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First Aid in your business

6/11/2022 (Permalink)

Keeping your employee's safe is one of the most important things you can do for your business. SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to give some helpful facts and tips to help that.

Do you know the 5 major area's of First Aid?

Major Injury or Trauma

Minor Injury (Such as a cut)

Eyecare

Employee Comfort (cold relief, allergy, headache relief)

Burn care

ANSI (The American National Standard Institute) provides a list of non-mandatory minimum requirements for workplace first aid kits. Keeping up with these may prevent larger/extensive injury's in your work place.

First aid supplies should be put in an easily accessible area, that doesn't require you to travel through many doorways, halls, or stairs. You should increase your first aid stock if your company size increases in employees.

Inspecting your first aid kit periodically would help with noticing low stock or expired supplies.

Thank you for trusting for SERVPRO of Tacoma!

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  Test your system by running it for a while to make sure it’s working properly, check any old or out of date parts that might need replacing.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!

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.

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. 

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

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." 

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.

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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