On-site Restoration Safety
For every fire restoration professional, understanding the nature of fire is crucial to performing quality restoration work. Fire Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO of Anchorage go through an IICRC approved training program to learn the effects of fire before working with fire damaged contents or materials.
The first step in their fire restoration training is safety, both precautions and preparations. Here is an insight into the safety knowledge our technicians use every day in the field.
On a fire restoration work site – or any restoration work site – safety is the responsibility of everyone present. Our SERVPRO of Anchorage technicians train regularly and work as a team to identify hazards and set up engineering controls that protect workers and occupants.
Before any work can be done or any damaged materials can be disturbed, it’s important that restoration professionals coordinate lead and asbestos testing to see if abatement is needed on the property.
Smoke, soot, and char damage to the structure or contents within the structure can sometimes require strong restoration chemicals that, if not stored or used properly, can be hazardous to humans. This is why restoration professionals take care to secure, label, and organize our cleaning chemicals at the warehouse as well as during transit and onsite.
When working with these chemicals, it’s important that restoration technicians are informed about what they are made of and the instructions for use. This knowledge comes from training and experience, but restorers are also able to verify information about chemical makeup, safety instructions, and more from data sheets kept on file and in vehicles, labels on the products themselves, and through regular training.
Safety is always our top priority. If you ever experience fire, smoke or soot damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO of Anchorage to handle the restoration with care. Call our office at 907-688-3001.
As the seasons change, storm season is always an unknown. With storm season there comes a risk of flash floods and landslides. No matter where you are, SERVPRO of Anchorage wants you to be prepared.
If you hear about a flood in your area, please remember these tips:
- If water enters the building you are in and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor and wait for rescuers.
- While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
- Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.
- Avoid floodwaters. They may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage.
- Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
- Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
- Return only when authorities indicate it is safe.
If you experience storm or flood damage to your home, make sure to call SERVPRO of Anchorage as soon as possible - even without power, we are able to respond 24/7 during storm events. 907-688-3001
A commercial loss has different project needs than your average residential water loss, and we understand these distinct differences at SERVPRO of Anchorage.
We are lucky enough that our day-to-day staff has the ability to train for both commercial and residential losses, no matter the size or type of job. We are also proud to be one of the very few SERVPRO franchises that has a Disaster Recovery Team that travels all over the United States, so if they are needed in Anchorage, they will be in Anchorage within hours of the call.
When it comes to commercial property loss, time is of the essence. If the property loss causes an interruption to business, that interruption could cost our commercial clients a considerable amount of revenue. This is why our top priority is getting our day-to-day staff onsite immediately, but also having our entire Large Loss Divison following closely behind.
If your commercial property experiences a significant property loss caused by water, mold, biohazard or fire - you can trust that SERVPRO of Anchorage is ready to respond quickly and efficiently so that you can get back to full operation as soon as possible.
No Power? No Problem!
As the seasons change, so does the potential for possible power outages, stemming from Mother Nature herself. Whether it be from wind, rain, freezing precipitation, thunderstorms, or snow, keeping your home prepared for weather emergencies is crucial.
No matter the storm event, there is always a risk of power outages in your power network. Power outages may disrupt communications, water, and transportation. They may also create obstacles to business as usual, such as preventing you from being able to use gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services as normal. At the most critical, power outages can cause food spoilage, water contamination, and disrupt medical devices, posing health risks to communities.
Review these steps to see how you can protect yourself and your household in the event of a power outage:
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed until power is back on.
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
- Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.
- Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
- Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power dependent medical devices.
- If safe, go to an alternative location for heat and cooling.
- Check on neighbors.
If you experience storm damage, call SERVPRO of Anchorage @ 907-688-3001.
Storm Damage Inside the Home
When rains fall, winds roar and storms serge after making sure everyone is safe and looked after, we worry about our property. We worry about roof shingles blowing off or that old tree that seems to be swaying more than feels safe that is near your garage. It seems like in a storm when we think about property damage, we think about the structure, the roof torn off or a tree on the roof. But we leave out the secondary damages this causes to our contents, our furniture and everything that makes a house a home. Before tossing all your contents our or placing them out on the curb for pick up, make sure you check with SERVPRO of Anchorage to see if the contents can be cleaned and restored. Call us at 907-688-3001.
Realtors choose SERVPRO of Lane County
In today's real estate market, you can have an edge with a reputation for having quality listings whether it be a commercial or residential listing. You also want the ability to move a sale through quickly to get your commission. Presentation is everything.
SERVPRO of Lane County professionals can assist you in many different ways to make this sale the best! We can assist you in inspecting a crawl space/attic area for mold, water, or biohazard damage and also replace the vapor barrier if needed. We can assist in estate sales in the case of hoarder clean outs with optional inventory itemization and cleaning services.
A SERVPRO of Lane County professional can attend your next sales meeting to discuss how to recognize the potential for mold and what to do in case of a fire or water emergency.
So before you risk the opportunity to close the sale of the property, call SERVPRO of Lane County 541-345-0115
Dealing with Fire in Anchorage
Dealing with a fire can be overwhelming, every homeowner should take two important actions after a fire:
Keep everyone in your family safe and stay away from the damaged home.
Remember you are safe; Items can be replaced.
A fire is a very serious matter! Fire damage happens fast and among the issues that can take place in the aftermath of the fire, it is important to remain calm and follow some simple rules to help the restoration process go smoothly.
My home just had a fire. What do we do now?
Get everyone to safety! After a fire, you want to make one important phone call, SERVPRO of Anchorage is your locally owned and operated professional restoration experts!
Your living arrangements are going to change. If your house has only minor damage, and the utilities are working fine, you might be able stay in the home; your family is most likely safer off the premises.
Can you stay in the home?
The final answer comes down to the extent of the damage, and whether is safe to do so.
What items should I take with me?
Any item that is of value to you should be kept in your possession. Difficult to replace items such as photographs, keepsakes, and firearms should also be kept with you. Never leave personal information, cash, medications, or important documents at the site of the fire. Take these items with you to keep them safe!
If you have experienced a fire, call SERVPRO of Anchorage at 907-688-3001.
What is Water Extraction?
Water extraction is the process of removing excess water from the flooring in your home or commercial property. It is a job that needs to be left to professionals, they have the expertise, the tools, equipment, and the most efficient methods for water extraction.
The purpose of the water extraction process is to reduce the risk of damages to your home. It is also important in the prevention of growth of molds, and also to restore the quality condition of your home.
An extraction unit is used for water extraction from the carpets, vinyl, wood, and any type of flooring.
After the water extraction process, the water mitigation process comes next. It is the process of removing all the wet materials and parts of the building to reduce the cost of the loss because of the water damage. Removal of damaged flooring, drywall, furniture, and equipment should also be done. In addition to that, the process also involves cleaning and drying of property and sanitizing it afterward.
Call your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Anchorage franchise today! 907-688-3001
How to prevent Mold in a Commercial Building
Here are some simple and straight-forward tips to prevent mold!
Deal with all leaks quickly. No matter if it is from the roof, plumbing, or wind blown in the front doors, you need to deal with it immediately. Do not wait, mold can start to grow very fast.
If your property has a commercial dehumidifier, maintain it, and keep your humidity at around 40%. This will keep your commercial property safer from mold growth.
Have good ventilation. This is very important. Keep your HVAC system in good working order and change filters, clean vents and regularly and have your ducts cleaned.
Deal with any flooding immediately. If the water is not extracted promptly, water will seep into your flooring, walls, and furniture. That starts a breeding ground for mold.
These simple tips can help keep your commercial property free of mold.
If you do notice mold in your commercial building, call SERVPRO of Anchorage at 907-688-3001.
Why SERVPRO of Anchorage?
I have never seen a local company so set on customer service. The Core Values set forth by SERVPRO of Anchorage stress TAKING CARE OF THE CUSTOMER! In our daily work schedule, we put the customer first! Whether it is scheduling or going over our process with the customer, their concerns are always taken care of. Daily updates are communicated with each customer. If an issue arises, it is taken care of quickly and efficiently.
We are a part of this community. We take pride in helping when needed. Investing in our local community is something that we enjoy doing and knowing that we helped is a huge reward!
SERVPRO of Anchorage loves taking care of our customers and being a part of our local community!