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SERVPRO’s Standard Mold Damage Remediation

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

molded drywall If a preexisting water damage in your Clark County home has caused mold--Call SERVPRO for Remediation.

Getting rid of mold can be a frustrating task. If you attempt to do it yourself, expect to get plenty of conflicting advice. Without any forewarning, the mold can reappear or show up in another area of your home. Mold remediation is a job we train for and improve our practice with every project we take on. Let us help you with your mold problem.
 
When our mold damage remediation crew arrives at your Clark County home, our project manager takes a close look not only at the mold you located but also for any evidence of past or present water intrusion or damage. Mold spores require a source of moisture to grow and multiply, so finding the water pathways helps us find not only the visible mold but also leads us to other places, often in recessed areas, where mold is growing. Failing to remove all active mold growth risks a fast recurrence.
 
SERVPRO follows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols for mold remediation. After we determine the extent of the mold damage, we take steps to contain the area. Crew members set up physical barriers with heavy plastic sheeting, and also employ negative pressure air scrubbers in more severe cases to prevent drift of moldy debris into unaffected areas of your home. The air scrubbers use HEPA filters to catch airborne residues and a suction-like process to keep all contained. Our crew members wear personal protective gear in the containment area for their own safety and to limit the tracking of moldy materials into other areas.
 
Once containment is in place, the SERVPRO technicians use primarily mechanical means to remove the mold. Scraping plus spray and wipe techniques work well for solid, non-porous surfaces. Heavily infested porous materials might need to be cut out and removed, but we also have success using abrasive techniques like soda blasting to remove mold hyphae even from porous surfaces. This method works very well on raw timber found in attics and crawlspaces.
 
Our technician’s bag the mold debris, including building materials removed because of severe contamination, and dispose of them according to local hazardous waste rules. SERVPRO then vacuums up the remaining debris and treats the affected areas with EPA registered antimicrobial products to inhibit future mold growth. We strongly advise the moisture issues that fuel the mold growth be resolved as we cannot promise to remove all mold spores.
 
When seeking out a reliable mold remediation firm in Pleasant Grove, you cannot go wrong with the work ethic and skill of SERVPRO of West Vancouver/ Clark County. Call us at (360) 254-0049 for a consultation and remediation plan if you even suspect mold growth in your home.

Don’t Let Water Damage Go Undetected

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

flooded commercial building parking lot and structure For commercial or residential water damage cleanup call. SERVPRO of West Vancouver/ Clark County (360) 695-441

When it comes to water damage, it is important to remember that it doesn’t take a major flood or a hurricane to cause severe damage to your home. Most water damage problems are actually the result of a small leak that goes undetected over a long period of time. By the time you notice it, it is too late. Your drywall can become swollen and stained, ceilings could be sagging, carpets ruined, floors warped and it could pose a threat to your home’s electrical system. 

Whether you’ve discovered water damage from a broken or leaky pipe, a sewer line break, a sink or toilet overflow, or a malfunctioning appliance like a water heater, washing machine, dishwasher or refrigerator in your home, our flood damage technicians are equipped to handle any problem 24 hours a day.

Something as small as above average humidity levels are more than enough to cause you problems, namely in the form of mold, mildew, and other potentially dangerous toxins. According to the CDC you should keep the moisture levels in your inhabitable spaces between 40% to 60%.Molds slowly destroy the things they grow on, and if left unchecked, can cause serious structural damage.

Fast Response

The key to proper restoration is fast response time. The sooner you call SERVPRO the faster our team of certified service technicians can get to work to make the water damage "Like it never even happened."

 Our water damage services include:

  • Water extraction
  • Structural drying
  • Damage Assessments
  • Mold Remediation
  • Antimicrobial treatment
  • Debris Removal
  • Upholstery & Carpet Cleaning
  • Structural Repair

We strive for exceptional customer service.

Our top priorities are safety, quality, and exceptional customer service. We are an emergency restoration company that provides service to both residential and commercial clients. If you have flooding of any kind, our trained and certified technicians can handle any and all water damage situations. We make sure that any affected area is professionally cleaned, deodorized and sanitized. SERVPRO of West Vancouver/ Clark County is available to handle any opportunity 24 hours a day.

After a Fire, Wait Until Help Arrives

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

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After experiencing fire damage to the home, it’s understandable if most homeowners want to clean it up themselves. However, homeowners run the risk of further damaging your home if not cleaned properly. When in doubt, call SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County.

Until we arrive, keep these things in mind 

  • Limit movement in the home as much as possible to prevent further damage.
  • Place clean towels or linens on carpeted areas to prevent more soiling. 
  • Always keep your hands clean to avoid spreading soot around the home.
  • Do not attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or other surfaces.
  • Do not attempt to clean electrical appliances. 

SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County understands how much your home means to you. Our 24 hour, 7 days a week availability allows us to respond quickly. Our team of experts make fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (360) 254-0049

COVID-19 and your Business

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned office with employees in PPE Call about our after hours cleaning services so we don't disrupt your work day! (360) 254-0049

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has sent us all on a roller coaster ride this year. We begin to feel relieved as we see a decline in cases, only to stress out again when we see case numbers rise throughout the holidays. One thing that has been consistent is the number of business owners reaching out to learn more about our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program. We've developed plans for all types of businesses to help them keep their staff and patrons safe. The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program provides business owners and their patron's peace of mind when they see our logo on the front door. They can tell and feel that the space has had a high level of cleaning. We sanitize all high touch areas.

Stores, restaurants, office buildings, and commercial buildings are great candidates for the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program. Please call SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County for more information on the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program.

Common Causes Of Commercial Water Damage

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial office building interior SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County information SERVPRO is here for you when your commercial building experiences water damage

Whenever anyone visualizes water damage, most think of a massive storm taking out power lines, flooding structures, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. While it is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods due to water that stems from weather events and storms, many forget that storms aren’t the only causes of flooding and water damage.

Here are some of the additional and common causes of water damage to commercial buildings.

Malfunctioning sprinkler systems

Many older office, retail and warehouse buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems which work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While those types of sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory, business assets, flooring and the building structure.

Broken pipes and plumbing

Just like in a your home, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 

Backed up sewer lines

Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 

Damaged appliances and equipment

This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and walk into a severe water emergency.

If your business has suffered commercial water damage then we are here for you. Just call us, SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County. We are available 24/7 and 365 to assist.

SERVPRO Green Products

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO cleaning products on shelf These are just some of the cleaning products we use that are specially manufactured exclusively for and by SERVPRO.

Cleaning up after a disaster is a messy job, which oftentimes calls for specialized cleaning products. Many of the products we use at SERVPRO are our own unique formulas that are manufactured in our headquarters in Gallatin, TN.

At SERVPRO we care what we use and how it affects our environment and the safety of our customers. We understand that sometimes families with children and pets prefer all natural products. For this reason we offer the opportunity to use Green products when available and appropriate. There are some jobs, however, that require the use of different products.

Our green products are awarded the “Green Seal” and are registered with the EPA. They do not contain any solvents, phosphates, dyes or fragrances, and are safe and non-toxic.

Opportunities for using our own label Green products are when we do carpet & upholstery cleaning, or need a urine odor and stain remover, all surface cleaner, glass cleaner and fuel oil degreaser.

Other green products we use for disinfecting, mold clean-up and prevention and mold stain removal contain no chlorines, ammonias or other harsh chemicals, are hypo-allergenic, and food-grade non-toxic. 

We hope that as soon as a customer calls SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County and we enter their home, they can rest assured that their remediation job will be done as quickly as possible in a safe and effective way.

Bringing Value to your Business

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

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With the changing times, businesses have changed and so have the customer expectations. Now people expect more quality service and value-added products.

Here are a few reasons that will help you understand how SERVPRO Of Vancouver/Clark County’s Commercial Cleaning Services are the better option when it comes to a clean and hygienic workplace.

Better, Faster Cleaning Services

Though faster is not always better, in this particular case it is. We excel in the art of cleaning a premise comprehensively at a professional pace. We manage it by using high tech cleaning equipment covering more area in lesser time and by training our staff to make maximum use of their time and technology.

Competition Among Rival Cleaning Services

One good thing that has happened in recent times is that due to highly competitive prevailing market conditions the benefit of the resulting higher cleaning standards has gone in favor of the customer. Now you have the option of getting better quality services at highly competitive prices.

After Hours Cleaning Service

The biggest advantage of hiring SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County is that you can have the work done after or before your office working hours. What this means is that you get a clean workplace without the hassles of your staff being disturbed during the work hours.

Value-Added Services

Like any other business, SERVPRO has added more diversity to their mainstream cleaning business. They now offer value added services such as water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, sanitizing, and mold remediation and so on.

Beyond Cleaning

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

"More than just restoration, Beyond cleaning" - Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Call the cleaning specialists at SERVPRO of West Vancouver/ Clark County for all your cleaning needs at (360) 254-0049

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout the country, it is more important now than ever to take precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe. Make sure you follow the CDC guidelines to ensure you are being as safe as possible. That means wash your hands often – especially when you are preparing food, after you use the restroom, after leaving a public place, and before touching your face or mask. Make sure you are avoiding close contact and wearing a mask when around others. If possible, try to maintain 6 feet (or two arms’ length) between yourself and anyone who does not live in your household. Following these guidelines will help keep you and others as safe as possible.

If you come in contact with someone that contracts COVID-19, begin a quarantine period and monitor yourself for symptoms. SERVPRO of West Vancouver/ Clark County follows a three-step process for confirmed COVID cleaning. First, we clean all surfaces 7' and down. Second, we use our EPA registered disinfectant to mist throughout the entire cleaning area. We use a ULV fogger to apply our disinfectant. The fogger gives the solution an electrostatic charge, allowing it to wrap conductive surfaces with an effective and even coverage. Last, our crew will do a final wipe down, and ensure no residue is left behind. SERVPRO tailors the cleaning scope to match the needs at hand. Each job can vary depending on if it's a confirmed case or preventative cleaning and the space that needs to be cleaned and disinfected.

When You Need Help Fast, Call SERVPRO

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO semi with Multiple desiccants Help ensure the value of your property by calling us today! (360) 254-0049

There is 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 sub floors, causing major problems over time. You need help – fast!

No matter what time of day or night contact SERVPRO of East Vancouver/ Clark County to begin emergency mitigation. Emergency mitigation means under normal circumstances, our SERVPRO team 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.

We are trained and we understand 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.

How to Classify a Fire

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Classifications

Removal of property from a home or business depends on the type of damage sustained to the structure and personal items. Our team is trained to determine whether the cause was the heat and flames, smoke residues, or as a result of the effects to extinguish the fire. Each type of damage will also fall into three levels or categories of damage: Minor, Medium, and Major. 

With Minor Damage

  • There is little need for removal.
  • The fire was restricted to a single room, quickly extinguished and small.
  • Only small items like dish towels and perhaps the pot or pan where the fire started must be disposed of and replaced.
  • Most of the restoration involves light cleaning of residue covered ceilings, walls, floors, counters and cabinets. 

With Medium Damage

  • More property is removed.
  • The fire was larger, spread into other parts of the home, and took longer to extinguish.
  • Larger items such as furniture and drywall panels are physically damaged and require disposal.
  • The cleaning method requires stronger chemicals and tools like scrub brushes.
  • Odors are very noticeable and require further cleaning to eliminate them. 

With Major Damage

  • Items near the origin of the fire are severely burnt and need immediate removal and disposal.
  • Structural components such as framing also suffer physical damage.
  • Smoke residues are so thick that some items may need to be cleaned using ultrasonic equipment or may not be able to be completely cleaned and require replacement.
  • Odors may be so strong that eliminating them can be more expensive than the option of replacement. 
  • Removal of contents does not necessarily mean they must be disposed. We can move salvageable items or those that simply need cleaning to either an on-site storage container on their property or to storage at our facility while repairs are being completed.

We’re always here to help.  Our goal is to address your restoration needs as professionally and quickly as possible.  The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get your property and life back to "Like it never even happened."