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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.

Common Places To Find Mold in Your Business

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Common Places To Find Mold in Your Business Mold caused by leaking pipe in a Eatonville,WA bathroom

Places Where Mold Commonly Grows

As a business owner, you know the importance of keeping your business in Eatonville,WA clean and safe. However, mold growth can affect both the appearance and the safety of your building, and mold can sometimes be overlooked if you don’t know where to look. There are several places where mold commonly grows.

1. Bathrooms

Areas that are frequently damp and humid can help to create the perfect environment for mold to grow, making bathrooms a common area to find mold. Sinks or toilets may have mold growing near them because mold grows close to wherever water is present. Additionally, pipe leaks or even pipe breaks in a bathroom can result in water damage, which can allow for mold to grow.

2. Basements

Basements can often be a common site of mold growth. If a flood occurs, a building’s basement is likely the first place to be impacted, and floodwater may be left to sit. Mold can grow in a matter of days, and the longer water remains stagnant, the more likely it is for mold to grow. Basements are also likely to experience pipe leaks, and in combination with high humidity if a basement is not well-ventilated, mold can quickly grow.

3. Water Heaters and Air Conditioners

Although it may seem odd that mold would grow close to large appliances, water heaters and air conditioners are often areas in which mold grows. Both water heaters and air conditioners are often placed in areas that do not experience much foot traffic, like a basement, and such spaces often are susceptible to mold. Additionally, both water heaters and air conditioners could have leaks or could create condensation, and the increased moisture makes it more likely that mold will grow in that area.

Understanding areas where mold growth is likely can help you prevent mold from occurring in your business. If your building has been affected by mold, many people find it helpful to work with mold remediation professionals.

3 Reasons To Put Up Security Fencing After a Fire

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Reasons To Put Up Security Fencing After a Fire Boarded up window after fire damage in Sumner,WA

Security Fencing After a Fire

Security fencing is an important part of a fire damage mitigation strategy. Although fencing will not improve the condition of a building that has suffered a fire, it can prevent the situation from becoming worse. Property owners should consider these three reasons to put up a security fence around a building with fire damage in Sumner,WA.

1. Providing Proof of Mitigation for Insurance

Commercial insurers are more likely to cover a claim if property owners produce proof of their efforts to mitigate damage. Boarding up broken windows, tarping over a damaged roof, and restricting unauthorized access to the site of a fire are all mitigation measures. Owner may want to hire a professional service to perform these tasks.

2. Keeping Out Looters and Trespassers

If a fire has only resulted in a partial loss, there may still be building materials, fixtures, or contents that looters would be interested in taking. The more foot traffic that goes through a fire-damaged building, the worse damage will become. Every footstep grinds ash and soot into flooring materials. Looting may also result in the removal of items that must then be claimed as additional, unrelated losses. A security fence can deter trespassers from entering a damaged structure.

3. Limiting a Property Owner's Liability

A property owner may be able to prevent injuries or further damage from occurring on the site of a property with fire damage by putting up fencing. Restoration professionals, adjusters, and others with legitimate reasons to access the site can do so, and the barrier will discourage intruders from entering the site and risking injury.

These are three good reasons to put up a security fence after a fire at a commercial property in Sumner,WA. Contact a fire damage mitigation service to arrange for boarding up or fencing, and depend on restoration professionals to clean and rebuild the structure.

How To Stay Safe During a Flood

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How To Stay Safe During a Flood Storm water clean up in Sumner, WA

Flood Safety Tips

Storms can create unexpected circumstances in Sumner, WA. One minute your home may be fine, but the next you have rising waters in your basement. Because the situation can change so quickly, you need to know how to stay safe during a storm-caused flood. Keep these flood safety tips in mind whenever bad weather approaches.

Stay Out of the Water

Did you know that as little as six inches of moving water can cause you to lose your balance? Because it doesn't take high waters, you need to be careful whenever you have to walk through any type of flood. If you must walk through a flood, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Use a walking stick.
  • Hold on to something sturdy.
  • Walk quickly and cautiously.

While the waters may not be moving in your house, they can still pose a health and safety risk. However, as a homeowner, you cannot always avoid the flooded parts of your space. You also want to avoid standing water outside of your house even if you're in your car.

Avoid Electrical Equipment

Water conducts electricity, so you want to avoid electrical equipment whenever you are in standing water. If you know there is electricity running through your basement flood, you should turn off the power to your home before anyone enters the lower levels for the best flood safety. Even if you are damp and not currently in water, you should avoid electricity.

Call for Help

Storm-caused flooding can trap you in the upper levels of your home. If you need emergency help during a storm, you should call someone as soon as you can. After the danger has passed, you may need help restoring your home. Getting in touch with storm restoration services can make your cleanup process much easier.

The heavy rains of a storm may cause flooding in Sumner, WA. Knowing the best flood safety techniques can keep you and your home in one piece during a disaster.