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How Do Thunderstorms Form?

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms can form anywhere in the world, at any time, as long as the conditions are right. 

A thunderstorm starts when warm moist air near the surface of the earth heats up and begins to rise upward. Because the warm, moist air is less dense, it creates lift, or what is called an updraft. That warm moist air continues to rise and expand. Because air pressure drops as it travels higher, the temperature of the air falls. Water vapors condense at higher altitudes, creating clouds. When water vapors condense, they release heat, and the initial warm moist air will regain some of the heat it lost while expanding and cooling. Thus, the first step of a thunderstorm is a vicious cycle of warm, moist air rising, cooling, and condensing. 

The second part of the equation is a little more complicated.

The clouds will darken as they fill with water vapor and release the water. This release of water creates a downdraft. While that warm moist air is rising into cool dry air and creating clouds, the water vapors will turn to ice. Because the ice is too heavy to be supported by the updrafts, it falls back to the bottom of the cloud. While the ice is falling, it can bump into the other particles and break apart – this rubbing of smaller particle pieces falling creates static electrical charges within the clouds. Eventually, a separation of excess positive charges (top of the cloud) and the negative charges (bottom of the cloud) will form.  When the charge is too strong to be contained within the cloud, it lets out the energy. The negative charge from the bottom of the cloud crawls down to meet a positive charge and a lightning stroke appears (what we call a lightning strike). The lightning stroke creates a channel mid-air. When the light disappears, the air collapses back in, and the rapid expansion of air creates a sound wave that we know as thunder.

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your home, you need a company with storm damage experience and expertise. So you can call on our team to help you!

Source: ISCN

Knowledge is Power

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Truthfully, knowledge is power. We aim to give our team members and anyone who is open to learning the option to continue to learn. Especially for insurance agents, we offer free Continuing Education classes as a way to receive credit. To find out more about the classes we offer, call our office or local marketing representative. Additionally, you can contact your local marketing representative to learn tips and tricks for your home or business. Our team can act as a resource and as a wealth of knowledge.

Our team is committed to providing classes to our team members to ensure that the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standard is met and that we continue to learn the best practices to take care of your home or business. Again, knowledge is power.

How to Remove Nasty Odors

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Stinking and sometimes repugnant, the smells we can encounter are numerous and great. Whether it's from water damage, fire damage, or pets, SERVPRO knows the importance of getting a home back to preloss conditions and smelling like home again. To minimize and eliminate odors, SERVPRO utilizes Ozone Generators and Hydroxyl Generators as part of the deodorization process. Ozone gas aids in eliminating odors, especially organic odors. The Ozone Generator turns O2 to O3, changing the properties of the odor. Ozone is paired with a fan to circulate the air since it is corrosive. All plants and animals must be removed from the vicinity while the machine is running. This generator will usually be utilized for up to 24- 72 hours to get rid of any odors. After usage, the smell of ozone will dissipate within 10 to 15 minutes Our Hydroxyl generator is electrolyte equipment that generates Negative Radicals that are unsaturated molecules that also work to remove odors from an area. These odor eliminators are just a piece of the process, but they are essential to getting those tough odors out of the home. 

Our Promise is to be Prepared

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Our team members aim to always put our clients first: we are ready and prepared at all times. We have staff available for you at night and on the weekends to make sure that when we are needed, we are ready as we aim to be “faster to any size disaster.” We are available 24 hours a day, any day of the year which includes holidays.  We have different size vehicles all stocked and fueled ready to leave at a moment’s notice for any size job that comes our way. We even have a new semi-trailer available for any large losses. No matter the size, we can help with the emergency. We have a mobilized fleet accessible for your emergency.  We have a highly trained staff with crew leaders with over 90 years of combined experience in the mitigation and restoration business. Our team at SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs maintains certifications in residential and commercial approved structural drying, fire and smoke restoration, odor control, water damage restoration, carpet, and duct cleaning, and biohazard. These standards are provided by the IICRC. Truthfully, knowledge is power. Our team is committed to providing classes to our team members to ensure that the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standard is met and that we continue to learn the best practices to take care of your home or business. We also keep updated on materials and new methods to ensure we are giving you the most efficient and effective solution for your situation. Our team is ready to help you.

Why do we install Air Filtration Devices (AFDs/ Air Scrubber) on water damage jobs?

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

air scrubber This is an Air Scrubber or known as an Air Filtration Device that is an essential piece of equipment for water damage restoration jobs.

Why do we install Air Filtration Devices (AFDs/Air scrubbers) on water damage jobs?

  1. To provide the occupant with a cleaner, safer indoor in-door environment.
  2. Even clean-water losses are susceptible to compromised indoor air quality.
  3. The high-velocity airflow necessary for effective drying does more than evaporate moisture into the air—it also stirs up millions of microscopic particles that have been trapped in the carpet or have settled on structural materials.
  4. An air scrubber helps prevent these undesirable particles ….. from remaining in the indoor environment …..By greatly reducing the types and quantity of airborne particles, an air scrubber also reduces the chances that occupants or technicians will inhale contaminants…. –  d. Source: Guide To Air Scrubbing
  5. To reduce the risk of spreading Covid 19. Using AFDs prudent step for all projects. Source:

Content Cleaning After a Fire in East Independence

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

A woman carrying a box Our packing process ensures that all the salvageable items are properly and safely organized for our staff to come in and do content cleaning.

When completing mitigation for a fire, content cleaning is an integral piece of the process that restores sentimental items. The process of content cleaning begins with a pack-out that secures all the items from further damage. The pack-out is completed with an inventory, so our team knows what is in every box and what cleaning is needed. This is done by segregating contents by location, room area, shelf, and drawers, etc., so everything can be organized accordingly. After all the contents are packed properly the cleaning process at the shop can begin. There are six categories of cleaning principles:

  • Solvent Action
    • Each solvent has its own unique ability to dissolve different substances.
  • Chemical Reaction
    • In this case, an acid combines with the oxidized metallic residue, and the resulting material is rinsed away. 
  • Lubrication
    • Reducing friction between the surface and smoke residue. 
  • Agitation
    • Utilizing some type of physical force to suspend soot residue.
  • Temperature
    • Higher temperatures speed chemical reactions, open surface pores on the finish being cleaned, and decrease drying times. 
  • Dwell Time of the Solution
    • The amount of time a cleaning product is allowed to remain in contact with the contaminated surfaces.

This is then followed up with preconditioning, dry soil removal, or wet cleaning to get contents back to preloss conditions.

Identifying Smoke Odor and Residue Classifications

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage on the outside of the home Fire damage can produce different types of residue, so our team is trained to clean all three types no matter the size of the job.

There are numerous items and situations that can set a fire and keep it ablaze. Different types of fires require separate cleaning methods to get the home back to preloss conditions. There are three general types of soot residues that are produced in a fire. This includes protein residues, natural substance odor and residue, and synthetic residue. To begin, protein residues are the result of burned foods like meat, fish, or beans, creating yellow to brown colors. The residue is greasy and requires water-based cleaning solutions. Next, natural substance odor and residue result from burned wood. These range from gray to black with a dry and powdery texture. This type of smoke residue is the easiest to clean and deodorize as it can be cleaned with a vacuum and other dry techniques. Lastly, there are synthetic residues that result from oil-based materials. like furniture, toys, and carpets. This residue is black and smeary which can also lead to smoke webs, and, thusly, more intensive cleaning methods. In the case of a fire, you can call on our team of professionals to help clean and restore your property after a fire.

Getting a Board-up in Blue Springs

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

a board up on an apartment We have the equipment and capabilities to board-up a community after a natural disaster. We are able to help no matter the size of the job.

With indudtry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology, and open communication. We not only strive to restore the business but also your peace of mind.

A board-up is done after a fire or storm to help prevent further damage to the facility. It minimizes property loss by securing the building and taking care f restorable and reusable elements. A natural disaster can leave your facility vulnerable to problems such as vandalism, theft, and unwanted entry. SERVPRO franchise professionals care about proper restoration and board-ups of your property, and in most damage situations, our team can safely restore to preloss conditions in a timely manner no matter the size of the property. Our team is here to help.

The Difference Between Mold and Mildew

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

The Terms Mold and Mildew are used interchangeably. They are both distinct but different species in the fungi family.

Mildew presents as a down and powdery substance and tends to be flat. It is a parasite that lives off living plants. Thus, to have an active mildew infestation in a building requires that there are living plants in the building. Because mildew requires a living host to grow, mildew is seldom a factor in indoor microbial contamination.

Mold tends to have a higher profile and can even become fuzzy. Mold is one of nature’s chief decomposition mechanisms. Molds that decay dead organic matter that was once alive, such as trees leaves, cotton, leather, wool, etc. Outdoors, molds are part of the natural environment by breaking down organic matter such as toppled trees, fallen leaves, and dead animals. The problem with mold is that it does not know the difference between a dead tree in the forest and a 2x4 wall stud in a home. In the case of mold or mildew, our team of trained professionals can assist you to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Midwest Summer Drought

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Midwest Summer Drought - The consequences of the Midwest drought have been insurmountable. The process of what happens is best described by this. When dirt is dry and clumped together it does not allow water to penetrate. When soil is damp, water can easily follow the path of least resistance and sink down to be absorbed. Soil absorbs moisture better when damp, acting like a sponge. What we've been seeing is that when it does rain or people use their hoses (to water lawns gardens, trees, etc.), the water has nowhere to go from the ground being so dry. In this situation, water ends up inside the home, easily flooding basements since the water followed the path of least resistance. We are fully prepared to help with your water damage during this summer drought.