Document everything from the beginning to the end of the loss. Try to make a list of everything lost in the fire, and take as many pictures as possible. Any visual documentation you can provide to your insurance company should make the claims process move smoothly.
If fire damage doesn’t allow you to live in your house, your insurance company may be able to provide you with temporary housing and assistance. Store receipts from hotel stays, restaurants, gas fill-ups, laundromats, and any costs associated with your fire loss.
After the fire, get copies of the report from the fire department to report to your insurance company. Firefighters could have cut holes in your roof, broken down doors, or broken through windows to let heat and smoke escape. These damages may be covered by insurance. Also, if there are any police or hospital reports applicable to your loss, provide those as well.
Contact a fire damage restoration company such as ServiceMaster Restore to provide you with a scope and estimate that you can present to your insurance adjuster. Make sure that all of your contents have been evaluated and recorded before throwing anything away. You may be surprised at what can be restored by the proper professionals.
Throughout the process, keep in constant contact with your adjuster. If you need a professional opinion on fire damage at your home or business, don’t hesitate in contacting ServiceMaster of Tacoma. Remember, don’t wait to mitigate!
Mold is a type of fungus that grows from tiny spores that float in the air. These spores can land and thrive wherever there is moisture. There’s a chance that there is currently some form of mold in your home right now! Some people are seemingly unaffected by mold, while others have severe sensitivity to mold. Mold can be invisible or visible, smelly or undetectable, and anywhere from black to white and everything in between for color. Some molds are more toxic and destructive than others. Because of all these things, we do not suggest trying to “clean” mold yourself.
When it comes to determining what type of growth you have, you should hire a professional. This would be an “industrial hygienist” or an “environmental hygienist”. Their services often include:
A certified mold inspector can then give you a recommended plan of action based on the scope and results. You can read up on common household molds but again, to know for sure, pursue the advice of a mold professional.
If you aren’t scared off by mold and want to attempt to clean up a small mold job by yourself (think 5-10 square feet), you can use a mold removing cleaner to wipe down the surfaces. For any materials being removed, bag and contain the affected materials before moving them throughout your house and spreading it further. Check out this article for how one DIYer handles mold.
Once again, we do not recommend taking mold removal into your hands, at least without consulting a professional first. There’s a chance of spreading a mysterious growth through your house and putting yourself and your family’s health at risk.
Need to talk about a mold issue? Give ServiceMaster of Tacoma a call at 800-339-5720.
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Since sewage is hazardous, you will want to call a professional crew. A professional sewage clean-up crew will:
What can cause a sewer backup?
Through regular sewer and plumbing inspections, you can work towards preventing a sewer backup in your home or business. Always make sure you know where the water shut-off is, whether in your home or at the office.
If you happen to experience an unfortunate event such as a sewage backup, contact a licensed plumber to detect and stop the source, and then call a qualified disaster restoration company such as ServiceMaster of Tacoma at 800-339-5720 to take care of the clean-up.
For more information on what to do when your sewer backs up, visit https://www.cityoftacoma.org/government/city_departments/environmentalservices/wastewater/sewer_backups_and_flooding or contact your city maintenance department.
If you are in your home, do not use a landline phone and stay away from windows and doors. Most people struck by lightning while inside their homes are talking on the telephone near a window at the time. Even if you have surge protectors, you need to unplug all appliances and electronics. Even surge protectors do not protect against direct lightning strikes. Electricity can also travel through plumbing, so avoid using running water.
If you are out on the water, get to land and find a grounded shelter or vehicle immediately. Water is a good conductor of electricity.
Keep in mind, thunderstorms can include much more than lightning, such as strong winds, hail, flash flooding, tornadoes, and so on. Always be alert and err on the side of caution.
For more information, visit https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes. There’s no better time than now to prepare!
Does your employer have a fire safety plan in place? If you are the employer; do your employees know what to do in the case of a fire? Chances are, your fire escape/safety plans haven’t been discussed recently, and there’s no time like now to make sure everyone’s on the same page. Obviously, it’s smart to have a plan in place, but sometimes it’s required by law. Are you compliant?
Meet this week’s Master of Disaster from the remediation and water crew, Luis!
Meet this week’s Master of Disaster from the Water Crew, Rob!
When your home or business floods, it’s important to start the drying process as soon as possible to prevent any further damage. ServiceMaster of Tacoma is on-call 24/7/365 to perform emergency services, so you don’t have to wait to mitigate.
Our technicians use the latest and greatest methods and technology in anti-microbial application, drying/air movement, dehumidifying and monitoring, cleaning, sanitizing and odor removal.
Our coordinators work with insurance companies daily, so you benefit from our claims process expertise.