Call the Cleanup Team That’s Faster to Any Size Disaster
Imagine it’s 8:00 pm on a Sunday, and you walk into your home after a relaxing vacation expecting to switch on the lights, put the kids to bed then get some rest yourself.
The only problem? A water pipe burst over the weekend, dumping thousands of gallons of water over your hardwood kitchen floor, your carpeted living room floor, and your cement utility room. You realize this problem is far beyond the reach of your shop vac. What do you do now?
No matter what time of day or night, contact your local SERVPRO of Kitsap County team. We can be onsite within 4 hours to begin drying your building and restoring your contents. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your home or business. Every member of our team is trained and understands how to manage the drying process. By utilizing state of the art equipment and the latest technology, your structure will be quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damage.
When it is your home or business that is underwater, mitigation cannot wait. You need mitigation to begin immediately. The cost of water damages can increase exponentially with time. Wood floors warp, dry wall soaks in moisture and mold develops in hard-to-reach areas of your home or business. So, remember to give your local SERVPRO of Kitsap County team a call, any time, any day if water damage strikes you or your customers!! We are here to help you!!!
Steps To Take After a House Fire
So, you've had a fire. It happens, more often than most people realize. Some fires are small and just need some walls scrubbed and the air purified. If the fire department was contacted, there may be water damage along with the smoke and soot.
So, what do you do now?
If you have insurance, contact your insurance company. Let them know the extent of the damage you can see and ask if you should file a claim. Very small fires may not cost as much as your deductible, so make sure to contact your agent right away. Once you're contacted your agent, it's time to reach out to the professionals.
Contact SERVPRO of Kitsap County to set up a time to assess the damage and start the mitigation process. Soot and smoke need to be cleared out of the air as quickly as possible, and water needs to be removed and stopped from spreading and causing more damage.
If you are not insured, try contacting community groups for aid and assistance.
Check with the fire department to make sure that your home is safe to enter. Be very careful when you go inside. Floors and walls may not be as safe as they look. Do not bring pets into the home until the air is breathable.
Contact your landlord or mortgage company to report the fire.
Try to find valuable documents and records.
If you leave your home, call the local police department to let them know the site will be vacant.
Begin saving receipts for any money that you spend related to the fire loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and to prove any losses claimed on your income tax.
SERVPRO of Kitsap County is happy to assist you in any way we can in these difficult times. Please reach out to us at 360-373-1290 as soon as possible, and we will be there to help.
Protect Your Commercial Property from Fire
When a fire breaks out in your commercial property, you want to know that your renters and anyone else using your property can operate a fire extinguisher in case of a fire. Although many people are aware of the P.A.S.S. acronym, remembering the steps and remaining calm enough to use it requires some practice. As a property owner in Kitsap County, you can take steps to prevent fire damage in your buildings:
- Post Signs That Encourage Safety
Throughout your building, you should have signs posted that clearly point out where extinguishers are, the designated routes for evacuation, and specific hazard areas. For example, a kitchen fire may occur when a microwave is used inappropriately. Avoid this situation by posting a sign that outlines the right way to use the microwave and warnings about using it incorrectly.
- Train Tenants to Use Extinguishers
If you want your tenants to use a fire extinguisher quickly and effectively when a fire breaks out, you need to provide consistent trainings. Give renters a hands-on experience and opportunities to practice, so they don't freeze up under pressure when flames break out. Make sure that your renters understand the differences between fires and extinguishers for proper use.
- Maintain Your Property and Safety Systems
Finally, you need to provide routine maintenance for fire safety equipment. This includes a sprinkler system and extinguishers. If you find signs of damage, consider reaching out to fire damage remediation experts for structural repairs and advice about additional clean up steps that may be required.
Sometimes, these steps are skipped because property owners assume that the presence of extinguishers and other safety equipment is sufficient.
If you do experience a fire loss at your commercial property and need help with the fire damage, please call us here at SERVPRO of Kitsap County. We are here 24/7 to help you with your needs.
How To Prepare for a Storm
Prepare for a storm to avoid severe damage to your building.
Some storms are unpredictable, but there are some things that you can do to mitigate the damage they can do. By preparing before flood water rises and storms get bad, you can save your business a lot of time and money after the storm passes.
Prepare Your Business for a Storm
Gather Your Information
When you are dealing with a flooded building, the last thing that you want to be doing is searching for much-needed phone numbers and documents. Keep these documents out of danger and in a separate location.
- The number to a remediation company
- Your insurance agent's number
- Your landlord's number, lease or building information
- A call list for your employees
Each of these things is great to have around after the storm has subsided.
No matter if you are at your home or your business, you need to keep a stock of supplies for storm season. Floods can happen quickly, so if you find the flood water rising, you should have some basics on hand. One of the most important things you can have on hand in case of a flood is sandbags. Many municipalities offer free filling when a storm is coming.
Have a Plan
Planning for a storm is always a good idea. Not only does it help you know what you should do, it can help employees as well. If you have a plan that includes what needs to be done before, during and after a flood, you can mitigate the water damage and keep everyone safe.
Once you have a plan, make sure that you go over it with your employees. They can be valuable when you are dealing with a disaster. Make sure all your employees know what to do and what you plan to do to help them through a difficult time as well.
Storm damage can be devastating to your business, but it doesn't have to be that destructive with a bit of preparation. Flood water and storm damage can both be mitigated and cleaned. You can get your business back on track if you have a plan.
Here at SERVPRO of Kitsap County we offer an Emergency Ready Profile that can help prepare you for a storm or another type of emergency. If you like to learn more about this, please call our office at (360) 373-1290. We are here to help!!
Why Work with SERVPRO?
You are likely to hear a phrase as a business owner after a disaster, such as a flood: secondary damage. The term refers to the damage resulting from the initial problem. For example, while a flood can cause initial water damage, that initial problem can then cause black mold. The way to minimize the risks of secondary issues is by rectifying the initial problem as quickly as possible, often by calling in the experts at SERVPRO of Kitsap County. There are at least three reasons to trust them over other remediation services.
The teams with the SERVPRO logo are certified through the IICRC — the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The IICRC certification is and should be the industry standard for remediation services. When a company has this specific certification, you can rest assured its technicians are well-trained and capable.
Whether you are dealing with flooding and the threat of high humidity — a cocktail for black mold — or trying to patch your building up after a storm or fire, you want a remediation service that can do it all: mitigation, remediation, and restoration. The professionals in the green trucks are capable of it all.
With more than 1,700 franchises nationwide, you can also count on SERVPRO for the fastest response. The company has franchises in all major metropolitan locations and can promise 24/7 emergency response.
If you are concerned about response times or scheduling conflicts, SERVPRO is your remediation service. You, the customer, are the top priority. We here at SERVPRO of Kitsap County are locally owned and operated. Our team are your neighbors, so we respond 24/7/365. SERVPRO is known for being fast to disasters and for restoring your property "Like it never even happened." So, if your business is recovering from a disaster, do not hesitate to call us at SERVPRO of Kitsap County. We are here to help you!!!
Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for many Americans – children and adults alike! It’s a night full of candy, costumes, and fun. While it can be an exciting time for all, it is important to stay safe so that you don’t become another scary statistic.
- Small children should never be allowed to carve pumpkins. Instead, they can use markers to draw faces or pictures on the pumpkin while the parents do the carving.
- Open flames left unattended can lead to disaster. Consider using a flashlight or glow sticks to light your jack-lanterns this year. If you do still choose to go the traditional candle route, a votive candle is safest.
- When planning costumes, be sure to incorporate pieces into the costume that are bright and reflective. Whether you are out trick or treating with your kids or walking to a nearby party, it is important that you make it easy for drivers to see you – especially if you’ll be walking on a street that doesn’t have great lighting.
- Consider using non-toxic makeup as an alternative to a mask this year as masks can limit or block your eyesight.
- Choose wigs and accessories that are clearly labeled as flame resistant. Many people choose to light candles as Halloween decorations, and if you happen to lean in the wrong place, it could mean trouble!
- About twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year. Make sure that younger kids are accompanied by a responsible adult when trick-or-treating. If they’re going with a larger group, there should be more than one adult so that every child can be always accounted for. If your older children are going on their own, review/plan their route ahead of time and agree upon a curfew for them to be home.
- Bring flashlights with fresh batteries with you on your route so that you can see where you’re going, and so that others may see you as well.
- Only trick-or-treat at homes with porch lights on. And never go into someone’s home or car for treats.
- Always walk on the sidewalk when available. If you are on a street with no sidewalk, walk on the edge of the street as close to the curb as possible while facing traffic.
- If you will be driving when other are out trick-or-treating, make sure to drive safely. Slow down and stay alert, especially if you are driving in a residential area.
- Staying in to hand out candy? Be sure to keep your front path/porch/etc. clear of any trip hazards and make sure your house is well lit in the area where trick-or-treaters will be walking.
- If your pets get anxious with so many visitors, try keeping them restrained in a back room with music or a television on so that they are unaware of the trick-or-treaters. You may also be able to drop them off at a “day care” for pets. Many places stay open late on Halloween for pets with anxiety.
How Will SERVPRO of Kitsap County Save My Home From Fire Damage?
SERVPRO Technicians Are Experts at Restoring Homes Affected by Fire
Once the fire inside your Kitsap County home is extinguished, you face the daunting problem of restoration. Fortunately, our experts have experience with eliminating these odors and can make your house feel, “Like it never even happened.”
Can I Do Anything to Help Begin the Cleaning Process?
We recommend that you leave the cleaning to the trained professionals. If you try to begin scrubbing away fire residues on your own, you run the risk of further damaging your home. Fragile surfaces and materials in your home may tear or stain because of aggressive cleaning. Our technicians can use special absorption powders to harmlessly extract residues from your home.
Are Smoke Residues Permanent?
Smoke residues in your home are not permanent, and our highly trained experts use four types of cleaning actions to remove these residues:
• Mechanical action: This method is used to scrape away dry residues from your home.
• Lubrication: Some residues can be detached from surfaces by lubricating them to the point where they slide off. To achieve this, technicians apply detergents to affected areas.
• Chemical action: This technique utilizes different types of cleaning products to chemically alter the residues to loosen their grip on surfaces.
• Suspension and dispersion: For more oily residues, our team uses hydrophilic and lipophilic solutions to dissolve and then rinse away the residue particles.
The Fire Left an Odor, Can SERVPRO Technicians Eliminate it?
Yes, to deodorize your house, our technicians can use:
• Sprayers to disperse deodorizing chemicals on heavily damaged surfaces
• Dust cleaning systems to clean odors from your HVAC system
• Air scrubbers to pull odor particles from the air
• Foggers to disperse deodorizing particles throughout your house.
Throughout this process, we will document the damages to your home to assist you in working with insurance adjusters.
If you need rapid assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Kitsap County at (360)373-1290 to begin the cleaning process as soon as possible!
Fire and Smoke Odor Removal
Eliminating smoke odors from homes requires several strategies beginning in early fire mitigation.
Smoke odors can penetrate porous materials, fabrics and migrate using pathways like the HVAC system in area homes. Removing these harsh smells is often one of the final steps of fire restoration but requires strength-reducing measures among the first steps that our responding technicians take.
Removing Fire Debris in Early Fire Mitigation Efforts
Debris removal is one of the most direct methods that fire and smoke cleanup in Kitsap County can be made more efficient. Charred remnants of building materials and contents can produce overwhelming odors and soot damage. With the appropriate disposal of these blistered elements, the lingering smoke odors can be reduced and more easily managed.
Odor Counteractant Products Reduce Strength
It can be vital for our professionals to reduce the severity of present odors as quickly as possible. Proactive steps in this vein ensure that later deodorization measures are faster and more thorough. Some of the many odor-reducing measures possible include:
- Counteractant beads/granules
- Surface cleaning
- HEPA air filtration
- Hydroxyl generators
Deodorization Equipment Eliminates Lingering Smoke Odors
When the odors present in the property have been reduced using various counteractant methods, the complete deodorization process must follow. Given the far-spread nature of strong smells, units must be placed in multiple locations for successful neutralization. Depending on the materials combusted, these smells can be a formidable presence requiring several deodorization devices in our recovery inventory like foggers, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators.
Fire and smoke cleanup can involve many steps and stages. Smoke can overwhelm homes and businesses after a fire gets extinguished, from surface soiling to airborne particles.
Our SERVPRO of Kitsap County team can help restore these properties with efficient mitigation and house fire clean-up services. If you need our help with this service, please give us a call at (360) 373-1290. We are to help.
Why the Emergency READY Profile®?
We are here to help 24/7
National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, business, and family.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are “Ready for whatever happens.”
In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.
The ERP establishes your local SERVPRO® as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 50 years’ experience and a system more than 1,850 franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.
Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it.
Call your local SERVPRO® of Kitsap County to establish your very own Emergency READY Profile®!
September is National Preparedness Month
As a business owner, insurer, or property manager, you are a leader in your community and can set an example for your employees, policyholders, and customers to follow.
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). This year for NPM, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading the efforts to encourage your community to become more prepared. Disasters happen, and not only do they devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including local businesses of all sizes.
The 2021 theme is "Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love."
As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster happens. You can do this by taking three simple steps:
- Plan to stay in business
- Encourage your employees to become ready
- Protect your investment
We must work together to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are ready for the unthinkable.
There are many supporting resources available at ready.gov/september where you can find vital information on how to begin preparing your business for a disaster, as well as addressing unique needs during an emergency. You can also contact your local SERVPRO® of Kitsap County to find out more on how to be ready when a disaster strikes with the Emergency READY Program®.