Property Damage Restoration Blog | ServiceMaster of Tacoma - Part 8

What Kind of Fire Extinguisher Do You Need?

Every household extinguisher is labeled A, B, or C – some are labeled all three. This letter indicates the types of fire it is effective against. 

A – Ordinary combustibles, like wood, paper, and cloth.  

B – Flammable liquids, such as cooking oil or gasoline. 

C – Electrical equipment.  


They also come in different sizes: 

10 pound – Best for the garage or home workshop. 

5 pound – Best for the kitchen or laundry room. 

2 pound – Best for the car. 


You can never be too prepared! Help save your future-self from a disaster, and educate yourself on fire-extinguishers and other fire safety tips.

Master of Disaster, Matt L.

Meet Matt “Batman Danger” Layton, our Water Production Manager here at ServiceMaster of Tacoma!

Why Use ServiceMaster Restore?

Why should I use a professional like ServiceMaster instead of doing it myself? 

While there are plenty of DIY projects that you can do to prevent disaster, some jobs are better left to the professionals for the best possible results.  

Trying to fix it yourself can actually make matters worse. Let us take care of the problem. 

We know how to take care of mold, fire damage, and water damage.  

With our professional equipment and expertise, we can help get your life back to normal. 


Master of Disaster, Dalila V.

Meet Dalila, a specialist in content restoration.

Preventing Mold in the Bathroom

Mold is one of those things, where you don’t think about it until it’s actually there… and when it’s there, it’s hard to get rid of. ServiceMaster might be the pros for getting rid of mold, but you can become a pro at preventing mold from growing in the first place.  

Follow these tips to keep your loo mold-free: 

1) Invest in a moisture meter. It will help you find problem areas with ease. 

2) Make sure the sink faucets are working properly. 

3) Check your toilet. Make sure your flushing system is working as intended and the bowl is properly caulked and doesn’t have any leaks. 

4) Check your bathtub and shower. Look for any signs of leaks and make sure that the tub is properly caulked.  

5) Be sure to use the exhaust fan when taking a shower. This will help prevent excess moisture from building up.  

6) Be sure to hang your towels so that they dry completely. 

7) Use a squeegee to wipe excess moisture off shower walls when you’re done showering, to avert moisture from accumulating.  

Is mold already an issue? Call ServiceMaster of Tacoma at (800)339-5720 to give you a fresh start to a mold-free bathroom.  

Master of Disaster, Yvonne E.

Meet our very own Yvonne! Yvonne has been working on our Administrative Support Team for two months now. Get to know her, and find out her opinion on whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich…

What to do after a fire?

The damage is done; now what?

No one ever wants, nor expects, their home or business to be struck by disaster. We hear about it on the news, but we never expect the fire to be at our own front door. Once the fire has hit, the damage has been done. You can’t undo it, but the least you can do is be prepared. Check out these tips on what to do after a fire: 

1) Contact your local disaster relief service, such as your local American Red Cross. You can contact American Red Cross of Tacoma at (253)474-0400. They can assist with temporary housing, food, and medicine. 

2) Check with the fire department to make sure that your home or business is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage left by the fire. They should also see that utilities are either safe to use or disconnected before leaving the fire site. Do not attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.  

3) Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items. Don’t throw anything away, even damaged items, until the inventory is made.  

4) Save all receipts for any spending related to your fire loss. You might need them later, for insurance purposes. 

5) Notify your mortgage company of the fire. 

Don’t know what to do next? We do.  

Master of Disaster, Josh H.

Get to know ServiceMaster of Tacoma’s very own Josh Hanson. Josh has been a valuable fire-tech and go-to-guy for nearly 6 years.

Preventing Property Damage: Going on Vacation

Do you have one last trip planned before summer ends?

Read on for tips to avoid property damage to your home from fire, floods, and even theft.

Vacation is supposed to be relaxing. Nothing ruins a trip quite like a call from home… let alone a call that your home has been compromised by fire damage, a flood, or even a break-in. Follow these tips to give yourself the peace of mind you deserve:

  • Stop the mail and newspaper service, or have someone pick it up regularly for you.
  • Put at least one light in your house on a timer.
  • Make sure your lawn is trimmed.
  • Unplug small appliances and electronic devices.
  • Put the water heater in “vacation” or low mode.
  • Turn off water valves to the washing machine, the dishwasher, the toilet, and under the sink.
  • Set your thermostat to a temperature closer to outside — warmer for summer, cooler for winter.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly.
  • Throw away food that could go bad.
  • Take out the trash.
  • Relax — time to enjoy your vacation!