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Water Damage in Your Renton, WA Home

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen out of nowhere. Sometimes, you don't even know you have water damage until it is too late. Whether your damage is a leaking pipe, a pipe burst, flooding, or rain damage, SERVPRO of Renton can help. 

Our team of licensed professionals are dedicated to restoring your property after water damage strikes. We have a crew on standby 24/7 to assist with water damage emergencies. We are also available 365 days a week including weekends and holidays. 

Remember to keep SERVPRO of Renton in mind after water damage. We will make it "Like it never even happened." Click here to check out water damage restoration tips and learn what to do before SERVPRO arrives. Click here to learn more about the water damage restoration process.

Fallen Trees After Storm Damage

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

If fallen trees have left your home or business with structural damage, give SERVPRO of Renton a call. We offer board up and tarping services to secure your home after storm damage. 

Board up services and tarping prevent further damage and keeps out wildlife and looters. 

Whether your damage is commercial or residential, SERVPRO of Renton can help. No damage is too big or too small. 

We are faster to any size disaster because we know time is of the essence when it comes to water related storm damage. Keep us in mind when a storm hits.   

For more information on our storm damage restoration services, click here

For more information on our water damage services and water damage tips, click here(425) 255-2227

Which Damage Is Caused By Fire?

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

A fire is often the primary issue in instances where these types of damage. A fire may:

• Destroy building materials and contents
• Cover surfaces in ash and soot
• Result in smoke damage

What happens when water is used to extinguish a fire?

Even though the water used to put out a fire starts as clean Category One water, the presence of ash and soot will cause it to immediately degrade to contaminated Category Three black water. It is necessary to clean and disinfect areas exposed to this type of water.

Combined damage occurs when damage from a fire and flooding are both present. Taken together, damage caused by fire, smoke, and water may:

• Intensify every type of damage
• Severely corrode metals
• Stain contents and surfaces

If fire damage and water damage are both present at a home in Renton, WA, it is important to contact a residential mitigation and restoration service as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more severe damage is likely to become.

Are the Fire Sprinklers In Your Building Functional?

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Are the Fire Sprinklers In Your Building Functional? Full inspections and system tests should take place on an annual basis with internal piping inspections every five years.

Fire sprinkler maintenance can reduce the risk of damage and increase safety by ensuring that a suppression system functions as intended. Regular inspections and tests should identify and address issues that could result in an accidental activation and preventable water damage at a building in Newcastle,WA. A commercial property owner can assess the general condition of fire suppression equipment by answering the following questions.

Was the System Designed for Current Usage?

The sprinkler system in a commercial structure may not be suitable for every tenant. Fire risks can increase or decrease or become concentrated in particular areas depending on building use. Property owners should consider the following factors:

  • Appliance fire hazards
  • Flammable materials
  • Temperature extremes

It is important to customize a fire suppression system to suit the current usage of a building. If new tenants move in, fire sprinklers may need to be adjusted in order to remain effective.

When Was the Most Recent Inspection?

Fire suppression systems should be inspected on a regular basis. Alarms, signal devices, control valves, hydraulic nameplates and mechanical components should be tested several times a year. Full inspections and system tests should take place on an annual basis with internal piping inspections every five years.

Do You Periodically Check Critical Components?

A building owner may spot a potential issue and be able to arrange for sprinkler maintenance before damage occurs. A building owner should check the following components at least once a month:

  • Gauges
  • Non-electric control valves
  • Sprinkler heads

These components can stop a sprinkler system from operating. Checking components can also identify issues such as corrosion or malfunctioning parts.

Regular sprinkler maintenance is necessary to prevent accidental activations and ensure that a fire suppression system is functional. If a sprinklers leak or cause flooding at a commercial property in Newcastle,WA, the owner should contact a water damage mitigation and restoration service.

When a Fire Strikes!

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When a Fire Strikes! This fire loss occurred in the garage of a household due to a BBQ being left unattended.

A few years back, a couple of college students were attempting to make pasta for a quick and easy dinner before a long night of studying. They put the boiling water on the stove but quickly realized they would need to go to the store for pasta sauce, garlic bread, and Parmesan cheese - the essentials for any pasta dinner. Without even thinking, the pair left their apartment and headed across the small college town to get to the store. What did they forget to do? Turn off the stove before leaving. By the time they got back merely twenty minutes later, their kitchen was in flames and the fire department was already on scene. After the two were cleared to enter, they found their kitchen was in black, smoky shambles, and the rest of their apartment had a gray residue staining the walls and ceiling.

Unfortunately, fire damage is much more common than most would hope. Simple tasks like remembering to turn off the stove or blow out a candle can be quickly forgotten in the haste to get somewhere. In the case of those two college students, they were relatively lucky. A few years ago in Pullman, WA, a similar instance happened; however, that couple wasn’t so lucky. The fire caught two other apartment buildings, and ended up destroying three in total.

What to do when Fire strikes

Now, how does one come back from something like this? Smoke residue can be a pain to get off walls and ceilings. Smoke will seep into the smallest cracks in dressers, closets, and shelves so that even when everything is clean and back to normal, clothes, shoes, and furniture will still smell of smoke.

The easiest way to take care of this is to call SERVPRO of Renton and handle all of the cleaning - from walls to teddy bears. Not only do we have a large team of trained technicians who can come out and clean the walls and ceilings, but we will also pack up any belongings and bring them back to our facility to be cleaned and deodorized; leaving you with nothing but peace of mind that your items will be taken care of by our skilled employees.

There are also very simple things homeowners can to do help prevent smoke and fire damage. These may seem like no-brainers, but even the smallest slip of the mind can have devastating consequences:

  • Never burn candles on shelving or near a window.
    • The heat from the candle can catch the shelving on fire, and the air from outside could possibly fuel the small flame.
  • Make sure you have everything you need BEFORE you start cooking.
    • One of the most common ways to start a kitchen fire is from forgetting to turn off the oven or stove top.
  • Have windows open and a fan running when cooking
    • This will decrease the chances of a grease fire happening.

Now, what happens if a fire does start? If it’s small enough, there are a few ways to keep it from spreading:

  • Coil stove-top: if a small fire (a flame no bigger than your pinky nail) happens, turn off the stove and pour salt over the fire. NEVER use water. This could cause a bigger electrical fire.
  • Grease fire: Smother the pan with a lid and immediately put the pan in the oven. DO NOT turn on the hood fan, as that will draw the flames to a condensed area and could cause a larger fire.
  • Fire in the oven: the best way to put this out is with a fire extinguisher.
    • Note: Avoid any grease build-up in your oven by regularly cleaning

If a fire starts in your home and cannot be controlled by smothering, leave the house immediately and call 9-1-1. Smoke inhalation is just as dangerous as a fire itself, so do not linger if the fire is out of control.

What to do After Water Damage in your Renton Business

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Renton specializes in commercial water damage restoration services. Our warehouse houses enough equipment to handle any size water damage. Whether your damage is big or small, SERVPRO can take care of it. 

Our team of licensed water damage restoration specialists will ensure your business gets back up and running in no time after water damage strikes. With our state of the art drying equipment, you can rest assured that your business will be dried properly.  

If you are local to the Renton, WA area and suffer commercial water damage, give SERVPRO a call. We pride ourselves in being faster to any size disaster. If you want to learn more about our commercial services, click here. If you are interested in learning more about the water damage restoration process, click here

Flooded Basement

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded Basement This is the drying process after a pipe burst in a household bathroom.

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.

What to do if my Basement Floods

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 of Renton

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 Renton 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.

Storm Damage

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage After a major storm trees intrude home. Don't worry just call SERVPRO of Renton to help cleanup and take care of your personal items.

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti very hard and now is making its way to Florida, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The governors in these areas have declared states of emergency and demanded everyone in evacuation zones leave at once before the deadly storm strikes. The extreme winds of a major hurricanes and storms can do a lot of damage. Hurricane Matthew’s winds are 140mph and destroying anything in its path.

Storm damage is not a joke. In the PNW we don’t see a lot of major storms; but when we do SERVPRO of Renton is right there to help you. When dealing with storm damage immediate action is very crucial for your home or building. SERVPRO of Renton is part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams set in place throughout the country in times of large scale disasters.

What to do to be prepared. 

Here are some tips on what you can do:

Pre-storm:

  • Look for potential hazards on your property
  • Trees
  • Branches leaning over 45 degrees over your roof
  • Anything close to utility lines
  • Check your gutters, remove debris to prevent water damage

During the storm:

  • Follow all guidelines for evacuations
  • Don’t hesitate to get help
  • Stock up on non-perishable foods, drinks (water and drinks with electrolytes), gas, batteries, etc.
  • Prepare in advance

After the storm:

  • Stay clear from all utility lines, trees, hanging branches, unsecure areas
  • Evaluate what you can and can’t handle for cleanup
  • Call SERVPRO of Renton for cleanup and emergency services

Let us be faster than any disaster and call SERVPRO of Renton when catastrophe strikes.

Mold Remediation after having Water Damage in your home

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Mold Remediation after having Water Damage in your home This black mold developed due to Water Damage that wasn't treated months ago.

A couple months ago, Erika had a small leak in her basement powder room sink. She cleaned up the water, had a plumber out to fix the plumbing, and figured that was that. However, one day while doing laundry, she decided to use that room. Something seemed a little off. The room didn’t smell like the apple cinnamon air freshener that she had put in there. In fact, it smelled damp - as though the water had never been cleaned up. She SERVPRO of Renton, who was able to take moisture readings in the walls.

It turns out that not only did the water from the leak a couple months ago soak into the walls, but it had seeped halfway up the wall! Combined with the fairly moist environment already present in the basement, Erika was looking at a lot more damage than she had originally feared. The technician pulled back the baseboard, and found colonies of black mold growing! In the end, half of the wall had to be demolition, and Erika ended up having to pay not only for the SERVPRO services, but also the services of a general contractor put her bathroom back together.

Mold is such a tricky microscopic beast, because the spores themselves are in the air around us at all times. They float through the air unnoticed by all (except those who are allergic) until they are exposed to water. Here in the Pacific Northwest, mold is especially prevalent because of the amount of rain we receive annually. The constant damp air combined with a water loss in a house is a perfect breeding ground for mold.

How to prevent Mold from growing

There are a few ways to help reduce or prevent mold from growing in your home, however:

  • Make sure that all windows are air-tight.
    • A faulty seal in a window, especially in the winter, can allow moisture in and give mold room to grow.
  • If there is water damage, have someone out immediately to start drying.
    • It takes only 72 hours for mold to start presenting itself.
  • Ensure that laundry rooms are properly vented.
    • The moist heat from the dryer is a wonderful place for mold.
  • Ensure that crawl spaces, garages, and attics are properly insulated.

Even though mold may not be 100% preventable, it is 100% removable. If you think you may have mold present in your house, call SERVPRO of Renton at 425-225-2227 for a cost-free estimate today.

Mold Remediation: Your Responsibilities as a Landlord

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Remediation: Your Responsibilities as a Landlord Be sure to call SERVPRO the professionals when you find mold in your home.

Your multi-family units in Renton,WA, can be lucrative properties to own, but they also come with a lot of responsibilities. When tenants find mold growing in their apartments, you must arrange for mold cleanup. Here are some ways make sure the problem is handled properly every step of the way.

Communicate Expectations

Obviously you can't do something about a problem about which you are not informed. Make your expectations regarding mold contamination clear to your tenants in writing as soon as they move in. Here are some examples of reasonable things to ask of them:

  • Submit to regular mold inspections
  • Report any problems to the manager's office promptly
  • Keep records of occurrences to help track patterns and file accurate rental insurance claims

Most tenants will be happy to comply with these requests, as fast mold cleanup and proper record-keeping can protect them as well. It is good to make expectations clear from the start to facilitate good relationships and quick problem-solving.

Respond Quickly

As soon as you are aware that mold spores have latched onto a moisture problem and formed a growth, do not delay in calling professional mitigation services. Not only do you want to take care of the mold issue but also fix the problem that made the environment conducive to its growth in the first place.

Certified experts who are trained to handle both water and mold remediation are probably your best resources for efficient cleanup. They can assess, plan and execute the process from start to finish. They can also provide an itemized task and cost list that may be helpful when you file your insurance claim so that you can be compensated for any losses that occur.

You are responsible for handling any mold cleanup that is necessary in the commercial property that you own, even if someone else is renting it. By knowing what you need to do before a problem happens, you can respond more quickly when the time comes.

3 Ways a Claims Information Center Can Assist Insurance Agents

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Ways a Claims Information Center Can Assist Insurance Agents Storm damage in Renton,WA

3 Ways a Claims Information Center Can Assist Insurance Agents 

When violent storms affect Renton,WA, your job as an insurance agent can become more challenging than ever. Multiple businesses might be affected by flooding, and with each owner submitting his or her insurance claim at the same time, you may find yourself juggling dozens of files. However, using a claims information center offered by a storm damage and restoration service may help you stay organized and up to date in the aftermath of any disaster.

1. Instant Search Results

Utilizing a claims information center can give you instant access to any damage estimate, whether you are in the office or at a client’s property and need to retrieve this information on a mobile device. Most centers file estimates by location or by the type of damage a property has received, which can make searching simpler.

2. Consistent Updates

Once a storm damage and restoration service creates a damage estimate for any of your insurance clients, you can use a claims information center to check on the file’s progress as it is updated. Cost changes, additional damage that might be discovered via pretesting and other information is usually added to a file, allowing you to remain informed about any changes to an insurance claim.

3. Review Many Files at a Glance

When disaster cleanup and restoration services like SERVPRO give you access to a claims information center, you can review files for multiple businesses in the same area as you travel and visit damaged properties. The interactive dashboard available via these centers allow you to switch back and forth between individual files, which can increase your efficiency as you help your clients process claims.

Your job as an insurance representative in Renton,WA, can become especially difficult when a local natural disaster affects multiple commercial clients, all of whom need to file an insurance claim. Working with a storm damage and restoration company that gives you access to a claims information center can help you handle each claim with efficiency and confidence.

A Carpet Worth Saving

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Carpet Worth Saving Drying a carpet after a water damage in a Coalfield,WA home

A Carpet Worth Saving

You and your neighbors in Coalfield,WA, consider yourselves environmentalists. You’re not wasteful with money or materials, and you’re recyclers. However, a pipe break flooded your bonus room and you don’t know if you can salvage its soggy carpet and the underlying pad. The good news is that it’s possible, depending on how much time has passed and the water’s source. Those who work in the restoration industry categorize flood water to determine how clean or dirty it is. Read on to learn more about these classifications and how they can affect your clean-up.

Category 1

Water damage repair experts say you should be able to keep your carpet if it’s been wet for three days or less and the water came from lines to one of the following clean, Category 1 water sources:

• Faucets
• Drinking fountains
• Tubs
• Toilet tanks

You shouldn’t have to worry about exposure to Category 1 water related to skin contact, inhalation, or drinking. However, dry rugs immediately and replace pads if they are wet. Pads are like sponges and are a challenge to dry, which can lead to bacteria and odors. You may have a hard time removing the padding, which could lead to irreparable damage. Consider contacting a professional for help with this after a pipe break or other event.

Category 2

Category 2 water is also called gray water. It contains contaminants and generally originates from a failing sump pump, storm water, or toilets, dishwashers or washing machines.

Category 3

Category 3 water is known as black water because it’s unsanitary. Clean and gray water can become black water if they become stagnant or are allowed to remain on items for too long. This kind of damage comes from sources such as sewage, toilet backflows, streams, rivers, oceans, and other standing water outdoors.

Water damage is complex; no two leaks are the same. Arm yourself with knowledge of the various flooding sources so that if you experience a pipe break or pump malfunction, you’ll have a better idea of whether or not your carpet is worth saving.

How To Protect Yourself From Mold

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How To Protect Yourself From Mold Use protective equipment during mold disposal

4 Types of Protective Equipment That Can Help You During the Remediation Process

Are you facing mold damage in your home in Elliot, WA? Eliminating mildew before it spreads is a key step in the cleanup process, and with the help of mold inspectors and specialists, you can address the damage immediately. During this period of mold disposal, it’s important to stay protected from the spreading spores. Face masks and other specialized equipment can protect you and your home from contamination or harm. Here are four types of protective equipment that can help you during the remediation process.

1. Air-Purifying Masks

Breathing protection masks are designed to safeguard you from inhaling harmful spores by filtering out unwanted particles while you breathe. There are many kinds of masks that are designed to help you, and each has a specific level of filtering efficiency. If the air-purifying mask is tight-fitting and filters out most of the unwanted particles, your lungs will thank you.

2. Disposable Gloves

In addition to utilizing face masks, another way you can decrease the spreading of mold is to wear disposable gloves, shoe coverings, and hair covers during remediation. Wearing disposable gear ensures that mold won’t grow on your equipment after each use.

3. Goggles

Mold grows in wet, warm areas. Wear goggles to protect your eyes and avoid using eyewear that has ventilation holes. You might even consider getting a face mask that includes goggles as well as the mouthpiece.

4. Coveralls

If you are planning on personally addressing the mold, a Tyvek suit might be your best option. These suits protect the entire body and prevent mold from entering. These suits are economical, lightweight, and cheap.

Protect yourself from mold exposure by investing in protective equipment such as goggles or face masks. You can find most of the equipment at a nearby hardware store, or you can buy them online. Although these protective measures are important, mold remediation specialists can eliminate mold and restore your home.


Why a 24 Hour Response Matters

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why a 24 Hour Response Matters Mold begins to grow in the first 24 hours

As an insurance adjuster in The Landing,WA, you are part of the front line for residential disasters. Some events, like those involving water, require an immediate response to slow or stop the course of damage. SERVPRO has a 24 hour response because they understand that every hour of exposure has a crucial impact to the extent of damage, and cost, since the chance of restoration goes down as the clock ticks away. Here is the typical progression of water damage to a home:

First 24 Hours

  • Porous items such as drywall, upholstery, carpets and floors begin to absorb water immediately.
  • Stains from finishes and pigments may occur from contact between items.
  • Documents and photos absorb water and warp.
  • Materials become saturated with water and begin to breakdown or crack from swelling.
  • Metal begins to tarnish.
  • Molds begin to grow.

After 24 Hours

  • Wood studs, flooring, windows and doors warp.
  • Paint bubbles and peels.
  • Metal corrodes.
  • Mold and mildew multiply.
  • Sitting water becomes “black water” due to exposure.

To minimize costs and damage, a 24 hour response is critical. As an insurance adjuster, you know that damage increases dramatically in a matter of hours and the costs increase exponentially during that time.

How a 24 Hour Response Is Possible

With the power of a national company, SERVPRO is always open. The national call center operates every day of the year, 24 hours a day. With this first contact being crucial, your customer will talk to a professional on the phone with the first hour and, thanks to the power of local reach, on-site work will be able to begin within four hours of that initial call. As an adjuster, you will receive your first verbal briefing within eight hours.

Selecting a national vendor with more than 1,700 locations ensures a 24 hour response for your customers. You also know you can count on consistent standards and procedures, and big company quality. That fast response is why they are the preferred vendor for many national insurance companies.

First Aid Kit Requirements for the Workplace

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage First Aid Kit Requirements for the Workplace A first aid kit is a critical part of a safe working environment

Most would agree on the importance of being prepared for emergencies. In the event that first aid is needed, a well-stocked kit is a must. Many people may not realize that OSHA actually requires that all workplaces have a first aid kit on site, and larger spaces are mandated to have multiple ones available. If you own a commercial building in Kennydale, WA, read on for information on the supplies you need to have on hand.

Stocking First Aid Supplies

In addition to equipment for resuscitation and directions for obtaining emergency assistance, there are a variety of supplies that should be available to employees. At a minimum, work sites should provide the following items in an emergency kit:

  • Scissors and medical tape
  • Latex gloves
  • Gauze pads
  • Band-Aids and bandages
  • Items for wound cleaning
  • Tweezers
  • Splint
  • Elastic wraps

Maintaining a First Aid Kit

While the above list contains the components that are required, it’s a good idea to include additional items, depending on the type of work being done on the site. Consider the specific needs of employees, such as allergies. Keep the kit in a visible place that can be accessed easily in the event of an emergency, and store materials away from temperatures that may cause damage. You may also want to keep more than the required number of each item, and be sure to replace any pieces that are used right away.

Preparing for Disaster

Businesses everywhere are susceptible to catastrophes such as flooding, fires or storms. Having first aid supplies at the ready can provide the tools your employees may need in the event of an emergency. Once any medical needs have been addressed, you can contact a commercial restoration service to assist with necessary cleanup and repairs.

A first aid kit is a critical part of a safe working environment. Be sure that your building has the essential items to meet the needs of all staff members and to satisfy OSHA requirements.

Three Questions To Ask Yourself About Fire Alarms

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Three Questions To Ask Yourself About Fire Alarms Are you taking proper care of your smoke alarms?

Three Questions To Ask Yourself About Fire Alarms

You probably have at least one smoke alarm in your Cedar Grove,WA, home, but how often do you really think about it? For many people, the answer is probably “not often.” Your alarm can help prevent fire and smoke damage in your home by warning you at the first indication of a blaze, but only if you follow proper procedures. The next time you find yourself thinking about your alarm, ask yourself these questions.

1. Do you have the right number of smoke alarms in your home?
It is unlikely that you only have one fire alarm in your home, but it is possible that you still don’t have as many as you should. There is no set number of alarms that you should have in your house as the answer depends on the size of your residence. Each level of your home, including basements and attics, should have at least one alarm. There should be an alarm placed inside each bedroom as well as in the hallway outside each sleeping area.

2. When is the last time you replaced your alarms?
While you might think about changing the batteries in your smoke alarms, at least when they start beeping at you as a reminder, you might not have considered that the alarms themselves need replacing as well. The detectors in a fire alarm will start to wear out between eight to ten years after you’ve started using it, so it is important to replace them around this time.

3. Are you taking proper care of your alarms?
In order to keep your alarms working properly, they should be well maintained. Be sure to replace the batteries immediately when the reminder sounds so that you know they will work in case of an emergency. Each fire alarm should be cleaned regularly and tested at least once a month.

A fire damage repair service can help in the event of a fire but keeping properly maintained alarms in the necessary areas of your home can help prevent significant damage and keep you safe.

How To Choose an Air Purifier

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Of all the places you spend your time, your home in East Renton Highlands,WA, should be the place you can breathe the easiest. An effective air filtration system can help. The market is so saturated with purifiers that look promising, however, that it can be overwhelming to try to choose the one that’s best for you and your family. The following suggestions may be able to help you narrow down the options.

Qualities To Seek

The first thing you must decide is what you need. When experts test to see if an air purifier works well, they often look at four criteria:

  • Percentage of particles removed from air
  • Amount of air flow
  • Simplicity of use
  • Level of customer satisfaction

You may choose your air filtration device based on one or all of these standards. If you want a purifier that reduces the amount of potentially irritating particles in the air, for example, filter efficiency is probably going to be your most important requirement.

Reasons To Buy

If you want to reduce the number of airborne particles, such as mold spores or dust, in your home, mold remediation experts recommend a purifier with a HEPA filter. HEPA filters not only remove over 99% of particles from the air, they actually improve in performance over time. If your machine also has a carbon pre-filter, you can increase the life of your filter and improve your air quality even further. The most effective air purifiers on the market include the Oransi Max, the BlueAir 450E and the OV200 Air Purifier. While costs for these machines can range from a few hundred dollars to over $1000, it may be worth the price to know that your family is breathing cleaner air.

The best air filtration system is one that has an efficient filter, good air flow, ease of use and good customer reviews. Look for the purifier that improves the air quality of your home the best.

What Insurance Covers After a Fire Affects Your Business

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial What Insurance Covers After a Fire Affects Your Business Smoke and fire damage in a Renton, WA building

What Insurance Covers After a Fire Affects Your Business

Smoke damage from a fire can affect your business in Renton,WA, in many ways, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you’re unsure what costs your insurance company will cover. Understanding what expenditures your insurance is likely to pay can help you eliminate stress throughout the cleanup process.

1. Property Damage

After a fire, many items in your business may be destroyed, and insurance should be able to compensate you for your losses. Even if some things in your building were left untouched by the fire itself, water from hoses or sprinklers can damage articles within them. Often, a cleanup and restoration company can assist you in taking inventory and provide you with an estimate of what items have been harmed and what can be repaired.

2. Smoke and Soot

In addition to causing destruction to articles within your building, a fire can leave behind smoke and soot damage. They can affect the structure of your property, and it’s often necessary to thoroughly clean and restore a business that has been rampaged by a fire. In some instances, major soot and smoke damage may require you to replace structures in your building. Luckily, fire insurance should cover the costs of smoke cleaning.

3. Business Interruption

If a business needs to temporarily close in order to make repairs, the costs of lost revenue can quickly add up over time. However, cleaning a building and making important renovations can be time-consuming, and complex repairs should not be rushed. Insurance companies will generally cover the costs of this interruption, allowing you to focus on restoring your establishment to its original state.

When a fire results in property damage, smoke damage and a temporary business shutdown, your insurance company will generally cover the cost of those expenses. If your enterprise requires renovation, it can be helpful to contact the experts in commercial fire damage restoration.

My Pipes Burst! Now What?

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage My Pipes Burst! Now What? When you have a pipe burst you should call SERVPRO of Renton

As a homeowner, you love the benefits and joys of owning a house; however, you also know that a long list of things could go wrong. Any one of these will require your time, effort and money to remedy. Bursting pipes, for example, can lead to a host of troubling issues. If you encounter this situation, it’s important to know what to do next.

The Causes

Other residents in Newcastle,WA, can attest that it’s not pleasant to deal with bursting pipes. It’s critical that you act quickly and that you understand how this ordeal can occur.

  • Low temperatures
  • Water movement/water hammer (occurs when pipes aren’t properly secured)
  • Irregular water pressure
  • Corrosion

Shut Off the Water

When a pipe burst, it can lead to excessive water damage. If this happens while you’re not at home, the results can be disastrous. Hopefully, you’ll be able to spot this problem quickly. As soon as you notice that a pipe has burst, shut off the water to the pipe in question. If you’re not sure where it’s coming from, turn off the main water to the house.

Evaluate the Damage

Once you shut off the water, drain excess water left in the pipes and figure out exactly where the broken pipe is located. Take note of the extent of the damage. It might be easy enough for you to fix a broken pipe if the damage is minimal. However, in more complicated, widespread cases, you should contact a plumber. You should also get in touch with an expert cleanup team to help get standing water out of your home.

Get the Right Help

If you’re not confident in your skills to repair the problem, it’s important to call a professional immediately. The broken pipe could be the result of a larger issue that you can’t detect on your own.

Understand the causes of bursting pipes and take these steps. These will help you reduce the risk of extensive flooding at home.

Keep Water Flowing in the Winter: 6 Tips To Prevent Frozen Pipes

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Keep Water Flowing in the Winter: 6 Tips To Prevent Frozen Pipes Frozen pipes are a concern in every home, no matter the climate

6 Tips To Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a concern in every home, no matter the climate. When frigid temperatures cause you to bundle up, you best believe your pipes may be in danger. While the concern is that colder temperature will cause burst water lines, requiring the attention of emergency restoration services in the Renton,WA, area, there are plenty of ways to prevent that possibility.

1. Allow Air to Circulate

Most water lines are hidden in cabinets and behind closed doors. If you know that the temperatures are going to drop during the night or even through the week, you should keep these doors open, allowing the cold air of the cabinet to circulate with the warm air of your home.

2. Let the Water Drip

Another easy tip is to let the water from the faucet drip. It is hard for water in motion to freeze, so even a subtle drip can help to prevent frozen pipes from forming.

3. Stay Toasty

Obviously, frozen water lines require cold to actually freeze. Therefore, if you keep the areas where your pipes are located warm, then they will not freeze.

4. Seal Drafty Areas

Another way to prevent freezing is to seal any holes, cracks or drafty areas. The less exposure to outside temperature fluctuations the better, when it comes to your water lines.

5. Use Extra Insulation

For pipes that are located in crawlspaces or along exterior walls, you can add extra insulation. Most insulation is designed to protect elements from various degrees of temperature and climate changes.

6. Apply Heating Tape

Other tools can prevent pipe freeze, like heating tape. This tape is an electrical tape that is applied directly to the pipes, protecting them from colder temperatures.

Frozen pipes are a nightmare for most homeowners, but they don’t have to be. There are several methods to prevent freezing and protect against potential ice pressure causing a burst pipe.

Can You Avoid a Clothes Dryer Fire?

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Can You Avoid a Clothes Dryer Fire? Clean the lint filter of your dryer

As dryer lint builds up in your clothes dryer, you'll have to deal with more than pesky bits of fluff falling out of the appliance. The lint invariably works its way deep inside the metal shell and negatively impacts the efficiency of the dryer. Your increased power and maintenance bills in Newcastle,WA, aren't the last things to worry about either. Perhaps the situation that should cause you the most concern is the growing possibility of a lint fire.

Did You Know?

There are many startling facts about home fires and clothes dryers from the United States Fire Administration.

  • Nearly 3,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported every year.
  • Failing to clean the dryer is the leading cause of those fires.
  • The fires happen most often during the fall and winter.
  • Each year these fires cause $35 million in property loss.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers several suggestions for preventing a lint fire. The first recommendation is to have your appliance installed and serviced by a professional. Don't run the dryer without a clean lint filter. Keep the back of the dryer clean and regularly check the venting system to be sure it is open and not damaged or restricted. Finally, make sure the outside vent covering opens when the dryer is running.

Cleaning the Lint Filter

How can you clean lint from the dryer? Of course, pulling the lint filter out and removing lint by hand is a convenient and simple task. If it's been awhile since you cleaned the back panel and the exhaust hose, you should unplug the dryer and use a vacuum or cloth to clean the interior and exhaust areas. This deeper clean should be completed every six months or more to avoid a dryer fire. From time to time, you should rinse the dryer screen and vacuum out the lint trap.

If you aren't sure how long it's been or how to proceed, you may want to contact a fire damage professional in your area for more tips and pointers. Ultimately, regular maintenance is one of the best steps toward avoiding a lint fire.

How To Care For Water-Damaged Contents

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Care For Water-Damaged Contents Water damaged contents in East Renton Highlands, WA

Some water-damaged contents can be cleaned, while others should be disposed of and replaced. Restoration professionals can recommend the right content cleaning methods. However, you can learn more about caring for contents with water damage at a flooded company or commercial structure in East Renton Highlands,WA, by reviewing these important steps.

Assess the Condition

It is important to consider the condition of items to determine the best restoration methods. Owners or facility managers should keep in mind certain factors:

  • Category of water damage
  • Extent of the deterioration
  • Porosity of contents

Category One water damage involves clean, treated water from a broken pipe. Category Two gray water is polluted but does not contain solid waste. Category Three black water is highly contaminated. A flooded company with a classification of Category Two or Three is likely to require disinfection and the disposal of some porous contents and building materials.

Clean or Replace Contents

Several cleaning methods can be used to handle water damage. These methods may include the following:

  • Abrasion
  • Dry cleaning
  • Foam
  • Immersion
  • Spraying and wiping
  • Wet cleaning

Delicate items may benefit from being dry cleaned, treated with foam, or sprayed and wiped. Delicate non-porous items made of ceramic or glass can be safely immersed in cleaning solution. If a porous item is saturated with contaminated water, it may be advisable to throw it away and obtain a replacement.

Restore Contents

Contents should be cleaned and allowed to air dry. These items can be restored after water is removed and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected, if necessary. Do not attempt to repair building materials or restore contents until the affected area is completely dry. Restoration professionals can provide a helpful timeline for completion.

All of these methods can help a facility manager or the owner of a flooded company care for contents after water damage to a building in East Renton Highlands,WA. Consulting with mitigation and restoration specialists is recommended to make the best choices about cleaning or replacing contents.

Containment: Keeping Your Employees Safe During Mold Removal

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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.

Why Containment?

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

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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?

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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?

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 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
  • Payroll
  • Rent or lease
  • Taxes
  • 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?

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Textiles
  • Trash
  • Wood

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

  • Oil
  • Gasoline
  • Grease
  • Kerosene
  • Paint

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

  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Pyrophoric organometallic reagents
  • Sodium
  • Titanium

Most homeowners do not require a Class D extinguisher.

Multi-Class Extinguishers

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.

Flooded Basement

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

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!

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Community 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

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Community 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.

Overview:

  • 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.

 

Be prepared:

  • 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.

 

High-Quality Carpet Cleaning!

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning High-Quality Carpet Cleaning! Expect the best with SERVPRO of Renton's cleaning services!

When it comes to cleaning your home or commercial building you want the highest-quality possible. Rely on SERVPRO of Renton to provide you with your needs and wants in a cleaning service. SERVPRO of Renton specializes in carpet, upholstery, ceilings, floors, walls, drapes, and blinds cleaning.

As a company we offer a number of cleaning options based off of your type of carpets, upholstery, blinds, etc. Our cleaning services address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. 

Our specialized cleaning methods are:

  • Bonnet Cleaning
    •  A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction
    •  A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition 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.

 

Keeping up with your carpets:

  • Vacuum regularly to reduce accumulated dust/dirt
  • Remove spots immediately
  • Move furniture to change traffic pattern
  • Have people take off their shoes in your home
  • Use walk-off mats to take of soil tracked into your home/building

You can count on SERVPRO of Renton to get the job done for you in a timely matter at the highest-quality of cleaning possible. Give us a call today to set up a time for us to come out at (425) 255-2227.

Disaster Skills Workshop

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Community Disaster Skills Workshop Learn the skills, make a plan, and be prepared for any disaster.

What: Seattle Disaster Skills Workshop

Where: South Lake Union Discovery Center

101 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109

When: October 11th at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

Come join the community at the Disaster Skills Workshop tonight! When a large disaster strikes our first responders might be overwhelmed. Do you know what to do?

Having some sort of knowledge for what to do during a disaster can not only help save your life, but also those around you. This workshop provides:

  • Fire Extinguisher use
  • Utility control
  • Water storage and purification
  • Emergency toilets

Be prepared for when a disaster strikes! 

Hoarding

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Hoarding Residential home of an hoarding situation before cleanup.

Hoarding is actually categorized as a disorder of behavior where a person has the inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that end up eventually covering up all areas of their home or living space.

Hoarding is categorized as a biohazard due to the substances that might be found in your home, apartment, or commercial building. During hoarding situations there could be a wide range of things you could find from house supplies and magazines to hazardous materials and animal waste or remains. SERVPRO of Renton trains our technicians to specialize in hoarding cleanup and restoration. Hoarding cleanup includes not just removal of items but also recovery and restoration of useful and valuable objects.

Following the cleanup and restoration process, our technicians will deodorize the scene so eliminate any and all existing odors that could have come from a number of sources. If more cleanup is necessary like, carpet cleaning, mold removal, or water damage; SERVPRO of Renton will handle everything and continue to communicate with you throughout the process.

 

Hoarding Tips:

  • A common problem 2-5% of Americans meet diagnosis requirements
  • Hoarders see objects having significant value
  • Often begins during adolescence around the age of 13 or 14
  • Often environmentally related
  • Depression is often related
  • Most hoarders have Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Consequences are more than a messy home- unsanitary living environment
  • Increased risk of fires for occupants and their neighbors
    • Accumulation of objects
    • Blocked exits
    • Unsafe cooking and heating environment – 39% of fires in hoarding homes result from cooking
  • Safety and health risks to people, animals, and the community

If you are struggling with a hoarding situation and need help discarding any or all items, SERVPRO of Renton will be there to help you through this process. Give us a call today at (425) 255-2227 for any questions or concerns.

Vandalism Cleanup

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Vandalism Cleanup Residential house vandalized from teenagers who teepeed their front yard.

One thing about SERVPRO of Renton is that we are a “one stop shop”. Not only do we specialize in fire and water damage restoration and cleanup; we specialize in vandalism and graffiti cleanup!

In some areas of the PNW vandalism can happen on a reoccurring basis and require a lot of time set aside to cleanup, paint over, or tear down the damaged area. As we know vandalism can range from small pranks like throwing eggs at someone’s front yard to completely destroying someone’s house from breaking windows or spray painting on their private property. Luckily, SERVPRO of Renton specializes in both minor and large vandalism and graffiti cleanup and restoration.

In addition to removing spray-paint on walls we can also clean:

 

Don’t worry when someone intrudes and tries to destroy your personal property, SERVPRO of Renton will act fast and efficient to restore your personal items and remove all vandalism and destruction from your home or commercial building.

Call us today at (425) 255-2227 for any questions or concerns!

Halloween on a Farm

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Community Halloween on a Farm Local pumpkin patch ready for people to take them home!

It's that time of year again Halloween is right around the corner!

Enjoy pumpkin patches, corn mazes with friends, and hayrides at local farms.

When: October 10th - 31st 

Locations:

Seattle Tasting Event

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

Community Seattle Tasting Event The Seattle Center covers a 74-acre campus with the ability to manage events and festivals of all sizes.

What: Tasting event

Where: Fishers Pavilion, Seattle Center

When: October 6, 2016 at 7 p.m. - VIP 5:30 p.m. +21

 

In the #PNW we love tasting great food and drinks from different vendors. Come join the community and taste amazing food and drinks from dozens of restaurants, mixologists, and food trucks at the Seattle Weekly’s Voracious Tasting & Food Awards!

Bio-hazardous Situation

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Bio-hazardous Situation This biohazard came from a sewage overflow of a household bathroom toilet.

George has been the maintenance supervisor for the downtown mall for nearly thirty years. He has cleaned up his fair share of messes: child vomit near the carousel, spilled soda in the food court, and even vandalism or two. He’s also dealt with clogged toilets and messy bathrooms. One day, he was doing his rounds when he gets a call over the radio from one of his employees. The women’s bathroom on the third floor is flooded! Anita, the maintenance work who called it in, cannot handle the mess on her own, so George goes to help her. When he arrives, however, he realizes that the mess is more than for what he bargained. Someone had clogged all seven toilets and flushed. Water and sewage was running everywhere. George didn’t have enough mops or sawdust to handle the situation. He pulled out his phone to call down to the office, who then called out to someone who could take care of the mess.

While this situation may be slightly exaggerated, it is an example of a hazardous situation. Biohazard makes up 25% of SERVPRO’s jobs, and clogged/backflowed toilets make up a small majority of those cleanups.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to avoid and handle biohazards, let’s talk a little about what constitutes a biohazard. Now, there are three categories of water:

  1. Clean water: water from a sink faucet or from a regular plumbing line.
  2. Gray water: water with considerable contamination and is not safe for public consumption. Dishwasher overflow is a good example.
  3. Black water: water that is grossly contaminated and should be avoided at all costs. May contain feces, harsh chemicals, or even dead animals.


Now, clean water is usually harmless, unless it’s untreated. Then it can turn into a category two or three, which requires a bit more work to clean. Categories two and three are considered bio-hazardous, and should not be cleaned with household items like towels or mops. Do not touch or attempt to clean a sewage line break, a toilet overflow that contains feces, or long term standing water.

Instead, call in SERVPRO of Renton at 425-225-2227 for a cost-free estimate and to ensure that your home becomes a safe place for you and your family.

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