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What Is Mold? An Overview

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Black mold has long been regarded as the bane of property owners, and with good reason. Mold cleanup is a chore that no one wants to deal with, but of course it must be handled properly for the health of those who occupy the property. A moisture problem in the space doesn’t have to equal a mold problem though, if you understand how mold works. 

Time and Space

Mold growth is fast in the right conditions. It only takes 48-72 hours for mold to become a serious problem in a damp and warm space. Standing water isn’t a requirement; mold can flourish in any indoor space with higher-than-usual humidity. For best prevention, keep your indoor humidity below 45 percent. 

Signs of Mold Growth

Unseen dangers are often the worst kind. Even if you don’t see evidence of black  on your walls, floors, or ceilings, you may smell it if it is present. Mold generally gives off a thick, musty odor that is fairly recognizable to most. If you smell mold but you can’t see it, you may have colonies hidden 
behind drywall or under carpeting.

Tips To Handle It

There are a few things you should do immediately upon suspicion of a problem, along with a few things you should not do:

Stay out of any area where you see or smell mold. Mold can travel easily through the air and even hitch a ride on your clothing. Leave the mold cleanup to a professional who is trained in handling it.
Reduce the airflow in your space by turning off the HVAC system and fans. Keeping the mold stationary will help to mitigate the problem. 
Don’t attempt to dry out the area on your own. Specialized equipment will alleviate a moisture problem more quickly and safely than you can yourself. Avoid blowing air across any surfaces that you suspect may contain mold. 
Avoid touching the mold with anything, even disinfectants. Mold should be handled by a professional in order to eliminate the chance of spreading it further. 
Don’t delay in calling a qualified professional to handle the problem.

You can contact SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore at (816) 884-2240.

Broken supply line to fridge.

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Broken supply line to fridge. Tent contained drying wood floor with MAT System.

A supply line to upstairs fridge broke and leak thru floor and sub-floor filtering to basement.  The floors upstairs were hard wood and to keep them from cupping and crowning the crew laid down a water extraction mat system, they are use to speed the drying process and to prevent further damage to the hardwood floors.  We also used a containment tent to attach to air movers and dehumidifiers to dry affected area quickly to preserve the hardwood floors to be finished at a later time. The crew also had to build a containment area in basement to dry the floor from the bottom up and to prevent further damage from the water loss.This helped in drying floor and sub-floor. SERVPRO made it "Like it never even happened."

Frozen Pipes and Roof Repair

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm damage hits residential and commercial buildings roofs the hardest. A roof leak makes you experience water damage inside the house following damage from a wind storm or hail.  A home remediation company like SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Ramore will not only secure the damaged area we will provide storm restoration services and provide water damage clean up services.  Storm remediation  structures are necessary to avoid future flooding that only a flood pump can remove. 

Another potential loss is from ice dam effects, snow, and freezing temperatures causing  frozen pipes amount to approximately $1.2 billion annually. 

A few things you can do to prevent this from happening to you is :

*Make sure all outside hoses are removed from water faucets.

*Put outside insulation covers on faucets.

*On really cold nights leave a trickle of water running in sinks.

If you experience any water damage please give us a call at (816)-884-2240.

Our SERVPRO when she was brand new.

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

General Our SERVPRO when she was brand new. Owners RC and Ann Julian when they first started SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore. We have come a long way.

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore opened it's doors on 4/1/2013, with owners RC and Ann Julian and one other employee.  Now at the end of 2017 we are staffed with 10 employees and growing.

This summer the Cass County area and beyond had two major storms one in July and the next one almost a month to the day. This put our young crew to the test of helping our customers deal with flooding and major losses with caring and professionalism and fast drying services and clean up. We are growing as a team and we are proud to serve you when you need us.

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore,is ready to serve you 24/7/365 in the event of a disaster to make it "Like it never even happened."

Two storms in two months.

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Two storms in two months. Kansas City area had two storms in two months. Houses and businesses flooded that hadn't flooded in 20 plus years.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (816)-884-2240.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore.

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Our IICRC certification

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

General Our IICRC certification We did it we got our IICRC certification !!

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore has been  IICRC, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification approved. The IICRC sets the gold standards for the Cleaning and Remediation industry, of which SERVPRO is an industry leader. The following is from the IICRC official website (

”IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the cleantrust logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

"IICRC Certified Firms must:

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

"The IICRC actively pursues relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC-certified service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.”

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore is honored to count it among the select organizations to receive this certification. We will continue to offer the same standard of excellence that you have come to expect, but now we have the IICRC stamp of approval to back that up. 

Smoke and Soot Clean-up

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Clean-up Dry and wet smoke on this portable heater.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (816) 884-2440

Flooded motel due to broken sprinkler in Clinton, Mo

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Flooded motel due to broken sprinkler in Clinton, Mo SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore. Our fleet was on the job within an hour!

Broken sprinkler head flooded several rooms in the middle of the night. 

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.

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore 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. 

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore arrived on site within an hour to begin drying process and get things cleaned up.

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore is available 24/7 for all your mitigation needs.  Just call us at (816)-884-2240.

Two Time Flooded Basement

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Two Time Flooded Basement Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Harrisonville/ Belton/Raymore for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (816) 884-8840

When Storms or Floods hit Cass County

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Cass County Photo Caption: Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore.

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore  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.

Faster Response

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 Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (816) 884-2240