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A Look Behind the Scenes

A Look Behind the Scenes
A behind the scenes look at some of what goes on in the shop after we’ve been on a water or sewer loss . The equipment must be cleaned, so it’s ready for the next call. Here, Lance is wiping down an air mover with an anti-microbial cleaner and power washing an extension cord. We’re always ready When Big Surprises Strike Your Home!
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Stop Spring Flooding from Bringing about a Sewage Backup

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

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Winter Sewer Tips to Avoid Home Damage

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

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

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

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

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

Safety Tips to Sewage Cleanup
Sewage damage is messy, messy, messy! It’s also probably the last thing you want to be thinking about. However, it is something everyone should take the time to be informed about; because more than just being messy it is also extremely hazardous. Here’s a few of the first steps you should take if that unfortunate occurrence happens to you so you can recover as many of your possessions as possible and keep your family safe. Important to Note: The purpose of this blog is not to give you directions for a “do it yourself project”. Sewage backup can be very dangerous and cause deadly, even fatal diseases. If this happens to you your first call should be to an experienced cleaning and restoration company with professional experience and equipment. The purpose of this blog is to inform you about some of the steps that will be taken with your belongings...
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How to Prevent Sewer Backup in your Home or Business

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

Is a Sewer Backup a DIY project?
What is a Sewage Backup? First of all, it's basically a mix of murky water that contains a variety of unpleasant things such as waste water from your household, organic waste, solid waste, human excrement and debris.  All are hazardous to your health, but human excrement brings the highest risks as it contains micro-organisms such as coliform, fecal coliform, Escherichia coliform and Enterococcus.  Translation:  Dangerous stuff is in that nasty water!  So the next question is.... Is this something I can do on my own? That's a normal question for a homeowner looking to save some money or to avoid having workers coming into his home.  However, read over the precautions, the dangers and the details involved first before deciding absolutely.   It isn't safe to stay in a building that's flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so...
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Tree Roots and Your Sewer Line - Not a nice mix

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

Sewer Backups  Part Four
Can you imagine the feelings of the homeowner coming down into the basement and seeing this?  What are some things needing immediate consideration?  First of all, turn off the power to the area.  What about appliances and your furnace, if it's located in the affected area?  At times water can be high enough to involve a motor on a furnace or electrical appliances. If so, call a reputable electrical repair business to inspect it. Many times, if cared for promptly, the mo tor can be dried w/out incurring any damage to it. Transport computers to a dry environment, and contact a repair facility. Floor tile will remain secure if the water is removed immediately, otherwise the water dissolves the adhesives. Anything consisting of wood: paneling, furniture or other wooden objects will check, separate, stain or warp if left wet.  These need to be dried immediately to not only save but...
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Sewer Backups 101 (part three)

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

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

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

Average rating for Lamunyon Restoration is 4.96 stars of 5 stars - based on 30 reviews
Water Damage Restoration in Topeka, KS
The Service professional Alex...arrived promptly, worked diligently to restore our flood-soaked commercial carpet. He spent the time to explain to me in layman's terms what he was doing, showing me readings from his equipment and made great suggestions for future cleanup to avoid costly repairs in ...
Diana U - Topeka, KS 66610
Duct Cleaning in Concordia, KS
Work was done efficiently. The technician was polite and showed me the dirt taken out of the air ducts in my house. I highly recommend this company. Oh yes. He cleaned up every bit of lint and dust so there was no mess for me to take care of after he left
Sherrilyn M - Concordia, KS 66901
Water Damage Restoration in Clay Center, KS
Lamunyon Restoration is an excellent provider of cleaning and restoration. When a pipe broke and flooded our basement, I phoned them and a tech came over in minutes to assess our damage and began the clean up of water. The next day, two techs came early morning and assessed what still needed to be ...
Jill N - Clay Center, KS 67432

What Our Customer Say

Average rating for Lamunyon Restoration is 4.96 stars of 5 stars - based on 30 reviews
Water Damage Restoration in McPherson, KS
Nate and Nico were prompt, professional, and courteous. We are grateful they were available to begin the tough process of restoring our water-logged basement!
Bree D - McPherson, KS 67460
Waterproofing in Concordia, KS
HIGHLY recommend this company. They are compassionate, concerned, professional, and down to earth. I wish there were more than 5 stars to rate th m, they are awesome. If anyone ever needs restoration, this IS the ONLY company to call.
Linda C - Concordia, KS 66901

What Our Customer Say

Average rating for Lamunyon Restoration is 4.96 stars of 5 stars - based on 30 reviews
Basement Waterproofing in Wichita, KS
professionalism, availability, and friendliness. They truly make you feel like they share your crisis and make you feel like they will do whatever it takes to resolve it quickly, properly and professionally. And then they do. I would definitely use them again.
Melissa S - Wichita, KS 67207