Containment: Keeping Your Employees Safe During Mold Removal
Mold damage in a Cedar Grove,WA bathroom
Mold is dangerous and perhaps no more so than during mold removal when spores get released into the air. Choosing a Cedar Grove,WA, mold cleanup company with a strong containment strategy is the answer to making remediation safe. Learn more about what containment means and how it can keep your employees safe during mold remediation.
Mold grows where there is moisture, which includes:
- Under sinks.
- Behind walls.
- Under carpets.
- In bathrooms.
and anywhere there’s regular moisture, or there’s been a major water event, such as a flood.
Containment refers to efforts a mold remover takes to limit the spread of potentially harmful black mold spores and contaminants that can lead to future mold growth long after mold remediation. Containment is meant to limit the spread of mold throughout the building.
What Is Containment?
The Environmental Protection Agency lays out two specific types of containment. Those are limited and full containment. The former is mostly used for cases of small mold removal, typically involving between 10 and 100 square feet of mold contamination, such as one might find in a single room.
Full containment applies to large areas of mold infestation. These are usually areas larger than 100 square feet.
Limited containment typically involves wrapping the contaminated work area in a single layer of 6-mil fire-retardant polyethylene sheeting that is accessed through a slit entry covered by a flap. Air vents and doors should be securely sealed with sheeting to minimize the spread of spores to other areas of the building.
Full containment during mold removal requires double layers of polyethylene with a similar slit opening. But this time a decontamination chamber between the contaminated area and the clean area is required to limit mold spread.
Your employees are one of your biggest assets. Keep them safe by choosing a mold remediation company with a strong containment strategy and a commitment to your safety.
3 Ways To Mitigate Roof Damage After a Fire
Fire damage to the roof in a Newcastle,WA home
Three Ways to Prevent Fire Damage from Increasing Prior to Repairs
A fire can cause extensive damage to the roof of a building in Newcastle,WA. A commercial property insurance policy should cover the cost of fire cleanup and roof repair. Insurers are more likely to cover restoration costs if owners take measures to mitigate damage as soon as possible after a fire. Here are three ways to prevent fire damage from increasing prior to repairs.
1. Document Damage
Take photographs or video footage of damage before taking any steps toward mitigation. If the roof is not structurally sound, capture what you can from a safe location. A company that provides boarding up or tarping services may be able to obtain further proof of the extent of the damage. When given to your insurance company, this documentation can provide support for a fire claim.
2. Cover Damage
A building owner can work with at least one other person to tarp a roof, or they can seek the help of tarp services. These professionals will use plywood boards or tarp to prevent debris or precipitation from getting into holes in the roof and introducing new damage to the fire cleanup process. It is important that a roof be properly tarped, especially if heavy rainfall is expected before repairs can be completed. Make sure that water cannot work its way under the tarp and leak into the structure.
3. Contact a Roofer
Schedule a consultation with a commercial roofer as soon as possible. Repairing roof damage is the best way to prevent it from intensifying or leading to leaks that exacerbate fire damage and increase the possibility of mold growth.
Property owners should save receipts and other documentation of money spent on tarp services or roof repair. A commercial insurance policy may cover the costs of repairing or replacing the roof on a commercial building in addition to fire cleanup and damage restoration services in Newcastle,WA.
How Do Cleaning Experts Remove Flood Odors?
If you smell a strong musty odor in your Landing,WA home you may have a mold problem due to flooding
Four Methods To Get Rid of Flood Odors
Flood odors can linger long after flood water has been removed and the affected area in a home has dried out. Some of the most common sources of smells include bacteria, mildew or mold growth, and the presence of sewage residue. These four methods can help to get rid of unwanted odors that may result from flooding.
1. Remove All Water
Start the mitigation process by getting rid of standing water and cleaning, disinfecting, and drying the affected area. Homeowners can start this procedure with brooms and buckets, but professionals can quickly pump out water to limit the extent of primary and secondary damage.
2. Clean and Disinfect
Cleaning and disinfecting the affected area can help to eliminate flood odors at the source. Keep in mind that porous building materials and contents may need to be removed and replaced. This is a common type of sewage loss, but one that is necessary to stop smells and mold growth.
3. Dry the Affected Area
Make sure the flooded portion of a home is dried as soon as possible. This can prevent mildew and mold from starting to multiply. Professionals may rely on commercial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers to increase airflow, draw out moisture, and promote faster drying.
4. Use Odor Reduction Methods
Restoration experts may recommend the use of specialized machines to eliminate every trace of odor. A HEPA air scrubber will remove small odor particles from the air. Specialists may rely on an ozone or hydroxyl generator, thermal fogger, or vapor modification system to neutralize stubborn odors. Homeowners will need to make plans to evacuate during ozone or fogging treatments.
Cleaning experts can recommend solutions for persistent odors resulting from flood water or mold growth. Homeowners can count on the specialized training and experience of water damage and odor mitigation professionals in The Landing,WA, throughout the cleanup and restoration process.
3 Tips for Deducting Commercial Storm Damage On Your Taxes
It is important to know what deductions can be helpful when you have damage to your business.
Property owners can deduct commercial storm damage on taxes for damage and losses directly caused by adverse weather.
Deducting damage can help to compensate owners for losses that are not covered by insurance. Owners cannot deduct damage resulting from storms if the property is insured but you do not file a claim.
- Report losses caused by storm damage under casualty loss. This type of loss describes items damaged or lost due to accidents, theft, or acts of nature. This tax deduction is based on the value of the property not covered business insurance policies and additional endorsements or riders. Keep in mind that only losses due to primary damage are tax deductible, not secondary damage or progressive deterioration.
- Business losses are not subject to the same requirements as personal losses. Individual itemizers need to reduce the amount of the loss by $100 and deduct the balance to the extent that it exceeds 10% of their adjusted gross income. When it comes to losses involving commercial property, non-itemizers can also claim losses.
- Check to see if your region is a presidentially-declared disaster area. Unique filing opportunities are available to business owners in disaster areas. You may be able to deduct casualty losses on the current or past year's tax return to save the most money. Amend the tax return for the last year or factor in these losses in your next return.
Look over the list of declared disaster areas to see if Renton, Washington is listed. This may provide you greater flexibility in deducting storm damage. Refer to IRS publication 547 on Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts for guidelines on tax deductible types of damage and how to write off losses resulting from storms or natural disasters. Between your insurance and any deductions you obtain, you should be able to offset the cost of commercial damage restoration services.
Burst Pipes and Paperwork: The Basics of the Water Damage Claim
Water damage due to burst pipe in Renton,WA
The Basics of a Water Damage Claim
An insurance claim, especially for burst pipes, is often a dreaded piece of paperwork, not only for the damage it represents but for the somewhat mysterious process involved. The basics have been broken down for you below to help demystify the process.
1. Request and Submit Claim Forms
After broken pipes cause a flood, call your insurance provider immediately and request any claim forms. During your initial conversation, it is appropriate to ask any coverage questions you may have. Understanding your policy now will mean fewer errors on the forms later and less likelihood of your form’s rejection after submission.
2. Mitigate Further Damage
While the insurance claim process can take several weeks to complete, you do not have to allow your home to sustain further damage. In fact, most insurers require homeowners take mitigative action to reduce the risk of continued loss. Therefore, you should remove excess water, board up any broken windows, shut off problematic water lines and clean out the affected areas.
3. Itemize Damages and Losses
After making a claim, your insurance company may send out an adjuster to assess the extent of the damage and any potential liabilities. You can make this process more efficient by itemizing any structural damages and property losses. Additionally, an adjuster may want a record of any acquired expenses because of the pipe burst damage, such as cleanup and mitigation costs. Keep Receipts for cleaning materials and pictures of losses as proof.
4. Ask Questions and Seek Assistance
While your insurance company can offer you the most significant insight into your coverage, you may want to search the Renton,WA, area for a restoration specialist who can answer your mitigation concerns. Mitigation professionals have the expertise to either help you understand the process or to complete the cleanup process for you. As most insurance companies prefer you work with a professional, it may be beneficial to secure several cleanup bids to show the adjuster when they come.
The insurance claim process may seem a bit daunting, but it really comes down to paperwork, mitigation, itemization and cleanup. The process, while intimidating, is manageable when you understand the basics above.
What Does Business Interruption Insurance Cover?
Call your agent at Newcastle,WA to find out if you are covered
Business interruption insurance can offset lost revenue following a fire, storm, or another covered peril. Whether the damage calls for repairs or a rebuild, interruption coverage compensates the owners of a closed business for lost income and ongoing expenses.
How Are Coverage Levels Determined?
A business owner can specify any amount of interruption coverage. A business insurance provider will want to know the
- Average daily income
- Ongoing operational costs
- Risk level
- Whether a business can operate out of a temporary location
The cost of a rider on a business insurance policy depends on all of these factors. Work with your insurance provider to obtain the level of interruption coverage you need.
Do These Policies Cover Damage?
Interruption coverage is typically an endorsement or rider on a business insurance policy. This additional coverage may not cover closure due to perils that are not covered by the primary policy, such as earthquakes or floods. This coverage also excludes partial closures that only affect a portion of a property and do not preclude continued operation.
Do These Policies Cover Operating Expenses?
Interruption insurance can cover most operating expenses, such as
- Ongoing utilities
- Rent or lease
- Temporary relocation costs
It may take between 48 to 72 hours for interruption coverage to kick in. This coverage will continue throughout a period of unavoidable closure or a rebuild until the limit is reached.
How Long Does This Coverage Last?
This coverage should be sufficient to offset losses for at least several business days. It may take longer than you think to reopen a closed business. An insurer can help you determine a suitable policy limit.
Maintain detailed documentation of operating costs and revenue for proof of loss in the event of a business interruption. Your business insurance policy should cover the cost of a rebuild and a commercial damage restoration company in Newcastle,WA.
Which Fire Extinguisher Do You Need?
A fire extinguisher is an essential piece of fire preparedness equipment. A variety of extinguisher classes are available. Learn about the differences between the four classes of fire suppressants and multi-class models to choose the right extinguisher to put out any home fire.
Class A Extinguishers
Class A fire extinguishers are suitable for standard combustibles such as
These extinguishers contain monoammonium phosphate. This chemical works to smother fires.
Class B Extinguishers
Class B fire suppressants are suitable for flammable liquids such as
Class B extinguishers combine monoammonium phosphate and sodium bicarbonate to smother and cause a chemical reaction that will put out fire.
Class C Extinguishers
A Class C fire extinguisher is designated for use with fires involving live electrical equipment. These extinguishers also contain monoammonium phosphate and sodium bicarbonate. The concentration of this nonconductive mixture may vary, and is formulated to pass standards set forth in UL711 and UL299.
Class D Extinguishers
Class D fire suppressants dispense a thick layer of inert agent over combustible or reactive metals such as
- Pyrophoric organometallic reagents
Most homeowners do not require a Class D extinguisher.
You may find multi-class fire extinguishers such as A-B extinguishers designed to combat fires caused by standard combustibles or flammable liquids. B-C extinguishers are similarly capable of suppressing fires fuel by liquids or electrical sources. A-B-C extinguishers are some of the most versatile residential fire suppressants. Depending on the part of your home where you plan to extinguish fires, you may want to choose a multi-class extinguisher for common fire hazards.
The right fire extinguisher can help you stop a home fire before it spreads and causes serious damage. If a fire causes damage to your home in East Renton Highlands,WA, rely on the expertise of fire and smoke damage restoration specialists.
Harold and Jenny decided to go on vacation for a couple weeks. They did everything they thought they were supposed to: lock the doors, have someone watch their cats and water their plants, and make sure their heat was set to low so they weren’t charged for using it while they weren’t in town. However, one day the boy who was watching their cats and watering their plants noticed a small puddle of water in the basement. Of course, he thought nothing of it. He contacted Harold and Jenny, told them about the water, and went on his way. Fast forward to five days later the couple returned. Harold went to the basement to check out the “small” puddle of water. Turns out a pipe had cracked while they were on vacation, and now they were dealing with a flooded basement. That small puddle of water Jimmy had mentioned had turned into a small lake in the basement.
Some may say this situation is exaggerated, but this happens more often than people think. As the weather gets colder and many start taking vacations in warmer climates, the plumbing is often the first aspect of a house to suffer. When pipes aren’t run regularly, the small amounts of water left over in the pipes will collect in areas of the lines. If the temperature gets low enough, that water can freeze, which will cause the pipes to shrink and crack.
Now, some may think: “Well, what am I supposed to do when that happens?” There are a few answers:
- Turn off the water
- This will stop the immediate problem of leaking water.
- Call a plumber
- Get that leak fixed so it doesn’t become a future problem
- Call SERVPRO
This is probably the last thing someone wants to think about right after coming back from a relaxing vacation, so there are also a few steps to take prior to leaving that can save a call to a plumber:
- Keep the heat above 55 degrees in the house
- This is something a lot of apartment complexes recommend for people who leave during winter breaks (usually college students), but this also applies to homeowners. This will reduce the likelihood of your pipes freezing.
- Let the kitchen sink drip
- If it’s an older home or older plumbing this will keep water from standing in one place
- Make sure that parts of the home that may not be as well insulated (garage, basement, attic, etc) are well-heated.
- Space heaters are a simple way to heat large rooms.
- Note: This will probably increase your heating bill, but that is drop in the bucket compared to the price of a plumber and mitigation team. Not only will you be paying for the repairs, mitigation, and dry-out, but your family may also be displaced for a while, depending on the amount of damage.
- Especially with colder nights coming, pipes in the garage, basement, or attic are sometimes the first to freeze up.
Remember that mold spores can start growing into colonies about 72 hours: waiting to call if there is water damage can only make the problem worse!
If you do have water damage in your home, please call SERVPRO of South & West Seattle for a cost-free estimate at 425-225-2227 today! We can have a team out to your home to assess and mitigate the problem immediately.
College Night with the Seattle Sounders!
Clint Dempsey - Forward for the Seattle Sounders.
What: College Night with the Seattle Sounders
Where: CenturyLink Field
When: October 12th, 2016 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Tickets: $20.00 and includes a $10 concession voucher
*Use code: COLLEGE16 to secure your tickets today!
It's college night at CenturyLink Field with the Seattle Sounders! Come watch them take on Houston Dynamo. Don't miss out on some great fun and a chance to cheer on our Seattle soccer team!
Pacific Northwest Storm - Typhoon Songda
Pacific Northwest Storm can cause electricity lines to fall over. Stay away and stay safe!
If you haven't heard already a remnant of Typhoon Songda is coming to the PNW. This series of storms will begin Wednesday night and continue into the weekend. Typhoon Songda will hammer the Northwest into the weekend, with the potential for destructive winds, flooding rain, huge waves and coastal flooding in Washington, Oregon and far northern California.
- Wednesday Night: A steady period of rain develops from west to east across Washington, central and western Oregon and northwest California.
- Thursday-Friday: A stronger pulse of heavier rain and strong winds surges into Washington, Oregon and northern California Thursday. High winds are expected along the immediate coast of Washington and Oregon with some strong gusts also possible in the interior later Thursday. Friday should offer a bit of a break in the Northwest.
- Saturday-Sunday: A POWERFUL storm will track near or over parts of the Pacific Northwest Saturday, with effects lingering into Sunday. The strongest winds would occur immediately ahead of and behind the time the front sweeps through, particularly along the coast. Heavy rain, coastal flooding and at least some high-mountain snow are also expected, lingering into Sunday.
- Make a family plan
- Have candles/matches, batteries, and flashlights available
- Have a portable radio ready in case you lose power
- Do not open the refrigerator or freezer door. Food can stay cold in a full refrigerator for up to 24 hours, and in a well-packed freezer for 48 hours
- Have warm clothes and blankets ready
- Have non-perishable food, water, first-aid kit, medication available
- Stay at home when severe weather begins
- Stay away from trees, power lines, unsafe buildings
If you suspect storm damage, water damage, mold growth, or even a fire give SERVPRO of Renton a call at 425-255-2227 our crew will be ready 24/7 for emergency services.