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Tips for Making a Fire Claim

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

A fire in your home Tacoma home can leave you with a million thoughts running through your mind. The fire restoration process is fairly straightforward, but you want to make sure to do everything in the right order so that you get the most money you can when you file your insurance claim. Here are some tips for how to handle the process well.

  1. Make Your Calls

One of the first things you should do is make the right calls. The company that carries your fire insurance needs to know about the damage to your home, as quickly as possible. It is also advisable to call fire remediation specialists. The sooner they can arrive on the scene, the better, particularly if you need emergency cleanup to prevent secondary damage. They can also help you itemize costs, which may be helpful when filing your claim.

  1. Secure Your Home

The insurance adjuster will likely check to make sure you have taken the correct measures to protect your home from further damage. The more damage your house sustains, the more it costs to fix it. If you do not board up windows and doors, or if you leave holes in your roof or skylights open, the insurance company may not cover part of the damages as this looks like neglect of the property.

  1. Leave Damage Alone

It may seem counterintuitive to delay the beginning of the fire restoration process until professional help arrives, but that's exactly what you need to do. Any smoke cleaning you do may cause more damage. If it doesn't, it can still hurt your chances of getting a full settlement, because the insurance company is not going to pay for damage the adjuster doesn't see. No damage remediation should begin until the entire area has been photographed and documented.

A large part of filing a claim is knowing how to prove the damage. By following these three tips, you can increase the likelihood of getting a settlement with your insurance company that covers most, if not all, of the fire restoration services you require.

How To Save Books and Documents From Water Damage

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

When your home has been hit by flooding or other water damage, your family documents, treasured diaries, and other important books and papers can be a risk. The moisture and humidity can cause some damage. What can you do to prevent further damage? How should you handle document restoration?

Identify the Extent of the Damage

The first step is to identify the type of damage your papers, documents, and books have suffered. For the best treatment results, you need to identify how much water you'll be dealing with:

  • High Moisture Content: High humidity or a light sprinkling of water through an open window could cause pages to curl or become discolored. Without attention, mold could develop in affected areas.
  • Absorbed Water: A leaky window near a bookshelf or a stream of water from an upstairs room into a lower study could expose books and documents to damage within the very fibers of the papers.
  • Submerged Items: Flooding is a cause of serious damages. Water gets between all the pages and works its way through entire storage boxes or file cabinets. In some cases, writing becomes so blurred that documents are no longer readable.

Contact a Professional

As soon as you can safely do so, contact a professional to dry and restore important documents and treasured papers. SERVPRO provides document restoration within their own facilities. By handling document drying internally, costs can be kept lower, and quality can be monitored directly.

Inventory Affected Books and Documents

While you wait for drying and restoration professionals to arrive, resist the urge to move papers around. When documents are wet, they are at their most fragile state. In some cases, those papers may have been exposed to toxic materials. Instead of moving books and documents, make a list of the documents that have been affected (to the best of your ability without moving them.) It's helpful to know if there are birth certificates, family histories, or financial records in the stack.

Document restoration is a delicate process, but SERVPRO professionals in Tacoma, WA, have the training and tools necessary to do the job well. The best time to contact them is before further damages are done.

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Staying safe from Carbon Monoxide is so important. Carbon Monoxide is a clear odorless gas that can result badly if inhaled. Knowing what to do if you suspect it, how to prevent it and knowing symptoms of monoxide poisoning can really help. If you suspect a leak IMMEDIATELY move to fresh air. Here is a list of symptoms caused by poisoning:

  • A dull headache
  • Weakness/Dizziness
  • Nauseous/Vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of conscious ness

Below are some tips to you keep you and your family safe from Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

  1. Never use gas range or oven to heat a home
  2. Never leave a running vehicle in an enclosed or even partially closed area.
  3. Never use any gas-powered engine inside your home, basement, or garage.
  4. When using a generator, use a battery powered detector in your home

Us at SERVPRO of Tacoma like to help keep our customers a little safer and informed. If you have any more questions or concerns. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/co/default.htm

Your homes pool safety!

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Warm weather brings lots of join to many people. Warm weather means beaches and pools! Pool safety can be a really big deal. Let's go over some things that can help you and your family be safe and still have fun with your pool this summer.

  • Teach your children basic water safety tips/enroll them in swimming lessons
  • Keep them away from pool drains and other opening.
  • Keep things like first aid kit, flotation devices, and pool covers nearby.
  • Don't rely on fun water toys like noodles, and water wings.
  • Share safety instructions with all of your family.
  • Install door alarms so if someone goes outside near the pool someone can be alerted

It's important that you’re prepared and knowledgeable of the dangers. Following as many of these water safety steps as possible is a good way to assure a great experience.

Why SERVPRO of Tacoma

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

About SERVPRO®

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

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

Call us any time at
253-896-3000

How to Prevent Fire Damage from Grills

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

Summer is upon us here in the Tacoma, WA!

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

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

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

How to Secure Your Home While On Summer Vacation

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

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

1. Get an Alarm System

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

2. Take Care of Your Mail

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

3. Double-Check Before You Leave

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

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

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

5. Simulate Normal Light and Sound Patterns Using Timers

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

SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help!

Contact us 24/7 (253) 896-3000

Certified experts in Water and Fire Restoration

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

SERVPROXIDE Disinfects and Sanitizes!

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

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

Should you file a Water Damage claim?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

What to Know Before Filing a Claim

  1. What Perils Are Covered in Your Policy? 

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

  1. What is Your Deductible? 

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

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

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

SERVPRO Clean

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro Let SERVPRO service all your needs.

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

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

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

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

The SERVPRO Advantage

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Theres no one better then SERVPRO!

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

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

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Dealing with COVID-19

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Workplace Specific Health Strategies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO SodaBlasts

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

SERVPROs greatest asset

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

1.   Several Franchise Locations

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

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

3. Industry-Leading Standards

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

SERVPRO of Tacoma: Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

IICRC Training and Certification

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

Employee Certification Training

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

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

SERVPRO of Tacoma 253-896-3000

Do you know who to call in for a disaster?

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

7 TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING PIPES

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Call SERVPRO® of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 today to get help with all your restoration needs. We specialize in water, fire, mold & bio-hazard cleanup. 

Water Damage Timeline

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Tacoma provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 253-896-3000

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Tacoma

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

Spring Cleaning 2019!

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

7 Reasons to call a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO® of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 to get help with your restoration needs today!

7 Reasons to call a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional:

  1. 24 Hour Emergency Response:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals work to exceed customer expectations. We respond to emergency losses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  1. Communication:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals keep you informed from start to finish.

  1. Reduce Recovery Time:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help you minimize interruption. 

  1. Lower Recovery Costs:

The SERVPRO® System helps you save money.

  1. Home Emergency Kit:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help you plan before disaster strikes.

  1. Full Line of Services:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help to solve your cleanup needs.

  1. A Leader in Storm Response:

Help when you need it the most.

Call SERVPRO® of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 today to get help with all your restoration needs. We specialize in water, fire, mold & bio-hazard cleanup. 

Faster to your Tacoma Water Damage Event

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 for your restoration needs today!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Tacoma provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 253-896-3000

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Tacoma

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

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 for your restoration needs today!

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of Tacoma will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes. 

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve blood borne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint power and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood and bodily fluids

For more information, call SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000.

SERVPRO® of Tacoma is Faster to Any Size Disaster

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Our large fleet is ready to make your water/fire loss "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals understand that no damage is too small when it comes to your home.

Your home is truly a reflection of you, your tastes and your personality. Suffering damages to your home can feel like a part of you has been damaged as well. We recognize a loss can make you feel vulnerable, invaded or robbed of part of your life. Your loss is unique – in how it started, the emotions experienced and the extent of the damage.

When damage affects your home, you want it to be restored to preloss condition. You cannot afford to let the marketability of your home be affected. That is why SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have professionally restored property for over 39 years.

SERVPRO® is the trusted choice for hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, because they know SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have the experience to do the job right.

  • Recognized Industry Leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration
  • SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals Serving America Since 1967
  • Over 1,400 Locations Nationwide
  • IICRC* Approved School for 5 Cleaning and Restoration Categories:
    • Fire
    • Water
    • Carpet
    • Upholstery
    • ASD (Applied Structural Drying)

*Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Please do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO® of Tacoma for any of your water, fire or cleaning restoration needs. We are a full-service franchise – we work to dry out your home and restore it to its previous condition. Contact us at 253-896-3000 to inquire about our services.

Faster to your Tacoma Water Damage Event

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Tacoma to take care of flooding due to toilet breaks!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Tacoma provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 253-896-3000

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Tacoma

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