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3 Tips for Saving Your Water Damaged Electronics

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Tips for Saving Your Damaged or Flooded Electronics

Whether you accidentally spill water on your keyboard or have your phone submerged in floodwater, water damage can severely harm your electronic devices or cause them to stop working altogether. If you find that your devices are in poor condition, there are a number of ways you can help restore them. Here are some tips for saving your damaged or flooded electronics in your Algona, WA, commercial building before they break down completely.

1. Remove Batteries or Power Connectors

Before you attempt to clean or repair your devices, make sure that you remove any batteries or power connectors right away. This may stop the electronics from short-circuiting and also makes them easier to clean. Once the main connectors and batteries have been removed, you can begin to properly assess the extent of water damage.

2. Dry Your Devices

After you’ve taken out the batteries and connectors, start drying your damaged electronics. The difficulty of this task can vary based on how deeply the devices are submerged in water. If you are able to, try using a cloth or hair dryer on a cool setting to dry your devices. Ensuring that there is no residual water trapped in your flooded electronics can reduce the risk of water damage.

3. Disassemble Them

In order to prevent any excess water from remaining hidden inside your electronics, take the devices apart if you can. This can help residual water to drain completely and makes it easier for you to clean the devices’ internal parts. While you may not be able to remove all the water from your electronics, drying and cleaning them as best you can may help to reduce electronic damage and improve the condition of your devices.
If you’re struggling to save your damaged devices, don’t wait to call for help. A water damage professional can help restore your flooded electronics and protect them from further harm.

How To Manage a Leaking Water Heater

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Manage a Leaking Water Heater If you detect a leak, promptly shut off the power supply

How To Manage a Leaking Water Heater

Most homeowners in Pacific, WA, expect to have hot water readily accessible. However, like other appliances and components, a hot water heater is susceptible to eventual wear and tear. Over time, sediment buildup and other problems can arise, resulting in diminished functionality or leaks. If not addressed promptly, a leaking water heater can cause extensive damage. To avoid this, every property owner should understand how to manage a compromised unit.

1. Shut Off Power and Water Supply

If you detect a leak, promptly shut off the power supply by either flipping the circuit breaker or the on/off switch on a gas unit. You should also restrict water flow to your broken water heater by turning off the cold water supply.

2. Evaluate Your Device

A water heater may leak for a variety of reasons, including a loose connection, excessive pressure or a ruptured tank. If available, consult your owner’s manual or contact a licensed plumber for assistance. If you experience significant seepage, you should promptly drain your leaking water heater and commence cleanup efforts.

3. Drain Unit

To drain your unit, connect a hose to the drain valve. Before releasing the water, open the pressure release valve. Ensure that water is flowing into a functioning drain or outside away from your home’s foundation.

4. Address Water Damage

A failed water heater can saturate the surrounding area. You should promptly soak up any standing water and remove any damp objects. To reduce the risk of mold contamination, cut out wet drywall and replace saturated insulation. Soaked carpets can also harbor mold spores and may not be salvageable.

5. Expedite Drying Process

Efficiently drying the affected area is an important aspect of the water damage cleanup process. Utilizing fans and a dehumidifier can help eliminate excessive moisture, one of the key conditions for mold growth.

A leaking water heater can be an unpleasant surprise, especially if significant seepage occurs. Although you may have to purchase a new unit, a prompt response may spare your from secondary damage and additional repair needs.

3 Things You Should Know About Mold

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Things You Should Know About Mold Spores can travel through your home unseen, making it easy for growths to form in multiple locations.

Black mold is a common problem that affects many homeowners in Auburn, WA. For those who don’t know much about mold, the issue may continue to grow. Here are a few pieces of information to better help you understand this little fungus and the best way to get rid of it.

1. Mold Is Everywhere

The reason that mold is such a common problem is that it can be found in most places. Fortunately, most species of mold are not harmful and if your home is well-maintained, you might not often have to deal with any excessive growth. Warm, wet environments are the most appealing to mold as it requires moisture to grow. If you have a moisture problem in your home or you fail to repair leaks right away, you may find that a fungus has taken the opportunity to form a colony.

2. Mold Spreads Quickly

When exposed to the right conditions, black mold can grow rapidly, sometimes spreading over a large area overnight. This is why it is important to limit moisture in your home, particularly if you have had previous problems with mold. Spores can travel through your home unseen, making it easy for growths to form in multiple locations.

3. Mold Will Not Go Away on Its Own

While it may be tempting to ignore the black mold and hope that the problem resolves itself, this is not likely to be the case. Unless properly removed, mold will continue to spread, eventually causing discoloration to walls and flooring, as well as creating a musty odor. In some cases, it may spread to your belongings as well.

If you notice mold forming in your home, the best thing to do is call a mold remediation service right away. Catching the problem quickly before it has had a chance to spread further will reduce the time and effort needed to remove the mold from your house. Once mold cleanup has been performed, keeping your home clean and reducing moisture will help keep additional growths from forming in the future.

What Fires Are and Are Not Covered By Insurance?

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Fires Are and Are Not Covered By Insurance? Electrical fires are considered accidental fire

What Fires Are and Are Not Covered By Insurance?

Dealing with the effects of a home fire in Enumclaw, WA, can be stressful and time-consuming, especially if you’re unsure what costs will be covered.

1. Vacant Homes

Fires can occur easily when there are no occupants in the home. If no one lives in a home for more than a month, the majority of insurance policies will consider the home to be vacant. The damage that occurs to homes that have been vacant for a month or more at the time of the fire are not covered by home insurance policies, meaning individual homeowners will be responsible for employing fire damage restoration professionals. However, it is often possible to purchase additional insurance for vacant homes.

2. Accidental Fire

The majority of fires that occur in homes are considered to be accidental. There are a variety of common types of accidental fires, including grease fires, laundry fires and electrical fires. If the home is inhabited and the home fire occurred accidentally, insurance companies will generally cover the majority of the costs of replacing damaged items and restoring the home.

3. Deliberate Fires

In some instances, people may set fire to homes in order to damage the property or in the hopes to receive money from their insurance companies. However, when a homeowner or another individual starts a fire purposely, known as arson, the insurance policy will not cover the costs of the destruction. If the cause of the fire is unknown and appears suspicious to firefighters or police officers on the scene of the fire, an investigation to determine the cause of the fire may occur.

Understanding whether or not your home fire will be covered by your insurance policy can help you better prepare for the restoration process. Though a vacant home fire and deliberate fires are not covered by insurance, accidental fires are generally covered by most policies.

Smart Ways to Prepare for Flood Response

5/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Smart Ways to Prepare for Flood Response Make sure you back up all essential data on the cloud

Wise companies know that emergency response is an important aspect of maintaining a productive business. You probably practice fire drills and even teach your employees basic first aid. However, do you have plans in place to react to flooding in the building? If you haven’t addressed this situation yet, now is the time.

The Possible Consequences

Water issues are nothing to take lightly. Flood damage can threaten your business’s viability and even harm employees. If you aren’t prepared, the following could affect your company:

  • Loss of work days due to relocation or shutdown
  • Loss of equipment or files
  • Unhealthy atmosphere for workers

Proper Maintenance

The first thing you can do is help prevent flooding by ensuring systems and processes work properly. Inspect the plumbing in your Auburn, WA, building each year, or more often if your facility is older. Check the rain gutters and downspouts and make sure they divert water away from the foundation. Have a flood response specialist identify any sewage concerns with the main lines coming into your office.

Have a Backup Plan

You no doubt have sensitive files and data on your computers and servers. Water can wreak havoc on electronics, which could destroy this valuable information. Make sure you back up all essential data on the cloud.

Have a Business Continuity Plan

A flood at work could be minor and do little to interrupt your daily activities. However, in more significant incidents such as when black water comes onto the premises, you could be out of the office for weeks or even months. Make sure you have a plan to keep your business running, whether this occurs in a secondary office or with employees working from home.

Act Now

If water does find its way into your workplace, contact a professional flood response and cleanup company without delay. This will help ensure efficient restoration.

Know what to do if you have flooding at work. Follow an effective plan.

Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Auburn Home?

5/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Auburn Home? During the time we are restoring your home's interior, we also take the time to clean your family's personal belongings.

House fires only need a small spark near combustible materials to start burning a home's interior. Other times, arson plays a role.

Regardless of the cause, the damage sustained can be extensive and affect areas of a home that never caught on fire.

Smoke Damage

Residents in the Auburn area should know that fire damage is not the only problem with a house fire. Firefighters know the damaging and deadly effects of smoke, also. Smoke is known to be more deadly than the flames of a fire because smoke permeates everywhere while fire itself is unable to burn without consuming something. Flames are hot, making people move away from them, but smoke is harder to avoid. Only a small amount of smoke needs to be present to cause asphyxiation, especially when people remain asleep.

In addition to being capable of turning family heirlooms into charred pieces of garbage, fires produce smoke and soot of different qualities. These qualities depend greatly on the type of material that was consumed by the fire. Plastics and rubber-based items create possibly the worst and dirtiest of all kinds of smoke and soot when they are burning, with items made of wood producing the least harmful side-products when they are burned. However, everything that burns during a fire produces some amount of smoke, ash, and soot. Soot has an oily feel, and it clings to everything it touches, but at the same time, the microscopic abrasives that soot contains begin to cut into whatever it covers.

Soot Damage

SERVPRO of Auburn/ Enumclaw employees are trained in determining the different types of soot, and also in how each type needs to be cleaned from the surfaces of the multitude of possible materials in your home. When a house fire is happening, soot and ash are spread through the home and lands on everything. Cleaning soot is not an easy task, but we are experienced and knowledgeable in the most effective methods currently known, providing our customers with the best possible outcomes to a horrible situation.

Personal Belongings 

During the time we are restoring your home's interior, we also take the time to clean your family's personal belongings. Hard surfaces such as shelving where items were stored are cleared and then cleaned. Each item is replaced after being restored to a clean condition. While we might not replace items in their original location, we always attempt to return them to the same area. When items are damaged beyond repair or restoration, we discuss these situations with our customer before disposing of anything.

Other surfaces such as textiles might be laundered at our site, or cleaned and restored at your home. Each item is individually cared for in the best manner possible. We want to obtain the results that make everything “Like it never even happened.”

Choosing the Right Fire Extinguishers for Your Auburn Home Helps Prevent Damage

5/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Choosing the Right Fire Extinguishers for Your Auburn Home Helps Prevent Damage SERVPRO Says to Keep Fire Extinguishers Handy to Mitigate Damages to Your Auburn Property

SERVPRO Tip, Keep Your Auburn Home Safe From Fires

Between garage fluids, kitchen appliances, children playing and electrical equipment, there are many things in your home which are possible ignition sources. However, do you have fire extinguishers in your garage, kitchen, and workshop of your home? Also, are they the right kind for your home? Fires are a scary event, no matter their, and SERVPRO is always standing by to help you clean up after a fire has happened in your home.

Fire extinguishers to extinguish fires and fire damage in your Auburn home are divided into five categories, depending upon the elements of the fires they are made to fight. Each extinguisher is rated with numbers, serving as a guide for how much fire the extinguisher can fight. As the number increases, it indicates more fire-fighting power. The fuel feeding the flame also indicates the correct extinguisher to utilize.

Since there are various fire extinguishers to select from, choosing the right one can be a task that is quite daunting. For some people, not knowing what kind to purchase is the biggest hurdle. The best choice for a home fire is an ABC fire extinguisher which is made for multiple kinds of fires.

Besides having one in your home, it is just as important to keep it readily available in case of an emergency. Once the fire is out, our technicians at SERVPRO can get to your home quickly to mitigate the damages and repair your home and possessions before more damage occurs from the settled soot and smoke.

You should have one or more extinguishers on each level of your home, and the most important areas to keep them are your garage and kitchen since they are the most susceptible to fires.

Kitchen

Here is where most home fires start. Do not place the extinguisher near the stove since it can be out of reach if it is on the stovetop. The best place to keep it is mounted by the door of the kitchen, so you can easily get to it or under the base sink cabinet.

Garage

Since a garage is usually the storage area flammable materials are kept, this is another space you need to have fast access to a fire extinguisher. Like the kitchen, the best position is mounted by a doorway.

Your fire extinguishers should be kept in plain sight, easily reachable during an emergency. Do not put them away in closets, since it costs you valuable time when it is needed.

Using an Extinguisher Correctly

Remember PASS if you ever do need your extinguisher:

P – Find the pin in the handle and pull it. The pin keeps the handle from getting squeezed accidentally and discharging the extinguisher.

A – Aim for the base of the fire where you have the most effect on the fire with the extinguisher.

S – Find the lever on top of the extinguisher and squeeze it, starting the deliverance of the contents inside.

S – The spray should go in a sweeping motion side-to-side across the fire’s base.

SERVPRO of Auburn / Enumclaw can help you recover from the traumatic event of a fire in your home. We have the correct training and certification, plus the proper tools and equipment, to do the job efficiently and thoroughly while keeping you in mind. Give us a call at (253) 735-2919 anytime.

3 Ways To Use Landscaping To Protect Your Home From Storms

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Ways To Use Landscaping To Protect Your Home From Storms Knowing how to use landscaping to your advantage can minimize the risk of your home being affected by outside flooding.

Storms that cause flooding in Auburn, WA, often occur with little warning, leaving you with minimal time to prepare. However, you can help to protect your home from outside flooding by using landscaping as a tool.

1. Use the Right Mulch

When a rain storm occurs, any items that are loose or light, such as twigs, leaves and some types of mulch, can be swept away. Mulches that are heavier can help to protect your plants and are also less likely to be washed away. While lighter types of mulch will have spread everywhere and will need to be replaced after heavy rains, heavier types of mulch are more likely to stay in place, saving you time and money since they likely won’t need to be replaced.

2. Redirect Rain Spouts

When a rain spout is close to your home’s walls and foundation, the likelihood that outside flooding will cause damage to your home increases. When water continuously flows in one area close to your home, water damage to the exterior and interior of your home are more likely to occur, which can require you to contact water damage restoration experts. However, redirecting your rain spouts before a major storm gives you the chance to make sure rain drainage stays away from your home.

3. Choose Your Plants Carefully

When landscaping your home, it can be helpful to research what types of plants tend to thrive in your climate and environment. Once you know what plants are likely to flourish in your area, you can then choose to plant shrubs, flowers and trees that are able to absorb the most water. By planting absorbent trees, flowers, shrubs and other types of plants, your home will be less likely to sustain water damage.

Knowing how to use landscaping to your advantage can minimize the risk of your home being affected by outside flooding. You can landscape your home by using heavy mulch, redirecting rain spouts and choosing plants and shrubs that can absorb large amounts of water.

The Fastest Ways To Dry Water Damage

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Fastest Ways To Dry Water Damage The risk of mold and other forms of secondary damage increases the longer that moisture lingers after water damage.

The risk of mold and other forms of secondary damage increases the longer that moisture lingers after water damage. There are several ways to promote fast drying, starting with the timely removal of standing water and continuing through increasing airflow and reducing humidity. Here are three drying methods and water damage tips for owners and managers of commercial properties in Auburn, WA.

1. Extract Water

Standing water must be removed before the area exposed to a pipe burst or other damage can be dried. Some of the best initial cleaning tips include using a pump to eliminate water and solids before disinfecting areas that have been exposed to contaminated water. Property owners can start this process with mops, towels or a wet vac, but a pump will get the job done faster and more thoroughly.

2. Increase Airflow

Mitigation professionals usually recommend increasing ventilation as a way to promote drying and prevent secondary damage. This can be done by setting up specialized equipment such as an industrial air mover or using fans or an HVAC system. Building owners or managers should check with experts to determine the best approach.

3. Reduce Humidity

Maintaining low humidity levels is one of the most important water damage tips. Mitigation professionals may recommend running a dehumidifier. An indoor relative humidity level between 30 percent and 50 percent can help to inhibit mold growth. Mold and other types of secondary damage such as corrosion or rot may be more likely to form when humidity levels exceed 60 percent.

These damage tips can be useful for eliminating the presence of water and residual moisture at a commercial property located in Auburn, WA. Building owners and managers can follow these drying and cleaning tips, but mitigation and restoration professionals have the expertise and equipment necessary to ensure that cleanup and drying will be handled quickly and effectively.

Mold Standards and Related Q&A

4/13/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Standards and Related Q&A The good news is that mold remediation professionals can identify problem areas, handle mold clean and remediation tasks.

When the topic of black mold crops up, you may have lots of questions. You're not alone; many property owners are right to be concerned about the expense and trouble of related damages. Some of the most common questions include:

1. Are there mold standards that govern cleaning and removal?
2. Which types of mold should I be concerned about?
3. Is my property at risk of buildup?
4. Do I need a professional to clean up affected areas?

Fortunately, it's easy to get the answers you need to keep your properties safe from any damages related to this problem.

Standards Established by Professionals

Mold remediation experts in Auburn, WA are guided by standards established by several organizations, including the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and the American National Standards Institute. You may not be familiar with these organizations, but a quick internet search is all it takes to learn more. Of course, the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration also have a say in established mold standards.

Areas of Concern

What do the IICRC, ANSI, the EPA, and OSHA have to say about which molds do the most damage? The answer generally has more to do how far the mildew has spread. For example, an isolated section of wall that only measures an inch or two thick is much less of a problem than a musty smell throughout your entire building.

Risks to Your Property

Unfortunately, mold has developed the ability to survive under harsh conditions. This means that if there are humidity and organic substances (such as drywall, cement, or dust,) then spores can set up roots and lead to colonies.

Hire a Professional

The good news is that mold remediation professionals can identify problem areas, handle mold clean and remediation tasks, and prevent further outbreaks. These technicians are well-versed in the mold standards established to protect Auburn, WA properties like yours.