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What To Do If Your Commercial Basement Has Flooded

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Standing water in your commercial basement can be very dangerous. You’ll want to hire someone to do water extraction as soon as possible. Don’t try to extract the water yourself. Wait and hire a professional with the right tools to remove the water safely and repair any damage once the water is gone. Here is what you should do in case of a commercial basement flooding.

Evacuate the Basement

It’s no longer safe to stay down in the basement once flooding has started. According to the IIRC, the flooded water is a Category 3 and could be crawling with microorganisms and other contaminants. Don’t try to wade through the water to save anything in your basement. After professionals remove the water, that’s when you can take care of drying your furniture and soft goods.

Call a Restoration Company Immediately

Restoration companies have the right equipment to remove any standing water safely. Since you can’t know exactly where the water came from, any contact with the water could be dangerous. Allowing a professional restoration company to use water extraction equipment handled by certified professionals will give you peace of mind that the water will be extracted safely and thoroughly.

Come Up With A Drying Plan

Once the water has been extracted, you’ll need to work with the restoration company to dry out your basement and anything that was left behind in the flood. There are many ways to dry carpets, floors, furniture, and soft goods. Find a restoration company that can handle all of these areas so they can restore your basement to the way it was before. Unfortunately, there may be things like papers and files that can’t be restored, and those will need to be disposed of.

Work With Your Insurance Company

Stay in contact with your insurance company throughout the hiring, drying, and payment process to make sure everything runs smoothly. Restoration companies may speak to your insurance provider directly for their payment. It’s always a good idea to do research on restoration companies prior to hiring to make sure they will take your insurance.

Flooding in your commercial basement can be scary. Let the professionals handle all of your water extraction needs. If you have flooding in your basement, call Kelley Klean for 24-hour emergency service. We are an IIRC certified company that can handle all your restoration needs. Call us at today 573-214-0990.

Can Carpets Be Saved after Water Damage?

 

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When it comes to water and your carpets, the two don’t usually go well together. If you are dealing with a small spill, then it is a quick and easy fix. However, if your carpets come into contact with large amounts of water due to flooding, then that’s when you need to worry. When lots of water comes into contact with your carpet, you have to worry about mold and water damage. If you have wet carpet due to water damage, then you are probably wondering if you can save your carpet.

How Long Has It Been Wet?

Like anything else that has water damage, the amount of time plays a big factor. The faster you can dry out your carpets, the more likely it is that you can save them. If your carpets have been wet for 72 hours or more, then it is best to throw them out. After you hit the 72-hour mark, the chances of mold go up significantly, especially if you have padding.

What Type of Water?

There are three different categories of water when it comes to flooding. The first category is clean water (sink, tub, or supply line). If the water comes from this category, then your carpets have a greater chance of being saved. But if the water comes from a category three (sewer, toilet, or outside water), then you will have to throw your carpets out. It is best to call water damage professional to know what type of water you are dealing with.

How Old Your Carpet Is

One thing you may not think about is how old your carpet is. If you have older carpet that has come into contact with water, then it is best to replace it. Older carpet is more broken down and adding water will just cause your carpets to wear down more quickly. Newer carpet can handle water a little better due to stronger fibers.

Replacing Carpet Padding

Carpet padding is where mold will start to grow first. If you have carpet padding, you may be wondering if you can just replace the padding and not all your carpet. In most cases, you can replace just the padding without having to replace all the carpet.

Water Damage Clean-Up

No matter whether or not your carpet can be saved after water damage or not, it’s imperative that you clean up after a flood. The faster you get to the clean-up process, the more likely it is that your carpet and other items can be saved. While you can do a little bit of water restoration yourself, it is generally best to call the professionals. A professional water restoration company will be able to tell you if your carpets are salvageable, and they can clean up quickly. If you have experienced any type of water damage, then call the experts at Kelley Klean. Kelley Klean will restore your home to its pre-flood state. Don’t wait until the flood waters have settled to call Kelley Klean. Contact Kelley Klean today!

How To Winterize Your Plumbing and Pipes

 

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Living in Missouri means dealing with winter. While you may enjoy looking at and playing in the snow, winter comes with some cold temperatures. Those cold temperatures not only mean you need to bundle up and stay warm but so does your plumbing. In other words, your plumbing and pipes need winterization. Winterization help prevent your plumbing pipes from freezing. Freezing pipes can lead to leaks and breaks in the home. Following these simple steps will help with flood prevention in your home during the winter.

Insulate Your Pipes

The best way to keep your pipes warm is to insulate them. Insulating your pipes is simple. You will first need to buy thick insulation (found at your local hardware store or online). After purchasing the insulation, you will want to wrap the insulation around your pipes. Try wrapping heat tape around your pipes before adding the insulation for better results. Like any other do-it-yourself project, be sure to read any manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the best and safest results.

Fix Exterior Cracks

Exterior cracks allow more cold air to enter your house. The more cold air that fills your home, the more likely it is that a pipe will freeze and burst. To prevent air from getting in through cracks, you will need to locate and fix any exterior cracks. All you have to do to fix a crack is fill it with caulk or spray insulation.

Let Your Faucets Drip

Pipes during the winter month are more likely to freeze and burst at night when the outside temperature drops below freezing. Allowing your faucets to drip a little at night will help keep them from freezing and bursting. The little water that goes through your pipes when dripping is enough to keep your pipes warm.

Open Up Your Cabinets

If your pipes are close to an exterior wall, then they are more likely to freeze. Since exterior pipes receive a little extra cold air flow, they will be the first plumbing pipes to freeze and burst. To prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting, simply open up any cabinets underneath the sink. Opening up your cabinets allows for more warm air to reach your pipes and keep them from freezing.

Insulate Garage Doors, Crawl Space, and Basement Windows

Cold air loves to enter your home through any little crack it can find. A couple of places to look at are your garage door, crawl space, and basement window (if applicable). Any little air pocket in these places will allow cold air to get to your pipes. If too much cold air gets to your pipes, they will freeze. Prevent any air pockets in your garage door, crawl space, and basement windows by adding insulation.

My Pipes Froze and Burst…What To Do?

You can winterize your plumbing pipes and hope they will not freeze and burst, but this isn’t always the case. If you have a flooding problem due to a burst pipe, then call Kelley Klean. Kelley Klean will come out and fix any water damage you may have. Contact Kelley Klean today!

How to Avoid Flooding from Plumbing Issues

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Flood damage is one of the most common problems in a home or commercial property. In some cases, flooding is unavoidable due to inclement weather. We’ve written before about what you need to know about flood damage and steps to take if flooding occurs. Sometimes flood damage is out of your control, but there are many steps you can take to avoid flood damage from causes other than weather. Regular maintenance and cleaning of the drains and sewer lines are essential to avoid flooding from plumbing issues.

Flood Damage from Pipes

When flood damage starts inside your home or commercial property, you are probably dealing with leaky or broken pipes. Changes in pressure, severe cold, or improper installation can cause damage to your pipes. Broken pipes can flood your home in a matter of minutes and are pretty obvious. However, slow leaks can do just as much or even more damage over time because they often go undetected. Leaky pipes from your sinks, appliances, or other areas require a plumber to properly fix. If you notice water where it shouldn’t be, you should contact a plumber. If the leak has been going on for some time, we can help you with cleaning up from flood damage, mold buildup, or carpet cleaning.

Plumbing Issues with Appliances

Most people think of sinks and toilets when they think about plumbing issues. There are also lots of pipes in your home or commercial property from appliances. There are pipes and hoses connected to your washing machine, refrigerator, ice-maker, dishwasher, hot water heater, and other appliances in your home. Over time, these all require proper maintenance and cleaning to prevent flooding from these plumbing issues. Be especially careful when you are moving. It can be very easy to strip the hose connectors on your washing machine and send water shooting in every direction. When you are moving out of your home, the last thing you want to report to a new buyer is flood damage from disconnecting your washing machine. Take extra care and enlist professionals when needed.

Sometimes flooding is unavoidable, but not always! We’ve written before about Six Mistakes Homeowners Make That Cost Them Big In Flood Damage Repair. Make sure plumbing issues are on your radar. Work with a professional plumber to schedule regular, preventative maintenance on your pipes and appliances. Of course, if flood damage does occur, Kelley Klean is here to help you clean up as quickly as possible. Give us a call today at 573-214-0990. We are here for you!

Jefferson City Basement Water Cleanup Tips

Basement water cleanup is one of the most commonly needed restoration services. Basements can fill with water before you even notice. Getting the mess squared away and protecting your furniture and other valuables are the only things that matter. These tips will help you figure out what you can and cannot tackle on your own.

1. Call Professionals if You Have Standing Water

If your basement is sitting under an inch or more of water, you should call in professionals. The risks when dealing with large amounts of standing water include bacteria and mold infestation. Standing water can become a biohazard!

Standing water will need to be pumped away by a professional. It will take you too much time to bail out your basement yourself. Time is of the essence with basement water cleanup. To begin the restoration process, you have to get everything as dry as possible.

2. Keep Yourself Safe First

If you’re going to be tackling basement water cleanup, you’re going to need to protect yourself. Before you even venture down to the basement, you need to make sure you have what you need to stay safe. Start by protecting yourself from contamination. Get a face mask, goggles, and gloves. You don’t want any water to get onto your bare skin, but you especially don’t want it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Mucus membranes can allow bacteria to infect you.

Make sure that you’re wearing sturdy shoes. Closed-toed shoes are the minimum. If you don’t want to throw out your shoes at the end of the cleanup, wear galoshes over your shoes to keep the water out of your shoes. Long sleeves and trousers that can tuck into your socks or galoshes complete your look.

3. Turn Off the Power

Once you have the proper equipment, make sure the area is safe to enter. Turn off the power at the source, even if you don’t think the water was high enough to touch any sockets. You don’t want to risk electrocution. Before you restore the power, have the area looked at by a professional electrician. This is an area where a mistake can have dangerous consequences.

4. Pictures are Essential

Get the details while you can. The era of smartphones has made it much easier for you to document the damage done to your house. Before basement water cleanup efforts begin, take photographic evidence of how bad things are. It will help you when you file a claim with your insurance company.

5. Get Air Moving

Moving air is the enemy of stagnating water. Get air flow into your basement. Put in fans (once the area has been cleared for electronics) and dehumidifiers. If your basement has any windows, open them! The more you encourage evaporation, the sooner your basement water cleanup will be complete.

Basement water cleanup is never easy, but you don’t have to make it hard on yourself. Know when to call in the professionals. If you’re dealing with stagnant water, you need a pump to quickly drain it out. Only an electrician can tell you if it’s safe to plug in down there. Other than that, take lots of pictures and protect yourself and you should be good to go.