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7 Backyard Landscaping Tips to Prevent Basement Flooding

7 Backyard Landscaping Tips to Prevent Basement Flooding
The warmer temps, the more your green thumb may be itching to dig in the dirt. As you work with the flowers, plants, and trees that accent your garden beds, backyard, and home’s exterior, remember there’s more to landscaping than just growing your curb appeal.  Properly landscaping the perimeter of your home can help prevent water from leaching into basements and below-grade rooms during periods of increased rainfall or accidental water hazards, such as a neighbor’s above-ground pool bursting and flooding onto your property. If you’ve never taken water damage precautions via landscaping methods to help protect your home, summer is a great time to do so. Use the following tips to plant the seeds of your home’s future safety. Grade your yard. To avoid incoming water, the ground should always slope away from your home in all direction surrounding your perimeter. You’ll need to understand the high and low...
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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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Stop Spring Flooding from Bringing about a Sewage Backup

The heavy rains spring brings is damaging enough if it leads to in-home flooding, but add a sewage backup and the problem goes from bad to worse. Instead of water in your home, you now have waste water, which equates to a smelly, dirty mess, with the added disadvantage of potential health hazards for you and your family.

 

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Preventing Home Water Damage

Preventing Home Water Damage
Preventing home water damage can feel time-consuming, but it definitely beats the alternative. Taking the right preventative measures can save you from the headache of a disastrous water loss. Though professional water damage crews have the tools needed to handle any water damage crisis, it's always best to try to keep damages from occurring in the first place. Whether it's residential or commercial property, there are many things you can do to help prevent disasters like frozen pipes, sewage backup, broken pipes, and flooding.Here are some quick tips to help you make sure water stays out of your house and how to spot it early on if it already has.Fix Faulty PlumbingWhile a bit obvious, this point is still important. No matter how small a leak may seem it’s best to take care of it as soon as it’s noticed. A small leak is a sign of a growing problem...
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Carpet Mold: Is Unhealthy Filth Lurking Beneath Your Feet?

Carpet Mold: Is Unhealthy Filth Lurking Beneath Your Feet?
There are lots of benefits to having carpeted floors in your home: energy-saving warmth, decor aesthetics, low maintenance, reduction of falls, and overall comfort. Carpet can also be help to trap dust and allergens until vacuumed, which can be easier on your respiratory system versus kicking up contaminants from wood and laminate floors into the air you and your family breathe.Yet, for all of carpet’s advantages, it does come with one big negative--mold. How Does Carpeting Grow Mold?  Mold spores are all around you, even if they’re so small they’re invisible to the naked eye. When these mold spores land on a damp surface, the only need oxygen and an organic food source to turn in a moldy mess. When carpeting gets wet--due to a spill, an open window during a storm, a ceiling leak, or a flood--it can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew thanks to all that...
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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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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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Springtime Flooding: Are You Covered?

Springtime Flooding: Are You Covered?
Springtime is finally upon us in Clay Center. That clean smell of spring is in the air, and the risk of your basement taking on some extra water is a little higher now than other times of the year. At Lamunyon , we have helped thousands of people who have experienced some type of water damage loss in their home or business. We’ve found time and time again the scariest and biggest unknown for many homeowners is whether or not their homeowner’s insurance policy is going to cover the damage repairs. And unfortunately, that is not an easy question to answer – but we are going to try to shed a little light on the situation for you!The Insurance Information Institute says most homeowners will be protected and covered if there is a water loss from things such as a burst pipe or ruptured water heater that soak some flooring, ceiling...
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7 Tips to Prevent Spring Flooding in Your Home

7 Tips to Prevent Spring Flooding in Your Home
Spring can be a welcome relief after a long winter of cold and snow. But it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, especially as warmer temps cause snow to melt in mass while also leading to rainier weather from up above. Before you know it, flooding is on the rise, and your home is at risk for water damage. As you anticipate the blooming tulips and nesting robins, use the following tips to help strengthen your home’s fight against any spring flooding and rains the season sends your way. Relocate snow: The closer piles of snow are to your home, the easier it is for it to melt and make its way into your home. Clear snow away from around the foundation and and move it to be at least three to five feet away from the exterior. Check gutters and downspouts: When debris, such as leaves, sticks, and dirt, gets trapped in...
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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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How to Respond When Frozen Pipes Burst

How to Respond When Frozen Pipes Burst
When Kansas winter temperatures rise and fall, it can be really hard on your home's water pipes. Sometimes, despite your best efforts in trying to protect your home against the damages that come with frozen pipes, bursts happen. And that’s when you need to respond--and fast. Understanding Frozen Pipes While frozen pipes tend to be more common in older homes, the location of the pipe and the level of insulation surrounding it is really at the root cause. The other factor is, of course, temperature. When the mercury plummets to near record lows, water freezes. When this happens inside pipes, the frozen water expands, creating pressure that can lead to leaking or bursting. Frozen pipe prevention includes installing proper insulation and making sure the heat from your home keeps your pipes above freezing temperatures. If you’re not sure what to look for specifically, work with a professional plumber to address...
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Flooded Home or Basement? Don’t Wait to Act

Flooded Home or Basement? Don’t Wait to Act
Summertime in McPherson means storm season – heavy rains, increased chance of unwanted water getting into your home. While Kansas is not among the top states in the country to experience flooding, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. It is important when a flood or water loss does happen in your home that you do not wait to act on it. Just seeing evidence of a potential small roof leak via a damp circle on the ceiling could just be the tip of the iceberg for a bigger problem. Did you know? Water can seep deep into wall cavities and create pockets of saturation. Those pockets could go unseen for a long time, but keep getting wet again with each new rain storm if the source of the leak is not properly repaired. Even though you don’t see the water, it is still doing damage to your drywall, wood, or...
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Recovering from a Flood at Your Business

Recovering from a Flood at Your Business
It’s early Monday morning and your manager arrives at your Kansas business to find five inches of standing water. Every inch of your business has flooded due to a pipe that burst for some unexplained reason in the ceiling. The store rooms, the front office, the filing cabinets, the computers, you name it, it’s wet. This is where Lamunyon Cleaning & Restoration in Manhattan, KS can help.With hundreds of air movers, dehumidifiers, and other drying equipment at our facility, we can be at your business quickly to start the drying process. Depending on the size of the loss, Lamunyon is prepared to handle drying out a large space thanks to four DryAir trailers for speed drying. Urgency and equipment are major components to handling commercial water losses.Once on site, the crew will do a walkthrough to determine the scope of the damage and the equipment, disinfectants, and other items that will...
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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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Dishwasher Causing Water Damage in Manhattan?

Dishwasher Causing Water Damage in Manhattan?
If you are like most modern homeowners you probably have a dishwasher in your kitchen. Dishwashers are great additions to any home.  Who doesn’t want to make washing dishes more convenient? It is so much easier to convince your children to wash the dishes when you have this handy appliance.Unfortunately, not everything is rainbows and butterflies when it comes to using dishwashers. The convenience often makes us careless, letting us to leave the kitchen while the appliance is running. Most of the time, leaving your dishwasher unattended is no big deal, but once in a blue moon that appliance might decide to malfunction and in that blue moon you may find your kitchen covered in soapy or dirty dishwater.  It is not uncommon for homeowners to return home from work at the end of the day to find their dishwasher has leaked and their kitchen floor is now covered in water....
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Experiencing Water Damage in Manhattan?

Experiencing Water Damage in Manhattan?
Did you know that water damage is one of the most common causes for building damage? Internal issues like pipes bursting or cracking, sewage backups, high humidity or condensation to overflowing washing machines or natural issues such as flash floods, heavy rains, or severe storms can all lead to water damage in your home.If you have water damage in your home our water damage experts at Lamunyon Restoration in Manhattan , Kansas will be able to identify the cause and origin of the water damage and theirimpact on your property, as well as what types of contaminants could possibly be lurking in or around your property.Our team will also determine a plan to protect other parts of your property and equipment. We then will begin the water extraction and cleanup and restoration process. When to Hire a Water Damage Professional Our professionals have the experience and knowledge of proper water damage cleanup. We know...
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My Manhattan Home Flooded!

My Manhattan Home Flooded!
You have just come back from the long needed summer vacation when you discover that your home has be invaded by water! Water damage can be devastating to your home, especially if you don’t know how to properly handle the cleanup process. Don’t worry! Now is the best time to call in Lamunyon Restoration, the best water damage cleanup professionals in Manhattan! Save Time & Money! Lamunyon Restoration have certified professionals who specialize in water damage cleanup in Manhattan. Our certified staff can quickly and efficiently assess any kind of water damage. Once the water damage has been assessed we will completely clean and restore your home to its pre-loss condition!The crew at Lamunyon Restoration are available 24/7 and will response as quickly as possible. While you wait for them to arrive you may want to prepare for their arrival.Make sure you are aware of any gas leaks. If you smell...
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How to Prevent Sewer Backup in your Home or Business

How to Prevent Sewer Backup in your Home or Business
At one time or another you or someone you know will experience the (sometimes) horror and aggravation of a sewer backup.  You panic because of the sight of it all to begin with and then the worry about whether you can get things truly clean again!  Let's first find out...  What Causes Backups? Wastewater can enter a home when the sanitary sewer backs up through either floor drains or a stool.  Causes can include blockages from grease, debris, tree roots, sewer line collapse, or as we've seen in recent years, infiltration of storm water in older sections of town. Storm water sometimes overwhelm the sanitary sewers, taking them beyond capacity...and into your house it comes!  While you can't control what the weather does, nor can you always have an influence on what your local city does or doesn't do to maintain the sewers, you as the homeowner CAN make a...
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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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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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What Our Customer Say

Average rating for Lamunyon Restoration is 4.95 stars of 5 stars - based on 21 reviews
Waterproofing in Topeka, KS
Quick to respond and very helpful. If your insurance company has questions let their experts talk with them as one expert to another. Very grateful for all their help and support in our families time of need.
Jennel Rowe - 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
Water Damage Restoration in Clay Center, KS
Jaimie was great. Spent his entire weekend at our house on two emergency calls, and did so while maintaining a friendly and professional demeanor the entire time. He explained what he was doing and did a thorough job. He took great care not to track anything through the house and kept a clean work ...
Homeowner - Clay Center, KS 67432

What Our Customer Say

Average rating for Lamunyon Restoration is 4.95 stars of 5 stars - based on 21 reviews
Water Damage Restoration in McPherson, KS
After an unexpected and untimely water leak in our basement and a quick call to my insurance company, Lamunyon was dispatched to deal with the mess. To my surprise, they arrived within a couple hours. After showing the team the damaged area and signing the required paperwork, they quickly went into ...
Scott C - McPherson, KS 67460
Basement Waterproofing in Clay Center, KS
Quick and fast service. Totally reliable and I would recommend to anyone! I had water in my basement and they showed up quickly and fixed the problem. They go above and beyond!
Janet S - Clay Center, KS 67432

What Our Customer Say

Average rating for Lamunyon Restoration is 4.95 stars of 5 stars - based on 21 reviews
Water Damage Restoration in Clay Center, KS
Lamunyon Restoration is an excellent provider of cleaning and restoration. When a pipe broke and flooded our basement, I phoned them and a tech came over in minutes to assess our damage and began the clean up of water. The next day, two techs came early morning and assessed what still needed to be ...
Jill N - Clay Center, KS 67432