting separate coverage for these.
- Make an emergency supply kit containing basic survival items. This should include a 2-week supply of water and non-perishable, ready to eat food for each member of the family, as well as pets. If you need to evacuate your home, you’ll want a three-day supply of the same.
- Storm preparation must also include an evacuation plan.
- Gather important documents to take with you – for example, personal ID or driver’s license, insurance policies, social security cards, marriage and birth certificates, etc.
Contact our emergency restoration specialists at SERVPRO when fire or water damage occurs in your business or home. We’ll start your journey to a full recovery with our vast experience and state-of-the-art equipment, and we’ll work with your insurance company.
Storm Damage? NO problem for SERVPRO of Lee's Summit
We will have your business back up and running as quickly as possible!
When Lee's Summit businesses suffer serious damage after storm events, SERVPRO of Lee's Summit will work around the clock to clean up any debris and to restore the property to pre-storm conditions. We understand that commercial storm damage can be very costly in terms of productivity; that is why it is always our goal to get your business back up and running as quickly and as seamlessly as possible.
We Have the Resources to Handle Large Commercial Storm Damage
When a storm hits Lee's Summit, we can scale our resources to handle large-loss commercial restoration projects. We have access to equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,600 Franchises across the country.
If you business is ever damaged by sever floods or storms, call us right away 816-246-5566. Disaster can strike when we lease expect it, but SERVPRO of Lee's Summit will be there to help you weather the storm.
SERPVRO Professionals are the Storm Damage Experts
We are ready to deal with any size storm damage! Call today!
Quick Response and High Standards Will Leave you Satisfied after Remediation
When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great.
Storm damage in Lee's Summit can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “like it never even happened.”
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, we also restore your and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling.
Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Lee's Summit. Call 816-246-5566 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.
Storm Damage Can Happen Anywhere!
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According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:
- Flash Flooding
- River Flooding
- Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
- Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
- Ice/Debris Jams
- Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
- Dam Breaks/Levee Failure
Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).
When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® Lee’s Summit Professionals can help. They can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible.
Your local SERVPRO® Lee’s Summit Professionals are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
When Storms or Floods hit Lee's Summit, SERVPRO is ready!
When storms hit Lee's Summit, we are here to help!
SERVPRO of Lee's Summit specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Lee's Summit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,800 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
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SERVPRO of Lee's Summit / Raytown / East Kansas City helps storm victims on the East Coast.
Large ice dam in Boston!
SERVPRO of Lee's Summit / Raytown / East Kansas City is proud to be a storm team member for all 4 of the SERVPRO storm teams. Recently SERVPRO of Lee's Summit / Raytown / East Kansas City spent over a month in Washington DC and the Boston area helping victims of burst pipes and ice dams. Traveling for the storm teams is very hard work with no time off and back-to-back 12-16 hours days. Our crews were able to help more than 30 families and businesses get their lives back together, and that is the greatest part about doing storm work. Each storm event is different, but the one thing that remains the same is the appreciation of the customer when they know that help has arrived!