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
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
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.
- 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.
- Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
- Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professionals
Indoor Air Quality refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants.
Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professionals evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure. Some specialize and are skilled in testing buildings for the presence of molds. Using various testing devices, these professionals collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to the outdoor environment. If you have concerns about mold, SERVPRO of Tacoma can assist you in locating a qualified Air Quality/Environmental Professional.
Have questions about this blog? Just ask! SERVPRO of Tacoma cares about your health and the proper restoration of your home. Call us at 253-896-3000, we'll be happy to help.
Water Will Hide From You.
This water leaked under the wall to the other room.
One of our customers had a toilet leak that went into the hallway. She didn’t think it went under wall into the bedroom, because the carpet felt dry. Boy was she surprised! Our technicians came in with our moisture meters and were able to show her that the water did in fact travel under the wall and affect the carpet, pad and subfloor in one of her bedrooms.
Water will hide from you, it can seep under areas that are hard to see with the human eye or feel by touch. If your home has a water leak or flood, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Tacoma. Call us at 253-896-3000 any time of the day, any day of the week. Our technicians will be there to help.
Commercial Property Summer Maintenance
In the case of water or fire damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Tacoma- 253-896-3000
Sunny weather is the best time to spruce up your commercial property, and in Washington State our window of dependable sunny weather isn’t as long as we would like it to be. Let’s go over a few maintenance tips that can help your Tacoma property.
- Clean your gutters and downspouts – pine needles, leaves and debris can build up gutters and clog downspouts over the fall and winter months. When the rainy season hits, the clogs will cause water to pool which may lead to water damage, including damp spots, mold growth, dry rot, and peeling paint.
- Get your roof inspected – getting your roof inspected once a year is one of the best ways to prevent roof leaks. If you notice any loose tiles or shingles call a roofing company for repairs.
- Wash off your property’s exterior – the wet Washington weather can bring in dirt and moss to the exterior of your building. With a pressure washer, you can easily remove, dirt, dust, grime, moss and the like from walls, fences, parking lots, driveways and sidewalks to maintain the outside of your property.
- Apply a fresh of coat of paint – this will boost curb appeal for your property. The paint will provide an resistant layer against the elements, and could reduce the need for major exterior repairs in the future.
- Clean up vegetation around the building – the summer months can be dry and the heat can make flames spread easily. Remove any excessively dry plants, and trim back bordering plants to avoid a preventable disaster.
CALL 8-1-1 BEFORE YOU DIG
Summer is here time to start those new garden beds, shrubs and trees to increase the curb appeal of your business. There are millions of miles of utility lines buried all over the world, hitting a line could not only cause an issue for you but your neighbors around you as well. So, before you dig don’t forget to call 811 (it’s FREE) a few days before you plan to start your project.
5 Steps to Safer Digging
- Pre-mark your dig site with white paint
- Call 8-1-1 or go online to (callbeforeyoudig.org) to submit a request.
- Wait the required time (normally 2 days)
- Respect the marks don’t move them or adjust them in anyway
- Dig with care, when getting close to markers it is best to use hand tools.
Please keep in mind this summer, when starting your projects don’t forget to call 8-1-1. You or someone who is around you could be injured, or lines could be damaged, this all becomes very costly. If you call before you did this can be avoided.
When we think about being ready for a storm it’s the obvious things like food, water, blankets, clothes, batteries and of course flashlights. It’s also important to remember to protect our home, after all, this is where we will be waiting out the storm for the most part.
Here are a few things that might be helpful in preparing your home for storms:
- Clean up outdoor items if you here a major storm is headed your way. Make sure lawn tools are put away and any furniture is either secured or brought into a place they won’t be thrown around or broken.
- Trim trees and shrubs around your home. Take time to inspect your trees to make sure there are no branches hanging or ready to be removed.
- Think about getting Storm Shutters installed, glass windows can be damaged or broken if debris get picked up by the wind.
- Make sure to have an option for standby power. Having a generator is a great plan in case of a long-term power outage, if this happens you’ll still need to power your fridge, stove/microwave and a few other things in your home.
- If you live in an area with high chances of flooding, you may want to consider Flood-proofing your home. There are two options when it comes to flood-proofing Dry and Wet .
If you find yourself with water damage or flooding after a storm. Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Tacoma 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000.