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Storms, Rain & Floods...Oh My!!

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

House affected with storm flood. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West can help you stay prepared with an ERP or Emergency Ready Program. Call us today to get more information! We

The National Weather Service (NOAA) has listed the most common flood hazards in the United States.

Check them out below and make sure your home is always safe!

- Flash Flooding

- River Flooding

- Burn Scars/ Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)

- Ice or Debris Jams

- Melting Snow

- Dry Wash ( Heavy Rainfall in Dry areas)

- Dam Breaks and or Levee Failures

- Storm Surge

- Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non- Tropical Systems

Are you prepared?

Did you know that 20% of all claims paid by the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) were for policies in Low-Risk communities?

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West can help you stay prepared with an ERP or Emergency Ready Program. Call us today to get more information! We do more than just Water damage. We can help you with any size disaster. Give us a call at (253) 896-3000!

Staying Safe - Smoke Alarms

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Finger pushing on smoke detector button to test if it works. Smoke Detectors Save Lives

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. 

Here's what you need to know!
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
  • More about installation and maintenance of home smoke alarms.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (253) 896-3000

Thanksgiving Fire Safety

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Woman taking burning turkey out of oven. SERVPRO cares about our customers, check out these helpful safety tips for this Thanksgiving.

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for fire departments when it comes to home fires involving cooking equipment? With more home cooks cooking larger meals than they are probably used to, the number of home fires involving cooking equipment spikes to nearly 4 times the daily average on Thanksgiving! Whether you plan to be in charge of the kitchen or are just helping out, be sure to follow these important safety tips when preparing this year's Thanksgiving feast!

  • Start your Thanksgiving with a clean stove and oven! The weekend before Thanksgiving, remove any food or grease buildup from burners, stovetops, and the oven. 
  • Always stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop. While items in the oven may not require as attentive an eye, food on the stovetop should have constant monitoring in case of spillage or splatter. 
  • Stay in the home while cooking the turkey. You don't need to set up camp and keep a constant eye on the turkey once it's in the oven, but you should stay inside and check on it frequently. The last thing you want is a burnt turkey that sets your kitchen on fire!
  • Keep a flame-resistant oven mitt, potholder, or lid near your cooking space so that you can smother any flames before they get out of control.
  • Should an oven fire occur, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. This should allow the fire to burn out on its own. Once the fire has gone out, open your windows before carefully opening the oven door to release the smoke. IF THE FIRE DOES NOT GO OUT ON ITS OWN: LEAVE THE HOUSE AND CALL 911. 
  • Make sure your home has working smoke alarms and that your family knows the fire escape route in the event of a fire. Remember to always plan TWO WAYS OUT of every room. 
  • Avoid using turkey fryers, but if you must, make sure to follow the fryer's instructions. Also be sure to completely thaw the turkey before frying and always fry outside at a safe distance from the home. 

Stay safe this holiday season! Should your home experience any fire damage, be sure to call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West to make that fire "Like it never even happened".

Flash Floods: Protecting Your Property

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, out in the country, or even in the desert, there is a potential for flooding. Anywhere it can rain, it can flood.

A variety of events can cause flooding, like: heavy rains, when ocean waves come onshore, when snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break. A flooding event may occur over a long period and could last days, weeks or longer.

The most dangerous type of flood, the flash flood, happens quickly with little or no warning. Flash floods are the top weather-related killer in the U.S. since they can roll boulders, tear out trees and destroy buildings and bridges. A flash flood is the rapid flooding of low-lying areas in less than six hours, caused by intense rainfall from a thunderstorm or several thunderstorms.

Nearly 50% of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster because just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Over the past five years (2006-2010), the average commercial flood claim has amounted to just over $85,000.

With over 40 years experience, SERVPRO® has restored flood damaged homes and businesses from coast to coast. SERVPRO®’s Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure if not treated quickly and properly.

If a flood strikes your home or business call SERVPRO® of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000.

Be Prepared Before Disaster Strikes

Call SERVPRO® of University Place/Lakewood West and talk about completing an Emergency READY Profile™ (ERP). They ERP provides you with an emergency plan: having a plan in place can help reduce business interruption in the event of a disaster. SERVPRO® of University Place/Lakewood West can help make a disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Proofing

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

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When we think about being ready for a storm it’s the obvious things like food, water, blankets, clothes, batteries and of course flashlights. It’s also important to remember to protect our home, after all, this is where we will be waiting out the storm for the most part.

Here are a few things that might be helpful in preparing your home for storms:

  • Clean up outdoor items if you here a major storm is headed your way. Make sure lawn tools are put away and any furniture is either secured or brought into a place they won’t be thrown around or broken.
  • Trim trees and shrubs around your home. Take time to inspect your trees to make sure there are no branches hanging or ready to be removed.
  • Think about getting Storm Shutters installed, glass windows can be damaged or broken if debris get picked up by the wind.
  • Make sure to have an option for standby power. Having a generator is a great plan in case of a long-term power outage, if this happens you’ll still need to power your fridge, stove/microwave and a few other things in your home.
  • If you live in an area with high chances of flooding, you may want to consider Flood-proofing your home. There are two options when it comes to flood-proofing Dry and Wet.

If you find yourself with water damage or flooding after a storm. Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000.

Summer Safety!

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

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

According to the United States Fire Administration, nearly 8,600 Americans are injured by fireworks and almost 5,000 are injured by grill fires, annually. 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.

If you enjoy lounging by the pool or going for a boat ride to cool off from the summer sun, make sure you exercise caution, especially when children are present. Only swim in approved areas and always supervise children when near the water.

Summer is a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors. The following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), will help keep you safe all summer long.

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for 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.
  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD (personal flotation device) when boating, jet-skiing, tubing or water-skiing. Air-filled swimming aids, like water wings or inner tubes, are not substitutes for approved PFDs. An adult should always supervise children using these devices.
  • When camping, always use a flame-retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire. Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent, not liquid-filled heaters or lanterns.
  • Always build a campfire down wind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your campfire. Always extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite. To extinguish, cover the dirt or pour water over the fire.

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West wishes you a safe and happy summer!

Fire Damage and Your Business

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

The leading causes of fire in a business include cooking equipment, electrical, and heating units. No matter how the fire started, a feeling of concern about business closures, employee safety and equipment replacement seems to follow. After calling the Fire Department to put out the fire, who do you call to clean up the damage cause by the fire?

To you, it’s more than just a business, it’s your livelihood. Business closures due to a fire damage don’t just affect the business owner. It affects the employees, their families and the community. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West professionals understand the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern related to handling fire damage. Their priority is to help you regain control and get your doors open again. Within eight business hours of arriving at your facility, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West will discuss the extent of the damage and the steps we will take to help restore your building, equipment and furniture. Responding quickly to a fire damage can save your company money, reduce more extensive damage and shorten the length of down time.

Armed with industry-approved equipment and expertise, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West will make every effort to restore your business to preloss condition when possible. We use the latest equipment, products and processes to properly remove smoke, soot and fire damage from walls and flooring and restore furniture and equipment. We are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you get your business back in business.

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West specialists are trained in the cleanup and care of your business and equipment following the fire incident. Before attempting to clean up the fire damage, contact SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water events affecting University Place and Lakewood commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable, quick, and flexible response.  Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area.  In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

About SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you find your business in need of water or fire restoration, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West.

Top 5 Water Damage Issues in Homes

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in homes can be caused by many things but there are couple things in your home more likely to be the cause than others. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety did a study to find what causes the most water damage in homes, here are some of the things they found out.

  1. Plumbing System Failure- there are two types of plumbing system failure the first would be frozen pipes, the second would be material failures.
  2. Plumbing Drain System Failure- most failures occur when the sewer drain backs up and overflows into the home or are a result from material issues such as leaking or corroded pipes.
  3. Toilet Failure- this will happen if you have faulty valves or clogged drain lines
  4. Water Heater Failure- these usually happen when your water heater is at its end of life and begins to corrode or rust.
  5. Washing Machine Failure- the cause behind washing machine failure usually from the supply-line, machine overflow or drain line failure.

For more information on what can cause water damage to your home and tips on prevention check out this page:

https://disastersafety.org/ibhs/water-damage-studies/

If you find yourself with a broken pipe or toilet over flow, don’t forget about SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West when you’re looking for water restoration. Call us at 253-896-3000 any time of day, any day of the week, we will be there for you!

Grilling Safety 2019!

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that 10,200 home fires are started by grills each year, on average? Did you know that July is the peak month for grill fires followed by June, May and August? 

We all love barbecuing. It's a summertime staple! Follow the following tips to prevent you and your family from being one of the statistics above:

<<SAFETY TIPS>>

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. 
  • The grill should be places well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area. 
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and trays below the grill.
  • NEVER leave your grill unattended. 
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it. 

<<CHARCOAL GRILLS>>

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. 
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. 
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to an extension cord for outdoor use. 
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container. 

<<PROPANE GRILLS>>

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it. 

Source: nfpa.org/education