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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

What Happens After the Leak?

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Over flowed toilets, sprinkler systems and broken pipes can all be culprits in water damage to your home. When water issues in your home go undetected or ignored it can lead to major issues and large bills.  Water has away of getting in all those little tiny places and can be easily over looked. The average cost on a water is between 1,000 to 4,000. This is not including any construction to get your house back to its original state.

A few things to keep in mind

  • The longer your water damage goes unnoticed with, the more likely you are to have a mold issue.
  • If your furnishings are not dried out properly and in a timely manner they also have a high chance of mold.
  • The length of time the water sits can greatly affect the restoration costs.
  • How much water was involved in the loss
  • What kind of water was involved, clean water contains little to no contaminates, grey water contains significant amounts of contaminates, black water is extremely contaminated.

Water damage can’t always be avoided, but with the proper equipment and knowledge it can be cleaned up “Like it never even happened.” If you find yourself with a water emergency don’t forget your favorite crew, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is here to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day you can reach us at 253-896-3000.

University Place 24 Hour Water Damage Service

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today 253-896-3000

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration- in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representatives will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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. 

Summer Projects and Unforeseen Risks

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fall, winter, and spring are over and now it is time to start working on summer projects around the home. Washington Utility Notification Center reminds us to call before you dig in the ground; however, many of us forget when working on repairing the home or business to consider where utilities lie within the walls, under flooring, and possibly in the ceiling.

Creating the smallest hole in a water pipe or a tiny water leak can cause a lot of damage to the structure’s walls, insulation, flooring, and ceiling. When it is discovered water damage is occurring, first turn off the water supply immediately, and then call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. The professional, highly trained technicians are ready to respond quickly with water extraction equipment, removing water as quickly as possible, and restoring your home or business properly while monitoring and documenting the drying process.

To read more about Washington’s Utility Notification Center, visit:

http://www.callbeforeyoudig.org/washington/

Summertime Safety Tips

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

SUMMER IS HERE! Keep these tips in mind as you and your family enjoy summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics and the Fourth of July.

  1. Build campfires at least 25 feet away from tents, shrubs and anything that can burn.
  2. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts. Sparklers can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and cause third-degree burns.
  3. Use chimineas, outdoor fireplaces, and fire pits outdoors only and at least 10 feet away from your home or anything that can burn.
  4. Use propane, charcoal and wood pellet barbecue grills outdoors only. Indoor use can cause a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. Place your grill well away from siding and deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Do not store or use a grill on a porch or balcony.

When fire damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West will help you take it back. Call us at 253-896-3000 for your fire damage needs.

Undiscovered Leaks in your Business

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Undiscovered leaks and moisture build-up can cause damage to the floors, walls and ceilings of your business, leading to soft dry wall, stained ceiling tiles and other more serious problems. Although the damage may go unnoticed for an extended period of time, proper cleanup is vital to the restoration of your property and equipment. 

Follow these maintenance tips to avoid a water damage event in your place of business.

  • Inspect ceiling tiles regularly for discoloration or leaks. This could be a sign of leaks in the HVAC unit or piping.
  • Check water lines in coffee makers, refrigerators, and water filtration systems for kinks or leaks, annually.
  • Remove standing water with a mop and seek professional assistance for complete drying and restoration.

If you suspect water damage, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West use the latest technology to locate and detect even the smallest amounts of moisture in a home or business. After locating the water damage, our technicians are trained in water extraction and drying to help you get back in business. Contact us to help you protect your business from further damage due to water. 253-896-3000.

What to do Before, During and After a Power Outage

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

We’re more vulnerable to power outages this time of year because of new growth and leaves that are still on the trees, which can pull branches down. Ready, a national public service advertising campaign, gives us these tips to follow before, during, and after a power outage.

Before

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternate charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
  • Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps,. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state’s or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device, determine a back-up plan.

During

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location that has heat to keep warm.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
  • If you are considering purchasing a generator for you home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system.

After

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • If food in the freezer is colder than 40 degree Fahrenheit and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it
  • Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled.
  • Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods, and other supplies.

https://www.ready.gov/power-outages

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West’s main priority this season is safety. For any water or fire damage needs, feel free to call us at 253-896-3000.

How is your Air Quality?

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

When we think of pollution we think of the air outside, when we should also consider how dirty the air is inside. Indoor Air Quality refers to the air quality in and around your home. When you try to control indoor pollutants you can help reduce your risk of illness. Air quality can have major effects on people of all ages but children, elderly, and people with preexisting conditions are at high risk.

Some major pollutants in homes are:

  • Fuel burning appliances (gas stoves and heaters)
  • Tobacco products
  • Cleaning products
  • Central heating and cooling systems if not correctly maintained
  • Excess Moisture

Here are a couple options to help the air quality in your home or business:

  • Source Control
  • Improved Ventilation
  • Air Cleaners

By doing just a few of these things you can reduce risk of illness in your home or business. If you or someone you know needs Air Quality Testing done call us here at SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000 and we can point you in the direction of some one to help you with it.

Flooding DOs and DON’Ts

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • 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 tabletop 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 your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don't use your television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceiling are sagging

Water Damage DOs and DON’Ts

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Any water damage is disruptive and often overwhelming. These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper actions until SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DOs

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water sources.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON'Ts

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazard may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If you experience water damage in your home or place of business, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. We are faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

Fire and Smoke Damage DOs and DON’Ts

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

A home or business fire is stressful and inconvenient for all who are involved. As a homeowner or business owner, knowing what to do in the case of a fire may be foreign to you. These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper actions until SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration.

DO

  • Limit movement in the home or business to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and  turbs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Chance HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to sstop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system

DON'T

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Tacoma
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Tacoma
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water (they may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

When fire damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West will help you take it back. Call us at 253-896-3000 for your fire damage needs.

Hot Water Heater Maintenance

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Many households and businesses forget about hot water heater maintenance until it's too late. Learning ways to maintain your water heater before a water damage event is important. This Old House Magazine published an article written by lance Marques, HVAC contractor, Swezey Fuel Co., sharing 6 easy tips to maintain your hot water heater.

  • Test the TPR Valve
  • Check the Anode Rod
  • Drain the tank and wash out sediment
  • Adjust the temperature
  • Insulate the pipes
  • Insulate the heater

If you are noticing water damage around your hot water heater, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. Our professional technicians specialize in quickly and properly inspecting the water damage, drying out the damp areas, and monitoring and documenting the whole drying process.

Be sure to notify SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West West if you have water damage as soon as possible. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration costs.

To read more on how to maintain a water heater, visit:

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20351985,00.html

Smoke Alarm Safety

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) reports nearly two-thirds of these fire-related deaths occurred in homes with no working smoke alarm or no smoke alarms present at all. Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when they are properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.

The NFPA recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house.

Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

Once smoke alarms are in place, it is important to maintain and regularly test the alarms to ensure they are in the proper working order. Review the tips provided here regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A preparedness plan allows your family, employees, or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. For tips or information on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000.

Smoke Alarm Tips:

  • Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Test smoke detectors at least once a month using the test button
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old

Water Damage Timeline

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 253-896-3000

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes. 

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve blood borne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint power and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood and bodily fluids

For more information, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000.

7 Reasons to call a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000!

7 Reasons to call a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional:

  1. 24 Hour Emergency Response:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals work to exceed customer expectations. We respond to emergency losses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  1. Communication:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals keep you informed from start to finish.

  1. Reduce Recovery Time:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help you minimize interruption. 

  1. Lower Recovery Costs:

The SERVPRO® System helps you save money.

  1. Home Emergency Kit:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help you plan before disaster strikes.

  1. Full Line of Services:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help to solve your cleanup needs.

  1. A Leader in Storm Response:

Help when you need it the most.

Call SERVPRO® of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000 today to get help with all your restoration needs. We specialize in water, fire, mold & bio-hazard cleanup. 

Faster to your UP/Lakewood West Water Damage Event

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 253-896-3000

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Spring Cleaning 2019!

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000 to get help with your Spring cleaning needs!

Spring is here! It’s time to start cleaning out the closets and cleaning those hard to reach areas we look over throughout the year. Here are a few tips to get you started and to stay focused during your spring cleaning.

  • Always start from the top- as you clean higher items, like ceiling fan blades and top shelves on bookcases, you’ll knock down dust to a lower level. Cleaning from the top down will prevent soiling areas you have already cleaned.
  • Stay focused on the task at hand- when cleaning out a closet or drawer, it’s easy to get drawn in by old photo albums and keepsakes. Set aside time for the fond memories later; you’re on a mission!
  • Don’t be a pack rat- You don’t want to throw away precious keepsakes but try to limit junk laying around your home or office. If you haven’t used it in a year or two, throw it out!
  • Hit the hidden areas. We all avoid the dreaded hidden areas in our homes, but now is the time to face the dust bunnies!
  • Tackle the big projects first. It happens every year, we start with the best intensions to scrub our homes from top to bottom, but somewhere in the middle we run out of steam. Tackle the biggest projects first or you may never get to them.
  • Yard sale time! Don’t just chuck your unwanted items. Put them up for sale; you may be surprised to see what could bring in a few bucks.

If you find yourself overwhelmed, call the cleanup team that’s faster to any size disaster- SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000

Identifying & Treating Unseen Water Damage

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Everyone knows that the water damage that you can clearly see is causing damage to your home is not good and should be fixed as quickly as possible. However, do you know that even the smallest water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. SERVPRO Professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. Having the right equipment to use makes a significant difference when dealing with water damage. Here are a few examples of what our team uses to help any unseen water damage in your home:

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 Professionals to monitor the drying process.

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO Professionals 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.

If you are having any problems dealing with water in your home or property, call SERVPRO immediately so that we can help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of University Place/Lakewood West is Faster to Any Size Disaster

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Our large fleet is ready to make your water/fire loss "Like it never even happened."

Your home is truly a reflection of you, your tastes and your personality. Suffering damages to your home can feel like a part of you has been damages as well. We recognize a loss can make you feel vulnerable, invaded or robbed of part of your life. Your loss is unique – in how it started, the emotions experienced and the extent of the damage.

When damage affects your home, you want it to be restored to preloss condition. You cannot afford to let the marketability of your home be affected. That is why SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have professionally restored property for over 39 years.

SERVPRO® is the trusted choice for hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, because they know SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have the experience to do the job right.

  • Recognized Industry Leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration
  • SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals Serving America Since 1967
  • Over 1,400 Locations Nationwide
  • IICRC* Approved School for 5 Cleaning and Restoration Categories:
    • Fire
    • Water
    • Carpet
    • Upholstery
    • ASD (Applied Structural Drying)

*Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO® of University Place/Lakewood West for any of your water, fire or cleaning restoration needs. We are a full-service franchise – we work to dry out your home and restore it to its previous condition. Contact us at 253-896-3000 to inquire about our services.

Check your gutters before a storm.

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Overflowing gutter

Did you know that a large percentage of damage homes suffer during a rain storm or hurricane is to the roof?  Keeping your gutters clear and in good condition can help reduce the amount of damage your roof receives and how much water seeps into your home.  The more prepared your are, the less damage you will have to face.

Here are some tips on how to prepare your roof gutters before a rain storm/hurricane:

  1. Get out your ladder. Go around your house and make sure your gutters are free of leaves and debris. This is a top tip from every government agency and safety service.  By late fall, it’s likely more than half full of leaves that have fallen and they’ve clogged your gutters.  Add a lot of rain, and it’s a receipt for water in your basement, leaky ceilings, and more.
  2. Extend you downspouts. Keeping water away from your foundation is critical when there is a lot of rain. A downspout that only extends the length of the curve can be dangerous.  Even one that extends three feet isn’t good enough.  Downspout extenders or even length of downspout attached to the downspout elbow can keep the ground around your home from getting over saturated.  Water can seep through the walls of your foundation if the ground gets too wet.
  3. Check your window wells. Cover them if you can keep out excess water and debris.  If a gutter were to clog, it’s often a window well that fills with water first.  The seals around the windows won’t keep water from pouring into your home.  Keep a bucket handy and check your window wells often during the storm.  A little preemptive bailing can keep from a wet basement.
  4. Be courteous and don’t dump your leaves in the street. After gutter cleaning, you may want to dump all those leaves out to the street for pick up.  Do your street storm drains a big help by not dumping them out there just yet.  You’ll wind up putting a strain on local resources and services that, in a situation like this, should be going to more important issues.  Storm drains will clog if the streets are taxed with extra leaves. They also make it more difficult to get to power lines or downed trees.
  5. Protect stuff in your basement. If there are places around your home prone to flood occasionally, even if you have dealt with your gutters before the storm, make sure you get them off of the ground.

Water damage after the storm can be devastating.  Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000.

https://mastershield.com/season/summer/gutters-before-a-hurricane/

Mold in the Attic

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

This is mold growth in the attic caused by poor ventilation.

Attics (like crawl spaces) are highly susceptible to mold growth because moisture can easily accumulate in these spaces.  It’s not every day that we think to check the attic for moisture. 

Attic mold is mostly caused by poor ventilation.  A good tip to check your attic space for moisture is by looking at the nails; if there is excess moisture, chances are you’re the nails will start to rust.  Eliminate or reduce the amount of moisture in your attic space by using the following helpful tips.

  • Look for Roof Leaks – Check for discoloration at the joints where two types of material meet, or repair/replace deteriorating spots on the roof.
  • Check for raised shingles – When shingles become brittle and dry, they are subject to nails pushing the shingles upward. High winds can also push old and damaged shingles upward.
  • Beware of any gaps where moisture can enter – a few common culprits are skylights, duct work, plumbing and insulation (check for missing portions/sagging)

Although there is a plethora of other items to check for excess moisture, by keeping an eye out for these potential problems, you’re giving your self a head start against Attic Mold Prevention.

Do you have any questions about attic mold? Just ask - call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 253-896-3000.

Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Indoor Air Quality refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. 

Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professionals evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure.  Some specialize and are skilled in testing buildings for the presence of molds.  Using various testing devices, these professionals collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to the outdoor environment.  If you have concerns about mold, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West can assist you in locating a qualified Air Quality/Environmental Professional.

Have questions about this blog?  Just ask!  SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West cares about your health and the  proper restoration of your home.  Call us at 253-896-3000, we'll be happy to help.

Water Will Hide From You

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

This leak caused water to travel under the wall into the next room.

One of our customers had a toilet leak that went into the hallway.  She didn’t think it went under wall into the bedroom, because the carpet felt dry.  Boy was she surprised!  Our technicians came in with our moisture meters and were able to show her that the water did in fact travel under the wall and affect the carpet, pad and subfloor in one of her bedrooms. 

Water will hide from you, it can seep under areas that are hard to see with the human eye or feel by touch.  If your home has a water leak or flood, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood WestCall us at 253-896-3000 any time of the day, any day of the week.  Our technicians will be there to help.

Commercial Property Summer Maintenance

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

In the case of water or fire damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West- 253-896-3000

Sunny weather is the best time to spruce up your commercial property, and in Washington State our window of dependable sunny weather isn’t as long as we would like it to be.  Let’s go over a few maintenance tips that can help your University Place or Lakewood property.

  1. Clean your gutters and downspouts – pine needles, leaves and debris can build up gutters and clog downspouts over the fall and winter months. When the rainy season hits, the clogs will cause water to pool which may lead to water damage, including damp spots, mold growth, dry rot, and peeling paint. 
  2. Get your roof inspected – getting your roof inspected once a year is one of the best ways to prevent roof leaks. If you notice any loose tiles or shingles call a roofing company for repairs.
  3. Wash off your property’s exterior – the wet Washington weather can bring in dirt and moss to the exterior of your building. With a pressure washer, you can easily remove, dirt, dust, grime, moss and the like from walls, fences, parking lots, driveways and sidewalks to maintain the outside of your property.
  4. Apply a fresh of coat of paint – this will boost curb appeal for your property. The paint will provide an resistant layer against the elements, and could reduce the need for major exterior repairs in the future.
  5. Clean up vegetation around the building – the summer months can be dry and the heat can make flames spread easily. Remove any excessively dry plants, and trim back bordering plants to avoid a preventable disaster.

CALL 8-1-1 BEFORE YOU DIG

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is here time to start those new garden beds, shrubs and trees to increase the curb appeal of your business. There are millions of miles of utility lines buried all over the world, hitting a line could not only cause an issue for you but your neighbors around you as well. So, before you dig don’t forget to call 811 (it’s FREE) a few days before you plan to start your project.

5 Steps to Safer Digging

  1. Pre-mark your dig site with white paint
  2. Call 8-1-1 or go online to (callbeforeyoudig.org) to submit a request.
  3. Wait the required time (normally 2 days)
  4. Respect the marks don’t move them or adjust them in anyway
  5. Dig with care, when getting close to markers it is best to use hand tools.

Please keep in mind this summer, when starting your projects don’t forget to call 8-1-1. You or someone who is around you could be injured, or lines could be damaged, this all becomes very costly. If you call before you did this can be avoided.

Storm Proofing

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your University Place / Lakewood Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • 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.

Different Types 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. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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

Preventing Mold Growth

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Got Mold? Call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. Our technicians are trained in mold remediation.

Mold, the very word causes people to cringe.  It does not take much for mold to grow, but there are ways you can help prevent the growth from starting and spreading.

The Washington State Department of Health has some handy tips for preventing mold growth.

  • Stop water leaks, repair leaky roofs and plumbing. Keep water away from concrete slabs and basement walls.
  • Open windows and doors to increase air flow in your home, especially along the inside of exterior walls. Use a fan if there are not windows available.
  • Make sure that warm air flows into all areas of the home.
  • Install and use exhaust fans in bathroom, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
  • Ventilate and insulate attics and crawl spaces.
  • Clean and dry water damaged carpets, clothing, bedding, and upholstered furniture within 24 – 48 hours, or consider removing and replacing damaged furnishings.
  • Vacuum and clean your home regularly to remove mold spores.
  • Check around your windows for signs of condensation or water droplets. Wipe them up right away so mold can’t grow.

Taking the necessary precautions now can save a lot of time and money for future remediation. 

Top 5 Water Damage Issues in Homes

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water wicking up a wall after a pipe burst.

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!

How can you help your dogs during a storm?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Some of our canine friends are afraid of thunder and lightening.

We all wonder what we can do for our dogs during those loud storms? Some dogs are extremely sensitive to the loud noises and sounds that come along with a thunder storm. Most of the time we have an idea that a storm is coming, whether it is the cloudy skies or warnings on the news/radio.  If you find yourself with a nervous or scared dog here are a few things that could help your four-legged friend out.

  1. If possible be home with your dog, if you are there your dog may not be as affected by the storm. If you can’t be home with your dog, try to set a up a person to be with your dog in your absence.
  2. Bring your dog inside of the home, if your dog’s left outside, he/she may try to escape out of the yard or inscape into your home. This not only can cause damage to your fence and home but could hurt your dog.
  3. Put your dog in a sound proof room such as a walk-in closet as these usually have no windows and are surrounded by many walls which helps to block out the noise.
  4. Play other noises such as a radio or tv turned up, this will help to mask the noises from the storm. You can also use thunder sound tracks to help your dog learn to cope with the noises outside.
  5. Use medication only as necessary and only as directed by your vet.
  6. Finally, do what ever helps your dog to be calm may that be a belly rub or sitting on the couch together for a quick snuggle.

If you find yourself needing any information here are some helpful sites to check out:

http://www.pethealth.com.au/Page/nine-steps-to-calm-your-dog-in-thunder-noise-fears

https://www.purina.com/dogs/dog-articles/behavior-and-training/calming-your-dog-during-a-thunderstorm

If you find yourself needing any help with water damages after a storm. Call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000.

What happens after the leak?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold started to grow underneath the carpet due to an unnoticed leak.

Over flowed toilets, sprinkler systems and broken pipes can all be culprits in water damage to your home. When water issues in your home go undetected or ignored it can lead to major issues and large bills.  Water has away of getting in all those little tiny places and can be easily over looked. The average cost on a water is between 1,000 to 4,000. This is not including any construction to get your house back to its original state.

A few things to keep in mind

  • The longer your water damage goes unnoticed with, the more likely you are to have a mold issue.
  • If your furnishings are not dried out properly and in a timely manner they also have a high chance of mold.
  • The length of time the water sits can greatly affect the restoration costs.
  • How much water was involved in the loss
  • What kind of water was involved, clean water contains little to no contaminates, grey water contains significant amounts of contaminates, black water is extremely contaminated.

Water damage can’t always be avoided, but with the proper equipment and knowledge it can be cleaned up “Like it never even happened.” If you find yourself with a water emergency don’t forget your favorite crew, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is here to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day you can reach us at 253-896-3000.

University Place/Lakewood West 24-Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West Provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service in University Place/Lakewood West.

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – (253) 896-3000 

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Summer Storms

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Summer Storm

Summer comes with many fun things BBQ’s, swimming at the beach, camping and spending time with family. Summer seasons can also come with wind, rain, and thunder/ lightning storms. When heavy rains come we risk floods, and high winds can wreak havoc on the power lines and trees around your home.

Here are a few help tips to keep your home safe during the summer months:

  • Have an emergency kit ready in your home including these items: flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, canned and dry foods, water, can opener, first aid, fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes and shoes, flares or whistle to signal for help.
  • Cut down any dead or unwanted trees and branches around your home.
  • Know the safest structure of your home to go during a severe storm, make sure everyone in your household knows to meet here.
  • Avoid electrical equipment and telephones, instead use your battery powered TVs and radios.

If you happen to be caught outside during a thunder storm:

  • Never take shelter under a tree or tower, lighting tends to strike the tallest object in the area
  • Leave if you’re in an elevated area such as on a hill, mountain or peak
  • Get out and away from any body of water
  • Stay away from anything that conducts electricity including wires and fences.

If your home is affected by a summer storm don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000. We are here to help!

Basement Mold

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

An unnoticed water heater leak, caused mold to grow on the walls.

The basement.  In many homes, it is the one room that is used the least.  With little to no sunlight, and little ventilation, this room is also susceptible to mold growth.  Even finished basements are a good candidate.  Mold can make a home anywhere in your house, but basements offer the best environment for it bloom. 

The best line of defense is preventing the living conditions mold needs to stay alive.  In order for mold to thrive, it needs an organic food source, oxygen and moisture. Below is a list of items to keep an eye out for to keep mold and mildew at bay:

  • Leaks: since a lot of plumbing goes below the house, leaks are very common in the basement. Foundation leaks happen after years of wear and tear, and clogged drains or downspouts can divert water to the basement windows causing the water to well up and eventually leak into your basement.
  • Flash floods: When this happens, it will cause water to rise in the soil and against the basement’s foundation.
  • Sump Pump Failure: Most basements have sump pumps, sump pumps divert any water that accumulates around the foundation. These can fail if there is a power failure, or if they aren’t regularly maintained.  Serious water damage can occur if a sump pump fails.
  • Water Heater Failure: Even a small leak from a water heater can create enough moisture that may lead to mold. If it fails completely, it can cause flooding.

If you notice mold or water in your mold basement, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West (253) 896-3000.  Our certified technicians have the tools and the training to help you.

https://moldpedia.com/basement-mold

https://www.howtoremoveblackmold.com/mold-in-basement/

Smoke Alarm Safety

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarm

We all know that annoying beep that the smoke alarm makes when its battery is about to die. This helpful sign may be annoying but what if you needed your alarm and it was dead. The National Fire Protection Association says that dead batteries caused 24% of smoke alarm failures. Keeping a routine of inspection of such devices is so important.

Here’s what you should know about smoke alarms:

  • Larger homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once per month
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds they all sound
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years

Smoke alarms save lives, the only way they can do their job is if you do yours by making sure they are working properly. In unfortunate event you do have a fire in your home SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is always available to help with fire and smoke damage call us at 253-896-3000.

How to Prevent Mold After Water Damage

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth under roof deck.

How to Prevent Mold After Water Damage

Water damage can be a big issue, if not taken care of properly the left over moisture can turn into mold. Whether hidden in your walls or out in plain sight, mold only needs a little moisture and a dark space. A few things to keep in  mind when you find water some where it shouldn’t be in your home.

  • Clean water as quickly as possible
  • Use fans to dry the area
  • Dehumidify the room
  • Sanitize the area
  • Check all furniture in the area to make sure it is not damp as well.

When water creeps in make sure you know the proper way to handle it, this can keep you from spending more than needed. If you have a water issue and need help to ensure you don’t end up with mold growth call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at 253-896-3000. We are here to help!

How is your Air Quality?

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Air Quality

How’s your Air Quality.

When we think of pollution we think of the air outside, when we should also consider how dirty the air is inside. Indoor Air Quality refers to the air quality in and around your home. When you try to control indoor pollutants you can help reduce your risk of illness. Air quality can have major effects on people of all ages but children, elderly, and people with preexisting conditions are at high risk.

Some major pollutants in homes are:

  • Fuel burning appliances (gas stoves and heaters)
  • Tobacco products
  • Cleaning products
  • Central heating and cooling systems if not correctly maintained
  • Excess Moisture

Here are a couple options to help the air quality in your home or business:

  • Source Control
  • Improved Ventilation
  • Air Cleaners

By doing just a few of these things you can reduce risk of illness in your home or business. If you or someone you know needs Air Quality Testing done call us here at SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000 and we can point you in the direction of some one to help you with it.

Commercial Floods

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded Conference Room

Flooding and water damage events in Tacoma commercial properties are often complicated with many issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a larger event, we work swiftly to assess the damages and isolate the area. More often than not, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Protect your kids from fires and burns

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Tips

From a hot cup of coffee to boiling water on the stove, burns are a huge hazard in every home.  Burns are the most (especially hot water and liquids) are the most common accidents related to kids.  Here are a few ways to help avoid burn related accidents.

  • Always use the back burner on your stove when possible.
  • Keep an emergency aid kit close at hand in your home.
  • Install a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
  • Keep matches, lighters, candles and chemicals put away out of reach.
  • Put child safety plugs in your outlets.

For more information on childproofing your home check out these sites:

www.kidshealth.org (Burn Safety)

www.nsc.org (Emergency Fire Preparedness)

Your child's safety is important to us here at SERVPRO.  In the event of a fire or smoke damage keep in mind SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (253) 896-3000

BBQ Safety

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

BBQ fire was caused by a propane leak.

That time is here school is out, the sun is bright, and we are ready to be outside! After a long winter cooped up in your house, your ready to bust out the BBQ and have your friends and family over! Some don’t realize when hosting these events your increasing your chances of a housefire.

Here is a list of helpful hints to keep you and your guests safe this summer:

  • Make sure your grill is at least 3 feet away from other objects including your house, trees, fences, and outdoor furniture.
  • Remember starter fluid should only be used in charcoal grills not gas grills.
  • If you think your gas grill could have a leak, turn it off and fix it before use again.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill.

For more information check out these websites:

http://www.mbhinsurance.com/grilling-safety-reminders-for-your-summer-bbq/

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Outdoor-entertaining

If your summer event doesn’t turn out as planned, SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We pride ourselves in being on site within 4 hours of our first notice of the loss. For your fire restoration needs, contact us at 253-896-3000.

Smoking Safety

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

In the case of fire damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West- 253-896-3000

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that "smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, started an estimated 17,200 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2014. As the air gets dryer, it's important to remember that it's much easier to start fires than other times of the year. If you are a smoker, smoke responsibly and follow these smoking safety tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in the living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.

Put It Out

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out. Dousing them in water or sand is the best way to do that.

For more information, visit http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/smoking

University Place Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Be sure to call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West for your water restoration needs!

As residents of Washington, we know it doesn't matter the season- it's bound to rain. A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your University Place basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 253-896-3000

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 253-896-3000

Mold and Your Crawlspace

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Microbial growth needs three components to grow: organic materials, moisture, and heat. The crawlspace is subject to all three, making it vulnerable to mold growth, along with the location of the crawlspace.

Location, Location, Location

The location of the crawlspace plays a key factor in microbial growth. As it sits on top of the earth, moisture in the dirt may rise up to the subfloor and framing. These organic materials are a breeding ground for mold growth. Moisture typically evaporates, however, it gets trapped in the crawlspace. High humidity levels also encourage mold growth.

The crawlspace is also located beneath the home. If you have any water damage in the interior of the home, it is not uncommon for water to find its way into the crawlspace. It's standard for our technicians to check the crawlspace during a water damage event to remove any standing water, as well as non-salvageable, wet materials, such as insulation.

Combine the organic materials, any moisture from the earth or water damage, and high humidity, the crawlspace is susceptible to mold growth. 

For mold remediation services, call SERVPRO of Tacoma- 253-896-3000

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow, toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces, or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backups

Sewer Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today- 253-896-3000

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes. 

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve blood borne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint power and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood and bodily fluids

For more information, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000.

Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner. 

SERVPRO will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic and masonry. Our highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents Cleaning

Are you in need of vandalism and graffiti cleanup services? Call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West today 253-896-3000.

Wildfires

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Summer of 2015 was one of the most severe wildfire seasons in the history of the Pacific Northwest. The US Forest Service reported and detailed over 3,800 wildfires within Washington and Oregon which burned more than 1.6 million acres. Wildfires cause more than just burnt forests; the fires also cause poor air quality and smoke damage to structural buildings.

Smoke damage can cause a pervasive odor and the need for a deep-clean of soot from upholstery and carpet if the structure is nearby a wildfire. The professional team comprised of specialized trained technicians at SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West respond quickly to disasters. Our technicians can clean upholstery and fabrics, eliminate odors, and restore your business or home to pre-fire condition.

As the 2016 wildfire season begins, the team at SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West supports the US Forest Service and its many firefighters in an effort to prevent structural building losses and wish everyone a safe, summer.

To read more on the 2015 Fire Season, visit:

http://www.wfmrda.nwcg.gov/docs/_Reference_Materials/2015_Timeline_PNW_Season_FINAL.pdf

Statistical data provided by:

http://wildfiretoday.com/2016/02/14/review-of-the-2015-wildfire-season-in-the-northwest/

Firework Safety

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fourth of July weekend is a fun time of year as we celebrate our Nation’s Independence. According to the Washington State Patrol, in 2015 there were 481 fireworks- related emergencies in Washington. In an effort to promote injury and fire prevention, here are some recommended safety tips provided by the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

·         Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.

·         Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

·         Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

Keep your home and family safe this Fourth of July. From all of us at SERVPRO of University Place / Lakewood, have a safe and Happy Fourth of July weekend.

To read more tips on fire safety, visit:

http://www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips

http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/statistics.htm

Aluminum Wiring in Your Home

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

As residents of Tacoma, we recently received a letter from the city of Tacoma fire department warning us about the effects of aluminum wire failure. Residences and buildings built or modified between 1965 and 1972 may potentially contain aluminum electrical wiring. Small aluminum wires are associated with an increased risk of fire. If your home was built or modified during this time, be sure to check for aluminum wiring in your home or business. The city of Tacoma has provided information on how to determine the presence of aluminum, signs of aluminum wiring failure, and how you can fix the problem.

Determining the Presence of Aluminum Wiring

The best way to determine whether or not your structure contains aluminum wiring is to have an electrical professional conduct an inspection. As an alternative if you have sheathed wire visible in unfinished basements, attics, or garages, you can perform a visual check of the plastic sheathing on the cables. The word aluminum or 'AL' may be written on one side of the wiring. After turning off power at your electrical box, you can also look at the exposed wires in outlets or switch boxes. The color of the aluminum wire is silver rather than copper.

Signs of Aluminum Wiring Failure

  • Hot electrical outlet faceplates
  • Unidentified smell of burning plastic
  • Flickering lights
  • Failed electrical circuits

How You Can Fix the Problem

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has researched the fire problem associated with aluminum wiring and recommends three permanent repairs:

  • Rewire the entire home
  • Professionally install COPALUM crimp connectors
  • Professionally install AlumiConn connectors

For more information or questions about aluminum wiring, please contact the Fire Prevention Division by calling 253-591-5740.

Outdoor Events

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Summer is here! It's the perfect time for outdoor parties, family get-togethers, and BBQ's. Something most of us don't consider is that outdoor events increase the risk of home fires according to the National Fire Protection Association. Luckily, they've provided us a list of tips to consider when hosting an outdoor event.

  • Have an adult present at all times when a portable fireplace is burning
  • Use sturdy candle holders that won't tip over easily
  • Keep anything that can burn, as well as children and pets, at least three feet away from open flames
  • Use battery-operated, flameless candles and solar-powered patio or tiki torches in place of an open flame

In the case your outdoor event doesn't go as planned, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We proud ourselves in being on site within 4 hours of our first notice of your loss. For your fire restoration needs, contact us at 253-896-3000.

For more information, visit the National Fire Protection Association website at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/wildfire-and-seasonal-fires/outdoor-entertaining

Pool Safety

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Safety is our main concern this summer- make it yours too! Follow these tips to keeping our community youth safe!

Days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. It's time for more trips to the pool whether at home or at your local community pool. This summer, safety is SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West's main concern. Keep yourself and your children safe by following these pool safety tips provided by The Washington State Department of Health.

  • Never take eyes off children in the water.
  • Don't allow a young child in the pool without an adult
  • Knowing how to swim doesn't make a child drown-proof. Never use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first. 
  • A barrier, such as a fence that is at least 4 feet high, must surround the pool or spa. The gate or door must be self-closing and self-latching with the latch out of reach of children.
  • For above ground and inflatable pools with ladders, remove or secure the ladder when the pool is not in use. 
  • A power safety pool cover or safety cover for spas is another barrier option.
  • Don't play or swim near drains or suction outlets, especially in spas and shallow pools.
  • Keep long hair away from suction drains by using hair braids, bands, or swim caps.
  • Never enter a pool or spa that has a loose, broke, or missing drain cover.
  • Know where the electrical cut-off switch for the pool or spa pump is and mark it for quick turnoff.

For more pool safety information, refer to The Washington State Department of Health's website at http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/WaterRecreation/PoolSafety.

Summer Projects and Unforseen Risks

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fall, winter, and spring are over and now it is time to start working on summer projects around the home. Washington Utility Notification Center reminds us to call before you dig in the ground; however, many of us forget when working on repairing the home or business to consider where utilities lie within the walls, under flooring, and possibly in the ceiling.

Creating the smallest hole in a water pipe or a tiny water leak can cause a lot of damage to the structure’s walls, insulation, flooring, and ceiling. When it is discovered water damage is occurring, first turn off the water supply immediately, and then call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. The professional, highly trained technicians are ready to respond quickly with water extraction equipment, removing water as quickly as possible, and restoring your home or business properly while monitoring and documenting the drying process.

To read more about Washington’s Utility Notification Center, visit:

http://www.callbeforeyoudig.org/washington/

Undiscovered Leaks in Your Business

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Undiscovered leaks and moisture build-up can cause damage to the floors, walls and ceilings of your business, leading to soft dry wall, stained ceiling tiles and other more serious problems. Although the damage may go unnoticed for an extended period of time, proper cleanup is vital to the restoration of your property and equipment. 

Follow these maintenance tips to avoid a water damage event in your place of business.

  • Inspect ceiling tiles regularly for discoloration or leaks. This could be a sign of leaks in the HVAC unit or piping.
  • Check water lines in coffee makers, refrigerators, and water filtration systems for kinks or leaks, annually.
  • Remove standing water with a mop and seek professional assistance for complete drying and restoration.

If you suspect water damage, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West use the latest technology to locate and detect even the smallest amounts of moisture in a home or business. After locating the water damage, our technicians are trained in water extraction and drying to help you get back in business. Contact us to help you protect your business from further damage due to water. 253-896-3000.

Smoke Damage Cleaning

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

The recovery process following a fire in your home or business can be overwhelming and stressful. Damage to your personal belongings and home are just some of the concerns you may experience. 

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West understands the need to restore order and are equipped with the technology and training needed to help ensure your property is restored to its preloss condition. For instance, knowing the different types of smoke and behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

  • Wet smoke- plastics and synthetics, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary
  • Dry smoke- includes paper and wood; fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, no smeary residue
  • Protein- virtually invisible, discolors paints/varnishes, extreme pungent odor
  • Fuel oil soot- furnace puff backs
  • Other types- tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue

If you are in need of cleaning, water or fire related, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West to make it "Like it never even happened." 253-896-3000

Unseen Water Causes the Most Damage

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Remember, water damage can go deeper than the surface. Make sure to call your SERVPRO of Tacoma professionals for your water damage needs!

There's no such thing as a small disaster- especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time. Instead of trusting untrained eyes, help ensure the value of your property by calling SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West.


Our technicians are trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures:



  • Identify the source/type of water

  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis

  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises for hidden moisture

  • Perform emergency water extraction

  • Move and block furniture and contents

  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide services

  • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/deodorization)

  • Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment

  • Dispose of refuse


SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West has the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages set in. To stop leaks from becoming a big problem, dial 253-896-3000.

Fire Damage in Your Home

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage in your home can be a stressful event. Damage to your personal belongings and home are just some of the concerns you may experience. Timely response and thorough mitigation can alleviate these concerns. The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. Our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. 


We provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claim inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.


What you can do until help arrives:


Do



  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery

  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet


Don't



  • Wash any walls or painted surfaces

  • Shampoo carpets or upholstery

  • Clean any electrical equipment

  • Send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor


SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West understands your home is more than four walls. Your home includes your memories and personal belongings. We are trained in caring for both you and your home. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West can help you restore your home and personal belongings.


Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West, the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at 253-896-3000.

Call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West for Your Water Damage Needs

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Leaks from piping, roofs, and other water sources can cause water damages that can go unnoticed for weeks, even months. Attempting to clean up water from a leak can lead to further damage and contamination if not handled properly.


SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West's trained professionals are equipped with a full line of cleanup and restoration services that handle water damages caused by leaks and excessive moisture. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, our specialists can help protect your business and property from further damage and get you back to normal business functions.


So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the water yourself, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West, your cleanup and restoration professionals. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West ensures we will arrive on-site within four hours to start mitigation services and within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person. Contact us at 253-896-3000 to protect your home or business from further water damage.

Water Damage in Your Business

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water leaks within a business can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboards, and walls while moving throughout the structure, potentially creating mildew and staining walls. Quick action is critical in avoiding costly repairs and expensive downtime. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West understand the water damage event can not only disrupt your facility, it can also interrupt day-to-day business functions- possibly closing the business and ultimately affecting your revenue.

To avoid your business closure, here are a few leak prevention tips:

Exterior

  • Check roofing for deterioration
  • Check gutters and down spouts for blockage
  • Check basements and crawl space for moisture

Interior

  • Check appliances in break rooms and cafeterias
  • Check sinks and toilets in restrooms
  • Check HVAC for leaks and blockage

There's no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens to shut down your business. Turn to the company with the resources and experience to be a national leader in cleaning and restoration. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West ensures to arrive on-site within four hours of loss notification to start mitigation services and within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person. We understand that every minute counts. Call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West for your water damage needs. 253-896-3000

Indoor Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

For your water or fire damage needs, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West! 253-896-3000

It's important to keep up on home maintenance to avoid mold, water, or fire damage. With better weather, Spring is the perfect time to work on home improvements. Travelers Insurance Company gives us a list of indoor maintenance tips.

Electrical Outlets and Cords: Check electrical outlets and cords throughout your home for any potential fire hazards such a frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Outlets, fuse boxes and extension cords also should be checked to make sure they are not overloaded.

Fire Extinguishers: Check your fire extinguisher at least once yearly, including the hose, nozzle and other parts, to make sure they are in good condition and that the pressure gauge is in the "green" range. If necessary, move your fire extinguisher to an accessible place.

Air Conditioning: Before turning it on for the season, have your air-conditioning system inspected and tuned up by a professional.

Water Heater: Check for leaks and corrosion.

Furnace: Clean or replace your furnace filter.

Dryers: Dryer lint can build up inside the vent pipe and collect around the duct. Clean both the clothes dryer exhaust duct and the space under the dryer. Use a specialized brush to clean out the vent pipe. Lint can also build up inside the dryer enclosure and should be cleaned and serviced by a profession.

Smoke Detectors: Daylight savings time is the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Inspect each smoke detector to ensure all are in working order, and make sure to test them monthly. Ideally, there should be at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home, including the hallway or area outside of each set of bedrooms, and one within each bedroom itself. If necessary, install additional smoke detectors as needed.

Light Bulbs: Check each light bulb in every fixture for the correct recommended wattage and replace any burned out bulbs. Also, consider replacing all high-intensity bulbs with fluorescent or LED bulbs to reduce energy and the amount of heat produces.

https://www.travelers.com/resources/home/maintenance/spring-home-maintenance-tips.aspx

Smoke Alarm Safety

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Follow these smoke alarm tips to ensure your home or business is prepared in the event of a fire.

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) reports nearly two-thirds of these fire-related deaths occurred in homes with no working smoke alarm or no smoke alarms present at all. Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when they are properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.


The NFPA recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house.


Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.


Once smoke alarms are in place, it is important to maintain and regularly test the alarms to ensure they are in the proper working order. Review the tips provided here regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.


Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A preparedness plan allows your family, employees, or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. For tips or information on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000.


Smoke Alarm Tips:



  • Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.

  • Test smoke detectors at least once a month using the test button

  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away

  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old

Commercial Fire Damage

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage

A fire damage in a business can be stressful for the owner, property manager, employees and tenants. Property damage, equipment damage, document loss and temporary business closure are just some of the concerns you may experience. Timely response and thorough mitigation can alleviate these concerns.

The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring verses replacing your business property and belongings. Our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.

We provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services ensure your property and belongings are restored to preloss condition when possible while providing security in knowing normal business functions can resume in a timely manner.

What you can do until help arrives:

DO

  • Limit movement in the facility to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between office furniture legs and wet carpet

DON’T

  • Wash any walls or painted surfaces
  • Shampoo carpet or upholstery
  • Clean any electrical equipment
  • Send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West understands returning to normal business operations is your primary concern. Our specialists are trained in caring for both you and your business. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, we can help you return to business quickly and help protect your facility and belongings.

Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West, the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at 253-896-3000.

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West Knows Deodorization

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke, and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.


As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fat, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to content and may result in periodically resurfacing odors. 


SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West provides specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable items in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies, upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, and more.


We do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance. We seek out and remove the sources of the odor.


If you or someone you know suffers a fire damage- or some other accident- and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. Whether it's fire, water or mold damage- or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away- we'll help make it "Like it never even happened."

Harmful Wastes DOs and DON'Ts

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. In case of a biohazard, follow these DOs and DON'Ts:


DO



  • Stay out of affected areas

  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening

  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated


DON'T



  • Attempt cleanup of any kind

  • Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids


If you find yourself in need of biohazard, crime scene, or vandalism clean up, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000. We are faster to any size disaster and will ensure your property is back to its preloss condition.

Understanding Mold

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet. 
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. 

If you find you have mold present, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. 253-896-3000

What to do When You Have Mold

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

For your mold remediation needs, contact SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. 253-896-3000

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. 


If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider these DOs and DON'Ts until help arrives.


Do



  • Stay out of affected areas

  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans

  • Contact SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West for mold remediation services


Don't



  • Touch or disturb the mold

  • Blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth

  • Attempt to dry the area yourself

  • Spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

What's Your Fire Plan?

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

In an emergency situation, like a building fire, every second counts. How quickly you respond could depend on how prepared you are before the emergency. Emergency planning and training directly influence the outcome of an emergency situation. Facilities with well-prepared tenants and well-developed plans are likely to incur less structural damage and fewer or less severe injuries.


When preparing a fire evacuation plan, it is important to designate multiple evacuation routes and exits. This ensures more than one way to exit the building, should an exit be blocked by fire. When choosing emergency exits, consider the following recommendations:



  • Exits should be clearly marked and well lit.

  • Exit routes should be wide enough to accommodate the number/volume of evacuation personnel.

  • Exit routes should remain unlocked and clear of debris at all times. 


If you prepare drawings that show evacuation routes and exits, post them prominently for everyone to see. Once an escape plan is created, it should be practiced to help familiarize everyone with emergency exit routes. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends practicing fire and emergency evacuations at least twice a year. It is important to talk to your local fire department, as local codes may required more frequent drills for various facilities. 


Fire Escape Safety Tips:



  • Make a plan- remember, every second counts

  • Practice your plan- make sure you, your staff, and/or your family are well-versed in escape routes from every area of your home or business. Practice leaving the property with your eyes closed, feeling your way out.

  • Leave immediately- don't stop for possessions or keepsakes. Exit as quickly as possible. If the smoke has already grown thick, crawl low and cover your mouth to avoid smoke inhalation.

  • Never open doors if they are hot to the touch- when you come to a closed door, use the back of your hand to see if the door is hot to the touch. If it appears the fire is on the other side of the door, leave it shut and find another escape route.

  • Designate and outside meeting place- designate a meeting location away from the building. Take attendance to ensure everyone is accounted for and safely evacuated. 

Spring Cleaning Tips

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Follow these spring cleaning tips to get you started!

Spring is here! It’s time to start cleaning out the closets and cleaning those hard to reach areas we look over throughout the year. Here are a few tips to get you started and to stay focused during your spring cleaning.

  • Always start from the top- as you clean higher items, like ceiling fan blades and top shelves on bookcases, you’ll knock down dust to a lower level. Cleaning from the top down will prevent soiling areas you have already cleaned.
  • Stay focused on the task at hand- when cleaning out a closet or drawer, it’s easy to get drawn in by old photo albums and keepsakes. Set aside time for the fond memories later; you’re on a mission!
  • Don’t be a pack rat- You don’t want to throw away precious keepsakes but try to limit junk laying around your home or office. If you haven’t used it in a year or two, throw it out!
  • Hit the hidden areas. We all avoid the dreaded hidden areas in our homes, but now is the time to face the dust bunnies!
  • Tackle the big projects first. It happens every year, we start with the best intensions to scrub our homes from top to bottom, but somewhere in the middle we run out of steam. Tackle the biggest projects first or you may never get to them.
  • Yard sale time! Don’t just chuck your unwanted items. Put them up for sale; you may be surprised to see what could bring in a few bucks.

If you find yourself overwhelmed, call the cleanup team that’s faster to any size disaster- SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000

Flooding DOs and DON'Ts

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Have a water damage emergency? Call 253-896-3000

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:



  • Is it safe to stay in the house?

  • 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 tabletop 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 your household vacuum to remove water

  • Don't use your television or other household appliances

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceiling are sagging

Be Prepared for the Next Big One

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Safety is our goal at SERVPRO of University Place. Make it yours too and be prepared.

In July of 2015, The New Yorker posted an article relating to "The Big One"- a massive earthquake that is predicted to hit California, Oregon, and Washington. Unfortunately, these things are never planned. It's important to be prepared for emergency situations. To help, the American Red Cross has provided safety tips to follow during an earthquake. 


If you are inside when shaking starts:



  • Drop, cover and hold on.

  • If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.

  • Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.

  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and it is safe to exit. Use stairs to exit the building rather than an elevator. 

  • Be aware that fire alarms and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an earthquake, even if there is no fire. 


If you are outside when the shaking starts:



  • Find a clear spot away from buildings, power lines, trees and streetlights and drop to the ground until the shaking stops.

  • If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses, and power lines if possible. Stay inside with your seat belt fastened until the shaking stops. 

  • If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.

  • If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes. 


http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one


http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Are-You-Ready-for-the-Next-Big-One

Prevent Your Basement from Flooding

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Prevent your home from getting a roof leak with these easy steps!

It’s that time of year. The rainy season is among us and it’s the best, or worst, time to find out you have a roof leak. Luckily, there are steps you can take to prevent a roof leak, according to USA Roof Masters.

  • Tree branches that are touching or hovering over your roof/gutters should be trimmed.
  • Gutters should be clear from leaves, broken tree branches, and other types of debris.
  • Got hanging or loose gutters? Get them replaced or repaired right away. The purpose of a gutter is to prevent water from accumulating on the roof. A clogged gutter will stop the process of allowing water to flow and escape from the roof.
  • If you have any loose bricks, get them reset.
  • Get your chimney caulked. If you have a skylight, get that caulked as well.
  • Houses with attics should have plenty of ventilation and insulation- this will help prevent leaks.
  • Replace missing shingles. If you have patches on your roof with multiple colors, that’s a sign your roof has missing shingles. You should also consider replacing loose or cracked shingles.

If you notice you have a roof leak, causing water damage in your home, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is here to help! Call us today 253-896-3000.

http://usaroofmasters.com/7-tips-to-prevent-roof-leaks/

Fire Damage and Your Business

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your place of business? Call us today!

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.

Biohazardous Water Damage

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Any water damage in your home is bad. Especially when the water contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect the health of your family and the value of your home. Toilet over-flows, sewage backups and other dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes; these biohazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a home, as well as the moisture necessary to support their growth.

A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for black water intrusions. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West specialists are trained to safely clean and restore your home utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the Source/Type of water
  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises
  • Perform emergency water extraction
  • Move and block furniture
  • Provide floor service
  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide service
  • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/deodorization)
  • Utilize drying equipment and monitor drying
  • Dispose of refuse

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West understands how disruptive black water damages can be for your entire family. For this reason, we offer 24-hour emergency response and under normal circumstances, will have trained, uniformed technician on-site of a water damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing and protecting your home and belongings. We abide by OSHA guidelines and all applicable health regulations when removing moisture, sewage, and contaminants, disinfecting and deodorizing as they safely clean your home and restore belongings.

Before you risk your health by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West, your water damage cleanup and restoration experts at 253-896-3000.

Spring is Just Around the Corner!

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Get ready to start your spring cleaning with SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West!

The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. Spring is in the air, but you can’t shake those winter blues! Spruce up your home or business with a deep cleaning.


Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our environment and get a head start on the hectic season of spring and summer. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West can help. Our specialists are trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications. Other services include: upholstery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, odor identification and deodorization.


A clean environment is a healthy environment. Improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, don’t worry, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West has all of the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time. Give us a call at 253-896-3000.

Prevent Your Basement from Flooding

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

A few tips to keep your basement from flooding!

Bob Vila, television show host from This Old House, shares 7 steps to prevent a flooded basement on his official website. 


Gutters & Downspouts- Keep gutters free of debris and position downspouts away from the foundation . The goal is to drain storm water at least three feet away, so if necessary, consider running extension cords through troughs.


Foundation Cracks- Inspect the exterior foundation and your basement's walls and floors. Use epoxy to fill any foundation cracks and if warning signs are detected, apply masonry sealer indoors.


Sump Pumps- If you have a below-grade sump pump, check to make sure it's well is free of debris. If you have a portable pump, position it in the lowest part of the basement and be sure it's connected to a power source.


Sewer & Septics- If you haven't had your sewer inspected or your septic tank cleaned, spring is a good time to address these concerns. During periods of prolonged, heavy rainfall, clogged sewers and over-taxed septics are disasters waiting to happen.


Window Well Covers- If you have below-grade basement windows, install window well covers that will fasten securely to your home's foundation. Clear acrylic covers allow light to enter, even as they keep out rain, leaves, and pests.


Generators- Remember, a sump pump only works if you have power. If you live in an area plagued with frequent storms and power outages, a generator may be a long-term investment worth considering.


Insurance- Review your property insurance policy and consider additional coverage, especially if you have  a finished basement. usually, homeowner's insurance does not cover flooding or sewer backups. 


For all your water damage needs, contact SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. 253-896-3000.


http://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/7-steps-to-avoid-a-flooded-basement-44256/septic-tank-cleaning

National Ladder Safety Month!

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

National Ladder Safety Month!

March has been named National Ladder Safety Month by the American Ladder Institute. As we begin our spring home improvement projects, it is important to keep these ladder safety tips in mind, provided by the American Ladder Institute.

  • If you feel tired or dizzy, or are prone to losing your balance, stay off the ladder
  • Do not use ladders in high winds or storms.
  • Wear clean slip-resistant shoes. Shoes with leather soles are not appropriate for ladder use since they are not considered sufficiently slip resistant.
  • Ladders with loose or missing parts must be rejected. Rickety ladders that sway or lean to the side must be rejected.
  • The ladder you select must be the right size for the job.
  • The Duty Rating of the ladder must be greater than the total weight of the climber, tools, supplies, and other objects placed upon the ladder. The length of the ladder must be sufficient so that the climber does not have to stand on the top rung or step.
  • When the ladder is set-up for us, it must be placed on firm level ground and without any type of slippery condition present at either the base or top support points.
  • Only one person at a time is permitted on a ladder unless the ladder is specifically designed for more than one climber.
  • Ladders must not be placed in front of closed doors that can open toward the ladder. The door must be blocked open, locked, or guarded.
  • Read the safety information labels on the ladder. The on-product safety information is specific to the particular type of ladder on which it appears. The climber is not considered qualified or adequately trained to use the ladder until familiar with this information.

As you begin your spring home repairs or remodels, please remember these ladder safety tips!

http://www.americanladderinstitute.org/?page=BasicLadderSafety

Electrical Safety Month

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

It's time to check for electrical hazards in your home. Follow these easy steps to ensure your home is safe.

February is National Electrical Safety Month! It’s time to inspect your home for potential hazards. NOVEC, an electric distribution company based out of Northern Virginia, gives us these home electrical safety tips to keep our homes and families safe.



  • Check electric cords often for damage. Have damaged cords repaired right away. Worn cords can cause shock, short circuit, or fire

  • Pull the plastic housing of the electric plug to take it out of the wall socket, never pull on the cord

  • Do not overload electric outlets with too many items plugged in at once

  • Water and electricity do not mix. Do not operate electric appliances such as radios or hair dryers near a bathtub of sink full of water

  • Never stick your fingers, toys, or anything except electic plugs into electric outlets

  • Unplug any appliance that emits sparks or that does not work properly

  • Always unplug an appliance before cleaning or repairing it

  • Always unplug the toaster or other appliance when removing a piece of stuck food

  • Remember that at turned-off appliance is still connected to electricity until it is unplugged

  • Limit use of extension cords. Make sure the cord is the appropriate size for use. Some appliances or equipment required heavy-duty cords


In case of an electrical fire, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West for your cleaning needs. 253-896-3000


https://www.novec.com/Safety/HomeElectricalSafety.cfm

Beware of Mold

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Call us for your mold remediation needs! 253-896-3000

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.


Concerns are more likely to arise for “at risk” people, which might include immune suppressed or compromised individuals, infants and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals with chronic inflammatory lung disease such as asthma and sever allergies. However, anyone may experience health problems associated with exposure to mold in damp buildings. Possible health effects include runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat, or inflammation of the sinuses.


If you think you might have a mold problem call us at 253-896-3000. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood cares about proper restoration of your structure. In most water damage situations, excessive mold growth is not a problem and we can safely restore your building to preloss conditions “Like it never even happened.”

Winter is Coming!!!

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these tips to avoid pipe bursts and puff backs this winter!

Cooler temperatures, morning frost, rain, and snow fall tell us winter has begun. Not only must we prepare for these changes ourselves, it’s important to prepare our homes for winter weather as well. Pipe bursts and puff backs can occur without the proper precautions. In order to get ahead, here is a list of preventative methods for losses that occur most during the winter.

Frozen Pipes

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. To prevent burst pipes and prepare for winter weather, follow these easy steps:

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off.” Then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.

Puff Backs

A puff back is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, covering the inside of your home in grimy soot, or a puff back can leak soot particles more gradually. Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff backs.

  • Keep your oil heating system free of dust
  • Inspect and service your heating system yearly

In case of water damage or damage caused by a puff back, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

Prepare your business and your customers for winter by following these steps!

Cooler temperatures, morning frost, rain, and snow fall tell us winter has begun. Not only must we prepare for these change ourselves, it’s important to prepare our businesses as well. Water damage seem to occur at the most inconvenient times, as does the flu. Follow these steps to prepare your business for winter weather.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • 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 area. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Help prevent the spread of flu germs. Businesses can depend on SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces, and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants.

For all of your winter weather needs, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

Safety Tips for Using a Turkey Fryer

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these tips when using a turkey fryer, if you so choose!

As delicious as a fried turkey may be, the method of cooking can be very dangerous. Using a turkey fryer should be avoided at all costs. There are many concerns surrounding a turkey fryer including burns and fire hazard. If you choose to use a turkey fryer during the holidays, Allstate Insurance has compiled a list of cooking tips when using a fryer. 

  • Keep fryer in full view while burner is on.
  • Place fryer in an open area away from all walls, fences, or other structures.
  • Never use in, on, or under a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or any structure that can catch fire.
  • Raise and lower food slowly to reduce splatter and avoid burns.
  • Cover bare skin when adding or removing food.
  • Check the oil temperature frequently.
  • If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn gas supply off.
  • If a fire occurs, immediately call 911. Do not attempt to extinguish fire with water.

In the event of a fire, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West for your fire restoration needs. We are available 24/7, 7 days a week. 253-896-3000.

https://www.allstate.com/resources/allstate/attachments/tools-and-resources/pz-holiday-cooking-safety-tips-nov-2013.pdf

Holiday Fire Safety

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

This holiday season, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is making safety our first priority. Make it yours too!

During the holiday season, it's easy to get distracted while in the kitchen. It's important to keep safety your first priority. Allstate Insurance and Liberty Mutual Insurance has compiled a list of safety tips to follow during this holiday season.

  • Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking. Most fires in the kitchen occur because food is left unattended.
  • Keep the cooking range free of clutter such as oven mitts, food packaging, and decorations. Even though you have myriad dishes to prepare, don't overload a cook top with too many pots and pans. Trying to cook all your dishes at once could cause grease to accidentally spill onto a range top and cause a fire.
  • Grease can ignite quickly, so be sure to wipe the stove top and oven before cooking to remove previous grease spills or splatters.
  • Never throw water on a grease fire, it's best to smother the fire by pl;acing a lid on the pan.
  • Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid handy while cooking. If a small fire starts in a pan on the stove, put on a flame-resistant oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Don't remove the lid until the food has cooled.
  • When removing lids on hot pans, tilt them away from you to protect your face and hands from steam. If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing.
  • Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Long, open sleeves could ignite and catch fire from a gas flame or a hot burner. Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. If you have long hair, be sure to tie it back.
  • Keep smoke alarms connected while cooking. Smoke alarms can save lives. Make sure smoke alarms are installed and working.
  • Unplug small appliances that aren't in use. Not only will you save the energy, but you will also avoid the potential dangers if they were to be turned on accidentally.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it. Make sure the fire extinguisher is UL listed and rated for grease and electrical fires.
  • Never put a glass casserole dish or lid on the stove burner; if it gets too hot it could crack or shatter.
  • Establish a "kid free" zone of 3 feet around the stove and use the back burner first.
  • Never hold a child on your hip while cooking as it greatly increases the likelihood for burns.
  • Turkey fryers should be avoided, as they can be extremely dangerous.

If you have fire damage, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West for your fire restoration needs. 253-896-3000

https://www.allstate.com/resources/allstate/attachments/tools-and-resources/pz-holiday-cooking-safety-tips-nov-2013.pdf

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/342203271656096941/

 

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

This Thanksgiving, stay safe when cooking by following these safety tips provided by the National Fire Prevention Association:



  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey to check on it frequently.

  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.

  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns.

  • Keep the floor clear so you don't trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks, or bags.

  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.

  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.

  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children- up high in a locked cabinet.

  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.


This time of year, kitchen safety is SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West's main priority. Let it be yours too!


http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/wildfire-and-seasonal-fires/thanksgiving-safety

Clean Homes Sell Faster

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West for your home cleaning needs!

Looking to sell your home? It is a fact: A clean, fresh smelling home will sell faster. Veteran realtors will encourage you to keep your home in top condition for very important reasons including increased market value. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West offers a variety of services to help revive your home to top show condition including carpet and upholstery cleaning, ceiling, wall, and hard floor cleaning, deodorization, and mold mitigation and remediation.

One problem many homeowners come across when selling their home is mold. Molds are found in every environment and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, causing public  health problems. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems. leading to mold growth. It is especially important to clean up existing indoor mold growth to increase property appeal and retain its value. If a property has experienced a water intrusion, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West can inspect the damage to see whether moisture has penetrated materials or is allowing mold growth. 

Prior to listing your property, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth. Should a water damage event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage- act within the first 24 to 48 hours.

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials
  • Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work
  • Install a ventilation system

As a home owner looking to sell your home, you may have trouble spots to address before you list or schedule a home inspection. Whether the problem is a water stain on a hardwood floor or a mildew smell in the basement, rest assured that SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West can get your home in top show conditions and ready to sell. When you decide to sell your home, call us for cleaning and restoration services that will help showcase your property to potential buyers. 253-896-3000.

Fire and Smoke Damage DOs and DON'Ts

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your property? Follow these DOs and DON'Ts until help arrives!

A home or business fire is stressful and inconvenient for all who are involved. As a homeowner or business owner, knowing what to do in the case of a fire may be foreign to you. These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper actions until SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration.

DO

  • Limit movement in the home or business to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and  turbs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Chance HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to sstop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system

DON'T

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water (they may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

When fire damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West will help you take it back. Call us at 253-896-3000 for your fire damage needs.

University Place/Lakewood West 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today 253-896-3000

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration- in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representatives will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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, rst assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Meet our crew! http://www.SERVPROuniversityplacelakewoodwest.com/employee-photos

 

Vandalism DOs and DON'Ts

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

Vandalism to your private or business property can be disheartening and even dangerous. As a homeowner or business owner, knowing what to do in the case of vandalism to your property may be foreign to you. These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper actions until SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West arrives. Please follow these dos and don’ts to help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration.

DOs

  • Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • Vacuum glass particles from carpets or upholstery
  • Save containers which reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints

DON'Ts

  • Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains
  • Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
  • Discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces from porcelain, furniture, or art objects.

In the case that you experience vandalism to your property, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West for your cleaning needs. We will restore your property to pre-loss conditions “Like it never even happened.” 253-896-3000.

Mold Remediation

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West for your mold remediation needs!

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West handles water damages every day and knows prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity

If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair property.

Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professionals evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure. Some specialize and are skilled in testing buildings for the presence of molds. Using various testing devices, these professionals collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to the outdoor environment. If you have concerns about mold, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West can assist you in locating a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional.

If you think you might have a mold problem, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West professionals are trained in mold remediation and will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. Call us at 253-896-3000!

What to do Before, During, and After a Power Outage

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Stay safe this season by following these tips to know what to do before, during, and after a power outage!

We’re more vulnerable to power outages this time of year because of new growth and leaves that are still on the trees, which can pull branches down. Ready, a national public service advertising campaign, gives us these tips to follow before, during, and after a power outage.

Before

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternate charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
  • Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps,. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state’s or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device, determine a back-up plan.

During

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location that has heat to keep warm.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
  • If you are considering purchasing a generator for you home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system.

After

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • If food in the freezer is colder than 40 degree Fahrenheit and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it
  • Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled.
  • Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods, and other supplies.

https://www.ready.gov/power-outages

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West's main priority this season is safety. For any water or fire damage needs, feel free to call us at 253-896-3000.

Prevent Your Home From Fires This Halloween

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these steps to prevent a fire from occurring in your home this Halloween!

Halloween is a time for tricks and treats, but it's also a time to be cautious about fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), decorations are the first thing to ignite in more than 1,000 reported home fires each year. Here are a few things you can do this Halloween to prevent fires in your home from NFPA and the American Red Cross.

  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. 
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways, and yards. 
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
  • When using a real candle to light your jack-o-lantern, make sure the candle gets blown out when you can't monitor it, especially when you leave your home.
  • Always remember to turn off any running electric appliances before you leave home, blow out candles, and unplug fire hazards, such as lights, that might get too hot.

https://www.army.mil/e2/c/downloads/328439.pdf

http://redcrosschat.org/2015/11/04/hidden-dangers-halloween-decorations/

In the event of a fire, contact SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West for your fire damage needs. We can be reached 24/7 at 253-896-3000.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

9/30/2016 (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 Tacoma

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.

Hot Water Heater Maintenance

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Don't forget to check your hot water heater!

Many households and businesses forget about hot water heater maintenance until it's too late. Learning ways to maintain your water heater before a water damage event is important. This Old House Magazine published an article written by lance Marques, HVAC contractor, Swezey Fuel Co., sharing 6 easy tips to maintain your hot water heater.

·         Test the TPR Valve

·         Check the Anode Rod

·         Drain the tank and wash out sediment

·         Adjust the temperature

·         Insulate the pipes

·         Insulate the heater

If you are noticing water damage around your hot water heater, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. Our professional technicians specialize in quickly and properly inspecting the water damage, drying out the damp areas, and monitoring and documenting the whole drying process.

Be sure to notify SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West if you have water damage as soon as possible. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration costs.

To read more on how to maintain a water heater, visit:

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20351985,00.html

Contaminated Water Damage DOs and DON'Ts

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Act fast when water damage occurs to steer clear of possible health effects.

Any water damage is disruptive, especially when the water contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect the health of your family and the value of your home. Toilet overflows, sewage backups, and other dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes; these biohazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a home. As a homeowner, knowing what to do in the case of contaminated water damage in your home may be foreign to you. These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper action until SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DOs

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON'Ts

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry affected materials and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

About SERVPRO of Tacoma

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.

Water Damage DOs and DON'Ts

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these DOs and DON'Ts if you have a washing machine overflow in your home.

Any water damage is disruptive and often overwhelming. These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper actions until SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DOs

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water sources.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON'Ts

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazard may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If you experience water damage in your home or place of business, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. We are faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

IICRC Certified Firm

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


IICRC Certified Firms must


• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.


• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.


• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.


• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.


• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.


The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry


The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.


Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.


About SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West


SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

University Place/Lakewood Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • 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.

Different Types 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. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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

When Storms or Floods hit University Place/Lakewood, SERVPRO is ready!

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is faster to any size disaster and specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West professionals specialize in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit University Place/Lakewood, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 253-896-3000

Faster to your University Place/Lakewood Water Damage Event

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.


Faster To Any Size Disaster


Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of University Place arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.


Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 253-896-3000


Water Damage Timeline


Within Minutes



  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.


Hours 1 - 24:



  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.

  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.

  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

  • A musty odor appears.


48 Hours to 1 Week:



  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.

  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

  • Paint begins to blister.

  • Wood flooring swells and warps.

  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.


More Than 1 Week:



  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.


About SERVPRO of University Place


SERVPRO of University Place specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

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