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Emergency Ready Plan

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Ready Plan Make a Plan.

Does your office or employer have a plan in place should an emergency occur?

Where do you shut off the water if a supply line fails?

Who should I call if the heat isn't on?

These are just a couple of simply questions that could be easily answered if SERVPRO of Bellingham were to give your office or building an Emergency Ready Plan or ERP. 

We will come out and walk the property, photo document vital shutoffs, and help develop a plan of action should an emergency occur.

The most important part of the ERP is the fact that it starts the planning conversation before the emergency happens. It also helps to get a a business back up and going after an emergency.

This is no cost service we provide to local businesses and building owners. 

Hidden Dangers

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hidden Dangers Test before you disturb.

SERVPRO of Bellingham is called out to dry homes and businesses on a daily basis. Water damage is caused by mechanical failure, human error, many other failures in systems or just plain bad luck.

One if the first items of business for SERVPRO of Bellingham, as well as any contractor having to disturb building materials, is to take samples for asbestos testing. 

Asbestos has been used in literally thousands of products because of its unique properties- fire resistance, high tensile strength, poor heat and electric conductivity and being impervious to chemical attack. We find asbestos in a wide array of materials from fire proofing to insulation, flooring to adhesive, texturing to roofing felt and thousands of others. 

Before we can start any demolition or removal of building materials we must test for asbestos. We are trained to sample areas of concern and those that are going to disturbed. Always test before you cut, smash or remove. Safety and confidence in your contractor must be of utmost importance. 

Continuing Education

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Community Continuing Education Informed and Accomplished

We are proud to be involved with many community associations, chambers of commerce and non-profits, but one of our favorite community endeavors is bringing Continuing Education Classes to our local Realtors and Insurance Agents.

Our classes are generally held in our facility and are based on subjects that are in our expertise. Water Mitigation for 4 credits, Fire in the Restoration Industry for 2 credits, Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry for 3 credits are just a few of the courses we have offered. It's an excellent opportunity for professionals to get hands on experience in our industry as well as gaining credits towards their required continuing education. 

SERVPRO of Bellingham is proud to have been a part of so many excellent community enriching programs and our continuing educational program is one of favorite ways to give back and build community at the same time.

Fire Escape Planning

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Escape Planning Two ways out of every room.

SERVPRO of Bellingham helps families and businesses after fires, smoke damage and other scary challenges. We know that the most important part of escaping a fire is to have a plan in place. It's easy and makes sense.

Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.

Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.

Everyone in the household must understand the escape plan. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.

Having a plan and practicing the plan saves lives. 

Renter's Insurance

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Renter's Insurance Have a plan to escape and Renter's Insurance to help.

We live in a college town. Bellingham has about 55% of it's population in rentals.

We at SERVPRO of Bellingham are often called to help clean up after fires. One of the biggest challenges we see for renters is cleaning contents and finding new housing. 

Renter's Insurance is an easy and inexpensive way to be covered financially should a fire occur. Every property manager wants their tenants to have insurance but very few actually require it. Renter's insurance can help you replace burned up or damaged items. It can also assist you paying for housing while you are out of a damaged unit. 

SERVPRO of Bellingham wants all of you renters to ask your insurance agent about Renter's Insurance. You will be thankful if a fire or flood makes life hard.

Ice Dam

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ice Dam The water damage that resulted from the melting snow and the subsequent ice dam.

The dreaded ICE DAM. Our weather here in Whatcom County was the perfect breeding ground for an ice dam.

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms on a roof and prevents melting snow/ice (water) from draining off the roof. With nowhere else to go, and with freezing at night and melting during the day, the water will eventually back up behind the dam and ultimately leak into the home causing severe damage to roof shingles, ceilings, walls, insulation, and more. If damage from an ice dam goes unnoticed in an attic, there is also a potential for mold/mildew to form.

Thankfully our weather is rarely perfect for ice dams, but when it is know that SERVPRO of Bellingham is here to help. 

The Struggle is Real

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Struggle is Real A light switch at a recent home fire.

A fire can be an incredibly devastating experience for yourself and your loved ones. Not only will a fire cause extensive damage to your property, but you may also lose sentimental items. If you experience a fire in your home a restoration company like SERVPRO of Bellingham will be there to assist you. By leaving your fire damage repair to the professionals, you will gain valuable assistance during your fire clean up. Along with repairing your home, you may also need to heal emotional wounds. One of the most difficult things in life is dealing with the loss of your most cherished items, but even more profound is dealing with the loss of security and safety that comes with a fire in your home. We empathize with our clients and always strive to save the most precious items from their homes.

 

Containment

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Containment Safety First.

Mold is fact of life. We deal with mold on a daily basis here at SERVPRO of Bellingham and one of the most important factors when working with mold is keeping the mold spores confined to an affected area. 

Containment is the term used for limiting the spread of mold, dust, fibers and other items that can quickly make a small job a big job or a safe home a not safe home. 

We use the latest in technology and all of our available resources to create negative pressure, knock down mold spores down, containing the mold, drying any wet surfaces and utilizing a HEPA vacuum, thusly keeping our clients happy, safe and on their way to getting their homes back to "Like it never even happened."

We are always open

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

General We are always open Call 360-733-1800 and we will be there. Even during the weekend.

Our weekends are not like a lot of weekends out there. Every Friday we spend the last part of our day making sure the trucks are filled with gas, the equipment is in tip top condition and every possible variable has been accounted for.

Do you know why?

We are in the restoration business and a water leak, a broken pipe, a home fire, a roof leak or any number of disasters can happen at any time...Even weekends.

Our crews work diligently through rain, ice, heat and weekends to help home owners rest easy and business owners get back to work. Our clients appreciate the effort and we appreciate our clients.

We work 24/7 365 days a year for our customers, for our community, and sometimes even for you.

The kitchen sink

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The kitchen sink The heart of any home is the kitchen.

It's the busiest room in the house. If home is where the heart is then your heart is really in the kitchen because its the heart of any home.


We take running water for granted and we take perfectly functioning plumbing for granted almost all of the time. Do you know when you think about plumbing? When it's no longer functioning perfectly.


The kitchen sink get used throughout the day and we see a lot of failures with the kitchen sink. Remember to treat you faucet with respect and never over pack the cabinet under the sink with cleaners, garbage pails or dish racks. These items can knock into your plumbing and create a leak.


We think about this stuff because we live it everyday. A perfectly functioning kitchen sink is not appreciated enough, but the moment it's no longer perfect you can call SERVPRO of Bellingham at 360-733-1800 to dry it up.