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Preparing for Extreme Summer Heat

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Extreme Summer Heat Are you prepared for extreme summer heat?

As summer approaches, it is time to consider safety precautions for potential extreme heat in the coming months. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, elderly, sick, and overweight. Urban area residents also have a greater chance of being affected than those who live in rural areas due to the heat island effect.

According to the EPA, “the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, to temperatures 50–90°F hotter than the air, while shaded or moist surfaces—often in more rural surroundings—remain close to air temperatures.” These surface heat islands are strongest during the day when the sun is shining, while the atmospheric heat islands are more likely after sunset “due to the slow release of heat from urban infrastructure.”

Whether you are in an urban or rural area, there are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible, stay indoors in air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake.

If you must go outside, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life-threatening. Signs of heat stroke are a high body temperature (103°+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool. Reduce body temperature with cool, wet cloths or a bath. Do not give a person with heat stroke fluids, and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency (CDC).

In order to prepare your home for extreme heat, follow these safety tips:

  • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
  • Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)
  • Keep storm windows up all year.

When it is humid, be aware of the heat index. The heat index factors in the humidity, which can make the temperature feel 15° hotter.

Extreme heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit ready.gov or cdc.gov.

Source: ready.gov

The Dos and Don'ts After Your Business Floods

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial The Dos and Don'ts After Your Business Floods When a flood emergency arises in your business, give SERVPRO a call.

There’s never a convenient time for flooding 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 SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe a call at 360-243-8313 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need. But until help arrives, keep these tips in mind as you move about your flooded building.

Safety Tips: Keep these questions in mind as you assess the damage to your business property.

  • Is it safe to stay in the building?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be very heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and desktop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • 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 vacuums to remove water.
  • Don't use electrical appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe 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 a big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Give us a call today at 360-243-8313 and we'll help make your flooding damage "Like it never even happened."

Taking Care of a Broken Pipe

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Taking Care of a Broken Pipe Flooding from a broken kitchen sink pipe can cause significant damage to your floors and cabinetry.

There are many potential sources of water damage in your home, from flooding during heavy rains to faulty plumbing. One common cause of water damage is a broken pipe. A broken pipe, especially if it goes unnoticed, can cause extensive damage. Water travels fast and can get everywhere, which means you will want to take action immediately. If your home has a broken pipe, follow these steps to resolve the problem and reduce potential damage.

Step 1: Shut Off the Water

Water from a broken pipe can flood your home with gallons of water in a fairly short amount of time. Turning off the source of water as quickly as possible can help reduce the spread water. Shut off the water in your home and leave it off until repairs can be made to the broken pipe.

Step 2: Call In a Plumber

Before using water you want to make sure the cause of the leak is fixed. Call a plumber as soon as possible to come and fix the broken pipe.

Step 3: Collect Water

If you are present when the broken pipe begins to leak water, try to catch and collect as much of the water as you can to minimize potential water damage. Use sturdy buckets or containers to collect water until the water can be shut off. Keep an eye on your buckets and switch them out when they become full.

Step 4: Remove Standing Water

If significant amounts of water have flooded your property, use buckets, mops, towels or wet vacuums to remove the water. If the standing water is too much for you to handle, call in SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe to help. We have the pumps and equipment to remove water quickly.

Step 5: Dry the Damaged Area

After removing the water, you want to ensure the space is dried completely. Wet or damp areas are great environments for mold growth. Use a dehumidifier to draw moisture out of wet materials and contents and make sure the area has good air flow.

If the water damage has extended into your walls and floors you might want to call in the professionals to make sure all areas are getting dried properly. SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe has the equipment and training to dry and restore your property properly. We use dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up the drying process, and we have monitoring equipment to see the full extent of the damage and to track drying progress.

Step 6: Sanitize Areas with Contaminated Water

Water from a broken pipe is classified as clean water. This water is safe to touch and clean and doesn't require any special sanitizing techniques. However if left untreated, clean water can become contaminated after 48 hours. If your broken pipe has gone unnoticed for a few days, you may be dealing with contaminated water.

Contaminated water should be dealt with caution and needs to be dried, cleaned and sanitized properly before the area is used. Proper treatment, cleaning, and drying of properties damaged by contaminated water requires special knowledge and equipment. If you suspect water may be contaminated, be sure to give SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe a call. We know how to best identify contaminated water and we have the equipment and training to take care of it for you.

If your business experiences extensive water damage from a broken pipe, be sure to give SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe a call. We have the experience necessary to determine the source and extent of the damage. We identify and fix the root of the problem as well as the resulting damage. We work hard to restore your property as efficiently as possible.

No matter the time of day or night, we offer you the services you need. Call us 24/7 at 360-243-8313 for professional, timely service.

An Overview of our Drying Equipment

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage An Overview of our Drying Equipment Moisture Meters (like the one above) are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss.

When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform properly. Our team will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by our highly-trained technicians.

Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe to monitor the drying process.

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, we can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent- based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor- causing particles to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach.

The bottom line? SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe has the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 360-243-8313.

Generator Safety

4/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Generator Safety Do you know how to safely use your generator this winter?

If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow the safety tips below from the American Red Cross:

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately. Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

Be sure to use caution when using generators. And if your home receives damage from fire or storm, give SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe a call at 360-243-8313.

6 Steps to Take Care of a Broken Pipe in Your Business

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 6 Steps to Take Care of a Broken Pipe in Your Business Water travels fast and can get everywhere, which means you will want to take action immediately when a pipe breaks.

There are many potential sources of water damage in your business, from flooding during heavy rains to a faulty sprinkler head. One common cause of water damage is a broken pipe. A broken pipe, especially if it goes unnoticed, can cause water to flood into your business and cause extensive damage. Water travels fast and can get everywhere, which means you will want to take action immediately. If your commercial property has a broken pipe, follow these steps to resolve the problem and reduce potential damage.

Step 1: Shut Off the Water

Water from a broken pipe can flood your business with gallons of water in a fairly short amount of time. Turning off the source of water as quickly as possible can help reduce water damage in your business. Shut off the water in your building and leave it off until repairs can be made to the broken pipe.

Step 2: Call In a Plumber

Before using water in your business you want to make sure the cause of the leak is fixed. Call a plumber as soon as possible to come and fix the broken pipe.

Step 3: Collect Water

If you are present when the broken pipe begins to leak water, try to catch and collect as much of the water as you can to minimize potential water damage. Use sturdy buckets or containers to collect water until the water can be shut off. Keep an eye on your buckets and switch them out when they become full.

Step 4: Remove Standing Water

If significant amounts of water have flooded your business space, use buckets, mops, towels or wet vacuums to remove the water. If the standing water is too much for you to handle, call in SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe to help. We have the pumps and equipment to remove water quickly.

Step 5: Dry the Damaged Area

After removing the water, you want to ensure the space is dried completely. Wet or damp areas are great environments for mold growth. Use a dehumidifier to draw moisture out of wet materials and contents and make sure the area has good air flow.

If the water damage has extended into your walls and floors you might want to call in the professionals to make sure all areas are getting dried properly. SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe has the equipment and training to dry and restore your business properly. We use dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up the drying process, and we have monitoring equipment to see the full extent of the damage and to track drying progress.

Step 6: Sanitize Areas with Contaminated Water

Water from a broken pipe is classified as clean water. This water is safe to touch and clean, and doesn't require any special sanitizing techniques. But if left untreated, clean water can become grey water after 48 hours, and gray water becomes black water after 48 hours. If your broken pipe happened over the weekend, or has gone unnoticed for a few days, you may be dealing with contaminated water.

Contaminated water should be dealt with caution and needs to be dried, cleaned and sanitized properly before the area is used. Proper treatment, cleaning, and drying of properties damaged by contaminated water require special knowledge and equipment. If you suspect water may be contaminated, be sure to give SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe a call. We know how to best identify contaminated water and we have the equipment and training to take care of it for you.

If your business experiences extensive water damage from a broken pipe, be sure to give SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe a call. We have the experience necessary to determine the source and extent of the damage. We identify and fix the root of the problem as well as the resulting damage. We work hard to restore your property as efficiently as possible.

No matter the time of day or night, we offer you the services you need. Call us 24/7 at 360-243-8313 for professional, timely service.

If Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Ready?

3/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage If Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Ready? Wireless Emergency Alerts are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing persons alerts in your area.

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts (see below for suggestions).
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  • Assemble or update emergency supplies.
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

Wireless Emergency Alerts

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications delivered to your mobile device as part of a public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. The alerts are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing persons alerts in your area (e.g., AMBER Alerts). Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without downloading an app or subscribing to a service. WEAs may be used to share extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.

A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.

The FEMA App

This app allows you to get National Weather Service alerts for up to five locations to keep you informed on-the-go. It also has information on what to do before, during, and after different disasters. In the midst of an emergency, the app can give you directions to open shelters nearby, help you locate someone to talk to at a Disaster Recovery Center, and let you share images of damage and recovery efforts to help first responders and emergency managers.

This app is available to download for free for iOS and Android at the Apple Store and on Google Play.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Make sure to take action now to protect yourself, your family and your property. If disaster does strike your property, make sure to give SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe a call at 360-243-8313. We can help make the damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe is Faster to Any Size Disaster

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe is Faster to Any Size Disaster We are dedicated to being "Faster to any size disaster". This is our commitment, to be there when you need us most.

Across North America, SERVPRO Franchises are gearing up for 2019 to serve you as a leader in the cleaning and restoration industry. Are you READY for what the year may bring your way? While we only hope to see good things come about in a new year, it is always a good idea to plan ahead for the not-so-good things—like fire or water damage— that is always an unexpected and unwelcome disaster.

Here at SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe, we are here to help make it “Like it never even happened” if one of those disasters comes your way. With over 1,700 independently owned and operated Franchises, you can trust the team in green to get your property— and life—back to normal. We’re only a call away!

Faster to any size disaster. This is not just another tag line for SERVPRO—it is a commitment to be there when you need us most.

Whether you are a small business or home owner facing minor fire or water damage, or a property manager dealing with a widespread disaster, SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe has the resources needed to respond quickly and efficiently. The sooner help arrives, the sooner restoration begins and the sooner you can resume business as usual.

SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe is just the tip of the iceberg. Should a major disaster such as a flood or wildfire occur, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is always poised and ready to go where they are needed.

If a fire, water or mold damage strikes, no matter the size, call SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe at 360-243-8313. Backed by a system of more than 1,700 Franchises strong, we’ll help make your property disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Taking Care of Your Belongings After a Disaster

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Taking Care of Your Belongings After a Disaster We have four warehouses dedicated to in-house storage where we can keep your items safe and secure.

Water and fire damage affect not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe understands that your home is more than a structure. Your furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are important to you. Your belongings are important to us, which is why we provide the following to help restore and protect your belongings while we are restoring your home.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including the following:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

On-Site Storage

We have in-house storage where we can keep your belongings safe from further damage, and can provide cleaning and restoration services for your belongings. We have four warehouses dedicated to storage where we can keep your items safe and secure. Your items will be placed in clearly identified and secured containers. You can rest assured that your items are being taken care of.

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Preloss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims

If your home and belongings need restoration services, rest assured that SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe has you covered. We can pack out, store and restore your belongings. Give us a call today at 360-243-8313.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Carbon Monoxide Safety High levels of carbon monoxide (an invisible, odorless, colorless gas) can kill a person in minutes.

You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide, or CO, is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas, created when fuels, like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas and propane burn incompletely.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. It is estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups— including unborn babies, infants, and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems— being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide.

An excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or idling cars left running in garages.

Taking some basic, precautionary steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips, provided by the United States Fire Administration.

  • Have fuel-burning appliances, like oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves inspected by a trained professional every year.
  • Open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace. Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home.
  • Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice, or other materials.
  • Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.
  • Only use barbecue grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Some grills can produce CO gas. Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open.
  • Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.

The following are signs that you might be experiencing CO poisoning. Symptoms of CO poisoning include:

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

Take precautions to prevent CO poisoning in your home.

Source: mayoclinic.org and SERVPRO Industries Inc.