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What You Should Know About Disaster Recovery

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY profile Advantage SERVPRO of Shoreline/ Woodinville partners with you to help you create an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to put into action in the event of a disaster.

What You Should Be Aware Of When It Comes To Disaster Recovery

Commercial property owners and business principals understand that life can be unpredictable. Managing risk is often done through the purchase of insurance. Having insurance is just one part of the picture. You also need to have a plan in place for unforeseen issues such as a fire, storm, or other natural disasters. SERVPRO of Shoreline/ Woodinville is not just your provider of damage restoration services.

We also partner with you to make sure you have a thorough disaster recovery plan that minimizes interruption to your operations and restores things back to preloss conditions as soon as possible. 

Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan
While no two businesses nor two disasters will be the same, a general plan should include the following elements:

  1. Emergency response plan: Established protocol on steps to take as part of a fire or storm response
  2. Business interruption: Strategy for resuming operations as soon as possible
    Insurance review: Knowledge of what your policies cover and a procedure for initiating a claim
  3. Emergency stockpile: Maintaining a supply of backup items, emergency kits, and other essentials
  4. Important contact info: Local emergency officials, clients, business partners, suppliers, vendors, insurance agents, etc.
  5. Communications plan: Bringing your customers up to speed on what’s happening and how they’ll be impacted
  6. File and critical data backup: Duplicates and electronic copies of important business records that can be accessed whenever and wherever in an emergency

Executing Your Plan
SERVPRO of Shoreline/ Woodinville, partners with you to help you create an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to put into action in the event of a disaster. We work with you to determine the specific needs of your business, including commercial and large loss restoration, storm damage cleanup, and other services as necessary. We can also evaluate your current readiness to identify gaps before disaster strikes.

While there are many uncertainties and potential for loss in your business, you’re not alone. SERVPRO stands ready to help you come up with a disaster recovery plan that’s right for you, your operations, and the people connected to your business. 

Why Should I Install a Temporary Fence After a Commercial Fire?

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

Fence Installing a temporary security fence around your commercial building post-fire can protect your business.

Why Do You Need To Fence Your Property After a Fire?

Sustaining damage from a major fire at your business in Kenmore, WA can cause many problems other than those related directly to the flames. The time between extinguishing the conflagration and completing the restoration process can be precarious because you may not be on the property for most of it. However, you must ensure that your building and contents are protected. Although not 100%, a security fence can help prevent these four issues.

1. Destruction by Animals
Wild animals are always seeking food and shelter, and an abandoned fire-damaged building can look inviting. With easy access, they will come in and are likely to cause more damage. Some animals will probably still be able to get in even with a fence, but it will go a long way to avert intrusion.

2. Theft and Vandalism by Trespassers
Some people may enter your property simply out of curiosity. However, others have bad intentions. Many times it is not even a planned crime but one of convenience. Without a security fence, owners of damaged property will often have issues with people vandalizing and stealing their property.

3. Injury to an Individual
One of the biggest problems for any business owner is someone getting hurt on their abandoned property, particularly a child. This occurrence could lead not only to severe injury but also to liability issues and costly medical payments for your business.

4. Trouble With the Insurance Claim
After a disaster, most insurance policies require you to do everything possible to avoid additional damage. Security fencing, roof tarping and window boarding are a few ways to mitigate loss until the fire damage restoration professionals complete their work. Otherwise, your insurer could refuse to pay part or all of the claim.
Installing a temporary security fence around your commercial building post-fire can protect your business and others from further disaster. It is a simple, inexpensive way to stay safe until your property is fully restored.

Why Does My Toilet Leak Every Time I Flush?

5/22/2022 (Permalink)

A woman checking the tank of a toilet Water from leaking toilets commonly comes from the tank.

How To Find The Source Of The Leak On a Toilet

No one wants to deal with a leaking toilet. Most homeowners never give their toilets a second thought and just expect them to work as designed every time they flush. The problem is, that the parts inside a toilet can be faulty or wear out over time. When this happens, the source of the leak needs to be identified and stopped before some serious water damage occurs. If you have a bathroom leak in Lake Forest Park, WA, there are a few things you can do to try to fix it. Here are some tips on how to find the source of the leak.

Where Does It Come From?

Water from a leaking toilet commonly comes from several places:

  • Hose attachments
  • Underneath the toilet
  • From the tank
  • Dry wax ring
  • Improper installation
  • Loose bolts
  • Broken tank flange

Identifying where the water is coming from can narrow down the source of the leak. If water is leaking into the subfloor or causing more than a surface water nuisance, you will need the help of a professional remediation service.

Repair or Replace?

Many sources of leaking toilets can be repaired by draining the toilet and replacing the faulty piece or tightening a loose bolt or hose connection. In some cases, it is best to replace the entire toilet before serious water damage occurs. If your toilet has a chrome-plated copper supply tube, it is recommended to replace it with a flexible stainless steel hose. These hoses last much longer and are less likely to spring a leak. While a broken tank flange can be replaced, it is not an easy task and many homeowners prefer the help of a professional.
Identifying the source of the leaking toilet is only the first step. If the leak cannot be fixed or the toilet replaced before water damage occurs, you will need the help of a professional water remediation expert to restore your bathroom to its previous condition.

Critical Actions To Take After a Toilet Overflows

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Overflowing broken toilet The toilet in your home in Bothell, WA, could overflow for one of several reasons.

After a Toilet Overflow, Take These Important Steps

The toilet in your home in Bothell, WA, could overflow for one of several reasons. Sometimes there is a problem with the seal, allowing water to leak out the bottom of the commode. Other times the toilet clogs and water comes out the top, spilling onto the floor. A third possibility involves a sudden breakage of the porcelain which results in a small-scale disaster. In all cases, you have potential sewer damage and must take swift and appropriate actions. Do not rush right into things, as the spill could contain harmful elements that should be kept away from skin contact.

Assess the Severity of the Flooded Toilet
If you cannot stop the flow of water, or if the water has touched carpeting or is seeping into and through the flooring, you have a serious situation on your hands. At this point, you should call for the services of a professional water damage restoration firm. The sewage company experts will send trained technicians to perform the following actions:

  • Clean up all standing water with vacuums and pumps
  • Dry out moist areas with dryers and ventilation
  • Clean and sanitize impacted surfaces
  • Restore all damaged structures

Make Sure the Work Is Complete
In addition to cleaning up the sewer damage, the workers will use appropriate PPE such as gloves and masks for increased safety. They will also make sure the humidity of the bathroom is brought down to suitable levels, thus ensuring that mold growth will not occur. The final step of restoration should fix any problems with the toilet. You should be satisfied that things are as they were before the problem began.
Taking care of any type of sewer damage requires specialized equipment and skills and a focus on safety protocols. The job must be done professionally to prevent any additional problems.

Tips for Using a Home Fire Extinguisher

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Different types of extinguishers Different fires require different types of extinguishers.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher at Home

Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher. This tool can help you put out a kitchen fire before it spreads. Here are some tips for utilizing extinguishers correctly.

1. Make an Evacuation Plan
Before you get too close to the fire, determine exactly how you will escape the room if the blaze becomes too big for you to handle. Make sure that no heat, smoke, or fire comes between you and your chosen evacuation path.

2. Pick the Right Extinguisher
Different fires require different types of extinguishers. Water or class A extinguishers are designed for ordinary combustibles such as plastic, cloth, paper, rubber, and wood. Class B extinguishers utilize carbon dioxide and work best on flammable liquids, including grease, gasoline, and oil. Electrical fires require Class C extinguishers, which utilize dry chemicals.

Of course, when you spot flames in your home, you do not always have time to figure out the correct fire extinguisher to use. Ideally, you should keep a multipurpose extinguisher in your house, as it works on fires caused by combustibles, flammable liquids or electrical equipment.

3. Use the P.A.S.S. Technique
The acronym P.A.S.S. can help you remember how to use an extinguisher. You just Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle and Sweep the extinguisher from side to side.

4. Know When To Evacuate
Most importantly, do not be a hero when trying to put out the fire. If the flames take up more than 60 square feet, if you feel radiating heat on your exposed skin, or if you have trouble breathing due to excess smoke, evacuate the house immediately. Contact firefighters to extinguish the blaze and fire damage cleanup specialists to restore your Shoreline, WA, home.

You can try to suppress a blaze using a fire extinguisher. Make sure you pick an extinguisher designed for the type of fire in your home. If the flames get out of control, evacuate immediately and let the professionals handle the situation.

What You Need to Know About Mold

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Damage on Floor in Bathroom Is it possible to find the mold? Our SERVPRO staff can help if mold damage has occurred in your home or business in Woodinville, WA.

Mold: Everything You Need to Know

If your business' building has suffered from any type of water damage, be it a broken pipe or a typical Woodinville, WA, flood, you know how challenging the restoration process can be. What you may not know is that the true danger lies ahead in the form of fungi like black mold, also known as Stachybotrys, which can grow on almost any surface with a moisture problem. The most common types of mold include:

  • Stachybotrys
  • Mucor
  • Fusarium
  • Cladosporium
  • Chaetomium
  • Aureobasidium
  • Alternaria

What Is Mold?
Mold is a category of fungus, a small organism that exists almost everywhere in the world. It can have a wide variety of appearances, from fuzzy to slimy and everything in between, and can appear in a range of colors, such as white, black, orange, purple, and green.
Where Does Mold Come From?
Mold spores, which are the equivalent of plants' seeds, are floating through the air almost everywhere around us, searching for a hospitable new home. They can land on almost any type of surface, but especially thrive in moist and dark areas. They grows at an incredibly rapid pace, so it is crucial to catch a new black mold growth right away.

How Do You Get Rid of Mold?
Even if you wipe away all the mold you can see, countless spores inevitably remain embedded into the surface on which they were growing. This means that home cleanup efforts are rarely effective at keeping the mold away for good. The most important step to take if you notice any mold growths in your building is to halt any water damage if possible, and then call your local mold cleanup experts. Professional techniques and equipment can exterminate the mold spores altogether, ensuring that it won't just grow back the next day.
Black mold spores can begin to spread within 24-48 hours of water damage, and the longer you let them grow unchecked, the more difficult mold cleanup will be, so don't wait to take action.

Understanding Commercial Storm Insurance

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Fallen tree over the roof of a house High winds, heavy rains, and other effects can damage your building and contents inside your Bothell, WA home.

Commercial Storm Insurance Explained

Bad weather isn't unheard of in Bothell, WA . You can't often anticipate a major storm, but there are ways you can be prepared. High winds, heavy rains, and other effects can damage your building and contents inside. Storm insurance should be an essential piece of your business, as it can protect you and your investment. It's important to know how it works and what it covers.

What General Property Insurance Covers
You are no doubt familiar with property insurance and have a policy for your business property. However, this plan will not cover all types of damage you'd encounter from a storm. It will help repair damage from the following:

  • Damage from hail and wind
  • Damage from tornadoes
  • Water damage from broken pipes or a leaky roof

Covering the Rest
You may wonder what happens with other types of flooding if your normal insurance policy won't cover cleanup and repair costs. Storm insurance is supplemental and takes care of water damage that results from overflowing waterways, sewer backups, or broken sewer lines. This coverage will also come in handy if torrential rainfall causes water to gather near the foundation of the building that then finds its way inside.

Filing a Claim
It's always best to file a claim as soon after the incident as possible. Insurance coverage is there to give you peace of mind and help you to rebuild. But the longer you wait to make a claim, the more difficult it will be to go through the process. Call your agent and describe what happened and what was damaged. It's best to include pictures of the affected area and a list of items that were lost. 

Once you file a storm insurance claim, your agent will coordinate with professional cleanup crews to assess the situation and begin cleanup and rebuilding efforts. If you don't have supplemental flood coverage, purchase a policy today.

Prepare Your Commercial Property for a Storm

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

Workers installing concrete tiles on the roof while roofing house in construction site Storms can wreak havoc on commercial structures. You can reduce the risk of damage to your property by implementing strong storm preparedness plans.

Storm-Proof Your Commercial Property

Storms can wreak havoc on commercial buildings. By implementing some sound storm preparedness plans you can reduce the risk of severe damage to your property in Shoreline, WA.

1. Mitigate the Risks

Strong winds and heavy rain account for much of the damage during a storm. Before the storm hits, prepare your property to reduce the risk of extensive damage.

Bring in outdoor equipment, such as grills and lawn furniture to avoid items becoming airborne. Board up windows and glass doors so they don't shatter during the storm.

Inspect roofing materials to ensure they are secured. Fix any loose materials right away.
Trim any loose branches near the building so they don't damage the siding or break windows.

Disconnect computers and other electrical devices. Don't unplug the refrigerator, however.
Move loose items away from windows inside the building as much as possible.

2. Train Employees on Storm Procedures

Make sure all employees and visitors understand what to do in an emergency. Property management must develop work instructions to address the risks and then train workers on the procedures.

Conduct emergency drills with all employees so that they are familiar with the storm preparedness procedures. This will reduce the risk of people becoming panicked during a true emergency.

Designate evacuation exits and assign persons who are responsible to account for employees and visitors.

3. Inspect the Property After the Storm Passes

Wait until you are sure that the storm has passed before inspecting the building. If the emergency required persons to evacuate, don't allow employees to enter the building until authorities have given permission to do so.

Authorized personnel should inspect the property around the building to look for damage. They can identify issues to the structural integrity of the building and look for potential hazards that must be addressed. Call a storm restoration service if you need help with repairs.

Implement a sound storm preparedness plan to reduce the risk of damage during a storm.

3 Benefits of Professional Fire Restoration

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

Truck from a restoration company SERVPRO franchisees are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can get to work quickly to fix fire damage to your business.

3 Advantages Of Hiring A Professional Fire Restoration Company

When fire damages a commercial building in Bothell, WA, the quality of the fire restoration determines how quickly the business can reopen and how much secondary damage occurs. A top tier restoration service is one you can confidently recommend to your insurance clients. The following are three ways that SERVPRO stands out from the competition.

1. IICRC Certification Ensures Quality Restoration

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification has been setting high standards for the restoration industry since 1972. The standards cover everything from continuing education requirements to liability insurance. Due to these rigorous standards, IICRC-certified SERVPRO franchises are often given preferred vendor status by insurance companies.

2. Quick Response Prevents Further Damage

The soot leftover after a fire has been extinguished is often corrosive, but that is not the only post-fire risk businesses face. The firefighting efforts may have resulted in broken windows and holes in the roof that can allow vandals and wildlife to enter the property and cause even more damage. Standing water leftover from firehoses can lead to mold growth if not dried up within 24 hours. Boarding up openings and beginning the fire restoration process as soon as possible is the best way to prevent further damage. SERVPRO franchises are open 24/7 and are able to get to work quickly.

3. ‘Restore Versus Replace’ Saves Money

SERVPRO technicians are taught to approach every job with a “restore versus replace" mentality. This means that the goal is to restore when possible and replace only when there’s no better solution. Although complete rebuilding services are sometimes necessary after a fire, the this approach saves money and allows business owners to keep more of their original possessions.

Business fires are upsetting and stressful, but the fire rebuild process does not have to be. When insurance companies choose IICRC-certified companies with a customer-centric approach to fire restoration, the damage to the property and the stress on the client are both minimized.

How To Protect Your Business From Rain Damage

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

Roofer installing Roofing felt with heating and melting roll of bitumen roll by torch on flame Keeping the structure in good repair prevents weak spots that are vulnerable to strong winds and heavy rains.

How To Prevent Rain Damage To Your Business

Rain damage to your Lake Forest Park, WA, business can be a major problem but is often preventable. By maintaining the structural integrity of your building’s exterior, you can minimize potential damage from rain and storms.


When it comes to protecting your commercial building from storm damage, routine maintenance is key. Keeping the structure in good repair prevents weak spots that are vulnerable to strong winds and heavy rains. All buildings have an envelope, the barrier between the inside and outdoors. The building envelope has several components, including:

  • Roof
  • Foundation
  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Seals

Have the entire building envelope inspected at least once a year and address any problems quickly. Your contractor can let you know if you need more frequent inspections.

In addition to structural issues, be sure to watch out for landscaping dangers as well. Keep limbs trimmed and make sure sick or weak trees are cleared from the property.


Even properly maintained buildings can suffer storm and rain damage. Fortunately, quick action can prevent further problems. If water inundates your building, the first step after ensuring everyone is safe is removing the standing water and remaining moisture. If possible, dry the property out within 24 hours to prevent black mold and other fungal growth.

After the property is dry, it should be thoroughly cleaned. Flood water often harbors bacteria and other contaminants that can linger even after the water has been removed. A certified restoration service has the knowledge to select the best cleaning product and technique for every affected item and let you know which items should be replaced rather than restored. After everything is dry and sanitized, damaged items can be repaired.

The weather at your business site may be unpleasant or unpredictable, but there are ways you can protect your commercial property from storm and rain damage. Perform routine inspections, keep the building envelope in good repair and clean up any water damage as soon as possible to prevent mold growth.

What to Do if You Smell Natural Gas in Your Home

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

Fragment of a gas kitchen stove To keep the gas from building up and creating the potential for a gas fire explosion, you should open all of the windows and doors.

If You Smell Natural Gas in Your House, What Should You Do?

If you have appliances in your Seattle, WA, home that are operated using gas, it is possible that a leak could occur. If you notice a gas smell in your house, you should take some precautions to prevent starting a gas fire.

1. Turn Off the Stove

A common source of gas in your home is the stove. If you have a gas stove, make sure that it is turned off. If the gas is coming from this location, that might be all you need to do to fix the problem.

2. Turn Off the Gas Meter

If natural gas is leaking from somewhere else in your home, you should turn the gas off at the meter. This should keep the gas from continuing to fill your home.

3. Open Doors and Windows

To keep the gas from building up and creating the potential for a gas fire explosion, you should open all of the windows and doors. This allows the house to ventilate and will make it easier for the gas to leave your home.

4. Don’t Use the Electricity

If you have a gas leak in your home, the built-up gas is highly flammable. Don’t turn on any electrical objects, including the lights, and don’t handle any plugs or outlets. Even a small spark could turn into a big gas explosion.

5. Call a Professional

After leaving the house, you can contact emergency restoration services to take care of the natural gas leak in your home. It is important that you have a professional inspect the house to make sure the built-up gas has dissipated, and the source of the leak is repaired.

Because you cannot see if there is a gas leak, an unusual smell will likely be the first indication that there is a problem. A gas fire can start and spread easily, so make sure to follow these steps to keep your family and your home safe.

Removing Odors From Your Business After Flooding

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

Restoration machines are cleaning water damage in an office The drying equipment we use at SERVPRO is top of the line in the restoration industry. Call us when you need it!

After A Flood, How To Get Rid Of Odors In Your Business

A flood is devastating enough, but the aftermath can leave you with extensive cleanup, meaning that your business may experience lengthy interruptions during restoration. Mold growth becomes a serious concern after flooding, and it can also lead to the development of musty odors. Thankfully, there is a process to eliminate and prevent mold while simultaneously dealing with the smell.

1. Eliminate Excess Moisture

The first step to removing odor is to eliminate the excess moisture. You may need to rent or purchase pumps and air movers to help dry out the flooded areas. You can also purchase dehumidifiers and place them around to help minimize the humidity levels throughout the facility.

2. Ventilate the Affected Areas

While ventilation may spread mold growth, if you have controlled the level of moisture through the building, you can reduce this risk. Ventilation is essential to reducing odor. Air movement will help to dry everything out further.

3. Remove Contaminated Debris

Flood water can harbor a lot of bacteria that in turn starts to smell. You can remove the contaminated elements of your business to reduce the odor. For instance, office chairs, carpets and drapes can hold moisture which leads to odors.

4. Disinfect Disaster Area

Once water and debris are removed, you can begin the process of cleaning and disinfecting the space. However, floods caused by sewage loss may require a disaster restoration specialist in the Greenlake, WA, area to properly clean and disinfect the space, this is generally in you and your employee’s best interest.

While mold growth is a concern after a flood, the odor that stems from stagnant water, bacteria and mold may be a more dire issue. As long as you act fast, mold development can be mitigated which means that the odor is the next critical problem for most business owners. Follow the steps above or contact a specialist to get your business back on track sooner rather than later.

Third Party Certification: Upholding Standards and Maintaining Excellence

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

Truck from a restoration company Our SERVPRO team is dedicated to being there to help when disasters strike your home or business in Wallingford, WA.

Third-Party Certification: Maintaining Excellence And Upholding Standards

When homes in Wallingford, WA, need remediation, you want to be sure that the company handling the problem adheres to the highest industry standards. The standards for the restoration industry are set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The IICRC is a third party certification organization, which means it approves instructors and schools to teach the skills needed to meet its values of expertise, integrity and excellence.


Training programs such as the ones offered by SERVPRO are IICRC-certified. Classes are offered in various categories:

Receiving a mitigation certificate after completing these courses means that the individual has the knowledge needed to do the job right. When clients hire someone to fix a problem in their homes, you want to be able to verify that the technicians are certified mitigation experts.


It is not enough that technicians know what they are doing. They also need to be honest and trustworthy. When a company or individual is certified by the IICRC, you know you have found someone on whom you can rely. They adhere to a strict standard of ethics and can be expected to be upfront about their assessment and treatment of your clients' homes.


When specialists are trained by a certified school or instructor, they learn how to exhibit high standards of service. Continuing education courses improve knowledge, turning technicians into industry leaders. These classes also serve to educate insurance and real estate professionals regarding various mitigation processes. Shared knowledge strengthens these partnerships so that together, they can offer more excellent service to the customers they share.

A third party certification organization sets the industry standard that all mitigation professionals must meet. The values of the IICRC are reflected in each training program and instructor it approves. To ensure quality, professional service, recommend certified mitigation professionals to your clients.

Answers to Basic Questions About Interruption Insurance

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Financial concept meaning Business Interruption Insurance with sign on the piece of paper. Standard property insurance covers a lot of the physical damages and losses that fire leaves behind, but it doesn't cover everything

Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Business Interruption Insurance

Even if you've taken all the appropriate steps, your Woodinville, WA, business could still be affected by fire. When this happens, one of the most worrying aspects of the situation is how much money you could lose because of business interruption. Fire isn't the only emergency that could put your business in danger; other financial perils could include extreme weather, hail, windstorms, tornadoes, flooding, and other circumstances that may temporarily close your business. Protect your business with interruption insurance.

What Is Included in the Coverage?

Standard property insurance covers a lot of the physical damages and losses that fire leaves behind, but it doesn't cover everything. There are three main things that business interruption policies cover that your property insurance probably won't.

• Profits you would have earned during the time period
• Operating expenses you're still obligated to pay, such as rent
• Moving costs to your temporary location

Sometimes this type of insurance is called business income insurance.

Who Qualifies for Coverage?

Sadly, there are business owners who don't qualify for this protection. One of the primary qualifications for this type of insurance is a dedicated commercial location. If you run a small business out of your home, you probably won't qualify for the policy. However, you may be able to get a business owner's policy. Other aspects of your business that may affect your eligibility include the type of industry, your history of business interruption claims, and the location.

How Long Does the Interruption Coverage Last?

Fortunately for many business owners, interruption insurance is available for the entire period of restoration. This is defined as the length of time necessary for repairing, rebuilding, and replacing any of your property that is damaged or destroyed. It's a good idea to find out exactly what is covered before you talk to the fire restoration professionals.

As you put safety procedures in place and provide training for your employees, don't forget to research interruption insurance in Woodinville, WA. You'll want the peace of mind that comes from knowing your business won't fail when disaster strikes.

Water Damage and Your Business

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage in a commercial property This large commercial property in Shoreline, WA, suffered from an extensive water loss that caused damage to several floors on this property.

Your Company And Water Damage

Any prudent business owner in Shoreline, WA, will seek to minimize risks and mitigate damage wherever it occurs. If you find yourself with flooded business premises, take the following steps to begin the recovery proceedings.

1. Understand Your Coverage

Many commercial insurance plans will not cover environmental flood damage, such as the type from heavy rainfall or overflowing rivers, by default. By examining the particular climate risks for your area, you can better assess the potential for damage to your property and make an informed decision about which extensions and packages you may require to bolster your flood coverage.

2. Potential Applications

Once your business is covered, the safety net provided by a strong flood insurance policy is invaluable. Not only do these plans typically pay for the damage caused by high amounts of rainwater entry into the lower floors, they can also assist you in repairing various structural elements such as roofing and gutters that were dislocated or clogged by the rainfall. Depending on the policy and the circumstances of the damage to your flooded business, a pipe break may also be covered.

3. Other Considerations

Most insurers will also pay for a water damage restoration service after the sources of flooding are under control. These professionals can help restore drywall and flooring to its original condition, as well as dehumidify documents and electronics. Your insurer may require that you keep an up-to-date inventory of the affected items as the restoration process progresses in order to verify the costs involved. Note that most flood insurance policies will only begin to cover your business after a month has elapsed from the time of purchase, so it may be beneficial to select a policy quickly if you feel your place of business is at significant risk.

A flooded business can cause downtime and harm customer relationships. Prevent unnecessary damage and disruption by reviewing your flood insurance coverage options.

What You Should Know About Mold Growth on Paintings

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

expert restoring an artwork There are various methods of mold cleaning that allow the mold growth to be eliminated and the painting to be restored.

Mold On Paintings: What You Should Know

Mold growth on your painting in Bothell, WA, can be devastating, and you may be unsure what caused the mold to grow or if the mold damage can be fixed. However, having a better understanding of mold and the mold cleaning process can help you protect your paintings.

What Causes Mold To Grow on Paintings?

Mold most often grows in wet or damp environments. There are several reasons mold may grow on a painting, including:

  • High levels of humidity in the room where the painting is stored or displayed
  • Water damage on a painting
  • Having appliances that use water located near the painting

What Can Mold Do to a Painting?

In addition to making a painting less aesthetically pleasing, mold can damage a painting. There are several ways the presence of mold on a painting can affect a painting, including:

  • Causing pieces of paint to flake off of the painting
  • Causing discoloration or dullness
  • Resulting in cracks on the surface of the painting

How Is Mold Removed From Paintings?

Many paintings that have been damaged by mold can be remediated. There are various methods of mold cleaning that allow the mold growth to be eliminated and the painting to be restored. One of the first steps in restoring a painting is to remove it from the environment that has caused the damage. After the painting is removed, professionals will then assess the damage in order to decide what needs to be done next. Finally, different paints, solvents and treatments are applied in order to bring a painting back to life.

Understanding common causes of mold growth and knowing how mold can affect a painting can help you take preventative steps to avoid mold growth on your paintings. However, if you do notice mold on your paintings, it can help to contact mold remediation specialists who can assist you in the mold cleaning process.

How To Fix a Leaky Faucet

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Faucet and water drop close up A leaking faucet can lead to water damage or wastage. When you find it in your home, you should act quickly!

How To Repair A Faucet That Is Leaking

A leaking faucet can lead to water damage or wastage. Learn how to fix any type of faucet.

Prepare for Repairs

Start by identifying the faucet design. The most common types include:

  • Ball
  • Cartridge
  • Ceramic Disk
  • Compression

Shut off the water supply by turning handles on under-sink pipes clockwise. Insert a plug to prevent components from falling down the drain.

Ball Faucet Repair

Ball-type faucets contain many parts. Obtain a ball faucet replacement kit and follow these steps:

  • Unscrew and remove handle
  • Remove cap and collar
  • Remove faucet cam
  • Take out washer and ball
  • Remove inlet seals and springs
  • Replace O-rings, springs, valve seats, and cam washers

Replacement kits contain specialized tools and parts. Purchase a kit from a home repair store.

Cartridge Faucet Repair

Cartridge faucet handles move up and down to regulate flow and left and right to control temperature. Follow these steps to fix a leaking faucet:

  • Remove handle or decorative cap
  • Remove retaining clip
  • Pull cartridge straight up
  • Remove faucet spout
  • Replace rubber O-rings

Be sure to coat replacement O-rings with plumber's grease. Leaks typically result from worn-out cartridges or O-rings.

Ceramic Disk Faucet Repair

Ceramic disk faucets are durable designs. Follow these steps to repair this type of faucet:

  • Unscrew and remove handle
  • Remove eschutcheon cap
  • Unscrew and remove disk cylinder
  • Pry out neoprene seals and soak in vinegar
  • Reuse or replace seals

It may be possible to reuse clean seals. Replace damaged seals to stop a leak.

Compression Faucet Repair

Damaged stem assemblies may cause a compression faucet to drip. Follow these steps to disassemble this faucet:

  • Remove handles by prying off decorative caps and unscrewing
  • Remove nut
  • Pull out stem
  • Remove and replace seat washer

Inspect the stem assembly for damage. Unscrew the packing nut to check for damaged O-rings.

It is possible to fix any type of leaking faucet. If you are not sure about the design, contact a plumber for a fixed leak. If a dripping faucet causes water damage, contact a cleanup and restoration company in Woodinville, WA.

How To Make a Home Fire Escape Plan

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Young Man Using Red Fire Extinguisher To Stop Fire Coming From Oven In Kitchen If your home suffers soot and smoke damage after a house fire, give SERVPRO of Shoreline/Woodinville a call.

How To Create A Fire Escape Plan For Your Home

A fire escape plan should account for the layout of a home and the needs of the occupants. This guide to making an emergency escape plan draws attention to several factors you should consider. Planning ahead can promote the safety of every occupant in a household in Shoreline, WA.

Plan Evacuation Routes

A fire plan should have at least two evacuation routes from every room in a house. To develop this plan you should:

  • Work with an accurate floor plan
  • Practice using evacuation routes
  • Factor in the age and physical condition of occupants

If your home has two stories, you may want to invest in a non-combustible escape ladder. Keep hallways and other passages clear at all times.

Plan for Children

It is very important to account for children in a fire escape plan. In addition to child-appropriate evacuation routes, it is also a good idea to teach kids:

  • How to roll out of bed
  • Fire crawls
  • How to check doors

You may want to test a fire alarm during drills so that children will associate these safety measures with the sound. It is important that kids participate in drills.

Plan for Pets

A homeowner can take several measures to promote pet fire safety. It is a good idea to:

  • Post pet decals near the front entrance and exterior doors
  • Store pet records in a fire box
  • Practice evacuating with pets

A decal should indicate the number and type of pets in a household. A fire box can be easy to grab, but may also protect important documents if it is left behind.

The Red Cross provides further guidance on developing a fire escape plan. If a fire breaks out at your home in Shoreline, WA, contact the fire department as soon as possible. Once the fire is extinguished you should schedule a consultation with a fire damage restoration company.

4 Essential Water Damage Restoration Steps

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

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4 Steps To Recovering From Water Damage

Regardless of your building’ age, broken pipes and water damage may be serious concerns. Because excessive moisture can cause secondary mold contamination, it’s essential to respond to leaks and flooding quickly. To help ensure a timely and efficient water cleanup, you may want to consider consulting a professional restoration service. To safeguard your facility’s integrity, the team you hire should complete four key steps during the process.

1. Document Damage

Most commercial property insurance policies cover damage resulting from leaking pipes. To file a complete claim, you may need to provide evidence of destruction. For this reason, you should ensure someone takes photographs or videos before cleanup efforts commence.

2. Remove Saturated Items

Any standing or pooled liquid should be promptly drained from the premise. It’s also essential to remove every saturated item from your building. This includes office equipment, upholstered furnishings and carpets.

Water can also seep behind walls and soak insulation. For this reason, you should also remove and discard wet drywall.

3. Dry Affected Space

Water damage can result in substantial mold growth. To help reduce this risk, it’s important to thoroughly dry the affected area as quickly as possible. Your water cleanup team may open windows and employ fans and dehumidifiers to expediate the process.

4. Verify Absence of Moisture

Depending on the severity of flooding, it may take several days before the site is dry. Because mold is adept at growing within hidden areas, it’s critical to verify the absence of moisture before replacing destroyed flooring and drywall. Your restoration crew can utilize moisture meters to ensure the site is adequately dry and ready for the final phase of reconstruction.

Recovering from broken pipes and extensive water damage can be a daunting experience for any Bothell, WA, business. By completing these four critical steps, a professional cleanup team can help you efficiently evaluate and address the situation, allowing you to focus on vital business operations.

The Two Keys To Avoiding Winter Storm Damage

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

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The Two Crucial Steps to Avoiding Winter Storm Damage

When the weather outside in Woodinville, WA, is not delightful, you’ll be glad you prepared for the latest winter storm. You can prevent storm damage at your business with regular maintenance and minimize any unexpected effects with basic preparation. Even with a pipe break, maintenance and preparation will help you get back to business sooner than you think.

Avoiding Damage Starts With Smart Maintenance

Regular maintenance can prevent winter storm damage. Pay particular attention to these areas:

  • Roof - Make sure the roof is leak-free. As water freezes it expands, so a small drip can create a bigger problem. Take care of it before that happens.
  • Insulation - Be aware of any cracks in the walls or around doors and windows. Freezing air sneaking into walls can freeze pipes. Good insulation can help prevent burst pipes.
  • Landscaping - Look at the trees around your building. Sick trees will be more likely to crack and fall. Removing those trees and overhanging branches now will save you from having to remove them from a broken window later.

Minimizing Recovery Takes Preparation

When the storm is on its way, taking steps to prepare will minimize any necessary post-storm work before you get back to business as usual. Protecting the things essential to your business is key.

• What are the most valuable tools and items in your business? Elevate them off the floor and cover with a tarp or plastic sheet. This will help keep those items dry in case off a pipe break or flooding.

• Where are your most important documents? Store printed documents in a waterproof container such a specially purchased safe. If they are electronic, store backup copies on a remote cloud or on a device you can place somewhere secure and dry.

• Where is your critical information? Keep contact information for emergency services, restoration professionals, business partners, employees and clients somewhere you can easily find it. You’ll be able to reach out to the people you need quickly.

You can minimize the stress of a winter storm with regular maintenance and a bit of preparation. By preventing damage and protecting your business, you can speed up the return to normal.

Is Black Water Really Black?

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Home flood damage Water damage at your home can occur from a variety of causes. The difference in the three categories of water is the level of contamination involved.

Is It True That Black Water Is Truly Black?

Flooding at your home in Shoreline, WA, is never a welcome sight. However, some classifications of water damage are more serious than others. The three categories are commonly known as clean, gray and black. How do you know the difference? Can you tell by looking? Is black water really black?

What Does Category 3 Water Mean?

The labels of water refer to the level of contamination present due to the source of the flooding, and not the actual color:

  • Clean, fresh water from pipes is considered Category 1 and not contaminated.
  • Gray water from dishwashers or washing machines (Category 2) is contaminated with dirt and detergent, but not bacteria.
  • Category 3, or black water, comes from highly contaminated sources such as sewage, toilet backflow with feces, river water, seawater or storm water from the ground. Contaminants in the water include microorganisms, bacteria and viruses that can cause serious illness if touched or ingested.

What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Professional?

A water restoration specialist has the training, equipment and specific techniques for dealing with this hazardous water category:

  • Protective gear is used to protect the technicians from touching or breathing in airborne viruses from the tainted water.
  • The unsafe area of your home is professionally contained during sewage cleanup to prevent both secondary damage and the spread of bacteria to other rooms.
  • Porous materials exposed to the soiled water are disposed of and other areas are expertly cleaned and sanitized. Specialized filters clean the air.

Water damage at your home in Shoreline, WA, can occur from a variety of causes. The difference in the three categories of water is the level of contamination involved. Although black water may not necessarily be black in color, it is identifiable by the source typically from sewage or storm water seeping through the ground. In this case, contact a professional to mitigate the damage.

Five Leading Causes of Home Fires

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

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The Top 5 Causes of House Fires

Have you ever wondered if one type of incident or action is more likely to lead to a home fire than another? As it turns out, there are five fire causes that are more prevalent than others. Read on to learn what they are and what you can do to avoid them.

1. Cooking

Cooking fires are the number-one cause of all fires in the United States. They usually occur when someone leaves a kitchen appliance unattended while cooking. Frying creates the greatest threat.

2. Heating Appliances

Devices such as furnaces and space heaters also pose a great fire risk. Much like with cooking fires, many of these accidents happen when a piece of equipment is left unattended or if it is operated incorrectly.

3. Electrical Gear

A home fire can also be caused by equipment used for electrical or lighting purposes. This includes lamps, power outlets and other objects that run on electricity. Once again, careful and attentive operation of electrical devices is crucial to stay safe.

4. Intentional Situations

Unfortunately, many fires are started intentionally by those wishing to create chaos and destruction. Arson makes up the fourth largest category of household fires in the United States. Many perpetrators are under the age of eighteen.

5. Smoking-Related Accidents

Smoke-related fires are the fifth most common kind in the United States. Always practice common sense safety procedures if you are planning on smoking in or near your Bothell, WA, home.

A home fire is never pleasant to think about, but knowing the leading causes of these disasters can help you to avoid some of them and the aftermath of a fire, which can include fire cleaning. Remember to always call for help and evacuate the premises if a fire begins at home. Being educated is one of the first steps to take in order to keep your house, your family and yourself safer each day.

4 Ways To Protect Your Family and Your Home From Fire

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

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4 Fire-Proofing Techniques For Your Family And Home

A home fire in Woodinville, WA, is a concern for every family, and you should be prepared. There are four key fire preparation and fire safety measures that you should implement.

1. Install Smoke Alarms

Generally, the most important measure you can take is to have smoke alarms installed in your home. Alarms can serve as an early warning system. Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home and inside and outside each bedroom.

2. Maintain Your Smoke Alarms

Alarms are worthless if they aren’t working. As part of your fire preparation, replace the batteries once a year. Test your smoke alarms every month, and change batteries as needed. Make sure everyone knows the alarm sound and what to do if they hear it.

3. Establish Fire-Safe Habits

Make yours a smoke-free home. If you smoke, do so outside. Never smoke in bed or when impaired in any manner. Dispose of ashes and butts with water.

Do not ever leave burning candles unattended. Keep flammable items at least three feet away from space heaters or anything hot. Turn off portable heaters when you go to sleep or leave the room.

4. Have a Fire Safety Plan

Prepare a diagram of your home, and show each family member two ways to escape from each room. In the event of fire or an alarm, get low, go and stay out. Establish a family meeting spot outside your home away from the house. Additionally, specify one emergency contact for family members to contact if they are unable to locate other family members following a home fire.

Practice fire drills twice a year. Press the test button on your smoke alarm, and everyone should leave your home and go to the meeting spot.

Fire preparation is important for you and your family. If you have a fire, contact a restoration specialist for help.

Creating A Fire Escape Plan That Works

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Fire safety plan for business After you have accomplished these important steps of the fire procedure, the next best thing to do is practice.

Making A Workable Fire Escape Plan

Fire safety is essential in the office. Teaching your workers what to do in the event of a disaster can reduce confusion and chaos, which is why it is important to have a clear evacuation procedure. A fire escape plan needs to include several vital parts to work efficiently. Here are four things you should do to make an emergency escape plan that protects your employees.

1. Gather Fire Supplies
Check to see if your building in Shoreline, WA, has a sufficient number of fire extinguishers, flashlights, and first aid kits. If your building is new, don’t delay getting these needed resources. Once you have gathered these tools, don’t forget to keep them on hand and inspect them at least every six months.

2. Make an Evacuation Route
Find the best ways to escape every room in your commercial building and put it all on a handy map for your employees. Depending on the size of the building and your employee staff, this fire escape plan might be complex and hard to understand. Try to make the map as clear and efficient as possible and instruct each worker how to handle the situation.

3. Identify a Meeting Place
The aftermath of a fire can be just as confusing as the actual disaster. Establish a location where your workers can gather so that you can confirm that everyone made it out safe. Schools are known for creating clear, efficient emergency escape plans. They usually choose large, flat areas where the students can gather and be accounted for. Pick a place that works best for your staff.

4. Practice Often
After you have accomplished these important steps of the fire procedure, the next best thing to do is practice. Run drills, remind workers of escape routes, and watch for any recurring problems.

A fire escape plan that is simple yet informative is a great addition to any company. Although these drills may not prevent fire damage to the building, they can protect your workers and customers from getting hurt.

A Quick Primer on Mold

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold: A Quick Overview

You may be familiar with the presence of mold in your home, but without truly understanding what mold is and how it thrives, it can be difficult to prevent or eradicate it. Black mold in particular is extremely pernicious and persistent, and even mold cleanup might not be enough to clear it from your Bothell, WA home. Let’s break down what mold is, and why it’s so hard to eliminate.

Mold Is a Fungus

That’s right, the same type of growth as mushrooms – but unless you know proper methods for making moldy cheese, mold isn’t safe to eat. Here are a few things you need to know about black mold:

  • It grows where there’s moisture to feed it and organic matter to infest
  • Like other fungi, it grows from spores – and you’re typically surrounded by invisible mold spores in your environment
  • Mold isn’t always visible to the naked eye, and can take root in hidden crevices
  • It’s impossible to wholly eliminate mold from your environment due to the prevalence of atmospheric spores
  • Mold can come in many colors, including green, white, yellow, and black, but it’s almost always a fuzzy, thick growth
  • Mold can often be easily recognized by an extremely strong, musty smell

So How Can I Get Rid of Mold?

As mentioned above, it’s impossible to wholly eradicate microscopic mold spores in the air – but you can control mold to keep it from growing past the spore stage. Keep moisture in your environment under control by addressing any leaks, flooding, or other sources of water damage. Use a dehumidifier to cut down on heavy moisture in the air. Check your appliances for leaks or condensation issues. Get an air purifier to cut down on the number of spores in the air. If you fear you have a problem, it may be helpful to consult with a mold remediation specialist for additional assistance.

3 Reasons to Have Your Home Inspected by an Environmental Hygienist

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Spots of black mold on white wall You will need a hygienist to perform a more accurate test and inspection.

Three Reasons to Hire an Environmental Hygienist to Inspect Your Home

If you think that you have mold growing in your Shoreline, WA home, you might decide that you can just inspect your house yourself. However, this is generally not the best decision. While it may not be as convenient, having an environmental hygienist inspect for mold damage is the best way to determine if there is really a problem. Here are a few reasons that hiring a professional is preferable to doing it on your own.

1. There May be Hidden Mold in Your Home

You may sometimes need mold cleaning even if you don’t think you do. In some cases, you may have a musty odor in your home and be unable to locate the source. Don’t assume that there is no problem and that the smell will go away on its own. There may be a growth inside the walls or flooring that a hygienist will be able to find and remove.

2. Home Tests Are Inaccurate

Maybe you can’t see the mold, but a home test can find it, right? The answer is probably not. Because mold spores are present in most environments, many home tests will pick up mold even where there isn’t any damaging growth that requires mold cleaning.

3. They Are Trained and Experienced

You likely haven’t been trained to detect or clean up mold, so trying to do it on your own won’t give you the same results as hiring a mold remediation service. To ensure that the work is done well, you should leave it to the professionals.

Doing your own inspection and mold cleaning can seem like an appealing option, especially if you enjoy DIY home projects. In this case, however, it is best to hire a professional, since you could easily end up doing more harm than good if your actions result in mold spores spreading throughout your house.

Are You Covered for Storm Damage?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Are You Protected Against Storm Damage?

Does your homeowner’s policy cover potential damages from flooding, or do you need dedicated flood insurance? While your average policy may cover you in the event of high winds causing broken windows and roof damage, the number of insurers covering natural floods on typical homeowner’s policies is few and far between, meaning that storm damages caused by a natural flood are not protected against. Therefore, before making a flood claim or choosing a more specific policy, it is necessary to understand storm damages.

Basic Weather Losses

The way insurers protect people and their property is by putting together universal policies, which means that they present standard homeowners policies that cover weather events that most of the population experience. Therefore, an insurance claim on a standard policy for wind damage will probably be accepted while property loss caused by a flood typically won't be. To understand this level of decision-making, consider standard homeowner plans as coverage for basic weather losses, like wind.

Rare Weather Losses

A flood claim is not standard, and therefore, it requires a special policy. While there are parts of the country that experience annual flooding, most of the country does not, making this weather phenomena rare in the eyes of insurance providers.
While policies will inevitably change, one thing remains the same: the need for emergency remediation services in the Woodinville, WA, area. Whether or not you have adequate insurance, you will need the help of qualified professionals to restore your property after a disaster strikes.

Granted, insurance helps to reduce the costs of restoration, but it is needed regardless of coverage. With the proper coverage, a flood claim does not have to be complicated. However, if you do not have flood insurance, then an insurer will likely pick your claim apart to reduce their liability. If you are concerned about potential flooding, then contact your insurance company and make sure you are covered.

Protect Your Building Envelope

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Construction details - framing installing the roof truss system Protect your building envelope.

Whether you work in an area of the country that gets a lot of rainfall or just a little bit, there are four ways that your building could experience rain damage:

• Bulk Water: Rain, runoff, and other sources of water-driven mostly by gravity
• Capillary Water: Water that moves through channels in the building, usually pulled along through tube-like means
• Airborne Moisture: This includes the humidity in the air whether it occurs naturally or is created by air conditioning
• Movement of Water Vapor: This refers to water from high-humidity sources, such as hot water baths or greenhouses, that move throughout a building to affect low-humidity levels

What Is the Building Envelope?

Without the right waterproofing steps, black mold could develop within the building envelope. As a business owner, you can work closely with water remediation experts to make sure your water is thoroughly waterproofed.

Take a close look at three elements of the building: the roof, gutters, and siding. These are some of the most common areas for water to infiltrate the "envelope." Regular maintenance and ongoing inspections from Shoreline, WA experts can keep these high-risk areas safe and water-tight.

The Roof

This one area of your building is the strongest protector against rain damage. Whether the weather brings rain or snow, that water will probably drop onto your business from overhead, so keep a close eye on the shingles, the underlayment, and any moisture barriers that make up the roof. Pay close attention to how the sun, wind, and falling debris affect roofing materials.


This element of your waterproofing system keeps water away from the windows and foundation of your building. Make sure the gutters are in good shape and free of debris.


Although most rain and snow come from above, the wind can blow some of this moisture against the walls of your building. Whether you have brick, stucco, or vinyl siding, make sure these materials provide a strong barrier against water with proper maintenance.

Rain damage doesn't have to penetrate your building. Locate the most likely trouble areas and work with professionals to prevent damages.

How To Save Your Belongings From Smoke Damage

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Residential fire loss. If your home suffers soot and smoke damage after a house fire, give SERVPRO of Shoreline/Woodinville a call.

How To Prevent Smoke Damage To Your Property

The effects of a house fire can be terrible. Your first concern is the safety of your family members. You’re probably then worried about whether you’ll be able to salvage your home. You probably also have many belongings you hope to preserve. While some things might be a lost cause, with proper dry-cleaning and other methods, you can save some belongings, even if they were damaged by the smoke.

Inspect Your Home

The best thing to do for full-scale content cleaning after a fire in your Bothell, WA home is to contact the professionals. A trusted company will send representatives to first inspect the affected area.

  • Inspect and test rooms the fire directly affected as well as adjacent rooms.
  • Check for smoke damage to the floor, walls and items.
  • Check for leftover soot.

Board and Tarp

In order to prevent any further damage, the professionals will board up windows and place large tarps over damaged portions of the roof or siding. The company representative may also discuss your options for content storage while the restoration process is underway. By boarding your home and putting tarps over vulnerable spots, you can avoid further damage.

Get rid of Smoke and Soot

It’s vital to remove this damage as soon as possible. The professionals have high-quality methods to not only clean and sanitize affected areas but also to remove the lingering smells smoke leaves behind.

Clean and Sanitize

Smoke can do extensive damage to all areas of your home. The professional company you choose will send technicians to use dry-cleaning and other proven cleaning and sanitizing agents to help ensure your home is as close to the state it was in before the fire occurred.

Dry-cleaning, sanitizing and preservation are critical to this restoration process. When you have the pros on your side, you can breathe a sigh of relief that you will once again have a livable home.

Flood Hazards for First Responders

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth found behind baseboards Mold after storm damage

First Responders' Flood Risks

When a flood hits The Highlands, WA, a first responder is the hero of the day as he or she works to protect lives, property and the environment. It is important for these trained professionals to look after themselves as well, and this work comes with its own set of potential risks. Rather than put yourself or others at risk, follow these simple steps to stay safe.

Safety Checklist

Flood response has its own set of hazards. Prior to heading out to help others, take time to review personal safety procedures.

• Immunizations for Hepatitis B and tetanus must be up-to-date.
• Protective clothing should include chemical-resistant outer clothing, goggles, boots and plastic or rubber gloves.
• Layer latex gloves over puncture-resistant gloves and discard them after use.

Other Precautions

After cleaning, don’t wear contaminated clothes in your personal vehicle. Remember to shower and change into uncontaminated clothes when your shift as a first responder ends. Wear a disposable N95 mask to protect yourself from inhaling mold. Clean wet surfaces with clean water and disinfectant. Properly vent portable generators and avoid the risk of electrocution.

More Protections

Be aware of your surroundings, especially when working near traffic. Watch for sinkholes and areas where the terrain has sustained damage. Seek medical care if you are exposed to raw sewage or chemicals. Frequently wash your hands in soap and clean water or with alcohol-based gel, especially before meals and after handling potentially contaminated materials.

The major cause of loss of life in floods is being trapped in a vehicle. It takes only a foot of water to float many cars and trucks, and once the wheels are off the road, rolling, flipping, or colliding with anything downstream can happen quickly.

A first responder is a welcome sight to flood victims and is the person who will lead the way to recovery and damage remediation. Though staying dry may be impossible, staying safe doesn’t have to be.

The Important Role of an Environmental Hygienist

7/25/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on wall. Mold damage in a North City, WA home

If you have recently had a flood in your North City, WA, home or if you discovered leaky pipes, you should have a professional check for mold. This fungus thrives in wet, humid environments. Even if you extract any standing water and dry the area, you want to be sure no mold was left behind. Before you can move to the step of mold cleaning, you should hire an environmental hygienist to inspect the home and identify whether this fungus is present.

How Mold Can Grow in Your Home

Mold spores are always present in the air. Though microscopic, they are outside and inside your house, waiting for a place to grow and spread. When circumstances are ideal, colonies can appear within a few days. Common ways mold damage occurs include:

  • Leaky or broken pipes under sinks or in walls
  • Poor ventilation in showers or basements
  • Leaks in appliances such as washers, dishwashers or refrigerators

What the Environmental Hygienist Does

This expert works with a professional mold remediation company to evaluate and clean up materials such as mold in businesses and residences. The hygienist has the knowledge and training to look for mold in the right places and to identify its presence. This professional also uses the necessary equipment and tools to test for this fungus in homes. The hygienist is certified to work with this substance and has experience checking for all types of mold, including black mold. After conducting tests, the hygienist will discuss the results with you and coordinate a plan to thoroughly clean the area.

Next Steps

The hygienist helps oversee the mold cleaning process. This not only includes scrubbing away the fungus but sanitizing the area as well. Remediation teams may also have to tear out porous materials such as carpet and drywall.
Prompt mold cleaning is essential if you find this fungus in your house. An environmental hygienist can help you confirm its presence.

3 Simple Cleaning Practices To Prevent Mold Spore Buildup

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Black spots on wall Mold damage.

Prevent Mold Spore Buildup

The trouble with mold is that it exists nearly everywhere in the world, and spores are ever-present in the air. This is fine when talking about outdoor air, but indoor air takes some special management to keep mold spores from becoming too abundant and forming colonies. Some simple cleaning is all it takes to manage these populations and reduce the chance of mold problems. Here are three simple cleaning practices to reduce spores in your building.

1. Routine Cleaning to Reduce Spores and Dirt

Spores can accumulate in several places in your building. Because spores are microscopic, they tend to accumulate with dust and dirt particles. Molds feed on organic materials like cellulose, dust particles and human food. That's right, spores accumulate in the same places where their food sources exist. That's a big risk for the development of mold, but routine cleaning practices such as dusting and wiping surfaces, vacuuming, and carpet cleaning are all effective at reducing spore buildup, dust and dirt.

2. Proper Carpet Cleaning

Proper carpet and upholstery cleaning is dependent on many factors, including traffic and type of material. Carpets are fibrous and full of crevices that they act as a pitfall for spores, dust and dirt. Particles become trapped deep in the carpet as well as in the nooks and crannies of the fibers. Frequent vacuuming is essential to removing particles, but yearly professional carpet cleaning is essential to remove spores and soil that have settled deep in your carpets.

3. HVAC Maintenance and Cleaning

HVAC systems are a common place for mold to develop since spores and dirt easily travel through the air in this moisture-filled system. A yearly HVAC service will help this system perform at its best and reduce spore buildup.

Regularly cleaning in these three areas will help manage indoor spore populations, but you can also count on mold remediation specialists to help with spore control in addition to full mold problems. Professionals have the knowledge and equipment to clean up mold while minimizing the spread of mold spores.

How Fire Sprinklers Work

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

You may be wondering if you really need to install a fire sprinkler system in your commercial building. However, sprinklers are an important part of any structure. They limit fire damage and keep your employees safe.

How Sprinklers Work

A sprinkler system has four main components. They are:

  • Water pipe
  • Plug
  • Bulb filled with liquid
  • Sprinkler head

The sprinkler is attached to an existing pipe in the building. When the temperature reaches a certain level, the glass bulb bursts. This frees the water from the pipe, which goes through the sprinkler head and onto the fire.

This fire suppression system allows sprinklers to work quickly. They often extinguish or contain a blaze before the firefighters even arrive at the scene.

Installing Sprinklers

You should not attempt to install sprinklers on your own. Instead, contact a contractor who understands the local standards and codes. Ideally, you should get the sprinklers installed while the building is being remodeled.

Sprinkler Myths

You may have seen television and movie scenes where a fire sprinkler system accidentally goes off in the absence of fire. This excess water then soaks the entire building and its contents.

Don’t let this myth preclude you from installing fire sprinklers in your North City, WA, commercial building. Sprinklers rarely activate unless there really is a fire in your building. That’s because sprinklers are triggered by the high temperatures that accompany fires. Burnt toast or cigar smoke alone won't cause them to operate.

You also don’t have to worry about all the sprinklers in a building going off at once and causing major flooding. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate. Of course, sprinklers and fire hoses do often leave behind water damage. Fire sprinkler cleanup specialists can help dry wet items and restore your charred belongings.

Installing a fire sprinkler system in your building can protect you and your assets. While sprinklers are relatively simple devices, they can quickly extinguish a blaze and reduce smoke damage.

Does Carpet Need Replacing After a Flood?

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Wet carpet, flooded carpet. Flooded carpet in Sheridan Beach, WA.

Experiencing flooding in your home in Sheridan Beach, WA, such as from a pipe break or severe weather, can be devastating and exhausting when having to clean up the mess and deal with damages to your belongings and the structure of the house itself. Especially if the flooding happened over a large area of your home, the longer it takes for the area to dry out, the more time mold can set in, which can cause further damage. It’s important to act quickly in these cases (mold can begin growing within 48 hours) while ensuring the damage is thoroughly taken care of.

Clean or Dirty Flood

If you’re trying to determine whether you can save your carpeting, it’s important to know where the water came from and how dirty it was. If the water was from a pipe break or rain, and you can dry out the material within 24-48 hours, it is likely that you can go without replacing it. A flood restoration company has the equipment to ensure carpeting is fully dried out in a timely manner. Carpet pads usually do need to be replaced, however, as they are like a sponge and may be too difficult to dry.
If the flood was caused by a backed-up sewage drain or contaminated river water, you may want to think about replacing the carpet. If there is sentimental value or it’s an expensive rug, a restoration company can take the extra steps to safely decontaminate it, but it’s not recommended that you do this yourself. An improper cleaning job can easily result in mold, disease, and further structural damage if left long enough.

Protect Your Home

Replacing carpeting can be a pain, especially if it’s not necessary, such as in the case of a pipe break. Working with a restoration company can ensure your home is fully dried out before mold has a chance to set in or more damage is done.

What To Throw Out After a Fire

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

Throwing packs of medicine in the trash. Throw away medication that has been exposed to the fire

What To Throw Away After a Residential Fire

A fire can damage contents that are not directly burned. Items in surrounding areas may be exposed to high heat, soot and smoke. This exposure can destabilize medicine, personal care products and food items. Learn more about what to throw away and replace after residential fire in Shoreline, WA.

Health and Body Care Products

Medications have a safe temperature range printed on the labeling. Many personal care products are also formulated for maximum effectiveness at normal temperatures. Exposure to intense heat or smoke can destabilize any of the following items:

  • Medication
  • Body wash
  • Cosmetics
  • Haircare products
  • Lotions

Anything intended to be ingested or applied to the skin or hair should not be contaminated with compounds found in soot or smoke. These contaminants may result in irritation or exposure to chemicals that are otherwise removed during cleanup and restoration. Excessive heat can also render medicines and beauty products less effective.

Open or Bagged Food

It is important to throw away any food items that could be contaminated with soot, smoke, or destabilized by heat. This is particularly the case with the following items:

  • Food stored in containers or bags
  • Pet food stored in bags or containers
  • Cans exposed to high heat

Cans that were not exposed to very high temperatures may be kept. Remove the label and write the contents on the can in a permanent marker.

Damaged or Porous Items

Any charred or burned items will probably not benefit from cleaning. Fire causes chemical changes that will continue to pose a contamination risk. It is particularly important to dispose of items that make direct contact with skin or food, such as bedding, clothing, cutting boards, dishware, or cups.

All of these contents are likely to contain the toxic residues of a fire. Fire damage restoration experts can identify items to throw away and other contents that may benefit from cleaning.

The Benefits of an Electronic Claims Service

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fingers pointing at the words ¨Insurance Claim.¨ Electronic claims submissions have a myriad of benefits

Restoration professionals have to complete a lot of tasks to serve their clients. In the past, they used traditional postage methods to mail their paperwork to insurance companies and homeowners affected by disasters, such as fires, floods, or mold outbreaks. Today, there are electronic services available to simplify filing an insurance claim. Electronic claims submissions have a myriad of benefits to everyone involved in the process.

Save Time

The three steps to filing a claim are:

  1. Noticing that your residence is damaged and contact an insurance provider
  2. Waiting for an insurance adjuster to evaluate the extent of the damage
  3. Receiving financial reimbursement to cover repairs

An insurance agent may not have the knowledge to correctly look over a property. He or she often collaborates with a local restoration company that can provide a detailed report of what happened and how to affordably restore a home to a safe condition.

SERVPRO is a company in Richmond Highlands, WA, that many agents trust. Its focus on up-to-date electronic systems makes it a frontrunner for filing an insurance claim. Restoration professionals can enter estimate information, scan photographs and keep track of projects using the database, then email the information to an agent. The agent can respond promptly, which saves a large amount of time. Professionals are more productive, and homeowners can get a quicker resolution.

Reduce Errors

Professionals using an electronic database are not prone to filing errors that can result in inaccurate financial compensation. If a claim has missing or contradictory information, for example, it can be fixed in a flash. Top-notch claims are a frugal and ethical decision for companies looking to establish a good reputation with their clients.

Filing an insurance claim can be efficient and easy. Electronic claims submissions are an indication that an insurance company has the best interests of its clients in mind. They allow restoration professionals to focus on their work, agents to calculate reimbursement in little time, and clients to get their life back on track.

3 Common Water Issues in Commercial Buildings

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Clogged toilet Commercial toilets get a lot of use which means most of them will get clogged occasionally.

3 Common Water Issues in Commercial Buildings

One of the most common causes of water damage in commercial buildings is leaking pipes, however, that isn't the only problem to look out for. You may wish to add these three common water issues in commercial buildings to your maintenance routine.

1. Leaking or Running Toilets

According to the EPA, a leaking toilet can waste as much as 3,000 gallons of water a year. Additionally, leaking toilets can lead to water damage and mold. To avoid wasted water, higher water bills, and potential water or mold damage, toilets should be inspected regularly to ensure they aren't leaking or running constantly.

2. Toilet Clogs

Commercial toilets get a lot of use which means most of them will get clogged occasionally. Because clogs can lead to a toilet backup which may cause a flood in the bathroom, it may be wise to regularly check restrooms for clogged toilets and plunge them or call a plumber in Richmond Highlands, WA, to clear clogs.

3. Plumbing Leaks

Freezing temperatures or deterioration can lead to leaking pipes or a pipe break that may cause a flood. Water leaking from cracked or broken pipes or water supply lines is the most common cause of water damage in commercial buildings. These leaks can be difficult to detect because pipes and supply lines are often buried underground or hidden by walls. Because long-term leaks can lead to severe water damage, it can be important to watch for signs of leaks, such as standing water, bulging walls, spongy floors, water stains, and musty smells or mold growth.
Regularly inspecting your commercial property for leaking pipes and other potential sources of water damage can help keep water damage to a minimum. However, if you have suffered a broken pipe or an overflowing toilet, promptly contacting a water damage remediation and restoration company may help prevent further damage to your property.

How To Protect Your Home After a Fire

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Room burned, walls covered with smoke and soot, belongings damaged by fire, window boarded up Board up home after fire damage.

Ensure To Protect Your Home As Best You Can After a Fire

When fire has erupted inside your Richmond Highlands, WA home, the days following the disaster are crucial to the overall cleanup and restoration process to follow. Homes that have suffered from fire damage can be restored, but they can also receive additional secondary damage from other elements. This is because fires can create holes in the roof and siding, and break windows and doors, and since you likely cannot live in the home, there are few options to protect your property when it is left open and exposed. As such, it is imperative to consider board up services after a fire.


Protecting the remaining structure and items within the home become paramount after a fire. Once the fire is out, it is recommended that you move forward with an emergency board up services in order to:

Minimize additional damage to the home – Board up services will cover holes in your walls and siding, as well as replace broken windows and doors in order to prevent wind, rain, snow, and other natural elements from entering the structure and further damaging it
Prevent thievery – Abandoned homes left unprotected are prime targets for intruders to steal your remaining possessions
Secure insurance claims – Some insurance companies require emergency board up services after a fire since they do not want to pay for preventable secondary damage
Protect against injuries – Those who enter your home, even unlawfully, can be injured, making you liable to pay for their medical expenses

Additional Considerations

While board up services are almost always needed after a fire, tarp protection may also be necessary. Tarps are primarily used when roof damage has been sustained, so it is important to ensure you work with professionals to understand the full extent of the damage and act accordingly to prevent further issues. Either way, ensure you are protecting your home as best you can after a fire, as the up front cost could save you a fortune in the long run.

Sump Pump Maintenance

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

A sump pump installed in a basement of a home with a water powered backup system. A sump pump can be very effective at keeping your Richmond Beach, WA, basement, or crawlspace from overflowing.

Sump Pump Maintenance

A sump pump can be very effective at keeping your Richmond Beach, WA, basement, or crawlspace from overflowing. However, they are usually not in the living areas of the home and are frequently forgotten about until they stop working. Fortunately, maintaining the pump is generally pretty easy.

An important part of pump maintenance is keeping the pump clean. The following parts should be checked regularly for debris:

  • vent
  • pipes
  • intake screen
  • sump pit

In addition to checking these areas routinely, it is a good idea to take the pump out of the sump pit once a year and do a thorough cleaning of both the pump and the pit.

In addition to keeping the sump pump clean, it is important to test it. To do this, pour a bucket of water into the sump pit and make sure the pump activates and drains the water properly. Additionally, check that the power cord is free of damage and that the outlet is working. These pumps are usually connected to ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets, and sometimes those types of outlets turn off. If the pump has a backup battery, be sure to test them routinely and change them as directed by the manufacturer.

Other Maintenance Tasks
There are a few other things to watch for when examining your pump. Make sure the pump is upright in the sump pit. Look for rust and other signs of corrosion. Check that the float ball can move freely. If you are uncomfortable performing any part of the pump maintenance yourself, find a reliable contractor to perform the inspections and maintenance for you.
Even a well-maintained sump pump can malfunction, leaving you with a flooded basement or crawlspace that can lead to further complications, such as mold damage. Fortunately, a certified restoration service can help you get your home back to normal quickly and safely.

What To Know About Fire and the Damage it Causes

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Room burned, walls covered with smoke and soot, belongings damaged by fire, window boarded up Smoke and soot damage in a Shoreline, WA home.

What To Know About Fire and the Damage it Causes

When you’re a homeowner in Shoreline, WA, fire damage to your property can be a concern. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can learn beforehand that may help if you ever find yourself dealing with this type of situation. Here are a few things you may want to know.

1. Fire Can Lead To Multiple Damage Types

Fire doesn’t just leave smoke and soot damage behind. In some cases, it can lead to water damage as well. Water from a fire hose or installed sprinklers can lead to flooding. Water can also become a factor if pipes burst after being heated to the point of breaking, or if the fires causes a leak in the roof. Fortunately, most restoration services are prepared to handle this type of damage as well.

2. Repairs Should Begin as Soon as Possible

As with any type of damage to your home, fire damage repairs should begin as soon as you can. This will help prevent further damage. If an area can’t be repaired quickly it should be covered over to keep it protected from the elements when not being worked on.

3. A Restoration Team Can Help

After a fire, you may want to contact a professional restoration team to help with the repairs. These professionals know how to deal with every type of damage that comes with a fire, and can take care of the restoration from start to finish. In many cases, they may also be able to work with your insurance by providing up-to-date information your agent may need to file your claim.
When it comes to fire damage in your home it may help to be prepared. Knowing that a fire can lead to several types of damage can help you know what to expect when it comes to making repairs. Remember, a restoration service can help you through every step of the restoration process.

5 Simple Steps to Flush a Hot Water Heater

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Hand attaches hose to a home water heater to perform maintenance Flushing a water heater in Woodinville, WA

5 Simple Steps to Get It Done Quickly and Easily

To keep your home in tip-top condition and help it last many decades, it requires periodic maintenance. One of the easiest parts is maintaining a hot water heater by flushing it annually. There are 5 simple steps to get it done quickly and easily.

Disconnect the Tank From Utilities

If the unit is electric, shut off the breaker; if gas, use the shutoff valve or, if necessary, shut off the gas at the meter. If you turn it off at the meter, you may have to relight the pilot light on all your gas appliances. Also, turn off the cold water inlet valve to the tank.

Run a Hose From the Drain Valve to a Good Area

The drain valve is located at the bottom of the tank. Connect a garden hose to it and run the hose to an area that can handle many gallons of water. Make sure the drainage is away from the house and that it won’t wash out any features, such as a gravel path.

Drain the Water Heater

It’s best to wait a few hours to let the hot water cool down before draining. Next, open the drain valve on the tank, then the pressure relief valve on top of the unit. Then open one or two hot water faucets. This will allow the tank to empty quickly.

Close All the Valves and Double-Check the Ones on the Tank

Once the water heater flush is finished, close the pressure relief valve and the drain valve. Turn on the water and then immediately check the tank for leaky valves. Wait for the air to pass through the open faucets, then shut them off as well.

Turn on the Power or Gas

If you have gas, make sure any pilot lights are lit. Once again, look for drips around the unit; if you don’t find any, you’re done!
If your water heater has leaked and caused damage in Woodinville, WA, call an experienced water damage restoration company for advice. They can help you with insurance information and get things back to normal quickly.

What To Expect When Rebuilding After a Commercial Fire

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke coming out of a building Fire breaks out in Woodinville, WA.

What Steps To Take When Your Business Suffers From Fire

There is a lot to consider when a fire breaks out at your business in Woodinville, WA and you are figuring out the process of rebuilding. A good first step is to get an estimate from a reputable fire restoration company. A full-service company will make several considerations when they send contractors to your property to make a bid.

1. Secondary Damage

When a commercial fire has caused damage to your property, the first job the contractors will do is prevent secondary damage. This will likely start with boarding up the doors, windows, and damaged walls to prevent intrusion, theft, or wandering critters. If there is damage to the roof, then a temporary roof tarp can be put in place to prevent further destruction from the weather. If there is concern about theft in the area, then a surveillance system may be installed or a security guard may be dispatched to the property.

2. Removal Services

Before the restoration process can begin, there needs to be a good cleanup of the property. If the fire department was dispatched to the property, the logical first step is to clean out any remaining water and then estimate the level of water damage. The contractors can then assess how much smoke damage and fire odor is left behind and what procedures are needed to correct the problem. Any unsalvageable debris will most likely be removed, which can help eradicate a lot of the smoke smell.

3. Restoration of Salvageable Materials

Any items or materials that can be saved will likely be packed up and sent to cleaning facilities in order to remove any smoke or fire damage. The rest of the items can then be moved to storage facilities for the duration of the restoration process.

Calling a fire restoration company to provide an estimate is a smart first step when your business suffers a fire. The contractors can provide a good accounting for how much it will cost to fix your property and work with your insurance company to make sure you have the best experience getting back into business. 

Why You Want the Pros to Help With Your Water Cleanup

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Photocopier in an office, wet carpet Commercial water cleanup in Woodinville, WA.

Water damage doesn't always come from Mother Nature. In fact, many commercial flooding issues in Woodinville, WA, come because of plumbing problems such as leaky pipes or pipe bursts. Sometimes, water can infiltrate your workspace for weeks or months before you notice, leading to massive water clean-up needs. Even in the most difficult circumstances, you can rely on professionals to get your building back in order.

What Cleanup Technicians Offer

If there is minor water damage at work, you may be able to take care of the matter if you notice it right away. However, in most cases, you want a professional flood remediation team to respond. Experienced technicians bring the following to the job:

  • Prompt arrival and quick work
  • Industrial-grade equipment and proven techniques
  • Industry-leading skill and expertise

The Right Credentials
With something as critical as flood cleanup in your office, you can't afford to hire unqualified help. The best companies not only have the abilities you're looking for but the right certifications, too. Make sure the restoration company is a water damage expert certified by the IIRC. Having an Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification means the organization has adhered to high standards and exceeded all requirements of safety. You can have peace of mind that these technicians will be thorough in their inspection and all cleanup processes.

A Comprehensive Approach
Technicians will extract all water from your office and remove damaged materials. A broken pipe can expel a considerable amount of water on the ground and can damage walls, furniture, documents, and electronics. To minimize the risk of mold, a certified drying specialist will ensure that technicians use the proper techniques to dry all areas. The team will also sanitize the affected spaces.
Water clean-up doesn't have to derail your business. If you get certified professionals on the task, you can safely have your office back with as little disruption as possible.

3 Signs of Black Mold

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Mold damage on floor bathroom Mold removal on the bathroom floor.

Three Signs To Look For During a Mold Inspection

Do you dread walking into the bathroom and seeing black mold line the ceiling? Mold can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. Although mold spores are everywhere, when colonies form in your house, they are both unappealing and damaging to the house. Prevention is key when house mold forms. However, if you do need the help of professional mold services, you may need to learn how to recognize it first. 

1. Colored Spots
One of the biggest signs of mold is discoloring on your walls or ceiling. If you notice some weird colors or bulging, this should be addressed immediately. Leaky roofs can cause water damage in the ceiling, causing it to bulge or warp. If left untreated, this can quickly become a breeding ground for mold.

2. Musty Odor
Musty smells can come from a variety of things, which is why routine cleaning is just as important as any mold inspection. However, if the constant cleaning doesn't seem to help with the smell, you might be dealing with a mold problem. You may need to look around for the source of the odor and determine further. Be sure to let professional services in Lake Forest Park, WA, know so that they can properly identify the mold and help you get the problem fixed.

3. Deteriorating Walls
If you notice peeling wallpaper and chipping paint, you may want to take a closer look. Humidity and water damage may have occurred, which can lead to mold. Mold can cause damage to your house, so you may want to get those areas tested to prevent further damage.
One of the best ways to have proper mold inspections is to routinely check all areas of your home. Next time you see any colored spots, smell a musty odor or find deteriorating walls, you'll know what to do. 

Preparing Your Business' Exterior for a Storm: 3 Steps

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Windows of a building boarded up Protect your building from high winds by boarding them.

Steps To Lower The Impact Of A Strong Storm

When a serious storm is set to bear down on your Kenmore, WA, business, preparedness can help you protect your investment. One of the most important actions you can take is to inspect the exterior of your business with the help of a storm damage and restoration company, as their advice for exterior maintenance can help guide you through a few steps that may lower the impact of a strong storm.

1. Schedule a Building Inspection
Storm damage technicians can help you identify some exterior areas of your building that are most likely to take on damage., They may inspect the roof to gauge whether any existing damage might be made worse by a storm and whether any exterior doors may be too weak to withstand powerful winds. Covering these areas during bad weather may protect them until you can examine repair or replacement options.

2. Address Your Concerns
Once a building inspection is complete, discuss your concerns with a storm damage restoration team. They can help you understand whether your worries are legitimate and if you may have overlooked other areas that may need attention. For example, if your storefront features large display windows, you may want to ask your technicians about protecting them from high winds and blowing debris with sturdy wooden boards.

3. Implement Protection Actions
Your storm damage remediation and restoration service can help you decide what kind of exterior maintenance would best protect your building and then take steps to implement it. They may strengthen exterior exits, place protective material over windows and cover skylights to protect them from leaks. They can also advise you about keeping your building maintained properly, as this may reduce the risk of storm damage.
When powerful storms arrive in Kenmore, WA, they can pose a serious risk to your commercial building. Performing regular exterior maintenance, as well as working with a restoration service, can help you protect your business and prevent costly repairs.

Where Should You Place Fire Alarms in Your Home

5/16/2021 (Permalink)

Battery in fire alarm. If you don't currently have a fire alarm in the right spot at home, make sure you add this safety measure today.

There are certain smells and sounds you never want to encounter in your home. The odor of smoke and the high-pitched noise coming from our fire alarm signifies a big emergency in your house. As scary as this situation may be, you are thankful that you have properly working smoke alarms to alert you of possible danger. Without these devices, you put your loved ones at risk.

Smoke Alarm Tips

Anyone in Shoreline, WA, knows that potential fire damage could be devastating and deadly. It's one thing to have these in your home, but you need to make sure you place them correctly and that they are in good working order. Here are some ways to make sure they'll do their job well:

  • Change the batteries every year.
  • Test the alarm every year (most devices have a "Test" button that you can push).
  • Replace the alarms themselves every 10 years.

Place at Least One on Every Floor
Due to different layouts, sizes and designs, homes will have different numbers of alarms. Regardless of your home's square footage, make sure you have a fire alarm on every level of the structure. You should have in the basement as well, even if it is unfinished and no one sleeps there.

One in Every Bedroom
Wherever a member of your family sleeps, you need a smoke alarm there. This should be the case whether it's a small area, a master bedroom or anything else in between.

One in Nearby Hallways
Before you ever call a professional fire cleanup company to take care of smoke damage, you need to safely exit your home during a fire. Having a fire alarm in the hallway outside every bedroom is an effective way to sense any sign of a fire in your home.

If you don't currently have a fire alarm in the right spot at home, make sure you add this safety measure today. Follow this list so you can have peace of mind.

Protect Your Business With a Fire Sprinkling System

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Sprinkler on ceiling. You certainly hope that you'll never have a fire in your commercial property, but installing a fire sprinkler system can give you some peace of mind.

Nobody expects a fire to break out in their commercial building, but it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. One of the ways you can protect your business in Sheridan Beach, WA  is by installing a fire sprinkler system.

How a Sprinkler System Works

Sprinklers detect heat - The mechanism that activates the sprinkler is intense heat, not smoke, so you don’t have to worry about setting off sprinklers when you burn your pizza in the lunchroom oven. As heat rises during a fire, it spreads along the ceiling. The sprinkler head is made of glass that is filled with a specially-designed liquid. When this liquid expands, due to the heat, it breaks the glass which triggers the sprinkler.
Sprinklers disperse water - The system is installed with a series of pipes filled with water. When a fire sprinkler is activated, it disperses water to douse the fire. The sprinkler system must be pressurized so that the water arches outward for more effective fire suppression.
Sprinklers minimize water damage - You certainly don’t want to deal with a lot of water damage. Thankfully, each sprinkler is designed to function independently, so that if the fire is concentrated in a small area, only one sprinkler will be triggered. This helps to minimize fire sprinkler cleanup. Sprinklers also use much less water than your fire department’s hose.

How to Install a Sprinkler System
Sprinkling systems must be installed by professionals who are trained to follow all of the codes and regulations of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The ideal time to install sprinklers is when the building is new, but they can also be added to an existing structure. Many insurance agencies will offer discounts for buildings with sprinklers.

You certainly hope that you'll never have a fire in your commercial property, but installing a fire sprinkler system can give you some peace of mind.

Boarding Up a Building After Fire Damage

4/24/2021 (Permalink)

Board up building with yellow no trespassing yellow caution tape Board up after fire damage

Boarding Up After A Fire

From cooking accidents to electrical malfunctions, commercial fires happen every day in offices, restaurants, hotels and warehouses. Total fire damage for companies usually exceeds $2.4 billion a year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Each situation is unique and the restoration process encompasses a variety of techniques and solutions. One common scenario is a burned building that is dangerously unsecured after a fire. In these cases, the first job of a fire mitigation company is to secure the building against additional harm.

How Boarding Up and Tarp Services Work
If the fire damage is extensive, a property might have holes in the roof, broken windows and doors and other gaps in the building envelope. This exposes the property to storms, wild animals and looting. Restoration professionals will secure the building by putting boards over the holes or placing a tarp over the roof. This is a job best left to professionals for several reasons:

  • Workers have been trained in the process
  • They have the equipment to reach unstable areas
  • They have the tools to complete the job safely
  • They know where to place the boards and tarps

Once the building is secured, technicians will get to work on restoring the property. At this point, there is less need to worry about secondary damage to the building.

How the Fire Cleanup Process Continues
After the initial inspection and assessment, trained workers will often move on to water removal and drying. This is often necessary due to the impacts of fire sprinkler systems or fire crews. This is followed by the removal of soot and smoke damage from all surfaces. A cleaning and sanitizing stage helps return the building and its contents to good condition. Restoration repairs damage to drywall and other structures.
After a blaze, fire damage can vary from fairly minor to complete devastation. A professional response will make the best of a difficult situation.

Watch Out for These Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

4/17/2021 (Permalink)

Removed ceiling material in a Woodinville business due to a pipe burst SERVPRO of Shoreline / Woodinville can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage.

Running a business is hard work for most people, but water damage, such as that caused by a broken pipe and flooding, can present a whole new set of issues. If you are a business owner in Woodinville WA make sure to look out for these common water damage causes.

Types of Problems

In a business, the causes of water damage can take many forms:

• Broken pipes

• Toilet overflows

• Supply line breaks

• Fire sprinkler system faults

When these incidents happen, it can cost a pretty penny to repair the damage. Some examples of damage include flooding, damp carpeting and drywall, standing water and mold growth. It may also be difficult to continue working in your building until everything is fixed or replaced. Therefore, it’s important to keep an eye out for these issues and call water repair experts if you notice anything that could result in potential water damage.

Dealing With Commercial Water Damage

If your business has water damage from a broken pipe or a supply line break, it’s imperative to call a commercial water damage restoration team to handle the situation and restore your business to its original condition. When working on repairing your business, a professional team should be able to perform these services:

• Extracting standing water and drying your building

• Drying and dehumidifying to remove remaining moisture in carpets and walls

• Sanitizing to clean your belongings and eliminate odors

• Restoring to repair affected areas or initiating reconstruction based on how severe the damage is

Taking these steps can ensure your building will be safe and clean. This is imperative for you and your employees when you return to work.

Owning a business is difficult, but preparation is important to make sure that you’re ready for any future issues, such as a broken pipe, that may happen down the road. That way, you’ll be able to take the necessary steps to solve problems like water damage, whether it’s caused by natural disasters or internal structural issues. Give SERVPRO of Shoreline/Woodinville a call for more information on commercial water damage services.

4 Steps To Fix a Toilet That Won’t Stop Flushing

4/10/2021 (Permalink)

Air movers and drying equipment set up in the bathroom of a Shoreline, WA apartment. Water loss can come in many forms and leave a lasting impact unless taken care of immediately.

A commercial toilet connected to a flushometer may not stop flushing. A sediment blockage in a manual or automatic flushometer can cause the system to constantly run water or result in a toilet overflow. A facilities manager should take these four steps to stop a toilet.

1. Shut Off the Water Supply to the Flushometer

Look for a flat screwdriver slot on the left or right side of a manual or automatic flushometer. Turn the slot to shut off the flow of water and prevent a toilet overflow.

2. Clean or Replace a Manual Flushometer Gasket

Use a wrench to loosen the top lid of a manual flushometer and finish unscrewing the lid by hand. Remove the flange cover and inspect the condition of the gasket. If it is covered in sediment, this could be causing the toilet to flush constantly. Remove and clean the gasket and weep hole before reassembling the flushometer.

3. Clean or Replace an Automatic Flushometer Diaphragm Kit

After turning off the water supply to an automatic flushometer, press and hold the button or manual flush control. Clicking noises two seconds apart indicate that the diaphragm kit requires cleaning or replacement. The solenoid may also need to be serviced.

4. Contact a Plumber If the Toilet Is Still Flushing

If cleaning or replacing the gasket in a manual flushometer or diaphragm kit in an automatic model does not solve the problem, the property owner or manager should contact a commercial plumber. Regular flushometer maintenance can limit water wastage and reduce the risk of a toilet flood.

Once a facilities manager learns how to stop a toilet, it may be easier to prevent flushing or toilet overflow problems. If a toilet malfunction or sewer backup occurs, the property owner or manager should contact a plumber and a water damage mitigation and restoration service located in Shoreline, WA.

The Right Way To Restore Water Damage After a Roof Leak

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth behind baseboard. Mold after storm damage.

Water Damage Restoration

Water damage to your commercial building in Bothell, WA, comes in many shapes and forms, from minor water leaks to true catastrophes. A roof leak is one of the more common avenues whereby water penetrates your building envelope. As with everything, there is a right way and a less effective way to handle incoming water from your roof system. A trained and experienced storm mitigation franchise in your area is likely to have this scenario down to an efficient process.

First Things First
An experienced crew will arrive quickly at your property and do a fast inspection and assessment of the entire situation. They will then develop a plan to deal with the roof leak and other concerns. They will prioritize what should be done first, focusing on the following concerns:

  • The safety of all employees and customers
  • The presence of standing water
  • The repair of the damaged roof
  • The removal of water with wet vacuums
  • The drying out of wet areas

By following an orderly process, technicians will complete the most important jobs first. This is done to limit damages and to prevent additional damages.

Last Things Last
When the situation is under control, the technicians will make sure things are in place for a successful restoration of your building. They will replace missing shingles on the roof if necessary. Workers will use safe and effective cleaning agents to wipe down surfaces and remove unhealthy residues caused by the incoming water. Wet materials will be thrown out, and the restoration of damaged drywall and other structures will be completed. They will make sure all odors have been addressed, and that no moist areas remain to allow for mold growth. The roof leak will be closed so that any subsequent storms will not result in water damage. An orderly process by restoration professionals is the smart way to beat any form of storm damage.

5 Things To Teach Your Kids About Fire Safety

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a kitchen fire in a Shoreline, WA home. Fire damage is disruptive and highly traumatic.

Teaching kids safety is an important factor when making an emergency fire plan for your Woodinville, WA home. One way you can help protect them is by instructing them in what to do if a fire does occur. Many firemen and fire damage restoration professionals agree that learning the following tips can help.

1. What Fire Hazards Are

One step toward preventing a home fire is to tell your children what a fire hazard is. This way they will know what items not to play with, and to tell you immediately if they see something amiss.

2. How To Stay Low

During a fire smoke and heat rise, meaning the cooler air is closer to the floor. Teaching your child to stay low can help them avoid the smoke and find fresher air.

3. How To Check a Door

One important step for kids safety during a fire is to know how to check a door before opening it. They should know to use the back of their hand to test the door’s surface for heat, and to open it only if it doesn’t seem hot.

4. What Safe Routes Are

Safe exit routes are an important part of a fire escape plan. Explain to your child where the closest exits are and how to use them safely.

5. Where to Meet Up

Instruct your child to go to a pre-selected location to meet up with you once they’re safely out of the house. This should be an easily identifiable location such as a neighbor’s porch or a fire hydrant.

In the event of a fire, kids safety is important, and by teaching your child these things, you can feel more secure knowing they understand what to do in a fire. Telling them what a fire hazard is can help prevent a fire before it starts. They should also learn to stay low, check doors before they enter a room, follow safe routes out of the house, and where to meet up with everyone else.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

Fan and air mover set up in the hallway of a Shoreline, WA business Commercial cleaning and restoration present unique challenges.

When fires or water damage happen, they may occur at your office or business. Who do you call? Knowing the right company to help in an emergency is important to get your Shoreline business back up and running as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO of Shoreline/Woodinville is available 24/7 to help you restore your Pacific Northwest commercial property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,650 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

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Flooded Home in Stanwood

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest - SERVPRO of Shoreline/Woodinville we work closely with other SERVPRO franchise's when the need arises. We received a call from our close friends from SERVPRO of Skagit County to assist a family with a devastating water loss they had to their home while they were away on vacation. A bathroom sink had sprung a leak on the top floor of their home, flooding almost every room in their house.

We worked tirelessly in conjunction with SERVPRO of Skagit County and the customers insurance to ensure that all their needs were met in a timely and professional matter. The project went smooth and the customer was completely satisfied with the results. One of the most satisfying parts of our job is bringing happiness back to a family that has lost so much.

Prepairing for the Rain

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

Your Shoreline home's gutters help catch rainfall and ensure that it stays far away from the foundation of your home. However, they can't effectively perform their job if they're clogged with ice or debris that piled up over the course of the seasons. Clean gutters by spraying a hose through them from the bottom up. You can also use a trowel to scoop out anything that's clogging your gutters, or purchase a cleaning tool specifically designed for your gutters and attach it to your hose.

Before the rainy season begins, it's crucial that you check your home for signs of leakage. It's best to fix a leak early on, as leaving it to worsen could result in flooding, mold and mildew, and even collapsed ceilings. Scan your ceilings for water marks and look for peeling paint. You should also venture outside of your home and look at your roof for telltale signs. Check out the ridges and see if there are any cracks. Look for loose, curled or missing shingles, which can signal roof damage and allow water to enter the home.

A Quick Guide To Stopping and Preventing Grease Fires

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Firefighter holding a burned pan, kitchen stove burned Grease fire causes damage in a home in Shoreline,WA.

Every grease fire has the potential to do serious damage. When one breaks out in your kitchen, a residential restoration service may be necessary to put things back together. Here are the steps you should take after an oily disaster takes hold, followed by practices for preventing greasy blazes from causing harm.

Stopping a Fire Caused by Grease

Executing proper anti-fire measures can halt kitchen infernos. As soon as one occurs:

  • Cut off the heat source
  • Pour baking soda or salt over the flames
  • Cover the flare-up with a cookie sheet or metal pan lid

Acting quickly increases your odds of ending a grease fire in Shoreline, WA before upsetting destruction occurs. Even if flames do not noticeably char your walls or cabinetry, expect a thorough fire cleanup to drain plenty of time and energy.

Preventing a Fire Caused by Grease
The best way to stop a grease-triggered mishap is by making certain one doesn’t even happen. Maintain the recommended cooking temperature and act quickly if you believe your pan has overheated. Only cook while sober and rested. Stay present in front of food that is grilling, broiling or frying.
Heat oil slowly. Doing this offers added control that can help keep oils from reaching unwisely high temperatures. Remove moisture from food to the best of your ability before dunking anything in grease. Defrost frozen items prior to dropping them into hot pans, as they are prone to splatter. Ease food in so that splashing is minimized.
Have children play in another room while oils are in use. Remove anything flammable from the vicinity and keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case your best efforts at preventing a blaze fail.
A grease fire can cause horrible destruction to your home. Keep these tips in mind when cooking with oil, as any one of them may be the key to averting a disturbing scenario.

Top 6 Ways to Protect Your Home From Wind Damage

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Top 6 Ways To Protect Your Home From Wind Damage In the Seattle Northwest

Wind storms can be very damaging to your home or property if you are not prepared.  Unfortunately, we rarely get much warning before a large wind storm so it is critical to prepare your home ahead of time. Routinely checking, fixing or updating areas around your Shoreline home can make the difference between a hundred dollars and thousands of dollars in damages.  

Here are six ways to prepare your home before the next storm hits Seattle:

  1. Is your roof in good shape?
    1. Your shingles should be nailed down properly and all secured together.
    2. Replace any missing shingles immediately.
  2. Make sure your garage door is secure.
    1. Sometimes this means hiring a company to inspect your garage door to ensure it is properly secured and functioning well.
  3. Secure all outdoor items.
    1. Grills, patio furniture, trampolines, etc. These items can cause a lot of damage if the wind is strong enough to pick them up.
  4. Ensure your gutters are properly secured and clean them out regularly.
    1. Clogged cutters can create water damage to your house. They are also more likely to break in a high wind storm if they are weakened by heavy debris.
  5. Are your windows storm proof?
    1. Installing storm proof windows can make a big difference in protecting your home from high winds and hail from a storm.
    2. If you don’t have storm proof windows, consider installing steel or aluminum shutters on your windows or sliding doors to protect them from flying debris.
  6. Remove or trim/maintain trees around your home.
    1. Trimming your trees of dead wood can help prevent large branches falling during a wind storm.

Be sure to routinely check and maintain your home so you are ready before the next storm hits the north west. However, if you do find yourself in need of help after a storm, call SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest. We specialize in restoration and water damage repair in the Seattle Northwest area.  Call us after a storm and let us take the stress off of your family! We will make sure it's "Like it never even happened."

3 Signs That You Need a Hot Water Heater Repair!

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Water heaters are essential elements of our Shoreline homes. We use them in daily activities such as taking a bath, using the dishwasher and using the washing machine. But because we use them frequently, it’s sometimes easy to take them for granted and forget that they need to be maintained. Failing to do so will result in malfunctions and problems and eventually, replacing your water heater. Taking notice of the first signs of a problem can help you repair your water heater before it becomes worse.

You don’t have to be an expert to spot the first signs of trouble. All you need to have is a keen sense of observation so that your water heater can be repaired.

  1. Hot water has off smell or off color. The first instance that you notice your hot water has an off smell or has a rusty color, that’s something that you need to check out. The smell could be the result of a rusty anode rod in the water heater. There is no need to worry since the anode rod can be replaced that will then eliminate the bad odor. Bacteria growth also causes bad smells. This happens when the hot water has not been used or has been turned off for quite some time or when the thermostat is set at a very low level.
  2. Corroded pipes can also cause an off color in your water. This can be solved by installing a water softener or by replacing the plumbing. If you also see a lot of sediments in the water, it’s time to have the water heater repaired.
    Water is not hot enough, too hot, not strong enough or there is none at all. When there is no water, check first that your water heater has power and is working fine. If it is, have it inspected by a plumber. If water is not enough, this could be due to an undersized water heater and is a common situation when a lot more people are using the water heater. This could also be caused by the presence of mineral deposits inside the water heater tank. When water is too hot or not hot enough, you may have to adjust the temperature dial of the water heater. If there is no change in temperature, have the water heater checked and repaired.
  3. Strange noises and leaks. Leaks coming from your water heater could lead to flooding. In the same way, strange noises like pops, bangs, gurgles, and the like are clear indicators that something is wrong with your water heater. This is usually caused by a buildup of sediments inside the tank. A boiling sound, however, could mean the water heater is overheating or that pressure is building up inside the tank. All these have to be addressed immediately to prevent further problems.

It’s important to have your water heater repaired as soon as you see these signs. This will help you save on costs, prevent further damage, and avoid an untimely replacement of your unit. If you do have issues with your hot water heater leaking, call SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest! We are always here to help clean up the aftermath of a disaster! 

3 Tips for Snaking a Drain

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

a new plumbers snake on a white background With the right tools, tactics, and practice, you can get your drains cleared on your own in no time.

3 Tips for Snaking a Drain

Whether you find a clogged kitchen sink or a backed-up shower drain, you are probably not going to be pleased. The last thing you want to do is spending hours trying to get the plumbing flowing again. Fortunately, with the right tools, tactics, and practice, you can get your drains cleared on your own in no time.

1. Get the Tools for the Job
To snake your drain, you are going to need a snake. These are available in any hardware store in Woodinville, WA, and should help you avoid a pipe break or other disaster. That being said, most clogs can be remedied with a metal coat hanger found in most closets. To use this, disassemble the coat hanger, so it becomes a fairly straight strip. Be sure to leave the original hook shape on one end so you can catch the debris that is causing your frustration. If you have slender pipes, you will want to squeeze the hook and make it narrower so it will fit.

2. Add Hot Water
If your drain is clogged after trying to use the snake dry, run boiling water through the pipe. Fill a tea kettle and bring it to a boil on the stove. Then, slowly pour the hot water down the drain. This process may take a minute, but it should help loosen the debris.

3. Add Chemicals
If snaking and hot water fail, try chemicals. Caustic soda is one chemical that will do a number of the remaining debris in your plumbing. Follow the mixing instructions on the bottle that you buy. Stir the mixture until it starts to fizz. Then, pour it down your clogged drain and wait for it to work its magic.

If you've got a stopped drain, you need to follow these tips. Otherwise, you could wind up with a disastrous situation that requires water remediation professionals to clean up. Be sure to start with a snake or coat hanger. If the clog is a tough one, you may need to add hot water or chemicals.

Important Things To Know About Commercial Flood Insurance

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

The inside of a building flooded Flooded building in Kenmore, WA

You might not be aware that your commercial property insurance policy does not typically cover damage from a flood. The truth is, you need a special policy to get flood insurance, and this is administered by and available through the federal government's National Flood Insurance Program. You do not buy directly through the NFIP, but go through an insurance agent to purchase this policy. (Some private insurers do provide flood insurance, though this is a less common source.) In many situations, you are not required to have insurance that covers flooding, but some situations make it mandatory. This is the case if your commercial property is in a flood zone and you have a mortgage with a federally insured lender.

More Facts on Flood Insurance

This type of policy covers damage to your buildings and its content in the case of a flood. A flood is defined in the following language:

  • Waters must cover at least two acres or affect at least two properties
  • The water must come from below
  • The water or mud comes from overflowing rivers, storm surges, melting snow or ice

Other common flooding scenarios include broken dams or levees or faulty storm drain systems. Such things as damaged septic systems away from your building and landscape damage will not be covered, nor will destruction of company vehicles. Your regular commercial insurance policy should cover damages from roof leaks, lightning, hail and ice dams.

Additional Information

A 30-day waiting period applies to new flood insurance policies. The policy is capped at $500,000 per building and $500,000 for its contents. As a business owner in Kenmore, WA, you can take other steps to protect your company from flooding. Preparation and planning can reduce your vulnerability to a storm. Partnering with a local storm remediation team that can be on site fast could reduce any business interruption your company faces. A fast cleanup and recovery by professionals could help your company survive a flood.

Proactive Cleaning Services

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need 

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards

Specialized Training 

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include: 

  • Kitchen/Food Areas 
  • Bathrooms 
  • Schools/Classrooms 
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Water Fountains 
  • Shelving/Racks 
  • Sales Counters 
  • Carpets and Rugs 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevator Cars 
  • Playground Equipment 
  • Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning 

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Shoreline/Woodinville is here to help 24/7, 365!

Plan Ahead to Handle Disaster

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

Paper with words BCP Business Continuity Plan A continuity plan helps you stay competitive and limits the effects of the disaster

Business owners in Bothell, WA, understand that anything can happen. While hopefully things will smoothly, a disaster can happen anytime. Along with natural disasters that require water remediation experts and building restoration, cyber threats can also be detrimental to a business. Instead of being at a loss of what to do, be prepared with a continuity plan …

What to Include

If storm damage, flooding or other extensive business interruptions happen, having a plan in place may help make weathering the storm a little easier. Since every business is different and has different requirements, a plan should be customized. There are general elements that should be included regardless of the business. They include:

  • Identify key players and their responsibilities.
  • Plans for risk mitigation.
  • List daily tasks needed for optimal operations
  • A detailed explanation of emergency procedures, including where to go and meet
  • Method for coordinating with area emergency personnel
  • Location of data backups
  • Leadership’s contact information

Why It Matters
A continuity plan not only helps you handle an unexpected disaster, but it also helps you stay competitive and limits the effects of the disaster. Taking the time to sit down and discuss the what-ifs enhances communication among team members and can save a company’s reputation even in the worst scenarios. A clear way to deal with the unexpected better allows a company to continue service and avoid revenue loss.
Like with many things, a plan can only work if it is tested. Depending on scheduling, doing a run-through of the test at least once a year can help determine weakness and better maximize the plan’s results. It also provides hands-on training to employees, which can boost their confidence in case of a real disaster. Plans should be revisited periodically to ensure key elements are still viable.
Although no one can completely prepare for a disaster, a thorough continuity plan can make a difference if one happens.

4 Common Areas a Facility Manager May Find Mold

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking from a white sink pipe Fix plumbing leaks quickly. The steady stream of the leak will attract mold growth and become a bigger problem

4 Common Areas a Facility Manager May Find Mold

As a facility manager, you are concerned about the appearance and functionality of your commercial property, and part of ensuring those things is to clean and maintain a healthy environment. Therefore, you are likely concerned about mold growth and prevention. To help ensure that your building is clean and clear of mold, pay special attention to the following four areas of the facility.

  • HVAC systems
  • Boiler rooms
  • Kitchens or break rooms
  • Bathrooms

HVAC Systems

Ask any mold remediation specialist in The Highlands, WA, and they will tell you that HVAC systems often cause mold problems in extensive facilities. Commercial AC units, especially, can have minor leaks in condensate lines that lead to water damage, which in turn contributes to mold development.

Boiler Rooms

Boiler rooms are another hotbed for mold growth for two reasons: (1) moisture or humidity and (2) warmth. Mold cannot survive without water. Also, spores cannot root and spread in frigid temperatures. Therefore, the boiler area is a safe haven for fungal development, which means you should clean this area routinely.

Kitchens or Break Rooms

While high humidity provides a safe space for mold spores to take root, it can also spread in temperature-controlled and ventilated areas, like break rooms and kitchens. Refrigerators, cupboards, water coolers, microwaves and more are all appliances and storage spaces that contribute to an environment conducive to mold growth, especially when food is thrown into the mix.


Next, consider the bathrooms in the building. These rooms have plenty of water, and with the pipes in the wall cavities, there exists the opportunity for leaks and the development of mold. Therefore, if there are maintenance closets that have access to bathroom plumbing, check the area periodically to make sure nothing is developing.
Facility management is a title that encompasses the functionality and cleanliness of a commercial building. Part of a manager's job, then, is to make sure the property is free of mold growth. Therefore, check the four areas above as well as the rest of the building routinely.

Everything You Need To Know About Commercial Flood Insurance

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Flood insurance form on a table with a book. Commercial flood insurance can protect your Richmond Highlands, WA, business following storm damage

If you own a business that is affected by a hurricane or heavy rain, you may have to spend some of your profits on repairs. Thankfully, commercial flood insurance is available to help you pay for the cost of storm cleanup and restoration services. Below is more information on this type of insurance.

What Is Covered by a Flood Policy?

This type of insurance covers flood damage that affects multiple properties or acres. Typical causes of flooding include:

  • Storm surge
  • Snow melt
  • Blocked storm drains
  • Broken levees or dams
  • Overflowing streams and rivers
  • Prolonged or heavy rain

A flood policy also usually covers mold growth, though there are exceptions. Your insurer may deny your claim if you failed to take steps to mitigate the damage.

What Is Not Covered by a Flood Policy?

Any areas outside your property, including septic systems and landscaping, are not covered by a flood policy. A typical policy also excludes business interruption costs and company vehicles.

How Do You Get a Flood Policy?

Your typical commercial insurance policy likely does not include flood coverage. However, you can purchase a separate policy from the National Flood Insurance Program. Simply contact an insurance professional who is familiar with NFIP policies.

How Much Coverage Do You Get?

A commercial flood policy usually includes $500,000 for the structure and $500,000 for the items inside it. If you are worried about more severe damage to your business, you can buy additional coverage.

Who Needs a Flood Policy?

Depending on where your business is located, you may be legally required to purchase a flood policy. Specifically, those who own a company in a flood-prone area must buy this type of insurance in order to obtain a mortgage from an insured or federally regulated lender.
Commercial flood insurance can protect your Richmond Highlands, WA, business following storm damage. While it may cost you extra money now, it could save you from spending money on expensive flood cleanup in the long run.

5 Things to Include in a Business Continuity Plan

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Paper with words BCP Business Continuity Plan Having a continuity plan in place can be a large help if poor weather causes damage

5 Things to Include in a Business Continuity Plan

For a business in Richmond Beach, WA, having a continuity plan in place can be a large help if poor weather causes damage. These plans contain a number of steps and useful information that can help your company find a restoration service, and stay open during repairs. Here are five things you may want to include.

1. Important Numbers

One of the most common things included in an emergency place is important numbers. These may include your insurance agent's number, corporate office numbers, employee numbers, and the number of anyone who may need to be kept up to date on the situation.

2. Insurance Information

It’s also important to keep insurance information in your emergency plan in case of flooding. This will allow you to quickly remind yourself about hat costs are covered, and reach your agent in order to begin the claim process.

3. Restoration Service Information

Another thing you may want to include in the continuity plan is the contact information for a local restoration service. This will allow you to quickly contact a professional who can help with any cleaning and repair needs your business may have after a storm.

4. Operation Plans

In many cases, storm damage can disrupt daily operations of a company. Because of this, you may want to include plans for where and how your business can continue to operate while repairs are made. Consider plans for if part of the building is still usable, as well as plans for if work can temporarily continue off-site.

5. Data Recovery Information

For many businesses the prospect of losing their computer data in a flood can be daunting. This is why a number of backup services exist. You may want to include your data backup information in your plan.
Including these five things in your company’s continuity plan may help you stay open while repairs are being made. In addition, information kept in the plan will be easy to find to help make implementing your recovery strategy a quick process.

What To Do If There Is Water Leaking From a Light Fixture

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water in a light fixture If you see water in a light fixture, you need to turn off the power immediately

If There is Water In a Light Fixture, Take the Following Steps

If your home in Sheridan Beach, WA, has been damaged by water, there are quite a few issues that you might be dealing with. If there are multiple levels, water on an upper floor can sometimes end up leaking through into the ceiling beneath it. When this happens, it can create a dangerous situation. If there is water in a light fixture, take the following steps.

1. Turn Off the Electricity

Electricity and water do not mix well, so if you see water in a light fixture, you need to turn off the power immediately. Do not attempt to turn off the light with the switch, as this can potentially create a spark that is both unsafe and can cause further damage. Instead, use the breaker to turn power off to the whole building.

2. Turn Off the Water

Depending on where the water is coming from, you may need to turn the water off as well. If the source is an overflowing toilet, sink or bathtub, then you should avoid using anything that will cause the water to continue running. If it is the result of a broken pipe or water line, you will likely need to turn off the supply of water to the house.

3. Call a Professional

Because of the potential safety hazards involved with water in light fixtures, this is not a problem that you should attempt to fix on your own. You should call a professional electrician to examine the area and make any necessary repairs. Do not turn the electricity back on or attempt to use the light until it has been deemed safe.

If water in your home has resulted in ceiling damage, you should hire a water damage remediation company to do restoration. They can repair the source of the water as well as any damaged areas of the building. Be sure to take the necessary safety precautions if electrical objects have been affected.

Homeowners 101: Understanding Different Water Types

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

water on the floor of a room Knowing the source of the water in your home is key to knowing how to handle cleanup.

Water is invaluable - but only when it’s clean. Contaminated water can instead pose a major health threat. Surprisingly, there are many ways water can be contaminated, and each can pose different threats to your Shoreline, WA home. Keep reading to get answers.

Different Types of Water

While the composition of all water is the same, the source and what materials it has encountered, are not. The main three categories of water are:

Clean water
Gray water
Black water

The first is a safe life giver. But the other two can be laden with toxins that can have serious health repercussions. The key is being able to recognize and address each one.

Clean Water

Clean water is straight forward. Not to be confused with drinking water, clean water is what you may encounter from roof leaks, appliance malfunctions or tub overflows. This water doesn’t contain human or animal waste and is only a threat for its potential to cause mold or mildew. This type of water is typically safe to remove on your own.

Gray Water

This type of water is a little bit murkier. Like its name suggests, it falls between good and bad, typically mildly contaminated. The source is typically sump pump failures, or supply line malfunctions with toilets or dishwashers. At this point, the contaminated water may contain just a few bacteria or germs, but it should still be professionally removed.

Black Water

This water typically contains urine or feces, due to coming from toilets or natural sources like a flood from a river or lake. 

Use these tips to figure out what if contaminated water is in your home, then talk to a water damage specialist to schedule proper removal.

Gain a Better Understanding of Commercial Storm Coverage

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Satellite view of a hurricane Hurricanes and major wind events cause major loss of life and extensive damages nearly every year

The terminology of storm insurance coverage is one key to better understanding your policy. It follows the pattern of other insurances, but at times it has its own vocabulary. For example, storm coverage makes use of deductibles, but recently the industry has moved toward percentage deductibles instead of fixed deductibles. This means the deductible is based upon a percentage of the insured value of the property instead of a fixed dollar amount which is more common in auto policies. This limits an insurer's exposure to catastrophic losses should a big event like Hurricane Katrina hit an area.

A Definition of Key Terms

Knowing the language of insurance coverage is one path to understanding. Here are some terms that may be in your storm insurance policy:

Mandatory Deductibles are determined by insurance rules, regulators or state law, or by the insurer
A Market Assistance Plan is a referral system that connects companies looking for insurance in touch with insurance companies looking for more business
Optional Deductibles allow policy holders in less vulnerable areas to pay higher deductibles in return for lower premiums
A Trigger is an event where a hurricane deductible is applied

Coverage for a major storm in Shoreline, WA, is subject to the language of your policy. A better understanding of your insurance coverage allows you to make changes and adjustments that protect your company's assets while keeping premiums affordable.

A Plan for Protection

Hurricanes and major wind events cause major loss of life and extensive damages nearly every year. A business needs to protect itself with a comprehensive disaster plan. Mitigating losses after a storm hits should be part of the plan. Working with a storm damage remediation company that is Faster to Any Size Disaster in Shoreline, WA, is an important step. Fast cleanup and water removal will reduce losses. Knowledge of your storm insurance will result in a better policy.

5 Water Damage Issues Your Business May Face

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

A hand holding a moisture meters against a wall and baseboards are removed due to water damage Commercial water damage in The Highlands, WA

5 of The Most Common Water Damage Scenarios

There are a few potential water damage issues any business in The Highlands, WA, may face. These can include everything from a broken pipe to the destruction caused by a large storm. Fortunately, a local water damage restoration service can help you get your business up and running again after a flood has occurred. Here are five of the most common water damage scenarios the pros may see:

1. Storms

Storm damage can be one of the most common culprits of water destruction for businesses. High winds and heavy rain can cause roof problems that may lead to leaks and potential flooding.

2. Winter Weather

Cold weather, especially in the winter, comes with its own set of problems. Frozen water can build up and then leak into the building once it thaws. Similarly, a frozen pipe can break and lead to flooding when it melts.

3. Pipe Breakage

A broken pipe can occur from general wear and tear or stress to the structure. If you believe there may be a pipe break in your building, it's important to contact a professional as soon as you can.

4. Sewage Problems

Sewage problems may also lead to a flood at your place of business. This could occur from either a block in the sewage system or sewage backup problems in the city's mainline. If you have sewage problems, it’s best to obtain qualified assistance as quickly as possible.

5. Appliance Failure

Another way you may find your businesses needing water repair is through appliance failure, such as the refrigerator in the break room. Such appliances are often attached to a water line. If this line breaks, it could lead to possible flooding.
Water damage can create a serious issue for any business. Whether dealing with storm damage, winter weather, a broken pipe, sewage backup, or appliance failure, it's always best to contact professional help to dry the area and sanitize it. Doing this can help you get your business back up and in working condition as quickly as possible.

3 Tips for Handling Mold Damage

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

A digital humidity and temperature monitor for indoor home marking 25.2 for temp and 42% humidity level Keeping indoor humidity below 45 makes it harder for mold to grow

Take Measure to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Home

No one wants to think about all the places mold can hide in a house. Sometimes, however, mold does find a place to flourish. If your home in North City, WA, has a black mold problem, there are a few steps you can take to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible.

1. Call for Help Quickly

The first thing you should do when you find a mold growth in your home is hire mold cleanup professionals. Mold is not something you want to leave alone. It starts with something as simple as excess moisture. It can start to grow within a few days, and the longer it is left to its own devices, the more damage it can do. The sooner technicians can get to your house, the faster the problem can be contained and mitigated.

2. Shut Down HVAC System

Mold spores travel through the air. A black mold problem in one area of your home can easily spread to the rest of your home if you keep circulating the spores through your air ducts. Spreading mold could complicate and prolong the remediation process. Turn off your air conditioner or heater until the remediation is complete.

3. Minimize Moisture

One of the most common factors that lead to mold damage is excess moisture. If you have a moisture problem in your home, it's probably only a matter of time before mold growth develops. Conversely, one of the best ways to prevent mold from growing or returning is to control the moisture levels. Fix leaks and clean up water damage quickly. Keep the humidity level in your home between 45 and 50%. Use a dehumidifier if you need to take moisture out of the air.
It can only take a couple of days after a water issue for black mold to grow in your home. If you find mold, respond quickly, keep it from spreading and take measure to prevent its return.

Risks of Driving Through Flooded Streets

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded roadway on top of the picture says "Turn around, don't drown" Never drive through a flooded roadway

Be Aware of The Dangers of a Flooded Street

Flooding can do major damage. Not only to your home and vehicle but your life as well. Be aware of the dangers of a flooded street in Richmond Beach, WA, and get out of the area safely.

Risk to Your Life

You take your life and the lives of others into your hands if you decide to venture out into a flooded street. Police will put barricades on highways to prevent drivers from heading into potentially dangerous flooded roads. Do not go around the barriers. Deciding to go around a roadblock puts you in danger of being swept away and drowning. You may also put first responders at risk if you need saving.

Risk to Your Vehicle

Water can do a lot of damage if it gets into your vehicle. It can get into the electrical circuits and cause a computer system failure. The failure, in turn, can affect the airbags and brakes. The more water in the vehicle, the more likely your vehicle can become a total loss. Don’t drive on a flooded street.
6 inches of water can cause the tire to lose traction. Twelve inches of rain can cause the car to float. 2 feet of water will carry away most vehicles, including trucks and SUVs.

Risk to Your Money

Different government agencies give warnings about flooded roads to keep you and your loved ones safe. These warnings can also save you money. Keep your money in your pocketbook by heeding caution signs.
Damage to your vehicle causes your car insurance to increase, not to mention the possibility of having to buy a new car if yours is considered a total loss. Paying the hospital bills after being injured can pile up.
Turn around, don’t drown. Pay attention to travel tips for the best routes to take if you need to get out. Turn on your local radio or television stations for recent updates or go to the social media pages of the emergency management agency in your area. Also speaking with a damage restoration specialist can give you more ideas about how to protect your property from flooding.

What to Expect After the Storm

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Building with a missing side of the roof and has flooding waters Flooding damage in Kenmore, WA

When a storm happens in Kenmore, WA, hopefully your business can come through it with minimal damage. If flooding or heavy rains were involved and your business was highly impacted, issues need to be addressed immediately to ensure the damage doesn’t spread. This often means being prepared to tear out affected areas.

Water Is Water, Right?

Water damage in any form is sneaky. Even a slow leak can turn into mold breeding grounds and spread. Flooding or heavy rains can create the same problems and bring a few of its own. The difference between a simple leak and a flood leak is in the water itself.

Clean water – Typically the most common type of water damage, it is easy to clean and includes rain, condensation and water from leaky pipes.
Gray water – This type has some contaminants and comes from dishwashers, toilets and washing machines.
Black water – Floods and severe rain can accumulate debris and contaminated water, including sewage.

Dry, Remove, Replace

After flooding or rain subsides, it is necessary to tear out any materials that are damaged. The first step is dry the wet area. Getting the moisture out will reduce the risk of mold forming. Whether it’s carpet, wood or other materials, anything porous can be a welcoming locale for mold to grow.
Once the damaged areas are gone, a thorough cleaning is needed. This will also help in discovering if there was more damage than was initially thought. Local storm restoration professionals are the best bet to ensure it is properly disinfected. Lastly, it will be time to replace the affected areas. This may include drywall, flooring, carpeting and possibly even exterior siding.
While having to tear out parts of your building may be an unpleasant task, it’s vital to get your business back up and running after the storm. Taking the proper steps now will help you avoid problems down the road.

What Personal Protective Equipment Is necessary for Mold Removal?

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Personal Protective Equipment for mold removal

What Personal Protective Equipment Is necessary for Mold Removal?

If you smell a musty odor in your Bothell, WA, commercial property, you may be dealing with a mold problem. Excessive mold growth can occur when there is a plumbing or roof leak in your building.
Individuals need to protect themselves when they clean up mold. There are several pieces of personal protective equipment that they can use, including:

  • Disposable shoe and hair covers
  • Goggles
  • Disposable gloves
  • Face masks
  • Tyvek suits

Hair and Shoe Covers

As their name implies, hair covers go on top of the head and prevent mold spores from getting into a person's locks. Similarly, shoe covers are placed on the bottom of shoes to limit the tracking of mold as cleaners move from place to place.


Goggles do not just prevent mold spores from getting into people's eyes. They also protect the eyes from the harsh chemicals used to clean up the mold.


Gloves come in a variety of sizes and materials. Finding the right size is critical because loose-fitting gloves can allow mold spores to contact the skin.

Face Masks

Regular face masks, such as those used by doctors, are not sufficient for cleaning mold. This task requires a special face mask called an air-purifying respirator. It specifically filters out mold spores and other particles. Air-purifying respirators are categorized based on efficiency, with N-99 respirators filtering 99 percent of particles.

Tyvek Suits

For large mold jobs, disposable Tyvek suits may be necessary. Regular clothes may be acceptable for smaller cleanups. Any outfits worn during mold removal should be washed in hot water immediately after use.
While you may be able to find all of these items at your local hardware store, your best bet is to hire mold remediation specialists who already have all of this equipment handy. They can safely and promptly restore the normal mold levels in your commercial space. This will protect your employees and let you re-open your building quickly.

Business Property Insurance Can Help When You Have Water Damage

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

As a business owner, the last thing you want to see when you walk through the front door on Monday morning is water covering the floor or dripping from the ceiling. If this happens, you'll immediately think of everything that needs to be thrown out, replaced, and fixed as a result of the water damage. However, with the right business property insurance, you can rest a little easier and focus instead on finding someone to take care of water cleanup at your Shoreline business.

Business property insurance usually covers damage resulting from the following four issues (and possibly others depending on the policy):

1. Broken Pipes

These are often the result of frozen pipes. The water inside freezes, expands, and cracks the pipe, sending torrents of water into your business. General corrosion can also be the cause of this headache, as can a sudden increase in water pressure.

2. Roof Leaks

If your roof drainage isn’t working properly because of clogs or a broken system, water will pool on your roof and eventually find its way down into your place of business, potentially causing water damage. Also note that points where pipes and wiring enter through the roof are weak spots where water could sneak in.

3. Appliance Issues

Things like AC units, dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters all involve water, and they all have the potential to leak.

4. Sprinkler Systems

Maybe there was a fire that led to the sprinklers going off, or maybe they randomly malfunctioned. Either way, everything is now wet. Computers and other technology will likely have to be replaced, furniture thrown out, and new inventory purchased.

A good business property insurance policy will cover these four primary types of water damage and help you get started with water cleanup as soon as possible. Your Shoreline, WA business will be on the road to its grand reopening in no time flat.

Preparing for Space Heater Safety 101

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

When trying to heat a Shoreline, WA home, the last thing any homeowner wants is a burned space heater. Fortunately, many space heaters now come with built-in safety features to help keep you and your family safe. Here’s what you may want to look for in your next space heater, along with some safety tips you can follow.

Safety Features Included in Most Space Heaters

Many space heaters include features to help ensure that they are safe to use. Some of the features you may want to look for include:

• Sensors that detect if the unit is overheating and turn it off automatically
• Sensors that detect if the unit has been tipped and turn it off automatically
• Proper certification from an independent safety testing organization that clearly outlines performance
• A cord sturdy and heat resistant at the length you need your heater to have
• A ground fault circuit interrupter (GCFI) plug that can help prevent electric shocks

Safe Space Heater Usage

Using the unit safely can help prevent a burned space heater. Keep your unit on the floor and in a level and nonflammable area. Do not use the space heater around water. Never leave the heater on unattended or in an area where pets or children may knock it over. It’s also recommended to keep the area around the heater clear of debris and to not use it in an area like a workshop where the fumes from flammable materials may be present.

What To Do If a Fire Occurs

In the event a fire does occur, it’s important to get it out as quickly and safely as possible. Always follow proper fire safety procedures. Afterward, a fire damage restoration service can help with repairs and smoke cleanup.

It’s important to follow proper usage guidelines and to pay attention to the safety features in your heater in order to help prevent a house fire. If you have a burned space heater, a professional may be able to help with any cleanup and repairs needed in your home.

Commercial Property Fire: Important Considerations After a Fire

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Shoreline/Woodinville is here to help after commercial fire damage.

After your commercial or multifamily property experiences a fire, your brain will likely be going a mile a minute trying to figure out the next steps. Though the apparent structural damage will bring about thoughts of roof repair and rebuilding, there are other important considerations to make before the initial fire cleanup and restoration.

1. Safety and Self-Evaluation

The safety of employees, tenants and you are paramount after experiencing a fire disaster. After calling emergency services, you should be most concerned with getting everyone out of the building because the structural integrity of the property is most assuredly in question. Standard practices of fire safety should also be followed. For example, you should avoid drinking, eating or breathing in anything that has contacted soot, fire or smoke.

2. Financial and Insurance Contacts

You should immediately call your insurance company, mortgage lender and credit card institutions before starting any fire cleanup. Calling your insurance provider will ensure that the claims process begins immediately. Calling your mortgage lender will also help in getting through the bureaucratic procedures. Finally, if you lost any credit cards in the fire, you will be able to get replacements mailed to you sooner by notifying them.

3. Restoration Services

After ensuring your safety and making all the necessary contacts, you can begin the cleanup and mitigation process. As fires often create extensive damage, this process is better left to fire remediation specialists in the Woodinville, WA area. These services help to streamline the operations of mitigation, offering board up and tarp services, and restoration, ensuring that your property is functional as quickly as possible.

While the experience of a fire and the resulting damage can be devastating and emotionally taxing, it is necessary to keep your wits about you. Between general safety and financial obligations, you will need to focus on the process ahead. Thankfully, fire remediation services will help to restore your facility through the fire cleanup and restoration process. Visit https://www.SERVPROshorelinewoodinville.com/ for more information on fire damage restoration services.

How To Use a Fire Extinguisher

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is a necessity as a homeowner and business owner.

Employers are typically responsible for training their employees in the use of any available fire extinguisher in the building. This relates to small fires and should cover the procedures to be used when a fire is just starting and how to recognize when employees should evacuate the building.

The P.A.S.S. Technique

One each method to help employees remember how to operate an extinguisher is to practice the P.A.S.S technique.

• PULL the pin. This quick movement should also break the tamper seal on most devices.
• AIM the nozzle low, toward the base of the fire.
• SQUEEZE the handle at the top of the extinguisher.
• SWEEP the spray from one side to another in a smooth motion until the fire is out.

Once it appears the fire has been extinguished, keep an eye on the area to be sure the fire doesn't reignite.

Operation of the Fire Extinguisher

Learning to operate a fire extinguisher isn't the only step your employees may need to take to prevent injuries and fire damage. Before an emergency situation occurs, each worker must be able to judge whether they can put the fire out or should evacuate. As the employer, you should assign reliable workers to operate the fire alarm and to call the fire department.

Safety Plans and Evacuation Display

A safe evacuation route should be displayed prominently, and an appropriate extinguisher should be chosen. Once the fire is out, your workers need to know where to gather and how to communicate during and after the emergency. These decisions are important parts of your preventative and safety plan. If you have questions about where to get an extinguisher, which type to get, and where to install the device, contact a fire remediation professional for more information.

With preventative measures are in place, your employees may be ready to respond to an office or kitchen fire. They should understand how to safely evacuate your Shoreline, WA building and how to operate the fire extinguisher. These steps could prevent serious injuries and damage. Visit https://www.SERVPROshorelinewoodinville.com/ for more information on our fire damage services. 


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