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How To Classify a Fire

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Classifications

Removal of property from a home or business depends on the type of damage sustained to the structure and personal items. Our team is trained to determine whether the cause was the heat and flames, smoke residues, or as a result of the effects to extinguish the fire. Each type of damage will also fall into three levels or categories of damage: Minor, Medium, and Major. 

With Minor Damage

  • There is little need for removal.
  • The fire was restricted to a single room, quickly extinguished and small.
  • Only small items like dish towels and perhaps the pot or pan where the fire started must be disposed of and replaced.
  • Most of the restoration involves light cleaning of residue covered ceilings, walls, floors, counters and cabinets. 

With Medium Damage

  • More property is removed.
  • The fire was larger, spread into other parts of the home, and took longer to extinguish.
  • Larger items such as furniture and drywall panels are physically damaged and require disposal.
  • The cleaning method requires stronger chemicals and tools like scrub brushes.
  • Odors are very noticeable and require further cleaning to eliminate them. 

With Major Damage

  • Items near the origin of the fire are severely burnt and need immediate removal and disposal.
  • Structural components such as framing also suffer physical damage.
  • Smoke residues are so thick that some items may need to be cleaned using ultrasonic equipment or may not be able to be completely cleaned and require replacement.
  • Odors may be so strong that eliminating them can be more expensive than the option of replacement. 
  • Removal of contents does not necessarily mean they must be disposed. We can move salvageable items or those that simply need cleaning to either an on-site storage container on their property or to storage at our facility while repairs are being completed.

We’re always here to help.  Our goal is to address your restoration needs as professionally and quickly as possible.  The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get your property and life back to "Like it never even happened."

Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Whenever anyone visualizes water damage, most think of a massive storm taking out power lines, flooding structures, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. While it is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods due to water that stems from weather events and storms, many forget that storms aren’t the only causes of flooding and water damage.

Here are some of the additional and common causes of water damage to commercial buildings.

Malfunctioning sprinkler systems

Many older office, retail and warehouse buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems which work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While those types of sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory, business assets, flooring and the building structure.

Broken pipes and plumbing

Just like in a your home, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 

Backed up sewer lines

Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 

Damaged appliances and equipment

This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and walk into a severe water emergency.

If your business has suffered commercial water damage then we are here for you. Just call us, SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County. We are available 24/7 and 365 to assist.

Being Prepared for Summer Storms

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S., making flooding the most deadly disaster.

Summer storms can be beautiful to watch but also very dangerous to your home and office. In order to stay safe, please follow these and other safety tips for your home.

Before the Storm

  • Have an emergency supply kit on hand
  • Develop a communication plan with all members of your family
  • Unplug electrical equipment
  • Secure outdoor objects that could cause damage if they are thrown
  • Stay inside a building or hard top vehicle
  • Secure windows and doors

During the Storm

  • Use a battery operated radio for updates and alerts
  • Avoid contact with corded phones
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment
  • Avoid contact with water
  • Stay away from windows and doors

After the Storm               

  • Do not touch any downed wires
  • Do not drive through a flooded roadway
  • Stay away from storm damaged areas

Flood Safety Tips

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Flood Safety Suggestions To Follow

Before, during and after a flood, 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.

Storm Damaged Roof?

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

mitigated commercial hallway ceiling Taking the proper steps after a storm may help you mitigate your problems.

High winds can do crazy things to your roofing system in Vancouver, WA. When storms cause shingles to tear off, it can be hard to know exactly what to do. You want to fix the problem before a roof leak starts, but where do you start?


Protect the Damaged Area


Your first step should be to call in a storm damage specialist. These experts will be able to help you locate the damage, come up with a repair plan and work with the insurance company. However, these specialists may not be able to get to your building right away. If you can't get professional help right away, you need to protect your roof so it doesn't get damaged further. If you want to stop a damaged roof from becoming a bigger problem, you need to use certain tools to cover the damaged area.

• Use tarps and plywood to cover any ripped, cracked or missing shingles.
• Remove weakened tree limbs to ensure they don't crash onto your building.
• Get rid of debris from the roof as this can tear up more shingles if high winds return.

Doing everything you can to protect the vulnerable part of your roof can help you avoid larger headaches. Your contractor may be able to give you more tips on how to get by until he or she can arrive.


Start a Repair Plan


Once the damaged roof has been assessed, you need to quickly enact a repair plan. If you wait too long to fix the issue, the missing shingles can turn into a roof leak. As you know, leaks can lead to major water damage that can take a lot of money to fix. It's better for you and your building if you can start a repair plan as quickly after the storm as possible.

The last thing you want after a storm is to worry about a roof leak. However, damaged shingles can lead to that exact situation. 

Commercial Water Damage - Act Fast!

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

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There’s no such thing as a small disaster-especially when a small leak now could fester into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time. You need help-fast. No matter what time of day or night, contact SERVPRO of East Vancouver/ Clark County to begin emergency mitigation. Emergency mitigation means that under normal circumstances, SERVPRO can be on site within four hours to begin drying your building and restoring contents. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your facility. Every SERVPRO franchise professional is trained and understands how to manage the drying process. By utilizing state of the art equipment and the latest technology, your structure will be quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages.

SERVPRO will remove moisture and any contaminants by disinfecting and deodorizing to safely clean and dry your building and contents. 

Toilet Overflow

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

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An overflowing toilet is a frustrating problem, no matter what the circumstances involve. However, when the overflow involves a sewage backup, the problem becomes much more serious. Sewer damage could contain viruses, bacteria, and other illness-carrying microbes. The possible risks associated with contamination could affect your Vancouver, WA, home and your family for many years.

  • Toilet Overflow: Blockage in the plumbing system causes the toilet to overflow. In this case, the flooding water hasn't passed through the sewer system. Water damage may occur, but you won't have to involve the sewage company.
  • Plumbing System Overflow: Water from the sewage system backs up through residential lateral pipes and into homes. This water is often filled with serious contaminants, such as raw sewage.

If you can't tell whether you have an overflowing toilet or a sewage situation, contact a professional immediately(we're happy to give you a professional recommendation). If you have a flooded toilet, you may be able to handle the problem yourself.

Step 1: Stop Flushing

Much of the time when homeowners see something they don't like in the toilet, they flush. Unfortunately, this will only make a flooded toilet situation worse. Each flush contains more than a gallon of water that you'll have to clean up off the floor.

Step 2: Turn Off the Water

There should be a water shut-off valve located near the floor behind the toilet. Once the water has been shut off, you won't have to worry about more water making the situation worse.

Step 3: Clean Up Spilled Water

If the toilet was only flushed once or twice, you can probably mop it up pretty quickly. If there were more flushes and the resulting four to five gallons of water, you may want to contact a professional to prevent water damage.

Step 4: Address the Clog

Hopefully, you'll be able to dislodge whatever was stuck in the pipes and return to your normal daily activities. Otherwise, you may need to contact a professional.

Remember to protect your home and family from sewer damage. Learn how to recognize the type of trouble you have and take the right steps for correction.

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