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What To Do if You Have an Overflowing Toilet

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

What To Do if You Have an Overflowing Toilet

An overflowing toilet can occur in your Lacey, WA, home for multiple reasons including sewer damage. Depending on the cause, you may need to approach the situation slightly differently. If you are having trouble with your plumbing, you should take the following measures to ensure the building does not suffer any long-term damage.

1. Clean the Area

To prevent problems from a flooded toilet, you should clean the area immediately. Allowing water to sit, particularly if it is contaminated, can affect the surrounding area. Not only can it damage the floor around the toilet, but it can also leak through the ceiling if it is on a higher level. It can contribute to mold growth as well. Bacteria from the water can cause additional issues.

2. Locate the Source of the Problem

After the area has been properly cleaned and sanitized, you can begin working on finding the source of your plumbing problems. Sometimes, the overflowing toilet may be caused by a simple clogged pipe. If someone has flushed an item that should not be disposed of in this way, such as paper towels or hygiene products, these may have caused a blockage as they don't dissolve in water in the same way as toilet paper. In other cases, the problem may be larger sewer damage such as a broken pipe. Figuring out what the problem is will allow you to determine the best course of action.

3. Call a Professional

If you are unable to resolve the problem on your own, you may want to contact a sewage company. These professionals will have the knowledge and experience to find the cause of your toilet overflow and make necessary repairs.
If sewer damage has contributed to water damage in your house, an emergency restoration service will be able to help. They can sanitize and clean the area as well as restore affected parts of your home.

3 Reasons Not to Use a Home Mold Testing Kit

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Reasons Not to Use a Home Mold Testing Kit If you think there is a mold growth in your home, you are better off hiring an experienced company.

If you believe that you have mold growing in your Olympia, WA home, you may be tempted to purchase a mold testing kit to make sure. There are many reasons why you might choose this route. It’s more convenient, it costs less money, and it’s less time-consuming. However, there are also several reasons why you should not rely on a home kit.

1. Not All Tests Are Made Equally

When you are purchasing a mold kit, there are many options to choose from. Their prices can differ quite a bit with some tests costing only a few dollars while others may go over a hundred. These kits do not have a set standard, so what you are getting can vary greatly between brands. Some kits may only detect certain types of mold, so these tests are incomplete.

2. They Are Not Always Accurate

While the quality will vary between kits, even the best may not be able to give you accurate results. Because mold is present in nearly all environments, your mold testing results may turn out positive even when there is no actual growth in your home. If you take these results at face value, you may end up spending a lot of time and money on unnecessary cleanup.

3. They Do Not Replace a Professional Inspection

Because they are often inaccurate and results can vary widely, a DIY mold test is not a suitable replacement for an inspection done by a professional mold remediation service. If you think there is a mold growth in your home, you are better off hiring an experienced company with workers who will be able to identify the signs of mold infestation.

While a home mold testing kit might seem like the easier option, it is not necessarily the best option. In many cases, only a trained professional will be able to determine if you need to have mold removed from your home.

How To Teach Your Children To Safely Escape a House Fire

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Teach Your Children To Safely Escape a House Fire Teach your kids how to escape a fire

How To Teach Your Children To Safely Escape a House Fire

Kids’ safety is often important, and it’s often helpful to make sure kids are prepared to react if your home in Yelm, WA, is affected by a fire. Knowing how to teach your children how to safely escape your home if a fire occurs can offer you peace of mind.

1. Involve Them in The Planning Process

Although the idea of creating a fire escape plan may seem intimidating at first, involving your children in the process can be helpful. When talking to your children about your plan, it can be wise to answer any questions they may have about the process. By involving your children and answering any questions, you may help them feel more at ease about the idea of the escape plan.

2. Show Them How To Check the Area

In order to ensure your kids’ safety during a home fire, it’s often useful to show your children how to check if an area is safe. Showing your children how to get out of their bed without sitting up and how to crawl through their room can be useful. It may also be wise to explain that doors should only be opened if they and the handle are not hot to the touch.

3. Practice Your Escape Plan with Them

Since emergency fire restoration professionals can assist you with restoring items within your home and your home itself, it’s often wise to practice your plan of escape with your children and to emphasize that they don’t need to take anything with them in the event of a fire. When practicing, it can help to go over multiple escape routes. By reviewing your plan frequently, your children can feel more prepared if a fire does occur.

You can feel confident in your kids’ safety by teaching your children how to escape a fire. In order to teach your kids how to escape a fire, it’s often helpful to involve them in the planning, to show them how to check if an area is safe, and to practice your plan with them frequently.

5 Essential Preventative Steps for Protecting Your Business From Flood Damage

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 5 Essential Preventative Steps for Protecting Your Business From Flood Damage Invest in flood barriers such as sand bags it can help block water into your building

5 Steps to Help Mitigate the Impact of Flood Damage on Your Business

Storms and floods affect businesses across the United States every year causing many to close and try to repair the damage. While a flood damage restoration company can help businesses recover, the National Flood Insurance Program claims that 25 percent of those businesses are never able to recuperate and reopen their door. If your business in Olympia, WA, is vulnerable to flooding or located in a flood zone, here are five steps you should take to help mitigate the impact of flood damage on your business.

1) Inspect and Strengthen Your Building’s Structure

Protect your business from storm damage by identifying any vulnerable spots in your building where water can seep through and employing essential flood-proofing methods including:

  • Apply waterproof membranes to the exterior of your building
  • Secure the building with anchoring
  • Strengthen walls and seal all cracks and openings
  • Use flood shields for openings
  • Consider utilizing a backflow valve and internal drainage system

2) Raise the Elevation of Your Building

For buildings below the base flood elevation line, building elevation can be a long-term solution. This often involves lifting the building and extending the foundation beneath it.

3) Invest in Flood Barriers

If you know a storm is on its way, setting up flood barriers such as water dams, sand bags, and flood or water gates can help absorb or block waters and lessen flood damage.

4) Protect Important Documents and Equipment

Don’t store important or expensive documents and equipment in the basement. Keep them as elevated as possible in the case of a flood.

5) Consider Flood Insurance

Since most commercial insurance policies don’t automatically cover a flood, consider adding it to your policy. This will help you recuperate after a flood has occurred and get back in business quickly.

While flood prevention can be costly and require a lot of effort, it is an investment that can save your business from closure. Take time to evaluate your building’s vulnerability to flood damage and decide which actions you should take.

Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Lacey Home?

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Lacey Home? During the time we are restoring your home's interior, we also take the time to clean your family's personal belongings.

House fires only need a small spark near combustible materials to start burning a home's interior. Other times, arson plays a role. Regardless of the cause, the damage sustained can be extensive and affect areas of a home that never caught on fire.

Smoke and Soot Damage

Residents in the Lacey area should know that fire damage is not the only problem with a house fire. Firefighters know the damaging and deadly effects of smoke, also. Smoke is known to be more deadly than the flames of a fire because smoke permeates everywhere while fire itself is unable to burn without consuming something. Flames are hot, making people move away from them, but smoke is harder to avoid. Only a small amount of smoke needs to be present to cause asphyxiation, especially when people remain asleep.

In addition to being capable of turning family heirlooms into charred pieces of garbage, fires produce smoke and soot of different qualities. These qualities depend greatly on the type of material that was consumed by the fire. Plastics and rubber-based items create possibly the worst and dirtiest of all kinds of smoke and soot when they are burning, with items made of wood producing the least harmful side-products when they are burned. However, everything that burns during a fire produces some amount of smoke, ash, and soot. Soot has an oily feel, and it clings to everything it touches, but at the same time, the microscopic abrasives that soot contains begin to cut into whatever it covers.

SERVPRO of Lacey employees are trained in determining the different types of soot, and also in how each type needs to be cleaned from the surfaces of the multitude of possible materials in your home. When a house fire is happening, soot and ash are spread through the home and lands on everything. Cleaning soot is not an easy task, but we are experienced and knowledgeable in the most effective methods currently known, providing our customers with the best possible outcomes to a horrible situation.

During the time we are restoring your home's interior, we also take the time to clean your family's personal belongings. Hard surfaces such as shelving where items were stored are cleared and then cleaned. Each item is replaced after being restored to a clean condition. While we might not replace items in their original location, we always attempt to return them to the same area. When items are damaged beyond repair or restoration, we discuss these situations with our customer before disposing of anything.

Other surfaces such as textiles might be laundered at our site, or cleaned and restored at your home. Each item is individually cared for in the best manner possible. We want to obtain the results that make everything “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Structure

5/2/2019 (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.

4 Actions a Flood Restoration Company Can Take to Repair Your Home

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 4 Actions a Flood Restoration Company Can Take to Repair Your Home Flooding Damage can be devastating and a Flood Restoration Company is the way to go.

After a flood damages your Olympia, WA home, deciding how to proceed with the cleanup can be a challenge. Your floors, furniture and other belongings may be saturated with contaminated flood waters. The first step you can take after a flood is to call in a professional restoration company, which can tear out ruined carpeting, remove standing water and perform other important actions to get your home looking and smelling like new again.

4 Actions a Flood Restoration Company Can Take to Repair Your Home

  1. Removal of Flood Waters

Severe flooding can leave standing water in the interior of your home. Whether it is only a few inches or several feet deep, it may be contaminated with sewage water from overflowing storm drains.

A residential restoration service can remove this water safely and prevent you and your family from coming into contact with toxins or pathogens that may exist in dirty flood water.

  1. Disposal of Damaged Carpeting or Wall Covering

Water damage can affect your home’s floors and walls, especially if they are exposed to flood waters for an extended period of time. Absorbent material, such as carpeting, may become completely saturated. A restoration company can tear out these damaged materials once they remove the water from your home to ensure any contaminants or toxins they may be harboring are eliminated.

  1. Mold Inspection

Mold can grow quickly in a flood-damaged home. Once it gains a foothold, it can be difficult to remove. You can ask your home restoration experts about how to monitor for mold and whether they can inspect your home for its presence once the rooms are dried and they tear out damaged surfaces.

  1. Cleaning and Deodorizing

An important step in storm restoration is to have your home thoroughly cleaned and deodorized. Flood waters can leave a foul odor behind that might linger for months. Only professional home restoration experts can target these smells and leave your home smelling clean and fresh once more.

When your Olympia, WA home is damaged by a flood, it can be hard to know where to start with cleanup efforts. However, an expert flood restoration company can take several actions to help return your home to its former glory.

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

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Steps You Can Take To Mitigate a Sewage Flood in Your Home Flood Damage can cause Sewer backup inside your home.

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.

What You Should Know About Shutters and Storms

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What You Should Know About Shutters and Storms High winds that come with storms can cause damage to the exterior of your home.

High winds that come with storms can cause damage to the exterior of your home in Lacey, WA. Learning more about various types of available shutters can help you decide what panels are right for your home.

What Are Common Types of Panels?

There are a variety of panels that can be installed on the outside of homes. The most common types of panels include, but are not limited to:

  • Plywood
  • Colonial
  • Rolling
  • Accordion
  • Storm panel

What Are the Differences Between the Panels?

Each type of shutter has its own benefits and disadvantages and knowing the differences between the different panels can be useful. The most common types of panels include various differences, such as:

  • Plywood is the most inexpensive option but is normally temporary and not a long-term solution
  • Colonial panels are one of the most costly options, though these panels can complement the appearance of a home
  • Rolling panels can be easily opened and closed and are durable and come in a variety of styles
  • Accordion need to be manually opened and closed, though they are relatively inexpensive
  • Storm shutters are made to withstand high winds and heavy rains, but they are not meant for daily use

How Do You Know Which One Is Right for Your Home?

Choosing a shutter that will suit your home can be important, especially since an ineffective shutter could leave your home vulnerable to damage that may require the assistance of storm damage professionals to fix. Determining what you would like to spend on the panels can help you narrow down your choices. Once you have a price point, it can also be helpful to decide how you want the panels to function. Finally, you can make sure the panel matches the aesthetic of your home.

The right shutter can help to protect your home from high winds and heavy rains. You can better prepare for a storm by knowing the most common types of panels, the differences between them and how to choose the right shutter.

Can Small Leaks Lead To Large Costs?

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Can Small Leaks Lead To Large Costs? A small water leak at a commercial building can result in considerable costs.

A small water leak at a commercial building can result in considerable costs. The first indication of a minor leak may be a high water bill, and expenses will not stop there. The average commercial property insurance claim for water damage is $17,000, and costs may be even higher if secondary damage develops. Learn more about the major expenses that could result from a minor leak at a commercial property in Lacey, WA.

Usage and Bill Spikes

A major incident such as a pipe break can quickly become apparent, but a high water bill may be the first indication of a leak. A building owner or manager should monitor bills for the following factors:

  • Levels of usage
  • Cost increases
  • Variation from previous bills

Any of these factors may suggest that water is leaking somewhere on a property. The owner or manager can then arrange for a plumbing inspection or the use of a thermal camera to detect moisture.

Water Damage Restoration

As soon as a water leak is found, an owner or manager should arrange for repairs, mitigation and restoration. Leaks behind walls or above ceilings may damage several types of building materials:

  • Ceiling
  • Drywall
  • Insulation

Restoration professionals can recommend which materials should be torn out and replaced and which can safely be dried. Any materials that retain moisture can increase the risk of mold growth.

Secondary Damage Risks

A minor leak may not result in extensive water damage, but it can increase the risk of secondary damage. Moisture can penetrate and damage building materials and cause corrosion, rot and mold.

A high bill may only be the beginning of the expenses associated with a water leak. Property owners or managers should take immediate measures to detect and fix the leak. Mitigation and restoration experts can work quickly to limit primary and secondary damage to a structure in Lacey, WA.