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5 Things to Know About Fire Sprinklers

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Automatic ceiling Fire Sprinkler at the Office Most businesses in Belton, MO, have a fire sprinkler system of some kind

5 Things to Know About Fire Sprinklers

Most businesses in Belton, MO, have a fire sprinkler system of some kind. This suppression system can be an important tool for fire safety. As such, there are a few things you may want to know about your sprinkler system.

1. What Type It Is

There are several types of systems you can choose from so it’s important to know which system you would like installed in your business. These include wet, dry, Pre-action, deluge, and foam systems.

2. How It Works

The various fire suppression types can work in different ways so it’s important to understand your chosen system type. Most sprinkler heads activate only when they are exposed to heat, but some put out water, other chemical suppressants, and some foam.

3. How It’s Installed

In many cases a fire sprinkler system will be installed while the building is being built, although it is possible to install them in a renovation. A specially licensed contractor will need to conduct the installation to make sure it is done according to both local regulations and NFPA codes.

4. Where It’s Located

Most sprinkler systems require them to be placed on the ceiling or in a system that runs along it. They will also need to be unobstructed to ensure proper functionality.

5. Can It Trigger Accidentally

It’s unlikely that a sprinkle will trigger accidentally. However, if it does you can contact a local restoration service to conduct the fire sprinkler cleanup. These services can also help if there is a fire.
Knowing these things about your business's fire sprinkler system can help you know what to expect in an emergency. You should have an idea of where your sprinklers are located as well as what kind of suppression methods they utilize. Your system shouldn’t trigger accidentally but if it does, or in the case of a fire, a local restoration service can help.

Preparing the Exterior of Your Commercial Building for a Hurricane

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of the exterior of a building Commercial building in Harrisonville, MO

Preparing the Exterior of Your Commercial Building for a Hurricane

When the meteorologist is calling for a hurricane to make landfall in or near Harrisonville, MO, you want to make sure that your commercial building is ready for anything. Working proactively throughout the year to keep your building maintained will minimize risk once the storm blows in. Performing exterior maintenance one more time just before the hurricane hits is one way to ensure that everything that can be done has been done. Make sure to complete these three steps when preparing the exterior of your building for a hurricane’s arrival.

1. Trim Tree Limbs
Any overhanging, loose or dead tree limbs should be cut back. A fallen branch can damage the roof, possibly even puncturing the membrane. Windows could be shattered by an out of control branch. Loose or falling tree limbs can also become projectiles in heavy winds damaging nearby properties or even injuring people.

2. Remove Potential Projectiles
One of the most important types of exterior maintenance is making sure that potential projectiles are put away or secured. This is not only important for your own property but could potentially affect other properties around your building. Signs, displays, trashcans, tables and chairs are no match when it comes to hurricane-force winds. You will also want to make sure that any parts of the building that are loose that could tear away in high winds are taken care of, such as loose siding, shingles, etc.

3. Clean Gutters, Downspouts and Drains
Make sure that gutters, downspouts and drains are clear of leaves and debris. Water flow and drainage are very important to avoid flooding during heavy rains.
Taking proactive steps in the form of exterior maintenance may not mean that there will be no hurricane damage. However, keeping your building maintained will always pay off in the long run. If your commercial building sustains storm damage be sure to get a building inspection and call on storm cleanup professionals to get it back up to code.

An Overview of Secondary Damage

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Broken water line and wall with mold growth Broken water line leaded to secondary damage to a Belton, MO home

An Overview of Secondary Damage

The thought of dealing with a flood in your Belton, MO, home is probably one of the last things you'd want to imagine. At the least, this incident would cause inconvenience. In the worst circumstances, a flood could cause devastation. Sometimes, the initial wave of water itself isn't the biggest concern. You also have to think about the damage that comes later. Issues such as black mold can develop, which is why it's crucial to clean up any water as soon as possible.

Initial Problems

The immediate effects of a flood can be severe. When water infiltrates your home, you risk losing electronics, furniture, clothing, documents and carpet to over-saturation of water. Your first responses to seeing water in your home should be:

  • Unplug electronics.
  • Remove materials and items from the flooded area.
  • Call a professional water cleanup company.

The Next Wave of Damage
In the days and weeks after the flood, something known as secondary damage can occur. If the water remains in the home too long, or if the area isn't properly dried and sanitized, fungi can grow on the floors, walls and ceiling of your house. One of the most common types of fungus is black mold, which can grow rapidly in moist conditions. Rotting wood is another concern. When the building materials of your house become saturated with water, the wood can become weakened and threaten the structural integrity.

Preventing Secondary Damage
You may not be able to prevent a flood in every occasion, but you can stop the damage that happens afterward. It's important to get rid of the water and thoroughly dry all affected areas as soon as possible. Mold spores thrive in high humidity. A professional crew will use fans and dehumidifiers to make sure there is no moisture left in your house.
Just because you soak up the standing water after a flood doesn't mean you won't see black mold or other damage. With the help of a professional crew, you can avoid additional concerns.

3 Things To Know About Black Mold

11/29/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold damage in a wall Severe mold damage in a Harrisonville, MO home

3 Things To Know About Black Mold

If you’re facing a potential mold cleanup in your, Harrisonville, MO, home, you may have some concern about black mold. Fortunately, a local mold remediation service can answer your questions. Here are three things to understand about this type of mold and what makes it different from many other molds that can be found in the home.

1. What It Is

All molds are fungi. This means that they grow by secreting enzymes into the area around them and then absorbing the resulting nutrients. The fungi then generates spores which will spread until a full mold colony is formed. They generally prefer humid and dim conditions, and can grow anywhere there's damp organic material. Mold can range in color from pale grey or green to black, but not all dark colored molds are black molds

2. How It’s Different

There are a few differences between black mold and other kinds that may be found in the home. The first is that not all molds release mycotoxins which creates the toxicity that this type of mold is known for. This type of mold also required wet material to grow and must have access to such for 72 hours minimum, followed by continued moisture. It most often grows after major water damage or flooding which is part of why it’s important to repair water damage as soon as possible.

3. Who To Call

If you have any kind of mold in your home it’s best to contact a mold remediation service. These professionals can perform tests which may then tell you the exact type of mold that’s in your home. From there the service can make plans to begin the mold removal process. These professionals may also be able to help with water damage problems.
Just because a mold is black in color does not mean it’s black mold. It’s important to let your remediation professional determine what type of mold you do have, and to take the steps they recommend for remediation.

3 Alternatives to Burning Candles

11/24/2019 (Permalink)

Battery powered candle in bathroom on the bath tub Battery-operated and fashioned to look like traditional candles

Candles Without the Risk of Fires

Candles have gone from special occasion decor to everyday centerpieces in many American homes. Yet in homes where there are pets or small children, the risks of burning candles often outweigh the benefits. Not to worry - if you love the look or scent of these attractive decorations, but can’t risk a candle fire in your Belton, MO, home, there are many alternatives. Here are just a few.

Why Not Burn Candles?

Whether burned for holidays, religious observances or simply for ambiance, candles bring an undeniable allure to the home. Yet for all their beauty, candles don’t come without a few risks. Fire safety experts estimate that:

  • About 23 home candle-related fires occur every day in America
  • Roughly 3 percent of home fire deaths are related to candles

Perhaps most sobering is that nearly a quarter of home candle fires involve unsupervised children. That alone can make many homeowners wary of burning candles. But what are their other options?

Flameless Candles

Battery-operated and fashioned to look like traditional candles, flameless candles have become an extremely popular option in situations where open flames are not a good idea.

Wax Warmers

If the scent rather than the soft glowing light is what draws you to candles, wax warmers can be an easy alternative. These devices work by using an electronic heat source to gently warm scented wax.

String Lights

If the soft lighting of candles is what you’re after, string lights are a safe option. Also called fairy lights, these strands feature tiny light bulbs that give off just enough light. They’re powered by batteries or electricity, so you don’t have the risk of candles.
Unfortunately, candles aren’t always ideal in homes with pets, children or other high risk factors for candle fires. Try one of the above for the look of candles without the risk of fires, smoke cleanup and other headaches.

Preparing Your Business for Winter Storms

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Snowstorm, snow-covered street and cars Winter storm in Harrisonville, MO

Inclement weather can hit at any time, but it is especially expected during winter. As a business owner in Harrisonville, MO, it's crucial to stay aware of weather conditions and have winter storm preparedness plans in place. Here are some tips for getting your building and your business plans winter-ready before severe weather hits.

Keep Tabs on the Weather

One key to protecting your business against severe weather is prevention. A combination of watching the weather closely and keeping up with regular inspections and maintenance of your space can save you a lot of trouble. Keep roofs, windows, doors, drains, and plumbing systems up to code. Check these areas closely before a period of severe weather and address any necessary repairs. If you anticipate a winter storm, take care to watch its path and prepare your building for potential storm damage.

Keep Employees Informed

If the weather forecasts show a likely blast, prepare your employees accordingly. If your business can run while they work from home, prepare them for this. If your business can't operate remotely, you may need to shut it down for the duration of the storm. If shutting down is also not an option, you can create a team of essential employees and offer to put them house them in a nearby hotel so they can get to work safely. Whatever you decide, communication with your employees is crucial.

Keep Emergency Contacts Handy

Even the most prepared business can succumb to nature's will. Keep yourself organized and have the contact information for local authorities, preferred insurance providers, and professional water damage restoration technicians at the ready. Store their numbers in your phone and write them down, as well. In the event of an emergency, such as a pipe break, accessing this information easily can feel like a lifeline.
Nobody is immune to the effects of a winter storm. With some diligence, you can minimize the damage, and with the right team of professionals, you can get your business back up and running fast.

Cleaning up Sewage Water

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Toilet and sewer water on the floor Sewer damage in a Belton, MO bathroom

While any type of water damage in your Belton, MO, home is unpleasant, a sewer backup brings its own unique woes. Along with being a dirty job, sewer cleanup means that contaminated water has infiltrated your home. Cleaning it goes beyond just mopping it up.

Types of Water

There are three types of water that can make their way into the home.

  • Clean Water – Water directly from a water source such as supply line or faucet.
  • Gray Water – This is water that has some relatively harmless contamination such as from washing machines, flooded toilet that has no waste or a dishwasher.
  • Black Water – Microbes, sewage and harsh chemicals have tainted this type of water. If the problem is from flooding, it should be considered this type since it traveled through various environments to reach your home.

Cleanup Expectations

When it comes to sewer cleanup, safety precautions need to be taken. In many cases, contacting a professional to assist with the problem will ensure it is done properly. During the cleanup process, extra steps are needed to ensure the home is free of contaminants.

Personal protection gear should be worn to avoid contact with possible contaminants. This includes rubber gloves and boots, eye protection and a face mask.
Block off the flooded area to avoid it spreading to other areas of the house.
Sewage water should be eliminated as quickly as possible. The best ways include a pump or filtered wet vacuum.
Soil and debris affected should bagged and thrown away, as well as any saturated carpeting, rugs, insulation and other porous materials.
Personal belongings should be sorted and taken out of the home. While some items may be salvageable, some will likely have to be thrown away such as an food or items that can’t be washed.
Once everything is removed, let the area thoroughly dry. Along with opening windows, if possible, use fans.
Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize. Any area of the home that has been touched by black water needs to be cleaned with bacterial cleansers.

Sewer cleanup is not a fun job, but it is necessary to ensure your home gets back to normal.

How To Prevent and Recover From a Clothes Dryer Fire

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Dryer lint filter has been pulled out and has been cleaned to prevent fires A lint fire caused by your dryer can be prevented

Ways You Can Properly Maintain Your Dryer in Order to Prevent a Fire

While smoking materials are the greatest cause of residential fire deaths each year, it’s surprising to learn that, according to the United States Fire Administration, clothes dryer fires cause an estimated 2,900 fires annually in residential buildings. Many individuals fail to recognize the importance of maintaining their clothes dryer. Here are some ways you can properly maintain your dryer in order to prevent a fire.

Prevention

No one wants to experience the devastating effects of a fire. While most individuals are aware of how to prevent fires caused by smoking, cooking, and lighting candles, many people are ignorant of how to prevent a fire caused by a dryer. Here are some things you should do to prevent a dryer fire:

  • Have your dryer installed by a professional. This ensures proper installation.
  • Wipe the lint filter clean after each cycle.
  • Check behind the dryer for lint accumulation and that the venting system isn’t bent or crushed.
  • Make sure your outdoor vent is protected from weather elements.
  • Ensure that the cover for your vent opens when the machine is operating.
  • Snake the dryer exhaust periodically. This ensures clear ductwork and decreases your chance of a lint fire.

Recovery

If you or someone you know have experienced a fire caused by a clothes dryer, there is help available. Because fires can cause significant damage, they necessitate professional help. Work with fire restoration specialists to get your home smoke-free. There are several steps a professional will take to restore your home:

  • Inspection
  • Boarding up compromised windows and doors
  • Removing smoke and soot from all surfaces
  • Cleaning
  • Restoring walls, paint and carpet

A lint fire caused by your dryer can be prevented. Take the necessary steps to properly clean and maintain your clothes dryer. If you’ve experienced a dryer fire, work with restoration specialists in Harrisonville, MO, to get your home clean again quickly and safely.

How To Keep Your Toilets Healthy in a Commercial Building

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Clogged toilet A clogged toilet in a Belton, MO building

How To Avoid a Clogged Toilet?

Some of the most important amenities of any commercial building in Belton, MO, are the toilets. Although they serve a vital function, they are often overlooked. What can you do to avoid a clogged toilet and keep them in good working order?

What Goes In

Toilet paper can be a source of clogging if too much is used. In a business or commercial building it's hard to keep on top of everyone's toilet paper use. One way to ease this pressure is to buy thin toilet paper. This solution can be a lot cheaper than thick, name-brand toilet paper, as well. You should also make sure to communicate that things other than toilet paper should not be flushed down the toilet- if it gets clogged, you could end up with a bathroom full of sewage.

What Comes Out

If water or sewage is coming back out of the toilet, you may have a problem. There are several issues that could be at play:

  • Clogged toilet
  • Leaking water line
  • Cracked bowl
  • Improperly sealed footing

These types of problems can get worse if left alone. They can also cause water damage. In addition to a plumber, you may consider calling in a water damage remediation specialist to return your bathroom to its original state.

What Sticks Around

Changing the behavior of bathroom visitors can go a long way to prevent toilet overflow. Providing multiple labeled waste receptacles, especially for things such as feminine products, can help to reduce the amount of material that is flushed down the pipes. You can also put up signage to point these out and to state what should not be going in the toilet.
A clogged toilet can leave visitors or employees of your building with a bad impression. Keeping your bathrooms clean and functional should be a top priority of your maintenance crew. A few preventative measures can make a big difference.

Saving Your Belongings From Mold

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Furniture with mold Furniture with mold

Saving Your Belongings From Mold

A flood in your home can be traumatic, especially as you and your family sort through what’s left and get on with your life. Mold cleaning is just one of the issues you may face in the aftermath of water damage in Harrisonville, MO. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to saving your belongings.

Toss It or Treat It?

When things get wet, they can get moldy. Most people’s first impulse is to throw everything away, but that is not always necessary. Mold remediation may work with some items, such as the following:

  • Upholstered items – couches, chairs, ottomans
  • Fabrics – draperies, clothing, bedding
  • Surfaces – walls, woodwork, bookcases, tables, counters, cupboards
  • Sentimental items – books, photographs, paintings, figurines
  • Electronics – televisions, audio equipment, computers

What Will the Cleaning Process Involve?

Mold cleaning for hard surfaces usually involves spraying with a disinfectant, wiping the item and leaving it in the sun, if possible. Upholstered furniture is often cleaned with a foaming cleaner that is vacuumed off, depending upon the severity of the mold damage. Items that can be wet or dry cleaned include curtains, clothes, blankets, sheets and pillows.

Cleaning of electronics can be tricky, but the most important thing is to get them out of the damp environment as soon as possible, and to refrain from turning them on. The company you hire can advise you on whether or not the items can be cleaned or should be replaced.

Can It Be Saved?

The most difficult decision in these situations is what to do about keepsakes and items of sentimental value. Mold damage on books and paper items can be very serious, although there are companies that do photo restoration. Paintings can be cleaned if not damaged too badly, and statues and keepsakes with hard surfaces such as vases, dishes or trophies usually clean up well.

Seeing your life in a moldy pile can be heartbreaking. Fortunately, mold remediation specialists can help you make wise decisions about mold cleaning.