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How the Pros Help Restore Your Home After a Fire

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How the Pros Help Restore Your Home After a Fire Call SERVPRO of Pullayup/ Sumner for your restorations

Words can’t describe the terror a person feels as a fire takes over his or her home. There is little a homeowner can do in this desperate, terrible moment. Once fire crews get the fire under control and put it out, you must compose yourself and enlist the services of a fire restoration company. As hopeless as you may feel, the best companies have the knowledge and equipment to repair and restoration the affected area and get things as close as possible to normal for you once again.

What Happens Next?

Once the initial shock and fear wear off following a fire at your Bonney Lake, WA, home, it’s important to contact your insurance provider as soon as possible. You’ll also want to get a skilled, highly regarded fire restoration team to start the process of rebuilding your house. The team will do the following:

  • Inspect the home for damage and develop a detailed plan for repair and rebuild.
  • Tear out areas of your home that the crews can’t salvage.
  • Clean and sanitize affected areas and items.
  • Restore and replace those areas and items that crews couldn’t clean and save.

SERVPRO: Your One-Stop Shop

One of the many advantages of using SERVPRO and its fire rebuild services is that the team can handle all of your after-fire needs. There’s no reason to call multiple companies to each handle a task. SERVPRO will do the inspection and all the dirty work afterward. This approach will save you time and hassle. It will also help ensure that the insurance claim process goes smoothly and more efficiently. 

Important Decisions

Because SERVPRO has experience in rebuilding services, you can trust the professionals to make the right choices for your restoration  needs. The team will assess whether cleaning and cleanup is sufficient or whether an entire rebuild is necessary. 

Don’t chance the vital fire restoration process to just anyone. Call SERVPRO to take care of all these needs.

SERVPRO® Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Structure

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO® Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Structure SERVPRO® of Puyallup/Sumner takes the stress out of fire damage to your property.

Fire Classifications

For a fire department to successfully battle and control an inferno or a small fire, they are trained to identify the different types of fires. Yes, fires have classifications based on what is fueling them. 

Different fires require unique solutions for cleanup and restoration. SERVPRO® of Puyallup/Sumner knows and understands how to work with fire damages, which can often be restored by our professional, IICRC certified technicians. We can handle the aftermath of residential and commercial fires. We specialize in fire and water damage cleanup. With our restoration experience, we can quickly restore your home or business to a pre-fire condition. "Like it never even happened." 

  • Class A: wood, paper or trash, anything that leaves ash. Water can extinguish this fire. Type A fire extinguisher.
  • Class B: oil, gas or flammable liquids. Smothering solutions extinguish this fire. Type B fire extinguisher.
  • Class C: electrical. Use carbon dioxide to extinguish this fire. Type E fire extinguisher.
  • Class D: combustible metal fires. A dry powder agents will extinguish this fire. Type D fire extinguisher.
  • Class K: kitchen fires. Small kitchen fires should be extinguished with powder or foam type extinguishers to prevent the splashing of hot oils and other materials.

SERVPRO® of Puyallup/Sumner is strategically located. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our main purpose is to help our residents get back on their feet as quickly as possible, after a fire or any natural disaster. We will provide the personal attention you deserve. We will keep you informed and comfortable throughout the fire damage repair process. Call us today at (253) 848-0800 so that we can help restore your home or business.

Why Does the Break Room Refrigerator Smell Like Mold?

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fridge Mold

Break room refrigerators in Puyallup, WA, are important amenities, and they help people stay well-fed all day long. Unfortunately, the refrigerators in break rooms can sometimes develop a moldy, unpleasant smell. Fridge mold is a common problem that can be fixed with a few good cleaning habits:

  • Clean out food on a weekly basis.
  • Make policies that disallow food staying in the refrigerator over the weekend.
  • Encourage people to label and date all food items.

These practices can help prevent that funky smell from developing in Puyallup, WA. Discouraging mold growth before it begins is the best way to avoid this problem in the first place.

Food Goes Bad Within Just a Few Days

All kinds of food can begin to spoil within just a few days of being stored. Fresh fruits and vegetables are likely to spoil first. Green salads, fruit plates, and crudité platters should be promptly disposed of to prevent them from beginning to rot inside the refrigerator. Before long, that mold smell may start to develop. 

Cooked food can last a little longer, but not much. Its freshness begins to break down after two or three days. This can include leftover takeout as well as food prepared at home. Labeling food with a date and name can help keep people accountable for the food they store in the shared refrigerator. Fridge mold often begins with prepared food that has been stored too long.

Condiments, peanut butter, and other similar items also eventually go bad. If no one is using these items, they should be removed from the fridge. If a name and date label is present on the condiment, check with the employee and encourage them to clean it out. This can help cut down clutter as well as bad smells. 

Mold Should Be Disinfected

Professionals can help with disinfecting the fridge in the break room. Letting experienced cleaners assist with this process may help get rid of fridge mold and its unpleasant smell. 

Don't Hesitate on Black Mold Remediation

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Hesitate on Black Mold Remediation Mold damage in a home

Black Mold Remediation

Mold damage in home or commercial mold damage can be tricky if left alone and untreated.

It can also be tricky if it's treated without care or knowledge. Mold growth can spread. The spores can move from one piece of wood to another. This condition could lead to dry rot. Dry rot occurs when the wood that supports the home or business starts to decay because of the extensive mold damage. This dry rot damage could lead to a potential rebuild of the dwelling in question.

Mold in home or commercial mold damage may seem like a quick fix at the first sight. The fungus and mildew though should provide valuable hints to an expert on how to contain the spread of the spores and how to keep it from occurring over and over again.

The remediation provided for a specialist could be the difference between mold continuing to spread deeper into the wood structures. It could also be the difference between eradicating the fungus, mildew and smelly odor once and for all.

Mitigation is the lessening of the damage seen with mold. That involves things like deodorization to remove the funky aroma. The smelly odor isn't something customers want to endure during a commercial mold damage scenario. It's also nothing a mold in home customer wants to take to bed with them, either. Deodorization is the icing on the cake to returning things back to normalcy. That's why mitigation by a professional is crucial in the early stages. It's not just the appearance of mold that can wreak havoc.

Give us a call at (253) 848-0800 if your home or business has mold damage.

3 Easy Ways To Avoid Frozen Pipes

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Easy Ways To Avoid Frozen Pipes Frozen pipes are frequently easily avoidable.

3 Easy Ways To Avoid Frozen Pipes

A burst pipe doesn’t equal holiday fun in Puyallup, WA but pipes do freeze, and consequently break, all winter long. Things like electronics and documents can be destroyed by flooding from a broken pipe in seconds. Buildings that are not inspected after freezing may harbor standing water, which can seriously damage the building itself and endanger human health. Fortunately, frozen pipes and resulting flood damage can largely be avoided with minimal effort.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

When water freezes, it expands. Most water pipes do not, and the force of the freezing water inside often ends in pipe breakage. Follow these three guidelines to keep your water from getting pushy and damaging your pipes:

1. Keep Your Indoor Temperature Up

As long as the water is on, even a vacant building should never have its thermostat set below 55 degrees. In addition, doors to rooms with plumbing should be open if those rooms don’t have their own heat sources. Indoor heat combats the cold that attacks underfloor pipes and those in exterior walls. If the inside temperature is too low, you may wind up with a frozen pipe.

2. Let the Faucet Trickle

On the coldest nights, leaving vulnerable faucets to trickle can prevent a burst pipe. Water freezes fastest when it’s not moving, and a small amount of flow can disrupt the freezing process.

3. Insulate and Install Heating Devices

Pipes located in places like garages and outbuildings are often especially vulnerable. This plumbing may be adequately protected with foam insulation. In colder climates, however, some pipes may require a little extra help. Heat tape is one option. It wraps around a pipe, providing warmth to keep the water inside from freezing via the use of electricity. Other, similar products can be purchased at home improvement stores.

A burst pipe can cause a lot of problems. Nevertheless, frozen pipes are frequently easily avoidable. Keep pipes at a reasonable temperature and let faucet water flow a little when it’s really cold, and you should avert any need for water damage repair this winter or next.

Prepare Your Children to Escape a House Fire

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Prepare Your Children to Escape a House Fire Set up your evacuation plan

Evacuation Plans For The Children

You can’t talk about kids safety in a fire without first covering the basics. Try to have the following in place before setting up evacuation plans for the children.

1) Smoke and fire detectors positioned for fastest notification of a fire.
2) A whole-house fire escape plan.
3) An assessment of the capabilities of each child.

Understand How Much Responsibility Each of Your Children Can Handle

A home fire is terrifying. We all know adults who are useless in a crisis and would need rescuing. We all know a 6-year-old who would escape unassisted and be the first one to the meeting point.

The point here is not to expect any child to do more than their ability allows.

Determine Which Children Can Take the Minimum Required Action

Infants and toddlers cannot evacuate themselves. Some older children may have the same problem.

For the kids safety, you want to give them as much information and responsibility as they can handle. Following are the simple steps you should try to teach your children:

1. Roll out of bed to the floor and stay low. This action is dangerous from a high twin bed or a top bunk. Those children should safely get to the floor any way they can.

2. Crawl to the door. Air quality, visibility and temperature are best at floor level. Stay low.

3. Check the door to see if it is hot. Do not open if it is. Call for help. Repeat at every door along the escape route.

4. Open the door a little and check for smoke. Close if smoke is a problem. Call for help. Repeat at every door along the escape route.

5. Pass through the door. Continue following the escape route.

6. Announce that you are following the escape route. Communication is important.

Kids safety training paid off and the fire is out. It’s time to rebuild. Fire recovery specialists in the Sumner, WA, area are ready to help. When the job is complete, it will be “Like it never even happened."

Black Mold – Color, Smell and Appearance

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Black Mold – Color, Smell and Appearance Mold can be extremely difficult.

3 Aspects of Black Mold

Mother nature employs mold to breakdown natural materials in order to clear the land and open the way for new life. Dead trees, fallen leaves, and even animal carcasses can quickly become covered in mold – and that is a good thing. But when mold moves indoors in Puyallup, WA, it can become a danger to human health, and that is not a good thing. To protect your family, have a mold inspection by a certified mold remediation team at the first sign of the unsightly fungus. The team can generally look for these three things.

1. Color

At first glance, asking if the mold is black appears to be a nonsensical question, but it is not as ridiculous as it first seems. Mold is a fungus that comes in many colors, and quite a few of those colors have been classified by the experts as black, or a species known as stachybotrys chartarum. The fungus mycotoxins thrive in dark places, but they can appear as red, yellow, green and even orange.

2. Smell

Like most other fungi, black mold has a distinctive smell, but unlike other types of fungus, the black smells very musty and more like mildew than having a sharp repellent odor. Because of the lack of a dangerous smell, most people need a mold inspection to find hidden black stachybotrys because they have no idea it is attacking their home.

3. Appearance

Often hidden inside of floors, walls, and ceilings, the rampaging fungus colonies thrive on moisture. That may explain why they appear as velvety and slimy at the same time. However, like other types of house mold, the black variety spreads quickly into patches of soft-looking colonies that eat their environment until they have grown puffy enough to release spores into the air.

Consider having a mold inspection if there is any chance your home has been invaded by mold. That is the best way to guarantee it is not the black type you are fighting. The professionals can quickly assess the issue and address any concerns you may have.

Six Tips to Prevent Pipes in Your Home From Freezing

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Six Tips to Prevent Pipes in Your Home From Freezing Allow your home in Eatonville, WA maintain at least 60 at all time

Popsicles and snowmen should be frozen. Ice cubes and glaciers should be frozen. Your home’s pipes should definitely not be frozen. Unfortunately, it can happen more often than anyone would like. Frigid winter temperatures affect more than just the great outdoors and if not properly protected, frozen pipes could cause a water disaster. Take a look at some ways to prevent a pipe freeze in Eatonville, WA.

Six Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes

1. Warm up the rooms where water pipes are located
2. Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach the pipes
3. Repair any cracks and holes that are open to the outdoors
4. Apply additional insulation around pipes
5. Use heating tape on faucets and pipes located outdoors or in unheated areas
6. Leave a faucet running a small stream or rapid drip during cold snaps

The obvious enemy to the formation of ice is heat. Keeping your home warm, even when you are away on vacation is vital to preventing pipe freeze. Just take care not to use space heaters in unoccupied areas. Allow your home to maintain a temperature of at least 60º at all times when a dip in the temperature is expected. Leave interior doors throughout your home open to allow warm air to circulate and leave cabinet doors open beneath sinks.

Filling in any holes, gaps or cracks where frigid air comes through, as that can quickly drop the temperature and tempt problems. Insulating can prevent a pipe burst and is easy to do using split foam tubing made for the task. Heat tape can really help with pipes that are outdoors or in cold basements. Allowing an indoor faucet to dribble will help keep pipes open as well.

In the event you experience frozen pipes, a water damage repair specialist in Eatonville, WA, can help you reclaim your home and remediate any destruction water causes to your homes content or structure. But an ounce of prevention is still the best way to ensure that you won’t have to deal with any destructive results of cold weather.

Drain Cleaner Deterioration and Your Home

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drain Cleaner Deterioration and Your Home Clogged drain in a Puyallup, WA home

Factors to Consider With a Clogged Drain

Chemical cleaners can be an effective solution for removing problematic clogs. However, they come with inherent risks and are not always superior to physically removing an obstruction with tools such as plungers or snakes. Consider the following factors when dealing with a clogged drain in Puyallup, WA.

1. Health Concerns

Chemical treatments are typically made of lye, bleaches or certain acids. These cause a chemical reaction that changes the molecules of the clog, dissolving them in the drain cleaner substrate and producing heat and gases as a byproduct. Changing the composition of the clog is a potent remedy, but the resulting fumes can be hazardous to human health, causing airway irritation or worse effects. Backsplash or residue from the caustic agents can also eat away at skin.

2. Ecological Issues

Because of the reaction byproducts and leftover active liquid, chemical cleaners can also pose a hazard to waterways and wildlife further down from your residential sewer system. Enzymatic cleaners using natural bacteria may be a better option for the environmentally conscious homeowner facing a clogged drain.

3. Delaying the Inevitable

Because of the aggressiveness of the method, using store-bought chemical agents to remove tough clogs may result in ripple effects in other aspects of your plumbing. Certain acid-base reactions can wear down pipes more quickly than under normal water flow, resulting in cracked pipes. This is especially true of larger grease clogs where the chemical cleaner fails to break through and builds up at the point of constriction, concentrating at a metal juncture.

Furthermore, the breakdown of the mass can be incomplete and simply move it down the line, resulting in the need for an even larger and more expensive clog removal operation later on. These factors, if neglected, can result in the need for sewage cleaning by a qualified restoration service.

A clogged drain can be a major hassle, and the temptation to use the most potent products available is strong. However, judicious use of the full range of options is important to maintain the integrity of your pipes and appliances.

Fire Prevention Strategies

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Strategies Check the backup battery of your smoke detector unit every month

Fire Preparation Tips

Don’t let a devastating residential fire affect your life in Sumner, WA. Remember the following simple fire preparation tips in order to minimize the risk of personal injury or property damage.

1. Eliminate Open Flames

A candle or crackling fireplace can contribute to the cozy atmosphere of a home, but unattended flames are frequently the origin point of a home fire. If you cannot remain present to ensure that a controlled fire does not get out of hand, put it out and relight it later. Small incandescent bulbs, such as those found on Christmas tree lights, can also cause problems given their proximity to flammable surfaces. Check these lights for frayed wires regularly and unplug them when not in use.

2. Heating Components

Dust in central heating and air units can pose a fire safety risk in the winter months. Ducts and wiring should be inspected occasionally by a technician and cleaned or repaired if necessary. Even small electrical space heaters can cause a fire if neglected. To maintain optimal fire preparation, keep these units away from walls or fabric. Ensure that the cutoff switches stay in functional order in case the space heater falls over.

3. Smoke Detectors

While a smoke detector can never stop a fire outright, it can still alert residents to an incipient fire and allow them to begin evacuation. This can prevent a small fire from growing into a much larger one and requiring costly repairs or fire restoration services. Check the backup battery and functionality of each unit monthly, and familiarize your family with the sound of a smoke detector alarm.

With a little prudence, many common residential fire scenarios can be eliminated or mitigated. Develop a fire preparation strategy that includes both fire prevention and evacuation plans. Review this procedure with all residents and have the contact information of relevant emergency personnel ready.