Proactive Wild Land Fire Information
Even though our local home town may not be at immediate risk of wild land fires, we do live in a region of strong possibilities.
In the teachings of the American Red Cross, wild land fires are the number one most likely disaster concern in our territory. Wild land fires can easily reach structures if in the path of the fire line.
The best way to counter act that possibility is to prepare your surroundings and heed the warnings of the local media. Be aware of the different types of warnings.
Take a moment to read and follow the advice below.
- Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
- Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house. Learn more about the basics of defensible space on the Firewise website.
- Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
- Remove flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
- Wildfire can spread to tree tops. Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
- Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
- Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
- Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
- Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.
- Enclose under-eave and soffit vents or screens with metal mesh to prevent ember entry.
If any type of fire disaster has affected your life, home or business, please call us.
SERVPRO of E. Vancouver/Clark Co.
Tips To Locate a Shower Leak
The key to protecting your home in Vancouver, WA, from a shower or bathtub leak is to act fast.
You find a wet ceiling on the first floor of your home in Vancouver, WA. It is below the bathroom. How do you know if it a shower or bathtub leak? Review the following tips to find out where the leak is coming from and what to do next.
Shower Pan Problems
A shower pan leak is a common reason for finding water on the ceiling below your bathroom. What is a shower pan and why would it leak?
• A shower pan is a waterproof barricade located between the subfloor and shower tile. It catches water that leaks below the tile and funnels it into the drain. It is typically made from vinyl or lead and can deteriorate as it ages.
• If there is a shower pan leak, common indicators include separation between the bathroom wall and floor and missing grout or mold on the shower floor. The telltale sign is water on the ceiling or space directly below your shower.
First Floor Showers
When you have a shower pan leak, the key is to act immediately when you notice a wet ceiling below the bathroom. But, what happens when your shower is on the first floor and you do not have a basement? How can you tell if a shower or bathtub leak is an issue then?
• If you have a crawlspace, check the ceiling down there every once in a while for water damage. Some indications of a serious problem include black, wet wood and hanging stalactites that resemble icicles.
• For houses on a concrete slab, water from a leaky shower travels along the floors or walls of nearby areas. Be vigilant looking for wetness that does not result from an obvious spill.
The key to protecting your home in Vancouver, WA, from a shower or bathtub leak is to act fast. Heed the above signs that indicate a shower pan problem. If you suspect mold or rot from water damage, contact a water restoration specialist as soon as possible to obtain a thorough inspection and recommendations for next steps.
For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROevancouverclarkco.com/.
A Pipe Broke at My Business, What Now?
As soon as you are aware of bursting pipes causing water damage in Vancouver, WA, it is critical to take immediate action.
When your business has water damage in Vancouver, WA, it can be overwhelming. The amount of loss you incur depends both on how long the bursting pipes are gushing water, and how long before the cleaning process begins. It is important to know what actions to take immediately, such as fix the broken pipe, and what could occur if you do not, including mold and secondary damage.
Steps to Take Immediately
As soon as you become aware of the water problem at your commercial property, there are steps to take to reduce further damage and save money:
• Contact a water restoration service as soon as possible. This type of company will arrange to be on site, typically within four hours.
• After the specialists arrive, the process includes stopping the source of the problem, such as repairing bursting pipes. Then the damage will be assessed, water extracted, premises dried and items restored to prior condition when possible.
• The majority of insurance companies cover loss from water damage. This phone call should be made as soon as time allows.
Problems From Waiting too Long
If the water is left sitting for an extended time, whether you are unaware of the problem or choose not to take immediate action, secondary damage may occur:
• Mold infestation is a serious concern when water is left to sit. Mold can quickly spread, causing further damage to other parts of the building that were not initially impacted by the standing water.
• Standing water may cause irreparable destruction to appliances, electrical systems, foundations, ceilings or walls.
As soon as you are aware of bursting pipes causing water damage in Vancouver, WA, it is critical to take immediate action. Acting right away will allow your business to be up and running as soon as possible. It will also prevent secondary damage and mold from occurring, which could lead to a more time intensive and expensive process. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROevancouverclarkco.com/.
The Costly Phenomena of Hail Damage
When hail damage strikes your commercial property, consider contacting a storm damage cleanup and restoration team.
Although perhaps not as spectacular as flooding, tornadoes, or hurricanes, hail may be one of the most costly and damaging weather occurrences each year, according to many climatological experts. With estimates of damage in the billions of dollars, property owners and farmers face losses that only seem to grow with each passing year. Roof damage, smashed windshields, and wrecked crops are only a few of the possible scenarios in Vancouver, WA, when hail strikes.
Hail typically appears during a severe thunderstorm and can often range in size from half of an inch to softball size. When hail reaches about one inch in diameter, it can become capable of immense property damage. As the ice ball size increases, damage may also increase to automobiles, buildings, and machinery. When the hail size rating moves from cosmetic to functional, and finally to irreparable, the destruction may begin to affect employees and their livelihood.
It is probably no surprise that water damage often follows a severe hail storm. Broken windows and roof damage are only part of the problem. As broken and hail-cracked siding allows rain to seep into the building, insulation can soak up water and cause a great deal of water damage. The same is true of missing shingles and wind-torn flashing. Torrential rain can seep beneath roofing materials and cause water to collect in attics, do electrical damage, and even result in flooding.
Hail can cause roof damage, but it can also cause enough destruction to close your building, and perhaps temporarily close your business. To rectify the situation, when hail damage strikes your commercial property in Vancouver, WA, consider contacting a storm damage cleanup and restoration team to help get your building open again. The team can limit further damage and reduce the building’s down time. That can ultimately save you money and keep your employees or tenants happy.
For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROevancouverclarkco.com/.
We're Here to Help.
It's the water that you don't see after a leak that causes the most problems. It could contain bacteria, mold and other unseen damage. Before you risk further damaging the value of your facility or home by attempting to independently clean up the mess, call the SERVPRO professionals to ensure all aspects of your water damage are addressed properly. ensuring that further damage is not caused from hesitating to take action. SERVPRO professionals are trained to clean and restore your facility or home by identifying the water source, measuring the temperature and humidity for drying analysis, surveying the extent of the damage, performing emergency extractions, applying necessary treatments, utilize drying equipment and monitor drying, and disposing of all refuse.. We work closely with most all insurance carriers making the process run smoothly. "Like it never even happened."
Please call SERVPRO of E. Vancouver/Clark Co. as soon as possible 360-254-0049 for 24 hours a day 7 days a week service and response.
Winter Weather Preparation
Be ready for winter storms
BE PREPARED FOR WINTER
- Protect your pipes from freezing. Allow water to drip from faucets when temperatures dip below freezing. Wrap the outdoor faucets with an insulated faucet cover or towel.
- If leaving your structure for more than a few days, consider turning off the water supply. Have a designated person checking in on your structure. Keep your home or business at a moderate temperature.
- Leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes observing the status daily.
- Clear gutters of all debris, leaves and other objects that can lead to blockages causing roof damage and interior water leakage/damage.
- Keep walkways and nearby storm drains clear of debris to alleviate flood hazard potentials.
Whether it is heavy winds, rain, freezing temperatures, sleet or snow, all these factors can cause costly damage. While we cannot control the weather, we here at SERVPRO, are here to help you take a preventative approach and help take the sting out of winter weather.
Don't be caught off guard!
Further Question and/or Mitigation Needs, Please Call 360-254-0049
Faster to any Disaster
Wiki Water Information
Water Extraction and Drying
Did you know that drywall exposed to standing water can wick up the wall at a rate of one inch per hour for the first 24 hours?
If untouched for a few days it will eventually make it all the way up to the seam at the four foot mark of the wall. This has the potential to create serious problems. Extracting standing water immediately stops the wicking and can reduce your drying time by more than a day.
It is 1,200 times easier to physically remove water than it is to evaporate it! This is why thorough professional extraction is the best approach and can reduce drying time and reduce further mitigation damages. Why take the risk?
Let the professional access the situation and begin the process. We work closely with most Insurance Carriers for your protection.
Call a SERVPRO franchise professional and let us make it..."Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of E. Vancouver/ Clark Co. @ 360-254-0049
Quick Responses + Proper Drying = NO MOLD!
Green Mold on Drywall
The last thing you hope to ever worry about is "Mold."
The primary physical damage from water or moisture usually includes wet flooring's, walls, ceilings, and furnishings.
Secondary damage to other furnishings and structural components can result from indoor humidity or molds that may developed as a result of improper drying. If water and moisture problems are not addressed promptly, molds and other microbes can begin to grow. These microorganisms can feed on a variety of materials including wood, paper, paint, adhesives, and backing materials. Proper, prompt water mitigation is essential in preventing mold and additional damage from a water loss.
So if the unthinkable happens, call SERVPRO so we can turn your traumatic before into a happily ever after... "Like it never even happened." Inspections are scheduled as an appointment. Be proactive instead of reactive. If mold is present, time can be your enemy.
SERVPRO of E. Vancouver/Clark Co. @ 360-254-0049
Commercial Emergency Ready Plan
With SERVPRO on your side you can protect you business from everyday dangers. We have a 24/7 Emergency Response team to be there when it matters most.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
Contact us today to schedule this complimentary service and protect your business!
How to Prevent Mold Problems in Your Commercial Property
For questions or to schedule an inspection call SERVPRO of E. Vancouver Clark Co. @ (360) 254-0049
The main things mold needs to grow in a home are organic materials to feed on and moisture. In houses there are always plenty of organic materials for mold to live on such as wood, drywall and various other building materials.
Moisture, on the other hand, can be controlled practically and so keeping the moisture in your home low is the best way to prevent mold growth.
Prevent Mold by Preventing Moisture
Most molds need 24-48 hours of moisture to begin to grow. Therefore if a suitable material in your home is wet for more than 24 hours then you run the risk of mold starting to grow.
Prevent Mold by Preventing Water Leaks
There are a few main things which usually cause moisture problems in the home. One is water leaks. These include things such as leaking roofs or walls, leaking pipes and leaking taps or a leaking shower.
If you know of any leaks in your home you should fix them without delay. You might need to inspect your home to find any water leaks you didn't know about.
Prevent Mold by Preventing Condensation
Condensation is another frequent cause of moisture. Condensation forms on cold surfaces when water vapor in the air cools and becomes liquid. Often you'll see condensation on metal pipes, concrete walls, water tanks and windows.
One way to reduce condensation is to keep the temperature warmer in rooms. For example, by installing insulation. You can also insulate the surfaces themselves such as putting coverings over metal pipes. You'll also have less condensation occurring if you keep the humidity in your home low.
Prevent Mold by Reducing Humidity
Many species of mold can begin to grow from humidity alone if the humidity stays high for long enough. In fact the humidity only needs to be higher than 55% before some molds can begin to grow.
The best way to keep humidity low in your home is through ventilation. Open the windows during the day, especially when it's hot since this is when humidity is usually the lowest outside. Close your windows when it's raining outside though.
It's especially important to ventilate the rooms where steam and moisture builds up, like the kitchen and bathroom. Exhaust fans help to reduce the humidity when doing things like cooking or washing dishes.
Air conditioners can also reduce household humidity, as can using dehumidifiers in your home.
For questions or to schedule an inspection call SERVPRO of E. Vancouver Clark Co. @ (360) 254-0049