Recent Storm Damage Posts
How To Handle A Power Outage
Are you ready if the electricity goes out? Prepare now to make sure you stay safe and are ready for the unexpected. Power outages can influence the whole community and economy by disrupting communication, water and transportation. Many businesses face closure, even gas stations, banks and ATMs are not able to function. Other issues include water contamination, food spoilage and unavailability of certain medical devices. Check out our list of recommendations on what to do during a power outage;
- Make a list of anything you need that uses electricity; plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
- Plan if you have medication that needs to be refrigerated. Talk to your doctor about what to do with medicine if you lose power.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers closed. Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
- Make sure to have a flashlight and extra batteries at home so that you can see where you’re going and what you’re doing.
- Have enough non-perishable food and water for your family.
- Keep your mobile phone charged and consider investing in a back-up battery if you don’t already have one.
- Keep your gas tank full to make getting around easy. Consider checking on your neighbors, especially elderly or those with special needs.
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
- Do not use a gas stove to heat your home, if safe go to an alternative location to stay warm.
- Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
Contact SERVPRO of Edmonds at 425-775-5723 if you would like more information on preparedness procedures for your home or business. We are available 24/7 365 days a year to serve our community!
3 Measures To Limit Flood Damage Before A Storm
The devastation caused by flood water in Edmonds, WA can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to limit the effects of water damage by taking preventative measures. You may have heard about a business in your area going through certain processes to limit the likelihood of a flooded building, but you can also do them as a homeowner.
Know the Flood Level Near Your Area
Governmental officials carry out evaluations to assess how high flood water will rise in a given area. It’s crucial to know the level water could reach during a storm. You can find out the flood level for your area by:
• Going to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website
• Checking with your insurance company
• Contacting local building authorities
Once you’re aware of that information, it becomes much easier to take proactive measures. Get started by hiring licensed and insured contractors to make modifications to your home, so water-sensitive parts of your abode, such as the electrical system, are not as prone to problems from excessive moisture.
Apply Protective Coatings to Walls
It’s possible to buy sealant products to apply to the walls of your residence to help keep moisture out. Do research to find the best-reviewed and highly rated options and invest in some of them before you hear about the next flood threat.
Have a Cleanup Plan
Think ahead by deciding what you’ll do if preventative measures don’t keep the water out completely and it becomes necessary to clean up after a flood and salvage what’s left of your possessions. Because there are so many safety risks associated with flood recovery, it’s smart to contact professional disaster recovery specialists to let them handle the job.
These steps could help you protect your home and reduce the chances you’ll deal with a flooded building. Water damage can be severe, and flood water is particularly dangerous. Flood prevention could also reduce disruption to your life and residence. Visit http://www.SERVPROedmonds.com for more information on storm damage.
How to Make Sure Your Belongings Get Clean After a Flood
Dealing with a flood in Edmonds, WA isn’t just inconvenient, sometime is can be downright catastrophic. Black water damage can completely destroy parts of your business as well as your belongings. For some business owners, taking care of the structural integrity of your building is as simple as calling your local disaster restoration company such as SERVPRO of Edmonds. But what about the important items inside your building? Here are a few things to expect from a restoration company concerning content cleaning.
1. Various Cleaning Methods
When it comes to content cleaning your belongings in Edmonds, WA a professional will understand the need for treating these items delicately. The first step will be to assess whether a particular item can be restored or if it will have to be replaced. Once an item has been deemed eligible for restoration, it will be cleaned in a number of ways depending on the item itself. This can include dry, wet, immersion, abrasive, spray and wipe, and foam cleaning methods.
2. Electronic Cleanup
You may be surprised to know that your electronic items that have been damaged by water can be treated by disaster restoration professionals. Some may be too far gone to restore, especially if you’ve attempted to activate or turn on any electronic device you suspect may have been damaged by water. Content cleaning professionals can coordinate the treatment of computers, televisions, DVD players, and more. Taking prompt action in these instances is the key to successfully restoring these items, so be sure to include them on your list of damaged items.
3. Move Outs
If an entire room’s worth of belongings has been damaged by water, SERVPRO of Edmonds professionals will often coordinate a move-out of the items in the affected area. This will greatly improve the efficiency and organization of the restoration process, both for the affected belongings and the room itself. We store and clean contents at our warehouse facility in Lynnwood, WA.
Visit http://www.SERVPROedmonds.com for more information on flood damage.
Lightning and Thunderstorm Safety Precautions
Here at SERVORO of Edmonds we have learned to expect the unexpected. No one plans to a kitchen fire, a toilet overflow or flooded crawl space, but ‘surprise!’ – it happens every day. While lighting and thunder in the Pacific Northwest is not as prevalent as some other regions it can certainly happen which is why we should always be prepared to make the right choices when we could be at risk during a storm.
Although the odds of being struck by lightning are less than one in 1,000,000 some factors can put you at greater risk. People who work outside or engage in outdoor recreational activities are more susceptible. Imagine you are going on a hike in the woods, rafting on a river or golfing; would you know what to do if lightning struck? What if you work on utility poles, for the forest service or in sewer lines; does your company follow proper precautions and safety guidelines? Regional and seasonal differences can heighten or lower the risk of getting injured by lightning.
In 2018 Florida and Tennessee had the most lightning related deaths and Florida is considered the worst with over 2,000 injuries in the past 50 years. During 2006-2018 lightning caused an average of 30 deaths per year in the United States.
You can protect yourself from risk by taking the following precautions;
- If weather forecast calls for thunderstorms postpone your trip or activity
- “When thunder roars go indoors” – Find a safe, enclosed shelter
- Suspend activity for atm least 30 minutes after the last ‘clap’ of lightning to be sure it has passed
- If no shelter is available crouch low with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electrical currents on the top of the ground which can be deadly up to 100 feet away.
If your home or business retains structure damage from lightning call SERVPRO of Edmonds to help you clean up and repair the aftermath; we can be reached at 425-775-5723. For more emergency about preparedness follow our Facebook page for tips here.
Protect Your Property From Rainstorm Damage
SERVPRO of Edmonds provides tips to building owners and facility managers about important steps to take to maintain landscape and property investment during heavy rains. It is not uncommon for our Project Managers to run across flooding and groundwater intrusion on a daily basis. Make sure you review your insurance policy to know what is included and excluded from coverage.
Exercise proper drainage to prevent water intrusion and water damage in commercial and residential structures. Appropriate storm water management is necessary to help prevent flooding, erosion, and structural property damage, which can lead to costly repairs. Landscape Management professionals suggests facility managers use these tips to safeguard their landscaping efforts and property security in the event of heavy rain and floods:
- Maintain storm drains and keep catch basins free of trash, sediment, roots, and plant debris to allow for water to flow through drains instead of pooling around them. Installing straw wattles and/or rock borders around drains and V-ditches can help prevent sediment build up in drains.
- Keep brow ditches and V-ditches free of debris by regularly clearing drain outlets and weep-holes of sediment. Over-irrigation during dry times can cause erosion and sediment and chemicals can build up.
- The most environmentally dangerous time for a property is during initial construction while land is being cleared and graded. To protect these areas during heavy rainfall, install a silt fence or straw wattle around drains to create flow channels for storm water to drain.
- If landscape drains are clogged, contact a landscape management company as soon as possible to review the drainage issues and remove trapped sediment and debris to allow for rainwater to drain appropriately.
Emergency Supply Checklist for your Vehicle
SERVPRO of Edmonds is passionate about emergency preparedness and personal safety. You may hear many disaster preparedness warnings about what emergency supplies to keep in your home, but what about your vehicle? Some things to consider:
- How much time do you spend in your vehicle?
- Do you take extra supplies for long trips?
- What would you do in the event of poor weather, car trouble or a flat tire that may cause you to become stranded?
The National Safety Council recommends an array of items to keep in your vehicle and much of this depends on your distance and landscape traveled. Every vehicle should have an emergency supply kit located in the trunk. Kits should be checked every six months, and expired items should be replaced to keep it up to date. Vehicle emergency supply kits should include:
- A properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod jack
- Jumper cables
- Tool kit and/or a multipurpose utility tool
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Reflective triangles and brightly colored cloth to make your vehicle more visible
- First aid kit with gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, a blanket, nonlatex gloves, scissors, hydrocortisone, thermometer, tweezers and instant cold compress
- Nonperishable, high-energy foods, such as unsalted nuts, dried fruits and hard candy
- Drinking water
- Reflective vest in case you need to walk to get help
- Car charger for your cell phone
- Fire extinguisher
- Duct tape
- Rain poncho
- Additional items for cold weather include a snow brush, shovel, windshield washer fluid, warm clothing, cat litter for traction and blankets
It's also a good idea to keep family and emergency phone numbers, including your auto insurance provider and a towing company, in your phone and even on paper in case you lose phone battery/power. Equip your vehicles and stay safe- always expect the unexpected!
Summertime Natural Disasters
While Edmonds, WA doesn’t experience many ‘natural disasters’ it is important to know what kinds of disasters could be coming, especially in Summertime which is peak season for wildfires and hurricanes nationwide. The National Disaster Education Coalition states every person, no matter where they live, should learn what disasters could impact their area (natural and man-made), make an emergency disaster plan, create a list of emergency contacts, make sure they are properly insured and have a pre-made disaster kit.
Summertime Natural Disasters: Wildfires
In 2018 Washington State declared a state of emergency on July 31st because of the spread of wildfires. Washington experienced an all-time record of wildfires in 2018, with smoke clouding much of the state and producing 1,850 fires.
Summertime Natural Disasters: Hurricanes
2018 produced 15 named storms, 8 which were hurricanes and two which were classified as major; Florence and Michael. Hurricanes develop because of six major factors which include ocean water temperatures, distance from equator, lapse rate, low vertical wind shear, high relative humidity and sometimes a ‘tropical wave’.
The national hurricane center encourages residents to invest in emergency supplies before a disaster hits to save you money as products are still readily available and not as in high of demand.
For all emergencies it is important to remember the following;
- The safest rooms in your home
- Know the escape routes out of your home, city, county and state
- Appoint a person to be single point of contact that everyone can call in the event of an emergency. This person should not live in the same state as you.
- Know what you are going to do with your pets in the event of a disaster
- Post emergency numbers near home phones and teach your children how to call 911
- CPR and first aid
- Preparing now will save you money, heartache and stress should the unthinkable happen.
Are You Ready For the Storm? Emergency Supply Checklist
SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West-- Educating Communities to Prepare for the Unexpected
Most storm, fire, and water damage happens unexpectedly and emergencies can catch Washington residents unprepared. You’re smart to have an emergency supply bag or container already stocked with the basics you need should an emergency happen. When the New Yorker published an article in 2015 called ‘The Really Big One” many people began re-evaluating their personal preparedness. Our team recommends the following items for personal preparedness;
Emergency survival kit
- Store a kit at home, at work and at each child’s school or daycare facility.
- Dry or canned food and drinking water for each person
- Can opener
- First aid supplies and first aid book
- Copies of important documents such as birth certificates, licenses, and insurance policies
- "Special needs" items for family members such as infant formula, eyeglasses and medications
- A change of clothing
- Sleeping bag or blanket
- Battery powered radio or television
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Waterproof matches
- Toys, books, puzzles, games
- Extra house keys and car keys
- List of contact names and phone numbers
- Food, water and supplies for pets
- Additional items you can store at home for use during an emergency
- Barbecue, camp stove
- Fuel for cooking, such as charcoal or camp stove fuel
- Plastic knives, forks, spoons
- Paper plates and cups
- Paper towels
- Heavy-duty aluminum foil
- Large plastic trash bags for trash, water protection
- Large trash cans
- Bar soap and liquid detergent
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- Feminine and infant supplies
- Toilet paper
- Household bleach with no additives, and eyedropper (for purifying drinking water)
- Newspaper — to wrap garbage and waste
- Sturdy shoes
- Gloves for clearing debris
- Ax, shovel, broom
- Crescent wrench for turning off gas
- Screwdriver, pliers, hammer
- Coil of one-half inch rope
- Plastic tape and sheeting
- Knife or razor blades
- Garden hose for siphoning and fire fighting
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- If you are interested in having us speak on Emergency Preparedness at your next COA, HOA or neighborhood meeting please contact our marketing department at: courtneyg@SERVPROofedmonds.com.
- In Washington flood recovery, earthquake recovery, and recovery from other natural disasters will be much easier if you’re prepared with emergency survival tools and supplies like these.
The Process of Storm Damage Restoration
Storm damage can come in many forms, each devastating in its own way. Roof damage, ice damage, ice damming, frozen pipes, hail damage, wind damage, hurricane damage, flooding, and river flooding are all common effects of storm damage.
SERVPRO of Edmonds professionals are here to help victims begin the restoration process. Flooding and Water Restoration
Flooding can be caused by runoff ground water, overflowing storm drains, torrential rains, hurricanes, or super-cell thunderstorms.
River flooding and an excess of ground water are commonly associated with hurricane damage and can be devastating. River flooding can occur anywhere that homes or businesses are in close proximity to rivers or large creeks. Torrential rain water can also cause a roof leak related issues which may require professional roof repair.
Water damage is usually caused by flood water or runoff ground water that is not able to properly drain. Flood water doesn't need to remain in a structure long to cause massive amounts of damage. Unfortunately even small amounts of flood water can cause mold or mildew to begin growing in a structure. Flooding should be dealt with by a professional company and staff that is trained in proper storm remediation; such as our SERVPRO of Edmonds Professionals.
The use of a proper flood pump is almost always necessary in situations where flood water and water restoration is needed. A reliable company will know exactly which type of flood pump is needed to remove any standing water. Apart from using a flood pump, industrial drying tools are also commonly needed for proper storm remediation.
Immediately removing flood water with the proper type of industrial flood pump or by use of similar equipment is one of the first steps necessary in business or home restoration. Promptly choosing reputable storm restoration and roof repair companies may help home and business owners prevent further damage from seeping ground water and may even expedite the water restoration and roof repair processes.
Hail damage and wind damage are common forms of storm damage that professional home restoration companies are familiar with. Roof damage and roof repair may be necessary. If hail damage occurs, a professional storm restoration company can give homeowners advice on what steps to take toward storm remediation. They will check the levels of hail damage, take a look at siding and roof damage, and may even be able to help prevent a roof leak. A roof leak after a hail storm is likely an after effect of hail damage or wind damage. Roof leak related issues can be handled easily by the professionals at SERVPRO of Edmonds.
Ice damage can take place almost anywhere. Frozen pipes, Ice damming, and other forms of ice damage are very common problems many people face each winter season. Ice damming is caused by build up of ice around the edge of a roof which then can stop melting snow from draining correctly. If an ice dam has caused roof damage to your home or business, removing the ice dam and preventing future ice damming is key. Ice dam removal may require the help of professionals as well. These same professionals may be able to help with frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can lead to substantial damage to a structure.
Professional help can be crucial when dealing with winter storm restoration and damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROedmonds.com for more information on storm damage or to get help immediately.
How to Prepare Your Home & Business for the Fall Season
What does the fall season mean to you? Vibrantly colored leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, early morning fog and cooler weather setting in. Edmonds, Washington is simply beautiful this time of year for residents and visitors alike. The Edmonds Art Walk and Scarecrow Festival is in full swing and families are invited to trick-or-treat at downtown merchants on the Halloween Holiday. As the season changes so does the weather and SERVPRO of Edmonds would like to offer you some great advice on how to prepare your home (or business) for fall.
- Clean Out Your Gutters: Throughout the summer months there a high chance your gutters filled with leaves and grime and this will get worse as fall progresses. Clogged gutters can form ice dams in the colder months that prevent your drainage systems from working properly. Then, leaks can happen within the home or business, causing a multitude of issues. Get ahead by simply clearing out your gutters as the leaves begin to collect.
- Light Up Your Outdoor Area: Fall and winter means less daylight, leaving a possibility for more accidents. If you don't have lights outside of your home and driveway yet, installing some is a great way to keep your home just a little safer. Lights around the perimeter of your driveway and business or home can mean fewer accidents and even act as a deterrent for break-ins.
- Check In On Your Heating System: Fall signals the first time in months that you will be using your heating system. Schedule an annual heating system checkup, and also manually survey your home's heating vents to make sure they aren't blocked by anything that could be a fire hazard. Dust off vents and clean filters to ensure everything is functioning properly.
Lastly makes sure you have SERVPRO of Edmonds’s contact information in the event that you may have an emergency; our helpful team can be reached at 425-775-5723.
Spring Storm Preparedness
April showers bring May flowers… and sometimes spring storms!
From thunderstorms to high winds and flooding storms can create tremendous property damage. Hailstorms alone cause almost $1 billion in property damage each year, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Prepare your home for spring storms ahead of time to minimize property damage and protect your family. Call SERVPRO of Edmonds (425-775-5723) for disaster preparedness information, shut-off tags or if you would like an Emergency Ready Plan written for your business.
Here are some tips to keep in mind for your home or business;
- Prune dead or rotting branches from trees near your home or car that could fall during a storm.
- Use surge protectors for electronic equipment in your home such as computers, televisions and appliances.
- Install a lightning protection system that will redirect lightning strikes safely into the ground.
- Know how to shut off the power to your house using the main fuse or breaker on the electrical service panel, and how to shut off water and gas support lines if instructed by disaster officials.
- Educate yourself about flood insurance and if this is something covered under your insurance policy
- Check the condition of your roof and make any needed repairs to minimize damage in a storm.
- Clean gutters and downspouts so water will be diverted away from the siding of your home
- Tie down or bring inside anything that could be blown around such as trash cans or outdoor furniture.
- Unplug expensive electronic equipment in case of a power surge