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What Can Be Included on a Fire Claim?

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What Can Be Included on a Fire Claim? Fire damage is not solely caused by the flames that rip through your commercial building.

If a fire breaks out in your Vancouver, WA, commercial building, the come back process can be difficult. Assessing the fire damage may overwhelm and confuse you. Some of the damage you found in your building couldn't possibly have been caused by the fire, so you may not know whether it can be included on your claim. Can your water-logged carpets be included on your insurance claim? As you try to figure out what counts as damage done by the fire, you need to remember the following:

• Flames affect structure, furnishings and equipment.
• Fire suppression causes water damage.
• Fire produces smoke and soot, which cause their own damage.

When you make your claim, you don't have to limit it to the damage done directly by the flames. Your fire restoration team may be able to help you better understand what you can include on your insurance claim.

Fire Damage

One of the main things your insurance adjuster will look for as he or she goes through your property is damage caused directly by the fire. This can include charred furniture, burnt walls and melted roof materials.

Fire Suppression Damage

Putting out a fire can cause damage too. Firefighters may have to add ventilation to your building to dampen and control the flames. This could mean breaking windows or cutting a hole in the roof. Suppression also requires lots of water, which means some of your building could be flooded or water logged.

Smoke Damage

Part of fire mitigation is taking care of the smoke stains and odor left after the flames are put out. Smoke often affects electronic devices, clothing, carpets, walls and ceilings. You may be able to include the cleaning and restoration costs on your claim.

Fire damage is not solely caused by the flames that rip through your commercial building. Instead, this damage can also be done by the byproducts of the flames and the tools used to stop the spreading of the fire. For more information, visit

How To Stop Mold From Coming Back

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Stop Mold From Coming Back When you hire a mold expert in Vancouver, WA, they will do more than remove black mold from your home.

If you have a patch of black mold that keeps growing back after you scrub it off, you may be wondering what you’re doing wrong. It can be even more frustrating if you’ve hired someone to handle the mold cleanup for you and it still grows back. The fact is, if you have a reoccurring mold problem, you have a problem with too much moisture in the affected area. An experienced mold remediation expert in Vancouver, WA, should be able to help you pinpoint the source of your moisture problem so that you can put an end to it.

Why and Where Mold Thrives

Mold releases spores, which are like tiny seeds that get carried from place to place by the wind. Mold spores can be found everywhere, outside and inside, so it’s impossible to completely remove all mold from your home. However, if spores don’t find the right growing conditions, they never grow into a visible mold colony. The key to keeping your home free from black mold is to make sure you don’t create the ideal conditions for it to grow.

Because spores are everywhere, mold only needs moisture and nutrition to grow. Most mold species can get nutrition from almost anything, including the paper in your drywall and the dust in the corners of your home. That means any area that is consistently damp is likely to grow mold. The most common sources of chronic moisture problems are the following.
• Poor ventilation
• Condensation
• Leaking roofs and windows
• Broken supply lines
• Leaking water pipes
Get Rid of Mold Forever

When you hire a mold expert in Vancouver, WA, they will do more than remove black mold from your home. They’ll also help you make sure it doesn’t return. With the use of hydrometers and infrared light, they can locate the hidden sources of moisture responsible for your mold problem. They also know how to open up walls to get at leaking pipes without doing unnecessary damage. Once you repair, replace or remove the source of dampness in your home, the mold won’t return. For more information, visit

3 Tips for Planning a Fire Escape Route for Your Home

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Tips for Planning a Fire Escape Route for Your Home Creating a fire escape plan for your Vancouver, WA, home can protect your family from imminent danger in case the worst should happen.

If a fire were to break out in your Vancouver, WA, home, getting yourself and your family to safety would probably be your top priority. Since fires can happen unexpectedly, having a pre-planned fire escape plan is a wise idea and may help every member of your family get out of the house quickly. If you are ready to create this type of safety plan, there are a few tips you can keep in mind to make it efficient, effective and simple.

1. Plan With the Family

Creating an emergency escape plan with your family present can ensure that everyone living in your home is prepared in case of a fire emergency. Gather everyone together when you have at least an hour to discuss a plan and allow everyone to contribute their ideas. When everyone is prepared and aware of the escape route, this can increase the chances of preventing a disaster if a fire breaks out.

2. Plan More Than One Route

According to the American Red Cross, you have about two minutes to escape your home once a fire starts. If the fire starts near where you have planned to exit or it spreads there, this can cause you to become trapped. To prevent this, you might want to add more than one egress to your fire escape plan. Consider both a front and back entrance escape, either a door or a window, that your family can use if the other is blocked by flames.

3. Have Your Home Inspected for Fire Hazards

While having an escape plan is wise, having your home professionally inspected for potential hazards can reduce the chances of you ever needing it. Have a fire damage and restoration company look over your home and ask their techs for advice about what you can do to make it less prone to fires.

Creating a fire escape plan for your Vancouver, WA, home can protect your family from imminent danger in case the worst should happen. Take time to create and test your plan to give yourself as much peace of mind as possible.  For more information, visit

Water Damage Prevention

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Prevention We can help! Call SERVPRO of W. Vancouver & Clark Co. today! (360) 254-0049

Burst Pipes in the water system is one of the most common plumbing problems both in the home and the public system. Several things can cause Burst Pipes, the main one been freezing conditions.

The pipe can be put under a great pressure through the system and any fault in the piping will be exposed over time and broken down. The effects of burst pipes can be dramatic and devastating all at the same time. A burst pipe on the main system can cause damage to property, put people out of homes and even close an entire area of a town and roads for a number of days. This can leave people without water and even homes for days.

We have integrated such complicated plumbing systems in our homes such as waste disposals, boilers and even garden features. Burst pipes within the home is simply the worst thing that can happen to your plumbing system. It is not the cost of the repair of the pipe or even the loss of the water whilst it is fixed, but the sheer amount and cost of the damage water can do.

If a pipe bursts in the ceiling or floor it can be some time before you notice and all too often the first you know is when the bulge appears or the water flows in a torrent.

The potential water loss from burst pipes in your house can be as much as 400 litres, that’s 2 full baths an hour. This means if you were away for a full day you could have up to 9,600 litres of water or 48 full baths of water in your house from burst pipes. If you were away for the week you could lose 47,200 litres of water in that week. The amount of litres lost is the equivalent to 336 full baths of water running through your house. 

If you do occur a water leak in your home or business call  SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. immediately! (360) 254-0049

Preventing Burst Pipes in your Business

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Burst pipes can be devastating, so anything you can do to minimise the risk of a Burst Pipe happening in your business. As with most systems and parts of your office building prevention is by far the best solution, below we have highlighted several key things you can do to.

Ensure that any outside taps and piping including drain pipes for heating or overflow pipes are insulated. You can use insulating lagging or foam to do this but make sure you do not leave any joints, bends or taps exposed. For outside taps fitted covers are available.

Any piping that are in unheated areas such as dropped ceilings, basements and garages all need to be lagged with good quality pipe lagging.

Any pipes buried in the ground outside such as pipes to garages need to be buried deep enough and/or lagged.

Insulate your cold water tank, this is so often forgotten and can be the major cause of Burst Pipes.

Leave your heating on at least 54 degrees Fahrenheit at all times throughout cold spells. This will keep the system warm enough not to Burst Pipes and the water flowing.

Fix any dripping taps or existing leaks before the cold spell. Many Burst Pipes happen because of leaks.

Have your Central Heating System serviced regularly.

In particularly cold spells leave the ceiling open as this will allow the warm air to circulate around the space and warms any pipes in that space, reducing the risk of a Burst Pipe.

SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. can respond to your company quickly after it suffers a broken pipe.

Red Cross in Urgent Need of Blood Donors

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter.  Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative.

Blood is needed to respond to emergencies large and small across the country everyday. 

Blood supplies are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain sufficient blood supply for many patients in need.

Make an appointment today to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App,(, visiting(, or calling 1800-RED CROSS(1800.733.2767)

Also, please consider becoming a volunteer for the American Red Cross. Lot's of assistance is needed in teaching the word of "Disaster Preparedness" in schools and businesses. All the training needed is provided by the American Red Cross at no expense to the volunteer. 

For further questions, please contact the local chapter of the American Red Cross or SERVPRO of W. Vancouver/Clark Co. @ 360-254-0049

Should Your Building Be Inspected for Mold?

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

You’ve finally found it: the perfect building for your needs. And you’ve got big plans for it. Take out a wall here, move the staircase over there, add a window over here. Your imagination is going wild, but before you get ahead of yourself, you need to be sure that this “perfect” building is actually perfect. The financials are all in order; the seller has accepted your offer and all that’s left is the building inspection. As you walk through with the inspector, paint colors and potential furnishings floating through your mind, the inspector points out some visible mold, and your questions about interior design are suddenly replaced with questions about mold. Do you need a mold inspection?

Signs of Potential Mold

Mold inspections in Vancouver, WA can be expensive, as can mold remediation. However, mold grows fast, and it can stealthily and silently wreak havoc behind the scenes of your otherwise perfect building. Visible black, gray or green spots on the walls, ceiling or floor clearly indicate a mold problem, and an inspection can help you determine the extent of the damage and put together a plan. But mold isn’t always obvious. Other signs of mold include:
- Discolored ceiling tiles, walls or floors, which may point to a leak or past water damage
- Buckled or warped flooring
- Evidence of past plumbing problems: for example, a missing sink or toilet.
- A strong musty or mildew smell.

Mold Remediation

If any of these indicators are present, it’s a good idea to schedule a mold inspection. Some mold problems are fairly easy to mitigate with antifungal and antibacterial treatments. Others may require advanced mold containment procedures and/or the removal of infested porous surfaces like carpet and drywall. In any case, evaluating potential mold problems before completing your building purchase will provide peace of mind and prevent complications down the road. Then, you can get back to the important business of making your vision of the perfect building a reality.

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4 Top Checklist Items for Plumbing Maintenance Inspections

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Plumbing problems can happen in any building. Normal wear and tear, plumbing age and quality of a system’s construction materials all have an impact on plumbing performance. Being proactive in keeping a Vancouver, WA, commercial building’s plumbing system in good operating condition is a great way to protect your investment. It can also help you avoid a much more inconvenient and costly plumbing emergency in the future. Scheduling regular plumbing inspections may help identify small problems to be addressed before they become large. These four top checklist items for a plumbing maintenance inspection cover areas generally considered critical to proper operation of a plumbing system.

1. Fixtures

Quiet leaks and drips from fixtures such as toilets and faucets can waste thousands of gallons of water annually. Fixtures are typically tested during a maintenance inspection. Repairing these silent leaks may save a lot of money on future water bills.

2. Pipes

A visual inspection of pipes can be done to uncover evidence of leaks and signs of corrosion. When significant visible corrosion is noted, it may be a signal that the pipes are close to the end of their useful life. This can give you the opportunity to make a plan before the aging plumbing causes a bigger problem, such as a broken pipe.

3. Drains

A test of drains can uncover any blockages that need to be cleared. Slow draining sinks or toilets that require regular plunging may indicate a blockage. If allowed to persist, blockages can lead to backups and overflows with accompanying water damage.

4. Valves

Testing valves for proper operation may help prevent valve failure. Broken or faulty valves can add challenges to water main maintenance and repair. A simple check of a valve’s ability to open and close can be all that is needed to avert larger plumbing problems in the future.

While some plumbing problems may be unavoidable, it is generally much easier to make preventive plumbing corrections based on recommendations from a routine maintenance inspection than defer routine repairs.

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Water, Water Everywhere: A 3-Step Plan To Recover From Storm Damage

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

With little warning, homeowners in Vancouver, WA, can face water damage caused by catastrophic rains or flooding. In one year alone, water-related disasters caused over $280 billion in damages in the United States. Having a plan can make recovery from a storm much less stressful.

1. Protect Your Safety

After a flood, you may be in shock. While natural, this reaction won’t help your home recover. Flooding typically requires quick action. Ask yourself if it is safe to stay in your house. Are there live wires? Is it safe to mop up water or tear out wet carpet? If answers to these questions leave you feeling unsafe, leave the home.

2. Assess Your Options

Next, determine options for cleanup. Contact your insurance company to discuss coverage. If your house has suffered extensive damage, consider calling a professional for storm restoration.

3. Call a Professional

A storm damage cleanup and restoration company can take the burden off your shoulders by performing several services:

• Inspect and Assess. Professional cleaners often start by surveying the extent of water damage and checking for safety hazards.

• Extract Water. Powerful pumps and industrial vacuums are brought in to remove water from your home. Moisture detectors, hygrometers and infrared cameras may be used to find water hidden behind walls and ceilings.

• Dry and Dehumidify. In this step, high-speed air movers and industrial dehumidifiers help to reclaim your home. If necessary, professionals tear out wet materials to dry or throw out.

• Clean and Sanitize. Anyone who has been through a flood can tell you about the smell and fear of disease that follow. For this reason, professionals often work hard to remove odors, deodorize and sanitize your home.

• Restore. Ideally, professionals can restore your home to its formerly dry glory. Restoration can involve anything from minor repairs (tear out drywall, install carpet, repair flooring) to rebuilding entire rooms.

Storm damage may be out of your control. However, the right plan can help you take control of storm restoration.

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What To Do After a Storm Causes Roof Damage

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

High winds can do crazy things to your roofing system in Vancouver, WA. When storms cause shingles to tear off, it can be hard to know exactly what to do. You want to fix the problem before a roof leak starts, but where do you start?

Protect the Damaged Area

Your first step should be to call in a storm damage specialist. These experts will be able to help you locate the damage, come up with a repair plan and work with the insurance company. However, these specialists may not be able to get to your building right away. If you can't get professional help right away, you need to protect your roof so it doesn't get damaged further. If you want to stop a damaged roof from becoming a bigger problem, you need to use certain tools to cover the damaged area.

• Use tarps and plywood to cover any ripped, cracked or missing shingles.
• Remove weakened tree limbs to ensure they don't crash onto your building.
• Get rid of debris from the roof as this can tear up more shingles if high winds return.

Doing everything you can to protect the vulnerable part of your roof can help you avoid larger headaches. Your contractor may be able to give you more tips on how to get by until he or she can arrive.

Start a Repair Plan

Once the damaged roof has been assessed, you need to quickly enact a repair plan. If you wait too long to fix the issue, the missing shingles can turn into a roof leak. As you know, leaks can lead to major water damage that can take a lot of money to fix. It's better for you and your building if you can start a repair plan as quickly after the storm as possible.

The last thing you want after a storm is to worry about a roof leak. However, damaged shingles can lead to that exact situation. Taking the proper steps after a storm may help you mitigate your problems.

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