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SERVPRO of North Anchorage is IICRC Certified

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Anchorage is "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified"

The IICRC is a certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associates, the IICRC serves more than 25 countries.

The IICRC works with other organizations to increase awareness of certified firms – from companies like Shaw, which requires warranty work be done by an IICRC Certified Firm, to associations, to government officials. Additionally, the IICRC also partners with the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) to include a suggestion for use of IICRC Certified Firms that specialize in upholstery cleaning in its Furniture Care Codes.

When you see a IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property.

Source: http://www.IICRC.org

SERVPRO of North Anchorage Earns BBB Accreditation and an A+ Rating!

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of North Anchorage Earns BBB Accreditation and an A+ Rating! SERVPRO of North Anchorage, A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau

SERVPRO of North Anchorage is now accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has earned an A+ rating! We have worked hard to earn this rating and want to prove to you as a customer we are deserving of it.

BBB Accredited businesses are trustworthy businesses that agree to these standards:

  1. Build Trust.
  2. Advertise Honestly.
  3. Tell the Truth.
  4. Be Transparent.
  5. Honor Promises.
  6. Be Responsive.
  7. Safeguard Privacy.
  8. Embody Integrity.

SERVPRO of North Anchorage is very proud of our accomplishment and are proud to serve you. Whether it's Flood Damage, Pipes Bursting, Water Damage, Fire Damage, Commercial Cleaning, Biohazards, Trauma Clean-up or Carpet Cleaning, we are here to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO HELPS RESTORE ANCHORAGE YMCA

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helping to Clean Up Anchorage YMCA "Like it never happened."

According to the YMCA website, "YMCA had a pressurized water pipe failure in the front part of the building between the restrooms.  This was discovered on Sunday morning after and estimated 6 hours of water flowing onto the first floor. The only areas on the first floor spared of nearly three inches of standing water were the locker rooms and pool area. The water damage to the floor and drywall is extensive.  The disaster recovery crew has been working 12 hour plus days since Sunday to remove the water, access damage, removed damaged material and plan for restoration."

SERVPRO of North Anchorage is the disaster recovery crew the YMCA mentions in the paragraph above. Tatiana Pallasch, owner of SERVPRO of North Anchorage, was able to get a full disaster crew to the YMCA within hours of the event, calling in reinforcement teams as well as her own staff.  The team worked hard for a week cleaning up the YMCA "Like it never happened." ©.

Don't Forget to Change the Batteries in Your Home's Smoke Detectors

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Last week, we "Sprung Forward" and changed our clocks, Did you remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors? Keeping the batteries fresh in your home's smoke detectors is very important in preventing fires, fire damage, 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.

How to Handle Water Damage

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Handle Water Damage Ice Dams Are a Leading Cause of Water Damage in Anchorage, Call SERVPRO

Water Damage Gets Mitigated with Professional Help

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 which our professional technicians are ready. If you find the worst has happened then stay calm. Take some simple preventative measures to minimize damage to your premises.
 
Firstly 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.
 
Secondly 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.
 
Thirdly contact our trained SERVPRO professionals. When the worst happens, you need to know that the technicians are coming to help you are fully prepared, IICRC certified, with the right equipment and that they will arrive as quickly as possible. Since we are locally owned, you can rest assured that in your moment of need, we will offer reliable advice to help you tackle any problems as our technicians rush to the scene.
 
Water damage can be a stressful issue to grapple with but having a friendly and knowledgeable face available around the clock can mean you have one less thing to worry about. We can stop the flow, extract standing water, dry and remove moisture and restore your home "Like it never even happened."
 
For any flood, storm and water problems, SERVPRO of North Anchorage will be there to help with our water damage experts. Make sure you're prepared and save the number: (907) 688-3001.

Palmer Mold Damage - Why Professional Help is the Right Remedy

5/17/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Palmer Mold Damage - Why Professional Help is the Right Remedy This Mushroom Umbrella Is Not Like the Mold Found in Your Palmer House. Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Offers Mold Damage Remediation to Palmer Properties

Many people will uncover areas of hidden mold when working on their property, such as while renovating the home, and they may wonder what to do about their Palmer mold damage. Others will spot signs of mold in visible locations, and all may wonder what they can do to remove the fungi from their property. At first thought, you may think about scrubbing the area with bleach, but this is not recommended. There may be a better way to deal with smaller or larger areas of mold growth on your property.

Why Mold Needs to Be Removed
Mold is a naturally occurring organism that can grow on a variety of surfaces in the home. It thrives in areas that are moist and dark, so rooms that may be most likely to develop it are kitchens, bathrooms, and areas of the home that have been exposed to water such as through a plumbing leak or a flood. While it is naturally occurring, it can cause health issues. Because of this, you want to have removed as much of the mold as possible. Keep in mind that mold spores will always be present; the trick is to limit the number and the conducive conditions that can lead to another mold infestation.

The Problem With Removing Mold on Your Own
Several problems are associated with removing mold on your own. First, scrubbing mold patches with bleach will not usually get down to the hyphae, or roots, and they can continue to grow.  Spores can also be dislodged and become airborne. When this happens, they can circulate into other areas of the structure to start a new growth zone. Second, you run the risk of inhaling the mold spores which may cause adverse health effects. To make sure the problem is resolved, you may consider the benefits of having a professional company like SERVPRO remediate your structure's Palmer mold damage.

What Professional Services Entail
If you have never used professional services for Palmer mold damage, you may question what the work entails. This particular type of service is designed to contain the affected area completely so that mold spores do not disperse to unaffected rooms. Utilizing OSHA approved clothing, gear, HEPA filtration equipment, and air scrubbers; the skilled SERVPRO technicians can remove the vast majority of the mold. It is not possible to entirely eradicate all mold from a structure. Then the final disinfecting and deodorizing to remove any remaining musty odor are performed.

SERVPRO of North Anchorage can help you to overcome any mold issue that you may be dealing with regardless of its size or complexity. We have proven skills and techniques that can eliminate mold growth in your property and restore the space to its former condition "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (907) 688-3001 for more information about our Palmer mold damage remediation services.

Palmer Flood Damage--Needs Fast Storm Damage Help

4/5/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Palmer Flood Damage--Needs Fast Storm Damage Help Flood water damage can cause havoc to a Palmer Property

SERVPRO Extracts Water from Storm and Flood Damaged Properties in Palmer

Palmer flooding in your home can cause many problems for you. 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 the 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.

Water removal must begin with powerful truck mounted water pumps, sump pumps, and wet vacuums. Fortunately, the SERVPRO vehicle has all the necessary equipment on board to begin the water extraction immediately. The possibility of contaminated water is high from a storm-induced flood. The IICRC trained technicians can install dehumidifiers and air movers to increase evaporation rates and hasten the drying process. After three to five days, most water damaged homes in Palmer will be dry enough to reenter. Before returning to a safe and wholesome environment, the SERVPRO experts will use foggers, thermal and chemical, to broadcast antibacterial, antifungal, and disinfecting agents to sanitize the structure. A final walk-through with you will guarantee your satisfaction with the condition of your home "Like it never even happened."

If you have experienced a flood in your Palmer home and need the help of a premier water damage restoration company, call SERVPRO of North Anchorage at (907) 688-3001 for assistance. We will respond quickly 24/7.

Anchorage Fire Damage

3/22/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Anchorage Fire Damage It is critical to contact a fire damage restoration service as soon as possible once you have fire damage.

Fire Damage Anchorage

Fire Damage in Anchorage is severe. Among the different types of fire damage is smoke related fire damage. It is critical to contact a fire damage restoration service as soon as possible once you have fire damage. The advice is to contact a fire damage professional when necessary. Contact typically occurs when there is a fire. Even tiny damage to the structure caused by the fire is in need of some fire damage restoration.
 


When you contact the fire restoration professionals, they will examine the extent of the fire damage to determine the amount of work to complete. Determining this amount involves a thorough inspection of the property. For those that have an insurance agent, it might be very helpful to get in touch with them so that they know the damages caused by the fire. The insurance agents are usually connected to or, at least, aware of any fire damage restoration companies that are thorough in their work.
 


After the inspection, the Anchorage fire damage restoration company will begin the process of cleaning up the property. The project has to be initiated immediately if possible. The first step of cleaning up is the removal of any water from the property to prevent the occurrence of bacteria and mold. After they get rid of the bulk of the water, then the professionals will use dehumidifiers to take care of the rest of the moisture in the home. Any odors left by smoke and soot will be taken care of with the use of foggers and deodorizers.
 


One company that is very thorough and trustworthy in their fire damage restoration services is SERVPRO of North Anchorage. They have the experience, skills, and tools that to take care of every bit of damage that was caused by fire, water, and storms. They are available to help immediately in the case of a fire and smoke emergency. Give them a call at (907) 688-3001.

Preventative Eagle River Water Damage Tips

2/24/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventative Eagle River Water Damage Tips SERVPRO Says Keep Your Downspouts Unclogged to Prevent Ice Buildup

SERVPRO Offers Advice to Prevent Water Damage in Eagle River

Every year Eagle River water damage causes millions of dollars in damages. It can be the result of pipes bursting, leaks, or natural disasters. Even though water can cause a lot of damage, there are several things you can do to reduce the severity of the damage.

Simple Prevention Techniques
With some simple prevention techniques, you can prevent or reduce substantial water damage costs. When you leave your home for vacation, turn off your main water line. This will ensure that flooding will not be the result of a busted frozen pipe or hose. When the weather is frigid, allow your faucets to drip regularly. That way any water that freezes will have room to expand without bursting a pipe.

Make sure to clean gutters and downspouts frequently, so clogs from leaves, dirt, and other debris don’t cause gutter damage or overflowing water to enter your home. Always have your hose connection fittings checked yearly and regularly check on your appliances. Not only will this be more cost and energy efficient, but it could also prevent a major catastrophe.

Look for Small Signs of Water Damage
Also, pay close attention to any small signs that water damage is occurring. If you notice a water stain on the ceiling or water spot in the wood, that could be a sign of a leak. That leak could continue to warp construction materials until you have significant damage inside the structure of your home. Make sure appliance hose fittings and connections are properly tightened and sealed. This could be with a refrigerator ice maker line, washing machine hose, or other appliance. Remove and replace old caulk and grout around sinks, tubs, and tile work. Always check for leaks around faucets, drains, and water supply lines. Test your sump pump each season to ensure that it will properly transport water out through a drainpipe and away from the property.

Protect Your Furnishings and Other Valuables
Keep valuable items and other furniture off of areas that are prone to flooding by placing them on tables or crates with legs. That way if a flood occurs, some of your property will be protected by being higher than the floor. Watch your roof carefully for any shingle damage or flashing, especially by chimneys, that is out of place. Ensure that your R insulation factor is sufficient for your attic. This will help eliminate the potential for ice damming on the roof and gutters. By completing little fixes, you save yourself from potential water damage costs later.

Weatherproof Your Home
Before winter begins (if it ever ends), be sure and disconnect all water hoses from around your home and turn the water valves off completely. Invest in foam covers for your outside spigots. This cheap fix will keep cold out and insulate the area around the taps which will help prevent freezing and water damage in Eagle River. Further, be sure to seal window cracks and sealants around doors to further prevent water from entering your home during a storm or flood.

If after all your proactive efforts, water damage in Eagle River becomes an issue, call SERVPRO for an immediate response to mitigate damage, and save you time and money. We can restore your property to pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

Properly restoring your home after a fire or water damage event requires specialized equipment, expertise, and products. This advanced equipment help us to remove the water, even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently from your home in Eagle River, Anchorage, and Chugiak. Call SERVPRO of North Anchorage 24/7 for a prompt response. (907) 688-3001

SERVPRO of North Anchorage is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm

2/18/2016 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of North Anchorage  is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm

SERVPRO of North 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 repairs that create even a small amount of lead dust are enough to poison your child and put your family at risk. SERVPRO of North Anchorage offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products and training to get your residential or commercial property back in tip top shape.