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Tips for Commercial Roof Upkeep

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

You rely on your roof to protect your business, but your roof relies on you to protect it from the hazards of the elements in Puyallup, WA, with proper commercial roof upkeep, maintenance, and repair. You can spring a roof leak just from weathering over time, or from wind damage. Here are just a few tips to keep your roof watertight, intact, and ready to stand up to anything:

* Create a repair plan. Your first step in roof upkeep is to have a repair plan before the first roof leak happens. Don’t get caught off guard. Ensure you have the numbers for your insurance company and repair technicians on hand, and have any materials needed in place to implement a temporary leak stopper until professionals can repair it.

* Inspect after major weather events. Hailstorms, thunderstorms, hurricanes, and windstorms are your most likely culprits for weather damage, but even earthquakes can cause cracks or lost shingles on your roof. After events, conduct a thorough inspection of your rooftops.

* Clean your gutters and storm drains. Keeping your gutters and storm drains clear ensures your roof drains any runoff properly. Without proper drainage, standing water can easily cause long-term damage to your roof.

* Keep trees and other foliage clear. Not only can falling branches damage your roof and cause a roof leak, but branches and vines lashed in the wind can rip off sections of your roof or cause abrasive damage. Avoid this by trimming all foliage and trees to a clearance of a certain distance around your building’s roof.

* Inspect indoors for any tell-tale signs. Sometimes, leaks may not be readily apparent from an outside inspection. Dark spots and water spots on the ceiling, as well as problems with interior systems, may be your warning signs. Conduct periodic inspections to identify any issues early on.

Prevent a problem before it happens by taking proper care of your roof. You can also contract professionals to help check for wind damage and to weatherproof your roof to prevent future costly mishaps.

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How fast do I need to mitigate water damage?

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

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 SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner 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.

After 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.

Faster to your Puyallup/Sumner Water Damage Event

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Puyallup/Sumner Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration services.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner 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 Puyallup/Sumner 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)848-0800

SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner 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.

Freezing temperatures and the lessons learned

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Freezing temperatures and the lessons learned Freezing Pipes and Pipe Break Ruins Ceiling in Home

Now that we are on the tail-end of the freezing temperatures and the resulting pipe breaks I thought I would share some of our experiences and the lessons learned.

1.  There are a surprising number of homeowners that do not know where their water shut-off is located.  When you consider that a broken pipe can expel between 25 to 50 gallons of water per minute, every minute that passes while you search for the shut-off is causing more damage.  Make sure everyone in your family knows where main shut-off is located.  It’s a good idea to place a tag on it with important contact information including a good plumber's contact info. 

 2.  Setting the thermostat to 50° Fahrenheit may not be sufficient to prevent pipe breaks in vacant structures or detached garages when the temperatures drop into the teens.  For those extra cold stretches 60° might be a better bet.

3.  If you are planning on being away from home while freezing temperatures are being forecasted you might consider shutting off the water at your home before you leave.  After the water has been shut off the remaining water can be purged from the lines by simply opening a faucet located in the lowest part of the home.  That way you can avoid calls from a concerned neighbor letting you know that water is running out from under your front door.  (Several of the broken pipe projects we worked on this week literally had water running underneath the front door).  

4.  The most destructive pipe bursts happen in the attic.  A lot of times plumbing will be located above the insulation in the attic so even though your home may be nice and toasty warm the space between the insulation and roof may not.  A simple visual check of the attic space will do in this case.  If pipes are above the insulation and are not wrapped a quick trip to home store for some inexpensive pipe insulation will solve the problem. 

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem? Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

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

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (253)848-0800.

Continuing Education for Storm Certification

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner 

SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How do I Use a Fire Extinguisher?

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Your fire extinguishers should be kept in plain sight, easily reachable during an emergency. Do not put them away in closets, since it costs you valuable time when it is needed.
Using an Extinguisher Correctly
Remember PASS if you ever do need your extinguisher:
 P – Find the pin in the handle and pull it. The pin keeps the handle from getting squeezed accidentally and discharging the extinguisher.
A – Aim for the base of the fire where you have the most effect on the fire with the extinguisher.
S – Find the lever on top of the extinguisher and squeeze it, starting the deliverance of the contents inside.
S – The spray should go in a sweeping motion side-to-side across the fire’s base.
SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner can help you recover from the traumatic event of a fire in your home. We have the correct training and certification, plus the proper tools and equipment, to do the job efficiently and thoroughly while keeping you in mind. Give us a call at (253) 848-0800 anytime.

Dangers Posed by Sewer Backup

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Black water can contain various types of harmful bacteria.

Even if the rest of your building has protections in place to prevent flooding, you need to be certain there are also items in place to prevent sewage from backing up into the building. Even if there does not seem to be much rain water, it only takes a little to wreak havoc within your local sewer systems.

Additionally, contact a professional water removal service to handle a backed-up sewer instead of handling the contaminated water yourself. Sewage damage should only be cleaned by a certified restoration company. 

SERVPRO of Sumner/Puyallup is a locally-owned franchise with national resources that helps homeowners to overcome mold, water, and fire damage at as little cost and strain as possible. Give us a call at (253) 848-0800.

What to Expect from a Fire Damage Cleanup Service

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Removal

Smoke smell lingers long after the fire has been put out. Additionally, soot gets on the walls, furniture and other surfaces. A quality restoration company performs a deep cleaning of the damaged areas until there is no sign of smoke residue.

Clean and Sanitize

Fires affect several structures in your building. Even after removing smoke and soot, your house is still not livable. All the affected areas require extensive sanitization. The technicians use industrial-level flogging equipment and air scrubbers at this stage. The advanced cleaning techniques help return your building to its original condition.


The restoration stage involves making minor or major repairs. The crew performs tasks such as painting walls and ceilings, replacing drywall, or installing new carpet.

Removing smoke damage after a building fire is not a simple DIY project. A professional cleaning service has the training necessary for handling smoke cleaning and soot damage.

Three Steps To Follow After a Building Fire

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

If you have experienced a building fire in Sumner, WA, you understand the overwhelming tasks ahead of you as you begin the fire restoration process. Here are four steps to follow first.

Three Basic Steps

  1. Get help fast. The aftermath of a commercial fire is no time to try to do everything yourself. At minimum, contact your fire insurance company as soon as the flames are out, and a trusted disaster relief service such as the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army. Grab a pen and paper when you speak with them, so you remember the valuable information they will provide, such as who to call for board up service and when the adjustor will meet with you to assess damage.
  2. Keep out. Under no circumstances should you enter the home until it is deemed safe by the fire marshal. Floors and walls have been undermined by fire and water, and utilities have likely been cut off—for your safety—by the fire department. No material item is worth risking your life. Even after you get the all clear to re-enter the home, use extreme caution, and work in pairs.
  3. Don’t touch. Even small fires create loads of soot and smoke. In addition, they must be extinguished with plenty of water and maybe chemical retardants. If you handle textiles, you risk permanently setting the soot and smoke into the fibers. Call a trusted fire restoration professional to first do the smoke cleaning and soot removal as well as drying your home, so your valuable, salvageable items can be safely restored.

Call us at SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner (253-848-0800) so we can help you with your water, fire or mold damage