Property Damage Restoration Blog | ServiceMaster of Tacoma - Part 6

What can I do to prevent mold in my kitchen?

Mold can become a serious issue in your home. Not only can it cause deep structural and even irreversible damage, but the other major issue with mold is the potential health hazards, leading to allergic reactions and respiratory infections. The best way to combat mold is to prevent it.  

Here are some tips to help prevent mold in your kitchen: 

1) Invest in a moisture meter. It can help find problem areas with ease. You can purchase a moisture meter from a hardware store at a reasonable price. 

2) Clear old food out of the refrigerator regularly. When in doubt, throw it out. 

3) Dry wet areas immediately. Mold only needs a couple days to grow. 

4) Turn on your exhaust fan when cooking. 

5) Check for leaks, drips, and other moisture problems. Check the kitchen sink and faucet and under the counter plumbing.  

6) Consistently empty small garbage cans, or use a large main garbage can that can be sealed to hold in the moisture.  

7) Cutting boards need to be washed between each use to remove all food residue. Wash your cutting boards with vinegar and let them dry to help prevent bacteria or mold buildups. 

8) Remove rugs, most kitchens have hard floors, which makes it tempting to throw down a rug. Unfortunately, they can trap moisture that will eventually lead to mold growth.  


Master of Disaster, David L.

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What to do if your water heater fails:

On average, water heaters last 8-12 years before needing to be replaced, and even the best cared for water heaters will fail sooner or later.

1) Turn off gas or electricity.

2) Turn off the water supply.

3) Carefully open the pressure release valve.

*WARNING: Be careful of scalding hot water.

4) Drain the water using the drain valve.

When in doubt, call a plumber!

Master of Disaster, Nathan L.

Get to know this week’s Master of Disaster, Nathan! Watch to the end to find out what he thinks his spirit animal would be.

How do I use a fire extinguisher?

Disclaimer: not all fires can be extinguished! Know when to call 911.  

According to the National Fire Protection Association, here are the steps to take: 

Follow “P.A.S.S.” 


Pull the pin. 


Aim low, pointing the nozzle at the base of the fire. 

*Note: Do not touch the plastic discharge horn on CO2 extinguishers. It gets very cold and may damage skin.  


Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent. 


Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire, until it appears to be out. 


Watch the area. If the fire re-ignites, repeat steps 2-4. 


If you need help after a fire, call the professionals at ServiceMaster of Tacoma, 800-339-5720

Master of Disaster, Josh K.

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Smoke From Fires

With all of this smoke in the air, you might start to feel the affects. Check out this article from Washington State DOH for some tips on how to keep yourself and your family safe.

Master of Disaster, Dana L.

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Smoke Detector Tips

Are your smoke detectors prepared for a disaster? Follow these tips for how to fully utilize these devices, and protect what is most important to you.

You should install a smoke detector inside each bedroom, and on every level of your home, including the basement.  

Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms when cooking.  

Don’t install them near windows, doors, or ducts, where drafts may interfere with their operation. 

Use interconnected smoke alarms. When one alarm goes off, they all go off. 

Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. Make sure that everyone in the house knows how to respond. 

Master of Disaster, Courtney M.

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