3 Things To Do After Your Home Has Been Hit by a Flood
Flooding in Kansas City home.
Unexpected flooding has left many families with major damage to their homes. The cleanup efforts following these disasters are often complicated and should be done swiftly to limit the damage. Besides the water damage to your home and belongings, floods can lead to mold growth and odor that can make your home an uncomfortable place to be. In the event of a flood in Kansas City, MO, there are three steps you should take immediate to start the cleanup process.
1. Contact Your Insurance Agent
If your insurance policy covers flooding, work with your insurance agent to set up a visit from an adjuster. During this time, be sure to take pictures and document all the damage. You may need these not only for insurance claims, but also for any disaster relief applications.
2. Clean, Disinfect and Deodorize
Use a shovel to get rid of any mud on your floors and a water hose to rinse off your walls and other hard, non-porous surfaces. The faster you can clean off the mud, especially on the walls, the better chance you may have to keep them from being ruined.
To prevent or limit mold growth as well as the eventual odor that comes with it, you should disinfect all non-porous surfaces that contacted the flood water. This should be done as soon as possible as the odor can be difficult to treat once the mold begins to set in.
Take your furniture, upholstery, rugs and other porous items outside to dry as soon as the weather allows. You can clean some of these items yourself, but others will likely need special attention from a professional.
3. Contact a Professional
Once you’ve completed these initial steps, it can be helpful to work with a professional to fight against any sewage loss, mold and other side effects of flooding. A restoration company can provide the right tools to clean up and dry out your walls, wood and carpet floors and belongings.
Flood water rushes in, but the damage and resulting mold growth can stick for a while. With these tips and the help of professionals, you can get your home (and life) back in order.
What Causes Discoloration of Ceiling Tiles?
Discoloration and mold on Ceiling Tile, likely the result of a water damage.
Dropped tile ceilings are an inexpensive and popular feature of many commercial buildings in Gladstone, MO.
For the most part, they remain just outside of our notice, silently creating a barrier between occupied spaces and the rafters above. But every once in a while, a particular tile or group of tiles starts to look a little bit different from the others. There are a number of reasons for tile discoloration, ranging from aging to tile mold.
Determining the Cause: Common Culprits
- Age. Dropped tile ceilings became popular in the 1950s. Older tiles look different from newer tiles, in part because of changes in the materials and processes used to manufacture the tiles. Older tiles may also have been exposed to cigarette smoke or other pollutants, which can make them appear darker in color. Check building records to see how old your ceiling tiles are, and whether there are tiles of different ages in different areas.
- Lighting. Ultraviolet light can cause tile discoloration. Hospitals and labs frequently use UV light to sterilize equipment, and UV rays are commonly used to cure inks, coatings and adhesives. Ceiling tiles that are exposed to these types of light can take on a different hue over time. Check for sources of UV light in your building.
- Water damage. When ceiling tiles are exposed to water because of problems in the plumbing, HVAC system or roof, they take on a brownish color. If the source of the water is not repaired, tile mold can take hold, making the tiles even darker in appearance.
Replacement is Quick, Easy and Important
Fortunately, most ceiling tiles are easy to replace, and bringing your ceiling back to its original uniformity is a quick and inexpensive process. If the discoloration is caused by tile mold, be sure to replace the tiles as soon as possible, as mold can spread quickly to other porous surfaces.
Supporting our Community
Getting ready for the Gladfest Fall Parade!
It has been a busy Fall in Kansas City - between the changing of the seasons, Chiefs wins (and loses) and late summer storms. It is important to us that we support the communities we serve. This Fall we've represented at Gladfest (The Gladstone Fall Festival and parade), our annual Charity Golf Tournament supporting Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City, Gladstone Chamber of Commerce Parks and Rec department's Trunk or Treat, and The Liberty Fall Fest. Our employees enjoy being out in the community!
What to Do if your Pipe Bursts
If you are unfortunate enough to have a burst pipe, follow these steps:
- Turn off your water supply at the main valve. Your main water valve can be located in a variety of places. If you have a home with a basement or crawlspace, it is probably located on an interior wall near the front of the house. In this case, it is most likely hiding in plain sight. If your home was built on a slab, the valve might be located near the hot water heater or inside your garage. It may also be located in an underground cement box near your front curb. To learn where your main water valve is, consult you property inspection report or call your local utility company or plumbing professional. Learn more tips for locating your main water valve here.
If the burst pipe is a hot water line, make sure to also turn off the water valve at the top of your hot water heater.
- Once you have turned off the main water valve, call a plumber.
- If your water meter is frozen, contact your local Water Department.
- If your broken pipe has caused water damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Clay County to dry it out before it ruins materials and they need to be torn out.
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Our franchise is in the news! We are helping clean up water damage and flooded basements after these heavy storms. Check it out!
Clay County Smoke and Soot Cleanup
SERVPRO of Clay County employees care about your fire restoration needs.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home or business, 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 Clay County 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.
SERVPRO of Clay County has been helping families and businesses throughout the Northland with their cleanup and restoration needs for over 25 years.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 816-436-7420
Use a Professional Water Restoration Company
You come home from vacation and find a flood of water in your finished basement. Who can you call to help you? You may think of calling a contractor, but there are differences between contractors and professional Water Restoration Companies. As a professional Restoration Company, we try to restore, rather than replace, whenever possible.
A contractor’s job is to replace everything that is affected. This will often include all flooring, walls, cabinets and even furniture. SERVPRO® of Clay County and Leawood/Overland Park technicians are certified in drying and cleaning water damage to industry standards. We will not remove materials unless it is necessary. The average time to dry is 3 days. This prevents further interruption to your daily life and also saves you money. We try to mitigate the water damage, and restore when possible. Restoring your home is a less expensive than replacing materials in your home.
Call SERVPRO® of Clay County and Leawood/Overland Park. We are available 24/7 for emergency water losses.
Kansas City Area Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including:
- · A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- · Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- · Storm sewer backup
- · Sanitary sewer backup
- · Foundation drainage failure
- · Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- · And many more
Last year there were many flooded basement due to heavy rains and overflowing creeks and rivers.
If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us at
913-381-6550 or 816-436-7420
We use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment such as infrared cameras and moisture meters to determine if your home’s structure is actually dry. Touch is not a reliable method, as moisture can trap inside.
If Water Damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure, not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are available 24 hours/7 days per week for emergencies.
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many national insurance companies
- We bill your insurance directly – one less thing for you to worry about
- Our Technicians are highly-trained in Water Restoration Techniques
- We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced inspection and extraction equipment
Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help - 913-381-6550 or 816-436-7420