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How to Clean Up Water Damage to a Commercial Building

How to Clean Up Water Damage to a Commercial Building
Water damage is one danger of owning a commercial property. It can strike at any time, happening without warning, and be completely devastating to your property. Commercial water damage differs from residential in the way that you are now losing money not only on water damage repair, but also on insurance costs, loss of business, and productivity. ...
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Water Loss Cleanup

Water Loss Cleanup
We have caught a few of our techs in action…Here’s a peak at some of what they do when we spring into action if a water loss occurs at your home or businss. The first picture shows water being extracted, the second is removing carpet squares and the third is removing VCT tile. Our team works quickly to help resolve any issues that have happened to prevent permanent damage and keep your property safe. If you've got any questions about our water damage restoration services, please contact us today.
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8 Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

8 Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Waking up to a snow-covered picture landscape may be the winter dream, but in recent years, things like polar vortices have made the cold and  freezing temps near unbearable. Snowball that with blizzardy conditions so intense they garner their own names--we’re looking at you Snowmageddon, Snowzilla and Snowpocalypse--and winter can be a stressful time of year. Making it just a little bit worse? Frozen pipes. When outdoor temperatures drop below freezing, the water inside your pipes can freeze. Water expands when frozen, which increases the pressure on your pipes, causing them to burst. And that leads to home and property damage--not to mention a whole bunch of headaches you don’t need. Before you pack up your possessions and head south with the geese, the following tips can help prevent bitterly cold temperatures from wreaking havoc on your home. Pipe Prevention Tips Set the Temp : Don’t let your thermostat drop...
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Water Damage from Sprinkler Systems

Water Damage from Sprinkler Systems
Fire sprinkler systems offer reliable and affordable fire protection to your commercial properties. Not only do sprinkler systems prevent lives and property losses from fires, but also save millions of dollars to business owners by way of tax deductions, code and ordinance compliance, insurance savings, and the ability to continue business as usual. But for as beneficial as sprinkler systems may be in reducing harm caused by a fire, the downside is the wet mess they leave behind. Water, Water Everywhere? Not Really. To prevent a fire from spreading and causing widespread damage, if not a total loss, the sprinkler systems springs into action as soon as a fire is detected. This typically occurs during the “flashover” stage, or when the fire transitions from the “growing” stage to the last stage--a fully developed fire. Sprinkler systems can address the specific area of the fire, preventing the spread. This may seem...
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Water Damage Prevention Checklist

Water Damage Prevention Checklist
A water logged ceiling or flooded basement is not something you want to come home to. The staff at Lamunyon wants to help you prevent any water damage disaster that can occur during the summer months. To start protecting your home you will want to start outside. Outside Areas That Need to Be Checked Gutters – You will want to check your gutters to make sure they are free of debris and any other blockage. A gutters sole purpose is to move water away from your home – without the ability to do so, water can overflow and make its way under your roofing and into your attic and ceilings. You do not want to wake up in the morning to the rhythmic sounds of dripping water. Downspouts – Just like your gutters your downspouts should be checked and cleared of debris. Downspouts need to extend away from your property to...
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Water Damage Prevention Tips

Water Damage Prevention Tips
Water Damage Prevention Preventing home water damage can seem to be redundant and time-consuming, but it definitely beats the alternative. Taking the right preventative measures such as fixing any faulty plumbing early on and redirecting rainwater away from your home, can save you from the headache of a disastrous water damage. If water damage does strike your house, it is important to know the signs in order to catch it early on. The longer it sits, the more damaging, time-consuming, expensive, and stress it will become.Water damage can start small and all of a sudden turn into a disastrous mess, destroying everything in its path. If you can keep an eye out for the signs of a premature water damage, you could save yourself a lot of trouble. These include: Faulty Paint If your paint begins to bubble, peel, chip, or show any evidence of discoloration, that’s one of the...
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What to do in Response to a Flood

What to do in Response to a Flood
A flooded house is something every homeowner dreads. It can be very expensive with irreparable damage to important possessions, and a giant headache. The stress that a flood can bring can be overwhelming, to say the least, especially if you aren’t exactly sure how to respond right away. Here are the first basic things you should do in case this happens to you. Take Safety Precautions Before doing anything in your home, it is critical that you ensure the safety of yourself and others. Contact a professional water restoration company to make sure the flood didn’t bring in anything hazardous to your health and that it didn’t damage the structural integrity of your home at all. After you are given permission to enter your property for cleanup purposes, you will want to use the proper protective equipment for the job. Use long rubber gloves when cleaning and documenting the damage and wear...
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5 Ways to Prevent Spring Basement Floods

5 Ways to Prevent Spring Basement Floods
Hey – we have some good news! Spring is almost here! Okay, you probably didn’t need that reminder from us, but we do understand that with the spring thaw and snow melt, and spring storm season, there are more basement floods in the Great Bend area. While Lamunyon is here to help if you do experience a house flood at some point, we also want to help you be proactive to prevent water from getting into places it does not belong. We’ve met homeowners who have their ShopVac permanently on standby to suck up water after every rain. Don’t let that be you!So, here are our five tips for keeping your basement bone dry this spring. Check your landscaping. Take a good look at the slope of your lawn and landscaping. Everything you do should encourage water to run away from your home, not toward it. When you lay mulch down...
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Commercial Water Loss; Clay Center, KS

Earlier this week we got a call from Kingdom Hall, a Commercial building that had a BIG water loss. The connection for the water line to a drinking fountain came loose and sprayed just about everything inside. Our team responded right away to save the day!We extracted the water, tented/encapsulated the space and began the drying process. Affected materials were removed, including some drywall and insulation. This proper procedure ensures no mold will start grow as a result of the damage, which so frequently happens with water losses. Luckily we got this high traffic space up and running in no time. Another job saved by Lamunyon Restoration!
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4 Reasons Why You Should Take Fast Action with Water Damage Cleanup

4 Reasons Why You Should Take Fast Action with Water Damage Cleanup
You wake up in the middle of a summer night, a little on edge. Something doesn’t feel right. You peruse the house and realize that your washing machine carrying your once bright whites, malfunctioned— water everywhere . Whether you are standing in ankle-deep water or feel a soggy layer of linoleum underfoot, time is of the essence. You need to act fast to complete water damage repairs for the following reasons: Structural Integrity Water is a destructive force. There’s about a 100% chance that uncontained w ater will damage your little Manhattan home in one way or another. You may notice the hardwood floor start to bow, the walls begin to look discolored and weak, and the ceilings start to cave. If water threatens the structural integrity of your home, it can cost thousands of dollars in repair. Not only that, but the compromised structural integrity of your home can make...
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Avoiding Commercial Water Damage in McPherson

Avoiding Commercial Water Damage in McPherson
McPherson is in for a wet winter in the new few months with rain and snowstorms moving in and temperatures dropping below freezing moving into December. Wet, cold weather conditions call for additional precautions when it comes to preparing your commercial property for the winter to avoid any water damage that may occur in your commercial establishment.Water damage can happen in a variety of ways around a commercial establishment throughout the year, but is most common in the winter due to frozen pipes that can expand or burst with expanding ice, or due to  improperly coupled joints in the pipes that rupture due to the continuous expansion and contraction of freezing and thawing. Both problems can cause significant water damage, especially if the frozen pipes occur over a weekend or holiday. Tips for Avoiding Commercial Water Damage • Before temperatures drop, remember to empty all hoses, external faucets, pools, sprinkler lines, and anything else...
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How to Deal with Water Damage in Manhattan

How to Deal with Water Damage in Manhattan
There is water everywhere you look – soaking your carpets, covering your hardwood floors, soaking into the walls and furniture. Some of your belongings are floating past you as the kids beg to go swimming in their new “swimming pool”. Whether the water damage was caused by a broken water heater, a cracked water pipe or a natural flood, there are some steps you can take to salvage your belongings and limit the damage and loss.Find the Source.  If the water is coming from your own home you will want to find the shut off to your main water valve. Turn this off immediately to stop any more water flow. It would be a good practice to have everyone in your Manhattan household get familiar with the location of the shut off valve to your main water line. Don’t use Electricity Avoid using electrical appliances if your carpet, flooring and walls...
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Do's and Don'ts When Dealing with Water Damage

Do's and Don'ts When Dealing with Water Damage
You’ve just come home and found your basement or kitchen flooded with water, thanks to a burst pipe. Or perhaps it has been raining and the rain water has gotten inside your house and flooded it. Either way, dealing with water damage is nerve-wracking, especially when you do not even know where to start. Here are some tips from Lamunyon Restoration in Manhattan for dealing with water damage. What You Should Do After Water Damage If it is possible, the first thing to do is to stop the water at the source to avoid further flooding. Shut off the valve at the appliance, or your home's water main shutoff valve. Turn off the electricity and remove any electrical devices that can be safely removed. If you are not sure about which ones can be safely removed, turn off the power and leave it at that. Place aluminum foil under furniture legs to prevent...
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Sump pump maintenance and safety checks

Sump pump maintenance and safety checks
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="276"] Sump pump failure[/caption] While we may be in a drought (right now) there's always the "wait 15 minutes and it'll change" rule for Kansas!  Sooner or later, we WILL have rain, and if it's true to form, several of those rains will be by the bucket load!   For those of you living in  Lindsborg and Salina  the last few years, you KNOW what we mean!Since many have sump pumps, it's good to check them over periodically.  It's easy to get an out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality, but boy do you wish you would've checked things later when it backs up and you have  water damage !  The following is a brief but important check list to consider: This one is simple:  Is it plugged in?  Make sure it's plugged into a working ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet and that the cord is in good shape.  Sometimes...
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Mold and Moisture: What You Should Know

Mold and Moisture: What You Should Know
Molds are living organisms that grow in damp places in your Kansas home. They stain or discolor surfaces and smell musty. The slimy black spots on your shower curtain, the fuzzy white patches on your basement floor, and the slick orange film that forms on your kitchen drain are all signs of mold. Lamunyon Restoration offers these tips for preventing mold growth in Hutchinson.Walls, floors, appliances, carpet, and furniture can all provide the food mold needs to grow. But the key is moisture. For this reason you're most likely to see mold growth in damp places such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces.There are hundreds of thousands of different types of mold . Molds are a type of fungi and they reproduce by means of tiny microscopic spores. These can sometimes cause health problems. Mold does not affect everyone, and different people are affected differently when mold...
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Why Choose a Professional Water Restoration Company?

Why Choose a Professional Water Restoration Company?
When a homeowner experiences a water loss, the first thought is to 'get a wet/dry vac, some towels and a fan.'  Is that all that is needed?  Is this idea of hiring a restoration or remediation company just another scam?  Is it overkill and you can really just do it yourself?  Consider a few points and then you decide... When water damage occurs , it's not usually nice clean water that has spilled onto the carpet or flooring.  Many times the water has been sitting there unnoticed too.  So technicians have to combat a number of threats, some visible and some invisible, before their job is done.  Structural weakening, chemical runoff, electrical hazards, dangerous wildlife, and deadly microbes are all common risks techs will have to face.  With proper training and equipment though, dangers to the technician and the family can be minimized. Flood and sewage backups  are normally host...
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How Can You Tell if it's Wet?

It’s pretty easy to spot wet carpet; we don’t even need to touch something that we can see is wet.  Sometimes in the middle of the night you yourself may have even had the unfortunate experience of stepping in a wet spot on the tile or carpet, and you hope it’s just water and not that Ole Rover couldn't hold it.  It is not a pleasant experience. Noticing water in carpet or on tile is not too difficult.  This is the water that we refer to as “Dumb Water”.  No, it’s not that we test its intelligence, but it’s that the water doesn't know any better than to hide if it doesn't want to be found.  Water that hides?  Yes, this type of water is referred to as “Smart Water”. Water naturally wants to seek its equilibrium so while some water will soak into the carpet and pad and be...
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Three Tips to Prevent Water Damage

By taking just a few preventative steps, you will save so much time and money, plus avoid the stress of dealing with water damage in your home. Here's three suggestions to help prevent water damage in the future. 1. CHECK HOSES ON APPLIANCES Everyone has appliances in the home: dishwasher, washer, dryer, and more. Depending on the quality of material used originally and the age of your property, these hoses can become cracked or split, causing leaks to happen unnoticed until it's too late. Checking for old hoses now can save you quite a bit of money down the road, so set aside an hour or so one and go through your home. Usually, a simple hands-on test should be sufficient to determine if the hose needs replacement, and you can usually get inexpensive parts at your local hardware store. 2. CHECK PLUMBING UNDER THE SINK The plumbing underneath your...
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What are Hidden Signs of Water Damage?

If you have ever experienced a water intrusion in your home or office, it's safe to say that it was a stressful experience.  No one wants the headache of dealing with wet carpets, walls, and furniture. Hopefully, you called a professional water restoration company, like Lamunyon Restoration. We've received many phone calls over the years from panicked home or business owners after they've tried drying the water themselves, only then to realize they are in way over their heads.  One of the many reasons why a professional is needed is because of the hidden signs of water damage when it's incorrectly dried out. Although its possible that walls and ceilings may appear dry after water damage occurs, in most cases the water has entered from behind the walls. Using a moisture meter is very important so as to detect any moisture.   If it is behind the walls, there's almost a...
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Three Reasons You Shouldn't Repair Water Damage Yourself

Three Reasons You Shouldn't Repair Water Damage Yourself
So you walk down the stairs into the basement and behold this horrific sight. After the screaming stops and you start breathing again, what do you do? Should you immediately grab your shop vac and call all family and friends who owe you a favor? Or is it safer, and in many cases, less expensive to call a professional restoration company after water damage occurs? If you guessed the latter, you're correct! Here's the top 3 reasons you should immediately reach for the phone for professional water damage restoration: 1.  Safety is first and foremost.  If the flooding is not from a clean water source, dealing with raw sewage is very dangerous without the proper equipment and training. Mold can also easily grow when walls, floors, and trim aren't completely dried. Why endanger the health of your family by taking the chance and drying it yourself? 2.  Save money! Most...
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What Our Customer Say

Average rating for Lamunyon Restoration is 4.96 stars of 5 stars - based on 30 reviews
Insulation in Topeka, KS
Ed was very personable and knew the service and products. He answered all our questions, and we had a lot. Thanks.
Rhonda S - Topeka, KS 66610
Insulation in Topeka, KS
The company did a very good job in installing their product. Very professional in all aspects of the project from estimating to final delivery. Would highly recommend them.
Richard B - Topeka, KS 66610
Foundation Repair in Concordia, KS
The Lamunyon crew did an excellent job: thorough, helpful, professional work and communication.
Kaleen K - Concordia, KS 66901

What Our Customer Say

Average rating for Lamunyon Restoration is 4.96 stars of 5 stars - based on 30 reviews
Basement Waterproofing in McPherson, KS
Unfortunately, we have had a water leak in our basement twice in the past 6 months. Both times Lamunyon has helped us with the water removal and restoration and they were wonderful to work with! We had a different crew come out than the first time but both were professional, helpful, went out of ...
Kayle C - McPherson, KS 67460
Water Damage Restoration in Topeka, KS
The Service professional Alex...arrived promptly, worked diligently to restore our flood-soaked commercial carpet. He spent the time to explain to me in layman's terms what he was doing, showing me readings from his equipment and made great suggestions for future cleanup to avoid costly repairs in ...
Diana U - Topeka, KS 66610

What Our Customer Say

Average rating for Lamunyon Restoration is 4.96 stars of 5 stars - based on 30 reviews
Water Damage Restoration in McPherson, KS
They responded quickly, explained in detail what needed to be done and how they were going to proceed. They worked well together and problem solved to complete the work at hand. Being it was 12:30 AM when arriving on site to begin the work they were very polite and energetic to get the mess cleaned ...
Roger K - McPherson, KS 67460