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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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Crawl Space Encapsulation

Crawl Space Encapsulation
Crawl Space Encapsulation Crawl space encapsulation is a cost effective investment that will help protect your home. Crawl spaces tend to be great places for bugs to hide and can provide the dark damp conditions where many pests are found. They can also have high humidity levels which make a great environment for mold spores to attach and begin to grow. Serious health hazards can occur by breathing harmful mold and bacteria. By encapsulating your crawl space, you can seal those elements below ground that can cause poor air quality and even structural issues in a home. This also turns an unusable space into a clean and safe usable storage area.
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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 Dry Out & Foundation Repair 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...
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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 that...
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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 Damage Ceiling 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...
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6 Home Improvement Projects to Finish Before Fall

6 Home Improvement Projects to Finish Before Fall
Labor Day may not be the first official day of fall, but for many it feels likes the unofficial end to summer. While warm days are sure to follow the holiday weekend, they are certainly numbered. Before long the air will turn crisp, the leaves will fall, and snow will be in future forecasts. Take advantage of good weather while it’s here to not only up your home value and curb appeal but also create a comfortable and safe environment during the colder, brisker temps ahead.    Home Projects to Do Before Labor Day   Check the roof: Heavy snow can prove a heavy burden on a roof that isn’t in tip-top shape. Inspect your roof for holes, loose shingles, or areas that could lead to leaks and ice damming this winter. If you aren’t doing the work yourself, hiring a roofing contractor while the weather is still warm will be...
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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 as...
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Water Damage Prevention Checklist

Water Damage Prevention Checklist
A water logged ceiling or flooded basement is not something you want to come home to. The staff at Lamunyon wants to help you prevent any water damage disaster that can occur during the summer months. To start protecting your home you will want to start outside. Outside Areas That Need to Be Checked Gutters – You will want to check your gutters to make sure they are free of debris and any other blockage. A gutters sole purpose is to move water away from your home – without the ability to do so, water can overflow and make its way under your roofing and into your attic and ceilings. You do not want to wake up in the morning to the rhythmic sounds of dripping water. Downspouts – Just like your gutters your downspouts should be checked and cleared of debris. Downspouts need to extend away from your property to...
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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 Washer The 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...
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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 4th Whether 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...
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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 easier...
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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 Tips Before 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....
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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,...
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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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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 Top While 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...
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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...
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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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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,...
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Crawl Space Encapsulation

Crawl Space Encapsulation
What is Crawl Space Encapsulation? By not having it, are you putting your home and family at risk? The crawl space beneath your home plays an important role in helping to circulate airflow and allow easy access to electrical, pipes, and substructures. It also may serve as your home’s foundation--at least partially. But despite the significance of a crawl space, the small, cramped area--sometimes less than a couple feet tall and built on bare earth--is not often treated with the same care and attention as the rest of your home. Understanding the signs that your home may need crawl space encapsulation.  Problems Down Below [caption id="attachment_1647" align="alignright" width="300"] Standing Water in Basement Crawl Space[/caption] Given that crawl spaces are dark and damp, these areas are prone to moisture. Water can creep in through: improper routing of gutters groundwater evaporation and condensation landscaping drainage not running away from the home’s exterior standing...
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Can a Home Energy Evaluation Save You Money?

Can a Home Energy Evaluation Save You Money?
Bills and expenses come with owning a home, but being house poor wasn’t likely your goal when putting roof over your family’s heads. Instead, you probably planned on saving for retirement, stashing away money for your child’s education, and having a little extra to take a family vacation now and then. But if the end of the month has you seeing more red than black, it’s time to look for more ways to cut back. Some examples include clipping coupons so that you can make more affordable meals at home and thus reduce eating out as often. Maybe you swap a gym membership for running around the neighborhood instead. And of course, cable has got to go. Those are all great places to start, but remember being frugal isn’t all about stripping your life of little luxuries. In fact, there’s actually a way to potentially keep more in your wallet without...
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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 light...
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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...
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Is Your Home Properly Insulated?

Is Your Home Properly Insulated?
Blanket Fiberglass Insulation[/caption] The insulation in your home--within your walls, ceilings, basements, and attic and crawl spaces--is kind of like the big puffy coat you wear outside in the winter. Wearing it means you’ll stay warm and toasty, while going without means a chilly day indeed. Insulation works sort of the same way. The better insulated your home, the more comfortable the temperature will be throughout. This applies in summer, too. Unlike your winter coat, appropriate insulation can also help to keep your home cool. When the mercury is on the rise outside, insulation will ensure any air conditioning you do on the inside isn’t a waste. Instead it will keep cool air from escaping through walls, ceilings, and such, and prevent hot pockets of air from building up in your home.   Types of Insulation [caption id="attachment_1473" align="alignright" width="150"] Blown In Cellulose Insulation[/caption]To keep your home’s temperature consistent throughout, as...
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10 Ways to Know if Your Ducts Need Cleaning

10 Ways to Know if Your Ducts Need Cleaning
Good air quality is critical to good health, but that doesn’t apply exclusively to what you breathe outdoors. Considering the National Air Duct Cleaners Association estimates 40 pounds of dust, including allergens and dirt, is created each year in the average six-room home, the air in your home can be polluted as well. And more can be floating around if you have pets, smoke cigarettes or cigars indoors, are in the midst of a home remodeling project, or have any sources of mold or mildew--visible or unseen. The Role of Air Ducts in Indoor Air Pollution When it comes to your heating and cooling system, ducts act as the entry and exit points. Air is pulled through the return ductwork to be heated or cooled and then is pumped back through the supply ductwork back into your home. Air coming through the return passes through a filter, which can help to...
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Mold: What is it and Why it Should be Left to a Professional

Mold: What is it and Why it Should be Left to a Professional
The last thing anyone wants to hear is that your home has been infested with mold. Not only is it costly and difficult to remove, mold is dangerous and can be hazardous. It is extremely important to remember that when dealing with mold, it is best to leave the remediation to a qualified, trained professional to not only remove it completely but prevent it from happening again. Should you ever suspect a mold problem, here are 5 tips on what you can do. Understand what mold is For many people, the thought of having mold in their home is terrifying. However, it can help ease the panic if you know what mold is and why it has started growing in your home.Mold is not a plant or an animal, it is a type of fungus and a part of life. Not all molds are harmful, but the ones that grow in...
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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 to...
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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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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 Safety It 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...
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Radon: What You Need to Know

Radon: What You Need to Know
Radon is a naturally occurring gas, but when it invades your home it can have serious consequences on your health and the health of your family. If you are concerned that you may have elevated radon levels in your home, contact Lamunyon Radon to explore your testing and mitigation options. Lamunyon Radon  serves North Central Kansas including Clay Center, Manhattan, Junction City, Fort Riley, Abilene, Concordia and nearby communities.
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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-Off To 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...
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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...
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3 Things to Keep In Mind When There’s Mold In Your Home

3 Things to Keep In Mind When There’s Mold In Your Home
Mold is preventable. Knowing the facts can make all the difference. Humidity in your home should be no higher than 50% to prevent mold growth. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help with this. Exhaust fans in kitchen and bathrooms will help decrease moisture through proper ventilation. Use paint with mold inhibitors in areas that may be prone to mold including bathrooms, kitchens and basements. Clean bathrooms regularly. Avoid using carpet in bathrooms as it holds moisture. Regularly wash bathroom rugs. Mold can begin to grow within 24-48 hours of water damage. Always dry water damage immediately and completely, using the help of a water damage cleanup company when necessary. Who Should Cleanup Mold? If you have mold in your Manhattan home, determining who should perform cleanup depends on several factors.What is the size of your mold problem? A little bit of mold in your shower is something homeowners can easily tackle...
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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...
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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 fire Oil is a key ingredient found in the majority of today’s...
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The Benefits of Using a Humidifier

The Benefits of Using a Humidifier
While we all enjoy (some) of what winter can bring, some of it we can do without!  I'm not talking about the icy roads and slick walks.  I'm referring to the inside of our homes.  Turning up the furnace feels heavenly after being outside in the frosty air, or perhaps cranking up the wood stove .... ahhhh!  BUT, what's it doing to your skin and respiratory system?  Is it such a big deal?  Well, let me ask you this, do your hands look like they do in the summer with the moisture in the air at that time?  Or are they chapped?  That's just One example of what low humidity levels can do to you.  What about a cold?  Do you get them more in the winter or when it's warmer?  Sometimes we get sicker in the winter because we are more susceptible.  The warm air dries out our respiratory tract,...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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Uncommon courtesy and manners

Uncommon courtesy and manners
Any more we tend to forget things that make for better interactions with our co-workers, customers and family members.  We can focus so much on "the bottom line" that we forget old-fashioned good manners can make a difference on how you and your company are viewed. Have you ever been addressed as "sir" or "ma'am" by anyone?  How did it make you feel?  Insulted? (I'm NOT that old!)  There are some people that address just about everyone in that manner.  For them, it's their way of showing respect to the person they're addressing.  With a simple gesture, they demonstrate common (or should I say Uncommon courtesy). There are many ways common courtesy can be expressed, whether its to customers or those familiar enough to us as family or co-workers.  Here are a few that you probably can think of quickly. Say hello...first.   This can open a very important conversation, why...
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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...
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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. ...
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Sighting Wildlife at Home! (aka Who Needs to go on Vacation?)

Sighting Wildlife at Home! (aka Who Needs to go on Vacation?)
As if we need another reason not to sleep, we recently had the stress of a mysterious visitor to our home, via the dog door. Our 3 yr old boxer, Baxter was increasingly restless for three nights.  I was up every 20 minutes with him, watching him pace the house, sniffing around the laundry room, going outside through the dog door, then back in.  Eventually, I'd take him into the guest bedroom with me, shut the door and we would get a few hours sleep without disturbing my husband who gets up very early.  After the third night of this, I called the vet after researching 'dog insomnia' and when he said he wasn't hearing of any health reason - but entirely empathizing with my need for sleep - suggested giving him Benadryl and some prescription sedatives we had on hand from earlier surgeries PLUS an antibiotic in case it was...
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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 Cover The 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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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 Attitude Some think that a dirty house or neighborhood is synonymous with poverty.  This isn't necessarily...
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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 yourself A 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 first Always, always, always buckle up...
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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...
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Water Heater Repair: Remedies for Sediment and Bad-Smelling Hot Water

Water Heater Repair: Remedies for Sediment and Bad-Smelling Hot Water
Here are a few trusted DIY solutions for common hot water heater problems. johncarljohnson/flickr I've been told here in Hutchinson, that hot water heaters can last about 7 years.  We have so much salt in our water that it corrodes the metal quickly.   Sediment and foul odors in your hot water may be a sign of problems with the water heater. Fortunately, there are relatively simple solutions to many water heater problems. How to Remove Sediment Flush the water-heater tank at least once a year to remove sediment buildup, help lengthen the life of your heater and improve energy efficiency. This can help remove particulates in your water. It also helps with chlorination and other remedies explained below, because built-up sediment can protect bacteria from chlorine. First, turn off the breaker to an electric water heater or turn the gas valve knob to the “pilot” position on a gas heater....
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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 First...
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Cleaning Nicotine Stains from Walls and Glass

Cleaning Nicotine Stains from Walls and Glass
Most will look at these pictures and think "Gross!  How could anyone allow their home to look like that?"  As with most things, it's a conditioning.  We gradually become used to our surroundings and view them as normal.  But seeing these photos makes you want to start cleaning everything in sight, doesn't it?  How DOES a person clean up the sticky, nasty residue of cigarette smoke?  It really isn't that difficult to put the cleaning solution together.  It WILL require some elbow grease though and it has  to be done, Kilz-ing alone will not help it.  You have to clean off the nicotine for the paint to adhere properly. It's a simple recipe actually.  First of all, be sure to have proper eye and skin protection:  goggles and gloves. Secondly, have plenty of fresh air.  I have two recipes for you, you can choose whichever you like.  Some purists swear by...
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How to Clean Dog Waste from Carpets and Upholstery

How to Clean Dog Waste from Carpets and Upholstery
Well, we addressed cat "issues" so we might as well be fair and tackle dogs!  Pet waste and urine have a tremendous amount of proteins.  Certain sorts of bacteria are attracted to these and consume them as food.  During the digestion process, you get the strong odors, yuck!  To eliminate the smell, you must eliminate the protein.  So!  What steps does the responsible pet owner take?  Several websites recommend using enzymatic cleaners.  Nature's Miracle is easily found at pet and home and garden stores.  Knowing that, let's outline the steps: 1:  Remove the Excess Pick up any solids with a paper towel.  After blotting up as much residue with another paper towel, spray the stain with either a laundry stain remover or your pet stain cleaner.  Let it soak for a few minutes or as directed on the back of the bottle. 2:  Blot with Cold Water and Detergent This is...
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Cat Urine Odor Removal Tips

Cat Urine Odor Removal Tips
We all love our cats and most of us welcome them into our homes.  We love their energy, the soothing purrs they create on our laps...we just DON'T love the odors they can create!  In a sense, there's an unwelcome "guest" that greets our noses each time we enter the room; it even welcomes your guests.  You know what we're talking about:  the nasty ammonia scent of cat urine.  You aren't stuck with it though.  There are a number of ways to kick it to the curb! Remove as much urine as possible.     The less urine there is, the less you'll have to deep clean. So if your kitty has pottied somewhere other than her litter box, clean up as much as you can as soon as you can.  If the puddle was on the carpet or furniture, the Humane Societies recommend blotting things up with a paper towel...
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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...
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Bad customer service stories ... as if we need to hear any!

Bad customer service stories ... as if we need to hear any!
Last week we went over 5 points in giving good customer service.  This week I thought it would be fun (and worth a 'can you believe it' head shake) to give you a few examples of unbelievably BAD service. No one has to be trained really, in what constitutes bad manners or bad service.  But sometimes you wonder... Would you like a side of whiskers with that?  A group of friends were enjoying dinner together when a mouse darted out from between two booths.  They brought it to the attention of the waiter who responded with "That's cool" and asked what they'd like done about it.  The manager was called in and acknowledged the infestation with the explanation that 'all restaurants have mice whether you see them or not.'  He then proceeded to let them know while he would pay for their meal, there was nothing more he could do about...
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Good Customer Service - A Matter of Pride for a Company

Good Customer Service - A Matter of Pride for a Company
As cultures, values and ethics change, customer service skills seem to as well.  Good customer service is the lifeblood of any business.  You can offer any sort of "teaser" to bring in new customers all you want, but if they don't come back again, your business won't be profitable for long. Good customer service is all about bringing customers back - and bringing them back happy, happy enough to be an "unpaid cheerleader", one who sings your praises to anyone who will listen. A good salesperson can sell anything to anyone once.  But it will be the approach you use that will determine whether or not you'll ever be able to sell that person anything else.  The key is to form a relationship with customers - one the customer feels he would like to pursue.  How do you go about doing that?  Remember the one true secret of good customer service and apply it:  "You...
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Skunk Odor follow-up

Skunk Odor follow-up
February: Winter's last hurrah, Valentine's Day for this part of the world and mating season for skunks! For those of you living in urban areas, skunks are part of the landscape. Unfortunately in their quest for love, they wander around more at night. And for those of us with pets, it can be a precarious time of year! Sunday Morning 5:30a.m.   Baxter, our 2-yr old boxer, wakened me for breakfast. Afterwards his routine consists of letting himself out through the doggy door, coming back in and going back to bed. He did this, but with the addition of gagging and choking back into our bedroom! I jumped out of bed initially thinking he was sick...and then the horrible smell hit. He had been skunked right in the face! Talk about bedlam! My husband and I rushed he and his sister (who had been outside with him) into the attached garage,...
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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 phase...
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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...
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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...
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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 Burner Use 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, Vents Clean the vent outlets around the house.  Shop vac out any dust or debris from all the vents. Four, Check the burner The 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...
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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/Fireplaces As 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...
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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.shtm Holiday Lights Use 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...
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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!...
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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...
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Removing Pet Stains and Odors from Carpets and Upholstery

Removing Pet Stains and Odors from Carpets and Upholstery
We love our pets, but there's always a training period isn't there?  Animals don't understand initially where they should "go" and where they shouldn't.  It's up to us as responsible owners to teach them where.   Yet there's a learning curve, and in-between the time they've learned and the time they're still 'getting it',  we have the inevitable messes to clean up!  How do we clean properly and well enough that they don't head back to that same spot?  Or what if you clean and clean, but you still can't get rid of the smell? Where did it happen? You need to find the soiled area and then re-train them to avoid eliminating there.  To do that, the spot(s) need to be cleaned and cleaned well. Here are the steps you'll need to take: Use your nose and eyes.  If that doesn't work or the scent is just too overpowering, making it...
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How do you remove candle smoke from your walls?

How do you remove candle smoke from your walls?
A sooty reminder... A very common problem around most homes is the residual left by burning candles.  The smoke put off by the wicks not only can go into your heating and air system, but can stick to the walls too!  One lady we cleaned for realized how bad the problem had become when she went to move pictures on the wall...and could see where every picture had been!  The walls were actually a different shade behind the pictures.  So how do you go about removing it? First of all, DO NOT WET CLEAN.  Several self help sites have recommended TSP, Windex, etc.  Many times though, and especially if you have flat paint on the walls, these help to "set" the smoke and you will never get it off.  Some homeowners have used the dry cleaning sponges (like Mr. Clean) with some success, but not all. What we use at Lamunyon...
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Mold basics and prevention

When the word "mold" is used, it never seems to be in a favorable way, does it?  And yet, mold is around us everywhere. For the most part, outdoors, it serves a useful purpose in breaking down organic matter such as downed trees, fallen leaves and dead animals.  We wouldn't have some foods and medicines without it. Indoors, mold growth needs to be avoided.  Problems may arise when mold starts eating away at materials, affecting the look, smell, and possibly, with respect to wood-framed buildings, the structural integrity of the building itself. As long as the three food sources are there for mold:  Moisture, Oxygen and an Organic Source, it will continue to grow.   All molds need dark too, which explains why we so often find it in crawl spaces and basements.  If you add sunlight and air circulation, these areas dry out, making them less hospitable for mold.  ...
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Cleaning Candle Wax Messes

Cleaning Candle Wax Messes
Candle wax in carpet can be a MESS! Candle wax messes... We are coming up on the time of year and no matter whether you live in  Little River or the Little Apple , we all seem to burn candles to warm up the house, or to create a festive mood.  However, doesn't it always seem that there's a spill of wax...and then what?  So many of those spills will happen on carpet.  How does one remove the wax safely and cleanly, especially removing the colored wax? The following method is safe for all carpet types and materials. You Will Need Butter knife or any knife with a dull blade Vacuum with hose attachment or hand-held vacuum Clean white cloth, white paper towels, or brown paper bags Iron Rubbing Alcohol Spray bottle with water Sponge Heavy weight How to Remove the Stain Gently scrape hardened wax with butter knife to remove as much...
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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 you...
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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 easy...
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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...
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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 lead-safe...
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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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Water Leak Problems?

Here are 5 steps to take: 1:   Don’t panic!   A flood in your home is a regular occurrence that can be solved. 2:   Understand your wet carpet is NOT your primary concern.   Your biggest risk is mold growth within wall cavities.   This dark, humid area is a breeding ground for mold, but if you act now, you’ll save money and health risks. 3:   Place plastic under furniture legs .   Use kitchen plastic wrap or cut other plastic to place under the legs.   This will help prevent any stain transfer from the wood to the carpet or rust from metal feet. 4:   Use CAUTION not to use any electronic appliance in standing water.   You could get electrocuted. 5:   Call a professional right away.   Water problems only get worse over time and a professional can save you LOTS of money in...
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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 Normal...
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Have you checked your oven?

Have you checked your oven?
Some folks have the habit of storing large plastic bowls or containers in their ovens.  This usually isn't a problem...until they forget about it and turn the oven on.  If they catch it soon enough, they can clean up the mess - it's hard, but they can Google enough information on the web to find out how to clean up burnt-on plastic.  However, what about when the plastic ignites ?  It's amazing how such tiny pieces of burnt plastic can end up all over your home!  We've had this happen so many times, we've lost count.  The distressed homeowner calling in a panic (usually this happens around the holidays and just before company is scheduled to arrive!) asking what to do and how can we fix this FAST???  First of all, if you go after the ash with a wet cloth on your walls, you can make it MUCH worse.  A remidiation company will...
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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 the...
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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,...
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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 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 to...
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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 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...
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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 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 bathroom...
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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 Dry Out & Foundation Repair. 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...
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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 people...
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Removing Carpet Stains

The first priority is getting to the stain as soon as possible.  Remove as much of food spills as possible by scraping the carpet gently with a spoon or a dull knife.  Absorb wet spills quickly by blotting repeatedly with white paper or white cloth towels.  Always blot; never rub or scrub abrasively, as a fuzzy area may result.  When blotting, work form the outer edge in toward the center of the spot to avoid spreading the spill.   Remove the stain using one of the cleaning items from the checklist below.  Rinse the cleaned carpet area with water to remove detergent residue that may become sticky and cause rapid re-soiling.  Absorb any remaining moisture by placing several layers of white towels over the spot and weighing them down with a heavy object.  This step is necessary even when the carpet doesn’t seem particularly damp.  A helpful tool in deciding which stain...
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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...
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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, t he 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, h ere 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,...
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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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What Our Customer Say

Average rating for Lamunyon Dry Our & Foundation Repair is 4.96 stars of 5 stars - based on 38 reviews
Water Removal And Dry Out; Removal Of Black Mold in McPherson, KS
Lance and Gustav did were wonderful! They went above and beyond to serve our facility and to do a quality job for us!
Arlo Blevins - McPherson, KS 67460
Basement Waterproofing in McPherson, KS
Unfortunately, we have had a water leak in our basement twice in the past 6 months. Both times Lamunyon has helped us with the water removal and restoration and they were wonderful to work with! We had a different crew come out than the first time but both were professional, helpful, went out of ...
Kayle C - McPherson, KS 67460
Water Damage Restoration in Topeka, KS
Fast response to our situation! Very polite gentlemen. Will certainly recommend them to anyone. THUMBS UP!!
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Average rating for Lamunyon Dry Our & Foundation Repair is 4.96 stars of 5 stars - based on 38 reviews
Water Damage in Beloit, KS
The crew was very knowledgeable, and also answered all our questions. They did a great job drying out our basement rooms that were damaged from water. They returned for their equipment, everything was dry, even offered for us to use their moisture tester so we could also see it for ourselves. ...
Deborah Roberts - Beloit, KS 67420
Foundation Repair in Concordia, KS
The Lamunyon crew did an excellent job: thorough, helpful, professional work and communication.
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What Our Customer Say

Average rating for Lamunyon Dry Our & Foundation Repair is 4.96 stars of 5 stars - based on 38 reviews
Water Removal And Dry Out; Removal Of Black Mold in McPherson, KS
Lance and Gustav did were wonderful! They went above and beyond to serve our facility and to do a quality job for us!
Arlo Blevins - McPherson, KS 67460