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How Can SERVPRO Clean Up and Restore My Seattle Restaurant’s Water Damage?

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Waterdrop on a black surface When water damage affects your Seattle Restaurant, SERVPRO is Here to Help.

Our Technicians Employ Time-Tested Methods to Remediate Your Water Damage

Whenever a Seattle business suffers water damage, time is of the essence. The longer it takes to remediate the mess, the greater the related damage and repair expenses are likely to be. At the same time, extended business closures could cause your enterprise to lose substantial revenues. 

Fortunately, Seattle water damage cleanup and restoration services like SERVPRO can help. While there are many instances of how we have rescued local establishments from the disastrous effects of water leaks, one recent case comes to mind. A few months ago, a large water tank at a local restaurant failed. This event severely impacted the restaurant’s kitchen area and forced the business’ closure. Once called, SERVPRO’s emergency water damage services team arrived on-site quickly. We performed professional water removal services and water damage repairs and worked to prevent leaks. 

The following are some of the tools and methods we used to complete our work: 

  • SERVPRO technicians thoroughly inspected the business with infrared cameras, moisture meters, and moisture sensors to ensure that there we no other contributing water sources
  • We cleaned up water-covered floors and waterlogged materials with portable extractors and wet vacs
  • Our water damage remediation experts set up a network of powerful air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems to dry out the kitchen’s interior and all of its contents
  • We monitored the progress of our drying efforts with Thermo hygrometers and other moisture sensing/measuring equipment to ensure that our work was completed effectively 
  • The restaurant’s kitchen was thoroughly fogged with commercial-grade antimicrobials and deodorants to eliminate harmful microorganisms and unpleasant smells

As you can see, SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast is dedicated to effectively remediating your business’ water damage. If you ever need our services, contact us at (206) 362-9295 for assistance.

Does SERVPRO Offer Fire Damage Restoration for Seattle Restaurants?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

a firefighter moving a burnt pot from the top of a stove Commercial fire damage requires quick action. Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 with the certified technicians and effective equipment for you.

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Efficient Fire Damage Restoration to Seattle Eateries

Fire damage to restaurant kitchens can be difficult to restore. Not only does the smoke and soot damage the structure and contents, the odor left behind can drive the customers away. SERVPRO techs can help you with the fire damage restoration of your Seattle eatery so that you can get back to serving your customers in no time.   

SERVPRO technicians have years of experience in performing successful fire damage restoration for many Seattle businesses. Our highly trained, IICRC certified experts can handle any size disaster. SERVPRO offers various fire restoration services to Seattle commercial properties, including-

  • Mitigation services 
  • Structure cleaning services
  • Contents cleaning services
  • Specialty restoration services
  • Reconstruction services 

Factors Affecting Cleanability During Fire and Smoke Damage Repairs at Your Seattle Property

A fire and smoke damage to a restaurant kitchen in Seattle can create many different cleaning challenges for the SERVPRO professionals. Burning buildings results in several complicated interactions between various elements, and several factors can impact the cleanability during the restoration process.

Porous surfaces, for instance, sustain heavier damage than non-porous surfaces and are consequently more difficult for SERVPRO restorers to clean. The presence of moisture is yet another factor affecting cleanability. In fires where sprinklers were activated, or surfaces were saturated as firefighters were fighting the fire, residues are much more difficult to clean.

The type of material burnt also affects the severity of the damage. Proteins burning in kitchen fires can cause smoke damage that is notoriously difficult to clean and deodorize.

Call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 for round-the-clock service.

Fire and Smoke Restoration for Seattle Workshop Equipment

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged equipment and room Commercial fire damage is a really big challenge. SERVPRO is dedicated to having your property back to preloss fire damage condition A.S.A.P.

Table saws, 3D printers, and more can often be restored through fire and smoke restoration for Seattle workshops.

Industrial equipment cannot be used when coated in a layer of smoke and fire residues. Specialists at SERVPRO apply delicate and unique cleaning solutions to restore equipment to normal conditions.

The principal concern of a workshop in Seattle with a fire and smoke restoration project may often be the restoration of expensive equipment. With servicing and replacement costs running into the tens or even hundreds of thousands, we understand the desire to restore equipment as quickly as possible. With our time-tested strategy, we can help your equipment recover from:

  • Smoke Damage
  • Exposure to flames
  • Oxidation effects
  • Residue accumulation

Thanks to our national network of SERVPRO franchises, we have access to specialists from around the country who know how to treat the delicate equipment that the incident may have damaged. We use advanced technology such as ultrasonic immersion tanks and heated pressure washes to restore any equipment we come across. The specific cleaning methods we use depend on the materials your equipment is made out of, the fragility of its parts, and its ability to be disassembled and reassembled as needed. Our cleaning techniques involve painstaking hand-applied scrubs that take time in many industrial environments but result in the best possible outcome for your workshop. As a result, we can help get production back online with as little time and money spent as possible. We can also suggest third-party companies for specific cleanup of electronics or art curation.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast has the experience and equipment to handle any damage restoration challenge. Call us at (206) 362-9295.

Re-open your Business Faster with Professional Restoration

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

"Come in we're open" We understand the dangers of fire damages and the need for rapid response to your business property. We will have you back to business in no time.

SERVPRO Helps Seattle Businesses with Commercial Fire Damage Restoration All Year Round

A commercial fire can impact your bottom line. Restoring a business involves cleaning soot or soiling, tackling odor problems, and replacing damaged materials beyond repair. 

SERVPRO offers expert advice and assistance to businesses with commercial fire damage in Seattle. We tailor our approach to your business premises' unique requirements and design by communicating effectively and pre-testing materials. Pre-testing incorporates cleaning tests, acidity testing soils, and applying cleaning products to discrete areas of potentially sensitive materials. By conducting a thorough pre-test before engaging in restoration activities, our services can ensure commercial restoration efficiency. 

  • Identifying wet and dry smoke stains in the property safeguards contents and structure against cleaning agents and chemicals' potentially damaging impact. 
  • Using pH paper to test acidity levels of soiling guides technicians on cleaning agents' right composition for the beast results. 
  • No two fires are the same. A multi-tiered, informed approach to restoring business premises' contents or structure is essential to a successful restoration. 

Bring your business to its preloss condition with the help of professional technicians. Contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast for commercial fire restoration at (206) 362-9295.

Can Storms Damage Private Property?

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians Business owners have to deal with many things, including storm damages. Contact SERVPRO right away, we will get you back to business right away.

Storms in Seattle Commonly Lead to Water Intrusion. SERVPRO Water Removal Services Can Help Reduce Losses

Seattle is one of the largest cities on the West Coast of the United States, with 3.98 million residents calling it home. During the Klondike Gold Rush era, the region gained prominence as a stopover point for fortune seekers coming to and from Alaska. The waterfront city borders the Puget Sound, which made it a famous trading outpost for several centuries. The constant influx of miners, factory workers, and tradespeople have also led to Seattle's rich cultural diversity with many Asian neighborhoods and districts. While initially a shipping gateway, Seattle has reinvented itself in recent years as a global technological hub with giants like Microsoft and Amazon being founded by Seattle-born Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, respectively. 

The region's cultural melting pot has also created a diverse range of music that gained global appeal. Among famous artists from Seattle are Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, and Nirvana. Most of the sought after destinations in Seattle are closely related to its rich cultural heritage. Whether that is at Pike Place Market, where the unique practice of fish throwing brings in thousands of visitors each day, or at International China Town just off the Pioneer Square, home of companies like Starbucks and T-mobile, Seattle is a constantly evolving city. In 2013, it was listed as one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. 

  • T-mobile Park is an enormous Major League Baseball arena on First Avenue, the local team's home, the Seattle Mariners. The stadium hosts 47,929 people on game days that provide a fantastic live atmosphere.
  • Pike Place Market attracts thousands of visitors a day, with many historical tours available. Much of the seafood makes its way into Seattle's thriving restaurant culture. Pike Place is also renowned for its unique tradition of 'fish throwing.' 
  • The Boeing Museum covers the history of Boeing Aircraft, which was based in Seattle. Highlights include the moon buggy and other military aircraft. Regular tours of the Boeing museum are taken by visitors to Seattle each year.

SERVPRO Storm Water Removal Services Can Help Recover your Business after a Violent Weather Event.

Coastal cities are often at a higher risk of violent storms and weather events. In severe cases, roofs can be torn off, flash flooding can occur, and power outages are frequent during storms. SERVPRO can reduce losses to your home, restore power and remove excess water. 

A storm can lead to business owners needing emergency commercial water removal in Seattle. Getting rid of excess water can be complicated by the solid waste in the water intrusion, power outages, or accessibility issues. SERVPRO technicians can restore your home and use industrial powered pumping equipment to remove large bodies of water before it causes excessive damage.

  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction equipment can be deployed quickly.
  • Submersible electric pumps can transport hundreds of gallons out of the premises.
  • Portable generators can be brought onsite in the case of a power outage.

Reduce the risk of permanent damage to your business. Contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast for commercial water removal at (206) 362-9295.

Virtual Wooden Boat Fest Near Seattle

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Seattle Residents Can Enjoy This Weekly Winter Series

No need to let cold weather or the corona virus outbreak keep you down when you can join in the fascinating Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. It is an online event via ZOOM. Boating experts from all over the world join in the virtual fun. Participants will take part in:

  • Interviews
  • Demos
  • Videos
  • Q & A

The series explores the east and west coasts, Costa Rica, Mexico, and New Zealand. You can choose to sign up for one session or pay for multiple sessions. The event runs from January through April 2021. Topics cover everything from exploring to boat building. Fees range from $5.99 to $30 depending on what you want. You can check it out on Instagram @woodenboatfestival or head to the Wooden Boat website for more information. 

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Restoration to Seattle Businesses

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast helps Seattle businesses with water damage restoration. When you have a water intrusion, our technicians arrive on the scene fast. We understand that quick intervention is the key to getting back to business as soon as possible. SERVPRO works with commercial enterprises to ensure that everything gets done professionally. Contact us today at (206) 362-9295.

My Seattle Restaurant Suffered a Kitchen Fire – How Can SERVPRO Help?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

fire isolated over black background Contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 for expert fire damage restoration service.

Our Professional Technicians Can Provide Emergency Mitigation and Restore Your Seattle Restaurant to Pre-Loss Condition

Restaurants make their money by serving quality meals to customers. They cannot afford the downtime that puts their business on hold. Cooking fires accounted for approximately 30.6 % of non-residential fires in 2018, according to FEMA. When a kitchen fire breaks out, it can bring your business to a screeching halt. SERVPRO provides fast fire mitigation in Seattle to get you back in business as soon as possible.

What Does A Fire Restoration Company Do?
Between 2009 and 2018, cooking was the leading cause of non-residential fires. That is an increase of 33% from previous years. In 2018 the dollar loss nationally was $51,700,00 just from cooking fires alone. When a fire breaks out in any business, professional fire damage restoration services in Seattle are needed.  SERVPRO assists the business owner in putting their business and their lives back together. The restoration process includes:
    •    Assessing the damage
    •    Debris removal
    •    Soot, odor, and residual water mitigation

Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) work with the proprietor to determine the best course of action for rebuilding the business. The goal is to clean every area of the restaurant and leave it, “Like it never even happened.”

Whenever a fire occurs, one of the main things the technicians focus on is the removal of the pungent smoke odors. Water extraction is another vital area that needs immediate mitigation. If firefighters were involved, water and chemicals used to put out the fire need removing. Secondary damage, such as mold, can occur if the water is not dealt with promptly.

Faster to Any Size Disaster
The key to all of this is a rapid intervention. SERVPRO’s fast response and action can help minimize damage and loss. You can expect our technicians to hit the ground running and provide the fire damage restoration needed for your situation. After a fire occurs on a commercial property, the crews deal with:
•    Smoke Odors – These odors can permeate the entire building. The smell gets in the walls, fixtures, furniture, and air. The debris from the fire, the soot, and even the chemicals used on the fire all contribute to the smoke odors. Removal of the debris and soot is the first step to lessening the lingering scent. Deodorization takes place later to remove the odors altogether.
•    Soot Removal – Many commercial fires end up with a thick layer of soot in the building. Often it is combined with moisture. Depending on the makeup of the residue, it can damage surface areas where it comes in contact. Immediate removal of the soot is paramount to prevent problems and can reduce the cost of replacement.
•    Residual Water – If moisture is not extracted and cleaned up right away, mold can develop. It takes as little as 24 hours for mold to grow, and it can spread rapidly through the structure. The musty odor from the mold combined with smoke smells can make the task of deodorizing even more difficult.

Fire Damage Restoration
Understanding the need to work quickly, our teams get busy mitigating smoke odors, soot, and water damage. Some steps need to be taken before restoration can begin and prevent the damage from worsening. These include:
    •    Water extraction and chemical clean up from extinguishing efforts.
    •    Removal of charred and damaged debris.
    •    Drying of wet areas using air movers and dehumidifiers.
    •    Evaluating the types of soot and surface areas to match the correct cleaning products and techniques.
    •    Soot removal using industrial vacuums, agitative methods, soda blasting, and other appropriate methods.
    •    Cleaning and disinfecting impacted areas.
    •    Removal of content for cleaning to a non-affected area of the building or our warehouses.

How Does SERVPRO Deodorize After a Fire?
Smoke can travel rapidly through a building and spread foul odors into areas not touched by the fire. Removal of these malodorous smells is an essential part of fire restoration. Our team uses a variety of methods to deodorize the restaurant, including:
•    Thermal Foggers – This is a dry fogging method that sprays a deodorizing fog. A heater vaporizes a unique deodorant solution to create the fog.
•    ULV Fogger – This is a wet fogging method that uses low-pressure air streams to disperse small droplets throughout the building.
•    Ozone Generator – This process oxidizes the odor through the ozone produced by the equipment.

Specific safety precautions get followed when fogging and ozone methods are enacted. SERVPRO technicians are equipped with the proper PPE to handle the situation. To ensure everything is safe, people, pets, and plants must be removed from the facility before deodorization takes place.  The proper ventilation time must be allowed before re-entering the building.

During the restoration phase, structural elements and contents are repaired, restored, or replaced. Tables, booths, and fixtures not directly impacted by the fire can often be restored to preloss conditions. They may also be salvageable if the damage is minimal. Non-porous materials such as glass dishes and metal serving ware can be cleaned. Our team knows what can get salvaged and what needs replacing. SERVPRO has one goal – to have you serving delicious meals to happy customers once more.

Contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 for expert fire damage restoration service.

Is There a Way to Protect My Seattle Business from Costly Flood Damage?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded office Everything gets wrapped up with proper cleaning, sanitization, and deodorizing, making the flood damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Keeps Your Seattle Business from Suffering Devastating Flood Damage with Rapid Response

Flooding happens in an instant, which means that you also need rapid response to ensure your Seattle business does not suffer. SERVPRO can be there in a flash to start working to mitigate the flooding issue while ensuring that we limit the loss. We have 24/7 availability and a roster filled with trained water restorers. With a powerful punch of industry techniques and proven methods for floodwater handling and removal, you can be confident that our team gets the job done right.

We work as fast as possible so that we can prevent your business from having to close. Taking on flood damage in Seattle should never mean an extended shutdown as long as you have a team on your side to work quickly. We take action so that your business can remain open, including:

Containment of the floodwater. Keeping the water from spreading into other areas of your business will help keep your workspaces safe for employees and prevent costly secondary damage.
Management of your contents. We know that you have essential documents, equipment, and furniture that you want to keep safe. Our content management team reduces loss by implementing recovery solutions and on-site cleaning techniques. If necessary, we also have pack-out services where we can bring contents off-site for safe storage or detailed cleaning.

We take several crucial steps to ensure that the floodwater is removed from your interior so that drying can occur. Drying is essential in any water-damaging situation, so we utilize a number of tools and equipment to achieve our goals. All the while, our crew implements drying science principles:

    •    Temperature
    •    Airflow
    •    Humidity

Everything gets wrapped up with proper cleaning, sanitization, and deodorizing, making the flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast today at (206) 362-9295 to deploy a crew as soon as possible.

Take the Stress Out of Water Damage Remediation in Seattle

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

A shut off valve on red pex pipe. An ERP from SERVPRO can help you when water damages your office.

Water Damage Seattle – Rapid Response

Commercial properties are often exposed to leaky plumbing, plugged toilets, and other water damage more often than residential properties. There are more consumers and employees in buildings, which can trigger a variety of events causing water leakage and overflowing sinks and toilets. Water leaks can have a devastating impact on your day to day operations.

SERVPRO provides water damage services in Seattle and the surrounding areas. We often go to the same buildings regularly, responding on a 24/7 basis. That's why we have developed an ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan for our customers. This plan helps our customers prepare for emergencies and dramatically reduces the recovery time. We want you to recover quickly and return to full operations as fast as possible.

Being Prepared

Imagine that the leak is spreading water everywhere. One of your employees called SERVPRO after calling his manager to get permission and then searching for the phone number that is around somewhere. Our rapid response team arrives only to find the door locked to the main water shutoff valve!

While we can mop up water and vacuum as much as possible to contain the damage, the leak continues to spew water. Eventually, your employee locates the key, and he or she shut off the water supply. A plumber is called to make repairs, and SERVPRO applies the appropriate processes to remove the excess water, begin recovery and drying of the flooring and contents.

With an ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan in place, your employees know what to do. Your employees know where the key to the locked door is located, and SERVPRO is familiar with your commercial space and can begin cleanup services immediately upon arrival. We can turn off the main water valve, containing the amount of water leaked onto the floor and the subsequent water damage.

Don't delay, contact the professionals of SERVPRO today to get started!

Call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Seattle, Lake City, University District, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Do I Get Water Out Of My Business Office?

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

damaged drywall Let SERVPRO manage the water damage before it takes you out of commission. Your business customers in Seattle will not thank you enough.

Contact SERVPRO Commercial Services to Quickly Restore Operations in Seattle

With the current crisis, many Seattle agencies now have their employees working from home. With the office space now empty or supporting only a skeleton staff for reduced hours, the threat from a broken pipe, sink, or toilet can greatly increase.

Since my building is closed anyway, what is the rush?

If left standing, even a shallow layer of water can quickly cause industrial carpeting to separate from the glue and its fibers begin to rot. In addition to the physical damage, the degradation also generates an odor that can permeate the entire Seattle building. If your business is only renting space in the facility, and the water spread to other Seattle agencies, they might try to bill your company for their physical restoration and odor elimination costs as well.

OK then, how do you get started?

For water, more than an inch deep, our restoration team brings in pumps to draw off the water. After that, technicians use extraction devices to quickly draw water off floors and out of carpets. Next, they set up air movers to generate a flow of warm air across the carpet surface to dry it. If the humidity is too high, they install dehumidifiers to draw down the moisture content and speed up the drying process.

What if the water is from a backed-up sewer or septic tank?

Much of what SERVPRO does remains the same, with additional tasks such as carpet and pad removal, and spraying floors with an anti-bacterial cleaner to eliminate any health threats. If the contamination gets into the drywall or another type of paneling, team members remove the panels for disposal. They can quickly replace them with new panels and paint to match the existing color scheme. Biohazardous services certainly require an extra level of caution and expertise.

Here at SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast, we understand the need to have your business ready to reopen in a manner safe for employees and customers. Call us at (206) 362-9295 today for more details on how we can help you.

We Can Save Your Seattle Property

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Yellow biohazard tape across and grunge green background Our experts can be there for you after a trauma.

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 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.

Commercial Water Damage Relief In Seattle

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property Contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast for comprehensive mitigation and remediation services after commercial water damage.

Aggressive Extraction Is the Best Practice for Seattle Commercial Water Damage Relief

Without a doubt, our inventory of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers do an excellent job of bringing Seattle’s business property back to preloss condition. Failure to commit to thorough extraction of liquid water beforehand, however, causes structural drying to take many times as long. Since lingering moisture can contribute to mold and other secondary damage, it is best practices to extract as much water as possible before moving on to drying strategies.

Extraction Basics
Water damage in your Seattle technology center can create panic, but our crew is on the spot quickly with high-efficiency water removal equipment. Some of the machinery we use can be set up and left to do their job; other units our certified technicians operate.

Pumping the Water Out
Pumps are most useful when water is deeper than two inches. They can be submersible and placed in confined spaces; their discharge directs to a treated sewer line under most city codes. When powered by gas motors, they can get to work even if the electricity in your building is temporarily shut off for safety reasons.

Using Extractors
Truck-mounted extractors are powerful and capacious, holding up to more than 100 gallons in a storage tank. If SERVPRO managers evaluated the water inside your commercial building as Category 2 or 3 (contaminated), we contain it for lawful disposal as hazardous waste. Truck-mounts can be powered from our service vehicles, avoiding the need to delay water removal if electricity is unavailable.

Portable extractors are smaller and lighter, but still able to pull large amounts of water out of carpets and off of solid flooring. SERVPRO technicians can use these machines to reach restricted spaces and attach extenders to get into tight recesses.

Extraction Prepares for Structural Drying
Extraction is the first method of removing standing water and moisture absorbed into porous materials such as carpeting and upholstery. Research shows extraction to be 1200 times more efficient than drying alone. Because speed is critical when responding to a commercial water loss, SERVPRO commits to thorough extraction to shorten the drying process.

Contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast for comprehensive mitigation and remediation services after commercial water damage. Call (206) 362-9295 to arrange for a skilled crew to assess and manage your loss.

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How SERVPRO Dries Your Seattle Water Damaged Business

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Outside view of multi-story office building Water damage can close your office. We have the tools and expertise to quickly remove the water and dry your building.

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 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. 

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

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

dehumidifier and air movers drying out an office 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 large, 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 a space 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 type of dehumidifier as conditions evolve.

Refrigerant Dehumidifiers

The most used type of dehumidifier 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 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 bring relative humidity levels down even further in some cases. An LGR dehumidifier recools 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 work horse.

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 recommends 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.

Top 5 Culprits of roofing leaks in commercial buildings

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Clogged drains are one of the top caused of roofing leaks

Sitting in the entryway of the Advertising firm's office in Downtown Seattle, John felt a light sprinkle hit his hand as he was checking his email.

"Maybe it was just in my mind" he said to himself as he brushed the feeling off as accident.  Then cam another drip....and another.....John looked to the ceiling to find one of the ceiling tiles with a ring of moisture.

There were strong winds and rain in the prior week but today was sunny and not a cloud in the sky.  It was obvious to John that something wasn't right so he contacted his building's maintenance manager and asked him to take a look.

The maintenance manager knew the water was coming from the roof , and that it was probably one of the 5 problems that normally cause water damages in commercial roofs.

  • DAMAGED PERIMETER FLASHING

  • OPEN ROOF PENETRATIONS

  • ROOFING MEMBRANE DAMAGE

  • AGE OF THE ROOFING SYSTEM

  • PONDING WATER OR CLOGGED DRAINAGE


Once the source was identified the work began to clean up the damaged building materials that the leak had caused.  Trying to do this while still keeping the office running meant calling SERVPRO to help mitigate the damage.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Do you know where your shutoffs are?

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Knowing where your shutoffs are using shutoff tags

Knowing where your shutoffs are in your commercial building could save you thousands of unnecessary damage to your building.

Often times building owners will rely on the Fire Department to come in and shut off the water to the buildings once a loss has occurred.

Knowing where your shutoffs are and clearly marking them enables the building owner to shut off water several minutes before first responders can.

In the case of sprinklers that malfunction and turn on, just 1 minute less of water flowing could cut days off of a drying project.

If you don;t already , make sure you put together a plan of where the following shutoffs are:

  • Gas

  • Water

  • Electricity


Commercial buildings often times require elevated training and equipment to dry and repair.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints.

We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

February will finish as Seattle’s first drier-than-normal month since September

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Clogged Drains + Heavy Rain = Water Damage

Looking back at the month of February, the wind and cold seemed to dominate the weather.  The Seattle Area experiences it’s first drier than normal month since September.  


January, however, experienced much wetter-than-normal conditions as over 8 inches fell onto the roofs of Seattle.  The normal for the month of January is just shy of 6 inches.

The extra rain in January, coupled with winds, meant several building owners were performing inspections to make sure the drain vents weren’t clogged and holding water.

Several times throughout the year SERVPRO clients will call when a blockage on their roof suddenly clears and overflows into the building.

Always check your roof/gutters after a particularly windy storm to make sure your drainage system is running smoothly.  

Seattle Area Building Boom Necessitating Pre Planning for Emergencies Category

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Seattle Area Construction boom is causing a need for Solid Planning

2017 was a big year for Residential and Commercial construction and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight!

Downtown Seattle alone experienced an additional 5,700 homes, almost 4 million square feet of office space, and 600+ hotel rooms.

Though these numbers are staggering, they are expected to rise by the time 2020 comes around.  In 2020 planners expect more than 17,000 homes to be built!

With the new square footage comes the challenges of making sure your Property Damage Emergency Services are pre planned Before an incident occurs.

SERVPRO of Seattle NorthEast works with Contractors, Building Owners, and Property Management Companies to set up Emergency Ready Plans.

This No Cost program gathers all of your important site/building information and makes it easily accessible if an event occurs.

This information is in physical form but is also available via Online (as well as our Free App) for your entire Team to access.  This information can be transferred from the General Contractor to the Property Management Team as the structures are commissioned.

If you would like more information on what an Emergency Ready Program would look like for your building or project, please contact us at 206-282-9500

Restoring Your Seattle Northeast Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/20/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Seattle Northeast commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew: http://www.SERVPROseattlenortheast.com/employee-photos

Company Profile and Certifications: http://www.SERVPROseattlenortheast.com/company-profile