The 8 Principles of Remediation including Blood, Body Fluids, and Other Potentially Infectious Materials during Biohazard Cleanup
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose health consequences, especially in commercial buildings and public places where employees and customers reside. SERVPRO of Lynnwood is trained and certified in effectively removing hazardous biological substances for proper disposal. Let’s review some of the safety measures to be taken when removing these substances;
- Safety for all: When it has been determined that an area is or possibly could be contaminated with blood, body fluids or OPIM; all workers shall be protected from all exposure.
- Documentation: Unusual conditions that require differing practices than standard work must have all steps of their process documented.
- Evaluation and Assessment: When a preliminary determination indicates that biological contamination exists, an evaluation should be performed prior to starting remediation. This can be accomplished without the need for an independent IEP, as the scope of work can be determined without sampling. Occasionally, other hazards or situations exist which would require an IEP or other professional to perform an assessment.
- Documentation during the job: All conditions and practices must be documented on an on-going basis during remediation work.
- Contamination control: Cross-contamination should be controlled. Methods of containments are further defined herein.
- Contamination Removal: Physically removing the waste should be removed from the structure as soon as possible. If it is not possible at the time, then begin to decontaminate by cleaning and then apply an antimicrobial. Followed by encapsulation.
- Application of disinfectant: To ensure that structures, and contents are safe for use, use a government registered antimicrobial following the directions on the label.
- Post-Remediation evaluation and verification: Perform a post-remediation evaluation of all affected areas confirming cleanliness. If required by law, or in the contract of work then it should be performed by an IEP.
If you have an issue related to bloodborne pathogen contamination, crime scene residues, drug labs, sewage backups or vandalism call SERVPRO of Lynnwood at 425-774-1148.
How to Save Paper Documents During a Flood
Exposure to water could possibly destroy and ruin paper documents. Whether it is a flood, leak, or other moisture, documents can be ruined incredibly fast. Some of these documents have a lot of monetary, sentimental or educational value especially when they are papers that are required to be preserved by law, hold historical value or are proprietary. It is important to move fast and try to dry out and save these documents as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Lynnwood has experience preserving documents for city buildings, law firms, banks, museums and educational facilities. There are 4 common ways to save paper documents. Each method has its own advantages. The types of drying are as follows.
- Vacuum Freeze-Drying: during this process papers are put into an airtight chamber and negative vacuum pressure is generated. This rapidly freezes them and puts them into a dry state.
- Desiccant Air Drying: Papers are placed on racks and shelves in a room with a dehumidifier. The paper is continuously dried, and this process takes around 7 days.
- Cleaning and Sterilization: This process is used when there is dirt, fungi, or grime on the paper. They are wiped with sponges and scrub pads while avoiding the use of liquid solutions. After that a HEPA vacuum system may be used to disinfect and sterilize.
- Digital Imaging: This process is used before the flood. Take pictures/Scan in the document and save them to the computer or the cloud
With these methods saving paper is a strong possibility, but, sometimes it is not always possible to save these documents, thinking ahead and taking precautions before disaster strikes is a great first step. Be mindful of where papers are stored and consider electronic backup as well. If you need help with document drying call SERVPRO of Lynnwood at 425-774-1148.
The Different type of Carpet Cleaning that SERVPRO Offers
SERVPRO of Lynnwood is not just an emergency service company; we also provide commercial cleaning to anybody that might need it on a regular basis or perhaps a onetime deep clean. SERVPRO offers five different types of cleaning services when it comes to carpets. To determine what type of carpet cleaning is best for your carpet depends on what fibers it is made of, and what is making your carpet dirty. Each method is used for different types of carpets and different soil levels.
Our 5 different carpet cleaning methods include:
Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive Method designed for short piled Carpets
Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method useful for all types of carpets
Deluxe Pre-cleaning and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas
Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry
Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue
Some methods clean better than others and therefore can vary in price. SERVPRO of Lynnwood will make sure it uses the best choice and most necessary method for getting your carpet looking like brand new. Also, keep in mind that the IICRC states that 79% of soil found in carpets is dry. Vacuuming regularly is one of the most effective ways to keep your carpets clean and make them last longer.
SERVPRO’s main goal throughout its history is to “develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness and mutual respect” which has since become our mission statement. SERVPRO now has 1,700 franchises located nationwide and is considered the pinnacle of the cleaning and restoration industry. If you need a deep clean or carpet clean for your commercial space or residence don’t hesitate to contact our team at 425-774-1148.
How to Limit Damage During a Flood
We understand the stress that comes with flooding in your home or business. Here are some helpful tips to help prevent potential damages before or during a flood!
- Protect doorways or any other open gaps by putting sandbags in front or behind them. This will minimize the amount of water that forcefully enters your home.
- Take photos or videos of flooding and report to your insurance. This will help you in the long run when trying to replace the items affected by the flood.
- Move any valuables to a higher floor or elevate them from the floor not allowing water to touch them in any way.
- Clean and clear gutters. This will allow water to more easily move and not get stuck around your home.
- Keep up to date on the news of the flood using radio
- Have a plumper install an interior or exterior backflow prevention valve to make sure there is no sewage backup during the flood.
- Turn off water line to stop water from continually flooding your home (Helps only if that is the source of the flood).
- If possible have a survival kit containing important documents, food, water, medications and a first aid kit in case you need to leave your home or stay indoors for an extended amount of time.
- Open window in your home to help air move more freely. This will prevent pressure buildups or major changes in air flow.
- Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires.
- Shut off electricity to prevent and short-circuits, malfunctions or electrocutions.
- If advised to evacuate please do for the safety of your family and find higher ground to go to.
- Try to remove the water as fast as possible using buckets, vacuum, or various other methods.
- Call SERVPRO or any other water restoration specialists and have them handle the problem.
Using some or all of these methods could help save your home and valuables from worse damage or possible replacement, while saving you (the homeowner or business owner) thousands of dollars in the process. If there is a possibility of a flood happening take precaution to limit damage and call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Lynnwood, 425-774-1148.
The Importance of Professional Job Training at SERVPRO of Lynnwood
Even when hiring someone that has experience in this industry, on the job training is still a necessity. On the job training goes much farther than making sure your staff is trained for any job they might come across. On the job training ensures that everybody in the company understands what is going on throughout every job and are held to the company standards. Everybody being on the same page ensures that project managers, technicians and office personnel all understand our job process, therefore it can be explained to the clients properly.
Oftentimes company standards differ in some ways from the industry standards because the industry standards are set to just the necessities. Employees being trained should understand why we do a job a certain way this will advance their career and further their abilities. Getting the job done isn’t good enough, getting the job done right and making sure the customer is 100% satisfied is the SERVPRO way.
Our employees are constantly receiving training and safety debriefs so that we can take on high level jobs and continue to grow our areas of expertise. It also is a benefit for the employee because they will be better at their job, helping them foster professional growth. Job training is vital to the success of the company, and it makes sure everybody is on the same page, doing the job right, all the time.
SERVPRO of Lynnwood goes above and beyond. We begin our training process with hours of SERVPRO training videos followed by the ECTP (Employee Certification Training Program). Employees must pass a series of six exams with anywhere from twenty to eighty questions. Employees begin work in our warehouse where they become familiarized with types of equipment, products and tools we use along with the appropriate cleaning process. After in-office training our employees join our team on the jobsites where the process is explained as the work is performed. All employees receive hands on experience and are offered growth opportunities as time goes on such as certification opportunities in different fields. If you interested in learning more about working at SERVPRO of Lynnwood please reach out to us on our website for general inquires and open positions.
Make A Profit and Most Importantly A Difference
Many people think that monetary rewards are what define a successful business, however, is this really true?
Most people start businesses with the goal of turning a profit, becoming rich, and making sure the shareholders are always happy. At SERVPRO of Lynnwood we think a successful difference is more than turning a profit. SERVPRO thinks that a successful business is defined by helping people in their time of need. SERVPRO is a successful business because we strive to make a difference and make lives better. People often call us heroes when we show up fast, keep them up to date and solve their problems.
SERVPRO is the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world; we have achieved this by hard work and caring about people. SERVPRO makes sure the customer is heard, we know what matters to them, and we make sure they understand the process of what we’re doing. During cleaning and restoration, it can be stressful for the client. We understand their stress and make sure that they are involved in the process and nothing is hidden from them. SERVPRO provides 24 hour a day emergency service which is no easy feat. Our team often answers calls in the middle of the night and on holidays simply because we want to help all customers any time of the day or night with their emergencies. Our business model is to make sure that we keep our customers in mind and never focus on solely profit, but the people. We believe success will come by focusing on customers, clients and employees. Count on our trusted team in your time of need; call SERVPRO of Lynnwood at 425-774-1148.
Building Safety and The Importance of Moving Quickly
Every Spring we celebrate Building Safety Month. This may not be a widely recognized event but in our industry and to SERVPRO, it is very important. We put a special emphasis on educating insurance/commercial property professionals, as well as the general public on the importance of disaster preparedness and innovations in building safety. These two topics go hand in hand when making sure you and your family remains safe when disaster strikes. By having a disaster plan ahead of time, it will save you time, money and keep your mind at ease.
When a flood has occurred, you must start working immediately in attempt to protect as much of your property as possible. It only takes minutes for your property to become damaged and not acting can cause more. Calling SERVPRO of Lynnwood immediately to handle the problem should be the first step. Waiting to call or trying to handle it on your own could cause more damage, and make it harder to restore. SERVPRO is faster to any disaster and will arrive with their trained team ready make the problem like the problem never happened. When SERVPRO arrives, they will start to use their advanced equipment and proven techniques to remove the water as quickly as possible. From then on, SERVPRO will begin drying the structure and any items that have been affected by the flood. If necessary SERVPRO will take extra steps to protect your home from further damage and will closely monitor the property to make sure nothing more needs to be done. We monitor ongoing jobsites to make sure there is no mold growth, or another problem arises. Calling as soon as possible will help this process move faster and ultimately save money. A few hours can be the difference between no damage, some damage and significant, long lasting damage. A quick response allows SERVPRO of Lynnwood to restore items and not replace them saving even more money, call our trusted team for assistance at 425-774-1148.
What is Mold?
Mold spores are microscopic organisms that can enter your home many different ways. Mold can enter your home by being carried in by a human or pet, or your home could be exposed to moisture (plumbing leaks, rainwater, flooding) and humidity. Mold thrives on moisture and can rapidly spread when exposed to wetness. Mold produces a strong musty odor that can help bring attention to the problem or the source of the problem. If the mold problem is not treated quickly then it could become a health problem and may produce toxins harmful to both pets and humans. When you suspect mold or have found mold, call professionals immediately. Remediation cannot begin until the source of the water/moisture has been found and stopped. Even if no source of water is found, it is most likely the humidity in the air, if humidity is above 45% then it will allow mold to continue to grow.
You can control your mold several different ways. One of the most effective ways is to control humidity levels. If your humidity levels are high, then you might want to invest in a dehumidifier and place it in a very humid room you suspect mold might be able to grow in. Another method is to fix water leaks around your home. Mold thrives on moisture and any water in your house has the possibility of growing mold. Make sure that your shower, laundry, and cooking rooms have ventilation so there is no steam being left around. Finally, if there is a flood, make sure that your home is thoroughly cleaned and no longer wet by calling in the professionals at SERVPRO of Lynnwood.
When you see or find mold make sure to stay away from the affected areas, turn off HVAC system and air movement devices, then contact SERVPRO of Lynnwood. Some helpful tips on dealing with mold on your own is 1. Not to touch or disturb the mold. 2. Don’t blow air across any affected surfaces with possible, confirmed mold growth. 3. Do not attempt to dry the area yourself. 4. Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
Leave the mold to the professionals at SERVPRO of Lynnwood; 425-774-1148.
A Business Plan for Fire Emergencies
Experts Say Every Second Counts During a Fire!
When a fire erupts people and pets have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home or business before it’s too late to get out. In a matter of seconds a small flame can become a major fire, making the escape plan critical. An emergency escape plan is not required for business owners, however OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect everyone.
A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows that only 26% of families have developed and practiced a fire escape plan. Luckily this number is slightly higher for businesses, however if your employer has not briefed the team on a plan it is time to start a discussion. Experts recommend practicing twice a year. Increase your chance of survival by ensuring you have working smoke detectors, an escape plan and practice under your belt. Here are some helpful recommendations to consider;
- Draw a map of your building and identify number of floors, stairs, doors, windows and enclosed spaces or high risk areas. Make sure everything opens easily and that there are keys for access.
- Consider escape ladders especially if there are sleeping areas. Sore ladders near windows or make sure collapsible exterior ladders are in proper working order.
- Teach children how to escape on their own; especially at schools. Plan for everyone in the structure; such as elderly or disabled individuals.
Take the following steps when developing a plan;
- Organize emergency preparedness procedures and pick a leader or organizer.
- Post evacuation procedures so they are well marked and easily visible.
- Conduct exercises and drills- including designating safe spots and communication plans.
How To Prevent Electrical Fires Efficiently
Electronics are a daily part of our life and we often forget the dangers that can be associated with lighting fixtures, chargers, appliances and more. At SERVPRO of Lynnwood we have responded to hundreds of electrical fires over the years helping our customers get their lives and homes back to normal. Keep in mind the following tips to reduce the risk of an electrical malfunction or tragedy in your home.
- On a regular basis, have the home inspected for loose wires, shorts, and faulty wiring that increase the risk of potential electrical fires, as electrical wiring eventually needs to be replaced. This is especially pertinent if one lives in an older home. Signs that faulty wiring is a pressing issue can include flickering lamps, buzzing outlets, or outlets that spark when an electronic device is plugged in. If one of these indications occurs, do not delay in in hiring a certified electrician to give the home an inspection to determine if the wiring is safe or if it is in need of rewiring.
- Install a smoke detector on every level of the home and inside each bedroom. It is vital to make sure the smoke detectors are working properly by testing them every month. Test the detectors to ensure that all members of the home know the sound of the smoke detector. Also, create a plan so that the entire family knows what to do in case of an actual fire. Once a plan is in place, practice each aspect of fire-escape strategy to guarantee its success.
- Utilize safety measures with electric cords. This includes replacing cords that are loose, frayed, or contains cracks. Never place cords in areas that receive a large volume of foot traffic, such as under mats or carpeting. Avoid tacking cords to surfaces with nails or staples. If an extension cord is being used on a long-term basis, consider having outlets installed by a certified electrician nearer to your electronic devices.
- Only use the correct wattage light bulbs in all fixtures. If the wattage is higher than the requirement noted on the lamp or appliance, replace the bulbs immediately. Firmly secure light bulbs in the socket to safeguard them from overheating.
- Use a surge protector to guard appliances and other electronics in your home.
- Store flammables away from electrical appliances. It is helpful to establish a safe, designated area for flammable chemicals in your home.
- Place a fire extinguisher in all major rooms of the home, such as kitchen, bedrooms, and laundry room. Have all family members read the instructions on how to use the fire extinguisher.