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Use Technology to Prepare for Emergencies

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Use Technology to Prepare for Emergencies Ready.gov suggests saving an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets.

Technology can be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare, the following will help you be ready in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Store Information Online

There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer free ways to store different types of files, from a Word document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets, if necessary.

Follow the News

Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed through Twitter.

Mark Yourself Safe

The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well check-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish.

Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook if you’re located in the affected area at that time.

Get in Touch

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and e-mail for communication with family, friends, business contacts, and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster.

Charge Up

Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well.

Get an Emergency READY Profile

SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe is proud to offer Emergency READY Profiles (ERP) for free at ready.SERVPRO.com to help prepare you, your property, or your business for an emergency.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your property or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your property or business.

Put help in the palm of your hand with the Ready Plan App. Get in touch with SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe today for more information on developing an ERP for your property or business, and we will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 360-243-8313

Summer Lightning Safety Tips

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer Lightning Safety Tips According to the National Weather Service "lightning kills an average of 47 people in the United States each year."

We get a lot of rain here in the Pacific Northwest, but lightning storms occur less often. When lightning does strike, do you know what to do to stay safe? Although lightning can strike anytime, the chance for lightning increases in the summer months. According to the National Weather Service "lightning kills an average of 47 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured." Stay safe with these basic tips.

  • Have a lightning safety plan so you are prepared and ready if a thunderstorm does hit.
  • Cancel or postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected.
  • If you do get caught outside, avoid high ground, open spaces, and all metal objects including electric wires, fences, etc. Seek shelter in a substantial building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle.
  • If you are indoors, stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone. Consider unplugging computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric/phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.

Most lightning-related deaths occur when people are having fun outside. If you hear thunder or see lightning, immediately seek shelter in an enclosed building or vehicle. Remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! weather.gov/lightning

Source: the National Weather Service

Helping Insurance Agents and Their Policyholders with Water Damage

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Helping Insurance Agents and Their Policyholders with Water Damage We understand your priority is helping restore the property and the insured’s or owner’s peace of mind, while minimizing the loss on a claim.

When they have water damage, your policyholder or property owner looks to you to handle the situation. You collect information and provide reassurance everything will be returned to normal. SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe understands your priority is helping restore the property and the insured’s or owner’s peace of mind, while minimizing the loss on a claim.

The first 24 hours following a water incident are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, we will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled properly by completing the following steps.

Inspection

Our technicians will inspect affected areas of the property to determine the extent of damage. We will also review the inspection with you, your insured, or property manager and answer any questions before beginning work.

Emergency Services

Next, we will take immediate steps to protect the home or property and personal belongings from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing for drying. We will explain in detail the needed emergency services step-by-step.

Monitoring

To help ensure your insured’s or owners home and personal belongings, or property are dried to appropriate industry standards, our technicians will monitor the drying process. The results will be consistently communicated to you throughout the monitoring process.

Restoration Services

We will replace structural materials such as drywall and baseboards, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of the property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you, your insured, or owner to help ensure their property was returned to preloss condition when possible.

You can trust SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe to take care of your policyholder. We have the training and experience to take care of any water loss and to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at 360-243-8313.

Common Causes of Water Damage in Businesses

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Common Causes of Water Damage in Businesses If your business experiences water damage call SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe.

It is usually easy to see when your business is flooding, but some causes of water damage are not so obvious. Determining the origin of the problem may require a bit of detective work, and simply cleaning up the signs of damage often won’t fix the root cause. Be sure to keep an eye out for these common causes of water damage in commercial properties.

Roof Leaks

Small leaks in your roof can lead to large amounts of damage. Flat roofs are particularly susceptible to water damage. Even though most flat roofs do have a slight incline, natural debris, like leaves and branches, can create areas where water can easily build up. Standing water can create cracks and leaks in your roof, which can result in water damage throughout your property.

Even if your roof has a steep incline, debris and freezing temperatures in the winter can create natural dams on your roof. Moss can also cause similar issues as it absorbs water and holds it in place on your roof. Regularly clear moss and debris off your roof to prevent damage.

Ice Dams

Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season, especially for commercial buildings with flat roofs. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof ’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.

Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your property. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.”

Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or a calcium chloride ice melter.

Gutter Buildup

Ideally, gutters direct water off your roof and away from your building. However, it’s easy for leaves, branches, and other debris to clog your gutters. Over time, water will build up and start to overflow onto your walls. Small holes can form as well. Instead of guiding water away from your building, water will constantly leak down its walls. This creates an ideal situation for water damage to occur.

Multi-level properties should have the gutters regularly inspected on all roof levels. If gutters start to overflow from a higher level, water can impact lower roofs with greater volume and velocity and cause damage.

Frequently clear out your gutters, especially in the fall or after a windy day.

Broken Pipes

Depending on the location and severity of a broken or leaking pipe, this can be one of the most obvious causes of damage or one of the most subtle.

Winter is a common season for burst pipes. Insufficient insulation can cause pipes to freeze, expand and burst. Commercial buildings may be closed over weekends and frozen pipes can go unnoticed. Rust and age can also damage your pipes.

Unfortunately, it can take a while to notice a leaking pipe, which can give water plenty of time to damage your property. Watch for telltale signs such as lower water pressure, discolored water, or staining on your walls.

Sewage Backup

While you might prefer to avoid sewage in your day-to-day life, tree roots enjoy easy access to sources of water and fertilizer. Tree roots will often grow into and clog drain lines, which causes the sewage to back up and results in water damage in and around your building.

These clogs will often affect multiple drains. If you flush your toilet and hear gurgling coming from the shower drain, you may have a sewer clog. To prevent tree roots from finding their way into your sewage lines, you can install metal or wood barriers running vertically by the lines. Make sure they are buried 6-12” deeper than the pipe.

Toilets and sewer lines can also clog after someone flushes inappropriate items down the toilet. Make sure everyone in your building knows to avoid flushing feminine hygiene products, rags, cotton balls, paper towels, baby wipes, diapers, etc. If it’s not toilet paper, don’t send it down the toilet.

Broken or Malfunctioning Appliances

As water heaters and other appliances age, they can develop rust, leaks, and cracks. Even a small trickle of water can cause damage over time. Keep an eye on your machines as they get older. Watch for any decreases in performance, and inspect the appliances regularly.

Sprinkler Malfunction

Many businesses and apartment facilities have extensive sprinkler systems. Though these systems are meant to help reduce potential damage to these properties, they can often be the cause of major water damage. Many commercial water losses we see come from broken or faulty sprinkler heads or because the sprinklers were set off by a small fire. If left running, these sprinkler heads can flood a building with hundreds of gallons of water very quickly. Be sure to not hang items from sprinkler heads and to avoid setting off alarms with smoke.

HVAC Malfunctions

A leaky or malfunctioning HVAC system can also cause major water damage to a property. Small leaks can go unnoticed for some time and can cause unseen water damage. If not caught early, the damage can become a lot bigger and harder to clean up and restore. Be sure to have your HVAC systems checked regularly. If you are seeing signs of water damage, such as sagging or bulging drywall, or if things are smelling musty and mildew, have us come check it out. We have the equipment to check for hidden water damage. We can let you know if you have water damage.

These are a few of the more common causes of water damage. The truth is, wherever there is water in your commercial building, there is a potential for damage if something goes wrong. At SERVPRO® of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe, we know how to fix water damage at the source of the problem. Using our experience and training, we offer long-term solutions to make your property “Like it never even happened.”

We know that water problems can occur at any time, which is why we offer 24-hour emergency service. If you find signs of water damage in your building, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe at 360-243-8313.

FAQs: When Your Home Has Fire Damage

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage FAQs: When Your Home Has Fire Damage Does your home have fire or smoke damage?

What can I do to help prevent fire in my home

There are many safety precautions you can take to help prevent fire and smoke damage in your home. First, be sure to use caution when cooking in the kitchen. Be sure to stay alert and to be watchful while using the stove or oven. Be sure to have working smoke alarms in your home and to check them regularly. Be careful when using heating devices like space heaters and keep flammable objects several feet away. If you are a smoker, be mindful when smoking and disposing of cigarettes. When using candles don't leave them unattended and keep them away from flammable materials. Check your appliances and electronics for damaged or exposed wiring. It's a good idea to clean your dryer vents regularly. Also, be extra vigilant around the holidays for additional fire risks. And lastly, make sure you know how to use a fire extinguisher to help stop further fire damage if a fire does break out.

My home just had a fire, now what do I do?

Once the flames have abated, it's hard to know what to do next. Here are a few Dos and Don'ts to keep in mind after a fire:

  • DO limit movement in the home.
  • DO place towels on carpet traffic areas. Use dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas to limit damage.
  • DO change HVAC filters. Change your filters, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • DO cover HVAC intakes. Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of your HVAC system.
  • DO call in professionals to clean walls, carpet, upholstery and electronics.
    • DON'T consume food and beverages that may have been stored near the fire. They may be contaminated.
  • DON'T turn on ceiling fixtures. If the ceiling is wet, wiring may be wet or damaged and can cause electrical shock.
  • DON'T dry clean clothing. Improper cleaning may set smoke odors. Make sure you use a service that knows how to remove soot and smoke from clothing.

My home has smoke damage, do I have to replace everything I own?

Not necessarily. The first 48 hours after fire damage occurs 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 to your belongings and home. Our team is trained in caring for both you, your property and your belongings. Our full line of fire cleanup and restoration services can help get your home back up and running quickly and help protect your property and belongings. We provide a variety of content restoration, electronic cleaning and document drying services. We will work hard to restore as much of your home and belongings as we can.

Can you get the smell of smoke out of my home?

Yes we can. After smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Our experienced technicians will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean the different types of surfaces found in your structure. We provide deodorization services that rid your home of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. We do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.

Can I clean up smoke damage myself?

It can be hard to clean up fire and smoke damage and to get rid of the smoke smell without the proper knowledge about different types of smoke and soot and how to clean each one. Dry smoke, wet smoke and protein residue all need to be treated differently and can be hard to remove fully. It helps to understand the way in which smoke behaves. At SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe we have the training and equipment to clean and restore your fire and smoke damage to its preloss condition.

Summer Fire Safety

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Fire Safety Sparklers account for about a fourth of emergency room firework injuries.

Each year, families and friends across the country enjoy the summer months with barbecues, camping trips, or by cooling off in a pool or lake. To enjoy these occasions, it is important to keep safety top of mind to ensure you have fun in the sun.

Avoiding Injury and Home Damage

According to a recent study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 11,900 Americans were injured by fireworks in 2015, with the majority happening in the month surrounding the Fourth of July. Another 8,700 are injured by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires. A grill should always be supervised when in use. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grilling area to prevent accidental burns or tipping of the grill.

Grills also cause an average of 8,900 home structure or outdoor fires. “These fires caused an annual average of 50 civilian injuries and $2 million in direct property damage,” according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The summer season should be a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors. Don’t become a statistic. Take precautions to prevent these events from putting a damper on your summer months!

Staying Safe from Fire

Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors, but it is also important to keep safety in mind. Consider the following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, to keep you and your family safe all summer long.

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
  • When camping, always use a flame-retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire.
    • Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire. Extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.

Firework Safety

It’s firework season! According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 18,500 fires are started every year by fireworks. This includes 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. “These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage,” says the NFPA.

Do you think sparklers are the safe way to go? Nope: they account for about a fourth of emergency room fireworks injuries.

Stay safe this summer by paying close attention to children at fireworks events, and avoiding the use of consumer fireworks.

Be sure to be safe with fire this summer, and to use caution. If fire does damage your home or business this summer, give us a call at 360-243-8313. SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe will make it "Like it never even happened."

The Way Smoke Behaves

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Way Smoke Behaves Damage following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke.

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

At SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe our technicians are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, we will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows us to focus on saving your precious items.

Our technicians know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Types of Smoke

Wet Smoke: Wet smoke is created from burning plastic and rubber. These materials smolder and burn at a low heat and create a sticky smeary smoke that has a pungent odor. Smoke webs created from this smoke are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke: Dry smoke occurs when paper and wood are burning. They are fast-burning and they burn at a high temperature. Dry smoke residue is usually powdery and dry and a little easier to wipe off materials, though it can settle into porous materials and leave a lasting odor of not cleaned properly.

Protein Fire Residue: Protein residue is left behind after the evaporation of organic material, like food. The residue is almost invisible. However, it discolors varnishes, paints, and finishes. It also gives off a strong, offensive odor.

Fuel Oil Soot: Fuel oil soot is caused by furnace puff backs. While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, our technicians can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other Types: Other types of damage, such as damage caused by tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue, require special care. We have the tools and knowledge to clean these special loss situations.

SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe technicians are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact us at 360-243-8313 to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
 

FAQs: When Your Home Has Water Damage

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage FAQs: When Your Home Has Water Damage Does your home have water damage?

How do I locate potential water damage in my home?

Water damage after a large storm or flood is often easy to spot, but small leaks from a leaky roof, appliance or a broken pipe can sometimes go unseen for some time. Common causes of water damage include roof leaks, gutter buildup, broken pipes, sewage back up and malfunctioning appliances. When trying to spot potential water damage be sure to look for warping or signs of condensation or discoloring. Mold and mildew can also be a sign of a water leak somewhere.

If you come across any water damage, or suspect you might have water damage, don’t panic. Call us for help! At SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe we have the experience, training and equipment to locate and treat any water damage in your home.

My basement is flooded, what should I do?

  1. Stop the Water: If water is still rushing into your home you need to stop the source of flooding. Cut off water to the area or to your house entirely.
  2. Call a Plumber: Bring in a plumber to fix the source of the water leak.
  3. Collect Water: If water is still leaking in, collect as much as you can into buckets and remove when full.
  4. Extract 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.
  5. Dry the damaged area: Ensure the area gets dried completely to prevent further damage and potential mold growth. Use a dehumidifier to draw moisture out of wet materials and contents and make sure the area has good air flow.
  6. Sanitize areas touched by contaminated water: Contaminated water should be dealt with caution and needs to be dried, cleaned and sanitized properly before the area is used. If you suspect water may be contaminated, be sure to give us a call. We know how to best identify contaminated water and we have the equipment and training to take care of it for you.

How do I know if the water is contaminated?

Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated (for about 48 hours), allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

The water damage seems small, do I need to take care of it now?

If the visible signs of water damage don’t interfere with your everyday life, it might be tempting to put off fixing the problem until a more convenient time. But there are several reason you should fix the water damage now. First, water spreads, and if you don't take care of it now is can cause a much bigger problem. Also, water left untreated can become contaminated over time and can also lead to mold growth. Lastly, water damage can lead to wood rot and potentially cause structural and electrical damage if left unchecked.

Do I need a restoration company or can I just buy equipment and dry it myself?

We have the equipment and training to get your home dried out and restored to its preloss state. There is a science behind the process of drying. Having this knowledge is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of North Everett/ Lake Stevens/ Monroe technicians are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damage. We have the tools to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. Our technicians also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

What should I expect when I call SERVPRO?

When you call, you’ll work with a representative to start planning the next step. Be prepared for questions to help us make decisions about what equipment to bring and how many of our highly trained technicians we may need. Then our technicians will come out to your home to inspect and assess the scope of the water damage. Depending on the urgency of the damage, our technicians might then begin the water extraction and drying process. We'll continue to dry and monitor your home until all affected areas and materials are dry. Once things are dry we will sanitize and clean the affected areas. We can even take care of the restoration of your home after the water damage is taken care of.

If your home has water damage, give us a call today at 360-243-8313! SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe is Here to Help make it "Like it never even happened."

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."