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Evergreen Restoration, Inc.
13716 Canyon Road East # C
Puyallup WA 98373

Phone: 253.535.3200
Toll Free: 866.948.3200
Fax: 253.535.3206

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Gig Harbor Water Damage Expert

Water Mitigation

Water intrusion can be a very destructive force. Evergreen Restoration’s staff of IICRC trained technicians is suited for any Water Loss situations. Through intensive, on-going schooling and in-house training, we have staff available and answering the phones 24/7. Evergreen Restoration’s response time is unrivaled in the industry. Once on site, we are able assess the situation and address it immediately with our specialty equipment designed for these situation. In most instances, a few days of drying can reverse the effects of water damage. When the excessive moisture has been removed from the structure, our contractors can efficiently repair any damages to pre-loss condition.

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When a water loss has occurred it is important to remember that the longer that water stands, the more difficult it becomes to remove and the more likely it is to become contaminated and/or germinate mold.

When Evergreen Restoration, is called to your home or structure in Gig Harbor, our IICRC Certified Technicians will do the following procedures EVERY TIME:

1. Take photo of the front of the home or structure and physical address.

2. Introduction of the crew to the Gig Harbor homeowner/property manager.

3. Speak with the Gig Harbor homeowner/property manager about the damage and find the point of origin.

4. Start with the point of origin and inspect all affected areas of the home for moisture.

5. Take Photo’s of all affected areas, including documenting the condition of all the personal belongings in the affected areas.

6. Walk through the home or structure with the Gig Harbor homeowner/property manager to explain the documented damage and the drying process.

7. All authorizations and releases signed and dated.

8. Begin extracting highly saturated areas from the water damage.

9. Remove any baseboards and doors to promote better airflow.

10. Remove all affected carpet and padding and any affected insulation in the crawl space.

11. Take samples of the damage areas for lead and asbestos and have the samples tested.

12. Remove all affected drywall from the Water Damage.

13. Set up equipment to begin the drying process.

14. Take photos of the water damaged areas with equipment operating and sheetrock removed.

15. Send documents to insurance company.

 

Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions.

(253) 535-3200 or (866) 948-3200

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During a heavy storm in 1840, Captain Charles Wilkes brought the Captain's gig (small boat) into the harbor for protection. Later, with the publication of Wilkes 1841 Map of the Oregon Territory, he named the sheltered bay Gig Harbor.

1867 brought fisherman Samuel Jerisich to the Gig Harbor area, along with many other immigrants from Sweden, Norway, and Croatia. The town was platted in 1888 by Alfred M. Burnham.[4]

Gig Harbor was officially incorporated on July 12, 1946. Commercial fishing, boat building, and logging dominated the economy until the construction of the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940. Until then, the primary method of transportation between Gig Harbor and the economic center of nearby Tacoma was by steamship. Starting in 1836 steamships started plying the waters of Puget Sound and quickly developed into what was eventually dubbed "The Mosquito Fleet." Gig Harbor, isolated from Tacoma and Seattle by Puget Sound and the Tacoma Narrows, could not be reached by automobile or horseback except via a very long and arduous trip south around Puget Sound and Hammersly Inlet. Unfortunately, the boom was to be short lived as the first bridge collapsed just months after it was completed. The resource demands of World War II prevented another bridge from being built until 1950. Between the time when the first bridge collapsed and when the second bridge was completed, a state run ferry service delivered drivers directly into downtown Gig Harbor. Remains of the ferry dock can still be seen just outside the mouth of the harbor at the Southeast end of Harborview Drive. The area has been turned into a small park where the public can see a panoramic view of the Cascade Mountains, Pt. Defiance, and Mt. Rainier.

After the completion of the replacement bridge in 1950, Gig Harbor and the surrounding area quickly began to develop as a suburb of neighboring Tacoma. First the area saw substantial residential development as families retreated from Tacoma in favor of the tree-lined neighborhoods and waterfront lots available on the Gig Harbor Peninsula. What had once been summer cabins became primary residences for people who commuted daily over the bridge to Tacoma. Medium sized housing development sprang up across the peninsula. The 1980s and 1990s saw substantial retail development near State Route 16 to service the growing residential population, shifting the economic center of Gig Harbor out of downtown. For some time, city leaders were unsure how to handle the growth while maintaining the character of the city. Ultimately, the city decided to aggressively annex the surrounding rural areas and convert them into high-density commercial and housing districts, forever changing the rural character of the area but assuring that little new development happens in the historic downtown area, preserving its history and charm. By the 1970s, local merchants had begun actively promoting the downtown area for its historic value, and tourism became prominent on the list of economic engines in Gig Harbor. Today, downtown Gig Harbor is a very active place for tourists with shopping, dining, and recreation on every block. The last large swath of undeveloped waterfront property at the South end of downtown, was recently developed into the headquarters of the Russell Foundation, named for George Russell, founder of Russell Financial.

Today, despite a long history of boat building, very little manufacturing exists in Gig Harbor. The only remaining boatbuilder in Gig Harbor is Gig Harbor Boatworks, which builds rowing and sailing dinghies in classic style using modern materials. Until recently, Tiderunner Boats maintained a manufacturing facility at the North end of the bay. The historic Skansie boatyard is now primarily a maintenance facility for yachts and pleasure craft. The Glein/Eddon/Gig Harbor boatyard was recently purchased by the city after spending many years sitting idle. The city intends to use it as a working waterfront museum.

Commercial fishing is still of great cultural, if somewhat lesser economic, importance to Gig Harbor, and many commercial fishing boats make Gig Harbor their home port. Most, however, do not rely on Puget Sound to gather their catch, rather, finding it more profitable to venture north to Alaska to fish in the Summer. Gig Harbor's fishing fleet still gathers the first weekend in June (during the Maritime Gig Festival) in the center of the bay for the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. In recent years, due to the dwindling number of remaining fishing boats, pleasure craft have been allowed to participate in the ceremony, somewhat lessening its authenticity, but increasing its visibility and participation.

A new Tacoma Narrows Bridge has been built alongside the existing bridge and opened July 2007, doubling past capacity. With it will come new economic challenges and benefits for the city of Gig Harbor and the surrounding community.

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