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Removing Moisture from Materials 

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

Technicians providing great services Our Project Manager will provide a precise outline of all the equipment that should be used.

When our Project Manager comes to a job site affected by water, they will look at two factors: type of material and the degree of wetness. They will look at the variation of each material’s ability for water to pass through the material. In contrast, the degree of wetness refers to the moisture movement by finding out the water source. The liquid will be presented in one, two, or three forms.

Surface Water

This type of liquid can be found on the material’s surface, making it easier to find since it is a liquid, visible, and evaporates. When clearing this type of liquid from a material, it is essential to physically remove the moisture by using mechanical extraction equipment to ensure you get all moisture off the fabric. Our technicians will use different airflows, which help moderate the temperature and humidity, which helps evaporate the remaining water. 

Free Water

You will find moisture within the material when approaching free water, but it hasn’t bonded with the chemical properties. The moisture can be found in cavities, open pores, and other air spaces within these materials. What’s different about free water compared to surface water is that you can see the moisture when the material is darkened. Similar to surface water, free water can be evaporated. When extracting this type of water, you will want to use lower humidities and warmer temperatures. By keeping it monitored, you are ensuring that you are maintaining the rate of evaporation. 

Bound Water

Bounded water is different from the other types because this is when the liquid has bonded with the material’s chemical bonds. When trying to extract the moisture from the material, you will have to release it before evaporating. Controlling the airflow onto the fabric won’t be helpful, but it will dry fastest when it’s warmed. You must maintain the surrounding humidity very low with the liquid being chemically bonded with the material. It takes longer than the other two. 

Knowing what separates each classification is just one component. Our Project Managers will know the best course of action that the technicians will carry out. This course of action will include how much of each piece of equipment will be needed to ensure the job gets done correctly.  

Soda Blasting Erasing Graffiti 

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

No business owner wants to come to their business and find someone who decided to vandalize their property with spray paint. You shouldn't sweat if your business has been vandalized by spray painters because SERVPRO has your back. SERVPRO uses a piece of equipment called Soda Blaster to clear off any unwanted destruction to the interior/ exterior of one's business/home. 

Granite is a coarse rock that we use to blast char or staining off of materials. We use two systems to extract graffiti off of a property: 

Wet System

This is a system where we use in areas where there is a need for abrasive solid power. The product that is used requires some form of cleanup, but it's environmentally friendly. We tend not to use this system when the interior of a business doesn't want to get undamaged areas wet. 

Dry System

This system is used inside a business as we would use this method to not wet other surfaces. 

How it Works 

When using the soda blasting machine, our technicians must use the full PPE. To avoid dust particles, we will place the area under negative pressure to eliminate any dust particles. An air scrubber will duct the unit out of a window so there is a way for the particles can escape. We follow this up with a very detailed cleaning. 

All vents and returns are covered to isolate the room from the HVAC systems, requiring a duct cleaning after the work is completed. We do this so that no fine particles spread throughout the facility. 

Laundry Room Fire Prevention

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Man putting clothes in dryer When you are in a rush to complete a load of laundry, you might be in a hurry. Don't overfill the washer as it causes extra strain on the machine.

A lot of people will admit that doing one laundry could be the most tedious task. You have to organize, clean, dry, and put away one load after another. People might feel like cutting corners by overfilling the machines, others might not check the mechanical structures to ensure its working correctly, and often the person might forget to clean out the lent filter. All of which can create the perfect factors of a laundry room fire. On average, washers and dryers cause about 16,000 house fires each year - however, 31% of the leading causes are failure to clean and perform routine maintenance. 

Common Causes of Laundry Room Fires

  • Mechanical and Electrical Failure:

Although these types of fires aren’t as common as the others on the list, this is critical to pay attention to. To prevent these types of fires, you should do a general lookover of the machine to ensure all parts look correctly. It’s important to provide maintenance updates to ensure you stop a problem before it happens.

  • Improper Use:

I think we all had overfilled a washer/dryer when we were in a time crunch. When you overload the machine, you are creating extra strain on the mechanisms. Another factor you should keep in mind is the material your putting into the dryer. Materials that aren’t suited for the high temperatures are plastic, rubber, or foam, and if placed in the dryer, these fabrics might melt and cause a fire. 

  • Dirty Lint and Vent Filters

One of the biggest causes of laundry room fires are clogged vents, ducts, and filters. These filters collect remains like grass, dirt, or other materials left from the washer. Something that you should make an effort at checking is the outside vent. These are the perfect nesting grounds for birds, insects, or rodents, which could cause significant problems if let continue. 

Laundry might be your least favorite task to complete. If you make an effort to follow these few tips, you ensure that you don’t fall in danger of a fire. 

Proper Ways to Use Space Heaters

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Space heater on the ground When using a space heater as a heating alternative it's important that you use it properly.

In Iowa, Mid-American Energy Co. stated that this coming winter might have higher bills than previous years. The energy company said that natural gas will rise 46% to 96% from a year earlier. Consumers who use propane to heat their homes should expect their heating costs to grow 69% over last year. Consumers will more than likely have to look at heating alternatives to try, and we want to provide some tips, so you start a fire.

Dangers of Space Heaters

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has said that space heaters are the leading cause of thousands of house fires each year in the United States. When using space heaters as a heating alternative, you have to ensure that your using them correctly, especially if you live in an apartment or condo. 

  •  Space heaters stay on the ground.

When it’s cold outside, all we want to do is stay inside and stay warm. This desire to feel warm is what gets many people in trouble when using space heaters. A lot of people will place the heater so that it blows directly on them. This is problematic as you put the heater in a position that it could heat up anything in a 3-foot radius of it. By keeping the space heater on the ground, you ensure that it doesn’t heat any flammable material/ fabric. 

  • Keep away from water.

If you missed the electricity lesson from school, long story short, electricity and

water don’t go together. As you place the heater, you will want to ensure that it is on the ground, preferably not in the kitchen or bathroom. 

  • Plug directly into the wall:

Many space heaters cause fires when the consumer starts to plug them into an extension cord. Cords aren’t ideal because most times, people will try and cover them with a rug. When someone adds an extension cord into the mix, it puts extra electrical connections, which increases your chance of creating resistances. When you create a significant resistance, the more heat and now the rug you just placed on top is getting heated. The space heater should be placed in a 3-foot radius away from any material or the wall. 

With the projected increase in natural gas costs this winter, we know consumers might invest their money into heating alternatives. We just ask that you safely use the product to ensure that it doesn’t create a fire. 

Winter Fire Prevention Checklist

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Winter Checklist Have you completed your winter fire prevention checklist?

As the snow begins to fall in Missouri, we all must prepare our homes for the wintertime. It doesn't matter if you are ready for winter or not; it's here. Follow these easy steps, and you will ensure that you take the first step into winter correctly. 

  • Turning off the space heater

As the utility bills are estimated to rise this winter, many consumers will be looking at heating alternatives to help save some money. If you want to read more about the tips for using a space heater correctly, feel free to read our previous blog, Proper Ways to Use a Space Heater. 

  • Cutting the bottom of the Christmas Tree

As many people prepare to follow the tradition of getting hot chocolate and loading up the car to bear the cold to find the perfect Christmas tree, we'd like to remind you to cut the bottom of the trunk off. A pine tree begins to dry out if it can't absorb water from the tree base, and since the tree has been cut for some time, the bottom has sealed the trunk so no water can be absorbed. By cutting the tree's trunk, you ensure that the tree doesn't become an easy fire hazard.

  • Blowing out candles

With the new seasonal scents coming out, many people are burning their favorite fall/winter scents. With it getting dark out sooner, people are burning their candles longer than usual, making it easier to forget about. Forgetting to blow out a candle is a quick way to have a fire problem, especially when you have pets. Cats, in particular, are very peculiar, and they love to knock things off the counter. When you light a candle, you will want to ensure that there isn't anything flammable within 3 feet of the burning candle. 

  • Clean that Chimney

People don't consider the last time they had their chimneys cleaned, and when it sits uncleaned, and you begin to use them, it might release toxic gases. I'm not sure about you, but I don't like the sound of having toxic gases flowing into my home, where my family is at. 

By implementing these tips, you are ensuring that you are being protective about the upcoming winter season. We wouldn't want the winter coldness to become the least of your worries. Follow these tips, and you will have a safe winter season. 

Let’s Be Smart As We Fry Turkey

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving Turkey Turkey is the staple of every Thanksgiving Day dinner, don't let a fire ruin that.

With Thanksgiving in two weeks here at SERVPRO, we want to help ensure your Thanksgiving Turkey won’t go up in flames. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, a turkey had been associated with about 900 fires each year on average frying. 

Preparations Begin BEFORE You Start

The biggest takeaway from this article should be:

  •  NEVER fry a frozen turkey; in fact, preparations to get all moisture should begin right now. 
  • When setting up the unit, you will want to place it on a flat surface free from anything covering it. Don’t fry your turkey in the garage, as it could catch your house on fire. 
  • Don’t overfill the fryer with oil, as you should take into account the weight of the turkey. If the oil spills out the side could mean a quick way of starting a fire. 

Preparations DURING the Frying Process

These are a few tips that you should take into account as you fry the turkey:

  • When lowering the turkey into the oil, you should do it in slow-motion if you need to pull it out fast.
  • Once the turkey is in, you will need to stay with it. No time to get another beer as things can go south fast if left unattended. The oil will continue to get hotter, and if alone, you could let it reach 450?, which is when oil starts to smoke.
  • If you see the smoke coming from the unit, you SHOULD TURN OFF THE GAS
  • When the dark meat is cooked, the thermostat reads 175-180?, and the white meal is at 165-170?.

Gobble Gobble Time

From our family here at SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs to yours, we hope you have a fun and safe Thanksgiving. 

Emergency Response: The SERVPRO Way

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Team with Client Every step of the way SERVPRO will be there for our clients.

First Impressions:

From the moment you call our local SERVPRO team in regards to an incident you have experienced, you will be greeted by one of our team members who are available 24/7. They will ensure you that we will be on the job site in under 4 hours. We recognize that oftentimes customers don’t think about the services we offer until they need our assistance. Our goal is to be there for our clients from the moment that they call till the moment that they can take their first breath of relief. Our team will gather documentation and do a loss assessment report.  We do this to provide top-notch communication and documentation to our clients.

Gathering Documentation

Once the Project Manager comes and evaluates the job site they will sit down with the client to make the Customer Briefing checklist. A checklist that will go into deep detail on the course of action to reassure the client that they are in good hands. Keep in mind that our team will never provide the client with unrealistic expectations because we will never mislead our clients. In fact, the Project Manager will sit down with the client and make a realistic timeline so that both the PM and client are on the same page. 

Loss Assessment Report

The Loss Assessment Report is one of the most important documents that include some critical information about the restoration activities. This report includes:

  • Identification and evaluation of health concerns and safety hazards.
  • Determination of the job scope
  • Evaluation of inventories and/or content items
  • Documentation of pre-existing conditions not related to the current loss
  • And more

SERVPRO Way

Here at SERVPRO, our main goal is to be there for our clients in their time of need. We provide top-notch documentation that takes the stress away from our clients and provides clear insight for insurance adjusters. You might not know about the services SERVPRO offers but if you are ever in need of our help just know we are here for you.

What is a Containment?

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

A man laying down tape on a door frame Building containments help complete work in a timely manner so that we can bring back the property to preloss conditions.

Today we are going to learn about containments. What are they and why are they used? Both those questions will be answered. Wait until the end to see the completed containment.

To make a containment, two strips of painter’s tape are placed around the entire edge of the door frame. One stripe of double-sided tape is then placed on top. After the double-sided tape is applied, the plastic is strategically is placed on top and cut to fit the frame. Depending on if the contained space needs to be re-entered, then a zipper will be placed for easy access to the room

A containment is set on a fire, reconstruction, water, or mold as a way to keep the affected area enclosed. It is essentially a barrier.  It also can speed up the restoration process, encapsulating the airflow from air movers strictly to the damaged room.

For a fire, the containment keeps the non-damaged area from smoke exposure. For a water job, it can help dry a specific area faster with a smaller area to dry. For demolition and reconstruction, it prevents dust and debris from getting into certain areas.

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 https://www.legendbrandsrestoration.com/Fileshare/Documents/Guide-to-Airscrubbing.pdf
  5. To reduce the risk of spreading Covid 19. Using AFDs prudent step for all projects. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/ventilation.html

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.

How to Prevent Water Damage During a Drought

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Normally, drought and water damage aren't synonymous words, but it is important to know how water damage can occur after bouts of dryness. Dry soil problems that could potentially damage your home's foundation can be slowed by using a soaker hose to provide a consistent, but not flooding, water source to the soil immediately surrounding the home’s foundation. Don't turn on your hose and leave it or forget it. You want to monitor the consistency of soil around your foundation. Being an active homeowner and taking a walk around your foundation is essential. Always make sure the gutter systems are connected and that water is directed away from your foundations. If you experience water damage at all during this drought, then you can call on our team to help!

Growing Team

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Our team continues to grow as there is new leadership at SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs!We'd like to thank KJ and Susan for their years of dedication to building SERVPRO in the East Independence/Blue Springs area. The duo passed on the duties of keeping the community safe to Brian Meyer. Thank you KJ and Susan! We are here to protect the community which includes every home and business. We are here to help 24/7 and can provide emergency services to help you get back to preloss conditions. No matter if it's water damage, fire damage, storm damage, or mold, we will be there to assist. No matter the size of the job, we make sure to pack our vehicles to be properly prepared for your job.

Call SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs for Residential Fire Damage Services

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Here To Help

When you need residential fire damage services, you should contact a locally owned and operated professional that can quickly diagnose the exact nature of your problem and then get right to work on solving it. Fire and smoke are particularly destructive forces that can gut a structure and cause it to be condemned. If your property is suffering from this sort of damage, you may need immediate help to salvage it.

You'll Need a Company That Specializes in Fire Damage Restoration:


After any damage has occurred, you should contact a company immediately for an initial diagnosis. This will then be followed by a team getting directly to work on cleaning up and fully restoring the affected area. Cleanup, removal of debris, neutralization of remaining odors, and purifying of the air can commence quickly to prevent any further health problems that often arise after fire damage.

Concentrate on Restoration Rather Than Replacement:


The focus of good restoration service should always fixate on restoring your property rather than replacing it. When possible, it's better to isolate quickly and neutralize any issues rather than replacing your entire property. Restoration not only costs you less money in the long run, but it also allows you to quickly get back to living your life faster. If parts of the property do need to be completely rebuilt, talk to the company about timelines for the areas that are fixable first, and then concentrate on the areas that need to be entirely redone.

What to Expect From Any Service:

A reputable restoration service will do an immediate assessment of the damage, followed by board up and tarp service if required. From there, they will remove all affected material and begin airing out and drying the general area. Once all of the debris, smoke, and soot has been eliminated from the area, they can begin restoring your property back to pristine condition.

What to Look For:


It's best to hire a locally owned company that has a focus and connection to your community. You should also ensure that the service personnel you are dealing with are fully qualified, trained, and experienced at diagnosing and solving the problems that affect your property. When you are dealing with severe fire and smoke damage, you want to make sure the company you choose can handle the scope of the project and will help you handle any problems that come up.


SERVPRO of east Independence/Blue Springs is a locally owned and operated authority for residential fire damage cleanup and restoration. When fire damage threatens properties in the areas of our communities and the surrounding region, we can help. Contact us now for a prompt response to your fire damage emergency at (816) 224-5300.

Protect Yourself And Your Building From Mold

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Safety goggles

When taking on a mold remediation job, whether big or small, it’s important to protect yourself with personal protective equipment. PPE also assists in protecting against cross-contamination of mold to other unaffected areas. Take care to choose the right PPE for your mold cleanup project.

1. Goggles
Safety goggles must cover the eye area completely (no vent holes or other gaps) so that the eyes are protected from dust and other tiny particles. Safety glasses or goggles made for this type of work or full-face respirators are needed.

2. Respirators
Respirators are important in the mold remediation process; they prevent inhaling mold spores, dust and other debris. Make sure that you only use a respirator that’s recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and use according to the OSHA regulations. Three types of respirators add different levels of protection: minimum, limited and full.

3. Gloves
When cleaning mold-infested areas, gloves protect your skin from contact with the mold and cleaners. Household rubber cleaning gloves should be fine when using a mild cleaner. However, if you’re going to be using stronger cleaners, such as a biocide (e.g., chlorine bleach), you should wear gloves that provide more protection (e.g., neoprene, PVC, nitrile, polyurethane or natural rubber). Ideally, these gloves should reach the middle of the forearm for maximum protection.

4. Disposable Clothing
If you’re dealing with a medium or large amount of mold growth, disposable clothing is crucial for protecting your skin, as well as preventing cross-contamination into unaffected areas. Depending on the scale of the remediation process, you may only need paper coveralls, while for a larger job, a TYVEK suit, mold-safe head and foot coverings. All gaps in the protective wear should be sealed (duct tape works well).

5 Things That may Help Save Water Damaged Contents

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

A deluge in one’s home is a nightmare to think about, but water damage in a commercial building takes it to a whole other level. A flooded company can mean expensive electronics; mechanical systems and even employee jobs could be at peril. Fortunately in the Kansas City metro there are water remediation professionals who are trained to help you get through such a situation.

5 Things That may Help Save Water Damaged Contents

Not all hope is lost if you experience a flooded company property. There are some techniques and processes that may help save some of your contents.

  1. Drying – If flooding is fresh water from a broken pipe for instance, carpet, sheetrock, some furnishings, and even some documents may be saved by drying them out quickly.
  2. Sanitizing – Non-porous surfaces that did not absorb water may be cleaned using detergent and chlorine bleach to disinfect.
  3. Mold remediation – If mold is properly removed and destroyed there will be less chance of recurrence
  4. Odor Removal – Standing water, or items that were not dried quickly
  5. Dry cleaning – Certain contents such as draperies or other fabric items may be sent out for dry cleaning in order to clean and deodorize them.

It may require the use of commercial extraction equipment and industrial fans to thoroughly dry out the building itself including concrete, carpets, pads and walls. In addition a dehumidifier can help prevent the development of mold. Mold spores thrive in damp conditions and can develop quickly, dryness is critical.

Metal, plastics and certain other hard surfaces may be scrubbed and sanitized using bleach and detergent. Dry cleaning can save many non-washable fabric items. Ionizers and ozone machines can help dissipate and remove odors due to bacterial growth.

Understanding Water Types

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

There are three types of water.

  1. Clean water (Category 1) is water from a broken pipe or any other CLEAN water source; rainwater is also considered clean.
  2. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water (Category 2). Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated for too long, causing bacteria to other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous.
  3. Black water (Category 3) is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals, human waste and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage backup, storm flooding, or any other type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs professionals to arrive:

DAMAGE FROM CLEAN WATER

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow even more drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture, to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water. You will destroy your vacuum cleaner and will most likely cause electric shock in the process.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

DAMAGE FROM CONTAMINATED WATER

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands THOROUGHLY if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread the damage to unaffected areas of the home or business.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system is there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs Emergency Ready Profile

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your commercial facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs as your preferred SERVPRO franchise in the event of a disaster. Having a plan in place helps minimize the amount of time your business is inactive following a disaster.

The ERP is a no-cost assessment that requires little time and can save you a lot of time and money in the future. 

Call us today at (816)224-5300 today to set up an appointment for your ERP!

Stop Grill Fires From Starting With These Tips

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the fire restoration expert. To learn more give us a call or contact us online.

Having your dinner on the grill and your family enjoying your backyard is exactly what summer calls for, but it is important to prioritize safety amidst all the fun. Grilling is a fantastic way to prepare a meal, but it is also one of the more hazardous cooking methods due to the presence of an open flame.

While we are all for a backyard barbecue, we do like to remind everyone of the safety considerations to take in order to prevent fires.

Many people do not realize that grill fires are a frequent issue, occurring around 5,700 times a year as reported by the U.S. Fire Administration. However, by being a safe grillmaster, you can significantly reduce the chances that one will occur.

Safety Considerations to Prevent Grill Fires

Create a safe zone around your grill. Placing your grill in a convenient spot may seem like the most important thing, but we like to urge people to keep safety in mind as well. At least three feet around your grill should be free of flammable materials so there is no chance of a flare-up spreading to nearby objects.

Clean your grill grates often. With each use, your grill grates can become saturated with food and grease that have become stuck over time. Brushing down your grates after each use is always recommended—not only will this keep your grill’s temperatures consistent, but it will also prevent these food bits from becoming too hot and catching fire.

Never leave the grill unattended. Catching a grill fire before it gets out of hand can be the difference in a small incident and a large emergency, so never walk away from the grill when it is lit. If you have to take a break, have someone swap in for you, and always keep a fire extinguisher within arms’ reach.

Inspect the grill regularly. As with anything, grills can wear down with age, especially those that are gas-powered. Doing a visual inspection before each use can help you suss out any gas leaks safely so you can repair them before using your grill again.

If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us anytime (816)224-5300, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

Restoring Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at 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 damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a 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 East Independence/Blue Springs

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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 the knowledge to restore your property.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU NOTICE WATER DRIPPING FROM A LIGHT FIXTURE?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water dripping from a ceiling light fixture can be an extremely dangerous and deserves immediate attention. That is because electricity and water can be a dangerous combination. Most people understand that water drips can come from their plumbing fixtures, but some don’t notice that it’s also possible to suffer a water leak in your light fixtures. To ensure your family’s safety here are steps can help you to safely resolve the issue.

  1. Utilities

Turn off the electricity. Water can conduct electricity from an active electrical line, and that can become a very dangerous situation as the current flows through the metal parts of the light fixture. Any contact with the electrical current from the fixture and the source of water can cause electric shock. To stay safe, better to turn off your electricity for home through the breaker box.

  1. Determine the Source of the Water

Once the electricity is off, try to figure out where the water is coming from. If the source of the water is a leaky pipe, you should turn off the water main valve to your home to prevent the spread of water. Leaving the water flowing can develop more ceiling damage.

  1. Draining

The Water dripping sometimes pool and cause protrusion in your ceiling. If that the case, you may consider draining the area.

  1. Have the Light Fixture Replaced

In order to replace the light fixture, first contact a professional water damage specialist to fix the leak. Once the water has been removed and the leak has been repaired, you should have an electrician replace the light fixture. Do not attempt to do the repair by yourself, you may end up making the problem worse and causing more damage or injuring yourself.

Water in a light fixture can be dangerous and can cause injury as well as damage to your house. Take every precaution and allow professionals to do the most important work.

If you notice a problem and need water damage restoration, here at SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs we will provide trustworthy and effective water damage restoration services. Please call us (816) 224-5300.

Contact A Mold Removal Company In Independence When Water Damage Has Occurred

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Mold can develop because of a leak in the roof, plumbing, foundation, or inadequate ventilation in an area. Mold can develop within 48-72 hours after a water event has occurred. There are over 100,000 different types of mold in the world that reproduce and feeds on organic matter. When the mold becomes dry, millions of spores can be released into the air. Moisture level, temperature, and stagnant air will improve the chances of mold growth. At the first sign of this fungus, contact a Mold Removal Company in Independence before it becomes worse.

When the mold is not removed quickly, it can stain and damage walls, floors, clothing, drapes, and any other item it grows on. The foul smell that is released when a mold is present can be difficult to remove with the experience of a Mold Removal Company in Independence.

The main thing that must occur before mold removal takes place is to eliminate the water source that’s increasing the moisture. All areas around where the mold is visible should be inspected. After a flood, mold can grow behind drywall, in carpets, and behind the drapes. The contaminated area will need to be isolated so mold spores can’t travel to other areas of a building. Wet, damp or moldy items will need to be properly bagged and removed. If the cause of the mold is a leaking roof, the insulation in the attic may need to be removed and replaced.

Mold removal and disinfecting of the area should only be performed by an experienced mold removal company. Failure to follow proper procedures could lead to mold spreading throughout the home through the air. Visit SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs to find out more about flood water removal, ventilation, carpet, tile, grout and marble cleaning.

Acquiring Water Damage Cleanup Services in Blue Springs

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleanup in Blue Springs provides you with complete cleaning services after a natural disaster, fire, or flood. These services include extraction of water, removal of all debris, and reconstruction of the affected areas. By utilizing these services, you receive fast response and effective services. Your local restoration service may file your homeowner’s insurance claim for you to save you time and avoid out of pocket costs. To learn more about these services, contact Professional Fire Restoration.

Restoring Your Home After a Natural Disaster

Your local restoration service offers you the chance to restore your home after a natural disaster. With these services, you receive complete water extraction from your entire home. Sanitation services are performed to ensure that all affected areas are properly cleaned and that there is not the presence of mold, mildew, or other pathogens in your property. Once these services are complete, a contractor will present you with floor plans for the reconstruction of these areas. You may choose the option that you prefer based on your homeowner’s insurance coverage and your personal preferences.

Local Restoration Services

Professional Fire Restoration provides you with water damage cleanup in Blue Springs and so much more. This service provider will address all affected areas after a complete inspection. The inspection assures that all affected areas are cleaned and sanitation services are performed. Their sanitation services ensure that mold, mildew, and or toxins do not develop within your property. They additionally offer complete reconstruction services of the affected areas.

For water damage cleanup in Blue Springs, you should consult your preferred provider immediately after a natural disaster. These fast services allow you to find an immediate solution to property damage sustained by storms or flooding. These events are detrimental to property owners and present the need for a service provider as soon as possible. If your home was damaged due to a natural disaster, clean up and remodeling services are covered through your homeowner’s insurance. To begin this process today, contact SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs.

We are Cleaning Experts

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of corona virus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the corona virus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the corona virus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs @ 816-224-5300

Tornado Safety

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

As we remember the EF3 tornado that brought destructive winds, ranging from 136-165 mph, tearing through our community of Oak Grove, MO just one year ago on March 7th 2017, we want to remember more than the furious funnel, it’s path 7 miles wide, that caused damage to 483 homes, 12 businesses and caused 15 injuries. We want to remember to the quick response and care from our townsfolk and make certain we all know what to do, if this type of force strikes again. While we are grateful for the low number of 15 injuries, preparedness could get that number down to 0

If you are at home during a tornado:

  • Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
  • Get away from the windows.
  • Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.
  • If you are in a mobile home, get out and find shelter elsewhere.

If you are at work or school during a tornado:

  • Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level.
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways, or shopping malls.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

If you are outdoors during a tornado:

  • If possible, get inside a building.
  • If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Look out for flood waters which may also fill low areas.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

If you are in a car during a tornado:

  • Never try to drive faster than a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.
  • Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

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