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7 Reasons to call a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 7 Reasons to call a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional Call SERVPRO® of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 to get help with your restoration needs today!

7 Reasons to call a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional:

  1. 24 Hour Emergency Response:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals work to exceed customer expectations. We respond to emergency losses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  1. Communication:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals keep you informed from start to finish.

  1. Reduce Recovery Time:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help you minimize interruption. 

  1. Lower Recovery Costs:

The SERVPRO® System helps you save money.

  1. Home Emergency Kit:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help you plan before disaster strikes.

  1. Full Line of Services:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help to solve your cleanup needs.

  1. A Leader in Storm Response:

Help when you need it the most.

Call SERVPRO® of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 today to get help with all your restoration needs. We specialize in water, fire, mold & bio-hazard cleanup. 

7 Reasons to call a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 7 Reasons to call a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional Call SERVPRO® of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 to get help with your restoration needs today!

7 Reasons to call a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional:

  1. 24 Hour Emergency Response:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals work to exceed customer expectations. We respond to emergency losses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  1. Communication:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals keep you informed from start to finish.

  1. Reduce Recovery Time:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help you minimize interruption. 

  1. Lower Recovery Costs:

The SERVPRO® System helps you save money.

  1. Home Emergency Kit:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help you plan before disaster strikes.

  1. Full Line of Services:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help to solve your cleanup needs.

  1. A Leader in Storm Response:

Help when you need it the most.

Call SERVPRO® of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 today to get help with all your restoration needs. We specialize in water, fire, mold & bio-hazard cleanup. 

Faster to your Tacoma Water Damage Event

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Faster to your Tacoma Water Damage Event Call SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 for your restoration needs today!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Tacoma provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 253-896-3000

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Tacoma

SERVPRO of Tacoma specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup Call SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 for your restoration needs today!

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of Tacoma will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes. 

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve blood borne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint power and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood and bodily fluids

For more information, call SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000.

SERVPRO® of Tacoma is Faster to Any Size Disaster

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO® of Tacoma is Faster to Any Size Disaster Our large fleet is ready to make your water/fire loss "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals understand that no damage is too small when it comes to your home.

Your home is truly a reflection of you, your tastes and your personality. Suffering damages to your home can feel like a part of you has been damaged as well. We recognize a loss can make you feel vulnerable, invaded or robbed of part of your life. Your loss is unique – in how it started, the emotions experienced and the extent of the damage.

When damage affects your home, you want it to be restored to preloss condition. You cannot afford to let the marketability of your home be affected. That is why SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have professionally restored property for over 39 years.

SERVPRO® is the trusted choice for hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, because they know SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have the experience to do the job right.

  • Recognized Industry Leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration
  • SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals Serving America Since 1967
  • Over 1,400 Locations Nationwide
  • IICRC* Approved School for 5 Cleaning and Restoration Categories:
    • Fire
    • Water
    • Carpet
    • Upholstery
    • ASD (Applied Structural Drying)

*Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Please do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO® of Tacoma for any of your water, fire or cleaning restoration needs. We are a full-service franchise – we work to dry out your home and restore it to its previous condition. Contact us at 253-896-3000 to inquire about our services.

Are Your Ducts in Order?

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Are Your Ducts in Order? For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO® of Tacoma at (253) 896-3000.

Did you know, your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of our service here at SERVPRO® of Tacoma is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. Our certified technicians will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, your certified technician can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO® Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost efficient. Unlike most duct cleaning services, we use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.  

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO® of Tacoma at (253) 896-3000.

Be READY for the Storm

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be READY for the Storm Be "Ready for whatever happens."

Major storms from Hurricane Florence, which is currently battering the east coast, to spring tornadoes in the Midwest always bring devastation. Often times, we do not know when disasters or emergencies will strike, but you can be READY.

Now is the time to think about the basics, things you will need in advance of an emergency; how will you communicate, what supplies you will need to keep in your home, car or office. The more you know about what to do in an emergency, the more confident and secure you will feel in your abilities to manage through a disaster. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. 

Contact SERVPRO® of Tacoma and University Place/Lakewood West for more information and tools to help you be "Ready for whatever happens."

Make Your Fall Season FIRE FREE

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire free.

  1. Fall decorations like, dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  2. Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  3. Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  4. Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric. If you are making your costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame. 
  5. It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways andyards. 
  6. Flashlights are a safe alternative to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. 

Be safe this fall! If disaster strikes, please don't hesitate to call SERVPRO® of Tacoma at (253) 896-3000.

Check your gutters before the storm.

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Check your gutters before the storm. Overflowing gutter

Did you know that a large percentage of damage homes suffer during a rain storm or hurricane is to the roof?  Keeping your gutters clear and in good condition can help reduce the amount of damage your roof receives and how much water seeps into your home.  The more prepared your are, the less damage you will have to face.

Here are some tips on how to prepare your roof gutters before a rain storm/hurricane:

  1. Get out your ladder. Go around your house and make sure your gutters are free of leaves and debris. This is a top tip from every government agency and safety service.  By late fall, it’s likely more than half full of leaves that have fallen and they’ve clogged your gutters.  Add a lot of rain, and it’s a receipt for water in your basement, leaky ceilings, and more.
  2. Extend you downspouts. Keeping water away from your foundation is critical when there is a lot of rain. A downspout that only extends the length of the curve can be dangerous.  Even one that extends three feet isn’t good enough.  Downspout extenders or even length of downspout attached to the downspout elbow can keep the ground around your home from getting over saturated.  Water can seep through the walls of your foundation if the ground gets too wet.
  3. Check your window wells. Cover them if you can keep out excess water and debris.  If a gutter were to clog, it’s often a window well that fills with water first.  The seals around the windows won’t keep water from pouring into your home.  Keep a bucket handy and check your window wells often during the storm.  A little preemptive bailing can keep from a wet basement.
  4. Be courteous and don’t dump your leaves in the street. After gutter cleaning, you may want to dump all those leaves out to the street for pick up.  Do your street storm drains a big help by not dumping them out there just yet.  You’ll wind up putting a strain on local resources and services that, in a situation like this, should be going to more important issues.  Storm drains will clog if the streets are taxed with extra leaves. They also make it more difficult to get to power lines or downed trees.
  5. Protect stuff in your basement. If there are places around your home prone to flood occasionally, even if you have dealt with your gutters before the storm, make sure you get them off of the ground.

Water damage after the storm can be devastating.  Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Tacoma 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000.

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Attic Mold

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Attic Mold Mold in the Attic caused by poor ventilation.

Attics (like crawl spaces) are highly susceptible to mold growth because moisture can easily accumulate in these spaces.  It’s not every day that we think to check the attic for moisture. 

Attic mold is mostly caused by poor ventilation.  A good tip to check your attic space for moisture is by looking at the nails; if there is excess moisture, chances are you’re the nails will start to rust.  Eliminate or reduce the amount of moisture in your attic space by using the following helpful tips.

  • Look for Roof Leaks – Check for discoloration at the joints where two types of material meet, or repair/replace deteriorating spots on the roof.
  • Check for raised shingles – When shingles become brittle and dry, they are subject to nails pushing the shingles upward. High winds can also push old and damaged shingles upward.
  • Beware of any gaps where moisture can enter – a few common culprits are skylights, duct work, plumbing and insulation (check for missing portions/sagging)

Although there is a plethora of other items to check for excess moisture, by keeping an eye out for these potential problems, you’re giving your self a head start against Attic Mold Prevention.

Do you have any questions about attic mold? Just ask - call SERVPRO of Tacoma 253-896-3000.