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3 Things You Should Know About Mold and Your Insurance Policy

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Things You Should Know About Mold and Your Insurance Policy Mold damage caused by broken pipe in a Harrisonville, MO home

A Few Important Mold Questions and Their Answers

Mold is a common problem in many buildings. If you have noticed a fungus growth in your Harrisonville, MO home, you may be wondering what you should do about it. Will your insurance cover the costs of removal? The answer to this can vary depending on your circumstances. Here are a few important mold questions and their answers.

1. When Does Insurance Cover Mold?

In many cases, your insurance policy will not include mold, but there are some exceptions. In situations where it is clear that the growth of mold was caused by a covered peril, then the costs to remove the damage will likely be covered. This can include instances when mold is the result of leaks caused by ice buildup, damage from a broken pipe and accidents involving broken appliances. Some companies also offer added mold insurance policies for an additional price.

2. When Is Mold Not Covered?

Unfortunately, your standard homeowners insurance will more than likely exclude most mold coverage. Unless it was caused by a covered peril, you will be required to pay the costs of a mold remediation service on your own. Disasters such as floods are often not included in standard policies, so mold that is the result of a flood will not be covered. It can sometimes be difficult to receive coverage for mold if your home has a history of fungal growth.

3. How Can You Prevent Mold?

Because getting rid of a fungus growth can be costly, it is better to prevent one from occurring. You can do this by limiting the moisture in your home. Make sure to keep appliances and plumbing fixtures dry. You can lower the humidity by using exhaust fans and opening windows in kitchens and bathrooms. Always fix leaks as soon as possible and clean your home regularly.

While it is unlikely that your insurance will cover a fungus growth, this is not always the case. Be sure to read over your policy carefully so you know exactly what is included. Creating an unsuitable environment for mold in your home will help prevent the need for professional cleanup.

How to Determine the Number of Smoke Alarms You Need

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Determine the Number of Smoke Alarms You Need A fire alarm should be present in every home

Ask the Following Questions to Determine How Many Smoke Alarms You Need

A fire alarm should be present in every home, but one usually isn’t enough. If you are wondering how many smoke alarms you need in your home, then there are a few other questions that need to be answered first. The number of alarms required for your Belton, MO home depends on multiple factors. Ask yourself the following questions to determine exactly what you need.

1. How Many Floors Is Your Home?

While you will likely need more, the minimum number of alarms you should have is one per floor. If you live in a single-story home, then you should have at least one fire alarm. If your home has two floors, you will need at least two. A good place for this alarm is in the kitchen as this is where many fires start.

2. How Many Bedrooms Are There?

This is where the additional alarms come in. Because fire damage can spread quickly, there should be an alarm in each bedroom to alert everyone in case a fire starts during the night. You should also have one outside of every sleeping area. Having detectors here will make it more likely that you are able to make it out of the house in time.

3. Do You Have a Basement or Attic?

When you are determining the needs of your home, don’t forget about the areas outside of the main floors. Your attic and basement are just as vulnerable as the rest of the house and should each have a fire alarm as well.

While you may be able to stop a small fire on your own if you are alerted quickly enough, sometimes this may not be the case. If it is too large or spreading quickly, you should get out of the house immediately. A fire remediation service can take care of any fire and smoke damage after the danger has passed.

Understanding Commercial Generators

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understanding Commercial Generators Commercial generator in a Harrisonville, MO building

Importance of Understanding How Commercial Generators Work

As a business owner in Harrisonville, MO, it is important for you to understand how your commercial generators work, from learning how long they will last to knowing what to do if they break down. You will be thankful when and if a storm wipes out your building’s power and causes a potentially dangerous situation. Here are three things to know about your generator equipment.

1. Generators last through many uses. Typical models will work for about 3,000 hours, meaning that a typical standby option could last for more than 30 years. Contact the manufacturer of your unit for more specific information on its expected lifespan.

2. All generators are not the same. Some run on diesel, while others are fueled by natural gas. There are also prime, standby, portable and stationary models. Since there are all of these features and more that you must consider before making a purchase, make sure that you pick out the right generator for your business’ needs and budget.

3. Generator problems need to be considered. Even the best piece of equipment can malfunction. In the event of a broken unit, you must be prepared for flooding and other destruction that can take place, especially if bad weather is occurring. If something does happen to your business, a local commercial storm damage restoration company should be called as soon as the weather dies down so you can begin taking care of your damaged or wet property and belongings.

A responsible business owner should be aware of and understand all of the equipment that the company uses to keep things running smoothly. A generator should be no exception, even if it is just a portable model that is used sparingly. Stay in contact with your local repair shops, cleanup crews and other trusted professionals in Harrisonville, MO, that can help when storms or other disasters threaten your property.

4 Important Steps you should Take to Reduce Space Heater Fires

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 4 Important Steps you should Take to Reduce Space Heater Fires Avoid Fire Damage from your Space Heater.

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.

4 Important Steps to prevent Fire Damage

  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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

History of SERVPRO of Harrisonville / Belton / Raymore

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO History of SERVPRO of Harrisonville / Belton / Raymore 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 2019 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."

Our IICRC certification

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our IICRC certification Each year we have to certify to keep up our IICRC certifications.

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 (http://www.IICRC.org).

”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. 

Our IICRC certification

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our IICRC certification Each year we have to certify to keep up our IICRC certifications.

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 (http://www.IICRC.org).

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. 

How To Access and Use Flood Maps

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Access and Use Flood Maps Homeowners should know if a property is located in a flood zone.

Homeowners and prospective buyers should know if a property is located in a flood zone. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides online access to flood maps. Find out more about the resources available for determining the risk of flooding at a residence in Harrisonville, MO.

View the Flood Rate Insurance Map

The National Flood Insurance Program maintains a Flood Rate Insurance Map. This map offers several viewing options and important information:

  • Dynamic maps and firm images
  • Date of last update
  • Records of revisions, amendments and revalidations

A detailed key indicates how levels of risk and flood prevention features are displayed. This map provides a recent assessment of flood risks at any area or property in the country.

Use Other Flood Risk Products

FEMA also offers user-friendly flood risk tools. These non-regulatory resources include graphical risk maps and detailed risk reports. Homeowners can enter their location to access all of the available flood zone information.

Request an Amendment or Revision

Homeowners who increase the elevation of their residences to prevent flooding can request an amendment, revision or recertification. Depending on when these changes took place, an amendment or revision may already be on file. The owner of a modified property on a flood plain should take the following measures:

  • Check to see if an amendment or revision is on file
  • Request a Letter of Map Amendment
  • Request a Letter of Map Revision Based on Fill

Amendments may not immediately be indicated on maps or reports. These modifications can still reduce flood risks and lower the cost of flood insurance coverage.

The Flood Rate Insurance Map indicates the risk of flooding in Harrisonville, MO. Owners of residences located in a flood zone should obtain flood insurance and notify the NFIP or a private insurer in the event of a flood. Storm damage restoration specialists can quickly assess and begin to mitigate damage.

Broken Supply Line to Fridge

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Broken Supply Line to Fridge Tent contained drying wood floor with MAT System.

supply line to upstairs fridge broke and leak thru floor and sub-floor filtering to basement causing Water Damage

Restoration Process

1. Use Extraction Mat System

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.  

2. Use Containment Tent

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.

3. Build Containment Area

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 of Harrisonville/ Belton/ Raymore made it "Like it never even happened."

Need Smoke and Soot Cleanup

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Need Smoke and Soot Cleanup Fire Damage at a local residential home.

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.

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