Recent Storm Damage Posts

Why Contact Storm Flood Damage Restoration Professionals in Paine Field?

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

flooded basement; stairs going down to basement Basements often are first to feel the effects of flooding.

Restorers Like SERVPRO Offer Efficient Storm Flood Damage in Paine Field

A flood can cause considerable damage to your home, especially if it makes its way into your basement. Failure to deal with excess moisture, decontamination, and drying properly on time can result in long-term consequences. The best way to circumvent structural damage is to get the help of a professional restoration company like SERVPRO.

We urge property owners to take floodwater intrusion seriously and contact our team as soon as possible. Getting your residence back to normal after storm flood damage in Paine Field is crucial to your recovery. Timely and effective intervention is essential to minimize potential short-and long-term damage.

Our SERVPRO team has decades of experience handling flood damage. Thus, we understand the importance of responding quickly. Our restoration crews can respond to your call and devise a flood damage restoration plan even in the middle of the night. The restoration process evaluates three factors to determine the best way to resolve the issue, including:

  • The level of contamination.
  • Damages to property in terms of magnitude.
  • Replacement costs versus restoration costs.

Our restorers use highly advanced restoration equipment, resulting in greater results. We use portable pumps to remove water and air movers to dry the affected surfaces. Our SERVPRO team also uses portable electric heaters to speed up moisture evaporation, which leads to a faster drying process.

We can also use axial air movers to direct dry air into confined areas like bedroom closets or kitchen drawers. The dry air pushes out the moist air in these areas leading to fast drying. We also have ventilating systems that enable our technicians to direct airflow into wall cavities to replace the dry, cool air with dry, warmer air that increases the temperature of the surfaces and reduces the vapor pressure, which increases the rate of evaporation. Our SERVPRO technicians restore our customers' properties to their normal condition or better than their pre-damage condition.

Contact SERVPRO of South Everett for excellent storm flood damage restoration to make it "Like it never even happened." Our 24-hour helpline is (425) 367-4484.

How Can Everett Residents Remove Flood Damage Odors and Bacteria?

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

water covering the tile flooring of a room Facing recent flooding? Team SERVPRO can help with necessary equipment and certified technicians to remediate the damage. We are standing by 24/7.

Everett Homeowners Receive Emergency Flood Damage Restoration from SERVPRO

Flooding impacts homes all over America and is especially of concern in the Pacific Northwest, including the Everett area and the rest of Snohomish and King Counties. Just one inch of water in a residence can cost an average of over $20,000 in repairs.

SERVPRO mitigates the emergency Everett flood damage restoration costs homeowners have to undertake by taking a restoration-focused approach to cleanup. Technicians carefully evaluate structures and contents to determine what can be safely salvaged after a flood and plan restoration accordingly with homeowners and insurers.

Flood Damage Sanitation and Odor Control Strategies

Technological advances in flood mitigation allow SERVPRO professionals to implement highly effective cleaning and malodor removal with cutting-edge technologies, including:

  • Hydroxyl generators use ultraviolet light to destroy odor-causing bacteria at the particle level, much like sunlight naturally and safely sanitizes surfaces through exposure
  • EPA-registered biocides address odors and microbes, including mold and waste. Technicians can implement these solutions with pumps, sprayers, foggers, and manual cleaning, among other systems
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers deployed by SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) use water- or solvent-based odor control dispensed as a fine mist to mitigate malodors
  • Structural drying with air movers and dehumidification units keep moisture levels under control until surfaces reach normal dryness levels, which keeps odor-causing microbes from surviving and thriving in moist conditions
  • SERVPRO technicians carefully remove debris, pests, and waste that contribute to flood damage odors while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)

SERVPRO of South Everett serves the community with “Like it never even happened,” cleanup when homeowners call (425) 367-4484.

Who to Call For Flood Damage in My Mukilteo Home?

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Flood Zone sign Storm damage restoration is no DIY project. SERVPRO has fast and immediate service when you need it.

SERVPRO Can Provide Expert, Fast, and Efficient Flood Damage Repairs in Mukilteo! 

There are many ways an American home might find itself in need of fast flood damage remediation services. However, a storm of some kind is usually at the center of the problem. This summer has been very stormy across the country, so do not wait if your home becomes affected! 

When your home in Mukilteo needs flood damage restoration services, help is not far. Here at SERVPRO, we focus on providing you with the three essential factors of excellent remediation services: quick action, highly trained technicians, and advanced technology. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster, and our technicians are all IICRC-certified (Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.) We keep on top of the latest technologies and are often the first to employ them. Here at SERVPRO, we put the work in to provide you with outstanding service you can feel good about. 

Visualize a portion of your home flooded after a storm. Furniture is impacted, walls are soaked, floors are logged, and your everyday life has been interrupted. Our goal is to get inside and clean up the standing water swiftly. To do this, we can use:

  • Clean up debris, black water (if necessary) and send your valuables to our facility to be carefully restored
  • Water extractors and industry-standard wet/dry vacuums
  • Drying equipment such as flood drying mats, dehumidifiers, and heaters 

Our technicians can also make flood cuts to water-sodden drywall to prevent microbial growth. Should flooring need demolishing, we have the education to do so, as well as reinstallment. Here at SERVPRO, we try to be everything-specialists, so you can relax and know we can handle every aspect of the remediation. 

Don't wait to call for flood damage mitigation! Connect with SERVPRO of South Everett by dialing (425) 367-4484. We're prepared to help you 24/7.

What Tools Clear Standing Floodwater from Mukilteo Homes?

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

image of a black trash pump SERVPRO vehicles arrive with trash pumps to remove floodwaters from Mukilteo basements

Pooling floodwater can be a threatening presence in a Mukilteo basement

Intruding water can threaten the contents and occupants of a house almost immediately. With how traumatic flooding can be for the property, it is vital to contact our fast-responding SERVPRO professionals to help.

Choosing the Right Submersible Pump

When flood damage threatens Mukilteo homes, the basement is usually the area hit the worst. Gravity pulls water to the lowest levels of the property, where extraction can then be a challenge for our responding technicians. In these situations, we use:

  • High-Pressure Pump – Friction is a considerable obstacle for technicians when extracting the basement level. These powerful pump options help force standing water out of the property and clear the affected area for cleaning and drying.
  • Self-Priming Trash Pump – Trash pumps often provide the same level of extraction capacities as larger electric submersible pump options, though they have the added advantage of also removing smaller debris and solids that might be present in natural flooding situations.
  • Wet Vacuum – Any submersible pump can only provide a limited range of operation until the standing water reaches around two inches in depth. Portable wet vacuums help collect and remove the rest of the standing water for efficient restoration.

With how quickly flood damage can get out of control, having powerful extractors arriving with the Green Fleet makes our SERVPRO of South Everett a wise choice to help. Give us a call at (425) 367-4484.

Flood Damage Calls for Rapid Restoration in Everett

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

carpet and subfloor damaged by flood water SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are ready 24/7 365 days a year for any size storm-damaged property.

SERVPRO is available to handle basement flooding cleanup to bring your Everett home back to pre-storm condition

With the amount of rain and storms that Everett sees yearly, there may come a time that you need assistance with water damage restoration. Should you have basement flooding, SERVPRO features skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) ready and able to tackle water removal and drying so that you do not get hit with a lot of costly secondary damages. 

After a storm, there are many smart reasons to call SERVPRO for flood damage in Everett. We have proven processes in place that ensure your job gets done efficiently and effectively. Once you contact us for basement flooding, our crew chief arrives to develop a plan. Questions that get answered during this time include:

  • How much water has infiltrated the home/basement?
  • What is the distance that needs coverage within the property?
  • Will there be a stable, safe electrical supply?
  • Are there contaminants present that call for special treatment?
  • What are the best tools for extraction and drying?
  • Is pack-out service required?

If you have a finished basement and the carpeting is unsalvageable, we remove it all and replace it with brand-new carpeting using our controlled demolition services. The same goes for any saturated drywall and baseboards. General Contractor License #: SERVPES871RD

SERVPRO of South Everett is available 24/7 when you need an emergency response to handle flood damage after a storm. Call us at (425) 367-4484.

Damage from a Snow Storm in Everett?

3/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo If you have damage to your property after a snow storm, contact our experts for assistance at (425) 367-4484.

SERVPRO Can Provide Flood Damage Restoration Services in Everett

Everett, Wa, is a city in the Seattle metro area that sits on a peninsula near the Snohomish River. The town is 25 miles north of Seattle and has about 103,000 people. Being situated on the waterfront gives the area a slew of attractions for visitors and tourists.

Plenty of Things to do

Aside from being home to a slew of water sports, there are many other exciting attractions in the region, including the following:

  • Jetty Island: This human-made island serves as a water break for the marina and is a top site for visitors. Those who want to visit the island can use a ferry in the summer or travel to it in their boat during other seasons. The island hosts shallow warm waters with beaches that are perfect for relaxing and viewing wildlife or kiteboarding. 
  • Schack Art Center: This gallery sits in downtown Everett and is free to get into most of the time. While there, visitors can view the works of several different artists, including live glass blowers. During certain times people can even take classes in various art forms.
  • Historic Flight Museum at Kilo-7: This museum is located on the southwest corner of Paine Field, and it contains several exhibits of restored aircraft.
  • Angel of the Winds Arena: The arena can seat 10,000 people, and it is where the Everett Silvertips Hockey Club plays and practices. When it is not hockey season, the stadium hosts other sports, including motocross, gymnastics, and curling. People can also find special events and concerts at the arena.
  • Flying Heritage Collection: This 50,000 square foot hangar is home to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's collection of restored vintage airplanes. The exhibits also include military artifacts that are 100% restored. 
  • Funko's- Everett is also the location of the 17,000 square foot Funko's headquarters. The store contains a large variety of licensed pop culture merchandise, and it is known as a gem to locals and visitors.

City Releases Tips on How to Handle Winter Weather Conditions

In mid-February, the city of Everett released information to its residents on handling snowy conditions and below-freezing temperatures. City officials reminded everyone about shoveling the sidewalks in front of their homes to make walking to and from their vehicles safe. The press release also suggested that people look at road conditions on one of the 40 traffic cameras set up within the town before traveling. 

SERVPRO Can Help With Problems Related to Winter Storms

When heavy snow builds up on your roofs, leaks can develop. If moisture enters your house from a leaky roof, SERVPRO can conduct the following steps during the restoration process:

  • Repair the leak: Before we begin any restoration work, we can temporarily repair your roof so that no more water enters your structure.
  • Removal of damaged building materials: When moisture enters from your roof and flows down, it can cause damage to your walls and ceilings.
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD): Once all of the ruined building materials have been removed, we can then set up dehumidifiers and air movers to dry out other structural components such as your trusses and wall studs.

If your roof develops a leak after a snowstorm, call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484. 

Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Breakfast plate full of food Storm damage is no joking matter. Leave it to the professionals at SERVPRO. We have the technicians and equipment for any size disaster.

Network with Mukilteo Business and Government Leaders

The Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce organizes a chamber breakfast every month to bring together business people, local government, and interested community members to network and enjoy breakfast. The chamber usually has interesting speakers discuss current topics of interest and possible impact on the community. At present, all monthly breakfast meetings are being held virtually utilizing Zoom to bring everyone together.

The next scheduled virtual breakfast meeting is on.

Feb 18, 2021

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Organizer – Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce

Meeting ID: 962 3002 2031

Passcode: 776567

Previous speakers included a representative from the Boeing Company. A speaker for this upcoming breakfast meeting is yet to be announced; however, this is an excellent opportunity for everyone to network with business leaders and community members. Renew acquaintances, compare notes on business strategies, and succeeding in the current business climate. Networking meetings like these are an excellent opportunity to find solutions to ongoing business challenges.

SERVPRO of South Everett provides flood damage assistance to Mukilteo urban customers, retail/business companies, and surrounding areas. Call (425) 367-4484. We respond 24/7 to help with all your flood damage needs.

Run to Support Everett Coffee Shops

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Coffee Shop Coffee run has a new meaning with this 5k run to support Loft Coffee Bar. Join in and get registered today.

Partake in Safe and Fun Fitness Events in Everett

Run 2 Be Fit is hosting a Coffee Week 5K run/walk series to support Loft Coffee Bar on Hewitt Avenue in Everett. This event starts at 10:00 a.m. December 21 and ends on December 27, adhered to social distancing and public safety guidelines. All participants are encouraged to register early due to limited space.

Race packets, which go out to ticket holders starting December 14, include the following:

  • Race swag
  • A scavenger hunt and running course list. Participants can also run their own courses if they so choose
  • A bib with a drink ticket that is valid for December 21-27
  • A medal

After participants finish their run or walk, they can enjoy a delicious coffee (or other beverage) courtesy of The Loft. Tickets for the event are $25, and add-ons like buffs and reusable bags are available during purchase. Upload your run results and photos with hashtags like #pnwladies, #run2befit, and #coffee5k.

SERVPRO of South Everett technicians perform 24/7 emergency floodwater extraction for Everett homeowners who call (425) 367-4484.

Bond with Family while Playing Trivia from Your Mukilteo Home

11/7/2020 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO pickup truck SERVPRO is ready to help your Mukilteo home grapple with flooding

Mukilteo and the Rest of the Pacific Northwest has a Rich History

Get some popcorn ready for an hour and a half session of fun with your family. Play as a team during Online Family Trivia - Into the Wilderness: Pacific Northwest! Friday, November 13, 2020. The game starts at 5:00 PM on Zoom and is hosted by the Sno-Isle Libraries. Register in advance and receive your login credentials by calling 360-651-7000.

What can my family expect?

  • A learning and sharing experience for everyone. Surprise each other with tidbits of information you heard or read about our beautiful Pacific Northwest area.
  • Geared for youth, all ages are encouraged to join in on the fun.
  • Sno-Isle Libraries also offer other online activities found at the bottom of the page above, in addition to providing home-bound patrons books.

SERVPRO of South Everett is always nearby and ready to help during emergencies, including helping dry out your Mukilteo home after a flood or storm. Call (425) 367-4484 day or night for emergency restoration.

Who Do I Call to Remove the Flood Water From My Everett House?

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home If your home requires flood damage remediation, never wait to get help.

SERVPRO of South Everett Can Provide Flood Damage Mitigation Services to You!

Many situations could bring flood damage to your Everett home. A heavy rainstorm could cause your old roof to spring a leak. An ocean-based storm could rip through the Possession Sound and bring floodwaters to your door, or a tree could fall on your property and break a window. No matter the underlying cause, if you experience a flood, immediately getting help can help prevent further damages and expenses.

We are flood damage experts at SERVPRO of South Everett. No matter how the damage comes to your home, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Imagine a weak spot on your aging roof finally caved in and dropped water directly into your art studio. You may worry about your canvases, paints, and other supplies, and with good reason. However, our technicians can help you take inventory of what you lost, and save what can be salvaged.

How Can SERVPRO Stop Water From Coming Into My Home?

Our goal is always to halt the flow of water and remove the excess that is already inside. To help slow and stop the water from leaking into your art room, we can:
    •    Use plastic sheeting directly on top of the hole to try and temporarily seal it
    •    Cover the plastic with a tarp and nail it down, to help reinforce the plastic sheeting
    •    Get you in contact with a professional who can patch the hole in your roof

We're not roofing experts, but we can do everything in our power to limit the flow of water in your home.

How Can SERVPRO Remove the Water that is Already Inside?

When it comes to flood water removal, our technicians have countless hours of experience and are IICRC-certified (Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.) To remove the excess moisture from your home, we can:
    •    Use extractors to remove water from carpets and furniture
    •    Employ wet/dry vacuums to remove standing water
    •    Locate hidden pockets of water with moisture meters and infrared cameras

Once we are finished extracting the excess water from your home, our technicians can set up drying equipment to ensure your home's moisture levels are at an acceptable rate.

If your home requires flood damage remediation, never wait to get help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of South Everett by calling (425) 367-4484. We're delighted to help you.

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How Do I Remove Water That Gets on My Floors After a Thunderstorm in Everett?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Young couple in wellington boots on flooded floor For professional assistance, call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484 24/7 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

For Flood Damage Restoration in Your Everett House Call SERVPRO

If your neighborhood in Everett sees a significant amount of rainfall, there is a chance that moisture can find its way into your house. Water can creep into your structure from lower door seals or come up into your house from the ground.

What does water do once it gets inside my home?

After you suffer from flood damage in your Everett house, the moisture can start to spread throughout your living area. To come up with the best way to remove all of the moisture from your building materials and contents, our SERVPRO technicians study how it behaves once inside your structure. The following moisture actions help describe what water does in the environment:

    •    Condensation- When water vapor turns back into a liquid, it condenses. Warmer air has a natural ability to hold in more moisture. Therefore, when warm air full of vapor cools down, the moisture condenses and turns back into a liquid, like what happens to the outside of a glass of ice water on a hot day.
    •    Dew Point- The exact temperature where the water starts to condense from the air and turn back into a liquid is known as the dew point. For example, on a warm, humid morning, a car's windshield can be covered with moisture because the glass is cold enough to drop the air touching it below the dew point. If the temperature inside your building drops below this point, then liquids can develop on the surfaces of wet items inside your house.
    •    Evaporation- This is the process of moisture moving from wet materials to the air in the form of vapor. Air movers can increase evaporation because they push wet air away from wet surfaces. Since nature always wants to seek equilibrium, moisture will always evaporate from a wet item into the drier air.

Once water enters your house in Paine Field or Silver Lake, the problems can get much worse over time. For professional assistance, call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484 24/7 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

If Significant, Consistent Rainfall Affects Everett, you may be able to Claim Flood Damage Insurance

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor Man Sitting On Sofa Calling for help To get your home back to normal after flooding, contact SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484.

SERVPRO is Here to Help this Community Overcome Flooding and Return your Everett Home to a Pre-loss Condition

Does my Flood insurance include structural repair?

Insurance policies typically cover both contents and structure, providing that harm occurs as a direct result of flood damage to your Everett home. Pre-existing damages to the home are not under insurance coverage. But, even with insurance, structural issues can be drawn-out and stressful. SERVPRO can help to mitigate structural losses by performing emergency water removal using pumps and extraction equipment. In our experience, controlling losses is better than relying on insurance as it allows you to return to your home sooner rather than later.

How can you save content from a flooded property?

    •    Removing contents from floodwaters onto upper levels
    •    Establishing correct drying protocol and dehumidification for wet contents
    •    Blocking heavier furniture to put it out of harm's way until removal of standing water

Do floodwaters permanently harm clothes?

Textiles absorb moisture quickly, which, in flood, can include contaminants like raw sewage or mold. Most textiles respond well to mechanical cleaning restoration and can make a full recovery. Mechanical cleaning holds items in suspension while water jets move around the item providing concentrated cleaning. SERVPRO technicians can use Esporta washing machines to remove up to 99% of soiling from clothes and other fabrics to ensure that you do not need to seek a replacement.

Can you dry contents and structure at the same time?

It can be more time-efficient to leave larger contents like furnishings in place while drying the structure. When drying an entire structure, technicians create supply and return outlets for equipment sealing the rest of the property. Using a larger exterior dehumidifier, we can rapidly dry a property without needing to return or re-position our equipment. Dehumidification can help to draw moisture out of both solid structure and soft furnishings.

To get your home back to normal after flooding, contact SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484.

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Who Can Help Me Remove Muddy Water And Repair Flood Damage In My Everett Home After A Storm?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

SERVPRO Can Aid You In Restoring Your Home After A Storm Strikes Your Everett Neighborhood

Excessive rains that pour down quickly can cause moisture to enter your home through a weakness in your structure like old or faulty door and window seals. Any water entering your house from the outside can cause you problems with your house's structural components as well as contaminate your living area with potentially harmful bacteria, parasites, and fungi.

How Can You Remove Water Once It Has Entered My Home From The Outside?
Our SERVPRO flood damage technicians in Everett can start removing moisture from your house by implementing extraction equipment. If there are more than two inches of standing water, we can use a submersible pump to pull the majority of the liquid off of your floors and into a sewage drain. If your carpets got wet from moisture coming from the outside, we must remove them and any other porous materials due to the possibility of contamination.

What Wet Items In My House Will Have To Be Thrown Away?

    •    Flooring Materials: Since the moisture could be contaminated, we must remove porous items such as your carpet, pad, and in some cases, other flooring materials like linoleum if it got saturated.
    •    Drywall: If your wall coverings got wet, we could have to remove all of it or a portion of it by conducting a "flood cut" a foot or two from your floors.

How Can You Save The Other Wet Items?

    •    Drying: Our SERVPRO technicians can set up dehumidifiers and air movers to dry out your wet building materials.
    •    Air Scrubbing: We can set up a containment chamber in the affected area with an air scrubber attached to it that can remove harmful airborne microorganisms.
    •    Cleaning and Sanitization: Once your structure is dry, we can clean and sanitize the affected areas with disinfectants that can help eliminate any harmful pathogens.

If your house ever suffers from the effects of a vicious storm that strikes your Paine Field or Silver Lake neighborhood, call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484.

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Storm Water Removal Everett – Removing Contamination

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

A tree laying on the roof of a home. Stormwater can bring many issues to the table, let us be your steady through the storm.

Storm water in your Everett home can become frustrating, let us help

Stormwater may enter your home through broken windows, holes in your roof, and even flooding from overflowing storm sewers and local creeks. Heavy rain often cannot be handled by storm sewer systems and overflows onto streets and into homes. Water entering your home can carry many contaminants that may be harmful to your health if not handled properly. Potential contaminants include a variety of chemicals, various biohazards, even animal feces.

SERVPRO provides stormwater removal services in Everett and surrounding areas. Our contractor license (General: SERVPES871RD) enables our team to provide complete restoration services to return your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened." We train our technicians to deal with a variety of potential contaminants. We respond in less than 4 hours and are available all day all week long.

Evaluating the Damage

The first action our crew chief does is the most important. He evaluates the amount of damage, the location of the damage, and the potential for contamination. Every storm is different, and the amount of damage caused can vary from home to home, even if the same storm is causing it. Based on this analysis, SERVPRO deploys the appropriate equipment and technicians to mitigate the damage and begin returning your home to normal.

We place tarps on roofs, board up windows, and doors if needed. We also remove debris from your home, and contents that can be cleaned, sanitized, and saved are identified. We move all of the cleaned items to a staging area for storage until the home is fully restored.

We remove damaged flooring materials, we make flood cuts along the interior, and exterior walls to remove damaged drywall and expose water that may have penetrated inside the walls. Once the home is dry and the humidity has returned to normal levels, our professionals can begin the reconstruction of your home to return your property to its preloss condition.

Call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Casino Corner, Pinehurst-Beverly Park, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

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We Act As Quick As Possible In Everett After A Flood

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Drywall that was removed after a flood We handled the removal of the drywall in this home which also allowed the wall behind to be dried properly. Call us right away, we are available 24/7.

Mitigating Home Flood Damage in Everett

While flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States, and all 50 states have experienced flooding of some kind every year, homeowners may be shocked by the swiftness with which a flood can penetrate a home and damage possessions and furniture. Even thoroughly prepared homeowners who work hard to minimize flooding may have extensive amounts of cleanup ahead of them before their home can be returned to its normal state. 

If your Everett residence has been affected by flood damage, certified restoration technicians at SERVPRO can return your home to its preloss condition. This team uses Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for its disaster cleanup and restoration protocols. If your home requires further repairs after a disaster has occurred, your local SERVPRO is licensed to handle any general contracting (#SERVPES871RD) you may need for your home. 

Preparing for Flooding

  • Get flood insurance. Homeowners' insurance does not come with flood loss protection, but most policies let you add a flood insurance policy. Talk to your agent about what their flood policies cover.
  • Inspect your home. Are there areas that are more eroded than others? Take additional precautions to keep these vulnerable areas free of debris. 
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit. Keep all of these supplies in a duffle bag or backpack. Make sure to include water, food, first aid, flashlights, batteries, a whistle, dust masks, tools, and an NOAA weather portable radio. Consider including cell phones with chargers and cash to procure additional rations. 
  • Move hazardous materials. Keep chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides in waterproof containers above flood levels to prevent contamination. 
  • Research flood-proofing. You can contact Snohomish County's Planning and Development Services or FEMA for more information on flood prevention measures. 

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

After flooding occurs, the first step to restoring your home is extracting any remaining standing water and moisture. Technicians can use truck-mounted pumps or gas-powered sump pumps to remove large amounts of standing water, as well as portable, back-mounted extractors to handle moisture in wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas. Contaminated porous materials like carpet and area rugs may require removal. 

After extraction, disinfection is a must to prevent contamination. Floodwaters contain a plethora of microbes and contaminants that can affect the safety of a flooded location, so technicians use EPA-registered antimicrobials to address these concerns. After the structure has been thoroughly cleaned, technicians can use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home. 

SERVPRO of South Everett provides a 24/7 cleanup service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (425) 367-4484 when disaster strikes in your home.

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The Next Things to Immediately do After Flood Damage in Everett

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

flooded balcony floor Call SERVPRO to mitigate flood damage to your Everett home.

Residences Not Spared When Heavy Rains Cause Flood Damage in Everett

Nationwide, the news is full of stories about flooding after extreme weather events, and Everett is no exception. Although the media might concentrate on the effects on schools, businesses, and municipal buildings, your focus sharpens to the crisis in your home if floodwaters invade. Although we count large properties within our capabilities, assisting residential customers to recover from flooding is a priority and one of our commitments to our community.

Relentless Rains 

The tales are the same, no matter your Everett address. Flood damage follows heavy rains, rivers cresting down roadways and across real estate even if the nearest waterway is miles away. Showers that dump two or more inches an hour can cause devastation. Basements fill from overland flooding, and any vulnerability in a roof allows water to pour in from above as well.

Professional Help a Must

When puddling of water in the corner of your utility room occurs during a fall downpour, a quick mop and bucket might be all that’s needed. On the other hand, if several inches of water start items to begin floating, SERVPRO can offer the extra help needed to return a chaotic mess to “Like it never even happened.”

Merely Waiting for Draining Not an Option

Although it might feel tempting to let your floor drains do their job, choosing that as your only option ignores the fact that water goes where it will, and not just down the drain. SERVPRO technicians use a range of moisture detection devices to follow the flow and seepage of water, ensuring we find and extract all of it. Thermal imaging cameras use pictures/videos to illuminate the temperature differences that can signal trapped caches of water. Moisture meters help pinpoint which structures absorbed water so we can concentrate removal and drying efforts there.

Contamination Concerns

Floodwater carries contaminants into your home, including landscaping chemicals, animal waste, and debris of all kinds. Street storm drains fail to do their jobs, forcing sewage back into your home. Human waste can expose your family to bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens, potentially risking illness. SERVPRO professionals are trained to contain and dispose of the hazardous waste that flooding presents. We also use EPA-registered disinfectants on affected surfaces and spaces to kill lingering pathogens and inhibit mold growth.

SERVPRO of South Everett commits to helping residents trying to cope with the overwhelming list of issues they face after flood damage. We are available at (425) 367-4484 round the clock, and use industry best practices to mitigate and remediate any size disaster. 

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Ways Flood Damage Can Affect Your Everett Home

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

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Unexpected Ways Flood Damage In Your Everett Home Affects You

To most people, flooding is just a financial problem. However, once your property is affected, you realize there is much more going on than economics. Whether the incident that floods your home is caused by a storm, hurricane, or torrential rain, you are likely to experience widespread damages. The good news is that hiring professional flood damage restorers can help you address with ease all issues that crop up.

Sentimental Loss
Dealing with flood damage in your Everett property involves disposal of several items damaged through moisture action or contamination. Some of these items might have sentimental value because of how long you have had them or how you acquired them. It is hard to let go of such items, especially when there is no apparent physical damage but the restorer says they have to go because of contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians work closely with your adjuster and give a proper explanation before disposing of anything. Sometimes we also take extra steps such as advanced cleaning to help salvage items such high valued rugs contaminated by floodwaters.

Emotional Hardship
Seeing your home covered in floodwaters is an emotionally draining situation. It is hard to imagine restoring everything to the preloss state. One incident can also trigger fear of recurrence every time there is adverse weather such as torrential downpour. The resources our SERVPRO technicians have including advanced training and equipment helps ease the restoration process. We also advise on practical steps that you can implement around your home to prevent severe damage from flooding, thus reducing the fear of repeated damage.

Reduced Comfort
Your home might also feel less comfortable in the aftermath of flooding incidents. One likely cause of this is air quality problems. Mold, rot, and other issues such as the products used to clean or refinish your property can cause bad odor within your home. Our SERVPRO technicians help with deodorization to neutralize the odor. In case the odor from a temporary source such as paint, we can mask it with a sweet scent using slow-release beads.

You might not realize how hard a flooding incident can hit you apart from causing financial loss. Call SERVPRO of South Everett to assist with the restoration. You can reach us at (425) 367-4484 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Preparing for Extreme Summer Heat

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for extreme summer heat?

As summer approaches, it is time to consider safety precautions for potential extreme heat in the coming months. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, elderly, sick, and overweight. Urban area residents also have a greater chance of being affected than those who live in rural areas due to the heat island effect.

According to the EPA, “the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, to temperatures 50–90°F hotter than the air, while shaded or moist surfaces—often in more rural surroundings—remain close to air temperatures.” These surface heat islands are strongest during the day when the sun is shining, while the atmospheric heat islands are more likely after sunset “due to the slow release of heat from urban infrastructure.”

Whether you are in an urban or rural area, there are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible, stay indoors in air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake.

If you must go outside, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life-threatening. Signs of heat stroke are a high body temperature (103°+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool. Reduce body temperature with cool, wet cloths or a bath. Do not give a person with heat stroke fluids, and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency (CDC).

In order to prepare your home for extreme heat, follow these safety tips:

  • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
  • Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)
  • Keep storm windows up all year.

When it is humid, be aware of the heat index. The heat index factors in the humidity, which can make the temperature feel 15° hotter.

Extreme heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit or


Generator Safety

4/6/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know how to safely use your generator this winter?

If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow the safety tips below from the American Red Cross:

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately. Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

Be sure to use caution when using generators. And if your home receives damage from fire or storm, give SERVPRO of South Everett a call at 425-367-4484. 

If Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Ready?

3/2/2019 (Permalink)

Wireless Emergency Alerts are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing persons alerts in your area.

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts (see below for suggestions).
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  • Assemble or update emergency supplies.
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

Wireless Emergency Alerts

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications delivered to your mobile device as part of a public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. The alerts are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing persons alerts in your area (e.g., AMBER Alerts). Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without downloading an app or subscribing to a service. WEAs may be used to share extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.

A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.

The FEMA App

This app allows you to get National Weather Service alerts for up to five locations to keep you informed on-the-go. It also has information on what to do before, during, and after different disasters. In the midst of an emergency, the app can give you directions to open shelters nearby, help you locate someone to talk to at a Disaster Recovery Center, and let you share images of damage and recovery efforts to help first responders and emergency managers.

This app is available to download for free for iOS and Android at the Apple Store and on Google Play.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Make sure to take action now to protect yourself, your family and your property. If disaster does strike your property, make sure to give SERVPRO of South Everett a call at 425-367-4484. We can help make the damage "Like it never even happened." 

Are You Ready for Winter Weather?

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

While you cannot control the weather, you can prepare for colder winter weather.

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  • Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
  • Ask us about completing an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment to your facility and provides you with a plan to get back to business fast following a disaster.

When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO of South Everett to strike back. With our 24/7 emergency service, we’re there when you need us most. Call us at 425-367-4484.

Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Professionals

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Everett can take care of boarding up your property.

Whether after a fire, storm, or other structural disaster, boarding up damaged property is a burden that no one should ever have to go through— especially if it's your property that has been damaged.

Boarding up damaged property incorrectly could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse. The process of boarding up after an unexpected damage can also be as dangerous as the damage itself.

SERVPRO of South Everett can board up your damaged property and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it “Like it never even happened.”

We have the skills and knowledge to board up broken windows, damaged roofs, burned drywall or any other damaged entrance to your property. Whether the damage is from fire, flooding, or debris during windstorms, we have the experience to board up your home and secure it from further damage. And we are available 24/7, so we can get there before the damage gets even worse.

If your property is in need of any board-up services, give SERVPRO of South Everett a call at 425-367-4484. 

Be Ready for Whatever Happens

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Are you ready for emergencies? Make sure you have an emergency kit for you and your family.

National Preparedness Month is just around the corner and it’s a great time to make sure you and your family is prepared for potential disasters. National Preparedness Month, which takes place in September, strives to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home and work.

Join in the effort to get your home ready for potential disasters. Only 51.5% of U.S. homes have an emergency kit ready. By creating an Emergency Kit you can be “Ready for whatever happens.” suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below is a quick list of suggested items to include in your kit:

  • 3-day supply of nonperishable foods
  • Water (one+ gallon per person per day)
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medication
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Hygiene products
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone charger
  • Change of clothes
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Pet supplies
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container

Also, keeping a small emergency kit in your vehicle can be useful during an emergency. For more detailed instructions on creating an emergency kit check out our other blog post here and check out for a more extensive list.

Tsunamis and How to Prepare

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Tsunamis are most likely to hit the Pacific coastline or in the Caribbean, so it is good to know what to do if one occurs.

Did you know tsunamis could hit any U.S. coast? Though the risk for tsunamis is low, they are more likely to hit states on the Pacific coastline or in the Caribbean, so it is good to know what to do if a tsunami does strike here, or where you may vacation. says, “Tsunamis, also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called “tidal waves”), are a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption, or meteorite.” Areas within a mile of the coast and less than 25 feet above sea level have a greater risk of being hit.

As with any emergency, be sure you have a plan. Create a 72-hour kit ahead of time so you can be ready to leave quickly. Know the evacuation plan and move inland or to higher ground and avoid the beach. “The first wave may not be the last or the largest,” according to the National Weather Service.

After a tsunami, do not return to the affected area until officials deem it safe. While drowning is the most common hazard, there are many aftereffects such as flooding and contaminated drinking water.

For more information on preparing for a tsunami, visit

Flooding Can Happen Anywhere

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Just because your property hasn’t experienced a flood in the past does not mean it won’t in the future.

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. And we’ve had our fair share here in Snohomish County. Whether your home or business is near the coastline, along city streets, in the mountains or near a river—there is always potential for flood damage. reports, in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because your property hasn’t experienced a flood in the past does not mean it won’t in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000*. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather related disaster. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

For more flood safety tips check out this great article from The Everett Herald. Also, take a look at Snohomish Country’s Real-Time Flood Information System to see what the current river level and rainfall depth data is in our area.

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of South Everett can help. We can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get your property back to normal as soon as possible.

At SERVPRO of South Everett we are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at 425-367-4484.

*Facts and figures provided by and the National Weather Service (NOAA)

When Disaster Strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is Here to Help

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

As a member of SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, SERVPRO of South Everett is “Ready for whatever happens.”

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans experience an average of*:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes

As a member of SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, SERVPRO of South Everett is “Ready for whatever happens.” When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is poised for any storm that may happen. With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, manpower, equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team is there when large storms hit our area. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective: to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams included:

  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 East Tennessee Wildfires
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew  
  • 2016 Louisiana Flooding
  • 2016 Houston, TX Flooding 
  • 2015 Siberian Express
  • 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding 
  • 2014 Polar Vortex  
  • 2013 Colorado Floods
  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy

No matter the size of the disaster, SERVPRO of South Everett is Here to Help. With the help of SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, we can handle any size weather event. If disaster strikes your home or business, give us a call at 425-367-4484.

*Facts and figures provided by

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Windstorms

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

There’s not always a lot of warning before a large windstorm hits, so it’s important to prepare your home well beforehand.

Windstorms cause millions of dollars of damage across the Pacific Northwest every year. There’s not always a lot of warning before a large windstorm hits, so it’s important to prepare your home well beforehand. Small fixes now can prevent more costly repairs after a storm.

Trim Your Trees

Check your property for any tree branches that hang over your roof, cars, power lines, or shed. Overhanging branches can cause significant damage to your property if they fall, which you can easily prevent by cutting them down before a storm hits.

If you have dead trees or branches on your property, get them professionally removed.

Inspect the Roof and Garage

Any loose roofing material will be particularly susceptible during a windstorm. Further damage can occur when a windstorm rips loose material off the roof. Before the windstorm hits, check your roof for loose shingles, flashing, gutters, edging strips, etc. Make sure any problems you find are fixed ASAP.

Your garage door, if it is not in top shape, can be a liability as well. If you haven’t had it professionally inspected in a while, consider doing so.

Protect Your Windows

Strong winds and flying debris can damage windows, so make sure they are prepared before the storm comes in. If you don’t have stormproof windows installed, you can use aluminum or steel shutters or plywood to protect your windows from damage.

Secure Items Around Your Property

While wind can cause a lot of damage on its own, loose items around the yard can severely increase the damage potential. If you received a report of an impending windstorm, secure or safely store items like:

  • Grills
  • Patio Furniture
  • ATVs
  • Garbage and recycling bins
  • Container plants
  • Wind chimes and other decor
  • Trampolines
  • Swing sets and toys
  • Bicycles

Make sure to store cleaning chemicals, motor fuels, and pesticides in safe places as well. You don’t want chemicals to mix together or spread throughout your yard or home

Put Together an Emergency Kit

If the windstorm takes out the power, in some cases you may have to go without electricity for a few days until it gets fixed. Prepare emergency kits with food, water, and anything else your family might need to get through three days without power.

Even the most prepared home can sustain damage during a bad windstorm. Fortunately, at SERVPRO® of South Everett, we’re prepared to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

We offer a wide range of services (like board-ups, water damage restoration, tree removal, tarp-ups, and other roofing services) to help repair your property after a storm. We’re there when you need us with our 24/7 emergency service, so give us a call at 425-367-4484.

Be Prepared: Gear Up with a 72-Hour Emergency Kit

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

If disaster occurs, it is important to be able to take care of yourself and your family. Be prepared to meet your family’s needs for at least 3 days.

Unfortunately, storms and natural disasters don’t wait until we’re ready before they strike—they’re on their own timetable. Earthquakes, windstorms, and floods, if severe enough, can even prevent emergency services from reaching all affected areas for days. Until they arrive, you’ll need to be able to take care of yourself. Don’t delay preparing an emergency preparedness kit for your family.

Picking a Pack

You should be prepared to meet your family’s needs for at least three days. Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit for each member of your family.

If a storm or other disaster is destructive enough, you may have to leave your home. These kits should be packed in something portable, like a suitcase or backpack. Back-to-school sales are a perfect opportunity to buy backpacks for your kits.

Make sure to store your kits somewhere easily accessible in an emergency, like a coat closet near the front door.

Food & Water

The first rule of food in an emergency kit is packing nonperishable items your family will actually eat. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Crackers
  • Trail mix
  • Granola Bars
  • Jerky
  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Canned stews and other meals
  • Candy
  • Tuna
  • Baby formula (in at least two kits in case your family gets separated) if needed
  • Pet food and supplies if needed

Remember—you must be able to open your food. If you pack cans, make sure you have a can opener. Scissors are great for opening plastic packaging. It’s a good idea to bring along a set of dishes as well.

Plan for about a gallon of water per person per day. Water bottles are an easy way to store and carry water. You can also consider buying portable water filtration systems. Filtration systems should not be considered a substitution for bottled water because you can’t depend on water, contaminated or not, being available everywhere.

Take note of expiration dates. As a general rule, check your emergency food storage every six months. A good trick is to check your storage when daylight savings begins and ends. You should check on your water every 6-12 months.

Medicine & Hygiene

All 72-hour kits should include a first aid kit. You can either buy one or put one together yourself. You can start to build a first aid kit with the following items:

  • Various sizes of bandages and gauze
  • Antibiotic and hydrocortisone ointments
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Oral thermometers
  • Antacid
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Gloves
  • Aspirin
  • Cold compress
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Don’t forget to include your personal medication as well along with children’s versions of medication if necessary. If your medication needs to be refrigerated, buy an insulated container to carry in your kit. Make sure you rotate medication according to expiration dates.

You’ll also want to pack hygienic and personal items. This will vary family to family. You can start with items on this list, if applicable:

  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, and floss
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Glasses, contacts, contact cases and solution
  • Baby wipes and diapers
  • Soap bars
  • Toilet paper

Clothing & Comfort

While it’s possible to wear the same clothes for three days, your family will be a lot more comfortable if they have a fresh pair of clothes to change into each day. If your clothing gets wet, it can even be a safety hazard if it’s cold out.

Along with clothes, bring along a sleeping bag or blanket (foil blankets can easily fit in these packs and sleeping bags can attach to bags with straps).

Tools & Electronics

A small tool kit can be very useful in an emergency. At least in adult kits, include a wrench, screwdriver, and Swiss Army knife.

Make sure every member of the family has a flashlight (with extra batteries), along with a battery or crank-powered radio. Include extra cell phone chargers in your packs as well, in case you end up somewhere with electricity.

Personal Documents & Cash

In an emergency, you may not have the chance to gather your personal items. Keep copies of important documents in your emergency kit. Include items such as:

  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Social security cards
  • Drivers Licenses or State IDs
  • Pictures of your family members

You’ll also want to have cash in each kit because credit/debit cards may not work if electricity is out. It’s important to carry both bills and coins. Add money to your kits weekly to build up your reserve.

Personal Entertainment

Three days is a long time without any kind of entertainment, especially if you are used to using electronics. Pack a few items to help the time pass for both you and any children. Some ideas include:

  • Coloring and activity books
  • Small puzzles
  • Books to read
  • Decks of cards

Anything small and easily portable that doesn’t require electricity will do.

If a disaster hits your home, it’s important to be prepared to act quickly. Preparing now can help keep you and your family safe in the future.

If your home sustains damage from a storm or natural disaster, we can help restore it “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO® of South Everett at 425-367-4484 for 24-hour service.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: How to Prepare for Power Outages

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Be prepared for when the power goes out so you don't have to be afraid of the dark.

Power outages can range from mildly inconvenient to a crisis depending on the severity of the cause and the amount of time an area goes without power. However, when it comes to preparation, you are anything but powerless.

Keep Alternative Sources of Light

Invest in flashlights for every major room in the house, and keep them in accessible areas such as:

  • Nightstands
  • Kitchen drawers
  • Bathroom cabinets
  • Entertainment centers

Make sure you have the appropriate back-up batteries for each flashlight. For rooms where you’ll want to be more hands-free, like the bathroom, choose flashlights with a hook.

If you choose to use candles, keep a supply of matches in a cool, dry place. Place candles away from flammable materials like curtains and furniture. Keep all candles and matches out of reach of young children and pets.

Protect Your Electronics

After a power outage is fixed, your home may experience a surge of electricity, which can harm your electrical appliances. If the power goes out, unplug all your valuable electronics—especially TVs, laptops, phones, microwaves, etc.

Check your devices and outlets for scorch marks before turning them on after a power outage.

Store Food and Water

You’ll need at least two quarts of water stored for each person every day. However, it’s better to have a gallon. Remember to rotate your water storage as needed.

Include a couple of buckets in your emergency supply. You can fill your bathtubs full of water from the tap immediately as the power goes out and use buckets to flush toilets, depending on your type of pump, without using your drinking water supply.

Maintain a supply of non-perishable foods that don’t require a lot of cooking. Try to have at least a three-to-five-day supply of food your family will actually want to eat. Make sure you have manual can and bottle openers.

Avoid eating any potentially spoiled food. Your refrigerator, if full, should stay cool for around 24 hours if you keep it closed. A full freezer may last up to 48 hours.

Keep your pets in mind while gathering supplies. Make sure you have food and water for them as well.

Prepare First Aid Kits and Medicine

If you have any medications you need to keep cool, invest in an ice cooler. Make sure you have ice on hand to keep it cold. You can use coolers to keep some of your perishable food cold as well.

Either buy or put together first aid kits. The Red Cross provides a good guide on what to include. Don’t forget any medications specific to your family’s needs.

Charge Your Communication Devices

Your cell phone can be your connection to valuable information during an outage, but it’s useless if it runs out of battery. Invest in a car charger as well as a solar or crank-powered charger. You won’t regret having a few options.

You may also want to invest in a battery-, solar-, or crank-powered radio in case you don’t have cell service during an emergency. Don’t forget to keep extra batteries around.

Follow Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) for up-to-date information on power outages. Their website provides information on how to report power outages as well as more tips for what to do to stay safe. Keep a list of utility numbers to contact during an emergency.

Power outages can be stressful, but proper preparation can help keep you safer and more comfortable. If your home or property is damaged during a storm or outage, call SERVPRO® of South Everett to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

With our 24/7 emergency service, we’re there when you need us most. Call us at 425-367-4484.

What to Do If a Tree Falls on Your House

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

If a tree falls on your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call any time, day or night—we offer 24/7 services.

Many things can cause a tree to fall on your home—windstorms, tree decay, soil erosion, rain, and more. Unfortunately, fallen trees can cause a lot of damage and lead to dangerous situations. It’s important to act quickly in order to be safe and prevent as much damage as possible.

Preventative Care

Powerful storms can blow down even well-rooted trees; however, there are steps you can take to help prevent trees and branches from falling on your house during a storm.

  • Watch for and remove dead branches/trees
  • Keep an eye out for tree diseases and decay
  • Prune stray or weak branches properly
  • Strengthen forked trunks with cables or braces
  • Look out for leaning trees
  • Examine trees for cracks
  • Check out the roots for signs of fungi or decay

Evacuate the House

Until a professional can fully assess the situation, it’s important to leave the home. The tree could have fallen on a powerline, damaged wiring with the house, or caused structural damage to your home. Even if you don’t suspect the damage was too significant, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Do not attempt to remove fallen branches or trees from your property—especially during a storm. You could easily slip and fall off your roof, get blown off by a strong gust of wind, or even get hit by lightning.

Check Your Property for Electrocution Risks

When you leave the house, take a look at your property. Examine the fallen tree from a safe distance. Did it take a powerline down with it? Are there trees that have fallen against powerline poles? Have any powerlines fallen on your property? If the answer to any of these questions is yes—call 911.

Do not approach any fallen trees, poles, or wires.

Call SERVPRO® of South Everett

Once you’re safely out of the house, and (if necessary) have called 911, give us a call.

Safety and weather permitting, we’ll get the tree removed, assess the damage, and tarp up the roof to prevent further damage. If the storm is still going on, we’ll patch up the problem as much as we can and more fully assess the damage as soon as it is safe for our technicians to do so.

We offer a variety of services including water extraction and drying, small construction, window board up, and more. We work with homeowners to determine precisely what you want done. If you’d like, we’ll even call your insurance company on your behalf.

If a tree falls on your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call any time day or night—we offer 24/7 services. At SERVPRO® of South Everett we can make your home “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 425-367-4484.

Understanding Weather and Flood Reports

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Learn how to understand weather and flood warnings so you can be prepared before storms hit.

How many times have you watched the weather and expected a huge storm and ended up with a slight drizzle? Have you ever wondered when you should be worried about flooding in your area? Weather reports can be confusing if you don’t understand the terms used to describe storms and floods.

Learning the Weather Lingo

Meteorologists use different terms to represent the severity and imminence of a weather event. Once you crack the code, it’s easy to know generally what to expect. These terms are used to describe the status of anything from a wind storm to a blizzard.

  • Advisory: Advisories mean a weather condition is expected, but it’s often used for less severe kinds of weather. Advisories often indicate a weather condition that will happen within the next 24 hours or so. Meteorologists might refer to a wind advisory for relatively low-magnitude winds. Extreme winds, because of their potential for danger, would be indicated with a warning, not an advisory.
  • Outlook: Outlooks mean that a hazardous weather condition is possible in a few days. This is often your first notice that the potential for bad weather is on the horizon. You may hear a meteorologist refer to a weekend storm outlook.
  • Watch: Watches mean that a hazardous weather condition is possible or likely. This term is often used for weather conditions that could happen over the next few days across a large area. You might hear terms like “winter storm watch” while watching the news.
  • Warning: Warnings mean a hazardous weather condition is expected to happen or is already happening. This term is used for imminent weather conditions. Warnings are used for weather events that will likely be significant enough to cause damage to property or physical harm. Meteorologists might issue a heavy snow warning to indicate significant and imminent snowfall.

The terms watch and warning also apply to floods. If you hear about a flood watch, conditions are such that a flood could be possible, and you can start planning and paying more attention to weather reports. If you hear about a flood warning, a flood is either imminent or already occurring; you’ll want to watch for details about what areas the flood will likely impact and make the necessary preparations.

If you have questions about terms used for specific weather conditions, the National Weather Service provides a comprehensive glossary online.

Understanding Flood Phases

A large storm or consistent, heavy rain can cause a flood at any point in the year, but the winter months, November through February, bear the greatest flood risk.

Snohomish County breaks down floods into four phases, which each indicate a rising level of risk.

  • Phase 1: Phase 1 warnings are brought to the county staff’s attention. Although actual flooding is rare at this level, the county will prepare to open the Emergency Operations Center if necessary.
  • Phase 2: In Phase 2 and above, the Emergency Operations Center opens, and warnings will go out to emergency personnel such as the police and fire department. The news and schools will be alerted as well. The area may experience minor flooding with some road closures. Staff will monitor and report river gauge/level information hourly.
  • Phase 3: Levees, also known as dikes, are at risk of breaches/overtopping at Phase 3. Investigation crews will monitor levees and other flood control facilities. You can anticipate several road closures because of moderate to severe flooding.
  • Phase 4: This is the highest phase used to describe flooding conditions. Phase 4 warnings indicate major flooding and the potential for significant damage to occur.

Understanding weather and flood warnings can help you prepare before a storm or disaster hits. However, even the most prepared home can sustain significant damage during a severe weather event. If your home is damaged during a flood or storm, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO® of South Everett.

Flood waters can be toxic, and water damage can create unseen damage within your home. We have the experience and training to safely handle any disaster. Call us anytime at 425-367-4484, and we’ll fix your home so it’s “Like it never even happened.”

What to Do When Walking Through Your Home After a Disaster

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Be cautious when walking through your home after a disaster. It may not be safe to enter.

Walking through your home after a large-scale disaster such as a flood, fire, or storm can be a difficult experience. Unfortunately, if your home was significantly damaged, it can also be dangerous.

General Safety Tips

  • Floods can uproot a lot of wildlife. When sorting through debris, make sure to use a stick to move things around. Snakes and other animals might be stuck beneath piles of debris.
  • Do not attempt to touch or remove wild animals that may have taken residence in your home during a storm or flood. Do not try to remove any dead animal carcasses, as they can carry diseases. When possible, contact animal control for removal.
  • Don’t allow small children to accompany you as you first walk through your home.
  • If negative conditions are widespread, use a battery-operated radio to listen for emergency updates and instructions.
  • Do not touch any exposed or fallen wiring.
  • Never use fire as a source of light until you are certain there are no gas leaks.

For information on how to prepare for and recover from specific disasters, visit the Red Cross Emergency Resource Library.

Before Entering Your Home

If you had to evacuate your home, or if you were simply gone when disaster struck, it’s important to determine if it is safe to enter the building. First, you’ll want to carefully walk around your home while it is still bright outside and look for signs of danger. Do not enter your home if:

  • You find fallen or loose powerlines
  • Authorities have not declared it safe after a fire (even if you think the fire is out)
  • You see or smell any evidence of gas leaks
  • There are indications of structural damage in your foundation, stairs, roof, chimney, etc.
  • Trees have fallen and damaged structurally important areas of your home

If you find any of these signs of danger, wait for the appropriate authorities to inspect your home first.

Inspecting Your Home

Once you decide it is safe to enter your home to examine the damage, make sure to dress appropriately. Wear heavy, waterproof boots as well as gloves, especially after a flood. Walk through the home carefully. If anything you see, hear, or smell violates the previous signs of danger list, leave immediately.

As you walk through your home, exercise the following cautions to ensure safety:

  • If you can reach the fuse box safely, turn off the electricity at the main fuse if you find wet or damaged appliances. Do not attempt to use any electricity until you know it is safe.
  • Watch for loose or frayed wiring as well as sparks or other signs of electrical danger.
  • Do not walk through any flood water, even if it blocks you from inspecting part of your house. Flood water often contains toxins that can harm you. Additionally, water conducts electricity. If you touch any flood waters that cover outlets, you could get electrocuted.
  • Watch for any broken boards, holes in the floor, chemical spills, exposed nails, wet or falling plaster/sheetrock, or compromised foundations.
  • If there was a flood, throw away food, water, cosmetics, or medicine that may have been exposed to the flood water. Do not drink water from the tap until a professional has verified its safety. If your home went without electricity for more than 24 hours, do not eat any of your perishable food.

As you walk through your home, you may want to take pictures for your insurance company if it is safe to do so.

If your home was damaged in a storm, fire, flood, or another natural disaster, you may find several safety roadblocks along your road to recovery. Fortunately, we have the necessary knowledge and training to take care of it for you. At SERVPRO® of South Everett, we know how to safely assess the damage, work with insurance companies, and repair your home so it’s “Like it never even happened.”

We offer 24/7 emergency service, so give us a call at 425-367-4484, and we can start making your house feel like a home again.