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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.
Educating Communities to Prepare for the Unexpected
Most storm, fire, and water damage happens unexpectedly and emergencies can catch Washington residents unprepared. You’re smart to have an emergency supply bag or container already stocked with the basics you need should an emergency happen. When the New Yorker published an article in 2015 called ‘The Really Big One” many people began re-evaluating their personal preparedness. We recommend the following preparedness supplies;
Emergency survival kit
- Store a kit at home, at work and at each child’s school or daycare facility.
- Dry or canned food and drinking water for each person
- Can opener
- First aid supplies and first aid book
- Copies of important documents such as birth certificates, licenses, and insurance policies
- "Special needs" items for family members such as infant formula, eyeglasses and medications
- A change of clothing
- Sleeping bag or blanket
- Battery powered radio or television
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Waterproof matches
- Toys, books, puzzles, games
- Extra house keys and car keys
- List of contact names and phone numbers
- Food, water and supplies for pets
Additional items you can store at home for use during an emergency
- Cooking supplies
- Barbecue, camp stove
- Fuel for cooking, such as charcoal or camp stove fuel
- Plastic knives, forks, spoons
- Paper plates and cups
- Paper towels
- Heavy-duty aluminum foil
- Large plastic trash bags for trash, water protection
- Large trash cans
- Bar soap and liquid detergent
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- Feminine and infant supplies
- Toilet paper
- Household bleach with no additives, and eyedropper (for purifying drinking water)
- Newspaper — to wrap garbage and waste
- Sturdy shoes
- Gloves for clearing debris
- Ax, shovel, broom
- Crescent wrench for turning off gas
- Screwdriver, pliers, hammer
- Coil of one-half inch rope
- Plastic tape and sheeting
- Knife or razor blades
- Garden hose for siphoning and fire fighting
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If you are interested in having us speak on Emergency Preparedness at your next COA, HOA or neighborhood meeting please contact our marketing department at: courtneyg@SERVPROofedmonds.com.
In Washington flood recovery, earthquake recovery, and recovery from other natural disasters will be much easier if you’re prepared with emergency survival tools and supplies like these.
Quick Facts About Mold Growth in Commercial Buildings
It’s not every day that you come into contact with mold. Therefore, knowing the warning signs of this fungal nuisance — like high humidity or neglected water damage — and determining the cause of contamination in your building can be understandably difficult. If your commercial property in Washington is under attack by mold growth and you are concerned here is some basic information about effects of mold.
*Mold and mold spores are ever-present entities. Mold spores are all around you anywhere you go, whether you’re indoors or outdoors, and more often than not they’re not harmful. The real issue comes when the mold finds perfect breeding grounds in high-moisture areas and begins to quickly grow out of control. This gives it time to mutate from a benign strain to something more dangerous to humans, like black mold.
*If you fear mold growth is present in your building, close off the area, turn the HVAC system off and call for professional help. Since mold spores are airborne, they can be spread through the airflow coming from your HVAC system. When you’re worried that one area of your property might be contaminated, turning off the building’s airflow keeps the potentially dangerous spores from spreading outward to other rooms or levels. This quick action also benefits the mold remediation team when they arrive to contain and clean up the mess.
*Never let water issues go untreated. Unhealthy mold development is triggered by moisture, so neglecting any water maintenance problems such as leaky pipes, poorly insulated windows or flood damage is simply asking for trouble. Contacting restoration specialists is the best move for finding the true source of water leaks and stopping further damage.
Once you acknowledge these common facts about mold, you’ll be more readily prepared to spot any potential warning signs in your building. Knowing that you should treat water damage or high humidity immediately makes preventing mold growth a far easier concept.
More information about mold is on our webpage at http://www.SERVPROlynnwood.com.
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.
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.
3 Reasons to Not Attempt Smoke Damage Remediation on Your Own
After a fire is put out, your thoughts then have to turn to smoke damage restoration. Between the flames, soot and smoke, a lot may need to be addressed. You may think it can be easy to handle this on your own or have some people who work for you attempt it. However, at the end of the day, you always want to leave this work in the hands of competent professionals in North Creek, Washington.
1. It Can Take a Long Time to Clean Up
Soot damage remediation involves a lot more than scrubbing the floor and walls. First, you need to address the damage caused by the fire directly. Then you need to look at the items damaged by smoke. There may also be water damage brought in by the firefighters. Fixing all of this can take a while, and if you do not know what you are doing, then it can take even longer.
2. You Do Not Know What to Look For
Smoke damage may not always be readily visible. The damage may have extended to behind the drywall and impacted the building’s insulation. Soot may have made its way inside various electronics that you need to address or risk short circuiting something valuable. Damage restoration experts will not stop until they have inspected every last area of the building.
3. No Access to the Right Tools
To adequately carry out smoke cleaning, you need some heavy-duty tools. Purchasing these items outright can be rather expensive, and you are honestly better off simply hiring professionals to come out who already have the necessary tools. Hopefully this kind of thing will not happen again, so you may never need to use a thermal fogger again.
Smoke damage can upset business operations for a while, which only makes it more paramount to take care of it posthaste. Do not waste time trying to fix things on your own. Always contact the professionals.
For more on smoke damage visit us at http://www.SERVPROlynnwood.com.
SERVPRO of Lynnwood Supports Snohomish County Fire District 1: Commercial & Residential Preparedness
SERVPRO of Lynnwood has collaborated with My Edmonds News Network and Snohomish County Fire District 1 to bring disaster preparedness education to the community for residential and commercial property owners. We sponsor monthly videos that touch on a variety of safety topics from how to use fire extinguisher to administering CPR. Our team has also had the pleasure of attending several workshops hosted in the community that focus on safety processes.
Map Your Neighborhood
Neighborhoods that are prepared for disasters save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma and reduce property damage. Another program offered is Map Your Neighborhood workshops which teach neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive. Workshops are free to attend and are provide on a monthly basis at a variety of local fire stations in Snohomish County.
Snohomish County Fire District 1 has also instituted a CERT Program (Community Emergency Response Team). Following a major disaster, firefighters and other emergency service providers may not be able to meet the heavy demand for their services. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining needs. Community Emergency Response Team volunteers learn basic disaster preparedness skills so they can assist others during a disaster. As a CERT member you learn how to prepare yourself and your family to deal with disasters, how to put out small fires, basic disaster first aid and medical triage, conduct search and rescue operations and understanding the psychological effect of disasters. We are proud to say that we have supported and attended two CERT trainings.
For more information on how you can prepare yourself for the unexpected please contact SERVPRO of Lynnwood at 425-774-1148.
Is Your Business Ready for a Disaster?
SERVPRO of Lynnwood is a full service commercial restoration firm. We specialize in commercial drying, cleaning and decontamination needs. Our approach uses a collaborative method to reduce operational risks, minimize downtime and save you money in order to get your business up and running after a disaster.
Consider the statistic that 50% of businesses who suffer a major disaster will never reopen. Of the businesses that reopened, most of them had a plan in place.
Several questions a business owner may consider;
Do your employees know your chain-of-command?
Do your teams know where your water shut-offs are?
Would your employees be able to direct first responders?
The actions taken in the initial minutes of an emergency are critical. A prompt warning to employees to evacuate, shelter or lockdown can save lives. A call for help to public emergency services that provides full and accurate information will help the dispatcher send the right responders and equipment. An employee trained to administer first aid or perform CPR can be lifesaving. Action by employees with knowledge of building and process systems can help control a leak and minimize damage to the facility and the environment.
Thankfully, SERVPRO of Lynnwood has an excellent system in place to help streamline your emergency response plan. With the Emergency Ready Program SERVPRO will help you create a functional cloud based data set that can be used for things like staff emergency manuals, emergency contact information and building emergency critical information. Because disasters often happen when you are away, your team will have all of this data at their fingertips, wherever you need it, with a push of a button.
To strategically align your building operations to make sure you have the help you need in an emergency, give us a call today. The consultation and Emergency Readiness Program is offered at no cost to your facility, give us a call at 425-774-1148.
Avoid Frozen Pipes This Season
The colder months in Lynnwood, WA can threaten the pipes in your business. While most business owners know the risk of frozen pipes in the winter, many don’t know how to properly prevent it. As the days get colder, your property is at risk for frozen and subsequently burst pipes. That’s why you should know how to keep your plumbing from freezing.
1. Don’t Turn Off the Heat
If you have to leave your company for an extended period, keep the heat on. The temperature of the building can be below your comfort level but not too cold. The idea is to keep the internal temperature high enough that the pipes cannot freeze in your absence.
2. Use Heating Tape
Heating tape is applied to your pipes. This tape comes in two different forms. The first has to be plugged in when needed. The other can determine the temperature and turns on and off on its own.
3. Let the Faucet Drip
In most circumstances, a dripping faucet might sound like a problem. To prevent frozen pipes, however, you can let the faucet drip in order to relieve pressure in the system. After all, it is the pressure from a frozen pipe that can cause it to burst.
4. Add Insulation
Basements and attics are common places to find pipes. However, they aren’t always insulated rooms. You can combat this by insulating the room or insulating the pipes. To protect the pipes, you can fit foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves over them.
5. Don’t Close Interior Doors
If your pipes are located in cupboards, keep the cabinet doors open. This allows the heat from the building to keep your pipes warm.
Frozen pipes in the winter are avoidable. However, if you do find yourself with a frozen pipe situation, you can trust a water line repair specialist to help you. A frozen pipe can become a burst pipe. It is important to trust an expert.
Visit http://www.SERVPROlynnwood.com for more information on commercial water damage.