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Water Damage Restoration Process

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Visit http://www.SERVPROlynnwood.com for more information on water damage.

Household Appliances Most Likely to Cause Water Damage

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Air Conditioner

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.

Washing Machine

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.

Refrigerator

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.

Dishwasher

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.

Mobile Preparedness; How to Expedite Disaster Recovery With Your Mobile Device.

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

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 websites that you may find helpful include:

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.

The Categories and Classes of Water Damage

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Despite what many people think, not all home water damage is created equal. There are actually a number of different classes and categories of water damage. According the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), there are three categories of water/liquid and four classes of the damage.

Category 1 – This is basically any liquid from a clean and/or sanitary source like a faucet, a toilet, or fountain.

Category 2 – This refers to liquid/water that used to be called grey water, which can potentially cause illness if ingested. This includes things like dishwasher or washing machine overflow, toilet overthrow or sink drains.

Category 3 – This category used to be called black water; it is extremely unsanitary. This includes sewer backup, flooding from rivers, and stagnant liquid that has fostered bacterial growth.

Now let’s examine the classes;

Class 1 – This is very easy to deal with and only affects a part of a single room, with little to no wet carpet, with water only on surfaces like wood or concrete.

Class 2 – This class effects and entire room, and wetness has went up the walls about 12” or more, with moisture still in the structure.

Class 3 – This class basically means that ceiling, walls, carpet and insulation are all saturated with liquid or water. This is often due to water coming from overhead.

Class 4 – This class means that there has been enough water or time to saturate materials with very low levels of permeation, like hardwood or stone.

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Call SERVPRO of Lynnwood at 425-774-1148 for all of your restoration needs!

3 Steps To Take After Your Water Heater Breaks

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

When faced with a leaking water heater, it can feel like a whirlwind of shock and confusion while you try to figure out what to do. Repairing water damage is costly, and you often have only a short amount of time to successfully protect your home and resolve the issue. Here are the first steps you need to take to deal with a failed water heater.

1. Shut Off the Main Water Supply

Shutting off the water as soon as possible ensures that no additional water floods your home. Otherwise, the water will just keep pouring in from the leaking water heater.

2. Call a Professional

If you are concerned about how much water impacted flooring and walls, it will be important to procure an expert’s help with water removal. Your local specialists in Lynnwood, WA will have the necessary insight and equipment to ensure that all water and hidden moisture from the broken water heater is safely removed, diminishing the risk of mold or rot from water damage.

3. Dry the Area

While you are waiting for your local water damage restoration professionals to arrive, you want to make sure you have no standing water ruining flooring and furniture, so do your best to dry the area thoroughly. This includes setting up industrial-sized fans, removing furniture and opening windows to encourage air flow.

4. Clean Where Necessary

Thankfully, water from your leaking water heater is classified as “category 1,” meaning it’s clean water. With category 1 floodwaters, there isn’t usually a pressing need to sanitize after a flooding situation. You’ll still want to clean and dry any affected furnishings to prevent black mold, but cleanup usually is less expensive overall.

In short, if your water heater malfunctions, shut off the water, call for backup and do what you can while you wait. By acting quickly and being prepared, you can set yourself up for a fast restoration process. Visit http://www.SERVPROlynnwood.com for more information on water damage.

Come Visit SERVPRO of Lynnwood at the Mill Creek Festival To Learn More About Water and Fire Damage Preparedness

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

You’re invited! We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a booth at the upcoming Mill Creek Festival. The Festival will be held this weekend, on July 9th and 10th. Stop by our booth to learn more about emergency preparedness.

We will have coloring books for the kids, emergency supply checklists, candy, and even a prize giveaway! Don’t miss out on this excellent chance to support the local community AND brush up on your emergency preparedness! We look forward to seeing you!

You can find more information about all the great activities planned for this weekend by visiting http://www.millcreekfestival.com/

As always, we are here to serve you 24/7. Need Cleanup? -- Call SERVPRO of  Lynnwood at (425)-774-1148.