An Emergency Supply Checklist for Bellevue Residents
Most storm, fire, and water damage happens unexpectedly and emergencies can catch Bellevue residents unprepared.
It is very 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 SERVPRO 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 emergency use:
- Cooking supplies
- 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
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. Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West for more information regarding how you can appropriately prepare for an emergency: 425-454-3900.
SERVPRO of Bellevue West Proudly Renews Their Chamber Membership
SERVPRO of Bellevue West Proudly Supports the Bellevue Chamber as a renewed member for 2019. Our SERVPRO team is thrilled to be involved with the Bellevue Chamber again: a wonderful organization supporting local businesses growth and development. We have immensely enjoyed participating in a multitude of events, keeping up to date on local news and making new connections.
The 4 main reasons SERVPRO of Bellevue West is involved in the local chamber:
- Local Visibility in our community
- Access and connections to other business partners
- Resources related to training (workshops, featured speakers and mentors offer a wealth of knowledge)
- Advocacy to learn about local politics
The chamber provides its members with a wonderful and strong voice in the community. The Bellevue Chamber is a leader in Eastside public policy discussions affecting the business community and is committed to ensuring that our members’ concerns are heard on a wide range of issues at the local, regional, state and federal levels of government. Local businesses know that the Chamber is championing business issues on their behalf and is very thankful to have this support.
Battling Mold Damage
Battling mold can be an arduous process if the correct steps aren't utilized from the beginning of the process. Remediation of the mildew, fungus and black mold the first time around can save a home or business owner worry, time and money.
SERVPRO of Bellevue West can properly assess what scope of work is necessary for your unique situation and oftentimes each job is different depending on source and severity.
Is it black mold? Could it possibly lead to dry rot? Does the smelly odor need deodorization or will it go away on its own? These are questions the general public doesn't typically have answers to. Oftentimes mold growth isn't visible; which is why it is important to consider the quality of your indoor air and to call in the professionals if you sense a strange odor.
Keep in mind; mold growth can spread and this condition could lead to dry rot. Dry rot occurs when the wood that supports the home or business starts to decay because of the extensive mold damage. This dry rot damage could lead to a potential rebuild of the dwelling in question which is why it is important to tackle a microbial situation as soon as possible.
Mitigation is the lessening of the damage seen with mold; this involves deodorization and sometimes demolition in an isolated area; each situation is unique. Visit http://www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com for more information on mold.
Preparing Your Business for the Unexpected
Are you looking to become more prepared in your business? Consider calling SERVPRO of Bellevue West for an Emergency Ready Profile.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. Your business can receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
The SERVPRO ERP Advantage:
A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
Establishes SERVPRO OF Bellevue West as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by.
Identification for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” communicated trust and peace of mind to your clients and employees.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you help to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance is helpful in receiving timely mitigation and can help minimize the effects water and fire damage can have on your business.
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The Importance of First Aid and CPR Training in the Workplace
As emergency responders SERVPRO of Bellevue West experiences daily the importance of a rapid and efficient response. Life can change in a matter of minutes which is why we know the best way to expect the unexpected is to be prepared. What better way to celebrate preparedness than to certify our employees in CPR and First Aid training?
We teamed up with one of our favorite associations; PHCCWA (Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors of Washington) to host a CRP and First Aid class at our facility in Lynnwood. Many of our association members and our team members attended to renew their certifications.
We think CRP and First Aid training is important in the work place for many reasons;
- Having trained employees can make a substantial difference in your ability to maintain a safe work environment. They will be able to respond more quickly and effectively when medical emergencies occur.
- This training and knowledge provides a sense of security and promotes a more confident work environment.
- As staff becomes more prepared and responsive – they also become more aware of their surroundings and more likely to spot potential hazards. This inspires a ‘safety culture’.
- 25% of all emergency room visits can be avoided with basic first aid and CPR certification.
- Safety precautions and preparedness applies to ANY industry of ANY size.
- There are many local resources that can help you get CPR and First Aid Certified such as The Red Cross or Snohomish County Fire District 1. Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West and speak to one of our Marketing Specialists to learn more about how you can be personally prepared; 425-454-3900
Essential Maintenance Tips for your Home
Keeping your home tidy and clean is important for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, a clean home is less likely to face issues like mold damage and other problems that stem from a lack of attention and care. In addition, maintaining the cleanliness of a home will help tremendously in the resale value of the home should the homeowner consider selling down the road. If an emergency does arise SERVPRO of Bellevue West is here to help.
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In the meantime perform these simple tasks to keep you home fresh and clean;
- Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly working sprinkler heads
- Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures. Limbs and leaves can cut into your home’s paint and force you to have that side of the house repainted. A little trimming can save a lot of money and time
- Wash all windows
- Check window seals to make sure they are working properly
- Inspect and service your HVAC system to make sure all components are working properly
- Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose fixtures or deterioration
- Dust or wipe down ceiling fans and light fixtures
- Shampoo your upholstery and carpet with professional grade serums
- Clean out your refrigerator by disposing of expired items and sanitize each shelf
- Pressure wash roof and gutters to make sure there is no blockage
- Wash any moss or algae off of your driveways, sidewalks and roof
- Degrease kitchen surfaces that may have cooking residue
- Deodorize and clean out your garbage disposal from any lingering food products
By performing these simple maintenance tips you can possibly prevent water damage, or fire to your home. SERVPRO of Bellevue West 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.
5 Tips For Mold Prevention in Your Kitchen
Abundant plumbing and cooking-related moisture can increase the availability of moist spaces for mold to easily grow. Check out our following list of tips to avoid mold in you kitchen;
- Actively check for and repair leaks. Leaking sinks and pipes create new moist areas for mold to easily grow in. It’s important to ensure that leaks are repaired as soon as possible. It is ideal to schedule seasonal maintenance checks to make sure that there are no hidden leaks or damaged, leak-prone pipes in the property.
- Check cabinets. Kitchen cabinets that house or are found in proximity of main pipes are likely to entrap moisture. This is true especially if they are made of moisture-absorbing material, like unsealed wood. We recommend having a plumbing professional evaluate whether the location of pipes and the material of kitchen cabinets are adequate for your kitchen.
- Check the garbage disposal. Older and faulty garbage disposal systems will often fail to allow wet food scraps to be properly flushed and disposed. The garbage disposal then becomes a dark, wet, and organic material-filled space for mold to grow in. Repairing a broken garbage disposal as soon as it exhibits issues can prevent mold.
- Seal permeable surfaces. Countertops and cabinets usually take up the majority of the space in the kitchen. Some materials are prone to absorbing moisture more easily than others. Choosing materials for your countertops and cabinets is an important process and our experts find that wooden countertops have been known to rot due to lingering moisture. This can be prevented by regularly sealing the countertops. Following the suggested procedures and checkups is the best way to avoid wear and tear in the long run.
- Bonus Tip. Remind residents that cleanliness should always be a priority when it comes to the kitchen. Making sure that dirty dishes, food scraps and food in general are not left out will decrease the likelihood of mold to grow on organic material. Spills - especially underneath and behind fixtures and countertops - should be cleaned up promptly. Food should be always stored mindfully.
Mold preventative maintenance is a serious issue as mold can grow rapidly when it is not addressed immediately. If you think you may have mold in your property call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at 425-454-3900 or visit our website for resources at www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com .
How Can You Tell if There’s Mold?
Do you see spots on the walls or ceiling? Does the same musty smell reoccur in the same place? If so, you have a mold problem. An indoor environmental specialist in Clyde Hill, Washington can help you determine just how bad the damage is by performing a mold test.
Why Mold Grows
Mold is a natural part of the ecosystem, and it plays a vital role by breaking down organic matter during the decomposition process. That’s all well and good outdoors, but when it grows aggressively indoors, it damages building structures and degrades air quality.
Mold multiplies under favorable conditions:
• Excess water that creates high humidity
• Still air that allows the spores to settle
• Proper temperatures that encourage colonies to grow
Mold commonly grows in places you can’t see. It hides under counters and behind large appliances. In many cases, it grows between walls or floors.
What the Signs Are
Mold shows up as spots on the surfaces of the infected material. It is most commonly black, white, green, or yellow, and it has a leathery or cottony looking texture. During certain stages of its growth, the colony expels gasses that give it the musty odor for which it's famous.
How Professional Testing Can Help
Even if you can identify the presence of mold growth yourself, you may not be able to determine the extent of the damage. That’s where a qualified indoor environmental specialist can help you.
These technicians use specialized equipment to test for mold. Then, a lab analyzes air quality samples. Results help the technician to estimate the type of mold and the extent of growth.
What to Do About Mold
With the information gathered, experts can help you figure out just how much work is needed to repair the damage. In some instances, cleaning is possible. When the damage has extended too far, complete mold remediation and replacement of critical structures may be necessary.
Don’t put off mold testing. If you suspect molds have invaded the inside of your home or office, contact an indoor environmental specialist today for testing.
For more information on mold visit us at http://www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com.
3 Tips for Preparing Your Business for a Fire
All commercial property owners hope nothing bad will ever happen to their building. However, it is best to still have a fire contingency plan in place. There is a chance you will never need to put it into action, but in the event you do need it, you will be thankful it is there. Develop this evacuation plan with your local fire department in Medina, Washington, to ensure you cover all essential points.
1. Create a Command Structure
When a fire breaks out, you want everyone to know what they are supposed to do. You should assign one individual to be in charge of communications and inform everyone in the vicinity of the fire. Someone will also need to be in charge of reaching out to the fire department to extinguish the flames. Finally, one person should oversee the recovery efforts and reach out to fire remediation experts so that restoration begins right away.
2. Train Employees to Prevent Fires
Your contingency plan should involve more than simply responding to a fire. It should involve how you are going to be proactive in preventing one in the first place. This may include hosting seminars where a professional firefighter teaches employees about common fire hazards around the workplace. Preventive efforts should also involve having your building’s fire alarms and fire extinguishers inspected regularly.
3. Create a Staffing Plan
Your business operations will naturally be interrupted immediately following a fire. You can reduce the financial impact of this by having a plan to maintain operations while the building is getting repaired. Some employees may be able to do some of their duties at home.
You will feel a lot more at ease once you have a detailed fire contingency plan in place. You may never need it, but it could help your business tremendously if it ever does need to come into play.
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What To Do After a Fire
House fires can be terrifying experiences, and recovering from them can take a long time. Depending on the size and scope of the fire, fire restoration in Bellevue, Washington, can take several weeks, even a few months, to fully complete. Following these steps can help you recover successfully from this difficult experience:
1. Assess family member safety.
2. Contact insurance agency.
3. Contact board up services.
Check Everyone’s Safety
If you have a fire safety plan, all family members probably followed it to safely exit the house; everyone then should have met at a pre-determined location. After exiting the house, begin by assessing the safety of each family member and pet. Pursue medical care promptly for all concerns.
Contact Insurance Company
Fire restoration should be started as soon as possible, and your fire insurance coverage can help address these and other concerns. Once your family’s immediate care needs have been seen to, you can begin contacting your insurance company. It probably needs lots of information, some of which you may not have at this time. Simply beginning the conversation can be important since your insurance company can provide you with some helpful support following a City, State, house fire.
Arrange for Board Up Services
Your insurance company can probably help you contact board up services and disaster management companies. These service providers may help secure the scene so that no one can enter the property while it is still unsafe. Often, insurance agents must inspect the scene to help assess the degree of damage; this board up service helps agents do their jobs effectively. Your insurance agent may be a point person that you can contact for questions regarding any stage of fire restoration.
Cleaning is likely going to take a bit of time, depending on the degree of the fire and to what extent it damaged your home. Arranging for smoke cleaning can help you get back to your normal routine that much faster.
For more information visit us at http://www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com for more fire tips.