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Freezing Temperatures and Lessons Learned

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Now that we are on the tail-end of the freezing temperatures and the resulting pipe breaks I thought I would share some of our experiences and the lessons learned.

  1. There are a surprising number of homeowners that do not know where their water shut-off is located.  When you consider that a broken pipe can expel between 25 to 50 gallons of water per minute, every minute that passes while you search for the shut-off is causing more damage.  Make sure everyone in your family knows where main shut-off is located.  It’s a good idea to place a tag on it with important contact information including a good plumber's contact info. 
  2. Setting the thermostat to 50° Fahrenheit may not be sufficient to prevent pipe breaks in vacant structures or detached garages when the temperatures drop into the teens.  For those extra cold stretches 60° might be a better bet.

SERVPRO of Auburn/Enumclaw specializes in the cleanup and restoration. Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - (253)848-0800

Freezing Temparatures

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

If you are planning on being away from home while freezing temperatures are being forecasted you might consider shutting off the water at your home before you leave. After the water has been shut off the remaining water can be purged from the lines by simply opening a faucet located in the lowest part of the home. That way you can avoid calls from a concerned neighbor letting you know that water is running out from under your front door (Several of the broken pipe projects we worked on this week literally had water running underneath the front door).

The most destructive pipe bursts happen in the attic.  A lot of times plumbing will be located above the insulation in the attic so even though your home may be nice and toasty warm the space between the insulation and roof may not. A simple visual check of the attic space will do in this case. If pipes are above the insulation and are not wrapped a quick trip to home store for some inexpensive pipe insulation will solve the problem. 

SERVPRO of Auburn/Enumclaw specializes in the cleanup and restoration. Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - (253)848-0800

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem? Mold can start to spread through your home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors.

This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along 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 your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Faster to your Auburn/Enumclaw Water Damage Event

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Auburn/Enumclaw Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Auburn/Enumclaw provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration services.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

SERVPRO of Auburn/Enumclaw 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 Auburn/Enumclaw 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)848-0800

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 Auburn/Enumclaw

SERVPRO of Auburn/Enumclaw 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.

Detailed Inspection and Fire Restoration

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Our initial fire damage restoration process involves a detailed inspection and assessment so that we can develop a plan of action. Our water removal and drying solutions include air movers, dehumidifiers, and a complete drying process. We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke odor and soot from all surfaces, including the HVAC system. We clean, sanitize and disinfect with industry approved air scrubbers and fogging equipment. Our restoration process is available for immediate board-up techniques and/or roof tarping service if needed. Restoration may also involve repairs that may require minor or major reconstruction steps.

A fire and its damages are very devastating for families and business owners. You need SERVPRO® of Auburn/Enumclaw.  We are caring experts who will guide you through this crisis. We believe in treating your investments, your family, and workers with care because we are locally owned and operated. We are proud to serve our communities during any emergency damages.

SERVPRO® of Auburn/Enumclaw is strategically located. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our main purpose is to help our residents get back on their feet as quickly as possible, after a fire or any natural disaster. We will provide the personal attention you deserve. We will keep you informed and comfortable throughout the fire damage repair process. Call us today at (253) 848-0800 so that we can help restore your home or business.

Black Mold Behind Walls

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Many of the largest mold colonies SERVPRO technicians tackle are located behind walls or underneath floors. These areas are static and dark, giving mold a perfect place to grow if any moisture is present. Our advanced detection equipment allows us to discover mold in places where you might not be able to find it.

In Cracks And Corners 
Mold does not need much space to start growing, which can make it a formidable opponent in constricted spaces like wall cracks and deep corners. We stock an extensive supply of tools and materials specially designed to reach these colonies, so don't worry if you find the mold in a seemingly impossible place. We’ve got it covered.

SERVPRO of Auburn/Enumclaw is a locally-owned franchise with national resources that helps homeowners to overcome mold, water, and fire damage at as little cost and strain as possible. Give us a call at (253) 735-2919.

Trained Professionals for Commercial Fires

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

A commercial fire leaves behind smoke damage, and it’s generally not a problem you can correct on your own. Hiring a cleaning and restoration company in Auburn, WA, is likely your best option. These professionals are trained in smoke cleaning and soot damage removal. The following gives you an idea of what you can expect during the process.

Assessment

The technicians conduct an assessment of the fire damage. This helps them develop the best plan for reversing the damage.

Security and Protection

In some case, fires result in broken windows, busted doors or collapsed rooftops. Many cleaning services will board up these openings. They also cover the roof with a tarp. This helps secure your building from vandals and harsh weather conditions.

Water Removal

Water damage may occur during a commercial fire. In this case, the cleaning and restoration team uses dehumidifiers and air movers. This helps them remove the water and dry the premises. Water removal takes place before addressing the smoke damage.

SERVPRO of Auburn/Enumclaw is a locally-owned franchise with national resources that helps homeowners to overcome mold, water, and fire damage at as little cost and strain as possible. Give us a call at (253) 735-2919.

Content Damage Can Storm Flooding Cause?

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

The damage done to your building after flooding caused by storms in Auburn WA, can vary from issues requiring minor repairs to problems that may involve major restoration. Knowing what you can expect for content damage from flooding, you can make informed decisions about how to handle restorations such as having to clean clothes and furniture.

Damage to Contents

One of the most apparent results of storm flooding can be damage done to the contents of your building. This can include staining of carpets and furniture and other damage to porous materials. There can also be damage done to electrical appliances. Some of these things may be salvageable but some of them may have to be thrown away to prevent mold, odors, or electrical fires.

SERVPRO of Auburn/Enumclaw is a locally-owned franchise with national resources that helps homeowners to overcome mold, water, and fire damage at as little cost and strain as possible. Give us a call at (253) 735-2919.

Mold Damage and Repairs

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Damage Repairs for Mold

A restoration company may need to take several steps to get your building back to a functioning condition after mold damage. They may do a tear out to remove moldy walls, carpet, or floors to ensure that everything is completely removed. A mold technician may also help handle contaminated water and sort through damaged materials to identify what can be salvaged.

Mold restoration can be a challenge, but restoration services can help make sure repairs are done right and tear out damaged materials if necessary. Mold may be a big inconvenience, but the effects of black mold damage can be repaired, and your building restored. It may seem difficult to face, but by knowing what to expect after mold damage you can be ready to handle the problems.

SERVPRO of Auburn/Enumclaw is a locally-owned franchise with national resources that helps homeowners to overcome mold, water, and fire damage at as little cost and strain as possible. Give us a call at (253) 735-2919.

How To Clean Fountain Drinks and Coffee Machines

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

A refreshing beverage sounds nice, but a moldy beverage is disgusting. You may not realize it, but mold grows inside the appliances you depend on for your drinks. Whether it’s coffee or soda, you might be ingesting fungus from out of control mold growth in your favorite drink machines.

How Can Mold Live in a Soda or Coffee Machine?

Mold is a resilient organism. It only needs a few essentials to survive and multiply:

• Access to plenty of moisture
• Organic compounds for food
• Time to reproduce and take over

Soda and coffee machines provide all these components in conveniently isolated environments. Each drink uses water as the base ingredient. Coffee beans are a fantastic fertilizer and sodas are almost entirely made of sugars.

Mold only requires 24 hours to grow and spread from the moment spores settle on a surface. The deep dark recesses of soda and coffee machines make it difficult to clean them with scrubbers. Molds remain undisturbed and add their own special seasonings to your drinks.

How Do You Clean Them Out?

Mold growth latches onto organic compounds and puts down roots whenever possible. Fortunately, drink machines have synthetic surfaces making cleaning with a chemical flush feasible.

Start by creating a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. Fill your machines up with this solution like you would with either water or your soda mix.

Run the vinegar through the machine. The vinegar kills and removes any mold hiding in the reservoir and the lines. Allow it to rest for 30 minutes after completing a full cycle.

The vinegar also leaves an unpleasant taste. To clear it out, run your machine two more times with clean water. Wash your other implements with soap and thoroughly dry all equipment.

How Often Should You Clean Your Drink Machines?

Even if you do not detect a moldy smell, your coffee and soda machines are subjected to mold growth whenever they sit unused. If you are in a damp climate like Auburn, WA, where molds are aggressive, clean your machines if they have had more than a day to rest idle. If aggressive mold returns, hire a licensed remediation expert to inspect your home for infestation.