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Precautions Necessary in Seattle Property after Mold Damage

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians unloading mold damage remediation equipment from a van You can depend on our professionals with state-of-the-art equipment to thoroughly remediate mold damage in your Seattle property.

SERVPRO Runs Mold Remediation in Seattle Homes Safely

Mold straddles different spectrums of property damage. It soils and consumes materials while simultaneously creating hazardous conditions at a property. Therefore, taking precautionary steps is as crucial as any other actions in your Seattle property when resolving mold damage. 

The best precaution step would be to keep your Seattle property mold damage free. However, if you can see signs of contamination, then it is too late for that. You should move forward and find a way to mitigate the problem while protecting your family members from any detrimental effects. Our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians receive training focusing on advanced and straightforward ways to handle mold remediation safely.

Simple safety actions during remediation :

  • Do not stir too much airflow
  • Contain areas before demolition
  • Do not introduce moisture unnecessarily 

Precautions are necessary when cleaning, moving contents, or removing moldy materials. One comprehensive solution is setting up containment barriers separating different house sections, thus ensuring any disturbed debris stays within the soiled area. The best containment is made from 6-mil plastic sheets supported by PVC pipes or spring-loaded metal rods since it is easy to set up and forms airtight barriers. With the containment in place, work crews can disturb materials without fear of spreading debris. Our SERVPRO technicians wear personal protective equipment such as goggles, respirators, and rubber gloves to protect themselves from exposure. In case of severe contamination, a full bodysuit is necessary.

Managing a Mold Damaged Environment

Since containment is not practical in every mold damage case or all areas of a property, knowing how to manage the environment, in general, is ideal. Moisture and airflow are the main issues to control since cleaning and drying are the main activities required when restoring contaminated areas. Airflow can be affected by abrasive cleaning processes such as compressed air or drying wet areas using air movers. Our SERVPRO technicians look for alternatives that do not create problems. For instance, HEPA vacuuming surfaces to remove colony debris by drawing it in rather than spreading it. Maximizing water extraction and then using dehumidifiers can limit the need for air movers.

Other steps that limit the spread of mold debris:

  • Sealing HVAC Vents before starting the remediation
  • Bagging and sealing removed materials
  • Establishing negative air pressure

Moisture influences mold development and spreading. Using significant water when cleaning areas soiled by mold is not ideal since it can precipitate re-infestation. Alternatively, considerable drying efforts are necessary. Cleaning the contaminated areas using alternative approaches can be a better approach. Our SERVPRO technicians use soda or dry ice blasting. The two methods use sodium bicarbonate and dry ice pellets, driven at high pressure against a surface where they disintegrate on impact, removing the residue accumulation on the surface. Blast cleaning does not involve any moisture, so it cannot fuel further contamination. Sodium bicarbonate has an added advantage since it creates a harsh environment for mold spores while also deodorizing. On the other hand, dry ice does not leave any residues. 

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast handles mold damage regularly while following IICRC standards to ensure safety for work crews and home occupants. Call us at (206) 362-9295. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

General Trends in Seattle Properties with Water Damage

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO water damage equipment being unloaded from a van on a street Property owners breathe a sigh of relief when the SERVPRO team from Seattle arrives swiftly for water damage restoration.

Experienced SERVPRO Crews Ease Seattle Water Restoration

Most materials exhibit clear signs when exposed to water, including color alterations or changes in physical form. Since other patterns might also develop, knowing them can help you understand the water damage better and resolve the problems at your Seattle home conveniently. 

Although exposure may be uniform in your Seattle home, the water damage is rarely consistent. Some changes occur almost instantaneously, while others take time to develop. The differences based on time are broadly categorized into two groups - primary and secondary damages. A seasoned water restoration team like SERVPRO can quickly tell you which secondary issues to expect and whether there are any ways to prevent them from developing. We also find practical solutions to resolve primary damages.

Common primary damages:

  • Wood swelling
  • Carpet backing delamination
  • Rusting metal surfaces
  • Buckling of floorboards

Wood is widely used in structural areas like frames, floors, and trim. Many furniture items also include some wooden parts. Wood is naturally porous, so any water accumulating on its surfaces is progressively absorbed into the material's core. As the moisture content rises, the physical form of the wood also changes, which manifests as swelling. Swelling is a fully reversible form of water damage if adequately managed. Our SERVPRO technicians facilitate controlled drying by using dehumidifiers or creating drying chambers to ensure wood dries at a pace that does not lead to permanent form distortion.

Some of the materials exposed to the water are made of different substances. For instance, a carpet has fibers at the top and a couple of backing layers. Backings are usually held together by adhesives. Soaking them for some time and subjecting them to physical pressure leads to the deterioration of the bond, which can lead to separation, known as delamination. Our SERVPRO IICRC-Certified technicians expedite water extraction on carpeted surfaces. We also minimize physical pressure, such as dragging heavy furniture over surfaces or foot traffic.

Moisture Tendencies 

Apart from the physical traits of materials or the activities carried out within the property after a water intrusion, moisture also has some characteristics that influence the outcomes. The primary point to note when handling moisture is that nature always seeks equilibrium, which results in consistent patterns such as wetness spreading through materials as it moves from high pressure to low pressure. Any wet materials also dry given sufficient time. However, the water does not magically disappear; instead, it is released into the surroundings. In some instances, such release triggers secondary damages.

Forms of secondary damage:

  • Wallpaper softening and peeling off
  • Moistening and crumbling ceiling tiles
  • Mildew and mold growth

Unlike the readily reversible primary damage, addressing secondary water damage requires elaborate procedures. In some cases, the deterioration in materials is so significant only replacement can resolve it. For instance, water accumulating on ceiling spaces causes the panels to sag. Crumbling is also a likely outcome of the weight and moisture action. Mold development is another significant problem since it consumes materials causing significant rot-like decay. Most materials cannot withstand extended mold growth, whether structural framing, paneling, or surface finishes. Our SERVPRO teams include Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians who can handle mold issues. 

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast has significant experience dealing with water damage cases. Call us at (206) 362-9295 to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Eliminating Spots and Stains in Seattle Homes after Fire Damage

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

soot damage being removed from a ceiling with a sponge Smoke and soot damage left by a fire can be challenging to remediate. Contact our certified SERVPRO team in Seattle. We are Here to Help.

SERVPRO Restores Rugs and Carpets after Fire Damage in Seattle

Fires produce a wide range of wastes from incomplete combustion. Some solids like plastics melt when exposed to high temperatures leaving smeary residues. Some materials release wet smoke, which combines soot, aerosols, and significant amounts of vapor. As the wastes settle on contents and surfaces, they can cause soiling or staining. When thinking of restoring your Seattle home, you need a solution for all aspects of fire damage, including the stains.

Fabrics are the primary concern when thinking of discoloration and stains in your Seattle home after fire damage. Therefore, carpets, upholstery, area rugs, and draperies are the primary target. SERVPRO has the technical skills, equipment, and chemical reagents necessary to take care of stains or other unique cleaning tasks. 

Cleaning procedures:

  • Removing excess soils
  • Establishing fiber sensitivity
  • Spot cleaning
  • Rinsing and neutralizing fabrics

Removing stains when fabrics are heavily soiled is not viable since water and cleaning agents tend to set most residues and can create new stains before you even address the existing ones. Our SERVPRO technicians first blot, scrape or vacuum upholstery items and carpets, thus removing dry soot and other soils accumulating on their surfaces. 

Another crucial issue to address early is establishing whether the fabrics have any sensitivities. Materials can be sensitive to water or the chemical agents used to clean up fire residues. Sensitivity influences the choice of cleaning products. Special solvent spotters are necessary for stain removal for moisture-sensitive materials, but for non-sensitive fabrics, regular spotting reagents used for carpets and upholstery are adequate.

Working on Stains

Combining the power of the stain remover with gentle physical force is the ideal approach when you start dealing with stubborn fire residues. Our SERVPRO technicians first apply a spotting product to the affected fabric and then tamp gently using a tamping brush. Blotting the area with a towel helps transfer the soil from the carpet or upholstery item. A white towel is preferable to observe the rate of soil transfer.

Defeating stubborn stains requires:

  • Alkaline solutions
  • Acidic solutions
  • Stabilized hydrogen peroxide

The products that help remove soot stains from your carpet or rug can be detrimental to the fabric if left in place over prolonged periods. Rinsing and neutralizing the material after dealing with spots and stains is critical. Our SERVPRO UFT-Certified technicians handle this step conveniently since we can use an extractor or upholstery machine to extract and rinse the intended areas. 

Since rinsing, unlike cleaning, may not involve visible soils, it might be challenging to tell whether the actions taken are sufficient to remove all traces of the dirt or caustic cleaning agents used. Our technicians test the pH of the area to determine whether further rinsing or neutralization is necessary. If the results are deemed satisfactory, the next step is proper drying since excess moisture can trigger problems too.

Drying requires sufficient airflow and heat to facilitate moisture evaporation from the wet materials. Humidity control may also be necessary to help extract the moisture released from the wet materials into the air, ensuring it does not create other problems. Our SERVPRO technicians can set up dehumidifiers or air movers at the property to facilitate the drying of the cleaned carpets, rugs, or upholstery.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast can help you combat any aspect of fire damage. Call us at (206) 362-9295. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can Water Cause Long-term Damage to a Home?

7/31/2022 (Permalink)

a leaking pipe underneath a sink Regardless of how the excess water gains entry into your home, team SERVPRO can help. Our technicians can root out the cause and then fix the damage.

Properties with Water Damage in Seattle Can Steadily Deteriorate Without Professional Intervention

Moisture can affect a property in several ways. Liquid water can absorb into materials leading to shrinkage, warping, and buckling. High relative humidity caused by water intrusion can also increase the likelihood of mold damage or rot in building materials. 

Using water restoration companies in Seattle can safeguard your home and make sure it does not suffer unnecessary damage after water intrusion. Qualified technicians can accurately assess the short, mid, and long-term effects of moisture in a property. Using nationally-recognized protocols and methods, we can ensure that your home returns to its normal, preloss condition.

  • The primary objective of water restoration technicians (WRT) is to place a complete drying procedure for your home.
  • Drying a property uses a range of equipment to adjust humidity, temperature, and airflow.
  • SERVPRO can quickly mobilize air-movers, dehumidifiers, and portable heaters to recover your home efficiently and effectively. 

Drying a property thoroughly is essential to mitigating losses. Contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast for water restoration at (206) 362-9295.

What Can SERVPRO Do for Flood Damage in Seattle Homes?

7/31/2022 (Permalink)

a storm damaged roof of a home with a yellow sign in front of it that says storm damage Storm damage often includes flooding. Call SERVPRO to assess and mitigate the situation in your family home. Our technicians are standing by 24/7.

Extraction and Water Removal Services are Critical After Flood Losses.

Flooding can be a devastating force in Seattle homes and businesses. Flash flooding and rising water bodies threaten nearby structures with penetration. Removing surface water concerns is a priority to prevent flood damage from getting worse.

Extraction Strategies to Protect Seattle Homes 

Removing standing water is one of the priorities for responding technicians after flood damage in Seattle homes, as pooling can allow for penetration into porous flooring and wall systems. Migration of moisture can threaten structural cavities when mold and microbial threats develop and contamination spreads, so extraction and water removal are vital to reducing these possibilities. Some of the standard water removal equipment available to our technicians includes:

After flooding, mitigation efforts like water removal are vital to protect the property and its contents. Our SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast team can help however you need when you call (206) 362-9295.

Fire Damage Solutions for Seattle

7/31/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with debris littering the flood Smoke and fire damage can quickly affect your home. Tackle the situation with a call to SERVPRO. Our certified technicians are standing by 24/7.

Duct Cleaning and Fire Restoration from SERVPRO

Smoke can travel quickly from the source of fire to other parts of the home. Hot smokes seek out cooler surfaces and air pockets. This phenomenon means that finding large amounts of soot, smoke residues, and ash inside heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems or ducts is common. SERVPRO is a responsible restoration service that can help clean HVACs and ductwork after a fire. 

Professional fire damage restoration services in Seattle include HVAC inspections as part of the restoration procedure. Some of the most important questions to answer when assessing whether smoke has entered ductwork is whether the system was used during the fire. If the fire's source was close to the return or supply-side ducts and the length of time that materials in the home were burning. It is essential to clean the HVAC to ensure that smoke, odor, or soot is not circulating in the system and depositing back into rooms of your property. We offer HVAC inspections as part of our: 

  • Fire restoration service 
  • Odor removal 
  • Smoke Removal 

It is not always possible to clean the entire duct system of an HVAC. In these situations, we use duct sealing methods to reduce the impact of smoke damage. Our technicians hold certifications from the National Duct Cleaning Association (NDCA), which ensures that they can safely and expertly inspect or clean your HVAC system. Duct sealing begins by removing and cleaning or replacing air intakes and vents. We can then vacuum inside the duct to remove any loose ash or soils from the system. We then wash the interior walls of the duct with an all-purpose detergent before moving on to the sealing phase.  

  • Before sealing the ducts, technicians should inspect the mechanical parts of the HVAC system for signs of damage or debris. 
  • Outlets are typically covered with cheesecloths before fogging the duct to prevent redistributing into the home. 
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers disperse duct sealant into the ducts. The HVAC system's central blower is then used to distribute the sealant in the duct. 

If your home suffers from smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast for fire damage restoration services at (206) 362-9295.

Avoid Costly Damage in Seattle with Water Mitigation Services

6/25/2022 (Permalink)

water pooling on parquet floor Contact SERVPRO to remove water and mitigate the damage to your Seattle home's hardwood flooring

Available 24/7 in Seattle, SERVPRO Offers Water Mitigation and Restoration

In simple terms, water mitigation is the process of response and action whenever you have a water-related emergency within your Seattle home. Whether you have flooding from burst pipes or an overflowing second-floor bath, you need someone to get there fast to begin remediation. SERVPRO offers prompt, efficient water mitigation to help you avoid immense costs and disruption in your home. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, making us the number one team in the area for water removal services and drying!

Water mitigation in Seattle is a complex process involving urgent measures to rid your home of damage. In some circumstances, it will not be limited to water extraction alone. It may also include restoration, repair, and mold remediation.

What does SERVPRO do for water mitigation?

SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) have a multitude of techniques and tools at their disposal to facilitate mitigation and restoration on your property. Steps often include:

  • Examination of your premises to determine the root cause of the water emergency.
  • Classifying the water damage with a ranking of 1 to 3 so we know how to proceed. With category 3 being the most hazardous, you and anyone inside your home must not come into contact with the water.
  • Drying and extraction begin after the inspection and classification. We use fans, dehumidifiers, pumps, and specialized tools to help us remove as much water as quickly as possible.
  • Removal of damaged contents from the water-impact zone. Items get sorted and tested for salvageability. Contents we are unable to salvage gets disposed of. Things we can clean and dry get separated and treated before storing as the rest of the restoration takes place.
  • Proper cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces begin with the help of anti-microbial and anti-bacterial products.
  • Reconstruction and replacement of materials, as needed, using controlled demolition.

At SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast, we always make it “Like it never even happened” with the help of our proven water mitigation process. Call us at (206) 362-9295!

SERVPRO Restores a Seattle Kitchen After Fire and Smoke Damage

6/25/2022 (Permalink)

smoking fire food in a kitchen, man in an apron Need help with fire damage in your Seattle kitchen? Call SERVPRO

Seattle Fire Damage Cleanup by SERVPRO

Fire damage is a common disaster in the United States. In 2018 alone, $25.6 billion worth of property damage was caused by fire, including $12 billion from wildfires. $11.1 billion worth of damage occurred due to structure fires, and of that, $8 billion accounted for property loss due to home fires. 

If your Seattle home has suffered fire and smoke damage, SERVPRO teams are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays, to restore your home to a preloss condition. Soot residues and odors pose long-term risks that can damage your home and possessions without careful cleaning with professional-grade products. Because of this, SERVPRO technicians receive specialized fire damage mitigation training so you can enjoy a residue and odor-free home.

Dealing With a Home Fire

  • Ensure a safe evacuation. The most crucial thing during a fire is preserving the health and safety of occupants. 
  • Always have a fire extinguisher on hand. This preparedness allows you to extinguish small fires before they can spread. Baking soda and salt can also help put out small grease fires. Never use water to extinguish a fire, especially if oil, gas, or petroleum products are burning, as this can spread the flames to new areas. 
  • Maximize ventilation. After the fire is extinguished, turn off your air conditioning and position large fans near doorways and windows to suck out smoke and prevent it from spreading throughout your home. 
  • File a claim as soon as possible. Many insurers have time limits for filing a claim. The sooner you submit yours, the sooner you can be compensated for lost items and structural damage.

SERVPRO Removes Odor-Causing Residues

If the fire damage in your home is not responding to consumer-grade cleanup solutions, SERVPRO technicians have the tools needed to mitigate fire damage. Industrial-grade dry cleaning sponges can remove light to moderate stains. Others can respond well to Crumbly Cleaner or wet cleaning with OSHA-approved antimicrobial solutions. Restoration technicians can also use whips, augers, brushes, and other agitating tools to remove deposits from your vents, which prevents the spread of odors throughout your home. 

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast serves homeowners because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (206) 362-9295 for disaster cleanup that can start today.

Seattle Mold and Water Removal Company & a Multi-Pronged Approach

6/25/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on wall, white Professional mold remediation saves Seattle area homeowners disruptions and stress. Call SERVPRO for great assistance.

Mold Remediation Requires Professional Help

Seattle is a beautiful place to live. The glorious vistas of Puget Sound and Lake Washington make this an excellent place for your home. However, the climate does lend itself to a damp atmosphere and steady heavy rain, so those living here need to take extra care of their homes.

If your home suffers a leak of any kind, whether, from an appliance or inclement weather, you may need water and Mold removal in Seattle. For best results, choose a remediation company that takes a multi-pronged approach that leaves you stress-free and your home “Like it never even happened.”

What do we mean by a multi-pronged approach?

 Water and mold remediation are not straightforward tasks. There are many things to consider:

   • What caused the problem?

   • What is the best way to remediate it?

   • Are there any health risks?

   • What should you do about insurance?

   • Can you prevent the problem from coming back?

 SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast takes all of these aspects into account.

How do we decide on the best course of remediation?

 Every mold remediation project is different. We begin by assessing:

   • How much moisture is present – we use moisture probes and meters to take readings

   • Careful visual inspection to determine the amount of the infestation

Can we help you with insurance?

 Dealing with insurers may be one of the most frustrating parts of a home disaster. SERVPRO can assist with insurance claims on your behalf. We log all damage and take photos of evidence, and we can provide a professional opinion on which items we can salvage and which items require replacing. We work with many insurance companies and understand what they are looking for. We try to help and reduce the anxiety level, but we are not insurance agents. Mold remediation can be tricky for securing reimbursement from your carrier.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast can help. Call or click for help. (206) 362-9295

How SERVPRO Dries Your Seattle Water Damaged Business

5/29/2022 (Permalink)

a trash bucket placed under a leaking spot in the ceiling to catch the falling water Noticing excess water in your office building for the first time does not need to be cause for alarm. Bring in professionals for effective cleanup.

Air Mover Use During Commercial Water Removal in Seattle

Air movers are vital pieces of equipment when we respond to a water loss at your Seattle business, essential to accelerate the process of evaporation. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) our crews earn in various aspects of psychrometry, the science of drying, underlies research-based techniques to ensure our inventory of air movers delivers drying success. 

Water Extraction Plus Drying Equals Removal 

Water removal in your Seattle office building starts with the pumping and suctioning of liquid fluids. Our team uses submersible pumps for water deeper than two inches. We then augment that action with truck-mounted or portable extractors that remove non-absorbed water from surfaces and building cavities before the final drying phase. Effective structural drying requires us to monitor or adjust the following elements during the project: 

  • Moisture levels in porous materials
  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Airflow 

Planning for Effective and Efficient Air Movement 

Appropriate airflow direction and intensity are crucial during drying. SERVPRO technicians set up air movers with precise parameters in mind. We avoid blowing the humid air directly back at a wall, aiming for a 45-degree angle instead. Our crew places air movers in a clockwise pattern, inlets towards the wall, and the snouts touching the wall. We use enough air movers to make sure every affected wall is in the angled air stream. When the spaces needing structural drying are vast and interconnected, our technicians set up additional air movers in closets, alcoves, and hallways to prevent any surfaces from missing out on the drying benefits. Periodically we reposition the air movers to enhance the drying outcomes. Business owners and staff must not move or shut down the equipment during drying.  

Special Attention for Ceilings and Cavities 

When water damages ceilings as well as walls, the SERVPRO plan is to direct airflow across ceilings. Sending the flow upwards recirculates the warm air, improving drying outcomes throughout a high-ceilinged space. If the construction of your office building includes a drop ceiling, opening some panels on each end assists in spreading warm, dry air through those compartments. Pulling off the typically vinyl baseboards and drilling holes near the floor line permits air movers, sometimes attached to hoses, to dry out between walls. 

Continuous Monitoring Required During Drying 

Throughout the water removal process, we compare humidity and moisture baseline measurements with current readings. SERVPRO does not use timelines or visual inspection to determine that water removal has been completed in your office building. Only when our sensitive devices indicate that moisture levels are back to normal, do we pull the drying equipment, including air movers.   

We have the training and equipment to facilitate water removal in your business. Contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 to schedule an assessment after a water loss.