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General Trends in Seattle Properties with Water Damage

9/29/2022 (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."

Seattle Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

9/29/2022 (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 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.

Precautions Necessary in Seattle Property after Mold Damage

9/29/2022 (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 action 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.

SERVPRO Offers Mold Remediation in Seattle

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

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Need Mold Inspection and Removal in Seattle – Call SERVPRO

Your home or business can host mold colonies if the humidity level is too high or there is a water leak. 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.

SERVPRO provides mold inspection services for Seattle clients. 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. The simple solution is to hire professionals like us to remediate the problem.

Mold spores exist everywhere, and once they find a food source with high moisture levels, colonies quickly begin to grow. Our local humid conditions contribute to many mold infestations. We offer suggestions to help prevent 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 (IICRC) 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.

Precautions Necessary in Seattle Property after Mold Damage

8/29/2022 (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".

Why Does My Kitchen Still Smell Bad After the Fire Damage Gets Cleaned Up?

8/28/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged stove in a kitchen with soot covering the walls and pots After a fire occurs in your home, be sure to contact SERVPRO. Our professionals are here to help with remediation efforts. We are standing by 24/7.

SERVPRO Can Help Remove Odors in Your Seattle Kitchen

Fire damage from cooking (also known as a protein fire) is one of the most commonly seen forms of fire loss in residential properties. 

Particular actions need to happen to make sure fire damage in a Seattle kitchen from this type of loss. First and foremost is the wiping down of all surfaces in the vicinity with a cleaning agent with a solvent base to release the greasy residue's grip. 

Odor control methods are also a part of this type of mitigation. Cleaning lessens the pungent odor, SERVPRO techs often have to do a multilayered approach for complete scent eradication using methods such as: 

  • Thermal fogging 
  • Hydroxyl generators 
  • Sealants over painted walls and ceilings 

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 handles all kinds of fire damage in local properties and uses their advanced methods to make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

We Can Save Your Seattle Property

8/28/2022 (Permalink)

yellow bio hazard tape Our certified technicians are available to help 24/7. Contact us for quick remediation and mitigation services in your business setting.

Cleaning Up Traumas in Seattle Properties

Traumas can take an emotional toll on the occupants of a Seattle property, and a physical one on the structure itself. Our team of highly trained specialists can work around the clock to put a tragedy or trauma behind you in the physical sense for your property so that emotional healing can begin. Because of our experience with biohazard cleaning, we have the right equipment, tools, products, and personnel to make a difference quickly for your property. 

Because of the sensitive nature of many biohazard cleanup needs in Seattle, our team of SERVPRO professionals stays ready to mobilize 24/7, much like the other divisions of our restoration troop. Our biohazard recovery professionals are among the most highly accredited and educated in our brand, as they require multiple layers of certifications through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Substance cleaning often falls to the potent line of disinfection and antibacterial cleaning agents available in our line of OSHA-approved products. We can pre-test the effects of these strong chlorine-based or quaternary compounds before applying them everywhere in the affected rooms of the property. For those more sensitive to the often harsh smells of industrial-grade cleaning products that we use, we also have a line of botanical-based options that have a kinder smell without compromising much of the potency and strength.

Traumas can be a challenge to clean and restore for many reasons, and many times our SERVPRO team must work around active investigations from the local law enforcement to begin cleaning the damage. We can use controlled demolition techniques on damaged construction materials when necessary and prepare the area for the full-scale restoration efforts to come once the investigation has concluded.

We know that traumas that occur in your property can be devastating for those involved, and that is why you can expect empathy and compassion from our experienced SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast professionals. We have powerful equipment and products that can make the physical symptoms of a tragedy “Like it never even happened.” Give our crew a call whenever you need us at (206) 362-9295.

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.