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Should You Waterproof Your Home? Let’s Discuss Reasons to Keep Your Basement Dry this Winter.

Should You Waterproof Your Home? Let’s Discuss Reasons to Keep Your Basement Dry this Winter.
If you’re a home owner, it is an incredibly scary moment to find water in any area of your home where it shouldn’t be. Water damage can happen at any time, and 98% of the basements in America will suffer from water damage or flooding at some point.   Why is it important to waterproof your home? Main reasons include health and safety for you and your family, but there are other reasons to keep your home as dry as possible. But regardless of how much waterproofing you do to your home, there are times when a professional restoration company will need to come in and repair the issues.  How can you prevent massive water damage to your home? Let’s talk about it below. Why Waterproofing is So Important to Your Home Maintenance  When you initially waterproof your home, or ensure that your waterproofing is still in place, you are essentially verifying...
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Remove Mold Smells Like the Experts

Remove Mold Smells Like the Experts
Like it or not, there is mold everywhere, be it in the air we breathe or on some of the surfaces with which we come into contact. Despite how common mold may be in our world, efforts should still be made to avoid its presence--especially in your home--to avoid varying health effects, including nasal, throat, skin, and eye irritation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .  Those who are most prone to such symptoms are typically those with mold allergies or sensitivities or the immunocompromised. However, even if you and your family members don’t fall into this category, there’s another good reason to tend to the mold matters in your home: the smell.   What Makes Mold Smell? Most people tend to know a mold or mildew smell when it wafts their way. That musty, sometimes pungent, odor is produced when mold spores feed on organic matter,...
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How to Protect Your Basement from Water Damage

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When you think of basement flooding, you might point the finger first at Mother Nature and her heavy rains, melting snow, or more disastrous weather events. However, in-home water damage is more often caused by appliance issues, plumbing problems, or other manmade-related situations, according to the Insurance Journal . In fact, among the five most common home claims causes, non-weather-related water damage ranked second at 19 while weather-related water damage ranked fourth at 11 percent. Regardless of the source, the average cost of a water damage insurance claims is nearly $7,000, and over the span of a U.S. based basement’s lifetime, 98 percent will experience some type of water damage, according to Water Damage Defense . You may not be able to stop non-weather-related water damage from occurring in your home indefinitely, but there are preventive measures to take to help safeguard your space and possessions. Know the Water Source...
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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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Is Your Foundation Putting Your Home at Risk?

Is Your Foundation Putting Your Home at Risk?
  Your foundation is the literal groundwork of your home. If problems affect it, you risk safety, value, health, and appearance. What could start out as a small crack or a not-so troubling thin trickle of water could turn into serious structural and support issues if left unattended. Detecting warning signs early may be the best way to prevent minor damage form becoming more severe, and to do so requires understanding of what your foundation is trying to say. The Faults in Your Foundation  Regardless of your foundation type--be it a slab, crawl space, basement, or other--the stronger and more resilient it is, the less stress it means for you. And to maintain that strength means keeping a vigilant eye out to ensure any issues are resolved as quickly as possible. While you and your foundation may speak a different language, there are few common ways it will indicate when...
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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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Spring into Undoing Winter Damage

Spring into Undoing Winter Damage
 As snow and ice give way to flower buds, grass sprouts, and sunshine, it’s time to take a fresh look at the shape of your home. Winter, with its cold temperatures, icicles, and harsh winds may have done a number to your exterior. Hefty damage might be easy to spot but don’t overlook the little problems that could cost you big time later.  According to the Insurance Information Institute , winter storms can cause expensive damage, with an estimated $1 billion in insured losses reported in 2016. While only a small percentage of those losses are caused by winter storms and other types of damaging wind, hail, and flooding, they can still come with a large price tag. And if the damage goes untended, the amount needed to restore your home could increase the longer you wait. Spring Exterior Inspections  Once warm weather welcomes you back outdoors for springtime chores, take...
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Mold Removal

Mold Removal
Many types of mold are generally harmless and don’t seem to cause many troubles. But mold removal, officially call mold remediation, is the process in which mold is cleaned and removed from a building. Mold remediation is necessary in cases where significant growth is present in various possible areas of a building, including carpets, ceilings and drywall. Typically, mold remediation involves special chemicals and cleaners to remove existing mold and prevent future growth.
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Fire Damage Restoration

Fire Damage Restoration
When a fire happens, people always think the only way to restore a home is be rebuilding the damaged elements. These images help illustrate how well we can clean fire damaged areas and restore them to like-new. It is truly amazing how good a fire damaged area can look after it has been cleaned by professionals. This was media (soda) blasted to remove the black, charred surface. Before After
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Winter Sewer Tips to Avoid Home Damage

Winter Sewer Tips to Avoid Home Damage
  Floods are often the culprit of home water damage, and even worse, sewer backup. And since flooding is more often associated with spring and summer, you may think you’re safe during the winter season. Not so. While heavy rainfall and flooding is a common cause of sewage line problems, they are certainly not the only factors at play. Sewer Backup Causes It likely goes without saying that a sewer backup is a big mess. In addition to water damage to your home and personal possessions, sewage backup can also create health risks for you, your family, and your pets, as sewage contaminants are filled with bacteria, viruses, and toxic substances. Preventing a sewer backup  is always better than dealing with the aftermath. And to do so requires a better understanding of sewer backups beyond flooding. Here are a few: Tree root blockages Structural defects to sewage lines and plumbing...
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4 Types Of Mold Commonly Found In Homes And What To Look Out For

4 Types Of Mold Commonly Found In Homes And What To Look Out For
Mold is certainly one of the grossest things you can find in your home. Because of its nasty appearance, many homeowners go into a panic upon finding mold in their home . A common misconception is that if you have mold in your home you’re likely to develop serious health problems. Most mold only causes minor respiratory symptoms and discomfort. Some mold, like black mold, however, can lead to more serious health problems. That is why it’s important to understand what certain types of mold come from, where they grow, and what health risks they can cause. Any mold in your home, though, is too much mold! If you discover any mold in your home, Lamunyon Restoration in the Manhattan Kansas area has qualified professionals working around the clock experienced in mold clean-up to do the job for you. Alternaria Alternaria grows in damp, dark spaces. Often it will be found...
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10 Home Fire Hazards and How to Avoid Them

10 Home Fire Hazards and How to Avoid Them
In 2014 alone, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported nearly 1.3 millions fires in t he United States. Those fires led to 3,275 deaths, 15,775 injuries, and $11.6 billion in property damage. In mere seconds, a fire in the home can turn deadly, so it’s important to prevent them from happening before they ever start. Fires are most often associated with the kitchen, with cooking being the leading cause of fire injury, according to Ready.gov , the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s emergency preparedness site. While kitchens need a heavy dose of preventive safety, there are plenty of potential fire hazards present all throughout your home. Keep your residence from going up in smoke by assessing and tending to each of the following hazards Ready.gov says can lead to a fire tragedy. Cook with care: Never leave a lit stove and oven unattended. If walking away from the kitchen...
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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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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 Hazards Topping 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...
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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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Water Damage Prevention Tips

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

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

Keep Your Home Safe from Sewage Damage
Water damage caused by a leaky pipe, a heavy spring rain shower, or faulty appliance is rarely welcome by homeowners. However, if given the choice between water damage caused by one of those culprits versus water damage caused by a sewer-related issue, sewage damage loses every time. Good Water Gone Bad Aside from the root cause, the biggest difference between these two types of damage is the water itself. When it comes to contamination, water is divided into three categories: Category 1: Clean Water Clean water comes from clean water supply sources, such as a faucet or direct water line. This water is considered safe, but if the leak is left untreated, over time it can transition to a Category 2 or 3. Category 2: Gray Water Gray water contains possible contamination of bacteria and viruses, coming from an overflow of a dishwasher, washing machine, or toilet. In this category, there...
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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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Mold: The Ultimate Hide-And-Seek Contender

Mold: The Ultimate Hide-And-Seek Contender
If you were playing a game of hide-and-seek, mold would be the ultimate opponent. It can be found almost anywhere, often out of sight. Of course, that musty smell sometimes gives away mold’s location. No one is perfect, after all, but the point is that mold can be tricky to find. You may not even know you have mold until you or a loved one starts experiencing symptoms: nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, skin irritation, etc. Still, many people write these symptoms off as seasonal allergies. That is until the seasons change and the symptoms stay. Mold needs just three things to grow: moisture, food, and optimal temperature. Unfortunately for you, mold can find these conditions in more locations than you can probably imagine. While you expect to occasionally find mold in the basement, bathroom, or even your refrigerator, you may be surprised to learn that mold can often be found...
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Is Your Home at Risk for Sewage Damage?

Is Your Home at Risk for Sewage Damage?
Filled with bacteria and viruses, sewage water can be quite harmful if it seeps into your property. In addition to smelling bad, sewage water can lead to disease making those coming into contact with it quite ill. While leaks and flooding from freshwater sources can cause a great deal of damage, sewage water raises the stakes. To respond to the damage, instead of drying the area and tending to the risk for mold and mildew as you would with a clean water source, sewage water destruction may be irreversible. Padding, carpet, furniture, and other household possessions may need to be replaced if not able to be adequately cleaned, and this can make the cost of repairs quite costly. To avoid sewage damage in your home, understanding the potential causes and tending to them may be the best strategy for prevention. A Bit About Plumbing Systems Living in contemporary society means...
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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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How Ice Dams Cause Mold Growth

How Ice Dams Cause Mold Growth
How Ice Dams Can Cause Mold Growth In My Home? Living in Manhattan and surrounding Kansas areas , we’re used to battling through snowy, icy, cold winters. But just because we’re used to the icy cold, doesn’t make our homes immune to ice dams and the danger they pose to the health of our homes. But first things first. How are ice dams formed? Two reasons ice dams can form: Ice dams can be the result of heat escaping from your attic which eventually causes your roof to warm up, melting the snow, and resulting in a buildup of ice on your roof and gutters. The sun heats up the snow on your roof and either clouds or the sun setting can cause the snow to pool up in the gutters, causing ice to form at the edge of your roof. Ice then prevents melting snow from draining down the gutters,...
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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 & Backups Aged 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...
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Water Damage Restoration in Great Bend

Water Damage Restoration in Great Bend
6 Signs of Possible Hidden Water Damage We talk about water damage a lot on this blog, but for good reason! According to waterdamagedefense.com, 14,000 people in the U.S. experience water damage at home or work every single day. In addition, nearly all of us will experience some kind of water damage in our basement sometime in our life. Here are some other quick stats: Water damage and mold claims cost insurance companies $2.5 billion a year (wow!) The average water damage insurance claim is just shy of $7,000 37% of homeowners claim to have suffered losses from water damage The average washing machine supply hose fails at 8.7 years old 75% of water heaters fail before they’re 12 years old Water damage can happen rather easily. Just an 1/8 th of an inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water in one day. Here...
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Governor Proclaims January as Kansas Radon Action Month

Governor Proclaims January as Kansas Radon Action Month
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) have proclaimed January “Kansas Radon Action Month” to help educate Kansans about the dangers of radon exposure and encourage actions to identify and address radon problems in the home. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, colorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas found in nearly all soils which comes from the breakdown of uranium. Outdoors, radon is diluted to low concentrations, but once inside an enclosed space, radon can accumulate to significant levels.Radon is the first leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause in smokers. Nationally, radon causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. About one out of every three radon measurements performed in Kansas are elevated, being above 4 pCi/l (picoCuries per liter). Some areas have higher levels than others, though elevated levels of radon have been detected in every county in the state. As...
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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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Can Mold Still Grow in the Winter?

Can Mold Still Grow in the Winter?
Can mold still grow in a McPherson winter? You bet. Mold is rather remarkable in that it can grow just about anywhere, no matter the conditions. Most people associate mold growth with hot, humid climates and summer months. However, you can experience microbial growth in your home year-round, if the conditions are right. Mold Loves Moisture Mold growth happens where moisture is present. In the winter, that could be from snow or rain. So here are some things you can do year-round to help protect your home from mold growth, no matter the season. Make sure you have good air circulation. This can mean having the fan on the furnace circulating air from time to time, or doing something as simple as ensuring the fan is running when you take a shower so moisture can’t collect in the bathroom’s nooks and crannies. Keep an eye on your basement. Look for cracks...
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Safety Tips to Sewage Cleanup

Safety Tips to Sewage Cleanup
Sewage damage is messy, messy, messy! It’s also probably the last thing you want to be thinking about. However, it is something everyone should take the time to be informed about; because more than just being messy it is also extremely hazardous. Here’s a few of the first steps you should take if that unfortunate occurrence happens to you so you can recover as many of your possessions as possible and keep your family safe. Important to Note: The purpose of this blog is not to give you directions for a “do it yourself project”. Sewage backup can be very dangerous and cause deadly, even fatal diseases. If this happens to you your first call should be to an experienced cleaning and restoration company with professional experience and equipment. The purpose of this blog is to inform you about some of the steps that will be taken with your belongings...
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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 risk No 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...
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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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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...
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4 Telltale Signs of a Mold Problem

4 Telltale Signs of a Mold Problem
While mold can grow year-round in just about any condition, summer is prime time for mold growth in your Kansas home. The summer heat and humidity combined with storms and sneaky rain water could mean some bacterial hot spots.Here are four telltale signs of mold in your home: Seeing Mold Growth Seems like a no-brainer, right? This might seem like an obvious clue, but the truth is you cannot always see mold. It could be growing on beams in your attic, or within your walls where there is an unseen water leak. Something that looks like a spot of dirt or soot on a wall could really be a few mold spores, and there could be a larger mold colony growing in the wall or surface behind it.The other truth here is some mold just looks odd! Black, gray-green, brown, white; you name it, mold comes in quite a wide array...
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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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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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Tips for Fire Damage Repair in Salina

Tips for Fire Damage Repair in Salina
A fire is a traumatic experience and can be very devastating for homeowners in Salina . In addition to the concern of getting things repaired, you are more than likely also troubled by the things lost. Every hour spent restoring your home back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost time for other things. While the devastation often appears to be insurmountable, knowing what to do and what not to do will help you get through this challenging time.There are things you can do after a fire that can help reduce your losses and speed up the restoration process. And while these things will help with your fire loss, the best advice we can give is to hire a fire damage repair company , as this will help reduce your total losses while getting you back on your feet as soon as possible. A Few Things You Can Do Although...
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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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Do's and Don'ts When Dealing with Water Damage

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

Replacement Cost vs. Actual Cash Value Insurance - which?
When you first head out on your own, insurance isn't always high up there on your priority list.  Many times you'll look for the cheapest rate, doesn't matter what sort of insurance it is.  Is that the smartest thing to do? It depends.  Educate yourself first and then make a decision based on your checkbook and possessions.  ACV will only pay for an item's depreciated value rather than the cost of full replacement. For example:  Your couch burns up due to careless smoking.  You paid $700 for it 10 years ago.  ACV will apply deductions for depreciation of the piece by age and condition.  If they figure it's just worth $100 now, that's what you will receive.  Replacement Cost trumps ACV Replacement cost terms mean the policy covers a piece of property for the amount it will cost to replace it with a comparable one, without deducting anything for depreciation.  Depending...
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Can furniture be cleaned properly after a fire?

Can furniture be cleaned properly after a fire?
Can your furniture be saved after a fire? If you've been through the trauma of a house fire, you're no doubt wondering if your furniture, among other things, can be saved.  After you see the results of soot and smoke everywhere, you may find yourself wondering if the fire should have just kept going and you can just start over again!  Take heart though, all is NOT lost! Does it matter WHAT burned? This isn't something the average homeowner will consider, but it can make a difference in how easily things clean up.  The burning of natural materials (wood, natural fabrics, etc.) generally give off a dry smoke residue free of oil and grease which will increase the efforts needed to clean.  Protein fires (the burning of meat, oil or other organic matter) and synthetic material fires (plastics, nylon, polyester, etc.) give off an oily residue that is greasy to...
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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 sanitation Food - At least a three day supply of non-perishable food Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio, with extra batteries for both. Waterproof flashlight and extra batteries...
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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;...
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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 chase You 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 Assets Keep   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...
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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...
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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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A Weather Related interruption....Dealing with Fuel Spills during floods

Our regularly scheduled blog on Asbestos Remediation has been interrupted today due to flooding You may be one who checks our Facebook site and has seen the posts recently on flooding basements, dealing with contaminated contents in the home, etc.  However, what if you've had a Fuel spill?  We recently had to deal with kerosene that was spilled in the basement of a home we were remediating.  Imagine the scent of kerosene everywhere, mixed in with hundreds of gallons of water, then coating all the homeowner's belongings!  Obviously the water needs pumping out and the contents removed, but at what point does that become a concern to human health? First of all, fuel oils can enter and leave your body when you breathe them in the air, when you drink water or eat food containing them, and when your skin comes in contact with them.  Breathing vapor from fuel oil...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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What to do after a fire

What to do after a fire
Recovering from a fire can be a physically and mentally draining process. When fire strikes, lives are suddenly turned around. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact. The U.S. Fire Administration has gathered the following information to assist you in this time of need. Action on some of the suggestions will need to be taken immediately. Some actions may be needed in the future while others will be on going. The purpose of this information is to give you the assistance needed to assist you as you begin rebuilding your life. Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Help Download After the Fire: Returning to Normal (PDF, 406 Kb) This booklet provides information on recovering from a fire, including what to do during the first 24 hours, insurance considerations, valuing your property, replacement of valuable documents, salvage hints, fire department operations, and more. After the Fire: Returning to...
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Hardwood flooring and water damage

Hardwood flooring and water damage
Homeowners who enjoy hardwood floors have a gamble on their hands...what's going to happen to their gorgeous floor if the plumbing fails?  As we will see, this isn't something that is taken care of so quickly or easily. When moisture enters the wood floor from above, it seeps between the wood and the sub-floor.  As the top of the wood dries out - more rapidly than the bottom, where the water is trapped - cupping occurs. If the cupped wood is sanded, the floor will initially appear flat.  Yet the bottom of the wood, remaining damp, is still cupped.  When the bottom of the wood eventually dries, it flattens, leaving the top of the wood crowned. Now, what do you do to avoid that scenario?  Call a good restoration company - this is not something that you can do yourself with a house fan and a wet-dry vac!  When they arrive...
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Tree Roots and Your Sewer Line - Not a nice mix

Tree Roots and Your Sewer Line - Not a nice mix
Many a homeowner has gone into their basement or bathroom to find a nasty mess caused by tree roots.  How?  First you must know what a "sewer lateral" is.  A sewer lateral is the stretch of sewer pipe that extends from your foundation to the municipal sewer line under the street.  Most municipalities will not repair or otherwise take responsibility for clogged or otherwise damage sewer laterals.  In most towns and cities, homeowners are even responsible for maintaining and repairing the portion of the lateral that is under the street or sidewalk. How can you even know if the problem you're experiencing involves the mainsewer line or your own sewer lateral?  OK.  Manholes overflowing = overwhelmed municipal sewer lines.  Sewage backed up into your basement = could be the lateral or the main line.  If other houses on your street are having this problem, call the city.  If yours is...
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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...
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Sewer Backups Part Four

Sewer Backups  Part Four
Can you imagine the feelings of the homeowner coming down into the basement and seeing this?  What are some things needing immediate consideration?  First of all, turn off the power to the area.  What about appliances and your furnace, if it's located in the affected area?  At times water can be high enough to involve a motor on a furnace or electrical appliances. If so, call a reputable electrical repair business to inspect it. Many times, if cared for promptly, the mo tor can be dried w/out incurring any damage to it. Transport computers to a dry environment, and contact a repair facility. Floor tile will remain secure if the water is removed immediately, otherwise the water dissolves the adhesives. Anything consisting of wood: paneling, furniture or other wooden objects will check, separate, stain or warp if left wet.  These need to be dried immediately to not only save but...
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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 t o 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 Restoration 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 Restoration can get you back to normal with safe, effective and FAST service! More tips...
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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 Restoration for not only assessing the situation but getting your life back to normal Safely!  
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Surviving a Smoky Mess

Surviving a Smoky Mess
Surviving a Smoky Mess:   What if you have a 'protein fire/smoke loss?' The homeowner who's turkey didn't survive called Lamunyon's. The reason it's so difficult to clean up after this sort of loss is the DETAIL. The terrible smell resulting from something like this are the protein molecules rotting on all surfaces! Disgusting and potent! Lamunyon's crew uses industry approved deodorizers and detergents as well as a meticulous cleaning routine to eliminate all these odors. When they finish, you have the best spring cleaning EVER and no sign you ever had a disaster!
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Three Tips to Prevent Water Damage

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

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

Three Reasons You Shouldn't Repair Water Damage Yourself
So you walk down the stairs into the basement and behold this horrific sight. After the screaming stops and you start breathing again, what do you do? Should you immediately grab your shop vac and call all family and friends who owe you a favor? Or is it safer, and in many cases, less expensive to call a professional restoration company after water damage occurs? If you guessed the latter, you're correct! Here's the top 3 reasons you should immediately reach for the phone for professional water damage restoration: 1.  Safety is first and foremost.  If the flooding is not from a clean water source, dealing with raw sewage is very dangerous without the proper equipment and training. Mold can also easily grow when walls, floors, and trim aren't completely dried. Why endanger the health of your family by taking the chance and drying it yourself? 2.  Save money! Most...
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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...
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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. ...
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Average rating for Lamunyon Restoration is 4.96 stars of 5 stars - based on 29 reviews
Foundation Repair in Topeka, KS
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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 ...
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Water Damage Restoration in Topeka, KS
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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 ...
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