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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.

My Home Has Water Damage, What Should I Do?

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage My Home Has Water Damage, What Should I Do? Do you know what to do if your home suffers from water damage?

Sometimes we discover water damage in our home or business. Whether from a hot water tank or a washing machine supply line breaking, there are a few crucial steps you can take right away to mitigate the damage.

  1. Locate and stop the source of water flow. Shut off the valves to the source of leaking water. If needed, call a plumber or SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe. We work with plumbers and can get you the right help quickly.
  2. Do not turn on electrical items that may be wet. Avoid using electrical items that may have gotten wet until they have been checked and it is safe. Seeing water come through an light in your ceiling is not a good sign. You and your family's safety should come first.
  3. Call SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe to help determine how far the damage has spread. Water travels quickly and extensively through any vertical or horizontal surface. It can spread out on floors, go behind the baseboards and start wicking up the drywall. Damages and overall cost could increase with delayed response. The sooner you can extract water and get those surfaces drying the more you can help prevent secondary damage.
  4. Look at your homeowner's insurance policy and call your agent. Your insurance agent can guide you on what coverage you have, and sometimes in the case of pipe breakage or other sudden water issues, may be able to provide you with some immediate information to help you determine whether you should open a claim.

At SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe we work to provide timely care to your property to help get you back into your home as soon as possible. Our highly-trained technicians can help make the damage "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at 360-243-8313.

Preventing Kitchen Fires During the Holidays

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Kitchen Fires During the Holidays Follow our tips to help reduce the risk of fire in your kitchen this holiday season.

During the holidays, families gather together to celebrate various holidays, most of which involve delicious food and goodies. If you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Follow these tips to help reduce the risk of fire in your kitchen this holiday season.

  • Stay alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that food is cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains—away from the stovetop.

If a cooking fire does occur, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.

  • Just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

SERVPRO of North Everett/ Lake Stevens/ Monroe wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. If your home does experience fire or smoke damage, give us call at 360-243-8313. We can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Source: National Fire Protection Association and SERVPRO Industries Inc.

Are You Ready for Winter Weather?

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Ready for Winter Weather? While you cannot control the weather, you can prepare for colder winter weather.

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  • Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
  • Ask us about completing an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment to your facility and provides you with a plan to get back to business fast following a disaster.

When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO of North Everett/ Lake Stevens/ Monroe to strike back. With our 24/7 emergency service, we’re there when you need us most. Call us at 360-243-8313.

Eight Things You Need to Know About Mold

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Eight Things You Need to Know About Mold How much do you really know about mold?

Mold can be found almost anywhere within your home, but how much do you know about mold? The EPA has gathered these “Need to Know” facts about mold.

  1. There isn’t an effective way to eliminate all mold and spores in your home. The way you can control indoor mold growth is by controlling moisture in your home.
  2. Fix sources of water problems or leaks to help prevent mold growth.
  3. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    1. Ventilating bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating areas
    2. Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    3. Increasing air flow in your home
    4. Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  4. Clean and dry damp or wet surfaces and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  5. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  6. Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces like windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors by adding insulation.
  7. In areas where there is continual moisture, such as bathrooms, do not install carpeting.
  8. Mold spores can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance if moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

For more facts about mold, check out the EPA’s mold page or our blog.

If you do have problems with mold, SERVPRO of North Everett/ Lake Stevens/ Monroe can help. We can find and fix sources of moisture that may have contributed to the mold problem and mitigate any mold damage. Call us at 360-243-8313 today.

Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.gov/mold)

A Look Back on the Last Five Years

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO A Look Back on the Last Five Years Join us in celebrating 5 years in business with an interview with our owner, Paul Leavens!

SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe has been in business now for just over five years! We were able to serve our first customer just five years ago on October 31, 2013. So, to celebrate we are looking back with our owner Paul Leavens and getting his thoughts on why he got started in the restoration business and what we have learned over these last five years.

Why did you decide to get into the Restoration Business?

"There is a side of me that likes helping people. This was an opportunity to combine business and help people at the same time. When individuals are in the situation where they’ve got water damage or fire damage they are in a position where they are having a rotten day and they don’t know what to do. We have the opportunity to come in and have the know-how and the ability to help them recover and get to the point where they are getting back to normal. We basically get to help when they are in a desperate situation. SERVPRO had a system in place nationally that did this well."

What makes us different from other restoration companies?

"We take on the opportunity to help people in all situations. Whether it's a large loss, a commercial loss, residential, we take it all on, to help them. The other thing that I think makes us stand out a bit is we try to do everything needed. We try to take care of them from A to Z with every need that they have. So, any of the services they are in need of in those types of situations we cover. We try to be a one stop shop."

"A big part of that, but not the only part, is the reconstruction business. When individuals have these situations there are some mitigation companies that will mitigate, get them cleaned up or dried up, and then they will have to go find a way to rebuild, they'll have to find the reconstruction. But we take care of the reconstruction as well. So that is something that differentiates us."

"We do the mitigation needed and then put it back together "Like it never even happened.""

Tell us about your team!

"We have a very dedicated team. They are at the ready to take care of customers at any time of any day. They are very dedicated and focused on doing a good job for the customers. Customer service is key. Our core leadership team has been with us pretty much since the beginning. Some of our first hires are still with us."

What have you learned over the last 5 years?

"We have learned how to take care of any type of situation for any type of customer. We know the ins and outs of working with the insurance industry and working in a way that satisfies their requirements and their needs. We know how to partner with our insurance clients to take care of our customers."

"Working with insurance with claims like this can be intimidating for customers. We take that all out of the mix because we know what to do and how to do it. Partnering with agents and adjusters to take care of customers is a big part of what we do. It's not just the production of the work."

Looking back 5 years, what stands out most?

"By year three, we were within the top 100 SERVPRO franchises in the nation. We are designated as a Large Loss Response Team, so we handle jobs in the area that are large loss. We take on things of any size, so there really is no job too big."

"What also stands out is building a great team; lots of memories of jobs well done. We've been through a lot together as a team in terms of taking care of customers. We’ve had lots of jobs, lots of stories. The growth for our business in terms of vehicles, equipment and people has increased our capacity and know how. We have a lot of experience now. This positions us better to be able to take care of any type of customer in any type of situation or circumstance. We are ready for whatever comes."

We just want to say thank you to all of the customers and agents we have had the chance to serve and work with over the last five years. We are so glad we get to be a part of this great community and that we get to serve it every day.

How to Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

10/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter If temperatures sink below freezing level, your home may be at risk for frozen pipes, which can cause major property damage.

As winter quickly approaches, it is time to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and icy sidewalks. If temperatures sink below freezing level, your home may be at risk for frozen pipes, which can cause major property damage.

When water freezes it expands, which can result in burst pipes, flooding, and major water damage. Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

To help prevent pipes from freezing in your home this winter, follow these tips and suggestions.

Tip 1: Check Pipes for Leaks

Make sure all leaky pipes are repaired before the winter season begins. Leaky pipes can lead to expensive problems if they’re left untreated when winter comes. Watch for telltale signs of leaky pipes such as unexplained high-water use or water damage. If you suspect you might have a leak, get your home inspected.

Tip 2: Insulate Pipes

If you have any pipes in unheated or uninsulated areas of your home, make sure to wrap the pipes with heat tape or pipe insulation. This can help reduce the risk of water freezing in these pipes when temperatures drop.

Tip 3: Let Water Drip

When temperatures dip below freezing, simply turn your faucets on and let them drip. Allowing water to flow in your pipes helps reduce the risk of freezing.

Tip 4: Keep It Warm

Keep the temperature in your home consistently above 55 degrees, even when you are away. Let warm air circulate to cold areas and pipes. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm air to circulate around the pipes.

Tip 5: Shut Off Exterior Faucets

Don’t forget your exterior water systems. If you don’t properly drain water from your exterior faucets and pipes, they may freeze, expand, and cause damage. Disconnect garden hoses and sprinkler systems and drain the water out of faucets. Unless you have frost-proof faucets, you’ll need to use the shut-off valve located inside your house.

Tip 6: Turn Off the Water

If you plan on going out of town for an extended period of time, you may want to consider shutting off the water completely and hiring a service to drain your pipes. With the water turned off you remove the risk of a pipe freezing, bursting and flooding your home while you are gone for a prolonged period of time.

If your home does experience water damage this winter, SERVPRO of North Everett/ Lake Stevens/ Monroe is here to help.

We offer 24/7 emergency service, and we can help prepare your home or restore water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 360-243-8313.

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl 2018 at Cotton Bowl Stadium

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO First Responder Bowl 2018 at Cotton Bowl Stadium Tune into the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl on December 26 at 12:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. ET) televised on ESPN.

In a joint effort to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s First Responders, the annual college football bowl game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas has been renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. Kickoff for the newly christened SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is set for December 26 at 12:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. ET) and will be televised by ESPN. The agreement between ESPN Events and SERVPRO was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment.

"We are truly grateful for all first responders’ sacrifice and service,” said Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. “It is a tremendous privilege to honor these brave men and women who protect our communities 24/7/365. As this game continues to grow, so do our ties with first responders. Additionally, having a sponsor like SERVPRO who works along-side and supports these community heroes reinforces our goals of recognizing our first responders.”

"We are proud to present the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl dedicated to honoring some of the hardest working men and women in our country" said Sue Steen, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, Inc. "We recognize the dedication and selfless acts of our First Responders and are honored to help highlight and celebrate the commitment of these everyday heroes."

The 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is the ninth edition of the bowl game, formerly known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl, and part of the 89-year history of games being played at Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Dallas’ Fair Park, which features 227 acres of museums, attractions, history, art and performances located in the heart of the ninth largest city in the United States.

First responders to be honored include police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency.

“This is an exciting change, and we are humbled by the fact that an actual bowl game has been named exclusively for the first responders of this country,” Dallas Fire-Rescue Fire Chief David Coatney said.

“We are truly honored to have a bowl game here in Dallas named after the hard working men and women serving and protecting communities across this country. It always feels great to be recognized, and I know our officers and firefighters are touched by this overwhelming show of support,” said Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall.

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl tickets started selling in September. Tickets for First Responders will continue to be underwritten by our corporate sponsors. Anyone wanting more information on the bowl game can visit www.firstresponderbowl.com.