How To Maximize Your Home Inspection in Bellevue, WA
Are you considering a home inspection?
Are you a buyer or seller interested in getting a home inspection? A home inspection is always a great idea so you can be in tune with any potential issues that may need to be addressed. Pest control? Drainage Issues? Roof or plumbing problems? We recommend maximizing your inspection by following these steps:
Get A Recommendation. Your real estate professional should be able to recommend a reliable and highly rated inspection company. Make sure your agent knows that you don’t want to cut corners. The cheapest option may not always be the best option.
Be Present for the Inspection. The inspector will most likely want to point some things out to you and explain any notes he or she is making on the report. This is an important step, but it’s only possible if you’re present and engaged for the inspection. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. It is important you understand the functions of the systems in your home and the overall health of the property.
Ask Questions: Ask as many questions as you want, and make sure you feel comfortable with the answers. After all, a house is the biggest investment most people will ever make in their lives and it is important to understand what problems may need to be addressed.
Bring in Additional Specialty Professionals if Needed: If your inspector does not look at the plumbing system or does not offer something specific like mold testing, feel free to bring in a third-party specialist. There is nothing wrong with having someone else come in to look at a specific portion of the home, especially if they are an expert in their field. SERVPRO of Bellevue West is here to provide a professional scope for water, mold or deodorization remediation that may be needed in the home. Call the professionals at 425-454-3900!
Steps to Take Following A House 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.
Water Damage Tips & Tricks
What You Need To Know About Water Damage
There are several ways you may fall victim to a water damage situation: a water supply line break, a pipe break or water damage after a fire rescue mission. All these situations pose a risk to the health of the structure and residents living in the property.
Steps to Take After Detecting Water Damage
Water related damage can be progressive. Do your best to isolate the issue and stop the source. Do you know where your water main shut-off is? Call a plumber if needed and call a trusted Restoration Professional that can utilize tools to give you an accurate description of damage.
Shut Down the Electricity Supply
Any case of flood damage and live electricity poses a risk of a fire or loss of life due to an electric fault. To prevent this, shut down the primary power source.
Call a Professional
Trust the professionals and don’t attempt to DIY. Water Restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Bellevue West are experienced in drying structures efficiently and correctly. We also work with major insurance companies to figure your coverage and streamline the process. The best time to call a restoration company is when you notice any water collecting in an unnatural state. We can quickly provide an inspection and Assessment of Extent of Damage
There is no doubt that water related disasters can be catastrophic. Utilize the professionals at SERVPRO of Bellevue West to ensure proper dehumidification, drying and sanitation practices. Call us at 425-454-3900 with any questions!
Spring Refresh Preparedness Planning
Contact SERVPRO of Bellevue West for emergency preparedness kit tips.
The beginning of a new Season is a great time to refresh and re-plan for the months ahead. We encourage making resolutions that will help you prepare for the unexpected curveballs that sometimes come our way. As this past year demonstrated, disasters come in many forms from viral pathogens to hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, storms and floods. How can we be more prepared?
Here are a few tips to get started:
1. Review your emergency kit and update. Refresh water and expired food. Check battery expiration and update documents. Add new supplies you may think will be useful.
2. Assess your finances and savings. Make sure you have funds to fall back on in case of emergency. Review annual budgeting and plan accordingly.
3. Considering getting involved in Community Preparedness. Join CERT- Community Emergency Response Team and consider taking a class. There may even been volunteer opportunities that will help you become more prepared.
4. Review your Plan and Communicate. Are your emergency contacts up to date? Do you have a back-up plan for a secondary place to shelter in case of emergency? Discuss options with you family members so everyone is aware. Communication is key in being prepared for the unexpected.
If you experience an unexpected emergency in your home or business call on SERVPRO of Bellevue West at 425-454-3900.
Puget Sound Natural Disasters
Do you know the basic earthquake safety measures?
This past year was unfortunately infamous with issues that impacted the world far and wide. Aside from the pandemic we experienced many natural disasters throughout our region, specifically climate fueled wildfires. These trying times sharpen our awareness of our region's natural disasters. One of the best ways to prepare is by making our homes safer, more resilient and structurally sound.
The state of Washington has the second highest risk in the country for large destructive earthquakes due to the North American plate and a network of related fault lines. While an earthquake could happen tomorrow or 200 years from now its important to be prepared for this reality. Here are a few recommendations to consider;
Homes built before 1980 in King County should be inspected by a professional to evaluate if they need a seismic retrofit. This is due to the fact that older homes aren't generally tied to a solid foundation.
Residents can take small proactive steps to increase safety measures such as stockpiling food and water along with a useful preparedness kit.
Ensure you are knowledgeable about your major shut-off locations. In homes with gas connections automatic shut-off valves should be installed. Make sure these locations are well marked and contact SERVPRO of Bellevue West for shut-off tags if needed.
Most important educate yourself about resources available in your community and what to do if a disaster strikes. Knowledge and preparedness are key.
Covid-19 Impacts to Commercial Industries
When 2020 began few could have foreseen how Covid-19 would radically change the lives of many. With travel bans, economic shut-downs and a 'Stay at Home' order many industries were impacted.
Residential construction was deemed non-essential, but as it lifted the industry was lucky to see increased demand. More individuals are looking to remodel or accommodate home offices. Companies had to learn how to adapt their safety procedures in order to continue work.
Retail space is focusing on managing customer traffic, occupancy levels and safety procedures. Distance markers, one way aisles, mask requirements and sanitation procedures are the new norm. Unfortunately restaurants have suffered greatly due to stricter regulations than other industries.
Commercial office space has taken a hit as many companies transitioned to online platforms and eliminated in-person work space. Commercial business that has stayed open has modified and put more safety protocols in place. SERVPRO of Bellevue West is proud to offer Covid-19 commercial decontamination services, contributing to helping keep offices, business and restaurants open.
Focusing on the positive and staying creative with modifying space and updating safety protocols has kept business afloat for many. An action plan is more important than ever as we learn to adapt on this rollercoaster of economic change. Having a network to help you through tough situations is vital and SERVPRO of Bellevue West is proud to be on the front lines. We are passionate about helping our customers in times of emergency and uncertainty in order to overcome tough times.
If you have questions about commercial cleaning and decontamination please call us at 425-454-3900.
Carpet Cleaning Certifications and Techniques
In the Cleaning and Restoration Industry Carpet Cleaning is a typical service line that SERVPRO offers, especially in cases after a water or fire damage when carpet can be salvaged, cleaned and dried. Believe it or not the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) offers several courses for certification that focuses on carpet cleaning specifics. In order for our employees to be an expert in their craft we provide these certifications along with ongoing training. Emphasis is placed on practical application, identifying fiber, yarn and carpet constructions, style types and finishes, soiling conditions, cleaning science and methodology, and other issues and concerns faced by individuals who maintain and clean installed broadloom carpet. When coupled with on-the-job training and field experience, our technicians are well prepared to perform carpet cleaning techniques and procedures in residential homes or commercial structures.
Below are several of the specialized certifications available that our team members hold;
- Senior Carpet Inspector
- Carpet Cleaning Technician
- Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
- Carpet Repair and Re-installation Technician
- Rug Cleaning Technician
Our technicians at SERVPRO of Bellevue West are knowledgeable and well trained when it comes to caring for carpet. Trust the professionals and call us at 425-454-3900.
Summer Safety Tips for Preventing Fire Hazards
Summer is a popular time for barbecuing, campfires and outdoor fun. Now more than ever Americans are enjoying time outdoors and away from home after being indoors and quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic. As people venture out more for these outdoor activities its important to keep in mind the steps to keep families and nature safe.
Recommendations put forth by the US Fire Administration and FEMA include the following;
- When having a campfire keep a bucket of water handy. Embers can float out of the pit and travel, creating big problems. Also, make sure your fire is completely out when you are done, cover it with water to ensure the flame is dead. A campfire should never be left unattended.
- Before using a barbecue make sure everything is connected, clean and working properly. Barbecue grease can build up and create accidental fires or worse, if a barbecue is not secured it can tip over.
- If you are camping inspect areas around barbecues and fire pits. Ensure there is nothing flammable that could ignite.
- If you are using fireworks or lanterns or candles always supervise. Never leave an open flame unattended.
At SERVPRO of Bellevue West it is our priority to help educate the public about fire safety so we can reduce the amount of fire damaged homes, businesses and landscapes for the betterment of our community. Stay safe and enjoy your summer responsibly. Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West if you experience a fire that compromises your home or business, 425-454-3900.
Cleaning and Disinfecting in Commercial Buildings
With the threat of COVID-19 disinfecting commercial spaces is more important than ever as communities work to minimize the risk of spreading germs. The CDC recommends the following protocols for cleaning:
- Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
- Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
- Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
- Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
- More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
- Surfaces and objects in public places, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.
- High touch surfaces include:
- Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
When disinfecting its always important to keep surfaces wet for a dwell time, utilize good ventilation/ PPE and read the directions on the label carefully. Soft surfaces, electronics and textiles should all be handled according to specific directions. SERVPRO of Bellevue West is trained in the decontamination of commercial buildings and is always happy to provide complimentary inspections for those who are in need of disinfection. Call us at 425-454-3900.
SERVPRO of Bellevue West Helps Condominium Boards Effectively Prepare for Emergencies
If you participate in a homeowners association or condominium association board you are likely a very useful and knowledgeable resource for owners and tenants alike. As a board member it is important to discuss all relevant issues and concerns that affect the health and safety of a property. Many boards have their own policies and procedures for handling emergencies, but how often are they discussed and reviewed? SERVPRO of Bellevue West offers complimentary emergency preparedness planning AND is happy to speak at board meetings about common issues that may be of concern when handling an emergency. We speak on topics such as;
- How to mitigate water damage during an emergency
- Causes of mold and mildew
- Questions about insurance coverage and responsibilities
- Routine inspections that can minimize water damage risks
- Emergency and evacuation planning
- How to choose the right emergency service vendors for your property
We are happy to speak in-person or virtually about any issues pertaining to the restoration industry. Call us at 425-454-3900 to schedule with us!