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24/7 Water Damage Specialists

2/2/2023 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees cleaning up a water damage 24/7 Water Damage Specialists

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of West Topeka provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of West Topeka arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

Drywall begins to swell and break down.
Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
Furniture begins to swell and crack.
Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
Metal begins to rust and corrode.
Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
Paint begins to blister.
Wood flooring swells and warps.
Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 785-862-0550

Preventing frozen and broken pipes

2/2/2023 (Permalink)

Snow storm Preventing frozen and broken pipes

It's that time of year again. Cold! With temperatures constantly dipping below freezing and winter storms all over the country, it is time to make sure your pipes don't freeze and/or burst. 

For houses without adequate protection the temperature alert threshold is 20 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature un-insulated pipes in unconditioned areas are at risk.

However, pipes can freeze in well insulated houses when the temperatures dip into the teens or below. Extended period of time with temperatures in this range can be dangerous, as heat within enclosed areas of a structure naturally dissipates.

Of course we all have heard the tip to open cabinet doors. It is a simple fix that can save you an immense amount of difficulty. Somehow though we are inclined to think, because it has not happened it will not happen. That is all good and well until it happens.

When pipes freeze hundreds of gallons of water can flow through the walls, behind cabinets and into ceilings. Water damage can cause cabinets to swell, ceilings to collapse, along with damage to furniture and belongings. Water damage also causes soaked carpet and pad. Hardwood and laminate floors can buckle and swell.

As cold spells move across the country make it a habit to open doors to enclosed spaces that contain plumbing. On a side note when you open those doors make sure to remove any hazardous materials to keep them away from children and pets.

If your pipes do freeze make sure to shut the water off at the source, call a plumber to fix the pipe and call SERVPRO of West Topeka. Here at SERVPRO we have the training and equipment to make water damage in your home “Like it never even happened.”

Christmas Tree Fire Safety

12/14/2022 (Permalink)

Christmas Trees Christmas Tree Fire Safety

When celebrating Christmas SERVPRO of West Topeka knows that the tree is one of the most exciting decorations. However, whether the tree is real or fake there can be real fire hazards if you do not take the proper precautions. Firefighters respond to about 160 home fires started by Christmas trees each year. Nearly half (45%) of them are caused by electrical distribution or lighting equipment according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Another 22% of Christmas tree fires are caused by a heat source being too close to the tree. And 15% of fires are intentional. All in all these Christmas tree fires cause $10 million dollars in annual property damage. 

For fire cleanup services, call SERVPRO of West Topeka at 785-862-0550

Employee Appreciation

11/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee Employee Appreciation

Hello and welcome to SERVPRO of West Topeka's Employee Spotlight Series! Shawna Boberg is a Crew Chief for SERVPRO of West Topeka. She has been working with the company for several years, and helps provide excellent customer service for all of our customers. She also has the following certification from Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC): Fire and Smoke Restoration. In her spare time she loves to go hiking and running. Her favorite part of her job is helping others through difficult situations. Her favorite Topeka restaurant is El Mezcal!

If you would like to check out the rest of our SERVPRO of West Topeka team please click here. And remember we are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week!

Remove Odor from Sports Equipment

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of West Topeka is the MOST excited that football season is almost back! However, with the return of sports, comes sports odors. These can be particularly strong if you happen to be a parent washing your teenagers sports gear. That sports equipment is dirty and smells awful. While you might have an extra strong detergent to deal with the uniforms, there are other pieces of equipment that can not be so easily taken care of, and that is where SERVPRO comes in. With a deodorization treatment, franchise pros clean and remove those lingering smells. The multi-step process includes the help of an ozone generator that produces ozone atoms that neutralize odor molecules and remove the smell. Remove the smell from: football pads, cleats, gloves, helmets, and more! 

Employee Appreciation

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

Jay Jay

Welcome to our Employee Spotlight Series! Jay Coverdale is the Marketing Manager for SERVPRO of West Topeka. He has several years of experience working with different communities to bring fun and exciting marketing based events to life. He has been with us for a little over 3 years. He also has the following certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC): Carpet Cleaning. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family and work on restoring old cars. His favorite part of the job is meeting new people. He likes building relationships with people and helping our customers recover from unexpected events in life. His favorite Topeka restaurant is The Blind Tiger! 

If you would like to check out the rest of our team click here

Commercial Property Damage

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Property Damage Commercial Property Damage

If you are a commercial business owner, you know that any type of water damage can be detrimental to your business. It is important when faced with a water damage, fire, mold or any other loss that you can resume normal operations as soon as possible to protect your business. If your business is forced to close until damage repairs are complete your short-term losses will start to add up and your customers may find somewhere else to go which could cause you to lose their business long-term.

SERVPRO of West Topeka specializes in commercial damage mitigation and repair and can help ensure that damages are kept to a minimum, reducing your total losses. Commercial businesses have unique needs when it comes to damage repairs and the best way to protect your business is to leave damage repairs to the pros.

What to Do If Your Property Floods

When your commercial property is affected by water or flooding, the source of water needs to be addressed before water damage repairs can begin. Water damage can affect expensive or specialized equipment and inventory, and it is imperative to act quickly! SERVPRO of West Topeka is ready to respond!

In an event of a disaster call SERVPRO of West Topeka at 785-862-0550. Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Sanitizing a Commercial Building

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Sanitizing a Commercial Building Sanitizing a Commercial Building

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, SERVPRO of West Topeka has been an industry leader when it comes to cleaning up biohazards. We employ highly trained technicians who know how to use the proper equipment to thoroughly clean and disinfect commercial and residential properties. No matter how big or small SERVPRO can disinfect it all. We are prepared for a deep cleaning if someone in your office or home has tested positive for COVID-19, or we can also perform preventative cleanings as well. Another service we offer is a disinfection of high touch areas instead of a more extensive deep cleaning. In the picture for this blog you will see two SERVPRO of West West Topeka employees doing a COVID-19 cleaning for a commercial call facility.

If you have any questions about the services we offer, or if you need a COVID-19 cleanup please give us a call at 785-862-0550.

Water Damage Clean Up

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

Digital clock w/SERVPRO logo in front of green backgroud Water Damage Clean Up

SERVPRO of West Topeka is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of West Topeka has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information
Your insurance information (if applicable)
The street address of the water-damaged home or business
When did the flooding or water damage occur?
What caused the water damage (if known)?
Is there electricity available (on-site)?
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 785-862-0550

About SERVPRO of West Topeka

SERVPRO of West Topeka specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Commercial Building Maintenance

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Maintenance Commercial Building Maintenance

When commercial business owners think about water damage, they often picture storms and natural disasters wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. While it is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water coming from weather events and storms, that is not the only cause.

Many businesses on commercial property forget that damage can come from other internal issues as well. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.

Malfunctioning sprinkler systems

Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work with fire protection systems. While these sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

Damaged appliances and equipment

This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.

Broken pipes and plumbing

Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result.

Backed up sewer lines

This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings.

If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of West Topeka will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime at 785-862-0550