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Commercial Fire Damage? What Now?

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

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The challenges involved in dealing with commercial fire damage, require the assistance of a professional like SERVPRO of Vancouver. We’re here to help you get back on your feet no matter how severe the damage!

What Types of Damage Can You Expect?

When you think of fire damage, what comes to mind is typically the more obvious devastation but it’s the soot and smoke that requires a set of trained eyes for proper removal. This can damage fragile items such as textiles or artwork, also invading nooks and crevices you can’t see but certainly smell. Then there’s the water and fire suppressant foam that’s used to control fires. While it’s definitely vital for extinguishing flames, it can also cause added damage to your business.

What Repairs Must Be Done?

What does it take to get your business back on its feet after a fire? First, the structure has to be examined and determined to still be solid. If the damage was extensive, you may need to hire a general contractor and in extreme cases, a demolition crew.

If that’s not the case, though, call your local fire professionals at SERVPRO of Vancouver to begin the cleaning process. We have a restore rather than replace Then the repairs and cleaning process begins. Here are is list of some services that may be performed:

  • Removal of effected materials
  • Deodorize structure and contents
  • Eradicate mold if present.

Biohazard Cleanup? Call SERVPRO of Vancouver

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

PPE suited SERVPRO employee Biohazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible

Biohazard contaminants should be considered very dangerous as they can pose a serious health risk. Sewer backups and flood water are two common biohazard scenarios that can affect homes and businesses. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore this type of contamination.

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After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
  • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Be Prepared for Fire Damage to Your Commercial Business

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Motel fire If you are interested in learning more about what we can do for your property after a fire, look no further. Call us today at (360) 254-0049

A commercial fire damage can leave some or all areas of your property unusable until repair work can be completed. When your workplace has been impacted by a fire, you will want to get repairs started as quickly as possible so that the property can be restored to preloss condition so you can get back to business. Finding the fastest and most reliable method of fire damage restoration is crucial. Your business operations downtime must be kept to a minimum.

Determining the Scope of the Work 
When you are dealing with a commercial fire damage, the scope of work that needs to be accomplished starts with a thorough assessment. The destruction generally includes more than just burned damage to the structure, business equipment and documents. In many instances, smoke, as well as water from the firefighters' efforts, will ruin one or more areas of the property. Smoke damage may be present throughout the entire property in some cases. 

Exploring Repair Options 
Many steps may be required to improve the property after you have experienced a commercial fire damage. For example, you may need to remove drywall that has been damaged by smoke or water from the fire event. You may also need to have the carpeting, business fixtures, and upholstered surfaces professionally cleaned. Some areas may need to be fully reconstructed, such as those that have been burned by the flames. When you are preparing for fire damage repair services, it is important to consider all aspects of the work that needs to be done before you decide how to proceed. Then call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara. Your time and lost business revenue should be of paramount importance. Business interruption insurance can help you overcome this event.

Getting Timely Results
While you need all of the work completed with professional results, you also need them performed promptly so that operations can resume in full swing as soon as possible. You could attempt to contract with different service providers to repair the various types of damage on the property, but this is often not the most efficient method available. Working with one company like SERVPRO of Vancouver that has the skills and experience to handle all aspects of the repair process may be the most effective option available. From the initial inspection to the final walk-thru, your doors will be reopened as soon as possible.

When your commercial building in Salmon Creek or Hazel Dell has suffered fire damage, you may grapple with what steps you need to take to get the property repaired and operations back up and running again soon. SERVPRO of Vancouver offers professional fire damage repair services for commercial properties, and we are the local company that you trust to respond to requests for emergency service without delay.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

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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 Vancouver/ Clark County, (360) 254-0049]

Tips For Controlling Mold Damage in Your Ridgefield Home

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

mold damaged ceiling and ceiling fan SERVPRO of Vancouver/Clark County helps prevent and reverse the spread of mold damage. Call our experienced team 24/7 at (360) 254-0049

Call your locall SERVPRO professionals at the first sign of mold.

Keeping Mold Out of the Home in Paradise Valley

Even in the hottest, driest parts of the year, mold damage can still affect Ridgefield homes. Safeguarding your home against mold infestations might not be an easy feat, but it is one that can save you thousands of dollars in restoration and repair costs later on in life. When things go wrong, and mold gains ground in your home, SERVPRO professionals are there to help, but before that day comes to pass (or after we finish our remediation work), there are some things that you can do to help keep your home free of spores.

Control the Water

With so many species of mold in the Pacific Northwest,  the damage to your Ridgefield home can develop into a substantial problem. Mold spores, like other living things, require both food and water to grow and reproduce. When a leak springs somewhere in the home or a flood soaks the floor of a room, these events can give opportunistic mold spores the chance to start growing and spreading in your home. Keeping your plumbing in good working order is the single most crucial step towards a mold-free home.

Take Care of Problems Immediately

If mold does start to grow in your home, you should never wait to call a certified remediation company. Depending on how quickly you discover the mold, we can take non invasive measures at a relatively inexpensive cost to you. However, just a single day can give many species of mold the opportunity to grow exponentially and require much more time and cost intensive safety and cleanup procedures. Early warning signs of mold growth include discoloration around a moist area or an unusual white patch on a surface somewhere in the home.

5 Ways to Prevent Spring Thaw Flooding

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

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In the Pacific Northwest we know springtime as being stormy and just plain wet. Heavy rains, combined with thawing snow from nearby mountains, carry the risk of sudden and severe flooding. If you live in a flood zone, here are a few simple steps you can take to protect your home from springtime floods:

1) Check Your Drainage Systems

All modern homes are built with water drainage in mind – but if the water has nowhere to go, it’ll back up right into your house. Check the nearby flood drains for any signs of blockages, as well as any floor drains you may have indoors (in the garage or laundry room, for instance). If your home has rooftop drains, don’t forget to take a look at those too.

2) Clear Out Your Gutters & Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts are also important parts of your drainage system – they prevent water from collecting on the roof, and route it away from the house’s foundation. And although you should check them at least a couple of times each year, it’s after autumn and winter that most blockages occur. Fallen leaves, twigs, snow, and ice chunks can all cause water to pool and seep into your home if not removed.

3) Install a Sump Pump

When water enters your basement – whether through an obvious flood or through slow leaking underground – there’s no time to waste in getting rid of it. Sump pumps protect your home by automatically activating when water is detected, and pumping it safely out of the area.

If you already have a sump pump at home, this is a great time to make sure the intake valve is clear and that the pump is working properly. You can test it by removing the lid, pouring some water into the crock, and ensuring that the device turns on and begins pumping.

4) Set Up a Water Alarm / Flood Sensor

This isn’t something a lot of people think about, but any homeowner would do well to install a water alarm, sometimes also referred to as a flood sensor. They work much like a fire alarm, alerting you immediately when unwanted water is detected in your home and before the damage can spiral out of control. These devices usually start at a very affordable $10-15 – a small price to pay for peace of mind.

5) Purchase Flood Insurance

When it comes to water damage, an ounce of prevention is worth a gallon of cure. But everyone gets caught off-guard sometimes, and having sufficient insurance makes the cure a lot easier to swallow. Make sure your home insurance policy covers flooding, especially if your home is in a flood-prone area.

Types of Smoke

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke damaged kitchen Every SERVPRO professional is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped.

After a fire, aside from the the more obvious damage to your home or business there is another silent factor; smoke. Depending on the type of smoke, it may greatly affect the restoration process. SERVPRO technicians are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke which is vital to proper restoration.

Wet Smoke (Plastic & Rubber)

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke (Paper & Wood)

Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire)

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs)

While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners SERVPRO technicians can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)

Special loss situations require special care.

If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERRVPRO of West Vancouver/ Clark County, we are trained to handle even the toughest losses here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Your Local SERVPRO

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged storage room A water damage comes suddenly and you need a company that you can count on to arrive just as quickly.

There’s no such thing as a small disaster-especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time. You need help-fast. No matter what time of day or night, contact SERVPRO of West Vancouver/ Clark County to begin emergency mitigation. Emergency mitigation means that under normal circumstances, SERVPRO of West Vancouver/Clark county can be on site within four hours to begin drying your building and restoring contents. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your facility. Every SERVPRO franchise professional Is trained and understands how to manage the drying process. By utilizing state of the art equipment and the latest technology, your structure will be quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages.

SERVPRO will remove moisture and any contaminants by disinfecting and deodorizing to safely clean and dry your building and contents. Help ensure the value of your property by calling your local SERVPRO of West Vancouver/ Clark County.

Commercial Business Fire in Bagley Downs Neighborhood

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

collapsed ceiling, insulation, framing This small business experienced an electrical fire in the ceiling which would devastate any business owner who didn't know who to call.

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing damaged property and personal belongings. Rapid response and timely mitigation can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.

SERVPRO of West Vancouver/ Clark County understands returning to normal is your primary concern. SERVPRO response teams are trained in caring for both you and your property. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services SERVPRO of West Vancouver/ Clark County can help you get your business back up and running quickly and help protect your property and belongings.

If your business suffers a fire damage, contact SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Destroy Odors with DEODORIZATION

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke damaged walls in residence Whether it’s fire, water, mold damage or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened."

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if your affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and sit damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems. 

As the various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on services and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of West Vancouver/ Clark County provides specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odor’s left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of West Vancouver/ Clark County do not cover up lingering odor’s with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the source of the odor. Once the sources found SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts and more.

Ask SERVPRO of West Vancouver/Clark County to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO of West Vancouver/ Clark County at (360) 254.0049