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Odor Removal and Deodorization

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Odor Removal and Deodorization

9/5/2019

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Platte County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at (816) 579-1600, and leave the restoration to us. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

A Common Misconception: Bleach + Mold

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

A Common Misconception: Bleach + Mold

9/5/2019

Have you ever wondered or Googled, “Does bleach kill mold?” Contrary to popular belief and your findings, bleach does NOT kill mold. Bleach can actually contribute to mold growth. The trusted and experienced mold remediation and restoration company, SERVPRO® of Platte County, is here to educate you on this topic: a common misconception: bleach + mold.

As stated above, bleach can contribute to mold growth. If you suspect mold at your residential or commercial property, please know that bleach is not the solution. It may seem like an inexpensive way to remediate your mold problem, but, with the use of bleach, you could be causing more harm than good. Besides, bleach loses its effectiveness over a period of time.    

Here are some other frequently asked questions (FAQ) surrounded around mold:

  • Where are molds found?
  • How do I test for mold?
  • What are some common indoor molds?

And the list of questions goes on. Get those answers to the aforementioned questions and more here.

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Here at SERVPRO® of Platte County, our heroes are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs. Our advanced equipment helps to detect and stop the source of water feeding the mold. We then isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber.

The best way to combat a common misconception is to educate yourself, immerse yourself in that subject.

10 facts about mold:

  • Mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold is present almost everywhere -- both indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
  • Microscopic spores serve as a conduit, which allow those spores to float along in the air and enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. They can even hitch a ride from your pets and travel indoors.
  • Mold comes in many colors and shapes.
  • “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization and Health Canada all agree that living or working in a building with mold damage results in increased risk of respiratory disease.” Learn more here.

Mold can produce allergens and irritants. You will want a professional who has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. If you suspect that your residential or commercial property has a mold problem, SERVPRO® of Platte County fits the mold and can inspect, assess and remediate your property.

Now that you’ve been educated on this topic: a common misconception: bleach + mold, will you give us your next mold restoration job? Call the mold specialists at 816-579-1600. We’ll make that mold damage at your home or business "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Kansas City Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Fire Damage  

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your 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 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 Platte 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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
816-579-1600 

Commercial Restoration

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Restoring Your Kansas City Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

Commercial

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges 

Flooding and water damage events at Kansas City 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 Platte County

SERVPRO of Platte County 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.

Certifications

  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

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