What Steps to Take After A Storm
You have experienced a 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.. A professional will be able to assess roof damage and structural problems with expert knowledge and come up with a plan of action.
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 and 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 consider have a plumbing and roofing specialist reference as well.
Call the water & storm restoration specialist: SERVPRO of Lynnwood- 425-774-1148
Visit http://www.SERVPROlynnwood.com for more information on storm damage.
Are you Looking for A Career With SERVPRO?
SERVPRO of Lynnwood is hiring for Restoration Technicians! If you enjoy helping people and working in fast-paced environments this may be the job for you! Call our office at 425-774-1148 to schedule your interview!
We offer Competitive Hourly Rates, Overtime and Health Benefits!
SERVPRO® is a national leading company in the Cleaning and Restoration Industry. Our expanding team is looking to hire professionals with an opportunity for advancement. No experience is necessary- we will train and offer a competitive hourly rate plus benefits. We will train you to:
• Setup and maintain restoration equipment.
• Stock supplies and equipment for jobsites
• Take and record moisture readings
• Measure and sketch basic floor plans
• Pack and move contents and much more!
SERVPRO of Lynnwood Exhibits at the Washington Homicide Investigators Conference
We are thrilled to be exhibiting for our second time at the Washington Homicide Investigator's Annual Conference taking place Fall 2021 at the Clearwater Casino & Resort. This is the 8th annual conference which focuses on "Case Presentation Format". The conference will include numerous high profile homicide case presentations, presented by the actual investigators and prosecutors with a focus on “lessons learned”. Attendees will have the option to visit with vendors and learn more about utilizing SERVPRO services for professional clean-up after homicide related events.
We look forward to sharing, learning and networking at this exciting event! If you will be attending the conference stop by our booth to say hello!
New Fire Safety Technology
Faster, smarter technology means better fire safety technology. The basics of fire safety, from stocking the right equipment to knowing fire protocols, remain the same, but technological advances build on the basics, making fire fighting quicker, easier, and more effective. SERVPRO of Lynnwood takes pride in staying up to date with advances in the industry.
There are some amazing technologies being produced to fight fires; advances in video, sound and detection technology. Here are some of the new features;
Sound Wave Fire Extinguisher
This chemical-free, water-free extinguisher uses sound waves to separate burning fuel from oxygen. Fire dies out without oxygen, so using the soundwave extinguisher on a small fire is successful. The sound wave extinguisher provides non-destructive fire safety technology, which is ideal for home use. Currently the technology is only suitable for small fires since it does not contain a coolant.
Water Mist Systems
Water mist fire safety technology is considered a major part of the future of firefighting. Water simply works, and it’s the most common agent used to fight fires today.
Instead of large droplets of water, water mist systems send out a fine mist that smothers a fire. Since the droplets are smaller, the mist systems create more of them. The larger surface area of droplets converts water to steam faster. The steam absorbs more heat from the flame, lowering the temperature of the fire, suffocating the fire faster. Mist systems also significantly decrease water damage.
Early Suppression Fast Response Fire Sprinkler Systems (ESFR)
ESFR systems are ceiling-mounted, featuring high-pressure heads capable of producing a high volume of water; nearly 100 gallons of water per minute. Unlike a conventional sprinkler system made to control a fire, ESFR fire safety technology suppresses the fire (shrinks it back to the point of origin). These systems require large amounts of water and are hooked up to fire pumps. They are found to be effective in large buildings such as warehouses.
Integrated Voice Evacuation and Messaging System
Not all fire safety technologies are built to fight fires: some protect the people a fire can hurt. An integrated voice evacuation and messaging system alerts occupants with pre-recorded messages when a fire breaks out. Fire evacuation plans and other safety information play over speakers so occupants can respond appropriately. This can be customized to the facility and will help keep people informed during an emergency.
Summer Safety Tips to Prevent Fires
Bright blue skies, cool pools, the scent of a freshly mowed lawn and barbecue…It’s definitely summertime! Kids are out of school and adults are getting ready to use some well-deserved vacation time. It’s a season synonymous with fun, freedom, and sunshine. Unfortunately, it is also a common time of year for emergency room visits and accidental fires.
July is the busiest time of year nationally for grill fires. It is also common for accidental house fires and injury due to the mishandling of fireworks.
There are plenty of things you can do to help protect your home and your family during the festivities. We want you to enjoy every minute of your summer. Follow some of these helpful tips to make sure your summer is both fun AND safe!
- Only use your propane and charcoal grills outdoors. Never bring them indoors.
- Keep your grill away from the exterior of your home. You don’t want it against railings, door frames, under eaves, or too near low hanging branches.
- Be vigilant in keeping children and pets away from the grill and its general vicinity.
- Never leave the grill unattended.
- Be clean- remove fat build up and grease from grills, trays, and accessories.
- Obey all local laws concerning firework usage.
- Fireworks and alcohol do not mix.
- Do NOT try to re-light a malfunctioning or “dud” firework.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of fire or to fully extinguish the ones that have malfunctioned.
- Read all cautionary labels and instructions before lighting fireworks and always use them outside only.
Enjoy your summer! We are here to serve 24/7. Need Cleanup? -- Call SERVPRO Lynnwood at (425)-774-1148
How to Keep Your Pets Safe From Fire Risks
As a pet-friendly office at SERVPRO of Lynnwood our furry friends are near and dear to our hearts as a special part of the family. Sadly, approximately 500,000 pets are affected by house fires each year and many house fires are even caused by pets, especially when left home alone. Read over these tips to help prevent any accidental fire started by your pets and for keeping your pets safe in the event of a fire in your home. When creating your family’s emergency plan make sure you include your dog, cat, or other pets in your plan of action.
To Prevent Your Pets from Starting An Accidental Fire;
- Beware of candles and other open flames. Pets are curious creatures and may take interest in a flickering flame. If you do have any open flames in your home at any time, be sure to never leave them unattended and to keep an eye on your pets. If you're using a fireplace, consider getting a fireplace screen to protect pets when sleeping in front of the fire. Also make sure the fire is completely out before heading out or going to bed. Small sparks and coals can pass through a screen and ignite soft contents such as furniture or carpet.
- Secure wires and cords. Pets are often tempted to chew on loose wires and cords. Exposed wires can be a fire hazard, so consider securing any electrical objects so that their cords are out of reach.
- Avoid using glass bowls for your pets' water. When filtered and heated through glass, the sun's rays can ignite the wood beneath the bowl and set a deck in flames. Try using a stainless steel or ceramic bowl instead.
Keep Your Pets Safe After/During A Fire:
- Place a pet fire sticker on the door or window of your home. In the event of a fire when you're away, having a pet sticker will help rescuers know how many pets to look for, saving valuable time and hopefully your furry friends.
- Use monitored smoke detectors. Pets left home alone can't escape on their own. Monitored smoke detectors contact emergency responders when you're not home and add an extra layer of protection beyond that of battery-operated smoke alarms.
- Keep pets near entrances when you're away from home. Keep collars (with ID tags) on your pets at all times and leave leashes by the entrance or somewhere easy to find in an emergency. This will help firefighters to find and rescue your pets when they arrive.
- Know where your pets' hiding’ spots are. It's important that you can find your pets quickly if there's a fire. Know where your pets like to sleep and especially where they like to go when they are scared or anxious (under the bed or hidden in a quiet corner of the house somewhere).
- Have an ERP (Emergency Ready Plan) in place and make sure everyone in the house knows what to do in the event of a fire. Know who will be in charge of getting your pets outside safely. Have someone in charge of leashes and pet carriers so that they can be safely secured once you're outside. In the event that you can't find your pet when exiting, leave doors and windows open on your way out and call to them so that they come out on their own.
- Practice fire drills with your pets. It is important to include your pets in the family fire drills. Practice finding them and getting out of the house. Also practice the "open access" scenario where you leave an exit open (preferably the one they're most comfortable with) and call to them to come out of the home. The more you practice, the more likely they are to come out in the event of an actual fire.
- Don’t forget pet food & water, even medication. Depending on how long you may be displaced after a fire it’s a great idea to have food, water and any necessary medications on hand so that your pet feels more comfortable and doesn’t suffer from hunger or dehydration.
Call SERVPRO of Lynnwood at 425-774-1148 to find out more about what you can do to prepare for the unexpected.
A Maintenance Checklist for Your Commercial Property
Remembering to upkeep general maintenance around your 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 machine, 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 year! Call us for more information about emergency preparedness; 425-774-1148.
Classes, Categories and Steps of Water Damage Restoration
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.
Moisture creates the perfect atmosphere for 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 (such as SERVPRO of Lynnwood) to determine if they must be replaced. Carpets and drywall often develop bacteria that, if not treated immediately, cannot be removed. 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. 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.
Visit http://www.SERVPROlynnwood.com for more information on water damage.
Proper Gutter Maintenance to Avoid Costly Damage
When it comes to protecting your home, there are many problems that can arise which we must consider. As seasons turn don’t wait too long to act; keep your gutters and downspouts clear as an important part of your preventative maintenance plan.
Gutter issues that can lead to water damage and roof or siding issues include:
- Extra Weight
Extra weight, caused by clogs, stresses fasteners that hold gutters to the house. Eventually, they detach, leaving space for water to get through; this leads to damaged soffits, shingles and paint.
- Standing water
Water and debris are the perfect breeding ground for insect and rodent infestations. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the top of your gutters, clean them out and take proper safety precautions.
- Shingle damage
Cracks that form on damaged shingles can let in water, causing leaks insideyour home, leading to further problems in your attic and structure.
- Wrong Sized Gutters/Spouts
If you have overflow issues frequently, your gutter system may be improperly sized. Sometimes larger downspouts and clean-outs can prevent problems down the line.
The above are only a few reasons we all need to keep our gutters and downspouts clear. If you decide to do the work yourself, please be safe. Ladder safety is vitally important and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Most ladder injuries occur from 10 feet or less so if this work is daunting to you, hire a professional who is licensed and bonded to perform the job.
If you have a water intrusion issue due to clogged gutters call SERVPRO of Lynnwood for a moisture inspection and professional recommendation. You can reach our team at 425-774-1148.
Unexpected Flooding During Dry Seasons
If you live in Washington State you know the wet season is no time to take the weather lightly. Flooding can realistically happen any season. A common issue we see in summer is unexpected flooding and difficulty for the ground to absorb water. Flood damage can be one of the costliest disasters that may strike a home, putting possessions and building materials directly in harm’s way. Flooding can often be mitigated or entirely prevented through proper preparation. Reference these useful tips to help avoid storm damage even when you are not expecting it.
How Floods Occur
You may wonder why your house can shrug off some rains but not others, but the answer is often further from home. Heavy downpours can create a variety of treacherous situations:
• Too much rain or melting snow for the soil to absorb becomes excess runoff.
• Nearby bodies of water overflow from too much rainwater.
• Waterways can become blocked and containment systems like dams can fail.
Because these factors are outside the realm of individual control, it’s important to address those flooding risks you can impact around the home.
How To Prevent Damage
A major key to keeping your property safe is advance preparation. Many of these recommendations may even be part of your normal routine already:
• Don’t let storm drains on your street become clogged. Dispose of yard waste and ensure other debris does not collect, particularly ahead of expected rainfall.
• Keep your downspouts clear. Even a single storm can create blockages, allowing for water to back up and create flood risks from above.
• Address potential runoff issues. Cisterns and rain barrels allow for collection of excess rainwater around the home. Absorbent rain gardens and use of permeable paving materials can also lessen storm-related impact.
Most flood damage recovery professionals recommend a proactive approach versus reacting to an existing problem. Keep a sharp eye on potential threats all around your property, from gutters to drains. Preventing flooding in Lynnwood, WA does take effort but will be worthwhile in the long run.
Visit http://www.SERVPROlynnwood.com for more information on storm damage.