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Saving Personal Items from Water Damage

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

One of the most common topics after a client suffers water damage, is how and what they can save from water damage. Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer to this question. Every water damage is unique in some sense, so what can be saved is really on a case by case basis. However, here are some guidelines that you can use to make the best decisions possible.

What Type of Water Damage?

Determining whether the water that damaged your personal belongings is clean or contaminated will be a big factor in whether or not it can be salvaged. Obviously, if you are dealing with clean water, the chances of you being able to save some of your belongings is higher.  Even though it may be possible to restore something that is damaged by contaminated water, it is more than likely not worth the health risk that it may bring.

Porous vs Non Porous Materials

Porous materials such as fabrics, wood, and paper are very good at retaining water. This also means it increases the chance of other dangers like mold growth, and damage beyond repair. This is not always the case and if handled quickly and properly, many times these items can be saved as well. On the other hand, porous materials like marble, metal, and porcelain - among others - usually have no problem being restored. Since there is really nothing for bacteria and mold to root itself in, a simple cleaning is usually no problem.

The Amount of Time the Water Saturated

Another factor that will come into the equation of determining what can and cannot be saved is how long the materials have been wet for. The longer an item sits in water, the deeper it can penetrate. As you can imagine, this makes it increasingly more difficult to bring it back to its normal state. The perfect example of this is wooden furniture. It takes quite a bit of time for it to really absorb and become completely water logged. If you get personal belongings out of the standing water and begin the drying process right away, you have a good chance of being able to save them.

Factor in the Replacement Cost

Water damage restoration of personal belongings is no different than any other type of repair. You will always want to evaluate how much it is going to cost to repair something versus simply replacing it. Is the item you want to save really worth paying a professional to do work on it? Sometimes it is, sometimes it is not.

You should also take into account that paying for restoration does not guarantee your item will be returned to its original state. If that’s the case, you’ll have to replace the item anyways.

If you are unsure about whether or not one of your items could be salvaged, it is best that you get it analyzed by a professional. If you hire a water damage restoration company to handle a dry out of your property, they will be able to assist you in assessing damage to your personal belongings as well. To speak to a professional water restoration representative at SERVPRO of Tacoma, contact us today.  They are always there to help.

Do You Need Help With Water, Mold, or Fire Restoration? Call SERVPRO of Tacoma today! 253.896.3000

How to prevent basement water damage

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Damaged box's and debris in basement from sewage flood This flooded basement was cause from a sewage back up, it soaked into all the customers stored belongings.

Basement flooding is stressful for any homeowner, you can trust the team at SERVPRO of Tacoma to be there when this happens.  Some of the top causes of basement flooding:

  • Flooding during heavy rain (Clogged Gutters)
  • Deterioration of foundation walls
  • Drainage towards the basement causing moisture problems
  • Pipe bursts/ sewage back ups
  • Location of Drain system 
  • Water supply line break

Some risks that come from basement flooding include:

  • Mold
  • Structural Damage
  • Electrical Damage
  • Biohazards

To help prevent your basement from flooding below are some handy tips:

  • Installing a drywell around your windows
  • Planting shrubbery around your home’s foundation
  • Grading your yard so your home is the highest point on the property (this is the best long-term solution)

If you ever find yourself with a flooded basement, call the company you know and trust!

SERVPRO of Tacoma (253) 896-3000

Yikes! Grease fire

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that 173,200 house fires per year? They most frequently occur due to overcooking or spilling of food and grease during food preparation. Kitchen grease fires can start even without exposure to open flame. Spontaneous combustion of grease can occur at about 600 degrees Fahrenheit. What should you do in case of a grease fire? Well first always stay calm. We’ll give you a few helpful tips for in the event of a grease fire.

  • If the fire is out of control, the most important thing to do is call 911
  • Turn off the heat (If you’re able to do so safely)
  • Cover with a lid
  • Do NOT use water (never use water on a grease fire, nor a wet or dry cloth)
  • Smother the fire (but remember if it doesn’t feel like something you can complete safely, get out.)
  • Use baking soda or salt (Do NOT use flour)
  • Use a proper (Non expired) fire extinguisher.

We hope this helps you in the event of a fire. Just remember SERVPRO of Tacoma has your back to make your home “Like it never even happened.” If you ever need us, give us a call (253)896-3000.

What Type of Smoke Alarm Do You Have?

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

We all know that having working smoke alarms installed in the proper locations is crucial for residential and workplace safety.  But not all alarms are the same.  One main difference that they have is how they are powered. And how they are powered dictates their maintenance schedule.  Learn more about the three types of smoke alarms below.

Conventional Batteries

These units use regular batteries that many other household items use.  This makes them easy to maintain, as changing the batteries is as easy as changing them in your TV remote.  These units will beep when batteries are low.  Even if you don't hear the beep, you should check these units monthly to ensure that they are in working order.

Long Life Batteries

These alarms are a great middle ground between cost and ease of use.  Once you buy them, all you need to do is place them in the correct location in your home or business.  The batteries in these units are designed to last ten years, at which point, you replace with a new unit.  Of course, faulty units can occur, so you need to regularly test these alarms as well.

Hardwired Alarms

These units are by far the easiest to maintain, but not everyone can use them.  They also require professional installation or someone with electrical knowledge.  These units are wired directly into a building electrical system, where they draw their power.  These units should come with a battery backup, to ensure that they still maintain properly if the power goes out, or is otherwise compromised.  

SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help with any fire damage that you may have at your home or business.  We pride ourselves on around-the-clock service and quick on-scene response time.  Give us a call at 253.896.3000 to learn more or get assistance.

Cold Weather Carbon Monoxide Safety

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

One of the byproducts of fire is carbon monoxide, a potentially harmful airborne gas. During Winter months, the risk of sickness and injury increase because more heating elements are being used.  Use these safety tips to make sure that your winter heat stays safe:

  • First and foremost, install a carbon monoxide detector and alarm if you don’t already have one.  These will detect harmful levels and alert you so you are safe and can address the problem quickly.
  • Service any and all heat-producing appliances in your home on a regular basis.
  • Never use a gas oven for heating your home.
  • If you lose power, operate your generator a safe distance from the house.
  • If you like to warm up your car in the morning, pull it out of the attached garage before letting it run.

It is important to contact a fire damage restoration professional as soon as the fire is over to help limit and remediate the damage. SERVPRO of Tacoma has over 10 years of experience working with people who have had fire damage to their property.  If you have any type of fire or smoke damage, call us immediately at 253.896.3000

Why SERVPRO of Tacoma

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire, water cleanup, and restoration services.

For more than 10 years SERVPRO of Tacoma has helped different communities, property managers, realtors, lots of customers, insurance agents and adjusters in fire and water cleanup, restoration services, and mold mitigation / remediation.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Wherever there is a house full of water or an office full of smoke, you can count on SERVPRO of Tacoma to respond quickly.

Call us any time at
253-896-3000

Commercial Cleaning Tips

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

A good commercial cleaning helps to give workers a more open and less hectic environment; additionally, a clean and welcoming place of business helps to attract customers. Here is a list of some important areas to inspect during your deep cleaning:   

OUTSIDE

  • Windows

Windows are one of the simplest yet crucial areas to keep clean.  Beyond making sure you have squeaky clean windows, check to make sure they have tight seals.  Small gaps in window seals can cause cool air to seep out (and warm air in the winter months), as well as allowing water to trickle in. Checking caulking and weather stripping remains intact and up to par can save you money in the long term. 

  • Landscaping

This is very important for the presentation of your business.  Now the grass, flowers, weeds and other plants are starting to grow, it’s important to start grooming your landscape.  Don’t wait till your plants get out of control, hire someone now or take some time yourself to pull the weeds, mow the grass, and trim any trees or bushes.  Additionally, this is a great time to plant some flowers if you want to spruce up your place of business. 

  • AC/HVAC

When converting your buildings air flow system from heating to air conditioning now is the best time to quality check your system.  Test your system by running it for a while to make sure it’s working properly, check any old or out of date parts that might need replacing.  Clean out the ventilation system by removing dust particles and any other debris lying inside.  Ventilation systems are rarely cleaned, which is why lots of building owners tend to find pest infestation or mold problems when cleaning their vents/ducts.  It’s best to take these precautions while the temperature is in a transitioning period.  

  • Pest Maintenance

Along with the re-birthed trees and plants, spring also brings back hordes of pests.  Ants, spiders, termites, mosquitoes, and even bed bugs can become a problem.  It’s best to take preventative measures to ward off pests instead of being forced to shut the business down for a couple weeks in order to fumigate for pests. Lastly, if you are continually having the same pest problems each year, try to identify exterior factors that might be attracting those pests and any defects in your building that might be letting them in. 

INSIDE

  • Dusting

Simple and effective.  Even if you already dust on a regular basis now’s a good time to dust those harder to reach, and often ignored, areas.  

  • Flooring/Carpets

As people come in from the rainy times and wipe their feet on your carpets, dirt begins to build up.  Don’t let this grime buildup in your building; buy some strong cleaning products for your floors and a top-quality vacuum for carpets. In addition to constantly maintaining floors and carpets, now is a great time to hire a professional carpet and floor cleaner to give your floors a deep clean. 

  • Reorganization

Reorganizing comes in two parts.  The first is the organizing of all the previous year's files into a consolidated area for ease of access.  Best practice is to do this at the beginning of every year so that your files are neatly organized and easy to find when needed.  The second is the reorganization of the office itself. Ideally, this is a continuing process year-round.  If the office has gotten out of hand this can be a good time of year to tidy up and breathe some fresh air into the workplace.  Depending on your type of business will help determine what type of cleaning takes priority. If you need extra help or an even deeper clean call SERVPRO of Tacoma to help!

Types of Storm Damage

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage, wind damage, and hail damage are all possibilities here in the Tacoma, Washington area. If storm damage hits your home or office, here are a few tips to help:

Flood Damage & Recovery
If your home or office space is near water, or in a low-lying area, flood water damage is a risk. Heavy rains and flooding may cause water damage. If the land around your home or business cannot redirect the additional water, flooding can happen. Even homes and businesses at higher elevations can sustain flood damage if frozen pipes break. As soon as you see flooding in your home, contact SERVPRO of Tacoma (253) 896-3000 to start the water mitigation process.

Wind Damage Restoration
Tornadoes often cause severe wind damage. Roof damage from strong winds may lift roof shingles, causing cracks, or even removing parts of an entire roof. Repairing roof damage may prove difficult for homeowners and business owners after a disaster due to damages that is not easily seen. If you have wind damage, make sure to ask for a professional to check your roof for moisture and signs of roof leaks.

Hail Damage & Recovery
Hail damage may be the most overlooked cause of major storm damage. Hail can damage not just your roof but also your siding, exterior walls, and windows. You may think your home or office has survived a hailstorm without damage, but hail damage can be difficult to identify. It would be a good idea to hire a roofing professional to inspect your roof and exterior walls for damage.

Impact Damage & Recovery
During a major storm it is not just wind, hail, and rain that can cause major damage to your home or business. Trees can cause horrendous damage just like weather can. Big trees are a huge bonus in a yard because they can produce shade but during a storm, they can cause damage. You will want to make sure that your trees are at least alive and there aren’t any branches that extend over your home or are breaking off. If you happen to have a tree fall on your home, not only could it damage the roof of your home or business, but the force from high winds and size of the tree could cause it to enter the home and damage the walls, flooring and content inside.

SERVPRO of Tacoma is just a phone call away. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter the size of your storm damage we will work to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What is Really in Storm Water?

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

When we respond to a case of flood damage due to a storm, one of the most frequent questions our technicians get is, "What is black water?". Black water is heavily contaminated water which is not only unsafe to drink but can also be hazardous simply to be around. It can be difficult to judge conditions in black water due to its typical gray, brown, or black coloration, with small particles often hiding potentially far greater hazards lying within. Here are a few things that can be found in a typical sample of black flood water. 

Dirt and Soil: Typically, most of the coloration in black water comes from dirt and soil trapped within. Many cases of flood damage result from heavy storms and rain, and these floodwaters often pick up significant amounts of soil before they ever reach a home. Although this dirt may sound harmless, it makes the water much heavier and more difficult to navigate if you get caught in it. 

Microorganisms in Black Water: Although the amount and type of organisms in flood can vary depending on its causes and specifics, almost all samples of black water contain very high levels of microorganisms. These may be parasites, bacteria, viruses, mold, or many other types of organism, and they can cause health effects. Therefore, it is never advised to drink flood waters and to seek medical attention immediately if you have. 

Sharp Metal and Glass: It can be very difficult to see sharp objects in a mass of floodwater, but even if you feel you are confident that such materials are not in the water, it is best always to assume they are. Sharp materials, even if they are tiny, often constitute one of the water's greatest risks. If they open a small cut or wound, this spot may go unnoticed by you but later can possibly develop a bad infection. If you have been cut or had black water touch an open wound, immediately disinfect the wound and apply medical aid as needed. 

SERVPRO of Tacoma deals with flood damage so that you don't have to. If your home has been caught in a flood, call us at (253) 896-3000

Five Common Causes to Water Damage

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding causes more than water damage. Over time, excess water can result in unwanted mold and mildew. Beginning the water damage restoration process as soon as possible is essential to a successful recovery.

SERVPRO of Tacoma understands the value of speedy and effective storm damage restoration. Their efficient commercial cleaning services in University Place restore any part of a home and prevents further issues such as mold.

Five Causes of Flooded Basements

1. Drainage Failure

Every home uses a drainage tile system to prevent water from coming in. Basement flooding is often the result of poor drainage tile installation or failure.

Severe rainstorms can weaken the integrity of a drainage system and cause basement flooding. If the basement floods immediately after a heavy storm, it is likely due to a damaged drainage tile.

2. Basement Sealing

The home’s basement sealings surround the foundation and prevent water from seeping in. Storms with strong winds and heavy rains, such as hurricanes, can affect the securing capabilities of the basement sealing.

Poor basement sealing allows water to flow into the basement and leads to flooding. A storm damage restoration team can restore the basement and secure the sealing.

3. Clogged Gutters

Gutters run along the top edges of a home to collect and direct water away from the house. Without regular cleaning, outside debris such as leaves and bugs will gather in the gutters and eventually create clogs.

A clogged gutter cannot collect rainwater, which means water runs down the side of the house and into the basement. The best way to prevent this from happening is to clean the gutters regularly. Heaving winds and rain will quickly fill up the gutters, so clearing away any debris right after a storm is essential.

4. Plumbing Problems

Plumbing problems, such as issues with the water heater or pipes, quickly lead to basement flooding. Plumbing pipes are responsible for carrying wastewater out of the house. If there is a crack or break in the pipe, water will seep out into the basement. Pipelines will break due to old age, improper water pressure, or structural failures.

Water heaters and sump pumps hold a significant amount of water and should receive regular maintenance. Although these appliances are especially useful for houses, if either of them breaks, the potential for basement flooding increases.

5. Home Location

Unfortunately, the location of the house can be a factor when it comes to basement flooding. For example, homes on top of a hill are far less likely to flood than houses in a valley.

Another factor is the weather. Homes located in areas with heavy snow or frequent rain storms have an increased chance of flooding, mainly if located near the bottom of a hill.

Water Damage Restoration in University Place 

Whatever the cause may be, contacting a water or fire restoration company as soon as a flood occurs is the best way to minimize damage. SERVPRO of Tacoma understands that time is valuable during storm damage restoration. Their experts are always ready to provide professional commercial cleaning and water damage restoration.

Call SERVPRO of Tacoma (253) 896-3000 for effective water and fire restoration

Electric Heater Safety

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

As winter begins to hit and temperature begins to drop, you may choose to buy a space heater for warm up your home, apartment, or workspace. Space heaters are a good alternative if you do not want to turn up your thermostat to heat up your home. However, space heaters, if not used correctly, can cause fire damage to your property. Here are some tips that you can use to prevent any disaster caused by a space heater:

  • Leave the heater on level floor, don’t place on carpet - it can overheat and start a fire.
  • Do not use in bathroom, unless it is designed for it - moisture can damage the heater.
  • Keep three feet away from flammable materials and out of the way of children and pets.
  • Should always be plugged directly into wall outlet, don’t use with extension cord because it can cause overheating.
  • Don’t leave heater unattended, make sure to unplug when not in use.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor.

If you run into any issues with fire damage, call SERVPRO of Tacoma.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOUSE FROM HEAVY SNOW

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Keep the Pipes Warm,

    Hot water changes from a convenient amenity to a commodity during the winter season. You need it to keep yourself from experiencing chills. Warm baths and hot cups of coffee will be your best shot at surviving the cold winter nights. However, you will fail to get hot water if you forget to insulate       your pipes. The metallic properties of pipes make them vulnerable to cold, which means you may not get your supply of hot water during a time of need. It is ideal for your household to hire an expert to help with proper pipe insulation.

Learn How to Melt Ice

    Snow and ice are common problems during the winter season. However, it is not the same as raking leaves during fall. If snow settles on your driveway and pathways, you might let sheets of slippery ice develop. You will not be able to play on concrete or drive your car if you have ice on the ground. To solve this, you must come up with a spray of ice melting solution to help you turn snow into water.

Protect the Glasses

    Blizzards and hailstorms have the chance to destroy glass windows and walls. If you let winter pass without providing glass with any protection, you might end up spending on costly repairs. For one, you can protect your house’s entry points by installing screens. A screen will prevent the ice from contacting your doors and windows, making it a good investment during winter.

Prevent icicles and ice dams

       Icicles look enchanting, but they present risk of injury and ice dams—which damage the outside of your home and cause melted water to get inside. Ice dams occur when there are air leaks in your home or inadequate insulation in your attic. Consider asking a professional to identify and correct these potential problems before it’s too late. Another preventative measure is to opt for roof heating cables.

       If you already have icicles on your home, there’s no need to be a hero. Hiring a professional to remove them is the safest route. If you do attempt DIY removal, wear a hardhat and safety glasses, and always warn children to avoid icicles.

Keep your driveway and walkways clear

      During winter weather conditions, remove snow and ice from sidewalks and driveways. Prepare for snow by stocking up on winter tools like snow shovels and giving your snowblower or plow a tune-up. After it snows, immediately plow, or shovel all trafficked areas. If you go the shoveling route, invest in an ergonomic handle, lift with your legs (not your back), and push snow rather than lift it. Take frequent breaks away from the wind chill to let your body warm up and your muscles relax.

Follow up with ice melt or rock salt on steps and walkways to prevent ice buildup. Always wear protective clothing like gloves and hats to prevent frostbite.

Information from

6 Tips to Help Your House Survive the Winter Season - Powell Renovations

Winter Safety Guide: 7 Ways to Keep your Home Safe | SafeWise

After the fire...

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

There are several problems that a fire in your home or business leaves behind even after the immediate danger has passed. It is often the case that a thorough cleaning of walls, ceilings, carpeting, woodwork, and flooring will need to be professionally done. There are also several steps that can be taken in order to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives on the scene. The chances of an effective restoration will be boosted by reducing damage by following a few tips:

  • Try to keep movement in the home to a minimum. Soot can become ingrained in the upholstery or carpeting from repeated movement in the home.
  • Use old towels or linens to cover up high traffic carpeted areas and upholstery.
  • If the power is off, empty the refrigerator and freezer of all contents and prop open the door to help prevent unpleasant smells.
  • Be mindful of what you are touching. Your hands can become soiled with soot and that can be transferred to other items in the home.
  • If you can immediately wipe all the soot off sink faucets and metal window molding, then coat with petroleum jelly to prevent the soot from pitting the metal surfaces.

Following just a few of these steps can be a game changer in the restorability of your home and personal items. SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help you through a catastrophe that is a fire loss. If you suffer a fire or smoke damage, remember SERVPRO of Tacoma are your fire restoration experts backed by years of experience and a team of knowledgeable individuals.

Commercial Water Damages

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can completely interrupt the day-to-day operations of your business.

In retail stores, this may result in a loss of inventory or lost sales if your storefront is closed for cleanup and repairs. In offices, employees may be unable to enter your building to work if there is standing water or saturated walls and carpets.

No matter what kind of business you own, it is clear that a water loss event creates a loss of productivity and revenue. If this is an inevitable result of commercial water damage, what can you do as a business owner?

For water damage at your business, SERVPRO® of Tacoma is the answer. 

SERVPRO® of Tacoma specializes in Commercial Water Damage Remediation and Restoration. Our technicians are available for emergency service 24/7, 365 days a year. Our goal is to make the process as efficient and non-intrusive as possible to get your business back up and running as normal. 

Storm season brings a wide range of storm types.

11/13/2021 (Permalink)

Anyone of these storm types could easily cause damage to your home or business. It is important to know the different damages that a storm can cause and be prepared for wind, flooding and lighting that can cause to your home.

Wind Damage

Storm damage sometimes includes severe wind damage. Roof damage in this situation may range from a missing roof due to fierce winds that may loosen flashing. This can cause your roof shingles to be removed from your home or business causing leaks. Even a subtle roof leak can produce damp, moldy conditions. One of our restoration experts can help property owners address storm damage and roof damage more effectively.

Flooding Damage

Heavy rains can cause river/lake flooding all around. Flooding may disrupt municipal water systems which call for experts to assess groundwater and evaluate the condition of pipes following flood damage. Our team can assist in your cleanup process after flood damage has occurred.

Lighting Damage

When a storm occurs, many times it brings the loud sounds of thunder which mean lighting is striking. Your home or business may have objects attached to the building that can attract a lightning strike that can cause a fire. A bolt of lightning can reach temperatures of 30,000 kelvins (53,540 degrees Fahrenheit). Lightning strikes, or discharges of massive charges of static electricity, cause about 2% of all fires.

Have storm damage? We can definitely to help when disasters strike. We go beyond to do what we can, and always will. So, never fear, just call (256)896-3000 SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help!

How To Prepare for and Choose New Smoke Detectors

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

A key component in maintaining your home involves updating safety equipment on a regular basis. After installation, it is easy to forget about that smoke alarm in the kitchen or bedroom. However, keep in mind these devices may no longer work effectively. The following pointers outline how to prepare for and choose new smoke detectors.

1. Scope Out Your Space

When it's time for those old alarms to retire, make sure you've revisited the rooms in your home to best assess where new alarms should go. Today's many flammable household materials make the average home susceptible to fires, so add a smoke detector to your shopping list for the kitchen, bedrooms, and every level of the house. Also, be sure to estimate the size of each room as you may need multiple detectors on each floor.

2. Know the Ropes

Since fires can spread in a matter of seconds, you'll want to consider which alarms have the most reliable detection. There are three general types of smoke detectors: ionization alarms, photoelectric alarms, and dual-sensor alarms. Ionization detectors are usually best for detecting smaller smoke particles that can lead to quick fires. Photoelectric alarms are better at identifying electrical fires or fires spreading from bedding or drapes. Dual-sensor detectors might be more costly than other options, but some fire safety professionals claim these alarms work best as a whole.

3. Read the Labels

You may have crossed off all the above steps on your checklist while shopping for the right smoke alarm for your home, but have you checked the product labels? One way you can ensure you've chosen a reliable device is by looking for a "UL" logo on the packaging, manual, or detector itself. An Underwriters Laboratories label confirms that your device has been through proper testing and received appropriate safety certifications.

Following these tips can help you leave the stress behind when choosing a smoke alarm. Assess the size of your home and pay attention to the details and fine print of alarms to make sure the one you select is reliable.

For more information, check the National Fire Protection Association website at https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Safety-equipment/Smoke-alarms

Heavy rain preparedness

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

Living in Washington State, rain is a common occurrence; however our rain season can cause damages especially during weather patterns such as El Nino and La Nina.  Below are a few things you can do to prepare for heavy rainstorms.

Preparedness:

  • The first thing to prepare for all emergencies is to have a plan, what will you do? And have a disaster preparedness kit.
  • Make sure all drains and gutters are cleared of debris and functioning properly before the storm season. If buildings do not have gutters and drains, consider having them installed. Storm water runoff from impermeable surfaces (e.g., roofs, driveways, and patios) should be directed into a collection system to avoid soil saturation.
  • Inspect your roof, or hire a roofing contractor, to check for loose tiles, holes, or other signs of trouble.
  • Visually inspect all retaining wall drains, surface drains, culverts, ditches, etc. for obstructions or other signs of malfunction, before the storm season, and after every storm event.
  • Visually inspect all sloped areas for signs of gullying, surface cracks, slumping etc. Also inspect patios, retaining walls, garden walls, etc. for signs of cracking or rotation. Such signs might be indications of slope movement and if you notice any problems, it would be prudent to have the site inspected by a geotechnical engineer.
  • Make sure your yard does not have large bare areas which could be sources for mudflows during a storm event. The fall is a good time to put down mulch and establish many native plants; it may be possible to vegetate these bare areas before the storm season.
  • Inspect nearby storm drains before storms and after every rain; if the storm drains are obstructed, the Department of Public Works in your area.
  • If you live in an area prone to flooding or in the foothill areas, place sandbags before a storm begins (placing sandbags takes longer than you may think). Place sandbags to direct flowing water away from your property and away from doors.

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Having flood damage, call SERVPRO of Tacoma! (253)896-3000

Is Your Tub or Shower Leaking?

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

Full Scale Bathroom Leaks in bathroom can be hard to find.

4 easy ways to determine if you have a leak in your bathroom.

Since bathtubs can hold many gallons of water, a bathtub leak can be a major cause of concern for a homeowner. If you suspect a leak in your bathroom, it is important to figure out where it is coming from to avoid further damage. Here are four things you can do to determine if you have a water problem in your bathroom.

1. Smell the Room
Excess water can lead to mold and mildew, both of which have musky odors. If your bathroom smells like an old carpet shortly after cleaning it, you could have mold or mildew lurking in your surroundings.

2. Look for Signs of Mold
Mold exists in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Regardless of the species, mold indicates a moisture problem and should be dealt with promptly. A bathtub leak can leave the floor moist, and mold can begin forming in moist areas in as little as 24-48 hours.

3. Inspect Your Shower Pan
Visually inspect your shower for obvious signs of a shower pan leak. If your shower pan looks fine, but you suspect a leak in the area, perform a shower pan test by plugging the drain and filling the pan with water. Check the water after 24-72 hours. If the water level is not the same as the original, you may have a leak in your shower pan.

4. Check for Symptoms of Water Damage
Water often leaves visible signs of damage. Common indicators of water damage include warped walls, baseboards, floors, and linoleum that is coming loose from the sub-floor.
As a homeowner, you will want to keep your home in as good of shape as possible. Since a bathtub leak can cause additional damage over time, it is important to fix any problems as soon as you notice them. A professional water remediation company can help restore your home to its pre-damaged condition as quickly as possible.

Your Local Disaster Restoration Company

Water damage can disrupt lives, but by calling in professionals immediately, you can mitigate the impact it has over the long term. If you have water damage don’t hesitate to call us at SERVPRO of Tacoma at (253) 896-3000

Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

3 Ways to Avoid Water Damage in Your Home

As a homeowner, preventing damage to your Tacoma, WA property is probably a priority for you. Stopping mishaps before they happen helps you avoid thousands of dollars in repairs and lost belongings, and this can be especially true in the case of water damage. Water in the home can be devastating to furniture, electrical systems, and your home's structure, but fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to prevent this type of problem from happening.

1. Inspect Appliance Connections and Hoses Often

Your washer and dishwasher can cause considerable flooding if worn hoses or water lines break. Leaks are usually a sign that a hose or valve is failing, so it is important to address any leak right away. Preventative maintenance can keep your water appliances running at top efficiency, stop leaks or sudden floods in your kitchen or basement and may even save you money on your energy bill.

2. Watch for Warning Signs in Your Plumbing

Drips, leaks, and discolored joints may point to a faulty or broken pipe in your bathroom or kitchen. Because malfunctioning pipes can burst without warning, this is not an issue to be ignored. Have a plumber replace worn valves, pipes, and joints or perform pipe cleanup maintenance on sections that have become narrow inside due to calcium or lime buildup, as narrow pathways can cause water pressure to build and burst your pipes.

3. Check Basements and Crawlspaces

Clogged gutters and poor drainage can cause water to seep into your basement. If you fail to spot it, it can cause mold growth and damage stored items. A professional mold remediation and restoration company can remove water in your home and inspect your basement and crawlspace for signs of excess moisture and mold.

Water damage in your Tacoma, WA home can be costly and take months to repair. However, preventative maintenance might help you avoid the kind of trouble water in a home can cause and give you peace of mind that you are protecting one of your greatest investments.

How to Prevent Fire Damage from Grills

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

Summer is upon us here in the Tacoma, WA!

We all know what that means, it is time to fire up those grills! We all love the smells of freshly grilled hamburgers and hotdogs but if you aren’t careful, that smell you are experiencing could be the smell of fire damage! SERVPRO of Tacoma has seen fire damage and smoke damage caused by the early celebrations of springtime. Did you know that according to the National Fire Protection Association, gas grills cause more home fires than charcoal grills? According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 64% of households own a gas grill, 44% own a charcoal grill and 9% own an electric grill. A good grill master knows that being unaware of grill safety can be a factor for seasonal fires. Below are some tips we got from our friends at Nationwide to ensure your grill season is a safe one! Grill Safety Tips:

  • Grill away from any structure.
  • Make sure your grill is stable.
  • Keep your grill clean.
  • Check for propane leaks.
  • If the flame goes out, wait five minutes before relighting.
  • Keep an eye on what is going on around the grill.
  • Be cautious when using a charcoal starter fluid.
  • Don't wear loose clothing or clothing that can dangle.
  • Be prepared to put out a fire.

If your property is affected by fire damage or smoke damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Tacoma at (253) 896-3000

How To Keep Your Fire Sprinklers Ready

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

How do you know if your fire sprinkler system will do the job if there is ever an emergency? The only way to be sure is if you do your part in performing regular maintenance.

How Sprinkler Systems Work

Fire suppression systems are more complex than one might think. When a fire breaks out, the heat from the flames triggers the nearest sprinkler heads then pressurized water pours from the nozzles. This way, the water is concentrated on the actual fire and your property suffers less water damage.


When You Should Inspect Your Sprinklers 

Aside from the sprinkler heads, there are a lot of valves and intricate piping that are hidden from view. All of these parts need to be routinely inspected to make sure your fire suppression system is in top shape. You should:

  • Inspect for manual valve positioning (they should be in the 'open' position, leaks and build-up on sprinkler heads weekly.
  • Examine valves, system gauges, alarms, fire department connectors and system water pressure quarterly.
  • Conduct a professional assessment of your entire fire sprinkler system yearly.


By creating a routine for upkeep, you will know that if an incident does happen, you have done all you can to be ready.


What To Do After Sprinklers Deploy

While sprinklers do a great job of limiting fire damage, they can cause quite a bit of water damage in the process. If you suffer a property fire, it is best to reach out to a commercial fire and restoration services company in Tacoma for help. These experts can give you an accurate assessment of the damages and offer help and advice for dealing with fire sprinkler cleanup.
Your property’s fire sprinkler system might not be on your mind all of the time, but knowing how it works and performing regular maintenance keeps you and your system ready for when it needs to fight flames.

How To Minimize Business Interruption Amidst An Emergency

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

flooded commercial Don't let unexpected emergencies get in the way of your business!

Business owners in Tacoma know that the unexpected will eventually happen especially after seeing COVID's recent effects on businesses. Staying on top of insurance and putting emergency plans in place are key to navigating events, such as flooding from a broken pipe, found mold, or fires. Along with due diligence regarding the structure, a focus also needs to be put on what business interruptions may mean. Being prepared for downtime, lost revenue and other negative effects can make or break a business.

Formulate a Plan Although some things are unavoidable, having a good grasp on potential risks, what they may mean to the business, and how to bounce back is necessary. A good plan addresses the following:

Determine Risks Every business is different and may face different issues that could result in an interruption. Along with potential environmental problems, such as flooding, the human factor also needs to be considered. Once the risks are known, it is easier to figure out which may be preventable.


Know the Cost Analyzing the risks includes calculating their costs. Factors that come into play include lost income, additional expenses and possible penalties.


Have Insurance Coverage Clarity Insurance is easy to forget about until it is needed. If large water damage occurs, do you know what will and won’t be covered?


Take Prevention and Mitigation Steps Once the risks are known, you can determine if they can be prevented, then create a plan addresses that prevention techniques. 

Make Cleanup a Priority With a plan in place, facing emergencies will be a little more manageable. The plan to minimize losses does require immediate action. Once you file a claim, contacting a damage mitigation and restoration company is the next step. Along with finding the source of the problem, water removal and drying process should be started as soon as possible.


Running a business comes with many unknowns, but figuring out how to deal with a loss  doesn’t have to be one of them. Creating a plan of action and knowing the possible risks may minimize claim losses and get your business back to operating "Like it never even happened."

Download The SERVPRO of Tacoma App NOW!

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

servpro logo Download SERVPRO Ready Plan!

SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.

SERVPRO provides a mobile application for instant contact during emergencies.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

How to get started:

STEP 1: Visit SERVPRO.com/ready. Register for an account using your email address as your username and choose a password.

STEP 2: Choose your preferred SERVPRO Franchise Representative to contact in the event your home or business experiences water, fire, mold or other type of damage.

STEP 3: Begin creating ERPs for all of your properties.

STEP 4: Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan Application on your iPhone, tablet, Android or Blackberry device from the respective App Store.

STEP 5: Launch the Ready Plan App and sign in using the same username and password from STEP 1.

The ERP program makes sense, it is flexible in its usage and benefits, and can even be synced to other business connections like your computers, tablets, and smartphones. In times of stress, this app will help alleviate pressure and panic and provide you with a fast means of contacting the first responders and SERVPRO of Tacoma to mitigate losses.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and are just a phone call away at (253) 896-3000

Make Your Home Safer From Seasonal Storms

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

rain If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of Tacoma

Although Summer is nearing and we don't havw to worry much about stormy weather, this season is a great time to tackle home improvement projects and get prepared for future seasons. 

Some of the most important tasks on your list should be those that protect your home from the most significant spring weather hazard—thunderstorms.

We can’t stop storms from hitting the community. But we can do things to protect our homes from them. Here’s what you might want to consider doing.

Make Your Home Thunderstorm-Safe

Here are ways you can ensure your home is ready to withstand bad weather:

Get all the clutter out of the gutters. When your gutters are clean, water moves the right way around your house. If they’re clogged, they can cause water damage.

Ensure your roof is ready to withstand storms. You don’t want to discover there’s a problem with your roof after a heavy rainstorm. Instead, you’ll want to be sure your roof is in good shape before a storm starts hitting. Check for things like missing shingles and signs of leaks. Repair them.

Look for possible issues around your home. Check for overhanging tree limbs, unsecured grills, and furniture or gazebos. Cut tree limbs that hang over your roof or garage and secure anything you can.

If your home has a sump pump, be sure it’s ready for wet weather. You don’t want your sump pump to fail when you need it, so test it before the storms hit. That’s a good way for you to be certain your basement stays dry and protected when heavy rains hit.

If a fire, flood or any other element causes damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you. (253) 896-3000

How Well Prepared Are You?

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

hurricane SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help before & after the storm 24/7

A well equipped disaster supply kit should include, but is not limited to, the following items:

  • Water: 1 gallon per person per day.
  • Food: 3 to 7 days worth of non perishable or canned food and manual can opener.
  • Bedding: Blankets and pillows.
  • Clothing: Remember, although it may be warm, you may be working and cleaning and need pants and long sleeves to protect your skin. 
  • First Aid Kit: In the very least, include sanitizers and bandages.
  • Cash: Keep some cash and small bills on hand in case banks are closed.

Prepare your home:

  • Paperwork: Secure important documents
  • Windows: Remove debris, trim trees
  • Gas: Fill your car, fill your propane tank

SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help before & after the storm. Proudly serving Tamarac, Lauderhill, Sawgrass and surrounding areas. 

Call us (253) 896-3000 24/7

What to Look for to Prevent Water Damage

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

basement SERVPRO of Tacoma is a full restoration company. Our team of experts are on call and ready to help you determine the best course of action.

There is a lot to be said for having a house with a basement. Not only is it great for extra storage and a place to hide out from any severe weather threats, but it also opens up the potential to expand your home’s square footage if it is a finished area.

Overall, there are many pros to having a basement, but it is important to also acknowledge the cons that they can present.

Having a house with a basement can be a drawback when it comes to water damage. While not every basement will have water damage in its lifetime, it is something that many are notorious for due to their unique construction.

Fortunately, by being aware of the signs of water damage in the basement, homeowners can catch things before they grow out of hand. If you suspect water damage, it is important to be sure to address it as quickly as possible so you do not have a much larger issue on your plate.

Preventing Basement Water Damage By Knowing the Signs

Unpleasant, musky odors. The water that leaks into a basement is often clean water, but that does not mean that musky odors can’t still develop. Water leads to mold and mildew growth, and as the water evaporates and leaves the bacteria behind, a musty odor can develop. Oftentimes, this odor is the very first thing that homeowners notice when they have water damage on their hands.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Water damage can sometimes be temporarily masked with paint, which is the route that many well-intentioned homeowners take initially. While this may temporarily “solve” the problem, it is not a long-term solution by any stretch of the imagination. Water will always find its way in if there is an underlying problem, which can lead to issues with paint over time such as cracks, flakes and chips.

Foundational cracks. As temperatures fluctuate and the ground shifts and settles, it is normal for hairline cracks to develop throughout the home’s foundation. However, any cracks larger than a hairline should be immediately examined. Cracks that occur on the ceiling, walls or floor are often signs that water damage is occurring somewhere within the home and leading to damages.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more (253) 896-3000

Streamlining Recovery After a Pipe Bursts in the Home

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

burst pipe If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe, contact us right away. SERVPRO of Tacoma is available 24/7.

When considering the various types of water damage, none of them seem like a favorable scenario—but when it comes to a burst pipe, it can be extra difficult to handle. Pipes discharge a high volume of water into an area, leading to full saturation if it is not handled quickly.

While it is impossible to predict if or when this might occur, knowing what to do in case it does is key. Annually, there will be one in 50 households that have some sort of water damage in them, and recovery tends to be much easier for those who already know exactly what to do.

A Guide to What to Do If a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

Shut off your water main. Pipes will continue to pump water after bursting, which can lead to an area becoming fully saturated. Being able to shut off your home’s water main quickly can stop the water from pouring in and prevent an area from becoming oversaturated.

Shut off your electricity. It is always good to keep water and electricity separated, so if it is safe to do so, cutting off your home’s electricity from the breaker box can prevent further issues from arising such as shock and fire risks.

Contact your restoration company. Being able to call your restoration company immediately after discovering damage is a great way to expedite the recovery process, so we always recommend choosing the one in advance so you know who to call.

Take a record of the damages. Keeping good records will help you all throughout the recovery process, especially if you are able to file an insurance claim. Taking photos, videos and keeping a list will help you stay organized and ensure nothing is forgotten.

Contact your insurance company. All insurance companies and insurance policies vary with how they handle water damage, so getting into contact with your provider quickly will help you figure out the next steps towards filing a claim.

Open windows and doors if possible. Speeding the drying and evaporation process is key to reducing the overall damages, so if it is safe to do so, open up the doors and windows near the area so you can increase airflow while you await assistance.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services. (253) 896-3000

How to Secure Your Home While On Summer Vacation

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

While you're away on vacation, a criminal may take advantage of this time to break and enter. The last thing you need while you're trying to relax is to wonder whether your home is safe. From leaving a timed light on to make it "look like you're home" to having a friend collect newspapers, here are the top five tips to safeguard your home.

1. Get an Alarm System

If you don't already have one, this is an easy way for peace of mind while you're away. Just by doing a bit of research, you can find an alarm system that works for you. Remember that thieves are also experts at their "jobs," and they know how to tell a fake alarm sign from a real one. If you are traveling often, consider installing a security camera near any entrances.

2. Take Care of Your Mail

An overflowing mailbox is a big sign to burglars that no one's been home for a while, making your house an easy target. Ask a friend or a neighbor to help you collect your mail; you can return the favor the next time they are away. Another option is to use USPS's Request Hold Mail Service to halt delivery while you're away.

3. Double-Check Before You Leave

This one might seem obvious, but it is still very important to do. Before you leave, walk around your house and make sure all the windows and doors are locked. It's also a good idea to shut your blinds and curtains so burglars can't see all the valuables you've got inside your house.

4. Let Your Neighbors Know When You'll Be Gone

Not only can your neighbors help keep an eye out for you, but they can also be a huge help with shoveling snow or mowing the lawn if you're gone for quite a while. Another idea is to ask a neighbor to park in your driveway to make it seem like someone is regularly coming home. And remember to look out for your neighbors when they go on vacation so the whole neighborhood will be safer.

5. Simulate Normal Light and Sound Patterns Using Timers

If you've seen Home Alone, one of the most iconic scenes is when Kevin is making a fake party to scare off the burglars. He uses cardboard shadow puppets, loud music, and lighting to make it seem like there are a lot of people inside the house. This is the same kind of idea but a bit simpler. You can buy a timer to turn on a light at night and do the same with a TV or radio.

SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help!

Contact us 24/7 (253) 896-3000

What To Expect When Your Apartment Building Floods

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

Apartment building Servpro van When your apartment building floods, SERVPRO of Tacoma has the experience, training, and resources to put it back together.

When the fire sprinkler system accidentally goes off or a water heater malfunctions on the 10th floor of an apartment building, the water damage can be extensive and overwhelming. A water loss in an apartment building can quickly become a literal disaster. Here, we will review what to expect if there is flooding in your apartment building. 

1.  Water Damaged Ceilings

When you live in or manage a multi-level building and there is flooding on one of the upper floors, you can expect widespread ceiling water damage. Water will have nowhere to go but down, seeping through carpet, hardwood, penetrating subfloors, and make its way to the apartments below. 

2.  Water Damage to Floors 

Expect to replace and dry wet carpets or pull up hardwood floors.

3.  Electrical Issues 

Flood water may have entered your apartment through light fixtures or even poured out of electrical sockets. In cases of major flooding, your apartment building may even have to turn off the power for a certain amount of time until it has been deemed safe to turn it back on. 

4.  Possible Mold Growth 

Flooding in an apartment building is widespread and it can be a while before the moisture on every level is addressed. Mold may begin to grow in as little as 48 hours after water damage, so you should keep an eye out. 

5.  Loud Equipment 

Your apartment management company will likely call their preferred water damage restoration company to handle the cleanup and repairs. This will include stationing commercial grade fans and dehumidifiers throughout the building and even in your apartment. The equipment is usually left for 3-5 days, depending on the extent of damages. 

6.  Demolition 

Since water will freely flow between the floors of the apartment building, the water damage restoration process will surely include opening up ceilings, pulling up carpets, removing trim and moldings, or even removing portions of wet walls. While it may be overwhelming in the moment, these steps will ensure your building is dried out after water damage and will help prevent a widespread mold problem down the line. 

7.  A Flooded Basement 

If your apartment building has a shared basement with laundry or storage - you may not be able to access it for a certain amount of time. When floods happen in apartment buildings, the water will usually collect in the basement. Do not enter it until it has been cleaned up and deemed safe to enter. 

8.  Possible Need to File an Insurance Claim 

The apartment’s management company’s insurance will likely be footing the bill for any structural damages and drying out the building, but if any of your personal belongings or contents are affected by flooding, it won’t be covered by their claim. In these cases, you will have to file your own claim with your renters or condo insurance.

Apartment Building Flooded? Call SERVPRO of Tacoma For 24/7 Service - 203-769-9238

SERVPRO of Tacoma is a 24/7 damage restoration company dedicated to restoring your property after any sized disaster. SERVPRO of Tacoma accepts all insurance carriers and will handle the process for you. Our goal is to make your damage "Like it never even happened." 

We Have The Right Equipment For Your Water Damage

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Many disasters can take place inside your home or business when you least expect it. If a disaster were to happen, luckily SERVPRO of Tacoma is always ready for whatever happens. When it comes to water damage, our trained technicians have an array of specialized equipment to bring your Tacoma home back to preloss conditions. At SERVPRO of Tacoma, we use the specialized equipment to help speed up the extraction and drying process. SERVPRO of Tacoma is fully equipped with the following tools to restore any home and make it feel “Like it never even happened.”

  1. Extractors are used to provide sufficient water removal in your Tacoma home. There are several different types of extractors to use such as Truck-Mounted, Light Wands, or Stationary tools. Factors in each situation such as depth of water and available power will give the technicians a better idea of what to use.
  2. Dehumidifiers are used to remove water vapor from the air. This reduces the amount of water vapor in the air which lowers the humidity ratio. This is important because lower humidity increases the rate of evaporation of moisture.
  3. Air Movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level and reduce drying time.
  4. Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in your Tacoma home’s carpets and paddings. This tool has sharp probes that penetrate through carpets and padding to determine if water has migrated on the subflooring. If there is moisture, the sensor will provide both blinking and beeping as a signal. The greater the amount of moisture, the faster the lights and beeping will become.
  5. Moisture Meters are utilized to measure the actual content or levels of various materials. This tool can be penetrative and non-penetrative depending on what needs to be measured. For example, penetrative meters will be used on carpet while non-penetrative meters will be used on drywall.

SERVPRO of Tacoma is a recognized Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) firm. Every technician for SERVPRO of Tacoma is certified and knows how to utilize our unique tools to bring your home back to preloss conditions. We are a 24-hour service and are here to help you with any water damage needs you face in your Tacoma home. If you need to schedule service, please contact our office: (253) 896-3000.

Certified experts in Water and Fire Restoration

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SERVPRO® of Tacoma has been an IICRC certified firm for the past several years. And for nearly five decades, The Institution of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification stands at the forefront teaching trailblazing knowledge required to tackle complex jobs and return normalcy from chaotic environments. They provide the most comprehensive and advanced technical information in the industry. They allow companies like SERVPRO of Tacoma to advance their education and stay ahead of the competition with several IICRC certification options:

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD) is a course designed to teach the effective, efficient, and timely drying of water-damaged structures and contents. It uses comprehensive classroom and hands-on training, in order to facilitate appropriate decision making within a restorative drying environment.
  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT) is a course to teach the art and science of carpet cleaning to professional service providers, as well as others in the related industry. Emphasis is placed on the following: practical application, identifying fiber, carpet constructions, style types and finishes, soiling conditions, cleaning science and methodology. This course also covers pre-inspection, basic cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning technique.
  • Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) is a course to teach damage inspection and evaluation, workflow management, and process administration. The course also teaches the technical methods of effective and timely drying.
  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) is a course with a concentration on technical procedure for successfully completing the restoration of a fire and smoke damaged environment. Students will learn how to combine technical procedures with practical approach to managing the job site. These concepts will then teach the students how pricing of the job is created.
  • Trauma and Crime Scene Technician (TCST) is a course designed to review the process for inspecting and investigating crime and trauma scenes. This may involve blood and other potentially infectious material. The course will focus on the procedures to follow as well as the precautions that must be taken in such an environment.
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) is designed to teach restoration personnel that perform remediation work to give them a better concept of water damage, effects, and techniques for drying of structures. This course gives the background to understand the procedures necessary to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

If your Tacoma home or business is faced with a disaster such as a flood or fire, we are the certified experts who have been properly trained to know exactly what to do. Let SERVPRO of Tacoma apply quality solutions to any type of damage you experienced. We are the 24-hour emergency service and can quickly respond whenever the service is needed. To contact our office for service or any questions call (253) 896-3000.

SERVPROXIDE Disinfects and Sanitizes!

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

One of our products SERVPROXIDETM is our proprietary hospital-grade disinfectant registered with the EPA. It is a stabilized chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobial which carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating. The product itself doesn’t carry any fragrances other than a mild cleaning odor which dissipates quickly making it a great product for people with chemical or odor sensitivities. There are many different applications for SERVPROXIDETM. It can eliminate odors through disinfecting and oxidation rather than just covering them up. That can be done by applying the product directly with towels or through misting or spraying which is often used when we clean HVAC systems. It has even been utilized in electrostatic spraying for an even application on surfaces inside buildings. In fact, SERVPROXIDETM is the disinfectant we have used when we have been asked to clean and disinfect COVID-19 in homes and businesses here in Wichita. The CDC recommends the usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar types of organisms to COVID-19 and SERVPROXIDE has EPA-approved claims against things like Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, staphylococcus, E.coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, and Swine flu. When you use SERVPRO, you can have rest at ease knowing that our team is using hospital-grade disinfectant registered with the EPA. Our chemists are even able to advise us in unorthodox situations to utilize our suite of cleaning products to clean and deodorize even the strongest and strangest combination of smells and soils.

Should you file a Water Damage claim?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

As you know, acting quickly when you spot water damage is essential. However, you might be wondering if you should file an insurance claim or pay for the damages yourself.  “It was just a little water,” is a subjective thought. No matter the amount of water, it is always in your best interest to have a professional company assess the property. There are two reasons for this. The first being that you might not always see the extent of damage that has occurred. While you might have mopped up and removed the excess water from your kitchen floors, that doesn’t mean that water hasn’t already traveled underneath your flooring or into other areas such as your cabinets or walls. If those areas are not properly dried and remediated then down the line you might face problems such as mold and rot. If you did not act fast and delayed maintenance and cleanup, then your insurance company might find you to be negligent and there is a risk that the claim will not be covered.  Most insurance policies will cover water damage that is sudden and accidental. In most circumstances, homeowners’ policies exclude losses that are considered to be continuous and took place over an extended period of time. Examples of this include a leaking water line or leaving wet carpet and baseboard unattended to the point of mold or rot.

Before filing a claim, if you are unsure if the damage will exceed your deductible, you will want to ask us to come out and assess the property. Our project managers will be able to consult with you and let you know the best course of action going forward. If you do have to file a claim, then it helps to strengthen your case if the insurance company knows that a SERVPRO professional has already been on site. In the event of a covered loss, insurance adjusters are grateful that SERVPRO is on the scene quickly to prevent further damage. We will also be an advocate for you to ensure that your property is restored to a preloss condition.

What to Know Before Filing a Claim

  1. What Perils Are Covered in Your Policy? 

This will be important depending on the source of the loss. If you took the less expensive policy you may not have sewer backup as a rider on your policy and may not be covered in that case. So, knowing what is and is not covered is important. If you are not aware of the source of the loss, there is no need to fret. SERVPRO of Tacoma professional technicians have state of the art technology and training to determine the cause of a loss.

  1. What is Your Deductible? 

It is practical that you may not want to file a claim if the cost of mitigation and restoration is less than double your deductible.  Insurance is there to protect you from major losses and your deductible represents the amount of risk you’re willing to take. We will work with you to treat the damage whether you chose to go through insurance or not. Our commitment is to ensure that this is your only out of pocket expense to return the property to a preloss condition.

This is just another reason to quickly call SERVPRO of Tacoma to handle your water damage. Whether it is covered or not we can help with water damage.

If you find water damage in your home call SERVPRO of Tacoma today (253) 896-3000

Stove top fire prevention

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Stove Fire A stove fire caused by grease.

There are some interesting things to keep in mind if your cooking catches fire. In most cases this happens when the oil you are heating up gets too hot. 

What you should do if this happens

  • Fire reacts more to oxygen once started. If you remove the oxygen by putting a lid or cookie sheet over the pot this will help stop the fire. It may take a few minutes, but this one huge step to stop a fire. 
  • You can also use baking soda or salt to put out the fire. Never use flour this will expand and make the fire worse. Also those who have a fire extinguisher you can use that as well. 
  • Turn off the heat, then move the pan to a cool burner.
  • Call 911, if you can not get the fire under control. 

What you NEVER should do

  • Do not throw water on the pot! If you throw water on the stove this will cause an expansion of the fire. 
  • Do not move the pot either. By moving the pot you could cause burns to yourself, those around you or spread the fire.

For your fire clean up call SERVPRO of Tacoma, we will make it "Like it never even happened." We specialize in all your textile cleaning, as well as structural cleaning. 

Spring forward with replacing your smoke detector batteries

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke detector Replacing the batteries in the smoke detector could save your life!

To help ensure you make it out safely, the fire department recommends you change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year. Since we just  sprung forward now would be a perfect time to replace those batteries! This is one of the most ignored when it comes to home maintenance, when you think spring forward and fall back this would be the perfect time to put theses chores on your list to do! This will ensure you and your family make it out safely if there was a fire. 

Rechargeable batteries in your smoke detector are a no, here are some reasons why:

Rechargeable batteries die quickly

Rechargeable batteries often experience a sudden discharge. The batteries don't allow the detector to sound off the low power chirp that notifies you when they need to be changed. Stick to regular batteries.

Replace the whole smoke detector every 10 years.

SERVPRO Clean

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro Let SERVPRO service all your needs.

Did you know SERVPRO doesn't only help in a disaster?

Spring cleaning is on the rise! Its time to clean those areas you look past most of the time. Tackle those big projects first, like the garage that always seems to pile up. Don't be a hoarder, get rid of the junk and keep the keepsakes. Don't just get rid of those unwanted items, might be time for a yard sale. Never know what you might make a few bucks on. Always start top to bottom when cleaning, that way the dust/particles that are falling aren't falling on to the area you already cleaned. If you get overwhelmed call SERVPRO of Tacoma.

We do cleaning for biohazard, carpet cleaning, hoarding, mold, remodeling etc. We are here for all your needs. Open 24/7 to ensure you are taken care of. 

Call us for your spring cleaning needs at 253-896-3000. SERVPRO of Tacoma is here for you. 

Winter Is Near

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

It’s that time again, the time most of us are not looking forward to: WINTER! With it being right around the corner (December 21, 2020 to be exact) you still have time to prepare and protect your business from anything winter may bring with it. With cold weather and winter storms you never know that could happen. Here’s a few important things you can do to protect yourself and your business.

-Check your ceiling and roof for anything out of the ordinary. Look for loose shingles or any tree branches hanging around that could cause damage and make potential leaks. Look around inside at the ceiling for any water rings or any wood bowing. If you see any damage make sure to immediately get it repaired.

-Cold months are ahead with temperatures reaching below freezing (32 Degrees) with that coming you want to make sure to winterize all pipes exposed to cold air. You may ask “Why do I need to do that?” Well when water reaches freezing temperatures, it starts to expand. In a confined space like a pipe it will cause the pipe to break. With the proper insulation you could save your business from any flooding and any major repairs.

-Clean and sanitize all surfaces. With this pandemic going on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) can take a huge toll on your business if you don’t take the proper precautions. Disinfect all surfaces using professional cleaning products. You can depend on SERVPRO of Tacoma to use EPA-registered cleaning products to clean and sanitize your business to prevent the spread of germs.

From all of us here at SERVPRO of Tacoma we understand how important your business is. That’s why with our specialized equipment and our highly experienced Technicians, we are ready 24 hours and day, 7 days a week to serve you and your business.

Fourth of July Fire Safety Tips

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

graphic Keep Safety First this Holiday Season!

With life going back to normal this Summer, this years Fourth of July celebrations are looking to be more robust than usual. In 2018, fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires including 1,900 structure fires, causing 5 deaths and $105 million in property damage. Here we want to provide you with some information and preventive measures you can take to stay safe while blowing up some fireworks! 

The danger for some fire works, such as mortars, are much more apparent than others. For example, a sparkler burns at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit which is 300 degrees hotter than what glass melts at! Due to the highly combustible fuel and oxidizer used in sparklers they can be a fire and burn hazard. Sparklers should be held at arms length away from your body to prevent burns or clothing fires. In case of a clothing fire use fire blankets or the stop, drop, and roll technique. 

Fireworks are a lot of fun and can be a great way to mark an occasion. Here is a list of general firework safety tips to keep in mind this Fourth of July:

  • Older children (never young children) should use fireworks only under the close supervision of an adult
  • Only ignite fireworks outside
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to use in case of fire or on any malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak all fireworks in water, preferably overnight before discarding
  • Light fireworks 1 at a time on a stable and flat platform and keep a safe distance from any lit fireworks
  • Wear protective eye wear while setting off fireworks
  • Do not hold lit fireworks in your hand or point them at other people
  • Do not ignite fireworks in a container
  • Store any remaining fireworks in a cool dry place
  • Follow the instructions on the fireworks packaging. Fireworks produced outside of the US must adhere to US Safety standards to sell their products here and the testing is rigorous.
  • Punks or long BBQ lighters are the safest way to light fireworks
  • Properly dispose of used fireworks and leftover garbage after festivities

From everyone here at SERVPRO of Tacoma, we hope you have a fun and safe Fourth of July. Feel free to call our office with any questions or concerns about fire or smoke damage (253) 896-3000

Get Familiar with your Flood Insurance Policy

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

rainy storm Be prepared for Storm Damage

Flood insurance is something that is very important to have if you live in an area that is susceptible to water-related storm damage. But this type of policy does not cover everything.

Look over your individual policy to find out exactly where you are and are not covered.  Learn what type of damage is not covered by most flood insurance policies below.

Internal Malfunctions

Some homeowners believe that all water damage is covered. but this is not the case . Flood damage only covers water damage that is a result of external sources like excess rainwater or a hurricane. If a pipe bursts and causes a “flood” in your basement, this will not be covered.

Swimming Pools

Another common misconception is that because your pool is outside your home, it will be covered.  If a crack in the liner causes the water to drain into your home, this will also not be covered.

Secondary Damage

While you may be covered for water that is a result of a storm, any residual effects will be your responsibility. For instance, your policy should cover extraction of excess rainwater. But if moisture remains, which leads to mold, your flood insurance will not cover this.

Living Expenses

A flood in your home may force you to relocate until the remediation process is completed. Living expenses, such as hotels and food during this time period will not be covered by your flood policy.

As mentioned above, look at your flood insurance policy to find the limitations so that you are not surprised in the event of flood damage.  If you do sustain storm-related flood damage, call SERVPRO of Tacoma! 253.896.3000

Tips for Preventing Storm Damage in your Apartment Community

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

Rainy Storm In the unfortunate event that storm and water damage does affect your community, call contact SERVPRO® of Tacoma at (253) 896-3000.

We can never know when an emergency situation will occur, but it’s in your best interest as a property manager, as well as in the best interest of your residents, to always be ahead of the game. Take these measures today to prevent storm and water damage tomorrow.

  1. Check On Aging Appliances Regularly– If the property you manage includes a fridge, dishwasher, and/or washer/dryer in unit, you should closely monitor the age of the appliances as well as routinely checking them for cracked or damaged hoses or connections. Washer hoses should be replaced about every five years. It’s a good idea to replace washers and dryers before there’s a problem. It may cost more money now, but it could save you a lot of money and a headache or two in the future.
  2. Repair Old or Damaged Roofs When It’s Dry – Don’t wait for a big rain storm to find out that the roofing at your unit(s) needs replacing. Make routine checkups to monitor the condition of the roof(s) at your property. Make time and room in the budget to make any replacements or upgrades necessary during the dry season so that you can avoid water damage in the wet season.
  3. Stay in Touch with Your Residents and Know When they’re Traveling – Many people go on vacations during the summer. Talk to your residents about having their water shut off while they’re gone or, alternatively, having someone check on their apartment from time to time while they’re gone. If a water leak occurs while they’re away and no one is checking in, a small problem could potentially turn into something much worse.
  4. Clear Downspouts Consistently – This is especially important if there are a lot of large trees throughout your apartment community. When leaves, branches, and other debris clog the gutters, the risk of flooding is increased. Clear all debris from the gutters frequently. If you know a storm is about to hit, make sure everything is clear and that water is being effectively carried away from the building.
  5. Apply Dry-Proofing Methods – One cost effective way to prevent large scale water damage in low-lying areas is to apply waterproofing coatings and sealings. You can also elevate electrical equipment at least three feet off of the floor and install waterproof structures around circuits and electrical breakers.
  6. Check For HVAC System Blockages –If the line that moves condensation from the HVAC system is backed up, it can create serious water damage. Backed up water can seep through ceilings and through light fixtures or in between walls. When water leaks between walls, it can go undetected and result in mold damage in addition to water damage.

In the unfortunate event that storm and water damage does affect your community, call contact SERVPRO® of Tacoma at (253) 896-3000.

SERVPRO of Tacoma will help you weather the storm!

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage image SERVPRO of Tacoma will be there to help you weather the storm! (253) 896-3000

When PNW businesses suffer serious damage after storm events, SERVPRO of Tacoma will work around the clock to clean up any debris and to restore the property to preloss conditions. We understand that commercial storm damage can be very costly in terms of productivity; that is why it is always our goal to get your business back up and running as quickly and as seamlessly as possible.

We Have the Resources to Handle Large Commercial Storm Damage

When a storm hits our area, we can scale our resources to handle large-loss commercial restoration projects. We have access to equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,600 Franchises across the country, as well as elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

If your business is ever damaged by severe floods or storms, call us right away at (253)896-3000. Disaster can strike when we least expect it, but SERVPRO of Tacoma will be there to help you weather the storm.

Common Issues in your Commercial Building

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

rodent chewing water Electrical faults can lead to fires !

Keeping your business or commercial property safe and sound is necessary in operating smoothly. Many buildings have preexisting small issues that have the capacity to turn into larger ones if not taken care of properly or soon enough. 

We have highlighted some of the issues that occur most frequently in commercial buildings. Be sure that your building has been inspected for these issues. In the even of finding any of these, do your best to get them fixed in a timely manner. Not addressing them soon enough could result in costly damage happening down the road.

Leaks - Whether you have a leak in your roof, foundation, or pipes, water can accumulate in areas of your building. Sedentary moisture almost always leads to rotting wood, foul odors, and mold growth.

Asbestos - Although not used in construction anymore, older buildings may still have asbestos present. Exposure to asbestos is extremely dangerous and must be taken care of if found in exposed areas in your home. 

Fire Safety Regulations - Make sure that your fire extinguishers are up to date and are in working order.  Check your sprinkler system to ensure that in the event of a fire, they will work as intended.

Electrical Faults - If you have older wiring in your building, they should be checked for faults.  If you have ever had a rodent problem, you should also have your wiring checked. Mice and rats tend to chew on wires, leaving them exposed and more likely to start a fire.

At SERVPRO of Tacoma, we offer many commercial services. Whether you have fire, water, or mold damage, we can be there quickly to begin the remediation process. 253.896.3000

Fire Hazards and Dangers of Hoarding

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

clutter Clutter can kill!

Excess clutter is a major fire hazard.

Hoarding is defined as “a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.” Staggering amounts of items crowd the space and prevents regular use and navigation.  Hoarding can lead to a serious fire risk in the home.

How Hoarding Increases Fire Risks:

  • If there are combustible items in close proximity to the stove, fire potential skyrockets
  • Space heaters and baseboard heaters can ignite nearby materials
  • If the hoarder is also a smoker, items such as papers and fabric are easily lit 
  • Most importantly, exits may be hard to get to, or completely cut off by accumulated items

Why Hoarding Affects First Responders:

  • Firefighters cannot effectively fight the fire, or evacuate inhabitants or animals when hindered by clutter
  • First responders can become trapped, as well as hurt by piles of items that may topple over
  • When hoarded items become waterlogged by firefighting efforts, their weight is dramatically increased. This can lead to structural collapse if enough items are present

SERVPRO of Tacoma has experience with cleaning cluttered homes. If you or someone you know needs this level of professional cleaning, give us a call today. We provide a judgment-free and thorough cleaning of any space 253.896.3000

Don’t let Smokey and the Bandit compromise your HVAC!

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Wildfire smoke obscuring the Seattle skyline. For more information on duct cleaning, Air Quality Testing, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO® of Tacoma at (253) 896-3000.

With the recent wildfires in Washington, Oregon, and California we have experienced some amazing sunsets but we’ve also been engulfed in poor air quality for more days than your HVAC is used to.

Each time one of your valued customers walks in the door, or your team leaves and enters the office, pollutants from the wildfire smoke have the opportunity to enter your facility and infiltrate your HVAC system. 

Smoke is naturally attracted to metal surfaces and is corrosive in nature.  As the smoke particulates enter your facility and travel to the air ducts, they cling to the steel and absorb into the debris within the air duct system. Even if the heating and ventilation system is not in use, there is a natural or passive air movement throughout the ventilation system.

A thorough air duct cleaning is recommended at least once per year.  This helps combat allergies, assists your employees by helping them breathe better and increase productivity.

Inspecting the ductwork in your facility should be a high priority and is recommended at least once per year. 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.

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. For your valued employees, this helps combat allergies, helps them breathe better and increase productivity.  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.

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, Air Quality Testing. or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO® of Tacoma at (253) 896-3000.

Fire Prevention Week! Plan Two Ways Out!

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

House on fire. A Fire Escape Plan can be the difference between life and death. We here at SERVPRO® of Tacoma can help you get back to rebuilding. (253) 896-3000.

Fire Prevention Week this year was from October 4th to the 10th.  The National Fire Protection Association is reiterating the importance of planning at least two ways out when creating your fire escape plan. 

About only half of all Americans have developed a home fire escape plan.  Only a quarter of those have never even practiced it!  This small but important step can be the difference between life and death. 

Home fires can spread very quickly and that is why it is important to plan and practice at least two ways out of EVERY room.  If the fire spreads and blocks your first path out, one must be able to react quickly and have a Plan B ready.

When planning and practicing your fire escape plan, make sure to also check each smoke alarm which there should be one on every level of the home, as well as in every bedroom.  The escape plan should also include a clear path to an outdoor meeting place that is a safe distance from the home.  Be sure to practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year with all members of the household and don’t forget your pets!!

Stroms Can Lead to Water Damage

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage graphic SERVPRO is prepared for storms when you're not!

At the point when we get a call to help with flood damage, we can never be certain how serious it is until we show up to assess the circumstances. Various levels of rising waters influence the restoration techniques that we use. We search for the following indications of destruction to decide how broad the issue is. A predictable marker of most extreme flood damage is the existence of standing water. At the point when water stays in your home, and does not drain, it can start to cause costly and lasting harms to the structure. The water will almost immediately seep into flooring, but there are other forms of damage that may result if the issue is not addressed promptly. 

Waterlogged Walls 

We always anticipate that ground surface materials will be drenched because of flood damage, yet when the walls of your home have suffered critical harm, this might be an indication of extra issues that require an increasingly intensive examination to find and eliminate. Some of the time, when water pours in quickly and later subsides, it can leave dampness in the walls.  This can lead to mold growth and misshapen materials. SERVPRO professionals utilize the latest techniques and specialized equipment to remove the moisture.

Outside Destruction 

Despite the fact that the outside of your home may be considerably more impervious to the impacts of flood damage than inside spaces, it can still take on water. This can lead to roof leaks, flooded basements, and weaknesses in siding. We can help with identifying these issues, as well as remediating the damage that has been caused by the flood waters.

Call us if any standing water is present in your home or business.  SERVPRO of Tacoma can assist you with recovering from flood damage.

Common Causes of Water Damage

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

laundry room flood Prevent appliance leaks before they happen.

What are the Causes of Water Damage?

Water damage comes in many shapes and sizes; some that are easy to identify and others that are not. Knowing the common causes of water damage can help to prevent future damages to your home. The earlier you can identify water damage, the less time and money will have to be spent by you. 

Leaking or Burst Pipes

Leaking or burst pipes are common causes of water damage. These issues can come from changes in water pressure, temperature changes, or the deterioration of old pipes. Uninsulated pipes are vulnerable in the Winter because they can freeze and burst.

Plumbing Issues

These kind of water damage issues can be hard to detect until there is clear water damage on your walls or ceilings since pipes and hoses are usually hidden within walls. Keep an eye out on your water bill and periodically check for leaks under sinks, toilets, and around showers to find possible plumbing issues that can cause water damage.

Old or Worn Household Appliances

Did you know the average washing machine supply hose fails after just 8.7 years, and 75% of water heaters fail within 12 years? In order to prevent from cracks leading to leaks, appliance hoses should be replaced when you can see any sort of wear. This includes any other appliances that have water hookups, like refrigerators with ice makers.

HVAC Units

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units are also a common cause of water damage. When not maintained, moisture can build up creating water damage and an environment for mold and mildew to grow and spread around your home. 

Sewage Backups

Clogs in drain lines or heavy rains can lead to sewage backup through floor drains, toilets, and sinks. It is absolutely necessary that this type of damage is handled by water damage specialists to correctly decontaminate, sanitize, and restore rooms affected by sewage water.

Now that you know several major causes of water damage in homes and businesses, you can prevent unmitigated damages to your home. But, if disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Tacoma with any water damage issues.

No job is too big – we have the experience and resources necessary to restore your home to pre-damage conditions!

We’re open 24/7 and waiting for your call. 253-896.3000

Water Mitigation Equipment

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Equipment Centrifugal Air Movers

AXIAL AIR MOVERS

Axial air movers are the most common “fan”. The first electric fans were axial designs based on the look and effect of windmills. They are called axial air movers because of the direction the airflow they create. Blades move around an axis, and the air moves out of the fan in the same direction.

Air volume from an axial air mover is high, while the pressure is low. Each axial air mover requires little in the way of power input, so they are highly energy efficient.

Axial air movers are often used in general-purpose use given their high-volume, low-pressure nature. This makes them great for providing comfort in workspaces and for cooling technology in tight spaces, such as servers or computers. Axial air movers are not as adept at drying or air conditioning given their low pressure, so they find less use in large water damage restoration projects.

CENTRIFUGAL AIR MOVERS

Centrifugal air movers are often referred to as blowers. They enhance an incoming airstream by the use of a fan wheel. They create a high-pressure airflow by leading the stream of air through a series of tubes and ducts. Centrifugal air movers create a steadier flow of air.

You typically find centrifugal fans in situations that require high pressure drying applications. The one drawback of choosing centrifugal fans is that they are too powerful and high-pressured for use in areas that require more modulated flow.

Think about spaces where computers need cooling or spaces where humans need airflow for comfort. In these situations, a centrifugal fan may be too much.

SERVPRO of Tacoma may use one type of air mover on a drying job or a combination depending on the situation.

Water Categories & Why they're so Important

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

water graphic Know your Water!

Did you know that the water in your home  due to busted pipes or leaks belongs to a “category”? When it comes to handling mitigation in your home, it is better to allow the professionals at SERVPRO of Tacoma to handle the emergency. Each category of water is unique in the way it can affect your home and in the way that it needs to be taken care of.

The information below breaks down the main categories of water and how to quickly identify if water is found in your home. 

Category One: Clear Water

Clear water is the cleanest, most non-toxic form of water damage. It is potable water, perhaps directly from the tap. It is unlikely to cause you any harm, even if you are exposed for some time. Nevertheless, even clean flooding can lead to electrical and structural faults, so it is safer for you to call in the experts for repairs. Clean water comes from things like a broken water supply line, tub or sinks overflow with no contaminants, appliance malfunctions involving water-supply lines to name a few. However, once clean water leaves the exit point, it might not remain clean after contacting other surfaces or materials. Although it is considered the "safest" of the categories, it can degrade to category 2 or 3 if left untreated.

Category Two: Gray Water 

Gray water damage is a little bit more serious and requires a speedier removal process. This is because it may contain potentially unsafe levels of chemicals, microorganisms, or dirt. Examples of Category 2 water include, but are not limited to; overflow from dishwashers or washing machines; overflows from toilet bowls with urine; seepage due to hydrostatic pressure and broken aquariums.
If left untreated, it can quickly degrade into category 3.

Category Three: Black Water

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Cat 3 water can include, but are not limited to: sewage; toilet backflows from beyond the trap; flooding from seawater, rivers or streams, ground surface water, or other contaminated water entering the indoor environment.

The team at SERVPRO of Tacoma is skilled in the safe handling of the different categories through training and protective clothing to eliminate the risk of sickness. 253.896.3000

Flattening the curve one job at a time

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Servpro employee cleaning an office space If you want to have your home or workplace sanitized thoroughly, call SERVPRO of Tacoma!

As many states begin to reopen, we all have feelings of uncertainty going into spaces we used to not think twice about. The grocery store, a coffee shop, your own work desk are all spaces that we used to frequent. At SERVPRO of Tacoma we are offering our disinfectant services to places of businesses, so employees and customers feel safe in your place of business. In Washington, we have a responsibility to take care of our fellow neighbors. 

Practicing preventative cleaning for reopening is essential. When SERVPRO of Tacoma enters your home or business, we are able to disinfect your entire area with EPA approved products. As we look toward the reopening date, we want to ensure your business is prepared to act and your home is sanitized to guarantee safety. 

We are providing disinfecting services for COVID-19 as well as general detailed cleanings for unoccupied homes collecting dust. 

Our Disinfectant services include:

  • Through cleaning of effected areas with disinfectants approved by the EPA
  • Approved Hospital Grade disinfectant. Our cleaners are usable on any surface and is safe.
  • Surface wiping of critical contact areas. Fixtures, keyboards, phones, door handles, certain contents within the affected area are hand wiped. A 5-10 minute dwell time should be allowed post wipe down. Walls up to a height of approximately 5’ throughout traffic areas.
  • Technicians will always wear masks and gloves. If needed, overalls will also be worn.

Since many homes and offices have been vacant for some time, we also offer a detailed floor to ceiling deep cleaning, from base molding to crown molding including: content manipulation, carpets and upholstered furniture if needed. We will clean every square foot leaving your home or office in the highest condition. 

SERVPRO of Tacoma is dedicated to help flatten the curve and insure your safety so you can spend more time focusing on the important things in life. If you have any questions, feel free to call us here at SERVPRO of Tacoma, 253-896-3000. 

Candle safety tips to prevent fires

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Two Servpro employees clean soot from ceiling Two SERVPRO employees removing smoke residue from a home

Us here at SERVPRO of Tacoma have complied a list of important tips to help you understand how dangerous candles can be and how to use the safely. 

Quick tips-

  • 38% of home candle fires start in bedrooms and cause 35% of associated deaths. 
  • More than 50% of all candle home fires start because the candle was too close to a a flammable item (I.E. mattresses, bedding, curtains, cabinetry, or furniture are ignited). 
  • In 12% of home candle fires and in 25% of associated deaths and injuries, the household occupants were asleep when the fire occurred.
  • Unsupervised children are involved in 20% of home candle fires. 
  • Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50%.
  • 11% of home fires are caused by falling asleep while a candle is lit
  • 58% of home fires started when something flammable was too close to the lit candle
  • 36% of home fires start in the bedroom

Preparedness Tips:

  • Remember that lit candles are fire. Keep them at least 12 inches from anything that can burn, such as curtains, bedding, mattresses, paper, books, flammable decorations, clothing, and upholstered furniture.
  • Never leave a room or go to sleep before blowing out all lit candles.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily. Candle holders that are made from a material that cannot burn, and are large enough to collect dripping wax would also be a good idea.
  • Place candles where they cannot be reached or knocked over by pets or children.
  • During an emergency, always use flashlights instead of candles as light sources.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle. Additionally, keep all matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Keep all lit candles and any other open flames away from flammable liquids.

In the worse case scenario of a home fire, SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help. We can clean your content and home, demo effected areas and eliminate smoke odor from your home. Feel free to call us at 253-896-3000 for more information!

A Higher Standard of Clean—Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

SERVPRO of Tacoma (253) 896-3000

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Fire and Your Belongings

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster! When fire strikes in your home, only SERVPRO of UP/LW strikes faster!

When SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West responds to a house fire, we explain our processes and let you know what we are doing and how long it will take to get their house cleaned and back to normal, every step of the way.

But what about your belongings? Really anything that you own, here at SERVPRO of UP/LW we are totally equipped and capable of cleaning it and making it look "Like it never even happened." From electronics to leathers, from pictures to a motorcycle, we have seen literally everything there is to clean, and we have probably cleaned it.

With years of experience and thousands of jobs, properly restoring your families' belongings will be forefront in our minds and our mission. We thoroughly inspect each item to determine the damage. If it is determined to be salvageable, we will identify the type of cleaning and deodorization method to utilize. With each step of the process thoroughly documented with pictures, diligent notes, or both, we treat your belongings like they were ours, and it shows in our attention and care.

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West has served thousands of families in your community, which is no wonder we are the most trusted restoration company in the area! Call us at (253)-896-3000 to learn more about how we make it "Like it never even happened."

What you should and should NOT do in the event of a water damage

5/2/2020 (Permalink)

living room with furniture flooded Make sure you know what to do if this happens to you!

These DO's and DON'TS Emergency Tips for water damage will assist you in taking quick proper action to help you reduce damage and increase the chances of successful restoration before help arrives.

Sanitary Water-Clear

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

DON'T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may occur.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as this may cause staining.

Contaminated Water-Gray, Black or Sewage

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON'T:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated area.

In the event of a flood, make sure to call SERVPRO of Tacoma to restore your home or business back to normal. Contact us at 253-896-3000.   

The SERVPRO Advantage

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Theres no one better then SERVPRO!

Since its founding in 1967 SERVPRO has expanded to over 1,700 locations across the United States and Canada. Since then, SERVPRO has also greatly expanded the array of services we offer. Since those services range from carpet cleaning and deodorization to large scale disaster recovery and with SERVPRO’s 1,700+ locations our collective knowledge and experience are one of the greatest assets SERVPRO has and we know how to use it. SERVPRO locations provide all kinds of support to each other ranging from equipment to people-power and technical advice. Sometimes we might run into an issue that we have not encountered before or possibly elements to a job that prevents our normal methods for jobs. This is when we have been able to rely on the knowledge base which our corporate office and other SERVPRO’s have accumulated. It does not matter what emergency you are facing. From Water Mitigation, Fire Restoration, or Mold Remediation. SERVPRO has the team and backing to handle it all. We are known for taking care of big problems and disasters, but we also are adept at helping people with issues you normally may not know the solution too. If you have an emergency which makes you think “I don’t even know who does this”, try giving us a call at 253-896-3000.

Call the Clean up Team that is Faster to Any Size Disaster

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Signature bright green van below SERVPRO logo Be ready for the worst, with the very best!

The first 48 hours after a Water damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing damaged property and personal belongings. Rapid response and timely mitigation can help prevent water damage from creating long-term problems.

SERVPRO of Tacoma understands that returning to normal is your primary concern. SERVPRO response team employees are trained in caring for both you and your property. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Tacoma can help you get your home or business back up and running quickly and help protect your property and belongings.

If your home or business suffers water damage, contact SERVPRO of Tacoma to help make it "Like it never even happened."

When fire or water damage puts the things that matter most to you on the lines, you need the very best help on the line, as well. That’s why knowing the easiest ways to connect to your local franchise is so important. Just go to SERVPROtacoma.com or call 253-896-3000. We are a leader in giving control back to the homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities after the ravaging effects of water or fire. So whether you are responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000--be ready for the worst, with the very best.

What to do during a power outage

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning strikes causing a power outage at a home Make sure you are prepared for a scenario like this!

With the spring and summer season comes a higher chance of thunderstorms and high winds. Due to the high abundance of trees in our area, there are many outages caused by fallen trees as well. If you do not have a home generator then it could be a very strenuous time going through a power outage. Here are a few tips to help get through a power outage safely. 

  • Limit the opening of refrigerators and freezers unless necessary 
  • Do not use gas stoves to heat home, this can be a very dangerous method. Instead wear layers and use blankets when possible. 
  • Disconnect appliances to avoid damage from electrical surges
  • If possible, leave to a different location to get heating or cooling
  • Make sure you have necessary supplies on hand, such as batteries, flashlights, matches, etc. 

These are just a few tips to follow during a power outage. For more information go to Ready.gov. SERVPRO of Tacoma is always here to help. 

How you can prevent mold from rotting your home

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Woman discovers mold in her house Prevent mold from sprouting before this happens!!

Mold can grow almost anywhere, and your home is no exception. Here a few simple tips to help protect your home and stop mold growth before it starts.

  • Monitor humidity indoors: The EPA recommends between 30-60% humidity indoors to bring the chances of mold growth to a minimum. 
  • Direct water away from the house: The ground around the home should be sloped away from the house to prevent water from leaking in. 
  • Improve air flow insideA fan of air condition can help keep the air circulating, reducing the chance of high humidity and lowers temperatures.
  • Fix leaks: Regularly check on plumbing and appliances to insure there are no leaks undetected. Also check roof and gutters to make sure they are not leaking as well. 

If you do find yourself with a mold problem, SERVPRO of Tacoma can clean up and repair your home with easy. For more information or if you discover mold, contact us at (253)-896-3000

Rely On SERVPRO For Your Sewage Cleanup

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water strikes fast, so do we Call us at 253-896-3000 for your sewage cleanup needs

Be sure you call SERVPRO of Tacoma for all residential or commercial sewage backups.

Cleaning Sewage Yourself Is Not A Smart Decision

In this day in age, you can find anything you're looking for online. A quick search will yield thousands of websites that show how to clean sewage and dirty water at home by yourself.  Every article has the same info and the same few steps. It consists of putting on gloves, removing the solid waste, using bleach on the area, and letting it dry out. You may be tempted to go this route, to save both time and money.  But if you try this, it could lead to you spending more time and money down the road if you don't call a professional company in.  your good intentions can cause many future problems.

Time And Money

If you clean up the mess on your own, it may appear that the issue is taken care of.  You can't see or smell anything, so you are satisfied. But the water component of the sewage may have soaked into your walls and flooring.  Over time, this can cause warping, discoloration, and foul odors to develop. If this happens, you will need to spend more time and money to fix the problem the right way.

Not to mention the high risk to your personal health if you are dealing with raw sewage.  Encountering the contaminated matter will expose you to harmful bacteria. When it dries, the same harmful particles will become airborne, which can cause health issues.

If you have a sewage leak or backup, call SERVPRO of Tacoma immediately.  We will respond quickly to extract the hazardous water and solids, as well as make sure that no harmful material remains afterwards.

Save Money With Storm Preparation

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

ready to help after the storm. For any storm damages call SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000

A storm can cause major trouble for homes and businesses alike. From gale force winds to lightning strikes, a storm can cause major damage.  While every storm may not cause catastrophic damage to your home, even a small roof puncture from a tree limb or flying debris can be enough to allow substantial runoff and torrential rainfall to pour into your home. A falling tree can cause serious damage to your roof, siding and windows. Heavy rain can also cause concern for potential flooding. Below are a few tips to help keep your home safe and dry in the event of a storm:

  • Routinely check your home or business for flaws in the structure. This includes your siding and roof.  Even the smallest hole can allow rainwater in, which can lead to water damage and mold growth.
  • Trim larger branches that could potentially cause structural damage if a storm caused them to fall on your home or business.
  • Make sure that sump pumps are working properly.  Sump pump overflows during a storm are a leading cause of water damage.

When your home or business suffers damage as a result of a storm, SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help.  We can be reached 24/7 at 253-896-3000.

SERVPRO of Tacoma has the tools you need for your water loss

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO water loss equipment SERVPRO of Tacoma has the tools you need so call today at 253) 896-3000.

Many disasters can take place inside your Tacoma home or business when you least expect it. Luckily SERVPRO of Tacoma is always ready for whatever happens. When it comes to water damage, our professionally trained technicians have an array of specialized equipment to bring your Tacoma home back to preloss conditions in no time at all. At SERVPRO of Tacoma, we use the specialized equipment to help speed up the extraction and drying process. SERVPRO of Tacoma is fully equipped with the following tools to restore any home and make it feel “Like it never even happened.”

  1. Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in your Tacoma home’s carpets and paddings. This tool has sharp probes that penetrate through carpets and padding to determine if water has migrated on the subflooring. If there is moisture, the sensor will provide both blinking and beeping as a signal. The greater the amount of moisture, the faster the lights and beeping will become.
  2. Moisture Meters are utilized to measure the actual content or levels of various materials. This tool can be penetrative and non-penetrative depending on what needs to be measured. For example, penetrative meters will be used on carpet while non-penetrative meters will be used on drywall.
  3. Extractors are used to provide sufficient water removal in your Tacoma home. There are several different types of extractors to use such as Truck-Mounted, Light Wands, or Stationary tools. Factors in each situation such as depth of water and available power will give the technicians a better idea of what to use.
  4. Air Movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level and reduce drying time.
  5. Dehumidifiers are used to remove water vapor from the air. This reduces the amount of water vapor in the air which lowers the humidity ratio. This is important because lower humidity increases the rate of evaporation of moisture.

SERVPRO of Tacoma is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for any water damage you have call SERVPRO of Tacoma at (253) 896-3000.

Hand washing is not only helpful, but it can also be FUN!

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

A mother helps her daughter wash her hands Make hand washing fun

It is always important to regularly wash your hands. Now more than ever washing your hands is so very important. While it is easy for older kids and adults to remember to wash their hands properly, it may be harder for little kids to understand the importance of thorough hand washing. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has put together a list of steps and tips to help kids wash their hands.

  • The five essentials of hand washing:
    • wet 
    • lather 
    • scrub
    • rinse 
    • dry
  • Key times to wash hands:
    • After eating
    • before bed
    • after working out
  • There are many short songs to sing that are not only fun but helpful in timing out the recommend time to hand-wash of 20 seconds.

For more information on hand washing tips visit www.CDC.gov 

Dealing with COVID-19

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

What is COVID-19? According to www.cdc.gov, COVID-19, or the coronavirus, is a strain from a family of coronaviruses that causes respiratory illness, possibly severe or life threatening, in humans, as well as other animals. Genetic analysis of COVID-19 says it originated in bats, although we are still unsure of how it was transferred to humans.

What can I do to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in my community? 

  • Avoid contact with individuals who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose without first washing hands thoroughly
  • Stay home when you are sick, and notify anyone you may come in contact with that you feel ill
  • Cover all coughs, sneezes, and throw all tissues in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect areas that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs and handrails, with household cleaning spray or wipes
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (About the length of the song “Happy Birthday”)
    • ALWAYS if hands are visibly dirty
    • Before eating
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • If you feel sick or suspect you may carry COVID-19, wear a mask in order to protect yourself and those around you.  If not, there is no need to wear a mask. In fact, many health professionals recommend not wearing a mask if you are healthy
  • Call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. SERVPRO of UP/LW is totally equipped for your COVID-19 cleanup needs. Whether you just want precautionary cleaning in your home, or you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in your place of business, from PPE to powerful disinfectant, SERVPRO is ready to safely and efficiently kill COVID-19 wherever it shows up in your life.  Just give us a call and we can tell you more about how we can help! 253-896-3000

SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to keep you and your business clean and safe

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Here in your community and here to help call SERVPRO of Tacoma to schedule your cleaning today! just call 253-896-3000

Even during a global pandemic your business may be considered essential to the infrastructure like SERVPRO of Tacoma. that being said no one wants to get sick so this helpful list of strategies may help you stay safe and healthy.

Workplace Specific Health Strategies

What can employers do to promote a healthy work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic

A simple and efficient path to promote workplace health includes the following items:

  1. Encourage hand washing with real soap for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Put hand sanitizer in numerous stations around the office or facility.
  3. Provide disinfectant wipes for employees to wipe down surfaces such as keyboards, mouse, desk, chair, pens, stylus, pencils, touch screens, etc.
  4. Allow employees to wear disposable gloves.
  5. Remind employees of the company's sick policy. Sharing COVID-19 or Influenza with workspace mates or the production crew could be very costly to all involved parties.
  6. Coordinate with the facility cleaning team regarding special measures to be taken during flu season or during periods of significant employee sickness.

These measures are very basic, yet they make a huge difference in order to keep the workplace healthy and safe.

When is the right time to call in a professional cleaning service to clean, disinfect, and sanitize the workplace?

Seeking consultation and assistance from a highly trained, well-informed, and experienced cleaning professional to address workplace health and hygiene is both proactive and pre-emptive. Losing multiple teams or crew members to an outbreak of an infectious disease for a week or two could crush production. An office or sales force outbreak could slow or halt sales generation and depress a revenue cycle. The cost of an absentee employee is so much more than paid sick leave.

Qualified cleaning professionals like SERVPRO of Tacoma can provide prevention strategies for a business as well as for a school, daycare or church. People recognize SERVPRO as the industry leader for water and fire damage restoration and disaster recovery. SERVPRO of Tacoma team also specializes in commercial cleaning. Using advanced restoration and cleaning equipment, SERVPRO experts clean to the deepest level.

For a deep clean that can address germs and infection in an office workspace or industrial environment, the team at SERVPRO of Tacoma offers a comprehensive solution that includes disinfecting all floors and flat surfaces. They can also address the more heavy-duty situations if needed.

SERVPRO of Tacoma can make any business look, smell, and feel clean while simultaneously making it a sanitary and safe environment. Most people only think of a flooded house, a sewage spill, fire damage, or disaster recovery when they think of SERVPRO. But the professionals at SERVPRO of Tacoma have been providing deep cleans and restoration services for over 10 years now.

Call SERVPRO of Tacoma today to schedule your cleaning at 253-896-3000

SERVPRO SodaBlasts

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

sodium bicarbonate or baking soda sodium bicarbonate AKA baking soda is used for Sodablasts inquire today by calling 253-896-3000

Today we are talking about another service we bet you didn't know SERVPRO of Tacoma could do, Soda blasting. What is that? You might be asking yourself. Soda blasting is for heavy duty cleaning jobs such as removing paint, corrosion, and gunk. How does it work you ask? First, you load the soda blaster with bicarbonate, also known as baking soda. Then you turn on the blaster, which has a built-in air compressor that creates a power wash with a baking soda scrub that helps tackle the toughest cleaning jobs.  Now anyone can purchase a soda blaster but to most, a soda blaster is not the easiest machine to handle. To make sure that the blast is done quickly and efficiently, you should, of course, go with the highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Tacoma.

We are available 24-7 to get the job done. With the friendly crew and office staff we have, we can guarantee, you will be left satisfied!

So, don't wait, call and inquire today! About our amazing services! 253-896-3000

SERVPROs greatest asset

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

an old black and white photos of SERVPRO From the beginning until now SERVPRO has always happily served its community.

Since its founding in 1967 SERVPRO has grown to include over 1,700 locations across the United States and Canada. Since then SERVPRO has also expanded the array of services we offer. Since those services range from cleaning and deodorization to large scale disaster recovery and with SERVPRO’s 1,700+ locations we have been able to gather our knowledge and share it with each other with this collective knowledge and experience we are able to tackle any and all challenges together as a community. This is the greatest asset SERVPRO has and we know how to use it. SERVPRO locations provide all kinds of support to each other ranging from equipment to people-power and technical advice. Sometimes we might run into an issue that we have not encountered before or possibly elements to a job that prevents our normal methods for jobs. This is when we have been able to rely on the knowledge base which our corporate office and other SERVPRO’s have accumulated. It does not matter what emergency you are facing. From Water Mitigation, Fire Restoration, or Mold Remediation. SERVPRO has the team and training to handle it all. We are known for taking care of big problems and disasters, but we also are adept at helping people with issues you normally may not know the solution too. So, even if you can't identify the exact problem, SERVPRO will be able to help so call now at 253-896-3000

3 Reasons You Should Rely On SERVPRO For Any Large Loss Response

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO disaster recovery truck For any loss call SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000

In the event of a major storm, fire or flood in Tacoma, WA commercial property owners may obtain a quicker and more professional response from a local franchise location of a national restoration company. Here are three reasons to choose SERVPRO to handle any catastrophic loss.

1.   Several Franchise Locations

SERVPRO has over 1,700 franchise locations. This means that the closest professionals can arrive on site in four hours or less, which may be faster than other regional mitigation and restoration services. In the event of widespread damage from fires, flooding or storm damage, additional experts and equipment may report from nearby locations to assist in the cleanup and repairs.
2. National Corporate Support

The support of one of the nation's leading mitigation and restoration companies allows the local franchises to be better trained and equipped than most independent companies. Insurance jobs are only offered to locations that satisfy all the requirements of a 21-point Participation Agreement. This oversight and company-wide services such as the Claims Information Center elevate the standard of service and make SERVPRO the perfect choice in the event of catastrophic loss.

3. Industry-Leading Standards

This national corporation is also a certified training school for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. Each franchise must employ at least one technician who specializes in a particular area such as storm or fire damage to maintain certification. The IICRC requires technicians to obtain continuing education credits to ensure that professionals keep up with current best practices in the mitigation and restoration field. This means that the work performed by these employees will be up to the highest standards in the industry. Allowing for our customers to have the best experience possible. All of these factors enable SERVPRO to respond to catastrophic loss caused by fires, flooding or storms faster and handle them more effectively than independent mitigation or restoration companies. Within one hour of contacting the national corporation, property owners can expect a response from a franchise in Tacoma, WA

SERVPRO of Tacoma: Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO flyer that reads here to help always here to help, call now at 253-896-3000

We have always made educating our team the high priority. Education is more important than ever to insure a quick and safe restoration. SERVPRO of Tacoma is an IICRC certified firm with certified technicians. That means you can expect the very highest in standards and protocol to be used in your home or business.

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Advanced Structural Drying

SERVPRO of Tacoma 253-896-3000

Saving Water In Your Commercial Building

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

save water graphic Cut costs by saving water in your commercial building

At home, it’s easy to cut down on your water usage.  You can easily take shorter showers or turn the faucet off while you brush your teeth. a business setting is more difficult. For one, it’s not just you anymore, there are many more people that have the potential to waste water. There are a few measures you can take to reduce water consumption at your business, which will save you money.

You might have seen touch-free faucets that spray water for a short period of time before turning off.  You can install these in your business. It might be a bit expensive at first, but it should save you money in the long run. Manufacturers claim that automatic faucets can save up to 80% of water per faucet installed. 

Additionally, using the newer faucet aerators can save money too. The typical bathroom uses 2.2 gallons of water per minute.  Installing an aerator will maintain the same water pressure, while reducing the total water output by .5 gallons per minute. At around $2 per unit, this is an extremely inexpensive way to save money in your business.

While the initial cost may be high, you can also install water-efficient appliances in your business.  This includes items like dishwashers, toilets, and drinking fountains, where it applies.

SERVPRO of Tacoma promote the use of water-saving measures to business owners for their cost-saving potential.

Different classifications of Fire Extinguishers

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

Different classes of fire extinguishers Types of fire extinguishers

Smoke and fire damage are something all of us at SERVPRO of Tacoma would like to see you avoid. In the event that the worst happens, and you're faced with a fire disaster, you can count on us to lend a helping hand. Our team is comprised of highly trained professionals that will walk with you each step of the way when repairing the damage from smoke, water, and fire in your home or office. In our line of work communication is key and we strive to make this difficult time as easy s possible.

SERVPRO of Tacoma recommends you have at least one fire extinguisher and you know how to use it in case of a fire. 

Types of Home Fire Extinguishers: 

Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses

  • Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
  • Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
  • Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
  • Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C

A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the home.

If you are faced with a small fire, use the following tips. Remember: If you aren't sure you can put it out yourself, everyone should exit the building and call 9-1-1 when you are outside.

SERVPRO of Tacoma wants you to know that you should try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher
  • You have the correct class of fire extinguisher

Do you know who to call in for a disaster?

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

What do you do when disaster strikes and you’re left to pick up the pieces? When the worst case scenario is the one happening to you, who can you trust to restore some sense of normalcy to your everyday life and alleviate the stress that comes with dealing with disaster?

At SERVPRO of Tacoma, we exist to lighten your load and take care of your disaster situation. We understand that planning for a disaster is one thing but going through it is something completely different. While insurance is there for a reason, we make sure your home is taken care of by our team of highly trained professionals. 

Where at once it seemed like all was lost, by utilizing the restore first mentality, our experts come into your home looking to redeem what once seemed lost. In addition to salvaging many items that can’t be replaced such as family heirlooms, documentation, or things of sentimental value, our restorative approach is much more cost-effective than replacing everything and starting from scratch.

Though we never wish disaster on anyone, we know very well that these situations unfortunately happen. SERVPRO of Tacoma exists to alleviate the stress and make those situations “Like it never even happened.” 

Is your family ready for an emergency?

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Children and Youth Emergency Preparedness

Ensure your kids know what to do in the case of emergency. When making your plan make sure your kids are included and know what to do!

What you should know about Youth Preparedness

  • Ensure children are included in preparedness conversations
  • Learn the building blocks of preparedness − Be Informed, make a Plan, build a kit and get involved.
  • Know the emergency plan for your child’s school and childcare facility
  • Practice evacuation plans and other emergency procedures with children on a regular basis
  • Learn different ways to help children cope during and after an emergency
  • Make sure children have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place
  • Teach kids when and how to call important phone numbers like 911

Communication

  • Make sure everyone, including children, knows how and when to call 911 for help
  • Make sure they know their addressee so they can provide proper information over the phone.
  • Who’s your emergency contact? Make sure the kids know who it is and practice with them. 
  • Update school records and discuss emergency contact numbers with kids before they go: 
  • Review your family emergency communications plan with kids at your next household meeting

Emergency Kit

  • Include your child's medication or supplies in your family’s emergency kit.
  • Include your child's favorite stuffed animals, board games, books or music in their emergency kit to comfort them in a disaster.
  • Get the kids involved in building their own emergency kit: 

Parents

  • Store important family documents on your phone in a safe secure app. Keep hard copies in secure place.
  • Emergencies can happen anytime. Ensure your child is prepared for the emergency.
  • Email, voice, or text. What will your child’s school use to communicate during an emergency? Make a plan before a disaster and discuss with your kids.
  • Many Americans aren’t familiar with their child’s school evacuation & reunification plans. Are you?

By making a plan and letting everyone know how to react during an emergency your helping your family be that much safer.

Are you ready for Spring?

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Rotten Wood Framing Basement or Crawlspace with rotten wooden framing

Spring's just around the corner and those blossoms will be blooming before you know it. Have you made your spring-cleaning to-do list yet? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Prepping your home on a seasonal basis is one of the most important things you can do because in addition to increasing you’re the value of your home, it allows you to catch problems before they turn into costly repairs. Just as you wouldn't put off going to the doctor to stay on top of your health, you shouldn't neglect prepping your home for the new season. To make it as stress-free as possible, we've assembled 5 ways to best prep your home for spring.

  1. Assemble Your Maintenance Toolkit

First things first: make sure you have the right tools on hand to make the job go smoothly!

Make a checklist of items that you'll always need in order to diagnose and treat the problems that flare up. You may have some of them lying around already (a flashlight and stepladder for example). There's no need to rifle through your woodshed, basement, or junk drawer – we have made a list of items to make your job easier!

  • Stepladder
  • Vacuum cleaner with hose attachment
  • Flashlight
  • Caulk and caulk gun
  • Whisk broom/stiff brush
  • Utility knife
  • Duct Tape
  • Pruning shears
  • Saw
  1. Become Mold’s Greatest Enemy

After the winter season, all the extra moisture can increase the chances of mold.

The areas that are prone to get damp the most should be the first places to look. Taking the form of dark blotchy spots, mold thrives under sinks, in your basement, and in the attic and crawl spaces where it's darkest. If you’re finding a lot of mold, it's best to try to stop the source rather than clean up individual spots. Proper sealing and air circulation helps stop mold, but we recommend also working with specialty contractors who can help you pinpoint where the problems are so you can banish mold for good.

  1. Root out Wood Rot

As you check your basement for mold, make sure you're on the watch for signs of soft, brittle, or crumbly wood.

This is wood rot, and it should replaced immediately, as it can adversely affect your home's structure. Keep an eye on it through spring and if you're seeing more wood rot forming, consider getting a dehumidifier for the basement, as this will significantly cut down on excess moisture.

  1. Check the Washer & Dryer

How often do you check the hoses on your washer? Make sure they don’t have any tears or cracks.

A flood caused while doing laundry doesn't just rob you of clean clothes, it also robs you of your budget if it's all going to repairs. Lint that builds up in your dryer can also be a fire hazard, so we recommend a thorough cleaning to make sure the air can properly vent. First, shut off the gas or electric going to the dryer. Then use a long, thick wire brush to sweep out excess lint in the vent pipe and under the dryer enclosure. Use the skinny vacuum attachment to make sure everything gets sucked up. Just be careful not to damage the wires and mechanical parts of the dryer.

  1. Protect the Foundation

Intense winter storms can really do a number on a house, even right down to the foundation.

Check around your house for any cracks or signs of stress on the foundation. If you see anything, call a professional to properly assess what needs to be done. Also make sure to inspect the concrete slabs under your HVAC system or heat pump. These are easy to repair with a concrete crack filler, polyurethane sealant or silicone caulk.

7 TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING PIPES

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

It’s getting colder outside and many of us are pulling out our winter clothes and starting our fireplaces and furnaces.  There is one task that many overlook during our winter preparations: the winterization of water pipes.  We are prone to cold snaps in the Pacific Northwest and when it gets cold, the accumulated water inside the pipes freezes, expands and creates extreme pressure.  Eventually, the ice creates enough pressure for the pipes to crack. A small 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water per day.

  1. Wrap outside faucets – Covering and insulating the exterior faucet can help protect any water inside the pipes from freezing in the winter.
  2. Caulk around pipes where they enter the house – You want to keep out as much of the cold air as possible. You can also check around dryer vents, windows, and electrical wiring.
  3. Disconnect garden hoses – Any water sitting inside the garden hose could freeze and damage the material. If you have a sloped driveway, lay them out and let them drain, then store them.
  4. Drain in-ground sprinkler systems – any remaining water in your sprinkler systems can expand and crack your underground pipes. Even Polyethylene pipes which are more flexible and expand under pressure can become damaged; water left inside can freeze and rupture the pipe walls.  To minimize the risk of freeze damage, contact your manufacturer for proper winterization.
  5. Let a stream of water run, if the temperature dips below freezing – A little bit of water flow keeps pressure low in the pipes. Low pressure means less of a chance of burst pipes.
  6. Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathroom – Keeping cupboard doors open allows heat to reach the pipes, reducing the risk of them freezing.
  7. Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for several days – If leaving out of town during the cold months, you may consider shutting off your main water line and draining your water system. Empty pipes mean no water can freeze and rupture them.  Keep in mind, if you have a fire protection system, this may not be the best option for you.  Shutting off the water main means your fire system won’t work.

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. 

Don't Burn the Bird!!!!

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we know how tasty a deep-fried turkey can be! Doing it wrong though can wreak havoc on your tasty diner. I have some helpful tips to ensure your turkey and home don’t end up in flames!  

First and foremost, make sure your frying space is no less than 10 feet from your home or other structures. Also ensure that your area is flat and there is no risk of knocking over the fryer.

Next, make sure your bird is fully thawed and dry, extra water and moisture can cause the oil to bubble over and cause a fire.

Finally make sure you always have a fire extinguisher handy just in case and never leave the bird unattended.

If you find yourself in an unsightly situation this Thanksgiving, just know your friendly SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help.

Is your business protected from a fire??

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that fire is the most common cause of property damage? The key to protecting your business is your employees having education on fire safety and protocol. Here are a few fire prevention tips!

  1. Reduce Clutter- Keep your workplace clutter free and items put away. Keep electrical appliances away from the fuel such as paper and cardboard. Also ensure things like computers has proper
  2. Maintain your fire extinguishers- Check with your local fire department to ensure your extinguisher is up to code. You should also educate employees on how to use the extinguisher.
  3. Install fire sprinklers or suppression system- all businesses have a fire alarm system, but you should also consider a sprinkler system.
  4. Maintain Outdoor Spaces- if your business is in a dry or forested area take time to ensure you keep brush and trees from growing against the building.
  5. Have Exit Strategy - Always have an emergency plan and make sure your employees are aware of this plan, include things like maps to exits and well-lit exit signs
  6. Clean and Inspect all equipment- Faulty equipment is a common cause of fires. Make sure machines are in proper working order and turn them off when not in use.

Taking these simple steps can help prevent fires ruining what you’ve worked so hard for.

Steps to take during a flood!!!

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

The extend of water damage can depend on how quickly you handle the situation. The steps you take in the first few minutes of can change the scope of damage drastically. Here are a few steps you should take in the event you find your business in crisis.

  • Stop the water at the main valve. If there is a substantial amount of water also turn off electrical (if it is safe).
  • Call your insurance company and file a claim, then give your local SERVPRO of Tacoma a call.
  • Asses the water damage and take photos before
  • Remove any irreplaceable items around your business.
  • Mop up any standing water or use a floor squeegee to move it towards a door.

These steps can help manage the situation until technicians show up and can get started.

Don't Let the Cold Catch You Unprepared

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Winter Storms are Just around the corner are you ready?

Did you know that with winter storms create higher risks in many parts of your life? Things like hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks from overexertion. With proper precautions are taken we can avoid these risks.

These storms can last any where from a few hours to a few days, know that you and your family will be secure during this time.

A few things you can do to prepare are:

  • Create an emergency supplies kit for your family include things like (flashlights, radio and batteries, first aid items, space blankets, bottled water, non-perishable food, and warm clothes).
  • Learn the signs of hypothermia and frostbite, also learn to treat them.
  • Pay attention to weather warnings.
  • Prepare your home by replacing insulation and weather stripping. Learn to protect your pipes from freezing.
  • Check or install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (change batteries as needed).

If you happen to be stuck in the middle of a nasty storm Stay off the roads as much as possible. Limit your time outside, if your must go out layer up. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows, to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Don’t be caught in the cold when the storm rolls in, put a plan into action to ensure your prepared!

Rain storm preparation

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Rainstorm in the northwest There is forecast of heavy rains this winter. Questions about water damage? Just ask! SERVPRO of Tacoma 253-896.3000

Sometimes a storm can bring some serious water damage, even a flood. Are you prepared for a flood? Most people aren’t, so here are a few tips to be storm and flood ready!

  • Water (A 3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day.)
  • Food (3+ day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food.)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7 – day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation/personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact info
  • Extra Cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of any damage

8 Things to Consider Before Filing a Commercial Fire Damage Claim

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

If you’ve just experienced commercial fire damage, you’ve probably already filed a claim with your insurance company. Before you get too far into the claim process, there are some important points to consider.

There’s a lot of “fine print” in the handling of these situations that some insurance companies won’t necessarily bring to your attention on their own. Having a solid understanding of the process, will help ensure you protect your own interests in the commercial fire damage claim. 

Below are 8 important points to consider:

1. Normally for water damage you send the insurance company documentation of the damages. But how do you do this for items or property that has been destroyed by fire damage? Are there good “before” pictures of the same space, on your phone or website, that you can compare with the “after” photos of the damage? Does your bank have record of the blueprint from when they helped you finance the property?

Does your business account have record of furniture, equipment, etc. that you purchased for the space? These would be good places to start, but you’ll want to ask your adjuster/agent for more specific protocol and requirements.

2. Is it a good idea to make repairs and restorations yourself? Your insurance company will pay less, but your premium may not increase as much. Weigh the costs and benefits of each option.

3. How did smoke or water from fighting the fire affect your electronics, equipment, and structural integrity. How do you claim those damages to trigger better coverage?

4. When making repairs, make sure your insurance company does not cut corners by using companies or contractors that repair with materials containing lead and asbestos. That could lead to greater costs and health risks down the line

5. Find out how your policy addresses code coverage and Green building upgrades.

6. If your coverage is limited, what can you do about it? How can your agent or a public adjuster help?

7. During the claims process, your insurance provider may engage a forensic accountant. Find out their role, which financial statements you are required to produce, and why. You should also ask if you can, and should, recast your financial statements. Don’t hesitate to get input from an accounting professional you trust, as well as your agent.

8. Find out what can be included as extra and expediting expenses, and what the difference is.

If your business or rental has fire damage don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Tacoma 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000. We are here to help!

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tacoma Smoke and Soot Cleanup.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Tacoma will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke– Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke– Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue– Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today (253) 896-3000

Pet Safety During Storms

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

We all know what we should do when a storm strikes or is about to strike – have an emergency kit ready, know the safest structure in your home, avoid electrical equipment, etc. However, have you thought about what to do with your pets when a storm strikes? Thorough emergency preparedness is important, particularly in areas where you may be forced to leave your home.

But what about more common thunderstorms or tornadoes? Here are five tips from ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center that you can use to help keep your beloved pets safe during storms.

  • Shelter – During sever storms it may be easier to take shelter in a basement or small interior room like a bathroom. Make sure pets are acquainted with – and comfortable in – that area of your house and will go there with you easily if need be.
  • Poisons – Make sure the shelter inside your home is free of dangers for pets. Many people keep pest poisons in the same basement where they may be sheltering during the storm. Unfortunately, pets are very good at finding baits and many are all too eager to eat it.
  • Anxiety – Many pets have storm or firework anxiety and may be prescribed medication to help them cope. Remember, its always best to give pets a dose of medication prior to the storm to see how he or she will react – and pets should always get trial runs of medication during periods when the veterinarian is available in case questions arise.
  • Evacuation – Among the items your clients should have handy are leashes and/or carriers, food, medication and water. Pet owners should know where favorite hiding places are for pets so they can easily found during emergencies.
  • First Aid – Help keep your pets safe by having a pet first aid kid handy.

If you have any damages due to storms please call SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000.

5 Pet Safety Tips for Storm Preparedness: https://www.aspcapro.org/resource/shelter-health-poison-control/5-pet-safety-tips-storm-preparedness

Pet First Aid Kit: https://www.aspcapro.org/resource/saving-lives-shelter-health-poison-control/how-make-pet-first-aid-kit

Summer Storm

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

Summer comes with many fun things BBQ’s, swimming at the beach, camping and spending time with family. Summer seasons can also come with wind, rain, and thunder/ lightning storms. When heavy rains come we risk floods, and high winds can wreak havoc on the power lines and trees around your home.

Here are a few help tips to keep your home safe during the summer months:

  • Have an emergency kit ready in your home including these items: flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, canned and dry foods, water, can opener, first aid, fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes and shoes, flares or whistle to signal for help.
  • Cut down any dead or unwanted trees and branches around your home.
  • Know the safest structure of your home to go during a severe storm, make sure everyone in your household knows to meet here.
  • Avoid electrical equipment and telephones, instead use your battery powered TVs and radios.

If you happen to be caught outside during a thunder storm:

  • Never take shelter under a tree or tower, lighting tends to strike the tallest object in the area
  • Leave if you’re in an elevated area such as on a hill, mountain or peak
  • Get out and away from any body of water
  • Stay away from anything that conducts electricity including wires and fences.

If your home is affected by a summer storm don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Tacoma 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000. We are here to help!

What Happens After the Leak?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Over flowed toilets, sprinkler systems and broken pipes can all be culprits in water damage to your home. When water issues in your home go undetected or ignored it can lead to major issues and large bills.  Water has away of getting in all those little tiny places and can be easily over looked. The average cost on a water is between 1,000 to 4,000. This is not including any construction to get your house back to its original state.

A few things to keep in mind

  • The longer your water damage goes unnoticed with, the more likely you are to have a mold issue.
  • If your furnishings are not dried out properly and in a timely manner they also have a high chance of mold.
  • The length of time the water sits can greatly affect the restoration costs.
  • How much water was involved in the loss
  • What kind of water was involved, clean water contains little to no contaminates, grey water contains significant amounts of contaminates, black water is extremely contaminated.

Water damage can’t always be avoided, but with the proper equipment and knowledge it can be cleaned up “Like it never even happened.” If you find yourself with a water emergency don’t forget your favorite crew, SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day you can reach us at 253-896-3000.

Generator Tips & Tricks

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Generators are very useful when a storm strikes and your power goes out. Generators can keep heaters running and refrigerators going which can make life a lot tolerable until your power gets turned back on. Generator maintenance is very important to ensure that your generator works. Here are some helpful tips to avoid common mistakes:

1. Don't Get Burned by Wattage Ratings

Every generator lists two capacity ratings. The first is “rated” or “continuous” watts. That’s the maximum power the generator will put out on an extended basis. And it’s the only rating you should rely on when buying a generator. The higher “maximum” or “starting” rating refers to how much extra power the generator can put out for a few seconds when an electric motor—like the one in your fridge or furnace—starts up.

2. Stock Up on Oil and Filters

Most new generators need their first oil change after just 25 hours. Beyond that, you’ll have to dump the old stuff and refill every 50 or 60 hours. So you need to store up enough oil and factory filters to last a few days (at least!). Running around town searching for the right oil and filter is the last thing you want to be doing right after a big storm.

3. Chill Out Before You Refill

Let your generator engine cool before you refill with gasoline. Generator fuel tanks are always on the top of the engine so they can “gravity-feed” gasoline. If you spill gas when refueling a hot generator, you are putting yourself and others at risk of fire. Always make sure your generator is cooled down before refilling.

4. Running Out of Gas Can Cost You

Some generators, especially low-cost models, can be damaged by running out of gas. They keep putting out power while coming to a stop, and the electrical load in your house drains the magnetic field from the generator coils. When you restart, the generator will run fine, but it won’t generate power. You’ll have to haul it into a repair shop, where you’ll pay about $40 to re-energize the generator coils. So keep the tank filled and always remove the electrical load before you shut down.

5. Old Fuel is Your Worst Enemy

Always use fresh, stabilized gas in your generator. Stale fuel is the number one cause of generator starting problems. Once storm season is over, run your generator until all the fuel is used up, this will prevent any issues when you go to start your generator next storm season.

6. Backfeeding Kills

Backfeeding is never completely safe, no matter what the internet says. If you want to prevent a bunch of extension cords around your house, hire an electrician to install a transfer switch. Backfeeding can (and does) kill family members, neighbors and power company lineman every year.

7. Store Gasoline Safely

Generator tanks don’t hold that much gasoline. Instead of buying a large gas can, buy two high quality 5-gallon cans. This will decrease your chances of overfilling the tank.

8. Lock It Down

The only thing worse than the rumbling sound of an engine outside your bedroom window is the sound of silence after someone steals your expensive generator. If you are leaving your generator out overnight, sure to make sure it is secure and can’t be easily stolen. Make sure you are combining both electrical and security safety when securing your generator.

9. Use A Heavy-Duty Cord

Generators are loud, so most people park them as far away from the house as possible. (Be considerate of your neighbors, though.) That’s OK as long as you use heavy-duty 12-gauge cords and limit the run to 100 ft. Lighter cords or longer runs mean more voltage drop. And decreased voltage can cause premature appliance motor burnout.

10. Exercise Your Generator

Try and exercise your generator at least once a month. This practice will prolong the life of your generator and keep it in tip-top shape.

Resources:

https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/generator-maintenance-tips/

http://www.nyelectriccompany.com/why-should-i-exercise-my-generator/

https://www.haleyesgenerators.com/what-is-backfeeding/

Grilling Safety 2019!

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that 10,200 home fires are started by grills each year, on average? Did you know that July is the peak month for grill fires followed by June, May and August? 

We all love barbecuing. It's a summertime staple! Follow the following tips to prevent you and your family from being one of the statistics above:

<<SAFETY TIPS>>

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. 
  • The grill should be places well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area. 
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and trays below the grill.
  • NEVER leave your grill unattended. 
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it. 

<<CHARCOAL GRILLS>>

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. 
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. 
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to an extension cord for outdoor use. 
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container. 

<<PROPANE GRILLS>>

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it. 

Source: nfpa.org/education

Top 5 Water Damage Issues in Homes

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in homes can be caused by many things but there are couple things in your home more likely to be the cause than others. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety did a study to find what causes the most water damage in homes, here are some of the things they found out.

  1. Plumbing System Failure- there are two types of plumbing system failure the first would be frozen pipes, the second would be material failures.
  2. Plumbing Drain System Failure- most failures occur when the sewer drain backs up and overflows into the home or are a result from material issues such as leaking or corroded pipes.
  3. Toilet Failure- this will happen if you have faulty valves or clogged drain lines
  4. Water Heater Failure- these usually happen when your water heater is at its end of life and begins to corrode or rust.
  5. Washing Machine Failure- the cause behind washing machine failure usually from the supply-line, machine overflow or drain line failure.

For more information on what can cause water damage to your home and tips on prevention check out this page:

https://disastersafety.org/ibhs/water-damage-studies/

If you find yourself with a broken pipe or toilet over flow, don’t forget about SERVPRO of Tacoma when you’re looking for water restoration. Call us at 253-896-3000 any time of day, any day of the week, we will be there for you!

Tacoma 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tacoma is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today 253-896-3000

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Tacoma has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration- in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representatives will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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, rst assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Summer Projects and Unforeseen Risks

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fall, winter, and spring are over and now it is time to start working on summer projects around the home. Washington Utility Notification Center reminds us to call before you dig in the ground; however, many of us forget when working on repairing the home or business to consider where utilities lie within the walls, under flooring, and possibly in the ceiling.

Creating the smallest hole in a water pipe or a tiny water leak can cause a lot of damage to the structure’s walls, insulation, flooring, and ceiling. When it is discovered water damage is occurring, first turn off the water supply immediately, and then call SERVPRO of Tacoma. The professional, highly trained technicians are ready to respond quickly with water extraction equipment, removing water as quickly as possible, and restoring your home or business properly while monitoring and documenting the drying process.

To read more about Washington’s Utility Notification Center, visit:

http://www.callbeforeyoudig.org/washington/

Grilling Safety 2019!

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that 10,200 home fires are started by grills each year, on average? Did you know that July is the peak month for grill fires followed by June, May and August? 

We all love barbecuing. It's a summertime staple! Follow the following tips to prevent you and your family from being one of the statistics above:

<<SAFETY TIPS>>

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. 
  • The grill should be places well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area. 
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and trays below the grill.
  • NEVER leave your grill unattended. 
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it. 

<<CHARCOAL GRILLS>>

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. 
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. 
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to an extension cord for outdoor use. 
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container. 

<<PROPANE GRILLS>>

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it. 

Source: nfpa.org/education

Fire Damage and Your Business

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

The leading causes of fire in a business includes cooking equipment, electrical, and heating units. No matter how the fire started, a feeling of concern about business closures, employee safety and equipment replacement seems to follow. After calling the Fire Department to put out the fire, who do you call to clean up the damage cause by the fire?

To you, it’s more than just a business- it’s your livelihood. Business closures due to a fire damage don’t just affect the business owner. It affects the employees, their families and the community. SERVPRO of Tacoma professionals understand the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern related to handling fire damage. Their priority is to help you regain control and get your doors open again. Within eight business hours of arriving at your facility, SERVPRO of Tacoma will discuss the extent of the damage and the steps we will take to help restore your building, equipment and furniture. Responding quickly to a fire damage can save your company money, reduce more extensive damage and shorten the length of down time.

Armed with industry-approved equipment and expertise, SERVPRO of Tacoma will make every effort to restore your business to preloss condition when possible. We use the latest equipment, products and processes to properly remove smoke, soot and fire damage from walls and flooring and restore furniture and equipment. We are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you get your business back in business.

SERVPRO of Tacoma specialists are trained in the cleanup and care of your business and equipment following the fire incident. Before attempting to clean up the fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water events affecting Tacoma commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable, quick, and flexible response.  Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area.  In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

About SERVPRO of Tacoma

SERVPRO of Tacoma specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

If you find your business in need of water or fire restoration, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000.

Childproofing Your Home - Protect Your Kids from Fires and Burns

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

From a hot cup of coffee to boiling water on the stove, burns are a huge hazard in every home.  Burns are the most (especially hot water and liquids) are the most common accidents related to kids.  Here are a few ways to help avoid burn related accidents.

  • Always use the back burner on your stove when possible.
  • Keep an emergency aid kit close at hand in your home.
  • Install a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
  • Keep matches, lighters, candles and chemicals put away out of reach.
  • Put child safety plugs in your outlets.

For more information on childproofing your home check out these sites:

www.kidshealth.org (Burns Safety)

www.nsc.org (Emergency Fire Preparedness)

Your child's safety is important to us here at SERVPRO.  In the event of a fire or smoke damage keep in mind SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call at (253) 896-3000.

Summertime Safety Tips

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

SUMMER IS HERE! Keep these tips in mind as you and your family enjoy summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics and the Fourth of July.

  1. Build campfires at least 25 feet away from tents, shrubs and anything that can burn.
  2. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts. Sparklers can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and cause third-degree burns.
  3. Use chimineas, outdoor fireplaces, and fire pits outdoors only and at least 10 feet away from your home or anything that can burn.
  4. Use propane, charcoal and wood pellet barbecue grills outdoors only. Indoor use can cause a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. Place your grill well away from siding and deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Do not store or use a grill on a porch or balcony.

When fire damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Tacoma will help you take it back. Call us at 253-896-3000 for your fire damage needs.

Fire and Smoke Damage DOs and DON’Ts

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

A home or business fire is stressful and inconvenient for all who are involved. As a homeowner or business owner, knowing what to do in the case of a fire may be foreign to you. These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper actions until SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration.

DO

  • Limit movement in the home or business to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and  turbs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Chance HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to sstop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system

DON'T

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Tacoma
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Tacoma
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water (they may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

When fire damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Tacoma will help you take it back. Call us at 253-896-3000 for your fire damage needs.

Hot Water Heater Maintenance

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Many households and businesses forget about hot water heater maintenance until it's too late. Learning ways to maintain your water heater before a water damage event is important. This Old House Magazine published an article written by lance Marques, HVAC contractor, Swezey Fuel Co., sharing 6 easy tips to maintain your hot water heater.

  • Test the TPR Valve
  • Check the Anode Rod
  • Drain the tank and wash out sediment
  • Adjust the temperature
  • Insulate the pipes
  • Insulate the heater

If you are noticing water damage around your hot water heater, call SERVPRO of Tacoma. Our professional technicians specialize in quickly and properly inspecting the water damage, drying out the damp areas, and monitoring and documenting the whole drying process.

Be sure to notify SERVPRO of Tacoma West if you have water damage as soon as possible. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration costs.

To read more on how to maintain a water heater, visit:

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20351985,00.html

What to do Before, During and After a Power Outage

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

We’re more vulnerable to power outages this time of year because of new growth and leaves that are still on the trees, which can pull branches down. Ready, a national public service advertising campaign, gives us these tips to follow before, during, and after a power outage.

Before

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternate charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
  • Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps,. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state’s or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device, determine a back-up plan.

During

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location that has heat to keep warm.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
  • If you are considering purchasing a generator for you home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system.

After

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • If food in the freezer is colder than 40 degree Fahrenheit and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it
  • Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled.
  • Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods, and other supplies.

https://www.ready.gov/power-outages

SERVPRO of Tacoma’s main priority this season is safety. For any water or fire damage needs, feel free to call us at 253-896-3000.

Undiscovered Leaks in your Business

4/30/2019 (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.

Water Damage Timeline

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 as soon as possible to get mitigation started!

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.

Spring Cleaning 2019!

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Get ready to start your spring cleaning with SERVPRO of Tacoma!

Spring is here! It’s time to start cleaning out the closets and cleaning those hard to reach areas we look over throughout the year. Here are a few tips to get you started and to stay focused during your spring cleaning.

  • Always start from the top- as you clean higher items, like ceiling fan blades and top shelves on bookcases, you’ll knock down dust to a lower level. Cleaning from the top down will prevent soiling areas you have already cleaned.
  • Stay focused on the task at hand- when cleaning out a closet or drawer, it’s easy to get drawn in by old photo albums and keepsakes. Set aside time for the fond memories later; you’re on a mission!
  • Don’t be a pack rat- You don’t want to throw away precious keepsakes but try to limit junk laying around your home or office. If you haven’t used it in a year or two, throw it out!
  • Hit the hidden areas. We all avoid the dreaded hidden areas in our homes, but now is the time to face the dust bunnies!
  • Tackle the big projects first. It happens every year, we start with the best intensions to scrub our homes from top to bottom, but somewhere in the middle we run out of steam. Tackle the biggest projects first or you may never get to them.
  • Yard sale time! Don’t just chuck your unwanted items. Put them up for sale; you may be surprised to see what could bring in a few bucks.

If you find yourself overwhelmed, call the cleanup team that’s faster to any size disaster- SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000

Identifying & Treating Unseen Water Damage

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Everyone knows that the water damage that you can clearly see is causing damage to your home is not good and should be fixed as quickly as possible. However, do you know that even the smallest water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. SERVPRO Professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. Having the right equipment to use makes a significant difference when dealing with water damage. Here are a few examples of what our team uses to help any unseen water damage in your home:

Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials.

The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO Professionals to monitor the drying process.

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO Professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas. Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles.

If you are having any problems dealing with water in your home or property, call SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 immediately so that we can help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

7 Reasons to call a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

https://mastershield.com/season/summer/gutters-before-a-hurricane/

Attic Mold

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

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

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

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.

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

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 TacomaCall 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

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

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.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

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

  1. Pre-mark your dig site with white paint
  2. Call 8-1-1 or go online to (callbeforeyoudig.org) to submit a request.
  3. Wait the required time (normally 2 days)
  4. Respect the marks don’t move them or adjust them in anyway
  5. 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.

Storm Proofing

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

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.

www.fema.gov

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Tacoma Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Tacoma will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 253-896-3000

Preventing Mold Growth

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growing behind trim in the bathroom.

Mold, the very word causes people to cringe.  It does not take much for mold to grow, but there are ways you can help prevent the growth from starting and spreading.

The Washington State Department of Health has some handy tips for preventing mold growth.

  • Stop water leaks, repair leaky roofs and plumbing. Keep water away from concrete slabs and basement walls.
  • Open windows and doors to increase air flow in your home, especially along the inside of exterior walls. Use a fan if there are not windows available.
  • Make sure that warm air flows into all areas of the home.
  • Install and use exhaust fans in bathroom, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
  • Ventilate and insulate attics and crawl spaces.
  • Clean and dry water damaged carpets, clothing, bedding, and upholstered furniture within 24 – 48 hours, or consider removing and replacing damaged furnishings.
  • Vacuum and clean your home regularly to remove mold spores.
  • Check around your windows for signs of condensation or water droplets. Wipe them up right away so mold can’t grow.

Taking the necessary precautions now can save a lot of time and money for future remediation. 

Top 5 Water Damage Issues in Homes

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water wicked up this wall after a pipe burst.

Water damage in homes can be caused by many things but there are couple things in your home more likely to be the cause than others. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety did a study to find what causes the most water damage in homes, here are some of the things they found out.

  1. Plumbing System Failure- there are two types of plumbing system failure the first would be frozen pipes, the second would be material failures.
  2. Plumbing Drain System Failure- most failures occur when the sewer drain backs up and overflows into the home or are a result from material issues such as leaking or corroded pipes.
  3. Toilet Failure- this will happen if you have faulty valves or clogged drain lines
  4. Water Heater Failure- these usually happen when your water heater is at its end of life and begins to corrode or rust.
  5. Washing Machine Failure- the cause behind washing machine failure usually from the supply-line, machine overflow or drain line failure.

For more information on what can cause water damage to your home and tips on prevention check out this page:

https://disastersafety.org/ibhs/water-damage-studies/

If you find yourself with a broken pipe or toilet over flow, don’t forget about SERVPRO of Tacoma when you’re looking for water restoration. Call us at 253-896-3000 any time of day, any day of the week, we will be there for you!

How can you help your dogs during a storm?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Some of our canine friends are scared of thunder and lightening.

We all wonder what we can do for our dogs during those loud storms? Some dogs are extremely sensitive to the loud noises and sounds that come along with a thunder storm. Most of the time we have an idea that a storm is coming, whether it is the cloudy skies or warnings on the news/radio.  If you find yourself with a nervous or scared dog here are a few things that could help your four-legged friend out.

  1. If possible be home with your dog, if you are there your dog may not be as affected by the storm. If you can’t be home with your dog, try to set a up a person to be with your dog in your absence.
  2. Bring your dog inside of the home, if your dog’s left outside, he/she may try to escape out of the yard or inscape into your home. This not only can cause damage to your fence and home but could hurt your dog.
  3. Put your dog in a sound proof room such as a walk-in closet as these usually have no windows and are surrounded by many walls which helps to block out the noise.
  4. Play other noises such as a radio or tv turned up, this will help to mask the noises from the storm. You can also use thunder sound tracks to help your dog learn to cope with the noises outside.
  5. Use medication only as necessary and only as directed by your vet.
  6. Finally, do what ever helps your dog to be calm may that be a belly rub or sitting on the couch together for a quick snuggle.

If you find yourself needing any information here are some helpful sites to check out:

http://www.pethealth.com.au/Page/nine-steps-to-calm-your-dog-in-thunder-noise-fears

https://www.purina.com/dogs/dog-articles/behavior-and-training/calming-your-dog-during-a-thunderstorm

If you find yourself needing any help with water damages after a storm. Call SERVPRO of Tacoma 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000.

What happens after the leak?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold started to grow under this carpet due to an unnoticed leak.

Over flowed toilets, sprinkler systems and broken pipes can all be culprits in water damage to your home. When water issues in your home go undetected or ignored it can lead to major issues and large bills.  Water has away of getting in all those little tiny places and can be easily over looked. The average cost on a water is between 1,000 to 4,000. This is not including any construction to get your house back to its original state.

A few things to keep in mind

  • The longer your water damage goes unnoticed with, the more likely you are to have a mold issue.
  • If your furnishings are not dried out properly and in a timely manner they also have a high chance of mold.
  • The length of time the water sits can greatly affect the restoration costs.
  • How much water was involved in the loss
  • What kind of water was involved, clean water contains little to no contaminates, grey water contains significant amounts of contaminates, black water is extremely contaminated.

Water damage can’t always be avoided, but with the proper equipment and knowledge it can be cleaned up “Like it never even happened.” If you find yourself with a water emergency don’t forget your favorite crew, SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day you can reach us at 253-896-3000.

Tacoma 24-Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tacoma Provides 24-hour water damage restoration in Tacoma.

SERVPRO of Tacoma is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – (253) 896-3000 

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Tacoma has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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.

Summer Storms

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Summer Storms

Summer comes with many fun things BBQ’s, swimming at the beach, camping and spending time with family. Summer seasons can also come with wind, rain, and thunder/ lightning storms. When heavy rains come we risk floods, and high winds can wreak havoc on the power lines and trees around your home.

Here are a few help tips to keep your home safe during the summer months:

  • Have an emergency kit ready in your home including these items: flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, canned and dry foods, water, can opener, first aid, fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes and shoes, flares or whistle to signal for help.
  • Cut down any dead or unwanted trees and branches around your home.
  • Know the safest structure of your home to go during a severe storm, make sure everyone in your household knows to meet here.
  • Avoid electrical equipment and telephones, instead use your battery powered TVs and radios.

If you happen to be caught outside during a thunder storm:

  • Never take shelter under a tree or tower, lighting tends to strike the tallest object in the area
  • Leave if you’re in an elevated area such as on a hill, mountain or peak
  • Get out and away from any body of water
  • Stay away from anything that conducts electricity including wires and fences.

If your home is affected by a summer storm don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Tacoma 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000. We are here to help!

Basement Mold

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

An unnoticed water heater leak caused mold damage to the walls.

The basement.  In many homes, it is the one room that is used the least.  With little to no sunlight, and little ventilation, this room is also susceptible to mold growth.  Even finished basements are a good candidate.  Mold can make a home anywhere in your house, but basements offer the best environment for it bloom. 

The best line of defense is preventing the living conditions mold needs to stay alive.  In order for mold to thrive, it needs an organic food source, oxygen and moisture. Below is a list of items to keep an eye out for to keep mold and mildew at bay:

  • Leaks: since a lot of plumbing goes below the house, leaks are very common in the basement. Foundation leaks happen after years of wear and tear, and clogged drains or downspouts can divert water to the basement windows causing the water to well up and eventually leak into your basement.
  • Flash floods: When this happens, it will cause water to rise in the soil and against the basement’s foundation.
  • Sump Pump Failure: Most basements have sump pumps, sump pumps divert any water that accumulates around the foundation. These can fail if there is a power failure, or if they aren’t regularly maintained.  Serious water damage can occur if a sump pump fails.
  • Water Heater Failure: Even a small leak from a water heater can create enough moisture that may lead to mold. If it fails completely, it can cause flooding.

If you notice mold or water in your mold basement, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Tacoma!  Our certified technicians have the tools and the training to help you.

https://moldpedia.com/basement-mold

https://www.howtoremoveblackmold.com/mold-in-basement/

Smoke Alarm Safety

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarm

We all know that annoying beep that the smoke detector makes when its battery is about to die. This helpful sign may be annoying but what if you needed your smoke detector and it was dead. The National Fire Protection Association says that dead batteries caused 24% of smoke alarm failures. Keeping a routine of inspection of such devices is so important.

Here’s what you should know about smoke alarms:

  • Larger homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once per month
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds they all sound
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years

Smoke alarms save lives, the only way they can do their job is if you do yours by making sure they are working properly. In an unfortunate event you do have a fire in your home SERVPRO of Tacoma is always available to help with fire and smoke damage call us at 253-896-3000.

How to Prevent Mold After Water Damage

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth under roof deck

How to Prevent Mold After Water Damage

Water damage can be a big issue, if not taken care of properly the left over moisture can turn into mold. Whether hidden in your walls or out in plain sight, mold only needs a little moisture and a dark space. A few things to keep in  mind when you find water some where it shouldn’t be in your home.

  • Clean water as quickly as possible
  • Use fans to dry the area
  • Dehumidify the room
  • Sanitize the area
  • Check all furniture in the area to make sure it is not damp as well.

When water creeps in make sure you know the proper way to handle it, this can keep you from spending more than needed. If you have a water issue and need help to ensure you don’t end up with mold growth call SERVPRO of Tacoma 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at 253-896-3000. We are here to help!

How is your Air Quality?

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Air Quality

When we think of pollution we think of the air outside, when we should also consider how dirty the air is inside. Indoor Air Quality refers to the air quality in and around your home. When you try to control indoor pollutants you can help reduce your risk of illness. Air quality can have major effects on people of all ages but children, elderly, and people with preexisting conditions are at high risk.

Some major pollutants in homes are:

  • Fuel burning appliances (gas stoves and heaters)
  • Tobacco products
  • Cleaning products
  • Central heating and cooling systems if not correctly maintained
  • Excess Moisture

Here are a couple options to help the air quality in your home or business:

  • Source Control
  • Improved Ventilation
  • Air Cleaners

By doing just a few of these things you can reduce risk of illness in your home or business. If you or someone you know needs Air Quality Testing done call us here at SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 and we can point you in the direction of some one to help you with it.

Commercial Floods

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded Conference Room

Flooding and water damage events in Tacoma commercial properties are often complicated with many issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a larger event, we work swiftly to assess the damages and isolate the area. More often than not, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Protect your kids from fires and burns

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Tips

Childproofing your home - Protect your kids from fires and burns

From a hot cup of coffee to boiling water on the stove, burns are a huge hazard in every home.  Burns are the most (especially hot water and liquids) are the most common accidents related to kids.  Here are a few ways to help avoid burn related accidents.

  • Always use the back burner on your stove when possible.
  • Keep an emergency aid kit close at hand in your home.
  • Install a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
  • Keep matches, lighters, candles and chemicals put away out of reach.
  • Put child safety plugs in your outlets.

For more information on childproofing your home check out these sites:

www.kidshealth.org (Burns Safety)

www.nsc.org (Emergency Fire Preparedness)

Your child's safety is important to us here at SERVPRO.  In the event of a fire or smoke damage keep in mind SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (253) 896-3000

BBQ Safety

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

BBQ fire was caused by a propane leak.

That time is here school is out, the sun is bright, and we are ready to be outside! After a long winter cooped up in your house, your ready to bust out the BBQ and have your friends and family over! Some don’t realize when hosting these events your increasing your chances of a housefire.

Here is a list of helpful hints to keep you and your guests safe this summer:

  • Make sure your grill is at least 3 feet away from other objects including your house, trees, fences, and outdoor furniture.
  • Remember starter fluid should only be used in charcoal grills not gas grills.
  • If you think your gas grill could have a leak, turn it off and fix it before use again.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill.

For more information check out these websites:

http://www.mbhinsurance.com/grilling-safety-reminders-for-your-summer-bbq/

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Outdoor-entertaining

If your summer event doesn’t turn out as planned, SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We pride ourselves in being on site within 4 hours of our first notice of the loss. For your fire restoration needs, contact us at 253-896-3000.

Smoking Safety

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

In the case of fire damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Tacoma- 253-896-3000

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that "smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, started an estimated 17,200 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2014. As the air gets dryer, it's important to remember that it's much easier to start fires than other times of the year. If you are a smoker, smoke responsibly and follow these smoking safety tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in the living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.

Put It Out

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out. Dousing them in water or sand is the best way to do that.

For more information, visit http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/smoking

Tacoma Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Be sure to call SERVPRO of Tacoma for your water restoration needs!

As residents of Washington, we know it doesn't matter the season- it's bound to rain. A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Tacoma basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 253-896-3000

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Tacoma and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 253-896-3000

Mold and Your Crawlspace

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Microbial growth needs three components to grow: organic materials, moisture, and heat. The crawlspace is subject to all three, making it vulnerable to mold growth, along with the location of the crawlspace.

Location, Location, Location

The location of the crawlspace plays a key factor in microbial growth. As it sits on top of the earth, moisture in the dirt may rise up to the subfloor and framing. These organic materials are a breeding ground for mold growth. Moisture typically evaporates, however, it gets trapped in the crawlspace. High humidity levels also encourage mold growth.

The crawlspace is also located beneath the home. If you have any water damage in the interior of the home, it is not uncommon for water to find its way into the crawlspace. It's standard for our technicians to check the crawlspace during a water damage event to remove any standing water, as well as non-salvageable, wet materials, such as insulation.

Combine the organic materials, any moisture from the earth or water damage, and high humidity, the crawlspace is susceptible to mold growth. 

For mold remediation services, call SERVPRO of Tacoma- 253-896-3000

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Tacoma will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow, toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces, or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backups

Sewer Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today- 253-896-3000

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner. 

SERVPRO of Tacoma will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic and masonry. Our highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents Cleaning

Are you in need of vandalism and graffiti cleanup services? Call SERVPRO of Tacoma today 253-896-3000.

Smoking Safety

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

In the case of fire damage in your home or business, call SERPVRO of Tacoma- 253-896-3000

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that "smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, started an estimated 17,200 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2014. As the air gets dryer, it's important to remember that it's much easier to start fires than other times of the year. If you are a smoker, smoke responsibly and follow these smoking safety tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in the living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.

Put It Out

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out. Dousing them in water or sand is the best way to do that.

For more information, visit http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/smoking

Aluminum Wiring in Your Home

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

As residents of Tacoma, we recently received a letter from the city of Tacoma fire department warning us about the effects of aluminum wire failure. Residences and buildings built or modified between 1965 and 1972 may potentially contain aluminum electrical wiring. Small aluminum wires are associated with an increased risk of fire. If your home was built or modified during this time, be sure to check for aluminum wiring in your home or business. The city of Tacoma has provided information on how to determine the presence of aluminum, signs of aluminum wiring failure, and how you can fix the problem.

Determining the Presence of Aluminum Wiring

The best way to determine whether or not your structure contains aluminum wiring is to have an electrical professional conduct an inspection. As an alternative if you have sheathed wire visible in unfinished basements, attics, or garages, you can perform a visual check of the plastic sheathing on the cables. The word aluminum or 'AL' may be written on one side of the wiring. After turning off power at your electrical box, you can also look at the exposed wires in outlets or switch boxes. The color of the aluminum wire is silver rather than copper.

Signs of Aluminum Wiring Failure

  • Hot electrical outlet faceplates
  • Unidentified smell of burning plastic
  • Flickering lights
  • Failed electrical circuits

How You Can Fix the Problem

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has researched the fire problem associated with aluminum wiring and recommends three permanent repairs:

  • Rewire the entire home
  • Professionally install COPALUM crimp connectors
  • Professionally install AlumiConn connectors

For more information or questions about aluminum wiring, please contact the Fire Prevention Division by calling 253-591-5740.

Outdoor Events

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Summer is here! It's the perfect time for outdoor parties, family get-togethers, and BBQ's. Something most of us don't consider is that outdoor events increase the risk of home fires according to the National Fire Protection Association. Luckily, they've provided us a list of tips to consider when hosting an outdoor event.

  • Have an adult present at all times when a portable fireplace is burning
  • Use sturdy candle holders that won't tip over easily
  • Keep anything that can burn, as well as children and pets, at least three feet away from open flames
  • Use battery-operated, flameless candles and solar-powered patio or tiki torches in place of an open flame

In the case your outdoor event doesn't go as planned, SERVPRO of Tacoma is ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We proud ourselves in being on site within 4 hours of our first notice of your loss. For your fire restoration needs, contact us at 253-896-3000.

For more information, visit the National Fire Protection Association website at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/wildfire-and-seasonal-fires/outdoor-entertaining

Pool Safety

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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.

SERVPRO of Tacoma Knows Deodorization

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke, and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fat, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to content and may result in periodically resurfacing odors. 

SERVPRO of Tacoma provides specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable items in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies, upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, and more.

We do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance. We seek out and remove the sources of the odor.

If you or someone you know suffers a fire damage- or some other accident- and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO of Tacoma. Whether it's fire, water or mold damage- or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away- we'll help make it "Like it never even happened."

Harmful Wastes DOs and DON'Ts

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Tacoma is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. In case of a biohazard, follow these DOs and DON'Ts:


DO



  • Stay out of affected areas

  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening

  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated


DON'T



  • Attempt cleanup of any kind

  • Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids


If you find yourself in need of biohazard, crime scene, or vandalism clean up, call SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000. We are faster to any size disaster and will ensure your property is back to its preloss condition. 

Understanding Mold

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet. 
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. 

If you find you have mold present, call SERVPRO of Tacoma. 253-896-3000

What to do When You Have Mold

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

For your mold remediation needs, contact SERVPRO of Tacoma. 253-896-3000

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Tacoma has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. 


If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider these DOs and DON'Ts until help arrives.


Do



  • Stay out of affected areas

  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans

  • Contact SERVPRO of Tacoma for mold remediation services


Don't



  • Touch or disturb the mold

  • Blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth

  • Attempt to dry the area yourself

  • Spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

What's Your Fire Plan?

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

In an emergency situation, like a building fire, every second counts. How quickly you respond could depend on how prepared you are before the emergency. Emergency planning and training directly influence the outcome of an emergency situation. Facilities with well-prepared tenants and well-developed plans are likely to incur less structural damage and fewer or less severe injuries.


When preparing a fire evacuation plan, it is important to designate multiple evacuation routes and exits. This ensures more than one way to exit the building, should an exit be blocked by fire. When choosing emergency exits, consider the following recommendations:



  • Exits should be clearly marked and well lit.

  • Exit routes should be wide enough to accommodate the number/volume of evacuation personnel.

  • Exit routes should remain unlocked and clear of debris at all times. 


If you prepare drawings that show evacuation routes and exits, post them prominently for everyone to see. Once an escape plan is created, it should be practiced to help familiarize everyone with emergency exit routes. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends practicing fire and emergency evacuations at least twice a year. It is important to talk to your local fire department, as local codes may required more frequent drills for various facilities. 


Fire Escape Safety Tips:



  • Make a plan- remember, every second counts

  • Practice your plan- make sure you, your staff, and/or your family are well-versed in escape routes from every area of your home or business. Practice leaving the property with your eyes closed, feeling your way out.

  • Leave immediately- don't stop for possessions or keepsakes. Exit as quickly as possible. If the smoke has already grown thick, crawl low and cover your mouth to avoid smoke inhalation.

  • Never open doors if they are hot to the touch- when you come to a closed door, use the back of your hand to see if the door is hot to the touch. If it appears the fire is on the other side of the door, leave it shut and find another escape route.

  • Designate and outside meeting place- designate a meeting location away from the building. Take attendance to ensure everyone is accounted for and safely evacuated. 

Spring Cleaning Tips

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Follow these spring cleaning tips to get you started!

Spring is here! It’s time to start cleaning out the closets and cleaning those hard to reach areas we look over throughout the year. Here are a few tips to get you started and to stay focused during your spring cleaning.

  • Always start from the top- as you clean higher items, like ceiling fan blades and top shelves on bookcases, you’ll knock down dust to a lower level. Cleaning from the top down will prevent soiling areas you have already cleaned.
  • Stay focused on the task at hand- when cleaning out a closet or drawer, it’s easy to get drawn in by old photo albums and keepsakes. Set aside time for the fond memories later; you’re on a mission!
  • Don’t be a pack rat- You don’t want to throw away precious keepsakes but try to limit junk laying around your home or office. If you haven’t used it in a year or two, throw it out!
  • Hit the hidden areas. We all avoid the dreaded hidden areas in our homes, but now is the time to face the dust bunnies!
  • Tackle the big projects first. It happens every year, we start with the best intensions to scrub our homes from top to bottom, but somewhere in the middle we run out of steam. Tackle the biggest projects first or you may never get to them.
  • Yard sale time! Don’t just chuck your unwanted items. Put them up for sale; you may be surprised to see what could bring in a few bucks.

If you find yourself overwhelmed, call the cleanup team that’s faster to any size disaster- SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000

Flooding DOs and DON'Ts

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Have a water damage emergency? Call 253-896-3000

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy, be careful!

What to Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

What NOT to Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don't use your television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceiling are sagging

Be Prepared for the Next Big One

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Safety is our goal at SERVPRO of Tacoma. Make it yours too and be prepared.

In July of 2015, The New Yorker posted an article relating to "The Big One"- a massive earthquake that is predicted to hit California, Oregon, and Washington. Unfortunately, these things are never planned. It's important to be prepared for emergency situations. To help, the American Red Cross has provided safety tips to follow during an earthquake. 


If you are inside when shaking starts:



  • Drop, cover and hold on.

  • If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.

  • Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.

  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and it is safe to exit. Use stairs to exit the building rather than an elevator. 

  • Be aware that fire alarms and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an earthquake, even if there is no fire. 


If you are outside when the shaking starts:



  • Find a clear spot away from buildings, power lines, trees and streetlights and drop to the ground until the shaking stops.

  • If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses, and power lines if possible. Stay inside with your seat belt fastened until the shaking stops. 

  • If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.

  • If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes. 


http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one


http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Are-You-Ready-for-the-Next-Big-One

Roof Leak Prevention

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Prevent your home from getting a roof leak with these easy steps!

It’s that time of year. The rainy season is among us and it’s the best, or worst, time to find out you have a roof leak. Luckily, there are steps you can take to prevent a roof leak, according to USA Roof Masters.

  • Tree branches that are touching or hovering over your roof/gutters should be trimmed.
  • Gutters should be clear from leaves, broken tree branches, and other types of debris.
  • Got hanging or loose gutters? Get them replaced or repaired right away. The purpose of a gutter is to prevent water from accumulating on the roof. A clogged gutter will stop the process of allowing water to flow and escape from the roof.
  • If you have any loose bricks, get them reset.
  • Get your chimney caulked. If you have a skylight, get that caulked as well.
  • Houses with attics should have plenty of ventilation and insulation- this will help prevent leaks.
  • Replace missing shingles. If you have patches on your roof with multiple colors, that’s a sign your roof has missing shingles. You should also consider replacing loose or cracked shingles.

If you notice you have a roof leak, causing water damage in your home, SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help! Call us today 253-896-3000.

http://usaroofmasters.com/7-tips-to-prevent-roof-leaks/

Fire Damage and Your Business

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your place of business? Call us today!

The leading causes of fire in a business includes cooking equipment, electrical, and heating units. No matter how the fire started, a feeling of concern about business closures, employee safety and equipment replacement seems to follow. After calling the Fire Department to put out the fire, who do you call to clean up the damage cause by the fire?


To you, it’s more than just a business- it’s your livelihood. Business closures due to a fire damage don’t just affect the business owner. It affects the employees, their families and the community. SERVPRO of Tacoma professionals understand the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern related to handling fire damage. Their priority is to help you regain control and get your doors open again. Within eight business hours of arriving at your facility, SERVPRO of Tacoma will discuss the extent of the damage and the steps we will take to help restore your building, equipment and furniture. Responding quickly to a fire damage can save your company money, reduce more extensive damage and shorten the length of down time.


Armed with industry-approved equipment and expertise, SERVPRO of Tacoma will make every effort to restore your business to preloss condition when possible. We use the latest equipment, products and processes to properly remove smoke, soot and fire damage from walls and flooring and restore furniture and equipment. We are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you get your business back in business.


SERVPRO of Tacoma specialists are trained in the cleanup and care of your business and equipment following the fire incident. Before attempting to clean up the fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000.

Biohazardous Water Damage

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Any water damage in your home is bad. Especially when the water contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect the health of your family and the value of your home. Toilet over-flows, sewage backups and other dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes; these biohazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a home, as well as the moisture necessary to support their growth.

A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for black water intrusions. SERVPRO of Tacoma specialists 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
  • Perform emergency water extraction
  • Move and block furniture
  • Provide floor service
  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide service
  • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/deodorization)
  • Utilize drying equipment and monitor drying
  • Dispose of refuse

SERVPRO of Tacoma understands how disruptive black water damages can be for your entire family. For this reason, we offer 24-hour emergency response and under normal circumstances, will have trained, uniformed technician on-site of a water damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Tacoma can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing and protecting your home and belongings. We abide by OSHA guidelines and all applicable health regulations when removing moisture, sewage, and contaminants, disinfecting and deodorizing as they safely clean your home and restore belongings.

Before you risk your health by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call SERVPRO of Tacoma, your water damage cleanup and restoration experts at 253-896-3000.

Spring is Just Around the Corner!

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Get ready to start your spring cleaning with SERVPRO of Tacoma!

The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. Spring is in the air, but you can’t shake those winter blues! Spruce up your home or business with a deep cleaning.

Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our environment and get a head start on the hectic season of spring and summer. SERVPRO of Tacoma can help. Our specialists are trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications. Other services include: upholstery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, odor identification and deodorization.

A clean environment is a healthy environment. Improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, don’t worry, SERVPRO of Tacoma has all of the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time. Give us a call at 253-896-3000.

Prevent Your Basement from Flooding

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

A few tips to keep your basement from flooding!

Bob Vila, television show host from This Old House, shares 7 steps to prevent a flooded basement on his official website. 


Gutters & Downspouts- Keep gutters free of debris and position downspouts away from the foundation . The goal is to drain storm water at least three feet away, so if necessary, consider running extension cords through troughs.


Foundation Cracks- Inspect the exterior foundation and your basement's walls and floors. Use epoxy to fill any foundation cracks and if warning signs are detected, apply masonry sealer indoors.


Sump Pumps- If you have a below-grade sump pump, check to make sure it's well is free of debris. If you have a portable pump, position it in the lowest part of the basement and be sure it's connected to a power source.


Sewer & Septics- If you haven't had your sewer inspected or your septic tank cleaned, spring is a good time to address these concerns. During periods of prolonged, heavy rainfall, clogged sewers and over-taxed septics are disasters waiting to happen.


Window Well Covers- If you have below-grade basement windows, install window well covers that will fasten securely to your home's foundation. Clear acrylic covers allow light to enter, even as they keep out rain, leaves, and pests.


Generators- Remember, a sump pump only works if you have power. If you live in an area plagued with frequent storms and power outages, a generator may be a long-term investment worth considering.


Insurance- Review your property insurance policy and consider additional coverage, especially if you have  a finished basement. usually, homeowner's insurance does not cover flooding or sewer backups. 


For all your water damage needs, contact SERVPRO of Tacoma. 253-896-3000.


http://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/7-steps-to-avoid-a-flooded-basement-44256/septic-tank-cleaning

National Ladder Safety Month!

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

March has been named National Ladder Safety Month by the American Ladder Institute. As we begin our spring home improvement projects, it is important to keep these ladder safety tips in mind, provided by the American Ladder Institute.



  • If you feel tired or dizzy, or are prone to losing your balance, stay off the ladder

  • Do not use ladders in high winds or storms.

  • Wear clean slip-resistant shoes. Shoes with leather soles are not appropriate for ladder use since they are not considered sufficiently slip resistant.

  • Ladders with loose or missing parts must be rejected. Rickety ladders that sway or lean to the side must be rejected.

  • The ladder you select must be the right size for the job.

  • The Duty Rating of the ladder must be greater than the total weight of the climber, tools, supplies, and other objects placed upon the ladder. The length of the ladder must be sufficient so that the climber does not have to stand on the top rung or step.

  • When the ladder is set-up for us, it must be placed on firm level ground and without any type of slippery condition present at either the base or top support points.

  • Only one person at a time is permitted on a ladder unless the ladder is specifically designed for more than one climber.

  • Ladders must not be placed in front of closed doors that can open toward the ladder. The door must be blocked open, locked, or guarded.

  • Read the safety information labels on the ladder. The on-product safety information is specific to the particular type of ladder on which it appears. The climber is not considered qualified or adequately trained to use the ladder until familiar with this information.


As you begin your spring home repairs or remodels, please remember these ladder safety tips!


http://www.americanladderinstitute.org/?page=BasicLadderSafety

Electrical Safety Month

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

It's time to check for electrical hazards in your home. Follow these easy steps to ensure your home is safe.

February is National Electrical Safety Month! It’s time to inspect your home for potential hazards. NOVEC, an electric distribution company based out of Northern Virginia, gives us these home electrical safety tips to keep our homes and families safe.

  • Check electric cords often for damage. Have damaged cords repaired right away. Worn cords can cause shock, short circuit, or fire
  • Pull the plastic housing of the electric plug to take it out of the wall socket, never pull on the cord
  • Do not overload electric outlets with too many items plugged in at once
  • Water and electricity do not mix. Do not operate electric appliances such as radios or hair dryers near a bathtub of sink full of water
  • Never stick your fingers, toys, or anything except electic plugs into electric outlets
  • Unplug any appliance that emits sparks or that does not work properly
  • Always unplug an appliance before cleaning or repairing it
  • Always unplug the toaster or other appliance when removing a piece of stuck food
  • Remember that at turned-off appliance is still connected to electricity until it is unplugged
  • Limit use of extension cords. Make sure the cord is the appropriate size for use. Some appliances or equipment required heavy-duty cords

In case of an electrical fire, call SERVPRO of Tacoma for your cleaning needs. 253-896-3000

https://www.novec.com/Safety/HomeElectricalSafety.cfm

Beware of Mold

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Call us for your mold remediation needs! 253-896-3000

Intrusion of water in your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.


Concerns are more likely to arise for “at risk” people, which might include immune suppressed or compromised individuals, infants and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals with chronic inflammatory lung disease such as asthma and sever allergies. However, anyone may experience health problems associated with exposure to mold in damp buildings. Possible health effects include runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat, or inflammation of the sinuses.


If you think you might have a mold problem call us at 253-896-3000. SERVPRO of Tacoma cares about proper restoration of your structure. In most water damage situations, excessive mold growth is not a problem and we can safely restore your building to preloss conditions “Like it never even happened.”

Winter is Coming!!!

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these tips to avoid pipe bursts and puff backs this winter!

Cooler temperatures, morning frost, rain, and snow fall tell us winter has begun. Not only must we prepare for these changes ourselves, it’s important to prepare our homes for winter weather as well. Pipe bursts and puff backs can occur without the proper precautions. In order to get ahead, here is a list of preventative methods for losses that occur most during the winter.

Frozen Pipes

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. To prevent burst pipes and prepare for winter weather, follow these easy steps:

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off.” Then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.

Puff Backs

A puff back is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, covering the inside of your home in grimy soot, or a puff back can leak soot particles more gradually. Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff backs.

  • Keep your oil heating system free of dust
  • Inspect and service your heating system yearly

In case of water damage or damage caused by a puff back, SERVPRO of Tacoma is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

Prepare your business and your customers for winter by following these steps!

Cooler temperatures, morning frost, rain, and snow fall tell us winter has begun. Not only must we prepare for these change ourselves, it’s important to prepare our businesses as well. Water damage seem to occur at the most inconvenient times, as does the flu. Follow these steps to prepare your business for winter weather.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous area. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Help prevent the spread of flu germs. Businesses can depend on SERVPRO of Tacoma to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces, and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants.

For all of your winter weather needs, SERVPRO of Tacoma is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

Safety Tips for Using a Turkey Fryer

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these tips when using a turkey fryer, if you so choose!

As delicious as a fried turkey may be, the method of cooking can be very dangerous. Using a turkey fryer should be avoided at all costs. There are many concerns surrounding a turkey fryer including burns and fire hazard. If you choose to use a turkey fryer during the holidays, Allstate Insurance has compiled a list of cooking tips when using a fryer. 

  • Keep fryer in full view while burner is on.
  • Place fryer in an open area away from all walls, fences, or other structures.
  • Never use in, on, or under a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or any structure that can catch fire.
  • Raise and lower food slowly to reduce splatter and avoid burns.
  • Cover bare skin when adding or removing food.
  • Check the oil temperature frequently.
  • If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn gas supply off.
  • If a fire occurs, immediately call 911. Do not attempt to extinguish fire with water.

In the event of a fire, call SERVPRO of Tacoma for your fire restoration needs. We are available 24/7, 7 days a week. 253-896-3000.

https://www.allstate.com/resources/allstate/attachments/tools-and-resources/pz-holiday-cooking-safety-tips-nov-2013.pdf

Holiday Fire Safety

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

This holiday season, SERVPRO of Tacoma is making safety our first priority. Make it yours too!

During the holiday season, it's easy to get distracted while in the kitchen. It's important to keep safety your first priority. Allstate Insurance and Liberty Mutual Insurance has compiled a list of safety tips to follow during this holiday season.

  • Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking. Most fires in the kitchen occur because food is left unattended.
  • Keep the cooking range free of clutter such as oven mitts, food packaging, and decorations. Even though you have myriad dishes to prepare, don't overload a cook top with too many pots and pans. Trying to cook all your dishes at once could cause grease to accidentally spill onto a range top and cause a fire.
  • Grease can ignite quickly, so be sure to wipe the stove top and oven before cooking to remove previous grease spills or splatters.
  • Never throw water on a grease fire, it's best to smother the fire by pl;acing a lid on the pan.
  • Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid handy while cooking. If a small fire starts in a pan on the stove, put on a flame-resistant oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Don't remove the lid until the food has cooled.
  • When removing lids on hot pans, tilt them away from you to protect your face and hands from steam. If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing.
  • Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Long, open sleeves could ignite and catch fire from a gas flame or a hot burner. Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. If you have long hair, be sure to tie it back.
  • Keep smoke alarms connected while cooking. Smoke alarms can save lives. Make sure smoke alarms are installed and working.
  • Unplug small appliances that aren't in use. Not only will you save the energy, but you will also avoid the potential dangers if they were to be turned on accidentally.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it. Make sure the fire extinguisher is UL listed and rated for grease and electrical fires.
  • Never put a glass casserole dish or lid on the stove burner; if it gets too hot it could crack or shatter.
  • Establish a "kid free" zone of 3 feet around the stove and use the back burner first.
  • Never hold a child on your hip while cooking as it greatly increases the likelihood for burns.
  • Turkey fryers should be avoided, as they can be extremely dangerous.

If you have fire damage, call SERVPRO of Tacoma for your fire restoration needs. 253-896-3000

https://www.allstate.com/resources/allstate/attachments/tools-and-resources/pz-holiday-cooking-safety-tips-nov-2013.pdf

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/342203271656096941/

 

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

This Thanksgiving, stay safe when cooking by following these safety tips provided by the National Fire Prevention Association:



  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey to check on it frequently.

  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.

  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns.

  • Keep the floor clear so you don't trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks, or bags.

  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.

  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.

  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children- up high in a locked cabinet.

  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.


This time of year, kitchen safety is SERVPRO of Tacoma's main priority. Let it be yours too!


http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/wildfire-and-seasonal-fires/thanksgiving-safety

Clean Homes Sell Faster

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Tacoma for your home cleaning needs!

Looking to sell your home? It is a fact: A clean, fresh smelling home will sell faster. Veteran realtors will encourage you to keep your home in top condition for very important reasons including increased market value. SERVPRO of Tacoma offers a variety of services to help revive your home to top show condition including carpet and upholstery cleaning, ceiling, wall, and hard floor cleaning, deodorization, and mold mitigation and remediation.

One problem many homeowners come across when selling their home is mold. Molds are found in every environment and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, causing public  health problems. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems. leading to mold growth. It is especially important to clean up existing indoor mold growth to increase property appeal and retain its value. If a property has experienced a water intrusion, SERVPRO of Tacoma can inspect the damage to see whether moisture has penetrated materials or is allowing mold growth. 

Prior to listing your property, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth. Should a water damage event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage- act within the first 24 to 48 hours.

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials
  • Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work
  • Install a ventilation system

As a home owner looking to sell your home, you may have trouble spots to address before you list or schedule a home inspection. Whether the problem is a water stain on a hardwood floor or a mildew smell in the basement, rest assured that SERVPRO of Tacoma can get your home in top show conditions and ready to sell. When you decide to sell your home, call us for cleaning and restoration services that will help showcase your property to potential buyers. 253-896-3000.

Fire and Smoke Damage DOs and DON'Ts

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your property? Follow these DOs and DON'Ts until help arrives!

A home or business fire is stressful and inconvenient for all who are involved. As a homeowner or business owner, knowing what to do in the case of a fire may be foreign to you. These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper actions until SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration.

DO

  • Limit movement in the home or business to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and  turbs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Chance HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to sstop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system

DON'T

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Tacoma
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Tacoma
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water (they may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

When fire damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Tacoma will help you take it back. Call us at 253-896-3000 for your fire damage needs.

Tacoma 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tacoma is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today 253-896-3000

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Tacoma has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration- in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representatives will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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, rst assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Meet our crew! http://www.SERVPROtacoma.com/employee-photos

Vandalism DOs and DON'Ts

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

Vandalism to your private or business property can be disheartening and even dangerous. As a homeowner or business owner, knowing what to do in the case of vandalism to your property may be foreign to you. These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper actions until SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives. Please follow these dos and don’ts to help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration.

DO

  • Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible
  • Vacuum glass particles from carpets or upholstery
  • Save containers which reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints

DON'Ts

  • Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains
  • Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
  • Discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces from porcelain, furniture, or art objects.

In the case that you experience vandalism to your property, call SERVPRO of Tacoma for your cleaning needs. We will restore your property to pre-loss conditions “Like it never even happened.” 253-896-3000.

Mold Remediation

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Tacoma for your mold remediation needs!

SERVPRO of Tacoma handles water damages every day and knows prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity

If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair property.

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 Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional.

If you think you might have a mold problem, SERVPRO of Tacoma professionals are trained in mold remediation and will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. Call us at 253-896-3000!

What to do Before, During, and After a Power Outage

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Stay safe this season by following these tips to know what to do before, during, and after a power outage!

We’re more vulnerable to power outages this time of year because of new growth and leaves that are still on the trees, which can pull branches down. Ready, a national public service advertising campaign, gives us these tips to follow before, during, and after a power outage.

Before

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternate charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
  • Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps,. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state’s or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device, determine a back-up plan.

During

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location that has heat to keep warm.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
  • If you are considering purchasing a generator for you home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system.

After

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • If food in the freezer is colder than 40 degree Fahrenheit and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it
  • Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled.
  • Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods, and other supplies.

https://www.ready.gov/power-outages

SERVPRO of Tacoma’s main priority this season is safety. For any water or fire damage needs, feel free to call us at 253-896-3000.

IICRC Certified Firm

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tacoma is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

When Storms or Floods hit Tacoma, SERVPRO is Ready!

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tacoma is faster to any size disaster and specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Tacoma professionals specialize in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Tacoma, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 253-896-3000

Prevent Your Home From Fires This Halloween

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these steps to prevent a fire from occurring in your home this Halloween!

Halloween is a time for tricks and treats, but it's also a time to be cautious about fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), decorations are the first thing to ignite in more than 1,000 reported home fires each year. Here are a few things you can do this Halloween to prevent fires in your home from NFPA and the American Red Cross.

  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. 
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways, and yards. 
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
  • When using a real candle to light your jack-o-lantern, make sure the candle gets blown out when you can't monitor it, especially when you leave your home.
  • Always remember to turn off any running electric appliances before you leave home, blow out candles, and unplug fire hazards, such as lights, that might get too hot.

https://www.army.mil/e2/c/downloads/328439.pdf

http://redcrosschat.org/2015/11/04/hidden-dangers-halloween-decorations/

In the event of a fire, contact SERVPRO of Tacoma for your fire damage needs. We can be reached 24/7 at 253-896-3000.

Tacoma Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO Tacoma will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 253-896-3000

Contaminated Water Damage DOs and DON'Ts

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Act fast when water damage occurs to steer clear of possible health effects.

Any water damage is disruptive, especially when the water contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect the health of your family and the value of your home. Toilet overflows, sewage backups, and other dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes; these biohazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a home. As a homeowner, knowing what to do in the case of contaminated water damage in your home may be foreign to you. These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper action until SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DOs

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON'Ts

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry affected materials and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

About SERVPRO of Tacoma

SERVPRO of Tacoma specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

If you find your business in need of water or fire restoration, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Tacoma.

Water Damage DOs and DON'Ts

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these DOs and DON'Ts if you have a washing machine overflow in your home.

Any water damage is disruptive and often overwhelming. These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper actions until SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DOs

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water sources.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON'Ts

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazard may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If you experience water damage in your home or place of business, call SERVPRO of Tacoma. We are faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

Restoring your Commercial Property after a Water damage Event

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water events affecting Tacoma commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable, quick, and flexible response.  Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area.  In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

About SERVPRO of Tacoma

SERVPRO of Tacoma specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

If you find your business in need of water or fire restoration, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Tacoma

Faster to your Tacoma Water Damage Event

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Tacoma to take care of flooding due to toilet breaks!

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.

Hot Water Heater Maintenance

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

Don't forget to check your hot water heater!

Many households and businesses forget about hot water heater maintenance until it's too late. Learning ways to maintain your water heater before a water damage event is important. This Old House Magazine published an article written by lance Marques, HVAC contractor, Swezey Fuel Co., sharing 6 easy tips to maintain your hot water heater.

·         Test the TPR Valve

·         Check the Anode Rod

·         Drain the tank and wash out sediment

·         Adjust the temperature

·         Insulate the pipes

·         Insulate the heater

If you are noticing water damage around your hot water heater, call SERVPRO of Tacoma. Our professional technicians specialize in quickly and properly inspecting the water damage, drying out the damp areas, and monitoring and documenting the whole drying process.

Be sure to notify SERVPRO of Tacoma West if you have water damage as soon as possible. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration costs.

To read more on how to maintain a water heater, visit:

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20351985,00.html

Wildfires

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

Summer of 2015 was one of the most severe wildfire seasons in the history of the Pacific Northwest. The US Forest Service reported and detailed over 3,800 wildfires within Washington and Oregon which burned more than 1.6 million acres. Wildfires cause more than just burnt forests; the fires also cause poor air quality and smoke damage to structural buildings.


Smoke damage can cause a pervasive odor and the need for a deep-clean of soot from upholstery and carpet if the structure is nearby a wildfire. The professional team comprised of specialized trained technicians at SERVPRO of Tacoma respond quickly to disasters. Our technicians can clean upholstery and fabrics, eliminate odors, and restore your business or home to pre-fire condition.


As the 2016 wildfire season begins, the team at SERVPRO of Tacoma support the US Forest Service and its many firefighters in an effort to prevent structural building losses and wish everyone a safe, summer.


To read more on the 2015 Fire Season, visit:


http://www.wfmrda.nwcg.gov/docs/_Reference_Materials/2015_Timeline_PNW_Season_FINAL.pdf


Statistical data provided by:


http://wildfiretoday.com/2016/02/14/review-of-the-2015-wildfire-season-in-the-northwest/

Firework Safety

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

Fourth of July weekend is a fun time of year as we celebrate our Nation’s Independence. According to the Washington State Patrol, in 2015 there were 481 fireworks- related emergencies in Washington. In an effort to promote injury and fire prevention, here are some recommended safety tips provided by the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

·         Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.

·         Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

·         Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

Keep your home and family safe this Fourth of July. From all of us at SERVPRO of Tacoma / University Place / Lakewood, have a safe and Happy Fourth of July weekend.

To read more tips on fire safety, visit:

http://www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips

http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/statistics.htm

Summer projects and unforeseen risks.

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

Fall, winter, and spring are over and now it is time to start working on summer projects around the home. Washington Utility Notification Center reminds us to call before you dig in the ground; however, many of us forget when working on repairing the home or business to consider where utilities lie within the walls, under flooring, and possibly in the ceiling.

Creating the smallest hole in a water pipe or a tiny water leak can cause a lot of damage to the structure’s walls, insulation, flooring, and ceiling. When it is discovered water damage is occurring, first turn off the water supply immediately, and then call SERVPRO of Tacoma. The professional, highly trained technicians are ready to respond quickly with water extraction equipment, removing water as quickly as possible, and restoring your home or business properly while monitoring and documenting the drying process.

To read more about Washington’s Utility Notification Center, visit:

http://www.callbeforeyoudig.org/washington/

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