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Five Factors to Consider When Estimating Fire Damage

11/10/2022 (Permalink)

If you were the victim of a fire at your business in Tacoma, WA, you know how overwhelming the aftermath can be. But it's crucial to take the time to adequately assess all the damage that occurred to get a fair restoration estimate. Here are five things to include in a claim:

  1. Restoration Costs

Fire isn't the only element that can cause damage to your business during a fire. Water used during firefighting can also cause damage. An emergency restoration service can be on-site to assess all the damage and outline a plan to clean and restore your space as soon as the building is deemed safe.

  1. Board Up Services

Windows often break during a fire, and doors may be damaged. Your restoration estimate can include the costs of board-up services. Tarps might also be used to keep water off damaged roofs in the event of rain.

  1. Debris Cleanup

One often forgotten side effect of a commercial fire is the amount of debris left behind. All damaged materials must be thrown away, and the lot must be cleaned before you can begin to rebuild. A debris cleanup service does the work, removes the trash, and disposes of it responsibly.

  1. Storage Costs

If you had a functional sprinkler system in your building, some of your belongings are likely salvageable. After the restoration process is completed and everything is clean, you'll need a place to store office furniture, product, and equipment while your building is repaired or rebuilt.

  1. Repairs After Fire Damage

Results of fire damage look different for different businesses. A business in an older building might suffer more damage that needs heavy repairs than one in a newer building. Repair costs can be included in your claim.

When you file a claim with your insurance company after a fire, it's vital to have an estimate covering every aspect of getting you back to work so that you aren't stuck with steep bills later.

Three Things to Know About Removing Mold From Your AC Ducts

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

Many business owners are surprised to learn that black mold can grow inside the ductwork of air conditioning systems. If moisture gets inside the ducts, mold can form and spread throughout your building. Alternatively, there could be mold in another area of the building, such as a bathroom. The bathroom mold could release spores that get into the ventilation system. Regardless of the initial cause of the mold problem, you want to get it cleaned as quickly as possible since mold can pose a hazard to your building's structure. Here are three facts you should be aware of when removing mold from air conditioning ductwork:

1. Cleaning May Require Disassembling Your System
If you notice mold near the entrance of your air ducts, it could indicate that mold has spread throughout the ventilation system. The best way to know for sure is to hire a professional mold inspector. If the mold has spread throughout the ductwork, the AC system may need to be taken apart and cleaned in sections. Specialized heavy-duty cleaning agents are often required to get the job done correctly.

2. Mold Can Spread Past the Ductwork
There is a layer of insulation that normally surrounds air ducts. When black mold gets into a ventilation system, it can sometimes spread into the surrounding insulation material. Pull back a small section to check for black specks that could indicate a mold problem.

3. Mold Can Reappear
Mold is spread by spores. If these spores are not thoroughly removed, they may reattach themselves to a moist surface. It is important that you not only clean ducts but also find and repair the original source of the moisture. Once the moisture problem has been fixed, any remaining mold spores will not have a place to colonize.
Finding black mold inside of your business in University Place, WA, can be stressful. Luckily, you can work with a professional mold remediation service to locate the problem, clean the mold, and restore any damaged areas.

Why Rapid Water Mitigation is

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Prioritizes Halting Water Damage Spread in Federal Way Commercial Buildings

After a burst pipe, ceiling leak, or sewer backup requiring cleaning up, you will hear many confusing terms concerning your affected commercial building in Federal Way. Water mitigation, water damage remediation, water damage restoration are all used in connection with the recovery. Each of these phrases has its place while planning clean up of water damage and repairs. Mitigation is especially critical, the foundation of the other tasks.

What Happens During Water Mitigation in Federal Way Businesses?

Put, water mitigation, as practiced by IICRC-certified firms like SERVPRO, stop the spread of water damage and removes the existing water intrusion. Fast action is needed to protect your business, including the following and more. Depending on circumstances we::

  • Shut off the main or ancillary supply line to halt the flow of water from incursions like a ruptured water heater or malfunctioning dishwasher pump 
  • Open the drain in an overflowing tub or sink
  • Use lightweight wands attached to an extractor to stop the migration of water from wet to dry areas of wall-to-wall carpeting
  • Pump water more than two inches deep out of confined areas
  • Squeegee water across floors to waiting pumps or truck-mounted extractors before running the extractor over the surface, suctioning the standing water into tanks for lawful disposal
  • Employ advanced water removal techniques like floor mats and other Injectidry-type solutions using negative air pressure to pull moisture from multiple floor layers or building cavities
  • Complete applied structural drying through air movement, temperature manipulation, and dehumidifiers 

What Happens After Water Mitigation?

SERVPRO project managers direct IICRC-trained technicians to provide the above emergency services while water damage remediation and restoration strategy planning continue. Remediation options concentrate on salvaging materials and contents. Then restoration, relating to needed repairs and rebuilding after controlled demolition during mitigation, rounds out the protocol. SERVPRO's general contractor license allows us to provide the build back required.

Advanced training in industry best practices and extensive water damage mitigation through restoration experience steadfastly guides SERVPRO of Federal Way. Line up our skilled team to support your water-damaged business with one call to (253) 838-8999.

Why Rapid Water Mitigation is Essential for University Place Businesses

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Prioritizes Halting Water Damage Spread in University Place Commercial Buildings

After a burst pipe, ceiling leak, or sewer backup requiring cleaning up, you will hear many confusing terms concerning your affected commercial building in University Place. Water mitigation, water damage remediation, water damage restoration are all used in connection with the recovery. Each of these phrases has its place while planning clean up of water damage and repairs. Mitigation is especially critical, the foundation of the other tasks.

What Happens During Water Mitigation?

Put, water mitigation, as practiced by IICRC-certified firms like SERVPRO, stop the spread of water damage and removes the existing water intrusion. Fast action is needed to protect your business, including the following and more. Depending on circumstances we:

  • Shut off the main or ancillary supply line to halt the flow of water from incursions like a ruptured water heater or malfunctioning dishwasher pump 
  • Open the drain in an overflowing tub or sink
  • Use lightweight wands attached to an extractor to stop the migration of water from wet to dry areas of wall-to-wall carpeting
  • Pump water more than two inches deep out of confined areas
  • Squeegee water across floors to waiting pumps or truck-mounted extractors before running the extractor over the surface, suctioning the standing water into tanks for lawful disposal
  • Employ advanced water removal techniques like floor mats and other Injectidry-type solutions using negative air pressure to pull moisture from multiple floor layers or building cavities
  • Complete applied structural drying through air movement, temperature manipulation, and dehumidifiers 

What Happens After Water Mitigation?

SERVPRO project managers direct IICRC-trained technicians to provide the above emergency services while water damage remediation and restoration strategy planning continue. Remediation options concentrate on salvaging materials and contents. Then restoration, relating to needed repairs and rebuilding after controlled demolition during mitigation, rounds out the protocol. SERVPRO's general contractor license allows us to provide the build back required.

Advanced training in industry best practices and extensive water damage mitigation through restoration experience steadfastly guides SERVPRO of University Place / Lakewood West. Line up our skilled team to support your water-damaged business with one call to (253) 896-3000.

What to Consider Before Filing a Commercial Fire Damage Claim

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

If you’ve just experienced commercial fire damage, you’ve probably already filed a claim with your insurance company. Before you get too far into the claim process, there are some important points to consider.

There’s a lot of “fine print” in the handling of these situations that some insurance companies won’t necessarily bring to your attention on their own. Having a solid understanding of the process, will help ensure you protect your own interests in the commercial fire damage claim.

Below are 8 important points to consider:


1. Normally for water damage you send the insurance company documentation of the damages. But how do you do this for items or property that has been destroyed by fire damage? Are there good “before” pictures of the same space, on your phone or website, that you can compare with the “after” photos of the damage? Does your bank have record of the blueprint from when they helped you finance the property?

Does your business account have record of furniture, equipment, etc. that you purchased for the space? These would be good places to start, but you’ll want to ask your adjuster/agent for more specific protocol and requirements.

  1. Is it a good idea to make repairs and restorations yourself? Your insurance company will pay less, but your premium may not increase as much. Weigh the costs and benefits of each option.
  2. How did smoke or water from fighting the fire affect your electronics, equipment, and structural integrity. How do you claim those damages to trigger better coverage?
  3. When making repairs, make sure your insurance company does not cut corners by using companies or contractors that repair with materials containing lead and asbestos. That could lead to greater costs and health risks down the line
  4. Find out how your policy addresses code coverage and Green building upgrades.
  5. If your coverage is limited, what can you do about it? How can your agent or a public adjuster help?
  6. During the claims process, your insurance provider may engage a forensic accountant. Find out their role, which financial statements you are required to produce, and why. You should also ask if you can, and should, recast your financial statements. Don’t hesitate to get input from an accounting professional you trust, as well as your agent.
  7. Find out what can be included as extra and expediting expenses, and what the difference is.

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today – 253.896.3000

Clean Your HVAC Machine NOW!

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Yes, you read that right. If you haven't had your ducts or HVAC cleaned in a while, it is probably time to get it done. Air quality is very important for employees’ overall health, and has only become more important over the last 12 months.  Having clean ductwork goes a long way to improving air quality inside your office or building.

But why is it so urgent?

  • You will improve the air quality immediately
  • You may save money, as clogged ductwork is less efficient, and may require expensive repairs if left for too long.
  • Your office will smell better
  • Your office will look cleaner, as more dust particles will be sucked into the ducts and out of the building.

Signs that you need a cleaning:

  • Foul smells with no known origin
  • Excess dust buildup around the building or office
  • You have just recently completed construction
  • It has been more than five years since your last cleaning 


Now you know that time is of the essence for improving air quality by cleaning the ducts in your business. Protect yourself by calling SERVPRO of University Place / Lakewood West. You can reach us at 253.896.3000 at any time for immediate assistance.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned (CSC) program is designed to provide our communities with a way to know that a structure has been cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected to minimize harmful pathogens. If a structure is sanitized and disinfected as part of the CSC program, a window decal shield will be left at the structure as well as a separate window decal which should be dated by us to let everyone know when it was last sanitized and disinfected. This can be schedule as one time or recurring service.

Here is a list of some of the most common questions:

  • What is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?
    Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a proactive viral pathogen cleaning process.
    • Can you explain the process of proactive cleaning?
    We apply EPA registered disinfectants to touch point services in a variety of methods including but not limited to ULV fogging.

  • How often do I need cleaning performed?
    That will vary by location, number, and activity of occupants. We can setup a recurring cleaning schedule to fit the needs of your location.
  • What type of cleaning products are you using?
    We only use EPA registered disinfectants for proactive pathogen cleaning.

  • How long is a proactive cleaning effective?
    After a structure is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, maintaining that level of clean is dependent on occupants in the structure and how closely they follow health and safety protocols. We can schedule a recurring cleaning schedule to ensure that your location maintains that level of clean going forward.

  • What are your safety protocols?
    Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned crews follow all safety protocols and social distancing guidelines dictated by local, state, and federal guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all involved individuals.

  • How long will it take to perform the proactive cleaning?
    That varies on size and complexity of the structure. 

  • Is there anything I should do in between scheduled Certified: SERVPRO Cleanings?
    Continue with your regular janitorial services. If you would like, we can change your recurring schedule to a more frequent cleaning.

  • Is it safe to be in the structure when it is being cleaned?
    We recommend that the structure is empty when we perform the cleaning.

  • How long do I have to wait to return to the structure?
    Our EPA registered disinfectants have a dwell time of about 10-15 minutes. After that dwell time, it is completely safe to reenter the structure.

Interested about a Certified SERVPRO Cleaning at your facility? Just call SERVPRO of Tacoma at (253)896-3000.

Should Your Business Remain Open During a Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup?

7/10/2021 (Permalink)

equipment Call SERVPRO and let their IICRC certified technicians do the job for you (253) 896-3000

SERVPRO Supports Local University Place Business Properties With Any Size Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup Needed

In most cases, a business, particularly one open to the public, should not remain open during fire mitigation actions. This is because the air quality and airborne soot particulate can be irritant for some individuals. 

Some of the most common issues during commercial fire damage cleanup in University Place properties include smoke residues, foul odors, and water damage. SERVPRO techs carefully scope the area to determine:

  • The full scale of the cleanup needed
  • Tag articles that are too charred for restoration and need removal
  • Test residues to ascertain the type of smoke damage on surfaces

Multiple threats exist post-fire that can cause harm to stock, computer equipment, and essential paperwork. SERVPRO technicians can store these items in an entire area on-site or securely outside of the work area. Whenever a pack-out situation arises, it gets done in a very organized manner, with each item moved documented as to its location, condition and included in a report. 

SERVPRO of University Place is available for commercial fire damage cleanup at (253) 896-3000. The techs answer calls 24/7 and make the damage, "Like it never even happened."

4 Reasons To Have a Mold Inspection Done

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

mold Call us for a mold inspection! (253) 896-3000

Reasons To Have Mold Inspection and Cleaning Done

Mold that is left unchecked can spread and cause serious damage to your property. If you suspect you have a problem in your home, it may be a good idea to have mold cleaning and inspection done.

1. Not all mold is visible on the surface. You may first become aware of potential mold damage in your home when you spot a patch of it growing in your shower or notice a musty odor. However, not all growth is easily detectable by a visual inspection. An industrial hygienist can detect growth inside walls or hidden under other surfaces in your home.

2. Home testing kits can be misleading. Some homeowners may be tempted to purchase a home test kit, rather than hiring an industrial hygienist in University Place, WA. Unfortunately, home kits can be inaccurate for a variety of reasons. Some kits are not sensitive enough to detect hidden growth. Others may have become contaminated during the packaging process or while sitting around on a store shelf and give a false positive. Accurate detection is essential for drafting an effective mold cleaning plan.

3. An industrial hygienist can help you plan how to address your problem. Industrial hygienists can assess the situation in your home and suggest the best mold remediation strategies. Working in concert with your mold cleanup company, they can help you thoroughly and efficiently eliminate issues in your home.

4. You may need the inspection report if you plan to sell your home. In many states, sellers are required to disclose issues, such as past mold problems, to potential buyers. You may need to furnish an inspection report as proof that past problems have been addressed and your home is now mold-free.
A professional inspection can be a critical first step in the mold cleaning process. Identifying and removing mold as soon as possible will help you avoid unnecessary mold damage to your home.

Commercial Cleanup For Sewage Leaks

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

broken pipe When sewage leaks affect your business, SERVPRO of Lakewood is here to make it "Like it never even happened."

When the fire sprinkler system accidentally goes off or a water heater malfunctions on the 10th floor of an apartment building, the water damage can be extensive and overwhelming. A water loss in an apartment building can quickly become a disaster. Here, we will review what to expect if there is flooding in your apartment building. 

1.  Water Damaged Ceilings

When you live in or manage a multi-level building and there is flooding on one of the upper floors, you can expect widespread ceiling water damage. Water will have nowhere to go but down, seeping through carpet, hardwood, penetrating subfloors, and make its way to the apartments below. 

2.  Water Damage to Floors 

Expect to replace or dry wet carpets and pull up damaged hardwood floors.

3.  Electrical Issues 

Flood water may have entered your apartment through light fixtures or even poured out of electrical sockets. In cases of major flooding, your apartment building may even have to turn off the power for a certain amount of time until it has been deemed safe to turn it back on. 

4.  Possible Mold Growth 

Flooding in an apartment building is widespread and it can be awhile before the moisture on every level is addressed. Mold may begin to grow in as little as 48 hours after water damage, so you should keep an eye out. 

5.  Loud Equipment 

Your apartment management company will likely call their preferred water damage restoration company to handle the cleanup and repairs. This will include stationed commercial grade fans and dehumidifiers throughout the building and even in your apartment. The equipment is usually left for 3-5 days, depending on the extent of damages. 

6.  Demolition 

Since water will freely flow between the floors of the apartment building, the water damage restoration process will surely include opening up ceilings, pulling up carpets, removing trim and moldings, or even removing portions of wet walls. While it may be overwhelming in the moment, these steps will ensure your building is dried out after water damage and will help prevent a widespread mold problem down the line. 

7.  A Flooded Basement 

If your apartment building has a shared basement with laundry or storage - you may not be able to access it for a certain amount of time. When floods happen in apartment buildings, the water will usually collect in the basement. Do not enter it until it has been cleaned up and deemed safe to enter. 

8.  Possible Need to File an Insurance Claim 

The apartment’s management company’s insurance will likely be footing the bill for any structural damages and drying out the building, but if any of your personal belongings or contents are affected by flooding, it won’t be covered by their claim. In these cases, you will have to file your own claim with your renters or condo insurance.

Apartment Building Flooded? Call SERVPRO of Tacoma For 24/7 Service (253) 896-3000

SERVPRO of Tacoma is a 24/7 damage restoration company dedicated to restoring your property after any sized disaster. SERVPRO of Tacoma accepts all insurance carriers and will handle the process for you. Our goal is to make your damage "Like it never even happened." 

Maintaining Good Air Quality in Your Business

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Air Flow in building Fans and Air Purifiers are a Great Way to Promote Healthy Air Flow Indoors!

Keeping air quality at a healthy level is important for your employees' and coworkers' overall wellbeing. Contaminants in the air can lead to a number of adverse health effects. The number of contaminants can drastically rise in the wake of a flood, where mold is more likely to grow in damp conditions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “the term ‘sick building syndrome’ is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified. The complaints may be localized in a particular room or zone, or may be widespread throughout the building. In contrast, the term ‘building related illness’ is used when symptoms of diagnosable illness are identified and can be attributed directly to airborne building contaminants.” 

There is no question that the air quality in your business can have a direct affect people’s health. This is especially true in the present, as many people are concerned with dangerous airborne particles. To protect your employees, you can take steps in order to control the level of moisture and subsequent mold after any water damage with just a few key steps.

  • Make sure the original source of the water is fixed, whether it was a pipe, the roof, etc.
  • Keep the areas around air conditioners and humidifiers free from moisture and pooling water
  • Be aware of your building's air flow

If you experience any water damage or mold damage, please call us at SERVPRO of University Place, as soon as possible. Time is of the essence to keep your business's air quality at safe levels.

(253) 896-3000

Commercial Water Damage Procedure

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

flood in office space SERVPRO of University Place is faster to any size commercial disaster!

When your business or commercial property has water damage, it may be overwhelming to figure out where to start.

SERVPRO of University Place will assist you every step of the way in restoring your commercial property. We understand that every hour of our work is an hour of lost work for your business. Because of this, our goal is to be as efficient and non-intrusive as possible while restoring your property. 

To clear up any uncertainties, SERVPRO of University Place will always answer any questions or concerns around the process. 

Water Damage Restoration Process:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection & Water Damage Assessment
  3. Water Removal / Water Extraction
  4. Drying and Dehumidification
  5. Cleaning & Sanitizing
  6. Restoration

Our technicians are available 24/7 for emergency services and will respond day or night. We even offer free estimates and will help you through the insurance process. 

Call SERVPRO of University Place for any Commercial Water Damage Cleanup & Restoration Needs.

(253) 896-3000

Common Causes of Commercial Water Loss

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Most commercial property owners in University Place, WA assume their property can only suffer significant water damage during torrential downpours and rare flooding from rainstorms. While this can be true, weather isn't the only cause of property damage in Western Washington. 

The most common commercial water damage disasters happen from the following:

1.) Sprinkler systems

Some office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work with fire protection systems. While these sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they need replacement. 

2.) Appliances and Equipment

We see this most often in restaurants and catering halls, as well as businesses that have appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance falls and sends water across your building, especially on a Friday afternoon when no one is in until Monday morning, you may come in to face a water emergency! Unfortunately, this happens A LOT!!

3.) Broken pipes and plumbing

Just like in residential properties, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails, water damage could happen! 

If your business or commercial property is suffering from commercial water damage, SERVPRO of University Place / Lakewood West is here to get you back up and running. Call us at 253-564-1494 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Six steps of Water Mitigation

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee extracting water Within hours of your loss, a SERVPRO of University place/Lakewood west will be on site helping to restore your home.

When a water damage occurs in your home or work place, acting quickly is important to help preserve your home. Here at SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood west, we are dedicated to enduring your safety. We have compiled a list of steps to follow in the event of a water damage. 

  1. Initial Emergency Contact
    • You can call us 24 hours a day to begin the water restoration process because taking immediate action is crucial after water damage occurs. When you call us, we will ask you questions to get an overview of the damage and to help us determine what resources to dispatch to you.
  2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
    • When we arrive on the scene in response to water damage, we will do a detailed property inspection to assess the scope of the damage and to develop a thorough plan of action. We will identify the water source, the category of water, and check for safety concerns.
  3. Moisture Extraction
    • The water extraction process will remove the majority of moisture via our vacuum and pump units. We will start this process as quickly as possible to lessen the likelihood of more damage occurring and to reduce drying time. We can also help you move out of your belongings in the event that they might be damaged as well.
  4. Dehumidifying and Drying
    • After the excess water has been removed, we can begin fully drying all porous materials that have absorbed water. Our industrial-grade equipment moves air quickly and helps moisture to evaporate as fast as possible, which will dry out floors, walls, and carpets as well as discourage mold growth.
  5. Cleaning and Repair
    • After sustaining water damage, impacted surfaces will typically require professional cleaning. In addition to structural cleaning, we will clean your belongings that are able to be restored. We will also do odor removal to prevent the musty odor that water-damaged objects often develop.
  6. Restoration
    • The final step is ensuring that your property is restored to its pre-water condition. This will involve things like drywall and flooring repairs or even reconstruction. By working with us, you are working with a company that can handle all elements of the restoration, including the difficult reconstruction parts that truly restores things back to their pre-damaged state.

Feel free to call us at 253-896-3000 for any more information or help with a water damage. 

SERVPRO of University Place is here to protect your business

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo and employees SERVPRO of University Place is here to help protect your business!

As the owner of commercial property in University Place and the greater Tacoma area, you are responsible of maintaining the building and its pipework and the repairs the are needed. Due to the large amount of time buildings spend vacant, like on nights and weekends, the potential for water loss is very high. However, there is no need to fear. SERVPRO of University Place has a list with a few, simple tips to help prevent commercial water losses. 

  1. Clean your gutters and downspouts often
  2. Maintain trees and vegetation near your building
  3. Know where your water main is located. If you plan on leaving for a extended amount of time, shutting off the water is a great way of lowing the risk of a water leak
  4. upgrade hoses and pipes in a timely fashion to insure the products do not give out and cause major damage
  5. Install water detection devices to alert you right away if there is a leak
  6. Make sure your water pressure is not to high to avoid pipes cracking under pressure.
  7. Monitor your water bills. If the bills are higher than normal, that could be a tell tale sign that there is a leak. 

These tips are key to avoiding water leaks in your business and commercial properties. In the worst case scenario of a flood or water damage, SERVPRO of University Place will restore your building back to normal, if not even better! 

Sewer backups in your business

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Faster To Any Size Disaster! Call us at (253)-896-3000 to make it "Like it never even happened."

When you find a sewer backup in your business, it's never a fun experience for anyone, which is why we here at SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West have become experts at jobs like this. Because of our years and years of experience, we are able to develop a tried and true process for making your building "Like it never even happened."

The first thing to do is find out where the water came from. This is a very important consideration in allowing us to deal with your building. Dealing with a broken pipe is a far different process than dealing with sewage water.

Making sure your cleanup crew is using proper PPE  is very important. Even if the water appears "pretty clear" you may still need to treat it as sewage water, depending on how it entered your building. The waste water needs to be put back into a sanitary sewer line and the affected area needs to be cleaned properly.

Call SERVPRO of UP/LW when you want to make it "Like it never even happened."

Does your business have an emergency plan???

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

The first few minutes in an emergency can be critical. Do you know what to do? Does your crew know how to handle it? Who do you need to call? What steps should you be taking? When crisis hits know that you have a plan of action.

If an emergency breaks out, you want your employees to know what to do and who to call. Here are a few things that should be included in your emergency prepping.

Site and Facility Plans 

  • Maps of the building with meeting locations marked on them, these should be put up threw out the building.
  • Make sure all exits have signs and areas are well-lit.
  • Documentation of building systems such as the water and electrical showing shut off points.
  • You should also have a list of all emergency and utility companies in the area.

Evacuation

  • Ensure you have an alarm that can be heard threw out the facility
  • Check to ensure there are at least two exits that are marked for people to leave.
  • Keep a list of employees and anyone visiting the facility.
  • Make sure everyone knows where to go during evacuation.
  • Make sure that the exits are not blocked and if they are move whatever is in the way

Sheltering

  • Confirm there is a designated place for employees to meet in doors if the conditions outside take a turn for the worse
  • If there is a tornado or storm warning, ensure you have a location for everyone to fit and be sheltered from the store.

Shelter in Place

  • A procedure should be in place where the conditions outside are unsafe such as a chemical fire making the air contaminated
  • A communication system should be put in place to ensure there is away for everyone to either move indoors or stay indoors away from windows.
  • If it is a multi-story building people should gather on the 2nd or 3rd floor and not in the basement.

With the proper training and planning you can save time and money. Let us help you with your emergency planning.  SERVPRO of Tacoma can prepare an Emergency Ready Profile personalized for your business at no cost to you.

Protect your Commercial Building This Year!!!

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Is your business ready for the cold days ahead? Be sure your taking all the proper precautions to protect your business this winter. Here are a few things to look at before winter hits around your building.

On the outside

  • After the leaves fall in the fall take time to check and clean gutters to ensure there is proper drainage. Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams causing major damage.
  • Make sure your weather stripping is in good condition to ensure there is no draft and no small animal can make its way under the door.
  • Check the foundation for any cracks or damage. Apply caulking to any areas where masonry meets siding or were any pipes or wiring entering the building. When these opening are left unsealed moisture can get in and freeze resulting in cracks and mold build up.
  • Make sure your roof is in good condition checking to ensure you shingles are all in place.
  • Inspect your driveway and fill any cracks with filler to ensure no more damage is done.

On the inside

  • Remove any A/C units that can be and store them away safely for winter.
  • Go threw and check for any drafts around windows or doors, if you find spots that are not sealed apply weather stripping.
  • Change the directions of ceiling fans to redirect the warm air down to the floor.
  • Test and change all batteries in smoke detector and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Check the basement to ensure there are no broken windows or drafts.

By taking time to check these places before winter hits can mean saving hundreds on repairs later.

Fire Damage and Your Business

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

About SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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