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Pool Safety

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Community Pool Safety Safety is SERVPRO of Tacoma’s main concern this summer- make it yours too! Follow these tips to keeping our community youth safe!

Days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. It's time for more trips to the pool whether at home or at your local community pool. This summer, safety is SERVPRO of Tacoma's main concern. Keep yourself and your children safe by following these pool safety tips provided by The Washington State Department of Health.

  • Never take eyes off children in the water.
  • Don't allow a young child in the pool without an adult
  • Knowing how to swim doesn't make a child drown-proof. Never use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first. 
  • A barrier, such as a fence that is at least 4 feet high, must surround the pool or spa. The gate or door must be self-closing and self-latching with the latch out of reach of children.
  • For above ground and inflatable pools with ladders, remove or secure the ladder when the pool is not in use. 
  • A power safety pool cover or safety cover for spas is another barrier option.
  • Don't play or swim near drains or suction outlets, especially in spas and shallow pools.
  • Keep long hair away from suction drains by using hair braids, bands, or swim caps.
  • Never enter a pool or spa that has a loose, broke, or missing drain cover.
  • Know where the electrical cut-off switch for the pool or spa pump is and mark it for quick turnoff.

For more pool safety information, refer to The Washington State Department of Health's website at http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/WaterRecreation/PoolSafety.

Undiscovered Leaks in Your Business

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Undiscovered leaks and moisture build-up can cause damage to the floors, walls and ceilings of your business, leading to soft dry wall, stained ceiling tiles and other more serious problems. Although the damage may go unnoticed for an extended period of time, proper cleanup is vital to the restoration of your property and equipment. 


Follow these maintenance tips to avoid a water damage event in your place of business.



  • Inspect ceiling tiles regularly for discoloration or leaks. This could be a sign of leaks in the HVAC unit or piping.

  • Check water lines in coffee makers, refrigerators, and water filtration systems for kinks or leaks, annually.

  • Remove standing water with a mop and seek professional assistance for complete drying and restoration.


If you suspect water damage, SERVPRO of Tacoma use the latest technology to locate and detect even the smallest amounts of moisture in a home or business. After locating the water damage, our technicians are trained in water extraction and drying to help you get back in business. Contact us to help you protect your business from further damage due to water. 253-896-3000.

Smoke Damage Cleaning

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

The recovery process following a fire in your home or business can be overwhelming and stressful. Damage to your personal belongings and home are just some of the concerns you may experience. 


SERVPRO of Tacoma understands the need to restore order and are equipped with the technology and training needed to help ensure your property is restored to its preloss condition. For instance, knowing the different types of smoke and behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.



  • Wet smoke- plastics and synthetics, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary

  • Dry smoke- includes paper and wood; fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, no smeary residue

  • Protein- virtually invisible, discolors paints/varnishes, extreme pungent odor

  • Fuel oil soot- furnace puff backs

  • Other types- tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue


If you are in need of cleaning, water or fire related, call SERVPRO of Tacoma to make it "Like it never even happened." 253-896-3000

Unseen Water Causes the Most Damage

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Unseen Water Causes the Most Damage Remember, water damage can go deeper than the surface. Make sure to call your SERVPRO of Tacoma professionals for your water damage needs!

There's no such thing as a small disaster- especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time. Instead of trusting untrained eyes, help ensure the value of your property by calling SERVPRO of Tacoma.


Our technicians are trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures:



  • Identify the source/type of water

  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis

  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises for hidden moisture

  • Perform emergency water extraction

  • Move and block furniture and contents

  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide services

  • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/deodorization)

  • Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment

  • Dispose of refuse


SERVPRO of Tacoma has the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages set in. To stop leaks from becoming a big problem, dial 253-896-3000.

Fire Damage in Your Home

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage in your home can be a stressful event. Damage to your personal belongings and home are just some of the concerns you may experience. Timely response and thorough mitigation can alleviate these concerns. The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. Our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. 


We provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claim inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.


What you can do until help arrives:


Do



  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery

  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet


Don't



  • Wash any walls or painted surfaces

  • Shampoo carpets or upholstery

  • Clean any electrical equipment

  • Send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor


SERVPRO of Tacoma understands your home is more than four walls. Your home includes your memories and personal belongings. We are trained in caring for both you and your home. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Tacoma can help you restore your home and personal belongings.


Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call SERVPRO of Tacoma, the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at 253-896-3000.

Call SERVPRO of Tacoma Professionals for Your Water Damage Needs

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Leaks from piping, roofs, and other water sources can cause water damages that can go unnoticed for weeks, even months. Attempting to clean up water from a leak can lead to further damage and contamination if not handled properly.


SERVPRO of Tacoma's trained professionals are equipped with a full line of cleanup and restoration services that handle water damages caused by leaks and excessive moisture. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, our specialists can help protect your business and property from further damage and get you back to normal business functions.


So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the water yourself, call SERVPRO of Tacoma, your cleanup and restoration professionals. SERVPRO of Tacoma ensures we will arrive on-site within four hours to start mitigation services and within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person. Contact us at 253-896-3000 to protect your home or business from further water damage.

Water Damage in Your Business

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water leaks within a business can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboards, and walls while moving throughout the structure, potentially creating mildew and staining walls. Quick action is critical in avoiding costly repairs and expensive downtime. SERVPRO of Tacoma understand the water damage event can not only disrupt your facility, it can also interrupt day-to-day business functions- possibly closing the business and ultimately affecting your revenue.

To avoid your business closure, here are a few leak prevention tips:

Exterior

  • Check roofing for deterioration
  • Check gutters and down spouts for blockage
  • Check basements and crawl space for moisture

Interior

  • Check appliances in break rooms and cafeterias
  • Check sinks and toilets in restrooms
  • Check HVAC for leaks and blockage

There's no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens to shut down your business. Turn to the company with the resources and experience to be a national leader in cleaning and restoration. SERVPRO of Tacoma ensures to arrive on-site within four hours of loss notification to start mitigation services and within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person. We understand that every minute counts. Call SERVPRO of Tacoma for your water damage needs. 253-896-3000

Indoor Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Indoor Home Maintenance Tips for Spring If you have fire or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Tacoma! 253-896-3000

It's important to keep up on home maintenance to avoid mold, water, or fire damage. With better weather, Spring is the perfect time to work on home improvements. Travelers Insurance Company gives us a list of indoor maintenance tips.


Electrical Outlets and Cords: Check electrical outlets and cords throughout your home for any potential fire hazards such a frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Outlets, fuse boxes and extension cords also should be checked to make sure they are not overloaded.


Fire Extinguishers: Check your fire extinguisher at least once yearly, including the hose, nozzle and other parts, to make sure they are in good condition and that the pressure gauge is in the "green" range. If necessary, move your fire extinguisher to an accessible place.


Air Conditioning: Before turning it on for the season, have your air-conditioning system inspected and tuned up by a professional.


Water Heater: Check for leaks and corrosion.


Furnace: Clean or replace your furnace filter.


Dryers: Dryer lint can build up inside the vent pipe and collect around the duct. Clean both the clothes dryer exhaust duct and the space under the dryer. Use a specialized brush to clean out the vent pipe. Lint can also build up inside the dryer enclosure and should be cleaned and serviced by a profession.


Smoke Detectors: Daylight savings time is the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Inspect each smoke detector to ensure all are in working order, and make sure to test them monthly. Ideally, there should be at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home, including the hallway or area outside of each set of bedrooms, and one within each bedroom itself. If necessary, install additional smoke detectors as needed.


Light Bulbs: Check each light bulb in every fixture for the correct recommended wattage and replace any burned out bulbs. Also, consider replacing all high-intensity bulbs with fluorescent or LED bulbs to reduce energy and the amount of heat produces.


https://www.travelers.com/resources/home/maintenance/spring-home-maintenance-tips.aspx

Smoke Alarm Safety

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Smoke Alarm Safety Follow these smoke alarm tips to ensure your home or business is prepared in the event of a fire.

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) reports nearly two-thirds of these fire-related deaths occurred in homes with no working smoke alarm or no smoke alarms present at all. Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when they are properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.


The NFPA recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house.


Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.


Once smoke alarms are in place, it is important to maintain and regularly test the alarms to ensure they are in the proper working order. Review the tips provided here regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.


Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A preparedness plan allows your family, employees, or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. For tips or information on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000.


Smoke Alarm Tips:



  • Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.

  • Test smoke detectors at least once a month using the test button

  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away

  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old

Commercial Fire Damage

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

A fire damage in a business can be stressful for the owner, property manager, employees and tenants. Property damage, equipment damage, document loss and temporary business closure are just some of the concerns you may experience. Timely response and thorough mitigation can alleviate these concerns.

The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring verses replacing your business property and belongings. Our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.

We provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services ensure your property and belongings are restored to preloss condition when possible while providing security in knowing normal business functions can resume in a timely manner.

What you can do until help arrives:

DO

  • Limit movement in the facility to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between office furniture legs and wet carpet

DON’T

  • Wash any walls or painted surfaces
  • Shampoo carpet or upholstery
  • Clean any electrical equipment
  • Send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor

SERVPRO of Tacoma understands returning to normal business operations is your primary concern. Our specialists are trained in caring for both you and your business. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, we can help you return to business quickly and help protect your facility and belongings.

Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call SERVPRO of Tacoma, the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at 253-896-3000.