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We Help You Get Back To Business In Vancouver After A Water Damage Disaster

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Help You Get Back To Business In Vancouver After A Water Damage Disaster When water damage struck this property we responded quickly and began working right away on extracting the water and removing the damaged material.

Air Movers Used for Water-Damaged Vancouver Clothing Stores

As much as our success can get attributed to our experience and fast response for all damaged Vancouver properties, it also relies heavily on the advanced tools and equipment that we use on every recovery project. With water damage concerns, we have a vast inventory of units and machines that stay stocked on ready trailers that can mobilize quickly when buildings like your clothing store become damaged by spreading water. Even without substantial impairments, the use of equipment like our air movers can help to keep your doors open throughout the restoration process so your customers do not become affected.

As you might expect, drying is a vital service necessary to overcome water damage in Vancouver businesses like your clothing shop quickly. The faster the response to these emergencies, the less that your stock can become affected by lingering moisture and dampness. The best approach that our SERVPRO team has to quickly reduce the presence of dampness and saturation for affected materials and contents is our air movers.

These high-velocity fans have onboard heating elements to force heated air through the water damaged areas. When directed at even saturated drywall and other building materials, these drying units can vaporize the dampness of these exposed areas over a brief period. With a timeline that does not often exceed 24 hours to preserve installed drywall or porous wood shelving and display tables, powerful tools like the air mover can keep saturation from bloating and distorting these construction elements and fixtures.

Our SERVPRO team primarily utilizes two types of these units – one that has a low profile look and can get underneath desks, tables, cabinets, and other furniture fixtures of your shop floor and another larger style that can get used to address larger open areas and saturated construction materials.

While many small business owners stand to lose a substantial investment when water loss incidents occur, a fast response from our SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. professionals can make these emergencies “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (360) 254-0049.

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The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in Your Vancouver Home

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in Your Vancouver Home Fire damage remediation can be such a pain to handle alone. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Fire Damage Cleanup is a Matching Process in Vancouver

After a fire moves through your Vancouver home, the residues left behind vary from space to space. Differences depend on the materials the fire consumed as fuel as it made its way from room to room and level to level. The characteristics of the soot determine the most efficient ways to remove the soiling from surfaces without creating even more damage. Our team of highly-qualified technicians have the knowledge and experience to evaluate each deposit and decide which cleaning method is best matched to particular soots.

Vancouver fire damage residues and debris can be loose and ashy where wood and dry paper burned. Vacuuming with HEPA-filtered equipment clears much of this dry soot after careful brushing. Dry sponging is effective on walls and ceilings with this kind of damage, but a damp or wet cleaning approach might smear and spread the soiling.  

When an electrical fire smolders behind walls, or fabric and damp materials choke the delivery of oxygen to a blaze, a thick and sticky soot deposits. Our SERVPRO crew uses a more hands-on approach with this type of residue, selecting a cleaner formulated using wetting agents and surfactants to break up the coating. Agitation is typically a strategy used to help dislodge the soot, with technicians working on small areas at a time, spraying, scrubbing, and wiping as they go.

Protein-based soot is a constant challenge in household fires, the result of a kitchen food or grease fire. The soot under these circumstances is a thin coating of almost varnish or lacquer-like consistency, tightly adhering to surfaces. SERVPRO employees might use tools or cleaners with abrasive characteristics to assist in removing this type of soot. Solvents are an option when applied by skilled practitioners.

The team we send to your home complete rigorous training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in preparation for residential fire damage management.  Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) learn how to determine what kinds of soot your project presents and then apply research-based best industry practices to resolve the issues.   

SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. is well-positioned to respond to fire damage in communities north of the Columbia River and west of the Cascades. Call us at (360) 254-0049 for an expert assessment of your fire cleanup needs.

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How SERVPRO Restored a Vancouver Flood Damaged Home

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Restored a Vancouver Flood Damaged Home Sometimes we have to remove sheet rock to dry a flood water. But we always make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Helps Vancouver Homeowner with Flood Removal

Water that enters a home from a storm is one of the most severe types of damage. Flash floods can happen with little to no warning, and the best thing you can do is turn off your electricity and evacuate because groundwater has a rating as a category three biohazard also known as "black water." Then get cleanup efforts beginning as quickly as possible.

When SERVPRO answered a call from a homeowner who requested flood removal in their Vancouver home, our team arrived a short time after the call. The electricity was off in the house, so we used our generators to power our portable pumps and extracted the standing water that remained in the home. We scoped the rooms to determine all the areas the water migrated into so all areas that required extraction.

The sheetrock retained stains from how high the water had once been, and we used a controlled demolition technique known as a "flood cut" where we cut away damage sheetrock roughly six inches above the waterline. Unfortunately, the carpeting had exposure to black water and required removal as a water loss.

When many areas of a home receive damage from flood water, the best outcome is to get the house ready for rebuilding. Our technicians have certifications in a diverse number of restoration sciences, our goal is to restore rather than replace, but in the case of items exposed to black water, it is not always an option.

We thoroughly dry the property and monitor moisture levels within floor joists and wall cavities to ensure there are no issues with mold. Once the affected areas reach our preset drying goals, we clean and disinfect surfaces. Then we perform any needed odor removal applications.

After completion of the remediation on the property, we gave the homeowner and adjuster a report of the cleanup procedures done as well as the necessary repairs to return the property to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. at (360) 254-0049 when you need flood removal. We use the latest restoration techniques and equipment to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Don't Let Water Cause Damage To Your Vancouver Attic

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don't Let Water Cause Damage To Your Vancouver Attic Our SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. can help you to quickly address water loss incidents in your home with our experience and advanced equipment.

Moisture In Your Attic Can Damage Your Vancouver Home

After heavier winters, roofs of Vancouver homes can become slightly structurally compromised against the weight of substantial snowfall they have supported throughout these harsher months. While this alone can begin to show signs of degradation and wear for spaces like your attic, it can also allow moisture penetration to begin as well. Under these circumstances, saturated materials can begin to erode, and conditions remain ideal for secondary effects like mold and microbial growth to take hold.

While many homes have strong construction to withstand the harsher weather months, it is not easy to avoid water damage. Our SERVPRO professionals respond quickly to water loss emergencies in Vancouver because even moisture penetration can spread harmful effects throughout this area of the property beyond the source. Instead of contending with a small damp area, now our professionals must address an entire moist attic space that threatens to spread even farther to the levels below.

The unnerving truth about this kind of damage is that many homeowners do not even know when this problem has started. Often, these situations have to get bad enough to begin affecting the ceiling of the floors below until a property owner can notice. With attics being such a low traffic area, this moisture and dampness can affect the entirety of this upper area before moving to a place where it can begin to harm the household.

From both the attic to the affected construction materials below, our SERVPRO professionals must address all of the spreading dampness with state-of-the-art drying units like our air movers, our dehumidifiers, and our Injectidry system which can address cavities and crevices.

While oversaturation can often result in a need for replacing damaged construction materials, our contracting specialists must also address the roof damage, which allowed the moisture in the first place. We have an experienced team of general contractors to help.

Our SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. can help you to quickly address water loss incidents in your home with our experience and advanced equipment. Give us a call anytime you need us at (360) 254-0049.

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Vancouver Enterprises Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Mitigation

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Vancouver Enterprises Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Mitigation SERVPRO Keeps Small Businesses Open after a Water Loss in Vancouver, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Eliminating Commercial Water Damage for Vancouver Business Owners

Despite being right on the Columbia River, much of the flooding Vancouver businesses deal with is much more mundane. Common water intrusion problems include failed sprinklers, broken pipes, and backed-up plumbing.
 
To support Vancouver business owners and reduce commercial water damage, SERVPRO specialists train to perform several key tasks. They have to stop the flow of water, make repairs where possible, and dry the inventory. For a small, retail operation like a bike shop, our Water Restoration Technicians (WRTs) break it down like this:
 
First, they turn off the water. If possible, that means shutting off the flow to only the problem so that the owner can still use the other areas of her business and perhaps even reopen to customers. If a pipe burst close to the water inlet, however, the WRTS need to shut off the water for the entire operation.
 
For minor issues such as a pipe connection, or a split hose leading into a commercial sink, they can quickly make those repairs in a few hours. For major issues, the team leader may recommend bringing in a licensed plumber. In this operation, WRTs use long-handled squeegees to push water off the floor and out the nearest exit or floor drain.
 
With the water stopped, other SERVPRO team members move in to dry inventory on the shelves. They place drying pads underneath to soak up water and install height-adjustable fans to increase air circulation and the evaporation process. To increase the efficiency of the air movers, WRTs also install dehumidifiers to draw water from the air. This action also helps to speed up evaporation and mitigate damage or prevent loss to inventory parts and the danger of rusting.
 
For bikes and other inventory on the floor, team members can bring in racks to help dry them in place, or remove them outside to take advantage of the drier air and connect fans to a portable generator to dry them as quickly as possible.
 
If your business has a problem with recent or not-so-recent water intrusions, call SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. at (360) 254-0049. We are here to help you reopen for customers as quickly as we can return your shop to its original, dry condition.

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Vancouver Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO after a Fire Loss for Cleanup and Odor Elimination

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Vancouver Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO after a Fire Loss for Cleanup and Odor Elimination What? Smelly Odors after a Vancouver House Fire! Call SERVPRO for a Fast Cleanup and Restoration

How Odor Control Technicians Can Help with Fire Damage in Vancouver

Most homeowners experience a property fire at some point. It is rare that these events are catastrophic or require extensive remodeling and general contractors. Still, even a minor fire can be an inconvenience as well as an emotionally distressing experience. Getting back to your everyday life may be difficult as significant amounts of cleaning may be necessary as well as removing unpleasant reminders of the event by tackling stubborn odors.

We are a restoration company that specializes in helping residents overcome fire damage in Vancouver. We arrive once firefighting procedures are complete and aim to mitigate losses in the property as much as possible. Soot and smoke deposits can be set into materials when wet, so responding by using SERVPRO technicians could help you to restore rather than replace furniture and possessions.

In removing soots and smoke residues, SERVPRO may need to establish a quarantine zone. Although harmful monoxides dissipate within the first hour, the type of agitative cleaning methods used in fire restoration could cause odors or soots to become airborne and spread to unaffected areas of the home. By using physical barriers like plastic sheeting, we can prevent this from happening. Also, creating a smaller drying zone allows us to work more efficiently during service.

The odor of synthetic or natural materials can linger long after a fire is extinguished. SERVPRO can use odor control technicians (OCT) for fire damage cleanups to tackle stubborn odors. The general principle in dealing with unpleasant smells is to recreate how the odor was spread using deodorant solvent.

In a fire, the odor is created from the burning of materials at high temperature and spread through the smoke. We vaporize solvent using thermal foggers that spread throughout your home in the same way smoke does. The matching dispersal method ensures that deodorant enters challenging to reach cavities or airways like your ventilation system.

Another method, even during the cleanup and demolition, if needed, is to place hydroxyl generators to neutralize at a molecular level the airborne and static particulates causing the malodors.

Get back to your everyday life as quickly as possible, contact SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. at (360) 254-0049 today.

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Prepare Your Home

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Home Call SERVPRO of E. Vancouver/Clark County today and let us help you put an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) in place for your home or business!

There are simple things you can do to minimise the impact of storms on your home and surrounding property, as shown in the following emergency planning checklist:

General home maintenance

  • Check your roof regularly to make sure it’s in good condition
  • Keep gutters, downpipes and drains clear
  • Remove tree branches that are close to your house
  • Fix any corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite-affected timber
  • Secure loose items around your property

General home safety preparations

  • Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is adequate and current
  • Identify the safest room in which to shelter during a storm
  • Learn how to safely turn off your power, water and gas
  • Keep water containers, a camping stove and fuel safely on-hand

If you live in a flood-prone area

  • Store poisons and garden chemicals well above ground level
  • Identify indoor items you’ll need to raise or empty if flood threatens
  • Relocate power points well above previous flood levels

Contact SERVPRO of E. Vancouver/ Clark Co. TODAY to help be prepared. (360) 254-0049

3 Flood Safety Tips To Follow

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Flood Safety Tips To Follow SERVPRO specialized in catastrophic events.

Flood Safety Suggestions To Follow

Before, during and after a flood in Livingston, WA, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure how to best keep yourself safe. There are certain flood safety suggestions that can help you navigate your home after a flood.

1. Avoid Electrical Systems

Electrical systems in your home can be hazardous to handle after a flood. Though you might think you can remove small amounts of water that surround electrical systems on your own, it’s often wise to instead allow water damage restoration experts to safely remove the water from your home. Even if the area surrounding any outlets, wires or systems appears unaffected by water, it’s often best to avoid the area.

2. Obtain and Access Necessary Supplies

There are particular supplies that are often useful to have during and after a flood. Having adequate amounts of drinkable water for every person in your home can be helpful since floodwater often is unsafe to drink. It can also be wise to have nonperishable food items and important medications on hand. Part of flood safety also means making sure you can easily access the materials and items without putting yourself at risk.

3. Make Preparations Before Disaster Strikes

Though many people don’t like to think their homes will be affected by a flood, thinking about safety tips before a disaster occurs can be incredibly useful. Storing insurance information, social security cards and other important documents in water-resistant containers can be important, as you may need to access these items after a flood. Additionally, preparing and practicing an evacuation plan can also help you react to a flood in a manner that is safe and timely.

Being informed about flood safety can help you feel more prepared for a flood. Avoiding electrical systems, obtaining and keeping track of important supplies and preparing before a natural disaster occurs are helpful ways to bolster your safety.

How To Minimize the Risk of 3 Common Commercial Sewage Issues

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Minimize the Risk of 3 Common Commercial Sewage Issues If you experience sewer blockage promptly contact a licensed plumber.

Key Tips To Minimize The Risk Of Commercial Sewage Issues

Many commercial buildings in Camas, WA, may be vulnerable to plumbing and sewage problems. Severe issues may result in significant and costly damage. Fortunately, there are several key tips every business owner can follow to minimize the risk of a blocked sewer and prevent major sanitation concerns.

1. Toilet Clogs

Clogs are a common commercial plumbing issue that can cause an unsanitary toilet overflow. This situation requires prompt sewage cleanup. Flushing paper towels, feminine hygiene products and wipes often contributes to sewer line obstructions. To reduce this risk, ensure garbage cans are available throughout the restroom. You can also post signs encouraging patrons to properly dispose of waste products.

If you notice a clogged commode, use a plunger or drain auger to clear the blockage. Refrain from pouring chemical cleaners into your system. These solutions can corrode pipes and push obstructions farther into your sewer line.

2. Sewer Blockages

Intrusive tree roots and debris can result in a blocked sewer line. Consistently clogged toilets or slow drains often indicate a blockage that’s causing sewage to back up into your building. If you experience these situations, promptly contact a licensed plumber.

Avoiding chemical drain cleaners and improper trash disposal can minimize sewer blockages. You should also be aware of the location of your building’s water and sewage lines; plant trees and shrubs away from these areas.

3. Broken Pipes

Aging infrastructure may leave your business susceptible to pipe breaks. Protecting your building’s plumbing lines from root infiltration and extensive chemical exposure can help preserve the system’s integrity. A licensed plumber can also employ specialized tools to evaluate the health of aging pipes and proactively address areas of concern.

Severe plumbing problems can cause damage, as well as lost production and revenue. Making conscientious maintenance and landscaping decisions can spare your business from a blocked sewer and other sanitation issues, helping to safeguard your investment.

Personal Protective Gear for Mold Technicians

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Personal Protective Gear for Mold Technicians Our technicians will clean the affected area with professional grade cleaning and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

Protective Gear For Technicians

When mold remediation and cleanup professionals arrive at your Vancouver, WA, property to tackle mold growth, you may be surprised to see how much gear is necessary to protect technicians. Agencies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have provided recommendations concerning the personal protective equipment of industry technicians. Recommendations are provided for the following gear:

  • Gloves
  • Respirators
  • Goggles
  • Overalls
  • Foot coverings

Determining PPE Gear

The type of gear is often dependent upon the extent of mold growth. If the extent of growth is minimal, a technician may work with strong gloves, an N-95 respirator, and a pair of protective glasses. If there's wide spread growth, however, the technician may suit up with a disposable full body suit, head gear, foot covers, a full-face respirator with a HEPA filter, and gloves.

Using Containment Equipment

In addition to the equipment used to protect technicians, mold remediation companies may use containment supplies. According to the EPA, there are two types of containment: limited and full. Limited containment is appropriate in areas where contamination is between 10 and 100 square feet. If the exposure area is greater than this, full containment methods are required. The goal of containment is to prevent the further spread of mold. Containment equipment may include

  • Exhaust fans
  • Polyethylene sheeting
  • Sticky-backed paper
  • Duct tape and/or epoxy
  • Airlocks
  • Waste containers

Cleaning the Air With Filters

Finally, remediation professionals may use HEPA filters to trap and eliminate mold spores. HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air, and these filters are great at trapping the microscopic spores. Approved filters can capture at least 99.97 percent of pollutants that measure just 0.3 microns. These filters trap airborne spores and hold them within the filter. When the filter is full, professionals discard them and replace them with new filters.

When mold cleanup and remediation professionals work on commercial properties, they take steps to protect themselves and your property from contamination. With the right protective equipment, containment supplies, and HEPA filters, cleanup technicians are ready to tackle mold growth on your property.