Stover's Restoration

Stover's Restoration is now one of the most trusted and respected names in water and fire restoration in the area.

Three Types of Water

Three types of water classify water damage, and each has their own restoration process. It is important to know which type of water you are dealing with in your Wichita home before professionals, like the team at Stover’s Restoration, can begin the process of water damage restoration in Wichita.

Category 1: Clean Water

Category 1 Water is water that comes from a clean source. Examples are water from a leaky faucet or broken water supply line. Water damage restoration of Category 1 Water is fairly simple. First, water must be extracted and dried completely. Damaged materials can then be repaired or replaced. If Category 1 Water is not remediated quickly and correctly, it can turn into Category 2 Water.

Category 2: Gray Water

Category 2 Water is water that may contain bacteria and viruses. Common sources of gray water include dishwasher overflow, washing machine overflow, and toilet overflow without feces.  This type of water can cause illness upon contact, and needs to be handled professionally and with safety precautions. First, all wet areas must be located and the water extracted. Removal and disposal of damaged items must be done before drying begins. Not only is adequate drying needed, but thorough disinfecting must also be performed. If left untreated for too long, Category 2 Water can degrade very quickly to Category 3 Water.

Category 3: Black Water

Like the name entails, black water is grossly contaminated water. Black water comes from flooding streams, canals or rivers, the sewer line, the toilet bowl with feces, and long-standing water that has begun to grow microbes. All contact with black water should be avoided because this type of water can cause serious illness and even death if ingested. Black water must first be extracted, and then every surface affected is steam washed. Carpet pads and other necessary structural materials are then discarded so that the floor can be steam cleaned. A disinfectant is then applied before drying equipment is brought in. Air cleaners are also used in black water damage restoration. This type of water requires professional clean up with the use of specialized equipment to safely remove contaminants.

If you are unsure which type of water you are dealing with, be sure to call a professional water damage restoration team. With the proper training and equipment, restoration crews will determine the water category and proceed with an appropriate plan of action. While you are waiting for the restoration team to arrive, there are steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe from contaminated water.

  • Keep children and pets away from the affected area
  • Keep the area contained as best as possible
  • Turn off all electrical power to the affected area.
  • Turn off the water supply to the area.
  • DO NOT use the HVAC unit to ventilate the area because that can spread microbes through the air. If possible, open windows in the affected area to get airflow.
  • Avoid entering the area
  • Be sure to use personal protective equipment such as facemasks, rubber gloves and boots, and impervious coveralls if you have to go into the area
  • If it is safe to do so, remove any dry, uncontaminated items out of the area.

When you call Stover’s Restoration in Wichita after a water damage emergency, our team of certified technicians will get to work containing the initial damage as quickly as possible. We will be able to restore your home back to its original condition, helping you get your life back to normal.

Water Damage Restoration Wichita

From slow pipe leaks to broken hot water heaters, Stover’s Restoration team specializes in water damage restoration in Wichita and cleaning up water damage from it all.

After a Fire: is it Dangerous to Remain in Your Home?

Home fires are hazardous even after the flames are extinguished. Safety worries remain– smoke may contain tar, carbons, and carbon monoxide. We at Stover’s want you to know that properly removing particles from smoke damage is just as important as repairing fire damage. Lingering soot and smoke can actually damage your health. This is why we offer fire damage cleanup services in Wichita.

Respiratory Problems

Even when your house is free from smoke, small particles from the fire and smoke could be embedded in your carpets and furniture.  When you breathe in smoke or the chemicals released by burning materials, it can cause a number of health issues: gasping, shortness of breath, long-term respiratory issues. It is difficult to determine whether a cough is temporary or due to a larger issue. 

Tar, carbon and carbon monoxide can damage your lungs. These gases and residue displace oxygen in the blood, taking oxygen away from the heart, brain and other organs. After your property has experienced a fire, get an expert to come in and analyze the carbon monoxide and gas levels in your house.

Plastic Toxicity

After a fire, burning plastic can lead to a variety of health risks. When this synthetic material burns, it releases toxic fumes into the air. Part of what makes plastic so dangerous in a home fire situation is that there’s just so much of it. Even a small kitchen fire is likely to burn things like plastic cups, milk jugs which add to your risk.

Skin Damage and Eye Irritation

Smoke can get into clothing and furniture; small particles remaining that injure the skin. Red, itchy, watery eyes are a typical complication from lingering particles. Don’t expose your body to more airborne irritants; get professional fire remediation.

Older Buildings Bring More Dangers

Sometimes buildings from the 1950s and 1960s contain asbestos. A fire can 1) burn these fibers and 2) reveal and expose more material during the cleanup. If you have an older home, your professional team will test for asbestos and lead based paint for proper clean up.

Treated Wood

When this treated wood burns, it releases a variety of harmful substances into the air: methane, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and formic acid. The more wood that burns, the more this danger is released into the air.

When in Doubt, Throw It Out

One of the hardest parts about fire recovering is deciding what you can salvage and what you must throw away. For your safety, resist the pull to economize. Dispose of all opened containers and permeable packages of food. Remove any charred food, bulging or rusted cans, or items with fire extinguisher dust.Sometimes, refrigerated and frozen food is salvageable after a fire. Even if the power went out, a well-sealed fridge could keep food at a safe temperature for about four hours. However, throw out if:

  • It smells smoky in the fridge.
  • Soot has visibly penetrated the fridge.
  • Food has been above 40 degrees for over two hours due to power loss.
  • Perishable items have an odd odor.
  • Food in the freezer no longer feels cold and hard and has no ice crystals on it.

Bonus Tip

Even though you are overwhelmed, stay focused. Save all receipts for expenses related to fire loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and to prove any losses claimed on your income tax. Check with an accountant or the IRS about special benefits for people recovering from fire loss.

Stover’s Restoration Serves South Central Kansas

For over 30 years, Stover’s Restoration has been one of the most trusted and respected names in fire restoration in south-central Kansas. Trust Stover’s to secure your home against more damage or store repaired items until needed. Stover’s offers FDA approved, non-toxic, non-sparking, non-flammable, non-hazardous, and environmentally safe processes for your home.



Mold Cleanup Wichita

Are you dealing with the mold problem in your commercial or personal property? Call on (316) 712-5696 now. Our team is ever ready for the services of mold cleanup in Wichita.