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Why Professional Mold Remediation Is Essential for Businesses

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

When you discover a black mold problem in your Olympia, WA, commercial building, your first question is probably, “How should I deal with this properly?” It’s an important question, as getting rid of this type of fungus can be a complex undertaking, and you want to make sure that whoever does the work takes every step necessary to make sure the cleanup is complete.

7 Steps for Proper Cleanup

There are several steps that any professional mold remediation company should take to get rid of the mold and help minimize its return:

1. Determine all areas with mold and where the moisture is coming from so that the problem is properly contained.
2. Correct any excessive moisture problems and fix them or guide your company in taking the appropriate steps (fix leaks, install dehumidifiers, add ventilation).
3. Suggest ways your company can maintain indoor humidity at between 30% and 60%.
4. Use detergents to clean any affected hard surfaces and dry completely (within 24-48 hours) to prevent spores from spreading.
5. Replace any porous materials such as ceiling tiles or soft upholstery. Steam clean carpets or replace if damage is extensive.
6. Determine whether drywall can be cleaned and dried or if it needs to be removed and replaced.
7. Suggest ways your company can minimize future occurrences of black mold.

The Right Cleanup Tools

There are several cleanup methods that can be effective for getting rid of mold spores. Ask the company what methods they will be using. For hard surfaces, detergents will often work. For porous materials, wet vacuuming is usually best, providing the area is dried completely within 48 hours. Carpets and rugs should be steam cleaned.

Personal Protection During Mold Cleanup

During the cleaning process, professionals should take measures to protect themselves and prevent the transfer of any spores. Most will wear gloves, goggles and a respirator. For any black mold problem in your building, contact an Olympia, WA, mold remediation specialist who is experienced and has the tools necessary to contain and correct the problem.

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After the Water Is Gone, Further Damage May Occur in These 3 Ways

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

If your business in Olympia, WA, experiences water damage, your mind may immediately jump to the devastation it could cause. You may not realize that after water is removed, even if it looks like the space is dry, your business could still be susceptible to secondary water damage. This damage occurs from moisture and can cause black mold, as well as structural and cosmetic problems to your commercial space. Here are three possibilities why initial water damage may not be adequately dried out, which can lead to secondary damage.

1. Water Was Not Removed Quickly Enough

Sometimes water cannot be removed quickly from a location. Water may not be discovered right away if it occurs when a business is closed or in an area that gets less use. Also, a business may not be able to enter a building right away to start the clean-up if safety is an issue.

2. Water Went Places That Were Not Discovered During the Initial Assessment

Water will move to fill whatever space it can reach, and it can reach a lot of places that cannot easily be seen. Professionals in water damage restoration have usually received specialized training to help them find any moisture that may be hiding in your walls or floors after any standing water has been extracted. Even small amounts of liquid that are not found can potentially lead to black mold growing in those spaces.

3. Humidity Was Not Reduced Enough To Remove the Remaining Moisture

After any hard-to-find moisture areas are discovered, the conditions that lead to high humidity should be stopped by adequately drying out the area. In addition to creating ample air circulation, professionals may also focus on dehumidification to help dry everything thoroughly as quickly as possible.

If any of these three situations happen after initial water damage, your business in Olympia, WA, could be at risk of developing secondary damage. It can be important to have your space appropriately dried after water damage because of the potential problems high humidity can cause, such as black mold or costly future repairs.

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3 Steps You Can Take To Mitigate a Sewage Flood in Your Home

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Few events may cause you more stress as a Olympia, WA, homeowner than a sewer backup inside your home. This type of flooding can occur from plumbing problems, localized floods during torrential rainstorms or a sewage pipe malfunction. No matter the cause, there are a few actions you can take to reduce damage to your home and keep your family safe until help arrives.

1. Evacuate Your Home

When your home’s sewage system backs up and causes flooding, it is important that you get your family away from the contaminated water right away. Raw sewage, urine and chemicals in the water may contain harmful or dangerous pathogens that cause illness, so evacuating your family outside or to a neighbor’s home can reduce the risk of them being affected by this type of flood water.

2. Seal Affected Rooms

Sealing your bathrooms after a sewer backup can help to contain the water overflowing from the toilets. Shut doors firmly and seal the edges with a wide waterproof tape. If there are gaps at the bottom of the doors, stuff them with old towels to absorb runoff. Remember to wear heavy gloves and a breathing mask to protect yourself as you do this.

3. Call for Professional Assistance

Once you have sealed off the rooms as much as possible, you can then call a water cleanup and restoration service to handle the safe removal and disposal of flood waters and sludge resulting from the sewage loss. Flood technicians may use portable sump pumps and large drainage hoses to clean up and then offer you cleaning and deodorizing services to ensure no foul odors linger in your home once the mess is removed.

When a sewer backup occurs in your Olympia, WA, home, the results can be disastrous and stressful. However, knowing how to contain the flood until help arrives may help you prevent further damage to your property and keep your family safe.

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Faster to your Lacey Water Damage Event

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Lacey Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Lacey provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration services.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lacey provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Lacey arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Lacey

SERVPRO of Lacey specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How to Handle Contaminated Water

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding usually involves gray or black water.

Flood water can be dangerous even after it has been removed, as it can contaminate items in your building or the structure itself. Damage from contaminated water can lead to mold or other harmful microorganisms that can cause odors and decay, but luckily this can be prevented through restoration processes.

It can be best to hire an expert on water damage restoration to ensure that dangerously contaminated water is handled properly so that no one gets sick or hurt. SERVPRO of Lacey, WA can help you determine and execute the necessary procedures to remove black water and restore your building’s contents such as furniture, carpets, or appliances that may have been contaminated. They can also help repair and dry out your floors and walls to prevent structural issues later on. By taking the proper precautions, contaminated water can be handled and removed in a safe manner.

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The Difference Between Minor and Severe Fire Damage

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Minor Fire Disasters

Smoke and soot can choke the people around and result in life-threatening sicknesses; hence, you should also factor it in when handling a fire disaster and planning to file for your claims. If the loss was minor, just take pictures and perform emergency repairs. You can also call a cleanup Spokane to help in the exercise. By so doing, you prevent further damage to your property while you claim is being actualized.

Severe Fire Loss

In the event of severe fire damage, the insurance company will send a cause and origin investigator. Just like the fire department, the company will deduce the cause of the fire to rule out arson or fraud by investigating your background and finances. Explain how the smoke and soot from the fire has affected the air quality in the home.

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SERVPRO® Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Structure

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO® Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Structure SERVPRO® of Lacey takes the Stress Out of Fire Damage to Your Property.

For a fire department to successfully battle and control an inferno or a small fire, they are trained to identify the different types of fires. Yes, fires have classifications based on what is fueling them.

Different fires require unique solutions for cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO® of Lacey knows and understands how to work with fire damages, which can often be restored by our professional, IICRC certified technicians. We can handle the aftermath of residential and commercial fires. We specialize in fire and water damage cleanup. With our restoration experience, we can quickly restore your home or business to a pre-fire condition. "Like it never even happened."

Class A: wood, paper or trash, anything that leaves ash. Water can extinguish this fire. Type A fire extinguisher.
Class B: oil, gas or flammable liquids. Smothering solutions extinguish this fire. Type B fire extinguisher.
Class C: electrical. Use carbon dioxide to extinguish this fire. Type E fire extinguisher.
Class D: combustible metal fires. A dry powder agents will extinguish this fire. Type D fire extinguisher.
Class K: kitchen fires. Small kitchen fires should be extinguished with powder or foam type extinguishers to prevent the splashing of hot oils and other materials.

Our initial fire damage restoration process involves a detailed inspection and assessment so that we can develop a plan of action. Our water removal and drying solutions include air movers, dehumidifiers, and a complete drying process. We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke odor and soot from all surfaces, including the HVAC system. We clean, sanitize and disinfect with industry approved air scrubbers and fogging equipment. Our restoration process is available for immediate board-up techniques and/or roof tarping service if needed. Restoration may also involve repairs that may require minor or major reconstruction steps.

A fire and its damages are very devastating for families and business owners. You need SERVPRO® of Lacey.  We are caring experts who will guide you through this crisis. We believe in treating your investments, your family, and workers with care because we are locally owned and operated. We are proud to serve our communities during any emergency damages.

SERVPRO® of Lacey is strategically located. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our main purpose is to help our residents get back on their feet as quickly as possible, after a fire or any natural disaster. We will provide the personal attention you deserve. We will keep you informed and comfortable throughout the fire damage repair process. Call us today at (253) 848-0800 so that we can help restore your home or business.

Reducing the Risk of Household Appliances Causing Water Damage

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Reducing the Risk of Household Appliances Causing Water Damage Any appliances that have water coming into them or going out of them, have the potential to cause water damage. Call SERVPRO® quickly to remediate!

Regular Maintenance Can Prevent Potential Damage

It is not just burst pipes, flooding, and storms that can cause water damage to your home; faulty appliances also have the potential to cause significant problems. Dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters and refrigerators are some of the usual culprits in the home. However, there are measures you can take to significantly reduce the risk of them leaking and causing water damage to your property. Check the Hoses One of the most common causes of appliances causing water damage is the failure, damage or blockage of hoses. Both dishwashers and washing machines have hoses connected to them as they are water-drawing appliances. It is important to check the hoses regularly for degrading, cracks or blockages before further problems are caused. Realistically, hoses need replacing every three years.

Identify and Check Water Valves You should make sure that everyone in the house knows where the main water valve and the water valves for each appliance are located. If a leak does occur, it can be dealt with swiftly by turning off the water. It is also important to check that the valves open and close correctly. SERVPRO® is often called out by people who have just returned home to find a flood or leak after a vacation or weekend away. A preventative measure you can take is to turn off the valves before you leave home. Drains, Pumps, and Filters Depending on the appliance, a piece of equipment may have drains, pumps or filters. Each of these components may become blocked with debris over time, and this will disrupt or prevent the flow of water. In turn, this can result in leakages or the appliance may stop working altogether. Check for blockages and debris at least twice a year to keep these parts clear.

Contacting the Professionals There are some occasions when you will not be able to rectify a problem, and it is important you know when you need to call a professional rather than attempt to resolve an issue yourself. If your appliance has a warranty, then a qualified engineer will come to identify any problems and either fix or replace the parts as necessary. It is well worth considering an extended warranty, so your appliance is covered for longer. Having faults repaired quickly will minimize the chances of needing to use our services at SERVPRO® to tackle water damage. Although these tips reduce the risk of problems with household appliances, there is still the possibility of a fault or leak occurring that results in water damage to your home.

In the event of this happening, contact SERVPRO® of Lacey as soon as possible at (253) 848-0800. Once you have described your emergency, our team of experts will visit you to assess the damage and begin restorative work as soon as possible.

Allowing for Seamless Flood Investigations

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

If you don't meddle with the investigations, the insurance premium rates will be more affordable. Due to the firefighting efforts, you can suffer water damage from fire disasters which too will be under assessment. Allow them to investigate every area of the loss including the effect of the damage to your business and family. For more information involving disaster relief services in your business, please visit

Keep in close contact with your insurance agent throughout the entire flood damage or water damage mitigation process to ensure all the work is covered within your claim. Make a detailed list of damaged property and keep all receipts from work done, products used, motel bills and other expenditures related to water in you business issues. Before you know it things will be back to normal. 

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Mold and Mildew: What's the Difference?

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

We've all heard of mold and mildew and how each have a way of moving into the home without welcome. Mildew and mold damage – no matter how significant – can be challenging to address. As both can sweep across homes old and new, how can one distinguish between the two? Look to the following pointers on the main similarities and differences of mold and mildew, and the ways to identify each.

Water Lovers

One aspect to know for certain is that water can set the stage for any type of mold or mildew. Any area that is warm and damp can become susceptible to mold or mildew growth. These areas can also help these fungi grow quickly. While many homes have a patch of growth here and there, ignoring this problem can create bigger issues over time.

It's a Look

When it comes to appearances, mold and mildew can differ greatly. If you see a flat, powdery, and whitish substance growing in your home, you may have a mildew visitor. Over time, mildew can turn a black or brownish color. Mold growth is usually evident when you discover a fuzzy, discolored spot on a wide range of surfaces. It can be greenish black or even yellow, but the general rule of thumb is that mold damage is the trickier of the two.

If It Smells Like Fungus…

Even though mildew may not be as aggressive as mold, both can cause damage if ignored. Signs that you're living with mold include a pungent, musty odor or rotting wood. A mold professional can also help you identify the root of the problem at hand, since fungi likes to live a quiet existence.

Regardless of which area of your house has fallen victim to mildew or mold damage, finding the issue in your Olympia, WA, home can be upsetting. By connecting with professionals who can inspect, test, and remove these frustrating fungi, mold no longer has to be in your life.

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