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How Pretesting After A Fire Saves You Money

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

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Learn More About Pretesting

Pretesting can determine the extent of damage at a residence. This testing method can identify traces of damage that may not be immediately apparent. Learn more about three ways that preliminary testing can result in a more accurate estimate and lower insurance claim.

1. Determine the Full Extent of Damage

A visual inspection may not be the best method for determining how much damage a property has sustained, particularly from soot or smoke. One of the most common preliminary testing methods is wiping down surfaces or contents with a chemical sponge. This can allow mitigation and restoration professionals to make more informed estimates with regard to how much of a home must be cleaned or restored.

2. Accurately Allocate Equipment and Experts

Pretesting can also be useful for anticipating which types of equipment and professional expertise will be necessary on a job site. If damage affects the majority of a structure, the duration of cleanup and restoration may also be longer than if only a limited area requires treatment.

3. Safely Limit Cleanup and Restoration

Homeowners and insurers run the risk of overlooking damage when they try to cut corners on an insurance claim for cleanup and restoration. This can lead to an incomplete job or secondary damage. Preliminary testing during an assessment can give all parties a clearer idea of the degree of damage and what will need to be cleaned, restored or rebuilt. This allows for a more complete estimate and reduces the risk of unexpected increases due to the discovery of further damage.

These are three ways that pretesting can be useful after a fire or other damage at a residence. A homeowner or insurance agent should contact a certified and trustworthy Preferred Vendor to ensure that damage is handled properly and cost-effectively, from the initial assessment to the final touches.

Commercial Water Damage

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage with Servpro air movers Call us day or night!

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

Let Us Help With Your Commercial Construction Projects

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded commercial hallway We want to minimize your downtime and loss of revenue!

SERVPRO is your one-stop shop for commercial construction. While running the daily functions of your business, the last thing you want to worry about when you have a need for restoration or reconstruction is contacting and managing multiple repair crews. We’ll work with your insurance company to restore your commercial property to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Our goal is to complete your commercial restoration project on time and within the budget with as little downtime to your business as possible. SERVPRO has competent and experienced professionals that believe in delivering quality workmanship. Our full-service process includes: inspection and estimating, mitigation, restoration and reconstruction. We also offer premium services for dust control and protection from COVID-19 and other contaminants using our proprietary, EPA-registered products.

Minimize Your Commercial Water Damage by Calling SERVPRO

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Water damaged commercial business It was all hands on deck at this shoe store!

Despite being right on the Columbia River, much of the flooding Vancouver businesses deal with is much more mundane. Common water intrusion problems include failed sprinklers, broken pipes, and backed-up plumbing.
To support Vancouver business owners and reduce commercial water damage, SERVPRO specialists train to perform several key tasks. They have to stop the flow of water, make repairs where possible, and dry the inventory. For a small, retail operation like a bike shop, our Water Restoration Technicians (WRTs) break it down like this:
First, they turn off the water. If possible, that means shutting off the flow to only the problem so that the owner can still use the other areas of her business and perhaps even reopen to customers. If a pipe burst close to the water inlet, however, the WRTS need to shut off the water for the entire operation.
For minor issues such as a pipe connection, or a split hose leading into a commercial sink, they can quickly make those repairs in a few hours. For major issues, the team leader may recommend bringing in a licensed plumber. In this operation, WRTs use long-handled squeegees to push water off the floor and out the nearest exit or floor drain.
With the water stopped, other SERVPRO team members move in to dry inventory on the shelves. They place drying pads underneath to soak up water and install height-adjustable fans to increase air circulation and the evaporation process. To increase the efficiency of the air movers, WRTs also install dehumidifiers to draw water from the air. This action also helps to speed up evaporation and mitigate damage or prevent loss to inventory parts and the danger of rusting.
For bikes and other inventory on the floor, team members can bring in racks to help dry them in place, or remove them outside to take advantage of the drier air and connect fans to a portable generator to dry them as quickly as possible.
If your business has a problem with recent or not-so-recent water intrusions, call SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. at (360) 254-0049. We are here to help you reopen for customers as quickly as we can return your shop to its original, dry condition.

COVID-19 Cleanup Experts

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro technician in proper gear for covid cleanup With new variants presenting themselves, wouldn’t you like to stay ahead of the curve?

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of W. Vancouver/ Clark County, (360) 254-0049

Why Call SERVPRO For Your Commercial Mold Damage?

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Molded drywall Call our office at the first sign of mold, we're open 24/7/365 (360) 254-0049

Mold on a Commercial Property: Employ a Restoration Company

The impact of mold on a commercial property in Felida, WA, can be disastrous. There are a variety of reasons it’s often important to employ a restoration company that is faster to any size disaster.

1. Control Odor

One of the first signs of mold growth is often a musty odor. However, there are certain techniques and tools that are often required to bring the level of mold spores down to an appropriate level. If mold has spread to various areas in a building, it is likely that more time will be needed to remove the odor. The sooner a restoration company can arrive at the commercial property, the easier it will likely be to remove the odor.

2. Allow Items To Be Restored

It’s not always possible to restore items that are affected by mold. Since replacing an item is generally more expensive than restoring an item, the cost of the insurance claim is likely to increase if many items in the building are destroyed. Though a slow response will cause belongings to become more damaged, employing a company that’s faster to any size disaster will likely be able to restore more items thanks to the timely response.

3. Cut Down Costs

When mold is noticed in a commercial property, a business often has to temporarily close its doors, which can result in a financial loss for the business. Additionally, a slow response from a restoration company can cause mold to spread and cause extensive damage in different parts of a property. However, a business will likely be able to reopen quickly if a restoration company can respond in a timely manner, and a quick response can also decrease the amount of damage that occurs, therefore lowering the cost of restoration.

When a company responds quickly to a business affected by mold, the restoration process can be positively impacted. A restoration business that is faster to any size disaster can help control the odor from mold, assist in restoring items and can lower the costs of restoration.

Furnace Maintenance: Avoiding a Home Fire

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged residential foyer Our goal is to inform our followers to take necessary action before it's to late. You can avoid disaster with proper maintenance.

As a homeowner in Vancouver, WA, you have the worst-case scenario on your mind. After all, if a storm damages your roof or a fire burns your kitchen, you are the one who has to call in a restoration team to deal with the aftermath. Taking preventative measures can help you avoid smoke or fire cleaning. Even something like normal furnace maintenance can help make your house safer.

Make Sure It Works: The first thing regular maintenance does is ensure your furnace will work when you need it to. Going through the winter without a working heating device can leave you and your family stranded in a cold situation.

Reduce Buildup: Furnace filters help keep the air in your home clean. If these filters aren't cleaned regularly, the gunk in them could cause the furnace to overheat. An overheating furnace could lead to a fire. Regularly replacing your furnace filter can actually reduce the need for fire cleaning.

Fix Faults: As furnaces age, they may accumulate faults. Faulty wires and poor shut-off mechanisms can make your home more dangerous. Faulty wires can easily cause sparks that lead to smoky fires and the need for a major smoke cleaning in your house.

Contain Gas: If your unit uses gas to heat the home, you have to worry about the gas filling your house. However, proper maintenance looks at the gas lines to ensure everything is hooked up properly. When you have this inspection done annually, it's easy for you to be aware of a potential problem.

Protect Fuses: Some older furnaces may cause a circuit in your house to trip. If you have a professional look at the equipment regularly, you will know when it is no longer functioning on the electrical system.

If you don't want to hire a professional to perform smoke or fire cleaning, you need to do what you can to prevent a fire from breaking out in your house. Regular furnace maintenance is one thing you should always do to keep your home safe.

SERVPRO’s Mold Protocol After a Flood

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold may start to grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours immediately following a flood. If your home experiences flooding, you should get rid of standing water, clean, disinfect, and dry the affected area as soon as possible. The following measures may prevent or limit the severity of mold growth.

Eliminate Flood Water

The faster you get flood water out of your home, the less likely mold spores will be to multiply. There are several ways to make your home less inviting for mold:

  • Pump out remaining water
  • Tear out porous contents and building materials
  • Use a wet vac to get rid of any puddles

Once all of the flood water is gone, it is time to clean and disinfect the affected area.

Clean and Disinfect

Flood water is classified as Category Three black water. This means that standing water may contain

  • Bacteria
  • Chemicals
  • Heavy metals
  • Sewage

For this reason, it is necessary to disinfect all surfaces and contents exposed to flood water. Mold also flourishes in undisturbed locations. Cleaning surfaces and eliminating porous contents that cannot be thoroughly cleaned, such as carpet or drywall, will make mold growth less likely.

Dry the Area

The more you can lower moisture levels following a flood, the less likely mold will be to grow. For this reason, homeowners or restoration experts should use equipment such as commercial- or industrial-grade

  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Fans

All of these appliances help to speed up drying. Dehumidifiers are particularly useful for maintaining low moisture levels in the air and drawing dampness out of semi-porous surfaces.

Removing water, cleaning and disinfecting, and drying are all ways to reduce the risk of mold growth. For the fastest mitigation process and less of an opportunity for mold to develop, rely on the professional equipment and extensive experience of residential water and storm damage specialists.

Meet The Owners

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

Owners Paul and Melinda McGraw standing outside Choose SERVPRO as your restoration company of choice because the staff was hand selected by these two!

Paul and Melinda have been active members of the Clark County metro area community their entire lives. Married in 2000 and still lovely as ever 21 years later. 

Starting his career in restoration in 1993, Paul worked along side his father, Pat, working on fire and water damage restoration after local SERVPROS had done the mitigation.

In 2013 the opportunity arose to own their own SERVPRO. Impressed by the overall brand, protocol and professionalism, Paul and Melinda agreed on the next chapter in their lives.

Together they have created a uniquely close-knit family of staff compiled of trained, and certified technicians, an office and production manager with 30 years experience when combined and a staff that is enjoys being around one another regardless of payment. 

Thank you Paul and Melinda!

Prepare Your Business For Colder Weather

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

remediated commercial lobby Invest in your business by preparing for the unknown. If you incur a water damage, call our 24/7/365 office at (360) 254-0049

When you think of flooding in commercial buildings, your mind may turn to heavy rains.

Downpours are a common cause of water damage in buildings. However, rain flooding isn't the only cause of indoor floods in Vancouver, WA. Cold weather can lead to standing water on your property due to a burst pipe.

Why Pipes Freeze

Pipes often freeze when the weather gets extremely cold. Not all plumbing that transports water has the same risk of freezing. Some piping may freeze more often:

  • Uninsulated plumbing in exterior walls
  • Outdoor sprinkler lines
  • Pipes in unheated spaces, like garages, attics or basements
  • Exterior hose bibs

These particular pipes often aren't heated, so when the cold weather strikes, the water within freezes. The freezing action causes the water within to expand, which is why some plumbing may burst open.

What to Do If Pipes Freeze

A frozen pipe does not necessarily have to turn into a burst pipe. If you catch the problem early enough, you may be able to thaw the water before it becomes a problem.

First, open a faucet to give the thawed water somewhere to go. Next, locate the frozen stretch by looking at the suspects listed above. Finally, apply warmth to the pipe using a hair dryer, towel soaked in warm water or another soothing form of heat. If a pipe does burst, you may need to call in a water restoration expert for help taking care of the water damage.

How to Avoid Frozen Pipes

Because no one wants to deal with flooding in his or her business, you may want to take some precautionary steps. You can keep a trickle of water running through faucets or spigots because running water can help stave off freezing. Keep the heat on in the building even if no one will be using it for a while.

You can't always stop storm damages from taking place in your commercial building. If you're unable to stop a burst pipe from happening to you, you at least know who to call for help.