Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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!

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/

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.

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."

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/

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

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.

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!

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

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

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

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.

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