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Commercial Water Damage

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial restoration experts know water damage  is a frequent cause of anxiety and inconvenience for business owners in Anchorage. Unfortunately, many business owners do not know what steps to take to defend their commercial property against the challenges fostered by water damage. Many of these owners aren't certain who to call once the water damage has occurred. We suggest SERVPRO of Anchorage. Luckily, there is a wide range of effective measures that you can implement to lessen the possibility of commercial water damage.  Following are some suggestions for awareness and preparation to prevent or mitigate commercial water damage to your business.

Assessing Your Risks

One of the best ways to decrease your susceptibility to water damage is to assess your company's risks. In many cases, commercial properties are more susceptible to stubstantive water loss than their residential counterparts. The fact that most businesses and office buildings are closed during the evening and nighttime hours allows for a leak to persist undetected for an extended time. If this unwanted water intrusion is a burst pipe or other structural failure, the  result can be far more severe. 

Although every commercial property will be at least somewhat different, most of them have a water heater, toilet, and working sink. In some cases, you may have specialty equipment and appliances that are plumbed to the water. Commercial water damage potential is much greater in food processing plants due to the substructure required for large water usage. Many other factory type settings are typically in the same position. Additionally, your property may be at increased risk of flooding due to storms or melting snow.

SERVPRO of Anchorage can respond immediately to your commercial water damage in Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer and surrounding areas, regardless of the size or scope of damage.  Call us at 907-688-3001.

Lead Certified

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SERVPRO of Anchorage has fulfilled the requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 402, and has received certification to conduct lead-based paint renovation, repair, and painting activities pursuant to 40 CFR Part 745.89.

Renovation, Repair and Painting Program: 

Common renovation, repair, and painting activities that disturb lead-based paint (like sanding, cutting, replacing windows, and more) can create hazardous lead dust and chips which can be harmful to adults and children. Home and business repairs that create even a small amount of lead dust are enough to poison your child and put your family at risk. SERVPRO of Anchorage offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your residential or commercial property back in tip top shape.

Wildfire Damage Reminders

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Although personal safety is always the primary concern in these situations, the first several days after the fire is controlled are critical to preventing secondary damages from smoke and soot. Once the local authorities say it is safe to return to your homes and businesses, SERVPRO of Anchorage would like to offer the following steps you can take to help minimize additional harmful effects.

• Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
• Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
• Brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpet.
• Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
• If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
• Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances with light coating of Vaseline or oil.
• Wash house plants on both sides of leaves.
• Change HVAC filter.
• Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

• Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery.
• Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, radios, etc. that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
• Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water. They may have been contaminated.
• Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
• Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Contact SERVPRO of Anchorage for assistance 907-688-3001.

Professional Water Mitigation

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A flood can happen anywhere around the home or business and can occur for any number of reasons. Some are old pipes which have finally given up the ghost or have been ruptured by frozen water, faulty seals on a dishwasher or shower unit or external damage to a building during a storm are just a few of the ways a flood can occur.

Water damage to property, whether business or residential premises, can be a disaster if you don't know how to handle it. We are your local professional water damage specialists in Anchorage, and we will be on hand just when you need us.
Being knee deep in cold water in the middle of the night is something for which few of us are prepared, but our SERVPRO of Anchorage technicians are ready. If you find the worst has happened, take some simple preventative measures to minimize damage to your premises.
First, check for any obvious dangers such as electrical equipment or instruments that may cause injuries such as machinery or tools; it may be necessary to isolate the electricity supply. DO NOT handle any electrical equipment.
Second, take anything that can be quickly moved, away from the flood area. Be aware that some things can get heavier when waterlogged such as fabrics, papers and containers which may collect liquid.
Third, contact our trained SERVPRO of Anchorage professionals. When the worst happens, it is important to know that the technicians coming to help you are fully prepared, IICRC certified, bringing the right equipment and that they will arrive as quickly as possible.

For any flood, storm or water problems, SERVPRO of Anchorage will be there to help!  907-688-3001

Unwanted Storm Waters

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Flooding in your home can cause many problem. That might sound like an understatement; however, many people do not understand what this amount of pooling water can do to their houses. First of all, flooding can come from groundwater that rises from a local river or stream. It can originate from a septic tank backup or through the less than adequate waterproofing in your basement walls. A leaking pipe or frozen pipe that bursts just about anywhere in your home and on any floor, can qualify as a flood because it causes many of the same problems. When standing water covers several rooms from a storm or malfunction, you need help.

When you see the standing water in the basement, crawlspace or lowest level of your house, whether you know the source or not, heavy pumping equipment is needed to mitigate the impending water damage.

The water begins by being absorbed into building materials and furniture such as wooden pieces and their fabrics. If the water has gotten into your basement from the first floor, it may have passed over and through a storage closet. Therefore, clothing may have been impacted as well as stored personal items, electronics, and photo albums. It has also gotten into and behind walls, under sinks and any ceilings and sub floorings

The increased moisture level can also create a perfect environment for molds to grow with 48-72 hours if the structure is not quickly dried. Drywall that has become soaked with this liquid can start the process of breaking down. This breakdown can be noticed as a bulging and crack as well as deteriorating and falling away from the attached studs. Electrical wiring may create a hazardous situation.

If you have experienced a flood and need the help of a highly trained water damage restoration company, call SERVPRO of Anchorage at 907-688-3001 for assistance.

Perfecting Commercial Drying

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Anchorage is always looking for ways to better serve our communities. In this pursuit, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) have declared our teams have met the standards and requirements for the Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) title!

Since 1972, The IICRC has certified and developed certifications and standards for inspection, cleaning and restoration. The IICRC also serves as valuable consumer referral source for certified technicians and firms. They provide education and testing in a similar fashion to a university. There are prerequisites that must be met before an individual or a company can gain certification in a particular course or track. The course and description page even resembles a college coursework curriculum! All of this means SERVPRO of Anchorage is always working to exceed industry standards.

Having the ability to offer companies commercial drying is a huge benefit for businesses of any size.  SERVPRO of Anchorage can dry buildings in a more efficient and effective manner than ever before. This is especially true in emergency situations where businesses need their doors open quickly.

Whether it is a hotel or a condo complex, SERVPRO of Anchorage can respond quickly to reduce downtime. Keep our number in your cellphone in case an emergency arises!  907-688-3001

Housing Market Boom

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If you are in the market for buying or selling your home, or if you are a realtor, SERVPRO of Anchorage should be on your checklist of people to call.  

SERVPRO of Anchorage offers services that can give you peace of mind, and help your buying and selling process go smoothly.  

We get quite a few calls from Realtors who are selling houses, and when the inspection comes back, there has been some type of mold found that needs to be remediated.  SERVPRO of Anchorage can help with that!

If you find that a foreclosed home that you bought at auction is actually a "hoarder" situation, SERVPRO of Anchorage can help with that!

If you would like to deep clean the home you are leaving or the home you are buying, SERVPRO of Anchorage can also help with that!  

SERVPRO of Anchorage goes beyond Fire and Water Mitigation!  Make us your first call when you're ready to buy or sell your home! 907-688-3001

Fire Damage Pros

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If your home or business suffers from a devastating fire, obtaining a professional fire restoration service is important. Smoke damage caused by the fire can be as difficult to cure as the actual fire damage to the structure.  This restoration process is complex, requiring special equipment and products to clean the home of both smoke and soot. For these reasons and more, it's almost always prudent for property owners to attain professional assistance when smoke damage restoration becomes necessary. The  trained experts at SERVPRO of Anchorage possess the extensive experience, equipment, and products to grapple with unwanted smoke damage.

The Fire Damage Assessment

One of the primary components of the fire damage restoration process is determining the extent of smoke damage. SERVPRO of Anchorage will complete this step by doing a thorough assessment of your property. During this time, you'll also need to contact your insurance agent to ensure that they are aware of the fire damage. In many cases, the insurance company will refer you to a professional fire damage restoration company, but you always have the choice to go with who YOU want.  SERVPRO of Anchorage works in a cooperative manner with many insurance companies.

Cleaning Your Home

After performing a thorough fire damage assessment, the remediation company will move forward with the cleaning process.  It is critically important that the cleanup project is initiated as soon as possible, starting with water removal, otherwise, you will give mold and harmful bacteria an opportunity to start growing. After powerful extractors remove the bulk of the water, dehumidifiers in your home will be used to remove excess moisture. Additionally, the remediation specialists will make use of cleaners, foggers, and deodorizers to eliminate the odor caused by soot and smoke. 

When your home or business has been fire-damaged, securing a professional smoke and fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Anchorage will play a key role in returning the property to pre-fire condition.

Smoke Detector Time

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With 2020 being as crazy as it has been, SERVPRO of Anchorage wants to make sure that you are keeping the batteries fresh in your home's smoke detectors!  It is very important to change out your batteries in helps to prevent fire and smoke damage to your home.  Please take the time to download the proper instruction manual and/or online tutorial for you individual smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Most smoke detectors take 9 volt batteries, but that can vary from detector to detector.  Many firemen say keeping the batteries fresh in your home's smoke detectors and regularly checking them to make sure they are working properly are the most important thing you can do to help keep you and your family safe from a fire.

Avoiding Excessive Water Damage

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Although experiencing water damage in your home or business can be a stressful event, getting professional help is effective in limiting your anxiety and restoring your property. There are a wide range of procedures that water damage specialists do in order to restore your property to its former condition.  

Water Damage Experts Work In Teams

Following exposure to water damage, it is critical that you prevent secondary water damage from affecting your home or business. After assessing a course of action, rapid water removal will help to stymie progressive water damage. Some results of secondary water damage include continuing damage to furnishings, mildew and mold.  Water removal specialists prevent these dangerous fungi from spreading by working in teams. By having multiple technicians working on different areas of your house, a water remediation company can expedite the cleanup process to ensure that your home returns to its former sanitary, safe state. 

Water Removal Experts Use Specialized Equipment

One of the reasons that the crews from SERVPRO of Anchorage are so effective in water removal is the use of heavy duty, specialized equipment. Water extractors remove large volumes of water rapidly, therefore, decreasing the time needed for dehumidification equipment to continue the water removal process. These water remediation specialists also use air-moving machines to increase the evaporation rate of interior moisture. Because the only effective way to stop secondary water damage is by thoroughly drying the affected area, these machines are very important during the restoration process. To maximize results, water damage experts from SERVPRO of Anchorage may also utilize Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to disperse fungicides and disinfectants.