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Contact SERVPRO For Your Water Damage Remediation Needs In Vancouver

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Contact SERVPRO For Your Water Damage Remediation Needs In Vancouver A slow leak in a pipe in your home can cause this type of water damage. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Water Damage Remediation in Your Vancouver Kitchen

The cleanup of water damage incidents in your home should never be a DIY event when the scale of the damage could compromise other areas such as subflooring or in wall cavities. If inadequate cleanup or drying measure occurs, the excessive moisture has the potential for mold growth or foul odors.

SERVPRO technicians answered a call from a Vancouver homeowner with a water damage issue in her home. There was a slow leak for a while with a supply line connection, and it finally burst under her kitchen cabinets. She cleaned up what she could, had the leak repaired and then was advised by her adjuster to call us. We drilled weep holes in the wet sheetrock to assist for faster drainage and because of the elevated humidity levels in this area of Washington State, checked for signs of mold growth. Fortunately, we found none.

We then used our moisture detection equipment to track the migration pattern of the water in the kitchen. The homeowner did an excellent job removing the water she could see; however, our equipment showed excessive moisture levels remained under the cabinets where the leak occurred. SERVPRO technicians go through extensive training to become certified in different restoration science, among them Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) which gives them the expertise to diagnose and clean up damage from water loss events which results in more contents and building materials saved through restoration.

Because water remained under the cabinets for a few days, a strong odor remained in the room after the water extraction and drying. We needed to apply odor control techniques to neutralize the odor. 

The control of odors is often a multi-layered process that requires more than a single approach. Gels pellets cover pungent scents, but in the case of water odors, these sometimes need more robust applications. We have equipment such as hydroxyl generators that neutralize airborne particulate at the molecular level. We chose to use ultra-low-volume fogging to eradicate the remaining odor under the cabinet area.  

SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. stands ready to assist property owners with water damage 24/7. Call us at (360) 695-4418 for fast remediation against water loss to make it "Like it never even happened."

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Don’t Stress About Fire Damage Remediation in Your Vancouver Residence

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don’t Stress About Fire Damage Remediation in Your Vancouver Residence Fire damage remediation is not an easy job to handle alone. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Effective Tools for Cleaning Soot Damage in Vancouver Homes

Cleaning up after a fire loss incident can often be much more challenging than many Vancouver residents might care to believe. With many of the effects spreading far from the ignition point throughout the property, it is easy for homeowners to become overwhelmed with even the initial damage assessment and debris removal. Beyond these initial tasks, our professionals must also tackle spreading effects like foul odors and soot damages.

Soot is a common effect after a fire damage incident occurs in any Vancouver home. While the thickness and severity of the residue can vary based on the materials that get burned during a loss incident, overcoming these effects often requires the same approach from our trained SERVPRO fire restoration specialists. We have advanced equipment that can quickly handle damaging conditions like soot and smoke residues, including green cleaners, chemical sponges, and high-powered vacuums.

As with many of the hurdles that a homeowner faces after a fire loss incident, addressing soot damage requires specific steps happening in a particular order. Our SERVPRO team begins with the use of high-powered portable vacuums. These units have a strong suction to pull loose debris and the bulk of settled carcinogens and other debris from the surface of materials and contents throughout the property.

Chemical sponges can either get used wet or dry on surfaces and materials. In many cases, an individual sponge is good for a single use in a property, cleaning an average of 50 sq. feet before needing to get discarded. These special products can cut down to the surface of the affected material or item in your house, removing any staining and remaining buildup. Cleaning agents with scrubbers and sponges can get used for removing any lingering soot and begins to address strong odors.

We understand the importance of a fast reaction when soot effects spread throughout your property. The longer that these conditions persist, the worse they can become. Let our SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. professionals show you advanced equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (360) 695-4418.

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How Commercial Water Loss Incidents Affect Offices in Vancouver

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How Commercial Water Loss Incidents Affect Offices in Vancouver SERVPRO can dry your office and get you back in the business of doing business.

Unique Challenges that Commercial Water Damage in Vancouver Office Buildings Can Present

Managing a building with offices may not present many unique challenges since most of the tenants follow predictable routines in their daily activities. However, a water loss incident in such premises can cause great inconvenience and leave a significant restoration bill if you do not respond appropriately. We offer professional restoration services in Vancouver that can help shield you from significant loss.  

The large open hallways common in many office blocks can present a challenge after water damage in Vancouver. Without facing any physical barriers, spilled water can spread to a broader area lengthening the extraction process. If there is significant foot traffic in the building, the damage can spread even further. One way to overcome this challenge is by using sophisticated extraction equipment, which eases the removal process. Our SERVPRO technicians use different extraction equipment such as ride-on high volume extractors, which carry the technicians as they remove water reducing the work strain.  

The materials used on floors and other surfaces in office complexes can present challenges after water spills. Carpets can absorb vast amounts of water while joints on tiles can allow seepage leading to issues such as mold development. Removing the floor materials to extract water is useful but can lengthen the period it takes to restore the property to preloss condition. Our SERVPRO technicians use sophisticated equipment to facilitate extraction without removing the floor materials. For example, combining a water claw and with a portable or truck mounted water extractor allows us to extract water from a carpet in place. We also have injecti-dry systems that ease the removal of water trapped beneath hard surfaces such as wood or tiles.  

Water loss incidents lead to soiling in different areas as the water and people moving around the building spread debris from one area to another. Thorough cleaning is necessary to restore sanitary conditions in the building. Our SERVPRO technicians use multi-surface scrubbers and professional cleaning agents to remove all forms of soiling.  

To overcome any challenges after a water loss in your office building, call SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. You can reach us at (360) 695-4418 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Vancouver Property Owners Shout Out to SERVPRO for Flood Water Removal and Mitigation

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Vancouver Property Owners Shout Out to SERVPRO for Flood Water Removal and Mitigation SERVPRO Mitigates Flood Damaged Structures in Vancouver, "Like it never even happened."

Adverse Weather Conditions Leading to Flood Damage in Vancouver

During specific periods of the year, your home can be at risk of flooding. Frequently caused by heavy rainfall or road overflow, flood waters can be perilous; as little as two feet of flood water can uproot trees and flip vehicles. When water enters your home, it carries with it any pathogens it may have come into contact with as well as any loose debris. Your structural contents, including windows and doors, can also be damaged.

We run an emergency assistance service for flood damage in Vancouver. Our technicians are available on call during times of the year when adverse weather conditions are most likely. By making ourselves available in this way, we can visit sites to perform vital mitigation and safety tasks that could avoid the necessity of expensive replacements whenever possible.

As a SERVPRO fire and water damage cleanup company, we can enter your property to perform necessary safety checks. We test ceilings or floorboards for structural weakness, provide portable electrical power to the property as well as marking any potential hazards like loose wiring. Also, our team can perform emergency board ups to prevent your property from being at risk of theft or foul weather while work is ongoing.

Another essential duty of a restorer is to mitigate loss. SERVPRO technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). IICRC qualifications help us to act quickly and prevent permanent damages. That could include performing emergency drying for items of furniture or pumping large amounts of water out of the property to avoid damages to hardwood floors or fittings. We arrive with truck-mounted pumps, portable and submersible pumps, and wet-vacs with special wand attachments to quickly extract any standing water.

In severe flood-related damages, you may find contaminated grey or black water. In the case of a road overflow, the presence of raw sewage is likely. Our service offers BioHazardous waste disposal to help clean, disinfect, and clear your property as well as removing any contaminated materials such as drywall or carpet.

Our emergency services team could help you mitigate loss, contact SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. at (360) 695-4418 today.

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Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration When disaster strikes, let SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. make it "Like it never even happened".

SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Why Choose SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co.?

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

Flooded? Don't Let Mold Take Hold

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooded? Don't Let Mold Take Hold Acting quickly in any aerea that has flooded can prevent the opportunity of mold growth.

Steps To Act Quickly To Prevent Mold Growth After A Flood 

Storm flooding can occur in Pine Grove, WA, without much warning. It is crucial to act quickly to clean up flood water in order to prevent mold growth. Even small amounts of moisture can allow mold to grow, so it is important to get help from an experienced professional who will assess the extent of water damage, remove the water, and ensure that affected materials are completely dry.

1. Assessing the Damage

Water damage may be apparent, but moisture is often invisible. If you don't address excess moisture levels quickly following a flood, you risk needing mold removal down the line.
An experienced storm damage restoration specialist has the knowledge and equipment necessary to detect water levels in porous building materials where moisture can hide. He or she can restore your house to its pre-flood condition, whether that means drying or replacing the material.

2. Extracting the Water

Any area that has flooded can have water removal challenges. Specialized machinery may be needed to remove standing water and extract it from carpets, furniture, and walls. Such equipment may include submersible pumps and powerful wet/dry vacuums. These machines generally will be able to remove most, but not all, of the flood water from your home. At this point, there is still an opportunity for mold growth until moisture has been reduced to acceptable levels.

3. Eliminating the Moisture

To eliminate excess moisture, you'll need a professional to detect where it remains and equipment to dry it. Moisture detectors such as hygrometers and infrared cameras can find water in unexpected places, such as behind walls and underneath carpet. Dehumidifiers and industrial fans help extract moisture from materials and move it out of the building. Moisture levels should be rechecked until they have reached levels low enough to inhibit mold.

Act quickly to ensure that you prevent mold growth following a flood. An experienced professional can help you to assess the extent of water damage, extract the water, and ensure that all moisture has been properly dried.

Is Your Business Prepared For Potential Water Damage?

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Is Your Business Prepared For Potential Water Damage? Contact you insurance company to know if you are covered.

Are You Adequately Protected For Potencial Water Damage?

Owning a business in Hazel Dell, WA, is a big responsibility. Safeguarding your building, equipment and inventory from water damage and other potentially costly perils may be a top priority. Although taking a proactive approach is often helpful, unforeseen situations can arise. For this reason, it’s important to possess business insurance and understand key provisions of your policy to ensure you are adequately protected.

1. Burst Pipes

Insulating exposed supply lines can prevent frozen and broken pipes during the winter. Most coverage does, however, usually include provisions to cover damage resulting from pipe bursts.

2. Water Leaks

Water leaks can also develop from aging infrastructure and equipment failures. Although it may be difficult to find compromised pipes hidden behind walls, performing routine maintenance on your building’s fire suppression and HVAC systems can help prevent some water damage. While every policy is different, most plans cover leaks and subsequent water cleanup requirements, offering some peace of mind.

3. Overflowing Toilets

While many companies encourage proper waste disposal, clogged and overflowing toilets are another common commercial problem. Because not all policies include sewage damage protection, you should carefully examine your plan. To avoid expensive out-of-pocket sewage cleanup costs, you may need to purchase supplemental coverage.

4. Storm Damage

A strong storm can damage your roof and break windows, allowing destructive water infiltration. Flooding can also occur. While storm damage may be covered, flooding is usually excluded from most business insurance plans. To protect your company’s financial security, you should discuss these topics with an insurance agent who can help you assess your risk and purchase flood insurance.

Water damage can result from a variety of scenarios, some of which may not be covered under many business insurance policies. Because water cleanup and restoration costs can be costly, inadequate coverage can result in significant financial losses. For this reason, it’s crucial for every business owner to analyze their situation and prepare for potentially destructive events.

3 Steps To Remove Mold From Air Ducts

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Steps To Remove Mold From Air Ducts SERVPRO can inspect, assess and remediate mold infestation.

Steps Mold Remediation Specialist Take To Remove Mold Growth From Air Ducts

Your commercial property in Vancouver, WA has many places where black mold may hide. All areas that are prone to excess moisture can foster fungus growth. If you believe the problem resides in your HVAC system, there are several steps that mold remediation specialists take to remove the growth and keep it from coming back.

1. Identify Mold Problem

The first thing technicians do is test to confirm that there is mold in your air ducts. There are several signs that this may be the case:

  • Fuzzy or slimy patches on insulation
  • Black powder on wall outside air vents
  • Strong, musty odor

Professional testing gives technicians a lot of information to work with. They know not only the extent of the problem but also the kind of mold they're dealing with. Once they identify the black mold, they can choose better techniques to mitigate it.

2. Clean Ductwork

The main goal of remediation is to leave you with clean ducts throughout your building. Technicians may seal off the system while the cleanup is in progress. This keeps an intense concentration of mold spores from spreading throughout your building and growing elsewhere. After the mold growth is removed, more tests can be run to confirm that the problem is resolved.

3. Resolve Source of Problem

No matter how quickly or thoroughly your remediation specialists remove the mold growth, if you do not take care of the problem that led to it, it is likely to return. Make sure all leaks are fixed. You may need to re-caulk your tile floors or reduce the humidity in your building. Preventing further water damage can also prevent future mold damage.

When you see signs of black mold, you probably need to do more than just wipe it away with a wet cloth. Certified professionals are trained to get rid of the growth and keep it from returning.

Benefits of Calling a 24-Hour Response Team for Your Cleanup Emergency

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Benefits of Calling a 24-Hour Response Team for Your Cleanup Emergency SERVPRO of W. Vancouver/Clark Co. we are available 24 hours a day.

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire, flood, or mold in your office building isn’t something you want to think about, but when you work with a reliable 24-hour emergency cleanup team, you’re grateful for that wonderful resource. The best disaster relief teams can help piece your business operations back together and make things safe for you to return to work.

What Does a Round-the-Clock Restoration Company Do for You?

If you experience the ordeal of a disaster in your LA Center, WA, office, there are plenty of options you can consider for help. Not all of these provide 24-hour response and care. Those companies that do can offer you the following benefits:

  • Open seven days a week, even on holidays
  • Will call you back within one hour of your first contact
  • Will be onsite within four hours of your call
  • Will talk to you directly about their findings and plans moving forward

Can Always Reach Them

Natural disasters or issues with plumbing, sewage, or wiring can occur at any time, so you need a disaster response and recovery team you can count on whenever the need arises. When a cleanup and restoration team is always open, you can have peace of mind that your emergency situation won’t get worse or develop further problems due to delays.

On the Job Fast

You can’t afford anything but a fast response in these urgent cases. You have a business to run and must ensure the safety of your employees and the vitality of your company. Within the day of your call, a qualified team of professionals will inspect the damage at your office and will start to formulate a plan of attack.

Because flooding and fire emergencies can happen at any time, you need 24-hour care from a disaster response crew. The best companies in the area have what it takes to get on the scene quickly.

Three Situations When Mold Growth is Covered by Insurance

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Three Situations When Mold Growth is Covered by Insurance Fungus in crawl space in a Sara,WA home

Ocassions When You Can Expect Your Insurance to Pay for Mold Damage 

If you have discovered a fungus growth in your Sara, WA home, you might be wondering whether your homeowner’s insurance will cover this type of damage. The answer is sometimes. While mold is generally not covered under this kind of policy, there are exceptions. Here are a few occasions when you can expect your insurance to pay for mold damages.

1. When It Is Caused By a Covered Peril
Mold coverage often depends on the source of the growth. Damage caused by something that your insurance already covers will likely be included. Incidents such as broken pipes caused by freezing, overflow related to appliances or plumbing and water damage caused by snow, sleet or ice will usually be covered. If the water damage is caused by a flood, however, this will generally not be covered unless you have a flood policy.

2. When It is Sudden and Accidental
While your insurance policy may cover mold in some cases, this only applies if the damage was not caused by negligence on your part. If a pipe breaks because it was not properly maintained or if you fail to notice the damage until quite a bit of time has passed, then the insurance company may determine that the fungus growth is a result of improper home maintenance and they will refuse to cover it.

3. When You Have a Separate Mold Policy
In some cases, you may be able to have separate mold insurance added to your policy for an additional cost. Some companies might limit the amount of mold damage you can claim or the services that are included, but this is better than no coverage at all.

If you are concerned about a fungus growth in your home, it is a good idea to hire a professional mold remediation service. In some cases, the cost will be covered by your insurance. Always be sure to regularly maintain your home and check for damages to prevent the coverage from being denied by your insurer.