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Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

3 Ways to Avoid Water Damage in Your Home

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

1. Inspect Appliance Connections and Hoses Often

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

2. Watch for Warning Signs in Your Plumbing

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

3. Check Basements and Crawlspaces

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

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

What to Look for to Prevent Water Damage

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Preventing Basement Water Damage By Knowing the Signs

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

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

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

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

Streamlining Recovery After a Pipe Bursts in the Home

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We Have The Right Equipment For Your Water Damage

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Common Causes of Water Damage

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

laundry room flood Prevent appliance leaks before they happen.

What are the Causes of Water Damage?

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

Leaking or Burst Pipes

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

Plumbing Issues

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

Old or Worn Household Appliances

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

HVAC Units

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

Sewage Backups

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

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

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

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

Water Mitigation Equipment

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Equipment Centrifugal Air Movers

AXIAL AIR MOVERS

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

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

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

CENTRIFUGAL AIR MOVERS

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

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

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

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

Water Categories & Why they're so Important

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

water graphic Know your Water!

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

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

Category One: Clear Water

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

Category Two: Gray Water 

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

Category Three: Black Water

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

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

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

5/2/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Sanitary Water-Clear

DO:

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

DON'T:

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

Contaminated Water-Gray, Black or Sewage

DO:

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

DON'T:

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

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

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

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Rely On SERVPRO For Your Sewage Cleanup

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Cleaning Sewage Yourself Is Not A Smart Decision

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

Time And Money

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

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

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

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

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What Happens After the Leak?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

A few things to keep in mind

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

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

Top 5 Water Damage Issues in Homes

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Tacoma 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today 253-896-3000

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

What to Expect

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

Our SERVPRO Representatives will ask several questions:

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

About SERVPRO of Tacoma

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

Summer Projects and Unforeseen Risks

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Hot Water Heater Maintenance

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Identifying & Treating Unseen Water Damage

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Will Hide From You.

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

This water leaked under the wall to the other room.

One of our customers had a toilet leak that went into the hallway.  She didn’t think it went under wall into the bedroom, because the carpet felt dry.  Boy was she surprised!  Our technicians came in with our moisture meters and were able to show her that the water did in fact travel under the wall and affect the carpet, pad and subfloor in one of her bedrooms. 

Water will hide from you, it can seep under areas that are hard to see with the human eye or feel by touch.  If your home has a water leak or flood, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of TacomaCall us at 253-896-3000 any time of the day, any day of the week.  Our technicians will be there to help.

Top 5 Water Damage Issues in Homes

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water wicked up this wall after a pipe burst.

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

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

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

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

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

What happens after the leak?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

A few things to keep in mind

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

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

Tacoma 24-Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What to Expect

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

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

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

About SERVPRO of Tacoma 

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

Unseen Water Causes the Most Damage

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Remember, water damage can go deeper than the surface. Make sure to call your SERVPRO of Tacoma professionals for your water damage needs!

There's no such thing as a small disaster- especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time. Instead of trusting untrained eyes, help ensure the value of your property by calling SERVPRO of Tacoma.


Our technicians are trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures:



  • Identify the source/type of water

  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis

  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises for hidden moisture

  • Perform emergency water extraction

  • Move and block furniture and contents

  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide services

  • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/deodorization)

  • Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment

  • Dispose of refuse


SERVPRO of Tacoma has the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages set in. To stop leaks from becoming a big problem, dial 253-896-3000.

Tacoma 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

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

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today 253-896-3000

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

What to Expect

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

Our SERVPRO Representatives will ask several questions:

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

About SERVPRO of Tacoma

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

Meet our crew! http://www.SERVPROtacoma.com/employee-photos

Water Damage DOs and DON'Ts

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these DOs and DON'Ts if you have a washing machine overflow in your home.

Any water damage is disruptive and often overwhelming. These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper actions until SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DOs

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water sources.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON'Ts

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazard may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If you experience water damage in your home or place of business, call SERVPRO of Tacoma. We are faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

Hot Water Heater Maintenance

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

Don't forget to check your hot water heater!

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

·         Test the TPR Valve

·         Check the Anode Rod

·         Drain the tank and wash out sediment

·         Adjust the temperature

·         Insulate the pipes

·         Insulate the heater

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

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

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

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

Summer projects and unforeseen risks.

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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