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The Costly Phenomena of Hail Damage

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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.

Size Matters

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.

Broken Windows

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.

Finding Help

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/.

Hidden Water

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hidden Water 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

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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!

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 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! 

(360) 254-0049

How to Prevent Mold Problems in Your Commercial Property

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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

Stop Winter Heating Hazards

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stop Winter Heating Hazards Looking out the window on a snow storm.

The winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire. 

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters. 
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacture's instructions. 
  • Test smoke alarms monthly. 

If your property does suffer fire damage, please contact SERVPRO of E. Vancouver/Clark Co. @ 360-254-0049

"Like it never even happened."

How To Find Out If You Have Mold Coverage

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Find Out If You Have Mold Coverage The best thing you can do is perform regular maintenance and keep your home well-ventilated to avoid fungus growth in the first place.

If you’re dealing with extensive fungus growth in your home, you may be wondering if you have mold coverage. The answer, unfortunately, is not so straightforward. As concerns about black mold have grown in recent years, many insurance providers have started including mold exclusions in their policies. These exclusions specifically state that mold remediation will not be covered. Other providers may include mold insurance, but place a cap on how much they are willing to pay for remediation services in Vancouver, WA, In most cases, however, it depends on the cause of the mold growth.

What Is Usually Covered

Many insurance policies will cover mold damage if it is a direct result of issues covered by the policy. For example, insurance usually covers burst water pipes, which may result in a mold problem. If you have coverage for your sump pump or a backed up sewer, then your policy may also cover fungus growth that results from these sudden, catastrophic events.

What Is Usually Not Covered

Unfortunately, mold is often a result of ongoing problems related to maintenance or landscaping and damage from these types of issues are usually not covered by insurance policies. If your mold problem is a result of the following, it is almost certainly not covered by your policy.
• High humidity
• Poor ventilation
• Drainage problems
• Leaky roofs and windows
• Groundwater seepage
• Leaking supply lines
• Flooding
If you have specifically purchased flood insurance, you will need to check it for mold exclusions and caps. Your flood insurance provider may offer you the option of paying extra for mold damage coverage.

What To Do

The best thing you can do is perform regular maintenance and keep your home well-ventilated to avoid fungus growth in the first place. If you do develop a mold problem, you will need to read your policy carefully to see if you can get coverage for mold remediation services in Vancouver, WA. Discuss your options with an insurance claims adjuster or SERVPRO representative. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROevancouverclarkco.com/.

5 Tips To Prepare for a Fire

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 5 Tips To Prepare for a Fire If your commercial building is ever affected by flames, you'll be happy you took the time to prepare.

While you don't expect your Vancouver, WA, commercial building to be affected by fire, it may be a good idea to prepare for the potential disaster. Fire preparation can help you know what to do should a fire break out on your property. Use these tips to prepare.

1. Train Employees: One of your biggest concerns during a fire should be the people inside of your building. Make sure your employees or tenants know how to get out of the building by holding regular fire evacuation trainings. You should post evacuation plans around the property to ensure everyone knows the best way out.
2. Consider Restoration: Part of preparation has to be centered around the potential fire damage your building could sustain. How are you going to take care of roof damage, scorched equipment or structural problems? Finding a trusted fire restoration specialist now can make your repair process much simpler when an emergency hits.
3. Have a Contingency: Depending on what your business does, a fire could shut down your company for a time. Part of your disaster preparation plan may be how you deal with a potential halt of work. You can get insurance to help cover financial losses or rent a temporary workspace to reduce the downtime.
4. Create an Inventory: Your fire preparation plan should also include a list of the equipment, records and property you have in your commercial building. Knowing what's there before a disaster can make creating a loss list for your claim easier. Take pictures of your building, figure out the cost of your equipment and record your inventory.
5. Install Safety Equipment: Smoke alarms, fire sprinklers and other safety equipment can help mitigate the damage done by a fire. Installing these tools before a disaster is often a good idea.

Fire preparation might be the last thing on your mind. However, if your commercial building is ever affected by flames, you'll be happy you took the time to prepare. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROevancouverclarkco.com/.