Recent Storm Damage Posts

Attic Flooding in Seattle Homes Can Happen at Any Time of the Year

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

inside view of attic in home Attics can become water damaged through roof leaks. Inspect your attic often for signs of moisture.

Preparing for Storm Damages Like Flooding in Seattle Homes is Vital to Mitigating Losses Quickly

Storms can be a devastating force to area homes and businesses, so it is a threat that our SERVPRO professionals must stay prepared to face. As leading restoration professionals in the area, we can offer fast mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction for attic flooding.

Emergency Services to Protect Your Home 

One of our SERVPRO team's first actions for flood damage in Seattle homes and their attic spaces is performing certain emergency services. Board up and tarping can be excellent examples of these mitigative actions, as these prevent further floodwater penetration into the attic until we can repair the building's envelope.

Water Removal Services from Seattle Attics

Removing any standing water is also essential. With many attic spaces being mostly unfinished, any pooling rainwater can absorb quickly into exposed wood plank, joists, and the components of the ceiling system for the living space below. Several tools in our inventory can help, including:

  • High-pressure pumps
  • Truck-mount extractors
  • Wet vacuums
  • Light wands

Thorough Drying and Antimicrobial Treatments

Our professionals must provide thorough drying solutions for areas like the attic or risk mold and microbial threats. With appropriately placed air movers, dehumidifiers, and portable heaters, our professionals manage the principles of efficient evaporative drying. We can apply mold inhibitor products to exposed surfaces to prevent them from hosting colonies during this time.

Storms can leave attics and basements of many Seattle area homes contending with substantial flood damage. Because these threats can spread quickly and be destructive, our skilled professionals must work rapidly to mitigate loss and protect the house. Our SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast team is ready 24/7 to help at (206) 362-9295.

Anytime You Find a Leak SERVPRO in Seattle can Aid With Water Clean Up

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Man catching water in bowl from a leak in the ceiling Is your ceiling leaking from storm damage. Call SERVPRO for all the storm damage restoration services you need.

SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Floodwater Damage to Your Home.

Anyone who lives in Seattle knows that rainy days are part of the lifestyle. Many who have lived there for a decent period eventually get to the point where they embrace it and enjoy the rainy weather. However, the rain can feel calming until something happens and moisture finds its way into your house.

For instance, you may notice that your skylight leaks, forcing you to perform floodwater removal in your Seattle home. Most people have experienced a situation where you walk through your home during a heavy rainstorm and "plop," a drop of H2O hits your head. Especially if you have a house with skylights, although nice these home features can often become a source for a leak.

The first reaction you may take is to put a pot or pan underneath the leak to catch the water. However, if the water is getting in from a skylight, then some of your building materials could have gotten wet. Even if a leak is small, it is best to get your structure inspected by experts. Our highly trained SERVPRO technicians can aid you in the following ways:

If your ceiling leaks, there could be problems that you cannot see with the bare eye. If you ever get hit in the head with a drop during a storm, call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295. 

Who Can Seattle Homeowners Call for Basement Flood Water Removal Services?

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

water damage in building with the walling torn out. SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast can be your relief when it comes to mold damage. Give us a call today.

Seattle SERVPRO Techs Perform Emergency-Response Flood Water Removal

Flood damage affects homeowners all across the United States regardless of FEMA flood map designation. However, irrespective of whether Seattle property owners can enact flood prevention measures to minimize damage, floodwaters pose sanitation concerns that make cleanup with consumer-grade solutions inadvisable.

SERVPRO technicians respond 24/7 to flood water removal calls for Seattle residences. Regardless of the scale of the damages, SERVPRO coordinates with homeowners and insurance adjusters to perform thorough and efficient cleanup and restoration after a home flood.

SERVPRO Flood Cleanup and Rebuilding Services

SERVPRO technicians take several factors into account when removing flood water from a Seattle property, such as:

  • Waste cleanup, pest removal, and microbial remediation with EPA-registered biocides
  • Structural drying with centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers
  • Contents of the property can be moved off site to an approved SERVPRO warehouse for repair and restoration while technicians work on mitigating flood damage to the structure
  • Techs can implement new drywall after cutting out unsalvageable sections with flood cuts above the waterline

Flooding can render some porous items, like carpeting, a loss due to the high potential for contamination, making it more cost-effective to replace than repair. For basement flooding, technicians take steps to minimize the risk of damage to walls or the foundation of your home.

Homeowners in need of disaster mitigation can call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295.

Closed vs. Open Systems for Seattle Flooding Restoration

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

flood damage room with floating furniture. Flood and storm damage restoration is a specialty of ours. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for any size disaster.

How SERVPRO changes the strategy for Seattle flooding restoration under different conditions

As part of our strategy to dry out a flooded building as fast as possible, we have two different configurations: open and closed drying systems. Deciding between these systems requires precise measurements and learned expertise.

Most of our Seattle flooding restoration work gets done in a closed system. Under closed parameters, the doors and windows of your homestay closed, and the affected part of the building becomes sealed off for a time. In a small area, such as a bathroom flooded by burst pipes, SERVPRO technicians may hang plastic sheeting to create a “drying chamber.” Doing this helps us stop humidity and damage from spreading elsewhere in the home. Closed systems are commonly used in:

  • Basement Flooding Cleanup
  • Isolated Water Removal Services
  • Flood damages that occur during colder and more humid parts of the year

When conditions are right, SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians may prefer to use an open system, meaning that we open the windows and doors of the home to facilitate air drying. When the outside air is warm and less humid than indoor conditions, the open system can help speed up our flood restoration services. However, we need to be careful when using this method since a sudden change in outdoor humidity could slow the drying process.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast uses the best tools and training to help local homeowners overcome flood damage. Call us 24/7 at (206) 362-9295.

When Storms Hit Seattle Homes Flooding Can Cause Damage

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strike/ Storm Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO provides Flood Damage Services in Seattle and can Restore Your Home

This seaport town has certainly seen its share of adventure. Native Americans lived in the area for thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived. When the Denny Party arrived in 1851, settling the area began. With its colorful past of loggers, miners looking for Gold, to today’s technology pioneers, it is a town that is always moving forward.

I’ve Got a Song in My Heart

That could be Seattle’s motto with its rich music history. Jazz nightclubs were the highlight of Jackson street from 1918 through 1951. Visitors enjoyed watching the growing careers of folks like:

  •   Ray Charles
  •   Quincy Jones
  •   Ernestine Anderson
  •   Bumps Blackwell

The rock music scene gave birth to individuals and groups such as Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and Soundgarden. The Seattle Symphony Orchestra is renowned and has won its share of awards. Also distinguished in their own right are the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera. The city is also home to the largest symphonic youth organization in the US, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras

Famous Seattleites

There is quite a broad array of people who were born or lived in Seattle. From sports figures to politics, Seattle has had some amazing people call it home. They include:

  •   Josh Barnett – MMA fighter
  •   Apolo Ohno – short track speed skater, world champion, Olympic gold medalist
  •   Tim Sedlacek – soccer player
  •   Gail Devers – track & field, Olympic gold medalist
  •   Bill Gates – Microsoft co-founder
  •   John Aylward – actor
  •   Judy Collins – folk singer
  •   Kenny G – musician
  •   Kim Whittaker – 1st American to climb Mount Everest
  •   Max Brand – author

Seattle Has Lots to See and Do

Festivals and fun abound in Seattle. One of the most well-known events is the Seattle International Film Festival, which lasts 24 days. Memorial Day weekend features the Northwest Folklife. Seafair Events happen all through July and August. 

There are Native American powwows, Greek festivals, and many other ethnic festivals. Lots of annual events take place, including:

  •   Anime convention
  •   Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair & Book Arts Show
  •   Sakura-Con
  •   Penny Arcade Expo
  •   Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival
  •   Children’s Film Festival Seattle
  •   Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic
  •   Seattle Polish Film Festival

If you love Ferris wheels, Seattle is the place to go. You can take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel, one of the largest in the United States. You might also want to visit the Woodland Park Zoo, The Seattle Aquarium, or The Seattle Underground. The Underground is a fascinating exhibit of pre-Great Fire places. 

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Remediation When Floods Hit Seattle Homes

When flooding takes place in Seattle, SERVPRO can reach homes quickly. A fast response is needed to protect your home from further harm. When something like basement flooding occurs, it can be the tendency to wait until things settle down. But the longer you wait, the more your home is at risk from secondary damage. When our technicians arrive, they get busy:

  •   Setting up effective containment
  •   Slowing the spread of flooding effects
  •   Assessing and scoping the situation
  •   Mucking out and removing debris
  •   Cleaning surfaces
  •   Using controlled demolition as needed
  •   Decontaminating the home
  •   Building back the premises
  •   Implementing other flood restoration services

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast can help with a leaking roof from storms, basement flooding cleanup, sewage cleanup, and emergency services for water damage. Contact us today at (206) 362-9295.

What Can SERVPRO Do for Flood Damage in Seattle Homes?

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home Flooding quickly causes water damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

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.

Lake City Residents are Enjoying the Four Week Winter Fest at Seattle Center.

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up of front of SERVPRO truck Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with restoration equipment and ready to go to your home.

Winter Fest 2020 Runs Until December 29th and Invites All Lake City Residents to Join 

The annual winter festival is underway this year with virtual and on-ground events at the Seattle Center near Lake City. Running from November 27th to December 31st, winter's celebration encourages the seasonal spirit with a plethora of light shows, performances, and children-friendly activities. Still, to come this December is a performance of Oscar Wilde's Canterville Ghost, which is available virtually, and the outdoor lighting festival taking place on the outdoor campus. Student showcases always form an essential part of the festival and show up and coming talent from the next generation in music, performance, and art.

  • The range of events covers free events and a small admission fee to help support artists or performances.
  • The opening hours run from 7 am to 9 pm daily while visiting the Seattle Center is possible using the Monorail, which runs every ten minutes from the West Lake Center.
  • Twenty-four-hour parking is available both on and off-campus in various garages close to the Seattle Center.

Flash flooding can be devastating to your home or business. Contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295.

Go Out of This World at the Seattle MoPOP!

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

exterior view of the MoPOP museum We are excited to see the community back at the MoPOP museum when it opens.

Explore the History of Science Fiction Right Here in Seattle

The Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction is an exhibit that includes items from H.G. Wells’ 1897 novel War of the Worlds to more recent extraterrestrial offerings such as Star Trek and Men in Black. There are currently over 150 exhibits.

Pilot An Adventure Through Space

In addition to movie props and other memorabilia, MoPOP has a spaceship cockpit designed to give users the feel of being in space. Then, they can land on strange worlds for alien adventures. 

MoPOP has something for everyone, regardless if you want to see a replica of a ghost trap or examples of how the scientific theory of multiple universes has affected popular culture in movies, books, and graphic novels. The museum is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so plan your next weekend now.

If you need help with flood water removal in the Seattle of this universe, call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast today at (206) 362-9295. We are here to ensure our neighbors have a clean, safe place to land after a day of exploring the stars and beyond! 

Do Wall Systems Become Irreparably Damaged After Flooding in Seattle?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

lightning on night sky backgroud; trees in foreground Flooding is devastating to homeowners. SERVPRO knows how to dry your home.

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

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

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

  • Siding/Veneer – Veneer material like masonry or siding can be the first affected by exposure to flooding. While brick can get cleaned and repointed, broken or compromised, siding requires replacement. 
  • Plywood – Beyond the siding or veneer is the backing plywood material. OSB and plywood are both porous and can absorb moisture quickly.  
  • Insulation – Insulation is highly porous and permeable as well. Exposure of these materials often requires replacement as it is often cheaper than attempting to dry and restore it.  
  • Framing - Framing is often one of the last materials to show direct damage from flood exposure, often allowing it to be cleaned and dried instead of removed.  
  • Drywall – Gypsum sheetrock is among the most porous and permeable of all exposed elements in a wall system. These materials must often get replaced if not immediately dried after exposure.  

When Can These Removed Materials Get Replaced?  

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

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

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Floodwater Infiltrated My Home with the Last Storm, How Can I Clean it Up?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded living room Flooding quickly causes flood damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Mitigate Loss in Your Seattle Home with the Help of SERVPRO Flood Damage Restoration.

Once storm floods send water into your Seattle home, this is an emergency that must get handled right away. Outside water intrusion filling the lower level of the house or your basement might be loaded with a broad range of contaminants. Rather than going the DIY route with products and cleaning tools you have on hand, skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) can safely and efficiently handle the project. Additionally, SERVPRO arrives and develops a course of action that eliminates lingering moisture, leading to potentially harmful mildew and mold growth.

Is There Anything I Can Do Until Your Crew Arrives?

A few actions that any homeowner can take on before our team at SERVPRO arrive to help with flood damage in Seattle from the recent storm includes:

  • Taking precautions by working to close off the flood loss zone from the rest of your interior
  • See if the power can be turned off to the area to limit potential electrocution dangers
  • Never touch the loss zone and always try to avoid coming into contact with the contaminated water. 

What Happens When SERVPRO Arrives?

After our Green Fleet arrives on your property, the crew chief begins a thorough assessment of the flood loss, which often includes testing the water. Water testing is essential to determine the level of contamination within, such as bacteria or chemicals. This ensures that our team has a plan that includes necessary antimicrobial treatments if required.

Containment is another standard step with any flood event, as this allows our team to inhibit cross-contamination into other areas of the home while we are working on water extraction and drying. Airborne droplets often contain bacteria that can cause potential health effects. The SERVPRO crew takes necessary precautions, including the use of personal protection equipment (PPE). We also use air scrubbers, which is equipment that helps capture airborne contaminants to improve air quality during mitigation.

Why Can’t I Handle the Floodwater on My Own?

The flooding that happens from a storm will often contain a great deal of debris and a range of unknown contaminants. Non-porous items within the flood-loss zone come with the highest potential for salvageability and restoration. We may simply be able to clean with EPA-registered cleaning agents or use immersion cleaning techniques.

However, many porous items after a flood will call for removal and disposal. Mold may also start to multiply and grow in just under 24 hours of the time of the event, followed by rapid spreading. We are trained to spot and handle all potential hazards, which the regular homeowner cannot do. There are many issues that come from a flood loss event, such as:

  • The potential for the total loss of carpeting and carpet padding
  • Delamination of tile flooring within the flood zone
  • Sheetrock saturated with water that wicked upward, which calls for controlled demolition using flood cuts and followed by replacement
  • Hardwood flooring may need partial or a full replacement, depending on the success of various techniques

What About Odor Control?

When we are taking care of the water cleanup and drying of your Seattle home, we take cleaning and odor control very seriously. Flood loss events bring the potential for lingering odors when moisture is not appropriately addressed. Along with our advanced moisture detection tools, we use a range of deodorizing and specialized cleaning techniques to handle odorous particles. These advanced formulas, including potent antibacterial and antimicrobial agents, are excellent for disinfecting surface areas. Depending on the situation at hand, our crew may need to use more involved applications to eliminate robust odors.

For more robust, embedded odors, our team may use thermal fogging techniques:

  • Solvents get heated, creating a fine mist that covers areas damaged by water and odors
  • The fine mist comes into contact with and bonds with odor molecules to break up the odor chain, thus eliminating the pungent aroma

We also have hydroxyl generators that work with the help of ultraviolet rays, removing odor-causing airborne molecules. Even though these machines are powerful on tough odors, they are safe for use around your family and pets.

When you call on our SERVPRO team for help with flooding within the home, you can count on us for:

  • Safety first
  • Location of the source of water infiltration
  • Prompt inspection of the damage followed by careful project planning
  • Initial cleanup and water extraction
  • Drying and dehumidifying
  • Full restoration of the property
  • Meticulous cleaning and sanitizing of all surface areas

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast is the team to call if you are dealing with flood damage after a storm. Big or small, we handle all water removal projects 24/7 with emergency service and fast response times. Call (206) 362-9295 to deploy a crew to your property!

Is Extraction Something I Can Do Alone for My Seattle Home?

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

water spreading and flooding on living room parquet floor in a house Damage can lie just beneath the surface. Contact SERVPRO when facing flooding and flood damage in your home.

Our SERVPRO professionals have multiple water removal tools to suit many different conditions. 

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that mitigation and other recovery actions in their Seattle properties are something that they could manage on their own. There are many steps to emergency services and early mitigation solutions, many of which require sophisticated equipment and technologies. As a reputable restoration team in the area, we have cutting-edge tools and devices to address nearly all of the loss effects that your property might experience.

Even an effort like water removal to address flood damage in Seattle homes is not something that should get left to inexperienced property owners. Our SERVPRO professionals I have dozens of extraction devices ranging from our wet vacuums and attachments to extractor trucks that roll in with our fleet of vehicles. Depending on the severity of the situation, we could use multiple water removal tools to prepare your home for the drying that it needs after a flood.

Why Is Extraction Important for Flood Recovery?

Understanding the role of extraction after a flood in Seattle is vital. Because standing water can be such a threat to exposed materials and contents throughout the property, the various tools and approaches used to remove this surface water must get deployed as soon as our technicians arrive. Regarding emergency services and mitigation tactics that we begin after job scoping, extraction is often at the top of this list. Many other restorative actions cannot take place if the removal of standing water has not occurred. The immediate benefits and advantages of implementing this mitigation strategy include:

  • Removing Surface Water - Surface water can be a hazard to the occupants of the house and even our responding technicians. Between slip hazards and the possibility of shock, any standing water in your home after a flood should get removed as soon as possible.
  • Reducing Saturation - Surface water can also be threatening to the materials it is exposed to while it migrates through the home. Some flooring materials and wall systems are more sensitive than others, such as the fibers of the carpeting and the porous composition of drywall.
  • Preventing the Migration of Water - Removing standing water cannot only protect the exposed materials and reduce potential hazards but also stops the spread of water loss conditions throughout the property.

What Are the Best Tools for Extraction?

There are many pieces of equipment in our arsenal that we use to address standing water and pooling in the house after a flood. The choice between these devices falls to the severity of the situation, the depth of the water, and the materials affected. Much of these decisions get made during the job scoping process that occurs before mitigation and many of the emergency services required to restore the home. Choosing among extraction tools available to our technicians is a vital way of reducing the ultimate time of restoration and its cost. Some of the popular options for removing water from the flooring in the flood-damaged home include:

  • Submersible Pumps
  • Wet Vacuums
  • Truck-Mount Pumps

Can Water Get Removed from Wet Carpeting?

There are many materials and flooring types that can become damaged by migrating water and saturation during a flood loss event. Carpeting is among the most sensitive of these materials because its top layer primarily consists of fabric and fibers. Even its secondary padding layer beneath is porous in nature, making it vulnerable to substantial saturation concerns. Our fast response to these emergencies where carpeted floors have become damp or entirely saturated by flooding waters involves multiple tools or approaches, including:

  • Weighted Extractors – Using the weight of the restoring technician on a plate or ride-on remote control unit, we can force the top layer and padding layer of carpeted floors against the subflooring to displace moisture. An onboard vacuum removes this moisture brought to the surface through pressing.
  • Carpet Wands – Wet vacuums and mobile extractors are both vital tools for restoring your home after a flood loss. Individual attachments can make this process much more efficient, such as carpet wands. These wands pull moisture from the padding and fiber layers of carpeted floors.
  • Controlled Demolition – Unfortunately, there are instances where contamination could be a concern or drying and extraction do not happen quickly enough to protect carpets. We have contractors that can remove portions of the flooring where damage has become too excessive to recover. 

Flood loss can be an unexpected and hazardous presence in your home, but our SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast can offer fast extraction and drying solutions. Give us a call anytime you need us at (206) 362-9295.

How Does SERVPRO Extract the Water from Flood Damage in Seattle Homes?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Photo Of Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak When water invades your home, count on the team from SERVPRO

Tools Our Team Can use to Remove Flood Damage from Your Home

Flood damage rolls into properties hard. Even an inch of water has the potential to devastate a property in Seattle. The faster the cleanup begins assists in limiting the loss due to water exposure and the accompanying issues such as mold or ruination of the structure or contents requiring replacement.

SERVPRO technicians have extensive training handling restoration from flood damage in Seattle properties. The water extraction methods used have a significant impact on the restorability of the home. 

Types of Water Removal

Since floodwater can contain a host of harmful elements, the technicians wear personal protective gear, and containment, when only a portion of the home is affected to halt cross-contamination, is standard. SERVPRO uses a broad array of equipment to perform the extraction. The variety of devices used depends on the surfaces that need water removal. The ride-on units and portable pumps with weighted extractor heads push the water out of carpet and padding. Squeegees may get used on tile or concrete substrate. 

Other commonplace tools used during water cleanup include:

  • Mops
  • LGR and desiccant dehumidifiers to capture airborne droplets 
  • Truck-mounted pumps for large jobs

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 is ready 24/7 to get fast restoration services for any size flood damage problem. The certified techs use their extensive experience and skill to make the water loss, "Like it never even happened."

The Importance of Professional Flood Damage Restoration in Seattle

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm warning sign When this home experienced flood damage, we went into action.

When Should I Call Restorers About My Flooded Seattle Home?

SERVPRO can reach residences quickly amid flooding concerns, and the sooner we arrive, the more we can protect the property from harm. 

The pace of the storm damage response we provide Seattle homes is part of our successful formula for saving customers time and money on the restoration work their property needs. With widespread disasters like flooding, it can feel more natural to wait until the flurry of activity subsides to secure restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team, but this puts your property at higher risk. 

Storm damage floods for Seattle homes and businesses can strike quickly and cause substantial concerns for property owners, including extraction, drying, decontamination, and repairs. The sooner that our professionals can reach your damaged residence, the better able we are to set up effective containment measures and slow the spread of flooding effects. 

What does the flood removal process look like for my home?  

  • Assessment and job scoping
  • Muck-out and debris removal
  • Water extraction and drying
  • Surface cleaning and controlled demolition
  • Decontamination and build back 

Give our SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast experts a call today at (206) 362-9295.

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Seattle Homes Receive Professional Cleanup and Restoration Services from SERVPRO Following Water Losses and Flooding

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Seattle Skyline flooded SERVPRO Takes the Water Out of Flooding for Seattle Homes and Buildings

Understanding the Biohazard Risks of Flood Damage Cleanup in Seattle

Homeowners dealing with flooding in Seattle view with dismay their water-logged house's structures and contents. Even more disturbing is the news they receive that not only has initially relatively clean rainwater entered their abode, on its journey from the sky, and then overland, it brought along a host of substances that make it highly contaminated. Industrial waste, decaying organic matter, chemicals from pavements and the ground, and other hazards sweep inside, needing containment and appropriate disposal.

Biohazards Typically Seen During Flooding

Biohazards suspended or dissolved in the fluids filling your Seattle home complicate flood damage cleanup. Often the overland flooding joins sewage backup in your basement as overwhelmed local storm drains fail to accept the waste from your toilets, sinks, and tubs. Sewage and floodwater should be treated as highly infectious waste material as it can contain:

Cholera, tetanus, typhoid, polio, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases, the pathogens carried by blood, urine, and feces. Methane and other sewer gasses harmful to breathe we work to eliminate.

Molds

  • Pre-existing active colonies of which can be disturbed by flood cleanup
  • Dormant mold spores waiting for moisture to sprout
  • New generation and growth of mold colonies when moisture remains for more than 24 to 48 hours

How We Manage the Risks for Customers

Containment is the password for safe flood damage cleanup. Containment includes two related but slightly different concepts:

Containment of the Affected Space

SERVPRO project managers often decide to control contamination concerns by constructing a contaminant "structure" or a series of "rooms" around and leading into the work area. Using 6 mil polyethylene, we cover doors and other openings, often using negative pressure air scrubbers to seal the space. Depending on each set of circumstances, the work area is augmented with various configurations of:

  • Decontamination areas
  • Equipment rooms
  • Clean rooms
  • Contents cleaning rooms

Containment (and Disposal) of the Hazardous Substances

As we begin collecting the contaminated floodwaters, we contain them for disposal. SERVPRO is familiar with local regulations concerning lawfully discarding waste.

How Our Crew Manages the Personal Risks

The SERVPRO technicians working to clean up the flood damage follow all industry best practices safety precautions, including immunization against diseases in consultation with each employee's healthcare practitioner. We also outfit our crews in full personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid breathing or skin contact with the broad range of hazards possible in floodwaters.

Rely on SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast to mitigate and remediate contaminated water in your home. Call (206) 362-9295 to schedule an evaluation for rapid professional flood damage cleanup.

Did the Recent Floods Damage Your Seattle Home?

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm Warning Sign Has floodwater invaded your home? Call SERVPRO for fast and effective remediation.

Can You Remove Floodwater from Seattle Homes on Your Own? 

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

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

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

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

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

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What Equipment is Needed to Remove Water in Seattle Flood Damaged Homes?

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO air movers drying water damaged building Flooding is no match for SERVPRO. We have the equipment and expertise to tackle your home restoration needs.

How Multiple Extractors Can Help Flooded Seattle Homes 

It is a rare occurrence that one singular extraction device is necessary for water removal in Seattle homes after a flood. These disasters can occur in both natural rising water levels and through the structural breaches that can plague homes and businesses after severe weather events. Considering the harsh storm systems that can make landfall across the Pacific Northwest, restoration teams should stay prepared to respond quickly with the equipment to help. 

The need for flood removal in Seattle residences is an immediate threat that follows these disasters and does not readily go away on its own. Many factors come into the equation to navigate the needs of your property when standing water exists. Choosing extraction equipment relates to the depth of the standing water, the materials exposed, the location of this damage, and the availability of power for the chosen equipment. Each of these factors can point our SERVPRO technicians to the appropriate extraction tools for the job. 

In many cases, successfully removing all standing water from your property involves the use of more than one extracting tool or pump. Even in situations where we use powerful machines like the truck-mount or self-priming trash to remove standing water, the intake hoses for these machines are not rated to work well when the depth of pooling water drops under two inches. Once this occurs and there is a noteworthy decrease in constant water draw, other units must pick up the remaining water. 

Smaller and more portable units such as our wet-vacs with extraction wands can help to remove water once the overall depth drops below this critical two-inch margin. Eliminating as much of the standing water as feasible helps later drying with air movers and dehumidifiers to become more effective and efficient, so we remove as much pooling water and excessive moisture as possible with our light wands. 

Flooding can be a devastating situation for many area homes after a severe weather event, but our SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast team can help. We have multiple extraction units to help prepare your property for rapid drying solutions to follow. Give us a call at (206) 362-9295. 

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Grab your umbrellas; the rainy season is here in Washington State!

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year when you can have leaks in your home from the constant downpours. It is imperative to get the leaks taken care of immediately. If not, mold will start to form which can cause more damage in the long run. Mold plays a critical part outside your home, by breaking down leaves and dead trees, but inside your home you should prevent mold growth at all cost. Mold may start growing inside your home when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. Bathrooms are always damp and can be difficult to keep free of mold. In this case, running the fan, opening a window, or cleaning more frequently will help prevent mold from recurring or keep it to a minimum.

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Even a small amount of mold can spread throughout your home if not treated properly. If you are concerned about mold growing in your home, let’s get together to determine what steps you should take to get it removed.

When the Power is Out, the Generator should Stay Out as well

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Always place your generator Outside of the home for safety

When the lights start to flicker one's first instinct is to grab the flashlights to be ready if the power goes out.

There is a large number of homeowners and businesses that own generators that can keep the vital systems in a building running.

The generators, which run on gas, exhaust fumes very similar to your automobile.  Making sure these fumes don't come back into your home is extremely important.

Generators should be placed Outside in order to exhaust the fumes out into the open.  Even putting the generator int he garage is not safe practice, the generator should be outside of the home and venting away from any fresh air inlet.

When the power goes off and your property sustains property damage, call SERVPRO to do your repairs and mitigate the damage.

Why SERVPRO? 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Seattle, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today

Seattle Northeast Rains Bringing Storm Damage Pains? SERVPRO is Here to Help!

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let the weather get you down - SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast is ready!

The unpredictable weather of the last several weeks has brought about an incredible amount of inconveniences and headaches for many Seattle Northeast home owners and property managers alike.


The recent bouts of cold temperatures and snow, milder temperature and rain, and sporadic gusts have tested many of the neighborhoods and systems around the city, including backing up King County's West Point Treatment Plant to its maximum intake capacity and forcing the facility to temporarily bypass the excess into the Puget Sound.


Always Ready to Help


Because we are locally owned, we are ready and capable to respond at a moments notice. With 1650 franchises operating nationwide, SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast has access to equipment required to handle any issues a storm or flooding may bring.


Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today - (206)362-9295


 

When Storms or Floods hit Seattle Northeast, SERVPRO is ready!

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Seattle Northeast!

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Seattle Northeast, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (Storm Flooding Restoration) that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today! (206)362-9295