Tag: water damage

How French Drains Prevent Water Damage
July 15, 2019 Foundation,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

French drains are underground water drainage and management systems developed by Henry French. Though these drains have undergone significant improvements over time, they are still considered the most efficient method of directing water around your foundation. French Drains: Great Method to Keep Basements Dry Generally, every civil engineer knows that good drainage is critical in
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Prevent Water Damage in Commercial Buildings
July 12, 2019 Commercial,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

Leaks and flooding can cause water damage in commercial buildings throughout the Kansas City metro area. Resulting in safety issues and a very large bill in order to repair it. Not only can water damage walls and flooring, but it can also cause mold and mildew. This can affect the integrity of the structure, but
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Mold Infestation: Charles Tisdale Library
April 26, 2019 Commercial,Mold Removal,News,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

Many people don’t take mold growth seriously, and in Jackson, Mississippi, they are paying the consequences. Unfortunately, in this case, the library did take the mold infestation seriously. But they weren’t able to relocate soon enough to save anything. Now, the entire book collection is lost. For the past few years, the library has been
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6 Ways to Prevent Freezing Pipes this Winter
January 8, 2019 Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Winter Ben Fetzer

Freezing pipes are a common occurrence in the Kansas City area during this time of year. With cold temperatures especially in the winter whereby pipes are exposed to freezing temperatures. When water is in the pipe then it may lead to the expansion of the pipe. In extreme cases, the pipe may crack or burst
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Severe Water & Mold Damage in Luxury Home
video July 27, 2018 About Mold,House Mold,Luxury Homes,Mold Removal,Videos Ben Fetzer

Water and mold damage is never a fun topic and most assume that water and mold damage only occurs in dilapidated homes. However, in regions like the Kansas City metro area, we see water and mold damage in all types homes, including high-end luxury homes that are commonly found in Mission Hills, Overland Park, Leawood, Loch
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Looking for Hidden Mold – A Real Life Example
June 12, 2018 Indoor Air Quality,Luxury Homes,Mold Removal,Videos Ben Fetzer

This is a video of the main level of a 6,000 Sq. foot high-end home that had significant visible mold in the basement. We knew we had a hidden mold in the main level, due to water damage from a broken pipe on the 2nd level. This water damage caused sections of the ceiling in
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5 Ways to Prevent Mold This Spring
March 18, 2018 Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Spring Ben Fetzer

5 Easy Maintenance Items to Prevent Mold this Spring Let us help you with ways to prevent mold. With springs comes so many preparations and maintenance items. We wanted to give you a few tips on the top items to address to prevent mold from the heavy rains and humid conditions we have here in
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7 Unusual Places Toxic Mold Grows
March 7, 2018 About Mold,Commercial,House Mold,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

Toxic Mold Grows from Moisture The number one fact we must remember is that toxic mold grows from moisture. Before starting off with any form of mold remediation, it is crucially important to figure out the common places for moisture in your home. How do you start searching for at home? There is a quick
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Frozen Pipes Cause Water and Mold Damage
December 27, 2017 About Mold,Cause Mold,Commercial,House Mold,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Winter Ben Fetzer

Frozen pipes can cause lots of damage in a short amount of time. Water expands when it freezes and quickly can create havoc in the most beautiful homes and buildings. This expansion process puts enormous pressure on the pipes. No matter how flexible the pipe material is, it can eventually break. And if it breaks
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Minimalism and Simplifying Your Home
video December 1, 2017 House Mold,Property Maintenance,Videos Ben Fetzer

Minimalism and Reasons to Simplify Your Home What is minimalism? It is a new lifestyle that many in our country are starting to embrace….the simple life. The removal of excess for the purpose of greater freedom. Stuff, stuff and more stuff is the name of the game in many American households. There is something about
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Pest Control: There Are Rodents Among Us
video November 3, 2017 Property Maintenance,Videos Ben Fetzer

If you have water damage and mold, you have a need for pest control. Since rodents and bugs are attracted to wet areas, calling a pest control professional during your basement renovation is always a good idea. Nothing exposes a rodent problem like a basement renovation. It is common for our remediation technicians to find
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5 Practical Tips for Problem Basements
video October 13, 2017 About Mold,Basement,House Mold,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Top Articles,Videos Ben Fetzer

When Problem Basements Can’t Be Repaired In the Kansas City metro, we are have heard or dealt with problem basements. We all desire to repair and maintain our properties to it’s best. However, there are times when the repairs needed to correct the foundation leaks or the drainage problems is far more costly than what
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Drywall Mold: 3 Reasons Why It’s a Big Deal
August 3, 2017 About Mold,Commercial,Drywall,House Mold Ben Fetzer

Every house you enter has been made with roughly the same type of materials; cement, wood, metal, and drywall. Drywall is found in the bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms and offices of our homes and drywall mold is found in just as many places. Mold loves drywall! Top 3 Characteristics that Make Drywall Mold a Substantial
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Ice Dams: What Causes Them to Form?
January 10, 2017 Attic,Insulation,Prevent Mold Ben Fetzer

What Causes Ice Dams? Have you been keeping your house warm this winter? We hope so! We hope your house is well-insulated so that none of that heat is slipping out of your house! Having the proper insulation in your attic is an important factor in keeping you and your family warm this winter and
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Storms That Make You Run to the Basement
September 17, 2014 Basement,News,Prevent Mold Ben Fetzer

WOW!!! What a storm last night!!! Many times in my life I have heard the reference to clapping thunder and last was one of the few times I have heard it!!! My wife and I sat straight up in bed wondering if the hands of God were coming down and clapping in our bedroom because
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Sump Pump Failure Cause Water Damage
August 13, 2014 Basement,Cause Mold,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

Sump Pump Failure is One of the Top Causes of Water Damage Damage in Basements It’s August in Kansas City but it already is beginning to feel like the beginning of fall with refreshing cool weather and heavy rains starting to come with frequency.  As rains come to our area it’s important for every homeowner to
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Sewer Backup Causes Nasty Property Damage
April 20, 2014 About Mold,Commercial,House Mold Ben Fetzer

Sewer backup damage is the most undesirable water damage that can happen in your home or office. Furthermore having a professional doing the cleanup and restoration work for you can save you time and ensure the health of your family, employees, and patrons. Do not try to experiment or complete the cleanup on your own.
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Downtown KC High-Rise Basement Flooded
April 15, 2014 About Mold,Basement,Commercial,News,Rental Properties Ben Fetzer

Middle of the Night Call for a Downtown Kansas City High Rise Building’s Basement Flooded. Due to a City Construction Project on the Street in Front of the Luxury Condominium When a large commercial building’s basement flooded in a matter of minutes, it was all hands on deck. The basement flood occurred due to a
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A Landlord’s Flat Roof Leak Nightmare
April 15, 2014 About Mold,House Mold,Mold Removal,Rental Properties,Roof and Gutters Ben Fetzer

A Roof Leak from the Pit of Hell One spring evening a customer called the Fresh Start office and spoke with a 24/7 on-call technician. About investigating a roof leak at one of her rental properties in Kansas City. She had already had several occurrences of the roof leaking. However, she never worried about it.
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