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Customer Service Training

Customer Service Training
This week our staff took some time to participate in a class designed to enhance our customer service skills.  We strive to provide the best customer service we can for our customers.
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Can My Roof Hold Santa & His Sleigh?

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While elves are busy making toys for good little girls and boys, your children might have some concerns about the logistics of Santa delivering their presents on Christmas Eve. After all, there are a lot of houses and children to visit in just a few hours, so the smoother the landing zone, the better! We thought we’d help you put your child’s mind at ease about your house being Santa-ready – specifically about making sure your roof is ready to hold Santa, his sleigh, and his eight tiny reindeer. First, let’s set the scene. According to The Telegraph, Santa’s sleigh weighs more than 2 million tons, once loaded down with toys. He also travels about 1,800 miles every second, so the time he spends on your roof will be over with the twinkling of an eye. Still, that roof better be ready!To ensure a successful landing and departure, here’s a roof maintenance checklist:Do a...
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Problems Overhead: What's Causing Your Ceiling Damage?

Problems Overhead: What's Causing Your Ceiling Damage?
Only second to your roof, ceilings provide much needed overhead protection from the elements, extreme temperatures, and debris floating in the air. They also hold insulation in and keep unsightly beams and pipes undercover. While you may not give your home’s ceilings much thought day to day, when they start to show signs of damage, they are sure to move up the priority list.Types of Ceiling DamageCeiling damage can present itself in a few different ways: Ceiling stains: If you’re ceilings are painted a nice bright white, any discoloration is sure to attract the eye. Ceiling stains come in different colors and shapes, but when they appear, there’s no denying something’s not right. Ceiling cracks: Looking just as it sounds, cracks can form in the ceiling. Some may form in a spiderweb pattern while others may form long straight lines. Bowed ceilings: For the most part, ceilings should be level and...
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5 Tips to Prevent Sewage Backup in Your Home

5 Tips to Prevent Sewage Backup in Your Home
Damaging floors, walls, furniture, appliances, electrical systems, and other home possessions, sewage back ups can be a serious problem. Making it even worse are the costs associated with such destruction, which often aren’t covered by average homeowners insurance policies without the addition of a specific rider.Even with complete financial coverage, a sewage backup is something better to avoid. Not only does it create a stinky, awful mess, but also increases risk of exposing you and your family to harmful bacteria and disease should sewage water make its way into your home.Sewage Backup HazardsTopping the list of worst plumbing problems, sewer backup can lead to large leaks or burst pipes resulting in a contaminated situation that can make you and your family sick. The most common reported illness associated with oral exposure to polluted sewer water is gastroenteritis, or more commonly referred to as a stomach bug or stomach flu, with symptoms of...
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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 as though you are trading...
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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 prevent water...
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Washing Machine Overloaded or Overdue?

Washing Machine Overloaded or Overdue?
A homeowner recently told us that she had left her house after turning on the washing machine, only to return 30 minutes later and discovered it was still filling up with water. Sadly for this homeowner, a broken water supply line caused extensive damage not only to the laundry room, but also to the ceiling, wall and floor in the room directly below the laundry area.Water Damage Caused by a WasherThe homeowner said she couldn’t believe so much water could come out of such a small break in the pipe. She was shocked to learn that a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day. She was even more stunned to know that her washing machine used an upwards of 40 gallons of water per load.Here are some additional water facts that relate to our homes and possible insurance claims:A newer washing machine with an...
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Safety Tips for July 4th Celebrations

Safety Tips for July 4th Celebrations
Tips to Keep You, Your Guests, and Your Home Safe this July 4thWhether you’re celebrating America's Independence by celebrating with family and friends, grilling out, splashing in the pool or going to the beach, or getting out of town, making safety first priority is the best way to avoid accidents and losses from ruining your well-intentioned plans.Don’t think safety is a necessity for this independence holiday? Consider a few statistics compiled by WalletHub and NFPA: 3 states ban all consumer fireworks (Delaware, Massachusetts, and New Jersey) 67% of all annual fireworks injuries take place within a month of July 4th On average, 800 people go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries July 4th is America’s top beer-drinking holiday 400 people are killed in Fourth of July car crashes each year In 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S., over 1,400 of them were structure fires and 14,000 were outside...
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Professional Commercial Property Meth Lab Cleaning Services

Professional Commercial Property Meth Lab Cleaning Services
As the stolen Winnebago used by Walter White in AMC’s Breaking Bad proves, a meth lab can be set up just about anywhere. And that holds true for your commercial property, be it an office building with unsecured storage space, a for-profit parking lot, or apartments you rent out to tenants.The good new is the number of methamphetamine lab incidents, which include labs, dumpsites, and chemical and glassware seizures tends to be downtrending. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), incidents for 2014 totaled 9,338, down from the 2013 total of 12,050. While it’s hopeful to think this reduction in occurrences means your property is safe, you still need to know how to respond should a run in with a meth lab happen.Professional Meth Lab Cleaning ProtocolMeth labs are dangerous business, and lead to toxic residues, fumes, and vapors caused by the combination of harmful chemicals. These chemical mixtures can be life threatening...
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Water Damage Prevention Tips

Water Damage Prevention Tips
Water Damage PreventionPreventing 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 PaintIf your paint begins to bubble, peel, chip, or show any evidence of discoloration, that’s one of the easier signs of...
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8 HVAC Tips Energy Pros Want You to Know

8 HVAC Tips Energy Pros Want You to Know
As the seasonal transition from cool to warm temperatures happens, your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has to work in new ways to keep your home comfortable. Instead of eliminating the nip in the air, it now has to help you and your family chill out while also reducing the dampness caused by summertime humidity.If your HVAC system is brand new, that may be as simple as flipping a switch and changing your thermostat settings. However, no matter what age your HVAC system is, it’s always best to complete regular maintenance and take proper measures to prevent costly repairs and wallet-draining energy costs.Energy Saving HVAC TipsBefore it’s time to blast the A/C, use the following tips to keep your HVAC system running at it’s best without forfeiting comfort or cash. Schedule a checkup: Kick off the cooling season by getting your HVAC system in good shape. Hire a skilled...
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Creating a Fire Escape Plan for Apartment Building Residents

Creating a Fire Escape Plan for Apartment Building Residents
As a landlord or property manager, you have a long list of roles and responsibilities. Rising to the top of the list--above repairing leaky faucets, quieting noisy neighbors, and collecting monthly rent--is tenant safety. The units you lease to renters are homes, and while a large eat-in kitchen and balcony with a view are great selling points, tenants ultimately want peace of mind first.Supervising a building and conducting routine maintenance are part of the safety equation. After all, the more preventative measures you take can help decrease the possibilities for hazardous and damaging situations to both renters and your property. But keeping your building in tip-top condition only goes so far. Accidents happen, and the outcomes can be critical.Among the most common damaging household accidents is fire. Households can expect to average a home fire every 15 years, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 2015 alone, 95,000 fires...
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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 tiles...
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Don’t Let Spring Rain Damage on Your Home

Don’t Let Spring Rain Damage on Your Home
April showers bring May flowers, but spring rain can also lead to water damage. Basement flooding due to foundation problems and roof leaks can become costly problems when a big storm hits. The good news is by taking proper measures, you can prevent spring rains from hurting your home. Start at the TopWhile flooding often comes first to mind when discussing rain damage, it’s not the only hazard brought in with storms. A roof in need of repair can lead to water leaking in and causing big problems up above. Typically roofs should be replaced every 15 to 20 years, and regular maintenance is key to getting the longest life from your overhead cover. Bring in professional to inspect your roof and repair any cracks, missing shingles, and general wear and tear. Keep in mind that even a loose nail can allow water to leak in. Be on the lookout for water...
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Spring To-Do List: Prep Your Home for Warmer Weather

Spring To-Do List: Prep Your Home for Warmer Weather
With weather warming up, it’s time to shake off the cabin fever and put that extra stored-up energy toward preparing your home for the spring and summer seasons. Regular maintenance is key to preventing and responding to regular wear and tear that happens with age, use, and weather elements. And getting started early means more lazy summer days to spend relaxing. So let’s get started!Outside Spring To-Do List Windows: Replace removable storm windows with screens, and clean dirt and allergen build up from interior and exterior glass as well as the window frame itself. If windows let cold air in during the winter or air-conditioned air out in the summer, consider replacing your windows with more efficient options.Yard drainage: One of the best ways to keep outside water from entering your basement is to grade your yard away from your home with the highest point at the foundation and leveling down from...
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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 gutters,...
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Meth Lab: Questions Every Property Owner Should Ask

Meth Lab: Questions Every Property Owner Should Ask
When you became a property owner or landlord, you likely never expected your life to feel like a day on the set of Breaking Bad. That is, you probably never thought the space you’d live in, rent out, or run your business from would’ve been previously occupied by a methamphetamine laboratory, also known as a “meth lab.”But the truth is meth labs exist all across the country, with the 2014 total reaching more than 9,000 labs, dumpsites, and chemical and glassware seizure sites, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). What is a meth lab?Meth labs are where methamphetamines, also called “meth,” “speed,” “crank,” “crystal” and “ice,” are made (“cooked”), stored, or used. This powerful drug affecting the central nervous system is man-made, and the production typically takes place in illegal laboratories set up in homes, apartments, lodging rentals, office building, and abandoned structures throughout rural areas, small towns,...
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3 Cost Saving Benefits of Commercial HVAC Duct Cleaning

3 Cost Saving Benefits of Commercial HVAC Duct Cleaning
There’s a lot that goes into running a successful business beyond the specific services or products you provide to your customers. Finance, human resources, marketing, and legal are all areas that may fall on your shoulders if you’re a small business owner or may be something you oversee at a higher level if your business is bigger. Either way, maintaining the needs of your business can be a heavy burden to shoulder, so much so that the needs of the building housing your business can fall to the wayside.The maintenance needs of your commercial space will differ from building to building, and business to business. But the one thing that all have in common is providing a clean, safe work environment for your employees and visiting customers and vendors. You may have a janitorial staff or single staff member on your payroll already, but in reality your building is only as...
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Sewage Backup: Are you Covered?

Sewage Backup: Are you Covered?
Did you know that you’re responsible for the plumbing lines on your property, including the sewage mainlines that run on your property connecting to the municipal sewer lines? That means that if there is deterioration, collapse or obstruction, you are responsible for the maintenance or repair of these lines – and the cleanup that follows.It goes without saying that having to deal with a sewage backup is something no one would want to deal with, however, it happens and it can happen to you. It’s a common problem, but there are ways you can act to prevent a sewage blockage or failure.Common Causes of Sewer Line Damage & BackupsAged Sewer System: Many sewer lines in the United States are older than 30 years and many newer lines connect to older municipal sewage systems. Because of the age and constant strain on these systems, the older lines weren’t built to withstand the...
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The Woes of Frozen Pipes

The Woes of Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes can be devastating, and very expensive to repair depending on where the burst is in the line. This can happen to anyone, in any home. Not too many years ago, there was a story that made headlines about an upscale mansion in Detroit that had some pipes freeze and burst on the third floor, and the damage was nothing short of devastating. The house looked like something out of the movie Frozen.While that is an extreme example, frozen pipes are fairly common. It might not be water rushing down a staircase turning it into an ice palace, but it happens nonetheless in areas of homes where there is not enough heat, or if the heating system fails. The most common places for pipes to freeze are basements, crawl spaces, and along the exterior, uninsulated walls. The common denominator here is the lack of heat flowing through these areas, and...
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Just the Facts: Radon Realities, Testing, & Dangers

Just the Facts: Radon Realities, Testing, & Dangers
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that, similar to carbon monoxide, is scentless and invisible. Testing is the only way to determine if there is radon inside a building, and prolonged exposure to radon gas can cause health problems down the road including lung cancer. According to the EPA, radon causes about 21,000 cases of lung cancer every year – making it the second leading cause of that type of cancer, second only to smoking.There is always a riskNo matter how lavish or run down, there is always a risk of elevated levels of radon. This is why, in many states, a radon test is done in homes before they are sold. It is a good idea to do this in rental spaces as well. While you can pick up a radon test kit at a local hardware store, there is a much greater chance of error in the results...
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Radon: A Hidden Danger

Radon: A Hidden Danger
What is the radon level in your home? Is it at dangerous, even fatal, amounts? These are two questions that most people have never even considered. However, it is something every person needs to be aware of. Radon is a radioactive gas. It is labeled as “RN” on the periodic table of elements. Radon is colorless and odorless making it very difficult to detect. Radon is the heaviest gas. It is nine times denser than air. It is also just a single atom opposed to oxygen or water which are comprised of multiple elements. This means radon is far more likely to penetrate common materials like paper, plastic, sheetrock, concrete, and so forth.So what does this all mean?  Because of its unique properties radon is highly dangerous. In fact, radon poisoning is the second highest cause of lung cancer in the Unites States at 21,000 deaths per year, second only to...
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Holiday Safety Tips in McPherson

Holiday Safety Tips in McPherson
Believe it or not, residential fires during the holiday seasons are more frequent and more deadly than any other time of the year. At Lamunyon Dry Out & Foundation Repair, we want everyone to have a happy holiday season, and would like to share some tips for preventing a fire in your McPherson home. Have a happy and safe holiday season!Christmas Tree SafetyIt only takes a dry tree 30 seconds to fully engulf in flames, and it doesn’t take much for a dry tree to ignite. Make sure when you get your Christmas tree, it has fresh green needles on it, and be sure to water your tree daily. Remember when watering your tree, to not get any water on the lights, and make sure the lights are unplugged when you are adding water to reduce your risk of electrical shock.Keep your tree at least three feet away from vents or...
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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 that is at...
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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 Dry Out & Foundation Repair, the best water damage cleanup professionals in Manhattan!Save Time & Money!Lamunyon Dry Out & Foundation Repair 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 Dry Out & Foundation Repair 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...
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Prevent Water Damage From Faulty Appliances

Prevent Water Damage From Faulty Appliances
Water damage can happen anytime, but if you are proactive you can prevent many common causes of water damage in your home. Our appliances are leading contributors to water damage due to old or damaged connections, appliances in need of repairs, or improper uses of household appliances.Preventing water damage caused by appliances requires only regular maintenance and inspections and addressing anything that may be concerning before it becomes a major problem. Here are some things to look for, and what you should do to prevent water damage in your Manhattan home.Locate Your Main Water Supply Shut-OffTo prevent any major water damage, you should know where your main water supply shut-off valve is inside your Manhattan home. Being able to quickly locate the shut-off valve and turn off the supply of water will prevent substantial amounts of water from damaging your home.The main water shut-off valve is usually in the basement, or...
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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 Dry Out & Foundation Repair 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...
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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 dampness will trip those breakers, basically...
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Preventing Kitchen Fires

Preventing Kitchen Fires
All too often we hear of someone innocently starting to deep fry some chicken, or fries or a tortilla, leave the kitchen for "just a minute" and come back in to a blazing stove top.  The mess a fire like this creates is unbelievable. I spent a few minutes reviewing a report from the University of Maryland and it's Department of Fire Protection Engineering.  In among all the statistics for how quickly different oils ignite were the sobering facts about residential fires.  They account for 1/4th of fire incidents but they're also responsible for 75% of fire related deaths and injuries.  Eighty eight percent of fires leading to deaths were on the range or cook top and 93% of these "food ignition fires" began with the ignition of cooking oil.Further considerations in cooking with oil...Cooking oil and fireOil is a key ingredient found in the majority of today’s kitchens. Whether a recipe calls for...
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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 Dry Out & Foundation Repair 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...
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Why do electrical outlets need to be grounded?

Why do electrical outlets need to be grounded?
Are these THAT necessary?  Many houses don't have them, especially older homes.  So what's the big deal?  The answer is: safety.  If the device you're using develops a short inside it and allows the electricity to find an easier path than the neutral wire, it will take it - a lot of times, into YOU!  If not you, then it can take a path through some flammable material, which really isn't a good thing either.So if you're remodeling, be sure to install outlets with a grounding function.  Especially if you are working in an area near water (kitchen, bathroom) do you need to install GFI or GFCI outlets.  What these do is compare the amount of electricity leaving through the hot (usually black) wire and returning through the neutral (white) wire.  If they are different, it breaks the circuit.  This is to protect you if some of the electricity is passing...
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Electrical safety at home

Electrical safety at home
Doesn't everyone do this?Familiar scenario.....you plug in a space heater to warm a chilly room.  You leave it on for a while, but just to be safe, you unplug it after leaving the room for any amount of time.  Or this one...you're phone is almost dead and you turn it off and plug it in - and go to bed.  What's wrong with that?  Usually nothing is wrong with appliances plugged in overnight, or while you're gone.  However, there have been some studies lately showing dangers when that is done.  A federal agency recently conducted a study showing how things can go VERY wrong very quickly! We just finished cleaning up after a fire where the homeowners had left a space heater plugged in.  No, it wasn't turned ON, just plugged IN.  Safe, right?  Evidently not, as they came home from a relaxing weekend away to find about a 10' section of...
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Clothes Dryer Fires - A Simple Prevention

Clothes Dryer Fires - A Simple Prevention
A recent survey showed in a 4 year period 1 in 22 home fires involved either a washing machine or a dryer.  The dryer fires are really fairly easy to prevent with just a few simple steps.  We have them listed below...Clean out your lint screen Each Time you use the dryer.  It's fast and easy.  Think of it as depriving the fire of any food!Check your vent hose.  Make sure it's in good shape.  Did you know the white plastic hoses have been outlawed?  These aren't safe and need to be replaced.  Use the aluminum type, just make sure the length is as short as possible and don't crush or kink it when you push the machine back.Clean the vent line regularly.  It's so important this line isn't clogged with lint since it can greatly increase the chance of a dryer fire.  If you cannot clean the line by yourself, call a...
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Earthquake preparedness -- IN KANSAS??

Earthquake preparedness  --  IN KANSAS??
 When we moved here 20 years ago, it was almost laughable when my husband suggested having an earthquake rider put on our homeowner's policy.  In fact I think I DID laugh because it seemed so bizarre.  Here we had just moved from "earthquake country," Southern California, where Kansas folks think we had earthquakes on a daily basis (and Californians thought Kansans had tornados weekly)!   Who would have thought that 20 years later a good deal of people would be tacking the same rider on their policies and NOT laughing about it!So while the cause of the earthquakes is a continuing debate, what can we be doing to educate and prepare ourselves in case these continue in frequency and (hopefully not) intensity?  First of all, you've probably heard of the Richter scale.  This is something we just grew up with in California and we would know how bad things REALLY were when...
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Freeze proofing your pipes - and saving yourself a lot of trouble!

Freeze proofing your pipes - and saving yourself a lot of trouble!
    Did you know a burst pipe can cost more than $5,000.00 according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety?  Every winter Lamunyon Dry Out & Foundation Repair will get several calls as a result of frozen pipes.  If not the winter, then spring when we tend to let our guard down.  If this has ever happened to you, you know the mess it can cause as well as the damage!  From pinhole leaks in copper lines, to the big split of a pvc pipe, it's a disaster either way.  Are there some easy and preventable things you can do?  As our photo above shows, there are several factors as to HOW this all can happen. Ironically, the better you insulate the ceiling and the floor, the more you put pipes in those areas at risk.  So what can you do? The easiest thing to do is insulate with foam...
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Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Dangers
Any more, it would seem like everyone would be well aware of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.  However, it's averaged that 170 people die every year due to malfunctioning fuel burning appliances.What are some things you can do to protect your family?  First, let's learn a little bit about what it is exactly...Overview:Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless and invisible gas produced during the combustion of fuels such as gasoline, diesel and propane.  Since victims cannot see or smell this gas they don't realize they are in danger, often until it is too late.  Carbon monoxide can poison you in just a few minutes.Symptoms:Symptoms will vary depending upon length of time and general health. Low levels - may include flu-like symptoms such as headaches, sore eyes and a runny nose along with general disorientation and tiredness.Medium levels - can include dizziness, drowsiness and vomiting.  This is a very dangerous stage...
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Fall Home Inspection DIY 5 Simple Steps

Fall Home Inspection DIY  5 Simple Steps
We all can become so used to looking at our home that we no longer are aware of minor areas for improvement.  Too often these go from Minor to Major! Here are Five suggestions for you to look at your home with the eyes of a pro: 1:  Judge a Book by it's CoverThe logical place to start any fall inspection is outside the house.  Here you can note the Big Picture:  cockeyed windows or a sway in the roof would signify a foundation issue, chimney, roofing, flashing and siding need to be inspected.  Are you seeing some stains on the siding, indicating gutters not directing water away from the house properly?  What about peeling paint or missing mortar in distressed spots, small holes or droppings, indicating animal or insect nests?Don't just look at the outside structure, look around too.  How about the tree branches scraping across the roof?  That could be a...
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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 difference by taking...
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Can Bleach Be Used to Properly Clean up Mold?

Can Bleach Be Used to Properly Clean up Mold?
We recently attended a class in forensic clean up.  In the class the instructor made the comment that bleach has lost it's rating as a sporicide.  That led me to think:  Bleach has been used for so long by homeowners as a quick and easy mold killer - you mean it isn't effective at ALL?  It seems to work on my shower - so what's the deal?  I did a little research and thought you might enjoy the results, it's easy enough to remember....Differing views...It's been a common view for years to just 'throw some bleach on it and it'll be REALLY clean!' However,  OSHA, who once recommended using chlorine bleach for mold abatement now recommends not using it for mold remediation.  Subsequently, the EPA has edited their Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home (EPA 402-k-02-003) to exclude their once recommended use of bleach as a mold clean-up solution.  So,...
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How Often Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

How Often Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?
Could You Be Breathing This?Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been shown to act as a collection source for various contaminants that have the potential to affect your health, such as mold, fungi, bacteria and dust.  Cleaning your air ducts should be considered one component in an overall plan to improve your indoor air quality.Research has also demonstrated that having your HVAC system cleaned can allow it to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components.  Clean, efficient systems are less likely to break down, have a longer life span, and generally operate more efficiently than dirty systems.How often you have your air ducts cleaned depends on several factors, which includes your personal preference.  Some of the things that may lead a home owner to consider more frequent cleaning are:Smokers in the householdPets that shed a lotWater contamination from a flood, or excessive moisture from condensationIf you...
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Firework safety for your children and family

Firework safety for your children and family
Fireworks this time of year are a familiar and sometimes nostalgic sight.  Usually folks will attend some professional showing and enjoy the artistic displays and hard work of someone else.  But if you are like millions of others, you'll drop some money at the local fireworks stand.  What are some things you can do to be safe and never sorry?Burns are a common and unfortunate result of careless use of fireworks.  Among other sites, the National Council of Fireworks Safety has some common sense tips to Stay Safe.  While in no way is this a complete list, even following a few can avert tragedy.Always purchase fireworks from a reliable source.Use them as directed, never alter the product.A responsible ADULT should supervise all firework activity.Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.Be extra careful with sparklers.  Little arms are too short to hold them, which can heat...
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A Clean Home - A rarity any more?

During the 18th and 19th centuries, missionaries preached a "doctrine of cleanliness." Why?  The unhygienic conditions in Europe and the United States were the source of all sorts of illness.  At the time, it was common for people acting as a witness in court to kiss the Bible (same Bible for all witnesses), and to use a common cup for drinking at schools and at railway stations.  Then when Louis Pasteur and others demonstrated the connection between illness and bacteria, it only added to the incentive for better public health schemes.Does a clean home make a difference?  Accumulated garbage can contribute to an increase in the population of rats, cockroaches, and other pests that cause illness.  By keeping one's home clean and neat we can help ourselves and family stay healthy.The Right Mental AttitudeSome think that a dirty house or neighborhood is synonymous with poverty.  This isn't necessarily so.  My grandmother,...
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Defensive Driving Tips to Keep You Safe

Defensive Driving Tips to Keep You Safe
With summertime here, a lot of people will be getting ready for vacations and road trips.  Getting behind the wheel is more than just gassing up and go; responsible drivers make sure they prepare ahead of time.  What are some practical steps to be sure all goes safely?Check yourselfA report in the Australian Journal of Social Issues notes that one of the most significant steps a driver can take to reduce the risk of fatalities is to improve his behavior at the wheel.  Before setting out, a driver may want to ask himself about his mood and his physical condition.  Road rage can lead to all sorts of issues, or on the physical side, certain drugs or medications can affect driver reactions. Even an over-the-counter cold medication can alter your response times, so assess yourself honestly before deciding to drive.  Safety firstAlways, always, always buckle up.  The National Safely Council says that seat...
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When you grill, cook! Not Burn!

When you grill, cook!  Not Burn!
Every year, what should be a fun outdoor occasion for family and friends instead turns into tragedy at nearly 9000 homes, causing deaths, injuries and costing millions in property damage.  Lamunyon's have seen quite a few disasters like this in the Hutchinson and Manhattan areas.  A lot of damages can be covered by your homeowners policy, but why not take some precautions and avoid even having to make a claim?  All types of grills represent a danger if used incorrectly or carelessly.  The following is a brief, but by no means complete list, of precautions: Use a propane or charcoal grill only outside and AWAY from deck railings, overhanging eves and branches. Keep children and pets away from the grilling area. Keep the grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill itself and any trays underneath. Never leave the grill unattended. If using charcoal, use the charcoal starter fluid only to start the fire.  Once...
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Do you have an Emergency Disaster Kit ready?

It's storm season in the Plains!  Are you prepared for an Emergency?  Do you have a small kit in your car?It's good to periodically check over what we have in store. Since natural disasters occur unexpectedly and can affect any one of us, it is wise to be prepared.  Some things we can do in advance of a disaster include planning where to meet if family members get separated, and who you will notify of your whereabouts.  What can you put together easily?The following is a list of basic supplies you may want to put in your Emergency Kit:Water- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitationFood- At least a three day supply of non-perishable foodBattery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio, with extra batteriesfor both.Waterproof flashlight and extra batteriesFirst Aid KitWhistle to signal for helpDust mask- to help filter...
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Four steps to avoiding water damage to your home while on vacation

Spring and summer are traditionally vacation times.  Most preparations include packing, stopping the mail, arranging for someone to board Fido and setting the security lighting to make it look as though someone was still at home.  Have you considered what should be done though, in case of a water emergency?  Water damage is one of the most devastating things that can occur to a home.  The results of this type damage can be structural ones, mold growth and even loss of property.  So what should you do to secure your home and belongings?There are a number of steps to prevent water damage to the home. First, make sure things are secure and water tight.  What does that include?  Check for any leaks with your water system and make sure the roof is in good condition.  It also includes a manual check of appliances, their hoses and connectors.  Think of everything this...
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How to Remove Black Mold Safely - and by Yourself

How to Remove Black Mold Safely - and by Yourself
The words "Black Mold" can stir all sorts of scary thoughts.  Some people will not want to do anything, leaving it all to a professional - and that's ok - and then you have others who want to do it all themselves.  Is there a happy medium?  The research I've done on line all seem to have a commonality:  If it's over a 10' spread, let the professional do it.  (Let's hope it's not let go that long and you have just a small area to do!)Before you clean:Have you determined the source of mold and repaired that?  This is going to require a thorough inspection.  Remember, mold needs moisture and a source of organic growth along with proper temperatures.  If you don't fix the leak in the shower, you will be right back at square One in no time!  So, we begin with ...1: The preparation phaseGather the following items:Plastic...
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Identifying Black Mold

Identifying Black Mold
Mold can grow in any moist area of your home, including behind the refrigerator (left) or in the water heater closet (right).  Photos (l. to r.): Wendy Brolga, Flickr; rian_bean, Flickr So you've been noticing a musty odor lately at work, or at home.  You've also developed a rash, constant headaches and watery eyes.  What's causing it?  It could be mold.  Mold and it's spores are all around us.  The primary types of mold include penicillium and aspergillus.  Other kinds of mold like the type you see growing in your bath tub or shower are generally harmless.  Out of all the toxic molds, Black Toxic Mold is the most well known because there have been so many cases of these mold problems in houses devestating the residents' health.  So let's identify Black Mold:Black mold looks black or dark green.  While growing it has a distinctive shiny, slimy looking surface.  Dry however,...
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Ice Dams and Roof Damage - how to prevent them!

Ice Dams and Roof Damage - how to prevent them!
What is an Ice Dam and How Does it Form?Initially I thought an ice dam was formed by blocked gutters; nope!  While dams can extend into a gutter if the conditions permit, it's all a matter of proper and improper insulation and ventilation.  In a perfect world, the melting ice and snow would flow off into your gutters and away from the house.  However, when outside air temps are very low, the edge of the roof stays below freezing and the water refreezes where the interior roof surface is not being warmed by the attic.  This refreezing gradually creates a "dam", a growing heap of ice that blocks the path of melted snow.  Once the dam is large enough, the melted snow that pools up behind it can force its way back under the roof shingles and then leak into your home!How do you Prevent an Ice Dam?Since the main cause...
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Easy Home Winterizing Checklist Part II

Most homeowners ignore their furnaces during the summer months, so today we're going to give you an easy checklist to look over for the heating season.First, Clean the BurnerUse a wire brush to remove any corrosion and soot buildup on the around the burners.  Shop Vac to remove the brushed free materials.  Inspect the burner and the surrounding housing for excessive corrosion or holes.  If you see damage, contact a professional for repairs.Second, Replace the filter(s)Forced air furnaces have a filter mounted at the blower to eliminate dust from the air that the furnace moves through the home.Three, VentsClean the vent outlets around the house.  Shop vac out any dust or debris from all the vents.Four, Check the burnerThe burner flame needs to be uniform and blue while the furnace runs.  If after cleaning you see a yellow flame, it indicates imporper combustion.  Clean the burners more thoroughly and vac away any...
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Easy Home Winterizing Checklist Part 1

Easy Home Winterizing Checklist Part 1
In today's blog, we will address two important areas for winterizing our homes:Plumbing and Chimney/FireplacesAs temperatures drop, we sometimes forget that simple things can make a HUGE difference in resulting costs and damage.  One simple thing that needs attention is:  Frozen pipes.  While one day or night of freezing temperatures shouldn't make a difference, prolonged freezing temperatures can have a drastic effect on your exposed plumbing.  By now, for those of us living in Kansas, we've had several hard freezes...so doncha think it's time you went around and checked your faucets?!  Remove any hoses you have attached to your outdoor faucets and then go in the house and TURN OFF the water to the outside faucets.By doing these two simple tasks you have averted major risk already to water damage in your walls and home by a frozen burst pipe.Frozen water exerts thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch on a...
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Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips
For many people, this time of year means family, home time, warmth and twinkling candles. Those are all good things, as long as you go about it safely.  Whether you plan to stay home for your holidays or travel, take steps to be sure you keep your home safe and secure.Each year the US averages 240 Christmas tree fires and 150 decorative light fires resulting in 21 deaths and over $25 million dollars in direct property damage. Don't become another statistic and take these simple, but necessary steps outlined below. https://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/holiday.shtmHoliday LightsUse artificial lights (not candles) that have cool-burning bulbs approved by a testing lab.Be sure any lights or cords used outside are designed for outside use.Never use or attempt to repair a frayed or damage light set - toss it.Don't overload electrical outlets.Don't place extension cords under carpets or throw rugs.  The traffic can wear off the exterior of the...
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Cleaning up after a fire

Cleaning up after a fire
This past February, we had a major disaster at our home.  My 85 year old mother forgot to turn off a pot of turkey legs and then we left for church.  You can only imagine the smell and smoke!  I was so grateful we had a dog door because I'm sure the smoke would've killed our pets.  That and the smoke alarms shrieking had unnerved them big-time!  So here I am, having been on dozens (literally) of fire disasters and cleaning up now after experiencing one of my own!  Right away we opened all the windows, turned on fans and got the pot off the stove!  The problem with burned meat, even if it doesn't ignite, is that it gets over everything.  In the restoration business it's called a "protein fire."  The horrible smell is actually the meat molecules rotting on all surfaces it came in contact with; awful!  In cleaning...
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Develop a Company Emergency Plan

Develop a Company Emergency Plan
There are a variety of situations rightly deemed "emergencies."  Emergency management is the process of preparing for, mitigating, responding to and recovering from an emergency.  While volumes have been written in great detail on how to prepare your staff for something like this, we will address just a few things to augment your company emergency plan.Employees may not be together when disaster strikes, so it's important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.Does each employee have an out-of-town contact listed with the designated company coordinator?  It may be easier to make a long-distance call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.Identify places where co-workers will meet, both within and outside of your company's immediate area.Designate an emergency contact person in...
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Safeguard your important documents from disasters

No One is immune from natural disasters.  Whether you live in an earthquake zone, hurricane area or Tornado Alley, you should be prepared to deal with the challenge of protecting important paperwork.  What would that include?  The article below from AARP helps cover your bases...Avoid the paper chaseYou may have mere minutes to evacuate, and that's no time to be running around looking for must-have paperwork. So before disaster strikes, collect and copy it.Protecting AssetsKeep one set of original or photocopied records in a portable file system or lock box that will allow grab-and-go convenience if you evacuate. Make a backup set of electronic copies and save them on CDs, DVDs or external drives that should be stored in another safe location, such as a bank safe deposit box or the distant home of a trusted friend or relative. If you have a remote back-up service, you can keep the copies there as well. Going forward,...
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One of the worst odors out there

One of the worst odors out there
Most of us are (unpleasantly) familiar with the scent of skunk.  The human nose can detect the odor at 10 parts per BILLION.  Forget being sprayed directly, no one likes even a whiff of it!  What do you do though if one gets under the house or sprays 'ol Spot and he runs through the house before you can stop him?  There are several things that can be done to help you get rid of it.  First of all, remember that the spray is mainly oil, so you need to use something to cut that oil, thus ridding yourself of the smell.  Below we have listed several steps you will need to take for your "project:"Wash all sprayed clothes, fabrics, people, and animals as soon as possible. The faster you get those smelly things in the wash, the better the chance that the skunk odor will actually wash off. Using your regular laundry detergent...
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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 easy to find...
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A Lead Safe Guide to Remodeling Part 4

Now that you as the homeowner have endured the hassle of preperation and routine upset, how do you make sure the job was done properly?There are several things you can do.  Ask about your contractor's final cleanup check.  Remember, lead dust is often invisible to the naked eye.  It may still be present even if you cannot see it.  The contractor must use disposable cleaning cloths to wipe the floor of the work area and compare them to a cleaning verification card to determine if the work area was adequately cleaned.  Need a cleaning verification card?  That and detailed instructions can be obtained by a visit to the EPA's lead website at www.epa.gov/lead or contact the National Lead Information center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) or visit their website at www.epa.gov/lead/nlic.htm. You may also choose to have a lead-dust test.  Lead-dust tests are wipe samples sent to a lab for analysis.You should specify in your...
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A Lead Safe Guide to Remodeling Part 3

Lead remediation is not for the Do-It-Yourself-ers.  This is something a professional should be doing because 1:  They should have all the necessary tools and education and 2: because they know the regulations to work by!  As an Average Joe homeowner, we have so many other things to care for, it's safer in the long run to let the pros handle it.So let's say you've contacted a professional that is going to start on your home. How do YOU prepare for the 'invasion?' First, the work areas should not be accessible to occupants while the work occurs.The rooms or areas where the work is being done may need to be blocked off or sealed with plastic sheeting to contain any dust generated.  Therefore, you may not be able to access certain areas until the work in that room is complete, cleaned thoroughly, and the containment has been removed.  Because you may...
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A Lead Safe Guide to Remodeling Part 2

You have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of your family, tenants, or children in your care.  This means properly preparing for the renovation and keeping persons out of the work area.  It also means ensuring the contractor uses lead-safe work practices.Federal law requires that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb painted surfaces in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.Make sure your contractor is certified, and can explain clearly the details of the job and how the contractor will minimize lead hazards during the work.*You can verity that a contractor is certified by checking the EPA's website at epa.gov/getleadsafe or by calling the National Lead Information Center at 1.800.424.LEAD (5323).  You can also ask to see a copy of their firm certification.  *Ask if the contractor is trained to perform lead-safe work practices and to...
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A Lead Safe Guide to Remodeling Part 1

A Lead Safe Guide to Remodeling  Part 1
Many building owners do not recognize the dangers of lead based paint and have no idea how to protect themselves during the renovation of their homes or businesses.How do you know if you are affected?  If your home or business building was built before 1978, if you own or operate a child care facility, including preschools and kindergarten classrooms, built before 1978, or if you have a child under six years of age who attends a child care facility built before 1978.As you are probably aware, lead can affect children's brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and behavior problems.  It is also harmful to adults.  Lead dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead, but exposure is also possible through lead in soil or paint chips.  Projects that disturb painted surfaces can create dust and endanger you and your family.  Don't let this happen...
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Emergency Supply Kits/Emergency Evacuation Kits

Emergency Supply Kits/Emergency Evacuation Kits
In view of the recent disaster in Moore, OK we thought a refresher course on Disaster Preparedness would be in order.  Not only are suggestions for an emergency kit at home included but one you might need for the car in case of evacuations. Each year millions of people are affected by earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods.  Since natural disasters occur unexpectedly and can affect any one of us, it is wise to be prepared.  Some things we can do in advance of a disaster include planning where to meet if family members get separated, and who you will notify of your whereabouts.  We can also assemble a store of emergency supplies.You may need to survive on your own after an emergency.  This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days.  Relief workers may be on the scene, but...
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Kitchen safety

Kitchen safety
Working around your home kitchen can be for some, very therapeutic.  To gather family and friends together and enjoy good food and company is an enjoyable past time in today's hectic society.  However at times we forget the dangers involved in the kitchen with either open flame or high heat.  Distractions can cause us to forget what we're doing, become careless in our actions and result in injury to ourselves or damage to our homes.  The initial response to a fire or smoke loss can at times like include panic, fear, anger and then after the initial shock has worn off:  an overwhelming helplessness.  Where do you start?  How do you even BEGIN to make this all right?  How do you secure the home?  What about the safety of the rest of the family and pets?  Can you live in the "mess?"  The first thing you need to do after calling...
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Sewer Backups 101 (part three)

One of the "automatic" tendencies of a homeowner with a sewer loss is "Just throw some bleach on it!" Is that really effective? While bleach is a good disinfectant, it's fairly mild in comparison to the professional antimicrobial solutions out there. Did you know Hepatitis B is always a factor with a sewer loss? And bleach does NOT kill it? It can remain active for EIGHT months as long as moisture is present. Even if the area dries out, if it's not been cleaned properly and moisture is reintroduced, the virus is activated once more. Moisture = mold/viral growth. While disinfecting is a necessary step, CLEANING and DRYING must be done properly - let our professionals at Lamunyon Dry Out & Foundation Repair take care of that headache for you!  Check out our continued list over the next few weeks to restore your home or business.
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Sewer Backups 101 (part two)

Sewer Backups 101 (part two)
This is a continuation of our Emergency Procedures of Sewer Backups...Before trying to take care of the "mess," potential health and safety hazards must be identified and if possible, eliminated prior to restoration. What about the risk for shock hazards or gas leaks? Turn off circuit breakers to the wet area; unplug and remove any small electrical devices in the area affected. Turn off your gas if necessary. Keep pets and children OUT of the affected area until the area is properly cleaned.  You don't need them walking through the mess and contaminating the rest of the house OR getting themselves sick. Operate a wet vac only when plugged into a ground fault interrupter or ground fault equipped outlet. Remember mold growth can begin almost immediately so a successful restoration depends largely on speed! Lamunyon Dry Out & Foundation Repair can get you back to normal with safe, effective and FAST service!...
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Sewer Backups 101 (part 1)

Sewer Backups 101 (part 1)
Over the next several weeks, we will be offering tips on how to deal with the potentially dangerous situations a sewer back up can bring. As you may know, sewage and flood waters contain bacteria and other hazardous microorganisms. These can be transmitted by touching contaminated items or by tracking them into uncontaminated areas on shoes. CHILDREN AND PETS ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE. Frequent hand washing is an important preventative measure. Depending on the individual circumstances of each loss and in order to ensure a healthy indoor environment for the current and future occupants, it may be necessary to contact a professional water damage restoration service ASAP. Call Lamunyon Dry Out & Foundation Repair for not only assessing the situation but getting your life back to normal Safely!
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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 APPLIANCESEveryone 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 SINKThe plumbing underneath your bathroom and kitchen sinks also...
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Creating Your Emergency Supply Kit

Creating Your Emergency Supply Kit
Each year millions of people are affected by earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods.  Since natural disasters occur unexpectedly and can affect any one of us, it is wise to be prepared.  Some things we can do in advance of a disaster include planning where to meet if family members get separated, and who you will notify of your whereabouts.  We can also assemble a store of emergency supplies.You may need to survive on your own after an emergency.  This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days.  Relief workers may be on the scene, but they can’t reach everyone immediately.  You could get help in hours, or it may take days.  In addition, basic services like electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days or even longer.The following is a list of basic supplies...
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Make your clothes dryer work more efficiently

Make your clothes dryer work more efficiently
Very few people think about cleaning the vent and ductwork attached to their clothes dryer.  However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, which resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers.  Lamunyon Dry Out & Foundation Repair can perform dryer vent cleaning as a complimentary service when we clean the air ducts in your home.  In the meantime, here are some tips to help prevent dryer fires, and make your dryer work more efficiently:Clean the lint filter screen after every load of clothes. If clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle or drying requires longer times than normal, this may be a sign...
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Safeguarding Your Important Documents From Disasters

Safeguarding Your Important Documents From Disasters
When people suffer the loss of their home and possessions in a tornado, flood, or fire, it is often the treasured family photos and documents that are missed the most.  Fortunately today there are many options for insuring that these family records are not lost forever.  One of your best bets will be to keep the originals or copies in a safe deposit box.  If that isn’t an option for you, a heavy-duty metal fire proof box kept on a high shelf can also work.  It may be wise to keep the copies in a separate location from the originals so that if one set is destroyed, the other will be safe.  Keeping them at a friend or relatives house may be a viable alternative. Another way to preserve your documents is to scan them into an electronic format that can be kept on a CD or external hard drive.  There...
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Average rating for Lamunyon Dry Our & Foundation Repair is 4.96 stars of 5 stars - based on 41 reviews
Water Damage Repair in Clay Center, KS
Lance and Jed are awesome! Professional, hardworking and understanding. Took time to explain the process and helped me get through it, too. They worked so hard and never complained! Thanks to all the guys who helped. I’m glad we chose Lamunyon.
Julie Smith - Clay Center, KS 67432
Consult ByCody Beaver For Foundation Problems in Vermillion, ME
Cody gave me great information on my present problems, is the first of four contacts that put a laser to the walls and did a terrific job of explaining to me what could be done....as a woman alone, .cody did not talk down to me, and was very professional !
Lynn Schafer - Vermillion, ME 04576
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

What Our Customer Say

Average rating for Lamunyon Dry Our & Foundation Repair is 4.96 stars of 5 stars - based on 41 reviews
Consult ByCody Beaver For Foundation Problems in Vermillion, ME
Cody gave me great information on my present problems, is the first of four contacts that put a laser to the walls and did a terrific job of explaining to me what could be done....as a woman alone, .cody did not talk down to me, and was very professional !
Lynn Schafer - Vermillion, ME 04576
Water Damage Restoration in Topeka, KS
Fast response to our situation! Very polite gentlemen. Will certainly recommend them to anyone. THUMBS UP!!
Phyllis K - Topeka, KS 66610

What Our Customer Say

Average rating for Lamunyon Dry Our & Foundation Repair is 4.96 stars of 5 stars - based on 41 reviews
Repair Of Foundation Crack in Wichita, KS
The guys were great. On time each day. Extremely courteous, and helpful. They explained everything and did exactly what they said they were going to do. They did our repair on the inside of the house and were very respectful of our home. They put plastic down to protect the carpet and ran fans ...
Dana Elder - Wichita, KS 67206