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Plumbers Are for the Weak! You Can Replace Your Own Toilet With These 5 Simple Steps

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Plumbers Are for the Weak! You Can Replace Your Own Toilet With These 5 Simple Steps Toilet replacement in a Harrisonville, MO home.

Five Simple Steps To Replace Your Toilet

Whether you're dealing with a leaking toilet or you simply found a toilet with crazy features at your local hardware store that you just could not live without, you may wonder how much it will cost you to have a Harrisonville, MO , plumber come in to make the swap for you. Depending on your capabilities, resourcefulness and level of confidence this may be an unnecessary concern. You can replace your toilet five simple steps.

1. Sever the Water Supply

Whether you're making a toilet repair or swapping out an old toilet with a new, you need to be sure to cut the water supply. Once the supply line is disconnected, flush and drain the tank.

2. Detach the Wax Seal

Use a wrench to loosen the bolts holding the toilet, then take a pocket knife or other sharp object and cut the caulk seal surrounding the base of the toilet. Remove the toilet gently. Use a putty knife to remove the wax seal.

3. Caulk the New Base

This step can help you prevent a future leaking toilet, as caulk serves to eliminate gaps between the wax ring and toilet base. It also helps make installation easier.

4. Install a New Wax Ring

You do not want to reuse a wax ring. Place a new one where the old was, and then lift the new toilet into place. Do not press down, as the weight of the fixture will compress the seal itself.

5. Tighten the Bolts

Once the toilet is in place, place a washer over the bolts and tighten the nuts by hand. You can use a large screwdriver or wrench to finish the job. Be careful to not overtighten, as it will crack the ceramic.

If your leaking toilet was leaking for a while, you may want to call in a Harrisonville, MO , water damage restoration team to ensure the there is no extensive water damage. Failure to properly clean water damage can result in costly issues in the future.

Fire Damage Preparation Tips

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Preparation Tips Fire damage in Harrisonville, MO

As hard as it can be to think about, a fire could occur at your place of business. While a fire and its related damage are very real risks that you need to consider, there are things you can do to prepare for a possible future fire - and sleep a little easier at night.

Here Are Five Steps You Can Take To Help You With Fire Preparation

  1. Understand your insurance plan. Make sure that you understand your commercial insurance coverage, claim requirements and any special conditions that apply to fire damage. If you don’t like one of the provisions of your policy, talk to your agent about adding or removing coverage.

  2. Estimate replacement and repair costs. This is an important step to take to understand how much focus needs to be put on fire preparedness within your company. Making estimates will also help you identify your most vulnerable equipment.

  3. Protect your workers. Make sure that your entire team is trained on fire preparation. Create an emergency escape plan that everyone can learn and remember so that they can exit the building as quickly and safely as possible during a fire.

  4. Safeguard your business. Your business needs an emergency plan of sorts, too. Create a plan of recovery so you know what to do to reopen after a fire. This should include planning on the Harrisonville, MO, commercial fire damage service you will use if damage occurs.

  5. Back up important files. Business records, repair service provider lists, financial spreadsheets and inventories are some examples of documents that should be preserved to the best of your ability as part of your disaster preparation plan. You can store these at an offsite location, but you should also consider utilizing electronic cloud services to keep online copies of your most important files.

Fire preparation is important not only for your company and finances, but also for the well-being of you and your entire staff. Put these steps into action for a better defense against building fires.

How To Avoid Space Heater Fires

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Avoid Space Heater Fires Keep your space heater clear out of dust

A space heater can provide extra warmth. It can also save on heating bills by allowing you to set the thermostat in your home in Harrisonville, MO, on low while still heating the specific rooms you are using to a comfortable temperature. A burned space heater doesn't help you, though. To avoid space heater fires, you need to follow a few simple tips.

Give It Space

The heating elements on a space heater give off an impressive amount of heat, but they can turn into a fire hazard quickly if they are crowded. There are several guidelines to make sure you have enough space around your heater:

  • Maintain radius of three feet from flammable objects
  • Don't use near combustible substances, such as gasoline
  • Keep children and pets away from heater
  • Set it on a level surface so it doesn't topple over

Turn It Off

To avoid having a burned space heater when you leave the room, remember to turn it off. Space heaters should never be left unattended while they are on, especially if you leave the house altogether. In fact, it's a good idea to unplug the heater when you are not at home. Keep an eye out for a frayed or otherwise damaged cord.

Keep It Clean

Keep your space heater clean to minimize fire risk. Dust and other debris can turn a functioning space heater into an electric fireplace in a hurry. Replace filters regularly according to the manufacturer's recommendation so that dirt does not infiltrate the heating mechanism. Follow maintenance instructions so that it not only lasts a long time but also does not become a safety issue.

A burned space heater can turn convenience into a nightmare. By following these simple guidelines, you can increase your creature comforts while still keeping you and your family safe. To avoid having to call for fire cleanup with a restoration company, choose a space heater that is safe and use it safely.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Categories and Classes of Water Damage Sewer backup can happen to anyone.

Despite what many people think, not all home water damage is created equal.  There are actually a number of different classes and categories of water damage.  According to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), there are three categories of water/liquid and four classes of damage.

Category 1- This is basically any liquid from a clean and/or sanitary source like a faucet, a toilet, or fountain.

Category 2- This refers to liquid/water that used to be called grey water, which can potentially cause illness if ingested.  This includes things like dishwasher or washing machine overflow, toilet overflow or sink drains.

Category 3- This category used to be called black water; it is extremely unsanitary.  This includes sewer backup, flooding from rivers, and stagnant liquid that has fostered bacterial growth.

Now the classes;

Class 1- This is very easy to deal with and only affects a part of a single room, with little to no wet carpet, with water only on surfaces like wood or concrete.

Class 2- This class affects an entire room, and wetness has sent up the walls about 12" or more, with moisture still in the structure.

Class 3- This class basically means that ceiling, walls, carpet and insulation are all saturated with liquid or water.  This is often due to water coming from overhead

Class 4- This class means that there has been enough water or time to saturate materials with very low levels of permeation, like hardwood or stone.

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.  These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the filed; manufactures, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated.  The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

Out staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm.  We believe in continuous training; from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore at (846) 884-2240 for all your restoration needs!

What to Do When You Have Water Damage

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to Do When You Have Water Damage Broken supply line to a fridge.

As a homeowner, at some point, you will likely experience flooding in your home.  Whether from an overflowing toilet or sink, a broken water heater, a heavy storm, or broken pipes, water damage is a fact of life.  It's best to call professionals to take care of repairs and water cleanup, but here are some things you can do while you are waiting for help to arrive.

Focus on Safety

Your first concern should be you and your family's safety.  Depending on the water source, the water itself can be a significant hazard, so if the water is not clean, leave the cleanup to the professional.  Keep the following in mind:

  • Only do activities that are safe to perform, and wait until the professional arrive if you are unsure.
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are common concerns, so be aware of electronic appliances and watch your footing.
  • Remember that waterlogged furniture and other materials can be heavy, so be careful when trying to move anything out of the water.

What to Do While You Wait for Help

Depending on the amount of water damage and your safety assessment , there are some activities you can do to help with water cleanup before the professionals arrive or after the begin cleanup efforts.  If the amount of standing water is minimal you may be able to remove excess water by blotting or mopping.  Additional activities include:

  • Removing upholstery and cushions and propping up to dry
  • Turning in the air conditioner, if available, during warm weather.
  • Remove area rugs
  • Gathering loose items from the floor
  • Wiping water from the surface of wood furniture

The important thing, though, is to leave most of the cleanup to the experts. Water damage can cause serious hazards like mold and bacteria growth if not addressed quickly and thoroughly, and professional crew will have the equipment needed to get the job done right.  

Call SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore at (816) 884-2240 we are ready to help you 24/7/365.

Restoring your Commercial Property after Water Damage Event

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events to  commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response.  Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damage area.  in many instances, normal operations can continue in 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 Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore.

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after 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 knowledge to restore your property.


  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • AMRT Allpied Microbial Remediation Techician
  • ASD Applied Structural Drying Tecician
  • CCT Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • CDS Commercial Drying Specialist
  • ECTP Employee Certification Training Program
  • FRT Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OSHA 10 Hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP Lead Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT Water Damage Restoration Technician

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore 

Be Ready and Prepared for that Emergency

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

It's always a good time to plan on the future.  Book your free Emergency Ready Planning lunch today!

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore utilizes the latest technology in order to expedite the mitigation process further increasing our value to our customers.  The SERVPRO Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial.  It allows for the creation of an Emergency Ready Profile.  By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home of business.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a large fire or area flood, or just a minor water leak. Having an Emergency READY Plan may help minimize the time your business is inactive, and get you back in the building following a disaster

Give us a call today to complete your Emergency Ready Profile. Call today at (816) 884-2240.

Fires Could Happen your Home in an Instant

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Leaving your oven on accidently can do more damage than you think. Leaving the house with your oven on seems like something that most of us have done and will continue to do.  A family t recently had the worst-case scenario happen to them when they left the oven and left the house for no more than 15 minutes and it erupted into flames.  Luckily, they came k quickly and were able to stop it with a fire extinguisher.  But if they had just simply left the house to go to the grocery store and were gone for  just 15 minutes more, their entire home could have been affected.  Just remember to double check before leaving your home.  Fire damage to your home could be detrimental but the restoration process begins when you call us, SERVPRO. Our representatives will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with all the appropriate equipment and resources.  We clean, sanitize, and disinfect the restorable items and structure that were damaged by the fire.  We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore  your belongings to pre-fire condition.  We also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore are here for you 4/7/365 at (816) 884-2240.  

4 Important Steps you should Take to Reduce Space Heater Fires

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Space heaters can be very convenient, especially if you have one room in your home that never seems to get enough heat from your central HVAC system.  Whether you use a space heater regularly or you only pull it out on the coldest winter days, here are four important steps you should always take to prevent fire damage from a burned space heater.

1. Clean It Thorouyghly

Before you use your space heater for the first time, make sure you clean all visible surfaces thoroughly.  Dust and other small particles tend to build up on the heater's surface and could potentially cause the unit to overheat or catch fire if not removed regularly.

2. Leave Plenty of Empty Space Around your Heater.

Never put your heater up against a blanket, piece of furniture or any other item.  If you do, you're likely to have a burned space heater before long.  Space heaters should always have at least three feet of empty space around them, free from furniture, carpets and other items.

3. Keep Heater Away from Kids

Don't operate a space heater in an area where kids frequently play.  To reduce the risk of fire if a child does accidentally knock over the heater, make sure you purchase one that has an emergency shut-off mechanism.  You should also keep pets away from heaters whenever possible.

4. Never Leave a Heater Unattended

Never leave a space heater unattended.  If you plan to leave the room for a few minutes or a few hours, turn space heater off beforehand.  You can easily turn it back on when you return.

Following the preventative steps will minimize your chances of fire damage while warming your home.  If you experience a burned space heater or fire damage even after taking these preventative steps, a fire damage restoration professional can help with your smoke cleanup and restoration needs. Just call SERVPRO of Harrisonville/Belton/Raymore at (816) 884-2240

Need Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

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 insect and accurately asses the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and Soot Facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler ares and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around around plumbing systems, seeping through 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 tow 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 them 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 that from the 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 at (816) 884-2240  24 Hour Emergency Service