Winter Tips to Avoid Disaster

“Protect your home or business with just a few simple and inexpensive measures.”

Winter Tips

“What Steps Can I Take to Reduce My Risk of Property Damage From Freezing Weather?”

Winter weather can cause some serious damage to your property:

Winter brings with it the potential for cold weather-related property damage. While we can’t control the freezing weather, Chavez Restoration would like to share a few things you can do to protect your home or business with just a few simple and inexpensive measures.

What Steps Can I Take to Reduce My Risk of Property Damage From Freezing Weather?

Winterize all outdoor sources of water:

Damage may happen to your outdoor spigots if the water is not turned off and the hose not removed. Be sure to empty and store the hose, and cover the tap with a suitable winter-weather resistant cover.

Clear all gutters of leaves, twigs, and debris:

A blocked downspout may cause water to back up and form an “Ice Dam.” The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause expensive damage to the property’s roof, insulation, walls, ceilings, and floors.

Test your sump pump and lubricate the float mechanism:

Regular testing of your sump pump and lubrication of the device will help ensure that your sump pump will be working correctly at the time it is needed most.

Inspect and address the foundation of your property:

Cover all unnecessary exterior vents and fill any cracks around your home’s foundation. Cover drafty basement windows with an insulating material. These steps will help prevent heat loss and cold air intrusion. These steps may also help keep wildlife out from the inside of your property.

Address any plumbing that is close to the exterior of your home:

Using heat blankets, insulating sleeves, foam covers or heated pipe wraps to insulate the outermost pipes within your home.

Keep the temperature of your property above freezing:

Set your thermostat at a minimum of 55 degrees, especially when you’re gone for the day or away for a long time. If you program your thermostat below 55 degrees, you may risk damage to the plumbing closest to your exterior walls.

Frozen water pipe caused this frozen flood

In the event of power outages during freezing weather:

When the source of heat is affected by a power outage, it is a good idea to slightly open your faucets to allow a small trickle of water to drip. This will keep the water within your pipes moving and lower the risk of frozen pipes.

If you are leaving your property for an extended period during freezing weather:

In the event of an extended absence or long-term power outage, we suggest turning off your main water supply and draining the water from your faucets. Opening the cabinets under the sink will also allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes. These steps will help reduce the risk of water freezing in the pipes, limiting the chance of the pipes breaking.

You NEED Chavez!

We hope these Winter Tips helps you to avoid disaster, however, if disaster strikes… You NEED Your Restoration Advocate – Chavez Restoration & Cleaning.

What to do if you have a problem? First address the source of your water issues. Second, the size of the affected materials and area often determines whether you can dry it yourself or if you need a professional. If you have questions, we are glad to help! We always offer free consultations.

Chavez Restoration emergency response technicians have been drying homes and businesses in Northeast Kansas for since 1967.

Just a phone call away, we are available around the clock 24/7/365.

We are proud to be Your Restoration Advocate.
When quality matters… you NEED Chavez Restoration & Cleaning!

The Drying of Hardwood Floors

“If you are thinking that this is the end of your beautiful floors… It may not need to be this way!

hardwood floor drying, drying wood flooring

Your Image is the result of your investment of time and money:

With everything you have invested into your home or  business to achieve your look and style while make a lasting impression, you may not know what to do when disaster strikes! One major investment not to overlook is your beautiful hardwood flooring. In the event of water damage, professionally drying hardwood floors can save your investment.Chavez Restoration - Hardwood Floor Drying - Bowling Alley

Hardwood floors can bring your entire home together with a sense of grace and class. For a business, hardwood floors may be an essential component to their business, such as the hardwood floors of a bowling alley or gymnasium.

When disaster strikes:

It may happen at any time… and for one of many reasons… it could be from a leak in your roof, a broken washing machine water supply line, a compromised window or even the water line that leads to your ice maker, if you have not yet had damage from a water loss… chances are, you will!

With the time, effort and money we place into our hardwood flooring, the best action is to proactively prepare for when disaster strikes and your hardwood floors become flooded. When unprepared for a water loss, you may think this is the end of your beautiful floors… It may not need to be this way! Professionally restoring your hardwood floors after a water loss may be a much more efficient option with much less hassle.

Hardwood Floor DryingWhat does water do to hardwood floors?

Hardwood flooring that remains wet for prolonged periods of time may suffer damage by permanently warping, cupping or swelling. As water damage happens to Hardwood Floors, it is best to act fast!

Professional water damage restoration services, like Chavez Restoration & Cleaning, handles all types of water damage losses. However, when it comes to hardwood flooring, professional water damage restoration services are not the same… Be cautious when choosing which company to restore your property, some may not have response time, the state of the art equipment or the experience to properly restore your investment.

How can Chavez Restoration help?

Be proactive! Understand that To help avoid permanent damage to your hardwood flooring, the best offense is to have great defense.  When disaster strikes, Chavez Restoration should be the call to make!  we offer prompt and professional 24-hour emergency response!

With specialized drying equipment, fast response, and proper inspection and assessment we are able to save most water damaged hardwood flooring. While efficiently mitigating the excess moisture trapped within the wood, daily monitoring  will be conducted throughout the process. This will allow our technicians to ensure the hardwood flooring will dry evenly, and returns to the “dry standard” moisture levels which has been determined upon the initial inspection.

A flooded hardwood floor may not need to be removed and replaced. With a proactive plan of action that includes a professional and timely response to remove the water, mitigate the excess moisture and return your property to pre-loss condition, you can rest assured that your hardwood flooring is dry, because it is “Chavez Certified Dry.”

Chavez Restoration - Hardwood Floor Removal

What if I know my wood floors are beyond saving?

Occasionally, when water has saturated hardwood floors for too long, the water permeates the pores of the wood, causing the wood to swell, buckle and warp beyond salvage through restoration.

When this happens, the wood structure will need to be removed in order to be replaced.  Chavez Restoration technicians are experienced and skilled at dismantling hardwood flooring with minimal risk to the surrounding structures.

We Offer Free Consultations:

We understand that you may have questions about how to handle this type of water damage on your own, and when it may be time to call the professionals. If you have a question, or would like to learn more about our water damage restoration services, please give us a call today. We always offer free damage restoration consultations.

When it’s important…
when quality and experience matter…
you NEED Chavez Restoration – Family owned and proudly serving Northeast Kansas since 1967!

Article written by:
Daniel Berthiaume – Chavez Restoration & Cleaning

The Aftermath of Protein Fires

Protein Fires!

Protein Fire

With the holidays around the corner, everyone is preparing for their family get-together! A major facet of these family events is the “Holiday Dinner.” Occasionally, as these events tend to produce more memory making family stories, the holiday dinner may become forgotten about… in the oven!

So…. You’ve overcooked your goose!?!

Even the neighbors can smell!

Pun intended… but meat and poultry that has been burned or ignited will leave a FOUL odor no that one can ignore!

While many times lacking a visible presence (black soot), residues generated by severely overcooked meat or food items can and will emit a nauseating odor. These smelly mishaps are referred to as protein fires and they can leave an almost overpowering and long-lasting odor problem.

The source of the lingering odor must be removed!

The first step of the restoration process begins with determining the full extent of the damage. Unlike a typical “paper or wood” fire, there won’t be much in the way of visual residue. The resulting protein residue that permeates your house will have a very high odor content. As with any odor problem, the first step in deodorizing is removing the source that’s causing the odor.

There is no substitute for experience!

In some instances, you may be able to tend to the cleaning and deodorization on your own with the use of household cleaning agents. However, tracking down the invisible residues which may be the source of the odors may be a tough task to accomplish.  When the job of cleaning up and deodorizing after a kitchen or protein fire is beyond your abilities, it may be time to seek help from the professionals. Fire damage restoration industry professionals, Like Chavez Restoration, utilize decades of fire damage restoration experience, professional grade cleaning agents and state of the art deodorization equipment to return your property to it’s pre-loss condition.

If a protein fire happens:

When a protein fire happens, first; properly extinguish the flames or call your local fire department to put out the fire. After the fire is out, and everyone is safe.. Call Your Restoration Advocate – Chavez Restoration. We can help get your life back on track with our 24-hour emergency response to your fire damage, available 365 days a year!

At Chavez Restoration, we’ve been solving customer’s problems since 1967. Our fire response technicians are trained to identify problems, mitigate damage, then quickly and efficiently put your life back on track! We pride ourselves on professionally restoring our client’s property while meeting their needs and exceeding their expectations. It is more than just our philosophy; this is a daily practice at Chavez Restoration.

When quality matters… tell your insurance carrier that you need Chavez Restoration!

Stove Fire

Article by:
Daniel Berthiaume – Chavez Restoration & Cleaning

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