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Residential Cleaning Services

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. works hard to keep our residential cleaning services above all others in the industry.  We know that life happens and we also know that you rely on us to make it "Like it never even happened." We have the expertise and training to provide a deeper clean than any other basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services are aimed at easing the burden of constant cleaning of your home.  We always strive to create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a neglected, cluttered home "Like it never even happened."

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Home Electrical Fires

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

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Facts and Statistics

  • Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly than 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.
  • Electrical distribution systems are the third leading cause of home structure fires.
  • Each year in the United States, arcing faults are responsible for starting more than 28,000 home fires, killing and injuring hundreds of people, and causing over $700 million in property damage.
  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that electrical receptacles are involved in 5,300 fires every year, causing forty deaths and more than 100 consumer injuries.
  • Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke detectors.

Electrical and Fire Safety Tips

  • Have your home electrical system thoroughly inspected by qualified electricians to ensure that all electrical work in the home meets the safety provisions in the NEC.
  • Install smoke detectors on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
  • Ask a qualified electrician if your home would benefit from AFCI protection, especially during inspections of older homes or upgrades to electrical systems. These advanced new safety devices recognize dangerous conditions that are not detected by standard breakers.
  • Test smoke detectors and AFCIs monthly to ensure that they are working properly.
  • Establish an evacuation plan that can be used in case of an emergency, and practice with your family.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the light fixture.
    In homes with young children, install tamper resistant receptacles to prevent electrical shocks and burns.
  • Conduct a basic assessment of your home electrical system, electrical cords, extension cords, power plugs, and outlets.
  • Look for telltale signs of electrical problems such as dim and flickering lights, unusual sizzling and buzzing sounds from your electrical system, insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. Contact a qualified electrician immediately.
  • Use extension cords only temporarily, and never with space heaters or air conditioners.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician as needed.

Source: esfi.org

Thunderstorm Damage in SW Washington

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

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We all know that thunderstorms can cause major damage to your homes.

But who do you call when the clouds roll out?

SERVPRO has been fixing storm-damaged homes in the Vancouver/ Clark County area for quite some time. Our highly trained technicians are qualified to handle just about anything wicked storms can throw at them.

We have the experience, training, and equipment to handle a small flood to massive windstorm damage resulting in fallen trees in your roof, water damaged floors and even fire damage caused by lightning.

Why trust the process of putting your home and sometimes your life back together to any old man in a van with a fan? SERVPRO is licensed and insured to give you the ultimate peace of mind that you are in good hands.

Call us today (360) 254-0049

The Difference Between Storm Cleaning & Flood Damage

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

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When storms accompanied by heavy rain pass through, your home may be at risk for flooding. If damage does occur, working with a residential storm damage expert can make the cleanup much simpler for you. However, you may still wonder how cleaning up after a storm is different from cleaning up after a pipe burst or another source of flood water.

Storm Damage

Storm damage can include more than flood damage. You may also have to deal with disrepair caused by wind, hail and other weather elements. Because there are so many potential factors, cleaning up after a storm may require certain steps, such as the following:

• Making repairs to roofing and siding
• Using a pump to remove standing water from a house
• Drying out furniture and other possessions
• Disinfecting areas affected by flooding of potentially dirty water
• Repairing damage caused by water
• Getting rid of mold

Depending on the severity of a storm, some homeowners may even have to make structural fixes to their homes.

Other Flood Damage

Your home can have standing water for other reasons besides a big storm. Burst pipes, backed up appliances and clogged toilets could cause flood damage in your home. When this type of water source leads to a flood, the repair process is typically a little different.

First, you know the exact source of the water. This allows you to determine whether the water is clean or dirty. If you know the water is not contaminated, you may not have to disinfect your belongings after drying them out. Second, you have to find the source of the water deluge and fix the problem. If you dry out your house without fixing the source of the flood, you may have to deal with more water damage in the future.

The way your remediation team handles flooding will depend on the source of the water. Clean and dirty water have to be taken care of differently to ensure your home stays in top shape.

Commercial Fire

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro desiccant, fans and air movers Pictured is a business that has a fans and a desiccant pulling moisture out of dense materials after a fire set off the sprinkler system.

The challenges involved in dealing with commercial fire damage, require the assistance of a professional like SERVPRO of Vancouver. We’re here to help you get back on your feet no matter how severe the damage!

What Types of Damage Can You Expect?

When you think of fire damage, what comes to mind is typically the more obvious devastation but it’s the soot and smoke that requires a set of trained eyes for proper removal. This can damage fragile items such as textiles or artwork, also invading nooks and crevices you can’t see but certainly smell. Then there’s the water and fire suppressant foam that’s used to control fires. While it’s definitely vital for extinguishing flames, it can also cause added damage to your business.

What Repairs Must Be Done?

What does it take to get your business back on its feet after a fire? First, the structure has to be examined and determined to still be solid. If the damage was extensive, you may need to hire a general contractor and in extreme cases, a demolition crew.

If that’s not the case, though, call your local fire professionals at SERVPRO of Vancouver to begin the cleaning process. We have a restore rather than replace Then the repairs and cleaning process begins. Here are is list of some services that may be performed:

  • Removal of effected materials
  • Deodorize structure and contents
  • Eradicate mold if present.

What is a Category Two Water Damage?

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Not all commercial flooding is the same. Typically, your water damage will fall into one of three categories.

• Clean: Category One
• Gray: Category Two
• Black: Category Three

Most people can easily understand categories one and three. Clean water is not contaminated and comes from a broken pipe that carried fresh water. Black water is highly contaminated and often comes from sewer lines. Category two falls somewhere in the middle. Here's what you need to know about this type of flooding.

Picks Up Contaminants

When a water pipe repair flood fits into this category, the water was able to pick up contaminants. This can happen when a pipe bursts on the second floor. Even thought the water starts on the second floor, it often travels through drywall, flooring and other materials to reach the first floor and basement. As the water travels through these sources, it may pick up bacteria, viruses and other contaminants.

Sits Too Long

Clean water that is allowed to sit for long periods of time before the remediation is started can turn into category two. Mold spores may enter the water from the air or the liquid may leach contaminants from its surroundings. If you have a flooded building, you need to call in a commercial restoration team quickly to avoid this change.

From a Contaminated Source

Sometimes the water itself is contaminated when it enters your home or business building. If you're not dealing with a water pipe repair, but instead have a dishwasher or washing machine overflow, the water could already be contaminated. Some toilet overflow may also fit into this category so long as no feces is in the flow.

If you hear that you have category two water damage, you need to know that there may be some contamination. Responding quickly to a water pipe repair can help you solve the problem and may even reduce your chances of dealing with unsavory contaminants.

Biohazard Services

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

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Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Don't Lose Revenue, Call SERVPRO

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

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There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Commercial properties require constant maintenance and up keep. This takes a team of people working together. When a commercial property experiences major water or fire damage, it takes a team of experts to get the property restored properly. When it comes to restoring your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water or fire restoration services, SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Can I Clean My Fire Damage Myself?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

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After a fire, your house is left with lingering smoke that can be harmful to your health and property. The best thing to do in such a situation is to clean smoke immediately because if you ignore it, the smoke will cause massive damage on your property which will require more money to clean than if you had cleaned it soon enough. If the smoke is not cleaned as soon as possible, the items that will be mostly affected by smoke are drapes, carpets, upholstery and walls because they will become permanently discolored. Glass will become extremely etched, and metals will tarnish which will require replacement.

You might think that you can do a good job at cleaning smoke by yourself without any basic knowledge and skills on how to go about it but this can lead to you causing further damage on the items. The best thing to do will be to hire experienced SERVPRO professionals to do the cleaning and restore the home to the state it was in before the fire disaster struck.

One of the advantages of using SERVPRO experts to clean soot is that we have specialized tools which are crucial in eliminating smoke. These are tools such as extractors, rotary scrubbers, and wet cleaning tools. Another advantage is that we have a lot of experience in doing such work; therefore, we will know the right steps to take in cleaning your home and preventing further damage on your property.

Indeed, bringing in a SERVPRO professional on site will save you a lot of headaches and ensure that you get rid of smoke and fire damage efficiently.

Commercial Insurance Policy Water Damage Coverage

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Are You Adequately Protected For Potential Water Damage?

Owning a business is a big responsibility. Safeguarding your building, equipment and inventory from water damage and other potentially costly perils may be a top priority. Although taking a proactive approach is often helpful, unforeseen situations can arise. For this reason, it’s important to possess business insurance and understand key provisions of your policy to ensure you are adequately protected.

1. Burst Pipes

Insulating exposed supply lines can prevent frozen and broken pipes during the winter. Most coverage does, however, usually include provisions to cover damage resulting from pipe bursts.

2. Water Leaks

Water leaks can also develop from aging infrastructure and equipment failures. Although it may be difficult to find compromised pipes hidden behind walls, performing routine maintenance on your building’s fire suppression and HVAC systems can help prevent some water damage. While every policy is different, most plans cover leaks and subsequent water cleanup requirements, offering some peace of mind.

3. Overflowing Toilets

While many companies encourage proper waste disposal, clogged and overflowing toilets are another common commercial problem. Because not all policies include sewage damage protection, you should carefully examine your plan. To avoid expensive out-of-pocket sewage cleanup costs, you may need to purchase supplemental coverage.

4. Storm Damage

A strong storm can damage your roof and break windows, allowing destructive water infiltration. Flooding can also occur. While storm damage may be covered, flooding is usually excluded from most business insurance plans. To protect your company’s financial security, you should discuss these topics with an insurance agent who can help you assess your risk and purchase flood insurance.

Water damage can result from a variety of scenarios, some of which may not be covered under many business insurance policies. Because water cleanup and restoration costs can be costly, inadequate coverage can result in significant financial losses. For this reason, it’s crucial for every business owner to analyze their situation and prepare for potentially destructive events.