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Where Can You Find Professional Water Cleanup Services When Disaster Strikes?

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Water on floor Our technicians are prepared with the training and state of the art equipment your property needs after a water incident.

SERVPRO Professionals Provide Emergency Water Cleanup Services in Seattle and the Surrounding Areas.

Your Seattle home or business can develop an unexpected water intrusion at any time. Acting quickly when this happens is the key to minimizing water damage. Calling a professional water cleanup provider will help mitigate damage to your property.

What Can You Expect When You Call SERVPRO for Water Cleanup?

SERVPRO has 24-hour emergency water cleanup services in Seattle. A highly trained crew will arrive at your home or business and set up a staging area. This area will have all the equipment they need to mitigate water damage. Here is the type of  equipment you can expect to see:

Pumping Equipment: If there is standing water, the crew may use a submersible pump. 

Water Sensing Equipment: This is used to gauge water saturation.

Wet Vacuuming Equipment: The crew will remove water using a truck-mounted or portable extractor using special water extraction tools.

Air Movers and Dehumidifiers: After the crew has extracted the water, they place air movers and dehumidifiers strategically throughout the affected area.

What if Your New Carpet is Soaked?

You can expect your SERVPRO crew to assess the situation and take the appropriate action. Local Seattle area water cleanup technicians can effectively mitigate damage to your new carpet.

These trained technicians will protect your carpet by removing any objects that could stain your carpet. They will then use water extraction equipment to wet vacuum your carpet. This water cleanup process can extract 100 gallons of water from your carpet an hour.

The crew will decide if the carpet and pad can be dried in place. They may be able to use a deep extraction tool to pull water from both the carpet and pad. They can then place air movers and dehumidifiers to complete the drying process.

When your Seattle area home or business is experiencing a water intrusion emergency, act quickly and call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 for help mitigating water damage.

Do Wall Systems Become Irreparably Damaged After Flooding in Seattle?

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

Water/mold damage No matter how your property is affected by water damage, SERVPRO is ready and available to help 24/7.

The Exterior Wall System Separating the Inside of Your Home From the Elements can Often be the First Damaged Materials When Flooding Occurs 

Flooding can be one of the most calamitous natural forces against Seattle homes and businesses, especially when they come amid already damaging severe weather. Rising waters pressing against the outside of your house can exploit vulnerabilities in your home's exterior to allow for flooding to reach inside. 

Flood damage to Seattle homes is often a gradual process, and for many structures, it can begin with the migration of water through the wall system. Each of the individual components of this unit can become individually compromised. It requires our in-house contractors to repair and replace these elements or our flood restoration technicians to dry them thoroughly, depending on their severity.  

Siding/Veneer – Veneer material like masonry or siding can be the first affected by exposure to flooding. While brick can get cleaned and repointed, broken or compromised, siding requires replacement. 

Plywood – Beyond the siding or veneer is the backing plywood material. OSB and plywood are both porous and can absorb moisture quickly.  

Insulation – Insulation is highly porous and permeable as well. Exposure of these materials often requires replacement as it is often cheaper than attempting to dry and restore it.  

Framing - Framing is often one of the last materials to show direct damage from flood exposure, often allowing it to be cleaned and dried instead of removed.  

Drywall – Gypsum sheetrock is among the most porous and permeable of all exposed elements in a wall system. These materials must often get replaced if not immediately dried after exposure.  

When Can These Removed Materials Get Replaced?  

After restoration, our technicians can work seamlessly on the repairs and reconstruction that the property needs. This process includes the replacement of removed exterior wall system components.  

Trust our SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast for restoration and repairs after a flood. Contact us at (206) 362-9295.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Inspection Services in Seattle

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

"Mold inspection" Unseen mold damage is often hidden. SERVPRO has the expertise to locate mold colonies in your home.

Need Mold Inspection and Removal in Seattle – Call SERVPRO

Whether it is a water leak, a storm, or high moisture levels in your Seattle home or business, mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours after the initial exposure to water and moisture. Mold can cause health effects. Many residents first notice a strong, musty smell emanating from an area of their home or business, and once they investigate, they find a mold colony in a warm dark place of their home or business.

SERVPRO provides mold inspection services to their clients in Seattle and the surrounding areas. Our team inspects the mold infestation and provides guidance regarding state-required documentation and inspection requirements. We advise how best to deal with the mold in your unique situation.

Mold spores exist everywhere, and once they find a food source with high moisture levels, colonies quickly begin to grow. Our humid conditions contribute to many mold infestations. We also provide guidance on how to avoid mold infestations in your home:

  • Keep air conditioning systems running
  • Install a dehumidifier and operate it during humid weather conditions
  • Ensure good ventilation in all rooms

SERVPRO also follows industry guidelines while removing mold infestations from your home. Negative pressure rooms, scraping surfaces from top to bottom, using industry-approved materials to remove mold, and controlled demolition techniques for severely damaged structures and contents. Our primary concern is preventing mold spores from moving to other areas of the home, reducing moisture levels, and removing damaged materials from your home.

Our mold inspection and remediation services include:

  • Attic mold removal
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Basement mold remediation and removal

Call the mold inspection specialists at SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast and nearby areas for assistance. We can help 24/7. Call (206) 362-9295.

Seattle Office Building, Water Removal, and Drying, SERVPRO at Your Speedy Service!

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVRO restoration equipment being used in commercial space SERVPRO Follows Psycromatic Science to Dry Out Commercial Facilities in Seattle--"Like it never even happened."

Discussing the Use of Dehumidifiers to Respond to Commercial Water Damage in Seattle

When professional crews plan the recovery phases for a significant commercial water loss in Seattle, they rely heavily on the action of dehumidification equipment, especially after pumps and extractors suction up and contain the bulk of liquid water. In general, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity in an area by removing water vapor from the air. Three main types of dehumidifiers have roles in professional commercial water removal. We choose among the options, sometimes changing the dehumidifier type as conditions evolve.

Refrigerant Dehumidifiers

The most used dehumidifier type used to respond to Seattle commercial water damage works by condensing moisture. Condensation occurs after moist air moves across a cold evaporator coil 20 to 30 degrees below the dewpoint in the affected area. The vapor in the air condenses into water droplets and is then collected for disposal. An adjacent warmer coil then increases the temperature of the dryer air. Then a fan exhausts the warmer, drier air back into your business space. Refrigerant dehumidifiers can reduce humidity to approximately 40 grains per pound (GPP). GPP expresses the weight of water in a given weight of air, here a pound of dry air.

Low Grain Refrigerants (LGR)

SERVPRO might turn to a humidifier that can reduce relative humidity levels even further in some cases. An LGR dehumidifier cools the air pulled through before exposure to the evaporator coil, permitting moisture measurements to dip below 40 GPP. An LGR provides the most energy-efficient dehumidification. This device is considered a workhorse.

Desiccant Dehumidifiers

SERVPRO’s desiccant dehumidifiers work differently. Moist air entering the process air inlet passes through a silica gel-filled rotor. The gel attracts water, capturing water from the air. Three-quarters of the air pulled through the desiccant dehumidifier exhausts out as warm, dry conditioned air. The dehumidifier heats the remaining quarter of the air to a higher temperature. It is rerouted to the rotor to pick up water vapor to prevent the rotor from saturation. This “reactivated” air pumps out of the dehumidifier, along with the moisture.

Conditions Determine Which Dehumidifier to Use

When the temperatures in your commercial building range between 50 and 95 degrees, SERVPRO most likely will recommend LGR or regular refrigeration dehumidification. If you have unheated spaces, the temperature can dip in our region to less than 50 degrees during the winter. A desiccant dehumidifier continues to remove moisture under those conditions. If structural materials like hardwood flooring are still wet after porous items like drywall or carpeting are dry, desiccant dehumidifiers offer appropriate drying action. They also help out in confined spaces common in commercial buildings.

Rely on SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast to select the most efficient dehumidification equipment after water damage to your business. Call us for a consultation at (206) 362-9295.

Measures Taken During Mold Remediation in Seattle Homes

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

heavy mold damage growth on wall and baseboard A common effect of water damage is mold, and mold spores quickly multiply. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold.

For Advanced Mold Remediation Procedures in Seattle Properties - Call SERVPRO

A common effect of water damage is mold. The intruding water can stem from broken pipes, HVAC problems, or sprinkler system leaks. If the intrusion goes unnoticed, it might create room for mold growth. If you see any signs like dark spots on surfaces or detect a musty smell in your Seattle property, you might have a mold problem, so calling remediation contractors is ideal. You might also discover mold during other processes such as water damage restoration.

If mold remediation in Seattle properties is not done fast, the microbes can multiply, contaminating vast areas. Since mold spores float everywhere, our technicians construct containment barriers to stop mold debris from spreading into uncontaminated areas. According to the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, ACGIH, various methods may be used to prevent the spread of contaminants during remediation.

Containment Measures That Prevent Mold Spores from Spreading

  • Source containment
  • Local or mini-containment
  • Full-scale containment

Preventing Mold from Further Damaging Your Property

Proper mold remediation relies on the physical removal of heavily contaminated materials and adequate drying. It is possible to clean non-porous materials, but heavily infested porous items, like drywall, carpeting, plaster, fabric-covered furniture, and clothing damaged by mold should be removed and not cleaned.

Our technicians choose a containment method depending on the situation. For example, if the level of contamination is minimal, source containment would be applicable, whereby we wrap the contaminated materials using 6-mil polyethylene or sealed plastic bags before removing them from the building.

Other Steps in Mold Remediation

  • HEPA vacuuming surfaces to remove loose mold fragments
  • Damp wiping surfaces to remove mold growing in layers
  • Drying the structure and contents sufficiently

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast can help with mold remediation using skillful techniques. Call us at (206) 362-9295. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Did the Recent Floods Damage Your Seattle Home?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm in background; thunderstorm warning sign in foreground Has floodwater invaded your home? Call SERVPRO for fast and effective remediation.

Can You Remove Floodwater from Seattle Homes on Your Own? 

Many homeowners delay the restoration of their Seattle homes after flooding because they believe that DIY methods are sufficient to address the current conditions of their property. In short, flooding of your property can present widespread concerns that penetrate far beyond the surface levels of exposed materials. Professional restoration offers specific advantages over attempting to restore your home on your own after a flood. 

One of the immediate advantages of choosing professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team is the array of extraction tools in our inventory for flood water removal in Seattle homes. We have dozens of machines capable of handling smaller volumes of water in a vacuum to our more massive and more formidable pumps that can move thousands of gallons of water per hour. We can fit the right extraction tool to the specific circumstances to ensure that we can provide a consistent draw of standing water until the damaged region is ready for drying.

Addressing the water that you cannot see is another level of removal that many homeowners do not even recognize. With advanced detection devices such as surface moisture meters and probes, our SERVPRO professionals can identify the presence of moisture in materials and the degree of concentration. We can even dry out wall and ceiling cavities that might hold water after migrating flood conditions with drying equipment like our positive pressure systems. 

The placement and use of centrifugal air movers can help to begin evaporative drying. These units provide a focused blast of heated air at a specific point on a moist surface to evaporate surface dampness. When materials have become too severely damaged to remain structurally sound or present a substantial risk for microbial growth, we can look to our in-house division of licensed general contractors to help with controlled demolition and build back. 

As damaging as flooding can be for your property, our SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast team can help with sophisticated technology and advanced equipment. We can help when you need complete restoration through an inspection of the drying work that you have done in your home after a flood. Give us a call anytime at (206) 362-9295. 

How Do I Perform Water Damage Repair in My Seattle Residence?

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on the wood floor of a living room Quick actions are required when your home is facing water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away for effective water damage repair services.

When You Need Water Damage Repair in Seattle, SERVPRO Can Help

Water intrusion is a problem that many homeowners face. It may cause a lot of damage, and lead to stress. Professionals can tackle water damage very well to ensure that there is no indication that a house was flooded.

While every case of water damage is unique, SERVPRO has come up with basic steps upon which we train our technicians to provide the most efficient service to our customers. To perform water damage repair in your Seattle residence, we can take steps outlined below:

  • Water extraction
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Cleaning and sanitization
  • Restoration

Water extraction

After we assess the damage, SERVPRO technicians remove the water using powerful water pumps or vacuums. This helps to prevent the spread of the damage to other areas. Our technicians can use moisture sensors to detect water in areas that are hard to access but may still contain water which needs to be dried.

Drying and dehumidification

We dry wet items, and surfaces using air movers and dehumidifiers. The air that touches a saturated material like carpeting has high humidity. Air moving equipment introduces airflow at the surface level and replaces the highly saturated air with drier air to expedite evaporation. Our SERVPRO crew positions enough air movers to create airflow across every wet surface.

If the lower part of several walls is wet and involves damp drywall behind baseboards, we position enough air movers to create a vortex of circular airflow around the walls. Our team can also use desiccant dehumidifiers to dehumidify the building.

Cleaning and sanitization

We clean all the affected items. We also sanitize the building using sanitizers and antimicrobials to prevent growth of mold, which is a health hazard.

Rebuilding

Restoring your house to preloss condition includes performing repairs, like repainting and replacing drywall panels. SERVPRO technicians provide the services required in restoring affected contents and structures into their former state, giving your house its normal splendor.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast has the manpower and technology required to repair water damage to make it seem, “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (206) 362-9295.

Who Can Assist Me With Fire Damage Restoration in Lake City?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

a fireman on a ladder putting out a fire in top of a house When the fire fighters leave, your best recourse is to contact SERVPRO. Our technicians will arrive on the scene with a custom plan for restoration.

To Perform Fire Damage Restoration in Lake City, Contact SERVPRO

A fire has ruined my residence, causing the charring of building materials and holes in several places. Where can I get assistance in bringing things back to normal? What can I expect during the restoration process?

After firefighters extinguish a fire, damage continues for days. SERVPRO can provide you with efficient fire damage restoration in your Lake City home that makes the difference between permanent damage and recovery. Our Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) have expertise in performing fire repairs. We can use appropriate products and equipment to restore your home to normal. Our services include:

  • A detailed and precise assessment
  • Handling contents
  • Smoke damage cleanup
  • Reconstruction of damaged building materials

A detailed and precise assessment

Our SERVPRO technicians inspect a home to determine the full impact of a fire. This includes the extent of heat, smoke, ash, and soot damage. Often, fire damage goes beyond the surface. Our team can determine what is salvageable, what to repair, and what to discard.

Handling contents

We can restore or discard affected contents based on the severity of damage sustained. We can restore salvageable items on-site or at our facilities.

Smoke damage cleanup

Once your property is dry, our SERVPRO technicians can remove soot from surfaces like walls, floors, and affected contents. We can remove odors using deodorizing granules or pellets. Their main active ingredient is fuller’s earth which functions as a sponge to absorb and hold odors. Our restorers can also use a syringe and needle to inject small amounts of deodorant into confined spots on upholstery or carpets. This odor removal method is effective when we cannot easily lift the carpets to the backing material or padding.

Reconstruction of damaged building materials 

Our SERVPRO team can work to restore your home to a preloss state by performing necessary repairs and reconstruction. This may include replacing carpet or drywall and repainting affected areas.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast performs fire damage repairs with expertise. Contact us at (206) 362-9295 for help. We can make the fire incident seem, “Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Clean Up My Flooded House After a Storm?

2/27/2022 (Permalink)

a storm damaged house with a yellow storm damage sign in front of it Storm damage cleanup involves flood removal and dealing with debris. Contact our certified technicians to partner with you during this difficult time.

SERVPRO will Help you to Restore your House to its Pre-loss State After a Storm

A storm has caused damage to my residence, including flooding and wind damage. I need a restoration firm that can handle the damage to prevent it from spreading to parts that had not been initially affected. Which firm can assist me?

SERVPRO is the right firm to contact if you find yourself in this predicament and would like to tackle it quickly. We’ve got well-trained technicians who are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to perform storm flood removal in your Seatle property. Our flood damage repair process may include:

  • Safety precautions
  • Sorting out
  • Cleaning and decontamination
  • Ventilation and dehumidification

Safety precautions

We can ensure your safety and that of those residing in your house. Turning off gas lines and electricity helps prevent short-circuiting and a break out of a fire. We also wear personal protective equipment when accessing the building.

Sorting out

Our SERVPRO technicians can sort through the damaged materials. We dispose of those damaged beyond repair and salvage those with minimal damage.

Cleaning and decontamination

SERVPRO technicians can remove the dirt and silt on the building’s floor. We can also use powered sprayers to spray antibacterial products directly to the affected surfaces to kill the bacteria that the floodwater brought in.

Ventilation and dehumidification

Our technicians use air movers to expedite drying time and improve evaporation at the surface level. If the lower part of several walls is wet and involves damp drywall behind baseboards, we can position enough air movers to create a vortex of circular airflow around the walls. We maintain the vortex by placing air movers near each wall at a 15 to a 45-degree angle. Our SERVPRO team also uses dehumidifiers to remove water vapor from your home, ensuring thorough drying.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast is available at any hour of the day to restore your house after storm flood damage. Contact us at (206) 362-9295. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

What Are the Main Obstacles of Fire Restoration of Seattle Homes?

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

smoke surrounding smoke detector Long after the fire is extinguished, foul odors remain.

Certain Fire Loss Effects Impact Seattle Homes More Significantly to Slow Restoration

Our SERVPRO team must act as fast as possible after emergencies like fire losses. The effects of a fire damage incident can spread through a home rapidly, impacting more than the ignition point. We must overcome several specific obstacles to restore comfortable and optimal living conditions.

Soot and Smoke Damage 

Fire damage to Seattle homes is often most challenging when SERVPRO professionals need to overcome soot and smoke residues. Partial combustion creates soot particles that are acidic and carcinogenic, driving an urgency to clear and clean these soils as soon as possible. There are multiple approaches to resolve present soot concerns depending on the severity of the situation, which includes:

  • Dry cleaning with solvents
  • Wet cleaning with detergents
  • Media blasting
  • Abrasive cleaning

Overwhelming and Offensive Malodors

Harsh odors are a common concern after extinguishment. Combustion can aerosolize malodors and smoke particles, creating an environment with offensive smells. While we have deodorization practices to manage these open-air odors, we also must address trapped smells in porous materials like drywall and carpeting. Thermal fogging and odor-sealing primers can both help manage these concerns.

Structural Repair Needs 

Another one of the obstacles keeping properties from returning to preloss condition is the need for repairs and build-back. An advantage of choosing our competent SERVPRO team is our contractor license. This accreditation allows us to complete early mitigation needs like a controlled demolition and more complex build-back and reconstruction.

Returning a home to preloss condition results from multiple mitigation and restoration steps to help the home. Fires are destructive for homes, creating several formidable obstacles in returning to normal living conditions. Our SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast team is standing by at (206) 362-9295.