National Preparedness Month: Ways to Stay Safe During a Disaster
In honor of September being national preparedness month, SERVPRO of Tacoma wanted to share some tips to make sure your home is always prepared when disaster strikes! The steps to being prepared for a disaster are as follows:
- Make a plan: Your family may not always be together when disaster strikes so make sure you have a way to communicate with one another if separated. Be sure to establish a family meeting place
- Consider specific needs in your household: As you prepare your plan tailor your plans to your specific daily living needs. Be sure to consider dietary needs, people with disabilities, and the different ages of members of your family.
- Build a safety kit: Be sure to add water, non-perishable food, battery-powered radio & battery-powered flashlights, first aid kits, portable charges for your electronics, and extra clothing.
- Practice your emergency plan with your family: Be sure to practice your plan with your family to be sure that there won’t be any unnecessary challenges if a disaster does strike.
If disaster does strike be sure to stay calm and follow your family made plan!
Five-Star Reasons Why SERVPRO Is the Way to Go
SERVPRO of Tacoma has been aiding customers in mitigating and restoring their homes from fire and water damages since 1997! Now, why should you opt for SERVPRO over other mitigation companies out there? Below, we present five compelling, 5-star reasons why SERVPRO is your top choice:
1. Exceptional Customer Service: SERVPRO of Tacoma offers unparalleled customer care that sets us apart. From your initial contact with us to the completion of the job, a dedicated SERVPRO team member will guide you every step of the way. Our professionals will be there to address your queries and walk you through the home/workplace restoration process.
2. Streamlined Insurance Claim Process: Dealing with damage to your home or workplace can be an immensely stressful time. The last thing you want is to navigate the complexities of insurance companies. Enter SERVPRO – we handle the insurance dealings on your behalf. This ensures that the restoration process for your home or workplace is as stress-free as possible.
3. 'Like It Never Even Happened': When SERVPRO of Tacoma responds to your call, it's as if the disaster never occurred. Our specialization lies in restoring your home/workplace to its preloss condition. So, when faced with a fire or water loss, remember to call on SERVPRO – the ones here to assist you!
4. Glowing 5-Star Reviews: SERVPRO of Tacoma boasts an impressive tally of 77 Google reviews, with a remarkable 70 of them awarding us 5 stars. These reviews reflect the positive experiences of clients who have utilized our services. Bill G., who recently dealt with a water loss, chose SERVPRO of Tacoma and had this to say about us: 'They were professional and trustworthy. The work they did and the speed at which they completed their tasks was remarkable. The whole crew was constantly happy and if a problem arose, they would solve it and still complete their tasks on time.'
5. Rapid Response to Any Scale of Disaster: Disasters may strike at any moment, and when they do, you can rely on SERVPRO of Tacoma. Regardless of the time, our team is always prepared to assist you. SERVPRO is available around the clock, 24/7, 365 days a year!
In conclusion, SERVPRO of Tacoma has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence in mitigating and restoring damages caused by fire and water. Our customer-centric approach, hassle-free insurance dealings, restoration expertise, positive reviews, and round-the-clock availability make us your optimal choice for addressing a range of restoration needs. When disaster strikes, SERVPRO is here to provide you with exceptional service and peace of mind."
Water Damage in Your Rental?
Water damage can be extremely stressful to deal with, especially when the home is owned by you. So, what should you do if water damage occurs to the property you’re renting? Well, there are a few steps to take, and our team would like to help:
- If water damage is occurring and it is continuously pouring out, you should shut off the water as soon as possible.
- Do your best to soak up any standing water.
- Report it to your landlord as soon as you can.
- Consider having a Mitigation company out to assist (your landlord may do this)
- If any of your personal property was affected, consider filing an insurance claim for your belongings.
- Make sure you keep any relevant dates and receipts.
We hope this helps guide you through a stressful and confusing time. Our team at SERVPRO of Tacoma can help assist with the cleaning, dry out and even your content damaged by the water damage in your home, just give us a call at 253-896-3000.
Taking care of your sprinklers
Now that we are entering warmer summer months, we find our neighbors and friends staring up their sprinklers. Making sure your sprinkler is cared for correctly is very important to help prevent the likeliness of Water Damage occurring. Our team at SERVPRO would like to provide you of some helpful tips to help prevent that from happening:
- Check the pressure on your sprinklers.
- Have your system checked regularly for leaks or damage.
- Make sure sprinkler heads are adjusted correctly & pointed away from the home.
- Consider a rain shut off switch.
- Regularly check your sprinkler heads for cracks or clogs.
- Consider having someone who specializes in sprinklers flush out any water during the cold months to prevent pipes bursting.
We hope this helps you in preventing water damage caused by sprinklers to your home. If you ever end up with water damage to your home just give us SERVPRO of Tacoma a call at 253-896-3000 and our team of experts will help, get your home back to normal.
Why should you choose SERVPRO of Tacoma
SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to serve you, which is why we are available all day, every day to provide your restoration needs. SERVPRO® professionals are trained to handle your biggest cleaning and restoration challenges. Our cleaning and restoration technicians are trained and certified to IICRC standards (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). Additionally, and most importantly, we are always improving our training, and sending technicians on different training courses, allowing us to serve our customers better.
We provide a wide variety of services and qualities such as:
- Carpet cleaning
- Mold remediation
- Water and fire damage
- Available 24/7 7 days a week
- Biohazard Cleaning
- Fast response time
We have awesome customer service and fast and friendly crew! Call Tacoma at 253-896-3000 today to get help with all your restoration needs.
At SERVPRO of Tacoma, customer service is a priority. When you call us, we have someone standing by to answer your call. Every day. 24 hours a day. SERVPRO® is a franchise system with over 40 years of leadership in fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and commercial property managers. From carpet cleaning to mold remediation, from water damage to fire damage, we are here to help! So just remember, with exceptional customer service, SERVPRO® of Tacoma is faster to any size disaster! When in doubt, call (253)-896-3000!
As spring comes around, it’s time to start cleaning out closets, drawers, and those hard-to-reach areas we look over throughout the year. Here are a few tips to get you started and to stay focused during your spring cleaning.
- Cleaning inside your cupboards, most people don’t regularly clean here since it’s where all your clean dishes go without realizing that dust collects here still.
- Reorganize high traffic areas.
- Purchase organizational bins.
- Dust your blinds and windowsills.
- Cleaning off your front porch and mats
- Wiping down walls.
- Examine and change furnace filters, if necessary.
- Check the expiration date on medication before throwing it out.
- Check your refrigerator temperature. It should be at 40°
- Cleaning window and shower curtains.
- Cleaning out and freshening your garbage disposal
- Clean your shower heads.
- Cleaning all your child’s toys
- Check appliance cords and make sure there are no frays, cracks or breaks. If so, repair or replace.
- Test your smoke alarms.
These are just a small list of things to consider when spring cleaning, we hope this helps get your home sparkly clean this spring. From your friends at SERVPRO of Tacoma 253-896-3000.
Fun Activities For Kids during a power outage
Power outages can be extremely stressful, especially since most of our home items rely on electricity. These things can leave your kids with nothing to do for hours, days, or even weeks. We want to help lower your stress and provide you with a list of things to keep your kids entertained during an outage:
- Play board/ card games.
- Make homemade slime.
- Red or make up stories.
- Play with their toys together.
- Learn new things (ABC’s, Math, states. Etc.).
- Play hide and seek (with glow sticks)
- Learn how to do something new (knit, draw something, etc.)
- Play make believe.
Here at SERVPRO of Tacoma we’re here to help our customers as much as we can to stay calm and prepared during stressful times. Our team is always here to try and provide you with things to assist, you can always call our office at 253-896-3000.
Flooding in the kitchen?
While a small puddle under your refrigerator may look minimal as a melted ice cube, it is very important to investigate the issue to ensure your appliance isn’t damaged. There are plenty of ways to help prevent it from occurring though.
- Make sure your fridge is flat and not tilted, when tilted it prevents the water from draining correctly.
- Regularly check for clogs in the defrost drain or ice maker lines.
- Clean your water dispenser once a month to prevent any build up.
- Consider getting a water sensor, it sounds an alarm when water touches it. They can be set up in multiple places around your kitchen.
- Regularly check for leaks in the water lines.
- Make sure your freezer seal is intact and the door closes properly. Poor seals can cause the freezer to melt and leak out.
These few tips can help to prevent any leaks in your kitchen caused by your refrigerator. However, even when using preventative measures water damage can still occur. If water damage causes damage to your home, call our team at SERVPRO of Tacoma at 253-896-3000 to help get your home back to normal.
Preparing for a Power Outage
Power outages can happen at any time, sometimes without warning, which even allows you with no time to prepare. SERVPRO of Tacoma wants to help you get prepared ahead of time with tips that can help you get ready ahead of the outage.
- Create a support plan (People that can assist you during an extended power outage).
- Keep battery backs charged so you can keep your cell phones charged to stay alert for updates on the outage.
- Keep a stock of water and Non-perishable foods that can last at least two weeks.
- Have a medical plan in place (Such as a specific first aid kit and needs for emergency situations).
- Keep cash handy. If the outage is large enough some businesses in the area may be down as well and won’t be able to accept cards.
- Have a battery powered fan to keep cool without an a/c.
- Find things to keep yourself and your family busy and distracted.
- Make sure you always have warm clothes prepared if your power outage occurs during the cold weather.
- Stay stocked on light products such as flashlights, candles, etc.
- Know which products need to be unplugged so they’re not affected by the outage.
These are just a few helpful tips that could assist you in being prepared for a power outage. Our team at SERVPRO is here to help our customers in trying times. If you ever find yourselves needing our services just give us a call at 253-896-3000 and someone from our 24/7 team will assist you.