Checklists: A Good Resolution For Your Property
Remembering to upkeep general maintenance around your home and business can be difficult at times with how busy daily life can be. In the first week of every quarter we recommend you set aside about an hour to make sure everything is running properly and address anything that needs attention. This will help you be more prepared for the unexpected. Make sure if something needs attention you address it right away- it’s never too late to start a good habit!
- Check and possibly change batteries in smoke detectors and CO detectors
- Check and possibly change water filters under kitchen sink and in ice makers in fridge
- Change furnace filter and be aware of next maintenance due date
- Check fire extinguishers and replace if needed
- Check and test earthquake valve at the gas meter
- Check all outdoor faucets and cover if weather is cold
- Check water heater and be aware of next maintenance due date
- Check all faucets and drains for normal flow
- Check all major appliances to ensure no leaks are present; washing amchine, dishwasher, garbage disposal
- Inspect crawl space and attic to ensure proper ventilation and that the space is free of pests
- Complete a walk-around and check siding, roof, walkways and general exterior
- Check outside lights and replace as needed
SERVPRO of Lynnwood hopes that this list will help you plan for a successful and emergency free New Year! Call us for more information about emergency preparedness; 425-774-1148.
Water Damage Restoration Process
Water Damage Restoration: A Timely Topic
This year many households in the United States witnessed the devastating impacts of torrential downpours and flooding first hand. Water in business environments today often prompts managers to seek professional water cleanup and mitigation assistance by hiring a restoration company. These water damage specialists handle the messy moisture extraction and drying process efficiently. Many restoration firms even assist companies when water in business settings accompanies widespread flood damage within the immediate vicinity. What should you do when you encounter a flooded home?
To rapidly and efficiently resolve flood damage in residential settings, follow the example of many corporate risk managers and seek water cleanup, drying and mitigation assistance from a full-time restoration company. By taking charge of the water extraction and drying process as soon as possible after a natural disaster, a water damage restoration firm such as SERVPRO of Lynnwood may help minimize overall property losses.
A water damage restoration specialist has received comprehensive training in caring for commercial and residential property in the aftermath of flood damage. Our experts learn the best procedures to follow to perform water cleanup, moisture extraction and drying. Additionally, a restoration company will use professional-grade specialized equipment to expedite water removal from a flooded home or business. This equipment speeds the water extraction process.
An Illustration: Cleanup Involving a Pipe Break: Just consider the plight of people contending with water in their business or home following a flood which resulted in a supply line break. This type of pipe break in the past sometimes allowed water to gush through a neighborhood. (Fortunately, today water company personnel usually detect the rupture quickly and cut off the water flow.) Yet cleaning up the premises during an extended period without access to clean water can prove challenging indeed. Hiring a professional water damage mitigation firm to restore your residence helps enormously in this situation.
If you have sustained a flooded home this year, consider retaining the services of a water damage restoration specialist at SERVPRO of Lynnwood. Visit http://www.SERVPROlynnwood.com for more information on how we can assist you.
The Water Damage Process: What to Expect
Restoring a home or business after water damage comes in many different forms. It can be as simple as vacuuming up water and leaving the room to dry, or as severe as reconstructing an entire flooded home from a pipe break or supply line break.
To provide mitigation, call upon a restoration company and familiarize yourself with the process of water damage restoration. This will put you one step ahead when the unexpected occurs. What Goes Into Restoration Whether it’s a pipe break or a flooded home, water cleanup is crucial. Standing water in a home or business can quickly lead to bigger problems. Moisture creates the perfect atmosphere for mold and bacteria to grow and breed. Certain materials are also at risk when there is water or flood damage, and will have to be assessed by a restoration company to determine if they must be replaced. Carpets and drywall often develop bacteria that, if not treated immediately, can’t be removed. In order for mitigation to be effective, determining what class and category of damage caused by water in a business or home is imperative. For a better overview of this, refer to the outline below:
Water Cleanup Classes
Class 1: Little moisture has been absorbed by part of a room.
Class 2: An entire room has been affected and water has absorbed into the walls and carpet. This is often from a supply line break or pipe break.
Class 3: Water in a home or business completely saturated most of the area and walls, and may be coming through the ceiling. This is considered flood damage.
Class 4: Materials in a flooded home such as stone, concrete, and hardwood require specialty drying due to severe damage.
Water Cleanup Categories
Category 1: Damage has been caused by a clean water sources such as a broken pipe or a supply line break. In order for mitigation to be effective, immediate action is required to lessens the risk of further damage caused by water in a business or home.
Category 2: Flood damage is caused by “grey water” containing contaminates such as detergents or urine from a pipe break or supply line break.
Category 3: Completely unsanitary water, such as that found in sewers or rivers, has caused the damage in a flooded home, and a bacterium has begun growing. The Process of Restoration Restoring a home or business to livable conditions generally involves water removal, decontaminating the area, and drying. In more severe cases, entire parts of the building may need to be replaced. The process is delicate and should only be handled by a professional restoration company. For more information on the steps involved, continue reading below.
Step 1: Inspection – Getting a thorough inspection is the most important factor in mitigation with regards to water cleanup. Professionals will inspect the walls, floors, and ceiling and fit them into a class and category. This will be used to best determine a restoration plan.
Step 2: Water Removal - Vacuums and pumps are used to remove water in a business or home, and the process must begin as soon as possible to prevent mold.
Step 3: Drying – After all standing water is removed and absorbent materials are vacuumed, dehumidification and drying begins. This can take several weeks to complete.
Step 4: Cleaning – Personal items such as clothing and drapery need to be sanitized to prevent mold and bacteria growth from water in a home or business.
Step 5: Restoration – When there is severe damage from water in a business or home, materials such as walls, flooring, and broken pipes are replaced. When dealing with flood damage or general water damage it's always best to call a restoration company. They are specially equipped to handling water in a home or business, and will be able to act fast to prevent further damage.
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SERVPRO of Lynnwood: Experts in Frozen Pipes
Severe winter weather ranks third as a cause of insured catastrophic losses, after hurricanes and tornadoes, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Losses from snow, ice, and freezing temperatures across the United States average over a billion dollars a year.
Preparing your home for cold weather can help avoid potentially costly problems, like frozen pipes. When water freezes it expands. That's why a can of soda explodes if you put it into a freezer to chill quickly and forget it. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If the water expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes, and major damage can begin.
To Prevent Frozen Pipes from Occurring:
First and foremost, make sure your heating system is working properly and that vulnerable pipes, like those that run close to your exterior walls, are insulated.
If you go away for several days in the winter, make sure you leave the heat on. The Insurance Information Institute recommends setting your thermostat at 65 degrees.
Have someone check your home and property, if you can. If you expect to be away for extended periods - say, you go South for the winter - have your water turned off.
Additional steps you can take to help prevent your pipes from freezing are:
- Seal air leaks surrounding or near your pipes
- Keep your garage doors closed if you have water supply lines in the garage.
- Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems.
- Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
- Keep your heat at a minimum of 55 degrees at all times. Keep it at 65 when you're out of town.
- During severe cold turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night.
- Remove your outside hoses and store them inside during the winter.
- If you need to be away from home, consider draining your water system before you go.
- Identify the locations of shut-off valves so that you're prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts.
If a Pipe Bursts follow the proper procedures:
- Shut off water at the main valve. Your shut-off should be easily marked with a tag. Call SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West if you would like one.
- If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
- Call a professional restoration expert such as SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West to mitigate the damage. Keep an emergency number nearby for quick access!
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SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantages
Let SERVPRO of Lynnwood Prepare You for the Unexpected.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.
Benefits for your Business:
By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage:
- A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes SERVPRO of Lynnwood. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by.
- Identification for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”
The Importance of Planning:
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster and of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” communicated trust and peace of mind to your clients and employees. Call and schedule an appointment today! 425-774-1148
- By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you help to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance is helpful in receiving timely mitigation and can help minimize the effects water and fire damage can have on your business.
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to plan ahead- call us to schedule your ERP! 425-774-1148.
5 Tips For How To Handle Mold Remediation
Mold has had its fair share of controversy and sensationalism over the past few years. Despite the media frenzy quieting down, mold in home is still a significant and important issue for most homeowners. An increase in consumer complaints has resulted in homeowners engaging in mold remediation and cleanup process. Property owners’ goal is to retain consumer confidence in home quality, safety standards, and home durability. In regards to mold in a home, there are two important factors to remember. First, you can prevent mold damage from your home by immediately addressing any of its manifestation. Second, use the proper protocol for mold mitigation. As a property owner should have a trusted team ready to respond if any issues arise. Below is a recap of five tips to help you create an effective mold removal plan.
Tip # 1: Understand Moisture’s Role in Mold Formation.
Evaluating mold in home infestation involves more than a visible check for mold growth behind wall, flooring, or in corners. For that reason, any commercial mold damage assessment requires analytical approaches. Understand that the presence of free moisture affects mold growth significantly. Secondly, familiarize yourself with how moisture originates and gets into your home. As a homeowner you must determine the sources of moisture in your property and use its presence to locate mold growth; SERVPRO of Lynnwood specializes in providing these services at competitive prices.
Tip # 2: Create an Appropriate Remediation Plan and Documentation.
Document your mold situation in writing, video, or photography. Documentation assists cleanup experts to develop an appropriate mitigation strategy. Details of the plan include what renovations or repairs are scheduled, necessary evaluation tests, or tenant relocation during remediation. A mitigation plan helps you manage liability and identify mold growth trends.
Tip # 3: Identifying Mold Contamination Extent
As indicated before, growing mold in home can be deceptive, so it is necessary to determine the extent of contamination in your home. Determining your level of contamination influences the approach used in addressing mold damage within your home and lets you avoid exposing others to contamination.
Tip # 4: Mold Mitigation
Mitigating mold growth involves a combination of various methods inclusive of Level 1 and Level 2 remediation practices. Both levels comprise the following listed steps: Fixing leaking plumbing. This approach significantly reduces mold growth, black mold, fungus, mildew as well as using deodorization to eliminate smelly odor. Isolate contaminated areas; this entails closing all windows and doors on contaminated doorways, and other access conduits. These help to avoid the spread of black mold, fungus, mildew, dry rot, and mold spores to other locations within the home as well as reduces smelly odor. Use misting and deodorization to reduce smelly odor caused by growing mold. Discard all mold-infected, black mold, fungus, mildew, dry rot, and other materials using appropriate disposal bags. Entrust the removal of contaminated material to a certified restoration company; such as the team at SERVPRO of Lynnwood. Ensure that you clean all wood surfaces and nonporous materials of any mold damage, dry rot, mildew, fungus, or black mold. Perform a visibility test. Inspect all infected areas of any visible contamination and mold debris, dry rot, black mold, fungus, mildew.
Tip # 5: Evaluate the Mold Removal Plan The last step in this activity is determining whether the mold removal project achieved its objectives. Pay particular attention to any mold growth behind wall. You should implement a comprehensive mold mitigation strategy to avoid future issues.
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Understanding What Mold Is and Why it Grows
Many homeowners worry about mold growing in their house and causing damage or lowering the value or putting residents at risk. Mold is a very specific problem with predictable causes, so it is unlikely to affect any home that does not have a moisture problem. Learn the truth about mold growth, different types, and the causes. If you find mold in Lynnwood, WA be sure to call a restoration specialist from SERVPRO of Lynnwood for expert advice and cleaning protocol.
What is Mold?
Mold is essentially a type of fungus that grows in wood or other materials commonly found in buildings. Mold spores can be found everywhere, and the only thing mold needs to grow is excessive moisture. There are multiple types of mold, including black mold and grey mold. Mold can be difficult to get rid of once it is found, especially if it has spread. It is important to understand and be on the lookout for it, especially during the rainy months in the Pacific Northwest.
Preventing Mold Growth
Because mold requires moisture to grow, the best way to prevent it is to control water and humidity in your home. The most common causes of mold growth are: broken or leaking pipes, broken water supply, leaking roofs, humid weather or Flooding.
Make sure your roof is not leaking and that your gutters and water spouts direct water away effectively. Check your basement, crawl space, and attic occasionally to find signs of moisture or the early stages of mold. Always be aware of any moisture that develops on your walls, floors, or ceiling.
Is Mold Dangerous?
The vast majority of mold is not dangerous to your health; however there are some types of mold that can cause health problems therefore should be addressed. No one type of mold is toxic or poisonous on its own, but it does create toxic spores which should be remediated.
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What To Do After the Storm
After the Storm - What Now?
Whether it's a hurricane, ice damming or hailstorm nature can be unpredictable. Frozen pipes, flood water, roof damage - anything can go wrong during a storm. Where does the clean-up process start? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lynnwood. DIY home is futile after a disaster. A professional will be able to assess roof damage and structural problems with expert knowledge and the general public should not try to fix a roof leak or do roof repair if they are not qualified as this may result in future issues.
In colder climates there are the winter hazards of blizzards, extreme snowfall, ice damming, etc. Ice damage can come in many forms - roofs collapse, pipes burst and power lines fall. An ice dam can cause major damage by blocking water from running off of the roof. Wind damage sometimes accompanies a severe blizzard. Trees topple over, vinyl siding is blown off and telephone lines are blown down. In the cold weather zones be prepared for the possibility of:
Ice dams, frozen pipes, hail damage ice damage wind damage
SERVPRO professionals address the following:
Flooding, river flooding, storm damage, wind damage, roof repair, or temporary tarping roof leaks
Depending on geographic locations, some people may have hurricane damage or flooding in their areas. As water levels rise and storm surges swell, homes can sustain devastating blows. Ground water can become contaminated with bacteria and pests. River flooding can soak basements and ground-level rooms with sediment and contaminated water; each disaster brings it's own set of problems. Storm restoration is a process and water restoration after storm damage can be tricky. Immediately after the storm call for help and keep these numbers on the emergency contact list:
Water & storm restoration specialist: SERVPRO of Lynnwood- 425-774-1148
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Preparing for Holiday Travel? Tips To Keep Your Home Safe
Christmas and New Year’s holidays are quickly approaching. When leaving home for vacation, few people consider prepping their homes to prevent water damage. Most people go through a checklist of turning off or unplugging kitchen gadgets, but what happens if you have a leak and need a water pipe repair while you are away? A broken pipe can do a lot of damage, especially if it is left unattended for several days.
Before leaving for an extended vacation, check your home for leaks. Examine the pipes under the sink and the water heater for any cracks or rust. Consider purchasing a water alarm that sends text alerts to your phone. Inspect the hoses that connect to any appliances. Insulate any exposed pipes, especially if you are leaving in the winter and expecting cold weather. A pipe that bursts due to freezing conditions requires repair immediately. Ask a neighbor, friend or family member if they can check in on your home periodically. If you must leave water on consider turning off the water main and drain the pipes.
It is important to not only prep your home to prevent damage from a leak but also from a storm. Make sure your gutters are cleaned so water can flow freely through them. Check your sump pump to make sure it’s functioning properly; clear out any debris you see. Test it by filling the sump pit and turning on the pump. Check window seals and your roof for any leaks; this is especially important for areas that experience heavy rains or storms. . Returning from a vacation to find your house flooded can be devastating. A simple water pipe repair can escalate into a larger problem and can induce microbial growth. Take the time to prep your home against intruding water before you leave so that you can enjoy your vacation worry free. If you experience a problem make sure to call SERVPRO of Lynnwood at 425-774-1148 to help you mitigate any damage.
Initial Steps of Storm Damage Restoration
Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home or business. Some regions are more susceptible to storm damage than others. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, therefore having a strategy to respond quickly will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.
Take Safety Precautions
Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the building interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials creating the perfect environment for mold growth that may cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas and beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of Lynnwood to help secure your property, assess damage and begin emergency services. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family or employees while your property is being restored to a safe condition.
Photograph The damage
If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. Documentation is very important to insurance company process and procedures for replacing or restoring your personal items.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Contact your insurance agent or claims center to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. Insurance companies will send out a representative to determine the extent of the damage and to work closely with SERVPRO professionals to discuss job scope and approvals,
Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance
The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You would be required to file documents to receive these loans. When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your property to normal.