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Water Damage

5/2/2022 (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

The water you do not see can be the biggest problem!

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

With any leak, it’s the water you don’t see that causes the most trouble; especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria, or causes mold, rot and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. So before you get out the mop bucket and box fan to try and clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property.

Your local SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties understand how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your business. For this reason, your local SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties offers 24-hour emergency response and will have a trained, uniformed technician on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, your local SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing and protecting your facility and contents.

So, before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call your local SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties.

SERVPRO Technicians have the Training and Experience You Need.

A mop and common cleaning products may not be enough for serious water intrusions. Your local SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties are trained to safely clean and restore your building, utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the source/type of water.
  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis.
  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises.
  • Perform emergency water extraction.
  • Utilize drying equipment and motoring drying.
  • Dispose of refuse.

Ways that water can cause further damage after a fire.

5/2/2022 (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.

Preventative Measures

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Throughout the year and with weather changes, it is always a good idea to regularly inspect different areas of your business/house for possibilities of water damage to occur or any other kind of damage to your business/home. By doing this, you are preventing a water loss in your business/home or at least minimizing the damage. 
Some places to regularly inspect include:

Flashing 
Attics
Vents 
Basements 
Household Humidity
Siding 
Drywall 
Exterior Walls
Outdoor Landscaping (No heavy plants/trees pushing against exterior walls)

If a water loss or any other kind emergency with your business/home does occur, Call SERVPRO of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties at (360) 533-8667 and we will quickly assess the situation with our crew members and set up the best plan possible for the occurring situation.

Calling SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties

2/2/2022 (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

Frozen Pipes

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

As the weather gets colder and ice begins to form be weary of your pipes. If they freeze it may cause damage to your house when you try to use your water.

Precautions

  • Make sure hose is drained and stored indoors
  • Close outdoor water valves.
  • Add Installation to attic/crawl space 

Thawing Pipes 

  • Keep faucet open
  • Apply heat to the section by rapping heating pad around pipe
  • Keep Heat applied until full water press is restored
  • Check all faucets

Try  to follow these precautions they will help out. If you are worried about it or you just  don't feel comfortable with trying to fix your pipes by yourself we can help. If your pipes burst don't go crazy we will be there to help as soon as you call. 

Calling SERVPRO of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties

2/1/2021 (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

Frozen Pipes

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

As the weather gets colder and ice begins to form be weary of your pipes. If they freeze it may cause damage to your house when you try to use your water.

Precautions

  • Make sure hose is drained and stored indoors
  • Close outdoor water valves.
  • Add Installation to attic/crawl space 

Thawing Pipes 

  • Keep faucet open
  • Apply heat to the section by rapping heating pad around pipe
  • Keep Heat applied until full water press is restored
  • Check all faucets

Try  to follow these precautions they will help out. If you are worried about it or you just  don't feel comfortable with trying to fix your pipes by yourself we can help. If your pipes burst don't go crazy we will be there to help as soon as you call. 

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

Flood Damage

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

We need to know the difference between Flood Warning and Flood Watch. Flood Warning means possible flood. Flood Watch means flood is occurring or will occur soon. Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties need to know what it takes to be prepared and what precautions are needed just in case of flood watch or flood warnings.

About SERVPRO Grays Harbor & Pacific

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in water damage restoration. They have large amounts of training and keep a close eye on the dry process until it is completed. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore or clean your property.

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

Precautions & Readiness

  • Put barriers up to help prevent water from entering
  • Get sealant for basement and plastic for lower windows
  • Keep news, radio, television on at all times
  • Park lower vehicles on a higher plane
  • Pack Emergency Kit in case of evacuation
  • If you have a lower house move essential items to higher floor
  • Turn of breakers, switches, and valves
  • Unplug all electrical appliances

Recovery

  • Listen to news reports
  • Stay out of Flood Waters they may be contaminated
  • If you have to go out in the water avoid the moving waters
  • Stay away from down power lines
  • Make sure to clean and sanitize Everything that the flood water touched

Frozen Pipes

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Winter weather is upon us  and with that comes the usual cold weather hardships, including the risk of snow, sleet and ice along with flu season and freezing temperatures. Those low temperatures can also cause a specific plumbing issue for homeowners – frozen pipes.

A frozen pipe is a typical, yet sometimes major plumbing issue to face. When the weather is cold and the temperature dips below freezing, the water in your home’s pipes may freeze and enlarge, which can result in anything from a tiny leak to large-scale flooding.

There are several signs that can reveal a frozen pipe. If you notice a water line covered in frost or any lumps within the pipe, that is a pretty sure sign that your water pipe is frozen. While it may seem obvious to know if your water lines are frozen, just realize that not all plumbing pipes are in sight. If you turn on the sink and the water is not running, or not flowing properly, or your toilets won’t refill after a flush, that’s also an indicator that your pipes are likely frozen.

So what can you do when you think your pipes could be frozen? It is crucial to switch off the power to your water supply before you attempt to thaw your pipe in order to keep the pipe from breakingTry warming the frozen area of the pipe with heated water or packing towels that have been soaked in hot water around your water pipes. If these measures don’t solve the problem, call a professional plumber in to assess the situation. Do not attempt to use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or anything else with an open flame, as these are fire hazards.

If the pipe has actually burst, begin soaking up the water with a mop, rags or sponges to clean up as much as you can before it causes damage. If the damage is critical, go ahead and reach out to your insurance agent and call SERVPRO of Grays Harbor and Pacific County to help address the situation. SERVPRO of Grays Harbor and Pacific County will work with you insurance agency to get you back on your feet. 

The American Red Cross recommends taking these actions to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to permit warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.

  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

  • If you will be leaving during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

If these preventative actions don’t work and you find yourself combating frozen pipes this winter, call SERVPRO of Grays Harbor and Pacific County —available 24/7/365— to help at 360-533-2209 or schedule an appointment online.

Water Loss Awareness

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

"Like it never even happened" Call SERVPRO today! (360)533-8667

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Sewage Backup in Aberdeen, WA

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage loss in an office Call us for any of your water restoration needs. We are here to make it “Like it never even happened.” (360)533-8667.

Sewage backup is in the water loss category here at SERVPRO of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. Recently, we had a sewage backup in a commercial building. They called SERVPRO right away and we instantly got a crew together to go assess the situation and set equipment as needed. Our crew needed to block off the affected areas, clean it up, and start getting the structure dried out. Once they contained the affected area, they made it possible for the business to stay running. Here at SERVPRO, we are committed to the customer in trying to make this process go as smoothly as possible. Depending on the situation, we can keep businesses up and running when having any water damage. Call us for any of your water restoration needs. We are here to make it “Like it never even happened.” (360)533-8667.