Recent Storm Damage Posts

Protecting Your Roof After a Storm

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

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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. Taking the proper steps after a storm may help you mitigate your problems.

Storm Preparedness

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

flooded bedroom Do something today that your future self will thank you for!

The first step is to have a plan for all of the members of your family. 

Not all disasters happen when all of the family members are at home or even in one central location together. Make a plan as to where you will all meet once it's safe.

Choose a specific contact person outside of the state that you live in. Make sure all family members know the contact person's telephone number's and email address. Each person needs to check in with that person immediately if possible. The contact person can then share with all family members the where about's of all members that have checked in. 

Make sure each person knows what their role/responsibility/duty in survival/ is in the event that everyone is home when disaster strikes. 

For further preparedness planning, please call SERVPRO of E. Vancouver/Clark Co. 360-254-0049

Preventing Mold After a Flood

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Storm flooding can occur in Brush Prairie, WA, without much warning. It is crucial to act quickly to clean up flood water in order to prevent mold growth. Even small amounts of moisture can allow mold to grow, so it is important to get help from an experienced professional who will assess the extent of water damage, remove the water, and ensure that affected materials are completely dry.

1. Assessing the Damage

Water damage may be apparent, but moisture is often invisible. If you don't address excess moisture levels quickly following a flood, you risk needing mold removal down the line.
An experienced storm damage restoration specialist has the knowledge and equipment necessary to detect water levels in porous building materials where moisture can hide. He or she can restore your house to its pre-flood condition, whether that means drying or replacing the material.

2. Extracting the Water

Any area that has flooded can have water removal challenges. Specialized machinery may be needed to remove standing water and extract it from carpets, furniture, and walls. Such equipment may include submersible pumps and powerful wet/dry vacuums. These machines generally will be able to remove most, but not all, of the flood water from your home. At this point, there is still an opportunity for mold growth until moisture has been reduced to acceptable levels.

3. Eliminating the Moisture

To eliminate excess moisture, you'll need a professional to detect where it remains and equipment to dry it. Moisture detectors such as hygrometers and infrared cameras can find water in unexpected places, such as behind walls and underneath carpet. Dehumidifiers and industrial fans help extract moisture from materials and move it out of the building. Moisture levels should be rechecked until they have reached levels low enough to inhibit mold.

Act quickly to ensure that you prevent mold growth following a flood. An experienced professional can help you to assess the extent of water damage, extract the water, and ensure that all moisture has been properly dried.

What to do After Filing A Flood Claim

4/25/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded residence exterior Unless you live in an area prone to flooding, it is likely that a flood claim will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Unless you live in an area prone to flooding, it is likely that a flood claim will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

In the event that you have to make a flood claim in Vancouver, WA, following a storm, knowing how the process works will make a challenging situation a bit easier to endure. It is in your best interest to move quickly to contact your insurance adjuster, particularly when damage is widespread throughout your locality.

Begin Remediation Immediately

After you have notified your insurance company that your home has sustained flood damage, get to work right away on your own or by engaging the services of professionals to address it. Mold can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours after inundation, so your adjuster will understand the need to move quickly.

• Take lots of digital photos and videos to document the damage to your home and property.

• Remove, but do not yet discard, materials that cannot be salvaged.

• Remove excess water by pumping, mopping and blotting to prevent further harm to your home.

• Get the air circulating with fans and air conditioners, and as a last step, dehumidifiers.

• Be sure to inspect, and work to dry, hidden areas where mold can grow.

• Begin the cleaning process for belongings that can be salvaged.

• Compile a list of losses and include any receipts you have retained. Your credit card history can be useful for the task of filling out an accurate flood claim.

• Keep receipts for any purchases of goods or services related to the flood.

• Sign the proof of loss statement that your adjuster produces. Additions can be made if necessary for the insurance claim.

It is important to understand that both the restoration of your home and the settlement of your insurance claim will be processes that require time, effort and patience. Accurate documentation is the key to fair compensation.

High Winds Caused Damage to your Roof, What Now?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

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High winds can cause major damage 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 begin? 


Protect the Damaged Area


Your first step should be to call in a roofing 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 roofing help right away, you need to protect your roof so it doesn't become damaged any further.

• 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 they 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. Taking the proper steps after a storm may help you mitigate your problems.

Sign Up For Emergency Notifications in Clark County

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

"Storm Alerts why they are important" field with storm clouds and SERVPRO house Stay notified, stay safe!

Here in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in Clark County, we don’t often experience what Mother Nature is fully capable of.  However, we do on occasion experience high winds and heavy rains that can cause your home or business substantial damage. It’s important to be prepared for your safety and the safety of others. We recommend following local alerts from Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA).

You can follow CRESA on Facebook or sign up at Clark Public Alerts  to receive notifications on the following emergencies:

  • Evacuations
  • Severe Weather
  • Missing Persons
  • Road Closures
  • Police Action
  • Fire
  • Hazardous Spills

If you experience damage to your home or business after a storm or any other catastrophe, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County (360) 254-0049 . We are here to help our community day or night. We understand that Mother Nature never sleeps, so neither do we.

Storm Damage Restoration in Southwest Washington

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.

When it comes to water damage, it can cost you more if you ignore it.  Most homeowners and business owners only think of the costs of replacing products, equipment and personal property.  But what about those other costs?  You also have to consider costs such as rent, loans, wages, etc. Not to mention your business would lose operating profit from not being open and the inconvenience of having to relocate. 

SERVPRO of Vancouver/Clark County specializes in water-related cleanup and restoration services.  We have completed numerous restoration projects in the Southwestern Washington area. Our technicians are thoroughly trained both on-site as well as classroom instruction on restoration best practices. 

Here are a few of the water damage restoration services we provide:

  • Water removal
  • Cleanup
  • Damage restoration
  • Clothing restoration
  • Electronics repair
  • Deodorization and carpet cleaning
  • Photo documentation of the site
  • Insurance coordination

Disasters don't happen on a regular 9am-5pm schedule, so our services don’t either! SERVPRO of Vancouver/Clark County is available to you 24/7.

Storm Damage Restoration

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

heavy rain on rooftop SERVPRO of Vancouver/Clark County can help to treat a big problem before it leads to house condemnation. Find out how by calling us at (360) 254-0049.

A big storm hits, and now you are dealing with the need for home damage restoration. It goes without saying that if your house is damaged in a storm and the outside elements are coming in, you need to turn to a professional to get your house back in shape. There is no time to waste either, the first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.

Cleaning up Debris

One of the first steps in home damage restoration is to clean up the damaged elements of the building. This includes pulling down broken roofs and pulling out damaged windows. This is not the easiest process to do during the cold winter months, but it is something that requires immediate attention so that you can get into the home and start fixing the problems. SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County cleanup crews can help to make the process easier to manage.

Reducing Mold Risks

Water, including water in its frozen state of ice and snow, is very problematic for the home. If you've been involved in an incident in which there is a significant build-up of snow or ice on the roof of the house, this puts a great deal of pressure on the structure. If the structure cracks and the roof falls that water is now in your home and could potentially lead to mold growth. The problem is, you can’t wait until spring to fix these types of problems. They need immediate attention which SERVPRO of Vancouver/Clark County can provide.

Rebuilding Fast

Once the problems are taken care of, it is just as important to get your house back into livable condition again. This may mean adding drywall, roofing, windows, and other components damaged by the storm.

Home damage restoration is one of the most important steps you can take in reclaiming your house after a storm. Have a professional handle the process for you quickly.

When Your Home or Business Is Involved In a Storm Damage

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health effects. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.

Photograph the Damage

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. At SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County, we provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage and smoke damage. 

Bring Your Pets When You Have to Evacuate Your Home

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Southwest Washington doesn’t see a lot of storm activity but it’s a good rule of thumb to be prepared. If a storm requires people to evacuate, that means conditions are dangerous for the pets as well. For the safety of the pets, and the peace-of-mind of the humans,  SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County shares tips from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). 

Preparing for Pet Evacuations:

  • Make sure the information on pets' tags is current
  • Fasten tags securely to the collars
  • Consider a microchip for the pet
  • In case you and your pet(s) are separated, have photos of yourself with each pet
  • Locate pet-friendly motels and shelters
  • Lists of all medications and conditions
  • Comfortable and secure carrier for each pet
  • Leash or harness for each pet
  • Copies of all prescription medication

Emergency Kits for Pets:

  • Proof of vaccinations, veterinary records
  • At least a 3-day supply of food and water for each pet
  • First-aid kit for pets
  • Treats and toys, especially favorite ones
  • Comfort objects, such as things that smell like you, thunder-shirts
  • Enough medication for 3 or more days

We recommend Ready.govfor more tips.

If your home suffers from storm damage or water damage, call us. We're Here for you® 24/7.

SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County is independently owned and operated. Call for assistance at (360) 254-0049

Link: https://www.fema.gov/helping-pets

Watch VS. Warning

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County for your storm cleanup needs.

As we go further into spring, we can expect more heavy rains to come our way before summer arrives. In order to know how to be prepared for storms, we also have to know when to be prepared.

Severe Thunderstorm WATCH

A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. A watch is issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center).

Severe Thunderstorm WARNING

A severe thunderstorm warning means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler radar information or a reliable spotter report. A warning is issued by the local National Weather Services.

How Can SERVPRO Help?

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County is the professional team near you that knows that immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal.

Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines*, we strive to:

• Contact you within 1 hour from notice of loss to arrange for service.

• Be on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.

• Provide verbal briefing of scope to you within 8 business hours of on-site arrival.

SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County can also perform pack-out services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.

Call (360) 254-0049 for your storm damage needs.

Watch vs. Warning information is provided by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Generator Safety

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

generator powering commercial building from outdoors The likelihood of our team being called to a damaged structure that is without power is very high so we bring the power in more ways than one!

If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow the safety tips below from the American Red Cross:

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can't be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
  • Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

Plan to Stay in Business

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Servpro fans and dehumidifier dry hallway This photo shows the mitigation and drying process to ensure that after the flooding occurred, the homeowners wouldn’t incur mold growth.

September is national preparedness month. In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States. Flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community. During national preparedness month, your local SERVPRO of East Vancouver/ Clark County professionals want you to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for mother nature’s worst.
If disaster strikes, will you be ready? It is important to prepare before disaster occurs consider the following steps to help you prepare for an emergency situation.
-Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
-Develop and test emergency communication plans.
-Assemble or update emergency supplies.
-Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
-Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
-Collect and safeguard critical documents.
-Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
-Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.

A local alert option here in Clark County is Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA.)

How SERVPRO's Pack-Out Service Can Help You Restore Treasures After Flooding in Vancouver

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

When flooding happens, SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. has it under control.

Benefits of a Pack-Out During Flood Damage Recovery in Vancouver

Whether the flooding event in your Vancouver traces its source to storm damage, appliance malfunction, or plumbing fail, your home and its contents are knee-deep in water. Both your belongings and your house’s structure need help fast to survive this catastrophe. Often the best approach is to pack out furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions, transporting them to our production facility.

Flood damage in Vancouver requires the completion of many tasks inside your home. If the contents remain in place, our technicians need to work around or move heavy pieces of furniture and continually shift boxes of possessions. If the flooded areas are clear, we can complete the water removal and structural drying procedures in a much more straightforward manner. A clear area also minimizes any floor or carpet staining and eliminates moisture load from wet possessions.  Creating the warm and dry air appropriate for speedy drying is far easier to do after a pack-out.

Meanwhile, the items packed up and moved to our production facility receive the individualized attention they need. We document and track the articles with the SERVPRO Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), a comprehensive and secure system using lists, photos, and barcoding to organize your property.

Our technicians both at your home and at our headquarters master the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training pertaining to their specialties. Our Contents Processing Technician (CPT) evaluates the condition of the items and designs each a restoration plan. Our production facility employees have a broad range of cleaning, drying, disinfecting, deodorizing, and other resources available to transform flood damaged articles back to functionality and appearance.

Throughout the project, SERVPRO is in contact with your insurance company, providing the supporting evidence necessary for proving successful claims for restoration or replacement. We keep you in the loop as well, respecting your opinions and priorities during this stressful time.

SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. is well-qualified to meet your flood mitigation and remediation needs both onsite and in our production facility. Contact us at (360) 254-0049 immediately after the waters rise so we can create the best plan for your circumstances.

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How SERVPRO Restored a Vancouver Flood Damaged Home

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

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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Prepare Your Home

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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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.

What a Tenant Is Liable for After a Flood

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of E.Vancouver/Clark Co responds to your flood and storm damage

Flooding at your property can be very stressful. The last thing you want is to go through a disaster and have no renter’s insurance or any idea how to proceed. As a renter, it is best to prepare and know for what you are accountable. This breakdown of duties can help you avoid confusion.

Tenant Responsibilities

As a renter, you are more protected than you might realize. For instance, if you can no longer occupy your commercial space because of flood damage, you have some options:

  • Most insurance coverage will take care of temporary relocation costs. If your business is unable to be used because of excessive damage, you will have the option to move.
  • You will not be obligated to pay for the amount of time that you have vacated the original space. What if you are not displaced but the damage is still significant? You might be able to ask for a rent deduction.
  • You should also have the option to cancel your lease when you need to relocate. Make sure to inform the property owner either before moving out or soon after.

One thing a tenant should always have is renter’s insurance. You can never predict when disaster will strike in Lacamas, WA. Since you are still responsible for your possessions, it would be better to know that you are covered.

Property Owner Responsibilities

The property owner is responsible for all damage done to the building they are leasing. That includes anything rented to the tenant, such as appliances. However, most property insurance does not include flooding. Property owners should look at their policies and buy flood insurance if needed. The number of a water damage repair service can also come in handy when an emergency arises.

At flood at your property does not need to be the end of the world. As a tenant, make sure you have good renter’s insurance and honest communication with the property owner. As an owner, flood insurance may be a wise idea. Stay prepared, and you can hopefully avoid stress and get back to normal in no time.

Storm Damage Remediation

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Air mover on a commercial storm damage in Camas, WA

As homeowners in Camas, WA, and other locations around the country are likely to attest, the clean up, repair, and restoration chores that emerge after a damaging storm are at minimum, a nuisance, and in many cases, a much more serious undertaking. Storm damage remediation can range from a clean up to a tear out to a rebuild, depending on the type and extent of the destruction.

The Usual Suspect: Water

One of the most frequent and frustrating problems property owners face is the damaging effects of water infiltration. To further complicate the challenge of inundation, floodwater from rivers and streams brings the specter of biological contamination, commonly known as black water. Once a destructive storm has passed, assessment of its damage may begin and progress to the following procedures:

  1. The extraction of water through pumping, mopping and dehumidification.
  2. Tear out of wet materials to prevent mold growth.
  3. Drying of the structure.
  4. Decontamination of salvageable materials.
  5. Repair and replacement of compromised building material and furnishings.

While it is true that many materials that have been subjected to black water contamination will have to be discarded, other types of water damage can be mitigated. A professional assessment can be very helpful in making the correct determination, especially with regard to the safety of the home and its furnishings.

Documentation is Vital

Document the damage before initiating storm restoration. It is likely to be necessary in filing flood insurance claims, and there may be a delay in the arrival of an adjuster if flooding is widespread. Digital pictures and/or video that can be easily emailed are the preferred media.

Humanity’s relationship to the planet’s most abundant natural resource can seem paradoxical, particularly in the midst of a tear out of the cherished furnishings of a home. Keeping water where it belongs and a balanced perspective are central to the experience of homeownership.

How To Prepare for a Storm

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Roof damaged by a wind storm in a Orchards, WA home

As a business owner in Orchards, WA, you know you can't prepare for every eventuality. There are too many problems that can crop up with your commercial building. However, you can prepare for some worst-case scenarios. With the help of a commercial storm damage repair crew, you can create a storm preparedness plan to help you be ready for the aftermath of bad weather. Use these four tips to get started.

1. Collect an Emergency Kit

Having a first-aid kit on hand during bad weather can give you and your employees peace of mind. Your kit should be full of bandages, blankets and nonperishable foods. Make this kit available even when you're not there to help keep everyone who uses your building safe.

2. Institute an Evacuation Plan

How should people leave the building during a storm? Create an evacuation plan for every situation that may affect your area. During flooding, for example, you may want people to go to higher ground. During a tornado, however, your employees may be better served by finding a structurally sound place inside of the building to hunker down.

3. Write Up a Contact List

You may not always be there when a storm strikes. Your employees need to know who to call if a storm damages your building. Part of good property management is creating a contact list. This can include emergency service numbers, and you may also want to include phone numbers for plumbers, storm damage remediation teams and the like.

4. Make a Backup Plan

Think about what you would do if your building can no longer be occupied. In this part of a storm preparedness plan, you may want to come up with a business continuity plan. This can include having interruption insurance or setting up a temporary office space.

You may never know how a storm is going to affect your building until it is over. You can create a storm preparedness plan to help yourself get ready for the worst-case scenario.

5 Steps to Prevent Mold Growth After a Flood

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

These steps will help prevent mold growth in your Vancouver, WA, home.

If your Vancouver, WA, home has experienced a flood following a storm, you might be considered about mold growth, as you should be. After flooding, homeowners only have about 36 hours to act before mildew and mold can start to grow. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent mold from growing in your home.

1. Remove Wet Items

The first thing to remove from the home are big, wet items like furniture, curtains, and pillows. They can hold a lot of moisture, so move them to the driveway or garage until they dry out completely.

2. Use a Wet Vac

Shop vacs or web vacs can remove water from wet carpets. If you don’t own a shop vac, you can rent one from a hardware store. You can also hire a professional to come in and take care of your carpets for you.

3. Air Out the Area

It might be a good time to invest in a dehumidifier, which will remove the moisture from the area. Fans can also help. If rain has stopped, open doors and windows to give the water somewhere to escape.

4. Remove Molding and Baseboards

Baseboards and crown molding look beautiful, but can prevent the walls from completely drying. Removing all molding from the walls exposes them to air so that they can better dry.

5. Cut Small Holes In the Wall

Walls made out of sheet rock are especially vulnerable to mold growth. Allow them to dry out by cutting small openings along the bottom of the walls. This lets air reach the covering on the inside of the walls in addition to the outside.

These steps will help prevent mold growth in your Vancouver, WA, home. Still, after a few days without power, mold can start to grow. Contacting an expert can help you determine the best route for mold removal. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROevancouverclarkco.com/.

The Costly Phenomena of Hail Damage

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

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/.

Winter Weather Preparation

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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

Stop Winter Heating Hazards

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

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."

Heads Up! 3 Questions To Answer To Prepare for a Storm

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

You've seen the devastation storms can bring. While it's true you can't always predict what a storm will do, you can prepare for it and the flood water it can bring. In Vancouver, WA, it is important you know what you can do in advance to mitigate the damage storm flooding can cause.


1. Are You in the Zone?


Knowing if your home is in a flood zone is a good place to start in preparing for a storm. There are almost 20 flood zone classifications. Do some research and find out which zone your home falls in. This can help you determine how extensive your plans need to be.


2. Are You Waiting Too Long To Make a Plan?


If you are in a flood-prone area, have a plan well in advance of any major storm event. Write it down and keep it in a visible area. Here are some things to consider:

• Flood mitigation supplies (i.e. sandbags, plywood, concrete blocks)
• Sufficient amount of non-perishable food and water for your family
• Evacuation routes
• Weather radio, flashlights
• Battery-powered chargers for your cellphones
• Important paperwork in a waterproof container

This list is just a starting point. If you need help getting your home and family ready for a storm, there are several resources available that can help.


3. What Do You Do After It Floods?


Flood water can rise rapidly. Exercise extreme caution. Do not enter flooded roadways. It only takes six inches of water to reach the bottom of your car and only a foot of water to wash it away. Don't wade in to find out how deep the water is either. That water could have washed through a flooded building, rising sewers and spill from surrounding waterways. It may contain bacteria, dangerous debris and even wildlife.

Knowledge is your best weapon against an impending storm and flood event. Know your flood zone, get your supplies and don't take any chances. Flood water will eventually recede. Water damage can be repaired. Preparing your home and family in advance can ensure your safety before, during and after a storm.

For more information, please visit us ashttp://www.SERVPROevancouverclarkco.com/.

Be Aware of Winter Heating Hazards

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Are you prepared?

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."

Preparing Your Home For Winter Weather

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

If you encounter damage to your home this winter make sure you call SERVPRO of Vancouver 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! (360) 254-0049

If you live in the Northeast, Midwest, or Northwest you know the drill. Four to five months of heavy clothes, seeing your breath and generally freezing outside. Sometimes even elsewhere, Old Man Winter stops in for an unexpected visit. But beyond the inconvenience and discomfort, a winter storm or other severe weather conditions can cause real damage. So it's important to think about winter preparedness.

Protecting your home is vital. A frozen water pipe can burst and flood your house or basement. An ice dam in your gutter can cause water to seep into and saturate an interior wall. And then there’s your car. Making sure it’s prepped to face winter’s worst is just as critical. After all, what would happen if a blizzard stranded you in your car?

Prepare yourself

Some winter weather tips to help you get through a severe stretch of cold:

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. It’s a serious workout, and going at it too hard can bring on a heart attack − a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Stay dry. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits the cold rapidly.

Cold-related injuries

  • Watch for signs of frostbite: loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities. If any of these occur, get medical help immediately.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. 
  • If any of the hypothermia symptoms appear, get yourself (or the victim) to a warm location, remove wet clothing, and warm the center of the body first. Give the patient warm, non-alcoholic beverages if they are conscious. And of course, get medical help as soon as possible.

Prepare your home

Some tips to brace your home for a winter storm:

  • Clean out the gutters, disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
  • Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbor's. (Avoid liability for the latter.)
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
  • Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it.
  • Have a contractor check your roof to see if it would sustain the weight of a heavy snowfall.
  • Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents.
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
  • If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the water system.
  • Avoid ice dams – where water from melted snow refreezes in the gutters and seeps in under the roof, soaking interior walls. Here’s how:
    • Ventilate your attic.
    • Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.
    • Consider having a water-repellent membrane installed under your roof covering.

Storm Damage and Your Roof

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

During the Summer months is the perfect time to have the roof on your home or business checked out by a local roofer.

Storm Damage To Your Roof

As Summer quickly approaches us, and the cold, wet, Winter weather is leaving us for a few months. Now is the perfect time to have the roof on your home or business checked out by a local roofer. Even when there was no hail or rain produced during a storm, your roof can sustain damage. Strong winds make stress points on your roof which, over time, can weaken and be compromised. Roofs are made to resist typical winds; however, they can be damaged incrementally over years of high winds and debris blown around by the wind. It is important to fix the initial damage and replace missing shingles quickly to stop any high fuel costs and water damage that inevitably result from a roof which is damaged.

The effect that the wind has over your Vancouver home’s roof is not uniform. Areas such as the perimeter and corners of your roof are susceptible to high wind pressures and storm damage, while the center could have fewer stresses. Most wind damage begins at the edge of the roof. Anywhere the material of the roof is just a bit loose, the wind gets under it and pushes it up, therefore giving the wind more to grab onto during the next storm, which makes a peeling effect. This type of damage can begin quite small, but keep growing over time through repeated exposure to the wind.

SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. can be counted on to help get home or business repaired when storm damage has ravished it. With our professional training and courteous, timely work, we can help to prevent further damage to your home from intruding water by covering damaged areas with tarps or plywood for temporary protection. We then focus on restoring water damage of the attic and other affected areas. Our technicians may be able to do the roof repairs, but we can always get help from one of our roofing contractor partners to rebuild your roof to code when needed.

Being Prepared With The Red Cross

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

For questions about being prepared in case of an emergency, contact The American Red Cross Cascades Region @ 503-284-1234

Are you prepared for an emergency? What will you do if you have to evacuate your home during a fire or a flood? What if you are unable to return home after an earthquake? Do you have important items gathered into an emergency preparedness kit? How will you communicate and reconnect with your family, friends and people in your life after a disaster?

There are simple steps you, your family and your community can take to ensure you are prepared for any type of disaster. The Red Cross is here to help.

 

Preparedness Tool Kit

The Red Cross has many tools to help keep you and your loved ones safe. From detailed information about how to plan for specific events, or more general information about preparedness, you can find it here.

Red Cross Apps

The Red Cross offers several mobile apps that put life-saving information at your fingertips. Free apps include the First Aid, Hurricane, Shelter Finder, Earthquake and Wildfire App. Each app provides instant expert advice for everyday emergencies and is available for iPhone and Android devices.

Prepare Your Workplace

Learn how to prepare your workplace for a disaster and ensure employees have the tools to help co-workers who may need immediate, emergency care. Take a free AED class at the Oregon Red Cross or join the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ program.

Schedule a Red Cross Presentation

Are you interested in making sure your family, school, co-workers and community are prepared? Attend a free class or schedule a presentation to get your community prepared before disaster strikes.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, let SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Why Choose SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co.?

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of E. Vancouver / Clark Co. can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.