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Weather Warnings on the Go in Eudora KS

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government-alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include Lawrence local and Kansas state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. There is no sign-up required. Alerts are sent automatically to WEA-capable phones during a threatening weather emergency.

According to weather.gov, alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency.

The types of alerts the National Weather Service will send out are typically about tsunami warnings, tornado and flash flood warnings, hurricane, typhoon, storm surges and extreme wind warnings, as well as dust storms and snow squall warnings.

When you receive a WEA, follow any action advised by the emergency message, especially if it involves an immediate Lawrence evacuation. Seek more details from your preferred television or radio station, NOAA Weather Radio, or another trusted source of information.

Using a Portable Fire Extinguisher in Eudora KS

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

A portable fire extinguisher can be a life and property saving tool when used correctly. In order to operate a fire extinguisher, the NFPA suggests remembering the word PASS.

  • Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Encourage your family members and co-workers to do the same.

Remember, extinguishers do have their limitations! It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your home or facility.

  • Class A- This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.
  • Class B- Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, and oil.
  • Class C- Designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electronically energized or plugged in.
  • Class D- For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found in factories.

Class K- Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. Generally found in commercial kitchens.

Mold in Your Lawrence Home or Business

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your Lawrence area home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line.  SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Today 785-690-7373

If you have a mold problem in your Lawrence home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of the affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional for mold remediation services.

What NOT to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Call SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa 785-690-7373

It's the Water You Don't See in Ottawa KS

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your Lawrence property. SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss.

SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few tools the technicians will use on your job.

Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa to monitor the drying process.

Thermo hygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa can calculate and create an environment most efficient for drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

Foggers: SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa uses a few different foggers. Foggers are used for deodorizing, injecting fungicides and disinfectants for structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot be reached.

What is Water Restoration in Lawrence, KS

8/19/2022 (Permalink)

Imagine you come home from work on Wednesday afternoon and you walk into your living room covered with 8 inches of water.

What do you do?

Who do you call?

Do you call your family friend, a local contractor, or a Water Restoration Company? 

What is the difference?

There are many differences between contractors and Water Restoration Companies.

Here are a few:

  • A contractor's job is to replace everything that is affected.  This will include all flooring, walls, cabinets and even furniture.  SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa is certified in drying water damage to industry standards.  We will not remove material unless it is necessary.  This prevents further interruption to your daily life.
  • A contractor will have to replace all of the materials they took out of your home.  This can take weeks waiting for material decisions, insurance approval, shipping, and installation time.  SERVPRO's average drying time is only 3 days.  We have crews available 24/7/365 and someone to monitor your job daily.
  • Replacing flooring, drywall, and all of your furniture is expensive.  Restoring your home is a lot less expensive than replacing everything in your home.

When you call SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa you can expect a First Responder on site within an hour and your home to be restored quickly by certified, professional technicians.

What is Water Restoration in Baldwin City, Ks

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

What is Water Restoration in Baldwin City, KS

     Imagine you come home from work on a Wednesday afternoon and you walk into your living room covered with 8 inches of water.

     What do you do?

     Who do you call?

     Do you call your family friend, a local contractor, or a Water Restoration Company?

     What is the difference?

     There are many differences between contractors and Water Restoration Companies.

Here are a few:

  • A contractor’s job is to replace everything that is affected. This will include all flooring, walls, cabinets and even furniture. SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa is certified in drying water damage to industry standards. We will not remove materials unless it is necessary. This prevents further interruption to your daily life.
  • A contractor will have to replace all of the materials they took out of your home. This can take weeks waiting for material decisions, insurance approval, shipping, and installation time. SERVPRO’s average drying time is only 3 days. We have crews available 24/7/365 and someone to monitor your job daily.
  • Replacing flooring, drywall, and all of your furniture is expensive. Restoring your home is a lot less expensive than replacing everything in your home.

     When you call SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa you can expect a First Responder on site within an hour and your home to be restored quickly by certified, professional technicians.

We are Cleaning Experts in Lawrence, KS

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our Lawrence 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 Lawrence 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 coronavirus. 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 coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your Lawrence home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa, 785-690-7373

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It's the Water You Don't See in Ottawa, KS

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your Lawrence property. SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss.

SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few tools the technicians will use on your job.

Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa to monitor the drying process.

Thermo hygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa can calculate and create an environment most efficient for drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

Foggers: SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa uses a few different foggers. Foggers are used for deodorizing, injecting fungicides and disinfectants for structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot be reached.

Dangers of Extreme Cold in Eudora, KS

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

While your Lawrence home may be damaged due to winter weather and extreme cold, your personal health is also at risk.

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as heart attacks from overexertion, according to Ready.gov. That is why it’s important to be aware of the effect extremely cold temperatures can have on you.

Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms include white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, and numbness.

Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone’s body temperature is below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, seek medical attention immediately.

To avoid these conditions, stay indoors in Lawrence, if possible. If not, dress in layers to stay warm and keep dry.

2021 Resolution- Plan Ahead in Clinton, KS

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster or a water or fire damage to strike, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure your Lawrence business is “Ready for whatever happens” in 2020.

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize Lawrence business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your Lawrence business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO franchise professional team as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to more than 50 years experience and a system of more than 1,700 franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO READY mobile app, this important information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting immediate help right at your fingertips.

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your Lawrence business is inactive and get you back in your building faster following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes-resolve to be READY by contacting SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa today to establish your Emergency READY Profile and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2020.

Advantages of the SERVPRO ERP:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing only the most critical information needed about your business and building structure in the event of an emergency.
  • Provides facility details, such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
  • Identifies the chain of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building quickly following a disaster.
  • Accessible electronically.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO franchise professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.