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Why Should I Get Professional Help to Clean My Carpets After a Water Leak in my Mount Vernon Home?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Has the Knowledge and Professional Equipment to Help You Quickly in Mount Vernon

Even after a minor water leak in Mount Vernon, there may be extensive damage to your carpet, especially if the moisture under the carpet pads was not detected immediately. Our professionals come in, assess the situation, address the loss, and mitigate any further damage from happening, such as warped floorboards or mold growth.

What Does SERVPRO Use to Get Rid of the Water From my Carpet?

Our Technicians Use Extraction and Drying Equipment to Clear Away Excess Moisture
Our IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) technicians use best practices to deal with the water damage in your Mount Vernon home. They typically extract all standing water with portable or truck-mounted extraction equipment before going about treating and cleaning the carpet. Technicians remove the pad underneath the carpet and usually replace it.

After Extraction, What Do SERVPRO Technicians Do to Treat and Clean the Carpet?

    •    They treat the surfaces of the carpet, first checking to ensure there is no mold or damage.
    •    Use deodorizers and antimicrobial cleaners to treat the flooring and carpet backing.
    •    After putting the carpet back down, treat the front of the carpet with the same deodorizers and antimicrobials.
    •    Extract more water if needed.

After technicians treat the carpets and flooring underneath, they set about the task of thoroughly drying the room. They place air-movers around the room to forcefully push airflow over surfaces. While air movers work, dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air and exhaust warmer air, causing the carpet to dry more quickly. Using our professional services promotes more thorough restoration in a shorter amount of time than if you were to attempt it on your own.

For premium restoration services, Contact SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Your Mount Vernon Business Is More Important Now Than It’s Ever Been

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Skagit County Offers a Helping Hand During Challenging Times

Whether you have an essential business or your business is currently not operating, consider SERVPRO if you are considering bringing in extra help to provide cleaning services. Our team in Skagit County wants you to know that you are not alone learning how to reduce the chances of spreading the virus. You can count on the fact that as a leader in the cleaning and restoration industry, we have the training and expertise required to provide emergency and disaster services in Vernon.

Here to Service Essential Businesses

Our SERVPRO team is here to support Mount Vernon and all of Skagit County. We are so grateful for the essential services you are offering in our community to help maintain the health and safety of our residents. A vital service, too, our team is available to conduct deep cleaning operations in Mount Vernon around your schedule. 

Recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, our crew knows how to properly clean up and apply a disinfectant to all surfaces in your business. We focus on touchpoints, including countertops, doorknobs, light switches, handles, and drawer pulls. To improve air quality, we deploy high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) scrubbers that can trap 99.97 percent of the particles in an indoor environment.

When you need us, we are here to help you. Call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 to talk to us about how we can be of service.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Mount Vernon, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Skagit County today at (360) 873-8744 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Are Flood-Related Microbial Growths and Odors Dealt with at Commercial Sites?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment outside of commercial property No matter the size or scope of the water loss event, SERVPRO can handle the restoration project.

Commercial Flood Damage Remediation Companies in Mount Vernon Use High-Tech Gear to Eliminate Microorganisms and Neutralize Unpleasant Odors

When your commercial site in Mount Vernon floods, the immediate resulting physical damage is readily apparent, but that's not all of your concern. Airborne moisture brought into your building by raging floodwaters promotes microbial growths that could cause unpleasant odors, structural deterioration, and adverse health effects. Not effectively handling microbes can cause harmful effects that could appear days, weeks, months or even years after the initial flooding. Poorly trained and less experienced remediation services are often unable to deal with these microorganisms properly. Luckily, though, there are reputable companies like SERVPRO that know how to do the job properly and have the right equipment.

What are the Potential Consequences of Failing to Eliminate Flood-Related Microbes from Your Commercial Structure?

Numerous problems could develop if flood-borne microorganisms are allowed to remain in your building. So, you need the help of a knowledgeable Mount Vernon commercial flood damage restoration service. With that said, here a few of the issues that might arise from a flood-related microbial infestation:

  • Persistent strong, musty odors that are hard to mask or eliminate
  • Black, green, pink, or white stains on ceilings, walls, and flooring resulting from mold and mildew growths
  • Dry rot that weakens and destroys wooden structural elements
  • Adverse health effects impacting you and your employees 

While this is not a complete list of all the ways flood-borne microbes could affect your Mount Vernon business, it does give business owners good reasons for taking these microscopic organisms seriously.

When Dealing with Bacterial and Fungal Infestations, What Equipment Does Companies Like SERVPRO Use?

Successfully resolving or mitigating the effects of bacterial and fungal infestations takes special remediation gear. Some of the tools SERVPRO uses to sanitize and deodorize your business are:

  • Advanced air scrubbers that remove airborne microbes/odor particles and those on surfaces around your facility
  • Thermal foggers that create a fog of neutralizing disinfectants, fungicides, or deodorants inside rooms of your building
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, which atomize liquid disinfectants, fungicides, or deodorants and inject them into cavities and hard-to-reach places
  • A host of EPA and OSHA-approved deodorants, fungicides, and disinfectants 

Using this arsenal of anti-microbial weapons, our technicians in Mount Vernon can often successfully eliminate most microbes on surfaces throughout your business, those in your HVAC system, and those in other difficult-to-access areas.

How Does SERVPRO's Anti-Microbial Equipment Work?

SERVPRO's state-of-the-art microbe-eliminating gear is remarkable. Our air scrubbers draw contaminated air into their series of HEPA filters, remove particles and odor-causing molecules, and blow out the clean, filtered air. First, the pre-filters remove larger particles, and a carbon filter attracts and captures odor-causing molecules. Finally, the primary filter takes even the smallest remaining impurities out of the outgoing air. Thermal foggers are also essential pieces of equipment. These instruments heat up and vaporize large volumes of solvents, making it easier for them to bond with and neutralize odor-causing particles. ULV foggers atomize deodorants and anti-microbial agents, creating a fine mist that can access hard to reach places.   

Where Have We Successfully Used Our High-Tech Hardware in Mount Vernon?

SERVPRO technicians have effectively used their advanced equipment to resolve issues at a wide range of governmental, public, commercial, and industrial sites. Some of the locations we have operated at are:

  • Municipal offices and facilities
  • Universities
  • Small office buildings
  • Large office towers
  • Small retail outlets
  • Massive retail stores
  • Motels, hotels, and resorts
  • Restaurants of all sizes
  • Industrial and manufacturing plants

So, whatever kind of business you operate in the Mount Vernon area, help is available if you ever experience flood damage and related microbial issues.

As a business owner, you constantly concerned with protecting your investments and continuing operations. Unfortunately, unpredictable disasters can occur at almost any time. When these events do happen, they can cause significant financial losses and potential business closure. Floods are a particularly troubling threat for businesses around Mount Vernon, because the city, located near bays, lakes, and the Skagit River, is more prone to flooding than other areas. Intense storms with torrential rains and the associated snowmelt from neighboring mountains often cause floods in the spring. When this happens, your first instinct is to have the floodwaters removed, but you should also be mindful of unseen microbes and the long-term damage they can cause.      

If and when your business experiences flooding, remember that there is practical help available. There are local flood damage mitigation and restoration companies with the skills and tools to help you. If your commercial property is ever affected by flooding, contact SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 for assistance.

How Does Cleanup Work After a Flood?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

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After Flood Damage, You Can Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your Mount Vernon Home to Pre-Loss Condition

When your Mount Vernon house gets flooded, the water interacts with your belongings and building materials in a variety of ways. Your rugs become saturated as well as anything at the water level. This exposure means that careful measures must be taken to ensure that everything gets cleaned properly. SERVPRO has the techniques and training to address all aspects of your flooded interior adequately.

What Happens with My Contents During Cleanup?

Once we address your flood damage in Mount Vernon by extracting all of the standing water and removing any materials that have deteriorated, we begin cleaning the contents of your home. This is a challenging process, but our team has steps in place that allow us to address contamination, rusting, and other forms of degradation while working on salvaging whatever we can. Some of the steps that our skilled technicians use during the cleaning process include:

• Pre-treatment of any of the washable items. We sometimes use clean water on wet fabrics to work on removing mud and other debris.
• Separation of materials – salvageable vs. unsalvageable. Our team removes any items deemed unsalvageable and dispose of them so that we can decrease clutter and focus on items to be saved.
• Packout services, partial or complete. Often, cleaning salvageable contents in a designated area away from the flood zone expedites the restoration process.

We understand that each flood loss incident is unique. This is why we take the time to tailor a service plan to your needs. We take the time to assess every aspect of your home to ensure all moisture is adequately addressed and that full disinfection takes place. We get you back in your home and enjoying your daily routine, “Like it never even happened.”

To deploy a flood damage mitigation crew to your property, call SERVPRO of Skagit County 24/7 for emergency service at (360) 873-8744.

How Can I Find and Remove Safety Hazards in my House After I Suffer from Fire Damage?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Find and Mitigate Safety Hazards After you Have a Fire in your Mount Vernon Home

Nobody ever plans on having a fire ignite inside their Mount Vernon house, but it can happen quickly. According to statistics furnished by the Insurance Information Institute, fire departments respond to fires in the U.S. every 24 seconds, with a home fire occurring every 87 seconds.

What is a hazard?

During fire damage restoration in Mount Vernon, hazards can be defined as anything that could pose a threat or cause harm to a person, your property, or the environment. Before any work on your house begins, our SERVPRO technicians inspect your property to identify any potential safety risks.

What types of hazards can exist in my home after I have a fire?

• Overhead risks, including burnt pieces of ceiling hanging down.
• Electrical shock threats from damage to wiring.
• Slip, trip, and fall hazards due to loose debris.
• Inadequate lighting.
• Occupant or bystander safety risks during work activities.

What can you do to fix the hazards?

• Elimination/Substitution: Sometimes, our SERVPRO crew can eliminate the item causing the hazard altogether or substitute it using a safer method that can perform the same task.
• Engineering: In other cases, we can design the work activity or environment to eliminate or reduce potential safety risks.
• Administrative: During certain projects, we may be able to either train the employees to complete the work at hand in a safer way or schedule the workers in a way that helps eliminate any possible threats.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): During most restoration situations, our technicians can wear PPE that will reduce health risks by creating a barrier between the worker and the hazardous environment. For example, sometimes wearing gloves and protective clothing can protect a worker from dermal exposure to cleaning solutions.
If your house in La Conner or Concrete ever happens to be one of the nearly half-million houses in the country that suffer from a structural burn every year, call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How can I Save my Home from Further Loss after Storm Flooding?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Storm flooding Flooding can quickly damage your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

Addressing Issues That Can Lead To Long-Term Problems after Flood Damage Incidents in Mount Vernon.

Flooding can happen any time from extreme weather events such as storms or even regular events such as torrential downpour. Each flood damage incident has the potential to cause long-term problems if not adequately addressed.

Keeping proper records

Although the restoration of flood damage incidents in Mount Vernon can cost much money, your insurance cover is likely to take care of the expenses. Failure to document the loss properly can lead to problems because the insurer might not cover the cost involved fully. Documentation should start before any restoration step, including water removal or repairs. Our SERVPRO technicians help document the loss by taking photos inside and outside the structure. We also take a full inventory of the contents and indicate which ones are salvageable and unsalvageable.

Contamination remnants 

Flooding incidents involving groundwater leave properties contaminated with biological agents and chemicals. There is a need to clean and sanitize all the affected areas to remove such contaminants. The use of disinfectants and other cleaning agents helps deal with most contaminants. However, some contaminants can remain hidden within materials posing health risks to your family. Our SERVPRO technicians have a deeper understanding of the decontamination process. Therefore, we know which materials can be sanitized through cleaning and which ones cannot. We remove all porous materials such as carpets, pad, drywall, and insulation directly affected by the floodwater since cleaning leaves them with traces of contamination. We clean hard surfaces such as tiles, concrete, or metal surfaces with disinfectants and anti-microbial agents to remove all contaminants.

Hidden moisture

Although most of the floodwater remains on the surface of materials, porous and semi-porous materials also absorb a significant percentage. Some of the water might also filter into cavities and other hidden locations. If left unaddressed, such water can cause several problems, including bad odor, deterioration of materials, and mold. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced moisture detection equipment such as thermal cameras and moisture meters with probes to identify such hidden moisture pockets. We use advanced removal equipment such as drying mats, and structural cavity-drying equipment to remove such moisture, "Like it never even happened." 

Problems can linger long after a flooding incident. Call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 to help address them. We are available 24/7.

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Some Tips to Help With Water Damage Remediation in Mt. Vernon

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

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What Can You do to Limit Losses When Large Bodies of Water Enter Your Home?

By contacting SERVPRO, you are reaching out to a Mt. Vernon team of expert technicians with training in all aspects of water restoration. You can trust us to get the job done honestly, on-time and on-budget.

How can I prevent a water emergency in my property?

While water spills can seem like a random event or an act of god, there are many things you can do to prevent the need or water cleanup in your Mount Vernon home. Conducting regular maintenance of your property can go a long way toward preventing water emergencies from occurring, and you should take special care during the fall or winter months to avoid a costly disaster. 

What can cause water damage in my home?

  • Malfunctioning washing or drying appliances
  • Pipes with poor insulation, installation or age
  • Large amounts of rainfall or overflowing gutters
  • Sump pumps as well as crawl space vapor barriers
  • Human errors like leaving on faucets 
  • Road overflow, flash flooding or other external events

What should I do in a water-related emergency?

Your safety is the priority, which is why you should call your insurance provider to check coverage and then a professional restorer to perform the cleanup. In some cases, you may be able to stem the flow of water, which can be vital. You can shut off the water supply at the source or unplug malfunctioning appliances to prevent more water from releasing into the home. Closing doors and sealing them using old towels or sheets can also help to prevent the migration of water while you wait for a SERVPRO technician. 

How can you extract water from the home? 

Moving water can be a challenging task that requires equipment with sufficient lift capacity as well as volume. Water can damage a Mt. Vernon home vacuum cleaner while different types of water, as well as where in the house it is, can influence the type of extraction you need. Most residential properties benefit from a combination of light and weighted extraction tools. Weighted extractors are suitable for fabrics or carpets, whereas lighter wand extractors are suitable for smaller spaces where there is limited moisture absorption. 

How quickly can you extract water from the home?

The initial extraction phase is possible to complete within a day. More copious amounts of standing water that reach over two inches in height may take longer; however, by using electric submersible pumping equipment, we can remove a massive amount in a short period. SERVPRO trucks have storage tanks of up to 100 gallons for clearing away wastewater from residential properties. Usually, the extraction phase is significantly quicker than the drying stage, which takes more attention to detail and expertise. 

Does water damage lead to mold growth?

Increases in moisture and humidity can lead to microbial growth issues. However, these issues are not an inevitable symptom of home with exposure to moisture. The critical factor in whether or not mold becomes an issue is a time. Mold colonies take around seventy hours to form. SERVPRO can apply safe, antimicrobial chemical products to your home during cleaning that can disrupt the stages of microbial growth. By preventing mold spores from moving through the stages of growth, we can focus on effectively drying the property and eliminating the issue.

Will the interior of my home dry naturally after a water spill?

In nature, water evaporates naturally. Natural evaporation occurs because there is air movement, temperature, and low-relative humidity in outdoor spaces. Your home is an enclosed space, which means there may be areas of the home that do not receive enough exposure to evaporating naturally. Commonly, the center of the room dries without too much input, however areas beneath furniture, wall cavities, crawlspaces, or hallways can dry slowly or become damp spots, which can lead to mold issues. 

How can you dry the home thoroughly to avoid microbial growth issues?

By using a combination of various pieces of equipment and knowing the evaporation process inside-out, we can effectively dry your home. Evaporating water from wet surfaces raises the indoor humidity. With little air movement, evaporating moisture can form a barrier that slows drying at a surface level. SERVPRO uses air movement equipment in combination with dehumidification equipment and temperature to ensure that we create the optimal conditions for a reduction in drying times.

What can I use to measure dryness in the home?

  • Borescopes for cavities or areas that are challenging to reach
  • Moisture meters for walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Moisture sensors for testing moisture content inside materials
  • Thermal hygrometers to assess the relative humidity within the affected area
  • Thermal imaging cameras to assess water migration in cavities and floor spaces. 

To test if your home is adequately dry or not, you can take humidity readings from an unaffected room of the house. This reading is your home's natural humidity, which means you can use it to measure the effectiveness of the drying setup. You may also need to use invasive measures to assess wetness within walls or other cavities within the home. 

Overcoming water emergencies is challenging without the correct equipment, training, and qualifications. Contact SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744.

Should I Invite A Professional to Remove Water Behind A Mount Vernon Bathtub?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Help Evaluate Situations that necessitate Water Removal from Your Mount Vernon Home 

In an area like the bathroom where water use is constant, you might not expect water damage since engineers construct the surfaces to contain or withstand high moisture levels. Even when you notice some signs of damage, you might dismiss them as minor and thus procrastinate on finding a solution. Delaying worsens the situation since it lengthens the period of intrusion. 

What problems develop when such intrusion goes unabated?

You should not postpone water removal from your Mount Vernon home for any reason. After all, the cost of confirming whether there is hidden intrusion is not as high as remediating a problem, after waiting until the signs are apparent. A simple intrusion can lead to:

  • The caulk around the bathtub falling off
  • Mold development
  • Damage to wood studs and frames
  • Common wall damage 

What steps does SERVPRO take for effective removal?

Water intrusion in hidden areas presents many challenges. Unlike water spilled in the open, which only requires extraction equipment, the hidden intrusion may require the demolition of the surrounding materials. Such demolition removes deteriorated materials or helps create access points for water extraction equipment. 

Before starting the demolition, our SERVPRO technicians first confirm whether there is water in the bathroom wall cavity. We also confirm the moisture content in the wall materials determining whether to remove or save them through drying. We carry out such checks safely using sophisticated tools such as:

  • Thermal cameras
  • Borescopes
  • Moisture meters

Depending on the results, we can punch vent holes and use cavity-drying equipment for water removal. We can also demolish the entire area to access the water and replace all the materials destroyed by the intrusion. 

A seemingly minor water intrusion can lead to complicated issues during restoration. Call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Fire Damage in a Mount Vernon Home can have a Very Unusual Cause

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Warns you to be Cautious of the Items in your Home and Their Placement

A house fire in your Mount Vernon residence can create a significant amount of stress for your family. Depending on how much of your property becomes a charred disaster, your family might need to seek temporary shelter elsewhere. Unfamiliar surroundings often add to the uncomfortable amount of stress. Because of this, SERVPRO wants to help make recovering and getting things back to normal as simple and stress-free as possible.

Following the well-known fire prevention tips might not protect your home in Mount Vernon from fire damage in some more unusual situations. Fire does not always start with a spark or a direct flame to combustible materials. Something as benign as a transparent glass figurine or vase in a sunny window to add a dash of color can concentrate the sun enough to start a burning circle in closed curtains, a sweater hanging on a chair, or the carpet. Before placing such decorative items in the window, keep in mind how much sunlight that area of your home receives, especially in the afternoon.

Other causes of house fires include batteries, either loosely stored or in devices. When the ends of batteries touch their positive and negative ends to the same piece of metal, it can produce sparks or intense heat. This can happen with 9-volt batteries very easily because both the positive and negative ends are so close to each other. Storing these very carefully can prevent a fire. Adding a piece of tape to the ends can make them safer for longer storage. Overcharging a device can cause it to overheat, as can leaving it in a sunny location. Charge devices only as long as necessary, and place them in shady locations, avoiding the sun.

The convenience of having a pull-chain light in a closet can also cause a fire. It is easy to forget these lights, and they quickly heat the area around them to intense temperatures. Storing things in cartons, papers, and other highly combustible items can become a very costly and destructive combination. Using a battery-operated light that sticks to the interior surface of the closet can help prevent fire damage.

SERVPRO of Skagit County is always near you, including Anacortes, WA, Sedro Woolley, WA, and Burlington, WA, ready to help your family recover fast after fire damage strikes. Call (360) 873-8744 for more information about how to prevent house fires, or to start the process of restoration and rebuilding.

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