Spring Cleaning Tips
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Spring is in full swing here at SERVPRO of Lynnwood! Keeping your home tidy and clean is important for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, a clean home is less likely to face issues like mold damage and other problems that stem from a lack of attention and care. In addition, maintaining the cleanliness of a home will help tremendously in the resale value of the home should you consider selling down the road. From the kitchen to the garage and from the backyard area to the bedrooms and bathrooms spring cleaning should be part for your yearly routine.
Keep in mind the following tips to keep you home spring clean;
- Clean out your refrigerator – dispose of expired items and sanitize each tray and shelf
- Give all of your doormats a good wash
- Clean your upholstery and carpet with professional grade serums—you may consider professional help from SERVPRO to make sure the job is done right
- Scrub baseboards with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers or similar products
- Dust or wipe down ceiling fans and light fixtures
- Scrub down your stove and oven by removing racks and burners
- Sanitize all sinks and deodorize garbage disposals
- Pressure wash any moss or algae off of your driveways, sidewalks and roof
- Thoroughly clean all bathrooms – including shower doors, shower walls, and drain areas- check for blockages
- Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose members and deterioration
- Inspect your HVAC system and contact SERVPRO of Lynnwood for a duct clean
- Wash all windows and check seals to make sure they are working properly
- Degrease and clean all kitchen cabinets that may have cooking residue
- Pull leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. Reattach gutters that have pulled away from the house. Run a hose on the roof and check for proper drainage
- Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly working sprinkler heads
- Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures. Limbs and leaves can cut into your home’s paint and force you to have that side of the house repainted. A little trimming can save a lot of money and time.
Lynnwood Community Health & Safety Fair Scheduled for 2022
2020 was a year filled with many challenges included most events being cancelled. This included the cancellation of Fair on 44th which is the City of Lynnwood’s annual health and safety fair. In years past the fair helps raise awareness about emergency preparedness. Families and communities gather to provide vehicle tours, station tours, hands-on demonstrations such as fire extinguisher demos, escape plans or fitness and exercise tips.
The City of Lynnwood has decided that they will again hold the fair in year 2022.
In the meantime, review the following steps to help you and your family be better prepared for an emergency:
Register for local alerts and warnings, you can download various apps or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
Develop and test your emergency communication plan. Ensure your contacts are updated.
Assemble or update your emergency supply kit, make sure nothing is expired or out of date.
Learn about local hazards and how you can be better prepared.
Practice your emergency response drill with your household members.
Collect and backup critical documents of importance.
Make a plan with your neighborhood to share resources and contact information.
Document property/valuables and make sure you have proper insurance coverage should an issue arise.
Make any property improvements that could reduce the risk of injury or damage during a disaster.
If you have questions about preparing your property for a disaster contact your emergency preparedness professionals at SERVPRO of Lynnwood- 425-774-1148.
How To Handle Storm Damage
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 effects. 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.
How To Prepare Your Commercial Building
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.
The Dangers of Contaminated Water
Immediately after experiencing life-altering flooding in Lynnwood, WA the first thing you probably want to do is start dealing with the water damage from the flood. Before diving into the problem it is important to know about the associated dangers of contaminated water also known as black water.
What is this water and why should it be avoided?
Black water is liquid presumed to house multiple contaminants. It could contain:
• Fecal matter
• Used toilet paper
Sewage systems frequently become compromised and leak after water damage, they can pose health threats to those who encounter the dirty liquid.
It’s also important to be aware of gray water. That type often comes from washing machines, dishwashers, sinks and showers and is not immediately as dangerous as the black variety, but can become more hazardous after 48 hours of contact with building surfaces.
How can you stay safe from contaminated water?
The best way to limit your exposure to hazardous water from flooding is to limit your exposure to it. Instead of trying to handle the cleanup process yourself depend on our SERVPRO team to assess the damage and tackle the steps necessary for a thorough restoration of your home.
Black water is a likely contaminant after a flood, and it’s a primary reason why you should not deal with the water damage on your own. Contacting a professional team to assist with damage from flooding gives you greater protection from possible risks and increases the likelihood of positive outcomes.
Call us at 425-774-1148 for more information on mitigating storm damage and how you can be prepared.
Utilizing Space Heaters Safely
Fire does not care what season it is or whether or not it’s cold outside. Winter related fires are extremely common, especially when you are trying hard to keep warm.
SERVPRO of Lynnwood has experience in fire damage from space heaters and can provide you with some tips to help avoid having to deal with fire, soot or smoke damage.
SERVPRO of Lynnwood technicians understand that accidents happen. Placing space heaters too close to other objects or using the wrong type of heater in a particular area can cause severe problems. Please take a moment to consider some factors leading to these fires.
Oil Heaters - Should be used in areas where there is the possibility of moisture. This eliminates any electrical hazards that may be present due to water conductivity. Always keep a safe distance to avoid contact burns.
Electric Heaters - These heaters come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be useful for many areas in your home. However, they should never be left unattended. Thinking of electric heaters as giant toasters can help you understand how important it is to keep a constant eye on them. Make sure you have sufficient wattage to run the device and never use extension cords.
Our SERVPRO staff gets an incredible amount of space heater-related calls every winter. People are trying to stay warm and use space heaters quite often for this purpose. However, using a space heater does not need to cause so many problems during a cold spell. Just use common sense, and always follow the directions of the manufacturer. The professional technicians at SERVPRO of Lynnwood state that you follow a few simple guidelines when operating your space heaters.
1) Always place space heaters on a flat, solid surface for proper stabilization.
2) Purchase heaters with an automatic shut-off feature to prevent dangers from tipping.
3) Maintain proper spacing between heaters and other objects in your home.
4) Never leave children or pets unsupervised around operating heaters.
5) Shut your heaters off properly before leaving your home or going to sleep.
Following these guidelines does not ensure that you will never have to deal with fire damage from space heaters. However, you are less likely to have an unwanted consequence. If this sort of incident still strikes your home this winter season, make the call to our offices immediately. We will respond quickly and provide you with the services you need to get back to normal fast.
Call SERVPRO of Lynnwood at 425-774-1148.
Operating Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers can be very important tools used to fight fires in Lynwood, Washington, homes. Many homes do not have a fire extinguisher and are without this valuable piece of technology. Fire damage can be prevented with the help of an extinguisher applied at the right time. Thankfully extinguishers are generally quite easy to use. They are designed to be straightforward and even have the instructions printed on the side.
1. Pull the pin.
2. Aim the nozzle.
3. Squeeze the handle.
4. Sweep the area.
3 Steps to Safety
Most standard home fire extinguishers in Lynnwood, Washington, can be activated with four simple steps. Start by pulling the round pin at the base of the handle. Doing so breaks the plastic tamper seal. Next, hold the nozzle and aim it toward the base of the fire. Next, squeeze the fire extinguisher handle using a firm pressure. Finally, sweep the nozzle side to side until the fire is entirely extinguished.
Spraying higher up in the air toward flames that are already burning may make it impossible to put the fire out. Instead, you should aim to where the flames are starting: the base of the fire. This is typically the most effective strategy in putting out fires with an extinguisher.
The Care of Fire Extinguishers at Home
Even a simple kitchen fire can pose a serious risk to the home and to human safety. Fire extinguishers can be kept in the kitchen, in hallways, and in garages. Anywhere with a high fire risk or where heating elements exist should be equipped with a home fire extinguisher. Used extinguishers should never be reused; promptly replace all used and expired extinguishers. Make a habit of checking the expiration date to ensure that each one is ready for use. They have a date printed on the side, so just use this as a reference. You can check your extinguishers as often as you check your smoke detector batteries; once a year is good practice.
Keep a fire extinguisher where you need it most. With this advice, you can help protect your home and your loved ones.
For more on fire damage visit us at http://www.SERVPROlynnwood.com.
Expediting Disaster Recovery via Your Mobile Device
Just as you use a smartphone to receive emails and news updates, your disaster preparedness plan can be mobile as well. Your cell phone can be used as a lifeline to communicate with employees, execute response plans and connect with family members during a disaster, especially because most mobile networks often remain active when landlines are down. With the right preparation and utilizing hotspots or Wi-Fi, mobile technology serves as an effective resource that you can integrate into a disaster preparedness plan and keep recovery efforts progressing forward.
Consider taking the following steps to better prepare yourself;
Sign-up for SERVPRO’s ERP (Emergency Ready Plan) and download the App. If you do not have an existing ERP contact SERVPRO of Lynnwood to facilitate one for your residence and business. Make sure to upload all of your emergency shut-off, first responder and contact information. Make note of which vendors will be there for you in the time of need. Remember, SERVPRO of Lynnwood is prepared to respond 24/7 365 days a year to your Water, Fire or Biohazard emergency.
Sign Up for FEMA Text Messages; The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a text-messaging program that provides safety tips about specific types of disasters. In addition, they offer information about shelters and disaster recovery centers. To receive general preparedness tips every month, text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA). To learn about shelters in your area after a disaster, text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). For information about open Disaster Recovery Centers, text DRC and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA).
Dedicate an emergency preparedness training session at your place of work to practice text alerts, particularly if your company issues mobile phones to employees. In addition to providing workers with important numbers to store in their phones, take the time to ensure that all the employees know how to use the necessary features.
Other resources that you may find helpful include:
- American Red Cross
- American Red Cross Safe and Well
- National Weather Service
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Hurricane Center
Don’t hesitate to call our team at SERVPRO of Lynnwood for questions about utilizing preparedness programs and tools, contact us at 425-774-1148.
Common Fixtures That Cause Water Damage
Certain appliances or systems in your home or business can actually increase your risk of flooding. Listed below are the top five sources of water damage culprits that you should be aware of.
Hot Water Heater
Among the top five sources leading to water damage is your hot water heater. A small investment in an annual inspection will help prevent leaks and the expensive repairs that come with it. Be attentive to corrosion and other factors as your heater ages and replace it every 10 years. Keep in mind that after 12 years 75% of water heaters will fail. Flushing the tank every 6 months to remove sediment is a good maintenance practice.
Installing a drainpipe will remove the overflowing water and direct it outside or to a household sewer; this is an alternative to using a drain pan, which will only help contain a small amount in the event of a leak. Attic air conditioners typically cause the most damage because water can leak throughout the entire home affecting multiple rooms from top down. Be aware that the average cost of flooding damage from an air conditioning leak is roughly $5,000.
Leaks around or clamps in the water hose are a warning sign of future failure. Do a monthly personal inspection on your hoses to look out for cracking, dryness or rust, leaving space between the machine and the wall for movement as the wash cycle is running. Replace your hoses every five years despite their outward appearance. Don’t forget to follow your washing machine instructions and turn off water supply when you leave home for extended periods. Unfortunately 78 percent of hose failures occur in an appliance that is less than 11 years old.
The most common cause of a leaky refrigerator is the defrost drain experiencing a freeze or clog. Improper sealing can cause excess condensation. Check the rubber seals along the door to assure a tight close. Inspect you ice maker by checking the hose or waterline to assure they are connected properly.
Hoses, valves or switches are the plumbing connections and can all malfunction to cause water damage issues. Refrain from adding too much detergent to each cycle and if your dishwater is more than 9 years old it may be time for a replacement.
If you suffer water damage from any of these common household appliances do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Lynwood at 425-774-1148 for emergency services. We are available 24/7 365 days a year.
How To Handle A Residential Fire
- Ask whether it is safe to enter the home. Do not enter if the authorities deem it unsafe. They may establish a safety zone, but never assume a room is safe until it has been cleared to enter. Respect yellow tape and wear a dust mask to prevent inhalation of particulates in the air.
- Call and Inform Appropriate Contacts.
- Contact family members and let them know you are safe, and unharmed.
- Contact your insurance agent. They will be able to talk you through the necessary steps, including proper documentation and emergency lodging expenses (keep all of your receipts!) At this point the insurance company may assist in securing a company to help with clean up options.
- You may request SERVPRO at this time for restoration services.
- Another call may be to your landlord or property manager if applicable, and to your local American Red Cross who may provide additional resources.
- Secure the property to prevent possible looting. SERVPRO is available to assist with securing property/ Board Ups.
- If water hoses were used to exterminate the fire, drying your home is critical. It is best to call the professionals at SERVPRO to assist with professional water and fire cleaning. Water can lead to mold damage if not dried properly. Our team is an approved restoration contractor for many major insurance carriers and adheres to the highest standards in the restoration industry.
- Seek counseling if needed. Children and adults can feel a traumatic sense of loss, and sometimes need help to avoid a lasting sense of sadness and disorientation after a house fire. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. A house fire is a traumatic event and individuals need to be treated with respect and compassion by those close to the process.
- For more information on contents and structural drying, smoke and soot removal call SERVPRO of Lynnwood at 425-774-1148.