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Flooding

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

We have had a lot of rain and it doesn’t look like it is going to slow down any time so. Rivers, lakes and bodies of water, are getting high and can potentially cause flooding. If flooding occurs and the water flows into your home, do not panic, try your best to stay calm. SERVPRO specializes in Flood Damage. As soon as we get your call we will have people at your home to begin drying it out.  To help get your home looking like it never even happened.

Taking Precautions

  • Water proof your basements, doors and windows.
  • Try to have a backup water supply
    • Back up toilet supply
  • Incase of severe flooding try to have extra food and liquids

After Math’s of Flooding

  • Turn off Electricity
  • Avoid anything that has been soaked by the flood
  • Call SERVPRO
  • Contact Insurance

Ways that water can cause further damage after a fire.

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can wreak havoc on your home, but the flames aren’t the only things that can cause destruction to your property. Often times, water can cause as many or, in some cases, more problems as the fire damage itself. 

1. Ruptured Pipes

During a fire, temperatures in your home can become extreme, and the intense heat can cause burst pipes and plumbing malfunctions. Falling debris can also lead to warped or broken pipes. Even if parts of your home are spared from burning, flooding can cause water damage throughout your residence, especially to walls and flooring. 

2. Storm Damage 

Fire damage often includes structural problems to the roof and windows. This can mean that water will be able to enter the home during any inclement weather that occurs before repairs can be completed. Placing tarps on the roof and boarding any broken windows can help mitigate these potential problems.

3. Water From Fire Hoses

When firefighters go to work to extinguish a burning house, their biggest ally is water. While absolutely necessary, the thousands of gallons that can come from a fire hose can leave behind a great deal of residual water that will need to be cleaned and removed. The longer this water sits stagnant, the greater the potential for incurring more damage and costly repairs. Fire extinguishers used by emergency responders can also contain compressed water, which can also leave behind destruction.

If you are dealing with the heartbreak of a fire in your dwelling, you are probably preparing to combat the fire damage you have suffered. However, you should also make a plan to deal with the destruction that water may have caused to your property, as well. Contact SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties at (360)533-8667 to help you restore your home to the safe haven you deserve.

Tips to prevent a fire!

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire in your home or business can be costly, time-consuming, and emotional. This is why it’s important to take certain precautions to prevent or decrease the likelihood of a fire. These helpful tips can reduce the probability of a fire in your home or office;

1.       Watch your cooking!  You should always stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Remember to never let young children near the stove or oven while you are cooking.

2.       Give space heaters space! It’s best to keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn.

3.       Keep matches and lighters out of reach! The safest place to keep matches and lighters is in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

4.       Inspect electrical cords! You should replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or loose connections.

5.       Be careful when using candles! Be sure to keep candles at least one foot away from anything that will burn.

Not all fires are caused by things we have control of. Some fires can be caused by unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents. Just in case one of these catastrophes may happen, keep in mind that a fire escape plan for your crew or family is always a good idea! Try practicing it at least twice a year. In the event of fire damages SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties is available around the clock to offer exceptional response time and trained professionals ready to restore your property!

Snow Birds

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Snow Birds! This is a term I’m sure we have all heard but may not know what it means. According to Wikipedia, Snowbirds are typically retirees who wish to avoid the snow and cold temperatures of northern winter, but maintain ties with family and friends by staying there the rest of the year. In recent years, younger people with jobs tied to seasonal tourists often migrate southward, following the tourist season to southern resorts. Some are also business owners who have a second home in a warmer location or whose business can be easily moved from place to place. Many families in the United States often spend their Christmas holiday time (up to 2 weeks) at beach resorts in Florida and California.

Getting away from the winter definitely sounds amazing from time to time but make sure you take the proper steps before running away from Jack Frost and properly prepare your home. According to www.filterbutler.com they suggest a few things whether you are running from snowflakes or running from sunshine.

Make a List. Check it Twice

Look carefully at the interior and exterior of your property and make note of everything that needs to be done. Come up with an action plan that will also come in handy once you open the house again. When you return to your home at a later date, you more than likely will have forgotten several tasks that will now need to be undone.

Turn Off Your Water at the Exterior

Don’t just turn off your water sources inside. If your furnace fails while you’re away, water in the pipes could freeze and potentially burst the pipes causing extensive damage. After you have turned off the main source, open up every faucet and drain the water lines. Go through your home and make sure the toilets, water heater (turn off the gas or electric supply first), and the expansion tank have all been drained.

Safety Checks

Walk around the home and unplug any appliances or gadgets including microwaves, TVs, and even your oven.  This will avoid the risk of fire in the event of a faulty switch or a rodent gnawing on the wires. For a very long absence, experts suggest turning off gas hot water heaters completely. Hot water heaters use a lot of energy, just keeping water in the tank hot. For gas water heaters, the simplest option is to switch the unit to “pilot”.

Clean It Up

Don’t keep any food that is likely to go bad while you’re away. Empty your freezer. If the electric fails in your absence and then is restored, the food in your freezer will thaw and refreeze, which is very dangerous. If you must keep food in your freezer, place a coin on top of a frozen ice cube tray. If the ice cube melts while you’re away, the coin will sink into the ice cube and will freeze inside of it once the power kicks back on. If this happens you will know that there was a power outage while you were away and now you can discard any frozen foods.

Remove any items that could freeze in your absence such as beer bottles, paint containers, sodas, and mineral water. These items could burst and cause damage to your home.

Handle the Outside

Store outdoor furniture such as tables, chairs, hammocks, and delicate garden ornaments inside a garage, shed or storage unit. A strong wind could blow these pieces away or they can become damaged in a storm.

Water Damage

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

When you notice water damage, immediate action is significant when it comes to protecting your home and your personal items. It only takes a couple hours and the water damage, or the fire damage can ruin everything that it touches.

We are trained here to know what exactly you are looking for and to know exactly what needs to be done and the process that it takes to complete the task and make your house look "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties are highly trained in property damage Restoration. When calling SERVPRO it will be a quick process before we get people over there helping you.

SERVPRO Representative Questions

  • Name & Contact information
  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 (360) 533-8667

Smoke & Soot

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Knowing the Difference: Smoke & Soot

Most people do not know this but there are two types of smoke and they are day and wet because of this there are two types of soot residues after fires. Even though there are little differences between each one has different procedures for each condition. SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties will be able to test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage has occurred and what procedure to use on the present smoke or soot residue.

Types of Smoke and Soot Residue

  • Wet Smoke: Plastic & Rubber
    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke Paper and Wood
    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today 360-533-8667

Summer sometimes brings storms, are you prepared?

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

During long summer days, it’s easy to forget that there is always a possibility of a downpour! Air conditioning maintenance and air duct cleaning are essential for the inside of the home, but don’t neglect the outside! Summer rains can bring high damaging winds that can dislodge branches from trees which may look to find a new home...on top of yours! So, it’s essential that after every troublesome storm, an inspection to your rain gutters is performed. It is simple enough - all you will need is a ladder, gloves, protective goggles, water hose and a scoop. Let’s dive in!

Cleaning your gutters can be performed in 3 easy steps:

Climb the ladder and start scooping! Start from the end closest to the drain outlet and remove any debris with your scoop, working away from the drain outlet. For faster cleanup in the end, toss the offending material into a bucket on the ground.

With your water hose in tow, spray a steady stream of water through the gutters towards the drain outlet. This is much easier using a hose with a pressure gauge for high and low power, but any will work just as well.

Check your drainpipes for any blockages. Hopefully any potential blocks are minimized by scooping out the debris before it makes it into the pipes. However, there are instances where the rain storms forced material into the pipes. If you see a trickle instead of a flow coming from your pipes, use the hose at the top of the gutter and spray directly into the outlet. For harder to reach items, try a plumber’s snake.

Use these quick and easy tips to ensure your rain gutters are ready for any storms Mother Nature wants to throw your way.

Winter & Frozen Pipes

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross:

Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.

Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near the plumbing.

When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.

Keep your heat on and if you leave always keep the heat to at least 55 degrees.

Apply heating tape to pipes.  It works like an electric blanket for your pipes.  There are also sleeves for your pipes that you can put on them to keep them from freezing. 

Add extra insulation to areas of the home without it and where the pipes are.  Generally basements and or attics are the places where there wouldn't be enough insulation installed. 

Is it really that bad? It was just a small fire.

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized.  Fire, smoke, and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places.  Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.  

SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties technicians are provides specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.  SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties technicians do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of odor.  

Remember to call your SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific County for your needs.  We will be there for you anytime and anyday.  (360) 533-8667

House Fire

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Once your home or business is damaged by a fire, your top priority is getting your property cleaned and repaired. In many cases, this desire leads people to pursue DIY cleanup projects. If this were your planned method, you should reconsider this course of action.  Can you do all of this yourself and can you do it properly? 

1. Water Removal: Standing water left behind by the fire extinguishing efforts of the local fire department have several important ramifications. The resulting water damage can affect furniture, electronics, clothing, drywall, ceilings, flooring, and more. Water removal must be done quickly. SERVPRO of Grays Harbor &Pacific Counties utilizes water pumps, wet-vacs, high-velocity fans and dehumidifiers to extract the water and moisture quickly, thereby mitigating the damage. 

2. Smoke Damage: The smoke damage that results from a fire can be quite substantive. In fact, the smoke left behind can become embedded in your furniture, flooring, carpets, and walls. If left unaddressed, this can remain in your property for years. Soot, another by-product of specific fires, needs special attention for proper clean up to avoid staining of walls and furniture. Effectively removing smoke necessitates the use of professional procedures and products  SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties  crews have in their arsenal.

3. Salvageable Goods: In many cases, homeowners who seek to complete the remediation process on their own will throw away items that are salvageable. Don't make this mistake. Instead, allow SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties  to assist you with this aspect of the restoration process. We will assess, inspect and track all of your items in our content tracker.  This inventories affected household items and classifies them into non-salvageable, salvageable or questionable lists. Items can be containerized and cleaned at our facility.

4. Time Efficiency: If you attempt to complete the fire restoration process without professional assistance, the project will take a lot of time and probably lack positive results. However, hiring SERVPRO of Grays Harbor &Pacific Counties to put your home back in a healthy condition after fire damage enables you to feel confident in the restoration. Consider the effort, equipment, and training involved in successfully restoring your home to its pre-fire condition.